Fort - Dogfish Head Brewery
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4.2/5 rDev +14.1%
Apperance: Light ruby brown, with longstanding slightly offwhite head. Lacing lingers for a pleasantly long time. The color of the beer fades into caramel as the glass gets thinner.
Aroma: Aroma is strongly fruity and sweet. Dark berry fruits and other types of sweetness seem to soak up the initial aroma. There seems to be some fruit-like bitterness/sharpness also present in the aroma.
Taste: The taste is strong in fruit flavor right up front, but this beer quickly dries as it glances across the tongue. Quickly this goes from being a sweet fruity beer to a dry beer with raspberry notes. The mouthfeel is pleasantly full, and the finish is dry but still reminiscent of the lingering fruit. The alcohol content seems to blast it's way into your face during the middle of the swallow. It doesn't seem too strong right now, but we'll have to see how I feel in 20 minutes...
Notes: Good flavor, interesting beer. This one is tasty, but heed warning. 18% abv is not for the fruit beer drinking faint of heart. Heads up.
02-05-2006 23:43:47 | More by beerinator
4.33/5 rDev +17.7%
This beer poured a clear orange/pinkish hued body with a small white head that died quickly.
Nose is interesting and very intriguing. Soft raspberries or cherries and very muted. A definite fruit juice smell tone blends into thick but never overpowering alcohol. At 18% I was expecting so much alcohol it burned. This is soft and present. The fruits come out but never sting. Really an amazing smell.
Huge thick body. First impression is not so much lambic, but a perfectly balanced fruit puree reduction that's been turned into a beer. There's definitely malt in this beer as well. Touches of caramel and a strong alcohol remind me of a good english barleywine. Alcohol definitely come alive as it warms and although it has hints of chambord or other raspberry flavor liquors, it's not as sharp and much more drinkable. The hops in this beer are so well balanced as to make them almost unnoticeable. They come out a bit more as it warms giving it a decent bitterness with just enough hop flavor to add some flavor, but are never distracting from the fresh raspberry taste.
This beer is a meal unto itself, but would amazing paired with chocolate. At 18% this is like drinking a bottle and half of wine. So whatever you do take it slow or share it.
Overall... Wow!!! I was scared to try this beer expecting maybe a huge overly tart lambic, but this beer is nothing like that. It's so unique it deserves it's own category. Imperial lambic, fruit barleywine, etc.... I don't know... but whatever you call it, it's good.
01-28-2006 01:55:44 | More by taez555
4.4/5 rDev +19.6%
Poured into a long-stemmed, wide-bowled red wine glass the 1 pint, 9.6 fluid ounce bottle pours a hazy tea appearance, with shimmering orange hues and shades of pink and peach. The beer is topped with a respectable white foam head with wispy lace and gentle cling to the inside of the glass.
Big aroma of raspberries and huge solvent alcohol fumes, akin to Chambord, and pungent as the beer warms. Dots of savory spices and fresh hops in the nose, too.
The lively carbonation not only helps to retain the lacing, but it's the first introduction to the beer. It's spritzy, invigoration and amps up the beer's sharpness on the palate, followed by a smooth creamy feel. Alcohol definitely makes itself known. The heat worms its way into the palate with solvent and spice. Raspberry flavor is juicy, tart and dominates as it mingles with the alcohol to create a unique cordial-like experience. Malty backbone with sublet caramel, honey and vanilla lingering in the background. Belgian-esque with a dose of candi sugar-like sweetness and spices found in some Belgian ales. Suggestions of lime in the bitterness compliment the tart raspberry. Slight leafy hop character comes across the palate, followed by a salty edged linger on the tongue as the beer fades and dries away. Some solvent heat and spice remain in the finish with faded raspberry flavors for quite sometime.
Definitely one to share with friends, or someone special as "lights out and good nightcap." Although the beer's flavors open up as the beer warms, some might want to stick to serving cold to avoid the alcohol heat.
Pair it with something big and bold, like a Baked Brie en Croute, a hot chocolate torte, or selection of soft dark Belgian-style chocolates. Or better yet, make mini-fruit cups with fresh peaches and raspberries and soak them overnight with half a bottle of Fort. Top with fresh cream and a mint leaf, and pair the dessert with the other half of the bottle.
01-27-2006 20:28:00 | More by Todd
4.22/5 rDev +14.7%
Tangerine tones, clear, nearly, tea-like...under an adequate whitish head, soon to diminish...lovely look, though...
Sweet in the nose, large and in charge fruit, raspberry tart, but not too loud, shining cassis, as well...beautiful berries...very nice...
Tastin'...lovely, thick, big and bold....framboise on steroids, to be cliched...slick alcohol sneaks in...yum, but...booze staves off drinkability a tad...yum, raspberries, ...whoop, big fat booze... is it better than a Lindeman's? ...it's boozier, that's for sure...
Definitely tasty, throughly well crafted...just too boozy.
Yum, I say, as I am wont to say...
01-26-2006 05:54:24 | More by feloniousmonk
4.1/5 rDev +11.4%
I had been waiting to try this big fruit beer since I heard it was being released. The beer poured a nice red/orange color with a very vibrant body, almost like champagne. We drank this out of Lindeman's flutes. The aroma of this beer is a very strong, raspberry alcohol smell but pretty please. This reminds me of a wild raspbery liquor from Italy that I have in the house. The taste is very similar to a very bubbly champagne. The first taste you get from each sip is of the pleasant raspberry present but you then get hit with the high abv to remind you that this is a big beer and a DFH beer. I would go back for another bottle but would definitely split it with others.
01-26-2006 03:32:38 | More by ggaughan
4.13/5 rDev +12.2%
I didn't really feel like paying the $20 it would have taken to procure a bottle of this...not that I'm adverse to paying $20 for a beer...I just need to know it'll be worth it...and with this I wasn't sure what I'd be getting, being an extremely potent fruit beer. Kind of a contradiction of terms, eh? So when I saw that Tria was offering a glass of this at their Sunday School 1/2 price, that is to say, $4, well I had to stop by on my way home and enjoy it with their particular cheese pairing of the day.
Now having tried it, I must say, Sam and the brewers at DFH have again humbled me. Pours a lighy copper color, a bit bubbly though the carbonation on the palate is quite soft and really suits the amount of alcohol nicely. And speaking of that alcohol level, it amazingly hides itself extremely well. Never in a million years would I have thought this was 18% ABV. A tad warming, certainly, but there's no alcoholic burn to this whatsoever. The flavor is there, but it's mild and is just enough to balance the sweetness of the fruit. The raspberries are lush in the nose, complimented by dry earthy, almost funky lambic qualities.
Raspberry is the dominant flavor, but as I said, the alcohol, which is hardly even noticeable in other "fruit" beers, does have a nice interplay with the tartness displayed up front. Carbonation is lovely. This beer really surprised me, and quite pleasantly at that. I would now shell out the $20 for a bottle, but this is one that begs to be shared, not only because it is quite tasty, but the alcohol level and tartness make it not one to down alone. A very interesting experience and makes for an excellent pairing particularly with the Italian goat cheese I sampled it with, which was also presented with a small amount of honey, which was an even nicer pairing. The sweetness of the honey cut the beer's tartness just perfectly.
All in all, this is certainly one of a kind (due to its strength) and quite the interesting brew. Worth seeking out.
01-23-2006 05:37:13 | More by IrishRedRock
3.83/5 rDev +4.1%
750 ml brown champagne style magnum with just a cap. No freshness date, but a beer this strong will age quite well.
A- The lace crackles as it slowly loses retention, good clarity ... the sediment was left behind during this pouring.
S- Smells of a raspberry cordial, sweet with a huge fruity raspberry nose.
T&M- Clean malt palate, touch of neutral yet mildly nutty yeast. Loads of berry flavors but predominantly raspberry juice. Moderate body with a slick crispness on the palate. Clean but lightly solvent alcohol warms with each sip. Clean and semi-dry finish with a fading fruitiness.
D- Wow, quite an amazing ride for a fruit beer. A little bit more alcohol and I'd be drinking gourmet schnapps. Share this beer between a few friends with a slab of raspberry filled baked Brie cheese.
01-22-2006 02:10:41 | More by Jason
3.45/5 rDev -6.3%
thanks unionmade for the xmas gift..
juicy orange pour.. clear, some foamy head that dissolves to nothingness. i could skim the cream off this puppy with one shot. nose carries berries.. not necessarily of the razz variety, just something dark and sweet. syrupy. weirdly offset by a huge butter bomb maltiness, a scent that reminds me of a dominant flavor in the 05/06 olde school.
flavor, to me, screams with more blackberry and the fruit is very pronounced. perfumey, and seemingly not 100% real actual honest-to-goodness fruit. puree, essence, extract, juice, syrup, etc. the sweetness of the berry is confronted in an extreme fashion by the alcohol, which provides a mouthwash-like sensation in my cheeks and in the back of my throat. the malt backbone here is kind of messy, adding flavors of rind, dirt, and fresh plastic to the mix.
beer just doesn't need to be 18% unless it's dark, dark, dark, and extremely rich. this beer strives for flavor in too many different directions.
drinkability is remarkably high though, and i don't think i can really explain why. maybe because i am conditioned on DFH beers and lately there is an underlying similarity between their higher ABV offerings.
not horrible, but i wouldn't reach for it again at the inflated price tag that it bears.
01-21-2006 04:14:29 | More by goodbyeohio
3.38/5 rDev -8.2%
we were all excited to try this one and with a whopping 18% abv the dogfish head fort seemed like it might be one for the books. Maybe we built it up to much, but this beer was a little of a dissapointment. The advertised "over a ton of rasberries" fell a bit short; however, they did come through nicely in the smell. At first we didn't notice the alcohol but after a few sips it starts to build up in the back of the mouth. The mouthfeel kind of bounces back and forth between crisp and syrup. All in all a decent brew, but not worth the 15.99 a bottle. Side note: as it is warming the taste really does improve with a sort of rasberry puree.
01-20-2006 23:07:22 | More by beerkeeper
3.95/5 rDev +7.3%
Expensive for a beer, but considering it's ABV is well into wine territory, I'm somewhat okay with that personally.
Pours a slightly hazy amber in color (I'm really shocked it's not red at all, considering the amount of raspberries used in it's creation) with a thin creamy head that had good retention. Nose is outrageously juicy, very overwhelmingly fruity, smells of rich fresh raspberries. Taste is nicely balanced, not as overly sweet as many fruit beers, actually sort of dry, rather than the typical syrup mouthfeel. Layers of malt and tartness balances things out quite well. Strongly alcoholic, but maybe doesn't strike me quite as 18% ABV would indicate. A quite nice diversion, but not something I'd look for very often.
01-20-2006 07:38:27 | More by Gaisgeil
4.28/5 rDev +16.3%
I found this at Frisco's after looking all over town for it. I thought it reasonable at $19.95 a bottle (promo for DFH pint night) It poured a copper/bright bronze color, with a bit of head. It smells WONDERFUL. Light raspberry and maybe cherry aroma, but you can detect a hint of alcohol. The taste is what really made it stand out. I don't usually like fruit beers because of the sweetness. this had a great fruit flavor that evaporates on the tongue, I'm guessing due to the alcohol content. No sticky sweetness. Definitely could taste a bit of the alcohol but that didn't diminish it in the least. Very drinkable.
01-18-2006 22:15:38 | More by ScarletLady
4.05/5 rDev +10.1%
$15.99 for a 750 ml bottle, certainly pricey, but I just got a promotion and so I'm splurging. Pours a glowing ruby-amber with a finger off off-white head that quickly reduces to a ring, some spotty lacing left behind on the glass. Nose is sweet berries--rasberry, cherry, blackberry, with a slight whiff of alcohol. Taste has a big rasberry component, not artificial and syrupy, slightly tart. The rasberry is overlaid on a smooth wheaty malt, with a definite alcohol bite and a fairly dry finish. Medium/full bodied with a moderate carbonation. This is a pretty decent fruit beer, hiding the abv extremely well and making a very high alcohl beer rather easy to drink.
01-17-2006 00:12:49 | More by cubedbee
3.63/5 rDev -1.4%
$16.67 a bottle. Bottled on 11/28/05. Pours a pinkish, rusty, cherry tinged color out of the bottle. No evidence of chill haze quite clear. A thing head remains on top fo the beer, very fine bubbles of carbonation simila to a champagne rise up from the bottom. Aroma is sweet and of berries. First sip reveals a rather light berry taste with some off flavors like a rubbing alcohol or vodka. Not overwhelming alcohol flavors but hide in the background. Mouthfeel is a little heavy but no where near what is expected for 18% ABV.
Why does this need to be 18%? I would rather enjoy a smaller bottle or a lighter ABV session beer to this. Not worth the price. I've been finding Dogfish Head is doing too many extreme beers for the sake of doing it not for a pleasant drinking experience.
I'm not even going to finish the bottle but cap it and store for later. The fruit is light in flavor so even if cellared for a while I don't know that this would taste vastly better other than a more subtle alcohol flavor.
01-16-2006 01:26:46 | More by mjohn27603
3.35/5 rDev -9%
Happy new year. Had paired with raspberry crème Brule at the DFH New Years Eve dinner.
Served an impressive deep red color with a hint of purple, well, like raspberries. No head, minimal carbonation. Smell is of raspberry (imagine that) a hint of cherry(?) and a bit of vodka.
Taste is solvent like alcohol and raspberries. The alcohol burn is distracting and takes away from the full enjoyment of the beer. Aftertaste is more of the same. I got used to the alcohol burn towards the end. Went well with the desert!
Fresh from the tap? I recommend skipping that and buying a bottle to age for a year or two (or more ). If it settles down with time, this could be great. As is right now, it was still OK.
Hard to rate, because of contrasting likes and dislikes in the catagories. For example, the taste of raspberry was awesome, 4.5, but the solvent alcohol was a 2 at most.
Note that his is a draft review. I have herd that the bottles are good right now they dont have nearly the solvent quality that the draft version has. I will update my review after cracking a bottle.
01-02-2006 01:15:40 | More by sacfly
4.6/5 rDev +25%
first thing: i cannot believe that this is an 18% beer. way, way too well balanced. however, i'll go along with the listed ABV, for now anyway.
visual: hazy strawberry blonde. moderate head and carbonation.
aroma: raspberries. simple, but good.
foretaste: raspberry extract-like. interesting. i like it.
mouthfeel: medium to heavy.
midpalate: raspberry and hop; alcohol (assuming it is really 18% ABV) extremely well hidden. perhaps a huge hopping rate to make this so drinkable?
aftertaste: pretty much raspberry extract. dry.
you'd expect such an extreme beer to be way malty, way sweet. this isn't. kudos to DFH.
buzz is hitting me now, shortly after downing this one rather quickly. it may actually be 18% ABV as listed. but as i wrote, very, very well balanced, regardless of actual ABV. a winner!
12-30-2005 06:34:37 | More by beergurujr
3.9/5 rDev +6%
The family stopped by the Dogfish Ale House for a Christmas Eve lunch. The Fort was served on tap, in a snifter and chilled.
I first had Fort last summer at the DFH pub in Rehobeth. All I recall is high alcohol and bewilderment over what fruit was in this beer. This time around, the brewers took the time to get everything right and it shows.
Appearance: The ale comes in a snifter with a small to neglible head. It is coppery-red, with an emphasis on the red from the raspberries.
Smell: Thiere is a definite raspberry smell here. It is a pleasant aroma, similar to Lindemans, but not as sweet and overbearing. The alcohol (18%) also makes itself known.
Taste: A great tasting fruit beer! The raspberry is present, but not too strong. It mixes well with the ale and provides a great lift in the taste. The alcohol is very well masked, making this a potent brew.
Mouthfeel: Unlike the first batch which lacked Raspberry content, the fruit is quite evident now. It is a mild sweetness that mixes well with the alcohol and malt. There is no overpowering hops feeling to scour the palate.
Drinkability: I've got to give this a '3' as it weighs in at 18%, which seriously limits the drinkability. Despite the ABV, I will try another one, next time I find it on tap.
12-24-2005 19:51:15 | More by akorsak
4.1/5 rDev +11.4%
$9 per snifter, on tap now at the Dogfish Head Alehouse in Maryland.
Vibrant reddish hue with no head.
This is the best way I can describe this beer: It starts off tasting/feeling like a raspberry lambic, then halfway through (as you start to swallow) the taste/feel changes to more of a raspberry-flavored wheat beer, and then on the finish, it takes on the syrupy sweet strong-alcohol characteristics of Dogfish's World wide stout, or 120 min IPA. Nice and complex, this beer definitely works in stages.
At 18% alcohol, this beer goes down suprisingly smooth. I suppose most people couldnt have more than 1 glass, but this is a great dessert beer for sipping after your meal, which is what I did.
12-24-2005 03:54:10 | More by chOAKbarrell
3.65/5 rDev -0.8%
Bottle from the first batch of Fort brewed just before the Extreme Beer Fest in Jan 2005. Hand-bottled by the brewer, unlabeled and sealed with cap, red wax and string with a black wax tip. This one is back when the beer was "Forte" : French for "strong," and the World's Strongest Fruit Beer, brewed with Oregon and Delaware raspberries. 20% ABV
Pours a hazed amber orange, topped with a ringed white lace. Little head retention.
Aroma was a bit off-putting initially, but once warmed ... smells like fruity antacid or zinc lozenges. A bit musty. Deep raspberry cordial and solvent in the nose.
G'damn! This is one hot and fruity beer! The heat creates one harsh mouthfeel. Super solvent-like alcohol burn that taunts with heartburn, and seeps into the palate. Loads of alcohol spice. Peppery palate smack. Sticky cough-syrup and cheap schnapps cling and deliver the palate a major beat-down. Raspberry character is strong and distinct. Lime-like stab across the palate, just beneath the berries. Big fusel alcohol rips your esophagus to pieces. Surprisingly, the finish is pretty damn clean and bone dry.
It burns! It burns! We swear this is Devil's blood. The juice of Satan! But we can't stop drinking it! And each sip makes the pain more ... pleasant. All hail Fort!
12-13-2005 00:22:09 | More by BeerAdvocate
4.18/5 rDev +13.6%
This pours a nice amber-red and brilliantly clear, it has a slight head and good carbonation. The aroma is simply sensational. I inhale a great big hit of bitter raspberries, My mouth is starting to water, really.
The taste is clean and dry. No doubt you are drinking a fruit beer here as the raspberries are definitely present, but don't get the wrong impression... this is no sissy fruit beer. The berries are crisp and bitter and there is very little sweetness here at all, some beautiful tartness. There is alcohol present, but it's so well complimented that you really don't know how much until you go looking for a listing (18% whoa!).
A nice light body, something I think suits this beer as opposed to a syrupy fruit beer.
What a treat. I can't wait to lay some of this down for a while and see what it's like around next Thanksgiving.
11-29-2005 00:57:08 | More by Chadbrew
4.08/5 rDev +10.9%
Quite psyched to try this forte at the brewpub last week with a couple BA buds.
Pours a clear mellow twinge cherry red with absolutely no head cap to speak of.
Aroma is light dry vinous in effect, with a suggestion of the cherry aspects.
First swigs: Impressive dry delicate (again) vinous dry chardonay like that amazingly hides the awl-kee-hawl aspect. 18%???!!! Knock me over with a feather! This "ah-hem!" BEER (so to speak) is a beguling mixture of hooch, beer and wine.
Forte has a thin escaping light body that seemingly escapes from the glass to my gullet. Oh, wait... I poured it out like that.
Last swigs: Is FORTE sooo good because it's only available at the brewpub? No. I'm not going to give the old "I had some and you didn't so it's great" act, but it is impressive enough to say WOW! and Sam Calgione is amazing at his craft. Seriously!!!
Beer is good, except at DH...GREAT!!!
07-03-2005 13:33:47 | More by blitheringidiot
4.08/5 rDev +10.9%
This really shocked the hell out of me. Considering that there's not much of anything to balance the 18% alcohol, it's really quite drinkable. Any other beer near that percentage that I have had is balanced by a large malt presence or has a really thick body. This is really more like mead than beer, and any meads with that much alcohol that I've had all drink really hot.
Pours a nice color, like a more translucent cherry juice. No head. Smells exactly like cherry Twizzlers. Slight alcohol taste up front, shifts into a fruit mead taste on the tongue, finishes a bit hot, but not in an offputting sort of way. No fusel alcohols detectable, which is really a testament to the great yeast handling done by the brewer. I could sip this all night. The amazing drinkability of this and of all the microdistilled products made at the brewpub are a true testament to the skills of the brewer/distiller there (and I'm such an ass for forgetting his name...I believe his first name is Mike).
Can't even imagine how awesome this would be with a couple of years under it's belt.
Pleasepleaseplease bottle it soon!
06-27-2005 14:41:55 | More by PopeDX
3.5/5 rDev -4.9%
On tap at Rehoboth in a tulip. Color seemed light pink to me, though the bar was dark. Little to no head to speak of.
Nose was very nice. Definite alcohol. I guessed cherry as the fruit, but my wife said raspberry, after reading more here, looks like she was right. Still, seemed like marachinos in alcohol to me.
Taste up front was sweet, no hops to speak of and brother, let me tell you, big alcohol in the end. I think I could have done the flamethrower act after this one. After the alcohol dissipates, it does remain somewhat sweet however.
Overall, another great experiment from DFH. I would never drink more than one of these and I don't know what this would be like in a bottle, but an interesting concoction and one I'm glad I tried none the less.
06-26-2005 02:05:49 | More by luvND
3.38/5 rDev -8.2%
i had this on tap as well, then opted to fill a growler to bring back up north to share...
this is a monster. there are smells and tastes of alcohol throughout. i read here some treated it as a brandy, which is accurate (as served on tap is in a tulip). in growler, it appears amber in color, but pours a slightly cloudy light reddish color with small head and little to no lacing (though this could be fault of the growler). smell is of strong alcohol, but with nice touches of berries and other sweets. taste is also of strong alcohol, but also has taste similar to the smell following. the body was medium, the tastes linger, and succesive drinks draw a minor acidity.
i completely applaud the creativity in the brewing--this is a recipe i could see be refined into a much more smooth (and slightly smaller) fruit beer, and even this batch will probably even mellow a little bit with age. however, as is, it's a bit much...
06-05-2005 06:06:22 | More by DocBrown
3.43/5 rDev -6.8%
This is the new 18%abv brewpub/fest-only brew from the fine folks at DFH. This is an interesting brew to say the least, but i'm not sure if it was worth the trip down to Rehoboth for. This is a dark ruby red/pink champagne colour with a small head of off-white foam that quickly fades to just a small rim of lace. The aroma is pretty good. I pciekd up some HOT booze, fresh raspberries, and some funky, spicy undertones. The taste was good, fruity, but a bit too hot for my tastes. It also seemed one-dimensional with just the booze stealing the show. The mouthfeel was medium bodied, and not too thick for an 18%abv brew, but the drinkability was below average for me because of the overwhlmingly hot liquor flavor this brew has. Still it's an interesting experiment in brewing, and with a little twaking or two years of age this could be a fruit/strong ale contender (ala kuhnhenns rasperry eisbock)
02-14-2005 21:24:05 | More by francisweizen
Fort from Dogfish Head Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 949 ratings.