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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by Todd on 10-23-2000

BEER STATS
Reviews:
323
Ratings:
641
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
15.56%
 
 
Wants:
39
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59
For Trade:
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Photo of Lothore
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- Pours a hazy tangerine color with a large, chunky, ghost white head.

S- Tangerine, light citrus fruit, orange juice, indistinct sweetness.

T- Light tangerine/apricot up front that is overcome by a wave of hops that subsides into a light bitterness on the tongue.

M- Medium bodied with ample carbonation.

D- Decently drinkable beer. Somewhere in between a session beer and a sipper for me ... don't necessarily know what occasion i'd recommend it for.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: cloudy in the bottle, with a nice slug of dark sediment in the bottom... no freshness date... cloudy in the (balloon) glass, light yellowish amber.... huge, off-white, spongy foam stand sporting a variety of bubble sizes.... minimal lace

S: scent of over-attenuation via cultures?.... apple, pear, white grape.... mild-peppery, yeasty spice... hint of acidic bacteria slop.... dandelion or other weed-like flower (is this the hop aroma?).... neutral and mellow alcohol... finding out this beer is dry-hopped, hop aroma, if present, was about nil, perhaps suggesting this was indeed an older bottle

T: oh yeah, this was mishandled or something... the flavor is off, but not bad... has an overtone of funkiness a la kombucha.... overall, the main flavors are solidly fruity - nectary pink grapefruit and subtle lemon tart.... vague background of grassy grain kernels, biscuit... the funkiness does eventually seem to fade into the background, leaving a bright, complex fruitiness and a touch of lightly-toasted grain

M: with the lasting foam, there's a gentle frothy wash up front with a light tingle mid-palate.... a lovely initial impression of soft roundness, washed away dry by the delicate scrubbing and alcohol.... overall, superbly light, mellow and easy

O: this was by no means a bottle in tip-top shape, but it's a credit to De Dolle that this beer still turned out to be tasty, refreshing, and enjoyable

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.74/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Before my trip to Belgium this time I checked to see which fairly common beers I had not rated or reviewed. This is why I went into Cambrinus (Brugge) and ordered this, a Satan Red, a St Feuillien Triple and a Hercule Stout before anything else. Needless to say four different styles and types of beer: what fun drinking in Belgium can be.

Anyway this was first: golden pour with a huge white head to wade through.

The nose and taste are like a mixed fruit bowl that has been plunged into a bath of yeast, then had pepper dusted onto it before someone squirts lemon juice all over it. Now boil it and take out the lumpy bits, add some hops re-boil, allow it to settle in a bottle for a while and then it's ready to drink.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle, 2013 vintage

Served in beautiful Oerbier stemware - bright golden-straw body, thick endless white foam which enhances the beautiful appearance and feel of this beer. Nice notes of citrus, peppercorn, champagne, spice, clove and yeast. Sparkling carbonation - really nice stuff

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Photo of FLima
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden color with apparent carbonation and an incredible thick head with great retention and lots of strong laces.
Nice bold aroma of pineapples, banana, Belgian funky yeast, pine and white wine.
Very pleasant flavor of herbal and citrus hops with notes of banana, spices, overripe pineapples, Cointreau liquor, pear, apples, champagne, flowers, bubblegum, earth and a bit of lactic acid. Dry aftertaste with a long herbal bitterness and slightly tart.
Medium body with perfect carbonation, a bit effervescent. Alcohol of 8.0% abv is almost inexistent.
Superb beer, a Belgian Strong Pale Ale that is hard to beat. Hoppy as a Belgian IPA and amazingly fruity. Complex and still very easy to drink. Dangerous beer.

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Photo of SStein
3.91/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was a bit of a gusher. It was very heady and took multiple times to pour it. The head has a slightly soapy taste. The beer is fairly bitter which is uncommon for this style. Very sappy, resins tasting. There is a fruit under taste, slight carbonation while I drink, but that could be from the 10 minutes it took to pour. Overall, not too bad of a beer.

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Photo of BMMillsy
2.95/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours cloudy golden with a head that explodes up the glass. Took a while to get the whole bottle poured. Maybe there’s soap in this thing? Aroma is banana, clove, funky yeast, and an unpleasant bitterness. Flavor feels overly spiced and bitter (not in a hops way, but in a licking a shoe way). Hint of banana, but finishes with a funky aftertaste. Not a drain pour since it cost me $5.50, but this thing just tastes dirty. No date on the bottle, so maybe this is just a bad bottle.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice brilliance in a Golden pear color. The head was frothy and collared quickly but remained stiff around the edges.

The scent had hops and citrus fruits in a nice conglomeration. I sense pear, Apple, honey and champagne like qualities mixed with a floral hop and orange/lemon.

The hoppy floral taste starts but than a malt and honey flavor lingers. Tastes such as honeysuckle, Graham cracker, caramel malt and pine come near the end.

This ale has so much going on and possesses so much quality that it needs to be tried by anyone who crosses its path.

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Photo of tomfneph
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I had this beer on tap at the Beer Trappe in Lexington, KY. It pours golden yellow into a snifter, with a minimal lacy head. This beer is all about the nose. Lemon predominates over pears, apples, and clove spiced bread. Wonderful! The initial taste is honey sweet fruit but finishes moderately bitter and dry. The bitterness is a surprise after the smell and initial taste and does not perfectly imtegrate with the initial impression. The mouthfeel is smooth and light but astringent at the end, like a dry wine or cider. I believe this beer is worth a try just for the smell.

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Photo of barczar
3.74/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a brilliant golden with a frothy white head that lingers as a ring around the surface and a thin layer of foam.

Esters of peach and pear meet lemony hop citrus and earthy leather to form the initial aroma. Somewhat sweet grain accompanied Belgian yeast character.

Flavor reveals a resiny backbone, which carries throughout as the dominant note. Tart apple, pear, and tangerine offer brief respite initially, along with malt sweetness, but the balance is bitter, and the finish is dry, earthy, and peppery. Phenolic notes emerge as it warms.

Body is moderate, with a syrupy quality, and moderate carbonation. Slight hop astringency and alcohol warmth are present.

Unique in the dominance of resin and one of the more bitter examples of the style I've experienced. Balance is decidedly hops, though more bittering than flavoring. Good Belgian ester presence. More bitter than I prefer.

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle into a snifter

A: Poirs a slightly hazy golden color with over four fingers if dense foam, even with a very careful pour. Retention is remarkable and lacing is very good.

S: Lots of complex yeast character in the aroma. Quite fruity, ranging from dried apricots to orange zest. Also spicy, peppercorn and clove. I also get a fresh floral nature in the beer. A mild caramel sweetness helps balance all these aromas.

T: The flavor is almost as complex as the aroma. It's hard to distinctly describe each individual flavor contributing to the whole. It has a mild pineapple and peach sweetness along with cardamom and light clove.

M: Medium thickness with smooth, creamy carbonation.

O: A great Belgian Strong Pale Ale. Balanced sweetness, complex, and easy to drink.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.84/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.6 oz bottle into a New Belgium goblet. Bottled 5/2011.

A: Pours a cloudy dark gold color with strong carbonation and some unattractive yeast particles. The head is a bit rougher than I really like in the style; nonetheless it's about three fingers high, colored offwhite, retaining itself decently. It also has a huge floater in the center, with a much creamier texture. Lacing is sparse but strong where it exists.

S: I first note some white grapes with some caramel, earthiness, and a kiss of lactic sourness. This light fruitness evolves, developing additional tones of orange, apricot, and cherry. The complexity of the fruit esters here are really engrossing.

T: This has a bit more caramel malt than I expected, along with a finishing touch of lactose. Behind this primary flavor lies the fruit notes I loved so much on the nose. Also, I note some grassy hops on the aftertaste; I could tell this would be quite hoppy fresh. There's an accumulating earthy note that provides some cheesy qualities; some sips are like biting into a stank-ass cheese - and by gawd King, it works here.

M: Despite some of the early sweetness, this is nicely crisp and dry, probably aided by its age. The back end is pretty astringent; a bit more than I like, actually. Otherwise, it's a very successful mouthfeel, mixing pleasant dryness with a good complexity of flavor.

O: Quite tasty. This would probably be better fresh, but it's still drinking great right now. Regardless, this is one of those mildly strange beers that really makes you contemplate it. Think of it as Duvel's slightly loopy but lovable younger brother.

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Photo of Ale-ienation
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours a transparent pale gold with a creamy white head that retains well. Moderate lacing coats the sides of the glass.

S: Yeasty bouquet with subtle esters; bananas, lemons.

T: Malt-forward with a very complex medley of fruit flavors; lemons, honeydew, oranges, pineapple, green apples and guava. Belgian yeast comes through in the finish with a dried apricot tang. Beautifully balanced and delicious.

M: Medium to full bodied and quite creamy. The sturdiness of the beer really allows the complexity on the palate to shine.

O: A unique, beautiful and incredibly complex golden ale. Superb.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Congregation Ale House in Long Beach, CA.

Pours a hazy light yellow with a foamy bone head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour and tart with malt, grain, fruit, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with fruit and spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity and spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some interesting aromas and flavors.

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Photo of dln646
4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Bierkraft in Brooklyn, De Dolle's Arabier is a bit dim, with a fresh dark golden orange color.

Aroma density is the first thing that comes to mind snuffling this beer. It's profoundly aromatic because of the hops and brings out interlay with apricots, peach, flowers, white pepper, a dash of dirt and a wheat beer-like olive note.

On the palate the beer, fresh like cough drops, speaks in persistent high-notes. The medium bodied malt is combined with a mouth filling soft carbonation, that is kept by back by a immense floral hop character and the other flavors supplied by it. I'm having a tough time determining whether the beer is spiking or the high flavor intensity and spiciness composes a more evident alcohol. The length is long, bitter, with plenty of flowers and apricot-like fruits.

Undoubtedly a geeky beer in my opinion, hard to fully appreciate. The beer is about as fresh it can be at the moment, and rigid to drink in big gulps, even though I would love to. As the spring is about to arrive here in New York, I can't help but to envision sitting with a tall tulip glass of this, enjoying one of the earliest balmy spring suns. To sum the appraise, this beer is original, complex and highly aromatic. http://quaffable.org/?p=563

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Photo of brewsclues
4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at Pizzeria Paradiso in DC - 3/10/13

Everything I want in a Belgian: inviting, crisp-looking ale with tons of citrus/floral, yeast notes, full-bodied but with a dry, slightly sour (puckering?) finish.

I picked up a nice orange marmalade note on this brew. Totally dig it. I've had plenty of Belgians before, but what struck me about this one was how well-balanced it was - from start to finish, none the typically distinguishing characteristics overpowered it. Extremely sessionable.

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Photo of stakem
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

33cl brown bottle poured into an Oerbier oversized wine glass. The brew appears a golden orange color with a rich white cap that is 3 fingers strong. The cap slowly fades leaving spots and a webbing pattern of lace sticking all over the glass. Rising bubbles maintain a film across the surface that lasts for quite awhile. A swirl effortlessly revives a finger of yellowish stained meringue atop the brew.

The aroma of this brew is mildly sweet with an essence that is like belgian candy sugar mixed with a sort of orange marmalde. There are some earthen notes and a tingle of something suggesting a faded amount of herbal hops. A very mild alcohol ester rounds things out and makes for a very enjoyable set of aromatics.

The flavor opens with that previously described belgian candy-like sweetness. Some earthen tones blend into a mild oxidative touch of cardboard/wet paper and finish with a very light touch of herbal hops. The hops present themselves with such a mild flavor and a low amount of bitterness to assist in balancing out the upfront sweetness of the brew. The aftertaste gets progressively earthen as the experience continues with a soft warmth of alcohol becoming more evident as the brew warms up.

This is a medium bodied brew with a perfect level of moderate to lively carbonation. The liveliness of the carbonation assists in moving the flavors of this strong brew across the tongue without becoming taxing. I would love to be able to definitively state how old this brew is but of course, such a means is not precisely documented. I can hardly make out a marking on the neck of the bottle that reads 350 07 which makes me think this was a 2007 best by date. Regardless, the age is felt in this with the oxidative touch and visually the bottle is stained in the familiar pattern conducive of a beer that has been resting for quite some time. Plain and simple, I need to buy more of this and drink it instead of laying it aside for years at a time.

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Photo of Rutager
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a hazy yellow gold with an absolutely massive head. Could only pour half the 33cL bottle in a pint glass before the head settled.

Smell. Prunes and raisins, brown sugar, spices and floral hops.

Taste. Lightly tart apples, raisins and spice, some earthy hops, oranges and pineapple.

Mouthfeel. On the lower side of medium body, with strong and smooth carbonation.

Overall. An interesting and tasty beer.

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Photo of benfons
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Hazy, blonde orange colour, very big dense head.

S: loads of hops, hint of orange and clove

T: very hoppy, a hint of orange and pineapple

M: a little undercarbonated, alcohol is there just as it should

O: nice bitterness, but lacks a bit of complexity

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy orange-ish color with an off white and rocky head. In the aroma, notes of fruitiness and candy sugar. In the taste, yeasty dryness, and a dryer candy sugar, with notes of fruit. A small bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry candy sugar presence in the aftertaste. Quite nice and kind of simple, light nose and flavors, but nice nonetheless.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Mikkeller bar.

Has a big fluffy white head and a slightly see through golden yellow body.

Smells grassy, yeasty, and fruity.

Lots of fruit namely banana which is in the nose and taste.

Has a medium mouthfeel that is crisp and lingers nicely on the palate.

Straight up delicious!

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Photo of woosterbill
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle, bottled July 2010, into a Weyerbacher tulip.

A: Hazy deep gold body beneath a majestic 3 inches of dense, fine, pillowy white head. The retention is rocky to the point of disbelief, and leaves huge clumps of lace. Stunning.

S: Rich, earthy, spicy, fruity yeast. Lots of minerality, clove, banana, and citrus. Really deep, really nice.

T: Spicy phenols up front, with candied malt and fruity esters dominating midway through. Light clove and faint alcohol on the dry finish. Some slightly dull sweetness on the aftertaste. Quite good, but there's a touch too much sweetness in the malt, and it's starting to show its age.

M: Soft, highly carbonated, very creamy medium body. Terrific.

O: I think two years might have been a little longer than this beer needed, but it's really delicious.

Cheers!

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Not as much head as the Oerbier but I do get a 1/4 inch that reduces to a thick lace ring with sticky head. Color is a hazy orange yellow kind of like dark pineapple juice.

S - From the bottle I get a pretty decent level of citrus hops and in the glass it smells more like a Belgium Triple full of bubble gum and sugary yeasts. Hope it's as good as it smells.

T - Well nothing off-putting but has a mild pineapple like hop presence mixed with a sugar coated bubble gum yeast. I think I actually like this more than the Oerbier since it's hoppy, simple and delicious.

M - Light to medium and crisp. Easy to drink despite the elevated ABV.

Overall I might actually pick up another old bottle of this for 3 bucks! A very easy drinking great tasting Belgium pale ale.

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Photo of fmccormi
2.73/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Straight pour from 33cL / 11.2oz pry-off bottle to a 25cl Duvel Single tulip. No dating or freshness information visible, but I’m not too put off about it, considering the style.

Appearance (3.5): Holy hell, this is an active pour. Quickly rises to four fingers of fat, crackling bubbles and some finer foam in the middle of the head, bone-white in color. Not much lace as it recedes, just a few small spots here and there, really. The body is an oddly dark, dullish amber color, with red tones against the light. Not the greatest looking body, but the head is pretty nice looking.

Smell (3.0): Easily the most prominent note here is a mineral-forward, vinous scent, like a pungent pinot grigio. It opens slowly as it warms, showing white grapes, some wet grass and a mild funk, combining to make a distinctly cidery character. Not picking up any of the warm fruity, spicy tones you might expect from a BSPA, but the nose is interesting at least.

Taste (2.5): The taste follows the nose, in that it has some oddly vinous notes: kind of a dirty, earthy body with acidic cider characteristics mixed in. Very prominent mineral flavors with a medicinal finish, very . . . phenolic. I think I get the “band-aids” thing now. Not getting any spiciness, and the fruit character is limited to some tart, green grapes. Mild to moderate acidity, lending a somewhat bitter finish. Very modest alcohol heat toward the end. Odd, somewhat unbalanced, and not featuring any of the classic BSPA characteristics on the palate. Still, mellows and smooths out a bit as it warms.

Mouthfeel (3.0): Slightly tingly in places, foams airily on the way down, and finishes dry with an acidity that lightens the feel quite a bit. Medium-weight, but finishes light. It’s alright, not bad but definitely not great in any way.

Overall (2.5): Something tells me I got a very old bottle of this beer. It tastes oxidized with some odd, phenolic notes in the nose and on the palate. Looking over some other reviews, what I’m tasting, seeing, and smelling doesn’t resemble what others seem to have had very much at all. My guess is that this is an off and / or old bottle. I’d really like to revisit this sometime with a bottle that I know is fresh.

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Photo of Radome
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 33 cl bottle into a De Dolle glass at Bier Circus in Brussels.

A - Medium to dark gold color with some orange. Slightly hazy. HUGE fluffy, moussy head made up of tiny bubbles. The head and lacing are extremely persistent. A beautiful beer.

S - A very fresh US hop punch that mixes with crisp grain notes and a slight barnyard funk (in the background).

T - Spicy yeast flavors blend seamlessly with hops. Some malt is in the background, but the balance is toward hops. Some alcohol evident.

M - Medium body. Some burn from the hops bitterness and (to a lesser extent) alcohol. Carbonation adds a sharp carbonic bite. Overall mouthfeel is a bit harsh.

O - A very good beer, with the highlights being the appearance, inviting aromas and balanced flavors. Harsh mouthfeel is the only detractor.

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De Dolle Arabier from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
4.05 out of 5 based on 641 ratings.
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