Raison D'Être | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

Raison D'ÊtreRaison D'Être
BA SCORE
3.65/5
4,301 Ratings
Raison D'ÊtreRaison D'Être
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
Ranking:
#33,988
Reviews:
1,773
Ratings:
4,301
pDev:
15.07%
Bros Score:
3.17
 
 
Wants:
109
Gots:
504
Trade:
4
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Nasty, dumped have of it out.
I had high expectations, it was a big letdown. Put this on the "no buy list"

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Great beer. Underrated. Nice taste. Well worth trying.

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Raison D'Être from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 4,301 ratings
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