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De Dolle Arabier - Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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Reviews: 311
Hads: 595
Avg: 4.05
pDev: 15.56%
Wants: 35
Gots: 47 | 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:
Beer added by: Todd on 10-23-2000

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Photo of Ale-ienation
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours a transparent pale gold with a creamy white head that retains well. Moderate lacing coats the sides of the glass.

S: Yeasty bouquet with subtle esters; bananas, lemons.

T: Malt-forward with a very complex medley of fruit flavors; lemons, honeydew, oranges, pineapple, green apples and guava. Belgian yeast comes through in the finish with a dried apricot tang. Beautifully balanced and delicious.

M: Medium to full bodied and quite creamy. The sturdiness of the beer really allows the complexity on the palate to shine.

O: A unique, beautiful and incredibly complex golden ale. Superb.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Congregation Ale House in Long Beach, CA.

Pours a hazy light yellow with a foamy bone head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour and tart with malt, grain, fruit, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with fruit and spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity and spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some interesting aromas and flavors.

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Photo of dln646
4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Bierkraft in Brooklyn, De Dolle's Arabier is a bit dim, with a fresh dark golden orange color.

Aroma density is the first thing that comes to mind snuffling this beer. It's profoundly aromatic because of the hops and brings out interlay with apricots, peach, flowers, white pepper, a dash of dirt and a wheat beer-like olive note.

On the palate the beer, fresh like cough drops, speaks in persistent high-notes. The medium bodied malt is combined with a mouth filling soft carbonation, that is kept by back by a immense floral hop character and the other flavors supplied by it. I'm having a tough time determining whether the beer is spiking or the high flavor intensity and spiciness composes a more evident alcohol. The length is long, bitter, with plenty of flowers and apricot-like fruits.

Undoubtedly a geeky beer in my opinion, hard to fully appreciate. The beer is about as fresh it can be at the moment, and rigid to drink in big gulps, even though I would love to. As the spring is about to arrive here in New York, I can't help but to envision sitting with a tall tulip glass of this, enjoying one of the earliest balmy spring suns. To sum the appraise, this beer is original, complex and highly aromatic. http://quaffable.org/?p=563

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Photo of brewsclues
4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at Pizzeria Paradiso in DC - 3/10/13

Everything I want in a Belgian: inviting, crisp-looking ale with tons of citrus/floral, yeast notes, full-bodied but with a dry, slightly sour (puckering?) finish.

I picked up a nice orange marmalade note on this brew. Totally dig it. I've had plenty of Belgians before, but what struck me about this one was how well-balanced it was - from start to finish, none the typically distinguishing characteristics overpowered it. Extremely sessionable.

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Photo of stakem
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of Rutager
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a hazy yellow gold with an absolutely massive head. Could only pour half the 33cL bottle in a pint glass before the head settled.

Smell. Prunes and raisins, brown sugar, spices and floral hops.

Taste. Lightly tart apples, raisins and spice, some earthy hops, oranges and pineapple.

Mouthfeel. On the lower side of medium body, with strong and smooth carbonation.

Overall. An interesting and tasty beer.

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Photo of benfons
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Hazy, blonde orange colour, very big dense head.

S: loads of hops, hint of orange and clove

T: very hoppy, a hint of orange and pineapple

M: a little undercarbonated, alcohol is there just as it should

O: nice bitterness, but lacks a bit of complexity

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Mikkeller bar.

Has a big fluffy white head and a slightly see through golden yellow body.

Smells grassy, yeasty, and fruity.

Lots of fruit namely banana which is in the nose and taste.

Has a medium mouthfeel that is crisp and lingers nicely on the palate.

Straight up delicious!

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Photo of woosterbill
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle, bottled July 2010, into a Weyerbacher tulip.

A: Hazy deep gold body beneath a majestic 3 inches of dense, fine, pillowy white head. The retention is rocky to the point of disbelief, and leaves huge clumps of lace. Stunning.

S: Rich, earthy, spicy, fruity yeast. Lots of minerality, clove, banana, and citrus. Really deep, really nice.

T: Spicy phenols up front, with candied malt and fruity esters dominating midway through. Light clove and faint alcohol on the dry finish. Some slightly dull sweetness on the aftertaste. Quite good, but there's a touch too much sweetness in the malt, and it's starting to show its age.

M: Soft, highly carbonated, very creamy medium body. Terrific.

O: I think two years might have been a little longer than this beer needed, but it's really delicious.


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Photo of DrDemento456
4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Not as much head as the Oerbier but I do get a 1/4 inch that reduces to a thick lace ring with sticky head. Color is a hazy orange yellow kind of like dark pineapple juice.

S - From the bottle I get a pretty decent level of citrus hops and in the glass it smells more like a Belgium Triple full of bubble gum and sugary yeasts. Hope it's as good as it smells.

T - Well nothing off-putting but has a mild pineapple like hop presence mixed with a sugar coated bubble gum yeast. I think I actually like this more than the Oerbier since it's hoppy, simple and delicious.

M - Light to medium and crisp. Easy to drink despite the elevated ABV.

Overall I might actually pick up another old bottle of this for 3 bucks! A very easy drinking great tasting Belgium pale ale.

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Photo of fmccormi
2.73/5  rDev -32.6%
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.

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Photo of Radome
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 33 cl bottle into a De Dolle glass at Bier Circus in Brussels.

A - Medium to dark gold color with some orange. Slightly hazy. HUGE fluffy, moussy head made up of tiny bubbles. The head and lacing are extremely persistent. A beautiful beer.

S - A very fresh US hop punch that mixes with crisp grain notes and a slight barnyard funk (in the background).

T - Spicy yeast flavors blend seamlessly with hops. Some malt is in the background, but the balance is toward hops. Some alcohol evident.

M - Medium body. Some burn from the hops bitterness and (to a lesser extent) alcohol. Carbonation adds a sharp carbonic bite. Overall mouthfeel is a bit harsh.

O - A very good beer, with the highlights being the appearance, inviting aromas and balanced flavors. Harsh mouthfeel is the only detractor.

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Photo of Flounder57
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Having a draft of this at Novare Res in Portland.

It is a pale orange color that poured a one finger head. The head reduced and left some nice lacing on the glass. It has some clarity with some vision of carbonation coming up through the glass.

It smells of yeasty esters, bready malts, spiciness, some vanilla, and some citrus. The taste is along the same lines with some lingering bitterness, but some lingering bitterness and the alcohol is hidden well too.

This is a very tasty brew. Very smooth, medium bodied, easy to drink, medium carbonation, and very delicious. I am very happy to be enjoying a tulip of this beer. Another solid Belgian beer to cross off the list.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle served in a Trappist chalice.

A: Pours a slightly cloudy orange color forming a big bubbled white head. Good retention and a small layer the never goes on the top. Some lacings left

S: Very fruity and super-spicy in the nose. Notes of orange, grapefruit, honey and vanilla. Tons of grapes. Delicious flowery hops. Sweet malts and Belgian yeasts backbone

T: Pretty much as the nose. Strong character. Very malty. Slightly sweet upfront followed by spicy notes, orange zest, honey, vanilla. In overall a dry and bitter taste

M: Medium to heavy body. Medium carbonation. Strong bite of hops bitterness as aftertaste

O: Very drinkable. Something between a Strong Pale Ale and a Belgian IPA. Reminded me Duvel, but a super-spiced version of. Absolutely great Belgian beer

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Photo of warnerry
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled May 2011

A - Big rush of air when the cap comes off. Definitely carbonated. My first attempt at a slow pour yields one finger of beer and five fingers of dense white head that lasts forever and coats the glass with lacing. Liquid is clear golden brown. Nice.

S - A mild but persistent funk, with a lot of fruit. White grape, green apple, faint peach and raisin.

T - Taste starts with white grape and a bit of apple, before an earthy funk with moderate hop bitterness and a mild spiciness kicks in. The more subtle fruit flavors from the aroma don't really make it into the taste unfortunately. Still, quite tasty, but seems a bit more like a Belgian IPA than a strong pale. Some noticeable alcohol in the taste.

M - Very lively carbonation gives an almost champagne-like mouthfeel. Rather dry with an earthy, bitter finish.

O - Another interesting brew from a very good brewery, though not my favorite from them. The earthy bitterness and the fruitiness didn't seem as harmonious as they could have been, but I would still have this again.

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Photo of NardiByNature
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I popped the top and the foam charges out the bottle. Lively carbonation makes a spectacle of the yeast bits floating up and down the glass. Big ‘ol textured head doesn't quit. Nose is deep, rich, and fruity: apple pie, tart grapes, buttered rolls; taste follows suit and is oh so smooth – mouthfeel is superbly smooth with a quick effervescent punch and a decadent finish. Good stuff –I wasn’t sure what kind of beer this was at the shop, but I couldn’t resist the funky label.

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Photo of superspak
4.26/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into chalice, no bottle dating. Pours cloudy golden amber color with an awesome 3 finger dense off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Some decent spotty lacing on the glass, with plenty of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of big grape, tart apple, pear, pepper, hay, grass, bread, earth, light funk, and yeast spices. Nice and well balanced aromas with good complexity. Taste of big lemon, pepper, grape, pear, apple, herbal, floral, earth, hay, grass, bread, and yeast spices. Dry, spicy, and slightly tart on the finish; with lingering notes of grape, pear, lemon, pepper, herbal, earth, and yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Great flavor balance and complexity. Highly carbonated and medium bodied; with a very crisp and slightly slick mouthfeel that is very nice. Very easy to drink; with hardly any alcohol warming noticed at all after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic Belgian strong pale! Great flavor complexity and balance; and extremely easy to drink. Outstanding.

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Photo of hustlesworth
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- clear golden amber with a huge attractive off white head. Pouring the first 2/3 of the bottle of course disturbed the yeast so after its inclusion the beer has a slight haze to it. The lace is cobwebby and random and the foam looks hoppy as it settles.

S- hoppy and lemony fresh, even thought the bottle is almost 2 years old. Herbal citrus noble hop aroma with mild notes of mixed tropical fruit gummy candy that were blue and shaped like sharks. Also maybe some white gummy bear. Pilsner malt and lightly toasted cereal grains meet the hops half way. Some mango and banana yeast.

T- bitter with a quickly fading fruity edge. Hop flavor lingers well into the finish and then becomes neatly clean and dry. Soft fruit flavors of banana and melon are sliced apart by the bitterness (which I'll assume has tamed down some) and damn near evaporated by the time the crisp pale grains seep slowly in along with peppery spice. This has all the flavor components of a hoppy imperial pilsner but with a lighter body.

MF- on the lighter side and thirst quenching with zesty carbonation, but darn all that alcohol. Dry and hoppy on the cheeks.

D- recategorize this one as a Belgian ipa and I'm all for it. Not what I expect from a BSPA. I'm sure it was dry hopped and all that jazz and being so hop forward it would be nice to have it labeled as such. Love this brewery though.

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4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pour is a transparent color with PBS of tight fluffy head. The nose is very nice, lots of spicy yeast, great earthy leather note, underlying caramel and sticky malt. Flavores are the same, bright lemon and golden apricots in back. Well integrated, dry, light body, soft carb. Great beer!

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Photo of Neorebel
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a fantastic tawny straw color into my Chimay goblet. The head on it somehow manages to come out perfectly flat and hanging off the side of the glass like icing on a layer cake. There is some fine sediment present in the glass. Aroma - hints of fruit (banana, cherry, pear, and tangy orange) as well as some faint hops, a grainy, yeasty character, and the alcohol acidity is clear as well. The flavor is softer than the aroma suggests... it's very balanced and smooth. The dominant bready malts are glossed over lightly with sweet apple and tart flavors. Alcohol is hardly noticed. The mouth feel is light, but 'creamy' as well. The finish has a pleasant tingling sensation as the slight bitterness comes out. Another great selection from De Dolle. I am thinking that this brewery can do no wrong.

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Photo of Anaz
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel Tulip

A: Wow, this has the most amazing head I've seen yet, even with a gentle pour it was more than four fingers. It was almost like having my beer topped with meringue. Slightly hazy gold under the slowly fading head and sticky lacing. Gorgeous.

S: Spicy Belgian yeast, candied citrus peel, orange blossoms, and ripe pears with a whiff of alcohol.

T: The taste lives up to the smell; slightly sweet, spicy & fruity Belgian yeast, with a firm bitterness and some alcohol warmth to clean things up.

M: Rich, drinkable, but it demands to be sipped and savored. The mouthfeel is full, but not heavy at all, leaving a soft prickle from the fine carbonation.

O: A fantastic beer, I'm really glad that I was able to pick one up. Too bad it's too rare and pricey or I'd drink this much more often. It may not be the best comparison, but this is like a richer, and more decadent version of Duvel. Very well done.

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Photo of karait95
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: such a big head is really cool, whitening color withnsome residuals that make it mix in colors, beer color is bright golden, carbonation is not very rich but head has excellent retention leaving lots of traces on the glass.

S: is good but a little too much hops, maybe some fruity is missing and also barley should be the center.

T: flavor is very intense but alcohol is not the center, hops are the center, again barley and fruits should be more tasting.

M: complex sensation formed by bitterness that remains through the end for a very lasting and astringent end.

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Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Disclaimer: I am a fanatic for De Dolle mostly because of how actively carbonated their beers are.

That being said:
Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle into an oversized wine glass. Poured a dark golden color (almost copper) with a massive three finger head even in the wine glass. Great retention- still a thick layer of foam even five minutes after pouring- and a little bit of patchy lacing. Foam is almost pure white but a little offish.

Smell is purely of wild yeast. Nutty and a little funky but not a recoil-in-horror kind of funk. A little malty sweetness comes through. Pretty strong scent.

Taste is hard to distinguish from mouthfeel much of the time but this problem is particularly pronounced with this beer. It is certainly very yeasty- that earthy kind of yeast taste that comes from Belgians. After you get used to the yeast, it is a light sweet golden malt character.

The mouthfeel is my favorite part of any De Dolle brew- VERY LIVE. Very exciting; it tingles all the way through. Light bodied and heavily carbonated. As I've said with my other reviews of De Dolle, BUY THIS BEER IF YOU CAN FIND IT!

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3.55/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle, Wholefoods (SF Potrero hill)into tulip at home.

A: nice lite golden color. Lots of head on this one.

S: Nothing jumps out at me.

T: very easy to drink, I expected something more complex.
Minimal yeast funk but its just a BPA,so was only hopin for more.

M: like a mouthful of champagne, but settles as you drink.

O: Not sure its worth $5.50 a bottle (11.3 oz.). Maybe its better on tap, it isnt a bad beer just dont understand all the hype.

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De Dolle Arabier from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
90 out of 100 based on 311 ratings.