Friday, August 22, 2014

Dogfish Head Raison D’Etre (9/10)

Raison D’Etre is a Belgian-style brown ale from Delaware’s Dogfish Head brewery.  They designed it to be paired with wood-grilled steaks in their restaurant.

It pours a clear mahogany color with a soda-like carbonation and finger-thick off-white head.

The aroma is that of dark fruit, raisins, and dark malt.  It’s a sweet and inviting aroma that makes you want to start drinking the beer immediately.

The flavor is rich, malty, and sweet – with a warming alcohol note.  I also get a hint of bubblegum, and fruit notes like dried apricots alongside the raisins.  It’s a very pleasant and smooth beer to drink, and one of my favorites in Dogfish Head’s product line.

Rate Beer gives Raison D’Etre a 96 out of 100.  Beer Advocate rates it a 73 (The Bros) or an 83 (with over 3700 ratings from readers).  I’m more in agreement with Rate Beer on this one, giving it a 9 out of 10.

Because this is a limited-availability beer, you won’t find it consistently on any store shelves in Columbus.  I picked up the six-pack containing this bottle at Ale Wine and Spirits in Powell, but the Dogfish Head web site  claims that you may also find it at Giant Eagle, Cost Plus World Market at Tuttle, Whole Foods on Lane Avenue or in Dublin, some Kroger locations, Grandview Carryout, Pace Hi, Savor Growl, Weiland’s Gourmet Market, Savor Market, The Hills Market, and a few other places around town.  The price is around $10.99 for a six-pack.

If you like sweeter beers and those which can be sipped as an after-dinner drink, you’ll want to try this one.

Flavor Profile:
Sweet, Malty, Dry, Bitter, or Sour:
Spice Level:  None
Hops Level: Very Low
Dominant Flavors: none
ABV:  8.0%
IBU:  25
My Rating: 9/10

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