Pailhead (6543) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - APR 15, 2012
Bottle: The aroma consists of fruit, yeast, apple, banana, and clove. It pours a transparent gold with a one finger, somewhat fizzy, white head that quickly fades to a thin film. There’s some sporadic webbing left on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts a quick dose of sweet apple and a hint of yeast. The finish has some lemon sourness, light banana, and clove. There is a hint of the 9% abv, but it blends well with the flavors. It’s light-medium bodied with some lively, but somewhat soft, carbonation. Overall, this seems like a Hefeweizen lightly spiked with some wild yeast/tartness. The lemon becomes more prominent as it warms and definitely improves the flavor. Overall, it’s okay, but not worth the price. Make it a 4-pack at the Festina Peche price point and I’d probably buy it when the mood struck. As is, it’s a highly unlikely re-purchase. Also, technical guidelines may label this as a Fruit Beer, but if you haven’t tried this yet, do not expect a fruit beer. Arayaga2 (2224) - portland, Oregon, USA - APR 14, 2012
UPDATED: APR 16, 2012 Pale yellow with a thin white head. Aroma and taste are green grapes, with a champagney effervescence.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Nimrod979 (212) - Hagerstown, Maryland, USA - APR 14, 2012
Bottle. Pours a crystal clear golden yellow with a two finger thick head. Long lasting foamy retention along with some lacing.
A wheaty saison yeast in the nose. Musty basement aromas. Slight fruity and floral notes.
Tart fruitiness throughout the flavor. Lemon and white wine flavors. It really reminds me of drinking a Pinot Grigio. Pilsner malts. A little yeasty with a good amount of funk with a tart finish.
Tart. Crisp. Medium bodied. Slight sour funky finish. Really does remind me of white wine in so many ways. Pretty good and interesting offering from DFH Ales. oobawa (1858) - Tennessee, USA - APR 14, 2012
Ooooooh, now this bottle is some neat shite. I complain regularly about Dogfish putting creativity before quality, but no bitchin’ to be found here. Noble Rot is a fairly amazing little concoction, layered and complex and as deadly as a ninja. Pours beautifully, and the nose reeks of pils malt and France. Tastes, uh, saisony, with a mild peppery sweetness, but the grape must does some seriously strange things to this brew. The finish is prolonged and bready and winelike and tart and absolutely frigging delicious, like a second, tasty brew tacked on to the back of a well-made, deviously potent saison. If you find a bottle, buy it. jeremytoni (3085) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - APR 13, 2012
UPDATED: APR 14, 2012 From a bottle poured a straw color with a small amount of head. Light tart malty flavor with a lingering finish.
Slipstream (2719) - USA - APR 11, 2012
Looks very much like a sudsy wine or a cider. The lightly earthy aroma reminds my nostrils of cider plus a whiff of the barnyard. The flavor is sour and funky, with some grape juice and flowers. There is a little raunchy bitterness that suggests the brew might have been infected - but that might have been intentional. Once again DFH reaches for something way out of the ordinary - this stuff is definitely different! It does get more enjoyable as one gets used to the odd flavor, but Noble Rot still trods on dangerous soil by mixing together wine sourness with hop bitterness. rocbyter (2184) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - APR 8, 2012
Sweet light grain and fruit aroma. Clear yellow color with a large white head. Tart beginning with a mildly old malt sweet creamy finish. HighWine (991) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - APR 8, 2012
Bottle. Pours a hazy straw color similar to a wit. A foamy one-finger bright white head hangs around for a few minutes. After settling, however, it clears into a bright golden elixer in the glass. White wine notes in the nose and taste. In fact, this tastes more like a dry Chardonnay or Pinot Gris than a beer. After a couple of glasses, I’m starting to appreciate this more. The heavy wine flavors have faded on my palate and the rustic spiciness of the Saison style really comes forward. Flavors of water cracker remain after the sip. This really grew on me and was a nice accompaniment for all of the flavors of my Easter dinner. NikkTwist (3403) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 7, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2014 Draft at the Khyber in January 2012. Full and fruity. Chardonnay color. Small head but it lingers and creates lots of lace. Bright sour apples. Slight spice but the fruitiness overpowers it, though enough sourness to balance off much of the sugar. Grassy. Reads a bit too much as a fruit wine, but should get better with some age. UPDATE: Having a second time, now at Monks in June 2012. Has gotten a bit smoother with age without losing its bright notes. Still a nice full palate 6 months later. UPDATE: Having now at Monks in April 2014. Golden yellow Chartreuse pour. Very fizzy. Bright pears. Some acetic notes. Feels much harsher than I remember. UPDATE: Found a 2010 keg (original vintage?) on draft at Eulogy in August 2014. Slight hazy gold pour that still has a substantial frothy white head. Many of the sharper notes have mellowed considerably. Thinner but not flat. Still some life in it. The acetic notes are very faint now. Flavors are blurred together. Smoothed out very well. Some mild numbness on the tongue is the only indication that 10% ABV is still lurking in there. BigBeer45 (1585) - Michigan, USA - APR 6, 2012
this ale had a clear pale yellow (straw) pour and made a three finger fluffy white head that receded a bit but always kept a cover, it left spots and sheets of lacing on the sides of he glass, the glass had a center stream of medium flowing bubbles with a couple of smaller streams elsewhere, and I found no sediment in the bottle,
this drink had faint aromas of white grapes, pale malt with faint bread, some light fruit sweetness that resembled white grape juice,
there was a little earth character in the background, and a little bit of phenols (smoke),
the flavors were pear fruit and white grape, some hints of apple cider with pale malt in the background, a little grape tannin to,
the finish was dry with some acidity that scrapes the palate a bit,
the mouth feel was less than medium and left the palate dry,
I thought this beer had the smell and taste of phenols, the alcohol was hidden well, I thought this beer was a little interesting.