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De Dolle Arabier - Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

578 Ratings
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Ratings: 578
Reviews: 313
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.27%
Wants: 29
Gots: 39 | FT: 2
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:
Beer added by: Todd on 10-23-2000

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Ratings: 578 | Reviews: 313
Photo of AgentMunky
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a cervoise glass. From notes. Reviewed April 2011.

A: Huge head overflows the glass, filling far more than half. Very white. The beer is mildly cloudy, straw-coloured, and bubbly.

S: Yeasty, slight spice, some citrus. Tripel-y.

T: Delicious. Thick, bready, lightly spiced, grassy, tinge of wheat? Good beer, though it still reminds me more of a tripel than a BSPA. A little on the sweet side...I'd like to try one fresher and see the the hop presence makes it more balanced.

M: Heavy on the tongue. Coaxing, coating, yummy.

O: Good, but not great? Strongly recommended regarded. Will try again.

Notes: "An arabier is a pure malt beer 8°vol/alc brewed with flower Nugget-hops from Poperinge. It has the special dry-hopping taste and aroma, so appreciated by beer lovers all over the world. It is one of the two main beers from De Dolle Brouwers throughout the year. Aging time is limited due to the fact that hop bitterness is declining with the time. Store arabier cool and dark and serve cool at 10°C. "

Photo of jwinship83
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle with no freshness information drank out of my duvel tulip. in my area, de dolle beers dont move that fast, so im led to believe that this is an older bottle. just how old i cant say.

A- the pour yields a hazy golden colored body with a rather large bright white head on top. the head lasts for a while, and leaves behind rather large spots of lacing. pretty nice.

S- the first thing i pick up in the nose are pale malts with a little bit of wheat. theres some light citrus fruits in the nose also. lemon and a little bit of grapefruit. its spicy also. coriander, clove, and some pepper. faint earthy hops at the end.

T- the taste starts out with some sweet pale malts and a little bit of wheat malt. after that i get some lemon and very faint grapefruit flavors. lots of spice such as coriander, clove, and white pepper. faint earthy hops finish this one off.

M- this beer has a medium body and a high level of carbonation. the alcohol is completely masked.

D- as with everything de dolle brews, i enjoyed this. theyre a seriously under appreciated belgian brewery. i think this is supposed to be a hoppier offering. maybe the bottle i got is too old to fully appreciate it. id love to try another one that is newer.

Photo of maleman
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a pint glass. Freshness dating was noted on bottle. I thought I was pouring at my regular rate but the head exploded to half the glass before I could stop! Color was dark golden. Lacing was thick, but patchy.

S - rich bread and pine resin was evident right out front.

T - clove was noticeable just at first then it quickly dissolved into a resin/grassy combo. malt or hops was not really there for me. but regardless it was very smooth.

M - as stated the taste was smooth and what I'd call medium-bodied. Slightly on the acidic side which I tasted in the back roof of my mouth.

O - a very good brew that I'll have again when I come across it. not as "belgian" as I anticipated it being, but very good nonetheless.

Photo of Samp01
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy gold orange with a large white fluffy head some lacing. Aroma and Taste begins with nice dose of citrus, Belgian yeast and fruity notes followed by a bit of biscuit malt, sweet spices and a zesty tangy lightly spiced hops bitterness on the end for balance. Palate is a medium to full body, crisp with good carbonation. The end much the same as taste, citrus, Belgian yeast, and sweet zesty, tangy spiced hops bitterness with some biscuit malt. Overall a very pleasant, flavorful and tasty brew. I would drink again.

Photo of emerge077
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beer that i've had many times, just not lately. Thanks Aaron for this one!

Bright and clear orange gold, with steady plumes of rising carbonation. Long lasting head, ever present skim across the surface.

A little musty and vinous at first, the aroma becomes fruity like dried apricot soon enough.

Crisp and slightly tart, there's a strong fruity character, with some cookie sweetness underneath and a touch of herbal bitterness. Apricot, golden raisin, plum or peach pits, dusty bubblegum, honey shortbread. Effervescent and highly charged. ABV is completely hidden. A benchmark BPA, a classic to return to again and again.

Photo of jprivott
4.12/5  rDev +1%

Photo of WesWes
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice golden color with a thick frothy white head that lasts. The aroma is great. It has a wonderful pale malt scent along with kick ass yeast character. It's dry and earthy with a nice tartness to it. The taste is good. It has a smooth, earthy pale malt and yeast flavor that goes down slow and easy with a bit of warmth in the finish. It's quite dry. The earthy yeast character is outstanding. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is an excellent beer. The malt bill is pretty straight forward. It's warmth and fruity with a dry earthy finish; awesome.

Photo of IPA35
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice golden colour, hazy with the yeast added. . Nice rocky head.

Spicey smelling, tart fruits like green apples and some citrus. Bready malts and leafy hops I think.

A fruity, tart beer with with enough herbal hoppy dry bitterness afterwards to make it quite different. Quite complex, just like their Oerbier.

Mouthfeel is medum and quite creamy. Not too much carbonation.

Overal a nice beer, complex.

Photo of ommegangpbr
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This fellow has been sitting in my fridge for well over a year. There also happened to be a bottle of Duvel around tonight so I thought a side by side comparison would be useful for the sake of comparison.
Right off the bat I'm getting... bacon. There's a smoke flavor that gives a quick slap to the tongue before the flavor settles down into a solid Belgian strong pale ale. Side by side this holds its own with Duvel. Green apple and pear flavors twirling about with Belgian yeast.
A minor critique might be that this comes across a bit boozy for a Belgian beer at 7%, especially compared to Duvel at 8.5% that tastes virtually alcohol free.
Full flavored and full bodied, it makes sense that this is sold bottle by bottle. A six pack might be a bit overwhelming to have at a sitting but having this on hand in a cellar would be a good idea.

Photo of Westsidethreat
4.12/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pour is cloudy straw-colored. The enormous white thick head dissipates slowly into great lacings.

S: Dry malt, yeast and green apples. Spices, pepper. Citric notes. Lots of fruits.

T: Dry malt with wheaty notes - ripe bananas. Spieces and yeast - pepper. Bitter hops. Kind of sour.

M: Long bitter and a bit sour aftertaste. Body is medium and carbonation is moderate.

D: A nice Belgian Strong Pale Ale, a bit too hoppy, mabye (considering the styel).

Photo of augustgarage
4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330mL bottle into my Troubadour tulip glass.

Liquid is a very hazy golden yellow to amber with a gargantuan, rocky, pearling, solid white head of foam with perpetual retention and thick tendrils of lacing.

Spicy yeast in the nose, crisp winter fruit (Asian pear), with clean fruity hop notes as well.

Rich complex flavors of rock candy, peppercorn, sourness from the yeast, bitterness from hops and lactic acid, and a long, rustic, woody, dry finish. Phenols unapologetically overwhelm the esters here, but very good none the less.

Milky, soft, full mouthfeel with very heavy carbonation. Some warmth from the alcohol, but no astringency.

Distinctive, superior version of the style, though one of the more subdued offerings from De Dolle.

Photo of dln646
4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Bierkraft in Brooklyn, De Dolle's Arabier is a bit dim, with a fresh dark golden orange color.

Aroma density is the first thing that comes to mind snuffling this beer. It's profoundly aromatic because of the hops and brings out interlay with apricots, peach, flowers, white pepper, a dash of dirt and a wheat beer-like olive note.

On the palate the beer, fresh like cough drops, speaks in persistent high-notes. The medium bodied malt is combined with a mouth filling soft carbonation, that is kept by back by a immense floral hop character and the other flavors supplied by it. I'm having a tough time determining whether the beer is spiking or the high flavor intensity and spiciness composes a more evident alcohol. The length is long, bitter, with plenty of flowers and apricot-like fruits.

Undoubtedly a geeky beer in my opinion, hard to fully appreciate. The beer is about as fresh it can be at the moment, and rigid to drink in big gulps, even though I would love to. As the spring is about to arrive here in New York, I can't help but to envision sitting with a tall tulip glass of this, enjoying one of the earliest balmy spring suns. To sum the appraise, this beer is original, complex and highly aromatic. http://quaffable.org/?p=563

Photo of zeff80
4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy orange/gold color with a foamy, white, huge head. It left a little lace.

S - It smelled of dried fruit (plum/grape?). Also, a good dose of maltiness.

T - It tasted spicy and malty. A slight fruitiness. I also noticed a good flavor of yeast and a bitter kick.

M - It was very crisp, sharp and dry. it is medium to heavy-bodied.

D - This is a pretty good Belgian beer.

Photo of Bitterbill
4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

There's a bottled on date on the cap but unfortunately, it was partially cutoff...July 201

It pours an orange colour with a huge and growing head of foam. Lots of bubble action going on.

The nose is very bitter and hoppy up front suggesting bitter fruit like orange and possibly grapefruit.

The taste is very nice indeed. Power packed with a tasty bitterness of orange zest which reminds me of blood orange kind of bitter. I truly do not get any sort of sweet notes so maybe this is what a fresher bottle brings to the table? Anywho, the somewhat extreme bitterness is working for my palate. As it warms, I do get light spice as in clove and maybe, it will make a turn towards the malt when it gets closer to room temp.

Medium bodied with lively carbonation, this is another fine brew from De Dolle.

Photo of KYGunner
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice brilliance in a Golden pear color. The head was frothy and collared quickly but remained stiff around the edges.

The scent had hops and citrus fruits in a nice conglomeration. I sense pear, Apple, honey and champagne like qualities mixed with a floral hop and orange/lemon.

The hoppy floral taste starts but than a malt and honey flavor lingers. Tastes such as honeysuckle, Graham cracker, caramel malt and pine come near the end.

This ale has so much going on and possesses so much quality that it needs to be tried by anyone who crosses its path.

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

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.

Photo of Radome
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 33 cl bottle into a De Dolle glass at Bier Circus in Brussels.

A - Medium to dark gold color with some orange. Slightly hazy. HUGE fluffy, moussy head made up of tiny bubbles. The head and lacing are extremely persistent. A beautiful beer.

S - A very fresh US hop punch that mixes with crisp grain notes and a slight barnyard funk (in the background).

T - Spicy yeast flavors blend seamlessly with hops. Some malt is in the background, but the balance is toward hops. Some alcohol evident.

M - Medium body. Some burn from the hops bitterness and (to a lesser extent) alcohol. Carbonation adds a sharp carbonic bite. Overall mouthfeel is a bit harsh.

O - A very good beer, with the highlights being the appearance, inviting aromas and balanced flavors. Harsh mouthfeel is the only detractor.

Photo of ShipyardW
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of shelby415
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dcmchew
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NinjaJesus
4.08/5  rDev 0%

Photo of mltobin
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I pulled out some old notes for this review on De Dolle Ara Bier.

This 11.2 ounce bottle was purchased at Amity Wine & Spirit in New Haven. The graphic on the bottle features a cute parrot.
Upon pouring into a Duvel tulip glass, the appearance of the beer is a nice golden body with a frothy two finger head. It smells a little hoppy, kind of sweet. Upon sipping it, it tastes of fruits, candies, as well as yeast and malts, and in the end, it finishes dry. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with its carbonation coming through along with its sweetness, but all in all it is a smooth and enjoyable mouthfeel. The drinkability is very good on this 7% abv beer, I really wish that I had another right now...damn good beer !

Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Mikkeller bar.

Has a big fluffy white head and a slightly see through golden yellow body.

Smells grassy, yeasty, and fruity.

Lots of fruit namely banana which is in the nose and taste.

Has a medium mouthfeel that is crisp and lingers nicely on the palate.

Straight up delicious!

Photo of dasenebler
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

33cl, bottled November 2010, best before November 2011. Orange polka-dot bow-tie, purchased in Belgium.

Glowing and cloudy amber-orange, with a massive head like most De Dolle beers. Great retention and thick lacing.

The aroma is hoppy and orangey, with some yeasty banana notes and a touch of alcohol.

Flavor is very, very dry and bitter. Lacks some of the typical De Dolle yeasty fruitiness, though there's an earthy yeasty character. Hops are medicinal and leafy. The mouthfeel is incredibly fluffy and soft on the palate.

Though it's a completely different beer and not quite in the same league, Arabier reminds me of Orval with its dryness and drinkability. Great stuff.

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