Raison D'Être | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Raison D'ÊtreRaison D'Être

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Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States

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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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured a clear dark reddish brown color. 1.5 finger bubbly khaki colored head. Decent retention, with a half finger sticking around for a while. Plenty of visible carbonation. Some lacing.

Smell: An odd canned chicken like nose on the first whiff. Very odd indeed. It seemed to mostly go away after drinking a little. Otherwise, dark fruit and grape flavors, with a moderate molasses like sweetness.

Taste: Carbonation and alcohol bite on the first sip. Mild darker malts, but not overly toasted or roasted tasting. Some grape and dark fruit flavors, but not dominating. Very well balanced. Moderate sweetness. Not much in the way of hops, except the possible dark fruit flavors.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a nice bite. Smooth.

Drinkability: A very easy drinker, with a darker bite up front, but a smooth and more mild finish. Not quite a Belgian strong dark ale, in my opinion. It’s a little too clear, smooth, and not enough booze. But those aren’t bad qualities. A very nice beer to drink. One to try.

Buy Again? Yes, if I’m in the mood.

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look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an orange/amber color with a soapy, foamy, tan head that left some trails of lace.

S - It smelled of malt, raisin and other dried fruits.

T - It tasted very malty, with hints of fig and raisin.

M - It was fairly soft and smooth. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty good Belgian style beer. Interesting flavors and quite drinkable.

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Raison D'Être from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
3.66 out of 5 based on 4,291 ratings.
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