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De Dolle Arabier | Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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De Dolle ArabierDe Dolle Arabier
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
Belgium
dedollebrouwers.be

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Todd on 10-23-2000

BEER STATS
Reviews:
323
Ratings:
641
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
15.56%
 
 
Wants:
39
Gots:
59
For Trade:
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Photo of stevoj
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Boise Co-op. Lively bottle, cloudy orange amber with towering rocky head. Big yeasty aroma, Taste leads with the yeast, adds some savory flavors, some bittering hops. Dries out towards the end, but savory spices linger.

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Photo of JayQue
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good BSPA. Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into my Chimay goblet. Slightly hazy gold color with a huge delicately bubbly white head. Head retention is excellent and there is a little filmy lacing. Aroma is good, light fruit (apples, grapes. and pears), Belgian yeast, some spices (cloves and cardamom). Taste is the same but with a touch of white wine too. Mouthfeel is rich. The beer is nicely carbonated Goes down easy, no hint of alcohol. I really enjoyed this one!!!!!

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Photo of Jacobob10
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On-tap @ Tria Taproom in Philadelphia, PA.

Slightly hazy, deep gold with a creamy white head. Great retention. A beauty of a Belgian ale.

Pils malt grain sweetness gives way to fruit and spice. Pear, orange, and peppercorn. Herbal and spicy hop bitterness but balanced extremely well by the malt and yeast. Medium-light bodied yet full of flavor. Dry finish.

This is just an awesome Belgian ale. Too easy to drink given its strength. Made a great accompaniment to a cheese plate. I'll have to try a few others from De Dolle. Very impressive.

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Photo of sjccmd
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aroma of apples and honey. Some clove and white pepper with juicy fruit bubblegum. Spicy and fruity. Grassy noble hops. A hint of almonds and vanilla.

Pours slightly hazy yellow/gold with a very large white head. Great retention and lacing.

Apples and pears upfront quickly revealing snappy, bitter, spicy, hops. Much hoppier than I expected. Graham cracker and honey malts. Very dry finish with lingering hop bitterness.

Medium light body with high carbonation. A touch silky. Spicy, warming alcohols, and hop resin linger a bit on the palate.

Just a great hop-forward Belgian Pale. Can definitely compete with Duvel.

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Photo of amano_h
4.51/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Fragrant orange rinds, dried pineapples, coriander, garden herbs white pepper, and subtle hints of clove and banana adorn the aroma. Biscuits, caramel, and more spiced hops bitterness follow as the brew is given some time to warm up.

The best way to describe the initial sensation on the tongue is to compare this to biting into a piece of sliced honeyed grapefruit; whereas the first scoop of the grapefruit slice is sweet and refreshing, your face inevitably puckers after you bite into the skin. This is almost exactly what you get from Arabier, except that the bitterness is followed by a pleasant wheaty backdrop that helps you recover from the unexpected sucker punch. In simpler terms: citrus + caramel -> quinine/grapefruit rinds -> wheat.

Medium-bodied with an incredible amount of carbonation upon opening (I've yet to have one either not gush out, or take shorter than five minutes for a complete pour) which fizzles down to a pleasant, tongue tickling level of carbonation. The finish is pretty much as dry as you can get with a beer; absolutely no heat despite the ABV.

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Photo of scootny
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an intricately constructed beer. Huge head. Light amount of lacing. Many layers of bread and grains. Alcohol woven into the nose with pears and apples. White grapes and light wine. Taste is big Bekgian. Lots of bready notes with a lot of sweetness from alcohol. Mild bitterness with dry vinous finish. Alcohol is so well integrated that while it is noticble its not a standout. Well carbonated but just short of explosive. Velvety and creamy. Flavors really open up as it warms. A superb brew.

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Photo of captaincoffee
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale gold with a giant white head that leaves lacing around the glass. Nose is interesting. Certainly fruity yeast esters, but a different profile than most, also hay. Flavor is also interesting...not the typical strong Belgian I expected. Bitter hops along side the initial sweetness that seems to go dry a second later. Honey. Noticeable ABV and yet hides it...not sure how to explain that, but it is different. Mouthfeel medium with high but fine carbonation. Overall, a good beer that shows a different angle.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I just reviewed the sour rendition of this and, I must admit, I don't understand why they use the same name... except for marketing purposes.
This Arabier is a classic and needs no review from me.

Reviewed in Roger Protz' "300 Beers To Try Before You Die!"
Arabier is listed on the "1001" and deserves to be there on personality alone.
MJ's "Great Beers of Belgium" said this "strong beer notable for its dry-hop bouquet."
MY's 1999 "Guide" gave it 3 of 4 stars and called it "pale, dry-hopped and for summer."

Enjoy the classics.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, dark golden color with lots of yeast sediment floating around, huge, fluffy off-white head. Aroma has classic belgian yeast esters. Floral with some overripe fruits, hay and medium brown sugar. Taste starts on the sweet side with brown sugar, hay, slight caramel and yeast but gets really bitter and earthy on the finish. Seems more like a belgian IPA to me. After the the foam settles, you get some earthy hops as well in the aroma and taste but mostly the bitterness. Medium, soft body with a good amount of carbonation. ABV is hidden very well, making the beer really drinkable for 8%. An excellent example of a well made belgian pale ale.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

after having the evil sour version of this, i had to seek out the original. it had been quite some time, so it was good to get the refresher, but i have to say, it really doesnt taste anything like that sour edition. it has none of the funk obviously, but it also has none of that herbal lime leafy freshness and pungency to it. its totally different and needs to be enjoyed in its own right. this is really hoppy, even for the style. hazy and heady, it looks amazing too. pretty much the classic example of the style though, even with how unique it is, i feel like this sets the standard for all other belgian pales.lots of hop bite and bitterness, round and fluffy malt base, fresh and cerealy, without hardly any sweetness left over. the yeast is classically belgian, but it also has quit a bit more going on. mild spices like a witbier might showcase in its yeast profile. citrus peel notes for sure, and a drying capacity thats through the roof. carbonated effervescently and explosively, it has a ton of life to it, and the only thing left on the palate in the end is a little hop bitterness. insanely drinkable for how strong it is, you would never guess the strength. overall this is an absolute classic, but i have to say i was more impressed with the evil edition, which takes it to the next level.

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Photo of hansavijaticar
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear orange colour, very foamy, watch out for the yeast on the bottom of the bottle. Smell and taste is what you should be expecting from this beer style: very Belgian, apples, tropic fruits, pineapple, honey... Pretty bitter though, but very drinkable.

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Photo of drmeto
3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Beer exploded upon opening.
Ridiculous amount of foam.
It took me 20mins to pour the whole bottle out

L:
-pours a hazy bright golden with a huge,foamy,white head
-high carbonation visible
-visible,small particle floaties
S:
-pineapple,lemon zest,coriander,honey
T:
-Follows the nose plus pears
-high,lingering bitterniss
F:
-medium to high carbonation
-light to medium body
-alcohol noticeable
O:
Sort of a less refined "De Ranke Guldenberg".
The carbonation issues really bugged me though

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Photo of spoony
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a 330 ml bottle (bottled August 2013) into a chalice.

A-The bottle is a bit of gusher and the head in my glass is huge, like three-plus fingers of off-white foam. Retention is very good and there is a lot of activity in the liquid keeping the head up. Chunks of lace cling to my glass. The beer is pale and golden with a bit of murkiness.

S-The aroma opens with a bit of apple, some tropical fruit notes, and a bit of bready yeast that has some lingering bubblegum notes in the background. A dull, earthy, grassy, mild bitterness and a bit of medicinal alcohol round things out.

T-The taste is similar to the smell, but more complex and impressive. It is lightly tart to open with green apple, peach, and apricot flavors. A solid sugary/honey sweetness carries things to finish where the flavors go more towards bitter, herbal, grassy hops and a medicinal alcohol punch. Nice.

M-The body is lighter than some in this style with an active carbonation.

O-This is a pretty tasty take on a Belgian Pale. It is complex with layers of flavors, but it drinks easily and packs a deceptive punch. I had a craving for something Belgian and traditional and this hit the spot. I will definitely drink more.

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Photo of josanguapo
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From XXXII. In La Trappe glass. Playing KB Dark Side. Another good brew from the de dolle. More soft than the other ive tasted and a bit less impressive, but good nonetheless

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Photo of aleigator
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a giant, froth head, cloudy amber-yellow in color.

Wheaty, malty aromas with a subtle sourness.

Has a very unique, convincing taste. Begins with bready, toasted malts and bitter hops at the same time. While hops turn more present, a vinous sour punch enhances its piny, grassy character, paired with overripe stone fruits, which get coated up by toffeeish, sweet malts, revealing an earthy bread taste during the finish.

This brew convices due to its striking interaction between a complex, slick hop bitterness among throughout evolving malts. Both flavors stay on the palate till the very end, without stopping to change their taste. This blend, of two almost opposite flavors, which are going side-by-side in this brew leads to an immense variety of flavors, with hints of fruits, fermented grapes, scorched toast, earth, toffee, rock sugar - changing on the palate at an amazing speed.

Finishes with an outstanding malt supported bitterness, which occupies the tongue for quite a time.

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Photo of JTuomi
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

33 cl bottle (bottled oct 2013) into a tulip glass.

Look: Clear deep golden body with a lot of tiny sediment floating around. Huge white head with good retention and a lot of heavy lacing, holding a thin veil after settling down.

Smell: Sweet biscuity malt and belgian yeast. Fruity with peach and citrus, spicy with clove. A hint of grassy hops.

Taste: Begins with biscuit malt, followed by a fruity taste of belgian yeast with peach, citrus and pineapple after which white pepper and clove bring out a spiciness that lasts until the dry end with a grassy hop bitterness. The aftertaste is grassy with spice and a note of lemon.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, high carbonation, light but still creamy mouthfeel. Drinkable with well hidden alcohol.

Overall: The first sip was a shock. Expected it to follow the nose but it was harshly bitter and dry. Very grassy and spicy with mostly clove. After it warmed up a bit, the taste mellowed out and became very pleasant. Pouring the second half of the bottle in smooths out the taste and brings up more fruitiness and spices. In the end it turned out to be quite flavorful and complex. Would recommend to have this one.

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Photo of John_M
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%

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.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I enjoyed this bottle in a teku chilledwith bottled on date of August 2013, allowed to reach cellar temp over the course of sampling -review from notes.

The color is pleasing to the eye-a golden apricot shade with hazed clarity and 3 fingers of bone white head with very fine bead and fluffly compostion. The lace collects well. The smell is a mix of yeast phenolics with light dried pineapple and herbal hop aroma with a light scent of pear and pepper. The feel is excellent vibrant moderately high carbonation with light bitterness and low sweetness with slight tangy yeast and dry finish with low alcohol influence.

The taste is light and fruity at first with interesting tropical and citrus blend of flavor that has a mild spice element with herbal hop taste and gentle white grape coming from the yeast. There is a slight pepper aspect and mild lemon rind which is palatable with mild herbal bitterness coming through with a very dry crisp finish which is mostly yeast driven, however a subtle tropical taste of golden grapefruit is present. Overall a wonderful Belgian pale to quaff -very easy to drink considering the 8%, the only attribute that is lacking is taste slightly but I can only imagine how much better this was when fresh -outstanding!

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Photo of Samp01
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy gold orange with a large white fluffy head some lacing. Aroma and Taste begins with nice dose of citrus, Belgian yeast and fruity notes followed by a bit of biscuit malt, sweet spices and a zesty tangy lightly spiced hops bitterness on the end for balance. Palate is a medium to full body, crisp with good carbonation. The end much the same as taste, citrus, Belgian yeast, and sweet zesty, tangy spiced hops bitterness with some biscuit malt. Overall a very pleasant, flavorful and tasty brew. I would drink again.

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Photo of farrago
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Normal pour fills 2/3 of the glass with a dense white foam, even surface, close to zero lacing, retention is very good though. Cloudy liquid with a healthy amount of particulate, golden orange in color, could be rust water, huge amount of visible bubbles, wall-to-wall activity. The nose has a rough texture to it, wheat and grains, earth and peppercorns before slightly softening into banana, white grape and apricot pits, not that sweet and the clove to nutmeg spice could show more oomph, stays within itself well. In the mouth it’s full-bodied and tends to be bottom heavy, the carbonation is indeed strong so it makes you imagine what the feel would be like without it. Much more floral here with lemon accents, the clove stronger as well. For all the sweetness in the pear, yellow apple, apricot to banana fruit, dryness takes over past the mid-palate. Hay, quinine, spent lees, iron flecks, sort of heads in many directions at once. Astringent ending but can’t call it herbaceous nor really green in any manner. Seems to unclench some as it warms so may be one to linger over rather than quaff with abandon.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.79/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 9/17/2014 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a medium off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains citrus and other fruits, caramelized malts, Belgian yeast, some spice and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of citrus, caramel and spice. Then some breadiness comes in from Belgian yeast and a hearty malt character along with some mild estery sourness. The hops presence is very mild and creates some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, decent representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while but there are better choices within the style.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

330ml Bottle from Good Spirits Co, Glasgow (£4):
Slightly hazy, golden amber with a thumb-sized, foamy white head & the odd bubble showing. Retention is pretty good with it holding steady over the opening couple of minutes.

Citrus & hops, lots of spice on the nose with some bitterness & background fruits that includes orange, apple & pears with cloves in there too but the citrus & spice dominate.

Fruity with spice & citrus plus a mix of orange, tangerine & sugar that gives it a slightly sweet taste. Some bitterness soon follows with pineapple in there too & hints of alcohol/grain. Earthy hops round things off.

Medium bodied, fairly smooth with light grain & well carbonated with a slight fizz. The beer is dry, quite bitter & although some alcohol shows it is hidden well for the most part & proves quite easy to drink.

Another nice Belgian beer, fruity with plenty of citrus & pineapple the highlights. Easy to drink due to the fact that the alcohol hidden for the most part with only faint hints of it appearing in places; this one is a beer worth trying if you get the chance.

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Photo of DmanGTR
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared at a tasting with friends.

Poured a very pretty gold with mild haze adorned with a large white head that lasted quite a while. A fairly complex nose. Honeycrisp apples, bartlett pears, touch of riesling, clove, white pepper, and apricots. Maybe some golden raisins too. There's a lot going on here. Bit of earthiness (not like the lambic kind though), it's tough to explain that one. Maybe from the hop variety they use. But the beer is superbly smooth and drinkable. Quite a fantastic beer.

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Photo of spinrsx
4.05/5  rDev 0%
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.

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