Arabier | Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 337 | Ratings: 683
Photo of OlaB
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of JackRWatkins
3.79/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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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 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 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 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 Silke_Neryn
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.15/5  rDev +2%
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

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Photo of stevoj
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
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 -3.2%
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 Jacobier10
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
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 +4.4%
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 +10.8%
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 +4.9%
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 +2.7%
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 -2.7%
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 +0.7%
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 -0.7%
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 +10.6%
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 -10.8%
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

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

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Arabier from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 683 ratings