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Raison D'Être - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
83
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3,994 Ratings
THE BROS
73
okay

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Ratings: 3,994
Reviews: 1,766
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 15.3%
Wants: 66
Gots: 241 | FT: 6
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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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JPMcKirk

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

06-16-2012 00:27:39 | More by JPMcKirk
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Murphious

Illinois

3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a nice nutty brown ale. Smell a little vanilla/banana. The raisin flavor is subtle, but expected that. It has a nice balance of hops, not too bitter, dark copper color. Some malt/molasses overpowers as it warms, but tastes really good at first pour!

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2012 00:55:39 | More by Murphious
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valarking

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

06-14-2012 23:17:15 | More by valarking
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Thickfreakness

New York

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

A- Pours a rusty, mahogany brown into my Ithaca Excelsior glass. Sidewalls of Cherry Dr. Pepper shine thru fairly clear brew. It poured with a thick cherry/tan head that quickly faded to near nothingness. Barely a trace of lacing, but the carbonation is really alive and bubbly.

S- Raisins, figs, prunes, banana's, sweet caramel and whisps of alcohol. The banana's really open up as this one warms up. Lots of fall pie spices round out the nose.

T- Deep and sweet dark caramel, dried figs, raisins, over-ripe banana, sweet dark malt, brown sugar, molasses, and pumpkin pie spices. Big notes of clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and ginger as it warms up.

M- Kind of thin and wimpy. Really wish it was as sticky as the nose tells you it could be. The carbonation completely fades after a short time and leaves the tongue kind of dull and limp. The booze wakes and warms you, but this is a low point for this brew.

O- It's nice, and I'll certainly try it again... but I was expecting more from this Belgian Strong Dark Ale. Nothing to write home about, but certainly not bad at all. Nice nose, flavor and look... but the thin mouth was a let down on this. Too bad.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2012 21:14:54 | More by Thickfreakness
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PJCracker

New York

2/5  rDev -45.4%

06-14-2012 04:14:51 | More by PJCracker
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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into NB globe. Pours a mnaple syrup looking brown with ruby red hue. No head and ever so small lacing. Smells of amber malts, sweet dried fruit, and a hint of vanilla. Taste is of very malty dried raison. Some boozey vanilla notes. Seemingly hidden flavors at fist taste, but they really develop on the tongue in the aftertaste. Its fantastically smooth and really full of hidden flavors that linger. Overall, this is a great brew. Not sure if id classify as a belgian though. Its taste a little closer to a a Strong Ale, but either way, its a great brew and worthy of a try. Im gonna age one in my closet for a few months and report back...

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2012 02:41:06 | More by DrinkSlurm
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midworken

Nebraska

3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep brown amber colored body with a creamy head that dissipated rather quickly.
Raisins, caramel and figs with a bright citrusy hop profile dominate the smell. Cinnamon, vinalla and other spices are somewhere in the complexity of this brew's aroma as well.

A very malty, syrapy taste with a little bit of hop character near the front of the taste. The raisins and smooth caramel/vanilla are definately still there, but the complexity loses once you begin tasting it.

It's a very thick and syrapy beer, with low to medium carbonation. Very mellow sort-of brew, would be good on a chilly fall evening.

Was really getting excited when I was smelling this, but the excitement turned to a slight disappointment when tasting it. Still, it's a good beer especially at the right time and place.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2012 17:28:57 | More by midworken
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Gww1864

New Jersey

2/5  rDev -45.4%

06-13-2012 01:34:26 | More by Gww1864
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wilkinswesley

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

06-12-2012 02:29:50 | More by wilkinswesley
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guinb


3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

06-11-2012 14:14:51 | More by guinb
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Rekrule

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

06-11-2012 02:06:35 | More by Rekrule
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Chinaskifan1

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

06-09-2012 15:18:12 | More by Chinaskifan1
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bspain5

New York

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

06-08-2012 01:43:51 | More by bspain5
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cowboy83

New York

2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

06-06-2012 15:29:34 | More by cowboy83
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lhutson


3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

06-06-2012 02:27:45 | More by lhutson
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vipera

Maine

4/5  rDev +9.3%

06-06-2012 00:10:55 | More by vipera
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BWHD

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

06-05-2012 21:20:51 | More by BWHD
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pin

Australia

4/5  rDev +9.3%

06-05-2012 04:33:32 | More by pin
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59rockabilly

Kansas

4/5  rDev +9.3%

06-04-2012 23:18:00 | More by 59rockabilly
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elNopalero

Texas

2.65/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2012 18:47:36 | More by elNopalero
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tree777

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +23%

06-04-2012 15:04:23 | More by tree777
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imasloth

Texas

4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2012 21:16:14 | More by imasloth
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BeeGinner

Rhode Island

2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

06-03-2012 19:44:15 | More by BeeGinner
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rcjennings

Ohio

4/5  rDev +9.3%

06-03-2012 14:19:14 | More by rcjennings
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briandaube

Delaware

4/5  rDev +9.3%

06-02-2012 23:20:43 | More by briandaube
Raison D'Être from Dogfish Head Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 3,994 ratings.