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Raison D'Être - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
83
good

4,079 Ratings
THE BROS
73
okay

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Ratings: 4,079
Reviews: 1,767
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 15.3%
Wants: 73
Gots: 276 | 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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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

jbaker67, Jul 04, 2012
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5/5  rDev +36.6%

120minuteman, Jul 03, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

brandon911, Jul 03, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

bookerandy, Jul 02, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +23%

bill_rue, Jul 02, 2012
Photo of mooseo
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into tulip.

A - Pours a rich mahogany brown with a dense off white head.

S - Plum, raisin, Belgian candi sugar, roasted malts, molasses.

T - Taste is a blend of dark fruit, molasses, candi sugar, and bready malts. Earthy, mildly bitter hops come out, balancing the sweetness. Finish is nutty with hints of nutmeg and allspice.

M - Smooth, medium bodied, a bit creamy. High carbonation, slightly warming alcohol.

O - Decent brew. While it's not the most complex Belgian strong ale around, it still has great flavor and drinkabilty. Definitely worth a try.

mooseo, Jul 02, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

apocalypsezombie, Jul 01, 2012
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3/5  rDev -18%

LarryMyers, Jul 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +23%

RicoFalcon, Jul 01, 2012
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3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a brown color with a thick three finger head. Smells of Belgian yeast and chocolate. Tastes pretty good. There are chocolate, pepper, clove, and coffee notes. It does finish a tad hot, that is the biggest fault I can find with this beer. It has a good amount of carbonation, not enough to over power the flavor of the beer, which is substantial. Overall, this is a pretty good beer. I have had it before, years ago on draft, picked based upon the interesting name. I feel good about my decision then, and even better about it now. Quite a different beer than what I have recently been drinking.

omokoro, Jul 01, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

mtrain237, Jun 30, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Thomas_Picton, Jun 29, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Reynolds, Jun 29, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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3/5  rDev -18%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3/5  rDev -18%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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KaTerp, Jun 25, 2012
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4.53/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from Total Wine Park Rd in Charlotte. Poured into a DFH snifter...

A: Pours a bright, mahogany-amber with an off-white, one-finger head; no lace.

S: Very rich, sweet aroma; plums; molasses; brown sugar; nutmeg; very nice.

T: Dark, sweet bread; raisin / plum notes; candi sugar; delicious and complex... would make for a great Thanksgiving beer.

M: Full mouthfeel; high carbonation; velvety and a touch tingly.

O: A deliciously complex ale; a Dogfish Head classic.

*from notes (6-11-12)

jpro, Jun 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

BrandonCBeer, Jun 25, 2012
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3/5  rDev -18%

wmickdds32, Jun 23, 2012
Raison D'Être from Dogfish Head Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 4,079 ratings.