De Dolle Arabier - Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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Ratings: 587
Reviews: 315
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.27%
Wants: 33
Gots: 40 | 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 superspak
4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into chalice, no bottle dating. Pours cloudy golden amber color with an awesome 3 finger dense off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Some decent spotty lacing on the glass, with plenty of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of big grape, tart apple, pear, pepper, hay, grass, bread, earth, light funk, and yeast spices. Nice and well balanced aromas with good complexity. Taste of big lemon, pepper, grape, pear, apple, herbal, floral, earth, hay, grass, bread, and yeast spices. Dry, spicy, and slightly tart on the finish; with lingering notes of grape, pear, lemon, pepper, herbal, earth, and yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Great flavor balance and complexity. Highly carbonated and medium bodied; with a very crisp and slightly slick mouthfeel that is very nice. Very easy to drink; with hardly any alcohol warming noticed at all after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic Belgian strong pale! Great flavor complexity and balance; and extremely easy to drink. Outstanding.

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 stakem
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

33cl brown bottle poured into an Oerbier oversized wine glass. The brew appears a golden orange color with a rich white cap that is 3 fingers strong. The cap slowly fades leaving spots and a webbing pattern of lace sticking all over the glass. Rising bubbles maintain a film across the surface that lasts for quite awhile. A swirl effortlessly revives a finger of yellowish stained meringue atop the brew.

The aroma of this brew is mildly sweet with an essence that is like belgian candy sugar mixed with a sort of orange marmalde. There are some earthen notes and a tingle of something suggesting a faded amount of herbal hops. A very mild alcohol ester rounds things out and makes for a very enjoyable set of aromatics.

The flavor opens with that previously described belgian candy-like sweetness. Some earthen tones blend into a mild oxidative touch of cardboard/wet paper and finish with a very light touch of herbal hops. The hops present themselves with such a mild flavor and a low amount of bitterness to assist in balancing out the upfront sweetness of the brew. The aftertaste gets progressively earthen as the experience continues with a soft warmth of alcohol becoming more evident as the brew warms up.

This is a medium bodied brew with a perfect level of moderate to lively carbonation. The liveliness of the carbonation assists in moving the flavors of this strong brew across the tongue without becoming taxing. I would love to be able to definitively state how old this brew is but of course, such a means is not precisely documented. I can hardly make out a marking on the neck of the bottle that reads 350 07 which makes me think this was a 2007 best by date. Regardless, the age is felt in this with the oxidative touch and visually the bottle is stained in the familiar pattern conducive of a beer that has been resting for quite some time. Plain and simple, I need to buy more of this and drink it instead of laying it aside for years at a time.

Photo of GClarkage
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of Gavage
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: clear yellowish orange in color sporting a 1/2" head that lingers a bit. Some spotty lacing forms during the session.

Smell: yeast spiciness, pepper, and honey sweetness are the most dominant tones.

Taste: green grapes, honey, grapefruit, pepper, yeast, mild bitterness, and soft alcohol tones make up a refreshing and lightly dry beer.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp and mildly dry throughout. Brief aftertaste. Medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: I found this to be a somewhat refreshing and easy to quaff. An enjoyable and almost session-like belgian beer.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle, time to delve further into De Dolle, listed as 8%,

A: Pours a cloudy orange with rocky long-lasting white head. Got to knock it a bit for gushing and being hard to pour.

S: Fermented funky Belgian yellow apples, notes of graham cracker, brown sugar and honey.

T: Apple like esters to start. This beer gets really hoppy in a hurry, one of the hoppiest Belgians I ever had. White grapefruit, mint, bitter melon, and musty barnyard sage, very bitter hop profile to end. I would liken it to a hypothetical Chimay White/IPA/Orval mix.

M: Too much carbonation initially. Certainly creamy, fills the mouth, explodes with carbonation, give a few swirls to start.

D: This is not a BSPA like Tremens. Think De Ranke XX Bitter, only better for my palate. Dry, hoppy IPA character dominates, a very tasty and interesting beer.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.74/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Before my trip to Belgium this time I checked to see which fairly common beers I had not rated or reviewed. This is why I went into Cambrinus (Brugge) and ordered this, a Satan Red, a St Feuillien Triple and a Hercule Stout before anything else. Needless to say four different styles and types of beer: what fun drinking in Belgium can be.

Anyway this was first: golden pour with a huge white head to wade through.

The nose and taste are like a mixed fruit bowl that has been plunged into a bath of yeast, then had pepper dusted onto it before someone squirts lemon juice all over it. Now boil it and take out the lumpy bits, add some hops re-boil, allow it to settle in a bottle for a while and then it's ready to drink.

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.

Photo of DoubleJ
4.01/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle, listed at 8% ABV. The label alone was worth the purchse. Hopefully the beer will be too. On to the beer:

Pour a little, get a lot of foam in the glass. After digging some of that foam out, I pour 3/4 of the bottle into my chalice. Bright golden blonde color, topped by a thick, everlasting airy head. If that isn't enough, the show of carbonation bubbles in the body will take your breath away. Aroma is very dry. There are very light notes of apricot, and stronger yeast notes. Sour grapes and canteloupe.

Not sweet like other Belgian's of the style. Instead, it is a very dry tasting beer. It seems a little hopped up (very by Belgian standards), and definately weird tasting, yet somehow I like it. Pretzel dough with salt come to mind....huh? Lightly flavored with those lovely light colored fruits. Sharp white pepper provides a little yang to the ying. Smooth and creamy on the palate with a little bite of carbonation on the tip of the tongue. The aftertaste is an enjoyable saltiness, but otherwise dry.

What does De Dolle add to this beer to make this taste the way it does? It's worth experimenting with if you want a "different" BSPA.

Photo of tempest
3.26/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a tulip. Appears a pale gold with a big white head. The aroma is of apples and subtle herbal spice. The flavor is of sweet malts with with a touch of apples and white grapes. Finishes with mellow, grassy hops and a bitterness that balances out the initial sweetness. I find the carbonation a little much - strong enough that it gets hard to taste the beer. And once the carbonation did die down, big band-aid and medicinal phenols took over the aroma. I really dug the hoppy aftertaste, but the phenols and carbonation turn me off.

Photo of Georgiabeer
2.28/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

Somehow I've never had this beer before, even though I've seen it for years and enjoyed other De Dolle beers. I must say that this one is just bizarre. I read an earlier review that described this as overly phenolic.I have to agree wholeheartedly. Pours a very cloudy golden, like a hefeweizen in color, but with a huge creamy head that pillows into hills and valleys in the glass. The smell is funky, slightly sour, and quite clovey. This is just a touch of medicinal funk as well. The taste is shocking. Starts slightly sour and a bit sweet, and quickly transitions into band-aids, burnt plastic, wood, and a smokiness on the finish. In a way it is weirdly fascinating, but ultimately it is hard to stomach. Mouthfeel is very nice. Quite carbonated and soft and creamy with the jolt of all that carbonation keeping it lively. It does improve somewhat as it warms, but the medicinal flavors are stronger than any other I've ever tasted. Ultimately I'm barely able to keep taling sips of this to review- and I can't say I'm enjoying it. I think this is one that gets worse with age.

Photo of weeare138
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears a deeply hazed orange toned gold with a 4 finger white head that slowly fades out. Lots of sticky foam clings to the sides of the glass.
Smell is bitter with earthy, floral notes, along with honeysuckle, grapes, chamomile, apple skins, lavender, orange zest, and a touch of vanilla.
Taste is of the same with a mild sweetness that is dominated by a wood tannin hoppy bitterness, along with a slight vanilla flavor fighting through.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, semi-sweet up front with notes of bitter wood tannins leading to a moderately dry finish reminiscent of a Brut champagne.
Overall it's funky, semi-sweet, slightly odd...but this one is a pioneer for some of the funked out emulations that we now find brewed in the U.S.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer has a hazy orange body with a strong microbubble carbonation that supports a sticky head that leaves register marks with each sip. The head is a soft peak merangue of off-white and last for most of the beer. The second pour darkens the body a bit and pushes the big head out of the glass holding its shape.
S- The perfumed yeasty aroma is full with a candy sweetness and a grapefruit zest note. There is a dark cherry note that comes through when the beer warms and a dry spun sugar ester in the finish. As the beer opens there is a pumpernickel note in the finish.
T- The dry hop bite doesn't have a lot of hop flavor but has some spice qualities to it and a dry citrus pith in the finish. There is some dry candy notes and pear and light dried fruit notes that come through aswell.
M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a fizzy bite in the finish that enhances the flavor.
D- This beer has a well-blended complex flavor with a dry but fruity and hoppy but not over hoppy flavor. It is very easy to drink and did not last long enough.

Photo of John_M
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%

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.

Photo of ppoitras
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.74/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330 ml picked up at the Coop sometime last week for about $4.50.. poured into my New Belgium snifter.

Cracked at fridge temperature.. it was a massive gusher.. easy quarter cup of beer on the counter.. more fizzed out while sitting in the sink... 20 minutes later poured it into my glass.. Easy 3 finger head took forever to die back.. descent lacing.. brew is very hazy peachy gold.

Aroma is a phenolic mix of sweet and sour fruit.. green apples and underripe apricots... a little lemony..

Flavor mirrors the aroma .. same fruitiness with more spice .. white pepper ... cardamom and lite clove.. slight melon with a encompassing maltiness that does a good job tying the complexities together.. mouthfeel is light for the style .. way too much fizzy carbonation.. semi dry finish is the only place where I can detect a grassy hop presence.

I've only had this brew one time before and only purchased it this time to review it.. I won't pick it up again, unless I am brewing a BSPA and want a little inspiration.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.38/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark golden orange with some haze and lots of peppery floaties. Creamy 1 finger off white head.

S: Dry malt on nose along with faint licorice, caramel and spruce.

T: Some alcohol and citrus with dry floral bittering in the finish compliments the malty palate. Some spiciness from coriander also highlights this beer.

M: A slight fizzy tinger from the heavy carbonation provides moderate mouthful with some dry malty oranges.

D: A decent brew but was expecting more from this brewery.drinkable but only moderately enjoyable.

Photo of flagmantho
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 330mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: like all other De Dolle beers I've had, this one poured with a mammoth, persistent head. The color is a relatively light, hazy straw color which I like.

Smell: the aroma is of a little sweet malt and plenty of floral, aromatically spicy hops. Quite nice indeed.

Taste: bright, bitter, slightly metallic taste. A little chalky and quite dry. Pretty well executed, but it seems a bit harsher than average for a BSPA. Good, but perhaps not exactly my taste.

Mouthfeel: medium, medium-light body with lots of carbonation. There's a little astringency which brings down the texture a little bit for me. Normally I love the De Dolle texture, but Ara Bier is a little lacking for me.

Drinkability: pretty good, but a little harsh. This would probably pair well with a curry or other highly flavorful dish -- this could definitely stand up.

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 Bighuge
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy golden color. Huge, sparkling (like fresh snow under the moonlight) white head. Retention is excellent. I noticed a black speck on the top of the head. I come to realize that it came from my bottlecap which seem to have started decomposing. Maybe this beer is a bit old. I look at the beer closely for black specks and see none. Instead, all I see are fast rising strings of carbonation. I will move on in light of the black speck.

The aroma is very nice. Hoppy. Piney. Musty. Citric. My guess is that this beer tips the spectrum on the high side for hop load for this style. This is a nice tasting Belgian brew. Probably my favorie of this brewery (of which I've also tasted Stille Nacht and Oerbier). The must and peat tones are prevalent to me. There's an acidic tinge and hoppy undertones. A little lemon. But the malt base is evident and sufficient. Biscuity. Bready. Some yeastiness as well, but not as much as I've become accustomed to in fine Belgian brews. Body is light and pleasing. Drinkability good. All in all, a fine beverage here.

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 cjgator3
2.6/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

11.2oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. Carbonation formed in the bottle immediately after popping the cap, resulting in a slight overflow. Pours a murky dark orangish color with some yeast floating around. This is definitely a slow pour, with a massive head forming from the high amount of carbonation. The aroma is fruits (mainly apples and pears) with a touch of spices and yeast. The taste has a peppery spiciness to it with a dose of earthy hops in the finish. The mouthfeel is very light bodied and very heavily carbonated. Overall, De Dolle Ara Bier is an interesting Belgian Strong Pale Ale, but there is a really strong medicinal aftertaste that turns me off to it. It is worth a shot for its uniqueness, but I don't think I would purchase again.

Photo of bark
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer makes a loud popping sound when I open the bottle.

The smell is dry with some spicy-medical phenols. Hints of yeast and some fresh flowery hops. Hints of alcohol, brown sugar and cream.

The colour is golden with lots of small bubbles in the almost clear liquid. The two finger head is white and compact. It sinks slowly leaving some lacing.

The taste is bitter-sweet and surprisingly hoppy. Some soap-like phenols and a gentle sweetness. Dry hints of yeast, earthy notes and bitter herbs. Quite a lot of alcohol in the aftertaste as well as some pine needles. Bitter herbal hops in the finish.

The carbonation is very strong with lots of small bubbles. The liquid is smooth.

More hops and bitter notes than other beers in this style. Enjoyable.

Photo of glid02
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up from Green's on Buford in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy golden color with a two-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin pancake on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of overly ripe and sugar-coated pears with good amounts of slightly tart red apples.

Tastes very good. Pear and a combination of green and red apple flavors up front segue into a good dose of Belgian candi sugar. The ending holds a slight tartness with a solid dryness.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a good thickness with very active carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I had no problem finishing the bottle and could have another, maybe even more.

Overall this is another very good beer from De Dolle, but somewhat in the middle of the pack. There's a lot going on here but the flavors don't meld as seamlessly as they do in De Dolle's other beers. Still, well worth a shot.

De Dolle Arabier from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
91 out of 100 based on 587 ratings.