De Dolle Arabier - Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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BA SCORE
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587 Ratings
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Ratings: 587
Reviews: 315
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.27%
Wants: 33
Gots: 39 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 10-23-2000

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Reviews by Neorebel:
Photo of Neorebel
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a fantastic tawny straw color into my Chimay goblet. The head on it somehow manages to come out perfectly flat and hanging off the side of the glass like icing on a layer cake. There is some fine sediment present in the glass. Aroma - hints of fruit (banana, cherry, pear, and tangy orange) as well as some faint hops, a grainy, yeasty character, and the alcohol acidity is clear as well. The flavor is softer than the aroma suggests... it's very balanced and smooth. The dominant bready malts are glossed over lightly with sweet apple and tart flavors. Alcohol is hardly noticed. The mouth feel is light, but 'creamy' as well. The finish has a pleasant tingling sensation as the slight bitterness comes out. Another great selection from De Dolle. I am thinking that this brewery can do no wrong.

More User Reviews:
Photo of stakem
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

33cl brown bottle poured into an Oerbier oversized wine glass. The brew appears a golden orange color with a rich white cap that is 3 fingers strong. The cap slowly fades leaving spots and a webbing pattern of lace sticking all over the glass. Rising bubbles maintain a film across the surface that lasts for quite awhile. A swirl effortlessly revives a finger of yellowish stained meringue atop the brew.

The aroma of this brew is mildly sweet with an essence that is like belgian candy sugar mixed with a sort of orange marmalde. There are some earthen notes and a tingle of something suggesting a faded amount of herbal hops. A very mild alcohol ester rounds things out and makes for a very enjoyable set of aromatics.

The flavor opens with that previously described belgian candy-like sweetness. Some earthen tones blend into a mild oxidative touch of cardboard/wet paper and finish with a very light touch of herbal hops. The hops present themselves with such a mild flavor and a low amount of bitterness to assist in balancing out the upfront sweetness of the brew. The aftertaste gets progressively earthen as the experience continues with a soft warmth of alcohol becoming more evident as the brew warms up.

This is a medium bodied brew with a perfect level of moderate to lively carbonation. The liveliness of the carbonation assists in moving the flavors of this strong brew across the tongue without becoming taxing. I would love to be able to definitively state how old this brew is but of course, such a means is not precisely documented. I can hardly make out a marking on the neck of the bottle that reads 350 07 which makes me think this was a 2007 best by date. Regardless, the age is felt in this with the oxidative touch and visually the bottle is stained in the familiar pattern conducive of a beer that has been resting for quite some time. Plain and simple, I need to buy more of this and drink it instead of laying it aside for years at a time.

Photo of DmanGTR
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared at a tasting with friends.

Poured a very pretty gold with mild haze adorned with a large white head that lasted quite a while. A fairly complex nose. Honeycrisp apples, bartlett pears, touch of riesling, clove, white pepper, and apricots. Maybe some golden raisins too. There's a lot going on here. Bit of earthiness (not like the lambic kind though), it's tough to explain that one. Maybe from the hop variety they use. But the beer is superbly smooth and drinkable. Quite a fantastic beer.

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A hazy orange color, it is very well carbonated and it produces a thick white head. It has a spicy dry slightly funky cheese aroma. The carbonation prickles the front of my tongue, as I take a sip. A very spicy funky Belgian brew. Lightly sweet in the finish, which ultimately ends with an astringent aftertaste. Fruity with perhaps some tropical fruit notes, a certain woodiness is in this beer as well. I get notes of some wild-woody mushroom type character as well. There is no acidic sourness in this beer, unlike some of there other offerings. Very good and quite complex, it is amazing how good the beers from this small country brewery can be.

Photo of oberon
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy peah-like color with just a volcanic head that took over most of my tulip glass leaving nice sheets of lace behind,big pinapple aroma from the offset with some clovey spiciness and a little cinnamon thrown in there as well.The flavor along with the aroma has a strong pinapple character with a big yeasty-spiciness in there as well,as it warms a little the alcohol pops up more along with some light mineral qualities.Glad to try this beer very well made with some subtle complexities I really like the fruitiness to it will love to have again.

Photo of RoyalT
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This was a monster head. It came up quickly, hung around forever, and laced the crap out of my wide-mouthed Chimay glass. The body was a deep orange color and slightly darkened.

Smell – The spicy sweet stuff comes out here. The coriander and cinnamon play well with the peach, orange, coconut, and apple scents. There’s some malt in there as well, but mostly the sweet fruits and spice steal the show.

Taste – The yeasty, bready taste comes out more at the tongue. The tropical fruits and spices are there as well. This is a nice BSPA.

Mouthfeel – Heavily carbonated in accordance with the style. This is a full-bodied ale with great depth.

Drinkability – If you like BSPAs, you’ll love this offering. If you don’t, you won’t.

Appearance – This was a monster head. It came up quickly, hung around forever, and laced the crap out of my wide-mouthed Chimay glass. The body was a deep orange color and slightly darkened.

Smell – The spicy sweet stuff comes out here. The coriander and cinnamon play well with the peach, orange, coconut, and apple scents. There’s some malt in there as well, but mostly the sweet fruits and spice steal the show.

Taste – The yeasty, bready taste comes out more at the tongue. The tropical fruits and spices are there as well. This is a nice BSPA.

Mouthfeel – Heavily carbonated in accordance with the style. This is a full-bodied ale with great depth.

Drinkability – If you like BSPAs, you’ll love this offering. If you don’t, you won’t.

Update: Re-tasted in 2004 and picked up a lot bigger Belgian hop balance along with shades of sourness. I enjoyed the Mouthfeel more and raised this category, as well as Drinkability, by 0.5.

Photo of weatherdog
3.3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle poured in Duvel tulip

The cap pops off with a huge burst of CO2. It explodes into the glass with a huge pillowy head. I had to leave about 1/3 of the beer left in the bottle or the head would have overflowed. If you are familiar with the size of a Duvel tulip this is no small feat. The etching on the bottom is letting out a stream of bubbles akin to a tornado. Man this beer is carbonated. The color is a ever so hazy bright orange. When the head finally dies down to a manageable size sticky big bubbles are left sticking to the sides of the glass.

The nose has fruit notes of orange and apricot. After that some typical oily spicy Belgian yeast comes through with just a little bit of alcohol. It's not an overly complex or as strong as some other BSPA I've had.

The flavor is huge orange citrus flavor but not like a orange hop flavor. Pretty typical yeast bite at the end. Alcohol flavors also make themselves present at the backend. I'm just not wowed by the flavor very much and find it pretty average. It's not very exciting and the flavors are pretty heavy handed which I'm not really looking for in a supposed light bodied BSPA.

The mouthfeel right out of the bottle is terrible because of the carbonation. Bubbles just form in your mouth and its distracting as hell. After 20 minutes in the duvel glas it's died down and become quite creamy in the middle but still finishes dry. That's pretty unique and I'm enjoying it. The drinkability is just above average, mostly due to the alcohol taste and the carbonation.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.51/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 33cl brown Euro-style bottle. A parrot holding a glass of beer adorns to label.

Appearance: Cloudy, tarnished gold. The head on this damn beer is like a meringue! It floats, and jiggles!

Smell: Very aromatic, on the sweet side with hits of raw honey, citric gummy candy and herbal tea aromas. Breathing through the nose and mouth will pick up pleasant apple aromas.

Taste: First taste is creamy and smooth, on the palate this is light bodied but with definite mouthfeel. Then follows a bold amount of raw sugar flavours, and some fruitiness that can be likened to plum ... and allows carries some plum tartness into a spicy yeast and hop combination. Right behind follows a magnificent blend of toasted and caramel malt flavours, with a touch of butter. Finishes tea-like (herbal), then dry with yeast notes.

Notes: Hot damn! This about as unique as it gets fellow advocates. Todd bought this at the 't Brugs Beertje in Brugs for 140 BF. Buy it and savour it friends.

Photo of warnerry
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled May 2011

A - Big rush of air when the cap comes off. Definitely carbonated. My first attempt at a slow pour yields one finger of beer and five fingers of dense white head that lasts forever and coats the glass with lacing. Liquid is clear golden brown. Nice.

S - A mild but persistent funk, with a lot of fruit. White grape, green apple, faint peach and raisin.

T - Taste starts with white grape and a bit of apple, before an earthy funk with moderate hop bitterness and a mild spiciness kicks in. The more subtle fruit flavors from the aroma don't really make it into the taste unfortunately. Still, quite tasty, but seems a bit more like a Belgian IPA than a strong pale. Some noticeable alcohol in the taste.

M - Very lively carbonation gives an almost champagne-like mouthfeel. Rather dry with an earthy, bitter finish.

O - Another interesting brew from a very good brewery, though not my favorite from them. The earthy bitterness and the fruitiness didn't seem as harmonious as they could have been, but I would still have this again.

Photo of moderndrunkard
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at the brewery and poured by "Muss" herself.

Pours a golden color with an almost translucent appearance. Not as cloudy as most unfiltereds (is that a word?). Strong head retention with a light amount of lacing.

Exhibits an extremely fruity / floral aroma. I detect a hint of peach undertones. Very perfumy.

Taste has lots of hop in the back, and the bitterness lingers for a long time. Very floral with a strong level of carbonation. Swirling it around in my mouth, i detect a very clean overall taste. The most prominent flavors coming from the hop bitterness/dry-hopping. Overall, very bitter for a belgian, especially considering the high abv (they had it listed as 9%). I would it expect it to be a bit sweeter with this much alcohol.

This beer really reminds me of some american pales (like SN) with a bit more of a sweet/fruity kick. After the Oerbier, my favorite de dolle brew.

Photo of Jason
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 33 cl / 11.6 oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance: Big-time rocky head with a floating plateau that does not waver. Mildly hazed beige yellow hue with a few furious tiny bubbles racing to the top.

Smell: Lemony, granny smith apples, faint medicinal phenols and a spicy sweet mix of malt, alcohol and hops in the aroma.

Taste: “Flash in the pan” tartness as the moderate body sets in. So smooth and crisp with a lined yeasty bite. Short musty buttery middle. Fruity with lemon and tart apple tones. Husky grain and medicinal phenols mix things up. Alcohol wants to come out but it hides until the warmth hits when the brew is nearly finished. Spicy hop and alcohol twist lay down with a kiss of honey like maltiness. Yeast adds another layer of chalkiness towards the end as the brew dries.

Notes: Oh baby, this is a nice one. One to have on occasion to bring the whole beer thing into perspective. Meaning that even pale brew can be this complex and flavourful yet drinkable at the same time.

Photo of ADR
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another bottle conditioned volcano, 3 inches of rugged head in a Duvel glass. Highly sedimented dull bronze color, laces like cotton on a Christmas tree. Light aroma, spare yeast and a lemon cough drop kind of malt, a little different. Flavor is marked by a hard to descibe maltiness, present with decent body but counteracted by a considerable bitterness -- a one/two of citric pith drying to pine needles. Whew, can't say this one is a favorite but an arid and bitter alternative to the thick and malty brews. Very much worth trying, there's a lot going on here.

Photo of Shovelbum
4.7/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a towering head of white foam over a hazy golden body. Nice lace. Aromas of tart green apple and citric fruit over light malt. Well carbonated, yet the flavor and body is smooth-- not to mention complex! Notes of earth, coriander, light caramel, bread, and a light malty, almost cotton candy-esque, sweetness mingle with each other in the flavor. There are hints of the green apple in there too, but it's ever so subtle. A touch of diaceytl butteriness rounds out the show. The medium body is smooth, but light on the tongue.

This beer is a beautiful study in complexity, balance and the power of moderation. The ABV is not noticeable at all, and the beer comes off as quite refreshing, but not lacking in complexity at all. This would be my house beer if I could afford it ( both in terms of price and the devious ABV)!
Divine.

Photo of glid02
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up from Green's on Buford in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy golden color with a two-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin pancake on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of overly ripe and sugar-coated pears with good amounts of slightly tart red apples.

Tastes very good. Pear and a combination of green and red apple flavors up front segue into a good dose of Belgian candi sugar. The ending holds a slight tartness with a solid dryness.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a good thickness with very active carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I had no problem finishing the bottle and could have another, maybe even more.

Overall this is another very good beer from De Dolle, but somewhat in the middle of the pack. There's a lot going on here but the flavors don't meld as seamlessly as they do in De Dolle's other beers. Still, well worth a shot.

Photo of Fulkrum78
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Apparently only getting about half a beer tonight. Popped the top and beer went everywhere. Evidently some serious bottle carbonation going on here. Pours a dark brown with a nice huge head that went everywhere. Head sticking around for a decent amount of time. Nice and tasty aroma with sweetness and malt on the back end. Flavor is amlty but definitely noticeable alcohol on the end. Color is fairly cloudy. Great beer.

Photo of rastaman
3.56/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The head on this impressed me a lot, big frothy and lasting. Orange colour, a bit lemony on the nose. Lemon juice sort of flavour, quite acidic, bit of a peppery spice, quite unique, but not really to my tastes, interesting.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer has a hazy orange body with a strong microbubble carbonation that supports a sticky head that leaves register marks with each sip. The head is a soft peak merangue of off-white and last for most of the beer. The second pour darkens the body a bit and pushes the big head out of the glass holding its shape.
S- The perfumed yeasty aroma is full with a candy sweetness and a grapefruit zest note. There is a dark cherry note that comes through when the beer warms and a dry spun sugar ester in the finish. As the beer opens there is a pumpernickel note in the finish.
T- The dry hop bite doesn't have a lot of hop flavor but has some spice qualities to it and a dry citrus pith in the finish. There is some dry candy notes and pear and light dried fruit notes that come through aswell.
M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a fizzy bite in the finish that enhances the flavor.
D- This beer has a well-blended complex flavor with a dry but fruity and hoppy but not over hoppy flavor. It is very easy to drink and did not last long enough.

Photo of asabreed
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33 cl. bottle into a Duvel tulip. Cool cartoon label per usual as far as De Dolle goes.

Appearance: Extremely hazy yellow body with pieces of yeast floating in the bottom, as I gave it a bit of a swirl before I poured. The head is huge and actually comes over the glass before settling down, and that's after a few minutes. If the lacing were better I'd give this a perfect score.

Smell: Huge notes of sweet and sour apple skin, granny smith maybe? Slight medicinal phenols. Sour cherries. Earthiness and mustiness. A bit of candi sugar. Also a bit of vanilla. And finally a strong presence of hops. Awesome stuff here.

Taste: What is this bitterness at the end? It's odd because at first, when it was a bit colder, the hops were coming through heavily. Toward the middle it was more fruity and malty. And now as it's hitting room temperature, the hops are biting ferociously. Now it's also coming very quickly too, as if all the fruit and malt's being a bit overshadowed. The finish is saving it, though, as it's extemely long and lingering, with hops assaulting the tongue mostly, but bits of apple skin and sour cherries also floating around. Very original stuff, and I've never had a Belgian quite like this before.

Mouthfeel: Slightly creamy with a full burst of carbonation near the end of the swallow.

Drinkability: Very complex and very easy to drink equals a deadly combination. However, I still wouldn't really want to have more than one in a sitting. Certainly worth a shot, and very nice in the summer weather for a sipper.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.62/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A bit of a gusher, this 'un...but I've learned to open most Belgian beers over a sink or wastebasket...so beware, although it wasn't the worst foam-fountain I've dealt with. Once in the glass, the head is mighty and firm, thick and pillowed. Color has the tan/orange hue of a horse saddle, and is almost opaquely murky. Hardly pale.

Nose is much funkier than I remember, although there's a heaping lot of fruit character too. Leather and plum, stinky cheese and fig, locker room sweat and spoiled pear. Gotta love it.

While the nose pretty much features the yeast, the flavors on the tongue are broader. Plenty of dark, overripe fruit, and some apple and pear too, while the yeast imparts a balancing element of funky zing. White pepper steps in, as does a tartness not detected in the nose. Firm malt base lays out a slightly sweet, gooey-but-earthy tone. And then you get extra depth with honey, grassy hops and campfire smoke all in supportive but important roles. Unlike any other Belgian beer; Ara Bier definitely brings its own stamp of uniqueness.

Mouth is slick and slippery, largely rounded yet carbonated enough for balance. Has a peculiar glide that sends it right past the tongue and down the throat quickly, and while that feels like a textural thing, perhaps it's just so damn good my tongue can't bear it?

Cracking the cap on any De Dolle beer is always a pleasure, and this one proved to be no different. Depth, complexity, allure, uniqueness...it's got it all. Have had this one several times over the years, and this is surely not the last I've seen of it. Wowza.

Photo of cokes
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Murky grapefruit peel bodied with an eruptive cloud bank head. Rippling, undulating and bulky.
Nose full of rose petal, cracked blacked pepper, Elmer's Glue, mangoes and pineapple. Floral, fruity and, well, adhesive.
Taste is a similar joust between flowers and tropical fruits. Rose flavors factor quite largely, coupled with the fruit brigade of pears, kiwi, lime, mango and passion fruits. Quite sweet intially, then disintergrates in to a tart apple, grape and lime medley of puckering sourness. Reforms with further floral tones, this time from the hops. Turns a touch grainy and peppery, then rides out with a hint of glue-slathered wet cardboard; the only thing that keep this from truly soaring. No alcohol is noted whatsoever.
Body begins airy and spritzy, and thickens as it sits. Turns stickier, but far from cloying.
A definite winner, despite its flaw.

Many thanks, Bighuge

Photo of Sammy
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

In a word, creamy yeast with strong carbonation. Tasty, honeyish and on sweet side, but carbonation on mouth detracted. Rather one dimensional on yeast, some clove tea spice, some orange citrus, Drinkable. Did not get much from dry hopping. A nice one.

Photo of augustgarage
4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330mL bottle into my Troubadour tulip glass.

Liquid is a very hazy golden yellow to amber with a gargantuan, rocky, pearling, solid white head of foam with perpetual retention and thick tendrils of lacing.

Spicy yeast in the nose, crisp winter fruit (Asian pear), with clean fruity hop notes as well.

Rich complex flavors of rock candy, peppercorn, sourness from the yeast, bitterness from hops and lactic acid, and a long, rustic, woody, dry finish. Phenols unapologetically overwhelm the esters here, but very good none the less.

Milky, soft, full mouthfeel with very heavy carbonation. Some warmth from the alcohol, but no astringency.

Distinctive, superior version of the style, though one of the more subdued offerings from De Dolle.

Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Courtesy of expatsteve, part 1 of a 5 part De Dolle flight.

Pour: supercharged fluffy, soapy foam head with good lacing and retention over a ruddy golden yellow hazy body.

Nose: spicy yeast, pineapple, apricot, musty wheat malts

Taste: sweet and fruity up front with nectars of apricot and pineapple, spicy yeast, with a dry booze finish.

Feel: smooth and tickling, easy-going

Drinkability/Overall: as drinkable as any BSPA I've had, a session possibilty. Solid all around.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A careful pour from a long-standing bottle delivers a clear, yellow-gold body beneath a huge head of rocky white foam that holds exceptionally well and leaves wide sheets of thin lace about the glass. If the yeast at the bottom is disturbed, however, it becomes a hazy marmalade, but at the same time delivers more flavor via the yeast. The bright nose is yeasty, floral, subtly fruity, delicately spicy (cloves) and welcoming! Some acetaldehdye (green apple) and candyish notes (from a combination of phenols and sweet malt) arise as it warms. A very fine, effervescent carbonation is achieved through bottle conditioning, and combines with it's medium body to leave it gently zesty on the tongue before warming to become velvety smooth across the tongue. The flavor delivers fruitiness and hints at tartness upfront before a honeyish and mildly nutty maltiness and spicy, grassy, leafy and floral hop flavor becomes apparent. Its bright hoppiness is quite a twist on the standard Belgian golden strong ale style! Bitterness rises towards the finish, and lingers dryly in the long aftertaste amidst a smattering of grassy hops and phenols. An interesting and exciting beer!

Photo of dirtylou
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle, 2013 vintage

Served in beautiful Oerbier stemware - bright golden-straw body, thick endless white foam which enhances the beautiful appearance and feel of this beer. Nice notes of citrus, peppercorn, champagne, spice, clove and yeast. Sparkling carbonation - really nice stuff

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De Dolle Arabier from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
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