Another wacky dark ale from Dogfish Head tonight. Raison D’Être is a Belgian style ale brewed with Belgian sugars and raisins, of course. The nose is of sweet fruit and bread. The body is heavy and sticky, and the middle is sweet malt and intense grape flavors from the raisins. I didn’t used to be a fan of Raison D’Être, but it’s grown quite a bit on me. It isn’t as wonderfully complex as some of the traditional Belgian ales, but it’s a nice quirky ale, very heavy on the sweet and malty side of the scale, and a fun beer.
I give it a 3.8 out of 5.