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RATINGS: 1086   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 555   ABV: 18.5%
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Raison DíExtra is our amped up version of the Raison DíEtre. It is brewed from a similar grist (raisins included) to a massive 42P, giving it 20.5%ABV, along with 20 IBU and a color of 20L.
18.5% ABV in 11/2005 12 oz. release


3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - NOV 7, 2004
This beer gets my "Star Wars Episode I" award. I was really looking forward to it, but in the end, it was disappointing. It was coppery-orange with a quickly disappearing head. It has a good aroma, sweet and spicy. First tast ... WOW! This isnít beer, itís Southern Comfort with a head. The alcohol was overpowering, but that should be expected with the 20.5%. Itís probably a good winter beer, maybe even warmed slightly, as it reminded me more of Cognac than beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DYCSoccer17 (3551) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 7, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2005 Well, this was a highly anticipated beer of mine. Unfortunately, it let me down. Sweet brown sugar aroma with hints of pepper and spices with a moderate amount of ethanol in the nose as well. Transparent orange/copper color with a frothy off-white head. Sweet to start, dry peppery flavors follow with lots of noticeable alcohol burning. Burns going down. Booze not well hidden.-------& I just had the 2005 version out of a bottle, and I must admit that the alcohol was hidden very well. Lots of brown sugar maltiness and lots of sweetness in this with hints of bananas. This is done better, but it is still somewhat one-dimensional. My original rating was a 3.1, but the rating has been revised.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GeniusGirl (221) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 6, 2004
Sampled at Belgian Beer Fest. Thanks to DYCSoccer for letting me use his special pass to get a taste... whew! what a beer! smells like rubbing alcohol boiled with ripe fruits...i can taste the % (this is a no pussies allowed brew) this baby will warm ya right up...

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - NOV 2, 2004
Sampled at Heavyweight Open House 10/31/04. Bottled 2002. Chestnut color with basically no head whatsoever. Amazing sweet malty aroma with lots of dark fruits, brown sugar and a hint of the alcohol bite that is to come. Very sweet malt flavor with raisins, brown sugar, molasses, vanilla. It seems like every sip yields a new flavor. Beautiful thick, rich palate. Nice warming finish. Everyone should have a bottle of this on hand for those cold winter nights by the fire.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - NOV 1, 2004
10.31.04 Sampled at Heavyweight from 750ml bottle (2002 bottling), thanks to my new friend Steve, wherever you are. Beautiful beer is dark brown sugar and minimal head. Aromas absolutely reek of mouth watering sweet maltiness, raisin, brandy -- fuck Pavlovís dog, I am Pavlov, I ring the bell and pour a second sample. Steve, you rock! This beer makes my knees buckle. The huge ABV, no doubt subdued from its original 20%, plays naughtily in and out of the thick malt palate, itís a scrumptous dessert of heavy cakes soaked in winey goodness. Iím back in the olde country. A rogue wanderer at your door begging, just another taste of old bread and wine, sir? Please? Everything good about DíEtre is amplified in this effort, everything less pleasant, like the carbonation, is out with the bathwater. Maybe my favorite DFH beer to date. At the very least, the most memorable.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (32202) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - OCT 20, 2004
A hazy amber beer with no head. The aroma is of alcohol and honey, like a mead, with hints of roasted malt. The flavor is also dominated by alcohol and with notes of prunes, leading to a dry finish. The alcohol warms Your body, but burns Your throat on the way.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
HildigŲltur (5105) - KÝbenhavn, DENMARK - OCT 20, 2004
Dark amber coloured. Alcoholic aroma with notes of raisins. Extremely sweet and rather alcoholic flavour. Quite unbalanced. Itís a shame the alcohol is not as well hidden in this one as in the great World Wide Stouts.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mads Langtved (2244) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - OCT 20, 2004
This is massive! I like the normal version much better. This beer is out of proportions. Itís a funny idea, but it gets really strong. However as a supstitution of sherry og madeira wine, it would be great.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - OCT 20, 2004
This is a extreme beer. So much alcohol! Strong nose of raisins, sweetness, dark fruits and of course loads of alcohol. Cheastnut colored, with a fast disappearing head. Port like in the flavor, candy sugar and loads of alcohol again. It warms as hell down your throat and in your stomach. The alcohol can be a bit too offensive IMO.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
madsberg (11167) - SÝborg, DENMARK - OCT 20, 2004
Bottled: If you like pure alcaholinfusion this is your beer. Is amber coloured and has no head. Is very sugary and alcaholic in the nose. Flavour is full of alcahol and is medical with some light herb notes. Very heavy alcaholburnt in the end. I find this beer boring and onedimensional. All it has is alcahol, witch might work for someone, but not me. Wonder what a homeless drunk would say to a beer like this?


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