Dogfish Head Raison D’Etre

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Having tried and very much enjoyed the super version of this beer (Raison D’Extra) I was looking forward to seeing how the regular version faired. Happily I can say it did quite well in both drinkability and pairability, two essential categories for a great beer.

This poured a cloudy raisin brown with a fairly small head. While the aromas were subdued I did get soft malts and sweet sugar on the nose. Made with beet sugar and raisins, this beer is really quite unique flavour wise with cigar, tobacco, malts, and touches of raisin and beet on the finish. This was a smooth and full ale with some interesting components that actually came together quite well. Further, this was a great treat with cod, and complimented the fish’s richness well. A true food ale.

Very Good+
$5/333ml at Brewery Creek (and other private stores)


  1. Dave
    July 17, 2009

    One of my favorite beers from DFH. D'Extra was good too. To bad it's retired now =(

  2. Shea
    July 17, 2009

    I didn't realize that. That sucks! The D'Extra is a great beer.

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