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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


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (7782) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 25, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2006 November 2006. Bottle, from 2004. Boozey, sugary aroma of caramel, mild sweet malt and hints of raisins and sugars. Hazy dark brown body with a moderate fluffy beige head (3+). Sweet malty flavour is sugary, with moderate caramel and brown sugar. Alcohol grows in the finish and warms in the aftertaste. Medium to full bodied palate is smooth. (3+) Alcohol presence increases substantially as it warms. Pretty solid but lacks that special something to take it to the next level. Am very surprised how low my original rating was! 6+/3/7/4/15 - 3.5 <P> July 2003. Bottle. No head to speak of, aroma is a bit alcoholy. Belgian strong ale notes? not sure what that means exactly but am inclined to agree. Sweet finish with fruity notes. Not sure what to make of it. 4/3/5/3/11 - 2.6

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AceOfHearts (1375) - Mountain View, California, USA - JUL 25, 2003
Tap. Golden appearance, with some VERY nice subtleties in this beer! Hints of mild fruits throughout: apples, pears, grape, and a bit of the raisin, perhaps. There was a nice sparkling-effervescent undertone that lasted from start to finish. "Magical" was the word that comes to mind...and it was especially surprising since I had only remembered hearing about this stuff on ratebeer but I didn't remember what kind it was...I still wasn't 100% sure after I drank it, either. A cask-conditioned pint of this would be wonderful.

1.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
roomtempbeer (185) - Franklin, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 23, 2003
Beer pours (in Chimay glass) a dark red-brown with thin, off-white head that disapates quickly to nothing. Aroma is of hops, sour grapes with straw, grass, vegetal. Flavor is of medium hops giving way to a straw ending. Nothing too appealing about this one. Even at 8 percent ABV, no hint of alcohol detected. Sampled at 71 degrees Fahrenheit.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DukeofYork (44) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 21, 2003
Red amber, clear, lacy head... rich, sweet fruit in the nose starts out tart, but fades beautifully into a full, caramalised fruit rear, with slight malt grainy overtones. I don't pick up any real bitterness, this is quite unique. Again I get the sense of Christmas pudding. Pretty good.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SJP (483) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 19, 2003
A dark amber/orange color with a thin white head. A fairly mild citrusy aroma. The taste was a nce fruity taste, with some very strong belgian ale notes, mainly in the finish. A very tasty beer, but a little sweet for a lot of occasions.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
andy609 (143) - Auburndale, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 18, 2003
Dark orange in color with a nice head of tiny bubbles that dissipates quickly with no lacing. I'm getting a very spicy aroma (pepper)with citrusy notes in there as well. Very complex. The spice comes through first with no malts to speak of initially. Just before the finish, the malts come through, followed by the warm alcohol. The aftertaste is of the spices once again. A complex palate for sure, but not an outstandingly enjoyable taste. The brewer's comparison to red wine is apt.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dhurtubise (568) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 17, 2003
A mahogony coloured beer with low carbonation but having good head retention. The aroma is malty with a myriad of other notes coming out. It has an especially spicy background nose. The beer has big clean maltiness, somewhat like a Bock, but has a sturdy bitterness, though I would guess it is not entirely hop dervived. Some spiciness, maybe phenolics come through and give a clovey, cinaminy background character. It is still relatively light bodied for such a big beer, not all that viscous, but not thin and again quite malty. It is tremendously complex for such a clean beer.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - JUL 15, 2003
Thickish palate, strong and yeasty. Fruitcake, jammy malts. Definite alcohol presence although I didn't realize it was 8% until afterwards. Subsequent sips show an almost bourbon like character.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 14, 2003
Small head, quickly diminishing. Dirty amber-brown color. Sweet red wine/grape smell. Slight alcoholic presence in the nose. Could not detect hops in the aroma. Very sweet with no bitter balance. Soft carbonation, oily feeling. Hint of smokiness in the flavor. Not an everyday drinker, but exceptionally unique. Reminds me of amaretto for some reason. Raisinet finish.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DYCSoccer17 (3306) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 9, 2003
pours a beautiful amber with a small tan/light yellow head that dissipates. This beer has quite the bouquet--i smell some nuts and some fruits in there--supposedly green raisins. There may be some caramel and some chocolate in there as well. The start is a bolt of hops and maybe some ethanol, but then it fades into a very sweet finish--almost too sweet, very sugary. All in all, its very smooth and the palate is medium. This is a very unique beer. It's a very good 8% belgian. Strongly reccommended.


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