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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 CaptainNomihodai
3/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of axeman9182
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle, received as part of Amanti Vino's Beer of the Month program, allowed to warm slightly before being poured into my Brooklyn tulip.

Arabier pours somewhere between a hazy tangering and full on orange. The cream colored head is absolutely towering, 4 fingers plus after pouring only about half the bottle. Retention is off the charts, 15 minutes later there's still a foam iceberg marooned in the center of my glass. Lacing is pretty good, but more spotty than cohesive sheets down the side of my glass, and just keeps the look from being about perfect. The nose is heavy on herbs and clove, with a bit of granny smith apples and pears peeking through as well. Neither the bottle or the De Dolle website mention anything about brett, but I swear there's a bit of funk to this one. Beyond that, the usual pale fruit sweetness leads off (though is unusually subdued) before a bigger than usual hop bite leads into a beautiful blend of herbal notes from the Nugget hops and clove and white pepper phenols from the yeast. A little bit firmer of a malt presence would balance the beer out a bit more and really elevate it even further. I don't mind my BSPAs being a bit on the dry side, but I'd say Arabier takes it just a bit too far. There's no substance to it at all body-wise. Carbonation is quite lively, and spot on for the style. Arabier is a relatively unique, interesting take on a Belgian Strong Pale Ale, and were it not quite so dry would be up there with Duvel as a top offering for the style.

Photo of Jordy777
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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 gshackles
3/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of ATPete
4.39/5  rDev +7.6%
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!

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.

Photo of mscudder
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of Archemedies
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of ItsBeer4Me
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Kromes
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up at Bruisin' Ales in Asheville.

A: A hazy pale yellow with a thick lumpy white head that just sits on top of the beer and leaves sheets of lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Sweet booze, earthy aromas, apple, cork and belgian spice.

T: Apple, booze, fruity esters, belgian spice, funk and the finish is sweet and a little bit dry. So delicious....

M: Light with super high carbonation. fills out the lighter feel of the beer and gives it a peppery feel.

O: Very tasty and extremely well crafted Belgian pale ale.

Photo of Denzo
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of hustlesworth
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- clear golden amber with a huge attractive off white head. Pouring the first 2/3 of the bottle of course disturbed the yeast so after its inclusion the beer has a slight haze to it. The lace is cobwebby and random and the foam looks hoppy as it settles.

S- hoppy and lemony fresh, even thought the bottle is almost 2 years old. Herbal citrus noble hop aroma with mild notes of mixed tropical fruit gummy candy that were blue and shaped like sharks. Also maybe some white gummy bear. Pilsner malt and lightly toasted cereal grains meet the hops half way. Some mango and banana yeast.

T- bitter with a quickly fading fruity edge. Hop flavor lingers well into the finish and then becomes neatly clean and dry. Soft fruit flavors of banana and melon are sliced apart by the bitterness (which I'll assume has tamed down some) and damn near evaporated by the time the crisp pale grains seep slowly in along with peppery spice. This has all the flavor components of a hoppy imperial pilsner but with a lighter body.

MF- on the lighter side and thirst quenching with zesty carbonation, but darn all that alcohol. Dry and hoppy on the cheeks.

D- recategorize this one as a Belgian ipa and I'm all for it. Not what I expect from a BSPA. I'm sure it was dry hopped and all that jazz and being so hop forward it would be nice to have it labeled as such. Love this brewery though.

Photo of Hypersomnia
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Stimack
3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

Photo of alcstradamus
2.58/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a cloudy golden color with a moutainous marshmallow head.

The aroma is yeast and light spice with a bit of skunkiness. Notes of apple peel and citrus.

The flavor is spicy and a bit astringent. Some empty citrus flavor and alcohol.

The body is light and carbonation is high.

Overall this beer is very mediocre. Do I have a bad bottle? I just don't see the appeal at all here.

Photo of geexploitation
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a light caramel color with plenty of white, frothy head. The nose is full of fruity melon aromas and candi sugar. On the palate, there's a big fruitiness right off the bat, followed by a bitter medicinal quality, lots of hop bitterness, and a tea-like finish. The mouthfeel of Arabier is very sharp, with lots of carbonation and hops, but underlying that is a fairly substantial malt-and-candi-sugar base.

Overall, a good, quite interesting beer, but not something that blows my mind. Well worth a try, though.

Photo of Beerswag
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of beveritt
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured from an 11.2 oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. Label depicts a multi-colored parrot holding a glass of beer. "I" above bier is dotted with a heart. No clear freshness date.

Appearance: An appreciable "Crack" upon popping the cap is soon followed by CO2 coming out of solution and forcing beer out the lip of the bottle. Pours with 5 fingers of almost pure white head; enough that I have to stop pouring. When I finally get the beer into the glass, the remaining head is a moonscape of peaks and valleys, displaying incredible lacing. The beer itself is orange honey and very cloudy. A fair amount of sediment remains in the bottle, but I swirled the last pour a bit.

Smell: Green apples, yeasty sourness, grassy hops and a wheat twang.

Taste: Caramel and bready malt with a citrus tartness. Sugary sweetness lingers long after the sip. Tannic bitterness comes sneaking back long after the lingering sweetness fades.

Mouthfeel: Average to slightly higher than average carbonation level. Carbonation bite hits the back of the tongue and delivers the flavor while simultaneously cleanising the palate. Body is amazing,thick and viscous, very mouth coating.

Drinkability: Another hits from this brewery. I have seen these labels for many years and avoided them because I just didn't know a lot about the contents. In searching for more Belgians, this one followed me home and I am glad it did.

Photo of cbl2
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

10/2/2006 $2.59 11.2 oz. 7.00% No best by date.

Appearance:

Pours a murky orange brown that is riddled with a ridiculous amount of carbonation that leads to over 2 inches of billowy head that expands and shrinks with escaping gas that percolates from the brew below.

Aroma:

Estery bartlett pear and yeasty bread predominate the nose.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

Slightly overcarbonated with a slightly syrupy mouthfeel that carries with it a powerful pear presence. Some chewiness by midsip with a strong sensation of yeast, finish has a touch of bitterness.

Photo of Rastacouere
4.88/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Terrific appearance. An attracting hazy golden with a gigantic white head displaying splendid lacing. The head leaves a trace after every sip and just stays there, mountainous, rocky, all over the glass. Sediments move at the bottome of the glass. Appealing yeasty sweet aroma. Honeyish malt is the base on which dances an above average hop character for a belgian beer, citrusy, lemony, sprucey. Notes of bread, farmhouse, apple and pepper+cloves. I expected this to be the least interesting De Dolle, but how wrong I was, this one is fabulous, complex, yeasty, balanced, refreshing and almost a session beer. Palate is dry up front, hoppy with a generous bitter finish, but all kinds of things happening in between. There’s a subdued fruitiness in the likes of grapefruit, apple, orange or apricot and complex complementing spices. Refreshing mild tart profile. Great creamy and velvety mouthfeel with above average carbonation. I just played a few hours of tennis and this is a superb "sunny day welcome". The complex toasty almost pilsnerish malt just seduces me. All the ingredients in this beer makes themselves heard and known. Oh plentiful harvest, how I want to live to drink your offerings again... Thank you for enlighting me Sham.

Photo of Birdlegs
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of CHADMC3
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Photo of crookedhalo
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm glad I read that this beer poured with a volumnous head. I decided to utilize the Gulden Draak goblet for this one. It did pour up a huge, rocky bone white head atop a golden colored beer. Lightly honeyed malt aroma with hints of citrus and pear. Light hoppiness and, overall clean smelling with a light yeast mustiness. Introduction of lees attributes a mild spiciness. Trace amounts of a medicinal quality, but nothing severely off. Slightly sweet and an herbal, hoppy finish that is rather sedate, yet noticable. Very refined and elegant. For some odd reason, I didn't really know what to expect from this beer, but I surely was not disappointed. A very tasty pale. Mouthfeel is creamy, yet spritzy. Finely tuned and highly recommended. One of the better Belgian pales I've had recently.

Photo of kmo1030
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

BOOM! worst gusher i've ever seen. managed to save much of it though due to timely used of my mouth and tougue.
this beer pours a ruddy hazed amber with a thick white head.
this beer has got a lot going on, i'll start with the aroma. it' got a musky smell with the following in no particular order; honey, brown sugar, apricot, peach, apple, ginger, lemon, cinnamon and other baking spices. at room temp some floral hops make a showing.
the taste is somewhat different than what you might come to expect from the aroma. some of the more overt fruity aspects give way to some more tractional belgian pale ale flavors. some borderline tropical fruits show up with some caramel and a substantial hop bitterness. there also is a distinctly herbal component to the hops possibly with a bit of a cheesey quality.
it's got a little bit fuller slightly oily body, with carbonation that's a touch to sharp.
the drinkability is good. it does show it's 7% abv, but i don't mind, it's a wonderfully unique beer that may come up short in some ways, but leaves a very positive impression overall.

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De Dolle Arabier from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
91 out of 100 based on 578 ratings.