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Raison D'Être - Dogfish Head Brewery

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4,204 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,204
Reviews: 1,770
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 15.07%
Wants: 87
Gots: 340 | 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:
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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3.67/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A pleasant surprise to find this and the Indian Brown ale in my mix a six choices.

A: Nice dark, amber color with a 1-finger creamy nut colored head.

S: Some Belgian yeast, dark fruit, and some spice start of this high alcohol brew. Also get some hints of brown sugar, raisin and molasses.

O: Overall feel is very sweet and spicy, light bodied and doesnt hid the alcohol content. A very strong tasting beer which could throw some people off. If you know Dogfish Head, you will grow to appreciate it!

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3.82/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wow...this one's interesting. Bought a single at HEB Round Rock for 1.99.

Like the color a lot...a rich reddish brown, a rich head that disappears fairly quickly...not too much lacing on this one at all though.

Dig the smell..sugary sweet malt, a light touch of Belgian yeasts and fruits...maybe rum drenched raisins? Taste follows...this is a brew with big sugar and full malty flavors with fruit to round it off. The Belgian aspects are pretty backseat. Quite an odd, but good beer.

The sweetness of this one kind of makes it a one and done beer for me tonight, but I think I'd get it again....almost a fun treat beer...probably would go really well with dessert.

Raison D'Être from Dogfish Head Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 4,204 ratings.