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Raison D'Extra - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Ratings: 863
Reviews: 581
rAvg: 4
pDev: 15.25%
Wants: 110
Gots: 189 | FT: 12
Brewed by:
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Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  18.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-22-2002)
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Photo of njtmayhem
4.68/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

(2014 bottle - poured at ~55 F into a Chouffe tulip)

L: black cherry red, clear... foam on pour, settles to a not-so-thin collar and top coat... some streaks of lace, and the foam eventually vanishes nearly altogether

S: crusty banana bread, brown sugar, raisins soaked in brandy... malt and candi syrup - similar to how some strong, brown English ales can be... really not much in the way of hot or bright alcohol, though a smidge solvent-y... overall, has a lovely foundation but perhaps lacks carrying power because of how they need to pace the yeast? - I'd like to smell it with half the alcohol

T: satiny vinous esters and silky, crystal-draped malt through the first half... herbal tonic just past midway, touch of toast... plum skin/flesh and a hint of hard candy in the finish... nice, but lacking the raw depth that I remember

F: not as thick as I remember... little bit of tickle at the front, fades away slick like dull marble, with an initial whoosh of warmth to which the body quickly adjusts... notably light but hardly parching-dry

O: been waiting since '07 to try another one of these... probably like a fool, I wouldn't pay like $17-18 at the brewpub a few years back for an '07, though $13 at the bottle shop around the corner is a little if-y too (it was maybe 2-3 years ago when I saw bottles of WWS around for $8-9 - how fast times have changed!)... not too shabby fresh, but I would certainly let a bottle of this sit for a year or two... so easy to drink regardless - remarkable that it doesn't taste much stronger than a good quad

Photo of bubseymour
4.94/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the best made big beers I've ever had. Sampled at DFH Alehouse in Gaithersburg MD on tap. Very sweet and smooth and rich. Minimal boosiness and no burn for an 18% brew. This beer hovers somwehere in a hybrid state between an English Barleywine and Big Belgian Quad/Strong Dark Ale. Lots of dark fruit flavor (raisin/fig etc). Classification is irrelevant. This may be the best DFH beer ever made.

Photo of tb4475
4.01/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BobMessina
4.11/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PVMT
4.36/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kraty1
3.41/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of skaboom420
3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bshemansky
4.14/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Definitely a lot of dark fruit flavor and sweetness. Boozy character helps balance the sweetness though. Slight Belgian yeast flavor comes through. Definitely worth checking out if you can get some. Pick up at least two as this beer will age well

Photo of Zekenyce
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of gr0g
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Fresh 12 oz. bottle, not even four weeks past bottling date. Mahogany color with good clarity. Not much of a head. Very sweet and fruit-forward aroma. Tons of brown sugar and candied fruit. Surprisingly little alcohol presence, impressive for an ale of this strength.

As expected, the flavor profile is super-sweet. It treads close to becoming cloyingly sweet but manages to stay out of that territory. Not really any traces of Belgian yeast character. Instead, the overall flavor profile is straight up English Barleywine to me - very high residual sugars and dark, ripe fruits dominating. Super-ripe raisins and dates, finishing with plenty of alcohol warmth. Carbonation is a bit harsh.

This really should sit for at least a year (or two) before consuming, but it's really drinking surprisingly well while fresh. I've had better beers with a similar flavor profile, but they were generally Bourbon barrel-aged. Share a bottle with a friend and you're in for good times.

Photo of tedho21
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of cwelsh55
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of IdrinkGas
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of EuphonicHops
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%

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4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of MrBoh
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Ngntjp
4.28/5  rDev +7%

Photo of teaton07
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of wwbrewbird
4.16/5  rDev +4%

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Raison D'Extra from Dogfish Head Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 863 ratings.