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De Dolle Arabier - Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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De Dolle ArabierDe Dolle Arabier

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

522 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 522
Reviews: 302
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 32
Gots: 23 | FT: 1
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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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

rpaul2012, Dec 20, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Bellonc, Sep 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

smi, Apr 07, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

bump8628, Dec 24, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This was an awesome extra from Jwale73! (on my wants list)! Thanks for the opportunity to try this beer! 11.2 oz bottle poured into my chimay chalice.

A-Body is a hazy pale amber hue that pours with a huge (actually gushing) ridiculous...slightly off-white head. Head eventually fades to 1 finger but leaves a thick layer of foam all the way down the glass. Body is very cloudy-nearly opaque.

S- Nose is quite hoppy...but has more of an herbal/medicinal hoppiness to it than the floral profile typically offered for this style. A hint of alcohol and Belgian yeast can also be detected.

T-Flavor profile is very similar to the nose. Herbal/Medicinal hop flavor profile upfront with a substantial balance of sweet exotic fruit and a bready yeast backbone. The finish offers a slight medicinal refreshing twinge and a hint of the initial flavors linger on the palate after the finish.

M- Well done. Nice medium body with a bready mouthfeel. Low carbonation.

D- This is a decent BSPA. It is well put together and is definitely a unique, cool interpretation of the style...but its not really my cup of tea. It is definitely worth a try and I am glad that I had the opportunity offered by a very generous BA.

PittBeerGirl, Mar 24, 2009
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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

ERlally, Feb 06, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

kscaldef, Apr 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Sludgeman, Nov 05, 2013
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Found this at the Hard Rock Cafe in Bangalore, India.
It looked like a Japanese animation beer, with the funky label and all.
Pours a semi-golden hazy, body. Good color, but hard to tell in this place. Head is huge. It took several minutes for it to settle, and then I poured the rest of the beer in. The foam was still clinging inside the bottle. Nice rocky, white head.
Citrus and mild coriander round out the grassy aromas.
Taste is a bit sour.Yeast is strong but weakened, perhaps this bottle is a bit old, or skunked. But it tasted fine. Light and crisp. A bit long in the aftertaste, though.
Not a bad beer, and would have again.

Mebuzzard, May 25, 2008
Photo of Pencible
3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A: This poured clear gold with lots of fluffy white head.
S: It smelled like lemon zest and wild yeast, with some coriander and clove and a bit of candi sugar and waxiness.
T: It tasted like sharp lemon zest and waxy hops, with floral and metallic hops and clove and coriander, and a bit of orange and caramel malt. It has a lasting very sour aftertaste.
M: It was oily with smooth carbonation.
D: This was a decent tripel, but its taste was fairly harsh, especially in the finish. The alcohol was well hidden, but it was still tough to drink since the aftertaste was so sharp. There wasn't a ton of depth or balance either. On the plus side, the body was spot on. Ultimately, this was a mediocre beer that's probably not worth trying more than once.

Pencible, Aug 25, 2010
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3.55/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The head on this impressed me a lot, big frothy and lasting. Orange colour, a bit lemony on the nose. Lemon juice sort of flavour, quite acidic, bit of a peppery spice, quite unique, but not really to my tastes, interesting.

rastaman, Jul 14, 2002
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3.55/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle, Wholefoods (SF Potrero hill)into tulip at home.

A: nice lite golden color. Lots of head on this one.

S: Nothing jumps out at me.

T: very easy to drink, I expected something more complex.
Minimal yeast funk but its just a BPA,so was only hopin for more.

M: like a mouthful of champagne, but settles as you drink.

O: Not sure its worth $5.50 a bottle (11.3 oz.). Maybe its better on tap, it isnt a bad beer just dont understand all the hype.

dodgerrigo, Jan 27, 2012
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3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not a huge fan of the De Dolle yeast strain, being about the least fruity of any Belgian strain I can think of off hand, but of their blonds (Dulle Teve, Bos Keun) I think it works the best in this one.

Great gold color, with a strong head if micro bubbles. Appetizingly dry. The alcohol is present but dances well with the yeast (it's listed as 8% on the De Dolle website, not the 7% listed here.) Crisp finish. One of the few De Dolle brews I'll go back to.

deeplennon, Jun 19, 2007
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3.6/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle from Pints O Plenty for 5 bucks.

Appearance: Yellow-gold with just the slightest amount of haze. The head is pretty outstanding-- starts very fizzy, like champagne, but becomes this thick, billowy thing as it sits. It shrinks some, but never disappears, and leaves marshmallows stuck to the glass.

Smell: Smells of dry, peppery yeast with some tart pears and apples. There's a citric and floral hop character which I didnt expect, or welcome, at all.

Taste: Wow, this is a hoppy-bitter beer! Citric and slightly grassy hops with a big bitter kick. Fruitiness is muted and the yeast is earthy and peppery-spicy.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is great. The beer drinks smooth and soft with a very dry finish. A little lingering hops resin on the tongue.

Drinkability: This is more like a Belgian IPA. By far the hoppiest and most bitter BSPA I've had. Very little of the delicious fruitiness I want in a BSPA. The hops drown out any of the subtle complexity that may be there. On the other hand, stepping back and tasting this as a Belgian IPA, I'd probably like it more, although I wasn't really in love with the hops flavor either.

rapidsequence, Sep 07, 2010
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3.63/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

expiration date was misprinted on the cap, only part of it made it onto the side. But compared with the other De Dolle expiration dates from bottles I bought at the same time, it should be fine.

A: Unpreventable overly massive head. Extremely creamy head. Car wash suds. Pretty cloudy, but i can make out a column of carbonation rising from the center. At the thinnest part of the glass, it's quite orange, but at the thickest, is kind of a sewage orange/brown/green.
S: Very banana-y with mild phenol yeast, orange, peach. Quite yummy. Almost peach ice cream.
T: Wow that head is creamy, phenol bitterness way stronger in the taste. far more bitter than i expected and i kept out the yeast at the bottom. The alcohol and phenol "flavors" are merged into a single tartish one.
M: Creamy, little carbonation, medium body,
O: Decent/good. A bit too bitter for me regarding the style. I like bitter beers, but the bitterness doesn't fit so well in this one.

sfprint, Sep 13, 2011
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3.63/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

33 cl bottel poured into my lost abbey stemware glass

A - Golden yellow color with a large white head. The heads on pretty much all of De Dolle's beers I've had have been massive.

S - Yeast and mild funk with a hint of spice.

T - Yeast, pale malt, a little funk and mild tartness, slightly sweet honey, lemon, light fruits, spices, and fresh citrusy hops.

M - Fairly light on the palate with a somewhat dry finish and lively carbonation.

D - Very high. This would make an awesome summer beer in that it is complex and tasty, yet light and refreshing.

beerpirates, Jan 14, 2012
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3.63/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a darker coppery amber color, huge plume of prickly white bubbles, akin to many bottle conditioned beers, retention leaves about a half centimeter of bubbled and some nice sticky lacing. Scent is quite a blend of sour over rippened fruit, day old bread and over kiln dried grain with a faint hint of earthy must. Taste moved in quite a different direction from scent - the dominant flavor is dry stale bread, but without the yeasty kick. The background has minimal notes of sour over rippened fruit and lightly toasted grain. Only a touch of honey and butter - the lack of sweetness leads to a lingering earthy quality. Medium bodied, very dry on palate, carbonation active for most of glass. The dry breadyness of the beer did not work that well with the perceived over rippened fruit notes, leaving my palate somewhat disapointed, especially after the solid nose.

rfgetz, Jul 07, 2011
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3.63/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

After having the Export Stout about a year ago and really enjoying it I have seen this breweries other brews on the shelf and decided to pick on of them up to give it a try. The one I decided on, and not 100% certain why was this Ara Bier. The brew poured to a dark golden color, with a distinct brown hue. The pour gave a huge head that filled the glass perfectly with the end of the pour producing a good amount of yeast particles. The aroma had a number of properties that came out to me. Nice fruit, apple and pear, maybe (?) more than a slight earthy barnyard smell, and spices that seem to be mostly clove. The aroma was also pretty good as the fruit notes seem to come out more as I seem to pick up more apple along with a sweet sensation probably from the malts. Has what I would classify as a slight hop start to it, very mild and goes away quickly to the sweet flavor described above. Overall I must say that I enjoyed this brew, not my favorite but it was a nice change to the normal stuff I have been having. I would get this one again in the future, surprising that it is at 7% as I did not pick up much in the way of alcohol notes sticking out.

Stimack, Jan 05, 2008
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3.63/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was surprised to find this beer to be fairly average all around. Light orange color. Some acidity, some apricot flavor. The flavor appears upfront and then promptly disappears. I actually wish I had poured more yeast into the glass so this beer would have exhibited more flavor.

Andy, May 05, 2002
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3.63/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

0.33L bottle - $5.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Features a hazed, dim golden body with a very tall, quickly growing white head, despite a careful, calm pour.

Smell: A predominately fruity nose, tropical in nature, and with some bright, fresh florals given tones of spice and sugar and, though lightly, a couple lemon-menthol cough drops.

Taste: Sweetish, candyish quality in the initial taste. Some leafy qualities and a fluttering of phenols follow. A few citric elements, a thin sliver of pineapple, and another dose of table sugar arrive midway, as does some alcoholic warmth and a noted touch of tongue-numbing menthol. Hits being spicy (clove and mace) and dries out very, very fast in time for the heavily carbonated, help-I'm-filling-up-with-gas finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Exceptionally carbonated, pained, gassy burps are sure to follow.

Overall: Okay. It's interesting enough with its complexities for a dose and a bit champagne-like in texture, filling me up with gas, so I can skip lunch -- no, sir, there will be no need of Panda Express today.

ChainGangGuy, Jun 18, 2011
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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.

ppoitras, Nov 18, 2004
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3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle thanks to Adam@Platinum Liquor. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

Golden straw, bright and clear, with an immense puffy white head. Snail-trail lacing deposited all over the glass as it gradually falls.

Floral and sweet. Pink lady apples, apricot jam, orange rind, honey, musk and some spicy herbs which are beyond my identification powers. Very nice and refined.

Taste is unexpectedly sour and astringent - a bit like wrapping the white part of a lemon peel in radicchio and chewing on it. There's still some underlying sweet ester character, but it battles to be heard. Didn't really grow into it over the course either, as often happens when my first impressions are skeptical.

Fullish mouthfeel, with lively carbonation and good length. Finishes quite dry due to the astringency.

Normally a fan of tart and sour character, but found it too overbearing and adversely impacting on the yeast and ester profile.

spicelab, Jul 23, 2011
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3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear golden body overlain by spectacular, rocky white head that lasts and never dies out. Aroma is lightly toasted pale malt sweetness enveloping significant fruity esters of orange (major) and pear (minor), distinctive spicy-peppery phenols, refined sugar and a whiff of alcohol. The flavor is a marriage of orangeish fruity esters and spicy phenols; the body is medium and effervescent and it is the high carbonation that, together with pronounced bitterness from both hops and phenols, lends
dry finish with lingering, resinous-bitter and somewhat spicy
aftertaste. (330 ml, bottled Nov 2010, BB Nov 2011, into tulip.)

crnipeter, May 22, 2011
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3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one poured a nice looking gold with just a hint of orange. The head was white and craggy, like a big iceberg on top of the glass. The smell is spicy with some medicinal undertones and traces of ripe cherry. The taste is on the tart side and just a bit mouth-puckering. Unfortunately, the taste of alcohol becomes a bit too pronounced for a 7.0% beer, which detracts from the drinkability.

mickeymac, Jun 15, 2003
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3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.6 oz. bottle into a tulip.

pours a slightly hazy golden orange with a ton of foamy white head that takes forever to fall and leaves a mess behind. tons of small bubbles rising up from the bottom.

definite belgian smell. tart with lemons, apples and a honey sweetness.

taste has a lot of apple in it as well, with some nice candied overtones and yeasty belgian flavors. not particularly bold; the flavor is very good, but fairly subdued.

Prufrock, Feb 07, 2006
De Dolle Arabier from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
91 out of 100 based on 522 ratings.