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De Dolle Arabier - Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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De Dolle ArabierDe Dolle Arabier

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522 Ratings

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Ratings: 522
Reviews: 302
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 32
Gots: 23 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers visit their website

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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tykechandler, Jun 19, 2014
Photo of mynie
4.97/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

That is a pour you can bring home to mother. You hold it up to Mother's face and you say "See this? See this you bitch! THIS is a beer! This is what you never gave me!" And then right there she realizes that you had been right all along.

You know the smell of a good Belgian? Pick any good Belgian. Fruity, spicy, zippy, zangy, or twangy--yeast and alcohol and fruity and hops. Okay now mix all of those together and make them really strong and perfect. Almost too strong. Oh god I have to sit down.

Mom? Mom--I'm sorry. I didn't know what I was talking about. The smell, it just--it just got INSIDE me. I wasn't me. I was the smell. I'm sorry.

Tastes--well, the flavor was so intense I had to load up this here internet page and make sure it wasn't a smoked beer. It takes a few sips before you can pick out any complexity. Big fruit, big yeast, big spice. Good lord where do we start. All the BA platitudes are rolled into one, right here. Every generic adjective for "good." Starts with spice malt, like steak sauce, moves into spice spice, like pepper and Nature's Seasoning, ends sweet and bitter, lemons and bananas and perfect, dry hops.

Good god I need more. More more more. Everything that is wrong with the world can be summed up from my lack of this beer. Everything that is wrong with me. Everything that is wrong with you. Everything that is wrong with mother.

mynie, Jan 05, 2006
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4.9/5  rDev +20.1%

Rickus, Sep 06, 2014
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4.9/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Terrific appearance. An attracting hazy golden with a gigantic white head displaying splendid lacing. The head leaves a trace after every sip and just stays there, mountainous, rocky, all over the glass. Sediments move at the bottome of the glass. Appealing yeasty sweet aroma. Honeyish malt is the base on which dances an above average hop character for a belgian beer, citrusy, lemony, sprucey. Notes of bread, farmhouse, apple and pepper+cloves. I expected this to be the least interesting De Dolle, but how wrong I was, this one is fabulous, complex, yeasty, balanced, refreshing and almost a session beer. Palate is dry up front, hoppy with a generous bitter finish, but all kinds of things happening in between. There’s a subdued fruitiness in the likes of grapefruit, apple, orange or apricot and complex complementing spices. Refreshing mild tart profile. Great creamy and velvety mouthfeel with above average carbonation. I just played a few hours of tennis and this is a superb "sunny day welcome". The complex toasty almost pilsnerish malt just seduces me. All the ingredients in this beer makes themselves heard and known. Oh plentiful harvest, how I want to live to drink your offerings again... Thank you for enlighting me Sham.

Rastacouere, Mar 08, 2005
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4.88/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Amazing fruity nose, pineapple and grapefruit. Amazing white head on golden body. Classy yet huge bitterness. Medium body with wonderful body. Nose changes to a spicier, maltier aroma. Taste is strikingly different from nose, and is floral on a sturdy frame. Carbonation has serious, yet refined attitude.

Naerhu, Jan 29, 2003
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4.85/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

appearance: golden amber hue with an undying slightly off-white head. beautiful beer, head lasts throughout.

aroma: quite complex. some light fruit notes, maybe pears and oranges? peppery, spicy phenols. sweet grainy malts underneath.

taste: more complex than the nose, rich butter-cream sweet malt and a pronounced flavor of tangy yeast. finishes somewhat dry with a nice subtle lightly spicy and dry hop profile. the warmth of the alcohol is detected but only in a pleasant, warming way. more layers of flavor develop as the beer warms and as it moves across the pallet. a bit of fruitiness (again pears and oranges maybe? difficult to place) throughout.

mouthfeel: great carbonation cuts through the buttery nature of the malts. creamy and smooth. rich and delicious.

overall: i had a little moment with this beer. it just reminded me of how very much i love beer... and why. haven't had much from de dolle, however, will try anything i can get my hands on after this brew. :) ahh. content.

Miriamrv, Aug 11, 2011
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4.83/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to gford217 for getting this one to me in a trade!

Having read some reviews and knowing the chance of this one being a gusher, I popped the cap slowly, releasing a little bit of pressure at a time.

It poured a cloudy amber with orange highlights, and a massive four-finger off-white rocky head that faded slowly. Lots of sticky lacing and good head retention.

Smell is Belgian yeast, herbal hops, candied sugar, papaya, dried apricot and a hint of peppery spice.

Taste starts off with an herbal hop bite followed closely by some sweet caramel and candied sugar. Peach, papaya and apricot flavors, along with some yeast and more candied sugar, lead into some dry floral hops and a slightly peppery finish.

Smooth, medium-bodied well-carbonated mouthfeel.

Perfectly drinkable. I think I found a new favorite!

MrMonkey, May 25, 2008
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De Dolle Arabier from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
91 out of 100 based on 522 ratings.