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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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - JAN 1, 2003
an amber of whiskey and rust with scattered fragments of hunter orange fill the glass; the head kind-of emulates the "comb-over" of desparate baldness: being lush on the sides but threadbare wispy across the middle. cotton-candy aroma has whiskey on it’s breath. success of this beer rises or falls depending upon one’s feelings about concentrated brandied raisins. there are sub-titles announcing the sweet, dark malts-- and so it goes with the flavor: lots of sweet raisin bran and southern comfort. functional carbonation, good mouthfull of entertainment, quite tasty.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
acasale (5) - USA - DEC 28, 2002 does not count

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JorisPPattyn (8012) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - DEC 28, 2002
Colour is mahogany all right. Nose of burnt sugar, molasses, candi syrup, dried raisins. Taste is sweet, slightly madeira-ish, after a while raisins again and finish with some cigar tones. Complex indeed, but body lighter than 8%ABV would give. Question: do they think at DFH Belgian brewers use beet sugar for quality? It still is a very good imitation of the Gouden Carolus of yesteryear.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
nlanza (18) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2002
I thought I’d hate a raisin beer, but it turned out to be one of my absolute favorites. Wonderful complex flavor, with just a bit of raisin, and a soft sweet aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 21, 2002
Dark golden color. Body is juicy, very fruity and candyish. Notes of banana and yeast in the nose as well. Body is alcoholic, yeasty and fruity with hints of raisin. Soft mouthfeel and almost too sweet. Very nice, complex and juicy.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
vwsteggie (684) - Paxton, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 19, 2002
Has a nice amber color and an alcohol smell. Taste reminds me of some of the barley wines that I hhave had and it finishes with a alcohol flavor. Overall it iis not my favorite because of the alcohol flavor, but it is not that strong and is a rather smooth brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Oakes (12777) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 17, 2002
This has an almost mahogany dark amber hue, a richly complex, malty, phenolic (bubbelgum), yeasty (banana), somewhat brandyish nose. The palate is unique to say the least. I’m picking up a lot of peppery, brandyish flavours, leafy hops...a very firm, lean body...very complex.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 16, 2002
amber colour. fruity, banana-ish, raisiny, slightly yeasty aroma. spritzy mouthfeel. fruity, spicy, slightly alcoholic flavours. fruity caramel finish lingers. very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Radek Kliber (6519) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - DEC 16, 2002
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2004 Light brown, with small head. Sweet aroma of raisin nicely blended with light alcohol elements. All set of nice flavours, banana, raisins, dry fruits - Very smooth, slightly oily, sticky. Pleasant warming feel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 16, 2002
Fruity, flowery, candy aroma. Copper, small toffee head. Plum, banana, pear and almond flavours. Nicely bitter, a really good one!

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