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Raison D'Être - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
83
good

4,006 Ratings
THE BROS
73
okay

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Ratings: 4,006
Reviews: 1,766
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 15.3%
Wants: 68
Gots: 248 | FT: 6
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:
A deep mahogany, Belgian-style brown ale brewed with beet sugar, raisins and Belgian-style yeast.

25 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-09-2001)
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Bfarr

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3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A beautiful clear mahogany with a fine bubbled head with just a few large interlopers. It fades rather quickly to reveal a complex earthy and yeasty aroma. I only wish I had a better sense of smell because there must be more. A deep earthy taste takes center stage with balanced hops and malts taking up the background. Subtle raisin and sweet alcohol rub shoulders with an almost slightly oak taste and combine to make a brandy-like swallow and dry finish. The mouthfeel is the only thing I wasn't too keen on because it was quite foamy until it settles down to give you all it has to offer.

As always, a complex beer that is enjoyable to sip and ponder but not an everyday drinker.
Every once and awhile, you do need to have something to challenge your senses.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2010 01:27:01 | More by Bfarr
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Raison D'Être from Dogfish Head Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 4,006 ratings.