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RATINGS: 2372   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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4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DavefromChicago (201) - Illinois, USA - JAN 5, 2003
Looks like a nice glass of English bitter, with its small head and reddish-brown "clear as a bell" color. The nose however, encounters the perfumy combination of a Belgian triple. Alcohol, fruit, honey - (is it the raisins?), yeast, a subtle hoppiness, and the most important part - funkiness - like it was buried in the ground for awhile. Very sweet, rich yet delicate flavor, excellent mouthfeel. Finish may be a bit sweet, but this has to be my favorite DH brew.


1.9
Bill Becker (1916) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - NOV 22, 2017
From May 2008


I got this bottle in a trade with Wasatch. Thanks John!

The pour reveals a clear reddish amber liquid with a 2 finger head of foam and plenty of lacing. Very good head retention.

The smell has notes of wood, bubblegum, candy sugar, and a fruitiness.

The taste is....different. I get a musky flavour mixed with some caramel malt, along with bubblegum, some candy sugar, but, I can't get over the muskiness, if that is the proper way to describe it. Whole lot of alcohol going on in the taste as well, and too much warming for the abv, imho. I'm drinking this at near room temperature and maybe that isn't the way to go but under these conditions, it's not working for me at all. The body is definitely on the watery side for me..

I'm glad I got to try this brew but it just doesn't do it for me, unlike the majority of DFH's brews. 1 bottle is more than enough and I wouldn't seek this out again, for sure. To me, the flavours are a mess.

4
MarkBarnes (419) - Waterville, New York, USA - MAY 28, 2017
May 28, 2017. Flight selection at DFH brewpub in Rehoboth. Outstanding Belgian strong...smoky, oak flavor...long caramel, sugary finish. Will be looking for this in the future.

2.8
BeerRenter76 (1044) - Texas, USA - MAY 9, 2017
Originally rated on 1/2/2009.A nice deep brown with a slight reddish tint body, off white head that left plenty of lace. Flavor was a disappointment with mostly a metallic presence that dominated the other flavors. I guess this was a bad bottle, maybe i might try it again someday.

3.5
PanMarek (464) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 22, 2017
Dark clear, brown / reddish pour with thick beige foam. Full body with less fizz and a thick, sweet finish. Dried fruit in the nose and caramel, nutty malts, burnt sugar. Some light bitterness, but this is all about the malt mingling with the fruit. The finish has a little yeast and alcohol. A strong, complex approach to a Belgian that would compliment a range of flavorful foods.


3.4
Korcz (3390) - Warsaw, POLAND - JAN 17, 2017
Backlog, ocena przepisana z untappd, w ramach uzupełniania profilu na ratebeer.

3.1
Faathoven (105) - Barcellona P.G., ITALY - DEC 29, 2016
Pours dark brown with whitish head. Aroma of dark fruits, belgian yeast, caramel malts. Just the same in the mouth. Medium body with low to medium carbonation. Sticky palate. Somehow decent, not that good but not that bad after all.

3.2
Msdrbeat (785) - East Lansing, USA - DEC 21, 2016
On tap at DFH. The mouthfeel is smooth but there’s a banana yeasty taste I’m not a fan of.

3.6
tia (2228) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - DEC 10, 2016
Sampler at brewery. Copper color, minimal head. Smells like tobacco and fruit. Dry Lightly bitter.

3.2
PhillyCraft (8041) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 21, 2016
Vtg backlog, bottle, always preferred the old extra to this one. Brown pour with a medium khaki sized head. Smell is vegetable, dark fruit, spice, and belgian yeast. Taste is plum, fig, candy sugar, and light hops. Ok, but prefer St Bernardus and Rochefort.

3.5
drsordr (2885) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - SEP 14, 2016
Can’t believe I have never rated this. Draft to taster at cappy’s pour dark copper with thin ecru head. Nose sweet malt, raisin, caramel, apple. Taste similar to nose, sweet early, then raisin, sweet, and fruit. Later light dank.


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