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De Dolle Arabier - Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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De Dolle ArabierDe Dolle Arabier

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

505 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 505
Reviews: 300
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 27
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 10-23-2000)
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kybeerdrinker

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

05-11-2014 18:43:28 | More by kybeerdrinker
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jmsedgwick

Mississippi

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

01-24-2014 13:07:12 | More by jmsedgwick
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GRUUMSH

Belgium

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

02-27-2013 08:43:09 | More by GRUUMSH
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stevefinny

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2010 01:26:20 | More by stevefinny
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MaineMike

Maine

4/5  rDev -2%

01-08-2012 06:34:27 | More by MaineMike
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Toddv29424

District of Columbia

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2005 21:11:04 | More by Toddv29424
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randomdanger

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +22.5%

11-15-2011 16:24:44 | More by randomdanger
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aszatk01

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2%

05-31-2013 00:14:19 | More by aszatk01
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rkhaze

California

3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2003 02:50:17 | More by rkhaze
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crnipeter

Slovenia

3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.)

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2011 01:24:16 | More by crnipeter
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thepeter

United Kingdom (England)

3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2009 13:52:57 | More by thepeter
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kmoen

California

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

08-03-2013 03:22:54 | More by kmoen
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Apathetiq

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

02-15-2014 19:45:36 | More by Apathetiq
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haz77

Australia

4.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a cloudy amber with a massive billowing head. Some nice lacing as the head slowly falls.

S - Apples and various citrus fruits in there. Also a faint smell of yeast and some honey.

T - Apples, phenols, citrus, a bit a spice. Alcohol, dryness and bitterness right at the end.

M - Large amount of carbonation, medium body, smooth as can be.

D - Fantastic beer. Easily one of my favourite Belgian beers. In fact, it's one of my favourite beers full stop.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2006 17:33:46 | More by haz77
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Zekenyce

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

02-22-2014 00:29:01 | More by Zekenyce
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Prost76

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

02-23-2014 11:57:05 | More by Prost76
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phishgator

Florida

4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was poured into a large Val-Dieu goblet. The head is enormous. Tiny compact bubbles that seem creamy and light like whipped egg whites. The aroma is of grassy, herbal, hops, and a big open pasture of wild grass. The taste is execptional. At first you get a earthy hop bite, followed by some heavy yeasty bread. The mouthfeel is nice, the hops are more dominant, but not overpowering. This a one brew that can be drank for a little bit during a session.

I like this offering and can't wait to try more from this brewery!

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2006 13:48:15 | More by phishgator
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TimHitchings

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -2%

07-26-2013 23:19:00 | More by TimHitchings
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NOLANDMAN

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +22.5%

12-11-2012 05:58:16 | More by NOLANDMAN
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SpasmWaiter

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

02-02-2014 21:47:03 | More by SpasmWaiter
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SaucyA

Michigan

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

A - Pours with a 2-finger white crown atop a hazy, golden/brown body. The lacing is incredible. Jets of carbonation ride the sides of my tulip. Head retention is great. It's hardly pale, though.

S - Great yeasty esters, light fruits, pears, fresh fruit. Random spices. Complex. Light alcohol notes. Awesome.

T - This is fantastic. Nice carmel candy sweetness, hints of fruits, Belgian yeastiness. Complex. Surprisingly malty, and has a super earthy hopped back end. Starts sweet and finishes dry.

M - Medium bodied with a spritzy carbonation. Again, awesome.

D - It does tend to get a little sweet but it's still a pleasure to drink.

Notes: For the price my store has it at, it's fucking amazing. Love this brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2009 22:27:30 | More by SaucyA
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SStein

Belgium

3.91/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was a bit of a gusher. It was very heady and took multiple times to pour it. The head has a slightly soapy taste. The beer is fairly bitter which is uncommon for this style. Very sappy, resins tasting. There is a fruit under taste, slight carbonation while I drink, but that could be from the 10 minutes it took to pour. Overall, not too bad of a beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 17:57:28 | More by SStein
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smi

New York

3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

04-07-2012 20:15:16 | More by smi
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berkey

California

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

As I try pour this one into my trusty Duvel Tulip it immediatley gushes open. I get as much into the glass as possible creating a massive frothy white head. Much of the head is still there after I'm finished cleaning up so I have to say retention is't bad. body is a very hazy pale amber. Lacing is a little spotty and uneven.

Bitter hops are the first aromas to jump out along with citrus, yeast, and bready malt.

Flavor brings on even more intense bitter hops with some smoke. Malt profile stays on the same track as the nose with a very pleasant bready character. The citrus picked up before isn't as easily identifiable on the palate as the smell suggested but it's still there along with some faint honey sweetness. Finish is remarkably dry. Interesting stuff!

While much of the carbonation seems to spent from the explosive opening the medium body and almost puckering dryness keep the mouthfeel very interesting. While the bitterness was surprising to the point of almost being off putting at first by time I got the bottom of the bottle I was loving it and wishing I had more. This along with the low for the style booze get it high marks for drinkability.

Overall not at all what I expected but once I got into it I found it highly unique and enjoyable. Will definitely purchase again.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2009 01:00:52 | More by berkey
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DaggerEyes

New York

4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured out of the bottle a hazy golden color with slight subtle orange hues. A foamy one finger head on the surface throughout

The nose is peppery with scents of clove, bubble gum, apple, bannana and honey.

Taste is exactly what the nose would lead you to believe. A little funky. Spicy on the tip of the tongue, notes of clove, banana, apple ad honey.

Medium carbonation, medium body clean finish

very drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2007 15:41:57 | More by DaggerEyes
De Dolle Arabier from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
91 out of 100 based on 505 ratings.