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Raison D'Être - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
83
good

4,219 Ratings
THE BROS
73
okay

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Ratings: 4,219
Reviews: 1,774
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 15.07%
Wants: 91
Gots: 364 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Brewery visit their website
Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-09-2001

A deep mahogany, Belgian-style brown ale brewed with beet sugar, raisins and Belgian-style yeast.

25 IBU
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 4,219 | Reviews: 1,774 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of dfhhead25
3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Winston3737
3.67/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Alycrocker
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SFQuixote
4.07/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bmeGT
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ALC82
4.54/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Another one of their great creations

Photo of SierraFlight
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at DFH alehouse Fairfax poured into pint. Medium brown, minimal head with little lacing. Aroma is raisins/dried fruit, caramel, alcohol - all faint. Flavor is similar, with an almost figgy taste, overall, and a red wine note. Good mouthfeel, medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Photo of hoppy91
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of solarart
4.21/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hozersr
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of FreshButterbeer
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TomIvan
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thought my inaugural post would cover one of the most underrated beers on the planet. I disagree with most posters who state this is an overly sweet beer and do believe the use of raisin is both subtle and interesting at the same time. I would not call it a brown ale and would classify it In a general fruit/veg category.

Photo of Carrottop007
4.39/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very nice! Smooth, sweet, and great aftertaste.

Photo of Domvan
3.08/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of misternebbie
3.52/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of almostjay
3.52/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of trippnwo
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GreenMind
3.81/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BrewHorn
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mphis
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of glinnebur
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of etreesh
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of zapahoppa
4.35/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tkolterman
1.78/5  rDev -51.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Nasty, dumped have of it out.
I had high expectations, it was a big letdown. Put this on the "no buy list"

Photo of waltc21
4.24/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great beer. Underrated. Nice taste. Well worth trying.

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Raison D'Être from Dogfish Head Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 4,219 ratings.