July 21, 2017

Dogfish Head Raison D’Etre

C / 2.7
Dogfish Head Raison D'Etre

A deep, mahogany Belgian-style brown ale brewed with beet sugar, raisins, and Belgian-style yeast.

Original Release Date: 03/1998
Food Pairing Recommendations: Steak, duck, game, wine-reduction sauces, Blue cheese, goat cheese, ham, mussels
Glassware Recommendation: Goblet or Snifter
Tasting Notes: pit fruit, decadent, winey, raisiney, malty
Wine Comparable: Bordeaux

About Aaron D. Campbell

Reviews of Dogfish Head Raison D’Etre

Review by Aaron D. Campbell on January 18, 2011

C / 2.7

Appearance – Clear ruby-brown color, small amount of off-white head that dissipates quickly into lacing that seems to stay around for a while.

Smell – Brown sugar and lots of malt, mixed with alcohol and hints of raisin.

Taste – The alcohol hits you up front and covers up most of the other flavors. There’s a maltiness that becomes more apparent on the back end balanced with a fairly classic “Belgian yeast” flavor.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, not a ton of carbonation but it still has quite a bite from the obvious alcohol.

Drinkability – The alcohol is a little high (8%) but the real problem is that the alcohol is practically all you taste. The balance in this one is really off. I definitely think this one is overrated.