Raison D'Extra - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Ratings: 893
Reviews: 590
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 15.21%
Wants: 115
Gots: 217 | FT: 14
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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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3.89/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WuBByG999
4.51/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mixitup
4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bigorange
4.66/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of DrStiffington
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark ruby color with a fingers worth of head that fades down to pretty much nothing but a ring around the glass

S: Huge maltiness and raisin notes up front, along with the fruity and spicy Belgian yeast. Alcohol goes completely under the radar, masked by the brown sugar and huge malt base

T: Follows the nose. Huge malt notes lead things off, with a bit of raisin and dark fruit notes. Lightly spicy with a touch of the alcohol. Alcohol mostly comes across via more fruity and spicy notes rather than being hot. Finishes with more raisin notes and lingering Belgian yeast character

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Not syrupy at all

O: Glad they decided to bring this one back. Nicely complex and boozy without being a hot sticky mess. A great sipper and a definite step up from D'Être. Definitely worth grabbing a couple and letting the aging process get ahold of them, even though they're drinking well right now

Photo of tuka
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jkrug5
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RyanCrawford
4.78/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of DavidSomers
4.6/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of brureview
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark tea color with 1/2F head in a snifter.
Very strong raisin-alcohol aroma.
Mouth feel: a bit carbonated, very piquant- due to high ABV.
Taste: excellent- rich raisins, fruit finished with a strong alcoholic edge.

This beer would be better cellared. The alcoholic finish overpowered the fruit.
Cellaring would smooth out the edges- mellow the beer without possibly diminishing
the fruit in the taste.

I later switched to a chalice, which may be a better glass to drink this beer for a mellower tasting. Overall, an excellent beer which could use some aging.

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4.41/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.49/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of embass
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of larryi86
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle, dated 11/21/14, poured into a snifter

A- A clear reddish brown with a two finger light tan head.

S- Boozy, sweet, raisins, dark fruits, some cherries, hints of earthy spices, caramel malts.

T- Better than the nose, alcohol is hot in the finish and noticeable, but pretty well hidden for the ABV. Again this is sweet, great raisin flavor along with dark fruits and cherries, now alcohol that really adds good flavor, and a nice earth spice that gives a very nice balance with the sweetness and the alcohol.

M- Fairly smooth, medium body, high carbonation.

O- A good high ABV from DFH. Surprisingly drinkable for the high ABV, can't wait to see how this ages!

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3.69/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of diamondc
4.7/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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4.75/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Jone27
4.73/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I wish I was a millionaire so I could buy up all this limited release. Dogfish stopped making baby bro. Raison D'être for 2015. Wish they could make a hybrid of the two for year round release. About a 10% ABV. Heaven.

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4.54/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This will be my first rating in a lonnnngggg time. Long overdue. Purchased from Lewis Bros Market in Horseheads, NY. Poured from a 12 oz bottle in to a snifter.

A- Pours a murky brown body with a short tan head which disappears in seconds.

S- Grapes are there, lots of malt, but the alcohol lays nicely over all of it. You can't expect this big of a beer to hide the alcohol that much.

T- The taste is very rich and layered. Sweeter than I expected. If it weren't for the grapes and the sweetness, I think it would have many of the same flavors as WWS. Similar flavors to Belgian quads as well. Dark fruits and almost a spicy yeastiness.

M- Gooey and light on the carbonation. Right where I'd like it to be for this beer. There's really no harsh alcohol burn which is really pleasant.

O- It's surely a sipper, but it's surprisingly easy to drink. I'd love to revisit this with some age on it.

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Cylinsier
4.56/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12 oz.

Pours a deep clear brown, glows dark cherry red when held to light. Yellowish lacing for a head.

Smells faintly of grapes and cherries. Some biscuit as well.

Flavor is very rich, cherries and grapes over caramel and molasses with a buttered bread undertone.

Full viscous body with stinging carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

Excellent brew, very tasty and flavorful. Way better than the standard RDE. This really benefits from the big beer treatment and surprisingly hides its strength very well. Still a sipper because of the immense flavor, but minimal if any alcohol presence. Top notch.

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4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Raison D'Extra from Dogfish Head Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 893 ratings.