RATINGS: 2372   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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Sickboy282 (1116) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 17, 2003
This is an interesting brew. I had the 2000 edition which is amber in color with a creamy white head. The flavor is the most peculiar of any beer i've had. A light caramel flavor with an almost oakiness.

xsketchyx (184) - Oregon, USA - OCT 14, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2004 Super fizzy and sweet. A little spicy with some raisin flavors. Too thin.

Lizabeth (360) - east falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 14, 2003
Brewed with Belgian beet sugar and green raisons. Very dark amber beer. Tan head that fades quickly. Smells like roasted raisons and pipe tobacco. Some molosses aroma. Can smell the alcohol Taste is dark, fruity with some chocolate notes. Thick creamy mouthfeel. Musty aftertaste. Some winelike notes. Very sweet and gets sweeter as it warms. The 8.5 abv% can be tasted and felt. Not sure if I like this one.

scoobyluv (511) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - OCT 11, 2003
dark amber. no head. undercurrent of alcohol but sweet on top. burns all the way down. still too sweet for me

raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - OCT 6, 2003
Glowing cedar,oarnge. Fizzy,head,dies to a small ring. Pleasing sugary,malty,fruity,yeasty,aroma. Very toasty,toffeeish,and raisiny. Mouthfeel is smooth and coating. Texture is quite thick. Flavors of toffee,raisins,with light smoke,and wood notes. Finish is sweet,fruity,and warmingly alcoholic. It has much more to offer in the flavor department compare to the D extra,but I guess that is expected. Good beer,but I've had some older bottles of this I like better.Good beer to lay down for a couple years.

gsmitty80 (2130) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 1, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2008 I am rewriting this after reading my previous comment. Had at the Dogfish head pub in Virginia. High alcohol and a nice bitter finish it was very good on draught, much better than i remembered it

aaronh (201) - McMurray, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2003
Beautiful copper-orange color with amber highlights. This beer pours with a one-inch, light tan head that fades to a thin foamy film. The aroma is a little bit of sweetness mingled with some herbal and woody notes. Interesting, bordering on weird. The taste is also odd. The main taste is hard to pinpoint, but it is essentially a woody, slightly smoky malt taste. Throw in a pinch of herbal tea and a splash of vodka to get the idea of this taste. It's not bad, just odd. There seems to be a bit of spice in there as well, but it's hard to pinpoint. Soke residual sweetness on the finish, with just a touch of bitterness. The mouthfeel is very full and smooth. The alcohol warms a bit as it goes down, like a good smooth bourbon

Kåstå (1272) - Mol, BELGIUM - SEP 29, 2003
Light amber coloured beer with a small head. The aroma is light yeasty-fruity and a bit spicy. A nice well balanced taste.

McWhite (108) - Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 23, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2003 Reminded me of some of the Belgian Strong Ales I've tried, but unfortunately, my palate did not detect the raisins or beet sugar. It was decent and I realize it's classified as a Spice/Herb/Vegetable, but I'd rather have a Belgian strong any day. Re-rate: Lowered the taste a point because the last few bottles I've had have left a terrible rubbing alcohol aftertaste.

IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - SEP 20, 2003
A unique brew. Reddish brown, tan head. Complex aroma: sweet malt, yeast, brandylike, earthy. Sweet flavor, not overwhelming, once again very complex. Slight tingle on the lips, fairly thin, but strong feel. Might not be a beer to drink over and over but should be tried at the very least.

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