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De Dolle Arabier - Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

527 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 527
Reviews: 303
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 31
Gots: 25 | 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 impending
3.08/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

33cl into a tulip. Pours a hazy butterscotch orange. Magnificent pure white towering head remains till nearly tomorrow. One of only a few 33cls that wouldn't fit my Duvel tulip in a single careful pour. Clumpy froth clings as only a belgian can.

Aroma is yeast by the ton atop a cornucopia of mid summer light skinned fruits. Superb!

Taste is not up to the level of the nose or eye. Taste surprisingly lacks complexity, rather one dimensional. Simply yeast and pine bitterness atop under ripe fruits with a peppery finish. Light, prickly mouthfeel.

Rarely has the scent of a brew exceeded the flavor to this extent, unfortunate. Bottled six months ago, perhaps it needs to be fresher.
cheers
jd

impending, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of BeerBelcher
3.1/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer was pleasant and certainly unique, but had a rather strong grainy-cereal note to it that I didn't especially care for. On the other hand, it did have a peach-apricot fruitiness that I liked quite a bit. Sort of a mixed bag for me.

This beer was a cloudy tan color with a medium amount of off-white head. There was some sediment at the end of the bottle, but its appearance and quantity were nothing to get worked up about. Aroma was a malty, yeasty (thought I got some Brett-funk), and a bit fruity. Flavor was predominantly malt with kind of a lot of cerealness and a finish that was either peach or apricot. Mouthfeel was pretty viscous for what was a fairly light-drinking beer.

Not bad, and quite a bit different than other Belgian beers I've had in recent memory, but not really lip-smacking delicious either. Still, I'd recommend based on the uniqueness alone.

I had a bottle of this at the Palm Tavern in Milwaukee.

BeerBelcher, Mar 27, 2008
Photo of sacfly
3.2/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light golden color. Huge head of white bubbles. Aroma is spicy and dusty. A hint of apple. Taste is light with hints of grain. Faint grass and perhaps some bubblegum way in the back. The grass becomes more sharp as I drink. Very dry. Drinkable, but not my choice for Belgian Strong Pale Ales. Just too sharp on the grass.

sacfly, Aug 15, 2006
Photo of jrallen34
3.23/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I drank this beer from the bottle into a chalice.

The beer poured beautifully with a huge white, creamy, chunky head that clung to the glass. The beer itself was a cloudy golden orange.It had average to good lacing.

The smell was great, very strong sense of orange, hops, and bitterness.

After this great start with the smell and look I was greatly disappointed. This is not a very good beer. It is very very bitter with a no taste of orange that I smelled and just left me disappointed. Not at all what I was expecting.

jrallen34, Jul 15, 2009
Photo of mikeburd1128
3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

mikeburd1128, Feb 12, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

Treb0R, Dec 13, 2012
Photo of davidwhatshisnam
3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

davidwhatshisnam, Jun 19, 2014
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 tempest
3.28/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a tulip. Appears a pale gold with a big white head. The aroma is of apples and subtle herbal spice. The flavor is of sweet malts with with a touch of apples and white grapes. Finishes with mellow, grassy hops and a bitterness that balances out the initial sweetness. I find the carbonation a little much - strong enough that it gets hard to taste the beer. And once the carbonation did die down, big band-aid and medicinal phenols took over the aroma. I really dug the hoppy aftertaste, but the phenols and carbonation turn me off.

tempest, Mar 08, 2008
Photo of kojevergas
3.3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served on draught into 20cl stemware at the Mikkeller bar in Copenhagen. Cost was 35 DKK. Reviewed from notes.

A: Fair cream and thickness, but bad retention. Colour is a dark orange-gold.

Sm: Cream, butterscotch, caramelized malt, and barley. A mild strength aroma.

T: Caramelized malt, barley, and hops. Maybe some butterscotch. Complex enough, pretty balanced, and decently built.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Complements the flavours of the body.

Dr: Fairly high ABV with very easy drinkability. The price is rather high, but then I got it in Denmark.

kojevergas, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of claspada
3.33/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours golden almost amber, with an exploding white soapy head; definitely started coming out of the bottle when opened luckily I read about how that would happen, so I was prepared. Lots of carbonation and bubbles in this beer but it still has a pretty syrupy look if you look at it up close.

Nose is of spice, floral, citrus, also a hint of apricot and pepper, but overall kinda metallic and disconcerting.

Taste is fairly different than the smell. The aroma was not that enjoyable, but the initial taste was quite good. Finished kinda metallic and dry, started better than it finished. Decent mouthfeel; a typical saison effervescence with a hop spiciness that was quite profound with notes of citrus. There was a peppery bite throughout that was a bit much for my liking.

Overall a decent/complex beer, but not really in a good way. The flavor doesn't quite finish the deal compared to appearance. Be patient with the pour. I am just not a big fan of De Dolle I guess.

claspada, Aug 27, 2010
Photo of rousee
3.38/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Brown 33cl bottle with an artsy looking label. Pours a peach orange-honey -very murky with a big 1inch + cap and holds very well down to 1 finger after a few minutes. Very fluffy and fresh-looking lace which leaves thick puffs on glass. The head holds so well it is similar to egg-whites with very soft peaks.

Smell is a sour honey herb-grass and a little malty too.

Taste is very complex:bubbly honey-floral grass on the front. Finish is slightly spicy and peppery. Has a strong alcohol taste too.

Mouthfeel is warm well-carbonated and smokey.
Drinkability is below average for this style. I would not buy this again.

rousee, Oct 09, 2004
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3.4/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark golden orange with some haze and lots of peppery floaties. Creamy 1 finger off white head.

S: Dry malt on nose along with faint licorice, caramel and spruce.

T: Some alcohol and citrus with dry floral bittering in the finish compliments the malty palate. Some spiciness from coriander also highlights this beer.

M: A slight fizzy tinger from the heavy carbonation provides moderate mouthful with some dry malty oranges.

D: A decent brew but was expecting more from this brewery.drinkable but only moderately enjoyable.

beerthulhu, Jan 23, 2008
Photo of weissbierdrinker
3.4/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

When poured into the glass the beer devleops a huge thick tan head that last a long time leaving lots of lacing around the glass. The color is a merky brown that lets very little light in.

Smell is yeasty with hints of citrus.

Taste starts off with lots of yeast then changes to a kind of clove with citrus and spice. The finish is sort of sweet bitter. Interesting beer.

weissbierdrinker, May 03, 2008
Photo of stcules
3.4/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The colour is full golden, with some turbidity. Creamy, and abundant foam. A lot.
The smell is citrus fruits, yeast, hop. Freshness.
The overall impression is freshness in the taste too. And hop. Some spices (anise). Then a light warmness, probably dued to the alcohol. Fruity again, citrus fruits. Maybe some balsamic hint.
Medium-medium-light body.
Aftertaste very bitter, fresh and herbal. A lot of long standing bitterness.

stcules, Jan 26, 2004
Photo of bort11
3.45/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.6 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. A fast head that quickly recedes to a thin filmy ring. Color is a hazy orangish-yellow, with a lot of sediment. Smell is slightly citrus with grassy spices. Taste is strongly of coriander up front, but as it warms a grapefruit flavor appears. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a strong fizz feel. This is an interesting beer, and I'm glad i tried it, but I don't think I'll go out of my way to get it again.

bort11, Nov 20, 2006
Photo of deapokid
3.45/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

We've got a gusher! Why is it that 7 out of 10 Belgian beers explode when I open them? Is it me?

Beer itself is a light orange/straw color with huge white tufts of foam that look like vanilla ice cream. If it would ever calm down, I'd be really interested to see what it smells and tastes like.

The wide variety of aromas includes orange, banana, raisin, clementine, hard candy and a nice musk. It's strikingly sweet, but manages to be complex and intriguing.

Taste is extraordinarily sweet. Rind, peach, apricot, banana and chamomile are all on display, as is a nice smokiness, which provides a diversion to the dessert-oriented flavor profile.

A heavy dose of acidity fights to level out some of the sugar, but it's really hard to mask and becomes overwhelming.

This is an interesting effort from a good brewery that's definitely worth a try, despite its overpowering candied sweetness.

deapokid, Jul 24, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

farundrpar, Jan 08, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Janeinma, Feb 02, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

mscudder, Mar 01, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

ygtbsm94, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of OWSLEY069
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy orange-ish color with an off white and rocky head. In the aroma, notes of fruitiness and candy sugar. In the taste, yeasty dryness, and a dryer candy sugar, with notes of fruit. A small bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry candy sugar presence in the aftertaste. Quite nice and kind of simple, light nose and flavors, but nice nonetheless.

OWSLEY069, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of WynnO
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

WynnO, Jun 04, 2013
Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Calling this beer a Pale is kind of a stretch. In fact anything but a Biere de Garde would be a mis-classification. This is one weird beer. A very woodsy, nutty, fruity, dirty, musty character chases this beer throughout, at times robbing it of sweetness, but adding a ton of comlexity. Aromas are boarderline barnyard, dusty, and like grandma's attic. Flavors are less funky, but more woodsy, tart, and full of rotten fruits. The yeast / bacteria has stripped the beer of much of it's sweetness and body, but the other complex flavors, textures, and aromas compensate well. The beer has an overwhelming phenolic character that passes plastic and medicinal notes, and well into a smoky, scorched flavor. Finishes as muddles as the flavors with the low-lying sweetness going first, and a tart, cheesy flavor lingering. It's basically an alcoholic mud puddle.

BEERchitect, Oct 25, 2007
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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

MrMcGibblets, Jul 20, 2013
De Dolle Arabier from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
91 out of 100 based on 527 ratings.