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Raison D'Extra - Dogfish Head Brewery

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1,156 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,156
Reviews: 659
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 14.14%
Wants: 150
Gots: 385 | FT: 36
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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Photo of baconfromwalmart
3.4/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wee-oh, this bitch is strong! I agree with what most other reviewers said: interesting bouquet, very warm and extremely strong sweet syrupy taste and feel. Definitely an experience, very cool idea but not something I'd like to drink again.

Photo of robgage
3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jjski
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brown
Carmel notes in nose
Taste is smooth when sipped slowly, VERY hot with permeating alcohol when drank fast. Belgian yeast, faint caramel, orange peel? It does not taste like raisins to me. Flavors are in the background, sorta like Samael's : they will be revealed later.

Built for some beautiful aging. The malt is there, and without being barreled it will take time. At least 2-3 years before I open the next one. Maybe 5 years. It will be worth it.

The taste grade of 4.5 is not for the present, but for the future. My experience with beers like this (Olde School, Avery products, various old ales) is that it is not fair to grade them fresh, they are meant to sit and develop. No one drinks good wine fresh, and scotch & bourbon are matured before consumption.

Buy now.
Wait.
Nice.

Photo of NHhomebrewguy
3.81/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tridge85
4.26/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Surprised by the head I was able to generate on such a huge beer. The head is khaki and sticks around well. Body is a deep ruby.

Aroma is hugely sweet and raisiny with a tinge of alcohol. Plum, cinnamon, cherry, and a little spice.

Taste is sweet and fruity with raisin and plums. Alcohol hits heavier on the palate. Ends with some spice.

Slightly syrupy with a mild level of carbonation but enough to move the beer along and not feel super heavy.

Surprisingly drinkable for the ABV.

Photo of Gregaroo
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sorry, folks, but this was too much for my IBU tastebuds. Aroma was awesome! Too sweet for a second. I'll try again once I've matured. On draft at TRIA Rittenhouse in Philly.

Photo of KWolf
4.69/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Syrupy, molassesy, raiseny goodness...watch the fumes!

Photo of dhmxray
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Beer21
4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerOps
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of xJMFCx
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BryanPeterson
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of QuakeAttack
4.29/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of williamjbauer
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of khargro2
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of loganburgh
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of JOrtiz
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of agreenman19
4.39/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of huysmans
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of guityler83
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A quickly fleeting cream colored head with larger chunky bubbles when poured into a snifter only small ring of bubbles remains after a minute. Medium orange brown color with a ruby red hue. Swirling kicks up nice long lasting legs with a few bubbles kicking up.

S: Deep fig, prune and raisin aroma that blends into a Belgian style yeast aroma - spicey, clove, earthy mushrooms. Alcohol is upfront and burns in the nose a little. Moderate sweetness overall. Strong mellenoidin and toasty malt aromas come through at medium strength.

T: Similar to the aroma the taste follows the dried fruit profile in the beginning with dates, prunes and raisins with a candy sweetness. The melenoidins from the aroma aren’t noticable through the sweetness but I get a slight doughy flavor. dark candi sugar and tobacco also in there. the finish mellows out the sweetness and comes through as more of a dark cherry flavor.

M: Huge alcohol warming in the chest. low to mild carbonation with a sticky sweet fully body. Tingling sensation takes over the tongue and cheeks like drinking bourbon.

O: It reminds me of a Belgian quad on steroids. Tons of dates / figs / raisins with huge alcohol.

Photo of tclipse
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of midlifec
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tjmiller718
3.12/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

L: deep mahogany brown, light carbonation, skimming off white head.
N: syrupy dark fruits – raisin, prune, plum, caramelized brown sugars, marshmallow, faint caramel/toffee, almost medicinal like floral note finishes it up -surprisingly pleasant.
T: wow, really intense- matches nose quite similarly. Intense dark fruits, burnt brown sugars, soft marshmallow, faint toffee/caramel notes, light Belgian yeast presence
B: incredibly warm, boozy, low carbonation, thick/syrupy mouthfeel.

Overall: This is such an intense beer, crazy warm/burning, tons of dark fruits, but a bit too syrupy/medicinal for me. It's an experience to say the least, and I enjoyed it better than 120 Minute. I appreciate the boundaries DFH push, but this isn't something I'd have to consume again. Well worth the try though.

Photo of Nightrain87
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | 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 1,156 ratings.