Raison D'Être - Dogfish Head Brewery
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Reviews by ncfranklin:
3.83/5 rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Bottle with a bottled on date of 01/10/2010 into a goblet.
A : Pours a hazy but clean brown with light reddish notes. I poured quite strongly and only got a minimal head, so it's safe to say this is a no-header.
S : Rich notes of brown sugar, malty caramel, a little alcohol, and some spice. Quite nice really.
T : A big barraging mix of brown sugar & dark fruit up front. The alcohol comes in midway through with a soft touch, and the yeasty spice comes in on the end very faintly. This one is sweet, with little to no hop to it, but not syrupy.
M : Wine like. Medium body, with a light carbonation and smooth texture. Very little aftertaste.
D : Quite easily sippable and gulpable. See below for thoughts on the pairing.
The brewers site sais this beer was designed as the pair for a nice steak. I tried two bottles (one with a steak, and one without) and can agree to the fact that is a very nice pairing brew. The steak-parterned beer was much more enjoyable and seem to have a stronger kick of flavors. This reviews scores reflect a combination of both tastings.
Serving type: bottle
08-04-2010 01:44:02 | More by ncfranklin
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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 3,994 ratings.