De Dolle Arabier - Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
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4.4/5 rDev +7.8%
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.
04-10-2012 03:19:15 | More by Neorebel
4.22/5 rDev +3.4%
330mL bottle poured into a tulip.
A - Pours a ruddy orange-gold with four fingers of meringue-like, off-white foam. Plenty of sticky lace.
S - Big fruit and spice nose, with apple skin, pear, apricot, and clove.
T - Taste follows from the nose, with a dose of rustic farmhouse character. Dry and earthy with spicy and herbal hop flavors. Assertive hop bitterness yields a coarse, dry finish.
M - A bit rough around the edges, but pleasant, with lively carbonation.
D - A lovely take on a Belgian pale. Lots of character and a pleasure to sip. This is one I'll make it a point to revisit.
09-05-2010 03:42:01 | More by trbergman
4.43/5 rDev +8.6%
Appearance: Pours a glowing gold with the smallest hint of orange down the middle. Pouring the yeast sediment darkens it to a darker peach hue. A fluffy white head starts out huge and shrinks to a thick cap with hefty clumps. Good lacing...
Smell: The aroma is very earthy and organic with strong suggestions of honey, grass, and yeast. There's a slight phenolic character, but it's in the background.
Taste: The flavor mirrors the aroma in it's organic qualities. There's lots of sweet malt and honey that is balanced with a good dose of hops. The phenolic character that was hinted at in the smell is even stronger in the taste, but is well balanced with the other flavors. Lots of sugary sweet and yeasty flavors. Not-so-subtle banana and clove flavors show up as well. The alcohol is very well hidden, as it only barely shows up towards the end. Finishes with a nice sour note. Very complex and delicious...
Mouthfeel: Starts out rich and creamy, then moves to dry and tart with a medium mouthfeel. Fairly heavily carbonated. Slight acidity on the finish.
Drinkability: Great drinkability with this one. I remember seeing this brew on the shelves of a local retailor over a year ago, and only trying it once. Now that it's not available here, I realize what a great brew it is. Irony strikes again...damn!
It may be a year-round offering, but this is one kick-ass summer brew!
A big 'thank you' goes out to StevieW for including this gem in our Blockbuster Trade!!
03-31-2003 20:44:24 | More by MJR
4.03/5 rDev -1.2%
pours a opaque golden
smell is sour fruit and some light caramel malts
taste is sour fruit, some apples, cherries along with a crisp bitter finish
interesting, drinkable beer - another good example of a belgian blonde sour. bought at a nice little beer store in bristol.
09-16-2009 20:29:37 | More by benclimbs
United Kingdom (Scotland)
3.88/5 rDev -4.9%
Super deep full sweet Duvelesque smell and pours a beautifully thick foamy head which goes the distance from first to last sip. Hazy deep yellow with some spice and a reasonably full body withour being at all heavy. Flavour seems to lack some definition but the body is fully supportive and plays well in the mouth.
No slouch here but doesn't deliver the goods as promised.
07-14-2011 20:54:32 | More by Zimbo
4.33/5 rDev +6.1%
33cl brown bottle. I messed up. I lost HALF the bottle upon opening it. It gushed everywhere, I mean everywhere. Never will I be unprepared. Sorry.
Appearance: Amazing amount of head. Thick and creamy, nice lacing. Tons of tiny bubbles coming up the sides.
Smell: Tart, bit funky, some citrus, and honey.
Taste: Smokey funk, sweet citrus, and finishes with dry floral hops.
Mouthfeel: Starts creamy, slight tartness, that finishes crisp yet dry.
Drinkability: Well I don't know if it is me or my bottle but that was tasty. I would definitely recommend grabbing a few of these.
03-04-2010 01:26:20 | More by stevefinny
District of Columbia
4.38/5 rDev +7.4%
This beer was recommended to me by my favorite beer supplier, and he said "this brewery can do nothing wrong."
Pours an amber color with a HUGE head, even when poured into a tilted glass. The smell is hop-heavy like an American Pale Ale, but there is a tinge of sweetness to it.
The taste is wonderful. Pretty sweet, almost like apple juice with a tiny bit of hops added in. The aftertaste gets a little bitter, and the slight feeling of carbonation lingers for a little while, but the smoothness of the initial sip really begs for another. As you have more and more, the aftertaste starts to go away and you are left with only the sweet start. A great beer for any occasion.
03-26-2005 21:11:04 | More by Toddv29424
3.9/5 rDev -4.4%
Pours a hazy light peach color. TONS of carbonation that leave a huge rocky foamy white head. Aromas of sweet oranges, tropical fruit and that Belgian yeast.
Earthy sweet malt taste. Tropical fruit and a very aromatic citrus bitterness. Reminded me a bit of candied orange peel. Not as sweet as the nose was. Complex with lots of flavor.
Rich creamy mouthfeel that finishes dry.Not as carbonated on the tongue as the appearance led me to believe. Rich, but still decent drinkability.
A little different but well worth a try.
12-08-2003 02:50:17 | More by rkhaze
3.68/5 rDev -9.8%
Pours clear golden body overlain by spectacular, rocky white head that lasts and never dies out. Aroma is lightly toasted pale malt sweetness enveloping significant fruity esters of orange (major) and pear (minor), distinctive spicy-peppery phenols, refined sugar and a whiff of alcohol. The flavor is a marriage of orangeish fruity esters and spicy phenols; the body is medium and effervescent and it is the high carbonation that, together with pronounced bitterness from both hops and phenols, lends
dry finish with lingering, resinous-bitter and somewhat spicy
aftertaste. (330 ml, bottled Nov 2010, BB Nov 2011, into tulip.)
05-22-2011 01:24:16 | More by crnipeter
United Kingdom (England)
3.83/5 rDev -6.1%
A - WOW! What a pour, that took a while and the head is still trying to creep out the bottle . Big fluffy meringue head that leaves decent lacing. Very hazy dark orange in color.
S - Grapefruit, Citrus and various other fruits. Spicy, bit of cloves and maybe some white pepper and yeast, also maybe some bubblegum that adds to the sweetness.
T - spicy, bitter grapefruit rinds, mixed pepper, clove and musk. Not as much sweetness as I expected from the nose, and think it could have used some additional to balance out the bitterness.
M&D - Medium bodied and Very smooth with good carbonation (I had figured it was going to be over carbonated from the pour, but I was wrong). Bubbled up a bit in my mouth but only the first couple of sips. I could drink more but I would have liked it a bit better balanced.
10-06-2009 13:52:57 | More by thepeter
De Dolle Arabier from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
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