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De Dolle Arabier - Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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522 Ratings

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Ratings: 522
Reviews: 302
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 32
Gots: 23 | FT: 1
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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Photo of brentk56
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

brentk56, Dec 24, 2008
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
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)

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 23, 2008
Photo of stumac
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...

stumac, Oct 28, 2008
Photo of WishYouWereBeer
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.

WishYouWereBeer, Oct 21, 2008
Photo of ccrida
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!

ccrida, Oct 18, 2008
Photo of notafood
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.

notafood, Sep 27, 2008
Photo of Durge
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.

Durge, Sep 24, 2008
Photo of wschumac
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!!!

wschumac, Sep 08, 2008
Photo of Dodo2step
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.

Dodo2step, Aug 14, 2008
Photo of number1bum
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.

number1bum, Jul 28, 2008
Photo of ATPete
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!

ATPete, Jul 23, 2008
Photo of czfreeman
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!

czfreeman, Jul 07, 2008
Photo of Larrytown
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.

Larrytown, Jun 24, 2008
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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.

cjgator3, Jun 22, 2008
Photo of jophish17
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.

jophish17, Jun 01, 2008
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.

jwc215, May 29, 2008
Photo of MrMonkey
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!

MrMonkey, May 25, 2008
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.

Mebuzzard, May 25, 2008
Photo of irishkyle21
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.

irishkyle21, May 09, 2008
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.

weissbierdrinker, May 03, 2008
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.

holybrew, Apr 25, 2008
Photo of JohnGalt1
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.

JohnGalt1, Apr 22, 2008
Photo of Slynger
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.

Slynger, Apr 16, 2008
Photo of mdagnew
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...

mdagnew, Apr 02, 2008
Photo of BeerBelcher
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.

BeerBelcher, Mar 27, 2008
De Dolle Arabier from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
91 out of 100 based on 522 ratings.