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

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Todd on 10-23-2000)
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Photo of Quej
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A - A dark yellow very cloudy beer with lots of rocky head which lasts long.

S - Smells strongly of citrus, cloves and apple with a slight burn of alcohol.

T - Immediately, strong tastes of citrus and fruit with lots of spiciness and coriander. Sharp taste of spice and a very solid amount of bitterness especially towards the finish which is whip quick from the hops. Lots of complex fruits and spicy flavours with the sharpness of alcohol.

M - Light and tingly and only slightly burning from the alcohol. Very cleansing and refreshing.

D - Its drinkability is rather low, due to its high alcohol taste and complex medley of flavours which should be enjoyed thoroughly.

Photo of msubulldog25
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cl/11.2oz bottle from By the Bottle in Vancouver, WA. Uncapped this one and the carbonation began to rise; within seconds a ridge of foamy white rose from the neck of the bottle. It didn't rise any higher and saved me the first review of a De Dolle beer, though I've enjoyed their Stille Nacht on a couple occasions. Love the 'Partridge Family'-like bird cartoon on this label...

A: Clear golden pour with plenty of rising carbonation. A dense white head crests at about 1-finger then fades slowly to a soft, scattered film and thicker ring of cream.

S: Smells quite herbal and a little minty. A very spicy yeast, tickling my nose a little. Licorice/anise and coriander and an enticing sugary sweetness.

T: Very dry and spicy. Herbal, like strong black tea, with a steady dose of hops and a finishing pepper dryness. Crisp apples and some yeasty flavors, too, but this one seems all about dry spice.

M: Extremely crisp and dry in the mouth. This one leaves a long-lasting bitterness and is carbonated to the point that the beer feels fuller than it may be. A busy mouthfeel; lots of gas in the gut, too.

D: Good, borderline excellent. I liked this beer but wished the drier qualities were balanced a little more with some sweetness. Then again, that's MY preference only. A likable beer I'd definitely have again.

Photo of deeplennon
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not a huge fan of the De Dolle yeast strain, being about the least fruity of any Belgian strain I can think of off hand, but of their blonds (Dulle Teve, Bos Keun) I think it works the best in this one.

Great gold color, with a strong head if micro bubbles. Appetizingly dry. The alcohol is present but dances well with the yeast (it's listed as 8% on the De Dolle website, not the 7% listed here.) Crisp finish. One of the few De Dolle brews I'll go back to.

Photo of robbyc1
4.78/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, what a beer, as are most of the De Dolle's.

Massive floating head into a Duvel glass takes about 4 minutes to pour, frothy head dissipates slowly. Cloudy warm brownish/orange look.

Fruity and estery like a good belgian, lots of coriander/orange peel/yeasty smell, wonderful.

Taste is an explosion of bubbly fruity essense with a combo champagne/ale feature. Hops are noticable but balanced, and finish is both sweet and sour, lacks only the full sour twang of the Oerbeer.

Explosive mouthfeel, a takeover of your buds, fantastic.

Would drink it everyday if possible, but no more than 2 at a time. Superb.

Photo of henrysunset
2.68/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

pale and very cloudy with an enormous head of fine tan bubbles. seems a bit overcarbonated?

smell is pungent, tart citrus and/or apple scent.

taste is not something I'm enjoying. Balance seems challeged by and abundance fo sweetness and some tart slightly bitter flavors.

sure, it's smooth, but not drinkable at all. I hope this is a bad bottle, but the other reviewers found many of the same flavors I found.

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

Served at just under cellar temp into an 8oz mini Chimay goblet.

A: Cloudy muddy golden color with a huge, fluffy white head. This thing was almost all head when first poured (in fact, I lost a bit from the bottle overflowing when first opened!). Tons of whipped cream like head that sticks around and leaves tons of lacing. It may take a while to pour, but it's worth it.

S: Nice spiciness, with a touch of toffee sweetness.

T: Tasty. Excellent classic Belgian spiciness on top of an almost champagne-like toffee malt body (albeit with more body than the Bruts). Maybe a touch of orange peel too. Nice bit of funky Belgian yeast. Hops finish nicely with the carbonation, along with some more spice. Very tasty.

M: Very high carbonation - sometimes a problem, but in this case, makes for a very lively and interesting beer. It works.

D: Extremely drinkable - although the carbonation keeps you from drinking it too fast! If I could get this for $6 or $7 a six pack, I'd make this a session beer. Of course, it's not quite that cheap, so this will remain a special occasion beer.

Highly recommended. Another wonderful example of De Dolle taking a common style and adding their own unique twist.

Photo of Cresant
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this 11.2 oz. (label said 11.6 and 11.2 oz.?) brown bottle into a bordeaux glass. Created a massive dessert-like whipped head. Bright white uneven bubbles that stayed and stayed. The body was hazy golden and had active beads of carbonation.

Smell was of light spiciness and citrus juices.

Taste was mild Belgian yeast, but not too chalky. Bright bitterness, more than a typical Belgian Strong Pale Ale. Moderate maltiness. A rather drying finish.

Mouthfeel was medium in body and rather spritzy with carbonation.

Photo of joe1510
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz. Bottle
Sam's Downers Grove

Upon cracking open this beer I expierenced a small amount of gushing. After pouring into the tulip it was solid head. Poured a hazy golden (from the numerous pours). White meringue like head formed and fell excrutiatingly slowly leaving chunky sheet lacing.

Aroma hits first with a scent of muted clove along with a strong yeastiness. Whiffs of the saison like hay funkiness, not as pronounced as in a saison but it's there from the yeast. Fairly simple aroma but pleasing.

Wow! Much different flavor than I expected from the smell.Bready sweetness flashes up front but is quickly overtaken by a solid dose of bitter grassy hops. Juicy pear as it warms. Finishes with a squeeze of apricot and a mild alcohol spiciness with some rising fumes. Much stronger bitterness than expected. Very unique and flavorful.

Medium bodied with some mild stickiness on the finish. Alcohol fumes travel through the nose. Tongue numbing bitterness. Moderate carbonation.

This is an easy beer to drink. Good flavor and quite unique.

This is a really interesting beer from De Dolle. Nothing like what I was expecting. Much stronger hop presence than expected goes nicely with the other flavors. Looking forward to trying some of the other De Dolle's I have in the fridge.

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

After a bit of gratuitous gushing, this brew poured cloudy blonde with lots of visible carbonation and an enormous white head. My La Chouffe glass could hardly contain the frothy, persevering head.

The aroma consists of zesty lemon rind, pepper, candied sugar, coriander and funky yeast. Not a hint of alcohol in the nose.

Lots of lemon and dry citrus rind in the flavor, followed by a muted sweetness. The finish is spicy with clove, coriander pepper and some notable booziness. I was surprised by a nice, bitter, dry hop finish. There is no shortage of funky yeast flavor throughout.

Light bodied with ample carbonation, this is a drinkable brew to be sure.

This is a solid, hoppy Belgian strong pale ale. It is a little less sweet than some others and the bold hop profile nearly renders this pleasing brew to be a Belgian IPA in my opinion.

Photo of Gavage
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: clear yellowish orange in color sporting a 1/2" head that lingers a bit. Some spotty lacing forms during the session.

Smell: yeast spiciness, pepper, and honey sweetness are the most dominant tones.

Taste: green grapes, honey, grapefruit, pepper, yeast, mild bitterness, and soft alcohol tones make up a refreshing and lightly dry beer.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp and mildly dry throughout. Brief aftertaste. Medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: I found this to be a somewhat refreshing and easy to quaff. An enjoyable and almost session-like belgian beer.

Photo of mrasskicktastic
2.78/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - Color of apple juice, small white head, tiny, tiny specks of lacing.

S - Smells a lot like apple juice too. A touch of pear and bubblegum. Not bad at all.

T - A weird spicy bubblegum, black pepper and coriander. Aftertaste is a fairly spicy pepper that quells to a peppery bitter finish.

M - Smooth even though though high carbonation. Slightly refreshing.

D - Not great. The flavor isn't pleasant, it just has too much much pepper to be enjoyable. It smells nice though.

Photo of phisig137
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gentle pour yields a creamy 4 finger head, while foam slowly pushes a column out of the bottle. Phenomenal retention leaves behind mountainous gobs of lace on the sides of the glass, after falling for 20 minutes or so. The beer is a very hazy cloudy straw gold color. Little floaters of yeast (and maybe protein) speck the liquid.

Aroma is deliciously hoppy, and yeasty. Peppery yeast aromas, with some clove scented alcohol make their way through the grassy hops.

Flavor is malty, and mildly sweet up front, backed by firm hop bitterness on the finish. The yeast flavors don't seem nearly as prevalent in the flavor, until the long lingering finish, where they mix nicely with the hops. Hops again are very grassy, and remind me of a Belgian pasture. Mouthfeel is moderately thick, and drinkability is quite good.

Fantastic strong pale ale from a brewery that rarely disappoints. I love their sense of experimentation and originality in their beers. Give me a bottle of this over Duvel ANY day.

Photo of Dukeofearl
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a small (25 cl) Delerium Tremens snifter. Purchased at Hi Time Wine in Costa Mesa in January 2007 for $5.39.

OK before I start, I have to admit that I am generally a big fan of DeDolle. Really wished it was more available.

Pours a crazy amount of head. In fact, at the initial pour, it was all foam in the glass- absolutely no liquid at all. And then, with a top-up after a few minutes, the glass overflows with foam, the bottle overflows with foam, it's just crazy! I would hate it, though, if it didn't smell so good. Hops, a hint of pineapple, a hint of spices (sharp pungent spices, but not overpowering).

And the the flavor, wow, intense. At first, peppery, complex, no sweetness like the aroma, almost too much pepper, but there is something there saying love me, enjoy me. As it warms, more subtle complexity arrives, with the pineapple sweetness from the aroma, a hint of honey, herbal medicinal notes and other unidentified flying objects.

Mouth is rich and full, can't ask for much better. Carbonation continues throughout, making this something that is almost creamy (a little too astringent to call it that). Alcohol is fairly well hidden, but a sharp end of the swallow is a little much. Drinkability is probably it's lowest quality- the complexity (and especially when colder, when the pepper is strongest) means that one is plenty at a given time.

Overall, I like this one very much, thank you!

Photo of weeare138
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears a deeply hazed orange toned gold with a 4 finger white head that slowly fades out. Lots of sticky foam clings to the sides of the glass.
Smell is bitter with earthy, floral notes, along with honeysuckle, grapes, chamomile, apple skins, lavender, orange zest, and a touch of vanilla.
Taste is of the same with a mild sweetness that is dominated by a wood tannin hoppy bitterness, along with a slight vanilla flavor fighting through.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, semi-sweet up front with notes of bitter wood tannins leading to a moderately dry finish reminiscent of a Brut champagne.
Overall it's funky, semi-sweet, slightly odd...but this one is a pioneer for some of the funked out emulations that we now find brewed in the U.S.

Photo of ohitsbrad
4.6/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

5 July 2006, Best Before Jun 08

Cloudy dark orange colour with a huge thick white head. Left most of the yeast in the bottle. Head settled to a white cap and left some lacing on the glass. Aroma is fresh, tart and sweet. Reminiscent of green apples, green grapes and champagne/white wine. Some spiciness there too. Flavour is sweet, fruity, tart and acidic. Some typical Belgian yeast flavours present. Medium body and high carbonation. The 7% alcohol provides a nice amount of warming. This is a superb Belgian pale ale. Bottle advertises that it's unfiltered and unpasteurized.

Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Courtesy of expatsteve, part 1 of a 5 part De Dolle flight.

Pour: supercharged fluffy, soapy foam head with good lacing and retention over a ruddy golden yellow hazy body.

Nose: spicy yeast, pineapple, apricot, musty wheat malts

Taste: sweet and fruity up front with nectars of apricot and pineapple, spicy yeast, with a dry booze finish.

Feel: smooth and tickling, easy-going

Drinkability/Overall: as drinkable as any BSPA I've had, a session possibilty. Solid all around.

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

Golden-yellow beer produces excessive foam upon pouring.

Nose is a bit peppery (black), spicy, yeasy, very refined and dry. Very attractive.

Taste is even more spicy than the nose, on a very light body without distinct strong tastes, perhaps mildly citric but hops are secondary to a spiciness I normally only find in Fantome ( or saison de pipaix) beers, but without the barnyard.

Very well-crafted beer from this brewery, the 8% is invisible.

Photo of drewbage
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a fresh bottle poured into a Corsendonk glass.

Aroma is piney and pineapple with spicy tones of cinnamon and nutmeg driven by a voluminous carbonation. Really driven hard and it turns through to an apple pie wafting through the kitchen

Flavor is sweet and spicy with a slightly acidic push that punches up a final grassy hop bitterness.

A really clean bottle from De Dolle. Bright, hoppy and spicy. Just the right ticket for a single beer for the night.

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

A: The 33 cl botttle poured into a Piraat tulip was murky caramel-colored with a big, pillowy white head that shrunk quickly. It didn't disappear entirely, however, settling to a thick but small whipped egg-white-like head. Quite a bit of yeasty sediment was evident in the pour, and some settled on top of the head, where it sat, looking like the spice on top of egg nog (cinnamon?) for the entire experience.

S: Fruity -- tropical fruit fruity -- with a hint of spicy black pepper in the nose that I attributed to the alcohol. Very nice. My wife gave it a sniff and also was impressed. It doesn't smell at all like your average beer, believe me.

T: Wow -- lots going on here. Yeasty bananas and cloves; sweet malt; a bitter/sourness from the hops; slightly musky and even smoky peat flavors all make themselves known at one time or another. Spicy, peppery burps throughout remind me again of the alcohol. Very full-flavored and complex.

M: Surprisingly, I thought it was pretty moderate in feel and heft given the full flavor profile and heavy nose.

D: Good. This is a beer that needs savoring, not quaffing.

Photo of Shovelbum
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a towering head of white foam over a hazy golden body. Nice lace. Aromas of tart green apple and citric fruit over light malt. Well carbonated, yet the flavor and body is smooth-- not to mention complex! Notes of earth, coriander, light caramel, bread, and a light malty, almost cotton candy-esque, sweetness mingle with each other in the flavor. There are hints of the green apple in there too, but it's ever so subtle. A touch of diaceytl butteriness rounds out the show. The medium body is smooth, but light on the tongue.

This beer is a beautiful study in complexity, balance and the power of moderation. The ABV is not noticeable at all, and the beer comes off as quite refreshing, but not lacking in complexity at all. This would be my house beer if I could afford it ( both in terms of price and the devious ABV)!

Photo of bort11
3.45/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.6 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. A fast head that quickly recedes to a thin filmy ring. Color is a hazy orangish-yellow, with a lot of sediment. Smell is slightly citrus with grassy spices. Taste is strongly of coriander up front, but as it warms a grapefruit flavor appears. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a strong fizz feel. This is an interesting beer, and I'm glad i tried it, but I don't think I'll go out of my way to get it again.

Photo of dgallina
4.6/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

330ml slim brown bottle without freshness dating.

Pours clear gold with voluminous carbonation and an out-of-control half glass of delicate foam. Aroma is a nice blend of fruitiness (green apple, pineapple, pear) and earthy spiciness (orange, black pepper, alcohol). Flavor is a little mellower than the smell. Tart rounded citrus fruits combined with dry rough hops and leafy yeast. Finishes super dry and hoppy with puckering tartness. Extra light body that's crazy with tiny bubbles. A superb beer and well worth seeking out bottles in good condition.

Photo of cbl2
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

10/2/2006 $2.59 11.2 oz. 7.00% No best by date.


Pours a murky orange brown that is riddled with a ridiculous amount of carbonation that leads to over 2 inches of billowy head that expands and shrinks with escaping gas that percolates from the brew below.


Estery bartlett pear and yeasty bread predominate the nose.


Slightly overcarbonated with a slightly syrupy mouthfeel that carries with it a powerful pear presence. Some chewiness by midsip with a strong sensation of yeast, finish has a touch of bitterness.

Photo of Rudgers73
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330 mL bottle.

A- Deep golden yellow with a huge, thick, froathy head that fills half the glass and leaves thick, sticky lacing as it settles down.

S- Very complex. Apples at first with hints of wood and several other fruits that I can't really put my finger on.

T- Slighty bitter with a carmel-apple taste. Nutty aftertaste. A lot like oerbier, but much milder. No alcohol burn but you can tell it's not far behind. Bitter aftertaste leaning towards dry also a little peppery.

M- Very nice. Light, and active. Strong, complex that takes the senses for a wild ride. Very odd beer.

D- Because of the price I wouldn't drink it all of the time, but every once in a while it's nice to get a single to sip and savour.

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

A: Towering creamy head cotton colored head. I love how Belgian beers do that. Body is a lighter version of an unfiltered raw cider.

S: Almost smells of candy. Some serious bubble gum qualities with a smidgeon of red fruits.

T: Some immediate bubble gum and cotton candy flavors. From there a more traditional tasting Belgian pale takes flight with earthy yeast and friendly spicyness. Surprisingly bitter, more bitter than I was expecting. Finishes with lingering bubble gum mixed with an astringent rubbery bitterness.

M: Medium body, little bit of fuzzynes but fairly smooth.

D: Good beer, becomes much more flavorful as it warms. Fairly original.

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