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Raison D'Extra - Dogfish Head Brewery

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1,218 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,218
Reviews: 676
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 13.86%
Wants: 154
Gots: 431 | FT: 37
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: 1,218 | Reviews: 676
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4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2014 vintage

L - Pours a murky plum/raisin with a light brown one finger head.

S - Just a big whiff of raisins along with some heat, obviously. It's simple and straightforward.

T - Again, just loads of raisins along with a good malt backbone.

F - Full bodied and medium carbonation. Lots of heat, but it hurts so good.

O - Righteous brew here. Just sit back and take it all in.

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4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.11/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The return of Raison D'Extra! I remember loving this beer years ago, and being so disappointed that it was being 'retired' (apparently only for an 8 year hiatus), while the much inferior Raison D'Être lived on. Very excited to see it return.

This 12 oz bottle has no ABV labeling. It pours deep ruby, on the brown side of red, with a thin tan head, and crystal clear. Very striking looking in this Chimay chalice. Aroma is rich and fruity: raisins of course, and plums. But even served cold there is a little bit of ethanol in the nose. The flavors of this beer are immediate, rich, fruity, and pleasant. Slightly tart raisins, treacly malts. But the initial flavors fade, leaving a thin middle, and finish with a serious dose of alcohol. It doesn't taste 18%, but I'd guess at least 12%.

Belgian strong dark ale doesn't describe this accurately. This is barleywine in a more literal than average sense. Sam from DFH described it as intending to bring some qualities from red wine over to beer. I think it succeeds.

In this young, uncellared form I find it not to be particularly complex. The result is merely great, not outstanding. I must buy more to cellar for a couple years while this is still available.

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4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.25/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

All I could taste were raisins and booze. I don't really like raisins so did not enjoy it a ton but that is my own problem.

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5/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fantastic brew. Definitely worth the $10.

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4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.48/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

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4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.37/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

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4.52/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.69/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.26/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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4.44/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 12 ounce bottle into a Belgian tulip.

Produces a compact pale white foam that creates an attractive contrast to the dark brown and amber body. Constant carbonation shows and streaky blotchy lace scatters about the glass.

Well, it looked like a dubbel and it smells like a dubbel. Pungent yeast and malt and a touch of pepperiness. Floral with a touch of sweet malt. 3.5

Oh the taste here does some real redeeming. Still get the dubbel-like flavors---albeit with the yeast toned down big time---and a brown sugar and raisin taste. It kind of reminds me of a cinnamon roll for the blend of bread and raisin. A floral flavor and mild caramel carry throughout and the finish hits with a tiny bit of boozy flavor. 4

It's slightly yeasty, a lot sweet and has a burnt sugar feel. Somewhat thick in texture. It drinks a bit boozy but it's plenty enjoyable. 4

Not much to add. Good stuff.

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Raison D'Extra from Dogfish Head Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 1,218 ratings.