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Raison D'Être - Dogfish Head Brewery

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83
good

4,091 Ratings
THE BROS
73
okay

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Ratings: 4,091
Reviews: 1,767
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 15.3%
Wants: 72
Gots: 283 | 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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1/5  rDev -72.7%

Marc33, Dec 22, 2011
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1/5  rDev -72.7%

MyTBeerDrinker, Feb 19, 2012
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1/5  rDev -72.7%

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AWWONG, Jul 25, 2012
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enginero, Feb 28, 2012
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1/5  rDev -72.7%

garyford, Feb 15, 2012
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1/5  rDev -72.7%

tmars13, Aug 21, 2012
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1/5  rDev -72.7%

towlea25, Jan 07, 2012
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1/5  rDev -72.7%

brodah, Dec 17, 2011
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1/5  rDev -72.7%

Mileslicsw, Aug 12, 2012
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1.23/5  rDev -66.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

An all-around revolting little beer. Oily and thin with strange fruit like it was in an old cheap wine bottle. I guess we have the raisins to thank for that. The first second is the best with this beer, which opens up into a strange, sick-sweet flavor and finishes leaving you wanting no more. I generally love Dogfish Head beers, but c'mon, beer and raisins? This one never had a chance.

hopmonkey, Mar 26, 2009
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1.25/5  rDev -65.8%

Rayedwardsjr, May 30, 2012
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1.25/5  rDev -65.8%

Yelnum, May 30, 2012
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1.25/5  rDev -65.8%

getmeabeer, Dec 15, 2012
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1.3/5  rDev -64.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Dogfish makes some great beers. This is not one of them.

It smells like microwave burned sugar with prune juice and bootstrap molasses. Very alcoholicy smell.

Pours a thickly brown it does have a nice foamy head and leaves foam on the inside of the glass. The head goes well with a moustache.

Tastes the same. Sugar, prunes, raisins, molasses, all burned, complicated and powerful. The taste lingers forever and ever.

This is the only beer i've ever had that I couldnt finish. I tried really hard to finish the bottle and man up, but this is now my number 1 least favorite beer. To each their own. I gave the other 5 away for friends to try.

CudOfCow, Aug 20, 2008
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1.5/5  rDev -59%

thom53us, Jul 08, 2012
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Jordanbryan10, Feb 25, 2012
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1.5/5  rDev -59%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a deep mahogany with amber highlights and a two finger off white head. Lots of visible carbonation. Lots of raisin and Belgian candied fruit on the nose. A little bit of bready maltiness as well.

Head has now receded to a thick lace. Lots of bready malts up front finishes with a big sugared raisin sweetness. Pretty cloying actually. Alcohol is noticeable as well.

Medium to big in body, some caramel present somewhere in the middle of the beer. Creamy mouthfeel. A strange and dissapointing brew. Not as cloyingly sweet as others I've had though

jtierney89, Dec 06, 2011
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1.5/5  rDev -59%

Jendy, Feb 25, 2012
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1.5/5  rDev -59%

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