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De Dolle Arabier - Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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508 Ratings

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Ratings: 508
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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4.28/5  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
Photo of jwc215


4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Label states 11.2 oz. on top, but 11.6 oz. on the bottom. Whatever...Looks like 11.2 to me - who cares - onto the beer...

Poured into glass chalice:

Pours hazy golden amber with a very thick head that falls slightly and stays as a creamy thick cover. Trailing lace slides down glass, leaving stickage.

The smell is of honey, slight ginger, bready, with peppery spicing.

The taste is of citric peel, ginger, honey, pepper. There is an assertive grassy/herbal presence. Quite the complex brew, yet woven together in a light way. As is progresses it becomes more lemony with a quick flash of honey sweetness that turns to a hoppy, bitter, dry finish.

Something refreshingly light and summerish about it despite the complexities. The abv is reasonably well-covered. Pricey (at over 5 bucks for the small bottle), but a treat to sip on, especially on a warm day.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2008 02:38:55 | More by jwc215
Photo of MrMonkey

New Hampshire

4.83/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to gford217 for getting this one to me in a trade!

Having read some reviews and knowing the chance of this one being a gusher, I popped the cap slowly, releasing a little bit of pressure at a time.

It poured a cloudy amber with orange highlights, and a massive four-finger off-white rocky head that faded slowly. Lots of sticky lacing and good head retention.

Smell is Belgian yeast, herbal hops, candied sugar, papaya, dried apricot and a hint of peppery spice.

Taste starts off with an herbal hop bite followed closely by some sweet caramel and candied sugar. Peach, papaya and apricot flavors, along with some yeast and more candied sugar, lead into some dry floral hops and a slightly peppery finish.

Smooth, medium-bodied well-carbonated mouthfeel.

Perfectly drinkable. I think I found a new favorite!

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2008 19:09:23 | More by MrMonkey
Photo of Mebuzzard


3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Found this at the Hard Rock Cafe in Bangalore, India.
It looked like a Japanese animation beer, with the funky label and all.
Pours a semi-golden hazy, body. Good color, but hard to tell in this place. Head is huge. It took several minutes for it to settle, and then I poured the rest of the beer in. The foam was still clinging inside the bottle. Nice rocky, white head.
Citrus and mild coriander round out the grassy aromas.
Taste is a bit sour.Yeast is strong but weakened, perhaps this bottle is a bit old, or skunked. But it tasted fine. Light and crisp. A bit long in the aftertaste, though.
Not a bad beer, and would have again.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2008 18:18:27 | More by Mebuzzard
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Ontario (Canada)

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

Starts gushing from the bottles as soon as its popped. Some sediment makes its way in with the pour making the beers color a hazy yellow. Great lacing and a large dominating foam.

Smells of fruits, spices, grassy hops, earth and yeast.

The taste is full of spices, mustiness, dead grass, and yeast.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2008 06:30:48 | More by irishkyle21
Photo of weissbierdrinker


3.4/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

When poured into the glass the beer devleops a huge thick tan head that last a long time leaving lots of lacing around the glass. The color is a merky brown that lets very little light in.

Smell is yeasty with hints of citrus.

Taste starts off with lots of yeast then changes to a kind of clove with citrus and spice. The finish is sort of sweet bitter. Interesting beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2008 17:54:57 | More by weissbierdrinker
Photo of holybrew


4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank this beer at the Hard Rock Cafe Bangalore. Was served in a Chimay glass. That was a good thing since this beer has a huge head.
Colour is cloudy orange. Lots of yeast in the beer.
Taste - tart, dry with a bitter finish.

An exceptional beer from De Dolle - one of my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2008 08:25:54 | More by holybrew
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330 ml picked up at the Coop sometime last week for about $4.50.. poured into my New Belgium snifter.

Cracked at fridge temperature.. it was a massive gusher.. easy quarter cup of beer on the counter.. more fizzed out while sitting in the sink... 20 minutes later poured it into my glass.. Easy 3 finger head took forever to die back.. descent lacing.. brew is very hazy peachy gold.

Aroma is a phenolic mix of sweet and sour fruit.. green apples and underripe apricots... a little lemony..

Flavor mirrors the aroma .. same fruitiness with more spice .. white pepper ... cardamom and lite clove.. slight melon with a encompassing maltiness that does a good job tying the complexities together.. mouthfeel is light for the style .. way too much fizzy carbonation.. semi dry finish is the only place where I can detect a grassy hop presence.

I've only had this brew one time before and only purchased it this time to review it.. I won't pick it up again, unless I am brewing a BSPA and want a little inspiration.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2008 06:17:19 | More by JohnGalt1
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4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep, cloudy, golden-brown color, with a large, fuzzy, lemon tinted lid that leaves thick sheets of lace.

Lemons, apricots, apples, and pears provide a light fruitiness, witch mixes well with yeast and peppery spice in the nose.

Everything above and more in the flavor. Spicy, yeasty, fruity and fruity flavors. I am without the words to describe the excellence of this brew right now.

Medium-full body and huge, lush, carbonation leads to a classically and exquisitely foamy-filling belgian-style mouthfeel. For sure one of the best I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2008 04:50:10 | More by Slynger
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United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle bought from BelgianShop.com... aged for about 18 months... Poured into an Oerbier glass...

Gushed out of the bottle and poured a light hazy golden orange colour with a fair amount of yeasty chunks. Big foamy head was slightly off white and poured so big i could only fit half the bottle into glass. Large carbonation bubbles rush to the surface... tons of sticky lacing clings to the side of the glass throughout...

Aroma - Lots going on with this one.... Loads of spicy Belgian yeastiness to the fore, some soapiness, quite earthy, tropical fruit notes (pineapples, also some pear and apple), sea salt, some faint dishwater traces, very peppery and spicy (coriander & ginger maybe ?), honey fresh bread, some cookie dough, light burnt toast, hay...

Taste - Tart and spicy, lots of yeasty notes, sharp fruitiness (grapefruits, limes, pears and apples), some very faint candy sugar sweetness, very grassy and peppery, some saltiness, anise medicinal notes, alcohol is definitely noticeable, very floral...

Feel - Very sharp and dry... light bodied... pretty refreshing and drinkable but a little on the strong side to be sessionable...

Overall - Another very good brew from De Dolle although probably my least favourite of the ones i've tried... definitely worth a try though...

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2008 15:10:25 | More by mdagnew
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3.1/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer was pleasant and certainly unique, but had a rather strong grainy-cereal note to it that I didn't especially care for. On the other hand, it did have a peach-apricot fruitiness that I liked quite a bit. Sort of a mixed bag for me.

This beer was a cloudy tan color with a medium amount of off-white head. There was some sediment at the end of the bottle, but its appearance and quantity were nothing to get worked up about. Aroma was a malty, yeasty (thought I got some Brett-funk), and a bit fruity. Flavor was predominantly malt with kind of a lot of cerealness and a finish that was either peach or apricot. Mouthfeel was pretty viscous for what was a fairly light-drinking beer.

Not bad, and quite a bit different than other Belgian beers I've had in recent memory, but not really lip-smacking delicious either. Still, I'd recommend based on the uniqueness alone.

I had a bottle of this at the Palm Tavern in Milwaukee.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2008 20:43:00 | More by BeerBelcher
Photo of tempest


3.28/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a tulip. Appears a pale gold with a big white head. The aroma is of apples and subtle herbal spice. The flavor is of sweet malts with with a touch of apples and white grapes. Finishes with mellow, grassy hops and a bitterness that balances out the initial sweetness. I find the carbonation a little much - strong enough that it gets hard to taste the beer. And once the carbonation did die down, big band-aid and medicinal phenols took over the aroma. I really dug the hoppy aftertaste, but the phenols and carbonation turn me off.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2008 18:14:35 | More by tempest
Photo of sweethome


3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown bottle - 11.2 oz - purchased from Sam's in Downers Grove.

Pours with an exploding head - actually started coming out of the bottle when opened - but htis is De Dolle so I expected it.

A hazy golden, apricot color. Huge bubbles with a meringue type top to the head - thick. Laced very well.

Nose is of spice, floral, citrus. A hint of pepper.

Medium mouthfeel - a typical belgian/saison effervescence. A hop spiciness is quite profound. Citric bite throughout.

A complex beer, flavor doesn;t quite finish the deal compared to appearance and nose - but an enjoyable belgian of distinction. Be patient with the pour.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2008 02:47:23 | More by sweethome
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New Jersey

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

11.2 oz bottle copped singly from Oak Tree in South Plainfield... this one is obviously less intense and over-the-top than other De Dolle beers that I've sampled... very similar to their Bos Keun... really liked this one... an excellent depiction of the style, bursting with flavor and taste... Nice golden, hazy, and cloudy appearance with a decent frothy and foamy head... Great citrus smell with fresh tropical fruits and florals... terrific taste bursting with candies, sugars, caramel, and vanilla... very thick, rich, and full-bodied... De Dolle specializes in ultra-thick, creamy, rich beers, and this one certainly fits the bill... if you're looking for a thick, full-flavored beer, look no further than this one... Outstanding creamy mouthfeel with an easy drinkability... 7% ABV is hardly noticeable... a pleasure to drink and goes down very smooth, crisp, and clean... another winner from De Dolle... Definitely recommended...

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2008 00:59:42 | More by dsa7783
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4.83/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this small, capped bottle into a tulip.

It is initially clear golden, but as I voluntarily add the bottom yeast, it turns into a murky, golden-orange brew with a thick white cap, moderate retention, beautiful lacing.
Nose is yeasty, spicy, hoppy, "salty sea", perhaps fruity and floral. There is also a very pleasant, sweet cookie nad molasses aroma (that is as close as I can get, but it is better than that). Well carbonated, it has gently prickly mouthfeel, with a nice, complex evolving taste that is spicy and even salty, hoppy and dry, malty and sweet, tart, with lots of yeasty notes.
Quite easy to drink, another wonderful Dolle creation. Incidentally, it matched chinese potstickers (not spicy) very well.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2008 00:54:33 | More by brdc
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New Jersey

3.4/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark golden orange with some haze and lots of peppery floaties. Creamy 1 finger off white head.

S: Dry malt on nose along with faint licorice, caramel and spruce.

T: Some alcohol and citrus with dry floral bittering in the finish compliments the malty palate. Some spiciness from coriander also highlights this beer.

M: A slight fizzy tinger from the heavy carbonation provides moderate mouthful with some dry malty oranges.

D: A decent brew but was expecting more from this brewery.drinkable but only moderately enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2008 23:59:40 | More by beerthulhu
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New York

3.63/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

After having the Export Stout about a year ago and really enjoying it I have seen this breweries other brews on the shelf and decided to pick on of them up to give it a try. The one I decided on, and not 100% certain why was this Ara Bier. The brew poured to a dark golden color, with a distinct brown hue. The pour gave a huge head that filled the glass perfectly with the end of the pour producing a good amount of yeast particles. The aroma had a number of properties that came out to me. Nice fruit, apple and pear, maybe (?) more than a slight earthy barnyard smell, and spices that seem to be mostly clove. The aroma was also pretty good as the fruit notes seem to come out more as I seem to pick up more apple along with a sweet sensation probably from the malts. Has what I would classify as a slight hop start to it, very mild and goes away quickly to the sweet flavor described above. Overall I must say that I enjoyed this brew, not my favorite but it was a nice change to the normal stuff I have been having. I would get this one again in the future, surprising that it is at 7% as I did not pick up much in the way of alcohol notes sticking out.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2008 13:11:11 | More by Stimack
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2.17/5  rDev -46.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

Somehow I've never had this beer before, even though I've seen it for years and enjoyed other De Dolle beers. I must say that this one is just bizarre. I read an earlier review that described this as overly phenolic.I have to agree wholeheartedly. Pours a very cloudy golden, like a hefeweizen in color, but with a huge creamy head that pillows into hills and valleys in the glass. The smell is funky, slightly sour, and quite clovey. This is just a touch of medicinal funk as well. The taste is shocking. Starts slightly sour and a bit sweet, and quickly transitions into band-aids, burnt plastic, wood, and a smokiness on the finish. In a way it is weirdly fascinating, but ultimately it is hard to stomach. Mouthfeel is very nice. Quite carbonated and soft and creamy with the jolt of all that carbonation keeping it lively. It does improve somewhat as it warms, but the medicinal flavors are stronger than any other I've ever tasted. Ultimately I'm barely able to keep taling sips of this to review- and I can't say I'm enjoying it. I think this is one that gets worse with age.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2008 23:47:20 | More by Georgiabeer
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4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: very robust and active head with a hazy golden color. looks like a meal in my glass. Head continues to be persistent minutes after the pour with larger bubbling in the laces. beautiful.

S: familiar and pleasant florals with a strong hint of cherries and subtle hints of fresh bread. Again, I get the sense that there's a meal going on here.

T: deep caramel and malty up front, almost overpowering. As it warms, the taste is slightly more subtle up front and pleasant. Tart and balanced hops in the back, the cherry arises. lingering aftertaste is malty and yeasty, slightly unpleasant. Update: this has warmed for 30 minutes now and it is awesome.

M: when cold, I throw it around my tongue the head explodes like a champagne, well done. On the other hand, the beer doesn't sit well in the mouth after a few brief seconds. as it warmed, sits better in the mouth.

D: a special beer to sip, the warmth in my stomach tells me so.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2008 05:12:27 | More by Philabeerphia
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Quebec (Canada)

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

A - Hazy pale orange with outrageously thick lingering head.

S - Spicy, coriander mixed with some fruity sweetness and hints of alcohol.

T - Starts more citrusy and sweet but finishes with drying blend of spice, cloves and hops.

M - Crisp and highly carbonated.

D - Very enjoyable, but suffers slightly from its excess of drying spices. Definitely a beer to be savoured slowly.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2007 01:49:11 | More by ManWithHat
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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Calling this beer a Pale is kind of a stretch. In fact anything but a Biere de Garde would be a mis-classification. This is one weird beer. A very woodsy, nutty, fruity, dirty, musty character chases this beer throughout, at times robbing it of sweetness, but adding a ton of comlexity. Aromas are boarderline barnyard, dusty, and like grandma's attic. Flavors are less funky, but more woodsy, tart, and full of rotten fruits. The yeast / bacteria has stripped the beer of much of it's sweetness and body, but the other complex flavors, textures, and aromas compensate well. The beer has an overwhelming phenolic character that passes plastic and medicinal notes, and well into a smoky, scorched flavor. Finishes as muddles as the flavors with the low-lying sweetness going first, and a tart, cheesy flavor lingering. It's basically an alcoholic mud puddle.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2007 20:56:32 | More by BEERchitect
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3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (33cl), tasted in 2001 (top-fermentation)
Appearance: Blond gold color, clear, beautifull abundant foam.
Taste ans mouthfeel : relatively dry and hoppy. Good mouth bodied and bitter.
Drinkability: a type of beer that simply do not often, really very pleasant.

Review added 10-23-2007, translated from french 2-29-2008.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2007 20:44:37 | More by thierrynantes
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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
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4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy orange/gold color with a foamy, white, huge head. It left a little lace.

S - It smelled of dried fruit (plum/grape?). Also, a good dose of maltiness.

T - It tasted spicy and malty. A slight fruitiness. I also noticed a good flavor of yeast and a bitter kick.

M - It was very crisp, sharp and dry. it is medium to heavy-bodied.

D - This is a pretty good Belgian beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2007 17:46:21 | More by zeff80
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4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


HUGE head takes 10 minutes to pour into my glass, despite the fact that it is a 22 ounce oversized white wine glass. Cloudy dirty orangish yellow with a nice white head that creates mountains. Aroma is powdery orange with pepper, bubble gum, and alcohol. Taste is very spicy, herbally hoppy, and bitter. Why is this not called a Belgian IPA? Let this beer warm, because at colder temps I find the flavor can come across as grossly medicinal, but as it warms it becomes hop candy. Appley, too. Dirty, zesty, raw, and magical. These damn West Flanders beers tend to always win me over by the end of the bottle. Again, don't drink this one colder than cellar temp or you will most likely dislike it.

Reminder: Warm it up, Kris

Haha...that one goes out to you born around 1980, listened to crappy music in middle school and know the names of the brewers for this company.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2007 00:14:47 | More by waughbrew
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