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Raison D'Extra - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Ratings: 1,169
Reviews: 664
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 14.14%
Wants: 151
Gots: 394 | FT: 36
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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 t0rin0
3.89/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This came from a bottle that someone had sitting in their closet for a long time. Not sure exactly how old it was. The beer was a little murky but had a nice brownish color to it. There was a small amount of head but that died off and left no lacing behind. The aroma was sweet and malty and of course a little of raisin. The flavor was similar but very intense. Very sweet, the raisins came out here a lot. I really enjoyed drinking the few ounces that I got to try of this beer. The alcohol is not noticeable in the smell or the taste.

Photo of spycow
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Raison D'Extra
Poured into a Duvel Tulip. 12oz bottled version that about a year old

A: A light pour that was a orange-brown color with a light head with minimal carbonation.

S: Smelled of raisins, figs and plums could tell that it had a high alcohol content but as overwhelming as I expected.

T: The flavor starts out sweet. You could taste the heavy use of raisins but the flavors of fig and plums were noticeable. Initially, you could taste the strong alcohol taste but quickly subsided after a couple of sips. Stayed sweet throughout but did mellow some as you took in more. Better than what I expected from a beer with such a strong alcoholic content. A little sweet for me on a regular basis but having drank two to three of these it keeps getting better.

M: Feels like a light brandy, a little oily yet pleasant.

D: This is one of those beers you treat yourself to one at a time. Not one to drink multiple in a sitting. Again, the overall sweetness can be overwhelming for some along with the 20% alcoholic content. Great for an apertif and one to be savored.

Recommend trying this especially those who like the sweeter ales and those who are fans of Utopia. Pricey but worth the spend.

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of GRG1313
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.67/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle picked up at Sal's in Illinois way, way back when. Served in a Russian River "TION" glass with Amyliz4 and Huhzubendah.

Pours a reddish-brown color with no real head, lacing, collar, etc. Cloudy. Nose brings quite a bit of sugar and dark fruits with a bit of alcohol. Cherries stand out. Really good chemistry. Flavor is a bit muddled with some alcohol, though certainly not the level it is really at. Lots of sugar. Brown sugar. Medium body and low carbonation. Good enough, but not something I'd grab another bottle of.

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of metter98
4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: It pours dark reddish brown in color with minimal head.
S; Aromas of dark fruits (raisins, prunes and plums) and sugars dominate the smell.
T: Flavors of sweet, dark raisins stand out in the taste and the alcohol is barely perceptible. The underlying malt does a nice job at keeping the raisins and sweetness from completely overpowering the taste.
M: The beer feels very strong on the palate and is a bit syrupy.
D: I couldn't believe how well the alcohol is masked, but this is one beer that definitely needs to be sipped.

Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of ygtbsm94
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of brentk56
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a caramel color with a short-lived head that settles into a film without leaving much of a trace - not unexpected at this ABV level

Smell: Very sweet, rum-soaked raisin bouquet; just a ton of fusel alcohol on the nose

Taste: Sweet rum-roaked raisins, brown sugar and figs assault the tongue only to be supplanted by the tremendous blast of fusel alcohol; a bit of medicinal bitterness complements the sweet finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied; not much carbonation, but plenty of warmth in the gullet

Drinkability: Sipability is more like it; this one will blast you away before you finish your 12 oz. To think they used to sell it in 750ML bottles - unconscionable! I have tasted it young and with a few years of age and it definitely needs time

Thanks to mdaschaf, my Secret Bunny 2012, I had the pleasure of tasting the 3/15/07 bottling with five years of cellaring and it is extraordinary; the fusel alcohol has dissipated and, while the beer still leaves some warmth in the gullet, it explodes with malty dark fruit flavors like a fine brandy - bumping up the smell and taste scores by .5 and the overall by 1.0

Photo of BEERchitect
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From the depths of retirement, Dogfish Head's stronger, darker, raisin-infused ale once again makes a cameo appearance.

Rusty, tawny and with a rudish brown austere, the ale gleams with crimson highlights and a thick lather of foam. Its booze-laden nose screams cognac, yet wrapped with lavish caramel, toffee and pistachio. Though raisin wafts gracefully about, a plethora of fruit and spice alternate on the nose and early palate.

With its candied sweetness softly fading, the fruit begins to stand out- raisin on the precipice, but trailing grape, fig, date, prune and cherry all make appearances. Slowly drying, its spicier edges pronounce with peppercorn, anise and dried citrus peel.

Its pleasant sugars and lightly viscous finish is dissected with strong brandy alcohol and peppery tendencies. The simmering heat gives the ale a long and savory aftertaste, similar to port and sherry. With fruit extending well into the next sip, the ale begs for stilton, honey and cashews.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Adrian910ss: Poured a murky dark brown color ale with a small foamy head with limited retention. Aroma of dry sweet fruits (figs, plums) and some warming alcohol. Taste is also very sweet with load of dry sweet fruits but it never gets overwhelming. Texture is a bit oily with fuller body then expected (probably due to medium filtration) and some warming alcohol but again nothing too invasive. Another interesting experience by the Dogfish brewer and something I wouldn’t mind sampling again.

Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Knapp85
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Picked up this bottle a while back and decided to throw it down with a select few DFH beers the other night. Served at cellar temp and poured into a snifter.

The pour was nice with a rich light brown color coming forward. Decent amount of light tan head rising up from the bottom and coming to a top around one inch in height. The aroma was super sweet, hints of raisins and alcohol were sharp and very well noticeable. Some touches of toffee and caramel coming through as I take the first sip. Remarkably smooth for being soo strong. Rich raisin and spices coming through, with the alcohol prickly on the tongue. Very full with a moderate level of carbonation made this quite enjoyable, though it needed to be shared.

Overall for how strong it was, it was very nicely done. I really did not find this one really overwhleming and I would actually like to try this one again.

Photo of womencantsail
3.54/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy dark amber that looks to be flat. No head to speak of. Nose of brown sugar, raisins, plums, red grapes, and cherries. Some caramel malt in there and definitely a fair amount of alcohol. Hints of spice and just a really nice caramelization to it. The taste is certainly a bit cloying. Intense sugar and caramel flavors, overripe dark fruits, tons of raisin, grape, and plum. Moderate alcohol flavor and head. I loved the aroma of this, but it's just too much to drink.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

this is excellent beer, cant believe i have never had it until now, its so good. color is lighter than expected, deep caramel with some red hues, but not brown, or not as brown as i thought it might be, and it holds a pretty good head, not looking thick at all for a beer thats almost 20% abv. it smells great too, the booze is there for sure, but there is more to it than that for certain. it has dark fruit, dates or figs dried, that has to be the raisin, although i cant place it exactly. the raw sugar unrefined sweetness is there too. the flavor is great, folds and wrinkles of grain and sugar, less chocolate and roast than expected, almost none at all, and the sugar here is more like honey than anything else, really nice as well. the booze is warming, but not caustic like it is in some other huge dogfish brews, its almost complimentary to the sugar, mellowing it, and to the raisins, making it feel more like a rum based desert than a beer, which is cool. nice winter beer, i would be curious to see how it ages. the base beer still stands as one of my favorites, and this one is a nice amplification of all that is good in the original. worth trying, absolutely. i had no problem with a bottle to myself. i was also surprised how well carbonated it was, usually these get pretty still at a certain strength, nice touch.

Photo of oberon
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have sampled this a few times in the past this was the first time drinking a whole bottle in itself.Poured a deep chesnut brown with some reddish/orange tint thruout a well formed but quick to fade 1/2 finger head atop.,dark fruit and more dark fruit in the nose hence the name of the beer I suppose,hints of orange essence and warming alcohol.The "big" alcohol is not as "big" as some would think it would be hereit stays underneath the layers of flavors for the most part at least until it becomes room temp.Raisin flavors packed to the hilt along with prune an underlying nutty terrine-like character seems to always be there,notes of brown sugar and caramel round out the flavor profile.A great nightcap brew and it wont bite you to hard,very nicely done by DFH.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.78/5  rDev -31%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottled on: 03/15/07.

Appearance: Pours out a modestly hazed, deep amber-hued body with a very, very thin, near white head.

Smell: This one smells of liberally spiced, fruity-scented raisin puree, bready malts, dark brown sugar, and some nostril-stinging, eye-watering alcohol.

Taste: Distinctly sweet, sugary upfront with an expected follow-through of the fruity raisiny taste, brown sugar, and bready malts yielding some toastiness. But, very soon, that altogether piercing alcohol creeps in, searing the tongue and throat and warming your innards on the way down. Trivial oxidative notes in the background. Sweet breadiness, raisins, and straight-up moonshine on the flat, hot finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Lightly carbonated.

Overall: There's not much going on beyond sugar, raisins, and plenty of alcohol heat. I'm totally fine with this one being put out to pasture.

Photo of biboergosum
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer pours a clear auburn hue, with very little thin, wispy off-white head, which leaves no lace in its short existence. It smells of stewed raisins, caramel, and warming alcohol. The taste is strong caramel malt, brown sugar, sweet sultana raisins, and a surprisingly mild alcohol edge, given the ABV specs on this monster. The carbonation is quite low. the body warm, smooth, slick, and oily, and it finishes sweet and boozy, the fruitiness of the raisins backstopping it all.

For its strength, this is a decent mild sipper, but a sipper nonetheless.

Photo of zeff80
3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a cloudy, dark amber color with a small, foamy, off-white head. Not much for lacing.

S - It smelled of raisin, molasses, bourbon, vanilla and some earthy notes.

T - Tasted of raisin, very sweet malt, black licorice. Very hot spice, too.

M - It was soft and creamy with an alcohol heat. A full-bodied beer.

D - This a powerful beer. One is more than enough.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.67/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a DFH Alehouse house snifter.

A 3-year-old bottle from the Falls Church Alehouse. From notes (man, these are my most boring reviews...sorry): Pours an amber ruby/garnet (it's dark red, okay?) with a decided lack of real head. The nose holds bourbon, raisins (I know, surprise surprise on that one, right?), wood, walnuts, and a definitely perceptible amount of alcohol. The taste follows pretty closely, with notes of raisins, figs, oak, whiskey, cran-cherry, and, again, a healthy alcoholic burn. The body is a very heavy medium, with very light carbonation and a rather thick feel, though the coating does fade fairly quickly. A bit much for regular drinking, but tasty nonetheless (especially at this vintage).

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Raison D'Extra from Dogfish Head Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 1,169 ratings.