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De Dolle Arabier - Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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91
outstanding

567 Ratings
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Ratings: 567
Reviews: 309
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.27%
Wants: 30
Gots: 34 | FT: 2
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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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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 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 XmnwildX12
3/5  rDev -26.5%

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

The beer pours a nice golden color with a thick frothy white head that lasts. The aroma is great. It has a wonderful pale malt scent along with kick ass yeast character. It's dry and earthy with a nice tartness to it. The taste is good. It has a smooth, earthy pale malt and yeast flavor that goes down slow and easy with a bit of warmth in the finish. It's quite dry. The earthy yeast character is outstanding. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is an excellent beer. The malt bill is pretty straight forward. It's warmth and fruity with a dry earthy finish; awesome.

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.

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 Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +22.5%

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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

04/13/05- Purchased at Draeger's Market in San Mateo, CA

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle with no dates. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Huge thick, almost like whipped cream head. A darker murky golden color with nice swirls of yeast. When the dregs of yeast are poured out to finish the bottle it almost looks like cookies and cream whipped cream.

Smell- Nice fruity and spicy character here.

Taste- Comparing to the last beer I had Hellek...something, it is pretty much the same except it had much more of a bitter hop presence. Mixture of corriander and other spices, plus a pretty big hop punch.

Mouthfeel- A bit higher in the carbonation, but not too high.

Drinkability- Almost like a Belgian IPA. Ineresting and different. Very drinkable...may get this one again next time I go shopping.

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

Appearance: clear yellowish orange in color sporting a 1/2" head that lingers a bit. Some spotty lacing forms during the session.

Smell: yeast spiciness, pepper, and honey sweetness are the most dominant tones.

Taste: green grapes, honey, grapefruit, pepper, yeast, mild bitterness, and soft alcohol tones make up a refreshing and lightly dry beer.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp and mildly dry throughout. Brief aftertaste. Medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: I found this to be a somewhat refreshing and easy to quaff. An enjoyable and almost session-like belgian beer.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle, time to delve further into De Dolle, listed as 8%,

A: Pours a cloudy orange with rocky long-lasting white head. Got to knock it a bit for gushing and being hard to pour.

S: Fermented funky Belgian yellow apples, notes of graham cracker, brown sugar and honey.

T: Apple like esters to start. This beer gets really hoppy in a hurry, one of the hoppiest Belgians I ever had. White grapefruit, mint, bitter melon, and musty barnyard sage, very bitter hop profile to end. I would liken it to a hypothetical Chimay White/IPA/Orval mix.

M: Too much carbonation initially. Certainly creamy, fills the mouth, explodes with carbonation, give a few swirls to start.

D: This is not a BSPA like Tremens. Think De Ranke XX Bitter, only better for my palate. Dry, hoppy IPA character dominates, a very tasty and interesting beer.

Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.74/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Before my trip to Belgium this time I checked to see which fairly common beers I had not rated or reviewed. This is why I went into Cambrinus (Brugge) and ordered this, a Satan Red, a St Feuillien Triple and a Hercule Stout before anything else. Needless to say four different styles and types of beer: what fun drinking in Belgium can be.

Anyway this was first: golden pour with a huge white head to wade through.

The nose and taste are like a mixed fruit bowl that has been plunged into a bath of yeast, then had pepper dusted onto it before someone squirts lemon juice all over it. Now boil it and take out the lumpy bits, add some hops re-boil, allow it to settle in a bottle for a while and then it's ready to drink.

Photo of stakem
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of imperialking
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of superspak
4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of corby112
5/5  rDev +22.5%

Photo of weeare138
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears a deeply hazed orange toned gold with a 4 finger white head that slowly fades out. Lots of sticky foam clings to the sides of the glass.
Smell is bitter with earthy, floral notes, along with honeysuckle, grapes, chamomile, apple skins, lavender, orange zest, and a touch of vanilla.
Taste is of the same with a mild sweetness that is dominated by a wood tannin hoppy bitterness, along with a slight vanilla flavor fighting through.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, semi-sweet up front with notes of bitter wood tannins leading to a moderately dry finish reminiscent of a Brut champagne.
Overall it's funky, semi-sweet, slightly odd...but this one is a pioneer for some of the funked out emulations that we now find brewed in the U.S.

Photo of Georgiabeer
2.28/5  rDev -44.1%
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.

Photo of afsdan
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of BARFLYB
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of tempest
3.26/5  rDev -20.1%
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.

De Dolle Arabier from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
91 out of 100 based on 567 ratings.