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Raison D'Être - Dogfish Head Brewery

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3,972 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,972
Reviews: 1,765
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 15.3%
Wants: 64
Gots: 236 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
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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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Photo of socon67

New York

3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A caramel color pour. No lacing. Thin foam that disappears.

S scent of raisins, and Belgian yeast. Has a slight acidic smell.

T sweet fruit flavor, along with Belgian yeast and finishes with a acidic burn. Slightly tart.

M easy drinking beer. Feels lighter than the ABV.

O a fun belgian style Id try again. Another good option from DFH.

Serving type: on-tap

05-10-2012 17:20:00 | More by socon67
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British Columbia (Canada)

3/5  rDev -18%

05-10-2012 01:15:58 | More by bumchilly25
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

05-09-2012 01:15:06 | More by gtown_operator
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

05-08-2012 00:59:50 | More by seyton
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2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

05-08-2012 00:55:31 | More by songoose
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5/5  rDev +36.6%

05-08-2012 00:20:20 | More by mike14
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

05-07-2012 23:47:09 | More by Dduquette
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

05-07-2012 20:18:56 | More by InsuranceGuy
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4.75/5  rDev +29.8%

05-07-2012 02:43:23 | More by nickmorgan11
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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

05-06-2012 17:50:50 | More by Dray
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5/5  rDev +36.6%

05-05-2012 23:02:03 | More by MouthfulOfchris
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New York

4.28/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: somewhere between amber brown and ruby brown, nice tan two-finger head to start

S: noticed the sweet raisin aromas, maltiness

T: bright yeast flavors make the raisin notes take on a wine-like character; relatively dry tasting considering the fruitiness, which makes for a very pleasant drinking experience

M: nice and crisp, clean and light - very drinkable

O: I shouldn't be surprised by any Dogfish Head ales at this point, but I didn't expect to like this as much as I do - an extrememly enjoyable beverage with a great flavor and feel profile. though it falls into the BSDA group, it was lighter and crisper than others I've had (which I liked)

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2012 23:24:20 | More by Greywulfken
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3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank on 05/02/2012
Poured from bottle to pint glass.

Appearance: A dark brown, close to maroon, body, minimal head and retention.

Smell: Sweet dark belgian smell of raisin and plum.

Taste: Very sweet but a little more alcohol in taste than others. Strong similarity in taste to a traditional belgian in regards to the raisin and plum taste. Finishes with a warm and roasty feel.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied.Little carbonation.

Drinkability: I like darker belgians, I like this, very easy and not as complex as others I have had.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2012 21:34:31 | More by julian89
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New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

05-04-2012 02:02:54 | More by Njstoutlover23
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

05-04-2012 01:12:47 | More by tbeer40
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

05-03-2012 02:19:27 | More by Grexgorz
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New York

4/5  rDev +9.3%

05-02-2012 18:21:57 | More by vonnegut21
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

05-02-2012 16:40:10 | More by JasonB
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

05-02-2012 02:48:58 | More by atone315
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

05-01-2012 23:37:40 | More by Bigtimmy
Photo of jegross2


3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewing the Raison D'Être from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery.
Score: 83

Bottled on 08/09/11, served in a pint glass at Merkles Bar & Grill in Wrigleyville and enjoyed on 03/31/12 with my good friend Bryan Hernandez.

Appearance: Pours a murky, blood orange colored core that fades to a dull late sunset colored outline. Minimal head at pour, just a little bubble tan layer that quickly settles. Minimal oily lacing, below average retention. 3/5

Smell: Brown sugar, Belgian yeast, cinnamon and nutmeg. Raisin, fig, banana, creamy vanilla, and doughy bread (Hernandez swears it smells like the Guinness bread he baked the other week). The menu says there is "beet sugar" in the aroma, but I would not have guessed it if the menu did not tell me that. 3.5/5

Taste: First impression is yeast and doughy bread with a modest vanilla twist. There is a dry and nondescript earthy bitterness (hops?) on the back half of the palate. Malty wheat, banana bread and an earthy nuttiness on the midpalate. Some light raisin flavor, without the sweetness, mixed throughout. None of the brown sugar or cinnamon from the aroma is seemingly present in the flavor. Finishes with a lingering Belgian yeast flavor that is a bit sugary. 3.5/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Smooth, slightly oily mouthfeel. Very dry, and a little acidic upfront. 3.5/5

Overall: Most DFH brews, given their experimental approach to craft, tend to be hit-or-miss, but this one falls somewhere between. I enjoyed this beer, and it was solid, but I would not have ordered another. I doubt I would buy this at the store in the future either, having previously tried it. DFH makes much better beers (e.g., Miles Davis Bitches Brew) than this, but they also make plenty that are way worse (e.g., Faithfull Ale).

Recommendation: Worth trying, but not worth seeking out.

Pairings: Roasted chicken.

Cost: $5 for a 12 oz bottle at the bar.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2012 06:41:24 | More by jegross2
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3/5  rDev -18%

04-30-2012 21:52:21 | More by charladam
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New York

3/5  rDev -18%

04-30-2012 19:09:33 | More by jhmiv
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Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

04-30-2012 00:02:53 | More by hopsolutely
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

04-28-2012 14:35:58 | More by closisinthehouse
Raison D'Être from Dogfish Head Brewery
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