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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 15/20
Radek Kliber (6594) - 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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - DEC 15, 2002
Very interesting and unique undertaking. You can’t miss that you’re drinking a belgian ale inspired creation that warms your insides. The flavor is quite sweet of course with hints of raisons and spice rounding it out. Nicely done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
daalamar (405) - new albany, Indiana, USA - DEC 15, 2002
A positively unique beer. Nose is a combo of white wine and port, giving it a sweetness with a crisp sourness. Mahogany color with vey little head. Flavor was different with every swallow. Initially therre was a fruity sweetness, and then the green rasins came charging to the surface, ending with a clean bittersweet and mellow finish. OOh and did I forget to mention that it is a great belly warmer?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - DEC 9, 2002
Dark reddish color, smooth round mouthfeel. Has a spicy rum-like quality to it. Some hops at the finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
joet (2347) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - DEC 9, 2002
Immediately engaing with honey and smoke aromas, round dark fruity sugars anchor the bottom of this aromatic and volatile brew, light on the tongue, a perfect picnic beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fly (1425) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - DEC 9, 2002
A lot going on with this one. Wonder if it gets tweeked periodically as it seems like it was different from sampling to sampling. Enjoyed it every time. Wish I had another to try right now and then another.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Blake (396) - Orange, California, USA - DEC 8, 2002
12/06/02: Had on tap at Pizza Port Strong Ale Festival
A nicely colored beer, this amber-red brew has a sweet, malty flavor about it. While the raisin flavor does not overwhelm, you can taste it if you know what you’re looking for. A finely flavored beer with a smooth aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - DEC 7, 2002
This was the first Raison i have tried, and my first Dogfish as well, so of course i thought it would be great to try it around friends at the Strong Ale Fest. It pours a good amber color with a nice head that left a nice lingering appearance. A menacingly fruity-like aroma, but extremely hard to distinguish..it almost smells like a huge malty beer. The taste does have good amounts of raisin in it, but i cant get over that malty taste which i just cant place my finger on. Anyhow, it was a smooth drink and left a happy palate which is amazing for a Spice/Herb/Vegetable category beer..not horribly dry at all..a good drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PTomkinson (50) - Virginia, USA - DEC 7, 2002
One of the best colored beers I’ve seen. Deep copper color. Disappointing though, the head was small and short lived. There was not an overwhelming sweetness. I did not notice too much raison flavor; it was difficult to distinguish any specific flavors. The alcohol is noticeable on the palate.

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