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Raison D'Être - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
83
good

3,974 Ratings
THE BROS
73
okay

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Ratings: 3,974
Reviews: 1,765
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 15.3%
Wants: 65
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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Ratings: 3,974 | Reviews: 1,765 | Display Reviews Only:
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thampel09

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -18%

05-05-2014 23:04:08 | More by thampel09
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DJoe

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +36.6%

05-05-2014 10:24:58 | More by DJoe
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Whsrickqb12

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

05-04-2014 19:30:13 | More by Whsrickqb12
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gatorlove

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

05-04-2014 14:45:51 | More by gatorlove
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tsauce2

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

05-04-2014 14:00:44 | More by tsauce2
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derryd

Illinois

4/5  rDev +9.3%

05-03-2014 23:17:21 | More by derryd
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davidwhatshisnam

New York

4.75/5  rDev +29.8%

05-03-2014 20:58:17 | More by davidwhatshisnam
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montydesi

Texas

4/5  rDev +9.3%

05-03-2014 05:10:08 | More by montydesi
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jadler16

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

05-02-2014 16:50:51 | More by jadler16
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MikeWard

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

05-01-2014 22:47:22 | More by MikeWard
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beer64nut

Missouri

4/5  rDev +9.3%

05-01-2014 01:57:44 | More by beer64nut
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JLB025

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +9.3%

04-30-2014 18:10:56 | More by JLB025
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Belittle

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

04-29-2014 17:06:59 | More by Belittle
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Coreynezy4

Oregon

2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

04-29-2014 15:22:38 | More by Coreynezy4
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Wayne17

Texas

4/5  rDev +9.3%

04-29-2014 14:49:02 | More by Wayne17
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MaddestHatter

Virginia

3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I had this at a Dogfish Head restaurant the other night and I can say that it is certainly one of the standouts of theirs for me. I didn't have a chance to try Midas Touch or anything too wild, but I quite enjoyed this one along with a precisely medium lamb burger. All in all a good experience from start to finish. A spicy Belgian malt and yeast taste serves to excellently compliment a color and faint sweetness which are not entirely unlike Russian kvass (a beer-like soft drink made from fermenting roasted bread rusks together with a variety of fruits and herbs). Definitely something I would order again or buy in stores.

Serving type: on-tap

04-28-2014 14:16:28 | More by MaddestHatter
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ConradKenney

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

04-28-2014 11:16:16 | More by ConradKenney
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gcamparone

Rhode Island

4.09/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. Purchased at high spirits in providence, RI.

A- Pours a clear, cherry-amber colored body with a 1 finger white head that reduces to a ring of foam. no lacing.

S- Lots of toffee, vanilla, nutty, molasses, candy sugar, butterscotch.

T- Upfront is toffee and vanilla, sweet brown sugar and molasses, the finish is slightly spicy.

M- Medium body and carbonation.

Actually a very solid beer. Very tasty and balanced. Unique and different. Would buy again.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2014 02:49:55 | More by gcamparone
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Dirty_Island

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

04-27-2014 21:34:35 | More by Dirty_Island
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KYGunner

Kentucky

4.19/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2012 and apparently very well aged.

The beer poured a thick and tawny mahogany color with a thick foam of off white head.

The aroma was equally as thick with deep raisin, plum, fig, molasses, and prune.

The flavors were very complex and very hearty. It started with what I imagined was the green raisin and then moved to a more candied dark fruit. Prune, date, fig and grape took hold as a molasses and chocolate malt finished. The feel was thick and full and it was well woven with the flavors.

This bottle was aged for two years and perhaps added to the character and variety of taste. Overall I found it to be quite exceptional.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2014 01:42:10 | More by KYGunner
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Jofroi

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

04-26-2014 22:16:10 | More by Jofroi
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BKotch

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

04-26-2014 06:06:23 | More by BKotch
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MikeCactusGordon

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

04-24-2014 12:51:00 | More by MikeCactusGordon
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Durandal_777

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

04-23-2014 21:44:46 | More by Durandal_777
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atrocity

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

04-23-2014 20:38:37 | More by atrocity
Raison D'Être from Dogfish Head Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 3,974 ratings.