Raison D'Extra - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Ratings: 900
Reviews: 592
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 15.21%
Wants: 115
Gots: 222 | FT: 14
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 billab914
3.64/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WOBrewstraveler
4.71/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had on tap at DFH brewpub. A really smooth, big beer with a gorgeous carmel color. No mistaking this is a 'big' high-alcohol beer, both in the nose an the low carbonation. Deliciously smooth, without much bite from the 16 ABVs. Sweet and rich tasting. The snifter size is plenty. A real treat, extra happy to have it back and looking forward to forgetting about a few bottles to age in our stash.

Photo of jzeilinger
3.91/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pours deep burgundy in color, very clear, no chill haze, and no floaties.

S - Raisons, alcohol, figs, cherries, brown sugar, some caramel malt.

T - Fusel alcohol/ethanol to the max on the first sip with tons of heat on the way down. After the initial hit of heat and things adjust, flavors start to come through:
follows the nose with dark fruit, figs, dark cherries, caramel malt (buried under the fruit and alcohol).

M - Full bodied, silky smooth, alcohol heat, sticky, slick.

O - The heat mellows as I get several sips in to the bottle but it is pretty alcohol forward right now. This will age well, recommended to pick up a bottle or two while they are available.

Photo of JohnParadee
4.11/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jhlosito75
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Chikincoop
4.36/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of briandaube
4.31/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JMUbrewz
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.

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

Photo of ridgeline23
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!

Photo of cmwilliq
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

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

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Raison D'Extra from Dogfish Head Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 900 ratings.