Raison D'Extra - Dogfish Head Brewery

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905 Ratings
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Ratings: 905
Reviews: 592
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 15.21%
Wants: 116
Gots: 223 | 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 1KEVIN1
4.76/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jakea
3.86/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of kenstogie
3.3/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of billab914
3.79/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | 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.

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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

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Raison D'Extra from Dogfish Head Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 905 ratings.