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De Dolle Arabier - Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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De Dolle ArabierDe Dolle Arabier

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

I'm glad I read that this beer poured with a volumnous head. I decided to utilize the Gulden Draak goblet for this one. It did pour up a huge, rocky bone white head atop a golden colored beer. Lightly honeyed malt aroma with hints of citrus and pear. Light hoppiness and, overall clean smelling with a light yeast mustiness. Introduction of lees attributes a mild spiciness. Trace amounts of a medicinal quality, but nothing severely off. Slightly sweet and an herbal, hoppy finish that is rather sedate, yet noticable. Very refined and elegant. For some odd reason, I didn't really know what to expect from this beer, but I surely was not disappointed. A very tasty pale. Mouthfeel is creamy, yet spritzy. Finely tuned and highly recommended. One of the better Belgian pales I've had recently.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2005 05:19:15 | More by crookedhalo
Photo of BuckeyeNation


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

Lightly hazy rich gold with a glimmer of orange, topped by a gorgeous, firmsticky head the color of aged parchment. The rocky, divoted surface looks like an especially rough portion of the moon's surface and thick chunks of lace adhere to the glass in every pattern and shape imaginable.

The nose is sour, spicy and musky and smells like overripe peaches and apricots sprinkled with ground clove. The best thing about it is its complexity. There are multiple layers, each possessing both power and nuance.

Not quite as good in the mouth, but still good. Ripe fruit continues to lead the way, with pears, peaches and tart apples most appreciated. Spices in the mix include cardamom, weak clove and white pepper, and there's also some honey flavor with little to no honey sweetness. Ara Bier is more bitter than sour and more sour than sweet.

I'm not used to this much hop flavor in my BSPAs. That isn't a bad thing, but Belgian brewers tend not to use hop varieties that I love (Nugget in this case). I've read that Nugget is similar to Chinook, but not in this hophead's opinion. At least not as presented in this particular beer.

The longish finish is increasingly bitter and surprisingly dry. I prefer a bit more candi sugar in beer of this style, but De Dolle has every right to offer a wide range of different experiences. I'm pretty sure that Bos Keun was considerably sweeter. The body is solidly medium and would easily be medium-full with a higher candi sugar load. While the amount of carbonation is on the high end in the grand scheme of things, it's just about average for a Belgian ale.

Ara Bier is a BSPA that fits neatly into the bitter-dry end of the style spectrum. It's well-made (I'd expect nothing less from Brouwerij De Dolle), but it doesn't quite push all of my buttons. Okay, it doesn't push them *firmly*. It's worth a repeat purchase though and is definitely worth a look if you happen to run across a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2005 20:24:54 | More by BuckeyeNation
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4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

04/13/05- Purchased at Draeger's Market in San Mateo, CA

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle with no dates. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Huge thick, almost like whipped cream head. A darker murky golden color with nice swirls of yeast. When the dregs of yeast are poured out to finish the bottle it almost looks like cookies and cream whipped cream.

Smell- Nice fruity and spicy character here.

Taste- Comparing to the last beer I had Hellek...something, it is pretty much the same except it had much more of a bitter hop presence. Mixture of corriander and other spices, plus a pretty big hop punch.

Mouthfeel- A bit higher in the carbonation, but not too high.

Drinkability- Almost like a Belgian IPA. Ineresting and different. Very drinkable...may get this one again next time I go shopping.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2005 23:26:08 | More by GClarkage
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North Carolina

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

Pours a hazy peah-like color with just a volcanic head that took over most of my tulip glass leaving nice sheets of lace behind,big pinapple aroma from the offset with some clovey spiciness and a little cinnamon thrown in there as well.The flavor along with the aroma has a strong pinapple character with a big yeasty-spiciness in there as well,as it warms a little the alcohol pops up more along with some light mineral qualities.Glad to try this beer very well made with some subtle complexities I really like the fruitiness to it will love to have again.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2005 21:10:26 | More by oberon
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District of Columbia

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

This beer was recommended to me by my favorite beer supplier, and he said "this brewery can do nothing wrong."

Pours an amber color with a HUGE head, even when poured into a tilted glass. The smell is hop-heavy like an American Pale Ale, but there is a tinge of sweetness to it.
The taste is wonderful. Pretty sweet, almost like apple juice with a tiny bit of hops added in. The aftertaste gets a little bitter, and the slight feeling of carbonation lingers for a little while, but the smoothness of the initial sip really begs for another. As you have more and more, the aftertaste starts to go away and you are left with only the sweet start. A great beer for any occasion.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2005 21:11:04 | More by Toddv29424
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Quebec (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a light hazy yellow color ale with a huge foamy head with perfect retention. Aroma is mostly comprised of yeast with some spices and hops also noticeable. Taste is quite sharp with again the yeast making a lot of impression and spices with strong malt being quite evident. Strong body with some good carbonation. WOW, this brewery seems to always be amazing.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2005 19:26:42 | More by Phyl21ca
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New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A volcanic head, bright white, the definition of rocky. Fabulous lace, a barley latte. Slightly hazy golden peachy hue.
The first whiffs are of tangerines, pepper, cloves and limes. Pine trees.
The flavors are bitter orange up front, followed by subtle sweet malt, and a piney hops finish. Marry this to a soft, creamy and sinuous mouthfeel and we have a winner. Beautifully balanced brew. A persistance of hops at the end of it all leaves your tongue at attention, pining for the next sip.
Another wonderful concoction from De Dolle Brouwers.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2005 15:54:34 | More by horndecker
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Quebec (Canada)

4.9/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Terrific appearance. An attracting hazy golden with a gigantic white head displaying splendid lacing. The head leaves a trace after every sip and just stays there, mountainous, rocky, all over the glass. Sediments move at the bottome of the glass. Appealing yeasty sweet aroma. Honeyish malt is the base on which dances an above average hop character for a belgian beer, citrusy, lemony, sprucey. Notes of bread, farmhouse, apple and pepper+cloves. I expected this to be the least interesting De Dolle, but how wrong I was, this one is fabulous, complex, yeasty, balanced, refreshing and almost a session beer. Palate is dry up front, hoppy with a generous bitter finish, but all kinds of things happening in between. There’s a subdued fruitiness in the likes of grapefruit, apple, orange or apricot and complex complementing spices. Refreshing mild tart profile. Great creamy and velvety mouthfeel with above average carbonation. I just played a few hours of tennis and this is a superb "sunny day welcome". The complex toasty almost pilsnerish malt just seduces me. All the ingredients in this beer makes themselves heard and known. Oh plentiful harvest, how I want to live to drink your offerings again... Thank you for enlighting me Sham.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2005 00:13:33 | More by Rastacouere
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Rapid carbonation bubbles burst through a sediment filled haze of golden peach to grow a very tall yellowy dusted colored head thats massively meringue-like and heavy set. It finally settles to a heavy-ass murk while diplacing sticky and thick shelf-like strings of lacing all over the glass. Beautiful!

Aroma is quite potent in favor of citrus and yeast action carrying strong lemon spritz, some mellower understated banana hints, bits of light caramel and candied sugar notes. And a load of yeast giving a mildly tame yet powering spicy ethonalic heat and plastic phenols throughout each wiff.

Taste is a mellower then expected brigade of lemon, milder and nearly flavorless, it barely pokes the lemon pulp brought on by the smell but is there mostly in the front end. Some candyish sugar and almost minty spice is brought on by cloves. Quite peppery in that regards, along with a strong presence of alcoholic warmth and airy phenolic burn coming through late. Tarty, clean, yet milding witha herbal hoppyness. Finishes lightly drying with a yeasty alcoholic burn and buzz of spice. The overwhelming character is a whole lotta yeasty spice going on, which becomes far more approachable at the warmer temp. This sat a good half hour or more til I was able to really enjoy each sip and let those spices and hops meld together more.

Feel is quite full in body and fuzzy with a thickly carbonation that takes control and leads to the adventures of yeasty spices which nearly coat the entire palate from start to finish.

A super solid sipper, not as drinkable as most other De Dolle treats, but approachable and pleasant non the less. Easily more enjoyable as it warms up. I enjoy the Dulle Teve by a good margin more along with Bos Keun for De Dolle classics but this still would be something to have again, no prob. It grows on ya.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2004 02:19:17 | More by tavernjef
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3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearence: Pours a nice gold color. The head is entirley too big. Took 4 pours to get it all in a glass. The head itself is white a rocky. But it's way, way too big.

Smell: Smells spicy-sweet. The alcohol is almost undetectable. A nice amount of malts and hops play in the nose.

Taste and Mouthfeel: At first it's very malty and spicy with a huge amount of complexity. The hops finish it and round it off well. Alot of flavors blend together, some of which are clove, apple, and oak, to name a few. The mouthfeel is creamy, but a little too carbonated.

Drinkability and Overall: An interesting beer, and a decent example of a BSPA. Nothing too special, but a nice amount of complexity. It was a pleasure to try, but I wouldn't keep it around all the time. Definitly one to pick up if you see it anywhere, but nothing to seek out too hard.

Yert again, GClarkage, you're the man. Thank you for sending this one my way.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2004 00:22:44 | More by santoslhalper
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3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.6oz bottle obtained as part of BIF 13 from Qarre. Thanks for the opportunity, I think...

Poured into Rapscallion glass, where it formed a big, fluffy 2" bright white head over the golden light amber brew. Head is dense, and doesn't seem to be going anywhere quick, with good lacing. Aroma is fruity, peaches, perhaps, with a light undercurrent of alcohol. Taste is initially spicy, with some rounding out with pale malts, and sharpens up with some hops bite, amongst other varied flavors. A busy set of taste buds on this one. Mouthfeel takes a bit of getting used to, but eventually becomes somewhat addicting. Drinkability is good for the main reason that you must revisit to make sure no flavors were missed or overlooked.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2004 01:50:32 | More by ppoitras
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3.38/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Brown 33cl bottle with an artsy looking label. Pours a peach orange-honey -very murky with a big 1inch + cap and holds very well down to 1 finger after a few minutes. Very fluffy and fresh-looking lace which leaves thick puffs on glass. The head holds so well it is similar to egg-whites with very soft peaks.

Smell is a sour honey herb-grass and a little malty too.

Taste is very complex:bubbly honey-floral grass on the front. Finish is slightly spicy and peppery. Has a strong alcohol taste too.

Mouthfeel is warm well-carbonated and smokey.
Drinkability is below average for this style. I would not buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2004 16:11:19 | More by rousee
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4.65/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Redbones in late August. After every sip I said "this is crazy" , even at the end of night of hop slugs and hot sauce. Insanely complex, yet pleasant, and damn drinkable. Spicy, sweet, tart, other flavors all in turns. Please Redbones - bring this one back !

Serving type: on-tap

09-27-2004 21:33:31 | More by schemb
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4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This will be my first De Dolle beer and I am excited. The beer pours from a 11.6 oz bottle. Yellowish tan in color with a huge head that lasts. The smell is clean and citrusy with hints of something grassy. Very effervesant. The taste is much stronger than I expected. The grassyness starts to come through even more in the taste. You get a hint of some alchol at the end as well. Not as balanced as I expected. I can't get over how huge the head is. The flavor reminds me of something in between an Orval and a Duvel. Very good, just very different.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2004 22:27:11 | More by CharlesRiver
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North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured crystal clear pale golden till I let a few chunkies out of the bottel. There was also the white frothy head which edged out of the bottle just as the cap came off and made a rocky mound in the glass while still waiting around to lace it.

The aroma was fruity with citrus notes. Very aromatic with lots of Belgian yeast characteristics and a pepper spice.

The flavor was subdued citrus and decent bittering. The spiciness is present, but the flavors are not as complex as some other De Dolle offerings. Alcohol was also a predominant flavor component.

The finish goes quickly to dry with a bitterness of citrus lasting long into the aftertaste. The body is medium, but the carbonation makes it seem less. The alcohol warmth after consumption was evident.

11.2 ounce bottle.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2004 23:26:35 | More by GCBrewingCo
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3.08/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I was really disappointed by this brew. Poured a hazy gold with a huge, rocky head. Aroma was sweet with apple, lemon, and malt. I was disappointed most of all by the taste, as the tartness was just overpowering, and didn't match the aroma. Spicy hops and alcohol. Grainy and phenolic. I detected some charcoal and metallic notes as well that were rather unpleasant. Mouthfeel was prickly, which matches this style fairly well, and grows smoother with every mouthful. This is certainly my least favorite offering from De Dolle.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2004 04:07:02 | More by Admiraldinty
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4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on draft at the brewery in Esen, Belgium


Fresh and dry hopped, with notes of wood, lemon, mint and tangerine.

Mellow, soft but very hoppy and delicious. Fruitiness; mainly peach and tangerine. Incredible balanced and very pleasant. I would love to have this again.

Serving type: on-tap

07-25-2004 01:24:02 | More by Crosling
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New Jersey

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

Another one I brought back from Beermania. Nice yellow bow tie on the bottle. Huge soft, fluffy, airy, persistant head in the goblet. Slightly hazy gold color with lots of bubble density. Spicy cloves in the nose with a hint of lemon. Inital taste of lemon and dry pinapple followed up with a grassy slightly bitter finish. Quite smooth on the mouth and tongue. Solid smooth and drinkable...

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2004 01:49:34 | More by frank4sail
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4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours surprisingly clear - unless you try to get every drop, then you get some nice yeasty bits. Golden amber with a huge, thick white head...incredibly thick head! Took me a few minutes to get it all in the glass to control a head that ended up thick as foamed milk. Aroma is sweet and fruity - pears and banana shine through. The taste is light and fruity, with some sourness at the finish and hoppy bitterness in the aftertaste. Very light on the tongue - flavor and intense excited carbonation fill the mouth completely. The mouthfeel is champagne like - light and airy - mouthfilling. A great summery beer that satisfies and brings on a craving for another -

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2004 05:16:51 | More by BrewMan82
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4.55/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours to an orange-bronze color with a chunky three fingers off-white head. It is highly carbonated. The aroma is sweet and fruity, with a raisins and dates smell. It has a solid malt backbone with a bit of alcohol in the aroma as well. The flavor is malty and creamy, with the dark fruits present as well. The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with a drying finish. This is an awesome brew, very drinkable and warming. De Dolle makes some fine brews. I will definitely pick this one up again.

Sampled 1/22/04

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2004 20:28:47 | More by BeerBuilder
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4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A careful pour from a long-standing bottle delivers a clear, yellow-gold body beneath a huge head of rocky white foam that holds exceptionally well and leaves wide sheets of thin lace about the glass. If the yeast at the bottom is disturbed, however, it becomes a hazy marmalade, but at the same time delivers more flavor via the yeast. The bright nose is yeasty, floral, subtly fruity, delicately spicy (cloves) and welcoming! Some acetaldehdye (green apple) and candyish notes (from a combination of phenols and sweet malt) arise as it warms. A very fine, effervescent carbonation is achieved through bottle conditioning, and combines with it's medium body to leave it gently zesty on the tongue before warming to become velvety smooth across the tongue. The flavor delivers fruitiness and hints at tartness upfront before a honeyish and mildly nutty maltiness and spicy, grassy, leafy and floral hop flavor becomes apparent. Its bright hoppiness is quite a twist on the standard Belgian golden strong ale style! Bitterness rises towards the finish, and lingers dryly in the long aftertaste amidst a smattering of grassy hops and phenols. An interesting and exciting beer!

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2004 14:04:33 | More by NeroFiddled
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4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.6oz brown bottle.
It pours a cloudy butterscotch amber with an overly enthusiastic rocky white head and loads of sticky lace.
A very pleasant smell of cut hay, sweet malt, chopped peppers, hops, cloves and alcohol come together as one as it warms, creating a very interesting aroma.
Sweet caramel malt with a dose of candy sugar leap out and buttered croissants come to mind.
A white grapefruit bitterness, along with orange zest provides a nice sharp edge. Coriander, cloves and peppery spices seem to unify the different tastes. A warming alcohol is a welcome flavor and sensation partner. I like this brew a lot!

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2004 23:46:28 | More by BeerResearcher
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4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This cloudy, golden beer has a huge rocky head that just won't quit. There are some fruity esters in the aroma that smells of apples. It is delicate and spicy with a dry bitter finish. It is complex and refreshing and everything that an artisanal beer should be.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2004 14:51:31 | More by ark57
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New Mexico

3.05/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a golden/orange color with a full off-white rocky head. Well carbonated, with great head retention and nice lace. Aroma is fruity (a hint of cherries), spicy, earthy, tart and somewhat astringent. The taste has a hint of a sweet start, but goes right into tartness and a biting hop finish. Mouthfeel quite bland, with some carbonation and a bite.
A nice looking beer, with an interesting aroma -- but a one-dimensional and not very appealing taste.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2004 05:00:32 | More by SeanChouffe
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3.4/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The colour is full golden, with some turbidity. Creamy, and abundant foam. A lot.
The smell is citrus fruits, yeast, hop. Freshness.
The overall impression is freshness in the taste too. And hop. Some spices (anise). Then a light warmness, probably dued to the alcohol. Fruity again, citrus fruits. Maybe some balsamic hint.
Medium-medium-light body.
Aftertaste very bitter, fresh and herbal. A lot of long standing bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2004 22:04:27 | More by stcules
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