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Raison D'Être - Dogfish Head Brewery

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4,227 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,227
Reviews: 1,775
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 15.07%
Wants: 93
Gots: 378 | 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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Ratings: 4,227 | Reviews: 1,775
Photo of Bobikel
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a deep copper with red hues when held to light. A thick clunky head dissipates fairly quickly. Lacing is descent.

Smell - Alchohol hits pretty strong here, but is imediately followed by cinnamon, rason, and bready malts. No noticable hops.

Taste - Very smooth and "dark" tasting, almost like a stout. Must be the raisons. Slightly metalic, and no noticible hops.

Mouthfeel - Wery smooth and a little thick. Perfect carb.

Drinkability - I really want to like this beer, due to the fact it's so different. Unfortunately, it's just to sweet to drink more than one.

Photo of beatlefan56
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of dparker7
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of JCC78
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of senttochris
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of brend2b
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Benjamin_Stewart
4.34/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of pbr85
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice brown color with little head which quickly disappears.
S: Smell is mostly caramel with some sourdough bread mixed in.
T: Taste is pretty good. Alcohol is surprisingly present for a 8% ABV. Roasty malts are present, but I'm having a hard time picking out what. Hops are hardly detectable.
M: A little carbonated for my tastes, but considering that it goes down remarkably smooth.

Notes: Another decent offering from DFH, though not quite my favorite. I'd look for this if the store is out of 60 Minute and I'm craving something a little different.

Photo of yeastsipper
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer pours a bright amber with minimal head.

There are scents of roasted malt with a touch of smokiness that I find a bit surprising. Additionally, there are notes of brown sugar, and I really believe, tobacco.

The beer is more smoky than sweet, which makes it both a bit different than other strong dark ales and also a bit more interesting. As the beer warms, there are flavors of raisins and plums.

There is a slight alcohol warming on the back of the palate.

This beer is solid if not spectacular. I would be happy to have a couple in the fridge at any given time.

Photo of Kakaraht
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep brown in color with a thin head and little lacing.

S: Caramel and sweet malts up front with a light fruity raisin smell. Hints of light spice like cinnamon or allspice.

T: Malty and sweet on the pallet with a lot of dried fruit presence. Belgian candy sugar and yeast are also present. Beer intensifies as it warms and the alcohol comes out to play giving the beer a warmer flavor and more depth.

M: Medium body, smooth and very round flavors.

D: Extremely drinkable. With I had a few more.

Photo of Scamboogery
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of chrismel
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of bennettj1087
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Kudashov
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With XTC on the Hi-Fi and the Bruins losing another game I enjoyed the music and the game last night with the delightful brew from Dogfish Head . 12 .oz bottle pored into my Rapscallion snifter small yellowish head with orange / brown color . The color on the empty bottle on the right of this page is the close to the color in the glasss . When I poured this I tried to be aggressive . The brew was comming out sort of syrupy . The head gets very thin very fast . Aromas of rum , caramel , and raisins . The flavor was just what I expected . Wonderful . The Raison D'Extra crossed my Irish lips the other day and it was a tad harsh . This is now my fav from DFH . It was the 90 Min but , this raisiny syurpy sweetness that makes me happy that this hobby to drink "good beer "has brought me here . Now if the Bruins could get into the playoffs and Andy Partridge could get the band together and tour just once I will be in heaven . I will be off to get another six pack of this flavorful fluid today to enjoy the Hockey East playoffs on the TV . Hope Boston University kicks the crap out of the U. of Vermont . Maybe some Wild Sweet Orange on the Hi-Fi too.

C'Mon the Hoops !!

Photo of Bumpon10s
4.06/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a very reddish color with a small head that falls quickly but leaves a little floating.

S - Smells of deep fruits, but not very strong, I was expecting a potent nose given it's class.

T - Not bad, very strong in the fruits. Malts and a dominating kick of raisins with a touch of alcohol round out the mix.

M - Keeps it light on the mouth with ample carbonation, very pleasing.

D - Not exactly my favorite style, but I sure liked it. It goes down very smooth, and lightens the mood with an 8% ABV.

Photo of Luchman
3.67/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: a dark, but still clear, red/mahogany color with a foamy off white head.

S: sweet smelling raisins, cherry, and alcohol take the nose. Smells really sweet actually, maybe even some caramel.

T: Much like the smell. Sweet fruits and raisin up front, sweet malt at the end. Ends with a slight bitterness.

M; medium to light body, slick and ends dry.

O: Not bad. Sweet and and a little hot. I probaby wont buy this again, but i'll enjoy my glass.

Photo of djgoodwi
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of Hopman1985
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of jdprmd
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of SSS
3.67/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A-Amber color, dark, almost no head retention for me.
S-Fruity, musty smell. I can smell the alcohol.
T-It tastes strong, slight fruit, a hint of wine-like grape
M-Carbonation is a little much for me, lots of bubbles
O-I remembered this beer to be better than I thought. Try it, I don't think it is for everyone.

Photo of remy28
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

Photo of trancefishy
3.16/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

this brew looks a bit viscous when pouring it, and has a 5 second tiny head that disappears completely very quickly. sweet malt smell wafts up quickly, with what smells like artificial grape flavour following closely behind. tastes of alcohol and yeast, some apple flavour is also present. alright overall, but i am curious to see what else this brewery has to offer.

Photo of veggiemafia
4.07/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle complements of a friend who brought the DFH Boom Box to my Cinco de Mayo dinner.

Nice color and everything, but only a small head is formed and it almost immediately disappears to nothing, like, NOTHING at all in terms of bubbles.

Smells really good, sugar, caramel, raisins and dark fruits, malty sweetness.

Taste is more of the same with a kind of tart spine that keeps this from being overly sweet.

Mouthfeel is thick and rich and excellent.

I could drink this all night, really well done beer.

Photo of littleshamrocks
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with the "bottled on" date stamped on the neck. Served in a snifter.

Pours a medium brown with ruby hues around the edges. Average sized, off-white, foamy head quickly diminishes, leaving only faint wisps of lacing. Fairly clear with noticeable carbonation. The smell is a complex mix of fruits, wine, dark bread and alcohol. Taste is much the same with copious doses of fruity esters, ranging from grapes to raisons to plums. Also, hints of wine, dark bread, pepper and a mild floral hoppiness. The sum total comes out moderately sweet tasting. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a somewhat oily texture, fizzy carbonation, and a lightly alcoholic finish.

Overall, I like how the flavors come together in this one. It has the distinct fruitiness of a Belgian, which I also enjoy. Although it does ring in at 8%, to me, the alcohol is pretty well hidden. Good job DFH on yet another quality made, fine craft beer.

Photo of ryantaussig
3.15/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Nice medium dark reddish brown hue with a solid two finger head. Gives way to a nice lacing.

S: Mostly raisins with some background sugars. Fruitiness is dominant with some alcohol in the back.

T: The alcohol is a little too much me, but it is good none the less. Some level of the beets comes through, but it could easily be mistaken for some other sugary fruit. The raisins are clearly identifiable. Alcohol dominates at the end.

M: Medium to smooth body with a light carbonation. Gives way to a dry and estery finish.

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Raison D'Être from Dogfish Head Brewery
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