37. Dogfish Head Raison D’Etre

The first Dogfish Head review and it is not their best but certainly better than the last beer I had. This is the first in a series of high alcohol content beers made for sipping and not chugging. Having a full 8% alcohol content you can certainly taste the alcohol more than in the typical 4-5% ABV beers. There is a lot of flavor in this one and sip seems to bring something different. It has a great dark color, nice aroma and could be enjoyed with a meal or all by itself. I happened to enjoy this one in the evening after supper and I’m thinking it will be my last beer of the night.
Pros: Complex flavor, color, aroma
Cons: Strong alcohol taste
Alcohol Content: 8.0%
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 25
Rating: ★★★☆☆
Brewers Website: Dogfish Head
Brewers Description: A deep, mahogany Belgian-style brown ale brewed with beet sugar, raisins, and Belgian-style yeast.
We began brewing this one at our brewpub in 1996 (we began packaging and selling it sometime in 1998) as the answer to the question, “What beer should I enjoy with a wood-grilled steak?” Raison D’Etre fits the bill, tasty and as complex as a fine, red wine.

Food Pairing Recommendations: Steak, duck, game, wine-reduction sauces, Blue cheese, goat cheese, ham, mussels

Tasting Notes:
pit fruit, decadent, winey, raisiney, malty
Wine Comparable:
Bordeaux
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