De Dolle Arabier | Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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658 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:
658
Reviews:
328
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
11.08%
 
 
Wants:
41
Gots:
66
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 658 |  Reviews: 328
Photo of Sammy
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

In a word, creamy yeast with strong carbonation. Tasty, honeyish and on sweet side, but carbonation on mouth detracted. Rather one dimensional on yeast, some clove tea spice, some orange citrus, Drinkable. Did not get much from dry hopping. A nice one.

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Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
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 spycow
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
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 kjkinsey
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.84/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of metter98
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is cloudy golden yellow in color and poured into a tulip glass with a three finger high bright white head that has excellent retention properties. A light to moderate amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are moderate aromas of spices in the nose along with some hints of floral hops.
T: Like the smell, the spicy flavors of hops dominate the overall taste, which also has notes of yeast and hints of fruits. There is a mild amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and quite dry on the palate with a moderate to high amount of carbonation. Dryness stands out in the finish.
D: This is a great beer to sip if you are looking something with dryness and lots of spicy flavors.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.52/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Calling this beer a Pale is kind of a stretch. In fact anything but a Biere de Garde would be a mis-classification. This is one weird beer. A very woodsy, nutty, fruity, dirty, musty character chases this beer throughout, at times robbing it of sweetness, but adding a ton of comlexity. Aromas are boarderline barnyard, dusty, and like grandma's attic. Flavors are less funky, but more woodsy, tart, and full of rotten fruits. The yeast / bacteria has stripped the beer of much of it's sweetness and body, but the other complex flavors, textures, and aromas compensate well. The beer has an overwhelming phenolic character that passes plastic and medicinal notes, and well into a smoky, scorched flavor. Finishes as muddles as the flavors with the low-lying sweetness going first, and a tart, cheesy flavor lingering. It's basically an alcoholic mud puddle.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.27/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served on draught into 20cl stemware at the Mikkeller bar in Copenhagen. Cost was 35 DKK. Reviewed from notes.

A: Fair cream and thickness, but bad retention. Colour is a dark orange-gold.

Sm: Cream, butterscotch, caramelized malt, and barley. A mild strength aroma.

T: Caramelized malt, barley, and hops. Maybe some butterscotch. Complex enough, pretty balanced, and decently built.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Complements the flavours of the body.

Dr: Fairly high ABV with very easy drinkability. The price is rather high, but then I got it in Denmark.

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Photo of emerge077
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beer that i've had many times, just not lately. Thanks Aaron for this one!

Bright and clear orange gold, with steady plumes of rising carbonation. Long lasting head, ever present skim across the surface.

A little musty and vinous at first, the aroma becomes fruity like dried apricot soon enough.

Crisp and slightly tart, there's a strong fruity character, with some cookie sweetness underneath and a touch of herbal bitterness. Apricot, golden raisin, plum or peach pits, dusty bubblegum, honey shortbread. Effervescent and highly charged. ABV is completely hidden. A benchmark BPA, a classic to return to again and again.

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Photo of brentk56
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy light amber color with a massive foamy head that sticks like a meringue, leaving sheets of lace behind

Smell: Pithy, musky and spicy, with lemon, stone fruit, coriander and white pepper

Taste: Following a bready opening, the flavor moves in a pungent, musky but fruity direction, with hoppy lemon pith, coriander and bitter herbal flavors; after the swallow, the herbacious bitterness kicks up another notch but the finish is very dry; underneath, the whole time, is a honey-like sweetness that adds balance and complexity

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with effervescent carbonation

Drinkability: This beer was aged for a few years in my cellar and is drinking beautifully; easily my favorite beer from this impressive brewery

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
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 zeff80
4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy orange/gold color with a foamy, white, huge head. It left a little lace.

S - It smelled of dried fruit (plum/grape?). Also, a good dose of maltiness.

T - It tasted spicy and malty. A slight fruitiness. I also noticed a good flavor of yeast and a bitter kick.

M - It was very crisp, sharp and dry. it is medium to heavy-bodied.

D - This is a pretty good Belgian beer.

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

Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of superspak
4.26/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into chalice, no bottle dating. Pours cloudy golden amber color with an awesome 3 finger dense off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Some decent spotty lacing on the glass, with plenty of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of big grape, tart apple, pear, pepper, hay, grass, bread, earth, light funk, and yeast spices. Nice and well balanced aromas with good complexity. Taste of big lemon, pepper, grape, pear, apple, herbal, floral, earth, hay, grass, bread, and yeast spices. Dry, spicy, and slightly tart on the finish; with lingering notes of grape, pear, lemon, pepper, herbal, earth, and yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Great flavor balance and complexity. Highly carbonated and medium bodied; with a very crisp and slightly slick mouthfeel that is very nice. Very easy to drink; with hardly any alcohol warming noticed at all after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic Belgian strong pale! Great flavor complexity and balance; and extremely easy to drink. Outstanding.

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2.75/5  rDev -32.3%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A careful pour from a long-standing bottle delivers a clear, yellow-gold body beneath a huge head of rocky white foam that holds exceptionally well and leaves wide sheets of thin lace about the glass. If the yeast at the bottom is disturbed, however, it becomes a hazy marmalade, but at the same time delivers more flavor via the yeast. The bright nose is yeasty, floral, subtly fruity, delicately spicy (cloves) and welcoming! Some acetaldehdye (green apple) and candyish notes (from a combination of phenols and sweet malt) arise as it warms. A very fine, effervescent carbonation is achieved through bottle conditioning, and combines with it's medium body to leave it gently zesty on the tongue before warming to become velvety smooth across the tongue. The flavor delivers fruitiness and hints at tartness upfront before a honeyish and mildly nutty maltiness and spicy, grassy, leafy and floral hop flavor becomes apparent. Its bright hoppiness is quite a twist on the standard Belgian golden strong ale style! Bitterness rises towards the finish, and lingers dryly in the long aftertaste amidst a smattering of grassy hops and phenols. An interesting and exciting beer!

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.06/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle picked up at State Line a ways back. 2010 vintage. Served in a Bruery tulip.

Pours a clear golden color that is a bit dark for the style, though not too much. Massive white head with some good lacing on the way down. The nose carries quite a bit of bread along with a very mild yeast presence. Flavor continues like this. It's simple -- which isn't necessarily a problem with the style -- but it gets the proportions wrong. The taste is too bready without any of the light stone fruit I'd like, or really much yeast character at all. The breadiness makes it too thick and chewy, and there's not as much carbonation as I'd like. With that said, it's still a well-made beer that I wouldn't complain about drinking again.

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Photo of oberon
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
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 nickfl
4.59/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - The top comes off with a loud hiss and the beer pours with a huge, three finger head of bone white foam. The body is a slightly hazy, golden yellow color. The rocky head settles slowly and leaves nice, thick lace.

S - A somewhat musty yeast aroma on top of pilsner malt with some vanilla notes. There are also tropical fruit notes of pineapple and banana with mild, herbal hops.

T - Pils malt up front with a slight honey note that is quickly obscured by the unique musty and funky house yeast character. Yeast notes of pineapple with strong phenolic pepper and clove follow. The finish is dominated by herbal hops and spicy, smoky yeast character with some bready malt balanced by strong bitterness. Lingering flavors of pilsner malt and european hops are better able to express themselves in the aftertaste one the strong yeast character has faded away in the finish.

M - Medium-thick body, very high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - This is a big and aggressive beer. The yeast character is wild and huge; so much so that it threatens to obscure the subtleties of the malt and hops. The aroma is quite well balanced with appropriate contributions from all of the exceptional aspects of the beer. The flavor is a bit less controlled with a huge wave of sometimes harsh phenolic yeast flavors that threaten, but don't quite succeed, to wash away the creamy malt and atmospheric hops. This beer walks the line between complexity and becoming a hot mess, but thankfully it just barely manages to land on the side of excellence. In the end, my only real complaint is that it didn't come in a 750ml bottle and that I will have a hard time finding more of it. A wonderful, and truly unique example of the style; I wish there were more like it.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 9/17/2014 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a medium off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains citrus and other fruits, caramelized malts, Belgian yeast, some spice and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of citrus, caramel and spice. Then some breadiness comes in from Belgian yeast and a hearty malt character along with some mild estery sourness. The hops presence is very mild and creates some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, decent representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while but there are better choices within the style.

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De Dolle Arabier from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
4.06 out of 5 based on 658 ratings.
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