1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Raison D'Être - Dogfish Head Brewery

Not Rated.
Raison D'ÊtreRaison D'Être

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
83
good

4,121 Ratings
THE BROS
73
okay

(view ratings)
Ratings: 4,121
Reviews: 1,766
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 15.3%
Wants: 74
Gots: 290 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Raison D'Être Alström Bros
Ratings: 4,121 | Reviews: 1,766 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of bsteels
4/5  rDev +9.3%

bsteels, Jul 24, 2014
Photo of JLB025
4/5  rDev +9.3%

JLB025, Apr 30, 2014
Photo of NatetheGreat
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sorry I wasn't more creative in the point part of this rating with 4s across the board, but that's just how this one felt. It was good in all aspects, but nothing stood out as excellent.

It had a dark amber color with a decent head, very inviting. Aroma of figs, brown sugar, and a faint citrus undertone. Taste was hard to pin down: it seemed a bit muddled with perhaps too much going on and nothing clear. Follows the nose and is quite sugary, with very mild hop presence. Similar to an abbey ale in some ways. Feel was smooth and rich and the beer is drinkable, but I wouldn't have more than a couple.

NatetheGreat, Mar 06, 2010
Photo of kayrex
4/5  rDev +9.3%

kayrex, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of BSUBronco
4/5  rDev +9.3%

BSUBronco, Oct 17, 2013
Photo of avgjoseph
4/5  rDev +9.3%

avgjoseph, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of Rempo
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Rempo, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of benjbrunner
4/5  rDev +9.3%

benjbrunner, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of John_Beeryman
4/5  rDev +9.3%

John_Beeryman, Jul 21, 2014
Photo of jplopez21
4/5  rDev +9.3%

jplopez21, Feb 05, 2013
Photo of mdebonee
4/5  rDev +9.3%

mdebonee, Nov 15, 2012
Photo of jopi2222
4/5  rDev +9.3%

jopi2222, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of BrooBub
4/5  rDev +9.3%

BrooBub, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev +9.3%

wrightst, Jun 25, 2014
Photo of freed
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tarnished bronze, maybe copper seems to describe the color best. Itt has a nice head with bubbles of various sizes. The smell is sweet and malty with no detectable hop aroma. Almost smells like a fruit wine.

The taste is very pleasant. Fruity, malty, and slightly warm with alcohol. Very similar in many respects to a barleywine, but not quite as spicy. Has a nice amount of chew to it, and becons for another sip.

freed, May 16, 2003
Photo of unclejimbay
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Raison D'etre
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale
ABV: 8.00 %
bottle > snifter style big beer glass

4.0 across the board in all catergories. Better than I anticipated, with subtle malt suggestions of DFH 60, 90 and Indian Brown Ale.

Appearance was a deep copper amber color. Acceptable 1 finger head with satisfactory retention and impressive lace. Aromas are more subtle than anticipated, roasty malts, molasses and maybe whispers of spicy raison/mulled cider spices or something like that.
Tastes follow smell with a brown sugar/molasses after taste, sweet/malty but complex with a wee bit of cloying whispers.
Mouthfeel is medium+ body & carbonation.

unclejimbay, Oct 22, 2009
Photo of MikeE2013
4/5  rDev +9.3%

MikeE2013, Apr 08, 2013
Photo of ColSanders123
4/5  rDev +9.3%

ColSanders123, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Humorum
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Humorum, Mar 17, 2013
Photo of carbonhaze74
4/5  rDev +9.3%

carbonhaze74, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of JohnnyDuvel
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very unique, and hard to classify. Not quite a Belgian, not an American-styled ale. Fruity and reasonably complex. I did not notice the alcohol as much as some others did, and the balance is actually more on the subtle side (my wife had an Ommegang while I was drinking this, and the Ommegang's flavor was much more pronounced - and sweeter). Pours a dark ruby shade, with little head, no lacing. Raisons certainly come to mind. For those who enjoy a dark Belgian-styled ale, (and also fans of Baltic porters?)it's worth trying. I'm glad I have more, as this is a very different beer.

JohnnyDuvel, Oct 30, 2004
Photo of lccrunchy
4/5  rDev +9.3%

lccrunchy, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of hurstja
4/5  rDev +9.3%

hurstja, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of InfernalPotato
4/5  rDev +9.3%

InfernalPotato, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of ericdupont
4/5  rDev +9.3%

ericdupont, Apr 21, 2013
Raison D'Être from Dogfish Head Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 4,121 ratings.