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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: 96
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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kinnaird

California

3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jessecarr for a great trade.

The Belgian brewers have been brewing beers in the "extreme" realm before it was vogue, but then, when you take a style that has long since been on the cusp of what can be done with beer and ratchet it up even more, you get something like Raison D'extra. Needless to say, I've really been looking forward to this experience.

After opening the bottle, I immediately smell ethanol. I figured this was a warning of what was to come, but my first impression in not realized once tasted.

Raison D'extra pours like an big beer would. Fairly viscous, but not too syrup like. It takes on a cloudy, rose like appearance. I couldn't quite figure out this color. I think it's best described as having the color of a glass of juice made from Golden Raisins, if such juice could be had. There was a half finger, slightly off-white head that quickly receded into nothing, leaving very little lace.

It does smell of ethanol for sure, but it also smells strongly of raisins, figs, caramel, and dark fruits; the smells you would expect from a Stong, Dark, Belgian Ale. The typical smells associated with this style alternate back and forth with the strong scent of ethanol.

Taste is as it smells; raisins hit you first, followed by other subtle fruits and spices as well as caramel. After I swallow, the taste stays with the sides of my tongue for more than a minute, and as I search for any signs of hop bitterness, there was none to be found. This is a very sweet beer.

While in my mouth, the mouthfeel is right in the middle between medium and heavy. Then once I swallow, the heavy notes show by keeping my mouth coated with a minuscule amount, enough to prolong the taste for quite a while.

This is a one and done beer. Or, if you're feeling like getting the party started, it's time to switch. This beer is very rich, almost to the point of cloying, but before you reach that point, the bottle is gone. I'm very happy I had the chance to try this and I would definitely have it again. This is for those nights when you only want one before going off to bed warm and happy.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2008 16:42:37 | More by kinnaird
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Bottled on 03/15/07 (7 years aged)
I cracked this baby open to celebrate the birth of my first child, Maelyn! :)

Appearance
Deep mahogany brown with no head. Some light penetration with a good clarity. Glaze-like layer of lacing.

Nose
Caramel cubes, sherry, caramelized brown sugar, raisins, rum-raisin, and toffee. Has some solvent aromas due to the elevated abv.

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