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Raison D'Être - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
83
good

4,001 Ratings
THE BROS
73
okay

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Ratings: 4,001
Reviews: 1,766
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 15.3%
Wants: 66
Gots: 247 | 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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charladam

Colorado

3/5  rDev -18%

04-30-2012 21:52:21 | More by charladam
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jhmiv

New York

3/5  rDev -18%

04-30-2012 19:09:33 | More by jhmiv
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hopsolutely

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

04-30-2012 00:02:53 | More by hopsolutely
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closisinthehouse

Florida

4/5  rDev +9.3%

04-28-2012 14:35:58 | More by closisinthehouse
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nathanb47

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -18%

04-28-2012 13:40:16 | More by nathanb47
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RickS95

Indiana

3.03/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Doesn't remind me of a Belgian dark ale. It's brown, but it's a loose looking, almost clear brown. The head is a letdown, there one second and gone the next.

I pick up some malt and caramel in the nose, with only the slightest bit of raisin when I agitate the glass.

The tongue picks up some raisin and malt, but little else. I still have a hard time considering this a Belgian strong dark ale. Maybe in another category it would score better, but it's a sloppy tasting Belgian.

Very malty from beginning to end, so there's a slight creaminess to it. But the beet sugars take over with an aggressive feel that doesn't really go with it. Has an Earthy finish.

I'm not a fan of most Dogfish Head beers and this is very average at best. I don't think it fits the style very well, but regardless, it's only a very average beer in every which way.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2012 02:38:24 | More by RickS95
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Brushkanna

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

04-26-2012 23:19:02 | More by Brushkanna
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jimelee108

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

04-26-2012 22:20:25 | More by jimelee108
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goblue65

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

04-26-2012 15:07:40 | More by goblue65
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Navalartichoke

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

04-25-2012 18:46:53 | More by Navalartichoke
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AnthonyG


3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

04-25-2012 16:25:42 | More by AnthonyG
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chim52chim

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

04-25-2012 12:22:41 | More by chim52chim
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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

04-25-2012 01:42:34 | More by AleGal79
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braican

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

04-24-2012 22:14:06 | More by braican
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johnsilk

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +9.3%

04-24-2012 17:42:46 | More by johnsilk
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Ecolello87

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +23%

04-24-2012 03:33:14 | More by Ecolello87
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woodjjacct

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

04-24-2012 01:59:21 | More by woodjjacct
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WesM63

Ohio

3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a tulip/snifter

A: Pours a clear-ish amber brown color and a nice 2finger off white head. Very minor lacing.

S: Malty, dark fruits (fig or raisin's)

T: Boozy up front, with some sweet sugars in the middle (maybe a hint of dark fruits) and a sweeter finish.

M: Medium body with low carbonation.

O: Not a terrible brew, but an extremely poor example of the style. As other have said, it is indeed a boozy mess. IMO, It's missing that huge malt backbone that defines a Belgian Strong Dark Ale, but to each their own I suppose.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2012 01:22:41 | More by WesM63
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Arizona

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -18%

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Delaware

3/5  rDev -18%

04-22-2012 20:04:22 | More by greyghost86
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ZayneInsane

Texas

4/5  rDev +9.3%

04-22-2012 19:49:35 | More by ZayneInsane
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

04-22-2012 18:33:00 | More by Nathanhlind
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New York

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

04-22-2012 16:48:40 | More by tuka
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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Raison D'Être from Dogfish Head Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 4,001 ratings.