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Raison D'Extra - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Ratings: 1,167
Reviews: 663
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 14.14%
Wants: 151
Gots: 392 | 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 boilermakerbrew
3.18/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled in May 2007.

A- Poured like a traditional Belgian Brown. Very murky and opaque. Sediments are present and ample. The color is rusty brown, but darker than the normal rusty red brown.

S- Mostly like a strong wine. Dark fruits and booze are prominent. Raisins and grapes are most prominent fruits, outside of that, the alcohol takes over.

T- Terrible at first, so I let it warm up. That helped a bit I guess. I don't want to just knock the beer, but it was a boozy mess. Alcohol was first and foremost to start off. Dark fruits, raisins and grapes and maybe a prune or two in there, mixes with the alcohol. Alcohol lingers at the end.

M- Syrupy and creamy. Kind of odd, but supports the weight of the brew. The alcohol really overpowers the taste and weight. This will knock you off your feet if you manage to drink it quickly.

I hope I got ahold of a bad bottle. Even after letting it warm up it was a boozy mess. The alcohol overpowers the other flavors and distracts from the possible complexity in the dark fruits. Drinks like a heavier quad, but not as balanced in malts and roasts.

Photo of EricCioe
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of SebD
4.59/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from 2007 at Beer Bistro in Toronto

Appearance: It has a nice ruby/amber color to it. It has no head and leaves very little lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of raisins, red grapes, cherries, dark fruit, spices, caramel and a burbon like booziness.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a nice complex fruit character to it. Dark fruit dominate from raisins to grapes to cherries with a nice caramely feel, probably from the aging and a light spiciness. Definite booziness giving it a slight burning sensation as you drink. Overall very good.

Mouthfeel: It has a low carbonation with a very nice overall balance, feel and complexity.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with great flavors and aromas. Believe it or not, this is my first Dogfish Head beer and it certainly makes me want to try the Raison D'Être now!

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of DaPan
4.68/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle from Mark, thanks! Have been trying to source since I first tried the Raison D'Etre in 2008. This bottle is OLD. Tasting on February 15, and was paired with a Dogfish Burton Baton aged since 03/2009. Date was rubbed off this bottle, but the label art, scanning code and other features seemed more dated that the 2009 burton.

When opened, the underside of the cap was coated with about and 8 th of an inch of thick brown colored paste.

Pours a light ruby red. No head at all.

Aroma was of mild booze and candied sultanas.

Taste was sweet, boozy, very much a face full of raisins. A boatload of raisins..

Mouthfeel was sticky, sweet and smooth, with a bit of boozy bite in the finish, which is expected at 18 percent ABV.

Fantastic beer all around. Dogfish wanted to create the ultimate homage to raisins, and I'd vouch that they set the benchmark with this brew.

Photo of ChocolateJesus
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of jfcaa193
2.5/5  rDev -38%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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

Last brewed in 2007!?! WHERE DID THIS BOTTLE COME FROM? Notes are recent. This may be a tough review; it's obviously lost a whole lot of nuance but it certainly was a beer that could age well and may have been intended to.

It's a dark brew, a heavy brownish color with deel red hues. Not a whole lot of head develops, but the fact that any does at all says something. There's even a bit of lacing scattered about the glass.
Aroma: raisins. Like, a boatload of raisins. There's an array of subtleties that were likely stronger once, including something a little dry to tame all that sweetness without taking away from the emphasis. A whiff of alcohol sits on the back end.
Seriously, this is like drinking a box of raisins. Light alcohol is warming. Somehow it's not cloying, though a slow sipper. It seems tempered by something that imparts a gentle taste like cocoa powder.
I don't know how much crispness this beer had, but it's not flat or dead after something like 4 years. It does have a nice, rolling smoothness. The body is about medium.
I'm glad I had this one. I could have sworn DFH was still brewing it, but...I guess not.

Photo of Klif
1/5  rDev -75.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of Nickfellow007
4.74/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First review ever:

12oz 2005 (not sure of exact date) bottle poured into a "Stone Double Bastard" snifter glass.

Appearance: Very clear but almost maroon colored on initial pour, second half murky and dark red/brownish.

Smell: Dark fruit, apples for sure, heavy amount of raisons, maple syrup....very "fall" type smells going on here.

Taste: SWEETNESS. Heavy amount of raisons, apples, lots of dark fruits. Very rich and full after 7+ years of aging. Perfectly balanced and drinkable while keeping a solid kick of alcohol with every sip.

Mouthfeel: First half; CLEAR: thinner than expected...surprisingly drinkable without the overwhelming feeling of a beer at the end of its prime...BUT amazing nonetheless.
Second half; Murky, full of those rich dark fruits and exceptional with its full body.

Verdict: I've been sitting on this one for a while, and since it is my 26th birthday I decided to crack this one open with my lady. The amazing part is the difference between the first pour and the second. I tried the first "clear" pour and then my second half of the bottle, and for me the second part tasted fuller and richer. This may have something to do with the overwhelming cloudiness and sediment that was lying in this 7+ year old beast. I've heard a lot of rumors about the sediment enhancing the flavors over time, and this one is certainly is an exceptional example of that. Smooth, rich, and an overall winner with this one. Looking forward to the '07 and the other '05 I have waiting in the wings. Thanks for reading my first review while I'm drunk on my birthday BA'S.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of Phelps
3.91/5  rDev -3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sent by seeswo in the blind beers BIF, bottled 3-15-07. Enjoyed in a tulip and reviewed blind.

Fizzy like a can of soda, the brown sugar head pops away at high volume within seconds. Below it, the liquid’s a murky maroon that only gives up notes of cloudy gold at the edges.

Rich, sugary nose. Heavy alcohol, brandy, cooked sugar, maple syrup and some cooked down dark fruits.

The flavor’s a perfect mirror. Boozy brandy, maple, molasses, figs, prunes. Some bitter cocoa grips the sides of the tongue, and I may also be getting some oak in there. The finish is a sugary blast of raisin that reminds me of those little packages I used to eat as a kid.

Slight, tingly carbonation inside a viscous medium body like simple syrup. Even with the sugars in here, there’s no hiding this booze. Heavily throat-warming and tongue-numbing.

This is very sweet; this is very boozy; this is very good. Loving the heavy dark fruit flavor and complexity. I had this beer on tap a few years ago, and I believe it might have even been the same vintage. Been on my wants ever since.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A distributor discovered several 2007 cases of this for distribution in the New York City area in 2011. I hope the years of aging did this one well. Poured into an Orval goblet at altitude in Denver.

A: Pours an opaque ruby caramel color with minimal head and no lacing. There’s quite a lot of yeast sediment floating around in this one, as well as some carbonation bubbles floating toward the top.

S: Smells a bit like a dark, fermented apple juice up front, with some sweet raisin in the background. Plenty of caramel malt character here as well.

T: Cider-like, with definite raisin and dark fruit notes as well. Quite sweet, but it’s difficult to tie the sweetness to any one element of the beer. Biscuity yeast on the finish. The alcohol doesn’t come through at all on this one – I would probably clock it at around 10% ABV if I had to take a guess.

M: Full-bodied with a slick mouthfeel, but a b it of tannin dryness on the finish.

D: Overall, this was a good experience, especially since this bottle had so much time to age. However, even if I could buy another 2007 bottle of this, I probably wouldn’t.

Photo of jaysephx69
1/5  rDev -75.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of danedelman
4.62/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

born on 3/15/07 so almost 5 years old!!

A-deep amber with no head and some sediment which is understandable due to the age of this one.

S-good god!! sweet plums, strong raisin and a touch of leather and toffee and oak.

T-Oaky raisin flavor with a plum finish and dark cherries. No heat for the abv of this one is present. All the flavors have blended wonderfully on this one. A slight sourness too which is awesome in the finish.

M-nice roundness and balance. Little carbonation. good feel.

Photo of blaje
3.06/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

14 months old. Poured into a sniffer. Burgundy reddish in colour forming a thin fizzy head sparkling like a soft drink! Head is disipating very quickly leaving nothing, except a beer that look oily!
N: strong raisin and alcohol dominating averything else. Dark and red fruit notes, vanilla notes. Brown sugar and maybe prunes.
M: bold and warming from alcohol dominacy. Despite the strong carbonation at pouring, this beer as little carbonation and looks almost flat in the glass. Raisin flavor is very present and dominates. Brown sugar, vanilla as per nose.

Overall, unbalanced on the flavor side. Would have liked a more subtle or mellow blend of flavor. Not my favorite high ABV beer from DFH.

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