Fruit-Full Fort
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Style:
Fruit and Field Beer
Ranked #33
ABV:
18%
Score:
87
Ranked #13,343
Avg:
3.94 | pDev: 12.44%
Reviews:
63
Ratings:
152
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Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
 
Delaware, United States
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SCORE
87
Very Good
Fruit-Full FortFruit-Full Fort
Notes: A complex ale brewed with a boatload of berries.

A twist on our beloved Fort, Fruit-Full Fort is brewed with four types of berries - Raspberry, Blackberry, Boysenberry and Elderberry! This juicy blend of dark berries creates depth and complexity reminiscent of a jammy red wine.

Along with adding a boatload of more berries this time around, we also punched up the malt bill with Munich malt to provide a firm backbone. The result provides balance to the tart flavors of a very berry blend.

Dark maroon in color, Fruit-Full Fort is swirling with notes of velvety cherry and berry sweetness for a full-bodied - and full-flavor - experience!
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travolta from California

4.59/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Nov 17, 2019
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superspak from Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

7300th review! 12 ounce bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled on 6/23/2018. Pours crystal clear deep ruby red, light purple/brown color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big juicy/lightly tart/tangy blackberry, raspberry, elderberry, blueberry, strawberry, cherry, fruit skin, raisin, plum, fig, date, red currant, apricot, red apple, red grape/wine, brown sugar, and toasted bread; with light notes of caramel, molasses, licorice, peppercorn, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Touch of booze in the aromas as it warms, but not overwhelming. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of berries, fruity yeast, and dark/bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of huge juicy/lightly tart/tangy blackberry, raspberry, elderberry, blueberry, strawberry, cherry, fruit skin, raisin, plum, fig, date, red currant, apricot, red apple, red grape/wine, brown sugar, and toasted bread; with light notes of caramel, molasses, licorice, peppercorn, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Mild peppery yeast/alcohol spiciness, herbal/grassy bitterness, and fruit tang/tartness on the finish. Lingering notes of juicy/tart/tangy blackberry, raspberry, elderberry, blueberry, strawberry, cherry, fruit skin, raisin, plum, fig, date, red currant, apricot, red apple, red grape/wine, brown sugar, toasted bread, light caramel/molasses/licorice, peppercorn, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Amazing complexity, robustness, and balance of berries, fruity yeast, and dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness and tart/tangy fruit balance; with no cloying flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering tart/tangy fruit and yeast/alcohol spiciness. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/grainy, and lightly syrupy/sticky/acidic/tangy/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is fantastic. Mildly increasing warmth of 18%, with minimal booziness lingering after the finish. Overall this is an amazing imperial Belgian fruit beer! All around incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of berries, fruity yeast, and dark/bready malt flavors; insanely smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the huge ABV, with the mildly spicy/tart/tangy/drying finish. Extremely jammy berries; with perfectly balanced fruity Belgian yeast complexity, and dark/bready malts. Not overly sweet/heavy for the ABV from lingering dryness. A highly amazing offering as expected. I loved this even more than regular Fort from the added Munich malt balance. Added much more jammy notes to it.

Sep 15, 2018
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle:
The beer pours a burgundy, a little lighter until the beer got past half full. The head is a raspberry tan head that doesn't fade quickly, which is mildly impressive for an 18% beer.

Nose has an interesting berry wine note, but not with a robust sweet fruit scent - as it has a light vinegary note to it. Perhaps the elderberry is bringing a little tartness or funkiness. There is also the slightest hint of alcohol.

The taste starts with a little tart-sweetness, under which there appears a nice malt base. The flavor is is hidden a bit - maybe adding a little wooden herbal note - but it also seems to give a little body to the beer. Huge berry notes continue to balance on a sweet and tart line, maybe leaning slightly sweet. A light carbonation is boosted by an alcohol tingling presence. The beer ends with a lingering berry note, a little on the tart side.

This beer is a berry blast, mostly. It doesn't stray into full on berry juice. My first sip was a little medicinal, but the feel doesn't get to seeming syrupy to me, saving it from this impression later in the drink. The ABV does continue to play into the medicinal side, however, and I could see many people thinking it a tad more cough syrup-like.

Jul 16, 2018
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smcolw from Massachusetts

4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Deep brown but light passes faintly. Minor head which settles to nothing. No lace.

Sweet, lots of berries, almost like soda. A bit like fruit punch.

Threefold this is a potent beer but it starts off innocently with darker malts. The alcohol starts meekly but grows in power, culminating in the swallow. It becomes sweeter as the tasting progresses. Like the smell, lots of berries -- black, rasp, and blue. Definitely a sipping beer which is closer to a carbonated brandy.

Mar 09, 2019
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A return of the raspberry forward and boozy spice of the famous, and somewhat notorious Fort comes with a fruity revamp that includes boysenberry, elderberry and blackberry to complement the usual raspberry suspect in a lush taste that, to sit down with a glass, ought to be a crime.

A pour of turbid mauve gives Fruit-Full Fort an appearance of straight fruit puree. A wine infused scent of all things dark berries tease the nose with impressions of jelly, fruit rollup, macerated berries, fruit juice and a tingle of boozy spice. Lavish sweetness splashes the tongue with candy, fruit syrup and a lightness of honey to start the taste.

The culmination of those dark red berries offer a fruit punch melange on the middle palate. But supplemental notes of cranberry, redcurrant, marionberry, red grape and blueberry keep the taste complex while holistically focused on the fruit. A wine-like spice brings along a late palate of peppery oak, light acidity and also a mild and bitter hop spice for balance and intrigue.

Full bodied and unapologetically cloying, the jammy beer lingers sweetly and sticky on the mouth through a long and savory finish with a boozy aftertaste of cognac. Save this beer for an after dinner digestive, designed to split several ways among friends.

Aug 10, 2018
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bobhits from Kentucky

2.05/5  rDev -48%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 2

I'm not a huge fan of the original fort, but it comes off as a fully thought out beer with a lot of depth and nuance in the finish. This one however is just simple, sweet, and boring. The heavy alcohol, the dull finish...there's just nothing going for this one.

Aug 23, 2018
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bnes09 from Illinois

2.72/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Deep, opaque burgundy color. Light head, recedes quickly. Dark berry and dense malt aroma. Flavor follows. Not a great balance. Berries and malt kinda clash. Lots of bi-products detected. Not overly boozy. Full body with a syrupy texture in the middle and grainy finish. Solid carbonation for the strength. Overall, not a huge fan of this one. Lacking a lot in complexity and balance.

Aug 09, 2018
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

2.9/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled 5/13/18; drank 7/13/18 @ the Yarchives.

Dark purple appearance.

A violent pour yielded a minimal khaki head; decent lace.

Molasses, raspberry, blueberry & booze heat notes in the nose.

Thick, sticky mouthfeel.

Raspberry, molasses & blueberry flavors up front; astringent booze heat emerged as this warmed.

Decent at first but unpleasant as it warmed; maybe this will be good in 5 years, but it's bad right now.

Jul 14, 2018
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Claude-Irishman from New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Looks like a glass of raspberry puree, with quickly receding foamy head. Smell is mild berry fruit. Tastes like a sour type of beer with intense jammy berry flavor. Feel well put together for a monster beer, not oily or viscous. At 18% this is definitely a sipper.Almost feels and tastes like a seltzer water with pomegranate juice mixed in albeit with a mild hotness. Overall this is a unique ,very big beer. Well done. This beer was aged 8 months.

Feb 19, 2019
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BarryMFBurton from Indiana

3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

May 13, 2019
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WilliamD from Minnesota

3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

PlackeR5130153

May 04, 2019
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JustLikeMyDad from Michigan

2.33/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Jul 26, 2020
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ONUMello from Ohio

3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, no clear date, poured into a tulip
A: Brown glass color, hazy with a thin head
S: Mixed fruits and grain
T: Raspberry/blackberry, light wheat
M: Full bodied but not boozy, slightly sweet
O: This is a big beer but overall enjoyable fresh fruit, not too complex but tasty

May 17, 2020
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firesidewithphil from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown, murky, and pours like a quad. It is very boozy at 18% and a big tang from all the berry juice. This beer is executed similar to the World Wide Stout family. I love this one.

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May 03, 2020
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LennyBound from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

May 19, 2020
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Harrison8 from Missouri

3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a burgundy-brown with a heavy tint of fog that makes it look almost like a fuzzy plum is sitting in the glass. Head is a finger of khaki foam, but it fizzles away rather quickly. Aroma is a bouquet of fruits right up front which are quickly rinsed and washed away by alcohol. Blueberry, raspberry, strawberry, tangerine, red grape and green apple create the fruit bouquet. Flavor profile is more berry and fruit splender - hitting notes of blueberry, raspberry, strawberry, tangerine, peach, apricot, green and red grapes, red apples and green pears. Really deep and complex twist of fruit and berries, which results in a sugary front end. Alcohol sweeps in at the finish, drying it out via heat. Mouth feel is still with a very light effervescence. It has a medium-thick consistency. Overall, fruit and berry heavy with a sizable alcohol hit at the finish creating a 'girly' beer out front that quickly shows its true colors.

Served in a 15.5oz Speigalau tulip from a 12oz bottle.

Aug 20, 2019
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thom0623 from Virginia

1/5  rDev -74.6%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

It tastes like blackberry brandy with the carbonation and consistency of beer. Pass.

Dec 24, 2019
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FakeDoctor96 from New Jersey

4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dec 22, 2019
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Rainintheface from Massachusetts

3.21/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A boozy fruit mess. Color is a morning after bathroom visit.

Sep 22, 2020
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puck1225 from Texas

3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

One of those beers you enjoy but doubt you will look for another.

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Dark brownish red color with a good head and lacing. Some murky bits floating about. Very fruity smell and taste, berries, strawberry, raspberry, cherrry licorice. A bit boozy as it warms. Tastes like it should be good for you!

Oct 30, 2019
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QuentinDishaw from Massachusetts

4.41/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jan 01, 2021
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Victory_Sabre1973 from Minnesota

4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice reddish brown color. There's about a 1 finger reddish/white head. Considering the high ABV, the retention is amazing. The remaining head almost looks creamy. Looking at the beer, sitting in front of me, it looks like there's a carbonation storm going on in the glass - carbonation rises to the top, then it looks like it falls back down.
The nose is an amazing, tart, funky, berry aroma. I can't pull out the individual aromas, but they all work so amazingly well together.
Taste - Berries, slightly sour up front. The tartness lingers throughout the drinking, and picks up as goes down my throat. Again, I can't separate the berries from each other, but I like the choir.
The body is decent. The carbonation dances in my throat. It isn't extremely boozy feeling, but I know it is.
A delicious, and dangerous sour. This is a sipping beer.

Apr 08, 2019
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MyGoodness from New York

4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy, dark maroonish color with a slight tan head that quickly dissipates. First thing you smell is definitely berries followed by a cognac aroma. Taste is the same; tart berries followed by a malty liqueur like flavor. Slight burn in the aftertaste that a lot of DFH brews tend to have. Smooth, somewhat thick mouth feel with a bit of carbonation. Complex, nice, packs a wallop. Highly recommend it if you come upon one of these fellas at your local distributor.

Apr 04, 2019
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npendres from Wisconsin

4.44/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Jun 07, 2020
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HattedClassic from Virginia

3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours very little head but what head does come out is a white and bubbly. The beer itself is a clear reddish brown that looks a lot like a red wine or liquid jam.

The smell is decent. It has a good jammy mix of different berries that each make their appearance with the boysenberry coming out in front with a slight raspberry tartness through the whole thing. There is also a smooth alcohol note too that takes away from the smell a little bit.

The taste is good. It has the same notes as the smell but the different berries come out more. The boysenberry is still the strongest note but the raspberry tartness also comes out to give a nice tart contrast to the all the sweetness. The black berry and blue berry come out in the finish with the alcohol note making a quick and brief appearance.

The feel is good. It has a heavy but drinkable body. It has a light burn and no carbonation.

Overall, it was an interesting beer and I'm glad I tried but I'm kind of underwhelmed because of the alcohol note that really brings it done a bit.

Jun 19, 2020
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Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 152 ratings