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Raison D'Extra - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

924 Ratings
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Ratings: 924
Reviews: 596
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 15.17%
Wants: 120
Gots: 228 | FT: 14
Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Brewery visit their website
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 Jomo_5693
4.71/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of n2pux
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MikeB20
4.14/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: About half of a 12oz bottle pouring to a tulip glass. Bottled 11/21/14.

A: Pours a beautiful dark amber with the tiniest hint of a tan head that leaves a small ring around the edge of the glass.

S: Alcohol, burnt sugar, caramel and rummy raisins, some spicy Belgian yeast characteristics.

T: Sweet caramel with some spice in the realm of clove and nutmeg along with a wicked punch of alcohol heat. One of the booziest beers that I've ever had but not in a bad way. It certainly has the properties of a fine spirit more than beer. There are some complex flavors in this beer but I'm having a bit of trouble picking them all out wit the intense alcohol flavor that follows every sip.

M: Hot, slick and on the dry side. Not a lot of carbonation.

O: I bought a few of these to age but wanted to try one up front as I've never gotten my hands on Raison D'Extra before. I can see on several levels how this beer will improve with age. My past experience with other high ABV brews is they tend to mellow out and take on a much smoother flavor with a few years in the cellar. This is a great candidate for both of those traits. In it's current form, it's a nice, complex sipping beer that should be shared in good company.

Photo of BarrelAgedG
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KrissyKat6
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of greyghost86
4.8/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of kcq101
3.66/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of alienlifeforcecube
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TylerKitchens
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Carl_R
4.66/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ElGallo
4.36/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PaulsBrew
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JohnathanColeman
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of gtermi
3.84/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bmeehan
4.76/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

If you can imagine a beer that tastes like beer, but also has a grapey/raisin taste while not shoving it in your face, you get this. Absolutely fantastic from a fantastic brewery.

Photo of InkedinRi
4.96/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I tried a 2007 vintage and a 2014 on the same night.. My rating is basically for the 2007 I drank.. This beer ages SO well! Fresh off the shelve its a warm alcohol flavor.. With raisins.. A well aged bottle is almost no trace of the 18% abv! And the taste is out of this world! Age it age it age it!! It will be worth the wait!

Photo of AlbertVogler
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RAlmeida77
2.55/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Not my style. Didn't care for this!

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4.76/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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3.86/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Ian_B
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CreightonSM
4.56/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kenstogie
3.3/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Raison D'Extra from Dogfish Head Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 924 ratings.