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De Dolle Arabier - Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

537 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 537
Reviews: 305
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 31
Gots: 26 | 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 woemad
1.75/5  rDev -57.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Nasty, nasty nasty taste to this one. The bartender ( who I know is knowledgable about beer) said it sucked when I ordered it. I decided to go for it anyway, since I figured one would be an experience, if nothing else. It started out as a cloudy, blondish colored brew with an enormous head. Had an odd smell, a little bit like honey, but with a strange, unpleasant odor vying for attention. The taste actually reminded me initially of Chimay white, but then this nasty aftertaste barges in that totally overloads the tastebuds. The bartender afterwards gave me a Chimay goblet to atone.

woemad, Aug 26, 2003
Photo of Georgiabeer
2.17/5  rDev -46.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

Somehow I've never had this beer before, even though I've seen it for years and enjoyed other De Dolle beers. I must say that this one is just bizarre. I read an earlier review that described this as overly phenolic.I have to agree wholeheartedly. Pours a very cloudy golden, like a hefeweizen in color, but with a huge creamy head that pillows into hills and valleys in the glass. The smell is funky, slightly sour, and quite clovey. This is just a touch of medicinal funk as well. The taste is shocking. Starts slightly sour and a bit sweet, and quickly transitions into band-aids, burnt plastic, wood, and a smokiness on the finish. In a way it is weirdly fascinating, but ultimately it is hard to stomach. Mouthfeel is very nice. Quite carbonated and soft and creamy with the jolt of all that carbonation keeping it lively. It does improve somewhat as it warms, but the medicinal flavors are stronger than any other I've ever tasted. Ultimately I'm barely able to keep taling sips of this to review- and I can't say I'm enjoying it. I think this is one that gets worse with age.

Georgiabeer, Jan 04, 2008
Photo of clvand0
2.4/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Beware the foam with this beer! This beer pours a cloudy yellow/orange color with an enormous, growing head - unreal how much foam this has - even with a good pour. The head stays thick throughout and causes the top portion of the beer to have an odd dark hue, even though the head is white. The aroma for this one had a lot of spices and hops in it with some small hints of yeast. The flavor was very tart and spicy with the alcohol being far too prominent for only having 7%. I didn't care much for this one - possibly influenced by the fact that it foamed over onto my table more than once.

clvand0, Aug 15, 2003
Photo of alcstradamus
2.5/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a cloudy golden color with a moutainous marshmallow head.

The aroma is yeast and light spice with a bit of skunkiness. Notes of apple peel and citrus.

The flavor is spicy and a bit astringent. Some empty citrus flavor and alcohol.

The body is light and carbonation is high.

Overall this beer is very mediocre. Do I have a bad bottle? I just don't see the appeal at all here.

alcstradamus, Feb 10, 2011
Photo of cjgator3
2.53/5  rDev -38%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

11.2oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. Carbonation formed in the bottle immediately after popping the cap, resulting in a slight overflow. Pours a murky dark orangish color with some yeast floating around. This is definitely a slow pour, with a massive head forming from the high amount of carbonation. The aroma is fruits (mainly apples and pears) with a touch of spices and yeast. The taste has a peppery spiciness to it with a dose of earthy hops in the finish. The mouthfeel is very light bodied and very heavily carbonated. Overall, De Dolle Ara Bier is an interesting Belgian Strong Pale Ale, but there is a really strong medicinal aftertaste that turns me off to it. It is worth a shot for its uniqueness, but I don't think I would purchase again.

cjgator3, Jun 22, 2008
Photo of henrysunset
2.68/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

pale and very cloudy with an enormous head of fine tan bubbles. seems a bit overcarbonated?

smell is pungent, tart citrus and/or apple scent.

taste is not something I'm enjoying. Balance seems challeged by and abundance fo sweetness and some tart slightly bitter flavors.

sure, it's smooth, but not drinkable at all. I hope this is a bad bottle, but the other reviewers found many of the same flavors I found.

henrysunset, May 02, 2007
Photo of n2185
2.7/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours an unattractive dijon mustard yellow/brown with 4 fingers of white head that recedes into a thin cap with a little lacing.

S: Lots of cloves and white grapes on the nose with a touch of yeast aroma. Smells like a white wine or grape juice.

T: Cloves and white grapes on the tongue as well followed by a chalky yeast flavor and an odd lingering bitterness.

M: Medium-light body with high carbonation, this beer is fairly well attenuated but has a bit too much yeast and sweetness to nail that light crispness I prefer.

O: Not a very good beer. Too much grape flavor/aroma with a chalky, bitter yeast instead of having a nice balance of malts, spices, and bready yeast.

n2185, Jun 04, 2011
Photo of fmccormi
2.7/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Straight pour from 33cL / 11.2oz pry-off bottle to a 25cl Duvel Single tulip. No dating or freshness information visible, but I’m not too put off about it, considering the style.

Appearance (3.5): Holy hell, this is an active pour. Quickly rises to four fingers of fat, crackling bubbles and some finer foam in the middle of the head, bone-white in color. Not much lace as it recedes, just a few small spots here and there, really. The body is an oddly dark, dullish amber color, with red tones against the light. Not the greatest looking body, but the head is pretty nice looking.

Smell (3.0): Easily the most prominent note here is a mineral-forward, vinous scent, like a pungent pinot grigio. It opens slowly as it warms, showing white grapes, some wet grass and a mild funk, combining to make a distinctly cidery character. Not picking up any of the warm fruity, spicy tones you might expect from a BSPA, but the nose is interesting at least.

Taste (2.5): The taste follows the nose, in that it has some oddly vinous notes: kind of a dirty, earthy body with acidic cider characteristics mixed in. Very prominent mineral flavors with a medicinal finish, very . . . phenolic. I think I get the “band-aids” thing now. Not getting any spiciness, and the fruit character is limited to some tart, green grapes. Mild to moderate acidity, lending a somewhat bitter finish. Very modest alcohol heat toward the end. Odd, somewhat unbalanced, and not featuring any of the classic BSPA characteristics on the palate. Still, mellows and smooths out a bit as it warms.

Mouthfeel (3.0): Slightly tingly in places, foams airily on the way down, and finishes dry with an acidity that lightens the feel quite a bit. Medium-weight, but finishes light. It’s alright, not bad but definitely not great in any way.

Overall (2.5): Something tells me I got a very old bottle of this beer. It tastes oxidized with some odd, phenolic notes in the nose and on the palate. Looking over some other reviews, what I’m tasting, seeing, and smelling doesn’t resemble what others seem to have had very much at all. My guess is that this is an off and / or old bottle. I’d really like to revisit this sometime with a bottle that I know is fresh.

fmccormi, Oct 30, 2012
Photo of Hallertau
2.75/5  rDev -32.6%

Hallertau, Sep 09, 2013
Photo of bbadger
2.75/5  rDev -32.6%

bbadger, Jun 06, 2012
Photo of Meb3
2.75/5  rDev -32.6%

Meb3, Apr 29, 2014
Photo of mrasskicktastic
2.78/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - Color of apple juice, small white head, tiny, tiny specks of lacing.

S - Smells a lot like apple juice too. A touch of pear and bubblegum. Not bad at all.

T - A weird spicy bubblegum, black pepper and coriander. Aftertaste is a fairly spicy pepper that quells to a peppery bitter finish.

M - Smooth even though though high carbonation. Slightly refreshing.

D - Not great. The flavor isn't pleasant, it just has too much much pepper to be enjoyable. It smells nice though.

mrasskicktastic, Feb 17, 2007
Photo of hotstuff
2.85/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

This brew poured a small white head with small bubbles that quickly diminished. This brew left a fair lacing on all sides of my glass. The body was cloudy and straw yellow in hue. It had a mild hoppy aroma along with a citrus aroma. It had an initial sour flavor that was still there at the end. The body was light on the palate. I was not very impressed with this Belgian and Belgian Strong Ales are one of my favorite styles of brew.

hotstuff, Jun 24, 2003
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
2.9/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 8/28/08. Bottle. I don't know how old this bottle is, but it had been sitting at my local bottle shop for at least 2 years, so that's how old I'm going to estimate that it is. Pours a cloudy brown with no head, just some bubbles. Aroma is quite pungent, lots of raisin and alcohol. Flavor is not as pungent as the aroma, sort of a mellowed combination of the above. Kind of one dimensional and bland and too strong. Not a fan.
5/3/6/3/13 (3.0/5)

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 23, 2008
Photo of BMMillsy
2.91/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours cloudy golden with a head that explodes up the glass. Took a while to get the whole bottle poured. Maybe there’s soap in this thing? Aroma is banana, clove, funky yeast, and an unpleasant bitterness. Flavor feels overly spiced and bitter (not in a hops way, but in a licking a shoe way). Hint of banana, but finishes with a funky aftertaste. Not a drain pour since it cost me $5.50, but this thing just tastes dirty. No date on the bottle, so maybe this is just a bad bottle.

BMMillsy, Oct 17, 2013
Photo of jtladner
3/5  rDev -26.5%

jtladner, May 18, 2013
Photo of CaptainNomihodai
3/5  rDev -26.5%

CaptainNomihodai, Jun 08, 2013
Photo of smartassboiler
3/5  rDev -26.5%

smartassboiler, Jul 20, 2013
Photo of leckart
3/5  rDev -26.5%

leckart, Oct 02, 2013
Photo of chrispoint
3/5  rDev -26.5%

chrispoint, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of gshackles
3/5  rDev -26.5%

gshackles, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of XmnwildX12
3/5  rDev -26.5%

XmnwildX12, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
3.05/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle picked up at State Line a ways back. 2010 vintage. Served in a Bruery tulip.

Pours a clear golden color that is a bit dark for the style, though not too much. Massive white head with some good lacing on the way down. The nose carries quite a bit of bread along with a very mild yeast presence. Flavor continues like this. It's simple -- which isn't necessarily a problem with the style -- but it gets the proportions wrong. The taste is too bready without any of the light stone fruit I'd like, or really much yeast character at all. The breadiness makes it too thick and chewy, and there's not as much carbonation as I'd like. With that said, it's still a well-made beer that I wouldn't complain about drinking again.

Thorpe429, Jun 29, 2011
Photo of SeanChouffe
3.05/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a golden/orange color with a full off-white rocky head. Well carbonated, with great head retention and nice lace. Aroma is fruity (a hint of cherries), spicy, earthy, tart and somewhat astringent. The taste has a hint of a sweet start, but goes right into tartness and a biting hop finish. Mouthfeel quite bland, with some carbonation and a bite.
A nice looking beer, with an interesting aroma -- but a one-dimensional and not very appealing taste.

SeanChouffe, Feb 01, 2004
Photo of Admiraldinty
3.08/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I was really disappointed by this brew. Poured a hazy gold with a huge, rocky head. Aroma was sweet with apple, lemon, and malt. I was disappointed most of all by the taste, as the tartness was just overpowering, and didn't match the aroma. Spicy hops and alcohol. Grainy and phenolic. I detected some charcoal and metallic notes as well that were rather unpleasant. Mouthfeel was prickly, which matches this style fairly well, and grows smoother with every mouthful. This is certainly my least favorite offering from De Dolle.

Admiraldinty, Aug 10, 2004
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De Dolle Arabier from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
91 out of 100 based on 537 ratings.