Raison D'Être - Dogfish Head Brewery
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Reviews by sirdrinkwell:
3.35/5 rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
A-Poured into a pint glass, Raison D'Être is more a honey amber than mahogany , with moderate head that quickly disappears.
S-the nose is bready, with an undercurrent of earthy dark fruit. Yeast dominates.
T-Tartness of raisin and plum are more evident as I drink, with a spicy yeast undertone. There is a bit of sugary sweetness but it is mitigated by the tartness and spice.
M-Medium body, rich .... There's also a tarty aftertaste.
O-I have yet to truly dislike anything from DFH, but at the same time I have yet to encounter anything anything they make that truly appeals to me. In that sense, and given all the DFH hype that is out there, I find this to be another underwhelming brew, and I find it hard to believe that anyone could have named this "American Beer of the Year" in any year. As a Belgian Dark, in particular, this is not something I would seek out again.
Serving type: bottle
12-05-2012 02:59:46 | More by sirdrinkwell
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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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