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Raison D'Être - Dogfish Head Brewery

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4,117 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,117
Reviews: 1,767
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 15.3%
Wants: 73
Gots: 289 | 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)
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

dextermcgurk, Jul 08, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

Peller80, Jul 08, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

anwo56, Jul 08, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

kylemckinnis, Jul 07, 2012
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3/5  rDev -18%

jaidenjb, Jul 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +23%

hockeyfighter19, Jul 06, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

cld253, Jul 06, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Jason_Quad, Jul 06, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

jda007, Jul 05, 2012
Photo of thebeerarchitect
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm still new to the beer tasting seen so bare with me. I'm typically a whisky connoisseur when I have a real meaty meal but the other night I decided I was going to branch out. I was at as small plate restaurant called "girl and the goat" which I highly recommend in Chicago. Any ways I told the waitress I wanted a full body beer that had somewhat of a bitter/sweet finish, she recommended the Raison D'Etre. Needless to say this beer did not disappoint. The brew was full of flavor and match quite well with my steak and fish. This has become my new favorite beer when I only want one or two drinks with a nice steak. I hope this review was helpful.

thebeerarchitect, Jul 05, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Archemedies, Jul 05, 2012
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3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Happy 4th of July! My first beer to celebrate the American spirit is coming kind of late today.

I poured Raison into a snifter glass to hold in the raisin smell. It looks really good with about two fingers of head and a dark brown/red coloring.

I like the smell coming off the top. You do really easily pick up the raisin smell. I also get that rich dark ale presence. It works well.

The flavor really falls off. I don't get much balance in my glass. The raisin presence drops off unless you pull air across it.

I'm a little disappointed in how this turned out. I am a big DFH fan, and this really missed the target for me.

ummswimmin, Jul 05, 2012
2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

BYAHHHHHH, Jul 04, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

jbaker67, Jul 04, 2012
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5/5  rDev +36.6%

120minuteman, Jul 03, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

brandon911, Jul 03, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

bookerandy, Jul 02, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +23%

bill_rue, Jul 02, 2012
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3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into tulip.

A - Pours a rich mahogany brown with a dense off white head.

S - Plum, raisin, Belgian candi sugar, roasted malts, molasses.

T - Taste is a blend of dark fruit, molasses, candi sugar, and bready malts. Earthy, mildly bitter hops come out, balancing the sweetness. Finish is nutty with hints of nutmeg and allspice.

M - Smooth, medium bodied, a bit creamy. High carbonation, slightly warming alcohol.

O - Decent brew. While it's not the most complex Belgian strong ale around, it still has great flavor and drinkabilty. Definitely worth a try.

mooseo, Jul 02, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

apocalypsezombie, Jul 01, 2012
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3/5  rDev -18%

LarryMyers, Jul 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +23%

RicoFalcon, Jul 01, 2012
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3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a brown color with a thick three finger head. Smells of Belgian yeast and chocolate. Tastes pretty good. There are chocolate, pepper, clove, and coffee notes. It does finish a tad hot, that is the biggest fault I can find with this beer. It has a good amount of carbonation, not enough to over power the flavor of the beer, which is substantial. Overall, this is a pretty good beer. I have had it before, years ago on draft, picked based upon the interesting name. I feel good about my decision then, and even better about it now. Quite a different beer than what I have recently been drinking.

omokoro, Jul 01, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

mtrain237, Jun 30, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

ChrisKuhns, Jun 30, 2012
Raison D'Être from Dogfish Head Brewery
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