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RATINGS: 2443   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
Raison D'Etre Voted 'American Beer Of The Year' in January 2000 by Malt Advocate Magazine. A deep mahogany ale brewed with beet sugar, green raisins, and Belgian yeast. As complex as a fine red wine. 36 IBU - available year round, 12 ounce bottles & draft - Descriptors: Notes of pit fruit, decadent, winey, raisiney, malty

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
aaronh (201) - McMurray, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2003
Beautiful copper-orange color with amber highlights. This beer pours with a one-inch, light tan head that fades to a thin foamy film. The aroma is a little bit of sweetness mingled with some herbal and woody notes. Interesting, bordering on weird. The taste is also odd. The main taste is hard to pinpoint, but it is essentially a woody, slightly smoky malt taste. Throw in a pinch of herbal tea and a splash of vodka to get the idea of this taste. It's not bad, just odd. There seems to be a bit of spice in there as well, but it's hard to pinpoint. Soke residual sweetness on the finish, with just a touch of bitterness. The mouthfeel is very full and smooth. The alcohol warms a bit as it goes down, like a good smooth bourbon

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kåstå (1273) - Mol, BELGIUM - SEP 29, 2003
Light amber coloured beer with a small head. The aroma is light yeasty-fruity and a bit spicy. A nice well balanced taste.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
McWhite (108) - Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 23, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2003 Reminded me of some of the Belgian Strong Ales I've tried, but unfortunately, my palate did not detect the raisins or beet sugar. It was decent and I realize it's classified as a Spice/Herb/Vegetable, but I'd rather have a Belgian strong any day. Re-rate: Lowered the taste a point because the last few bottles I've had have left a terrible rubbing alcohol aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - SEP 20, 2003
A unique brew. Reddish brown, tan head. Complex aroma: sweet malt, yeast, brandylike, earthy. Sweet flavor, not overwhelming, once again very complex. Slight tingle on the lips, fairly thin, but strong feel. Might not be a beer to drink over and over but should be tried at the very least.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WastedYouthBrew (143) - Phila (Home of Geno's Steaks), Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 17, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 19, 2003 Welcome back my fellow persons and people I don’t care to recognize. For its been far to long and few to many. A great brew none the less, with an outstanding sense of purpose, I only wish to encounter more of its kind... Wow I really have to stop drinking when I write these little articles, and I apologize greatly for whoever read that, which I have already deleted. So with that being said. Its been awhile but I’m back in the saddle and starting out with an amazing beer to boot. Great color, like a fine wine, I think so, great smell that tingles the tips of your nose hairs and causes them to dance a small jig, and above all exceptional taste. Yum Yum Yum, go out and get you some.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
haddon90 (1619) - Newport Beach, California, USA - SEP 16, 2003
A rich copper color that poured very clear and had a decent sized head. Not much aroma, and well balanced with the falvor, malt, and hops. Like alanC said, quite complex!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
flemdawg (559) - Rowlett, Texas, USA - SEP 9, 2003
Wow, that was the first words that came from my mouth after the first sip. Interesting to say the least. Red color, and slightly brown. A bit of a sweet-spice-fruit aroma. Complex flavor that consited of raisons, other fruits, a bit of spice, and some sugary sweetness. This will only be consumed once in a while to keep it tasting good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bubslang (438) - Kentwood, Michigan, USA - SEP 9, 2003
deep reddish brown with a nice light brown head. Sweet aroma of plums, roasted malt, and some spice. Taste is fruity with hints of plums,raisins, some spice, and caramel malt sweetness. comples, a sipping beer to be enjoyed.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
1more4dessert (334) - Upstate, New York, USA - SEP 8, 2003
olfactory cues like a fine canadian whiskey, garnet red not much head good lace. tastes - prune juice, figs, smoke, dates, damn this is good sipping beer. This is the best and most adventurous brewery in the US.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DiamondD (38) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - SEP 5, 2003
Nice deep red color. Wow, what an aroma. This is a good beer. Flavor is mellow, fruity and just down right tasty. Belgian yeast is extremely subtle, yet balancing. Very well excuted beer. Long live Dogfish.

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