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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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rodolito (163) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 23, 2003
Enjoyed it on tap and now the bottled version. Aside from some sugar sweetness and a bit of yeast in the aroma, there is something else I can't quite pin. Poured a clear reddish, dark copper color with a thick off white head which diminshed but lasted. Sweet, malty flavor with belgian yeast prominant, as well as some pepper, faint chocolate and a bit of raisin flavor. Pleasant and well balanced hop aftertaste. Slightly oily mouthfeel that is well rounded. Clean. Very interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - JAN 23, 2003
Ruby color; light head, but nice; strong alcohol smell crowds sweet fruity taste; slight over carbonation problem; dry finish; absolutely delightful. Nice happy hour drink, very relaxing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - JAN 21, 2003
Sweet bubblegum, banana or clove (I actually get these mixed up), and just a hint of alcohol in the aroma and flavor. Complex and interesting. It was a little too sweet for me.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
kalisto9 (73) - Crafton, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 18, 2003
Perfect points all around on this one. One of its key ingredients is green raisins, and they certainly sweeten the mix. But not too sweet, mind you. Easy to get into and enjoy from start to finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 13, 2003
Light chestnut color with a light mocha head. Conglomeration of aromas, with light fruit and sugar. Also an amalgamation of flavors. Honey, fruit and candi make this an interesting quaff. Not a session ale. To be honest my rating may be skewed down as I was out and about and tried this during a session. Not really the time to have this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ni209 (67) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 12, 2003
Beet sugar? Raisins? who would have thought? this stuff is bomber, and is almost like candy. buy some for the kids!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Crit (3503) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 11, 2003
Deep amber with large tan head.Complex, faintly yeasty malty nose.Pepper malt flavor, with slighlty dry spicy hop finish

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mickblueeyes (106) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 10, 2003
The color is amber/mahogany with ruby glints. The fine bubbles present as thin, cream-colored head. The nose is rich with sweet toasted malt and a nuance of broth (agar?). The medium-bodied palate continues the sweet maltiness, but adds a raisiny sweetness and some bready/brothy qualities toward the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jgb9348 (5008) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 10, 2003
Brown in colour, strong aley in smell...great strong aley flavour...a great overall beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DavefromChicago (201) - Illinois, USA - JAN 5, 2003
Looks like a nice glass of English bitter, with its small head and reddish-brown "clear as a bell" color. The nose however, encounters the perfumy combination of a Belgian triple. Alcohol, fruit, honey - (is it the raisins?), yeast, a subtle hoppiness, and the most important part - funkiness - like it was buried in the ground for awhile. Very sweet, rich yet delicate flavor, excellent mouthfeel. Finish may be a bit sweet, but this has to be my favorite DH brew.

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