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Enlightenment: The Age Of Raisin - Renaissance Brewing

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Enlightenment: The Age Of Raisin
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Ratings: 18
Reviews: 5
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 10.79%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Renaissance Brewing visit their website
New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style | ABV
Belgian Dark Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Vanz on 01-27-2014)
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Cramshawbar, May 20, 2014
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Vanz, Jan 27, 2014
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Purchased at the LCBO for a mighty $7.00 or so for a 500ml bottle. Served at 6deg C in a challis.

A- Very good. Opens well not much head though. Nice and dark

S- Very good. Very boozy though. Rather basic roasted malt and caramel.

T- Slight back of the mouth raisins but that's it. Not much else. Can taste the raisin seeds barely

M- Ok but not great

O- Pretty good but will not buy again. Not even worth half the price.

Food Pairing

I tried this with a BBQ'd T bone steak and it was way light and watery. Super low flavor


DaveBar, May 27, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

WillAndSarah, Jun 27, 2014
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3.45/5  rDev +0.6%

500ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for $7 or so

Appearance - Reddish brown colour with an average size off-white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for around 4-5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Caramel, malts, breads/grains, raisins, burnt sugar

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste caramel, malts, and raisins. There is also some burnt sugary sweet notes, and a yeasty spiciness.

Overall - I'm on the fence with this one. Not good and not bad at the same time. It has an interesting mix of flavours but comes across as a home brew in some ways. Definitely not a repeat purchase - especially given the price - but not a complete waste.

spinrsx, Aug 13, 2014
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Interesting beer, Belgian style strong ale, but has the extra presence of the raisin flavour coming through.My first experience with this brewery, but look forward to trying there other releases. The kiwis really know how to produce good beer. Would buy again.

motabika, Feb 13, 2014
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3/5  rDev -12.5%

kwjd, May 04, 2014
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3.6/5  rDev +5%

This 'Enlightenment' offering rather needs light shed on it - literally, otherwise the ale that is in actuality clear and striking blood orange in colour appears distastefully murky and an off-coloured brown tone. The fact that it's hopelessly flat doesn't help things either. All in all, Age of Raisin looks much as one might expect a beverage fermented with raisins to look.

As advertised, there's a good amount of raisin flavour in the aroma. It is combined with brown sugar, cinnamon, and just a hint of chocolate - the mind turns immediately to dessert. While more than agreeable, it is undeniably lacking a certain something; authentic Belgian Dubbels make far more of an impression than this.

Dubbels can be naturally abundant in dried fruit flavour, so it's somewhat surprising that the addition of raisins hasn't resulted in overkill. It falls squarely on the sweet side, to be sure, but nothing cloying; there's enough maltiness (itself sweet, but not sugary) and earthy hops to temper it. Notions of port or prune juice would be way overblown.

Instead, Age of Raisin has more of a Christmas fruitcake-type profile: dried fruitiness abounds but is blended into a mix of spongy vanilla cake, a toffee glaze, and, courtesy of the yeast, a bakers rack of spices that include the usual suspects cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg. Far from bombastic, however, all these flavours are rather downplayed, a bit "watered-down" even.

In fairness, that also includes the alcohol. The presence of darker coloured grain and impressionable yeast conjures to mind low-alcohol Kvass - an understandable comparison given that both are fermented with raisins. Indeed, this should suit the Russian palate just fine. Belgian monks, on the other hand, they will surely find much to be desired...

Renaissance is one of the breweries to impress me most over the last year, but the two Enlightenment offerings I've tried (this and Great Punkin) have been relative let-downs considering how outstanding most of their other beers are.

biegaman, Jun 08, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

tbeckett, Aug 28, 2014
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TerryW, Jun 11, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +2%

Bottle from the LCBO, poured slightly chilled into tulip glass, colour is a medium darkish brown with a rocky tan head with decent retention and lacing.

S - burnt caramel, plums, raisin aromas, some earthy almost metallic notes, dark malts and christmas cake mixed with some subtle belgian yeast aromatics, some clove and spice.

T - frothy and sharp head, flavour yields a rolling caramel with raisin and figgy plum character, vvery sharp and assertive carbonation, leading to a crisp and zesty finish. Flavour also has some plum brandy character, clove and cinnamon, preserved lemon.

M - quite overcarbonated I think, body was good otherwise, decently spicy and mouthfilling with a full dried and preserved fruit character and complimenting spice.

Overall, the carbonation and initial acidy were drawbacks on an otherwise decently good beer. Aroma did a good job showcasing the potential which was then muddled in the course of the flavour on the palate. It bounced around a lot, the raisins and caramel were a bit of a mainstay but it got quite bright and zesty which didn't work as well. Overall it was an interesting concept, but I think maybe going a similar route to Lost Abbey with more robust flavours would be a better compliment to the raisins. Still an interest concept and it is quite drinkable.

mick303, Sep 11, 2014
Enlightenment: The Age Of Raisin from Renaissance Brewing
80 out of 100 based on 18 ratings.