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RATINGS: 2444   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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3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
elektrikjester (90) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUL 31, 2010
Served in a trappist glass. Pours a dark amber, with an ever-so-slight haze. Practically no head to speak of, with some slight off-white lacing. Alcohol dominates the aroma, with hints of raisin, grape, and vanilla in the background. Taste is driven by alcohol, which is almost overpowering at first. As the beer warms a bit more and one gets more into the flavors, dried fruit (raisin and apricot) become more discernible. There is slight hoppiness and a mild biscuity flavor toward the end, with alcohol returning for a lingering aftertaste. Palate is rather lively, with a moderate amount of tingle from the carbonation. The beer has a rather thin, watery mouthfeel, and can go a bit too quickly if you’re not careful (bear in mind that at 8 percent, this ale is rather potent). In sum, it’s a nice beer, but given the many great ales that DFH produces, I’d have to consider this one of the brewery’s lesser offerings. Alcohol seriously unbalances this beer and the complex flavors are obscured as a result. But the complexity is there, and one just has to be patient with this beer. If you like Midas Touch, definitely give this one a try--many of the same characteristics, albeit in the darker, Belgian strong ale style.


4
MarkBarnes (418) - 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 (1015) - 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 (447) - 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 (104) - 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 (780) - 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 (2226) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - DEC 10, 2016
Sampler at brewery. Copper color, minimal head. Smells like tobacco and fruit. Dry Lightly bitter.

3.2
PhillyCraft (7229) - 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 (2659) - 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.

3.2
rgf001 (324) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 15, 2016
Aroma is nice but too low for a Belgian strong ale. Foam is too short lasting. Flavor is malty but not complex. Medium finish, should be dry.


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