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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
89
very good

541 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 541
Reviews: 305
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 31
Gots: 27 | 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 Canada_Dan
3.71/5  rDev -9.1%

Canada_Dan, Yesterday at 02:18 PM
Photo of DeadGuyRyan
5/5  rDev +22.5%

DeadGuyRyan, Sunday at 06:52 PM
Photo of JackNip
4/5  rDev -2%

JackNip, Sunday at 01:28 AM
Photo of Azpittil57
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Azpittil57, Oct 25, 2014
Photo of lmaduells
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
Photo of WoostaBia
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%

WoostaBia, Oct 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2%

ivyman, Oct 12, 2014
Photo of cjgiant
3.61/5  rDev -11.5%

Not a review: on tap
Seemed pretty farmhouse, saison-like. Nose of Belgian yeast/saison. Taste very earthy/grassy/hay and dry.

cjgiant, Oct 11, 2014
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4.08/5  rDev 0%

NinjaJesus, Oct 11, 2014
Photo of embass
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

embass, Oct 06, 2014
Photo of abrodsky
4/5  rDev -2%

abrodsky, Oct 06, 2014
Photo of jprivott
4.12/5  rDev +1%

jprivott, Oct 05, 2014
Photo of AnitaBrewski
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

AnitaBrewski, Sep 30, 2014
Photo of grover37
3.6/5  rDev -11.8%

grover37, Sep 28, 2014
Photo of Samp01
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy gold orange with a large white fluffy head some lacing. Aroma and Taste begins with nice dose of citrus, Belgian yeast and fruity notes followed by a bit of biscuit malt, sweet spices and a zesty tangy lightly spiced hops bitterness on the end for balance. Palate is a medium to full body, crisp with good carbonation. The end much the same as taste, citrus, Belgian yeast, and sweet zesty, tangy spiced hops bitterness with some biscuit malt. Overall a very pleasant, flavorful and tasty brew. I would drink again.

Samp01, Sep 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2%

tastesogood, Sep 25, 2014
Photo of DaPinsker
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

DaPinsker, Sep 22, 2014
Photo of farrago
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Normal pour fills 2/3 of the glass with a dense white foam, even surface, close to zero lacing, retention is very good though. Cloudy liquid with a healthy amount of particulate, golden orange in color, could be rust water, huge amount of visible bubbles, wall-to-wall activity. The nose has a rough texture to it, wheat and grains, earth and peppercorns before slightly softening into banana, white grape and apricot pits, not that sweet and the clove to nutmeg spice could show more oomph, stays within itself well. In the mouth it’s full-bodied and tends to be bottom heavy, the carbonation is indeed strong so it makes you imagine what the feel would be like without it. Much more floral here with lemon accents, the clove stronger as well. For all the sweetness in the pear, yellow apple, apricot to banana fruit, dryness takes over past the mid-palate. Hay, quinine, spent lees, iron flecks, sort of heads in many directions at once. Astringent ending but can’t call it herbaceous nor really green in any manner. Seems to unclench some as it warms so may be one to linger over rather than quaff with abandon.

farrago, Sep 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

TheManiacalOne, Sep 17, 2014
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4.64/5  rDev +13.7%

Flaherbear, Sep 15, 2014
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De Dolle Arabier from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
89 out of 100 based on 541 ratings.