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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rlpeeler (93) - Bowling Green, Kentucky, USA - JUL 13, 2014
On tap it is a deep brown with small light brown head. Taste is malt and raisin with some floral background. Goes down smooth and clean with great balance. A very good beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bulk_Carrier (2438) - Temporarily, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 12, 2014
Reviewed from notes and this is my last DFH beer until I can get back East. Countless times this has been poured into snifters and chalices and it has always looked the same and smelled the same. The appearance was a nice hazy dark brown close to black color with a nice one finger white to off white foamy head that dies within a minute. There was some light lacing sticking around the sides of the glass. The smell started off with the raisins and then allowed some nice spicy Belgian spices to settle over top of the beer. The taste took those flavors and added a light lingering breadiness about it. On the palate, it sat about a medium in body and allowed a decent sessionable quality about it. Overall, I say this was a pretty good Belgian Strong Ale worthy of having again. Now I guess I gotta get back to the East Coast.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
generallee08 (717) - New York, USA - JUN 6, 2014
This one poured a nice reddish/brown color. On top is a thick white head that faded off quickly to just a thin ring around the glass. The aroma is full of sweet roasted malts and raisins. The flavor is full of roasted malts, caramel, toast and green grapes. A light hop bitterness balances out the sweetness. Its medium to full body and soft carbonation gives it a velvety smooth mouth feel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bacchus66 (20) - South Carolina, USA - MAY 28, 2014
From bottle, pours deep reddish brown with a full head with medium retention. Aromas are sweet caramel and hints of yeast. Flavors of sweet meat, maybe vague prunes, caramel, vermouth, nice malt character. Medium malty finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TXBadger (1704) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 27, 2014
Pours a nice brown color with off-white head. Yeast, dark fruits, sweetness, and some roasted malt on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes pretty dry and quick.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
coyforce (618) - Virginia, USA - MAY 23, 2014
Smooth and lightly aromatic, but flavor is weak and to me is lacking the subtle raison I would expect.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Benzai (9432) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - MAY 22, 2014
Bottle shared @ weekly tasting. Clear red-brown color, full sized off-white head. Aroma is malts, sweetness, lightly alcohol. Taste malts, some sugar, sweetness, some alcohol. Medium body and carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DutchDrebus (4473) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - MAY 22, 2014
Bottle @ benzai. Dark amber to brown colour with a medium sized off-white head. Smells barleywine, sweet, hops, ’round’, nice. Tastes sweet, hops, barleywine, pretty damn nice. full body, soft carbo.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ansjelaah (1614) - Westelbeers, NETHERLANDS - MAY 22, 2014
Bottle @Benzai. Red brown color with a beige head. Smells malty, caramel. Tastes malty, bit grassy, caramel, fruity, bitter, bit wine, wood.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Darkmagus82 (1915) - - MAY 20, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 2-25-12 - Poured from bottle into pint glass Appearance- Poured a light brown or dark mahogany color. A light tan billowy head with big carbonation bubbles was formed upon pouring. The head had a decent retention and upon fading gave moderate lacing. Smell – Sweet dark fruit and caramel aromas are up front. The dark fruit is mainly raisin and a bit of cherry in nature. The smell finishes off with a more white wine like aroma of white grapes and alcohol. Taste –An interesting combination of tastes. It starts out with more roasted malty flavors with mixed with a bit of sugary and caramel sweetness. Toward the middle, a more dry white wine taste of grapes comes to fruition. This starts to overshadow the more grainy-malty tastes, which towards the end dominates the taste profile. At the very end of the taste your mouth is left with a light tannin taste that lingers for quite a while. Mouthfeel – A medium body with a moderate level of carbonation. Very average for a beer of this strength. Overall – Not really my type of beer. It had a bit too much of a wine like flavor, almost as though a white wine was mixed with a brown ale. If I want wine I will drink wine and if I want a brown ale I will drink one; the two together don’t meld too well in my opinion.

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