Dogfish Head Raison D'etre

Rich, Complex, and Contemplative

This is a rich, complex, somewhat sweet hybrid style beer that is best for sipping rather than gulping. It has a little bit of just about every flavor you can imagine and is great for a moment of quiet contemplation on all things that a great, original craftbrewed beer can be.
Adjuncts including rasins and Belgian candi sugar make this a unique and fun brew. Be sure to have a big pitch of yeast ready as this is a high gravity beer and will be a challenge for the little critters.

All Grain Recipe - Raison D'etre ::: 1.077/1.019 (5.5 Gal)

Grain Bill

14 lbs. - 2 Row Pale Malt
1/2 lb. - Crystal Malt (60L)
1/4 lb. - Chocolate Malt
1/2 lb. - Belgian Candi Sugar (add with 10 min. left in boil)
6 oz. - Pureed Golden Rasins (puree in blender with 2cups wort - add with 10min. left in boil)

Hop Schedule - 20 IBU

1 oz. - Warrior - 60 min.
1/2 oz. - Vanguard - at Flameout


Wyeast Belgian Ardennes (3522) Yeast - 1800 ml. starter


Mash In at 154° for 60 min - sparge as usual
Boil time : 60 min.
With 10 minutes left, add in the Candi Sugar and Pureed Rasins
Cool and ferment at 71° to 74°


An extract version of this Recipe Appeared in Sam Calgione's book : Extreme Brewing.
I have changed it to all-grain and rounded off a few weights for the sake of simplicity.

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