De Dolle Arabier - Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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Ratings: 557
Reviews: 308
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 31
Gots: 31 | FT: 1
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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 10-23-2000)
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Photo of tbeckett
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle at Bier Circus in Brussels. From notes.

A - Poured with a big 3 finger fluffy head with some pillowy quality. Head was white. Very effervescent. Hazy dark orange colour with a little lacing and a good ice cream scoop in the middle for retention and some film around.

S - Really farmhousy. Lotsa yeast and some mild hop. Quite citrusy.

T - Yeast, barnyard funk, good citrus, hops, and a little more funk.

M - Nice carbonation, medium body, and a nice bitter, dry finish.

O/D - Nice one. Great to sip on and a nice hop/funk/yeast combo.

Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

8.00%ABV version here, poured into a Delirium Tremens tulip. Pours a just-so-slightly hazed golden yellow color with an incredibly dense and lofty head; the retention is just awesome. There is a vigorous, almost violent visible release of CO2.

The initial smells I take in are of earthy yeast residue with a sweet fruity combination of a baked banana-bread and tart green apples. I can just make out the gently spicy, and likewise earthy, hops in the nose.

I'm a little surprised at the floral and citrusy hop tastes in this beer. It's a bit more bitter than I expected, as well. The backbone of this brew is the sharp carbonic bite paired with a gently sweet malt following close behind. The yeast earthiness rounds out this great example of Belgian beers. The texture is grainy and sharp, with a bit of alcoholic dryness. Medium-bodied and easy-drinking.

Photo of Rifugium
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
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 Ginsu13
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Happened to come across a couple bottles randomly placed in the store. How could I turn this one down, a bird rockin' a beret drinking in the trees. This one turned out to be a treasure.

A - Poured into snifter from 11.2 oz bottle. Had to be careful pouring as this one wanted to jump out of the glass. Huge rocky white head that wanted to sit tight. The color was a nice orange amber haze.

S – Not a huge nose, but hints of plum, lemon and a light grass note come through.

T – Lots of nice flavors here as the plum and lemon translate through. Slight grass and subdued clove flavors follow through on the back end. The malt & honey flavors really round out the profile. The pepper taste I was expecting from this Belgian never quite hit.

M – First sip seemed to be on the dry side with a nice carbonic bite. As I got toward the bottom of the glass, the beer became full keeping the nice dry bite on the back.

O – Glad I picked this one up. If I were to find another bottle stashed somewhere I will definitely pick it up.

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

A - poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a pint glass. Freshness dating was noted on bottle. I thought I was pouring at my regular rate but the head exploded to half the glass before I could stop! Color was dark golden. Lacing was thick, but patchy.

S - rich bread and pine resin was evident right out front.

T - clove was noticeable just at first then it quickly dissolved into a resin/grassy combo. malt or hops was not really there for me. but regardless it was very smooth.

M - as stated the taste was smooth and what I'd call medium-bodied. Slightly on the acidic side which I tasted in the back roof of my mouth.

O - a very good brew that I'll have again when I come across it. not as "belgian" as I anticipated it being, but very good nonetheless.

Photo of drtth
4.68/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter X glass from a bottle that has a best by date of Jan 2012 and was filled in Jan of 2010. (Special Kudos to De Dolle for giving us both dates.) Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As poured the beer is a faintly hazed golden color and filled with active carbonation. There is a 1” fluffy white head that recedes slowly leaving patches of lacing that cling to the sides of the glass. Sipping leaves some interesting trails of leggy lacing as well.

Smell: The aromas tell you immediately that this beer is made with Belgian yeast. There is also a touch of some pale malt and a floral, fruity character that blends nicely with hints of herbal grassiness from the hops. It is when the hops show up that you first realize this is not your ordinary Belgian Strong Pale Ale.

Taste: The flavors include sweetness, citrus and some earthy, grassy character. There’s also a bit of white pepper showing. An almost honey-like sweetness is also a player here.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied and a nice combination of creamy smoothness and gently prickliness from the healthy carbonation. The finish is relatively long, begins with the some sweetness and then quickly becomes bitter and dry.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: I’m liking this beer more and more as I sip more and more. I’ll certainly be willing to drink this one again, so long as it is relatively fresh. My overall impression of this beer is that it is very balanced and well made, that it is a real treat that stands out from the field of Strong Pale Ales with its imaginative combination of the best of Belgium and the best of hops.

Photo of nickhiller
4.63/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: cloudy golden brown, big bubbly head with lasting retention, thick soap scummy lacing

S: fresh, sweet malt, almost like sniffing a handful of barley, De Dolle's familiar raspberry/fruity yeast

T: tastes like raspberry jam biscuit, with a perfect counterbalancing fresh hop bitterness

M: light creamy body, dry bitter finish

O: delicious, it seems like they might be using the same yeast in their beers, giving them a signature yeasty raspberry-esque flavor that works really well with their malty-cum-sour flavor

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

Rich and funky ale.

Presentation: 33 cl brown capped bottle. Fairly colorful image with theme of the brew and the drawing of a parrot holding a glass of beer. Notes second fermentation in the bottle and main ingredients. Shows 8% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Lightly hazy deep gold, rich and lasting frothy head, with a great surface presence and nice patches of lacing.

S - Sour, funky, and fruity nose. Earthy and very fresh.

T - Funky range, with a peppery yeasty dash, plenty of citric notes, and a nice earthy sense. The grassy elements works very well with a dash of sweet honeyed fruit in the finish.

M - Light-medium body with rich carbonation, dry finish.

O - Quite long and pleasing with a nice fresh sense, very nice flow.

Notes: The hoppy side that the brew talks about was there but woven, maybe subdued given the uncertain age of the bottle. I´d be happy to find another one and compare notes though. This was quite tasty and top bracket quality wise. Thanks Toño for the treat.

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

Appearance: hazy gold with an iceberg of stiff meringue peaks that would look perfectly comfortable atop a banana cream pie.

Smell: honeyed sweetness with gentle fruit backdrop, and some subtle cardamom spice lurking in the wings.

Taste: this beer must be allowed to sit and warm. In my impatience I sipped too soon and suffered puckered displeasure at the astringent bitterness. Since my impatience also allowed the whole glass to pour into frothy snowbank, I had to wait a few minutes before it s drinkable - that was a good thing. Fruits and lemon up front, followed by an aggressive hoppy middle, and a capped with a lingering bready finish.

Mouthfeel: again, let it settle for a few or this one will make you look rabid. Once the fizz settles the carbonation returns to a bearable level well-suited to the style.

Overall: a real treat! Complex enough to be enjoyed on its own, but for all us savages who need food with beer it stood up to Chinese without batting an eye. Looking forward to having again when the weather warms up.

Photo of CHADMC3
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden to orange with yellow hues with a pillowy cloud of pure white head that patiently dissolves to leave a dense sticky lacing in its wake.

Abundant aromas waft from the glass including Belgian yeast, sour fruits such as apples accompanied by other citrus aromas, and spices like clove.

Yeast and fruits such as apples and oranges or lemons hit the palate first followed by grassy notes and spices such as clove.

Generous carbonation highlights the mouthfeel of this beer as well as the puckering sour fruits that accompany the medium body.

This is a fantastic beer with great traditional style characteristics and an overall tasty experience.

Photo of axeman9182
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle, received as part of Amanti Vino's Beer of the Month program, allowed to warm slightly before being poured into my Brooklyn tulip.

Arabier pours somewhere between a hazy tangering and full on orange. The cream colored head is absolutely towering, 4 fingers plus after pouring only about half the bottle. Retention is off the charts, 15 minutes later there's still a foam iceberg marooned in the center of my glass. Lacing is pretty good, but more spotty than cohesive sheets down the side of my glass, and just keeps the look from being about perfect. The nose is heavy on herbs and clove, with a bit of granny smith apples and pears peeking through as well. Neither the bottle or the De Dolle website mention anything about brett, but I swear there's a bit of funk to this one. Beyond that, the usual pale fruit sweetness leads off (though is unusually subdued) before a bigger than usual hop bite leads into a beautiful blend of herbal notes from the Nugget hops and clove and white pepper phenols from the yeast. A little bit firmer of a malt presence would balance the beer out a bit more and really elevate it even further. I don't mind my BSPAs being a bit on the dry side, but I'd say Arabier takes it just a bit too far. There's no substance to it at all body-wise. Carbonation is quite lively, and spot on for the style. Arabier is a relatively unique, interesting take on a Belgian Strong Pale Ale, and were it not quite so dry would be up there with Duvel as a top offering for the style.

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

33 cl, 11.2 oz bottle, no date on the cap. Foams upon opening, even after careful storing and handling. Just that highly carbonated? Pours a cloudy deep-golden color. Nice lingering head with real sticky lacing. Beautiful color and beautiful beer.

The aroma is a great combination of bright fruitiness and spicy clove and yeasty earthiness.

Flavors of fruits- pears, citrus and pineapple even?, yeasty, but still refreshing. Slightly phenolic. Hint of vanilla. Ever so slightly tart and sour. Highly carbonated. Medium body, but finishes dry. Very drinkable.

This one from De Dolle is really complex and has to be one of my favorite pale Belgian ales.

Photo of DovaliHops
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle says it's 8%ABV, not 7. Pours a very cloudy golden color with a HUGE white, frothy head that doesn't go anywhere anytime fast. Good lookin beer. Scent is yeasty, spicy, and fruity. I get oranges, apples, and banana. The orange is actually predominant in the nose. Taste is somewhat unique in its own way...Tons of flavor...Initially I get a hoppy flavor, quickly followed by delicious banana and orange flavors. Then I get some bread notes and tons of yeast and spice...a lot of pepper and some clove. It finishes very hoppy, which I was not expecting. Mouthfeel is very crisp and dry with a lot of flavor. Drinkability is fairly high, as the ABV is pretty well-hidden. This beer is nowhere near Duvel, but it's a good beer overall.

Photo of alcstradamus
2.5/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a cloudy golden color with a moutainous marshmallow head.

The aroma is yeast and light spice with a bit of skunkiness. Notes of apple peel and citrus.

The flavor is spicy and a bit astringent. Some empty citrus flavor and alcohol.

The body is light and carbonation is high.

Overall this beer is very mediocre. Do I have a bad bottle? I just don't see the appeal at all here.

Photo of impending
3.08/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

33cl into a tulip. Pours a hazy butterscotch orange. Magnificent pure white towering head remains till nearly tomorrow. One of only a few 33cls that wouldn't fit my Duvel tulip in a single careful pour. Clumpy froth clings as only a belgian can.

Aroma is yeast by the ton atop a cornucopia of mid summer light skinned fruits. Superb!

Taste is not up to the level of the nose or eye. Taste surprisingly lacks complexity, rather one dimensional. Simply yeast and pine bitterness atop under ripe fruits with a peppery finish. Light, prickly mouthfeel.

Rarely has the scent of a brew exceeded the flavor to this extent, unfortunate. Bottled six months ago, perhaps it needs to be fresher.
cheers
jd

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

Pours a slightly hazy light amber with huge rocky head cresting in a dollop of meringue. Over 5 minutes or so it dropped to a nice island of meringue and left an explosion of styrofoam on the sides of the glass. Smell: lemon-pepper, pear, good dose of floral and grassy hops and a little lemon rind, mild borderline-banana fruit esters. Taste: big spicy and grassy hopping, pear, sweet graininess, peppery, alcohol well hidden (8% listed on bottle). Aggressive carbonation settles to a nice creamy feel. A very good (and hoppy) BSPA worth revisiting.

Cap is stamped "Bottled May 2010."

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

The beer makes a loud popping sound when I open the bottle.

The smell is dry with some spicy-medical phenols. Hints of yeast and some fresh flowery hops. Hints of alcohol, brown sugar and cream.

The colour is golden with lots of small bubbles in the almost clear liquid. The two finger head is white and compact. It sinks slowly leaving some lacing.

The taste is bitter-sweet and surprisingly hoppy. Some soap-like phenols and a gentle sweetness. Dry hints of yeast, earthy notes and bitter herbs. Quite a lot of alcohol in the aftertaste as well as some pine needles. Bitter herbal hops in the finish.

The carbonation is very strong with lots of small bubbles. The liquid is smooth.

More hops and bitter notes than other beers in this style. Enjoyable.

Photo of jwinship83
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle with no freshness information drank out of my duvel tulip. in my area, de dolle beers dont move that fast, so im led to believe that this is an older bottle. just how old i cant say.

A- the pour yields a hazy golden colored body with a rather large bright white head on top. the head lasts for a while, and leaves behind rather large spots of lacing. pretty nice.

S- the first thing i pick up in the nose are pale malts with a little bit of wheat. theres some light citrus fruits in the nose also. lemon and a little bit of grapefruit. its spicy also. coriander, clove, and some pepper. faint earthy hops at the end.

T- the taste starts out with some sweet pale malts and a little bit of wheat malt. after that i get some lemon and very faint grapefruit flavors. lots of spice such as coriander, clove, and white pepper. faint earthy hops finish this one off.

M- this beer has a medium body and a high level of carbonation. the alcohol is completely masked.

D- as with everything de dolle brews, i enjoyed this. theyre a seriously under appreciated belgian brewery. i think this is supposed to be a hoppier offering. maybe the bottle i got is too old to fully appreciate it. id love to try another one that is newer.

Photo of metter98
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is cloudy golden yellow in color and poured into a tulip glass with a three finger high bright white head that has excellent retention properties. A light to moderate amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are moderate aromas of spices in the nose along with some hints of floral hops.
T: Like the smell, the spicy flavors of hops dominate the overall taste, which also has notes of yeast and hints of fruits. There is a mild amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and quite dry on the palate with a moderate to high amount of carbonation. Dryness stands out in the finish.
D: This is a great beer to sip if you are looking something with dryness and lots of spicy flavors.

Photo of ms11781
3.79/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a hazy golden, orange color with a 4 finger foamy head that just stays. It took over 20 minutes to pour a 12oz bottle into a 16oz tulip glass. Thick lacing with huge gobs of foam left on the glass.

Nose is full of aroma. Fruity, yeasty, some candi sugar, sweet malts, spicy, floral notes. Really a lot going on in the nose.

Taste is fruity at first, ripe apples, pears, sweet malts. Slightly sugary, too. Spicy and a bit peppery at the end leading to a slightly bitter finish.

Medium carbonation that goes quickly with a medium body. A bite at the end from the bitter finish dries it out a bit.

Goes down smooth at first with the decent carbonation but it fades quick as it warms. Very pleasant to drink when slightly chilled carbonated, not so much as it warms and loses it.

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

(served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer has a hazy orange body with a strong microbubble carbonation that supports a sticky head that leaves register marks with each sip. The head is a soft peak merangue of off-white and last for most of the beer. The second pour darkens the body a bit and pushes the big head out of the glass holding its shape.
S- The perfumed yeasty aroma is full with a candy sweetness and a grapefruit zest note. There is a dark cherry note that comes through when the beer warms and a dry spun sugar ester in the finish. As the beer opens there is a pumpernickel note in the finish.
T- The dry hop bite doesn't have a lot of hop flavor but has some spice qualities to it and a dry citrus pith in the finish. There is some dry candy notes and pear and light dried fruit notes that come through aswell.
M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a fizzy bite in the finish that enhances the flavor.
D- This beer has a well-blended complex flavor with a dry but fruity and hoppy but not over hoppy flavor. It is very easy to drink and did not last long enough.

Photo of Mjoepp
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Copper color, huge creamy head and which lasts forever. Marvelous!

S: Malt, little yeast and dried apricots. Smells like a wheat beer because of the coriander added.

T: Coriander, yeast, citric fruits. Not so bitter, and the aftertaste is dominated by fresh notes of malt. Mouthfeel is light, probably because this is a summer beer.

O: Nice belgian which should be drunk in the summer.

Photo of niklas0770
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer is copper to honey in color and with a massive head. It started of at almost four fingers and slowly faded to form a solid one finger lid.

The smell has got a lot of bite. It's sour from yeast and exotic fruits. There's also some dry grass and a hint of sweetness. Vanilla panna cotta I think...

Wow, not quite what I expected. A very rich and warm flavour. First comes the sour exotic fruit along with some bitter pine needles. Unfortunatly there is a distinct alcohol flavour. Then comes the yeast, the pine needles are still present. There is a sweetness as well, but it is so vague.

This is a very playfull beer. It tickles your tongue and gives you something to work with. It is a wide spectrum of flavour and yet so well balanced. The carbonation is low and the over all feeling is very warm.

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

This is the second De Dolle I've had. I told a bartender at a local beergeek bar that I was a homebrewer and liked belgian beers a lot and we ended up talking for quite a while. He went on talking enthusiastically about De Dolle so I just had to try one and I tried Stille Nacht, which was wonderful! Got high expectations for this one ^^

A: When I opened the beer it made the loudest pop I've ever heard. Was afraid I got a gusher, but it didn't foam up much if at all. It poured mostly head at first, a white thick and sparkly head. Left a bit of nice lacing, but formed a creamy layer of foam on top after a few minutes. Straw colored, clear liquid.

S: Spicy belgian yeast aroma, coriander, pepper and bitter orange peel. Slight herbal hop aroma.

T: Dry, spicy and hoppy flavor. I would actually class this beer as a belgian IPA rather than a BPSA (reminds me a bit of beers such as XX Bitter of Brouwerij De Ranke). Very spicy hop flavor indeed, makes me think of Saaz hops. Quite green hop flavor (not vegetal, but almost grassy I would say). Very little maltiness or graininess in this one, I'd give it a higher rating if it had a more prominent malt backbone.

M/D: The finish is dry and leaves a long bitter aftertaste on the palate and the tip of the tongue. Very drinkable and thirst quenching

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

A: Pour is cloudy straw-colored. The enormous white thick head dissipates slowly into great lacings.

S: Dry malt, yeast and green apples. Spices, pepper. Citric notes. Lots of fruits.

T: Dry malt with wheaty notes - ripe bananas. Spieces and yeast - pepper. Bitter hops. Kind of sour.

M: Long bitter and a bit sour aftertaste. Body is medium and carbonation is moderate.

D: A nice Belgian Strong Pale Ale, a bit too hoppy, mabye (considering the styel).

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