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Raison D'Extra - Dogfish Head Brewery

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89
very good

817 Ratings
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Ratings: 817
Reviews: 575
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 15.54%
Wants: 97
Gots: 152 | FT: 8
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Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  18.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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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erz316

Indiana

4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

bottled on 09.29.06, this guy has some age on him, and I picked him up to day at the store without knowing it! this will be a nightcap beer, and is poured into augustijn chalice.

A - as I opened this bottle i got some on a cut on my finger, it stings: there is that much alcohol in this! a paler colour than normal, the body is a dark burnt orange that gets obscured by the yeast floating down, making it much more opaque and normal. the head comes and goes quite readily, leaving a thin layer; the head drops away in less than 30 seconds.

S - this smells quite like the westvleteren 8 I had today. raisins and cocoa poweder, with a slight alcohol presence. the cocoa powder is the most obvious and it shifts into this caramel covered raisin nose. not much spice or herbals, but malts are at the way bottom of this nose, adding to the slight sweetness of the cocoa. this is a phenomenal nose, and is quite pungent even when right out of the fridge. the yeast is definitly manifesting itself in the form of this cocoa nose, im pretty sure. however, I would have liked to see an expansion on the fruity side of things, the sweet fruit aspect is quite one sided, and this is why i go to belgian dark strongs.

T - cocoa indeed, but wheres all that booze gone to? the intial taste is juicy raisins dusted in cocoa. juicy: this is the best way to describe how this beer feels and tastes. as the beer sits in my mouth the alcohol begins to manifest itself in a nice warming way. there is a strong sweet aspect to the beer as well, like taking a big bite out of some brown sugar, but not like molasses. again, the whole thing is just incredbily juicy, like biting into a big piece of fruit. christ, belching tastes just like i had a hot cocoa! back to the review. there is also some fruit besides raisins, like a pineapple prune mash up. the finish is chocolaty and has the alcohol creep out. the raisins come out at the back of the throat with the intense alcohol. the after taste is very sweet, no bitterness really. chocolate and something like candied prunes: really sweet, and not that appealing. everything is pretty good except for how sweet this brew gets, maybe because it is old? not properly aged? it was on a beer store shelf for three years, so maybe that had something to do with it. either way, there are so many things that go right with this beer, but the cloying sweetness is a bit too much, as is the presence of cocoa. still it is an good beer, and masks that 18% abv incredibly well.

MF&D - a very slick beer, maybe diacetyl has a bit to do with this? there is a good balance between carbonation and body, but this slickness is a bit off putting, i dont want my beer to feel oily (though it is not that slippery). body is good and heavy, but the combination of the excessive sweetness along with the incredibly furtive alcohol kills the drinkability. I would not want to have another one of these in a row, though it is by no means a drain pour. not at this price!

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2009 04:09:53 | More by erz316
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I cracked this baby open to celebrate the birth of my first child, Maelyn! :)

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Raison D'Extra from Dogfish Head Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 817 ratings.