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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 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 (13903) - 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 (6825) - 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 (2434) - 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 (1441) - austin, Tejas, Texas, 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.

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