Friday, April 6, 2012

Dogfish Head Noble Rot (8/10)

Dogfish Head Noble Rot is something very unusual.  It's something of a cross between beer and wine.  It's brewed with two kinds of grapes typically used in wine:  viognier and pinot gris.

The result is a slightly pale amber drink, with a decent amount of white head.  It's flavor is sour, similar to a carbonated, fermented grape juice.  It's tart, but not unpleasantly so.

Perhaps because of all the sugar imparted by the grapes, this beer has a high alcohol content (9% ABV).  It's not the least bit hoppy.

I had the draft version of Noble Rot, thanks to the good folks at the Winking Lizard Tavern.  (And a big thanks to Sara for suggesting it!)  There is a bottled version available, too.  If you're wondering where the "noble rot" name comes from, see the Wikipedia article on noble rot.  (I've also seen this beer briefly on draft at The Pint Room in Dublin.)

Although it's hard to think of this as a beer, it's not quite a wine either.  Whatever it is, I really enjoyed it and definitely recommend you check it out if you get the chance.

ABV:  9.0%
IBU:  18
My rating: 8/10

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