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De Dolle Arabier - Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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De Dolle ArabierDe Dolle Arabier

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

521 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 521
Reviews: 301
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 32
Gots: 23 | FT: 1
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 10-23-2000)
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Reviews by coreyfmcdonald:
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4.39/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle into a snifter

A: Poirs a slightly hazy golden color with over four fingers if dense foam, even with a very careful pour. Retention is remarkable and lacing is very good.

S: Lots of complex yeast character in the aroma. Quite fruity, ranging from dried apricots to orange zest. Also spicy, peppercorn and clove. I also get a fresh floral nature in the beer. A mild caramel sweetness helps balance all these aromas.

T: The flavor is almost as complex as the aroma. It's hard to distinctly describe each individual flavor contributing to the whole. It has a mild pineapple and peach sweetness along with cardamom and light clove.

M: Medium thickness with smooth, creamy carbonation.

O: A great Belgian Strong Pale Ale. Balanced sweetness, complex, and easy to drink.

coreyfmcdonald, Jun 16, 2013
More User Reviews:
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.

oberon, Apr 01, 2005
Photo of RoyalT
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

RoyalT, Sep 21, 2003
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4/5  rDev -2%

aszatk01, May 31, 2013
Photo of weatherdog
3.28/5  rDev -19.6%
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.

weatherdog, Jul 31, 2010
Photo of farundrpar
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

farundrpar, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.53/5  rDev +11%
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.

BeerAdvocate, Oct 23, 2000
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

jeagleton, Jun 03, 2014
Photo of warnerry
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

warnerry, Sep 04, 2012
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.

moderndrunkard, May 02, 2006
Photo of Beerswag
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Beerswag, Apr 26, 2013
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.

Jason, Oct 27, 2002
Photo of GreenMountainBoy
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

GreenMountainBoy, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of jollyotter
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

jollyotter, May 03, 2012
Photo of Janeinma
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Janeinma, Feb 02, 2014
Photo of virinow
4/5  rDev -2%

virinow, Nov 16, 2011
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.

ADR, Oct 02, 2003
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3/5  rDev -26.5%

jtladner, May 18, 2013
Photo of Shovelbum
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

Shovelbum, Nov 21, 2006
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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.

glid02, May 28, 2009
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.

Fulkrum78, Sep 03, 2011
Photo of rastaman
3.55/5  rDev -13%
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.

rastaman, Jul 14, 2002
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4/5  rDev -2%

slainte35, Nov 01, 2013
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

rhoadsrage, Jan 05, 2011
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4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

asabreed, Jun 20, 2006
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De Dolle Arabier from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
91 out of 100 based on 521 ratings.