Dogfish Head Raison D'Etre

Dogfish Head Raison D'Etre

Rated 3.817 by BeerPals

Brewed by Dogfish Head Brewery

Milton, DE, United States

Style:  Belgian Strong Ale

8% Alcohol by Volume

25 International Bittering Units

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A deep, mahogany Belgian-style brown ale brewed with beet sugar, raisins, and Belgian-style yeast. Winner of the "American beer of the Year" award by Malt Advocate magazine 1999. Deep mahogany color and dangerously quaffable.

ID: 307 Last updated 3 years ago Added to database 23 years ago

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Overall Rank495
Overall Percentile99.1
Style Rank51 of 1225
Style Percentile95.8
Lowest Score2.9
Highest Score4.6
Average Score3.843
Weighted Score3.817
Standard Deviation0.359

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  • MARTINSANDERS 361 reviews
    rated 3.9 5 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Bottle. Colour - rusty brown colour, slightly hazed, frothy tan coloured cap, good lacing. Aroma - roasted malt notes, dark fruits, some caramel, and some chocolate. Mouthfeel 0 medium bodied, well carbonated. Flavour - rich flavours of bready malt, raisins, and caramel notes.

  • FISHINGFAST 685 reviews
    rated 3.1 10 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    This is another one of those beers that hits the gag factor upon the first taste. It smooths right out and becomes enjoyable after that. Can't say it taste like raisins but reminds me more of maple syrup. This is something really different but not exactly what I would think of as being Belgian style.

  • RAINMAN 892 reviews
    rated 3.6 12 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    Probably my least favorite so far from DFH. It's good, but lackluster in some ways too. There's a lot of sticky sweet going on, that may have something to do with it for me.

  • FRESE37 4 reviews
    rated 3.1 12 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    Pretty good beer with a nice dark pour and very little head. The smell is average and it is hard to really pick out anything, maybe some raisins/plums but not something that stands out. Taste is good but I would rather have other beers. Great to try once but not something I would readily get again.

  • MITCHFORGIE 683 reviews
    rated 3.8 12 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

    I watched the video of this beer on the DFH website before I even had a place to purchase it. I understood that the base beer was/is the indian brown ale, a beer I LOVE. I thought this was going to be a superior version of that and unfortunately it wasn't. This is more or less a belgian dubbel, banana, clove, yeast, raisins, plums figs, malts and malts. The standard brown and candi sugars show up. Its really quite good, but not the outstanding beer that I wanted it to be. Mouthfeel is thinner than I wanted. Will buy more Indian Brown Ale next time.

  • IABEERGUY 371 reviews
    rated 3.8 13 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Pours a dark brown with a nice offwhite head. Tons of lacing left on my glass. Aroma of malts and spices. Flavor is nice and smooth, sweet but not overly with great malt flavor. Good beer!

  • CYRENAICA 2418 reviews
    rated 3.6 13 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    12oz bottle
    8.0% ABV
    The Beerbistro (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
    May 28, 2010
    The beer poureed a deep mahogany colour with a 1/2" tan head which lasted throughout. The aroma was sweet malt, candy sugar, and dark fruit. The mouthfeel was medium bodied with medium carbonation. The flavour was sweet malt, with fruit and molasses hints.

  • BEERCRONIC 895 reviews
    rated 3.9 14 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    Deep mahogany/ red brew, clear with a huge velvety head, decent spotty & ropy lacing. Dull chocolate on the nose, plum, raisin, soft roasty malts, meaty??, light spice. Nothing complex but it just smells good. Taste: Belgy, more meat, chocolate, spices and a good roasted malt back bone, biscuit. Smooth drinking brew, nice spices that remain soft. I like.. but not too much.

  • LENUSIK 2067 reviews
    rated 3.5 14 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    This is simply an amber coloured Belgian strong ale with a tan head that could easily be mistaken for a lot of others. Don't get me wrong, it's a very good beer, but nothing outstanding to separate it from the rest of the crowd.

  • JKBPILL 201 reviews
    rated 3.6 14 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    cannot say that this beer is not different. It has a nice brownish orange color with a nice head that doesn't go away quickly. It also has nice lacing. The aroma is very malty and caramel, which makes the taste all the more suprising. It is bitter (green rasins) and a little hoppy. This beer is much better when served at a slightly warmer temp (not quite room temp but not cold)

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