Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Fruit and Field Beer
Ranked #93
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3.79 | pDev: 17.41%
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States
Very Good
Notes: 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%.
Reviews: 573 | Ratings: 1,330 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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KRug from Massachusetts

3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 10/24/15, just about 5 years on this thing. Better days when this was bottled

So another huge, over the top DFH brew? I’m all in. But then again, I’m always all in for these guys

Pours a murky brown with tons of particulate floating about and a finger of off white head that reduces to a ring. No lacing but leaves legs

Despite 5 years of age, the raspberries still smell very fresh and jammy here. The berry notes are carried by sweet, heavy molasses and brown sugar

This thing is decadent but not overly complex in taste. To start things off, we get slight alcohol and malt with lightly tart raspberries. After the swallow, the alcohol heat comes through with fruity esters. The tartness subsides to bring just pure raspberry flavor

Medium full bodied with very mild carbonation leads this to drink like a dessert. Finishes mostly dry, just coating the mouth. Does not at all feel like 18%

This one was definitely big and rich, I was just wishing it was a little more tart. I found the fruit full fort a while back and set it down in the cellar for a special day, hopefully for an engagement or wedding. I’m glad I tried this and that I have the other variant, but maybe this wasn’t worth $10 a bottle

Jun 25, 2020
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SHODriver from North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle date is hard to read but I think it's from 2015ish

A: Poured into a tulip to a deep reddish brown topped by a dense finger of off white head which fades slowly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing
S; Smells of raspberries and alcohol with a little bit of spice
T: Taste is tons of raspberries and a hint of spice. Alcohol is also apparent but builds slowly. Slight toasted malts and a hint of honey sweetness but mostly fruit on this one. On the swallow there's a lot of raspberries, alcohol, spice, and lingering hints of toasted malts.
M: This beer is fairly full bodied with a syrupy feel on the palate from all the fruit and sugars. Carbonation is slightly effervescent but it isn't over the top while the beer has a drying finish due to the high ABV.
O: Overall this beer is much better with time. Fresh the alcohol is way too hot but after some time it does mellow out well and allow all the raspberry influence to shine. Not much in the way of complexity but they set out to make the highest ABV fruit beer they could. Sort of worth a try if you want to tick it or want to try a high octane fruit beer.

Oct 22, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled 10/23/15; drank 12/6/15 @ the Yarchives.

Semi-opaque ruby red appearance.

A rough pour yielded a nice white head; decent lace.

Tart raspberry, sweet strawberry, honeyed grain & booze heat notes in the nose.

Medium thick, sticky mouthfeel.

Syrup-y raspberry & strawberry flavors up front; strong booze heat notes on the finish.

A cloying, boozy mess; not worth even trying fresh. I've tasted what a beauty this can become, but 2 months in it's a drainpour.

Mar 25, 2019
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micada from New York

4.56/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

OMG! 10/23/15 bottling date. Raspberries dominate the nose on opening. Poured cellar temp to a tulip glass. Copper-red color with no head, some lacing. First sips are super sweet raspberry with a back-end of Belgian funk. 3.5 years did really good things to this. 3 more on the shelf. ABV nowhere to be found, but I know it’ll show up later. Slight warming. Just wow! IIRC, fresh was more heavily funk flavor with a bitterness that was not appealing. The cellaring made a huge difference. There is a fair amount of sediment which is either the raspberry purée or yeast, but the beer is so thick now that the particles stay suspended all the way through. I’ll be trying to find more old bottles, and I think I should get some of the fruit-full to cellar.

Mar 17, 2019
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Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2015 vintage tasted in a Rastal Teku from a 12 fl oz bottle on February 20, 2018. Ale brewed with raspberry juice. Fermented with over a ton of raspberries this raspberry Belgian style ale was made to age.

Feb 22, 2018
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From the older small battle, it pours a reddish amber with virtually no head. The nose gets alcohol and some raspberries. The mouth gets the same, with the boozy raspberry flavor filling the mouth! An aperitif!

Sep 25, 2017
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BeerDawgs from Georgia

4.23/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A 12oz can with a bottled on date of 10.2015

L - Cloudy amber brown, with no head or lacing left on the glass

S - Belgian candy sugar, booze. Cotton candy

T - Like the smell, very sweet, very boozy! Almost an instant buzz!

F - Medium body and carbonation.

O - An excellent slow sipper. Enjoy one, yes just one!

Aug 15, 2017
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass. bottled 10/24/15, so closing in on 22 months old. 18.0abv

a fairly aggressive pour yields a clear dark amber body with a ton of suspended particles. (yes, clear, but floaties) small off white head leaving a trace of lacing.

aroma is very nice indeed. tart raspberry smell, with a decent but not overpowering booze hit. thought about waiting for the particles to descend, but they were suspended, so......

taste. Oh wow. smooth raspberry flavor with the warmth of the alcohol behind it. wonderful combination. i would imagine this one benefits greatly from aging. Fresh it would likely be an alcohol bomb.

a little below full on the mouth, sweet/tart raspberries on the finish with a little bit of alcohol warmth.

Overall, aside from the suspended particles, at 22 months this is one hell of a beer. Thanks Dogfish Head, sorry i only picked up the one bottle.

Aug 06, 2017
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drocpsu from New Hampshire

4.52/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2015 bottle poured into a tulip glass. Based on the other reviews that this beer was a bit hot, I let it sit for a while. Decided it was finally time to open it up. Beer poured with a nice 3/4" head and a luscious aroma of raspberries. Taste had a bit of heat but definitely did not seem overpowering to me. Raspberries really shine through in this one. Fruity-Sweet, but balanced the touch of boozy heat wonderfully. I wasn't sure what to expect with this one, but honestly, I loved it. Thought it was fantastic. However, I do love raspberries though, so it was right up my alley.

Jul 14, 2017
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krome from Illinois

4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one aged a couple years (I had a taate of a fresh one too). It definitely mellows quite nicely with age. It is still a little boozy, but the raspberry character has become more prominent

Jul 12, 2017
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drdiesel9483 from Ohio

3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in a flight of 4 aged beers at dogfish head
Bottled 2011 drank 2017
Look - drark golden color alight skin around the edge
Smell - funky raspberry booze
Taste - lots of raspberry and lots of booze
Feel - medium body with a warming effect probably due to the high alcohol
Overall - not bad but to fruity for me

May 04, 2017
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HattedClassic from Virginia

3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice white head that dissipates very quickly. The beer itself is a nice looking clear reddish amber color but has a lot of flakes that really ruin what could have been a very good and attractive beer.

The smell and taste are good. They have a similar strong sweet and very lightly tart raspberry note that comes off as slightly syrup but is still good. The note is moderate in strength and is at a nice level. There is also a decent Belgian notes but it gets swallowed by the raspberry notes. There is a light booze note that works well with the raspberry notes.

The feel is meh. It has a syrupy feel and very little carbonation that creates a fizzy feel. It's fairly smooth and syrupy.

Overall, yeah go for it. It's a decent high end vegetable beer and worth the price.

Mar 27, 2017
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StArnoldFan from Texas

3.42/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not feeling this one. This bottle is about a year old I've been sitting on. Still harsh alcohol burn. Raspberry is faint on the nose followed by harsh alcohol. Slow sipper, a bit better as it warms but not something I ever want to have again.

Mar 07, 2017
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StoutHunter from Michigan

3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I picked up a bottle of Dogfish Head's Fort for $9.99 at The Lager Mill. I've been wanting to try this one for a while and since this is the first time I've ever seen it on the shelf I though I would take a chance on it, so lets see how it goes. 2016 Vintage. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a teku.

A- The label looks good, it's goes well with the beer and it's a little eye catching. It poured a darker orange color that took on an orange and pink color when held to the light and it had a quarter of a fingers worth of bubbly white head that faded to nothing and it didn't leave any lacing behind. This is a pretty nice looking beer, but it would be better if it had better head and some actual lacing.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of sweetness with a sweet raspberry aroma being the first to show up and it imparts a sweet raspberry jam like aroma that's slightly medicinal and it goes into the booze which is very noticeable, and pretty boozy. Up next comes the malts which just impart a sweet malt and pale malt like aroma with a little a bit of doughy yeast and towards the end it has a little bit of a candy like aroma. This beer has a nice aroma, but it's pretty boozy and sweet.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma, but not as rough around the edges and it starts off with a higher amount of sweetness with the raspberry being the first to show up and it imparts a sweet raspberry juice and jam like aromas that are just slightly medicinal and that goes into the booze, which is noticeable and pretty warming, but it's a little lighter than it was in the aroma and the sweetness is a little lighter too. Up next comes a slight bit of doughy yeast which goes into the malts which are lighter than they were in the aroma and they just impart some sweet malt and grainy flavors. On the finish there's a little bit of bitterness with some tartness and boozy showing up and it has a candied raspberry, sweet and boozy aftertaste. This is a pretty nice tasting beer, it's sweet and boozy, but it's like a more refined version of the aroma.

M- Not the smoothest, a little cloying, fairly boozy, pretty damn warming, sticky, on the lighter side of being full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is nice, but I wish it was smoother with the alcohol hidden a little better.

Overall I thought it was a pretty nice beer and it's a nice example of the style, it's one big, sweet and intense beer, but that's always to be expected with these really high gravity beers from Dogfish Head and it did deliver when it came to the raspberry flavors. This beer didn't have the best drinkability, half the bottle is the perfect amount for me, it might start to get too boozy and sweet after that. What I like the most about this beer is the balance in the taste, it was better than the balance in the aroma. What I like the least about this beer is the sweetness and boozyness, I think the alcohol could have been hidden just a little better. I might buy this beer again, but I wouldn't turn one down and I would be interested to see how this one ages. I recommend trying this beer if you like raspberries and you can handle lots of sweetness and booze. All in all I liked this beer, but I didn't love it, I see what they are going for and it lives up to being a high gravity raspberry Ale. but when it comes down to it it's a little tough to drink more than 6 ounces of it. It's not a favorite Dogfish Head beer and it's a nice example of the style. Nice job guys, this is one big and intense raspberry beer, keep it up.

Feb 13, 2017
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IvoryFoxhole from Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from 2015 aged in wine fridge and poured into Kane chalice.

L: Tiny head that disappears almost right away. An 18% ABV will do that for you. No lacing, tiny ring. Beer is a mostly clear deep Amber.

S: The smell is all macerated raspberries, honey, and sweet malts. Surprisingly, you really can't pick up the alcohol.

T: But you can taste it. The good thing is after 2 years it has mellowed considerably, justifying my decision to skip a review then. Raspberries up front, with honey and sweet malts. Very much like a mead. Alcohol is there, but doesn't dominate finish, fortunately, and competes with sweetness.

F: Full bodied, medium carbonation. Balance much improved by aging. Construction simple, but good. OK drying or sweetness would become cloying. ABV heat there, but not overbearing.

O: A good once in every great while dessert beer. Definitely age this.

Feb 01, 2017
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Jacobier10 from New Jersey

2.78/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle.

Amber colored with reddish hues. Off-white head that sinks down into a thin whisp of foam on top of the beer.

Straightforward aroma of raspberries and alcohol. The flavor is way more powerful than the aroma and hits you with intense raspberry cough syrup, bordering on medicinal. It's strong and challenging but just not very enjoyable, plain and simple.

There's heat in the finish, but it's not cloyingly sweet. In fact, it finishes on the dry side. That being said, I was pretty much done with this after about 6 ounces.

In hindsight, I should have split this bottle with someone but I decided to take on the entire bottle after getting a promotion at work today and the bottle won. Fort 1, Jacobob 0.

Jan 19, 2017
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lemmy187 from Missouri

3.34/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried a bottle that had been cellared for over a year......the combination of the abv, belgium yeast, and raspberries did not work for me. Typically, I like raspberry beers.....but the fruit came off as very medicinal and overpowering.

Jan 01, 2017
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bubseymour from Maryland

4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had this beer with about 11-12mo. age on it. Nice big beer with the rasberries very noticed. I think the balance of hops, sweetness and fruit work pretty well. It actually feels a little lighter than 18% and is not that boozy at all. Would guess it to be at 12%. Maybe because it had a year of age on it this beer worked well. Not sure, but it was decent.

Dec 01, 2016
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TreyIsWilson from Michigan

3.61/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a murky amber with a one finger off white head. Nice amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is raspberry and alcohol.

T - The taste is sweet raspberry, tart cherries and cranberries with a very strong alcohol presence.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Syrupy mouthfeel with a harsh finish.

O - The raspberries provide a nice balance of sweet and tart but are overpowered by the heavy booziness.

Oct 21, 2016
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Sabtos from Ohio

2.75/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Slight chill haze, or maybe there's some miniature floaters in there, of an amber-copper hue with a minimal, fizzy tan blanket.

Smells like raspberry spiced apple mead, with that little round, warming honey or wine-like heat, with maybe a little cherry cough syrup following through. As it warms, it just turns to straight jet fuel.

Taste is somewhat cloyingly sweet at first, but cut with hot hot heat. I get tart raspberry and cherry, again it's a bit too close to cough syrup. There's some Belgian malt and yeast, and a bit of apple cider vinegar.

Mildly frothy, but pretty harsh, with the rim of the glass getting really sticky. The yeast may be a little bitter, but overall this is sweet and hot.

Oct 20, 2016
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Chris_Dimmer from Connecticut

4.56/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had no idea this was 18%!? Excellent beer. Very smooth to drink. The fruitiness adds the right amount of bitterness to drink the high ABV beer

Sep 16, 2016
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riversider76 from New York

4.75/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a amber brown with a thin head. Not much retention, and a minimum of lacing. Aroma is of sweet fruit, candy and alcohol. Body is on the light side. Taste has hints of raspberry, along with other fruits. You will feel the burn! Very Belgian in style. Excellent.

Jul 23, 2016
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Giggy from Michigan

4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very sweet yet slightly tart at the same time. Intense flavor, alcohol taste is masked. Definitely smell the alcohol on the nose, takes away a bit of the aroma it could have. Served on tap in 4 oz. increments, probably a wise move.

Jun 23, 2016
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DankScuba from Maryland

4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Cellared for about 9 months.

Appearance - Pours between an amber and ruby color, with more orange coming through when put up to the light. Head dissipates quickly, as expected from a beer with this ABV.

Smell - Heavy raspberry with a hint of dark fruit. Overwhelming sweetness, almost cotton candy-like. Smells like jam. Slight booze coming through as well.

Taste - Sweet raspberry and fruit flavor, followed by mellow Belgian funk. Lemon tartness cuts through the middle.

Feel - Significantly less syrupy then you would expect. Definite alcohol bite at the front of mouth. Throat warming from the high ABV. Finish is almost akin to a very dry cider.

Overall - Very tasty beer fruit beer worth sharing with some friends. It may be nostalgia, but I remember the original version (however long ago) having a bit more raspberry flavor coming through. I'm interested in leaving my last few bottles to see how they change over a few more years.

Jun 09, 2016
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Mongrel from Maryland

3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Big, bright raspberry presence up front that quickly transitions to a more bitter cherry cough syrup character. Boozy. Belgian spice throughout and a feel that suggests some wheat in the malt bill. It's pretty syrupy and concentrated mid-palate, but avoids being cloying thanks to the bright start and relatively dry Belgian finish.

The story of this big beer is the battle between really nice raspberry wit flavors (think DFH Red & White on steroids) and not-so-nice bittersweet, medicinal notes. Ultimately a very interesting beer to sip through if you can get a decent bargain (picked up this bottle for $8).

May 15, 2016
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