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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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3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kenjohn (88) - Texas, USA - MAR 26, 2012
Medium dark reddish brown hue with a solid two finger head. Gives way to a nice lacing. Aroma of figs, brown sugar, and a faint citrus undertone. Taste seemed a bit muddled with perhaps too much going on and nothing clear.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
closey22 (868) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - AUG 26, 2014
Brown no head; aroma is prunes/raisins; Flava is medium sweet and hoppy notes of Belgian sugar; feels medium with fizzy foaminess; finishes crush and tangy sweet

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oliodnb (277) - ITALY - AUG 23, 2014
33cl bottle. Pours deep mahogany red with a low creamy beige that quickly fades. Smells of malts with light roasted notes, caramel, molasses, spices, dark fruits and light alcohol. Taste is caramel with fruity notes. Light bitter finish with a pleasant caramel aftertaste with some coffee hint and a nice final alcoholic warmness. Very good.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zita (4603) - Assentoft, DENMARK - AUG 17, 2014
sweet sugar and belgian yeast,red/brown, clear, tan foam, light sweetness, lightly bitter, medium body, creamy, soft carbonation, nice sweet fruit finish,

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rasmus40 (10904) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 28, 2014
Bottle @ Aarhus tasting. Clear dark amber with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel, candy sugar and yeasty. Flavor is quite sweet and moderate bitter. Sweet finish with warming alcohol. 280714

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
chrisv10 (10888) - DENMARK - JUL 28, 2014
Bottle, 8%. Clear dark brown with small tan head. Aroma is malt, caramel, toasted, oak, yeast, dark fruits and a little plume. Flavour is malt, caramel, toasted, oak, wood, yeast, dark fruits, plume, little chocolate, sweet and toasted, candy sugar and a little bitter.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
saxo (13852) - Højbjerg, 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
aenima (253) - Askim, SWEDEN - JUL 21, 2014
Dry finish with some sweetness. Balanced and complex aroma and taste. Raisin, caramell, wood and some plums.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
worldfusionrad (14) - - JUL 18, 2014
I rate beers I think significantly better than average, simple as that. I am not into showing off through bloviating. :)

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rlpeeler (85) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hockeybeerguy (1951) - Juneau, Alaska, 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.


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