Dogfish Head Raison d’Etre

Our local Beverage Resort recently got a bunch of new beers from Dogfish Head Brewery. We tried two; only one could qualify as a dark beer. They have a bunch, though, and with cool names like Lawnmower Light, plus their rockin’ shark logo, I’d suggest giving the others a try (if you don’t mind light beer).


Dogfish Head Raison d’Etre was tasty. According to the almighty Wikipedia, its name translates to “the reason for existence.” This seems a bit presumptuous, but it matches their website’s attitude, which also recommends drinking this beer from a goblet or snifter. Since Nathan and I are more walk-around-barefoot-outside people than OMG-my-goblets-don’t-match-my-china-pattern people, we just drank it straight from the bottle.

Anyhow, although this beer is technically ale, it’s really sweet and dark. It’s slightly sugary and reminiscent of raisins, which might be what’s on the label, although I think they look like coffee beans. Not a remarkable dark beer, but pleasant, and I’d recommend it.


M: 8.5

N: 8

2 thoughts on “Dogfish Head Raison d’Etre”

  1. It might indeed be raisins, because of the play on words with “raison”… but yeah, sounds kinda stufy.

  2. Not sure. Maybe it’s hops or something.

    Did I translate it OK?

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