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Raison D'Être - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
83
good

3,972 Ratings
THE BROS
73
okay

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Ratings: 3,972
Reviews: 1,765
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 15.3%
Wants: 64
Gots: 236 | 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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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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Florida

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New York

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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OriginalHopHead

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

06-29-2013 05:52:32 | More by OriginalHopHead
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Stubbie1

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mahogany color with a light white head. The head fades and leaves little lace. The aroma is a bit sweet. Hints of candy come to mind with tones of malt in the background and fruit. The taste is a bit different from the aroma. There are more malt tone with a lightly fruit feel at the end and an ever so small flash of bitter finish. Another enjoyable beer from Dogfish Head.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2004 01:32:23 | More by Stubbie1
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Texas

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

06-28-2013 00:09:17 | More by JamLand
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4Derek

Tennessee

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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hemorhoidzz

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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GeoCait

Tennessee

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

08-31-2012 20:49:48 | More by GeoCait
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CortexBomb

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep, ruddy brown and amber into my goblet with a slight, white head on top. Smell is mainly fruit esters, lighter fruit scents...then almost raisin effects.

Taste, starts out sweet and then turns into a full tongue dark fruit caress. The raisins from the smell seem to be heading up the dark fruit flavour. There are also sugary tones in evidence and the lightest hint of spice lingering in the background. The finish is the only place the alcohol is really evident, as a minor burn is in evidence. Not bad.

Mouth is decent, not a lot of tingly action, but this is pretty full bodied in the mouth. Drinkability, solid as well. Belgian style beer is usually easy to put down, and this is no exception.

Overall a solid Belgian style beer from Dogfish. It's not as complex as some of my favourites, but it is an easy drinking, smooth flavoured beer that is enjoyable in the mouth.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2006 01:04:28 | More by CortexBomb
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Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

02-19-2013 00:58:15 | More by xxcxme
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Caj1

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had been wanting to try something from Dogfish Head for a while, and, not in the mood for a bitter IPA at the time, I went ahead and got a six-pack of these brews, party because I wanted a brown ale and partly because I was lured in by the claim on the package which said it was the American beer of the year for the year 2000. My experience below.

Poured from a bottle into a snifter, I ended up with about a finger of off-white head which foamed up and then dissipated in the span of about thirty seconds. What's left is some thin but persistent lacing. The beer itself is a nice dark copper/amber that is crystal clear with minimal carbonation. When held to the light it looks almost like strongly brewed iced tea.

With smelling I got an immediate whiff of grapes, somewhat reminiscent of a wine, which makes some sense since this is brewed with raisins. I also get some caramel and butterscotch and a little bit of malt, and the ghost of an earthy smell. The smell translates quite well to the palate; raisins are the first thing I taste, and after holding the beer in my mouth for a little bit I can taste alcohol just a bit, since this is a relatively high alcohol beer (8% ABV, wowzers.) After swallowing the flavor becomes more complex, leaving a nice caramel and just a tiny bit of chocolate, and also a nice hint of earth and bitterness from the hops. This beer definitely prefers to overpower the palate at first and then slowly reveal its character. Mouthfeel is nice, smooth and clean immediately, but after a few moments it foams up and becomes less smooth, while also burning a little bit from the alcohol and carbonation.

Overall this is a pretty nice beer, but I feel like they could have toned down the abject sweetness just a tad and it would have worked a little better; that raisin flavor is just too much to handle when it smacks you in mouth, but this beer is also a grower. I was very off-put on my first bottle, but after subsequent drinks I've come to like this a little more. I would drink it if offered, but probably won't be buying again. That said, I appreciate what the guys at Dogfish Head were trying to do; I just feel like they could have executed a little bit better.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2013 02:28:34 | More by Caj1
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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New York

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Illinois

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Raison D'Être from Dogfish Head Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 3,972 ratings.