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

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Avg:
3.66
pDev:
15.03%
 
 
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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Imported from my ratebeer.com profile - FEB 23, 2008

Pours a deep, reddish brown color with a bit of head. Tastes and smells of malts, yeast, fruits and a bit of wine (from the raisins). It’s a pretty sweet beer on the palate, although the aftertaste is bitter. The raisins give this an interesting flavor, almost a mixture between wine and beer, makes for an interesting Belgian strong ale. Not really my style, but it’s complex and well made.

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Raison D'Être from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
3.66 out of 5 based on 4,300 ratings.
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