1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Raison D'Être - Dogfish Head Brewery

Not Rated.
Raison D'ÊtreRaison D'Être

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

4,185 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 4,185
Reviews: 1,768
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 15.03%
Wants: 78
Gots: 309 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Raison D'Être Alström Bros
Ratings: 4,185 | Reviews: 1,768 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of FightinIrish88
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of WholeLottaTricks
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%

Photo of rvisgaitis
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of BrewUSA
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of Dustin_A_Stoutdrinker
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Musineer
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of SharkNado
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of cjgiant
3.26/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap:
Have had this before and was never a big fan, but after done time off I decided to try again. It didn't even live up to its low expectations.

The beer looks just fine, ruby/auburn, quite clear (too much so?), with a nice layer of small bubbles built up. The surface continues to hold the head well into the taste, and lacing is prevalent. Smell is a bit of raisin, but more graham cracker like spice and sweetness.

The taste has some expected strong ale flavors, dark sugar with a hint if molasses, perhaps. There's a hint of copper tinge (that I associate with British bitter beer). I also get a bit of bourbon-poached peach, and almost none if the raisin I expected. There is also a light bite of spice, and an almost equally subdued hops note. More disappointing is the feel - I wanted a bit more body for the lighter flavors I was getting (deeper flavors would've worked as well). The carbonation is also a bigger part of the feel than if expect.

Definitely learned I don't need to try this again, considering the offerings that DFH has. This beer reminds me in its downgrade from previous thinking of how I downgraded the Punkin' Ale.

Photo of RavenForBeer
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of cj8311
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Fantalek
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of awesomea
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Geraldine
4.75/5  rDev +29.8%

Photo of knicks19947
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of chewymangos
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of athomasPSU
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of bundy462
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of kevintaraross
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of Davelucas88
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of JackNip
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Gizzard
4.04/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of WestHam973
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of alcohline_trip
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of vonnerbeer
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of SwG237
3/5  rDev -18%

Raison D'Être from Dogfish Head Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 4,185 ratings.