RATINGS: 2447   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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jabah (425) - Winter Park, Florida, USA - APR 10, 2015
At first I didnt 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 (2931) - Owensboro, Kentucky, USA - 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 (350) - 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 (11631) - 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 (4510) - 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, Im 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. Wheres the malt? It is still a moderately enjoyable if disappointing offering from DH. Ill buy another bottle but try aging it first.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Joel (114) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mortlach (2092) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thomashall (838) - 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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrHangover (4184) - 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 didnt quite expect. Still a decent beer though, but was hoping for a bit more oomph.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RickTheRick (947) - Montral, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 15, 2014
Ambre et lgrement embrouille, la bire ne mousse que trs peu lors du versement. Fruits confits, liqueur dorange et sucre dorge constituent un bouquet qui ferait peur nimporte quel diabtique. En bouche par contre, cest beaucoup moins lourd que prvu et a se boit trs facilement. Les mmes lments olfactifs prennent tout leur sens dans le palais. Dlicieux.

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