De Dolle Arabier | Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

De Dolle ArabierDe Dolle Arabier
BA SCORE
84.9%
Liked This Beer
4.07 w/ 661 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:
No notes at this time.

Added by Todd on 10-23-2000

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,589
Reviews:
329
Ratings:
661
Liked:
561
Avg:
4.07/5
pDev:
10.81%
Alströms:
4.35
 
 
Wants:
41
Gots:
66
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 661 |  Reviews: 329
Photo of Korbynlehr
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Jeffo
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this at Dranken Geers in Gent.

From a bottle into a tulip.

APPEARANCE: A careful pour yields a huge five finger, fluffy, slightly thinner looking, chunky white head that mounds our of the glass. Doesn't go anywhere. Bright amber orange in color, clear, and lots of very active carbonation. Nice foam cap remains the whole way leaving touches of lacing down the glass. Could only pour half the bottle into the glass or the head would fall all over the place.

SMELL: Pale malts and sweet green fruits, perhaps some apple and pear. Spicy notes, clove and coriander, as well as some spicy yeast notes. Touches of floral hops as well. Decent strength and complexity.

TASTE: Follows the nose well. Sweet grainy malt, pale malts, and some green fruit. Spicy yeast notes through the middle into the finish, with some strong floral hop bitterness at the finish. Aftertaste is bold and lingering with spicy notes and bitter hops, as well as hints of alcohol. Plenty of bitterness on the finish.

PALATE: Light, medium body with lots of carbonation. Not creamy really, but goes down fine and finishes slightly dry on the palate.

OVERALL: Enjoyable pale ale. Good taste profile with plenty of bitter hops at the finish, though the palate could be a little creamier. Still worth a try if you're a fan of the style.

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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 Jerk_Store
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of glid02
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up from Green's on Buford in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy golden color with a two-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin pancake on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of overly ripe and sugar-coated pears with good amounts of slightly tart red apples.

Tastes very good. Pear and a combination of green and red apple flavors up front segue into a good dose of Belgian candi sugar. The ending holds a slight tartness with a solid dryness.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a good thickness with very active carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I had no problem finishing the bottle and could have another, maybe even more.

Overall this is another very good beer from De Dolle, but somewhat in the middle of the pack. There's a lot going on here but the flavors don't meld as seamlessly as they do in De Dolle's other beers. Still, well worth a shot.

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Photo of Durge
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this one at the Steelgaarden in Bethlehem, PA. It poured a fuzzy golden amber color with a thick full off-white head like snow and chunks of lacing throughout. The aroma is a sturdy clove and grass hop, a nice apetizing blend. The taste brings on lively bubblage full of lightly malted lemony wheat, clove overall and a dry overtone. But the hop presence is nice in a bready sort of way. Very fine, tingly carbonation, pretty drinkable. Smooth and likeable stuff.

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Photo of josanguapo
4.03/5  rDev -1%
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 xylophonica
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a chalice.
Note: the bottle I have states 8% as the ABV.

A - Big frothy head bursting to get out. Has actually expanded since being poured and has now risen like a mountain-range and is towering over the glass. Dark golden colour with jet-like streams of carbonation bubbles firing up to the top of the liquid.

S - Sweet hint of wheat with some slightly phenolic overtones. Some bitey hops and herbs in there as well. Later on some pungent rose and honey present.

T - The head is quite bitter on consumption. Quite a dry sensation with the bitter hops. Sweeter and more herbal when you get down to the bier itself - very smooth. Head becoming more creamy as it's drunk but there's still a variety of darker flavours such as aniseed coming through. Much later some rose and honey flavours arriving - as with the aroma.

M - Very smooth and creamy with the exorbitant head. Otherwise surprisingly mild given the carbonation levels visible at first glance.

O - The bitterness of the enormous head here has totally overwhelmed the more subtle flavours of the bier. First time I've ever drank some water in the middle of a review to try to get a better grasp of the flavours but it still doesn't completely eliminate the bitterness. I'm sure there's a really good bier under the bitterness but it's not coming through today.

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Photo of joe1510
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz. Bottle
$4.29
Sam's Downers Grove

Upon cracking open this beer I expierenced a small amount of gushing. After pouring into the tulip it was solid head. Poured a hazy golden (from the numerous pours). White meringue like head formed and fell excrutiatingly slowly leaving chunky sheet lacing.

Aroma hits first with a scent of muted clove along with a strong yeastiness. Whiffs of the saison like hay funkiness, not as pronounced as in a saison but it's there from the yeast. Fairly simple aroma but pleasing.

Wow! Much different flavor than I expected from the smell.Bready sweetness flashes up front but is quickly overtaken by a solid dose of bitter grassy hops. Juicy pear as it warms. Finishes with a squeeze of apricot and a mild alcohol spiciness with some rising fumes. Much stronger bitterness than expected. Very unique and flavorful.

Medium bodied with some mild stickiness on the finish. Alcohol fumes travel through the nose. Tongue numbing bitterness. Moderate carbonation.

This is an easy beer to drink. Good flavor and quite unique.

This is a really interesting beer from De Dolle. Nothing like what I was expecting. Much stronger hop presence than expected goes nicely with the other flavors. Looking forward to trying some of the other De Dolle's I have in the fridge.

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Photo of benclimbs
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a opaque golden
smell is sour fruit and some light caramel malts
taste is sour fruit, some apples, cherries along with a crisp bitter finish

interesting, drinkable beer - another good example of a belgian blonde sour. bought at a nice little beer store in bristol.

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Photo of kjkinsey
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bonsall_Phil
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Beersignal
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden hazy/murky ale adorned by a superhuman chalk white head of foam with colossal staying power. Left nice clumps of lace as I drank it.

Very spicy and fruity aromas up front, signature of yeast very present. Hints of vanilla, candied sugar and more tropical fruit (pineapple, bananas) surface along with a faint mustiness near the end.

The mouthfeel is quite full and rounded, I was expecting drier for some reason. Firm notes of malt up front are quickly followed by peppery and mildly fruity hints of yeastiness. Bracing citrucy bitterness strikes near the end and is accompanied by more of the yeasty fruitiness.

Very flavourful and complex ale with a powerful yeast character and beautifully rounded body.

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Photo of aracauna
4.01/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a bright light amber (turned cloudy after I had room for a second pour). A stormy blizzard of streaming bubbles feed a growing head that can be touched and will spring back into shape. Flavor is bright and crisp, but still complex. Honey, apples, apricots and the faintest hint of pecans.There is a surprising hop bitterness for a belgian beer. I really enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.01/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle, listed at 8% ABV. The label alone was worth the purchse. Hopefully the beer will be too. On to the beer:

Pour a little, get a lot of foam in the glass. After digging some of that foam out, I pour 3/4 of the bottle into my chalice. Bright golden blonde color, topped by a thick, everlasting airy head. If that isn't enough, the show of carbonation bubbles in the body will take your breath away. Aroma is very dry. There are very light notes of apricot, and stronger yeast notes. Sour grapes and canteloupe.

Not sweet like other Belgian's of the style. Instead, it is a very dry tasting beer. It seems a little hopped up (very by Belgian standards), and definately weird tasting, yet somehow I like it. Pretzel dough with salt come to mind....huh? Lightly flavored with those lovely light colored fruits. Sharp white pepper provides a little yang to the ying. Smooth and creamy on the palate with a little bite of carbonation on the tip of the tongue. The aftertaste is an enjoyable saltiness, but otherwise dry.

What does De Dolle add to this beer to make this taste the way it does? It's worth experimenting with if you want a "different" BSPA.

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Photo of aszatk01
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of warnerry
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled May 2011

A - Big rush of air when the cap comes off. Definitely carbonated. My first attempt at a slow pour yields one finger of beer and five fingers of dense white head that lasts forever and coats the glass with lacing. Liquid is clear golden brown. Nice.

S - A mild but persistent funk, with a lot of fruit. White grape, green apple, faint peach and raisin.

T - Taste starts with white grape and a bit of apple, before an earthy funk with moderate hop bitterness and a mild spiciness kicks in. The more subtle fruit flavors from the aroma don't really make it into the taste unfortunately. Still, quite tasty, but seems a bit more like a Belgian IPA than a strong pale. Some noticeable alcohol in the taste.

M - Very lively carbonation gives an almost champagne-like mouthfeel. Rather dry with an earthy, bitter finish.

O - Another interesting brew from a very good brewery, though not my favorite from them. The earthy bitterness and the fruitiness didn't seem as harmonious as they could have been, but I would still have this again.

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

Sampled at the brewery and poured by "Muss" herself.

Pours a golden color with an almost translucent appearance. Not as cloudy as most unfiltereds (is that a word?). Strong head retention with a light amount of lacing.

Exhibits an extremely fruity / floral aroma. I detect a hint of peach undertones. Very perfumy.

Taste has lots of hop in the back, and the bitterness lingers for a long time. Very floral with a strong level of carbonation. Swirling it around in my mouth, i detect a very clean overall taste. The most prominent flavors coming from the hop bitterness/dry-hopping. Overall, very bitter for a belgian, especially considering the high abv (they had it listed as 9%). I would it expect it to be a bit sweeter with this much alcohol.

This beer really reminds me of some american pales (like SN) with a bit more of a sweet/fruity kick. After the Oerbier, my favorite de dolle brew.

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Photo of virinow
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of slainte35
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Seaba
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Denzo
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of crosenkrantz
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of oso
4/5  rDev -1.7%

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

De Dolle Arabier from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
Beer rating: 84.9% out of 100 with 661 ratings
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