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RATINGS: 2448   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Superstar (45) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 18, 2003
Sweet honey, fruity aroma with an equally sweet, malty, fruit flavor. Surprising lack of alcohol in the taste for an 8% ABV. Very smooth and dangerously easy to drink. Not much in the way of a finish, but quite tasty overall.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
SpaceMonkey (182) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 16, 2003
A good bit of alcohol and rounded malts creep up the nose along with a slightly fruity touch. A long lasting off-white microbubble head puts in a good fight, but gives in to the alcohol in the end. This pours a deep amber-copper-brown. The first thing I get from this is a type of wine like character followed up by a warm sensation. The end follows with a large sweet patch and a little bit of hops. This is interesting, almost on the edge of a barley wine type profile, yet it has some typical Belgian style flavors going on too. The heavy alcohol is a little overpowering in the nose and the beginning flavors, but it ends up fading out gracefully to make a strange mix of fruit, sweetness, and bitter.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rambis (12) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 13, 2003
Spice/herb/veggie? Uhh... Not sure I'd go so far as to vote this American Beer of the Year, but it was a nice substitute as an intro to Dogfish Head Brewery when the bar didn't have World Wide Stout. Like a Belgian strong ale without the kick or strength. I kept thinking something was missing, but about halfway through when my taste buds caught up to my expectations I was able to just settle down and enjoy it for what it was, rather than comparing it to stronger ales. Sweet, fruity, and highly complex, but lacking the power and depth of stronger Belgians. Is to stronger Belgians like a cream stout is to a stout - sweeter, weaker, but still capturing some of the style. Interesting and worth a repeat visit.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WabashMan (1024) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - FEB 10, 2003
This beer has a very nice, smooth, and drinkable flavor. But...is it TOO easy to drink? A bit TOO smooth, and lacking any bite or kick to make it truly extraordinary. I wasn't sure what to expect from this one, but it was, overall, a very nice beer, despite my above comment.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
xmandax (130) - Astoria, New York, USA - FEB 7, 2003
good christ this is sweet. sweet, sweet nose, smells like carmel malt. nice deep orange with a bright white, quick fading head. lots of carmel in the flavor, also, with undertones of fruitiness. nice and heavy. one a night is okay, but definitely no more than that.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
boto (2152) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - FEB 7, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2003 It is a bit of mahogany in color. Head dissapates quickly. Inhale this and WOW! Big nose very remenicent of a Belgian Strong. Sweet, strong nose. Very Aromatic. The taste is very sweet also. Caramel & fruit. This is a definite keeper. A wonderful introduction to this avant garde brewery. Can't wait to taste their others!!! Not quite sure how this is listed in the Spice/Herb/Vegetable Style. Re-rate: Had this on tap at the CTRiver brewers festival. It has much more head than the bottle version. Still a very hard one to beet!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCW (1278) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 6, 2003
I had this on tap - its an excellent brew. Must be high in alcohol, I'm feeling it. Fruity taste with out going over the top. Very complex. I really like this one!

2.2
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 7/20
Discofish (152) - USA - FEB 5, 2003
There is something about this beer that I just don't like. The nose is sweet, fruity, and acidy. There is a rotten hint to it which almost reminds me of vommit. It tastes sweet at first, then fruity, then a hint of the vommit like smell. That favor is strange. I will try again and re-rate if my opinion changes.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - FEB 3, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2006 12oz bottle - Clear deep ruby red color with small light tan head. Aroma has a fair amount of caramel and vanilla, bit of maple and faint note of something peat-like. Flavor is malty, touches of caramel, oak, molasses, and really faint roasty notes. Finish is mildly sweet, relatively dry.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
LoveCaissa (873) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 3, 2003
1999 vintage. Beautiful deep mahogany colour with a small but nicely clinging head. Very nice sweet aroma (raisin/plums, roasted malts, and a little alcohol). Wonderful and complex flavour ending in a good spicy and surprisingly pleasant (as opposed to heavy) finish.


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