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De Dolle Arabier - Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

554 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 554
Reviews: 308
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.27%
Wants: 31
Gots: 29 | 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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Photo of DmanGTR
4.44/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

DmanGTR, May 02, 2014
Photo of stakem
4.31/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

stakem, Feb 27, 2013
Photo of Gueuzedude
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Gueuzedude, Nov 18, 2003
Photo of Hypersomnia
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Hypersomnia, Monday at 05:45 PM
Photo of JTuomi
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

33 cl bottle (bottled oct 2013) into a tulip glass.

Look: Clear deep golden body with a lot of tiny sediment floating around. Huge white head with good retention and a lot of heavy lacing, holding a thin veil after settling down.

Smell: Sweet biscuity malt and belgian yeast. Fruity with peach and citrus, spicy with clove. A hint of grassy hops.

Taste: Begins with biscuit malt, followed by a fruity taste of belgian yeast with peach, citrus and pineapple after which white pepper and clove bring out a spiciness that lasts until the dry end with a grassy hop bitterness. The aftertaste is grassy with spice and a note of lemon.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, high carbonation, light but still creamy mouthfeel. Drinkable with well hidden alcohol.

Overall: The first sip was a shock. Expected it to follow the nose but it was harshly bitter and dry. Very grassy and spicy with mostly clove. After it warmed up a bit, the taste mellowed out and became very pleasant. Pouring the second half of the bottle in smooths out the taste and brings up more fruitiness and spices. In the end it turned out to be quite flavorful and complex. Would recommend to have this one.

JTuomi, Friday at 08:47 PM
Photo of MichaelLamb
4.16/5  rDev +2%

MichaelLamb, Friday at 06:02 PM
Photo of Trashcat
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Trashcat, Friday at 04:13 PM
Photo of elamb106
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

elamb106, Nov 19, 2014
Photo of Satchboogie
4/5  rDev -2%

Satchboogie, Nov 11, 2014
Photo of John_M
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%

On tap at the Bier Stein yesterday. Very complex nose and flavor profile, with considerable spice (clove and nutmeg in particular), but with a very dry citrus and white pepper bitterness on the finish. On the palate, you initially get considerable tropical fruit, but that's quickly pushed aside by the dry, hoppy, spiced fused finish. Alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile, and drinkability is excellent (though with all the different flavors in this beer, it's one you want to savor, appreciate and enjoy.). Really a nice beere from De Dolle.

John_M, Nov 10, 2014
Photo of cj8311
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

cj8311, Nov 09, 2014
Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
3.33/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

MakeMineADoubleJack, Nov 09, 2014
Photo of NateMac13
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%

NateMac13, Nov 05, 2014
Photo of Jzmhector
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Jzmhector, Nov 05, 2014
Photo of WastingFreetime
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

WastingFreetime, Nov 02, 2014
Photo of Bitterbill
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

There's a bottled on date on the cap but unfortunately, it was partially cutoff...July 201

It pours an orange colour with a huge and growing head of foam. Lots of bubble action going on.

The nose is very bitter and hoppy up front suggesting bitter fruit like orange and possibly grapefruit.

The taste is very nice indeed. Power packed with a tasty bitterness of orange zest which reminds me of blood orange kind of bitter. I truly do not get any sort of sweet notes so maybe this is what a fresher bottle brings to the table? Anywho, the somewhat extreme bitterness is working for my palate. As it warms, I do get light spice as in clove and maybe, it will make a turn towards the malt when it gets closer to room temp.

Medium bodied with lively carbonation, this is another fine brew from De Dolle.

Bitterbill, Oct 31, 2014
Photo of Canada_Dan
3.71/5  rDev -9.1%

Canada_Dan, Oct 30, 2014
Photo of DeadGuyRyan
5/5  rDev +22.5%

DeadGuyRyan, Oct 26, 2014
Photo of JackNip
4/5  rDev -2%

JackNip, Oct 26, 2014
Photo of Azpittil57
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Azpittil57, Oct 25, 2014
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5/5  rDev +22.5%

lmaduells, Oct 21, 2014
Photo of drew74
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%

drew74, Oct 19, 2014
Photo of Slatetank
4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I enjoyed this bottle in a teku chilledwith bottled on date of August 2013, allowed to reach cellar temp over the course of sampling -review from notes.

The color is pleasing to the eye-a golden apricot shade with hazed clarity and 3 fingers of bone white head with very fine bead and fluffly compostion. The lace collects well. The smell is a mix of yeast phenolics with light dried pineapple and herbal hop aroma with a light scent of pear and pepper. The feel is excellent vibrant moderately high carbonation with light bitterness and low sweetness with slight tangy yeast and dry finish with low alcohol influence.

The taste is light and fruity at first with interesting tropical and citrus blend of flavor that has a mild spice element with herbal hop taste and gentle white grape coming from the yeast. There is a slight pepper aspect and mild lemon rind which is palatable with mild herbal bitterness coming through with a very dry crisp finish which is mostly yeast driven, however a subtle tropical taste of golden grapefruit is present. Overall a wonderful Belgian pale to quaff -very easy to drink considering the 8%, the only attribute that is lacking is taste slightly but I can only imagine how much better this was when fresh -outstanding!

Slatetank, Oct 15, 2014
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4.4/5  rDev +7.8%

WoostaBia, Oct 14, 2014
Photo of ivyman
4/5  rDev -2%

ivyman, Oct 12, 2014
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De Dolle Arabier from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
91 out of 100 based on 554 ratings.