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Raison D'Être - Dogfish Head Brewery

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4,217 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,217
Reviews: 1,774
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 15.07%
Wants: 91
Gots: 363 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
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Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-09-2001

A deep mahogany, Belgian-style brown ale brewed with beet sugar, raisins and Belgian-style yeast.

25 IBU
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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark copper pour, semi translucent. Half inch off white head that leaves quickly, no lacing to speak of. Sweet in the nose. Bold flavors on the first sip, slightly alcoholic but well balanced. Definitely get that raisin in the taste and the nose.

A nice different flavorful ale from DFH. They often go too far with their flavor profiles but this one works for me.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a really good beer for the style and would no doubt be strange to most. It is a bit thin and fruity but for a Belgian style it really hits the spot with it's American craft brew twists. It does taste a bit wild and the smell is awesome. I think it would be better as a sour beer but it's very complex as is.

From a bottle into a tulip/snifter. Low easily fading head typical of some true Belgian beers.
A: looks great like a sour red and even smells like it could be one but it does look great in a glass
S: smells phenomenal. Fruity with a hint of that Russian imperial stout smell but very subdued.
T: Tastes great if you don't expect it to be something else. It is a great saison/farmhouse with a Belgian roots and an American twist.
M: it is thin but not hot or alcohol at all comes off as about 5.5% in the mouth. Very drinkable even chug-able but I wouldn't recommend. The beer does have lacing but very little thin head more like juice but not in a bad way still without a doubt 4.5/5 beer.

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Raison D'Être from Dogfish Head Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 4,217 ratings.