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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


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
swesson (174) - Highlands Ranch, Colorado, USA - JAN 21, 2014
A very good Belgian Strong ale. Had in tap at Party's in Highlands Ranch. Medium head, but quickly dissipates quickly. A dark copper color gives it a rich look. A nice bubbly carbonation makes this a fun brew to drink. A nice bite at the finish. Tastes of caramel and slightly bitter hops. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeernWhiskeyHQ (18) - Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2014
Pour and initial impressions: Wonderfully dark and has a deep copper color. The quickly dissipating head was light tan in color. The color does remind me of a dark rich mahogany which is what Dogfish referred to this ale as. Scent and aromas: It smells sugary and sweet with a strong scent of raisins or grapes. There is a presence of oak and malt and slightly bitter overall. The presence of alcohol makes itself known. Taste: The taste is sugary and sweet much like it smells, there is an underlying taste threaded throughout the complexity of the beer that might be coming from the beet sugars. I get a spice note in there as well. The scent and smell translates nicely to the taste. To me I get more of a grape taste than raisins (yes I realize the correlation between grapes and raisins), but it has the taste of a lot of other Dogfish beers that specifically mention that grapes were included in their ingredient bill. Conclusions: I really enjoy this beer, but isnít something I see myself enjoying on a very regular basis, it is rich, complex and very enjoyable which makes me want to keep it for an ďevery once in a whileĒ sort of occasion. This is a beer that is a must try for sure -BeerandWhiskeyHQ.com

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BadAprilia1000 (237) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 18, 2014
Pours more red than brown with a thin carbonated head which lasts only seconds. Aroma is of sweet raisins, some plum, dark fruit but not very thick. Taste is a very pleasant malt of medium strength, followed by thin plum and raisin finishing to sugar. It is very light on the palate, especially compared to any other beer Iíve had that hits the same flavors. Overall not bad, wish the flavor had some more umph to it

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bax (1093) - Hasselager, Aarhus, DENMARK - JAN 13, 2014
(bottle 13/01-2014) medium beige head, clear dark amber color, raisin aroma, soft co2, slightly bitter, full body, complex fruity raisin taste.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
AKORN (126) - Virginia, USA - JAN 11, 2014
Amber pour with very little head. Canít explain the aroma. Sweet, maybe a bit of raisin and spices, some bitter and caramel after taste. Definitely a distinct Belgian taste thrown in the mix. Pretty good. Heard it was being fazed out for Namaste or maybe just on tap? Good beer, but will not shed a tear if I never see you again.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Geokkjer (5538) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 11, 2014
Bottle. Pours deep amber with an off-white head. Aroma of malt, caramel, red candied apples, some spices and caramel. Flavor is sweet and malty with some raisins, grapes, caramel, red apples, alcohol and red fruits.Medium body, soft carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Meilby (7199) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 11, 2014
Bottle 355ml @ Geokkjer
Pours clear amber with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, caramel, alcohol and dried fruits. Taste is medium sweet and light bitter with a long warm, dried fruity finish. Body is full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

4.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Eberndt (162) - - JAN 10, 2014
Beautiful dark color. Nice and warming. Flavor is quite complex with notes of raisins and spice.

3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rperez (130) - Florida, USA - JAN 6, 2014
A complex yet easy drinking beer with a sneaky 8% alcohol content. Great red amber color with subtle notes of wood and candy. I will buy this beer again! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
12ozProphet (8) - Virginia, USA - JAN 1, 2014 does not count
DFH makes some really great stuff. The 90 minute is one of my favorite IPAs. The Raison isnít quite as up to par, but itís far from bad, and itís definitely unique. Pours a dark amber with a 1 1/2 finger head that dissipates quickly. Great raisin and dark fruit scents, with just a hint of booziness. Taste is much of the same, with the ABV being very well hidden. Be careful with this one. Would definitely drink this again, but wouldnít necessarily seek it out.


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