De Dolle Arabier | Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

De Dolle ArabierDe Dolle Arabier
BA SCORE
4.07/5
661 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
Ranking:
#2,597
Reviews:
329
Ratings:
661
pDev:
10.81%
Bros Score:
4.35
 
 
Wants:
41
Gots:
66
Trade:
1
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 661 |  Reviews: 329
Photo of Nunya
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jrfehon33
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of scootny
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an intricately constructed beer. Huge head. Light amount of lacing. Many layers of bread and grains. Alcohol woven into the nose with pears and apples. White grapes and light wine. Taste is big Bekgian. Lots of bready notes with a lot of sweetness from alcohol. Mild bitterness with dry vinous finish. Alcohol is so well integrated that while it is noticble its not a standout. Well carbonated but just short of explosive. Velvety and creamy. Flavors really open up as it warms. A superb brew.

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Photo of Fettpopps
2.5/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of leprechaunandfatman
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stephenlee
3.74/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CavemanRamblin
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of captaincoffee
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
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 Korbynlehr
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of AlexAfonin
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DispyDnb
3.82/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RichH55
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of Beginner2
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I just reviewed the sour rendition of this and, I must admit, I don't understand why they use the same name... except for marketing purposes.
This Arabier is a classic and needs no review from me.

Reviewed in Roger Protz' "300 Beers To Try Before You Die!"
Arabier is listed on the "1001" and deserves to be there on personality alone.
MJ's "Great Beers of Belgium" said this "strong beer notable for its dry-hop bouquet."
MY's 1999 "Guide" gave it 3 of 4 stars and called it "pale, dry-hopped and for summer."

Enjoy the classics.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, dark golden color with lots of yeast sediment floating around, huge, fluffy off-white head. Aroma has classic belgian yeast esters. Floral with some overripe fruits, hay and medium brown sugar. Taste starts on the sweet side with brown sugar, hay, slight caramel and yeast but gets really bitter and earthy on the finish. Seems more like a belgian IPA to me. After the the foam settles, you get some earthy hops as well in the aroma and taste but mostly the bitterness. Medium, soft body with a good amount of carbonation. ABV is hidden very well, making the beer really drinkable for 8%. An excellent example of a well made belgian pale ale.

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Photo of DavidHume
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Warren2621
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Zayzay1
3.59/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
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 Euroglot
3.22/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BAsbill
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

De Dolle Arabier from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 661 ratings
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