I’ve been a fan of most things Dogfish Head. The Raison D’Etre, however, I could do without. Guess I can’t win all the time.
This brew is categorized as a Belgian Strong Dark Ale with an alcohol content of 8%. It poured a lovely deep, ruby brown with a two-finger head that lasted just a bit. I’m sorry to say that its color is where my compliments begin and end. Its aroma was almost sickeningly sweet; raisins, brown sugar and cooked apples.
Just like the nose, this brew tasted very, very sweet. Lots of grapes and apple in here with an overabundance of dark sugars. Honestly, in my opinion, this is almost akin to flattish wine. Its carbonation doesn’t even attempt to save it from the over-sweet flavor; it’s rather light and I felt it only at the beginning of the sip. The body finishes to a smoother, more syrupy feel than I prefer for this style.
Not my favorite from DFH, but again, everyone’s tastes are different so, who knows? Maybe you’ll really dig it. What do you all think of the Raison D’Etre?
If you’re looking for a Belgian Strong Dark Ale I do recommend, however, pick up the Kerstmutske Christmas Nightcap. Sweet but with an effervescence that’s really quite delicious.
[techtags:BEER REVIEWS, DOGFISH HEAD, RAISON D’ETRA, BELGIAN STRONG DARK ALE]