Noble Rot is the common name for Botrytis, a fungus that extracts water from grapes, leaving behind an exquisitely complex and sweet fruit. Noble Rot is also the name of the collaboration between Dogfish Head Brewery and Alexandria Nicole Cellars, a beer made with grape must.
Noble Rot is a saison style of beer made with Belgian yeast, pils and wheat malts and the musts from two different grapes from Alexandria Nicole Cellars. The first is from Viognier infected with botrytis. The grape must, un-fermented grape juice from these Viognier grapes is blended with Pinot Gris must to create the fruity flavors of Noble Rot beer. Don’t be turned off by the illusion that this is some syrupy sweet beer like a dessert wine. This Saison is actually refreshingly tart. Mid palate, this brew might remind you of a spicy dry white wine but this is definitely a beer with hop and malt and the intriguing addition of grape musts. While some combos get heavy and overwhelming, this wine/beer combination is bright and refreshing.
But why take my word for it? Try the Noble Rot during wine and beer tasting tonight, March 20, 2013 6-8pm. Dogfish head will be pouring at our Growler bar while Alexandria Nicole Cellars will be pouring at the front tasting bar.