Raison D'Être | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States
dogfish.com

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-09-2001

BEER STATS
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4,294
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Avg:
3.66
pDev:
15.03%
 
 
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3.91/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
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Reviewed in the "1001", my memory is this was an interesting ale. I guess I'll have to Have it again and review it.

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2.66/5  rDev -27.3%
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Comes in dark brown. 1/3" head, off white, almost tan. Aroma made no sense, belgian yeast phenols, raisin bread, dark fruit.

Sweet taste counterbalancing the dark fruit bitterness. A little too boozy for its malt bill. This is kind of the quintessential DFH beer, a bunch of shit thrown together that doesn't work, but they get to brand themselves as innovative and unique, despite the fact I'd rather just have a BMC over this thing.

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Raison D'Être from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
3.66 out of 5 based on 4,294 ratings.
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