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Raison D'Extra | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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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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4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

previsous rating - 4
enjoyed again at Federal Taphouse served chilled in a snifter.

The color is almost black but more burgundy with thin beige head -translucent clarity with fine bead and spots of lace that stick. The smell is full of dried fruit type sweet aromas that invoke fig and some dark sugar with smoky woody vinous and port-like odor with mild alcohol apparent in the nose. The feel is great-very rich with lots of sweet malt textures and medium high carbonation with serious alcohol warmth with dry effect as it finishes warming all the way down.

The taste is good with lots of raisiny(duh)dark fruity fig-like and port-like character with concentrated sugar and alcohol coming through in the taste with woody and dark sugar flavor with a vinous accent and taste of alcohol as it finishes dry. Overall a pretty outstanding beer with wonderful strong ale characte with raisiny goodness.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a hazy dark reddish brown in color with minimal amounts of visible carbonation and some garnet red highlights. The beer has a minimal amount of light beige head that quickly reduces to a very thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of dark fruits (raisins, prunes, and plums) and candi sugar.

T: Overall this beer is pretty sweet, with moderate to strong flavors of dark fruit malt sweetness with raisin, prune, and plum all making a strong presence. There is a strong presence of candi sugar as well which contributes to the overall sweetness.

M: Full bodied with light amounts of carbonation. Syrupy with light amounts of alcohol warming.

O: It is a shame that DFH stopped making this beer and continues to make the Raison D'Etre (the watered down version of this beer) - I would love to see DFH pull this one out once every 3-5 years as it is so much better. Nice amounts of complexity but it is not the easiest beer to drink as the alcohol is not as well hidden as would appeal to the masses.

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Raison D'Extra from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 1,513 ratings
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