Half Time Beverages Beer Box #1
From Milton, Delaware’s Dogfish Head Brewery comes their “Noble Rot” a Saison with a major twist. Grapes are added to this brew and the grapes are infected with a fungus called botrytis which reduces the water in the grapes but increases the sweetness. This process is called Noble Rot. The beer pours a straw yellow that is almost clear with a white head on top. The aroma is of saison yeast, wheat, grapes and white wine. The flavour consists of saison yeast, pepper, wheat, mild sweetness, grapes, citrus, white wine, mild alcohol and a hops finish. The alcohol content of this Saison is 9% and the IBU comes in at 18. The flavour is quite out there, but man is it tasty!
Commercial Description: This saison-esque science project gets complexity and fermentable sugars from two unique wine grapes sourced with our friends at Alexandria Nicole Cellars in Prosser, Wash.
The first addition is unfermented juice, known as must, from viognier grapes that have been infected with a benevolent fungus called botrytis. This noble rot reduces the water content in the grapes while magnifying their sweetness and complexity. The second is pinot gris must intensified by a process called dropping fruit, where large clusters of grapes are clipped to amplify the quality of those left behind.
Noble Rot is brewed with pils and wheat malts and fermented with a distinct Belgian yeast strain. It has a spicy white wine body and a dry, tart finish.