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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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
saxo (14705) - Hřjbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 28, 2014
Bottle. Nice head with good duration. Color is amber. Aroma and taste are rich fruits, caramel, malt, syrop, candy sugar, yeast and hops. Nice sweet finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
aenima (303) - Askim, SWEDEN - JUL 21, 2014
Dry finish with some sweetness. Balanced and complex aroma and taste. Raisin, caramell, wood and some plums.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
worldfusionrad (16) - - JUL 18, 2014
I rate beers I think significantly better than average, simple as that. I am not into showing off through bloviating. :)

   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 (2672) - Final Resting Place, Vermont, 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 (756) - 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 (41) - 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 (1883) - 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 (653) - 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 (9898) - 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.

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