Raison D’être – Dogfish Head (Milton, DE, USA)

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  • My Rating: B

Raison D’être – Dogfish Head, 8% ABV –12 fl.oz., (Milton, DE, USA)

on the front label:

“A deep mahogany ale brewed with Belgian beet sugars, green raisins & a sense of purpose. (good pun)”

  • Style: Belgian-style Strong Ale
  • Taste: Heavy brown sugar raisin/date malts
  • Where I got it : W. 16th (?)
  • How much: ~$16/4pack x 12 fl.oz., sometime in 2011
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Visual: (Note: this is an ancient beer I had in the fridge; printed bottled 11/29/10). Pours light root beer brown with barely any head, thin ringed retention, several streams of varying speeds.

Nose: molasses, brown sugar malts, like a typical Belgian dubbel. (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: alcoholic detection, fruity sweetness, fizzy-tingly

Mid-palate: (lvl-6)-sweetness, (MAIN) candi/brown sugar malts, molasses, fig/date

Finish: sweet raisins, mild cola, malty sweet finish.

Summary: Overall quite a decent brew and something I could easily drink 4 of. A bit heavy on the palate to be supreme, however good balance and flavour nonetheless.