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Raison D'Être - Dogfish Head Brewery

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4,078 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,078
Reviews: 1,766
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 15.3%
Wants: 72
Gots: 276 | 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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59rockabilly, Jun 04, 2012
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2.65/5  rDev -27.6%

Not sure how to classify this beer exactly so I’ll just report on what my impressions are without the style getting in the way.

Poured this from a bottle into a stemmed glass. I was rewarded with an amber-ruby hued beverage capped by a dose of billowy foam.

I get a … conflicting aroma, one that’s musty, murky, with notes of stone fruits colliding with a cloying malt backbone. There’s a faint green apple (or dried apple) hint on the back met with caramel… why am I thinking of caramel apples here?

Unfortunately or not the flavor follows suit, with a thick caramel apple malt profile and some more of that cloying caramel sweetness. I get a boozy imbalance that’s far too pronounced for an 8% ABV beer. Finishes tacky without being chewy, and makes me think of a run-of-the-mill amber ale.

At the end I think of an out of balance Belgian quad. This is all over the place, and not in a way that I like. One of the few Dogfishhead beers that I can say was truly awful.

elNopalero, Jun 04, 2012
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A- Medium brown ale with hints of red and amber in light. Orangish and cream-coloured thin head that dissipates quickly leaving fine lacing. Persistent ring of suds and etching at bottom of goblet continues to funnel carbonation upward through beer.

S- Alcohol and sweeteness ... brown sugar, caramel, malt. As the beer warms the alcohol becomes even more prominent.

T- Dry with a nice bitterness. Hops and some brown sugar, not present in the smell, come out. A slight hint of raisins. I paired the meal with some grilled foods, finding lamb drew out the raisin flavor and a finishing bitterness while corn brought out the dryness.

M- Medium-bodied and dry, yet smooth.

)- Very good but has its flaws. I selected this beer for its pairing quality with red meats (is lamb red?) and it didn't disappoint. Not a regular go-to beer but one that has its moments.

imasloth, Jun 03, 2012
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Raison D'Être from Dogfish Head Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 4,078 ratings.