RATINGS: 2450   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
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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Drinkingdan (375) - East Norriton, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2003
Dark brown in color, Complex and full of great flavors. Awesome Brew!!!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - JAN 31, 2003
Smells Belgian. A little like Unibroue Maudite. Has bubble gum like flavors and of course raisins. The rasins give it a grainy/dry aftertaste. Coats the mout like crazy. Copper color with a little lace.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fulkrum78 (175) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 27, 2003
This is an interesting beer. Very different for me. Hard to explain, though it provides an interesting sensation on the palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
edden (925) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 27, 2003
1/26/03: bottle. light orange- brown colored body. head quickly diminishes but there are plenty of carbonation bubbles to go around. some lacing. hints of yeast in the nose. to the taste: about equal amounts of yeast and malt with hints of raisins.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - JAN 27, 2003
Copper colored body with a thin, tan head. No lacing.
Smells like a yeasty Belgian beer. Some sweetness is also apparent in the nose.
Tastes yeasty and sweet/ Some maltiness but little hoppiness.
Smooth to drink.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JAN 26, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2003 A good example of how complexity does not always equate to goodness (yes I know I'm going against the grain here). A very odd crimson brown color. Looks like a dark rum in the glass--there is little head. The nose is primarily of Belgian yeast mixed with cherries, plums and molasses. At first sip, this seems like an interesting experience; initially there is a cutting sweetness, interspersed with orts of fruit flavor, but the blend is not holistic enough and it shows as the palate unravels. This is a confusing muck of ill-matched flavors. The sheer uniqueness may have been enough to sell me on this being an above-average beer, but as the sip dissipates, one is faced with a palate-drying MSG aftertaste, and I am not one who characterizes the taste of glutamate as "delicious."

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - JAN 26, 2003
I shouldn't have tried this beer while having a cold, a lot of the complexity is being lost on me. That being said, I don't like the aftertaste, it seems a bit artificial. One of the most beautiful beers I've ever seen though. Crystal clear gold-red, slightest bit of foamy fringe reminding us that it is indeed, a beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - JAN 26, 2003
This beer poured a dark reddish color and formed a small bubbly white head that didn't hold and left little lace. Some carbonation present. An aroma of caramel and other candy frangrances. Flavor of caramel and raisins with a slight hint of the alcohol present. A good beer, but not a traditional style belgian. Typical Dogfish experimenting.

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