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Raison D'Être - Dogfish Head Brewery

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4,228 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,228
Reviews: 1,775
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 15.03%
Wants: 93
Gots: 379 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-09-2001

A deep mahogany, Belgian-style brown ale brewed with beet sugar, raisins and Belgian-style yeast.

25 IBU
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On tap:
Have had this before and was never a big fan, but after done time off I decided to try again. It didn't even live up to its low expectations.

The beer looks just fine, ruby/auburn, quite clear (too much so?), with a nice layer of small bubbles built up. The surface continues to hold the head well into the taste, and lacing is prevalent. Smell is a bit of raisin, but more graham cracker like spice and sweetness.

The taste has some expected strong ale flavors, dark sugar with a hint if molasses, perhaps. There's a hint of copper tinge (that I associate with British bitter beer). I also get a bit of bourbon-poached peach, and almost none if the raisin I expected. There is also a light bite of spice, and an almost equally subdued hops note. More disappointing is the feel - I wanted a bit more body for the lighter flavors I was getting (deeper flavors would've worked as well). The carbonation is also a bigger part of the feel than if expect.

Definitely learned I don't need to try this again, considering the offerings that DFH has. This beer reminds me in its downgrade from previous thinking of how I downgraded the Punkin' Ale.

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Raison D'Être from Dogfish Head Brewery
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