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RATINGS: 2443   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 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 (15651) - 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 (7165) - 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.

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