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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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4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kathouse (1022) - Nevada, USA - APR 17, 2013
Deep, hazy brown with a smooth 2 finger head. Nice aroma of raisin, red fruits, sugar, and toffee. Body is full and sweet without cloying. Smooth with a refreshing fruit finish. Excellent.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (5804) - 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 (696) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nocturne (833) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - OCT 1, 2014
355ml bottle. Dark copper, bordering on brown. Head quickly recedes to a thin covering. Aroma is cocoa, plum, faint red fruits, still fainter spices and a touch of smoke. Taste is leather, chocolate, sticky fruits. Slightly syrupy feel to it. Good approximation of a Belgian, but not as good as the real thing.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
adster (424) - HUNGARY - SEP 4, 2014
A Dogfish Head újabb gyöngyszemének mély mahagóni színe belga quadrupelek illatát idézi, voltaképpen egy igazi piknikkosár kandiscukros fügével, mazsolával, kékszőlővel és keksszel. Az előbbiek folyékony kivitele is igen megnyerő, a keret pedig, melyben testet ölt a komponensek szövetsége, elképesztően sima, krémes és árnyalt. Maláta, barnacukor, csonthéjas termések és túlérett banános ízek egyvelege, melyek olyannyira elegánsan simulnak össze egy likőrös halmazba, hogy egy cseppet sem tűnik émelyítőnek, eltúlzottnak a végeredmény. Valódi specialitás, ami magán hordozza a vörösborok jellemvonásait is, összességében azonban mégis a belga erős ale-ek családjába tartozik, a műfajteremtő darabok némelyikétől egy fokkal talán még kifinomultabb karakterrel.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
closey22 (923) - 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 (329) - 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 (4740) - 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 (11341) - 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 (11236) - 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 (14089) - 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.


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