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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 (1139) - 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.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chinchill (2267) - 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.

4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Joel (111) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 12, 2015
Unique and complex. Tastes sweet and malty with dark fruits, brown sugar, and Belgian yeast. One of my favorite beers.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mortlach (1037) - Rome, ITALY - DEC 25, 2014
330ml bottle shared @Buskers Pub (Rome). Brown appearance with a big head. Aroma has a lot of belgian character, malt, caramel, raisins, esters, spices. Flavour is sweet at first, with a decent bitter end, caramel, raisins, some hops traces. Medium to high body, medium carbonation.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thomashall (179) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - DEC 17, 2014
12oz bottle. Pours dark brown amber with minimal head. Smells of raisins (surprise) and a little like wine with yeast. Taste same with dry finish. Good stuff!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrHangover (2865) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - DEC 17, 2014
Bottle. Pours a clear amber beer with a small, quickly disappearing off white head on top. Aroma is fruity, yeasty, raisins are slightly detected in aroma. Flavor is quite sweet, lots of yeasty esters going on alongside some slight fruity notes. Even has some boozyness in it that I didn’t quite expect. Still a decent beer though, but was hoping for a bit more oomph.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RickTheRick (486) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 15, 2014
Ambrée et légèrement embrouillée, la bière ne mousse que très peu lors du versement. Fruits confits, liqueur d’orange et sucre d’orge constituent un bouquet qui ferait peur à n’importe quel diabétique. En bouche par contre, c’est beaucoup moins lourd que prévu et ça se boit très facilement. Les mêmes éléments olfactifs prennent tout leur sens dans le palais. Délicieux.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Martinus (3172) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - NOV 25, 2014
Clear red brown colour, white head. Aroma of raisins, malts, brown sugar. Sweet flavour, light bitter, malts. Full body. Sweet finish, hint of bitterness.
(From 355mL bottle shared @ The Autumn Gathering Formerly Known as RBBAG (I) Mons, Gent 2014)

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
aumentm (119) - 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 (2858) - 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 (1275) - 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.


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