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RATINGS: 2444   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 15/20
bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - JAN 27, 2003
Copper colored body with a thin, tan head. No lacing.
Smells like a yeasty Belgian beer. Some sweetness is also apparent in the nose.
Tastes yeasty and sweet/ Some maltiness but little hoppiness.
Smooth to drink.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JAN 26, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2003 A good example of how complexity does not always equate to goodness (yes I know I'm going against the grain here). A very odd crimson brown color. Looks like a dark rum in the glass--there is little head. The nose is primarily of Belgian yeast mixed with cherries, plums and molasses. At first sip, this seems like an interesting experience; initially there is a cutting sweetness, interspersed with orts of fruit flavor, but the blend is not holistic enough and it shows as the palate unravels. This is a confusing muck of ill-matched flavors. The sheer uniqueness may have been enough to sell me on this being an above-average beer, but as the sip dissipates, one is faced with a palate-drying MSG aftertaste, and I am not one who characterizes the taste of glutamate as "delicious."

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - JAN 26, 2003
I shouldn't have tried this beer while having a cold, a lot of the complexity is being lost on me. That being said, I don't like the aftertaste, it seems a bit artificial. One of the most beautiful beers I've ever seen though. Crystal clear gold-red, slightest bit of foamy fringe reminding us that it is indeed, a beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - JAN 26, 2003
This beer poured a dark reddish color and formed a small bubbly white head that didn't hold and left little lace. Some carbonation present. An aroma of caramel and other candy frangrances. Flavor of caramel and raisins with a slight hint of the alcohol present. A good beer, but not a traditional style belgian. Typical Dogfish experimenting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - JAN 25, 2003
Deep copper color, fine lace on glass, but the head colapses rather quickly. Intensly malty aroma with fruity(white/green raisin) and alcohol with a touch of black pepper. Flavor is also initially malty but well balanced and finishes a little on the sweet side, but not cloying. A very slight clove flavor shows up in the aftertaste; Alcohol is warming, body is medium full and has a drying, but not astringent mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
document (36) - USA - JAN 24, 2003
The first sip is the most interesting and the best. Had it on tap, and I liked it well enough. The raisins are rather noticeable, and it's obvious that a belgian yeast was used. As complex as a fine red wine? Maybe not, but fairly pleasant beer.

   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.

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