Raison D'Être - Dogfish Head Brewery
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Reviews by TXHops:
2.83/5 rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5
Mmmmbeet sugar . Nothing beats beet sugar as a non-malt fermentable, except maybe green raisins DFHs Raison Detre refuses to compromise, and includes both The beer pours a solid, clear, deep amber and supports a better head than the 8% ABV would suggest, though its not great. An aroma of alcohol and cider do not make a promising first impression. The flavor is more beery than the aroma suggestsbrown sugar and cinnamon mingle with fluffy carbonation and no hop character to create a Belgian flavored, spiced English strong ale-type concoction. I tried this beer on tap once while in Delaware and thought it was too cidery and thin to merit any further tasting. The bottled version appears to taste less cidery (though still more cidery than most beers) and slightly more complex. Some of the other flavors seem to add a degree of Belgian spiciness and depth in the flavor that even the slightly vegetal finish doesnt detract too much from.
All in all, Id chalk this one up as Dogfish having pushed the envelope a little too far beyond the beer boundaries and into the experimental, novelty category. The concept is way more intriguing than the flavor. The beer finishes long, fluffy, slightly sour and fake. It tastes exactly like Id expect a beer with a large percentage of non-malt fermentables would tastecidery (again). Oh well, theres still the continuously hopped beers .
Serving type: bottle
06-30-2003 20:13:42 | More by TXHops
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3.7/5 rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Can't believe I've never reviewed this. Should be interesting, as it's almost 4 years old.
Pours a murky medium brown with copper highlights and a frothy khaki head that lingers as a thin layer of foam.
Raisins, prunes, and plums leap from the glass, along with brown sugar sweetness. Almost has a Belgian yeast nose to it.
Flavor is much less sweet, with slightly tart raisins and prunes underlying a lightly toasted, bready malt character. The finish reveals prunes and slightly earthy and bitter notes. The sour character is somewhat disappointing. Belgian yeast notes emerge late.
Body is on the full side, with moderate carbonation and noted alcohol warmth.
This one held up well. There's a touch of oxidation in the form of cardboard, but that was minute. Wish the flavor matched the aroma more. That tangy character is just too present.
Serving type: bottle
07-19-2014 03:29:11 | More by barczar
Raison D'Être from Dogfish Head Brewery
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