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De Dolle Arabier - Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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De Dolle ArabierDe Dolle Arabier

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516 Ratings

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Ratings: 516
Reviews: 301
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 30
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 kmcnair


4/5  rDev -2%

33cl bottle

Pours a thick, opaque peach color with a hint of brown, makes a huge fluffy white head. Light floral aroma with notes of coriander and cloves. Flavor is complex with fruits and lightly spiced, has a sweet aftertaste. Medium on the palate, creamy texture and finishes dry. A rather good strong pale ale, easy to drink, alcohol content is very subdued by the complexity in the flavors. I would try this one again.

08-22-2005 06:34:03 | More by kmcnair
Photo of Px2GrafX


4.45/5  rDev +9.1%

presentation: 11.6oz bottle with a yellow bird in a red hat havin' a glass of beer printed on the label. ara bier is written in a graphic script with a red heart dotting the "i". no abv or freshness date.

appearance: pours a hazy golden wheat color with even brighter yellow highlights in a tulip. HUGE fluffy white head. light consistency with large bubbles like sea foam. sticks to the glass, but drops quickly. there are floaties staying in place in the liquid like fruit in jello.

smell: overwhelming perfume floral scent with a tad of citrus grapefruit mixed in there. lightly spicy and sweet. even more sweet and hop aroma after swirling.

taste: sweet and lightly spiced fruit. mostly lemons, grapefruit and apples. there's also a lightly buttered bread flavor with some caramel in the middle. sweet finish with a counterbalancing light bitterness. hardly no alcohol to speak of.

mouthfeel: crisp with a light medium body. smooth with good carbonation and a decent swallow.

drinkability: i type my review while i drink, and when i'm done with the beer before i write about the drinkability, then it's pretty damned drinkable! tasty and each the aftertaste keeps you from putting the glass down. alcohol is very well masked.

overall: after the first sip, i must admit, i thought i was gonna be givin' this beer an average rating. didn't take long for me to reconsider. very tasty brew especially as it warms. get yourself some!

08-13-2005 02:14:09 | More by Px2GrafX
Photo of putnam


4.38/5  rDev +7.4%

A hyperactive explosion of white mousse turns rigid and chunky. The color below is blurry blond. Satisfying rich vanilla and cream sensations are evident on the nose along with flamboyant impressions of citrus filling, dusty white pepper and minerals. I like the even split between hard core, peach pit-flavored bitterness and farmers market flavors of herbs, grass, lemon oil and root vegetables. The finish is persistent with that same mixture. The yeasts are a little unruly here. Nice.

07-27-2005 20:15:15 | More by putnam
Photo of Beersignal

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2%

Golden hazy/murky ale adorned by a superhuman chalk white head of foam with colossal staying power. Left nice clumps of lace as I drank it.

Very spicy and fruity aromas up front, signature of yeast very present. Hints of vanilla, candied sugar and more tropical fruit (pineapple, bananas) surface along with a faint mustiness near the end.

The mouthfeel is quite full and rounded, I was expecting drier for some reason. Firm notes of malt up front are quickly followed by peppery and mildly fruity hints of yeastiness. Bracing citrucy bitterness strikes near the end and is accompanied by more of the yeasty fruitiness.

Very flavourful and complex ale with a powerful yeast character and beautifully rounded body.

07-05-2005 23:27:43 | More by Beersignal
Photo of hefevice


3.98/5  rDev -2.5%

Bottle. Hazy but luminescent orange with a HUGE merangue like white head that lasted admirably and left heaps of lace behind. Aroma is hoppy citrus with some malty sweetness in the background and a little belgian yeasty funk. Taste is dry at first with a little malty sweetness, but dominated by a big finish of spice and hop bitterness, completely hiding the reasonably high ABV. Also noted a slight off "latex" taste. Mouth is light and a little course. For me, not up to the Oerbier unfortunately, although I am sure I will get plenty of disagreement.

06-13-2005 09:27:38 | More by hefevice
Photo of Shultzerdugen


4.33/5  rDev +6.1%

33 cl brown bottle with no dates.

Hazed dark straw in color with a massive, clingy head that drops quickly.

Candy sweet with fruit esters in the nose. Cookie dough and bread.

Light, well carbonated body. Bready malts, light fruits (mostly apple), citric hops, and powdery yeast. Malt lingers in the finish. Pretty dry finish.

I found the hops to be a nice break from your standard offerings in the style, with much more gusto than some.

05-08-2005 18:01:46 | More by Shultzerdugen
Photo of goodbyeohio


4.1/5  rDev +0.5%

i drew hearts on my notebook near this one.

this is a super thick beer (expect nothing less from the mad bitches!) very murky and cloudy. orangey yellow light golden color. super-impressive pillowy meringue plops on top of this liquid in my chalice. egg white city. big fizz happening in this belgian.

scent is strong with honey and lemon. random citrus emerges in a tripel type fashion. some raspberry. tastes wheaty with a spicier than usual tripel presence. finishes with a *sigh* and a sweet nothing packed with tiny bubbles, like a belgian golden champagne.

another top-notch offering from de dolle.

05-04-2005 22:34:50 | More by goodbyeohio
Photo of counselor


4.05/5  rDev -0.7%

De dolle brouwers brews has such a distinct smell and taste from their yeast that if one enjoys their beers, they ought to enjoy them all. This beer is no exception, but slightly less so. The beer pours with a huge pillowy white head that sticks aroud forever. The beer itself is a pale straw colored yellow, slightly opaque and very bubbly.

The beer has the prototypical de dolle yeast aroma, thick, bready, like old well worn thick wool pants after tobaggoning all day. There is a slightly sweetaroma and no hop aroma that I could detect

The beer tasted chewy with good malt, hop balance (where did these hops come from - I couldn't smell a one?) there are some pear hints abd slightly citrusy undertones, but most of the flavors are yeast based - like thick, crusty, really chewy, european peasant bread. Then - wow - the hops kick in and finish this beer as dry as it comes. I mean roll your tounge under the lips to wick away the dryness dry.

I may be prejudiced for de dolle, but this is another quality offering and at 7% abv, it doesn't seem so .... until it hits you of course

04-22-2005 01:18:58 | More by counselor
Photo of crookedhalo


4.18/5  rDev +2.5%

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.

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


4.13/5  rDev +1.2%

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.

04-16-2005 20:24:54 | More by BuckeyeNation
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4.13/5  rDev +1.2%

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.

04-13-2005 23:26:08 | More by GClarkage
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +1.2%

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.

04-01-2005 21:10:26 | More by oberon
Photo of Toddv29424

District of Columbia

4.38/5  rDev +7.4%

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.

03-26-2005 21:11:04 | More by Toddv29424
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +1.7%

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.

03-21-2005 19:26:42 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of horndecker

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

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.

03-19-2005 15:54:34 | More by horndecker
Photo of Rastacouere

Quebec (Canada)

4.9/5  rDev +20.1%

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.

03-08-2005 00:13:33 | More by Rastacouere
Photo of tavernjef


4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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.

12-14-2004 02:19:17 | More by tavernjef
Photo of santoslhalper


3.8/5  rDev -6.9%

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.

12-14-2004 00:22:44 | More by santoslhalper
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3.65/5  rDev -10.5%

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.

11-18-2004 01:50:32 | More by ppoitras
Photo of rousee


3.38/5  rDev -17.2%

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.

10-09-2004 16:11:19 | More by rousee
Photo of schemb


4.65/5  rDev +14%

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 !

09-27-2004 21:33:31 | More by schemb
Photo of CharlesRiver


4/5  rDev -2%

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.

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

3.9/5  rDev -4.4%

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.

08-20-2004 23:26:35 | More by GCBrewingCo
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3.08/5  rDev -24.5%

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.

08-10-2004 04:07:02 | More by Admiraldinty
Photo of Crosling


4/5  rDev -2%

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.

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