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Raison D'Être - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
83
good

4,113 Ratings
THE BROS
73
okay

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Ratings: 4,113
Reviews: 1,767
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 15.3%
Wants: 72
Gots: 288 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Brewery visit their website
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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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

ScubaSteve00, Jul 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

RMoeNay, Jul 15, 2012
Photo of optimistictour
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On par with (especially American made) dark Belgians, with a smaller head receding into a wisp with some lacing on the sides.. but it smells like a champ. Well at least a really promising beer. None of that super-upfront pungent sourness which many American dubbels and darks get wrong when it comes to Beligans. It tastes like the hops mean business but are perfectly tempered by the sweetness of the malt and creamy texture.

I think the components - looks decent, smells appetizing, tastes yummy, feels good - appear to add up to a solid but uninteresting beer. It's actually an interesting swirl though these territories with its own distinctive feel. At under $12 a six pack it's almost a steal.

optimistictour, Jul 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

kb2250, Jul 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

JeffreyJDavis, Jul 14, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

DavidHamilton, Jul 14, 2012
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BeerForHokie, Jul 13, 2012
Photo of AwYeh
2.43/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12 oz glass into snifter. Bottled April 2012.

A: Pours a foggy ruby red color with half a finger of frothy off-white head. Some lacing remains.

S: Above all, this is SWEET. I'm getting dark fruits, brown sugar, and molasses. Not much of the yeast or other flavors that I would expect from this particular Belgian style.

T: Likewise, the taste is quite sweet. I get a lot of butterscotch, raisan, and plum. Dark, fruity, and sweet. Hints of molasses and spices come through too. A decent amount of alcohol makes it through.

M: Fairly thin-bodied for the ABV, a bit of carbonation lends it a light creaminess. Unfortunately, it does nothing to add to the beer's finish.

O: A very sweet, fruity beer. It hides its alcohol well, but compared to others in the style, doesn't necessarily offer the complexity of flavor that I expected. Not sure that I'll be seeking this one out again.

AwYeh, Jul 12, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

kenmyers70, Jul 12, 2012
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zenmaster298, Jul 11, 2012
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mfc, Jul 10, 2012
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riy3rd, Jul 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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Raison D'Être from Dogfish Head Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 4,113 ratings.