Raison D'Être
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States
Belgian Dark Strong Ale
Ranked #147
Ranked #24,335
3.66 | pDev: 15.03%
Dec 29, 2023
Aug 09, 2001
A deep mahogany, Belgian-style brown ale brewed with beet sugar, raisins and Belgian-style yeast.

We began brewing this one at our pub in 1996 (we began packaging and selling it sometime in 1998) as the answer to the question, "What beer should I enjoy with a wood-grilled steak?" Raison D'Etre fits the bill. It's as tasty and complex as a fine red wine.

In the Quick Sip Clip video, Sam talks about Raison D'Etre inside the new cellars for our 600-bbl fermentation tanks. The cellars were designed specifically to allow sterile yeast management. The system also allows us to automatically dose the yeast into the fermentation tanks. At Dogfish, we use multiple strains of yeast for our different beers, so we are acutely aware of all that can go wrong when you don't love and protect the yeast.

25 IBU
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Rated: 4.09 by Shiredave from New York

Dec 29, 2023
Rated: 4.37 by SoundMakesSense from Indiana

Mar 05, 2023
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Reviewed by tekstr1der from New Hampshire

3.32/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
This was deeply appealing by description. Not sure if it was the yeast or (maybe) bad bottle, but the stuff was kind of bitter and frankly a bit nasty. Scoring more objectively with benefit of the doubt.
Feb 17, 2022
Rated: 3.64 by dan_amdg from Illinois

Feb 12, 2022
Rated: 4 by drstalker from Illinois

Jan 29, 2022
Rated: 3.77 by Burg from New Hampshire

May 05, 2021
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

3.03/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Sampled bottle, RBNAG 2007 in Grimstad. ABV is 8%. Amber to copper colour, low head. Boring aroma, slightly malty. Malty flavour, notes of caramel, hints of cinnamon.
Apr 30, 2021
Rated: 3.86 by justme from Massachusetts

Apr 25, 2021
Rated: 3.93 by crazyspicychef from Pennsylvania

Nov 15, 2020
Rated: 3.79 by ItsBeer4Me from Pennsylvania

Oct 11, 2020
Rated: 3.91 by Insomniac from Canada (ON)

Aug 18, 2020
Rated: 3.75 by jschott75 from Illinois

Jun 03, 2020
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Reviewed by jkblr from Indiana

3.49/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
32oz crowler purchased two days ago at J's Liquor Owensboro poured into a DFH branded teku glass at fridge temp 8% ABV. The beer pours mostly bright medium brown with ruby highlights and essentially no head. No retention or lacing. The aroma is faint brown sugar and maybe a hint of dark fruit. The taste is slightly sugary, with raisin flavor before an alcohol hot, barely bitter finish. Not real complex and scary close to cherry cough syrup. The mouthfeel is medium plus bodied with below average carbonation and anundry finish. Overall, subpar. I got a stupid deal on this crowler ($5) and I imagine that this keg had been on tap for quite a while with the restrictions on shopping. I would still try this from a dated bottle or a bar that does a brisk business. Numerically rated close to the existing average for fairness.
Apr 17, 2020
Rated: 4 by ScottP from New Hampshire

Apr 09, 2020
Rated: 5 by doctorgary from New York

Mar 10, 2020
Rated: 3.75 by CDBeerDisappear from Ohio

Feb 04, 2020
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Reviewed by Harrison8 from Missouri

4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Pours a dark nutty brown with a hint of burgundy. Head is a finger of khaki foam. Head retention is good. Aroma is strong - plum, dark fruits, raisins, fig and caramely malts. A little bit of alcohol seeps through, but just barely. Flavor profile carries the same profile forward, hitting notes of plum, dark fruits, raisins, fig and toffee with caramely, nutty malts underneath. Alcohol is a little more apparent here. Mouth feel is full with a medium-thick consistency that firms up to 'thick' when the glass has been warmed slightly. Light graininess adds a little texture to each sip. Overall, heavy and full with strong raisins and dark fruit qualities.

Served in a 15.5oz Speigalau tulip from a 12oz bottle. Reviewed from notes.
Dec 22, 2019
Rated: 3.47 by MJSFS from Florida

Dec 07, 2019
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Reviewed by andypeters1971 from Georgia

4.48/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Why is this no longer available in Georgia. When craft beer and microbreweries first started to get popular in the metro Atlanta region back in the early 2000s, this was one of the very first beers that I saw from the movement. Certainly without a doubt the first Dogfish Head I ever saw. I haven't seen it 'round these parts in probably 13-14 years. Too bad becauise this is a really good one and I wish I could have one right now
Oct 01, 2019
Rated: 4 by JonB25 from Delaware

Sep 13, 2019
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