Yesterday was another stressful day at work. Since I had a bad day, Katie was nice enough to take me to one of my favorite beer bars, Maloney’s. Honestly, the ambiance and the crowd are really nothing impressive to me, but the beer selection and the sheer amount of taps are. They constantly get different beers and the taps rotate frequently. The food is pretty good too. So, the first selection of the night…
Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale
Trivia: According to the brewery website, “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.”
Random: I think that the onion rings at Maloney’s are some of the best that I’ve ever had. They’re grilled and not greasy at all…almost addiction forming, really.
This is another beer that I was really excited to try. Dogfish Head always tries to think outside of the box and do some crazy things with beer. This one, from what I’ve read, is no exception. From what they’ve said, they are really trying to bridge the gap between wine and beer, which I love, given the fact that I grew up in a wine-oriented family. This beer poured with a one finger, white head. I think that it was left on the bar for awhile before being served to me, because there was already a decent amount of lacing left on the glass with only one finger of head, whereas it looked like there was room for two fingers. The body was a clear, light yellow color with moderate carbonation. The nose had some pleasant honey sweetness and a bit of a Belgian smell to it. The taste…definitely a bit different than the nose and not what I was expecting. The wine grapes were very obvious on the taste, and for the first few sips, that was the only thing that I got. I finally got a bit of tartness as well with some hay. There really was not a lot of sweetness to it. This really tasted like carbonated white wine to me, not that I was complaining. It was really enjoyable, actually. The booze in this was completely invisible…making this incredibly dangerous. The body was very light with medium carbonation. It finished quickly with the white wine grapes that were dominant in the taste. I did have this brew on draft, so I’m not sure if it would be different than out of the bottle. This was definitely one of the more interesting brews that I’ve ever had. I wish my sister (the wine nerd) could have tried it. I let Katie try it and she made a face that looked like I kicked her cat. She quickly went back to her fruity, girly drink to get the taste out of her mouth, so I’m guessing she was not a fan. But, I would definitely have this again.
Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0