Raison D'Être - Dogfish Head Brewery
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Reviews by demcorhip:
4/5 rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A cherrywood coloured brew with a light tan head. There was no lacings, and the beer appeared only slightly carbonated.
Theres alot to smell in this beer. Fruity esters, green raisins, caramel, alcohol and spice rise from my glass to please my nose.
Theres also alot to taste in this brew. The predominant fruity flavours include, of course, the green raisins. The caramel from the toasted malts is also on the forefront. These flavours are balanced by grassy and peppery notes from the hops.
This is a beer of substance. The sweetness of raisins and the malt mask the relatively high alcohol content. The spiciness from the hops is a nice counterpoint to the sweetness of the malts.
Certainly nowhere near as drinkable as swill type brew. This is a rich, decadent, and satisfying brew, and it would be very easy to tip a few back, enjoying the complexity and interplay between the components of this brew. This is something ill pick up again from time to time.
Serving type: bottle
08-17-2006 23:20:10 | More by demcorhip
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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
83 out of 100 based on 3,996 ratings.