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Fort - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
83
good

925 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 925
Reviews: 487
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 19.35%


Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Brewery visit their website
Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  18.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

An ale brewed with a ridiculous amount of pureed raspberries (over a ton of 'em!). Fort has a Belgian-style base, then we follow a similar fermentation process to the one we use on our other super-high ABV beers, 120 Minute IPA and World Wide Stout.

49 IBU
ABV varies from 15-18%.

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PorterLambic

Florida

3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange-brown with very little head that disappears immediately. Surprise, no lace.
Smell is malty, alcohol, strawberry, and dark fruits.
Taste is like sherry with malt, dark fruits, a big hit of alcohol with no noticeable raspberry but a slight strawberry note.
Full-bodied and a medium effervescence, smooth, almost chewy. A really good beer if a sipping one.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2010 17:49:34 | More by PorterLambic
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YouSkeete

Massachusetts

3.1/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: unfiltered caramel/orange color. Barely any head whatsoever, hardly any lacing.

S: Seriously boozy. There is not even remotely any attempt to mask the alcohol in the aroma. Hints of raspberries, strawberries and blackberries make their way through the alcohol to the nose.

T: Tastes like a red wine on the cheaper side. Raspberries are prevalent in the flavor, along with other dark fruits. Raspberry sweetness is a little overpowering for the balance of this beer, which is essentially it's downfall. Very very boozy, alcohol hits the palate hard.

M: Burn of alcohol with an aftertaste that's much too sweet. Medium carbonation, medium body.

D: Definitely a sipper. My suggestion would be to split the bottle 3 or more ways, that way you aren't morally forced to finish this whole thing.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2010 02:56:15 | More by YouSkeete
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TCgoalie

Michigan

4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled in 2008

Poured into an oversized wine glass revealing an opaque caramel red drink. No head to speak of and no visible carbonation.

The smell is very interesting and unique. Notes of raspberry, strawberry, caramel, clove, spice, and a huge hit of alcohol heat.

A lot of flavors come out in the taste, much like the smell. As it warms it is getting much better. The initial tastes are caramaly and raspberry tart with other flavors such as granny smith apple, buttery tannin, and a slight smoky hint.

I truly enjoy the mouthfeel as it provides a full tart feel in the mouth with a dry finish.

Fort drinks like a wine. It is like a beer wine hybrid, very unique.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2010 00:33:45 | More by TCgoalie
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elton044

Florida

4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an oversized wine glass.

An amber-red, quite opaque hue with little to no head, fully as expected. Many appraisals mention a "boozy" note to the aroma, but I did not find this to be especially prevalent; those truly accustomed to barley wines and other high ABV products will find no undue surprises here. Hints of fruit/raspberries are abundantly evident, which are a credit to this product's traditional December distribution schedule - perfect for the holidays.

A medium to full-bodied mouth feel with the anticipated tingle that accompanies a high ABV offering. I strongly encourage you to swish it a bit in order to fully appreciate this. Take a moment to allow the alcohols and fruit content to permeate your palate; I assure you it will be QUITE worth it.

Taste reveals a pleasantly robust raspberry flavor with a nice interaction between the obvious Belgian Ale type base. Pair this creation with a dark chocolate, say an 86% cacao offering as I went with, and you certainly won't go wrong. While I was fortunate enough to pair Fort with a "greasier" poultry, duck, on one occasion, I prefer its interaction with dark chocolate. The raspberry notes and Belgian brewing characteristics virtually beg for an ultra high dark chocolate intensity compliment.

The bottom line? While I acknowledge that I have much to learn, if you seek to become a true beer connoisseur, as I do, appreciate the experience of this product for what it is. Is it the absolute top of the line in the high ABV category? Not yet. Will it deliciously open your mind to the possibilities of what can be accomplished when enlightened minds prevail in the brewing process? Unabashedly, yes! Respect the experience itself, as well as what you're about to get into overall, pair it well and keep an open mind and I guarantee that your "Respect Beer" mantra will be elevated to the quintessential next level.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2010 20:40:00 | More by elton044
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a snifter. The color is a reddish-orange with a tiny head that quickly dissipates. The nose is just straight-up raspberries and booze. A nice sweetness and a bit of a tart character. The taste is similar with it almost acting as a liqueur. Right now, this is definitely too boozy although I could see it aging fairly well as long as a good bit of the fruit holds up.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2010 00:49:58 | More by Thorpe429
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billab914

Virginia

2.75/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On the bottle it said bottled in 2008. Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Southern Tier tulip glass. It poured amber orange in color with a slight reddish tint to it. It has a very modest head, barely covering the top of the beer and concentrated around the edges.

The aroma shows a lot of boozy alcohol to it. The raspberries are definitely present as well but come through more as if they were soaked in alcohol. There is just too much solvent like alcohol flavors coming through to be that appealing.

The taste shows a lot of the fruity raspberry flavors. They really come through pretty nicely and taste fresh which is a plus. Lots of alcohol present as well and very warming as I drank it. More of an alcohol soaked raspberry flavor to it then anything else really.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side and somewhat syrupy with moderate carbonation. Drinkability isn't that great unfortunately, it's a lot like drinking a raspberry liquor. Just too hot and boozy to be that drinkable. The raspberry flavors were pretty good and fresh but they weren't bold enough to get past the alcohol. This wasn't that bad of a drink, I just don't think it scores well as a beer. I probably would think it was a very good raspberry liquor.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2010 23:06:11 | More by billab914
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danielplainview

Kentucky

3.1/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - rich amber/orange color.

Smell - RAz raz RAz. (and alcohol)

Taste - The alcohol is hidden quite well, with raspberry and malt predominant. A bit too sweet and cloying.

Mouthfeel - Carbonated and prominent heat Too thick and syrupy for my taste.

Drinkability - A little to boozy for me. The syrupy nature would really make me think twice

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2010 21:59:59 | More by danielplainview
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heebes

Ontario (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

1 pint, bottled 2009

Pours a hazy cloudy grapefruit orange with no head to speak of...
The nose is strong alcohol (warning: DFH high ABV green cap!!), berries. The sip reveals a strong raspberrie flavour which warms quickly, an alcoholic blast at the front quickly hides and the finish lingers with more berry taste. Medium bodied, slight chewiness to the brew. Drinkability is going to be slightly low on this big bomber of a DFH brew. I agree it would age nicely as the bottle says, perhaps cutting the alcohol taste a bit. This'll be my beer for the night, share it if you have the company.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2010 21:38:05 | More by heebes
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aasher

Indiana

4.22/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This eighteen percenter from 11/10/06 looks like a dark belgian stained red. It's a dark crimson in color with no head. It barely allows light to pass through. It smells of a dark belgian, rich, yeasty, tart from the raspberries, and of smooth alcohol. It drinks pretty thick. It's a flavorful medium bodied. It's very sweet, very tart, and full of alcohol but it all mixes well together. This one is a great beer done well. Not too shabby for the supposed most alcoholic fruit beer in the world.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2010 04:44:30 | More by aasher
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BierFan

Michigan

3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled in 2008.

Appearance: Small not really there white head. Peach/pink hues and hazy body. Okay lacing for such a high abv.

Smell: Sweet pleasant raspberry juice and very noticeable alcohol. Definitely a boozy beer.

Taste: Tart raspberries but overall not as much raspberry as I expected. The high alcohol really slows down the consumption of this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2010 02:58:10 | More by BierFan
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drpimento

Wisconsin

3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Not nearly as good as I'd expected. Poured with a smallish, tan with orange tints, fizzy head and no lace. Color is a clear amber with red highlights. Aroma is brandy with raspberry, a bit tart, and a little malt. Flavor's about the same. Body's ok, but it seems to need a little more carboantion - sure would help cut the sweetness. Finish is like flavor, medium to long in length and very boozy. Was going to sip this while watching Poirot and Mystery! on the tube, but uh uh. Don't want any more. Would be good to cook with tho.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2010 01:09:20 | More by drpimento
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benyerd

Virginia

4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(A) Very Pink in color and actually changed in color as it was being poured. There was absolutely no head retention at all due to the high alcohol percentage. (thanks andy)

(S) Smell was awesome. Very strong and coud smell the fruit more than anything. Great Aroma!

(T) Simply Fantastic! I can taste the alcohol in it but the fruit flavor still overwhelms. Best fruit beer in a while!

(M) Very light mouthfeel. It left a slight film along my palate but the flavor still lingered after swallowed.

(D) A very drinkable beer! Best fruit beer I have had in a while. Would drink a whole bottle in one setting if it would kill me!

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2010 04:11:28 | More by benyerd
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avalon07

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a yellow color and a slightly hazy consistency. There was a big, foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Pretty good lacing.

S: A big, fruity aroma featuring raspberries, malt, a touch of hops and a lot of booze.

T: Tasted of raspberries, hops, and some malt. The alcohol, while somewhat well masked,is unavoidable. Nonetheless, this is a pretty solid flavor.

M: A decent amount of carbonation with a slick finish. Medium-bodied.

D: Like a lot of DFH beers this one will not appeal to everyone. However, this is still a drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2010 13:25:20 | More by avalon07
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matjack85

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer comes in a 750ml brown champagne style bottle. At 18% alcohol, this beer will keep awhile. I noticed some reviewers had 5 year old bottles of this stuff before they opened it. Mine is from the 2008 release, so it's only 2 years old.

The pour resulted in a pink grapefruit juice looking drink with just a thin white rim for a head and no lacing whatsoever.

When they say this stuff is made with tons of raspberry puree, they're not kidding. There's as much raspberry smell to this as there is in a fresh baked raspberry pie or an open jar of raspberry preserves. Add the alcohol and it's similar to opening a bottle of Chambord Liqueur.

This fruit beer is nothing like the Belgian lambic style fruit beers I've tried. The Belgians don't come close to matching this beer's alcohol potency. Raspberry and malt flavors dominate the taste with alcohol that doesn't even try to hide itself. It tastes like raspberries and other berries steeped in alcohol.

The best part about this beer is its mouthfeel. Despite its heavy raspberry taste, it isn't syrupy at all. Its actually thin to medium bodied with low carbonation. A lot of people like to sip this because of the high alcohol, but I actually liked taking a few big gulps.

There is no way anyone should drink this whole bottle by themself - it's meant for sharing, but that doesn't mean it doesn't have high drinkability. It's a pleasure to drink like a fine cordial, so I'm not gonna knock it down on drinkability just because of the high alcohol. You might not drink a lot of it, but what you do drink of it, you'll like.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2010 00:52:46 | More by matjack85
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korguy123

Ontario (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottled 2009. Poured into DFH Signature Glass

A- Dark copper pour with deep ruby red highlights. Carbonation is insane in this creating a finger width soapy white head. Lacing is remarkable.

S- Not sure what sticks out more; the alcohol or the raspberries. Both very strong. They are duking it out in my nose. Vanilla and faint cane sugar. Alcohol and raspberries smells blend together to give a slight sour/vinegar smell.

T- Brown sugar, tart raspberries which are much more noticeable than the nose. Very warming alcohol. Much sweeter than I imagined it would be.

M- Smooth and silky, alcohol burning all the way down. Sweet and smooth finish.

I finished the bottle solo, part of me is glad I did but the alcohol and acidity from the raspberries is doing a number on my stomach. Would be enough to split this with one or two extra people.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2010 19:07:56 | More by korguy123
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jlenik

New Jersey

4.47/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had two servings of this at the International Great Beer Expo in Cuddebackville, NY.

notes from 07/24/10:

750ml bottle

2006 vintage

a: reddish in appearance and kind of hazy
s: a bit fruit and a bit boozy
t: amazing. I've tried this fresh and it is in no way even close to this one from 2006. It's strong but four years definitely gave it enough time to cool down. It's definitely fortified.
m: minimal carbonation. very dry.
d: Almost a little too good for something that's 18% abv. I've also had this problem with a few DFH's other brews (WWS and Raison D'extra). Get a few years on them and you are set.

summary: try it fresh. then store a few away for a while.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2010 06:46:16 | More by jlenik
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Gobzilla

California

3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

750ml bottle courtesy of shrek806 good lookin out playa

A: poured a pinkish orange with yellow highlights that had absolutely no head and no lacing at all sticking to the glass. It looks like a colorful barrel aged beer.

S: very big booze aroma smacked my nostrils at first whiff with apparent raspberries notes and vinous wine character as well. It also seemed to have syrup, strawberries, and floral notes too.

T: the booze is pretty intense on the palate but not as punchy like the nose but does kinda mesh with the raspberries and strawberries. It had vinous wine flavor that reminded me of a wine cooler but much boozier.

M: the wine cooler..ahh I mean beer was light to medium body with zero amount of carbonation which had a sweet fruity and extremely boozy finish.

D: obviously the beer drank pretty poor due to the ABV and was a sipper beer for sure but I'm still glad I had the oppotunity to try the strongest fruit beer on earth.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2010 06:52:58 | More by Gobzilla
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CONOR8832

Texas

2.73/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Very colorful beer, beautiful aray of colors, amber, some shades of pink, and some delicate red tones,I am sure from the rasberries. Very eye catching in appearance.

S - Solid aroma of fresh off the vine rasberries, with a touch of a freshly popped botte of chanpagne. This smell reminds me of a New Years celebration.

T - An explosive hit of fresh pureed rasberrries, there are a few citrus tasting notes in there but mostly fermented rasberries. Slight taste of some wood/oak notes with the champagne flavor left to linger on your tounge.

M - Ok I am going to make my champagne reference again. Yes this beer was very bubbly and dry, like a fine french champange. (I am now done with champagne references)

D - Not my personal favorite but I have to try everything. There was a little to much rasberry flavor/sweetness. I know that this is a fruit beer but in my opinion I did not care for the the sweetness that Fort had to it, like I said not my favorite but it is ok. Good beer to have after dinner in combination with some dark chocolate.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2010 13:43:09 | More by CONOR8832
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steve8robin

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Been waiting to is finally try this brew. Huge ABV fruit beer? Unheard of. 750ml bottle...

A: Deep golden ruby copper with a thick 1 inch off white head that fades at a decent pace. Very good.

S: Cherry tartness upfront blended with some super sweet raspberries. Heavy port and alcohol booziness in the middle. Nice malty oak on the backend. Good.

T: Starts with a sharp bite of alcohol quickly followed by very strong raspberry flavor. Super sugary fruity malts in the middle with some hints of breadiness on the backend. Good.

M: Very thick bodied with a huge heavy carbonation. Decent.

D: Wow, despite the huge ABV, this goes down surprisingly easy! Dogfish has definitely mastered the art of making super boozy beers very drinkable. Very good.

All in all, this is a great brew. I thought the ABV would totally ruin this one, but it goes down super easy. This is one of the best fruit beers I have tasted yet. If you like big beers and nice strong beers with some sweet fruity flavors blended in, then definitely find this one and try it.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2010 06:29:11 | More by steve8robin
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emmasdad

Colorado

2.78/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

WOW, and not in a good way. Spent a night in Loveland with the family, and stopped into a well known liqour store for a few bottles. Saw 750s of this one on sale for eleven bucks, and my wife really wanted to try it. This was not a pleasant experience. Huge raspberry flavors were present, but so was a huge, overbearing and unpleasant alcohol presence. This one was too hot to be enjoyed.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2010 04:09:11 | More by emmasdad
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Stigs

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

big 750ml, split amongst 4 people (thank god)...served in chalices. 2009 vintage.

A - a bit of a dull, muddy reddish/purple/brown color...was exepecting more red from the massive amount of berries. very thin film of bubbles, no lacing or foam.

S - loads of raspberries, cough syrup, alcohol...about it, though not bad.

T - berries struggle to fight through a massive bozzy alcohol flavor. they do come through, just barely, and losing any sense of freshness or tart along the way.

M - thick and syrupy, with barely any carbonation. ALCOHOL BURN.

D - interesting as expected, but i was really hoping for a bigger fruit profile and less booze. dont bother with this until 5+ years, but by that time the fruit will probably be stale.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2010 16:39:59 | More by Stigs
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speter

New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Initially, I'd have said this was raspberry red, but a closer inspection reveals it to be a murky orange with a quickly-fading tan head that leaves wisps all over the side of the glass.

S: Raspberries and alcohol, all the way! Actually, alcohol and raspberries, but with a definite Belgian angle somewhere in the high notes.

T: The initial taste is a combination of the booze and berries, which persists well into the center. Just past the center, it opens up with various spicy overtones like cloves, cinnamon, and pepper, which carry you through a warming finish. Who needs port when you've got this?

M: Very viscous and warming, though there is a bit more carbonation than typical for a high ABV DFH beer.

D: This is very much a dessert beer, with a drinkability to match.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2010 01:33:33 | More by speter
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claspada

New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours orange/golden color with a small white head.

The aroma is dominated by sweet, sugary raspberries and booze; a small amount of citrus hops present themselves as well. This

The taste is strong, boozy raspberries, but not in a completely offensive way. Definitely sweet and not what I consider "beer" per-say but good. This is more of a carbonated raspberry mead.

Light medium bodied with a low level of carbonation and a viscous mouthfeel. The strength and sweetness knocks the drinkability down, but this is an interesting beer that's worth a try, but not a repeatable offering in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2010 20:10:11 | More by claspada
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StephenRich

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The Dogfish Head Fort; a giant Belgian Ale brewed with a ridiculous amount of pureed raspberries. Would you expect anything less from Dogfish Head? Well, you shouldn't. Dogfish Head has a huge range of beers right now, and many of them are high alcohol, rich beers primed for ageing. The Fort is a perfect example. What is a ridiculous amount of raspberries you ask? Over one ton of them! Its works out to be 20 pounds per barrel produced.

This though is no ordinary fruit beer. It is not some mild wheat beer sweetened with touches or even heaps of fruit. This is a beer crafted to be rich, large, and definitely in charge. The one ton of pureed raspberries are added during fermentation so that the yeasts can do their job in a playground of sugar.

Sam Calagione, Founder and President of Dogfish Head, claims it to be the strongest fruit beer in the world at 18% abv, and it very well may be. It really is an exciting experience, and Sam is adamant that this beer will age supremely well and will really hit its stride after a few years. I have only had the opportunity to enjoy a fresh bottle, but when I am ready to shell out the $20 that each 750 ml bottle costs, you can be sure I will be cellaring it.

Uncap the bottle and you will instantly notice that the air around you now has the perfumed scent of sweet fruit fields and tart raspberries. But then pour it and this beer erupts into a massive world of deeply rich aromas with pungent fruit and Belgian Flavors.

The pour is very lively rushing a stream of tiny carbonation everywhere the beer exists, but it does not lift a significant head. On my first pour I actually got close to no head, but then the second, more vigorous pour did yield about a half inch or white fluffy head. Both though showed only traces of lacing after a few minutes. It can be difficult for a beer of this strength to maintain its head, so I was certainly not worried. Especially not after peering into the deep ruby red beer that sat in front of me.

It glowed amber orange in the light showing traces of gold and hints of garnet out of the light. It really was a beautiful beer that drew me in close. I poured it cool around 7C (45F) expecting that it would be both refreshing when cool, and soothing when warm. Something told me I would not be pounding back this 18% monster.

The nose is an absolute rush. You barely need to come close to it; a gentle waft from a foot away will bring you bright sweet raspberries, pale malt sweetness and hints of spice and alcohol. Get right in there and you are absolutely consumed by rich fruits. More than just raspberries come to play this game now - mulled cherries, blackberries and bits of warm apple are there along with vanilla and light caramel. The malts are there but hidden under the sweet power of the fruit. It shows a brisk wall of tartness and still the warmth of alcohol, but no where close enough to bing down the fruit. Notes of spice, maybe white pepper appear in the end, but still, this beer is dominated by a ton of raspberries.

I will warm when you go into drink this beer, do not expect a fruit Lambic. Cause it is not. In fact, if you put the Fort vs a Lambic in a boxing ring, the Lambic would be TKO'd by the first round. But you should be ready for it after smelling it.

First comes the undeniable power of Belgian ales. Powerful, brightly tart Belgian yeast and pale malts open your tongue to sweetness and funk. After only a quick second the fruit begins to pour in almost erasing that initial sensation. Once it touches your cheeks it is all uphill from there. The rich and sweet flavors of cherries and backberries wash in first followed soon by a more tart raspberry crack. It all comes in very smoothly offering itself and several flavors bound together in unison and harmony. The apples that I got in the nose are gone, but the spice and pepper is here in the back of my mouth. It adds a necessary crispness and a touch of balance to this supremely sweet beer.

Sweet yes - but sugar sweet, no. It is very natural and shows no signs of medicinal sweetness or artificial flavors as many fruit beers tend to. As it warms up a touch the depth of the fruit is revealed and more spice like cinnamon and clove step to bat. A warmth of brandy like alcohol washes by your tongue making you a touch more sensitive to the soothing tart of the raspberries.

Although it is very sweet and juicy, it is actually relatively dry and quenching. Very fine carbonation definitely helps this, and the pepper, tart flavors and a subtle hint of hops all help make this beer drinkable. Without that it would be too one sided and over aggressive.

I enjoyed this a lot, but enjoyed it on its won. Next time I have a bottle I will be pairing it with either a flourless chocolate cake, a chocolate raspberry tart, or beef ribs. Yes, beef ribs. The sweet savory flavors of the tender beef coated in sweet and tangy BBQ sauce will be amazing with this sweetly tart powerhouse. Make sure you have a bib.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2010 18:39:34 | More by StephenRich
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kbutler1

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Grabbed this on a recent trip down to FL. Bottled on 7/9/07. 18% abv, wow! Poured a deep hazy orange apricot color with minimal head. The aroma is a sweet smells of raspberry, vanilla, and alcohol. The first sip is fruity but then the alcohol bites back a little but not necessarily in a bad way. The more I sip on it the better it becomes. Surprised how drinkable it is for the abv. Med/Heavy mouthfeel. Overall, I actually really like this one and would have it again.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2010 16:44:40 | More by kbutler1
Fort from Dogfish Head Brewery
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