De Dolle Arabier - Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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Ratings: 587
Reviews: 315
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.27%
Wants: 33
Gots: 40 | FT: 2
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:
Beer added by: Todd on 10-23-2000

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Ratings: 587 | Reviews: 315
Photo of Sammy
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

In a word, creamy yeast with strong carbonation. Tasty, honeyish and on sweet side, but carbonation on mouth detracted. Rather one dimensional on yeast, some clove tea spice, some orange citrus, Drinkable. Did not get much from dry hopping. A nice one.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Photo of metter98
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is cloudy golden yellow in color and poured into a tulip glass with a three finger high bright white head that has excellent retention properties. A light to moderate amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are moderate aromas of spices in the nose along with some hints of floral hops.
T: Like the smell, the spicy flavors of hops dominate the overall taste, which also has notes of yeast and hints of fruits. There is a mild amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and quite dry on the palate with a moderate to high amount of carbonation. Dryness stands out in the finish.
D: This is a great beer to sip if you are looking something with dryness and lots of spicy flavors.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.06/5  rDev -25%
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.

Photo of brentk56
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy light amber color with a massive foamy head that sticks like a meringue, leaving sheets of lace behind

Smell: Pithy, musky and spicy, with lemon, stone fruit, coriander and white pepper

Taste: Following a bready opening, the flavor moves in a pungent, musky but fruity direction, with hoppy lemon pith, coriander and bitter herbal flavors; after the swallow, the herbacious bitterness kicks up another notch but the finish is very dry; underneath, the whole time, is a honey-like sweetness that adds balance and complexity

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with effervescent carbonation

Drinkability: This beer was aged for a few years in my cellar and is drinking beautifully; easily my favorite beer from this impressive brewery

Photo of BEERchitect
3.52/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a light hazy yellow color ale with a huge foamy head with perfect retention. Aroma is mostly comprised of yeast with some spices and hops also noticeable. Taste is quite sharp with again the yeast making a lot of impression and spices with strong malt being quite evident. Strong body with some good carbonation. WOW, this brewery seems to always be amazing.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lightly hazy rich gold with a glimmer of orange, topped by a gorgeous, firmsticky head the color of aged parchment. The rocky, divoted surface looks like an especially rough portion of the moon's surface and thick chunks of lace adhere to the glass in every pattern and shape imaginable.

The nose is sour, spicy and musky and smells like overripe peaches and apricots sprinkled with ground clove. The best thing about it is its complexity. There are multiple layers, each possessing both power and nuance.

Not quite as good in the mouth, but still good. Ripe fruit continues to lead the way, with pears, peaches and tart apples most appreciated. Spices in the mix include cardamom, weak clove and white pepper, and there's also some honey flavor with little to no honey sweetness. Ara Bier is more bitter than sour and more sour than sweet.

I'm not used to this much hop flavor in my BSPAs. That isn't a bad thing, but Belgian brewers tend not to use hop varieties that I love (Nugget in this case). I've read that Nugget is similar to Chinook, but not in this hophead's opinion. At least not as presented in this particular beer.

The longish finish is increasingly bitter and surprisingly dry. I prefer a bit more candi sugar in beer of this style, but De Dolle has every right to offer a wide range of different experiences. I'm pretty sure that Bos Keun was considerably sweeter. The body is solidly medium and would easily be medium-full with a higher candi sugar load. While the amount of carbonation is on the high end in the grand scheme of things, it's just about average for a Belgian ale.

Ara Bier is a BSPA that fits neatly into the bitter-dry end of the style spectrum. It's well-made (I'd expect nothing less from Brouwerij De Dolle), but it doesn't quite push all of my buttons. Okay, it doesn't push them *firmly*. It's worth a repeat purchase though and is definitely worth a look if you happen to run across a bottle.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lots of fluffy white foam on a very carbonated golden yellow body. Even settling for ten minutes left behind a ton on lacing down the sides of the glass.

The aroma was light, pears, apples, hints of light lemon an citrus pops in it. Nice. Warming brings hints of the yeast and nice touches of the bready touches of. Light, well balanced flavor. Hints of citrus and pears nicely balanced against light bready notes, hints of grain and a nice well balanced feel. Very, very drinkable and just a very well rounded light belgian ale.

Overall just solid as could be.

Photo of emerge077
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beer that i've had many times, just not lately. Thanks Aaron for this one!

Bright and clear orange gold, with steady plumes of rising carbonation. Long lasting head, ever present skim across the surface.

A little musty and vinous at first, the aroma becomes fruity like dried apricot soon enough.

Crisp and slightly tart, there's a strong fruity character, with some cookie sweetness underneath and a touch of herbal bitterness. Apricot, golden raisin, plum or peach pits, dusty bubblegum, honey shortbread. Effervescent and highly charged. ABV is completely hidden. A benchmark BPA, a classic to return to again and again.

Photo of oberon
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy peah-like color with just a volcanic head that took over most of my tulip glass leaving nice sheets of lace behind,big pinapple aroma from the offset with some clovey spiciness and a little cinnamon thrown in there as well.The flavor along with the aroma has a strong pinapple character with a big yeasty-spiciness in there as well,as it warms a little the alcohol pops up more along with some light mineral qualities.Glad to try this beer very well made with some subtle complexities I really like the fruitiness to it will love to have again.

Photo of zeff80
4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy orange/gold color with a foamy, white, huge head. It left a little lace.

S - It smelled of dried fruit (plum/grape?). Also, a good dose of maltiness.

T - It tasted spicy and malty. A slight fruitiness. I also noticed a good flavor of yeast and a bitter kick.

M - It was very crisp, sharp and dry. it is medium to heavy-bodied.

D - This is a pretty good Belgian beer.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

0.33L bottle - $5.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Features a hazed, dim golden body with a very tall, quickly growing white head, despite a careful, calm pour.

Smell: A predominately fruity nose, tropical in nature, and with some bright, fresh florals given tones of spice and sugar and, though lightly, a couple lemon-menthol cough drops.

Taste: Sweetish, candyish quality in the initial taste. Some leafy qualities and a fluttering of phenols follow. A few citric elements, a thin sliver of pineapple, and another dose of table sugar arrive midway, as does some alcoholic warmth and a noted touch of tongue-numbing menthol. Hits being spicy (clove and mace) and dries out very, very fast in time for the heavily carbonated, help-I'm-filling-up-with-gas finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Exceptionally carbonated, pained, gassy burps are sure to follow.

Overall: Okay. It's interesting enough with its complexities for a dose and a bit champagne-like in texture, filling me up with gas, so I can skip lunch -- no, sir, there will be no need of Panda Express today.

Photo of nickfl
4.59/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - The top comes off with a loud hiss and the beer pours with a huge, three finger head of bone white foam. The body is a slightly hazy, golden yellow color. The rocky head settles slowly and leaves nice, thick lace.

S - A somewhat musty yeast aroma on top of pilsner malt with some vanilla notes. There are also tropical fruit notes of pineapple and banana with mild, herbal hops.

T - Pils malt up front with a slight honey note that is quickly obscured by the unique musty and funky house yeast character. Yeast notes of pineapple with strong phenolic pepper and clove follow. The finish is dominated by herbal hops and spicy, smoky yeast character with some bready malt balanced by strong bitterness. Lingering flavors of pilsner malt and european hops are better able to express themselves in the aftertaste one the strong yeast character has faded away in the finish.

M - Medium-thick body, very high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - This is a big and aggressive beer. The yeast character is wild and huge; so much so that it threatens to obscure the subtleties of the malt and hops. The aroma is quite well balanced with appropriate contributions from all of the exceptional aspects of the beer. The flavor is a bit less controlled with a huge wave of sometimes harsh phenolic yeast flavors that threaten, but don't quite succeed, to wash away the creamy malt and atmospheric hops. This beer walks the line between complexity and becoming a hot mess, but thankfully it just barely manages to land on the side of excellence. In the end, my only real complaint is that it didn't come in a 750ml bottle and that I will have a hard time finding more of it. A wonderful, and truly unique example of the style; I wish there were more like it.

Photo of mendvicdog
3.02/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

harsh medicinal slightly soapy booze

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A careful pour from a long-standing bottle delivers a clear, yellow-gold body beneath a huge head of rocky white foam that holds exceptionally well and leaves wide sheets of thin lace about the glass. If the yeast at the bottom is disturbed, however, it becomes a hazy marmalade, but at the same time delivers more flavor via the yeast. The bright nose is yeasty, floral, subtly fruity, delicately spicy (cloves) and welcoming! Some acetaldehdye (green apple) and candyish notes (from a combination of phenols and sweet malt) arise as it warms. A very fine, effervescent carbonation is achieved through bottle conditioning, and combines with it's medium body to leave it gently zesty on the tongue before warming to become velvety smooth across the tongue. The flavor delivers fruitiness and hints at tartness upfront before a honeyish and mildly nutty maltiness and spicy, grassy, leafy and floral hop flavor becomes apparent. Its bright hoppiness is quite a twist on the standard Belgian golden strong ale style! Bitterness rises towards the finish, and lingers dryly in the long aftertaste amidst a smattering of grassy hops and phenols. An interesting and exciting beer!

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.79/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 9/17/2014 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a medium off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains citrus and other fruits, caramelized malts, Belgian yeast, some spice and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of citrus, caramel and spice. Then some breadiness comes in from Belgian yeast and a hearty malt character along with some mild estery sourness. The hops presence is very mild and creates some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, decent representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while but there are better choices within the style.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a fully clouded brown hued orange with a thick frothy crème head that's going nowhere. Nose is citrus, spices, dough. Flavor is quite robust and earthy. Evident flavors from a high use of hops. Tones of sugar, citrus, heavy spices, and minor dough. A lot going on here. Feel is smooth on liquid and carbonation nips at the tongue with tiny, ever present bubbles of carbonation. This is a hearty ale. Earthy, robust, and full.

Photo of Slatetank
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
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!

Photo of Jason
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 33 cl / 11.6 oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance: Big-time rocky head with a floating plateau that does not waver. Mildly hazed beige yellow hue with a few furious tiny bubbles racing to the top.

Smell: Lemony, granny smith apples, faint medicinal phenols and a spicy sweet mix of malt, alcohol and hops in the aroma.

Taste: “Flash in the pan” tartness as the moderate body sets in. So smooth and crisp with a lined yeasty bite. Short musty buttery middle. Fruity with lemon and tart apple tones. Husky grain and medicinal phenols mix things up. Alcohol wants to come out but it hides until the warmth hits when the brew is nearly finished. Spicy hop and alcohol twist lay down with a kiss of honey like maltiness. Yeast adds another layer of chalkiness towards the end as the brew dries.

Notes: Oh baby, this is a nice one. One to have on occasion to bring the whole beer thing into perspective. Meaning that even pale brew can be this complex and flavourful yet drinkable at the same time.

Photo of Rifugium
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: bottle at Eulogy, Philly, PA

Served in a stem glass. Poured hazy, golden-yellow with a nice white head that receded partially. Floral aroma and some fruitiness. Very organic tasting, the aroma follows through in the taste: floral, light fruits and some citrus notes, complimented afterward by light grassiness, giving a crisp finish with a bit of a bitter aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel, and nicely drinkable.

Photo of kojevergas
3.27/5  rDev -19.9%
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.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Arabier's color is a cloudy orange, with a most impressive, towering, majestic flowering of foam on top. It noisily crackles as it crumbles down, leaving weavings of lace behind.
Aroma impresses also: heady and vibrant, buzzing with spice, and spritzes of citrus. Loads of malt in the body, but jam-packed with hops above all. Excellent integration. The flavor is dominated by citrus, with a dedicated yeastiness riding throughout. The finish is sweet and brief, but the hoppy zing at the front provided for a very pleasurable experience. An excellent bier, and I have JohnyDuvel to thank for it!

Photo of duceswild
3.25/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Draft, over spiced, harsh bitterness

Photo of jwc215
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Label states 11.2 oz. on top, but 11.6 oz. on the bottom. Whatever...Looks like 11.2 to me - who cares - onto the beer...

Poured into glass chalice:

Pours hazy golden amber with a very thick head that falls slightly and stays as a creamy thick cover. Trailing lace slides down glass, leaving stickage.

The smell is of honey, slight ginger, bready, with peppery spicing.

The taste is of citric peel, ginger, honey, pepper. There is an assertive grassy/herbal presence. Quite the complex brew, yet woven together in a light way. As is progresses it becomes more lemony with a quick flash of honey sweetness that turns to a hoppy, bitter, dry finish.

Something refreshingly light and summerish about it despite the complexities. The abv is reasonably well-covered. Pricey (at over 5 bucks for the small bottle), but a treat to sip on, especially on a warm day.

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