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Raison D'Être - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
83
good

3,992 Ratings
THE BROS
73
okay

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Ratings: 3,992
Reviews: 1,766
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 15.3%
Wants: 66
Gots: 241 | FT: 6
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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Marc33

Massachusetts

1/5  rDev -72.7%

12-22-2011 20:15:18 | More by Marc33
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Illinois

1/5  rDev -72.7%

02-19-2012 21:12:28 | More by MyTBeerDrinker
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1/5  rDev -72.7%

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1/5  rDev -72.7%

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1/5  rDev -72.7%

07-25-2012 01:34:15 | More by AWWONG
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enginero

Florida

1/5  rDev -72.7%

02-28-2012 04:02:41 | More by enginero
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garyford

Texas

1/5  rDev -72.7%

02-15-2012 21:26:40 | More by garyford
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tmars13

Pennsylvania

1/5  rDev -72.7%

08-21-2012 03:22:11 | More by tmars13
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towlea25

Washington

1/5  rDev -72.7%

01-07-2012 18:24:01 | More by towlea25
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brodah

New York

1/5  rDev -72.7%

12-17-2011 23:55:42 | More by brodah
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Mileslicsw

Massachusetts

1/5  rDev -72.7%

08-12-2012 22:10:36 | More by Mileslicsw
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hopmonkey

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2009 04:08:58 | More by hopmonkey
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Rayedwardsjr


1.25/5  rDev -65.8%

05-30-2012 03:58:50 | More by Rayedwardsjr
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Yelnum


1.25/5  rDev -65.8%

05-30-2012 20:17:30 | More by Yelnum
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getmeabeer

Connecticut

1.25/5  rDev -65.8%

12-15-2012 03:11:29 | More by getmeabeer
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CudOfCow

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2008 19:15:35 | More by CudOfCow
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thom53us

New Jersey

1.5/5  rDev -59%

07-08-2012 02:33:42 | More by thom53us
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Jordanbryan10

Delaware

1.5/5  rDev -59%

02-25-2012 09:04:49 | More by Jordanbryan10
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jtierney89

New Jersey

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

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2011 22:39:21 | More by jtierney89
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Jendy

Maryland

1.5/5  rDev -59%

02-25-2012 04:29:26 | More by Jendy
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Florida

1.5/5  rDev -59%

02-05-2012 22:21:12 | More by BlakeL
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Illinois

1.5/5  rDev -59%

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1.5/5  rDev -59%

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swanny28

Illinois

1.53/5  rDev -58.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured in a pint glass. Bottle may have been old on shelf to long.

A: Good looking beer with the pour. Too bad this was its best attribute.

S: Smelled of rotten fruit

T: Back the rotten fruit not very good

M: Gritty almost like the california raisons were dancing in your mouth stabbing it with pitch forks.

D: IMO not very drinkable - one of the few beers I have ever poured out.

IMO Dogfish head has too many good beers to spend your money on this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2010 19:17:22 | More by swanny28
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Raison D'Être from Dogfish Head Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 3,992 ratings.