Dogfish Head “Raison D’Être” Review (#005)

Raison D’Êtra
By Dogfish Head
(www.dogfish.com)

From The Brewery:
“A deep mahogany ale brewed with Belgian beet sugars, green raisins & a sense of purpose”
ABV: 8%
IBUs: 25

Appearance: Pours a nice glowing amber-whiskey color, with a creamy, finely carbonated head.

Smell: Sweet and malty, with a ton af sugar and fruit notes; figs and raisins. Scotch style heat is in the far background, with a bit of hops in the middle.

Taste: Big malty and sweet, with candy and fruits, with warming esters. Sweetness is very present, but not overbearing; comparable to some Scottish malts; found in both beer and Scotch.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, smooth and fine carbonation. Leaves your palate dry, and full of flavor.

Drinkability/Palitability: This beer, as with all by Dogfish Head, is big and robust. The first one will go down easy, so don’t let these sneak up on you. Having a few is not far fetched, surprisingly for this sized brew.

Notes: I went into this review, with the Raison D’Êtra being one of my favorite beers from one of my favorite breweries (was not a fan of the Festina Peche). One of the best part about starting the blog is the chance to re-evaluate all the beers I have already enjoyed. This beer has been compared to the complexity of red wines, and could be paired with similar styles of food. This beer is great with grilled red meats, and beef stew.

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