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De Dolle Arabier | Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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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
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#2,671
Reviews:
330
Ratings:
663
pDev:
10.81%
Bros Score:
4.35
 
 
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Ratings: 663 |  Reviews: 330
Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pour is cloudy straw-colored. The enormous white thick head dissipates slowly into great lacings.

S: Dry malt, yeast and green apples. Spices, pepper. Citric notes. Lots of fruits.

T: Dry malt with wheaty notes - ripe bananas. Spieces and yeast - pepper. Bitter hops. Kind of sour.

M: Long bitter and a bit sour aftertaste. Body is medium and carbonation is moderate.

D: A nice Belgian Strong Pale Ale, a bit too hoppy, mabye (considering the styel).

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Photo of oberon
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy peah-like color with just a volcanic head that took over most of my tulip glass leaving nice sheets of lace behind,big pinapple aroma from the offset with some clovey spiciness and a little cinnamon thrown in there as well.The flavor along with the aroma has a strong pinapple character with a big yeasty-spiciness in there as well,as it warms a little the alcohol pops up more along with some light mineral qualities.Glad to try this beer very well made with some subtle complexities I really like the fruitiness to it will love to have again.

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Photo of parkeak0
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of NewGeneric
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this one last night as part of a De Dolle session. Poured a golden color with thick, frothy white head that faded very slowly and left good lacing. Smelled of yeast, fruit, malt, and toffee. Tasted of fruits, yeast, sugar, and caramel. A bit fizzy and dry. Good beer!

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a cervoise glass. From notes. Reviewed April 2011.

A: Huge head overflows the glass, filling far more than half. Very white. The beer is mildly cloudy, straw-coloured, and bubbly.

S: Yeasty, slight spice, some citrus. Tripel-y.

T: Delicious. Thick, bready, lightly spiced, grassy, tinge of wheat? Good beer, though it still reminds me more of a tripel than a BSPA. A little on the sweet side...I'd like to try one fresher and see the the hop presence makes it more balanced.

M: Heavy on the tongue. Coaxing, coating, yummy.

O: Good, but not great? Strongly recommended regarded. Will try again.

Notes: "An arabier is a pure malt beer 8°vol/alc brewed with flower Nugget-hops from Poperinge. It has the special dry-hopping taste and aroma, so appreciated by beer lovers all over the world. It is one of the two main beers from De Dolle Brouwers throughout the year. Aging time is limited due to the fact that hop bitterness is declining with the time. Store arabier cool and dark and serve cool at 10°C. "

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Photo of jwinship83
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle with no freshness information drank out of my duvel tulip. in my area, de dolle beers dont move that fast, so im led to believe that this is an older bottle. just how old i cant say.

A- the pour yields a hazy golden colored body with a rather large bright white head on top. the head lasts for a while, and leaves behind rather large spots of lacing. pretty nice.

S- the first thing i pick up in the nose are pale malts with a little bit of wheat. theres some light citrus fruits in the nose also. lemon and a little bit of grapefruit. its spicy also. coriander, clove, and some pepper. faint earthy hops at the end.

T- the taste starts out with some sweet pale malts and a little bit of wheat malt. after that i get some lemon and very faint grapefruit flavors. lots of spice such as coriander, clove, and white pepper. faint earthy hops finish this one off.

M- this beer has a medium body and a high level of carbonation. the alcohol is completely masked.

D- as with everything de dolle brews, i enjoyed this. theyre a seriously under appreciated belgian brewery. i think this is supposed to be a hoppier offering. maybe the bottle i got is too old to fully appreciate it. id love to try another one that is newer.

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Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

8.00%ABV version here, poured into a Delirium Tremens tulip. Pours a just-so-slightly hazed golden yellow color with an incredibly dense and lofty head; the retention is just awesome. There is a vigorous, almost violent visible release of CO2.

The initial smells I take in are of earthy yeast residue with a sweet fruity combination of a baked banana-bread and tart green apples. I can just make out the gently spicy, and likewise earthy, hops in the nose.

I'm a little surprised at the floral and citrusy hop tastes in this beer. It's a bit more bitter than I expected, as well. The backbone of this brew is the sharp carbonic bite paired with a gently sweet malt following close behind. The yeast earthiness rounds out this great example of Belgian beers. The texture is grainy and sharp, with a bit of alcoholic dryness. Medium-bodied and easy-drinking.

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Photo of asabreed
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33 cl. bottle into a Duvel tulip. Cool cartoon label per usual as far as De Dolle goes.

Appearance: Extremely hazy yellow body with pieces of yeast floating in the bottom, as I gave it a bit of a swirl before I poured. The head is huge and actually comes over the glass before settling down, and that's after a few minutes. If the lacing were better I'd give this a perfect score.

Smell: Huge notes of sweet and sour apple skin, granny smith maybe? Slight medicinal phenols. Sour cherries. Earthiness and mustiness. A bit of candi sugar. Also a bit of vanilla. And finally a strong presence of hops. Awesome stuff here.

Taste: What is this bitterness at the end? It's odd because at first, when it was a bit colder, the hops were coming through heavily. Toward the middle it was more fruity and malty. And now as it's hitting room temperature, the hops are biting ferociously. Now it's also coming very quickly too, as if all the fruit and malt's being a bit overshadowed. The finish is saving it, though, as it's extemely long and lingering, with hops assaulting the tongue mostly, but bits of apple skin and sour cherries also floating around. Very original stuff, and I've never had a Belgian quite like this before.

Mouthfeel: Slightly creamy with a full burst of carbonation near the end of the swallow.

Drinkability: Very complex and very easy to drink equals a deadly combination. However, I still wouldn't really want to have more than one in a sitting. Certainly worth a shot, and very nice in the summer weather for a sipper.

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Photo of berkey
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As I try pour this one into my trusty Duvel Tulip it immediatley gushes open. I get as much into the glass as possible creating a massive frothy white head. Much of the head is still there after I'm finished cleaning up so I have to say retention is't bad. body is a very hazy pale amber. Lacing is a little spotty and uneven.

Bitter hops are the first aromas to jump out along with citrus, yeast, and bready malt.

Flavor brings on even more intense bitter hops with some smoke. Malt profile stays on the same track as the nose with a very pleasant bready character. The citrus picked up before isn't as easily identifiable on the palate as the smell suggested but it's still there along with some faint honey sweetness. Finish is remarkably dry. Interesting stuff!

While much of the carbonation seems to spent from the explosive opening the medium body and almost puckering dryness keep the mouthfeel very interesting. While the bitterness was surprising to the point of almost being off putting at first by time I got the bottom of the bottle I was loving it and wishing I had more. This along with the low for the style booze get it high marks for drinkability.

Overall not at all what I expected but once I got into it I found it highly unique and enjoyable. Will definitely purchase again.

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Photo of Absumaster
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sometimes the small things in life can make me happy. I bought this beer just around the corner, without any deeper thought. I knew it was a good beer, I have had it before. But that was before I turned into a beer nerd with a reviewing book. When you have to put your impressions on paper, it is harder because it has to be more than OK, or not.
So that also goes for this beer, normally it was an OK beer, but now I have been sniffing the beer for 10 minutes. There was banana and lemon and green apples, fruity with a slight solvent smell. Amazing aroma! Color and head were also one of the nicest around, clear golden with a stable head, which will persist forever.
The taste was very complex, there was the alcoholic kick and a dryness, with fruity undertones and toffee and honey maltiness. The typical Dolle Brouwers yeast really gives the beer a strong and complex signature and makes the beer very smooth, alsmost too smooth for it's 8% ABV.
What a wonderfull beer, strong, full-bodied and not too sweet and complex, recommended!!!

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Photo of Estarrio
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After a bit of gratuitous gushing, this brew poured cloudy blonde with lots of visible carbonation and an enormous white head. My La Chouffe glass could hardly contain the frothy, persevering head.

The aroma consists of zesty lemon rind, pepper, candied sugar, coriander and funky yeast. Not a hint of alcohol in the nose.

Lots of lemon and dry citrus rind in the flavor, followed by a muted sweetness. The finish is spicy with clove, coriander pepper and some notable booziness. I was surprised by a nice, bitter, dry hop finish. There is no shortage of funky yeast flavor throughout.

Light bodied with ample carbonation, this is a drinkable brew to be sure.

This is a solid, hoppy Belgian strong pale ale. It is a little less sweet than some others and the bold hop profile nearly renders this pleasing brew to be a Belgian IPA in my opinion.

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Photo of Gavage
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: clear yellowish orange in color sporting a 1/2" head that lingers a bit. Some spotty lacing forms during the session.

Smell: yeast spiciness, pepper, and honey sweetness are the most dominant tones.

Taste: green grapes, honey, grapefruit, pepper, yeast, mild bitterness, and soft alcohol tones make up a refreshing and lightly dry beer.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp and mildly dry throughout. Brief aftertaste. Medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: I found this to be a somewhat refreshing and easy to quaff. An enjoyable and almost session-like belgian beer.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

04/13/05- Purchased at Draeger's Market in San Mateo, CA

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle with no dates. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Huge thick, almost like whipped cream head. A darker murky golden color with nice swirls of yeast. When the dregs of yeast are poured out to finish the bottle it almost looks like cookies and cream whipped cream.

Smell- Nice fruity and spicy character here.

Taste- Comparing to the last beer I had Hellek...something, it is pretty much the same except it had much more of a bitter hop presence. Mixture of corriander and other spices, plus a pretty big hop punch.

Mouthfeel- A bit higher in the carbonation, but not too high.

Drinkability- Almost like a Belgian IPA. Ineresting and different. Very drinkable...may get this one again next time I go shopping.

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Photo of number1bum
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BeerTruth gave me this single, thanks buddy.

Upon popping the cap foam started gushing out of the top of the bottle, which I quickly had to get over a glass so as not to lose too much. Poured a cloudy orange color with some sediment floating around and a foamy, rocky off-white head. Head left a mess all over the glass and keeps a full, chunky lace.

Smell is quite yeasty, with some slightly tart citrus, some apricots, spice and an earthy, sort of musty aroma. Nice sweetness to it, as well, and a good deal of hops.

Taste is heavy on the yeast and earthy, must flavors, and there's an herbal bitterness that's pretty prominent as well, especially into the finish. There is some fruity flavor here and there, and some spice too. A honey sort of sweetness comes out more as it warms up. Quite hoppy for a Belgian of any kind.

Mouthfeel is on the full side of a medium body, and is quite smooth and slick on the palate. Carbonation is on the aggressive side but not overly so.

This is a pretty flavorful, complex ale. Quite enjoyable and something I'd be glad to revisit.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour gold shading to bronze with huge whipped cream head that clings. Lemon sherbet and tropical flower honey on the nose, with traces of candy sugar and yeast barrel. Husky grain malts underlain by white pepper, with hints of banana bubblegum and white grape, then an ester hit followed by tight spicy citrus and grass hops. Dry citric linger, clean and lean body, slight burn.

Not quite a Belgian IPA, but bright and hoppy PA. More flavor than needs to be there, and a nice drinker, too.

Note: Label says 8% ABV, not 7.

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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 NardiByNature
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I popped the top and the foam charges out the bottle. Lively carbonation makes a spectacle of the yeast bits floating up and down the glass. Big ‘ol textured head doesn't quit. Nose is deep, rich, and fruity: apple pie, tart grapes, buttered rolls; taste follows suit and is oh so smooth – mouthfeel is superbly smooth with a quick effervescent punch and a decadent finish. Good stuff –I wasn’t sure what kind of beer this was at the shop, but I couldn’t resist the funky label.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lightly hazy rich gold with a glimmer of orange, topped by a gorgeous, firmsticky head the color of aged parchment. The rocky, divoted surface looks like an especially rough portion of the moon's surface and thick chunks of lace adhere to the glass in every pattern and shape imaginable.

The nose is sour, spicy and musky and smells like overripe peaches and apricots sprinkled with ground clove. The best thing about it is its complexity. There are multiple layers, each possessing both power and nuance.

Not quite as good in the mouth, but still good. Ripe fruit continues to lead the way, with pears, peaches and tart apples most appreciated. Spices in the mix include cardamom, weak clove and white pepper, and there's also some honey flavor with little to no honey sweetness. Ara Bier is more bitter than sour and more sour than sweet.

I'm not used to this much hop flavor in my BSPAs. That isn't a bad thing, but Belgian brewers tend not to use hop varieties that I love (Nugget in this case). I've read that Nugget is similar to Chinook, but not in this hophead's opinion. At least not as presented in this particular beer.

The longish finish is increasingly bitter and surprisingly dry. I prefer a bit more candi sugar in beer of this style, but De Dolle has every right to offer a wide range of different experiences. I'm pretty sure that Bos Keun was considerably sweeter. The body is solidly medium and would easily be medium-full with a higher candi sugar load. While the amount of carbonation is on the high end in the grand scheme of things, it's just about average for a Belgian ale.

Ara Bier is a BSPA that fits neatly into the bitter-dry end of the style spectrum. It's well-made (I'd expect nothing less from Brouwerij De Dolle), but it doesn't quite push all of my buttons. Okay, it doesn't push them *firmly*. It's worth a repeat purchase though and is definitely worth a look if you happen to run across a bottle.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Arabier's color is a cloudy orange, with a most impressive, towering, majestic flowering of foam on top. It noisily crackles as it crumbles down, leaving weavings of lace behind.
Aroma impresses also: heady and vibrant, buzzing with spice, and spritzes of citrus. Loads of malt in the body, but jam-packed with hops above all. Excellent integration. The flavor is dominated by citrus, with a dedicated yeastiness riding throughout. The finish is sweet and brief, but the hoppy zing at the front provided for a very pleasurable experience. An excellent bier, and I have JohnyDuvel to thank for it!

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Photo of MichaelLamb
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a light hazy yellow color ale with a huge foamy head with perfect retention. Aroma is mostly comprised of yeast with some spices and hops also noticeable. Taste is quite sharp with again the yeast making a lot of impression and spices with strong malt being quite evident. Strong body with some good carbonation. WOW, this brewery seems to always be amazing.

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Photo of enelson
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of dogfooddog
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden-yellow beer produces excessive foam upon pouring.


Nose is a bit peppery (black), spicy, yeasy, very refined and dry. Very attractive.

Taste is even more spicy than the nose, on a very light body without distinct strong tastes, perhaps mildly citric but hops are secondary to a spiciness I normally only find in Fantome ( or saison de pipaix) beers, but without the barnyard.

Very well-crafted beer from this brewery, the 8% is invisible.

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Photo of Jason
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 33 cl / 11.6 oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance: Big-time rocky head with a floating plateau that does not waver. Mildly hazed beige yellow hue with a few furious tiny bubbles racing to the top.

Smell: Lemony, granny smith apples, faint medicinal phenols and a spicy sweet mix of malt, alcohol and hops in the aroma.

Taste: “Flash in the pan” tartness as the moderate body sets in. So smooth and crisp with a lined yeasty bite. Short musty buttery middle. Fruity with lemon and tart apple tones. Husky grain and medicinal phenols mix things up. Alcohol wants to come out but it hides until the warmth hits when the brew is nearly finished. Spicy hop and alcohol twist lay down with a kiss of honey like maltiness. Yeast adds another layer of chalkiness towards the end as the brew dries.

Notes: Oh baby, this is a nice one. One to have on occasion to bring the whole beer thing into perspective. Meaning that even pale brew can be this complex and flavourful yet drinkable at the same time.

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Photo of nickd717
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at Beer Table in Brooklyn, then again on tap at De Dolle. Reviewing the draft version here. Let me tell you, this beer is WAAAAY better fresh at the brewery on tap. Was not impressed when I had it in the US.

A - Golden yellow color with a large white head. The heads on pretty much all of De Dolle's beers I've had have been massive.

S - Yeast and mild funk with a hint of spice.

T - Yeast, pale malt, a little funk and mild tartness, slightly sweet honey, lemon, light fruits, spices, and fresh citrusy hops.

M - Fairly light on the palate with a somewhat dry finish and lively carbonation.

D - Very high. This would make an awesome summer beer in that it is complex and tasty, yet light and refreshing.

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De Dolle Arabier from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 663 ratings
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