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Beer and Wine in the Same Bottle? Dogfish Head and Washington’s Alexandria Nichole team up

Posted by Enoteca Fine Wine & Beer Posted on Jul - 14 - 2012

Dogfish HeadDear Enotecans,

Many of our customers are wine drinkers.  Many of our customers are beer drinkers.  Many of our customers are both.  How about both in one bottle?  How about having it on tap?

Introducing Dogfish Head Noble Rot, an interesting collaboration between Dogfish Head Craft Brewery and Washington’s own Alexandria Nichole Cellars.  We’re offering Noble Rot in bottles, and both bottles of Alexandria Nichole wine that were used in this brew.  This is a package deal.  Just want to try Noble Rot?  It’s going on tap for 1/2 pints and Growler fills.

It’s Wine-Beer. Unusual aromas, something I believe comes from the Viognier and Pinot Gris in the blend. Reminiscent of viscous floral aromas of Washington State Viognier, with hints of hops rolled in. On the palate it’s unique, both teasing the tongue with beer crispness and effervescence, and simultaneously coating the tongue with the body of a white wine. There’s a tangy sensation from the wine side.

A true cross-over beverage for both wine and beer lovers.

9% ABV
RateBeer: 99, BeerAdvocate: 89
Growler: [Member: $44.99 / Retail: $49.99]

Noble RotCheck this out:

Hmmm. We wonder if anyone will buy a beer with the word “rot” in the name?

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.

“This is the absolute closest to equal meshing of the wine world and the beer world thats ever been done commercially,” says Dogfish’s Sam Calagione.

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.

Categories: Craft Beer

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