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RATINGS: 2442   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
philipmeese (84) - Rowayton, Connecticut, USA - MAY 11, 2013
12oz bottle. Pours clear dark brown with thin head. Aroma big caramel/sweet choco/coffee. Flavor driven by medium foamy body, sweet, choco and syrupy smooth. Sweetness mellows in a well behaved way to a smooth even aftertaste. Overall this is too sweet a beer for me/ but does not lack character.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
rgf001 (315) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 15, 2016
Aroma is nice but too low for a Belgian strong ale. Foam is too short lasting. Flavor is malty but not complex. Medium finish, should be dry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrNosha (1589) - Baden Württemberg, GERMANY - OCT 12, 2015
Vom Fass. Mahagoni Farben. Süßliches Aroma mit rotwein, Rosinen und Weinbrandnoten. Dickflüssiges Mundgefühl. Sehr komplex. Dörrobst, getrocknete Pflaumen, Rosinen. Alkohol nicht so gut eingebunden.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Prolitariat777 (102) - St george, Utah, USA - JUL 28, 2015
Dark Amber garnet tan head. Yeasty caramel candi nose. Some phenols prune raisins and some alcohol. Pretty good stuff

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mrol (235) - - JUN 17, 2015
Belgian Strong???Pours is brown .Quite sweet, roasty malt flavor. Has a good fruitiness and a intense floral hop profile.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rdixon77 (2309) - Georgia, USA - APR 14, 2015
Old rating. Approachable Belgian strong. Dark mahogany. Raisins, prunes, brown sugar, dark malts. Solid not mind blowing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jabah (378) - Winter Park, Florida, USA - APR 10, 2015
At first I didn’t care for this beer too much, but had hardly tried many Belgian Ales, which grew on me over the next few months...as well as this beer. The next couple times I tried it, I was able to appreciate it as it is, which is a very good ale. The flavors are both sweet and bitter at the same time, hard to describe. Definitely raisins, sugars, other spices, hops. A darker copper/amber color, medium carbonation. Has a good kick too. One of many great DFH beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
willisread (2269) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAR 21, 2015
Old rating. Bottle from Old Town. Brown pour with a beige head. Yeast, currants and roasted malts on the nose. As it warms up more fruit comes out: muscat, prune, fig as well as some allspice. Slightly sweet and bitter on the palate. A bit boozy as well. Long bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ElCapitan22 (332) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 26, 2015
Pours a nice mahogany color, but had no lacing at all or head retention. Smells like a Belgian beer with raisin and butterscotch. A solid beer here, but nothing to write home over.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stuu666 (10263) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 26, 2015
Bottle at home. Pours deep brown, nose is blackcurrant, raisin, taste is similar, rich, fruity.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chinchill (4200) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 19, 2015
undated 12oz bottle served in a pint glass. [from notes] The DH gets off to a good start, with a lovely reddish amber color and a lasting, creamy looking light tan head. The liquid is clear and the head is multi-density. The aroma is pleasant but rather mild and lacks depth and complexity being mainly the aroma of various ripe and dark fruits with some alcohol esters, grape bubblegum and a just hint of hops. The alcohol aromas become more pronounced with warming, leading me to lower my rating of this aspect. This is an exceptionally fruity beer, with a flavor profile dominated by prunes, plums, raisins and generic sour fruits. The tartness nicely contrasts with the sweetness of the aroma. The ABV is not only apparent, it actually seems higher than 8%, as if someone sprinkles some light rum in my beer (no, I’m home alone at the moment). M - medium body; smooth, but with a tad too little carbonation. O - This one departs from the admittedly highly variable flavor profile of this beer style. Where’s the malt? It is still a moderately enjoyable if disappointing offering from DH. I’ll buy another bottle but try aging it first.

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