Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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Strong Ale - Belgian Pale
Ranked #16
Ranked #4,354
4.09 | pDev: 10.76%
Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
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BGDrock from Canada (ON)

3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Body is an apricot gold/copper, unfiltered and hazy, with aggressive carbonation that in an instant forms a super long lasting and airy egg-white head.
Light aromas of fresh pressed apple juice, dash of spice, umami yeast notes.
Tastes of caramel and toasty malt, intertwined with a subdued yeasty fruitiness and spice; prominent hop bitterness provides balance and keeps it super dry, low hop flavour; noticeable alcohol warmth provides another dimension and lingers, with a bit too much alcohol taste; frothy carbonation drives a full feel, with a slight fattiness making it mouthcoating.

I'm a big fan of Belgian ales, and see potential in this with good yeast notes, but the alcohol taste is a distraction I can't get past to call this a winner.

May 29, 2021
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jimmah120 from Minnesota

4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Another "redemption ale" from 2017... got these for only a buck-fifty a piece because one exploded in the back of the store's fridge

Chunky orange-yellow, smells very pungent and fruity, esters from the yeast give this an impressive depth of flavor after 3 years, fruit for days. Very carbonated, this one exploded foam all over my friend's livingroom

There is an off-flavor at the end, and the alcohol is very apparent, but otherwise this aged wonderfully

Aug 20, 2020
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a slightly hazy golden orange color, with a big fluffy head, and lots of lacing.

This smells peach hops, clove, spicy hops, banana, orange zest, coriander, and bready malt.

This feels pretty prototypical for the sorta Belgian IPA style. It's very hop forward, with a soft grapefruit and peachy hop character, along with some clove and banana, and a touch of bready sweetness. There's a heavy spicy bitterness that is super refreshing to me.

This is light bodied, clean, slightly creamy, and super drinkable, with a very smooth but biting finish.

De Dolle has such a wonderfully esoteric but exceedingly well brewed repertoire of beers. This is truly great stuff.

Jun 12, 2020
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JonnoWillsteed from England

3.69/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L- Mid amber, very slight haze, pours with 3Cm pillowy white head. [note: bottle refermented/conditioned].
S- 'That typical somewhat spicy Belgian nose'.
T- Different! Strikingly pungent, piquant, then briefly perfumed/aromatic, then notably hoppy-dry into the finish. All that in say 5-7 seconds on the first sip. That repeats, though my palate is dulling to it's drama after a while.
F- It's a strong and pungent pale ale alright. Though more in a 'trad' style of recipe than much of the fashionable 'IPA' sloshing about the world.
O- If you're a fan of solid trad IPA then this is a candidate. It's pretty full-on, well balanced and zero I noticed out of place. I'm more a trad ale/ESB/Trappist fan, so to me the hops in this are a somewhat over-prominent. But if into solid IPAs then I suspect you might really like this one...
330ml bottle. Bought from BeersOfEurope (UK) BBE: Sep: 2020

Mar 15, 2020
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Bruno74200 from France

4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great big white fluffy head over a golden body

Pear, pineapple nd tangerine and coriander in the nose

The taste is great with a perfect balance with a light candy presence, a small estery presence, some herbal hop presence. Some citrus ans pineapple in there too.

The mouthfeel is semi-dry.

This is an extremely well executed brew

Dec 10, 2019
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the 330 ml. bottle without a bottling or expiration date. Sampled on August 3, 2019.

The pour bothered me because it had to have been over carbonated. It took me several minutes to pour this into the tulip glass without the foamy erupting and spilling onto the table. Eventually, it settled down and became a mildly cloudy light to medium amber. How much frothy, puffy white foam can one take though?

The aroma is biting with a grainy and spicy character as well as a notable alcohol presence. Some pear or apple. This one could age a year or more. But also a sort of soapiness.

Medium to full body.

The taste brings out a more bitter than sweet character with the booze front and center and leading it to a nicely dry finale. Warming and spicy.

Aug 03, 2019
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jkblr from Indiana

4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2oz bottled DEC2017 on cap (19 months ago) poured into a Duvel glass at fridge temp 8% ABV. The beer pours bright light golden amber in color with prolific, meringue like off white head. My first gentle pour yielded one inch of beer in a Duvel. It took three pours to get a reviewable sample. Retention and lacing are world class. Beautiful beer. The aroma is lovely with pear, very light banana and clove. The taste is semisweet light malt with spicy Belgian yeast jumping in mid palate before a mildly bitter, grassy finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with above average carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, very good. Really good BSPA that doesn't seem to have suffered from age. Not the most complex, but really solid and very tasty.

Jul 29, 2019
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OlaB from Norway

4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color with a gigantic top of white head that dissolves slowly and leaves some really sticky lacings on the glass.
Aroma is of citrus, apples,pineapples , yeast, candy, peppercorns ,herbal and floral hops. The taste is fruity with some light bisquity notes in the start. It then gets more dry with some herbal and spicy yeast notes before finishing of with a medium bitterness. Quite bitter finish for a belgian ale, but it is balanced in well with the other flavours.
Mouthfeel is soft and smooth with a medium carbonation and a medium body.
Very good and enjoyable. A positive experience.

May 03, 2019
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Tripel_Threat from Michigan

4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very interesting ale! Poured from bottle to tulip glass. Light amber color, cloudy, with three fingers of light, creamy foam that lasts and lasts. Aromas of spice and wood, something fruity and funky. Flavor is bread and spice, apple and cherry and sour, but also peppery. Weird, yet nice.

Mar 18, 2019
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JackRWatkins from Alabama

3.79/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Annoying strong head retention, three finger rocky head, amber golden body, nice.
S: Sweet, bready, and estery, slight fruitiness, and dry, earthy tones.
T: Sweet, bready, and estery, slightly honeyed, with a minimal bitterness.
M: Dry.
O: A solid beer, great example of the style, but to me, nothing special.

Mar 10, 2019
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Alieniloquium from Florida

4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 mL bottle. Pours with an absurd amount of foam. Pillowy white head remains. Smells fascinating. Fruity yeast notes, white pepper, and a butterscotch candy aroma. Tastes of herbal hops, sweet candy, fruity yeasts, and some spicy and peppery flavors. Never feels sweet or heavy. Well carbonated. Delicious and fascinating.

Sep 22, 2018
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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

2.88/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Pours a murky, burnt gold with a pillowy head. A little unfiltered yeast at the end of the pour. Aroma is very sweet - golden raisin, chardonnay / white grape must, jam sugar, a little a Belgian yeast helps round it out a little. Taste starts out with some slightly tart apple cidre, more grape must but with a tannin edge but than loses any of that sweetness and morphs into a pretty acrid, woody / earthy beer. Dry yeast, burnt biscuit. Really goes off the rails. Nose was a tad sweet but I would have prefered that over the astringent viney / bitterness.

May 31, 2018
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DBosco from Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

345ml (11.6oz) bottled May 2015 (date on cap). Pours a big fluffy tan head that takes a few minutes to settle down, dense copper orange sunset color. Nice aroma of sweet dark fruits. Taste is rich sweet with peppery spice, complex. Feel is full, creamy carbonation, with prickly feeling from the spice and ABV. Overall, this is a complex beer with a rich sweet flavor with various kinds of spicy and medicinal elements. Well worth trying. Given that my score is quite higher than the average, I expect it might be that the beer was bottled 3 years ago and has had time to smooth out. I just picked it off the shelf today and didn't notice the date on the cap until I got home.

May 18, 2018
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scottfrie from California

4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

10oz snifter on draft at THG.

A: Clear golden with a layer of dense white foam. A network of sticky lace was left down the glass. A fuzzy and long lasting film persisted with great retention.
S: Fresh, bright, green hop nose with hints of fresh citrus, green apple, and golden fruits. Subtle fruity and spicy Belgian yeast. Very faintly tart smelling.
T: Follows the nose with clean fresh hops and spicy, earthy, doughy, and slightly fruity Belgian yeast. There's a hint of green apple-like tartness and aspirin bitterness, but again, just a hint. Peppery and fruity yeast comes out more as the beer warms, but so does the fresh tingly green bitterness.
M: Soft fluffy carbonation, crisp and drying mouthfeel, light body. Lighter than expected. Frothy and creamy carb.
O: Lighter and dryer than other beers I've had in the style, but there's a great crispness and clean hoppy bitter flavors mixed with spicy and fruity characteristic Belgian yeast. Drinks well.

Oct 26, 2017
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gold orange color,medium carbonation yet it produced a massive foamy head. Floral,yeast,fruit peel aroma. Taste was identical but with a strong hop presence and bitter aftertaste. Complex excellent beer

Sep 24, 2017
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The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania

4.37/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It pours with a huge head of Belgian proportions and of a retention that defies logic. The aroma is of candi sugar with some floral and vanilla notes. The taste is much more intensely bitter than you'd expect from the nose, with a number of other flavors that I honestly have trouble naming. A very complex yet drinkable beer.

Jun 26, 2017
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janubio from Spain

4.84/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Cloudy gold color, with a compact creamy head that never ends. Great lace that slides through the glass. Funky citric aroma, orange,ginger, lemon, cardamom, tea leaves. Dry, bitter, crispy palate, medium body, carbonation is great, tiny bubbles are always comin' up to the top. Taste of citrics, ginger, cardamom, banana. Bitter finish. Another great one for the brothers.

Apr 16, 2017
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REDAMI from Ohio

4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 33cl bottle into Westvleteren goblet.

L - Blushed golden pour, massive meringue-like head of foam.

S - Floral vanilla, spice, apricot, and fresh orange or citrusy hops.

T - Gingersnap spice, yeasty funk, resinous hops, very Belgian.

F - Crisp and warm, but not overly so. The alcohol feels just right.

A Christmas Pale Ale, with the vanilla and gingersnap cookie flavors and the warming alcohol.

Apr 06, 2017
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Silke_Neryn from Sweden

4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Lovely to look at, foamy with excellent lacing.

Then it's fruity, spicy, dry, slightly bitter, slightly sour, extremely well carbonated.

One of the great Belgian Strong Pale Ale's.

Jan 06, 2017
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BEERMILER12 from Maine

4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a golden orange color with a massive head that slowly fades down to a frothy cap that leaves plenty of sticky lacing down the glass

S: Yeasty notes up front including plenty of fruity and spicy esters and some breadiness. Some sweetness

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the yeasty esters, yielding lots of fruity and spicy goodness. Apple, pear, and pepper spice lead the way. Some bready tones and light sweetness in there as well. Finishes with lingering yeasty tones

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. On the softer side

O: A very nice BSPA that is easy to drink. A classic for a reason

Dec 23, 2016
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stevoj from Idaho

4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Nov 25, 2016
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JayQue from Virginia

3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
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!!!!!

Nov 25, 2016
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Jacobier10 from New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Nov 15, 2016
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sjccmd from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Nov 03, 2016
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amano_h from Oregon

4.51/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Oct 17, 2016
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