De Dolle Arabier - Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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Reviews: 311
Hads: 590
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 33
Gots: 42 | FT: 2
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Todd on 10-23-2000

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle into a snifter

A: Poirs a slightly hazy golden color with over four fingers if dense foam, even with a very careful pour. Retention is remarkable and lacing is very good.

S: Lots of complex yeast character in the aroma. Quite fruity, ranging from dried apricots to orange zest. Also spicy, peppercorn and clove. I also get a fresh floral nature in the beer. A mild caramel sweetness helps balance all these aromas.

T: The flavor is almost as complex as the aroma. It's hard to distinctly describe each individual flavor contributing to the whole. It has a mild pineapple and peach sweetness along with cardamom and light clove.

M: Medium thickness with smooth, creamy carbonation.

O: A great Belgian Strong Pale Ale. Balanced sweetness, complex, and easy to drink. (781 characters)

Photo of ATPete
4.39/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle

Ahh my first Ara since having it on draught at De Dolle! Out of the bottle it pours a slightly hazy brown/orange color with lots of rising carbonation and a monster of a white head. The nose is incredible as it is with many of De Dolle beers. Big floral esters, mint, lemon, sweet malts and subtle but detectable hops. Its hard to define the taste of Ara, so crisp and refreshing, yeast and malt invade first, nothing overwhelming just a nice flow of light flavor, it falls off midway leaving the bright fruitiness and moderate hop bite. It sports a medium body with lots and lots and lots of tiny carbonation bubbles. Amazing brew, perfect for summertime, actually this is drinkable anytime...beware of the burps! (730 characters)

Photo of RoyalT
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This was a monster head. It came up quickly, hung around forever, and laced the crap out of my wide-mouthed Chimay glass. The body was a deep orange color and slightly darkened.

Smell – The spicy sweet stuff comes out here. The coriander and cinnamon play well with the peach, orange, coconut, and apple scents. There’s some malt in there as well, but mostly the sweet fruits and spice steal the show.

Taste – The yeasty, bready taste comes out more at the tongue. The tropical fruits and spices are there as well. This is a nice BSPA.

Mouthfeel – Heavily carbonated in accordance with the style. This is a full-bodied ale with great depth.

Drinkability – If you like BSPAs, you’ll love this offering. If you don’t, you won’t.

Appearance – This was a monster head. It came up quickly, hung around forever, and laced the crap out of my wide-mouthed Chimay glass. The body was a deep orange color and slightly darkened.

Smell – The spicy sweet stuff comes out here. The coriander and cinnamon play well with the peach, orange, coconut, and apple scents. There’s some malt in there as well, but mostly the sweet fruits and spice steal the show.

Taste – The yeasty, bready taste comes out more at the tongue. The tropical fruits and spices are there as well. This is a nice BSPA.

Mouthfeel – Heavily carbonated in accordance with the style. This is a full-bodied ale with great depth.

Drinkability – If you like BSPAs, you’ll love this offering. If you don’t, you won’t.

Update: Re-tasted in 2004 and picked up a lot bigger Belgian hop balance along with shades of sourness. I enjoyed the Mouthfeel more and raised this category, as well as Drinkability, by 0.5. (1,719 characters)

Photo of Neorebel
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a fantastic tawny straw color into my Chimay goblet. The head on it somehow manages to come out perfectly flat and hanging off the side of the glass like icing on a layer cake. There is some fine sediment present in the glass. Aroma - hints of fruit (banana, cherry, pear, and tangy orange) as well as some faint hops, a grainy, yeasty character, and the alcohol acidity is clear as well. The flavor is softer than the aroma suggests... it's very balanced and smooth. The dominant bready malts are glossed over lightly with sweet apple and tart flavors. Alcohol is hardly noticed. The mouth feel is light, but 'creamy' as well. The finish has a pleasant tingling sensation as the slight bitterness comes out. Another great selection from De Dolle. I am thinking that this brewery can do no wrong. (802 characters)

Photo of Ale-ienation
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours a transparent pale gold with a creamy white head that retains well. Moderate lacing coats the sides of the glass.

S: Yeasty bouquet with subtle esters; bananas, lemons.

T: Malt-forward with a very complex medley of fruit flavors; lemons, honeydew, oranges, pineapple, green apples and guava. Belgian yeast comes through in the finish with a dried apricot tang. Beautifully balanced and delicious.

M: Medium to full bodied and quite creamy. The sturdiness of the beer really allows the complexity on the palate to shine.

O: A unique, beautiful and incredibly complex golden ale. Superb. (598 characters)

Photo of animal69
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a cloudy med. yellow gold color w/ a ginormous rocky white head that shot about 2" out of my snifter before covering my glass (and dresser) with a creamy lace even with a gentle pour (-.5 for me having to clean it up)

S- smell is typical tart belgian phenolic yeast & apple pie with spices mixed w/ a baking sweetbreads and orange peels, no alcohol at all however, a not too unpleasant kind of sulphurish note in there detracts just a bit

T- a very bready malt taste initially that eventually fades into an apple/pear fruitiness w/ a ritz cracker and black pepper flavor with a coriander and clove spicieness to it, very crisp semi-bitter finish, there was also some "cured concrete" munich-like notes in there, an incredible flavor overall, well balanced and...uhhh...YUMMY

M- a surprisingly lighter than med. body on this one, being very dry w/ an abundance of co2 prob. helped out tho

D- drinks excellent, my only prob. w/ drinkability is the amount that cascaded onto my dresser couldn't be salvaged (1,017 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy light amber color with a massive foamy head that sticks like a meringue, leaving sheets of lace behind

Smell: Pithy, musky and spicy, with lemon, stone fruit, coriander and white pepper

Taste: Following a bready opening, the flavor moves in a pungent, musky but fruity direction, with hoppy lemon pith, coriander and bitter herbal flavors; after the swallow, the herbacious bitterness kicks up another notch but the finish is very dry; underneath, the whole time, is a honey-like sweetness that adds balance and complexity

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with effervescent carbonation

Drinkability: This beer was aged for a few years in my cellar and is drinking beautifully; easily my favorite beer from this impressive brewery (757 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle, bottled July 2010, into a Weyerbacher tulip.

A: Hazy deep gold body beneath a majestic 3 inches of dense, fine, pillowy white head. The retention is rocky to the point of disbelief, and leaves huge clumps of lace. Stunning.

S: Rich, earthy, spicy, fruity yeast. Lots of minerality, clove, banana, and citrus. Really deep, really nice.

T: Spicy phenols up front, with candied malt and fruity esters dominating midway through. Light clove and faint alcohol on the dry finish. Some slightly dull sweetness on the aftertaste. Quite good, but there's a touch too much sweetness in the malt, and it's starting to show its age.

M: Soft, highly carbonated, very creamy medium body. Terrific.

O: I think two years might have been a little longer than this beer needed, but it's really delicious.

Cheers! (813 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Not as much head as the Oerbier but I do get a 1/4 inch that reduces to a thick lace ring with sticky head. Color is a hazy orange yellow kind of like dark pineapple juice.

S - From the bottle I get a pretty decent level of citrus hops and in the glass it smells more like a Belgium Triple full of bubble gum and sugary yeasts. Hope it's as good as it smells.

T - Well nothing off-putting but has a mild pineapple like hop presence mixed with a sugar coated bubble gum yeast. I think I actually like this more than the Oerbier since it's hoppy, simple and delicious.

M - Light to medium and crisp. Easy to drink despite the elevated ABV.

Overall I might actually pick up another old bottle of this for 3 bucks! A very easy drinking great tasting Belgium pale ale. (771 characters)

Photo of putnam
4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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. (489 characters)

Photo of SaucyA
4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours with a 2-finger white crown atop a hazy, golden/brown body. The lacing is incredible. Jets of carbonation ride the sides of my tulip. Head retention is great. It's hardly pale, though.

S - Great yeasty esters, light fruits, pears, fresh fruit. Random spices. Complex. Light alcohol notes. Awesome.

T - This is fantastic. Nice carmel candy sweetness, hints of fruits, Belgian yeastiness. Complex. Surprisingly malty, and has a super earthy hopped back end. Starts sweet and finishes dry.

M - Medium bodied with a spritzy carbonation. Again, awesome.

D - It does tend to get a little sweet but it's still a pleasure to drink.

Notes: For the price my store has it at, it's fucking amazing. Love this brew. (719 characters)

Photo of Amdahl
4.36/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

To tell you the truth I purchased this beer because of the bird on the bottle. I poured this bottle into my usual 15 oz mug and wished that I had a 32 oz mug. There is so much head on this beer. I have never seen head like this before. It's BIG, pure white, and fluffy. I had the head coming out of the beer by an inch. This beer is a yellow that turns into brown and is very cloudy. Citrus is the dominate smell, with a hint of apples. This beer is tart without being bitter. It is slightly sweet, weak bodied, and finisher greatly. This beer leaves great lace, all the way to the bottem of the glass. At 7% abv, this beer is still surprisingly drinkable. (656 characters)

Photo of morimech
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with a huge white meringue head that lasts forever. Heavy lacing is left on the glass. Has a spicy phenol aroma with green apples lingering in the background. Also some alcohol is detected. The flavor is heavy on the yeast flavors. Cloves and pepper up front with some apple flavor coming in towards the back end. Hop bitterness is very apparent in the finish as well which I guess sets this one apart from other Belgian pale ales. A little alcohol warmth is also noted. Has a light body and seems a little overcarbonated especially right after the pour. It settles down a little with time but still a little high. A very good example of a Belgian Strong Pale Ale but I would still take Duvel over this one. (734 characters)

Photo of John_M
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%

On tap at the Bier Stein yesterday. Very complex nose and flavor profile, with considerable spice (clove and nutmeg in particular), but with a very dry citrus and white pepper bitterness on the finish. On the palate, you initially get considerable tropical fruit, but that's quickly pushed aside by the dry, hoppy, spiced fused finish. Alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile, and drinkability is excellent (though with all the different flavors in this beer, it's one you want to savor, appreciate and enjoy.). Really a nice beere from De Dolle. (562 characters)

Photo of BrewMan82
4.35/5  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 - (663 characters)

Photo of Toddv29424
4.35/5  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. (681 characters)

Photo of ark57
4.35/5  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. (262 characters)

Photo of CHADMC3
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden to orange with yellow hues with a pillowy cloud of pure white head that patiently dissolves to leave a dense sticky lacing in its wake.

Abundant aromas waft from the glass including Belgian yeast, sour fruits such as apples accompanied by other citrus aromas, and spices like clove.

Yeast and fruits such as apples and oranges or lemons hit the palate first followed by grassy notes and spices such as clove.

Generous carbonation highlights the mouthfeel of this beer as well as the puckering sour fruits that accompany the medium body.

This is a fantastic beer with great traditional style characteristics and an overall tasty experience. (666 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle, 2013 vintage

Served in beautiful Oerbier stemware - bright golden-straw body, thick endless white foam which enhances the beautiful appearance and feel of this beer. Nice notes of citrus, peppercorn, champagne, spice, clove and yeast. Sparkling carbonation - really nice stuff (291 characters)

Photo of rallison
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
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. (1,211 characters)

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: cloudy in the bottle, with a nice slug of dark sediment in the bottom... no freshness date... cloudy in the (balloon) glass, light yellowish amber.... huge, off-white, spongy foam stand sporting a variety of bubble sizes.... minimal lace

S: scent of over-attenuation via cultures?.... apple, pear, white grape.... mild-peppery, yeasty spice... hint of acidic bacteria slop.... dandelion or other weed-like flower (is this the hop aroma?).... neutral and mellow alcohol... finding out this beer is dry-hopped, hop aroma, if present, was about nil, perhaps suggesting this was indeed an older bottle

T: oh yeah, this was mishandled or something... the flavor is off, but not bad... has an overtone of funkiness a la kombucha.... overall, the main flavors are solidly fruity - nectary pink grapefruit and subtle lemon tart.... vague background of grassy grain kernels, biscuit... the funkiness does eventually seem to fade into the background, leaving a bright, complex fruitiness and a touch of lightly-toasted grain

M: with the lasting foam, there's a gentle frothy wash up front with a light tingle mid-palate.... a lovely initial impression of soft roundness, washed away dry by the delicate scrubbing and alcohol.... overall, superbly light, mellow and easy

O: this was by no means a bottle in tip-top shape, but it's a credit to De Dolle that this beer still turned out to be tasty, refreshing, and enjoyable (1,418 characters)

Photo of Larrytown
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It pours golden-orange with a huge (HUGE) creamy head. Yeah, this one takes a while to pour. The smell is of fruit and yeast. Nothing wild, but very much present. Man, that head just doesn't fade!

Oh, this is an interesting one. My first thought is almost of a hefe; there's that familiar combo of fruit and yeast, but then the hops come in, completely cleaning the palate and leaving a bit of bitterness on the back of the tongue. Very interesting. I'm not sure I've had anything quite like it before, but I sure like it.

This is a perfect combo of a beer that's light enough to knock back on a hot summer day, but complex enough to savor. Great stuff. (655 characters)

Photo of OutFox
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a wine glass.

A - The head is the gem here. Its huge (as with just about every De Dolle beer honestly). It retains forever and laces the entire glass. JUst so much carbonation. The acutal color of the beer is a serious gold color.

S - Complex. Its smells serious yeasty but more of a champagne kind of style. There is a hop sort of smell there but it isnt at the fore front.

T - The hops take a larger presence in the taste than in the nose so its almost suprising. Really good. Once again that yeasty sort of champagne-esque quality is there which I love.

M - Light and carbonated. It has a sort of light weight feel to it. Very palate coating.

O - Just a great beer. Its all been said already. If you can find it aquire it. Totally worth it. Another fantastic beer from De Dolle. (816 characters)

Photo of skandha
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: hazy gold with an iceberg of stiff meringue peaks that would look perfectly comfortable atop a banana cream pie.

Smell: honeyed sweetness with gentle fruit backdrop, and some subtle cardamom spice lurking in the wings.

Taste: this beer must be allowed to sit and warm. In my impatience I sipped too soon and suffered puckered displeasure at the astringent bitterness. Since my impatience also allowed the whole glass to pour into frothy snowbank, I had to wait a few minutes before it s drinkable - that was a good thing. Fruits and lemon up front, followed by an aggressive hoppy middle, and a capped with a lingering bready finish.

Mouthfeel: again, let it settle for a few or this one will make you look rabid. Once the fizz settles the carbonation returns to a bearable level well-suited to the style.

Overall: a real treat! Complex enough to be enjoyed on its own, but for all us savages who need food with beer it stood up to Chinese without batting an eye. Looking forward to having again when the weather warms up. (1,038 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A hazy orange color, it is very well carbonated and it produces a thick white head. It has a spicy dry slightly funky cheese aroma. The carbonation prickles the front of my tongue, as I take a sip. A very spicy funky Belgian brew. Lightly sweet in the finish, which ultimately ends with an astringent aftertaste. Fruity with perhaps some tropical fruit notes, a certain woodiness is in this beer as well. I get notes of some wild-woody mushroom type character as well. There is no acidic sourness in this beer, unlike some of there other offerings. Very good and quite complex, it is amazing how good the beers from this small country brewery can be. (650 characters)

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