De Dolle Arabier | Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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BA SCORE
4.07/5
Exceptional
672 Ratings
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:
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Added by Todd on 10-23-2000

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,963
Reviews:
333
Ratings:
672
pDev:
11.06%
 
 
Wants:
42
Gots:
67
Trade:
1
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Photo of VikingDAB
3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BlueSpader
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NickThePyro
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bacher468
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ajm5108
2.88/5  rDev -29.2%
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.

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Photo of DBosco
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

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Photo of aztraz
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of campfirebrew
3.66/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Duncian
3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of madelf66
3.77/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of scottfrie
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
4/5  rDev -1.7%
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

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Photo of brittanylicious
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of heysuz
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Peaches13
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of freewill35
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of unclekeith
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of janubio
4.84/5  rDev +18.9%
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.

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Photo of REDAMI
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of Wukk
4.51/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of steverx8
4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nichols33
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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De Dolle Arabier from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 672 ratings