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Raison D'Être - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
83
good

4,055 Ratings
THE BROS
73
okay

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Ratings: 4,055
Reviews: 1,766
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 15.3%
Wants: 71
Gots: 270 | 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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lhutson


3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

06-06-2012 02:27:45 | More by lhutson
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vipera

Maine

4/5  rDev +9.3%

06-06-2012 00:10:55 | More by vipera
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BWHD

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

06-05-2012 21:20:51 | More by BWHD
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pin

Australia

4/5  rDev +9.3%

06-05-2012 04:33:32 | More by pin
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59rockabilly

Kansas

4/5  rDev +9.3%

06-04-2012 23:18:00 | More by 59rockabilly
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elNopalero

Texas

2.65/5  rDev -27.6%

Not sure how to classify this beer exactly so I’ll just report on what my impressions are without the style getting in the way.

Poured this from a bottle into a stemmed glass. I was rewarded with an amber-ruby hued beverage capped by a dose of billowy foam.

I get a … conflicting aroma, one that’s musty, murky, with notes of stone fruits colliding with a cloying malt backbone. There’s a faint green apple (or dried apple) hint on the back met with caramel… why am I thinking of caramel apples here?

Unfortunately or not the flavor follows suit, with a thick caramel apple malt profile and some more of that cloying caramel sweetness. I get a boozy imbalance that’s far too pronounced for an 8% ABV beer. Finishes tacky without being chewy, and makes me think of a run-of-the-mill amber ale.

At the end I think of an out of balance Belgian quad. This is all over the place, and not in a way that I like. One of the few Dogfishhead beers that I can say was truly awful.

06-04-2012 18:47:36 | More by elNopalero
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tree777

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +23%

06-04-2012 15:04:23 | More by tree777
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imasloth

Texas

4.13/5  rDev +12.8%

A- Medium brown ale with hints of red and amber in light. Orangish and cream-coloured thin head that dissipates quickly leaving fine lacing. Persistent ring of suds and etching at bottom of goblet continues to funnel carbonation upward through beer.

S- Alcohol and sweeteness ... brown sugar, caramel, malt. As the beer warms the alcohol becomes even more prominent.

T- Dry with a nice bitterness. Hops and some brown sugar, not present in the smell, come out. A slight hint of raisins. I paired the meal with some grilled foods, finding lamb drew out the raisin flavor and a finishing bitterness while corn brought out the dryness.

M- Medium-bodied and dry, yet smooth.

)- Very good but has its flaws. I selected this beer for its pairing quality with red meats (is lamb red?) and it didn't disappoint. Not a regular go-to beer but one that has its moments.

06-03-2012 21:16:14 | More by imasloth
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BeeGinner

Rhode Island

2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

06-03-2012 19:44:15 | More by BeeGinner
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rcjennings

Ohio

4/5  rDev +9.3%

06-03-2012 14:19:14 | More by rcjennings
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briandaube

Delaware

4/5  rDev +9.3%

06-02-2012 23:20:43 | More by briandaube
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Willwilliams798


4/5  rDev +9.3%

06-02-2012 18:01:17 | More by Willwilliams798
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videofrog

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

06-02-2012 04:04:12 | More by videofrog
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XenonX

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

06-02-2012 00:13:51 | More by XenonX
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GreersBeer21


3/5  rDev -18%

06-01-2012 17:26:25 | More by GreersBeer21
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csmartin6

New York

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

06-01-2012 12:32:56 | More by csmartin6
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rmank

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

05-31-2012 19:21:59 | More by rmank
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OriolesFan1008

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

05-31-2012 18:35:48 | More by OriolesFan1008
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TheRicker

New York

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

05-31-2012 02:53:15 | More by TheRicker
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Yelnum


1.25/5  rDev -65.8%

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


4.5/5  rDev +23%

05-30-2012 14:40:12 | More by KevinTK
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gpblackgt

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

05-30-2012 12:01:08 | More by gpblackgt
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Rayedwardsjr


1.25/5  rDev -65.8%

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

Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

05-29-2012 23:25:12 | More by fortierv
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jordanmckell

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

05-29-2012 03:53:36 | More by jordanmckell
Raison D'Être from Dogfish Head Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 4,055 ratings.