Raison D'Être - Dogfish Head Brewery
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Reviews by coldmeat23:
3.48/5 rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
GLASS: Unibroue Tulip Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees
BOTTLING DATE: 01/24/08
Pours a deep mahogany red/brown with a thick off-white head that is light and dissipates quickly. This is a nice looking brew.
The smell is sweet, sugary, and raisin-y. That's after you get past the slightly off-putting alcohol smell. There also seems to be a bit of maltiness there, as well.
Sweet malts are followed by (over?)ripe fruit flavors. Some chocolate in there and a touch of coffee and roasted malts. Raisins and very green earthiness on the back end. Tastes of burnt fruits at various sips. The alcohol, while indeed warming, is suprisingly well hidden to the tongue.
This feels average, at best. Slightly watery and thin. You can tell that it's trying to be more full-bodied, but it just can't pull it off.
It is a decently drinkable beer, but I think that I'd wind up reaching for other ones before this one half of the time.
Serving type: bottle
07-07-2008 23:58:19 | More by coldmeat23
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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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