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Raison D'Être - Dogfish Head Brewery

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4,091 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,091
Reviews: 1,767
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 15.3%
Wants: 72
Gots: 283 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
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Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
A deep mahogany, Belgian-style brown ale brewed with beet sugar, raisins and Belgian-style yeast.

25 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-09-2001)
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Photo of caddybuyer
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A-Utterly beautiful. Warm garnet with filtered clarity. A puffy, creamy eggshell head that laces nicely. This is how I like my beer to look.

S-Rather subdued nose. Yeast hits first, and maybe I'm detecting a bit of fruit in the background, but the yeast is overwhelming.

T-Sweet caramel malts blend with the Belgian yeast and are carried across the palate in a creamy smooth way with a hint of dark fruits and yes, raisin in the back end before a light balancing hop note kicks in. This is very nice. I am not detecting any alcohol burn in this at all.

M-Smooth, creamy, and on the heavier side of medium. Carbonation is light, but that is not a bad thing.

D-I very much like this beer. It is extremely well balanced, notwithstanding the unimpressive nose. I wonder about the consistancy, though, as reviews of this are all over the board. Barleywineish? Hoppy? Not at all...just a smooth creamy DFH take on Belgian goodness.

caddybuyer, May 09, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

AScrambledEgg, Dec 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

gtown_operator, May 09, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Andragos, Jul 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

AnthonyG, Apr 25, 2012
Photo of asabreed
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: A dark amber, some touches of brown in the light, and a nice head once it warms to stay thicker at the edges, leaving nice hints of round lacing throughout along with a lot of bubbles floating to the top.

Smell: Sugary bubblegum, hints of molasses, raisins, bread crust, sweet chocolate, and a bit of sour earthiness.

Taste: Very sweet, but not overly sweet, and when the finish hits it becomes complex and some of the flavors seem to certainly come out a bit more. Flavors of raisins, molasses, bubblegum, sour phenolic mustiness, grapes, dark chocolate and dart fruit come out the most. Not overbearing and pretty complex overall.

Mouthfeel: I wish there was more of a carbonation presence, as this seems a bit syrupy, though not as cloying as I thought initially. Still, I also feel that the coating nature allows the flavors to come out as well as they do when the finish happens during tasting.

Drinkability: Certainly an American take on the style, and a pretty singular one at that. It still doesn't match the intensity of a true Belgian, as this has the sugars but lacks the phenolic qualities and interesting funkiness and complexity that could be brought along with it. That said, a tasty beer and one I like to sample every now and again.

asabreed, Apr 07, 2007
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

twowheelssoar, Nov 15, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

bigsquirrel, Apr 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

norinco, Feb 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

TheMsnLink, Jul 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

avisong, Apr 07, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

cliff1066, Dec 24, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

bdub32689, Oct 30, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

bconsidine, Oct 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

DenverBigRed, May 31, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

astidad, Dec 20, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

willaby, May 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Stugotzo, Oct 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

IrishGerman, Sep 08, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

ianpstephens, Oct 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

broadway848, Jun 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

OriginalHopHead, Jun 29, 2013
Photo of Stubbie1
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mahogany color with a light white head. The head fades and leaves little lace. The aroma is a bit sweet. Hints of candy come to mind with tones of malt in the background and fruit. The taste is a bit different from the aroma. There are more malt tone with a lightly fruit feel at the end and an ever so small flash of bitter finish. Another enjoyable beer from Dogfish Head.

Stubbie1, Feb 28, 2004
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

JamLand, Jun 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

4Derek, Aug 20, 2013
Raison D'Être from Dogfish Head Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 4,091 ratings.