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De Dolle Arabier - Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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De Dolle ArabierDe Dolle Arabier

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507 Ratings

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Ratings: 507
Reviews: 300
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 28
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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Photo of Bighuge


4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2003 21:36:41 | More by Bighuge
Photo of JohnGalt1


3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2008 06:17:19 | More by JohnGalt1
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2009 01:51:58 | More by glid02
Photo of afsdan


4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

05-22-2014 19:55:24 | More by afsdan
Photo of dirtylou


4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2014 19:35:33 | More by dirtylou
Photo of drummermattie02


4/5  rDev -2%

04-15-2013 18:57:05 | More by drummermattie02
Photo of rolltide8425


4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

07-13-2012 03:28:56 | More by rolltide8425
Photo of ccrida


4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle poured into my Gulden Draak tulip, Ara bier is a is a murky golden orange with a very large off-white head that is very dense, rocky and slow settling, leaving huge chunks of foamy lace, like a 1/2 inch rim around most of the tulip flare.

Smell is sweet, cane sugar and very tropical fruits, papaya and cantaloupe, floral and perfume like, lots of lavender, wow! If my wife were wearing this, I'd...wait, I'm already a dirt-ball!

Taste is damn good, a nice clean candy sugar taste, fruity but mineral laden, with a dry, very bitter, crisp finish, with a nice lingering hop spice. This is basically an awesome saison, sweet!

Mouthfeel is yeasty, crisp with a frothy carbonation, but with the typical De Dolle viscosity.

Drinkability is high, this is such a great beer. A super full flavored blond, so right up my alley, bier like this is why De Dolle is one of the best, period!

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2008 06:03:34 | More by ccrida
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2011 19:51:46 | More by bark
Photo of jrallen34


3.23/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I drank this beer from the bottle into a chalice.

The beer poured beautifully with a huge white, creamy, chunky head that clung to the glass. The beer itself was a cloudy golden orange.It had average to good lacing.

The smell was great, very strong sense of orange, hops, and bitterness.

After this great start with the smell and look I was greatly disappointed. This is not a very good beer. It is very very bitter with a no taste of orange that I smelled and just left me disappointed. Not at all what I was expecting.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2009 20:17:26 | More by jrallen34
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

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

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a pale orange color and a cloudy texture. There was a gigantic amount of creamy, very long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A sweet smell of fruit, yeast, and malt.

T: Tasted of apples, lemon, Belgian yeast, phenols, and a big dose of malt in the finish. Has a very particular tartness up front, but finishes nicely.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: An extremely drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2010 13:39:14 | More by avalon07
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2010 05:45:55 | More by flagmantho
Photo of DrDemento456


4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2012 20:13:45 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of OWSLEY069


3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy orange-ish color with an off white and rocky head. In the aroma, notes of fruitiness and candy sugar. In the taste, yeasty dryness, and a dryer candy sugar, with notes of fruit. A small bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry candy sugar presence in the aftertaste. Quite nice and kind of simple, light nose and flavors, but nice nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2013 14:59:14 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of tavernjef


4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Rapid carbonation bubbles burst through a sediment filled haze of golden peach to grow a very tall yellowy dusted colored head thats massively meringue-like and heavy set. It finally settles to a heavy-ass murk while diplacing sticky and thick shelf-like strings of lacing all over the glass. Beautiful!

Aroma is quite potent in favor of citrus and yeast action carrying strong lemon spritz, some mellower understated banana hints, bits of light caramel and candied sugar notes. And a load of yeast giving a mildly tame yet powering spicy ethonalic heat and plastic phenols throughout each wiff.

Taste is a mellower then expected brigade of lemon, milder and nearly flavorless, it barely pokes the lemon pulp brought on by the smell but is there mostly in the front end. Some candyish sugar and almost minty spice is brought on by cloves. Quite peppery in that regards, along with a strong presence of alcoholic warmth and airy phenolic burn coming through late. Tarty, clean, yet milding witha herbal hoppyness. Finishes lightly drying with a yeasty alcoholic burn and buzz of spice. The overwhelming character is a whole lotta yeasty spice going on, which becomes far more approachable at the warmer temp. This sat a good half hour or more til I was able to really enjoy each sip and let those spices and hops meld together more.

Feel is quite full in body and fuzzy with a thickly carbonation that takes control and leads to the adventures of yeasty spices which nearly coat the entire palate from start to finish.

A super solid sipper, not as drinkable as most other De Dolle treats, but approachable and pleasant non the less. Easily more enjoyable as it warms up. I enjoy the Dulle Teve by a good margin more along with Bos Keun for De Dolle classics but this still would be something to have again, no prob. It grows on ya.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2004 02:19:17 | More by tavernjef
Photo of twiggamortis420


4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Small 300 mL bottle with no freshness date. Pours an extremely hazy gold color with a massive cap of white foam. Retention is pretty ridiculous, even leaving a large creamy mesa in the middle of the glass. Lacing is terrific as well.

Nose is fairly typical for a BSPA, not far off from the likes of, say, a Duvel. Pretty equally detectable parts grainy malts, edgy hops (Saaz?) and bready, fruity yeast. Smartees candy, pears and a bit of chalk. Quite nice.

Taste follows in the same vein, although it is a bit more intense than a Duvel. Yeast presents some nice ester profiles with some banana, pineapple and clove flavors. Plenty of tropical alcohol notes and the hops contribute a spicy finish and grassy flavor throughout. It all comes together pretty damn nicely. Another good beer from the talented folks at De Dolle.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2010 01:06:51 | More by twiggamortis420
Photo of Cyberkedi


4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice, slightly hazy yellow-amber with a VERY thick off-white head that is quite frothy and sticks around for a while. Be careful when pouring this or you’ll get foam from hell to breakfast! Aroma is not strong, but it is pleasingly malty and fruity and a little yeasty. Fruity, malty flavor has a surprisingly hoppy and bitter undertone. Sublime texture is silky smooth on the outside and lively and fizzy on the inside so it slides down the pipes easily yet leaves a nice tingle behind. Love them Belgians!

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2011 01:43:00 | More by Cyberkedi

South Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

07-05-2013 03:47:13 | More by WOLFGANG
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3.4/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The colour is full golden, with some turbidity. Creamy, and abundant foam. A lot.
The smell is citrus fruits, yeast, hop. Freshness.
The overall impression is freshness in the taste too. And hop. Some spices (anise). Then a light warmness, probably dued to the alcohol. Fruity again, citrus fruits. Maybe some balsamic hint.
Medium-medium-light body.
Aftertaste very bitter, fresh and herbal. A lot of long standing bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2004 22:04:27 | More by stcules
Photo of RoyalT


4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2003 06:12:33 | More by RoyalT
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New Jersey

3.33/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours golden almost amber, with an exploding white soapy head; definitely started coming out of the bottle when opened luckily I read about how that would happen, so I was prepared. Lots of carbonation and bubbles in this beer but it still has a pretty syrupy look if you look at it up close.

Nose is of spice, floral, citrus, also a hint of apricot and pepper, but overall kinda metallic and disconcerting.

Taste is fairly different than the smell. The aroma was not that enjoyable, but the initial taste was quite good. Finished kinda metallic and dry, started better than it finished. Decent mouthfeel; a typical saison effervescence with a hop spiciness that was quite profound with notes of citrus. There was a peppery bite throughout that was a bit much for my liking.

Overall a decent/complex beer, but not really in a good way. The flavor doesn't quite finish the deal compared to appearance. Be patient with the pour. I am just not a big fan of De Dolle I guess.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2010 20:20:26 | More by claspada
Photo of Evil_Pidde


4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
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).

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2010 20:19:42 | More by Evil_Pidde
Photo of spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330ml Bottle received in trade with rejtable - thanks!

Appearance - Gold colour with a massive size fizzy/frothy white head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for 10+ minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Cloves, lemons, breads/grains

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste breads/grains, cloves and lemon juice/zest. There is also some banana, a honey sweetness and a lot of floral/peppery notes.

Overall - My third variety of beer from this brewer, and they have all been amazing. Another world class beer from one of my favourite belgian brewers. Great mix of flavours and a textbook example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2014 00:15:04 | More by spinrsx
Photo of illidurit


3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As with all De Dolle beers, this is a ridiculous gusher. Pours at about a 98-2 foam to beer ratio, and that's not an exaggeration. Doesn't matter how cold you chill it, it could be a half-frozen slush and still manage a huge mountain of suds. After a requisite waiting/re-pouring period, I am looking at a golden-orange liquid, completely opaque, with a dense, creamy off-white head. Aroma is big on spices, with coriander and clove leading the way. Yeast and light fruity hops as well. Flavor is lightly tart with some apricot, orange peel, and yeast. Solid hoppiness, floral with a light bitterness. Dry palate with a bit of peppery alcohol. Lively carbonation, obviously. A very nice strong golden ale.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2011 07:07:32 | More by illidurit
Photo of barnzy78


4/5  rDev -2%

11-25-2011 04:37:14 | More by barnzy78
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