De Dolle Arabier | Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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De Dolle ArabierDe Dolle Arabier

Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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

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Photo of hustlesworth
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- clear golden amber with a huge attractive off white head. Pouring the first 2/3 of the bottle of course disturbed the yeast so after its inclusion the beer has a slight haze to it. The lace is cobwebby and random and the foam looks hoppy as it settles.

S- hoppy and lemony fresh, even thought the bottle is almost 2 years old. Herbal citrus noble hop aroma with mild notes of mixed tropical fruit gummy candy that were blue and shaped like sharks. Also maybe some white gummy bear. Pilsner malt and lightly toasted cereal grains meet the hops half way. Some mango and banana yeast.

T- bitter with a quickly fading fruity edge. Hop flavor lingers well into the finish and then becomes neatly clean and dry. Soft fruit flavors of banana and melon are sliced apart by the bitterness (which I'll assume has tamed down some) and damn near evaporated by the time the crisp pale grains seep slowly in along with peppery spice. This has all the flavor components of a hoppy imperial pilsner but with a lighter body.

MF- on the lighter side and thirst quenching with zesty carbonation, but darn all that alcohol. Dry and hoppy on the cheeks.

D- recategorize this one as a Belgian ipa and I'm all for it. Not what I expect from a BSPA. I'm sure it was dry hopped and all that jazz and being so hop forward it would be nice to have it labeled as such. Love this brewery though.

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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 Stimack
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

After having the Export Stout about a year ago and really enjoying it I have seen this breweries other brews on the shelf and decided to pick on of them up to give it a try. The one I decided on, and not 100% certain why was this Ara Bier. The brew poured to a dark golden color, with a distinct brown hue. The pour gave a huge head that filled the glass perfectly with the end of the pour producing a good amount of yeast particles. The aroma had a number of properties that came out to me. Nice fruit, apple and pear, maybe (?) more than a slight earthy barnyard smell, and spices that seem to be mostly clove. The aroma was also pretty good as the fruit notes seem to come out more as I seem to pick up more apple along with a sweet sensation probably from the malts. Has what I would classify as a slight hop start to it, very mild and goes away quickly to the sweet flavor described above. Overall I must say that I enjoyed this brew, not my favorite but it was a nice change to the normal stuff I have been having. I would get this one again in the future, surprising that it is at 7% as I did not pick up much in the way of alcohol notes sticking out.

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Photo of alcstradamus
2.58/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a cloudy golden color with a moutainous marshmallow head.

The aroma is yeast and light spice with a bit of skunkiness. Notes of apple peel and citrus.

The flavor is spicy and a bit astringent. Some empty citrus flavor and alcohol.

The body is light and carbonation is high.

Overall this beer is very mediocre. Do I have a bad bottle? I just don't see the appeal at all here.

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Photo of geexploitation
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a light caramel color with plenty of white, frothy head. The nose is full of fruity melon aromas and candi sugar. On the palate, there's a big fruitiness right off the bat, followed by a bitter medicinal quality, lots of hop bitterness, and a tea-like finish. The mouthfeel of Arabier is very sharp, with lots of carbonation and hops, but underlying that is a fairly substantial malt-and-candi-sugar base.

Overall, a good, quite interesting beer, but not something that blows my mind. Well worth a try, though.

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Photo of olafphysics
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Dodo2step
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

P- Grape and Gourmet in Va Beach!

A- pours a thick head. I cant even get all the beer in my pint. I have to let it sit for a few. A thick effervescent and mountainous head overflows my pint now. a light yellow orange color from the beer i can see.

S- a very tart breaded yeasty smell hits the nose first. i also get hints of floral hops and some alcohol.

T- a tart citrus (lemon and orange combined almost). Also quite yeasty and doughy.

M- Thick and carbonated. Very doughy and chewy in the mouth. taints of alcohol vapor remain in the mouth.

D- a definite sipper. The overflowing head makes it impossible to chug this or down it in 10 minutes. This is a beer to be enjoyed.

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Photo of OGShotzy
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cbl2
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

10/2/2006 $2.59 11.2 oz. 7.00% No best by date.


Pours a murky orange brown that is riddled with a ridiculous amount of carbonation that leads to over 2 inches of billowy head that expands and shrinks with escaping gas that percolates from the brew below.


Estery bartlett pear and yeasty bread predominate the nose.


Slightly overcarbonated with a slightly syrupy mouthfeel that carries with it a powerful pear presence. Some chewiness by midsip with a strong sensation of yeast, finish has a touch of bitterness.

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Photo of beveritt
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured from an 11.2 oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. Label depicts a multi-colored parrot holding a glass of beer. "I" above bier is dotted with a heart. No clear freshness date.

Appearance: An appreciable "Crack" upon popping the cap is soon followed by CO2 coming out of solution and forcing beer out the lip of the bottle. Pours with 5 fingers of almost pure white head; enough that I have to stop pouring. When I finally get the beer into the glass, the remaining head is a moonscape of peaks and valleys, displaying incredible lacing. The beer itself is orange honey and very cloudy. A fair amount of sediment remains in the bottle, but I swirled the last pour a bit.

Smell: Green apples, yeasty sourness, grassy hops and a wheat twang.

Taste: Caramel and bready malt with a citrus tartness. Sugary sweetness lingers long after the sip. Tannic bitterness comes sneaking back long after the lingering sweetness fades.

Mouthfeel: Average to slightly higher than average carbonation level. Carbonation bite hits the back of the tongue and delivers the flavor while simultaneously cleanising the palate. Body is amazing,thick and viscous, very mouth coating.

Drinkability: Another hits from this brewery. I have seen these labels for many years and avoided them because I just didn't know a lot about the contents. In searching for more Belgians, this one followed me home and I am glad it did.

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Photo of Rastacouere
4.88/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Terrific appearance. An attracting hazy golden with a gigantic white head displaying splendid lacing. The head leaves a trace after every sip and just stays there, mountainous, rocky, all over the glass. Sediments move at the bottome of the glass. Appealing yeasty sweet aroma. Honeyish malt is the base on which dances an above average hop character for a belgian beer, citrusy, lemony, sprucey. Notes of bread, farmhouse, apple and pepper+cloves. I expected this to be the least interesting De Dolle, but how wrong I was, this one is fabulous, complex, yeasty, balanced, refreshing and almost a session beer. Palate is dry up front, hoppy with a generous bitter finish, but all kinds of things happening in between. There’s a subdued fruitiness in the likes of grapefruit, apple, orange or apricot and complex complementing spices. Refreshing mild tart profile. Great creamy and velvety mouthfeel with above average carbonation. I just played a few hours of tennis and this is a superb "sunny day welcome". The complex toasty almost pilsnerish malt just seduces me. All the ingredients in this beer makes themselves heard and known. Oh plentiful harvest, how I want to live to drink your offerings again... Thank you for enlighting me Sham.

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Photo of Anatole
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of CHADMC3
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden to orange with yellow hues with a pillowy cloud of pure white head that patiently dissolves to leave a dense sticky lacing in its wake.

Abundant aromas waft from the glass including Belgian yeast, sour fruits such as apples accompanied by other citrus aromas, and spices like clove.

Yeast and fruits such as apples and oranges or lemons hit the palate first followed by grassy notes and spices such as clove.

Generous carbonation highlights the mouthfeel of this beer as well as the puckering sour fruits that accompany the medium body.

This is a fantastic beer with great traditional style characteristics and an overall tasty experience.

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Photo of Twal
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of crookedhalo
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm glad I read that this beer poured with a volumnous head. I decided to utilize the Gulden Draak goblet for this one. It did pour up a huge, rocky bone white head atop a golden colored beer. Lightly honeyed malt aroma with hints of citrus and pear. Light hoppiness and, overall clean smelling with a light yeast mustiness. Introduction of lees attributes a mild spiciness. Trace amounts of a medicinal quality, but nothing severely off. Slightly sweet and an herbal, hoppy finish that is rather sedate, yet noticable. Very refined and elegant. For some odd reason, I didn't really know what to expect from this beer, but I surely was not disappointed. A very tasty pale. Mouthfeel is creamy, yet spritzy. Finely tuned and highly recommended. One of the better Belgian pales I've had recently.

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Photo of kmo1030
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

BOOM! worst gusher i've ever seen. managed to save much of it though due to timely used of my mouth and tougue.
this beer pours a ruddy hazed amber with a thick white head.
this beer has got a lot going on, i'll start with the aroma. it' got a musky smell with the following in no particular order; honey, brown sugar, apricot, peach, apple, ginger, lemon, cinnamon and other baking spices. at room temp some floral hops make a showing.
the taste is somewhat different than what you might come to expect from the aroma. some of the more overt fruity aspects give way to some more tractional belgian pale ale flavors. some borderline tropical fruits show up with some caramel and a substantial hop bitterness. there also is a distinctly herbal component to the hops possibly with a bit of a cheesey quality.
it's got a little bit fuller slightly oily body, with carbonation that's a touch to sharp.
the drinkability is good. it does show it's 7% abv, but i don't mind, it's a wonderfully unique beer that may come up short in some ways, but leaves a very positive impression overall.

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

Photo of marct
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of captaincoffee
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale gold with a giant white head that leaves lacing around the glass. Nose is interesting. Certainly fruity yeast esters, but a different profile than most, also hay. Flavor is also interesting...not the typical strong Belgian I expected. Bitter hops along side the initial sweetness that seems to go dry a second later. Honey. Noticeable ABV and yet hides it...not sure how to explain that, but it is different. Mouthfeel medium with high but fine carbonation. Overall, a good beer that shows a different angle.

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Photo of gutbuster
3.61/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NWHopinator
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Euroglot
3.22/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of rekel
5/5  rDev +23.2%

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 kuishinbo_tantei
3.74/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

De Dolle Arabier from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
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