For the Fifth Beer of Christmas, we may have discovered the meaning of life. At least that was the translation (more or less).
reason for existence.”
Raison D’Être frothed up a nice, fine head, but it quickly dissipated
to a thin veneer. Low to no lacing on the glass. The aroma is mild but
hints at sweet fruit. Not a hoppy fruit, but something like cherries and
candied orange slices. There’s also a light undertone of alcohol. But
given the 8.0% ABV, that’s not surprising.
The surprising part was the very mild alcohol taste and warming. With
the alcohol by volume strength, I expected a stronger bite, but was
pleasantly surprised. The sweet malt and raisin (not raison) flavors
accompany other complex essences: cloves, smokiness, molasses, mild rum,
and brown sugar. Every drink is slightly different as I try to analyze
it. I think this would go well with spicy foods or steak.
Coming to the end of my third, I finally found the alcohol warming
that I expected in the taste, but it’s in my cheeks and forehead. The
taste is so smooth that the 8% ABV sneaks up on you.
By now your turkey leftovers should be running short. Grab a six pack of Raison D’Être and fire up the grill for some steaks.
Brewer: Dogfish Head Brewery
Location: Milton, DE
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Alcohol Content: 8.0% ABV
Interesting Note: Similar to last night, I got interested in Dogfish Head’s brews after watching the documentary Beer Wars.
But unlike Stone Brewery’s beers, which I’d already sampled, I’d never
had a Dogfish Head beer before seeing that movie. Founder Sam Calagione
was featured prominently and was such an engaging character that I went
out the next day to find some Dogfish beer.