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Raison D'Extra - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Ratings: 1,219
Reviews: 676
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 13.86%
Wants: 154
Gots: 431 | FT: 37
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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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Ratings: 1,219 | Reviews: 676
Photo of Marc33
1/5  rDev -75.2%

Photo of Klif
1/5  rDev -75.2%

Photo of jaysephx69
1/5  rDev -75.2%

Photo of natecota
1.35/5  rDev -66.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

This is my first review and I'm not going to dress it up with a bunch of fancy talk. This beer is bad. It tasted like butt. I did finish the bottle because it cost $11 at Specs in San Antonio. The good things I can say about it are it looked good in the glass and it got me effed up pretty good. I would compare it to prison toilet wine mixed with beer. If drunk in a hurry is what you're looking for, then this is the beer for you.

Photo of BeTheBall
1.52/5  rDev -62.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Perhaps I bought a bad bottle...
Poured a mahogany color with a nice head rising. Smelled of excessive fruit and alcohol. On my first taste, I found myslef thinking this tastes like cough medicine, not that I've had any lately. For the next few sips, I got huge raisin sweetness with an unpleasant burning, I presume from the ABV. This was very bad, and turned into a very, very rare drain pour with more than half left in my pint glass. Mouthfeel was hot. Drinkability was, well, not drinkable at all I'm afraid. Avoid at all costs.

Photo of Minkybut
1.68/5  rDev -58.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 50 degrees then poured it out of my tumbler and into the sink. The bber was a light mahoganny color with a light orangy looking head. The smell was of sour something with a bit of a caralally smell. The taste was sour gross sour Yuk...too me. The sourness was just overpowering of rotten fruit and bout gagged me. I will not buy again.

Photo of TheFightfan1
1.71/5  rDev -57.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I bought this at monk's and was a little disappointed in the drink and that is over two years old!!! After our trip to the city (Monk's and Noddinghead) I decided to have this late in the night.

Exp. date is 3/15/07. Poured into a goblet a thick cloudy caramel color with an off white colored heading. No real lacing to speak of.

Smell is very malty and just flat out booze. hint's of raisin's a touch of plum and other darker fruit's also a bit of chocolate.

Taste again is ridiculously boozy almost unbearable hint's of the above aroma's but is killed by this unsettling warmth of alcohol. Hops do kick in and leave a slight sting but again is crushed by the warmth in the gullet.

Mouth is full bodied with good carbonation when move it around on the palate. Leaves a kind of spiciness on the tongue as well.

Drinkability is bad this was almost a drainpour for me I will not try this one again.

Just a bit to ridiculous with the heavy ABV. I personally think Dogfish head should do away with this one and stick to the D'etere.

Photo of ebin
1.77/5  rDev -56.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Poured this into a Chimay chalice and it looked pretty good, decent head that dissipated fairly quickly. No lacing at all on the glass.

Smelled of alcohol almost exclusively, not good. Very strong aroma.

Taste was beyond sweet, very hard to handle. Alcohol was well hidden for a 20% beer, but I would have rather tasted it.

Mouthfeel was decent. Thick and syrupy.

Drinkability was awful. I could barely finish the bottle. Only reason I didn't pour it out was because it was a $5 bottle. I won't have this again.

Photo of jpittman80
1.88/5  rDev -53.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

you know what? too many damn raisins. almost made me sick. but you wouldn't know it's as alcoholic as it is, or that it would be hard to drink going in. appearance and aroma aren't that bad, mostly dark fruits (raisins?) and alcohol. i'm beginning to suspect to stick with the hoppy beers from dogfish head.

Photo of ryane
1.93/5  rDev -52.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Thought Id give this a shot after hearing about raison d'etre

poured from 12oz bottle a dark color with a small amount of head

first drink i thought, WTF did they brew this in an old stinky rotting boot?

but it grew on me, partly because of how fast I drank it, at 20% it really kicks in, bottle didnt mention how strong it was, I could tasted it but never expected it to be that high

definately not one Ill drink again

Photo of saccro
1.96/5  rDev -51.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

A - poured thick. brown/ruby colored. decent head that fades to a thin layer.

S - strong autolysis aromas. sweet malt. There was a thick slurry of yeast on the bottom of the bottle. This beer is OLD.

T - incredibly sweet. autolyzed flavors. cloying. sweeet. ew. Still some bitterness background, but let's face it, you can't topple this sweetness.

M - uberchewy, sweet. med-light carbonation.

D - not for me.

Photo of ATXRyan
2/5  rDev -50.5%

Photo of brycevolk
2/5  rDev -50.5%

Photo of Rempo
2/5  rDev -50.5%

Photo of dan027
2/5  rDev -50.5%

Photo of sccala
2.01/5  rDev -50.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

OK, I did review this beer with a large measure of objectivity. "Respect Beer", right? So, Here Goes...Poured out of a brown 12 oz. bottle with a picture of an old western cowboy on it into a 16 oz. pint glass...

A- Weird start...no head at all...almost like pouring juice into a glass. Color is a murky rust brown/dark orange.

S- A slight estery scent. Very sugary sweet fruity smell. The smell almost starts to clean out your nasal passages.

T- Grape cough medicine....then when you swallow, the ethers invade your nasal passages via your esophagus. Am I drinking beer or grain alcohol?

M- Most painful part to rate. I want this beer out of my mouth, so keeping it in there and swashing it around wasn't fun. Again, very artificial grape cough medicine flavor, then the alcohol starts to scrape at your tongue and back of your mouth. When I swallow, I make the same face and head shake that I make when I swallow a shot of tequila.

D- Based on the review...you tell me. Glad I tried it, but I will not buy this beer again, nor drink one for free.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
2.14/5  rDev -47%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Reviewed on 5/24/08. I will admit that I am not a fan of high alcohol beers nor am I a particular fan of raisins...but my boyfriend got a bottle of this and wanted me to split it with him, so I decided to try it...pours a light brown, cloudy, no head and a rather syrupy texture. Aroma is awful--much too overpowering and so repulsive to me that I actually had to pinch my nose while drinking it. Aroma is strong of alcohol, brown sugar, raisin. Flavor is a little better than the aroma- brown sugar, alcohol, sweetness. Super rich and super sweet. Too one-dimensional for such a high alcohol beer, it is not balanced enough, creating a huge alcohol mess. I just don't think the body of Raison D'Etre is strong enough to handle the 18.5%. I could only take about 10 or so sips. Won't be having this again...
3/3/6/3/10 (2.5/5)

Photo of putnam
2.17/5  rDev -46.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Grade A maple syrup colored liquid. Possibly reductive nose of peanut butter, corn and American "nougat". Vanilla, stewed tangerine juice and a whallop of buttered burnt sugar. Syrup sweetness covers the alcohol and opens simple fruit candy flavors: tart, peppery. The sugar is oppressive and only crudely balanced with crippled, denatured strands of funky tartness and dirty bitterness.

This is absurd novelty beer. There would be no reason to opt for this drink when a bottle of good PX sherry or tawny port is within reach.

Photo of alcstradamus
2.24/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

A--Gorgeous mahogany color that doesn't yield much of a head...what was there dwindled down to almost nothing quickly. No lacing

S--Deep wood and maple tones, raisins, figs, bourbon. Little too boozy on the nose for my liking

T--This one absolutely bites the tongue with a sharp alcohol front and a maple syrup back end. Definitely not my style. It is impressively flavorful though. Wait a minute, I just saw that this is 20% ABV, believe it or not I didn't actually look at that before drinking. No wonder it kicked my ass. I must admit that I am not man enough for this beer!

M--Relatively thin but not too much so

D--I can't even get down half a bottle, not due to the bad taste but just due to the overwhelming nature of the alcohol. Perhaps you are more brave then me. Give it a shot and decide for yourself!

Photo of fbc24
2.25/5  rDev -44.3%

Photo of nelsonracite
2.25/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

I was not crazy for this beer.

Photo of Anthony1
2.28/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

poured into a perfect pint.

pours a dark brown with a think roasted head that left quickly. unfortunately this thing is just to sweet. very rich aroma with varieties of fruit and sweetness. taste is great at first, and immediately the sweetness kicks in. rough after taste. Tried drinking it with some food and sipping, but just couldn't handle the sweetness. sadly, i couldn't drink it.

Photo of geexploitation
2.33/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Yet another cute beer from DFH that's more style than substance. Pours a brilliant dark amber that is, when held to the light, just glowingly gorgeous. No head, though, which is a problem appearance-wise and aroma-wise. The aroma is nonetheless pretty strong, with lots of rich burnt sugar smells and some sweet dried fruit and peppery alcohol underneath. The taste is a sugar bomb, unadulterated sweetness with nothing to modify or deepen it. Huge candi sugar up front with some fruit notes behind, underpinned by a big raw alcohol burn. Mouthfeel is quite sumptuous and alcoholic. Drinkability? Not really -- too sweet, too big to be a beer I want a lot of. A novelty and nothing more.

Photo of Chambic
2.35/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2


A: surprisingly light in color, like a lovely amber. Have yet to taste Raison d'Être, so maybe that's why I didn't know what to expect. Thought it would look more like port.

S: full-on raisin upfront -- no doubt about it. Almost prune-like, something similar to overripe fruit

T: the raisins really enhance the booziness, resulting in a long finish

M: nice and smooth, balancing the intense aroma and taste

D: a little goes a long way; would really like to find a nice dessert pairing. Shared with 2 others, who would probably pass on it next time.

Photo of kajerm
2.35/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours red, with a semi-filtered appearance and a thin, slightly lacing head.

Smells spicy, with notes of roasted malt, and dark fruit. Alcohol aroma is perceptible; there is a clear, medicinal, phenolic smell.

Sweet zombie Jesus, this a sweet beer. There is a strong background of raisins and figs. A fleeting toasted malt flavor appears mid-palate. The alcohol is barely noticeable in the flavor but has a strong, almost immediate warming effect.

A few sips later, this beer is nauseatingly cloying. It's totally out of balance, like drinking fig newtons soaked in high-fructose corn syrup, and then mainlining Everclear afterward.

Oh yeah, drinkability? Nonexistent.

Sorry DFH, back to the drawing board on this one.

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Raison D'Extra from Dogfish Head Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 1,219 ratings.