Raison D'Extra | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Raison D'ExtraRaison D'Extra

Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States

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

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Photo of SteveB3014
4.24/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TBoneJones
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Almost missed spotting this on the way out of a large local bottle shop, and once I caught glimpse of a box full of bright yellow bottle caps behind the service counter, I knew I'd double right back to see what special DFH release it was. Pricey singles (north of $10 ea.).
Poured into a snifter: body is a clear brown/ ruby- mahogany, and the body appears medium-rich. Head is off-white and tight.
Smells sherry-like, with sweet malts and dark fruit (raisin) hints. Slight burn.
Taste follows suit, and the finish has a warming, cherry-fruit pop of flavor. This is all buried within sweet candied/ brown sugary malts, doesn't reach the cloying point, yet packs a punch of booze.
Feels fairly thick, well-carbonated, with some stickiness in the finish.
I'd always wanted to try this one, especially after obtaining some of their 120's for drinking/ aging. This one is up there as far as being another big DFH brew with spirit qualities and terrific balance. I feel age would do it even better, and I'll probably try the other bottle I bought a year or so from now.
Another new year.

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Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Boston_Steve
3.56/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of amusedbum
4.92/5  rDev +23%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I'm shocked that this beer only gets a 90! I have been waiting for Dogfish to bring it back since I first tried it in 2007. It has a great carmel malty aroma it starts out subtle and finishes strong. The high alcohol content makes this a true sipping beer. A good choice to share with someone at the end of the day.

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Photo of josesmellbrush
4.54/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BMart
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of weltywm
4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Duvel snifter.

Appearance: Dark raisin-colored, with about a finger of off white foam.

Smell: Brandy, raisins, and lots of warm Alcohol, with a bit of spice thrown in as well.

Taste: Cloyingly sweet at first. As it warms, I can pick up a lot of prunes and raisins, as well some yeasty spice. The alcohol is very apparent. Some wine-like notes towards the end, as well as other fruity notes, like cherry.

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy bodied, with medium carbonation and a long finish.

Overall: Though this is a great beer, it didn't quite live up to the hype (or the pricetag) for me. I'm glad I tried it once, but wouldn't necessarily seek it out again.

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Photo of NateSharpless
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of rjp217
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JuMa44
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of reebtaerG
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with bottled on date 11/21/2014 printed on the bottleneck. A new beer to me from Dogfish Head; my first from them in quite some time. Gigantic 18.00% abv not listed on the bottle anywhere, but I'm sure it is destined to doom me.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - It pours a dark rubyish body with some hues of brown thrown in there, and lots of dark sediment lurking at the bottom of the glass. Manages to conjure about a half finger of tan head. Leaves behind some okay spotty lacing. It looks good, all things considered.

S - A pretty unpleasant aroma, to my disdain. Straight up nail polish remover alcohol fumes, paired with some brown sugary sweetness, and some dark fruit presence - prunes, dates, raisins, etc. Slightly chalky.

T - The taste is way less boozy than the nose implies, which is great. Sweetened brown sugar becomes more prominent as the beer warms. Raisins definitely a noticeable ingredient. Warming alcohol. A lightly tart, more authentic grapey sort of presence begins to emerge once the beer fully hits room temperature.

M - The feel is smooth & creamy. Easy-drinking for the ridiculously high abv, but lots of alcohol fumes noticeable. Medium-bodied with good carb.

Overall, I'd say a bit of age would definitely do this beer some good. Still, even at this young age, the beer is enjoyable and easy-drinking. Nice one, Dogfish Head, I will be looking forward to an aged version of this.

Dogfish Head Raison D'Extra -----4/5.

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Photo of tdm168
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kkleu357
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had it on tap at Showboat Saloon in Wisconsin Dells. Only $6 a pint or $2.50 for a small!!! Big sweet grainy aroma. Darker pale body. Taste was huge sweetness. Lots of raisin taste. Reminds me of a mix between 120 minute and a big barleywine. Really good. Lots of heat from that 18.5% ABV. I’m not much of a DFH fan, but I’ve liked most of there BIG beers.

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Photo of Devman171
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tap, pours murky brownish purple. Aroma is sweet candi fruit and grape. Taste is similar with a big boozy grape finish, grape liquor

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Photo of Nat1975
4.31/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jomo_5693
4.67/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of n2pux
4.41/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MikeB20
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: About half of a 12oz bottle pouring to a tulip glass. Bottled 11/21/14.

A: Pours a beautiful dark amber with the tiniest hint of a tan head that leaves a small ring around the edge of the glass.

S: Alcohol, burnt sugar, caramel and rummy raisins, some spicy Belgian yeast characteristics.

T: Sweet caramel with some spice in the realm of clove and nutmeg along with a wicked punch of alcohol heat. One of the booziest beers that I've ever had but not in a bad way. It certainly has the properties of a fine spirit more than beer. There are some complex flavors in this beer but I'm having a bit of trouble picking them all out wit the intense alcohol flavor that follows every sip.

M: Hot, slick and on the dry side. Not a lot of carbonation.

O: I bought a few of these to age but wanted to try one up front as I've never gotten my hands on Raison D'Extra before. I can see on several levels how this beer will improve with age. My past experience with other high ABV brews is they tend to mellow out and take on a much smoother flavor with a few years in the cellar. This is a great candidate for both of those traits. In it's current form, it's a nice, complex sipping beer that should be shared in good company.

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Photo of BarrelAgedG
4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KrissyKat6
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of greyghost86
4.81/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of kcq101
3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Raison D'Extra from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
4 out of 5 based on 1,489 ratings.
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