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RATINGS: 2444   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mihalis (25) - Keller, Texas, USA - JUN 13, 2009
I previously rated this beer after drinking a Sierra Nevada Bigfoot which, I am sad to say, ruined my palate for the evening. Hence, I was incredibly harsh on this one when I shouldn’t have been. Lesson learned is NOT to drink this beer after a palate-killer like Bigfoot (or Arrogant Bastard, Yeti Imperial Stout, etc). You won’t enjoy it as much and you’ll waste it. Anyhow, here’s a more accurate assessment... Pours a very dark amber to reddish brown. Malty nose with a hint of brown sugar. I don’t smell any raisin, although the label says it has green raisin...maybe it’s just me. Gentle, creamy mouthfeel with not too much carbonation. Tastes of fruit and malt. Slight bitter aftertaste that disappears quickly. Overall, not my raison d’être, but not a bad beer either.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
PhillyCraft (5918) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 21, 2016
Vtg backlog, bottle, always preferred the old extra to this one. Brown pour with a medium khaki sized head. Smell is vegetable, dark fruit, spice, and belgian yeast. Taste is plum, fig, candy sugar, and light hops. Ok, but prefer St Bernardus and Rochefort.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
drsordr (2375) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - SEP 14, 2016
Can’t believe I have never rated this. Draft to taster at cappy’s pour dark copper with thin ecru head. Nose sweet malt, raisin, caramel, apple. Taste similar to nose, sweet early, then raisin, sweet, and fruit. Later light dank.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
rgf001 (323) - 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 (1734) - 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 (252) - - 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 (2359) - 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 (397) - 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 (2543) - 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 (339) - 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.

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