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Raison D'Extra - Dogfish Head Brewery

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90
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1,167 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,167
Reviews: 663
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 14.14%
Wants: 151
Gots: 392 | FT: 36
Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Brewery visit their website
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 williamjbauer
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of khargro2
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of loganburgh
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of JOrtiz
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of agreenman19
4.39/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of huysmans
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of guityler83
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A quickly fleeting cream colored head with larger chunky bubbles when poured into a snifter only small ring of bubbles remains after a minute. Medium orange brown color with a ruby red hue. Swirling kicks up nice long lasting legs with a few bubbles kicking up.

S: Deep fig, prune and raisin aroma that blends into a Belgian style yeast aroma - spicey, clove, earthy mushrooms. Alcohol is upfront and burns in the nose a little. Moderate sweetness overall. Strong mellenoidin and toasty malt aromas come through at medium strength.

T: Similar to the aroma the taste follows the dried fruit profile in the beginning with dates, prunes and raisins with a candy sweetness. The melenoidins from the aroma aren’t noticable through the sweetness but I get a slight doughy flavor. dark candi sugar and tobacco also in there. the finish mellows out the sweetness and comes through as more of a dark cherry flavor.

M: Huge alcohol warming in the chest. low to mild carbonation with a sticky sweet fully body. Tingling sensation takes over the tongue and cheeks like drinking bourbon.

O: It reminds me of a Belgian quad on steroids. Tons of dates / figs / raisins with huge alcohol.

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

Photo of midlifec
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tjmiller718
3.12/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

L: deep mahogany brown, light carbonation, skimming off white head.
N: syrupy dark fruits – raisin, prune, plum, caramelized brown sugars, marshmallow, faint caramel/toffee, almost medicinal like floral note finishes it up -surprisingly pleasant.
T: wow, really intense- matches nose quite similarly. Intense dark fruits, burnt brown sugars, soft marshmallow, faint toffee/caramel notes, light Belgian yeast presence
B: incredibly warm, boozy, low carbonation, thick/syrupy mouthfeel.

Overall: This is such an intense beer, crazy warm/burning, tons of dark fruits, but a bit too syrupy/medicinal for me. It's an experience to say the least, and I enjoyed it better than 120 Minute. I appreciate the boundaries DFH push, but this isn't something I'd have to consume again. Well worth the try though.

Photo of Nightrain87
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Vylo
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of dwagner003
4.14/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nose is classic boozy Belgian strong dark ale with an extra touch of sweetness. Flavor is almost too sweet, with a very boozy aftertaste. If I didn't enjoy Belgian styles so much, I may not be into this. Mouthfeel is wonderful. Smooth and hot.

Photo of Valleyjirvin
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DaveRinn
4.78/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BergBeer
3.66/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: A burnt amber brown with a very minimal head that just rims the glass. Mild carbonation and slightly cloudy.

Smell: Big Belgian sweet greets the nose, followed by slightly cinnamon toast, a wallop of raisins, that distinct Belgian yeast sweet and slightly funky, and more Belgian candied sugar. Smells like a big Belgian quad but the booze is very well hidden.

Taste: On the attack the brown ale is very forward with rich roasted malt and unsweetened chocolate. Big chewy raisins follow which steps back a little to let the Belgian sugar and yeast shine through. Booze is very prevalent on the finish as it mingles with big raisin notes as they ride off into the sunset leaving your palate dominated.

Mouthfeel: Big. Chewy. Sticky. This beer is huge and isn't afraid to hide it. Clings to palate and won't let go. Booze is forward but not sharp. Warms somewhat and finishes dry. Winter warmer is putting it lightly.

Overall: I was surprised by this beer. I figured the raisins would make this a soupy sweet mess but it actually balances nicely with the big brown ale and Belgian notes to make a very unique beer. That being said I think if they dialed it back a bit it would be a better beer that could be balanced beautifully and still be unique. Is it somewhat gimmicky? Yes. Would I pick it up again? Probably not. But it's a unique experience and seeing very talented brewers push the limits is always fun. It's definitely worth the experience even if it's not one I would repeat.

Photo of tvghost
3.37/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of bloatednemesis
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tmbgnicu
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kvgomps
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of informaticsDoc
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jbexphys
3.25/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of apasternak
2.9/5  rDev -28%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tons and tons of raisins. Looking forward to trying it again in a few years

Photo of imstimpy
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Pourharddrinkslow
4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from 12oz. bottle into a 12oz. snifter.

Look - As my girlfriend noted, it is almost the exact color of the glass bottle. Looks like a beer you would want to drink.
Smell - Booze; dark fruit, slight malts
Taste - Ridiculously smooth. Scarly drinkable. You hardly taste any of the alcohol that was so pungent in the smell. It tastes mostly of dark fruit, as cliche as it is, plums and figs. Not much more to add, just a nice, balanced, smooth beer.
Feel - Smooth, low carbonation. If your asking how it makes ME feel... I feel excellent.

Raison D'Extra from Dogfish Head Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 1,167 ratings.