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RATINGS: 2426   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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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


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2.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 10/20
dwissm1 (22) - Maryland, USA - MAR 23, 2011
It was OK, but it had a bad start. When I first sipped it, I didnt like it. Then it was a bit sweeter and it was alright, then I lost the goodness and it went back to not as good. It lacked carbonation. it was a little flat and that made it taste a bit like English Ale, which I cannot stand.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
aumentm (100) - North Carolina, USA - NOV 23, 2014
Interesting beer that shows amazing depth and complexity. It has pit fruit and brings the malts to add a raisin and wine flavor. Takes a certain mood to enjoy.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Holmen1 (2692) - Stavanger, NORWAY - NOV 18, 2014
Flaske delt med Ovesen på HNB 17.11.14: klar mørk rav og tett beige skum som varer - ingenting å si på utseende , og heller ikke på aroma og smak, dette er et øl i toppklasse. Lys appelsinmarmelade blandet med aprikoser og sjokolade. Alt for lett å helle over drøvelen, glasset var tomt lenge før vi var ferdige med kveldens andre omstikking.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Holmen2 (1146) - NORWAY - NOV 17, 2014
Bottle shared with JMD at HNB 17.11.14. Clear copper. Dense beige head. Aroma of cherry compote, prune compote and roasted nuts. Similar taste and aftertaste. A bit of fizziness at start also makes it an easily drinkable ale.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gnoff (7954) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - NOV 3, 2014
Bottle 12 fl oz thanks to _angst_! Sampled on October 28, 2014.
Clear mahogany reddish brown color, small light brown head. Sweet, unrefined sugar, alcohol, light Belgian yeast scent. Sugary, tart, toasted, light roasted taste. Dry, grainy aftertaste. Sort of fizzy mouthfeel, medium bitterness that is rather dry and a bit harsh.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
_angst_ (2939) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 28, 2014
Bottle bought @ Kihoskh. Pours tiny hazy reddish brown with a rather small frothy and bubbly goldenish beige head that leaves some spotty trace on the glass while dissipating. Smell is sweet and fruity with sweet dark bread, caramel, raisins, moist wood, soil, hay, St Johns wort and caramelized orange peal. Taste is sweet, slightly bitter, slightly malty and fruity with sweet dark bread, caramel, cereal, banana, raisins, liquorice root, moist wood, orange peal and ash. Mouthfeel is round, tiny astringent, tiny sparkling and medium bodied. Finish is sweet, bitter and fruity with sweet dark bread, raisins, hay, soil, bread spices and orange peal. Quite allright...

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nisse666 (4428) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 28, 2014
Bottle thx to _angst_ cons 2014-10-28 Göteborg AR: rasins, plum cake, wee yeasty, dried brittish fruits AP: hazy mahogny, frothy fizzy creamy dark beige head F: thin feeling, belgian yeasty, dutch waffel cakes, rasins

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
77ships (4214) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - OCT 26, 2014
Thank you Martinus! Tasting glass from 355 ml. bottle consumed @ “The Tasting formerly known as Mons RBBAG I (2014)”. Copper amber brown, little head. Sweet caramel, raisin, syrupy, tad molasses nose,.. Taste is thick malt, sweetish sugar, caramel, candy, raisin, dark fruit, almost tad barley wine malt feel to it, sweet sugar. Thick malty body. This is quite delicious stuff, pleasant surprise for sure.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hackobock (1558) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 25, 2014
September 26, 2014. Bottle at home. Pours clear ruby red with a dense off-white head. Aroma is brown sugar, dark fruits, raison, spices. Taste is medium sweet brown sugars, dark fruits and light bitter. Finish holds sweet dried fruits, alcohol and spices, light bitterness. Medium bodied.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (6019) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 19, 2014
"sweet sweet sweet, but very drinkable for an 8% beer. there is still a slight bitter finish from the hops, but only in the finish. mouthfeel is thick and a little sticky. not one of their best, but pretty good anyway. 6/09-more belgian beet sugar in the nose and flavor as it warms. same rating."

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Luvystypotables (753) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - OCT 3, 2014
Aroma of grapes and raisins. Cloudy brown color with virtually no head. An unpleasant taste of sugary sweet malt, with a dry feel and an unpleasant sugary chalk finish. A highly over rated beer.


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