De Dolle Evil Arabier | Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by DrBier on 02-17-2016

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Reviews by shleepy:
Photo of shleepy
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.66/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

ive been told this thing was a mistake, an unintentionally soured batch of the famous belgian pale, but if this is an accident, it just might be the happiest accident of all time. i was nothing short of floored by this, and rank it among the best examples of the style ive ever had. its as close to perfect as beer really ever gets, and i wish i had more of this beauty. if you see it (i heard there isnt much to be had), do yourself a favor and pick it up. its pretty in the glass, barely a little bit cloudy, with a full inch of fizzing airy white head, almost clear, lasting through for its delicate nature, and with radiant carbonation popping off. gosh it smells good, something herbal i dont recall from the base beer. it almost smells like kaffir lime leaves, its that pungent, but its not quite that. if its hops, its none i am even vaguely familiar with, sort of lemongrass or something, so hard to place, but its amazing with the lighter grain base and the funk, which again, if unintentional is something very special. bretty for sure, but diverse and distinct from the millions of other brett beers everyone else is making. its not like something i know in any way really, and there is some acid too, but this isnt a sour beer in the way most americans are thinking about them. its subtle and mild, complimentary not aggressive. this all in the nose! again i get this herbaceous pungent thing right up front, and it is most close to those lime leaves, but i taste hops in there too, and for once it seems i dont even have the faintest idea how its all coming together. i would love to know the real story on this one, how it went down, and if it can please come back. as effervescent and dry in feel as any beer in the game, and frankly one of the best and most unique beers ive ever had. this cements de dolle for me as one of the greatest operations in the world. do not miss one of the most compelling wild ales on the market, intentional or not!

edit: this has aged pretty weird, still heavy lemongrass and funk, but now a higher acidity and an almost lemon pledge cleaning product element has developed. still delicious, but i preferred this when it first came around...

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Photo of jampics2
4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
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).

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Photo of BT_Bobandy
4.37/5  rDev +15.9%
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!

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Photo of CavemanRamblin
4.34/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of geodonnokepyo
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of augustgarage
3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
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...

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Photo of _nickg_
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of emerge077
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
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 and similar American 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.
Soapy lemon and florals dominate, Brett yeast, lingering tartness. A bit more odd.
Buyer beware, there's definitely some bottle variation going on.

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Photo of wedge
2.22/5  rDev -41.1%
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.

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Photo of DrBier
4.24/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of metter98
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
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

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Photo of MUTINY
4.09/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
2.53/5  rDev -32.9%
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.

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Photo of WellRested518
4.61/5  rDev +22.3%
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.

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Photo of timmynyc
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of liamt07
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dbrauneis
4.24/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

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Photo of outoffocus
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Kurmaraja
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of REDAMI
3.14/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

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Photo of bigred89
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of teromous
2.72/5  rDev -27.9%
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.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
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

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Photo of doobliebop
4.73/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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De Dolle Evil Arabier from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
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