Raison D'Extra | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

Raison D'ExtraRaison D'Extra
BA SCORE
4.05/5
1,510 Ratings
Raison D'ExtraRaison D'Extra
BEER INFO

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

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 18.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A bigger, bolder version of our Raison Raison D'Être.

This is a bulbous, brown ale brewed with a bunch of malt, brown sugar and raisins.

40 IBU

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-22-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,717
Reviews:
708
Ratings:
1,510
pDev:
13.09%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
170
Gots:
565
Trade:
45
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Photo of Erikshegda1994
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of FIN
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dpgoblejr
4.88/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Beer Advocate review #700!

Randomly found this in a bottle shop and town I've never been to in Massachusetts today. Enjoyed 3/26/17. Amazingly, this was dated 3/15/07! Yes, just over ten years of age. It was in a cooler, but not sure of how it was aged. Popped the cap and there was a sound so no air loss here. Initial aroma of heavy booze and dried fruit filled the nose. Pours very dark, murky, brown. Thick pour, only a couple bubbles lace the outer edge of the glass. Dark fruits, molasses, and an oak wood arise from the glass. An hour has passed and still sipping. There is an almost smokeyness, like tobacco, on the finish. As it warms the candied fruit take center stage on the pallete. Boozy feel and aroma linger and of course I'm starting to feel the affects of the 18% abv. Raison D Extra was a delight and an honor to indulge upon. I'd love to compare it to something fresh but this decade old gem was a treat nonetheless!!!

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Photo of Bum4ever
2.83/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Look good and then smelled super sweet with raisins. I just didn't personally like the taste. Way too sweet. Feel is pretty good but did have a sugary vibe there too. Overall just not my deal, way too sweet.

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Photo of jcflorian
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hypersomnia
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BEER88
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle dated 11/21/14 poured into a stemmed glass. Pours a thicker murky brown color with little head on it, not much lacing when consumed. This beer smells good, with the classic quad smell of plums, sweet caramel malt, candied dates; I also pick up light tobacco, heaps of raisins, licorice, cake batter, and syrup. The taste definitely follows the smell but at first the caramel malts and licorice followed by raisin galore with the tobacco like qualities in the back. The feel is slick and full. Overall this thing aged beautifuly and it's a very nice sipper enjoyed on a cold Sunday evening! Cheers.

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Photo of Aisha
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of superspak
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled on 11/21/2014. Pours very hazy dark reddish brown color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of huge raisin, prune, plum, fig, date, cherry, apricot, pear, apple, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, molasses, toasted brown bread, leather, tobacco, wood, and herbal; with lighter notes of licorice, peppercorn, and yeast earthiness. Incredible aromas with fantastic complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, raisins, and dark/bready malt sweetness; with great strength. Taste of huge raisin, prune, plum, fig, date, cherry, apricot, pear, apple, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, molasses, toasted brown bread, leather, tobacco, wood, and herbal; with lighter notes of licorice, peppercorn, and yeast earthiness. Light-moderate herbal bitterness and yeast spiciness after the finish; with lingering notes of dark fruit, cherry, apricot, apple, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, molasses, toasted brown bread, leather, tobacco, wood, herbal, light licorice/pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, raisins, and dark/bready malt sweetness; with an awesome malt/bitter/spiciness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light dryness from bitter/spiciness, lightly increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, slick, and lightly syrupy/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is extremely well hidden; a light warmth with zero booziness lingering after the finish. Overall this is an insane fruited Belgian strong dark ale! All around incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, raisins, and dark/bready malt sweetness; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the huge ABV. Very rich, complex, and well balanced; never overly sweet or heavy for the ABV with nice dryness. A really amazing offering all around, and just as impressive as a 6 year old bottle I had 4.5 years ago.

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Photo of dsshuck
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TimberSwanson
4.63/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of stortore
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of warpedrevolution
2/5  rDev -50.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of hermit990
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Can_has_beer
2.3/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

Photo of dmorgan310
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of tommy5
3.91/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of spinrsx
3.82/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2014 vintage. Super boozey!

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Photo of Rice_Nate_25
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BIGPOPPAS
4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bigred89
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NMA
4.72/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jschott75
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BlakeAM
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wanderingpints
4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Raison D'Extra from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 1,510 ratings
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