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Raison D'Extra - Dogfish Head Brewery

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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: 389 | 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 thegerm87
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of axxe
4.74/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Boone757
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Jonada
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottled 11/21/2014. Poured into a snifter

Appearance: Pours red brown in color with a finger of a tan head that settles to a thick ring. Body is hazy with a good bit of visible sediment.

Smell: Raisins, booze, plums, caramel, cocoa, candi sugar and lots of malt sweetness.

Taste: Mostly the same as the aroma. Lots of dark fruit, with raisins being the most noticeable. Also some slight roasted character, Belgian yeast, chocolate and some fusel alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a thick, viscous, almost syrupy mouthfeel. Finishes sweet with some boozy heat to cut the sweetness a bit. Alcohol is definitely there, but is masked probably as well as possible for a 18-20% beer that's still relatively fresh.

Overall: Good stuff, but it suffers from the same problem a lot of DFH beers seem to suffer from, which is while it's good, I'm not sure that the super high ABV actually makes it better. I'd say it's worth picking up if you're intending on aging it long term, but as far as something to drink now, there are lots of better options out there.

Photo of Lucoli
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of marct13
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of Jakep2021
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mixologist93
4.71/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of StoutHunter
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of Dogfish Head's Raison D'Extra last week for $10 at The Lager Mill. I've been wanting to try this beer ever since I had the original version and it's nice to see Dogfish Head decide to bring this one back, so lets see how it goes. 2015 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks nice, it's a little similar to some of their other labels, but I don't think it's too eye catching. It poured a nice brown color that took on a some red hues when held to the light with a little over a fingers worth of slightly darker tan head that died down to a thin ring that eventually faded away and it left a little bit of spotty lacing behind. This was a good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of sweetness that has a nice brown sugar aroma to it with the a nice fruity aromas being the first to show and it's full of some big dark fruit aromas with the raisins obviously sticking out the most and it's followed by a boozy aroma and the combination makes for an aroma that reminds me a little bit of sherry. Up next the malts which impart a caramel, toffee, caramel malt and sweet malt like aroma with the caramel and toffee sticking out the most. This beer had a good aroma that lives up to it's name.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a slightly lower amount of high sweetness that imparts that same brown sugar aspect with the dark fruits still being the first to show up and they still impart a big raisin aroma. Up next comes the alcohol which is noticeable and a little a warming, but it's not nearly as boozy as I thought it would be and it's followed by the malts which impart the same aspects that they did in the aroma with the toffee and caramel still sticking out the most. On the finish there's pretty much no bitterness with some sweetness and alcohol taking it's place with some raisin, sherry, toffee, and caramel flavors showing up in the aftertaste. This is a good tasting beer, it lives up to it's name and the raisins are showcased nicely.

M- Smooth, a little warming, not too crisp, the alcohol was really well hidden, sticky, full bodied with a higher amount of low bitterness. The mouthfeel was really nice and I liked how well the alcohol was hidden.

Overall I thought this was a good beer and a good example of the style, it had everything that I expected and it lived up to being a bigger and bolder version of the original, it's like they took all the aspects that I liked about the original and made them bigger and bolder and I thought that worked out nicely, especially with the alcohol being really well hidden. This beer had nice drinkability, it was smooth, a little warming, not too crisp, the alcohol was really well hidden, sticky, a little filling and the taste did a good job of holding my attention, I think one is the perfect amount for me, I might be able to drink two since the alcohol is really well hidden, but I know I would regret it. What I like the most about this beer was how well the raisins were showcased and how well the alcohol was hidden, to me those were the highlights of this beer. What I like the least about this beer was nothing, there wasn't anything I disliked or would change, but it would be nice if it was just a a couple dollars cheaper. I would buy this beer when it's released again, I already got two more for the cellar so I can see how they age. I would recommend this beer, especially if you like big bold beers with lots of dark fruit flavors. All in all I was happy with this beer and a little impressed with it, I was pretty sure this was going to be a sweet booze bomb and that just wasn't the case. IT's one of the better Dogfish Head beers I've had and it's my new favorite beer that's brewed with raisins. Good job guys, this was one tasty brew, keep up the hard work.

Photo of bonkers
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Scottie_A25
4.62/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of paulish
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chrismattlin
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of edhizdeid
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rbmjr1
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Srkolodn
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RochefortChris
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wattersmike90
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of lobos62
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of larryarms847
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark copper orange, rather murky with almost no head to speak of. Looks like bum wine to be honest.

Tons of raisin and grape in the nose, very sweet, caramel, and candy notes.

Oh so much raisin! Very clearly sour grapes were not used in this brew. The raisin sweetness, caramel, and sweet plum-like flavors make this way to sweet for my taste.

Heavy-heavy bodied, low carbonation, ridiculously sweet, thick, oily, noticeable alcohol.

Overall, I am a big fan of Raison D'Etra and this was worth trying, but just way to sweet for my taste.

Photo of Dirtyhands
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Fantastic strong ale, wish it was available more often. The heavy malt bill imparts a lot of character on this one. A nose that reminds me of some sort of unbelievably fruity syrup.

Figs, plums and raison with notes of grape and the faintest hint of something tropical. Thankfully, all of this is balanced very well for such a powerful beer. Seek this out, if only to try once with friends.

Photo of rkf1976
3.59/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of IanMcGuire
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of MrMonotone69
4.01/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

this was like drinking liquor not beer.

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