Raison D'Être - Dogfish Head Brewery
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Reviews by ThisLadyLovesBeer:
3.36/5 rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
First time ever trying this ale:
A = it is true to label - deep mahogany (dark orange/brown), no clouding but didn't expect that. The head was short-lived and left lacing on the glass for a very little time.
S = As I held it up to my nose, I thought "sherry" probably due to the beet sugar and raisins and 8% alcohol.
T = It is a good, hearty winter brew. I can t aste the fruit and beet sweetness, but also detect a slight smokey/burnt taste. Sugars?
M = Light carbonation and slightly creamy, but with 8% alcohol, only slightly.
O = This is a good hearty winter brew. I would not accompany this with a grilled steak as is suggested by the brewer, but rather a rich flavored, savory stew with a large chunk of crusty homemade dark bread and butter. You need rich fats to accompany this properly. So, also enjoy this with rich, flavorful artisanal cheeses and crusty breads. If pairing with food, make sure this ale won't overpower!
Serving type: bottle
02-06-2014 20:08:43 | More by ThisLadyLovesBeer
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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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