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De Dolle Arabier - Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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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: 26
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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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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flagmantho

Washington

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

Poured from 330mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: like all other De Dolle beers I've had, this one poured with a mammoth, persistent head. The color is a relatively light, hazy straw color which I like.

Smell: the aroma is of a little sweet malt and plenty of floral, aromatically spicy hops. Quite nice indeed.

Taste: bright, bitter, slightly metallic taste. A little chalky and quite dry. Pretty well executed, but it seems a bit harsher than average for a BSPA. Good, but perhaps not exactly my taste.

Mouthfeel: medium, medium-light body with lots of carbonation. There's a little astringency which brings down the texture a little bit for me. Normally I love the De Dolle texture, but Ara Bier is a little lacking for me.

Drinkability: pretty good, but a little harsh. This would probably pair well with a curry or other highly flavorful dish -- this could definitely stand up.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2010 05:45:55 | More by flagmantho
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BTPete

New York

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up this bottle at Westmere Beverage in Albany. It was a suggestion for me by one of the employees.

Bottle to Tulip

A: Uhh, foam, lots of head here. Actually I had to split this among two tulips.

S: Citrusy, musty, funky, yet clean? I'm not sure if that makes sense but I got a nice clean scent off it.

T: Crisp clean taste. Nice yeasty character. Fruity, citrusy, and some peppery spice.

M: Very carbonated,active, and a nice dry finish.

D: Very nice beer. Highly enjoyable. Complex and funky, small bottle, but a big beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2010 02:26:15 | More by BTPete
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Halcyondays

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2010 22:00:06 | More by Halcyondays
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animal69

Louisiana

4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a cloudy med. yellow gold color w/ a ginormous rocky white head that shot about 2" out of my snifter before covering my glass (and dresser) with a creamy lace even with a gentle pour (-.5 for me having to clean it up)

S- smell is typical tart belgian phenolic yeast & apple pie with spices mixed w/ a baking sweetbreads and orange peels, no alcohol at all however, a not too unpleasant kind of sulphurish note in there detracts just a bit

T- a very bready malt taste initially that eventually fades into an apple/pear fruitiness w/ a ritz cracker and black pepper flavor with a coriander and clove spicieness to it, very crisp semi-bitter finish, there was also some "cured concrete" munich-like notes in there, an incredible flavor overall, well balanced and...uhhh...YUMMY

M- a surprisingly lighter than med. body on this one, being very dry w/ an abundance of co2 prob. helped out tho

D- drinks excellent, my only prob. w/ drinkability is the amount that cascaded onto my dresser couldn't be salvaged

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2010 00:33:01 | More by animal69
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keithmurray

New York

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

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2009 01:56:37 | More by keithmurray
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nickfl

Florida

4.58/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2009 06:15:21 | More by nickfl
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KickbacksSteve

Florida

4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Unibroue tulip. I think the bottling date was on the top of the cap but it isn't legible. I don't think its too old. White, fluffy, long lasting foam sits atop a golden beer. Aroma is of fresh fruit with a bit of funk, some tartness and some miscellaneous sweetness, not sure what it is but I know its good. Waited a few minutes for the beer to warm a bit and the head to reduce so I didn't get foam on the tip of my nose. As the beer warms, a sweeter, honey like taste and smell start to emerge. Really a joy to drink and a journey of the senses to say the least. Wow.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2009 05:23:16 | More by KickbacksSteve
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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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OttoPeeWee

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am on a mission to try all of the De Dolle Brouwers beers, so I am a fan.

This one is quite a bit different that the dulle teve, oerbeir, bos keun, and still nacht. All of those beers are a bit on the sweet side. This one seems more peppery. A very good beer, just a more savory than sweet taste.

It seems this is more of a dubbel that a tripel.

The head is almost bizarre. It will take some time to pour (unless your really good, or lucky..) and you will have a fluffy bit in your glass the whole way down. It's almost like stiff peaked egg whites for you cooks out there.

De Dolle Brouwers, yo!

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2009 00:33:41 | More by OttoPeeWee
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nickd717

California

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

Bottle at Beer Table in Brooklyn, then again on tap at De Dolle. Reviewing the draft version here. Let me tell you, this beer is WAAAAY better fresh at the brewery on tap. Was not impressed when I had it in the US.

A - Golden yellow color with a large white head. The heads on pretty much all of De Dolle's beers I've had have been massive.

S - Yeast and mild funk with a hint of spice.

T - Yeast, pale malt, a little funk and mild tartness, slightly sweet honey, lemon, light fruits, spices, and fresh citrusy hops.

M - Fairly light on the palate with a somewhat dry finish and lively carbonation.

D - Very high. This would make an awesome summer beer in that it is complex and tasty, yet light and refreshing.

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2009 18:29:27 | More by nickd717
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benclimbs

California

4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2009 20:29:37 | More by benclimbs
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morimech

Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with a huge white meringue head that lasts forever. Heavy lacing is left on the glass. Has a spicy phenol aroma with green apples lingering in the background. Also some alcohol is detected. The flavor is heavy on the yeast flavors. Cloves and pepper up front with some apple flavor coming in towards the back end. Hop bitterness is very apparent in the finish as well which I guess sets this one apart from other Belgian pale ales. A little alcohol warmth is also noted. Has a light body and seems a little overcarbonated especially right after the pour. It settles down a little with time but still a little high. A very good example of a Belgian Strong Pale Ale but I would still take Duvel over this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2009 22:02:55 | More by morimech
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

4.65/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A bit of a gusher, this 'un...but I've learned to open most Belgian beers over a sink or wastebasket...so beware, although it wasn't the worst foam-fountain I've dealt with. Once in the glass, the head is mighty and firm, thick and pillowed. Color has the tan/orange hue of a horse saddle, and is almost opaquely murky. Hardly pale.

Nose is much funkier than I remember, although there's a heaping lot of fruit character too. Leather and plum, stinky cheese and fig, locker room sweat and spoiled pear. Gotta love it.

While the nose pretty much features the yeast, the flavors on the tongue are broader. Plenty of dark, overripe fruit, and some apple and pear too, while the yeast imparts a balancing element of funky zing. White pepper steps in, as does a tartness not detected in the nose. Firm malt base lays out a slightly sweet, gooey-but-earthy tone. And then you get extra depth with honey, grassy hops and campfire smoke all in supportive but important roles. Unlike any other Belgian beer; Ara Bier definitely brings its own stamp of uniqueness.

Mouth is slick and slippery, largely rounded yet carbonated enough for balance. Has a peculiar glide that sends it right past the tongue and down the throat quickly, and while that feels like a textural thing, perhaps it's just so damn good my tongue can't bear it?

Cracking the cap on any De Dolle beer is always a pleasure, and this one proved to be no different. Depth, complexity, allure, uniqueness...it's got it all. Have had this one several times over the years, and this is surely not the last I've seen of it. Wowza.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2009 22:47:18 | More by Metalmonk
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froghop

Washington

3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a hazy golden yellow-orange, with lots of carbonation, a very large egg-shell head, and good lacing.

smell is of sweet fruits, yeast, and a touch of sour malts.

taste is fizzy, sour malt, sweet fruits, peach, and apricot, ends dry, a little sour, and a little bitter.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2009 01:52:19 | More by froghop
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NewGeneric

California

4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this one last night as part of a De Dolle session. Poured a golden color with thick, frothy white head that faded very slowly and left good lacing. Smelled of yeast, fruit, malt, and toffee. Tasted of fruits, yeast, sugar, and caramel. A bit fizzy and dry. Good beer!

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2009 21:16:52 | More by NewGeneric
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mltobin

Connecticut

4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I pulled out some old notes for this review on De Dolle Ara Bier.

This 11.2 ounce bottle was purchased at Amity Wine & Spirit in New Haven. The graphic on the bottle features a cute parrot.
Upon pouring into a Duvel tulip glass, the appearance of the beer is a nice golden body with a frothy two finger head. It smells a little hoppy, kind of sweet. Upon sipping it, it tastes of fruits, candies, as well as yeast and malts, and in the end, it finishes dry. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with its carbonation coming through along with its sweetness, but all in all it is a smooth and enjoyable mouthfeel. The drinkability is very good on this 7% abv beer, I really wish that I had another right now...damn good beer !

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2009 23:20:51 | More by mltobin
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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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jrallen34

Illinois

3.23/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I drank this beer from the bottle into a chalice.

The beer poured beautifully with a huge white, creamy, chunky head that clung to the glass. The beer itself was a cloudy golden orange.It had average to good lacing.

The smell was great, very strong sense of orange, hops, and bitterness.

After this great start with the smell and look I was greatly disappointed. This is not a very good beer. It is very very bitter with a no taste of orange that I smelled and just left me disappointed. Not at all what I was expecting.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2009 20:17:26 | More by jrallen34
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augustgarage

California

4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330mL bottle into my Troubadour tulip glass.

Liquid is a very hazy golden yellow to amber with a gargantuan, rocky, pearling, solid white head of foam with perpetual retention and thick tendrils of lacing.

Spicy yeast in the nose, crisp winter fruit (Asian pear), with clean fruity hop notes as well.

Rich complex flavors of rock candy, peppercorn, sourness from the yeast, bitterness from hops and lactic acid, and a long, rustic, woody, dry finish. Phenols unapologetically overwhelm the esters here, but very good none the less.

Milky, soft, full mouthfeel with very heavy carbonation. Some warmth from the alcohol, but no astringency.

Distinctive, superior version of the style, though one of the more subdued offerings from De Dolle.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2009 19:57:59 | More by augustgarage
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glid02

Georgia

4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up from Green's on Buford in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy golden color with a two-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin pancake on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of overly ripe and sugar-coated pears with good amounts of slightly tart red apples.

Tastes very good. Pear and a combination of green and red apple flavors up front segue into a good dose of Belgian candi sugar. The ending holds a slight tartness with a solid dryness.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a good thickness with very active carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I had no problem finishing the bottle and could have another, maybe even more.

Overall this is another very good beer from De Dolle, but somewhat in the middle of the pack. There's a lot going on here but the flavors don't meld as seamlessly as they do in De Dolle's other beers. Still, well worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2009 01:51:58 | More by glid02
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mhatters

Pennsylvania

4.78/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in an Ara Bier glass at my house.

Great golden color with a big, think, lacy head that stays. Nice sediment haze.

Lots of citrus, yeast, pepper, apple, and other spices

The first thing that comes out in the taste is a good malt base, then hops, and some sugar sweetness.

Lots of carbonation, crisp and light on the palette.

A classic beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2009 00:38:27 | More by mhatters
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clayrock81

Virginia

3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I necessarily shouldn't take points for this, but it pissed me off as it was my first brew of the night and I hate waiting for that first one. Poured into a tulip and received about half a glass of foamy white head that took FOREVER to go down. This sat on top of a tantalizing gold body with some yeast floaties (I think). A tart citric hop smell mixed w/ hints of something spicy like clove or pepper and some sweet malt smells as well, not to mention that typical Belgian yeast smell (w/ the hint of orange). A mild, light sweetness mixed with some tart hops that pack a little punch on the backbite. A complex beer as I was going back and forth between picking up these bitter tastes and sweet tastes, as this beer's mouthfeel seemed to vary from thin and sour to full and creamy/smooth. I'm glad I tried this beer, but I'll be prepared next time.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2009 15:52:15 | More by clayrock81
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KateMcN

California

4.65/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: golden and very cloudy

s: earthy, peppery, belgian-hoppy

t: herbal, earthy, crisp, hoppy, a little citrus, a little tobacco

m: lots of sediment; almost ashy (not a negative thing)

d: delicious, continually intriguing, don't rush this one

yum times a thousand. i love belgian beers that aren't too sweet, so the 'belgian ipa' category is usually my favorite. i'd categorize this one thusly if i didn't know better.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2009 05:35:20 | More by KateMcN
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popery

California

4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Yikes. This beer was the worst gusher that I've yet come across. Open this one near the sink with your glass close at hand. On the other hand, it's got a head that stands like spray foam. The liquid is a dusky orange-gold.

S: Musty and citric. There is a wonderful Belgian earthiness with some peppery and alcoholic spicing. There are some indications of relatively light sourness, as well.

T: Subtle tartness and flowery citrus combine with musty barley and Belgian complexity. With a better mouthfeel to present these flavors, this beer might get a perfect score for taste. It's a pleasant summery flavor that is both refreshing and complex.

M: The one real problem with the beer. It's nearly flat. Now, that's probably down to it gushing like crazy, but it still hurts things.

D: Again, this score would be much higher if the mouthfeel were different.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2009 05:01:53 | More by popery
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