De Dolle Arabier | Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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90
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657 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
Ratings:
657
Reviews:
328
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
11.08%
 
 
Wants:
40
Gots:
66
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 657 |  Reviews: 328
Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
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 +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of unclekeith
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of janubio
4.84/5  rDev +19.2%
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 +5.4%
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 +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of steverx8
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nichols33
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jerk_Store
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Draught

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Photo of Silke_Neryn
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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 +2.2%
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 dansushi
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dzu
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stevoj
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
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%
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 +7.1%
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 +4.7%
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 +11.1%
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 Nunya
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jrfehon33
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of scootny
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
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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De Dolle Arabier from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
4.06 out of 5 based on 657 ratings.
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