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Raison D'Extra - Dogfish Head Brewery

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1,170 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,170
Reviews: 664
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 14.14%
Wants: 151
Gots: 395 | FT: 36
Brewed by:
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Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  18.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-22-2002

A bigger, bolder version of our Raison Raison D'Être.

This is a bulbous, brown ale brewed with a bunch of malt, brown sugar and raisins.

40 IBU
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Ratings: 1,170 | Reviews: 664 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of jwat
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jjwisenheimer
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JesseKilgannon
4.85/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Absolutely wonderful. Sweet, strong, and world class.

Photo of MrBeige
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ivegot3Dvision
4.6/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jessealmlie
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of sonofliberty2
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mc706
3.62/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JG-90
3.76/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tdmccarthy
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of uvachief
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a brandy sniffer. Minimal head. Pours a raisin colored red (imagine that). Aromas of raison, malts and booze loads of booze. First sip is better than expected. Taste sugar, malts and lots of raisins. Burns going down (18% abv). Not horrible. Surprisingly drinkable. Also a lot more fuller in the mouth than expected. Interesting and different beer. Clearly made to induce a big buzz. One is all I wanted or cared to drink. Definitely worth trying.

Photo of SFQuixote
2.39/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Overdone - DH went too big and too bold with the raisins here and ended up with a raisin simple syrup.

Photo of Stagga_Lee
5/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A marvelous reincarnation of a famous ale. Well done DFH!

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.26/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Surprisingly smooth. Sweet but balanced. Raisin is obvious but overall a really tasty brew and very well balanced for such a high abv.

Photo of baconfromwalmart
3.4/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wee-oh, this bitch is strong! I agree with what most other reviewers said: interesting bouquet, very warm and extremely strong sweet syrupy taste and feel. Definitely an experience, very cool idea but not something I'd like to drink again.

Photo of robgage
3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jjski
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brown
Carmel notes in nose
Taste is smooth when sipped slowly, VERY hot with permeating alcohol when drank fast. Belgian yeast, faint caramel, orange peel? It does not taste like raisins to me. Flavors are in the background, sorta like Samael's : they will be revealed later.

Built for some beautiful aging. The malt is there, and without being barreled it will take time. At least 2-3 years before I open the next one. Maybe 5 years. It will be worth it.

The taste grade of 4.5 is not for the present, but for the future. My experience with beers like this (Olde School, Avery products, various old ales) is that it is not fair to grade them fresh, they are meant to sit and develop. No one drinks good wine fresh, and scotch & bourbon are matured before consumption.

Buy now.
Wait.
Nice.

Photo of NHhomebrewguy
3.81/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tridge85
4.26/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Surprised by the head I was able to generate on such a huge beer. The head is khaki and sticks around well. Body is a deep ruby.

Aroma is hugely sweet and raisiny with a tinge of alcohol. Plum, cinnamon, cherry, and a little spice.

Taste is sweet and fruity with raisin and plums. Alcohol hits heavier on the palate. Ends with some spice.

Slightly syrupy with a mild level of carbonation but enough to move the beer along and not feel super heavy.

Surprisingly drinkable for the ABV.

Photo of Gregaroo
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sorry, folks, but this was too much for my IBU tastebuds. Aroma was awesome! Too sweet for a second. I'll try again once I've matured. On draft at TRIA Rittenhouse in Philly.

Photo of KWolf
4.69/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Syrupy, molassesy, raiseny goodness...watch the fumes!

Photo of dhmxray
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Beer21
4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerOps
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Raison D'Extra from Dogfish Head Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 1,170 ratings.