Every Dogfish Head offering is an experience, and Noble Rot Ale is no different. Noble rot is a saisonesque ale brewed with botrytis-infected Viogmier grape must from Alexandria Nicole Cellars. So if you’re a normal beer swilling human being like me, you read: Beer made with infected grapes. Infected or not, nearly every Dogfish beer I’ve had has been worth turning into a zombie for, so you can drink with confidence. Plus, there is a tiny mold king on the bottle. How cool is that! (Don’t answer that question).
Noble rot pours a pale straw with a thick, bubbly head that dissipates quickly. The best way to describe it is saison mixed with champagne. The aroma is also strikingly similar to champagne/white wine with hints of citrus and a biscuity bread quality. The line between wine and beer has officially been blurred.
The line blurring continues with the flavor profile. This ale tastes like a hop infused wine with a bready malt body. Strong notes of sour grape are juxtaposed with hoppy lemon and tangerine flavors. The flavor fades out with sweet pineapple and a bread quality that mutes the fruity explosion. Someone should try running champagne through a Randall of whole cone hops and pineapple to see how close the flavor gets to this. The body is extremely light, and the 9% ABV on the label almost seems like a lie.
Whether you are a fan of saisons or champagne, you’re going to fall in love with this moldy wine glass prince. If the infected grapes don’t transform you into a human flesh-craving corpse, you’re going to thoroughly enjoy this beverage. This ale would be an excellent bottle to pop on New Year’s with a group of your beer geek friends. It pairs well will pork, chicken, gorgonzola, and…. BRAINZZZZ!!!1@#
- Appearance: Pale straw
- Aroma: White grapes, citrus, bread
- Flavor: Sour grape, lemon, tangerine, pineapple, bready finish
- Mouthfeel: Light
- ABV: 9%
- Size/Price: 25.4 oz. / $11-$14
- Score: 87