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
Ratings:
4,291
Reviews:
1,772
Avg:
3.66
pDev:
15.03%
 
 
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Photo of Gajo74
3.66/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark copper with big foam head and creamy thick lace that displays excellent retention. Fruity aroma with a hint of alcohol. I didn't really smell the raisins, more like some non description dark fruit. The fruity aroma does not come out as much in the taste. Phenolic, grainy, alcohol very present. Full bodied. I felt that this one was not as flavorful as DFH's other offerings. Not their best but I still liked it.

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Photo of Whiskeydeez
3.61/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mmouse18
4.9/5  rDev +33.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of ricoslim
2.98/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Fireballlk
4.07/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.61/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of FLBeerGuy
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Eziel
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AricGresko
4.01/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ArkyVaughan
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Faxmesomehalibut
2.98/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of swanfungus
3.36/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SDRedDevil
3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Brilliant chestnut mahogany, not much head – dissipates to film.
S: Raisins, grapes, caramel, yeast esters.
T: Raisin, dark caramel, hints of chocolate, faint cake, hints of cider.
M: Beet sugar thins down the body somewhat, big carbonation, crisp.
O: A big Belgian dark strong ale.

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Photo of Devil_Doc
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of aussiebeer
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JohnnieNepal
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ManBearPat
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ogman
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of darioism
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Darwin232
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of devin305
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bisco42
3.81/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 9/10/2012, Poured into a nucleated Tulip.

L - Deep mahognany, just as the bottle says. Brownish, fairly carbonated.

S - Raisins, Bitter fruit, Cranberries, Peach, Spoiled Mango

T - Bits of Raisin, Orange, Copper

F - Carbonation that bursts in the stomach, burps, sof.

O - Good Beer, probably wouldn't search around to find it agian.

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Photo of dbakondi
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dhfreak
4.27/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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