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De Dolle Arabier | Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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4.07/5
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663 Ratings
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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
Ranking:
#2,645
Reviews:
330
Ratings:
663
pDev:
10.81%
Bros Score:
4.35
 
 
Wants:
41
Gots:
66
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 663 |  Reviews: 330
Photo of madelf66
3.77/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of scottfrie
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

10oz snifter on draft at THG.

A: Clear golden with a layer of dense white foam. A network of sticky lace was left down the glass. A fuzzy and long lasting film persisted with great retention.
S: Fresh, bright, green hop nose with hints of fresh citrus, green apple, and golden fruits. Subtle fruity and spicy Belgian yeast. Very faintly tart smelling.
T: Follows the nose with clean fresh hops and spicy, earthy, doughy, and slightly fruity Belgian yeast. There's a hint of green apple-like tartness and aspirin bitterness, but again, just a hint. Peppery and fruity yeast comes out more as the beer warms, but so does the fresh tingly green bitterness.
M: Soft fluffy carbonation, crisp and drying mouthfeel, light body. Lighter than expected. Frothy and creamy carb.
O: Lighter and dryer than other beers I've had in the style, but there's a great crispness and clean hoppy bitter flavors mixed with spicy and fruity characteristic Belgian yeast. Drinks well.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gold orange color,medium carbonation yet it produced a massive foamy head. Floral,yeast,fruit peel aroma. Taste was identical but with a strong hop presence and bitter aftertaste. Complex excellent beer

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Photo of brittanylicious
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of heysuz
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Peaches13
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
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 +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of unclekeith
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of janubio
4.84/5  rDev +18.9%
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 +5.2%
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 +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of steverx8
4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nichols33
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jerk_Store
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of kw_pip
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draught

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Photo of Silke_Neryn
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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%
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 -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dzu
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stevoj
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
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 -3.2%
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 +6.9%
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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De Dolle Arabier from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 663 ratings
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