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Raison D'Être - Dogfish Head Brewery

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4,118 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,118
Reviews: 1,767
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 15.3%
Wants: 73
Gots: 290 | 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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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

baybum, Aug 08, 2012
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3.28/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer has roots in wine. Hey, that’s OK with me. I just started a part-time job at Total Wine, and we don’t carry this… maybe we should! Anyway, the beer has a cool name and I am excited to try it. Just this week I grabbed a bottle of 120 Minute IPA. That beer is so hard to come by, I think I am going to leave that in the cellar for a while. But this one has been in the fridge for quite some time, and I am curious what it tastes like.

In the Glass: It looks like a barleywine in the glass. Speaking of barleywines, the Firestone website lists the Firestone Walker Double DBA as a barleywine. It’s not… the label even says “imperial special bitter”. Anyway, this beer is dark, ruby red and looks like a barleywine. The beer doesn’t have any head at all, and no lace to speak of. Maybe this beer really does taste like a wine.

Nose: Whoa… that beer smells incredible. It’s sweet, and again reminds me as a barleywine. I have never heard of Belgian beet sugar… but whatever it is, it makes this beer smell incredible. I am sure it packs a punch on the palate as well. I wonder if anyone has ever released a beer called the Palate Puncher… a double IPA would make sense!

Flavor: And it tastes like a barleywine. It has a very smooth, almost flat consistency across the palate and packs a punch of flavors. It is somewhat complex, starting smooth and sweet and finishing strong and somewhat malty. The beer is very enjoyable, and for the advanced flavors that I am experiencing, I am shocked at the price. Sipping this makes me wonder what foods would pair well with it.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is nice. It start smooth and flat, and stays that way until the finish. The fact there is no head and basically no lace makes sense with how this beer goes down. I bet this would taste incredible on cask. I did swish it around in my mouth a little bit, and that opened up some new flavors. Nothing crazy. The sweetness really overwhelms the entire palate.

Aftertaste: The aftertaste, for such a powerful beer, isn’t as impressive. It is sort of there and gone again. When I struggle to get some flavors from the swallow, I am tasting fig and some sweet maltiness toward the finish of the swallow. But the aftertaste is nothing to write home about.

I must say, for a beer that I had no idea what to expect… I am pleasantly surprised. The flavors are incredible, and the aroma is wonderful. Look at me… using all these big adjectives. Anyway, I am a big fan of sweet malty beers, and this one fits that realm. I would totally buy this again. I wonder if this tastes better closer to room temperature… yeah, I am sure it does. Bottoms up, people!

Raison D’Être – The bottle says: “A deep mahogany ale brewed with Belgian beet sugars, green raisins, & a sense of purpose”

rickyleepotts, Aug 08, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

3FloydsZombie, Aug 05, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Hunter42, Aug 05, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

amstokesdb9, Aug 05, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

mattparsons, Aug 05, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

J-guy, Aug 04, 2012
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5/5  rDev +36.6%

DeadGuyRyan, Aug 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Jiatlas, Aug 03, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

donzilake, Aug 01, 2012
Photo of scootny
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light ruddy brown with an off white head. Gentle carbonation, not much lace. Aroma has lots of sweetness. Sugar, caramel malt, dark fruits, banana, alcohol. Belgian yeast funk as well.
Taste is full of complexity. Dark fruits and banana with a cocoa and coffee flair. Think mocha with a light shot of banana syrup. Dry chalky finish with a pleasing pucker that while not hoppy gives a similar clean crispness. Light syrupy feel and mild carbonation. A very nice take on the style and quite drinkable. Indeed the drinkability is one of the best qualities of this beer. It is the closest thing to a session BSDA I have had. Not a standout but a definite regular on my shopping list from now on.

scootny, Jul 31, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

JDizz, Jul 31, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

KoalaKush, Jul 29, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +23%

Brehnert, Jul 29, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

ng85, Jul 29, 2012
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3/5  rDev -18%

bootsdomino, Jul 29, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

SlaughteredWolf, Jul 29, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

KSather, Jul 28, 2012
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3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark brown with a 1/2 inch foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, brown sugar, and some slight dried fruit aromas. Taste is of roasted and toasted malt, burnt sugar, spice, and some fruity flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty and spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer flavor wise but I think I like the aromas I am getting over the flavors.

UCLABrewN84, Jul 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

JakeDebus, Jul 28, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

kobeer, Jul 27, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

WDJersey, Jul 27, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

HarmonMW, Jul 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

oxfordmini, Jul 26, 2012
Raison D'Être from Dogfish Head Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 4,118 ratings.