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De Dolle Arabier - Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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De Dolle ArabierDe Dolle Arabier

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507 Ratings

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Ratings: 507
Reviews: 300
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 28
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
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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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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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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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This was an awesome extra from Jwale73! (on my wants list)! Thanks for the opportunity to try this beer! 11.2 oz bottle poured into my chimay chalice.

A-Body is a hazy pale amber hue that pours with a huge (actually gushing) ridiculous...slightly off-white head. Head eventually fades to 1 finger but leaves a thick layer of foam all the way down the glass. Body is very cloudy-nearly opaque.

S- Nose is quite hoppy...but has more of an herbal/medicinal hoppiness to it than the floral profile typically offered for this style. A hint of alcohol and Belgian yeast can also be detected.

T-Flavor profile is very similar to the nose. Herbal/Medicinal hop flavor profile upfront with a substantial balance of sweet exotic fruit and a bready yeast backbone. The finish offers a slight medicinal refreshing twinge and a hint of the initial flavors linger on the palate after the finish.

M- Well done. Nice medium body with a bready mouthfeel. Low carbonation.

D- This is a decent BSPA. It is well put together and is definitely a unique, cool interpretation of the style...but its not really my cup of tea. It is definitely worth a try and I am glad that I had the opportunity offered by a very generous BA.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2009 23:52:04 | More by PittBeerGirl
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4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Pour is hazy gold, big small-bubbled white head.

Aroma is yeasty, some spice, citrusy orange zest, a bit delicate.

Taste is sweet, fresh and lightly malty on the front, finishing with a clean, zesty dryness. Peppery. A nice, beautifully light hoppiness. Fantastic.

Palate is dry, crisp, light, soft. A delicate and very refreshing beer, interesting and unique.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2009 13:10:06 | More by JohnQVegas
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a fully clouded brown hued orange with a thick frothy crème head that's going nowhere. Nose is citrus, spices, dough. Flavor is quite robust and earthy. Evident flavors from a high use of hops. Tones of sugar, citrus, heavy spices, and minor dough. A lot going on here. Feel is smooth on liquid and carbonation nips at the tongue with tiny, ever present bubbles of carbonation. This is a hearty ale. Earthy, robust, and full.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2009 18:17:09 | More by RblWthACoz
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3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Medium gold hue with a large white crown and tons of sticky lacing.

Aroma of fruits and yeast, and a hint of alcohol.

The palate is greeted with a hop bitterness along with some spice and biscuity mustiness. An interesting but not completely perfect sensation.

This one had as much carbonation prickliness as any beer I can recall. You definitely know this beer is in your mouth.

Overall this is a good but not outstanding representation of this style.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2009 00:30:28 | More by JBogan
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New York

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

The beer pours a nice golden color with a thick frothy white head that lasts. The aroma is great. It has a wonderful pale malt scent along with kick ass yeast character. It's dry and earthy with a nice tartness to it. The taste is good. It has a smooth, earthy pale malt and yeast flavor that goes down slow and easy with a bit of warmth in the finish. It's quite dry. The earthy yeast character is outstanding. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is an excellent beer. The malt bill is pretty straight forward. It's warmth and fruity with a dry earthy finish; awesome.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2009 01:39:24 | More by WesWes
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4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured from an 11.2 oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. Label depicts a multi-colored parrot holding a glass of beer. "I" above bier is dotted with a heart. No clear freshness date.

Appearance: An appreciable "Crack" upon popping the cap is soon followed by CO2 coming out of solution and forcing beer out the lip of the bottle. Pours with 5 fingers of almost pure white head; enough that I have to stop pouring. When I finally get the beer into the glass, the remaining head is a moonscape of peaks and valleys, displaying incredible lacing. The beer itself is orange honey and very cloudy. A fair amount of sediment remains in the bottle, but I swirled the last pour a bit.

Smell: Green apples, yeasty sourness, grassy hops and a wheat twang.

Taste: Caramel and bready malt with a citrus tartness. Sugary sweetness lingers long after the sip. Tannic bitterness comes sneaking back long after the lingering sweetness fades.

Mouthfeel: Average to slightly higher than average carbonation level. Carbonation bite hits the back of the tongue and delivers the flavor while simultaneously cleanising the palate. Body is amazing,thick and viscous, very mouth coating.

Drinkability: Another hits from this brewery. I have seen these labels for many years and avoided them because I just didn't know a lot about the contents. In searching for more Belgians, this one followed me home and I am glad it did.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2009 01:03:04 | More by beveritt
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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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4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.6oz bottle poured into my brand new New Belgium snifter.

A: Didn't bubble up and over onto the counter like almost every other beer I've sampled from this brewery, but the head is massive as soon as the beer hits the glass. When I finally got the whole bottle in the head started to slowly grow, by the time it finished there was a good five inches of thick, billowy white head. It looked like a Smurf cap coming out of my glass, which is just insanely too much head to deal with. After about 20min the head dies down into a half inch cap while leaving behind some spectacular lacing. Slight chill hazed straw gold clears up as the beer warms. Also the massive head is held up my massive ropes of carbonation bubbling away at will from the etchings on the bottom of the glass.

S: Champagne tartness, spicy estery sweetness ( a bit of fruit and a bit of spice), earthy hop aroma that is stronger than it initially led me to believe, honey and orange juice and a bevy of complex alcoholic aromas, really compelling profile here, rich and compelling.

T/MF: Spicier and yeastier than the nose would led me to believe and far smoother than the churning bubbles at the bottom of the glass would indicate. A bit of a barnyardy mustiness, slightly cheesy and nutty that is coupled with an intense malt chewiness, but tempered by a tartness that constantly hovers over the tongue. A rather soft mouthfeel as I make my way slowly though this beauty of a beer, a mineral water/San Pelligrino carbonation comes through, a restrained carbonation miles away from the hard soda consistency that many lesser Belgian styled ales can fall into.

This beer was an absolute treat from beginning to end. Oh to have a case of these at hand at all times. Gives any of the tops Belgian Strong Ale a run for their money.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2009 03:25:20 | More by bluemoonswoon
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North Carolina

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

Appearance: Pours a hazy light amber color with a massive foamy head that sticks like a meringue, leaving sheets of lace behind

Smell: Pithy, musky and spicy, with lemon, stone fruit, coriander and white pepper

Taste: Following a bready opening, the flavor moves in a pungent, musky but fruity direction, with hoppy lemon pith, coriander and bitter herbal flavors; after the swallow, the herbacious bitterness kicks up another notch but the finish is very dry; underneath, the whole time, is a honey-like sweetness that adds balance and complexity

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with effervescent carbonation

Drinkability: This beer was aged for a few years in my cellar and is drinking beautifully; easily my favorite beer from this impressive brewery

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2008 21:21:09 | More by brentk56
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New York

2.9/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 8/28/08. Bottle. I don't know how old this bottle is, but it had been sitting at my local bottle shop for at least 2 years, so that's how old I'm going to estimate that it is. Pours a cloudy brown with no head, just some bubbles. Aroma is quite pungent, lots of raisin and alcohol. Flavor is not as pungent as the aroma, sort of a mellowed combination of the above. Kind of one dimensional and bland and too strong. Not a fan.
5/3/6/3/13 (3.0/5)

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2008 21:52:43 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this brew pours a cloudy ugly brown color with a perfect off white frothy head. great lacing on my glass, baby cakes....the nose is sweet malts, slight oak, honey, light sour fruits, citrus. the taste is grains, yeasty, citrus, malty....medium bodied, medium spritzy carbo. Decent brew from De Dolle. I've had better from them...

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2008 21:54:05 | More by stumac
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District of Columbia

4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The appearance was a deep cloudy golden orange color. When poured it yielded a decent white head that succeeds in not disappearing too quickly. To the nose, this beer gives off scents off bread and citrus- namely grapefruit rind. When I took a small swig the grapefruit taste wasn't apparent, but the more I drank the stronger the grapefruit taste became; yet it still has a little breadiness and a bitterness from the hops which lends itself quite splendidly to that whole "grapefruit beer" kind of taste. In the mouth there is no lack of carbonation here with this beer, I think it's pretty light in weight though far from really light. Though good, I haven't drank more than one in a night; the grapefruit taste is good, but not something I want to taste all night.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2008 23:52:08 | More by WishYouWereBeer
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle poured into my Gulden Draak tulip, Ara bier is a is a murky golden orange with a very large off-white head that is very dense, rocky and slow settling, leaving huge chunks of foamy lace, like a 1/2 inch rim around most of the tulip flare.

Smell is sweet, cane sugar and very tropical fruits, papaya and cantaloupe, floral and perfume like, lots of lavender, wow! If my wife were wearing this, I'd...wait, I'm already a dirt-ball!

Taste is damn good, a nice clean candy sugar taste, fruity but mineral laden, with a dry, very bitter, crisp finish, with a nice lingering hop spice. This is basically an awesome saison, sweet!

Mouthfeel is yeasty, crisp with a frothy carbonation, but with the typical De Dolle viscosity.

Drinkability is high, this is such a great beer. A super full flavored blond, so right up my alley, bier like this is why De Dolle is one of the best, period!

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2008 06:03:34 | More by ccrida
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3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Took me a minute to pour this because of the massive cream colored head. The beer is slightly more copper than gold in my nifty new Double Bastard specialty glass. Warning: use a bigger glass for this beer. You'll be pouring all night in anything under 16oz.

Bright and floral, enticing hop aroma, well-spiced with a hint of ginger. Promising.

Tart and dry, lively hops with a nice bite. A certain earthy/vegetable is going on too. Finishes great.

Very crisp and fizzy, medium-bodied and smooth.

Would be great with dinner or a few just to relax. If I could afford it, I would drink this one all the time.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2008 00:50:42 | More by notafood
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4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this one at the Steelgaarden in Bethlehem, PA. It poured a fuzzy golden amber color with a thick full off-white head like snow and chunks of lacing throughout. The aroma is a sturdy clove and grass hop, a nice apetizing blend. The taste brings on lively bubblage full of lightly malted lemony wheat, clove overall and a dry overtone. But the hop presence is nice in a bready sort of way. Very fine, tingly carbonation, pretty drinkable. Smooth and likeable stuff.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2008 05:07:19 | More by Durge
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New York

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

Poured from 11.2 oz into chalice

A - Damn that's some head!!!! White thick head everlasting. Poured light copper/amber cloudy but refined

S - Fruits/Spice/MALTY, hint of hop undertones. Very effervescent.

T - very strong malt and citrus flavoring. Hops come alive at the very end. Excellent balance of malt, hops and alcohol.

M - Medium body with nice flow throughout the glass. Expecting a little more bite but very subtle effects. Very nice

D - Wish I had another!!!

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2008 22:49:22 | More by wschumac
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4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

P- Grape and Gourmet in Va Beach!

A- pours a thick head. I cant even get all the beer in my pint. I have to let it sit for a few. A thick effervescent and mountainous head overflows my pint now. a light yellow orange color from the beer i can see.

S- a very tart breaded yeasty smell hits the nose first. i also get hints of floral hops and some alcohol.

T- a tart citrus (lemon and orange combined almost). Also quite yeasty and doughy.

M- Thick and carbonated. Very doughy and chewy in the mouth. taints of alcohol vapor remain in the mouth.

D- a definite sipper. The overflowing head makes it impossible to chug this or down it in 10 minutes. This is a beer to be enjoyed.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2008 23:39:21 | More by Dodo2step
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4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BeerTruth gave me this single, thanks buddy.

Upon popping the cap foam started gushing out of the top of the bottle, which I quickly had to get over a glass so as not to lose too much. Poured a cloudy orange color with some sediment floating around and a foamy, rocky off-white head. Head left a mess all over the glass and keeps a full, chunky lace.

Smell is quite yeasty, with some slightly tart citrus, some apricots, spice and an earthy, sort of musty aroma. Nice sweetness to it, as well, and a good deal of hops.

Taste is heavy on the yeast and earthy, must flavors, and there's an herbal bitterness that's pretty prominent as well, especially into the finish. There is some fruity flavor here and there, and some spice too. A honey sort of sweetness comes out more as it warms up. Quite hoppy for a Belgian of any kind.

Mouthfeel is on the full side of a medium body, and is quite smooth and slick on the palate. Carbonation is on the aggressive side but not overly so.

This is a pretty flavorful, complex ale. Quite enjoyable and something I'd be glad to revisit.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2008 00:51:38 | More by number1bum
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New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle

Ahh my first Ara since having it on draught at De Dolle! Out of the bottle it pours a slightly hazy brown/orange color with lots of rising carbonation and a monster of a white head. The nose is incredible as it is with many of De Dolle beers. Big floral esters, mint, lemon, sweet malts and subtle but detectable hops. Its hard to define the taste of Ara, so crisp and refreshing, yeast and malt invade first, nothing overwhelming just a nice flow of light flavor, it falls off midway leaving the bright fruitiness and moderate hop bite. It sports a medium body with lots and lots and lots of tiny carbonation bubbles. Amazing brew, perfect for summertime, actually this is drinkable anytime...beware of the burps!

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2008 00:13:01 | More by ATPete
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4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My second beer from this brewery. After trying the "Mad Bitch". I couldn't wait to get my hands on another.
Ara Bier explodes from the bottle, producing a huge effervecent head that rises several inches from the top of the chalice. This white capis something to behold in itself, rocky, chunky,absolutley beautiful. After nearly five minutes, at least two fingers of this head still remain. This beer requires some patience!
Smells as good as it looks. Peaches,flowery hops, wheaty grasses tart citric fruits oranges. This beer smells quite hoppy in comparison to other BSPAs Ive tried..and I like it!
Taste completes the intial triology of greatness this beer presents. Its a liquid version ofthe nose, only even more potent.The peachflavor explodes right up front, followed by a delicate balance of hop flowers, candi sugars and coriander. Alcohol is well hidden. The only complaint I have is that it may be a little too sweet, but sometimes I take a sip and think its perfect, the next too sweet. I did however, highly enjoy this beer and did a double tasting of Arabier and Orabier- BSPA vs BSDA. quite an enjoyable experience!

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2008 16:10:56 | More by czfreeman
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4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It pours golden-orange with a huge (HUGE) creamy head. Yeah, this one takes a while to pour. The smell is of fruit and yeast. Nothing wild, but very much present. Man, that head just doesn't fade!

Oh, this is an interesting one. My first thought is almost of a hefe; there's that familiar combo of fruit and yeast, but then the hops come in, completely cleaning the palate and leaving a bit of bitterness on the back of the tongue. Very interesting. I'm not sure I've had anything quite like it before, but I sure like it.

This is a perfect combo of a beer that's light enough to knock back on a hot summer day, but complex enough to savor. Great stuff.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2008 23:52:13 | More by Larrytown
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2.53/5  rDev -38%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

11.2oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. Carbonation formed in the bottle immediately after popping the cap, resulting in a slight overflow. Pours a murky dark orangish color with some yeast floating around. This is definitely a slow pour, with a massive head forming from the high amount of carbonation. The aroma is fruits (mainly apples and pears) with a touch of spices and yeast. The taste has a peppery spiciness to it with a dose of earthy hops in the finish. The mouthfeel is very light bodied and very heavily carbonated. Overall, De Dolle Ara Bier is an interesting Belgian Strong Pale Ale, but there is a really strong medicinal aftertaste that turns me off to it. It is worth a shot for its uniqueness, but I don't think I would purchase again.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2008 05:11:35 | More by cjgator3
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4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

33cL bottle purchased at Green's Beverages, Buford Hwy, Atlanta. Poured into a Duvel tulip glass

Aroma: Lots of spices and yeast, with some fruitiness (pears). The alcohol is marginally noticeable

Appearance: Thanks to the huge amount of carbonation, this one was a gusher that I was able to salvage (for the most part) - however, it did mean I got a huge, frothy head out of the pour. Clean (re not much sediment), golden-orange body. Ok, it could be better though - I would like to see how this one pours without the quick, over-carbonated pour.

Taste: A bit of an initial sour bite with the hops coming out moreso than most of its contemporaries. More or less something I would expect to be made in America - not raw hop flavor either, but the bite came out nicely with the tart flavor. Not a whole lot of sweetness, but its there too, as are the fruits one would expect from a Belgian pale.

Feel: medium-bodied with a lot of carbonation, its nice for this warm late spring day

Drinkability: alcohol is well covered, and this one has gone down surprisingly quick. Highly drinkable beer, hoping you don't lose half of it at opening.

Ara Bier is a very good Belgian pale, and the abnormally intense hop character really provided a refreshing, fun twist to this classic style. Not the best from De Dolle, but another solid pick from their lineup.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2008 21:43:07 | More by jophish17
De Dolle Arabier from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
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