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De Dolle Arabier - Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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De Dolle ArabierDe Dolle Arabier

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557 Ratings

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Ratings: 557
Reviews: 308
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 31
Gots: 30 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 10-23-2000)
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Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.55/5  rDev +11.5%
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!

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

Bought 2 bottles of this at Beers of the World in Rochester, was on sale for $4.75 for a 11.2oz bottle, figured i'd give it a try.

Poured into a chalice, huge white head that seemingly never dissipates and the beer itself is a cloudy, orange/amber colour, appearance is reminicent of a hefe.

Smell is of citrus, grapefruit, lemon and lime.

Taste is great, highly carbonated, flavor is baked bread, lemon, grapefruit. This is going down smooth and easy.

This was My first offering from the De Dolle Brewers and I will do my best to check out some of their other offerings

Photo of robbyc1
4.78/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, what a beer, as are most of the De Dolle's.

Massive floating head into a Duvel glass takes about 4 minutes to pour, frothy head dissipates slowly. Cloudy warm brownish/orange look.

Fruity and estery like a good belgian, lots of coriander/orange peel/yeasty smell, wonderful.

Taste is an explosion of bubbly fruity essense with a combo champagne/ale feature. Hops are noticable but balanced, and finish is both sweet and sour, lacks only the full sour twang of the Oerbeer.

Explosive mouthfeel, a takeover of your buds, fantastic.

Would drink it everyday if possible, but no more than 2 at a time. Superb.

Photo of ronricorossi
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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.

Photo of Rudgers73
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330 mL bottle.

A- Deep golden yellow with a huge, thick, froathy head that fills half the glass and leaves thick, sticky lacing as it settles down.

S- Very complex. Apples at first with hints of wood and several other fruits that I can't really put my finger on.

T- Slighty bitter with a carmel-apple taste. Nutty aftertaste. A lot like oerbier, but much milder. No alcohol burn but you can tell it's not far behind. Bitter aftertaste leaning towards dry also a little peppery.

M- Very nice. Light, and active. Strong, complex that takes the senses for a wild ride. Very odd beer.

D- Because of the price I wouldn't drink it all of the time, but every once in a while it's nice to get a single to sip and savour.

Photo of BobZ
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml 11.2 Oz. bottle. Poured into a Duvel Tulip.

Appearance: Beautiful amber a few floaties, really rich head and good lacing.

Smell: Wow, sweetness and complexity announces itself right away, all kinds of scent with both spice and sweetness.

Taste: Even better than the smell, and keeps improving with each sip, a whole lot going on with this one. Sweet, with both some spice and some bitterness, extremely well balanced, exceptional.

Mouth feel: Well carbonated, very smooth.

Drinkability: Could easily be a session beer.

This is my first from De Dolle has me really looking forward to their Oerbier

Photo of LostHighway
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of mcsauter82
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Treb0R
3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

Photo of abrodsky
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of djcira
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of JackNip
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of sweethome
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown bottle - 11.2 oz - purchased from Sam's in Downers Grove.

Pours with an exploding head - actually started coming out of the bottle when opened - but htis is De Dolle so I expected it.

A hazy golden, apricot color. Huge bubbles with a meringue type top to the head - thick. Laced very well.

Nose is of spice, floral, citrus. A hint of pepper.

Medium mouthfeel - a typical belgian/saison effervescence. A hop spiciness is quite profound. Citric bite throughout.

A complex beer, flavor doesn;t quite finish the deal compared to appearance and nose - but an enjoyable belgian of distinction. Be patient with the pour.

Photo of Jules11788
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of Seaba
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Jeeb
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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

Pours a cloudy orange gold, with a thick pillowy head that leaves sheets of lace. After swirling and pouring the yeast, the beer became a cloudy copper. Aroma is full of fruits... topical fruit, fresh fig, and apricot, with a musty sweet character. Flavor is an intense burst of fresh figs, sour apples, musty barnyard notes, and a slightly sour herbal finish. Has a medium body and is very smooth. A bit too sour to drink very much, but a very interesting bier.

Photo of drewbage
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a fresh bottle poured into a Corsendonk glass.

Aroma is piney and pineapple with spicy tones of cinnamon and nutmeg driven by a voluminous carbonation. Really driven hard and it turns through to an apple pie wafting through the kitchen

Flavor is sweet and spicy with a slightly acidic push that punches up a final grassy hop bitterness.

A really clean bottle from De Dolle. Bright, hoppy and spicy. Just the right ticket for a single beer for the night.

Photo of wesside89
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of jreitman
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice orange color with some pretty intense thick head. I am staring at my empty glass now and seeing the history of every sip I took on the side of the bottle. Nice fruity, almost citrus, flavors. Moderately spicey/zesty with a good amount of malt character. Ordered myself a case of this as I find it a nice beer to drink out on the deck while reading or hanging with friends.

Photo of ark57
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This cloudy, golden beer has a huge rocky head that just won't quit. There are some fruity esters in the aroma that smells of apples. It is delicate and spicy with a dry bitter finish. It is complex and refreshing and everything that an artisanal beer should be.

Photo of czechsaaz
4.58/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really spicy aroma. Licorice, yeast, orange, candi sugar, hops, cinamon. Basically tons of stuff that it's hard to pick out distinct aromas. Complexity is pretty amazing.

Deep orange with a huge white lasting head. Tons of rising carbonation all over the glass. Nice lacing.

Flavor is definitely malty and sweet at first. There's some spice but it's subdued. There's a hint of Brett or some other wild yeast sourness. Plus the very high carbonation makes this seem more bitter than it really is. I do get some citrus too perhaps from orange peel. Hops are very restrained but still apparent in bitterness and flavor.

Mouthfeel is definitely affected by the high carbonation. The flavors and touch of alcohol give away it's strength, but the carbonation keeps it light and refreshing.

An all around enjoyable beer.

Photo of roblund
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of KindaFondaGoozah
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

De Dolle Arabier from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
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