May 4th, 2011. That was the last time I reviewed a Dogfish Head beer. I used to be a Dogfish Head mega-fan, scooping up every new beer the second it came out. At some point I lost interest. The beers were good, but I felt like the brewery was going overboard on whacky flavors.
On my last liquor store run I grabbed a bottle of Noble Rot, a new beer/wine hybrid saison that DFH recently came out with. I wanted to give it a go since I liked the idea of a beer flavored with grapes.
Noble Rot has a Belgiany smell – “bready”. Color-wise, it has the appearance of a macro lager – translucent piss yellow. Flavor wise, I really like the Rot. Wine-like flavors abound – grape, citrus. Reminiscent of a VERY sweet Riesling. Highly carbonated too, further enhancing the “wine-ness”.
It’s 9%, but you would never guess. Sure, it’s got a ton of sweetness built in to hide the booze, but it doesn’t come off as syrupy at all.
When wine-drinkers ask for a wine-like beer I often recommend Cisco Grey Lady. While I stick to that recommendation, I’m definitely adding Noble Rot to the list.