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Raison D'Etre

 
ABV: 
8.0
IBU: 
25
Availability: 
Limited, Draft Only
Original Release Date: 
03/1998
On Tap: 
At the Rehoboth Brewpub

A deep mahogany, Belgian-style brown ale brewed with beet sugar, raisins and Belgian-style yeast.

We began brewing this one at our pub 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. It's as tasty and complex as a fine red wine.

In the Quick Sip Clip video, Sam talks about Raison D'Etre inside the new cellars for our 600-bbl fermentation tanks. The cellars were designed specifically to allow sterile yeast management. The system also allows us to automatically dose the yeast into the fermentation tanks. At Dogfish, we use multiple strains of yeast for our different beers, so we are acutely aware of all that can go wrong when you don't love and protect the yeast.

We currently send Raison D'Etre to our wholesale partners in the following states:

CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IL, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, NC, NH, NJ, NV, NY, OH, PA, TX, VA, VT

To find where our wholesalers have delivered this beer in the past 60 days, check out the Fish Finder (you can search by beer and by zip). As a reminder, it is always best to call and confirm a retailer still has the beer before making any treks!

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Tasting Notes: 
pit fruit, decadent, winey, raisiney, malty
Food Pairing Recommendations: 
Steak, duck, game, wine-reduction sauces, blue cheese, goat cheese, ham, mussels
Glassware Recommendation: 
Goblet or Snifter
Wine Comparable: 
Bordeaux

Beer Activity

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Mark Toole is drinking Raison D'Être at Crosswinds MotelRehoboth Beach breakfast!

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Jennifer Brown is drinking Raison D'Être at Crosswinds MotelBreakfast of champions!

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Jason H. is drinking Raison D'ÊtreEhh not for me.

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