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Raison D'Être - Dogfish Head Brewery

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4,219 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,219
Reviews: 1,774
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 15.07%
Wants: 91
Gots: 364 | 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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3/5  rDev -17.8%

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

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.

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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

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3.25/5  rDev -11%

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.

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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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3.25/5  rDev -11%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of CBlack85
2.48/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a New Belgium globe glass.

Pours a clear dark mahogany with a more reddish than copper hue. Not much head, even with a fairly aggressive pour. Beer seems very still, and leaves no lacing.

The aroma is of dark fruit and seems overly sweet. The belgian yeast is the only thing that seems pleasing to the nose.

The taste is not much better than the nose. There is something off putting about the raisins (really more like prunes). The alcohol is hot and rubbing alcoholesque. Although its not all bad, there are notes of caramel, toffee, and candy sugar. Finishes dry, and is medium bodied and under carbinated.

The beer seems to get much better as it warms, the alcohol seems to mellow a bit and the off putting raisin/prune seem to meld with the rest of the flavors. Unfortunately they don't meld enough to save this beer for me. I really wanted to like this beer, but it didn't quite get there for me.

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3.03/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had a 12 oz. bottle of Raison at Three Aces in Chicago. In a pint glass on April 2nd, 2011.

A - Deep brown/mahogany coloring with a two-finger, offwhite (or extremely light brown) head. So-so retention.

S - A muted, generally sweet nose with caramel, honey, slight dark fruit, and slight spices. Thought I pulled a very slight banana out of there as well.

T - Quite malty, more of the same flavors as shown in the aroma. Not too dry but has a great aftertaste that honestly I preferred to the drink. Taste is pretty even with smell but not quite as muted.

M - Medium body, carbonation is poor, not particularly smooth feel which I feel would've been appropriate.

D - Meh. It's okay. I have to complement DFH's ability to hide the ABV in this one; didn't look at the bottle until I finished and was really surprised to see the 8% on there. Feels more like 4-5%.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Raison D'Être from Dogfish Head Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 4,219 ratings.