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Raison D'Être - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
83
good

4,081 Ratings
THE BROS
73
okay

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Ratings: 4,081
Reviews: 1,767
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 15.3%
Wants: 73
Gots: 279 | 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%

rolltide8425, Jul 13, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

BeerForHokie, Jul 13, 2012
Photo of AwYeh
2.43/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12 oz glass into snifter. Bottled April 2012.

A: Pours a foggy ruby red color with half a finger of frothy off-white head. Some lacing remains.

S: Above all, this is SWEET. I'm getting dark fruits, brown sugar, and molasses. Not much of the yeast or other flavors that I would expect from this particular Belgian style.

T: Likewise, the taste is quite sweet. I get a lot of butterscotch, raisan, and plum. Dark, fruity, and sweet. Hints of molasses and spices come through too. A decent amount of alcohol makes it through.

M: Fairly thin-bodied for the ABV, a bit of carbonation lends it a light creaminess. Unfortunately, it does nothing to add to the beer's finish.

O: A very sweet, fruity beer. It hides its alcohol well, but compared to others in the style, doesn't necessarily offer the complexity of flavor that I expected. Not sure that I'll be seeking this one out again.

AwYeh, Jul 12, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

kenmyers70, Jul 12, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Scott1970, Jul 11, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

dumptruck81, Jul 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

avacadohotsauce, Jul 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

zenmaster298, Jul 11, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

mfc, Jul 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +23%

riy3rd, Jul 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

jonphilipp, Jul 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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

meltroha, Jul 08, 2012
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1.5/5  rDev -59%

thom53us, Jul 08, 2012
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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
Raison D'Être from Dogfish Head Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 4,081 ratings.