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Raison D'Être - Dogfish Head Brewery

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83
good

4,113 Ratings
THE BROS
73
okay

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Ratings: 4,113
Reviews: 1,767
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 15.3%
Wants: 73
Gots: 288 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

stormking, Jul 25, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

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1/5  rDev -72.7%

AWWONG, Jul 25, 2012
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3/5  rDev -18%

Jemenhiser, Jul 24, 2012
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3/5  rDev -18%

ouits, Jul 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

JeffTheJuice, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of SouljaSaia17
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
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!

SouljaSaia17, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of obrike
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

obrike, Jul 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

agreenman19, Jul 24, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

bayner34, Jul 23, 2012
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3/5  rDev -18%

redmantodd, Jul 23, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

IPAFrankieH, Jul 23, 2012
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2/5  rDev -45.4%

lobos62, Jul 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

tmiotke, Jul 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

cmhanck, Jul 21, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

baconman91, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Slightly hazy red-brown with a two-finger, off-white, creamy head that lasted a few minutes. Good lacing.

S: Sweet malt, dark fruit and molasses. Kind of a funky aroma too.

T: Strong sweetness and light bitterness. Same sweet malt and dark fruit as in the nose. A little too sweet in my opinion.

M: Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Crisp and refreshing. Warm going down.

O: Despite it being a bit too sweet, I actually did enjoy this beer. It something different.

SolipsismalCat, Jul 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

klipper, Jul 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

tolkienfanatic, Jul 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Mikel772, Jul 19, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

Djenx, Jul 18, 2012
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3/5  rDev -18%

J_Beloved, Jul 18, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

circus_cat, Jul 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

dmorgan310, Jul 16, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

ABokononist, Jul 16, 2012
Raison D'Être from Dogfish Head Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 4,113 ratings.