Dogfish Head Raison D’Etre

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.

Dogfish Head Raison D'Etre

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.



  • M April 8, 2010 @ 10:03am

    But come on!!! It was brewed with a sense of Purpose….
    Or does that just mean that it was brewed when ‘In Flames’ was recording their ‘A Sense of Purpose’ album?

  • JR April 8, 2010 @ 10:10am

    Agreed. Meg and I didn’t like it one bit. Far too sweet, and not in the good way. I actually poured this beer out, I just couldn’t finish it.

    For a really good Belgian Strong Dark Ale (dark tripel), try Gulden Draak. It’s by far my favorite beer.

  • Hannah April 8, 2010 @ 10:15am

    Yah – I nearly poured it out too. Luckily I had the Russian River Damnation to follow, which gave me a MUCH better taste in my mouth.

    I’ll def give the Gulden a shot, if I can get my hands on it!

  • Mike April 8, 2010 @ 10:32am

    I just don’t understand how they classify this as a “Belgian Strong Dark Ale” …

  • Peter April 12, 2010 @ 12:45pm

    WRONG!!! One of my favorite beers. I have enjoyed many on tap at my favorite local bar. It is delicious end of story.

  • Hannah April 12, 2010 @ 12:53pm

    To each his own, Pete… to each his own. I, personally, could do without it.

  • Rob December 22, 2010 @ 9:50am

    I did not like this beer either, not at all. We gotta stick together, Hannah, or the zombies will get us. I reviewed this beer yesterday for anyone that cares to see another disappointed person.

  • Hannah December 22, 2010 @ 10:00am

    I approve this message.

Leave a Reply

Your name is required.
Comment field is required.