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De Dolle Arabier - Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

508 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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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
Belgium

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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robbyc1

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2007 01:37:50 | More by robbyc1
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mhatters

Pennsylvania

4.78/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in an Ara Bier glass at my house.

Great golden color with a big, think, lacy head that stays. Nice sediment haze.

Lots of citrus, yeast, pepper, apple, and other spices

The first thing that comes out in the taste is a good malt base, then hops, and some sugar sweetness.

Lots of carbonation, crisp and light on the palette.

A classic beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2009 00:38:27 | More by mhatters
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jollyotter

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

05-03-2012 20:30:43 | More by jollyotter
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Shovelbum

Massachusetts

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)!
Divine.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2006 21:24:46 | More by Shovelbum
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horndecker

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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Blobra

Vermont

4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

12-22-2012 19:44:51 | More by Blobra
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rolive

Georgia

4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

11-27-2012 20:29:53 | More by rolive
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sk8man121

Maine

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

11.2 oz bottle ($5.99 @ Downeast Beverage in Portland, ME) poured into Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a mostly transparent candied orange with apricot highlights. Massive rocky off-white head with a great deal of attractive lacing. This is what a BSPA should look like; period dot.

S: Huge Belgian yeast up front; clove, sweet, round banana. Honey, mango and citrus follow. Smells very big, and very nice.

T: Hops come through where they simply were not in the nose at all. A great deal of peppery spice, with a piney, citrus-laden malty finish. Whatever sweetness comes forward quickly dries out towards the end. Palm wishes it tasted like this.

M: Carbonation is on the high side, and this creams up like nothing else. Palate coating for sure, with a lingering bitterness that is perhaps just a tad too much.

O: I really try to rate to style as often as possible. That being said, BSPA is far from a favorite style of mine, although this is without a doubt the best example I've tried. Very much worth a try, especially if you are interested in this style.

A benchmark BSPA for sure, and just another fantastic beer from De Dolle.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2011 22:59:21 | More by sk8man121
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MtnDewd

Georgia

4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

10-20-2013 03:53:20 | More by MtnDewd
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WOLFGANG

South Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

07-05-2013 03:47:13 | More by WOLFGANG
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KJ2013

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

10-04-2013 01:49:57 | More by KJ2013
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drtth

Pennsylvania

4.68/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter X glass from a bottle that has a best by date of Jan 2012 and was filled in Jan of 2010. (Special Kudos to De Dolle for giving us both dates.) Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As poured the beer is a faintly hazed golden color and filled with active carbonation. There is a 1” fluffy white head that recedes slowly leaving patches of lacing that cling to the sides of the glass. Sipping leaves some interesting trails of leggy lacing as well.

Smell: The aromas tell you immediately that this beer is made with Belgian yeast. There is also a touch of some pale malt and a floral, fruity character that blends nicely with hints of herbal grassiness from the hops. It is when the hops show up that you first realize this is not your ordinary Belgian Strong Pale Ale.

Taste: The flavors include sweetness, citrus and some earthy, grassy character. There’s also a bit of white pepper showing. An almost honey-like sweetness is also a player here.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied and a nice combination of creamy smoothness and gently prickliness from the healthy carbonation. The finish is relatively long, begins with the some sweetness and then quickly becomes bitter and dry.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: I’m liking this beer more and more as I sip more and more. I’ll certainly be willing to drink this one again, so long as it is relatively fresh. My overall impression of this beer is that it is very balanced and well made, that it is a real treat that stands out from the field of Strong Pale Ales with its imaginative combination of the best of Belgium and the best of hops.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2011 15:31:11 | More by drtth
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

4.65/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A bit of a gusher, this 'un...but I've learned to open most Belgian beers over a sink or wastebasket...so beware, although it wasn't the worst foam-fountain I've dealt with. Once in the glass, the head is mighty and firm, thick and pillowed. Color has the tan/orange hue of a horse saddle, and is almost opaquely murky. Hardly pale.

Nose is much funkier than I remember, although there's a heaping lot of fruit character too. Leather and plum, stinky cheese and fig, locker room sweat and spoiled pear. Gotta love it.

While the nose pretty much features the yeast, the flavors on the tongue are broader. Plenty of dark, overripe fruit, and some apple and pear too, while the yeast imparts a balancing element of funky zing. White pepper steps in, as does a tartness not detected in the nose. Firm malt base lays out a slightly sweet, gooey-but-earthy tone. And then you get extra depth with honey, grassy hops and campfire smoke all in supportive but important roles. Unlike any other Belgian beer; Ara Bier definitely brings its own stamp of uniqueness.

Mouth is slick and slippery, largely rounded yet carbonated enough for balance. Has a peculiar glide that sends it right past the tongue and down the throat quickly, and while that feels like a textural thing, perhaps it's just so damn good my tongue can't bear it?

Cracking the cap on any De Dolle beer is always a pleasure, and this one proved to be no different. Depth, complexity, allure, uniqueness...it's got it all. Have had this one several times over the years, and this is surely not the last I've seen of it. Wowza.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2009 22:47:18 | More by Metalmonk
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schemb

Massachusetts

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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KateMcN

California

4.65/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: golden and very cloudy

s: earthy, peppery, belgian-hoppy

t: herbal, earthy, crisp, hoppy, a little citrus, a little tobacco

m: lots of sediment; almost ashy (not a negative thing)

d: delicious, continually intriguing, don't rush this one

yum times a thousand. i love belgian beers that aren't too sweet, so the 'belgian ipa' category is usually my favorite. i'd categorize this one thusly if i didn't know better.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2009 05:35:20 | More by KateMcN
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nickhiller

Texas

4.63/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: cloudy golden brown, big bubbly head with lasting retention, thick soap scummy lacing

S: fresh, sweet malt, almost like sniffing a handful of barley, De Dolle's familiar raspberry/fruity yeast

T: tastes like raspberry jam biscuit, with a perfect counterbalancing fresh hop bitterness

M: light creamy body, dry bitter finish

O: delicious, it seems like they might be using the same yeast in their beers, giving them a signature yeasty raspberry-esque flavor that works really well with their malty-cum-sour flavor

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2011 20:45:07 | More by nickhiller
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RuudJH

Netherlands

4.63/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

De dolle brouwers have become one of my favourite breweries from Belgium in a short time, due to their stout and oerbier.
I'm looking forward to tasting this one.

'Dry hopped, unfiltered, unpasteurized with taste evolution'. I like it allready.

Dark golden ale, big soapy head, high carbonation.

First smell from the bottle is a bit lactose, allmost cheese.
After pouring it it developes into a fresh clear malt with fruit (mainly lemon peel, but also raisins, plumbs, apple). Fresh hops, a bit of pine.

Taste is hoppy, with clean maltiness. Also a little bit of fruit, but hardly any of the expected sweetness is in it.

Mouthfeel is dry and bitter, but smooth. Fullbodied: it stays in my mouth long.

At 8% abv, defenately a sipper for relaxing. It's not at all sweet, so I guess one needs to get used to it.
But it's well worth it. I would say it's great a brewer offers different tastes like this.
Thumbs up for de dolle brouwers again.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2010 11:33:31 | More by RuudJH
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StevieW

Florida

4.63/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A hazy dark golden to orange amber color under a giant white smooth head. Head is huge, makes my belly look small, rich creamy vanilla pudding like. Smells are lots of citrus undertones, and warm spices. One of the most pleasant and complex tasting beers I have ever experienced. Inviting spicy richness, matched with crisp citrus lip smacking goodness. High abv will sneek right up on you and warm your belly at the same time. Bottom of the glass leaves a spicy yeast sediment that revives the last few sips. Unbleievable beer. I picked this one up and a couple other from the same brewery on the recommendation of the beer store owner in Tampa.....can the others be as good ? I am looking forward to finding out........

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2002 15:11:50 | More by StevieW
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dgallina

Georgia

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2006 18:11:43 | More by dgallina
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ohitsbrad

Australia

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2007 14:04:54 | More by ohitsbrad
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BeerSingh

India

4.58/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one beer that I always look forward to have since the first time I had. This, I think has an outstanding malt - hop balance in my opinion. Poured this 33 cl devil into my Chimay goblet, aggressively enough to create an encouraging, egg shell coloured head. The head oozed out like a pony tail and presented a photogenic look, perfect for a Tahitian beauty to hold on a James Hadley Chase cover. Beneath the head was a heavily clouded body - pale hay in colour with fine floaties doing the jig all over. The head remained and lay still - as it were baked stiff. It entrapped aromas of fruits, of spice and the famed Belgian yeast. I think that I had poured out the ale a tad cold, because I am used to Belgian beer aromas to be more profound and lengthy.
I took my first sip like a connoisseur, slowly and head held high. I was blown over - there was a cascade of fruit flavours like apples and pears followed with the muskiness of grapes then eventually percolating into a dry pepperiness towards the finish. The whole panorama was exquisitely sequenced. The finish is really oustanding - dry from the hoppy pepperiness at the same time having a well rounded sweetness from the malts. You are left asking for more and you just wanna relive the entire series again and again.
A huge beer from a small brewery. This is what a BSPA should be like - period. I am left with an insane feeling of wanting to try De Dolle's other offerings like Oerbier and Stille Nacht..till then I will continue to savour my small booty of Ara Bier. Cheers. Smack !!

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2010 15:10:01 | More by BeerSingh
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czechsaaz

Washington

4.58/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really spicy aroma. Licorice, yeast, orange, candi sugar, hops, cinamon. Basically tons of stuff that it's hard to pick out distinct aromas. Complexity is pretty amazing.

Deep orange with a huge white lasting head. Tons of rising carbonation all over the glass. Nice lacing.

Flavor is definitely malty and sweet at first. There's some spice but it's subdued. There's a hint of Brett or some other wild yeast sourness. Plus the very high carbonation makes this seem more bitter than it really is. I do get some citrus too perhaps from orange peel. Hops are very restrained but still apparent in bitterness and flavor.

Mouthfeel is definitely affected by the high carbonation. The flavors and touch of alcohol give away it's strength, but the carbonation keeps it light and refreshing.

An all around enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2005 03:57:23 | More by czechsaaz
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nickfl

Florida

4.58/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - The top comes off with a loud hiss and the beer pours with a huge, three finger head of bone white foam. The body is a slightly hazy, golden yellow color. The rocky head settles slowly and leaves nice, thick lace.

S - A somewhat musty yeast aroma on top of pilsner malt with some vanilla notes. There are also tropical fruit notes of pineapple and banana with mild, herbal hops.

T - Pils malt up front with a slight honey note that is quickly obscured by the unique musty and funky house yeast character. Yeast notes of pineapple with strong phenolic pepper and clove follow. The finish is dominated by herbal hops and spicy, smoky yeast character with some bready malt balanced by strong bitterness. Lingering flavors of pilsner malt and european hops are better able to express themselves in the aftertaste one the strong yeast character has faded away in the finish.

M - Medium-thick body, very high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - This is a big and aggressive beer. The yeast character is wild and huge; so much so that it threatens to obscure the subtleties of the malt and hops. The aroma is quite well balanced with appropriate contributions from all of the exceptional aspects of the beer. The flavor is a bit less controlled with a huge wave of sometimes harsh phenolic yeast flavors that threaten, but don't quite succeed, to wash away the creamy malt and atmospheric hops. This beer walks the line between complexity and becoming a hot mess, but thankfully it just barely manages to land on the side of excellence. In the end, my only real complaint is that it didn't come in a 750ml bottle and that I will have a hard time finding more of it. A wonderful, and truly unique example of the style; I wish there were more like it.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2009 06:15:21 | More by nickfl
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Hopdaemon39

New York

4.55/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Disclaimer: I am a fanatic for De Dolle mostly because of how actively carbonated their beers are.

That being said:
Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle into an oversized wine glass. Poured a dark golden color (almost copper) with a massive three finger head even in the wine glass. Great retention- still a thick layer of foam even five minutes after pouring- and a little bit of patchy lacing. Foam is almost pure white but a little offish.

Smell is purely of wild yeast. Nutty and a little funky but not a recoil-in-horror kind of funk. A little malty sweetness comes through. Pretty strong scent.

Taste is hard to distinguish from mouthfeel much of the time but this problem is particularly pronounced with this beer. It is certainly very yeasty- that earthy kind of yeast taste that comes from Belgians. After you get used to the yeast, it is a light sweet golden malt character.

The mouthfeel is my favorite part of any De Dolle brew- VERY LIVE. Very exciting; it tingles all the way through. Light bodied and heavily carbonated. As I've said with my other reviews of De Dolle, BUY THIS BEER IF YOU CAN FIND IT!

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2012 00:43:36 | More by Hopdaemon39
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BeerBuilder

Minnesota

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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