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Raison D'Être - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
83
good

4,090 Ratings
THE BROS
73
okay

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Ratings: 4,090
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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look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A beautifully colored beer (the label calls it "deep mahogany"), with a thick off-white head initially but little retention. Shame. Smells magnificent: my first thought is rum raisin. Malt heavy with bits of toffee, dark fruit, and a touch of grassy hops. Layered taste with alcohol notes (though it doesn't taste like 8%), the dried fruit and caramel. It could use a little more bit, in my opinion -- it ends too syrupy. But for the style, it's very drinkable. I could split a six-pack before I realized how loaded I was. A nice take on the Belgian dark by the boys at DFH.

jbsteiny, Mar 31, 2007
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured clear amber brown. The head was just off-white and lasting at the edges of the surface to lace the glass.

The aroma was malty with caramel and dark fruits.

The flavor was malty and sweet with caramel. The sweetness was lasting and was eventually replaced with a dryness. Slight chocolate flavor and perhaps a hint of cinnamon.

The finish was dry and caramel into the aftertaste. The body was medium to medium full.

Nicer that I remember from my last tasting. More sweetness than prior tastings.

12 ounce bottle. Packaged in 4 (cannot be 2004 based upon when I purchased it)

GCBrewingCo, May 06, 2004
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Raison D'Être from Dogfish Head Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 4,090 ratings.