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Raison D'Être - Dogfish Head Brewery

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4,204 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,204
Reviews: 1,770
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 15.07%
Wants: 87
Gots: 340 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
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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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Photo of baiser
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark amber colour, hazy, with a cream coloured head. Nose is bready, raisins and a bit of alcohol. Taste was well balanced. Plum, raisins, tart, dry, some wine like qualities and a sweet fruitiness. Got a yeasty taste to it too. Mouthfeel is a bit syrupy. Aftertaste is grainy. A great beer.

Photo of alkemy
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a slightly cloudy, dark copper with a small cream colored head. I got a sense of dried fruit, but not necessarily raisin. You get a sense of the high ABV, yet this brew is pretty easy drinking. There seem to be alot of flavors going on here, but they meld together quite pleasantly.

Photo of Dapper_Dan_Man
3/5  rDev -17.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of IceAce
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Burnt umber in color and moderately hazy. Surprisingly small collar of foam which was comprised of very tiny bubbles...

Aroma: Slightly acidic and very sweet

Taste: Dazzling fruitiness on the tip of the tongue quickly followed by a very complex malt assortment. After the finish...the sweetness continues to dominate for 12 - 15 seconds.

Mouthfeel: This is a very big beer with effervescent qualities...kind of like a stout and a frambois all rolled into one. Not enough ooo's in smoooth!

Drinkability: Excellent drinkability...but watch the 8.0% ABV!

Photo of Redwood21
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I put off trying this beer because it has the word raison in it...i hate them...but this beer is actually really good. Its not a wow factor beer, it wont bowl you over, but you know what it just tastes clean and good.
A: the head could be better but at 8 % its hard to complain. i actually really really dig the color. it has this almost red amber oak stain hue that glows...good stuff

S: sweet, not sugary sweet, ripe dark fruit sweet plum almost with an almost caramel finish, maybe its roasted something, but it finished more simmered

T very clean i have read some notes of it being offensive or too much of one thing, but i actually really like it. its sweet but in a dried fruit (dare i say raisin) way...no it does not remind me of raisins which for me is a good thing. it even has an almost smoke in the back to bolter the sweetness...is this not what we call balance ppl? i was going to give the taste a 4, but as i sip and enjoy it i bumped it to 4.5....its not groundbreaking so no 5, but it does nothing wrong and just makes me so happy i tried it.

Biggest surprise in a while...i expected to hate this beer, the name put me off, reviews weren't favorable....but you know what this is a damn tasty brew worth trying.

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of rtratzlaff
2.51/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Raison d'etre "Reason for being" pours a deep ruby reddish color with a thin white head that sticks around and sticks to the glass here and there. The aromas are sticky sweet maltiness with dark fruit. There's not much spice in the nose. It seems a bit simple for a BSDA in the nose. The flavor is pretty much the same, not bad, but just lacking in complexity. No clove, no spice. Prunes are there in full force. A bittering in the finish with a slight hint at anise but nothing much more than a thought. Green raisins? Yeah.
The mouthfeel is full and fluffy. To style, this beer falls far short; however, as a beer in general, its not bad. I would recommend this for someone with a thing for malt forward beers with a slight Belgian quality.

Photo of SykDoc
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip. It pours a very deep red with a 3 inch thick, dense light-beige head that quickly reduces to around the edges and a thin comb-over.

The aroma is primarily dark fruits and a caramel malt sweetness. I also pick up some brandy notes in there.

The taste presents similar to the nose with some dark fruity and caramel malt sweetness and a bit of brandy. I also add the taste of raisin above and beyond the dark fruit, and it was more prominent with food, (smoked whitefish).

The mouthfeel was a bit weak to me. It seemed thin and light bodied, initially with a thickness that seemed to linger with a mild dryness. A little light on the carbonation, as well.

Overall, this is a reasonable beer to drink. I don't believe I would want more than one in a sitting, but will certainly finish this and enjoy it while it lasts.

Photo of baconman91
2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

Photo of roodie
3.23/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Savored at the Gingerman in Houston

Poured from the tap into a pint glass.

A: pours an dark amber mahogany color with 2 fingers of head that dissipates quickly. Minimal lacing, but points for color

S: banana raisin bread with a slight off maybe over ripe tinge. Alcohol evident on the end

T: bready banana maltiness with lingering heat.

M: smooth with a lingering of alcohol burn

O: ok not great. Not sure I'd order it again though it was enjoyable in it's own right

Photo of bewareOFpenguin
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The ingrediants were a little scary. Green raisons? Was this some kind of "French" comspiracy? I poured the beer and noted it's red amber color. What happened to the green raisons. The taste was indeed bold. Fruity, but not tooty-fruity. Good hops playing out. A definite well rounded beer.

Photo of TommyW
3.42/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Clear, dark-red/brown body with a thin white head.

S- Notes of alcohol and molasses with some very slight biscuity malts.

T- Notes of alcohol seem to be present through most of the taste; though not in an overpowering way but rather no other flavor seems to push it aside. Not much of a malt base detected; hops come in toward the middle and end but very sporadic.

M- Medium body with a rather awkward carbonation; flat upfront with a little bit more towards the back.

D- A very unique brew. One can either like the unique nature or hate it. I enjoyed the six pack I bought, but I'm hesitant to buy anymore soon.

Photo of zacky_U
3/5  rDev -17.8%

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of MmmIPA
3.17/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A-Dark red body with a head that went away real fast.No lacing on the glass at all.

S-I dont smell any hops in this stuff.I do have a strong sense of Raisons I guess,its not very pleasant.

T-Sweet notes and raisons.

M-Raisons and sweetness.

D-I dont like this beer very much.Ide rather eat raisons then drink them I guess.Sorry Dogfish I love your ipa's but I dont think I'll drink your Raison D'etre again.

M-Is very Carbonated

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -11%

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3.27/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

Raison D'Être from Dogfish Head Brewery
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