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Raison D'Être - Dogfish Head Brewery

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4,113 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,113
Reviews: 1,767
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 15.3%
Wants: 72
Gots: 288 | FT: 5
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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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

zildjian2800, Jun 28, 2012
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discdueler, Jun 26, 2012
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3/5  rDev -18%

LouDogg114, Jun 26, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

SPRichard, Jun 25, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

KaTerp, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of jpro
4.53/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from Total Wine Park Rd in Charlotte. Poured into a DFH snifter...

A: Pours a bright, mahogany-amber with an off-white, one-finger head; no lace.

S: Very rich, sweet aroma; plums; molasses; brown sugar; nutmeg; very nice.

T: Dark, sweet bread; raisin / plum notes; candi sugar; delicious and complex... would make for a great Thanksgiving beer.

M: Full mouthfeel; high carbonation; velvety and a touch tingly.

O: A deliciously complex ale; a Dogfish Head classic.

*from notes (6-11-12)

jpro, Jun 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

BrandonCBeer, Jun 25, 2012
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3/5  rDev -18%

wmickdds32, Jun 23, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Antnyd82, Jun 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

MattGrimes17, Jun 23, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

KimbarkBrewCrew, Jun 22, 2012
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3/5  rDev -18%

justinp, Jun 21, 2012
Photo of BostonHops
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a snifter.

pours a reddish amber tone while yielding a frothy 1" head; average retention and lacing. nose is a bit on the mild side with notes of caramel, raisin, and some brown sugar evident.

taste follows the aroma but is more pronounced than the nose leads you to believe, especially with the raisins and some other dark fruity notes. good dose of sweet malts. good beer. not crazy good, but enjoyable enough. medium bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall i thought this was a decent, reasonable tasty, above average beer. nothing i would go out of my way for, and definitely not the best DFH has put out, but solid.

(originally reviewed: 07-26-2011)

BostonHops, Jun 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

carteravebrew, Jun 19, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

smutty33, Jun 19, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

BeerOps, Jun 19, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

ale207, Jun 18, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

JPMcKirk, Jun 16, 2012
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3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a nice nutty brown ale. Smell a little vanilla/banana. The raisin flavor is subtle, but expected that. It has a nice balance of hops, not too bitter, dark copper color. Some malt/molasses overpowers as it warms, but tastes really good at first pour!

Murphious, Jun 15, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

valarking, Jun 15, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a rusty, mahogany brown into my Ithaca Excelsior glass. Sidewalls of Cherry Dr. Pepper shine thru fairly clear brew. It poured with a thick cherry/tan head that quickly faded to near nothingness. Barely a trace of lacing, but the carbonation is really alive and bubbly.

S- Raisins, figs, prunes, banana's, sweet caramel and whisps of alcohol. The banana's really open up as this one warms up. Lots of fall pie spices round out the nose.

T- Deep and sweet dark caramel, dried figs, raisins, over-ripe banana, sweet dark malt, brown sugar, molasses, and pumpkin pie spices. Big notes of clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and ginger as it warms up.

M- Kind of thin and wimpy. Really wish it was as sticky as the nose tells you it could be. The carbonation completely fades after a short time and leaves the tongue kind of dull and limp. The booze wakes and warms you, but this is a low point for this brew.

O- It's nice, and I'll certainly try it again... but I was expecting more from this Belgian Strong Dark Ale. Nothing to write home about, but certainly not bad at all. Nice nose, flavor and look... but the thin mouth was a let down on this. Too bad.

Thickfreakness, Jun 14, 2012
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2/5  rDev -45.4%

PJCracker, Jun 14, 2012
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4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into NB globe. Pours a mnaple syrup looking brown with ruby red hue. No head and ever so small lacing. Smells of amber malts, sweet dried fruit, and a hint of vanilla. Taste is of very malty dried raison. Some boozey vanilla notes. Seemingly hidden flavors at fist taste, but they really develop on the tongue in the aftertaste. Its fantastically smooth and really full of hidden flavors that linger. Overall, this is a great brew. Not sure if id classify as a belgian though. Its taste a little closer to a a Strong Ale, but either way, its a great brew and worthy of a try. Im gonna age one in my closet for a few months and report back...

DrinkSlurm, Jun 14, 2012
Raison D'Être from Dogfish Head Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 4,113 ratings.