Evil Arabier
Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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Wild Ale
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3.84 | pDev: 18.49%
Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
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Notes: Sour-hoppy Edition! Evil Arabier is a unique Wild Ale brewed from pure malt and Poperinges hops. It’s brewed and then dry hopped (aged with fresh hops in the maturation tank). It’s hard to put a definative style on most of De Dolle’s beers, but this one is perhaps closest to a sour Belgian strong pale ale. The light bready malts and fresh, citrusy hops will attest to that, it’s only the earthy and slightly sour flavors that follow that will change your mind. Look out for the big, meringue-like head this beer produces.
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wedge from North Carolina

2.22/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2


Sparkling brass with a huge head of dense foam. Sour fruity aromas upfront...lemon/lime, grape, faint bread, and acetone. Floral perfume, lemon tartness, vinegar, dry woodiness. Yikes, this is some rough stuff.

Sep 09, 2018
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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

3.08/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Classic gold / orange, moderate foamy cap, good carbonation. Aroma is piquant - it has a lot of yeasty loam, and a lot of tart lemon, but sadly that makes it smell like hand soap / dish detergent. Taste has more of that bright citrus - lemon, lime, a little orange zest - and the tart yeast / loam flavor is better folden-in. A little lacto vinegar taste floats throughout which doesn’t work well with the rest of the flavors (it is already tart, doesn’t need the added sourness). Almost like a sour saison, interesting notes but doesn’t come together as a whole

May 31, 2018
WOLFGANG from South Carolina

4.14/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2015 Vintage Starts with a citrus perfume. Tart unsweetened lemonade and earthy coriander follow to the peppery zest finish. Pair w 't Hommelhof rabbit.

Apr 24, 2018
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amano_h from Oregon

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

Evil Arabier is to Arabier the way Evil Ryu is to Ryu. They're still fundamentally the same beers, except one has a cooler looking sprite, and has additional--albeit useless--bells and whistles like easy to predict teleportation; slow-as-shit jumping hadouken; and a weaker, easier to evade isshunsengek- oh wait, we're talking about beers, aren't we.

The aroma of the brew is still somewhat resemblant of its vanilla counterpart; there's hints of orange rinds, ripe pineapples, coriander, and some white pepper still concealed in the background. In the foreground, however, you'll find new and perhaps unexpected notes of lambic-like lemon zest, honey, floral hops, and a perfumed soap like fragrance, in lieu of the estery notes of banana and clove that are usually present in the original.

The citrus, lemon, and the soap emanate somewhat consistently throughout the drinking experience, with the rest fading with some time and temperature.
The flavor matches the nose to a t, except that there's a brief un-anticipated sweetness followed by a substantial floral/perfume-like influx on the palate, which then turns into a sherry-like burn in the back of your throat. The dried orange rinds and lemon zest combine particularly well to give a dominantly citrus-y, tart impression on the tongue altogether; there's also a hint of oxidization present that goes away after a few sips.
The body feels slightly lighter than the regular parrot-sporting-on-the-label beer and has a substantially higher fusel alcohol presence than its vanilla counterpart. The overall mouthfeel is crisp and almost lambic-esque in its ability to refresh the palate with each sip. Medium soft carbonation with pretty lacing which remains on the glass throughout the drinking experience; but for the booze burn, the intermittent sweetness, and the slight soapy aroma which comes and goes throughout the drinking experience, this beer could realistically give lambics a run for their money.

Dec 16, 2017
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

(11.2 oz bottle, bottled Dec 2015, purchased room temp on shelf at Martin's... bottle left out of fridge for about an hour, then poured into a faceted wine glass - kind of a hybrid wine glass and Gibraltar glass)

L: light yellow-amber liquid, mild-moderate haze; dense-bubbly, egg-white froth, with wild islands of fisheyes strewn about... looks like it's still actively fermenting... big splotches of lace all over, plus foam still at glass bottom after last sip

S: purple wine grape, plum shrub (vinegar)... flowery, fruity, juicy sweetness lingering below... the wild cultures and perhaps remnants of the hops are by far most dominant; perhaps a faint bready malt pokes through, but not much... very lovely overall, if you have a sour tooth for vinegar

T: big hit of the shrubby, complex blend of fruits (white grape, apricot, hint of bosc pear, among others) up front; grapefruit pulp and an almost pastry-like (fruit danish) malt lingering in aftertaste... underlying malt and yeast character is not unlike a hefeweizen, and perhaps slightly drier

F: very creamy, frothy, medium-full bodied; slightly puckering tartness delicately numbing palate over time... kind of has feel of a velvety, sour weizenbock... somehow light enough to take relatively hearty sips, and even (despite the alcohol level) want to go back for another bottle afterward

O: if you can find a bottle of this age, from a reputable retailer (and I wouldn't say Martin's isn't), with no (known) threat of the beer having been exposed to temperature extremes, then I'd say go for it... the freshness of the dry-hop character is all but kaput by this point, and the (in my mind, mild) vinegar notes may be a touch too much for some I can help but want to go back and buy a couple more bottles to share (with the right people) - this was a (to this degree, all things considered) surprisingly enjoyable expression of this beer

Oct 28, 2017
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augustgarage from California

3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottled December 2015; poured from an 11.2oz bottle into my Drie de Fonteinen tumbler.

Turbid, goldenrod body supports four fingers of papaya whip foam which slowly expands out of the glass like a slinky. Thick suds exhibit superior retention.

Barnyard funk, lemon-heads, grapefruit pith, apples, white grapes, and white pepper in the nose - bright, lambic-like character is joined by some rosewater, bread dough, and wheat husks further down.

Surprisingly sweet palate entry with more of a vinegar/lactic sourness than the nose would have suggested. Almost like a "white" version of a Flemish red ale - with some minerality and grain in the finish as well. Hops contribute a pleasing mild bitterness throughout. Hints of nail polish and maraschino at times - decidedly sour, but the sweetness doesn't really abate...

Pillow soft yet bright and perfectly carbonated - faintly tannic, but almost juicy.

This does indeed taste like an acetobacter-infected ara bier with (lemon?) flavor added...a good way to salvage a bad batch, but there are better ways to craft/blend a sour...

Aug 12, 2017
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REDAMI from Ohio

3.14/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into Chimay goblet.

L - cloudy light-amber pour with a foamy white head.

S - Sharp brett, subtle grassy hops, apricot, and mango.

T - Bitter/sour hit, soap, piney hops, orange peel.

F - Dry, faint carbonation.

A very unique and complex beer. Sort of a blend between a gose, an american pale ale, and a tripel, each good on their own, but not necessarily together.

Dec 10, 2016
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WellRested518 from New York

4.61/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

L- Very similar to classic Arabier without the dancing head. Still beautiful.

S- Insane. Kaffir Lime leaves, lemon pledge, funk, and artificial orange drank. Take Lemonheads and infuse vanilla chai, lavender, your grandmother's spice cupboard, blood from a unicorn, that feeling you get when the drum solo from "In the Air Tonight" kicks in, a funky ass old barrel, & three splashes of Angostura bitters - then call me when you fuck up the proportions. My number is 1-800-273-8255.

T- See above. The nose actually may have drifted too much into the palate, as this is so intense that it at times can be hard to drink. A beer to savour for sure. Honestly picked up a touch of cury here as well.

F- Much like it's brother, this thing was made to be drank, & drank it do. The mouthfeel is smooth & creamy with a melange of soapy Brett, Greek yogurt, and hop bitterness.

O- Complex, like an orgy in a mental health unit.

Nov 04, 2016
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Note: Bottled Dec 2015

A: Pours a slightly hazy medium golden yellow in color with moderate amounts of fine active visible carbonation rising slowly from the bottom of the glass and faint amber highlights. The beer has a three finger tall sudsy foamy light beige head that slowly reduces to a medium sized half finger thick cap in the center of the glass surrounded by a large patch of very thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of lime citrus, herbal hops, and funky brett-like barnyard. Light aromas of bready malts.

T: Upfront there is a light flavor of bready malts with a light to moderate amount of brett-like barnyard funkiness. That is followed by slightly stronger than moderate flavors of tart lime citrus and herbal/kaffir leaves. Finally there are light flavors of herbal + floral hops which impart a light amount of bitterness which fades quickly but leaves a lingering light to moderate amount of tartness.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light hints of acidic prickliness and light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Very interesting - the combination of the flavors of dry-hopping, sour, and Belgian Strong Pale Ale are quite interesting as are the moderate flavors of lime. Drinks pretty easily considering the strength. Definitely glad to be enjoying this one.

Oct 04, 2016
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Twal from Colorado

2.71/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I'll agree w/ the previous review,I split the beer w/ someone and we both dumped it.
De Dolle is one of my favorite breweries,this beer was far from anything I've had from them before.
The taste and aroma was lemon verbena and acetone.

Aug 07, 2016
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DrinkSlurm from New York

2.53/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I rarely not finish my beer...but I just couldn't stomach the entire 11oz of this. An off and seemingly high alcohol burn type flavor and aroma. Bitter and sour with no balance or at least pleasant flavor...just awful.

Aug 03, 2016
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MUTINY from Virginia

4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle into a contoured pint glass.

A: Pours a vibrantly clear straw/gold with oodles of retention & lacing. Among the best I've ever seen.

S: Smells of Brett, apple, candied pear & a hint of clove.

T: The palate is just an expansion on the stellar nose - floral notes surround the Brett quality & lead into an impressively well-defined hop-bitter note that provides a segue into the finish. Everything comes together remarkably well at the end - funk, bitterness & punctuations of fruit. Absolutely stellar.

M: High-ish carb married to a lighter-than-expected body allows the flavor progression to really shine. Quite dry on the finish.

O: Truly exceptional & special.

Jul 22, 2016
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stakem from Pennsylvania

3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

33cl bottle poured into a large de dolle wine glass. The brew appears a hazy light copper color with a white cap that fades leaving a curtain of lace.

The aroma is mostly lemon and honestly not much else.

Taste is the same. Lemon pledge but not in a bad way. It feels like artificial lemon character and a hint of pine. Very faint grain backing and a slight tartness.

Light in body with modest carbonation. I found this to be quite refreshing but mostly lemon centric and in an unnatural way.

Jul 19, 2016
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Jmamay22 from New York

2.92/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy deep good with a fluffy ecru head that lasts seemingly forever. Spicy and herbal scent mix with a candy like sweet aroma. Some peppery phenolics and a touch of clove.

The taste is very phenolic. Overwhelmingly so at times with a strong flowery flavor as well. A touch of band aid as well. Seems like something may have went wrong to cause such an unpleasant medicinal finish. Some alcohol warmth and mild alcohol sweetness. Fairly light bodied with medium to high carbonation.

I enjoy wild ales in general, but found this one lost its way and created some off flavors during fermentation.

Jul 16, 2016
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metter98 from New York

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy dark golden yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation—lots of narrow columns of rising bubbles are present. It poured with a quarter finger high dense off white head that has very good retention properties and consistently left a short head covering the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of limes are present in the nose along with hints of floral hops. As the beer warms up a bit, the beer starts to smell a little like Lemon Pledge.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of limes and a bit of sourness—it somewhat reminds me of the citrusy flavors in key lime pie (but not as strong and without the sweetness). Faint amounts of floral hops and funk are noticeable.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation along with slight bits of dryness.
O: This beer is very unique and has interesting flavors of sour limes.

Serving type: bottle

Jun 27, 2016
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babaracas from Florida

3.41/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A little googling reveals this to be a couple batches of arabier unintentionally infected by lacto and pedio...and with lemon extract/tincture added. Pours a very hazy darker amber with one finger thick creamy white head, sheet of lace trailing down the glass. Looks excellent as usual. Smell: totally of the rails, right away. Huge lemon pledge aroma, grassy, soapy, medicinal, chaser of pine sol. Taste: grassy, aspirin, lemon peel, unripe green plum, grapefruit seed extract. Creamy upfront then a bit pulpy, becomes full-ish bodied from pillowy, space-filling carbonation, finishing dry and mildly tart. Warmer there's more green apple, dill, aspirin, vinegar. It's funky and fairly interesting, except for the awful lemon extract soap aroma.

Jun 05, 2016
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ljdrinksbeer from North Carolina

4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled Dec 2015,
L - thick off white foam tops clear orange beer
S - lemon cleaner, pine, yeast, fresh bread
T - sweet malts, apple cider vinegar, citrus, followed by piney hop bitterness
F - light to medium body
O - definitely some pine-sol flavor going on here but overall pleasant, especially if you like sours with a hint of vinegar.

May 14, 2016
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emerge077 from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

1st bottle: 4.25
Nice funky stuff... De Dolle riffs on "De Garde-style" dry-hopped wild ales with this one.

Burnished copper orange, steady plume of rising carbonation.
Lasting surface coverage, and sheets of sticky lace.

Funky dry Brett aroma, light herbals and lemon peel.
Lightly tart, lemony with juicy citrus and tropical notes, dry and lightly bitter aftertaste.
Interesting balance between the hop character and wild yeast. Tartness isn't overly acidic.
Smooth and medium bodied, the Brett yeast seems to give it more of a fullness.
Overall it's nicely balanced with a unique funky Brett strain and fruity hops.

EDIT: Tried a 2nd bottle. Definitely worse than the 1st described above.
Bitter lemon peel and soapy florals dominate, Brett yeast, lingering tartness.
A bit more odd. Buyer beware, there's definitely some bottle variation going on.

Apr 11, 2016
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jampics2 from Ohio

4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Either there's some serious bottle variation or people are railroading this beer so they can buy it all. And, seriously, do you guys really drink lemon pledge? The beer is lovely, the lemon is great and doesn't taste astringent, like acetone or like Pledge smells (I wouldn't know how it tastes).

Apr 06, 2016
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shleepy from California

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

Very dilly, sour, and downright weird. Lots of floral notes in the middle/finish. Super interesting sour De Dolle that has virtually nothing to do with the regular Arabier.

Apr 05, 2016
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Beginner2 from Illinois

3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

De Dolle calls themselves the "mad brewers." After tasting this, it is very hard to disagree.
Some reviews cannot stand this beer (I don't believe I've ever read such a high percentage of that.) Two reviews adore this ale; thinking, I suppose, that the madness also is brilliance.

The truth is somewhere in between.

And I'm not going to try find the truth... at least not for the "Evil" rendition of this popular pale.
But, I will give some advice. If you like the sours, seek this out.
If you don't like most sours, do not bother looking for this for many reasons... one is the price: $10 is way too much for 11 ounces. For that reason alone, I do not need this beer again. Indeed, once was too much.

Apr 05, 2016
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iwantmorehops from Vermont

1.48/5  rDev -61.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Smells like acetone and lemon floor cleaner, tastes kinda sour with a burning acetone note. I couldn't stand the smell, and felt like it would make me sick if I drank more than a few sips. De Dolle has been one of my favorite breweries, opening this bottle made me question that.

Mar 18, 2016
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BT_Bobandy from Ohio

4.37/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Lizardville Beer store in Cleveland, OH.

Edit: So it's apparently not the Brett. Per source "The Evil Arabier is a blend of two different vintages of Arabier and then dosed with an essence of lemon."

Quite possibly the weirdest non-BA beer I've ever had and that includes Italian beer. Bizarre lemon pledge brett (?) belgian pale. Dry finish. Noticeable hops. If that flavor was from the Brett....yikes. We need to get the scientists at the Large Hadron Collider on this ground breaking development immediately. chop chop.

I would recommend this beer just for the sake of science. You might like it. You might hate it. It might be a total accident or mistake. But try it!

Mar 10, 2016
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teromous from Virginia

2.72/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

The cap has a stamp saying that the beer was bottled Dec 2015.

Appearance: It is very hazy with a light golden orange color. While there is a lot of visible carbonation in the glass it doesn't form much of a head. There is a bit of a white cap but that doesn't last long. A slim white ring leaves some spotty lacing.

Aroma: It has a strong lemon aroma. At first it really reminded me of lemon pledge. There is this other sour smelling presence. It's hard to really put a pin in the map of what that sour smell is. The aroma is a bit odd but it's interesting.

Taste: The taste is this very strong lemon flavor with lime. It's like this very concentrated flavor of lemon that is very tart...a bit like limeade made with pledge. There is some bitterness but it's mixed in with this slightly skunky flavor. There are good flavors in this beer but they are in no way balanced. It's just a mess of tart flavors with an odd background of this odd earthy yet skunky flavor. The after taste is a bit like fruity pebbles.

Mouthfeel: With the tartness and the strength of the odd flavors this beer is not very drinkable. The beer does have a nice dry finish but every other aspect of the beer just assaults the palate.

Overall: It's not a beer I would recommend. While I do give them credit for developing such bold flavors in a beer it is a bit like making the worlds biggest rocket only to fly it directly into the Sun. The beer has no hint of balance, restraint, or complexity that I love in other sour beers. It lacks nuance and shows its flaws unapologetically.

Mar 07, 2016
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danedelman from Pennsylvania

4.61/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Bought a bottle due to my love of this Brewer. Poured into a tulip glass

A-orange golden glow with head that quickly dissapates.

S- big lime nose with sweet malt.

T- herbal, lime, grapefruit, slight tart but so well balanced and delicate.

M- medium body with nice sizzle

o- bought 1 bottle. Need more. Very interesting beer for sure.

Mar 04, 2016
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