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Raison D'Être - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
83
good

4,000 Ratings
THE BROS
73
okay

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Ratings: 4,000
Reviews: 1,766
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 15.3%
Wants: 66
Gots: 247 | 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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FernMaster

Missouri

4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

I'm just going to begin by saying I love this beer. It easily has to be in my top ten favorite beers and if I lived close enough to a place to buy it on a regular basis it would be up there with Rogue Dead Guy Ale and Goose Island's Matilda in my most purchased beer category.

I bought this because of the absurdity promised on the label, beet sugars(?), green raisins(!), what's with this crap? Brown Ale or Belgian Dark Ale, call it what you will because I'm damn fine with it either way. Also it gives you the ability to make many cheap jokes based on the title; like this facebook status of mine, "Ah, my Raison D'Être's - how I have so few of you left."

Raison D'Être pours with two finger worth of head that stays around for a minute or two, long enough to enjoy but not too long as to get in the way. As you drink, several layers of lacing form, which equals cool. The smell on this one is currently faint, I blame it on the cold, but the smell (as I remember and can pick up) is peculiar. There's some definite sweet characteristics to it, brown sugar, a little bit of fruits - presumably the raisons - and possibly the last hard to identify smell is the freaking beets! I have to remember this was made with beet sugars, I love Dogfish Head. The taste is fully backed up by the smell! I hate it when I become fully enamored with the smell of a beer and the taste doesn't follow suit, fortunately that's not a problem with this beer. In the taste you get the malts, the raisons, the sweetness and some sort of other added spices. All of it works beautifully together and it's a freaking joy to drink. If you see this in your local beer stores selection and you haven't tried it yet, please do yourself the favor of purchasing this beer. It'll rock you from the pour to the final drink.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2009 03:00:24 | More by FernMaster
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Raison D'Être from Dogfish Head Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 4,000 ratings.