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Raison D'Extra | 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): 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:
#2,824
Reviews:
709
Ratings:
1,514
pDev:
13.09%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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170
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Photo of Camjmorton
4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of EConnOG
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LAND_MINE
5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best beer I've ever had

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Photo of delta490
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep slightly cloudy brown with a reddish tint to it. The Head was white but gone in a flash. All that remains is a thin ring which leaves small soapy lacing. The aroma is big and rich, malty with deep fruit and brown sugar. The taste is equally robust and actually more-so. A little bit of alcohol adds to its appeal, which is impressive since its 18% ABV. You won't taste it but you will feel it. The body is thick on the palate and smooth throughout. This one probably would be good to age (as recommended) but isn't cheap for a 12oz. bottle.

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Photo of bosefus17
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of DarkLordPsycho
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Roguer
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear light brown, settling into a dark, translucent garnet-brown brew in the glass. Topped by a good size cream head with good retention, settling into a foamy topper and thick ring, and leaving behind tiers of lacing.

Strong, fruity, rum-like aroma: a little boozy, with lots of dark fruit and bread, and a noticeable yeast presence. Honestly smells like a fairly traditional BSDA/Quad, with perhaps a bit of extra sweetness (yes raisins, but also prunes and grapes).

Big, big taste; no hiding the 18% ABV at all. Tons of fruit, dark bread, brown sugar, yeast, and booze; raisins are present, but they blend with the BSDA profile quite well.

Mouthfeel suffers a bit from the noticeable alcohol presence, as well; it's a kick in the teeth much more appropriate to a barleywine than a BSDA. Lots of heat, activity, and sting.

For such a high ABV offering, this is a pretty good beer. There's certainly a bit of silliness to it, but it's not bad at all; a 12% version (somewhere below d'Etre and d'Extra) would probably be amazing.

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Photo of Gkruszewski
4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Knapp85
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
4.49/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Jimmys
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2014 run. drinking one now and putting two in the cellar. after reading reviews below, sounds like I should have put all three down there.

A: slight haze and a deep amber hue. slightly off-white head is miniscule. head lacing as well. however, I think this thing has legs from all the alcohol.

S: a boatload of booze is slightly masked by a boatload of brown sugar. sweet molasses. fruity to boot.

T: uncomfortably sweet. brown sugar for days. boozy for sure. hints of coffee and chocolate in there too. lingering dark fruit sweetness stays for a while into the finish. it kind of reminds me of eating an old banana. pleasant and uncomfortable all at once.

F: moderate amount of carb. a mother fucking full body.

D: the more I sip, the more it reminds me of a rich Belgian quad. and then back to a boozy monster of a mess. cant put my finger on this besides it being very varied sip to sip. which isn't necessarily surprising on something built like this. if aging calms some of this sweetness/booze out, I am all for it. prepared to sit on my extra two for a handful of years.

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Photo of Mikeypnh
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of TimG_0913
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Good brew. Glad they released it again.

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Photo of Fievel
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of spacecake9
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I finally found a DFH beer I love. OK, 90 Minute is pretty darn good but this brewery has been more negative than positive for me.
A - Clear dark brown with a nice whiteish head that never completely goes away.
S - Aroma of port or dark fruit.
T - Raisins yes! The high abv (18%) is not as noticeable as you might expect.
M - Medium mouth feel with low carbonation.
O - I really enjoyed this and I'm going back for a couple more. Definitely want to lay one down for a year to see what happens. But it is delicious as is.

11/9/15 - Pulled one from the cellar after 11 months. Head settles quickly now and goes away. Flavor is still the same, and the alcohol is very noticeable. Still a great sipper!

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Photo of vic21234
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled on date is 11/21/14. I had this back in 2008-09 when I was new to craft beer. My palate has certainly changed and I'm looking forward to revisiting it.

A- Pours a cloudy ruby color with a small amount of off white head which fades to the sides of the glass.

S- Sweet malts on the nose more than anything. Not much else here.

T- The smell carries over to the taste initially with heavy sweet malts. Then come the dark fruits, obviously large amounts of raisin notes.

M- Medium bodied, low carbonation, alcohol is certainly noticeable but I wouldn't think it was 18% ABV.

Not bad, and glad I got to revisit it. If I can find more I'll definitely lay them down a few years to see how it evolves.

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Photo of Hayley_86
3/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The raisins come through quite strong which is a question of taste. But besides that this beer didn't live up to the expectation. A reasonable beer but not too special.

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Photo of Corburk
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Casey3236
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Draesith
5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very potent and drinkable, it only gets better as it warms.

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Photo of kushon1212
4.91/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottled 11/11/14, this beer was quite a treat. Smooth couldn't taste the 18 abv. Raisiny goodness. The best I've had from dfh.

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Raison D'Extra from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 1,514 ratings
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