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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
Gots:
59
For Trade:
1
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Photo of ppoitras
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.6oz bottle obtained as part of BIF 13 from Qarre. Thanks for the opportunity, I think...

Poured into Rapscallion glass, where it formed a big, fluffy 2" bright white head over the golden light amber brew. Head is dense, and doesn't seem to be going anywhere quick, with good lacing. Aroma is fruity, peaches, perhaps, with a light undercurrent of alcohol. Taste is initially spicy, with some rounding out with pale malts, and sharpens up with some hops bite, amongst other varied flavors. A busy set of taste buds on this one. Mouthfeel takes a bit of getting used to, but eventually becomes somewhat addicting. Drinkability is good for the main reason that you must revisit to make sure no flavors were missed or overlooked.

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Photo of rousee
3.39/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Brown 33cl bottle with an artsy looking label. Pours a peach orange-honey -very murky with a big 1inch + cap and holds very well down to 1 finger after a few minutes. Very fluffy and fresh-looking lace which leaves thick puffs on glass. The head holds so well it is similar to egg-whites with very soft peaks.

Smell is a sour honey herb-grass and a little malty too.

Taste is very complex:bubbly honey-floral grass on the front. Finish is slightly spicy and peppery. Has a strong alcohol taste too.

Mouthfeel is warm well-carbonated and smokey.
Drinkability is below average for this style. I would not buy this again.

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Photo of schemb
4.62/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Redbones in late August. After every sip I said "this is crazy" , even at the end of night of hop slugs and hot sauce. Insanely complex, yet pleasant, and damn drinkable. Spicy, sweet, tart, other flavors all in turns. Please Redbones - bring this one back !

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Photo of CharlesRiver
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This will be my first De Dolle beer and I am excited. The beer pours from a 11.6 oz bottle. Yellowish tan in color with a huge head that lasts. The smell is clean and citrusy with hints of something grassy. Very effervesant. The taste is much stronger than I expected. The grassyness starts to come through even more in the taste. You get a hint of some alchol at the end as well. Not as balanced as I expected. I can't get over how huge the head is. The flavor reminds me of something in between an Orval and a Duvel. Very good, just very different.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured crystal clear pale golden till I let a few chunkies out of the bottel. There was also the white frothy head which edged out of the bottle just as the cap came off and made a rocky mound in the glass while still waiting around to lace it.

The aroma was fruity with citrus notes. Very aromatic with lots of Belgian yeast characteristics and a pepper spice.

The flavor was subdued citrus and decent bittering. The spiciness is present, but the flavors are not as complex as some other De Dolle offerings. Alcohol was also a predominant flavor component.

The finish goes quickly to dry with a bitterness of citrus lasting long into the aftertaste. The body is medium, but the carbonation makes it seem less. The alcohol warmth after consumption was evident.

11.2 ounce bottle.

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Photo of Admiraldinty
3.15/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I was really disappointed by this brew. Poured a hazy gold with a huge, rocky head. Aroma was sweet with apple, lemon, and malt. I was disappointed most of all by the taste, as the tartness was just overpowering, and didn't match the aroma. Spicy hops and alcohol. Grainy and phenolic. I detected some charcoal and metallic notes as well that were rather unpleasant. Mouthfeel was prickly, which matches this style fairly well, and grows smoother with every mouthful. This is certainly my least favorite offering from De Dolle.

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Photo of Crosling
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on draft at the brewery in Esen, Belgium

Orange.

Fresh and dry hopped, with notes of wood, lemon, mint and tangerine.

Mellow, soft but very hoppy and delicious. Fruitiness; mainly peach and tangerine. Incredible balanced and very pleasant. I would love to have this again.

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Photo of frank4sail
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another one I brought back from Beermania. Nice yellow bow tie on the bottle. Huge soft, fluffy, airy, persistant head in the goblet. Slightly hazy gold color with lots of bubble density. Spicy cloves in the nose with a hint of lemon. Inital taste of lemon and dry pinapple followed up with a grassy slightly bitter finish. Quite smooth on the mouth and tongue. Solid smooth and drinkable...

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Photo of BrewMan82
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours surprisingly clear - unless you try to get every drop, then you get some nice yeasty bits. Golden amber with a huge, thick white head...incredibly thick head! Took me a few minutes to get it all in the glass to control a head that ended up thick as foamed milk. Aroma is sweet and fruity - pears and banana shine through. The taste is light and fruity, with some sourness at the finish and hoppy bitterness in the aftertaste. Very light on the tongue - flavor and intense excited carbonation fill the mouth completely. The mouthfeel is champagne like - light and airy - mouthfilling. A great summery beer that satisfies and brings on a craving for another -

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Photo of BeerBuilder
4.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours to an orange-bronze color with a chunky three fingers off-white head. It is highly carbonated. The aroma is sweet and fruity, with a raisins and dates smell. It has a solid malt backbone with a bit of alcohol in the aroma as well. The flavor is malty and creamy, with the dark fruits present as well. The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with a drying finish. This is an awesome brew, very drinkable and warming. De Dolle makes some fine brews. I will definitely pick this one up again.

Sampled 1/22/04

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
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 BeerResearcher
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.6oz brown bottle.
It pours a cloudy butterscotch amber with an overly enthusiastic rocky white head and loads of sticky lace.
A very pleasant smell of cut hay, sweet malt, chopped peppers, hops, cloves and alcohol come together as one as it warms, creating a very interesting aroma.
Sweet caramel malt with a dose of candy sugar leap out and buttered croissants come to mind.
A white grapefruit bitterness, along with orange zest provides a nice sharp edge. Coriander, cloves and peppery spices seem to unify the different tastes. A warming alcohol is a welcome flavor and sensation partner. I like this brew a lot!

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Photo of ark57
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This cloudy, golden beer has a huge rocky head that just won't quit. There are some fruity esters in the aroma that smells of apples. It is delicate and spicy with a dry bitter finish. It is complex and refreshing and everything that an artisanal beer should be.

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Photo of SeanChouffe
3.13/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a golden/orange color with a full off-white rocky head. Well carbonated, with great head retention and nice lace. Aroma is fruity (a hint of cherries), spicy, earthy, tart and somewhat astringent. The taste has a hint of a sweet start, but goes right into tartness and a biting hop finish. Mouthfeel quite bland, with some carbonation and a bite.
A nice looking beer, with an interesting aroma -- but a one-dimensional and not very appealing taste.

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Photo of stcules
3.38/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The colour is full golden, with some turbidity. Creamy, and abundant foam. A lot.
The smell is citrus fruits, yeast, hop. Freshness.
The overall impression is freshness in the taste too. And hop. Some spices (anise). Then a light warmness, probably dued to the alcohol. Fruity again, citrus fruits. Maybe some balsamic hint.
Medium-medium-light body.
Aftertaste very bitter, fresh and herbal. A lot of long standing bitterness.

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Photo of GreenCard
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: orange-gold hue, slight haze, HUGE unstoppable mound of cream-white foam (even on a rather gentle pour), insane head retention, head turns frothy/rocky after a while

Aroma: lusciously fruity, some clove, some cotton candy, caramel, raisins, piney hops

Flavor: starts out rather malty, but no too sweet; some hop flavor, yeast, soap, and gripping alkaloidal bitterness; finish is dryish with a mouth-puckering bitter aftertaste

Mouthfeel: medium body, bubbly, some warmth

Overall Impression: [What a weirdo! So promising by sight and smell, but the bitterness is so overpowering and strange! Doesn't taste like it comes from hops, but more like chewing on that "almond" inside a peach pit or sucking on a bar of soap. Might be the most bitter beer in Belgium! Though I think all of you Arrogant Bastard-lovers would disagree that this is a bitter beer. I'm going to have to think this one over and maybe try another bottle of it at a later date.]

This beer can be REALLY strangely bitter when it's fresh (see above bracketed comments], but after a year or more of proper cellarage it becomes much more balanced. Based on this, I have increased my rating of it. It will likely be at its prime with a year's storage under its belt.

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Photo of budgood1
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

well first of all...upon opening...this brew exploded out of the bottle and spewed it's contents all over my keyboard, permantly disabling it and causing me to have to buy a new one.

now...this happened a few nights ago, so i'm reviewing from memory.

turbo charged carbonation produces a beer that is golden in colour, with a monstrous head and thick rocky rings of lace. very pleasant aroma of mixed tart tropical fruits backed by that underlying slightly sour yeast smell. very pleasing tastes in this one...refreshing fruits followed by a bit of woodiness...a brew probably meant for summertime consumption rather than december. smooth but lively mouthfeel...easily drinkable despite the presence of some stern alcohol notes. a very good beer all around and one of the better belgians i've tried. i'll probably get another one of these to re-review and get more specific about.

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Photo of rkhaze
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy light peach color. TONS of carbonation that leave a huge rocky foamy white head. Aromas of sweet oranges, tropical fruit and that Belgian yeast.
Earthy sweet malt taste. Tropical fruit and a very aromatic citrus bitterness. Reminded me a bit of candied orange peel. Not as sweet as the nose was. Complex with lots of flavor.
Rich creamy mouthfeel that finishes dry.Not as carbonated on the tongue as the appearance led me to believe. Rich, but still decent drinkability.
A little different but well worth a try.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A hazy orange color, it is very well carbonated and it produces a thick white head. It has a spicy dry slightly funky cheese aroma. The carbonation prickles the front of my tongue, as I take a sip. A very spicy funky Belgian brew. Lightly sweet in the finish, which ultimately ends with an astringent aftertaste. Fruity with perhaps some tropical fruit notes, a certain woodiness is in this beer as well. I get notes of some wild-woody mushroom type character as well. There is no acidic sourness in this beer, unlike some of there other offerings. Very good and quite complex, it is amazing how good the beers from this small country brewery can be.

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Photo of saltydog
4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle tasted at Erasmus in Bruges. Appearance: Orange, cloudy, good sized head. Aroma: Spicy, noticeable bretamyces, and hops to beat the band! Flavor: Fairly sweet, but still very intense. Lots of hops. Finish: Crisp, spicy hoppy finish, with lingering sweetness.

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Photo of ADR
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another bottle conditioned volcano, 3 inches of rugged head in a Duvel glass. Highly sedimented dull bronze color, laces like cotton on a Christmas tree. Light aroma, spare yeast and a lemon cough drop kind of malt, a little different. Flavor is marked by a hard to descibe maltiness, present with decent body but counteracted by a considerable bitterness -- a one/two of citric pith drying to pine needles. Whew, can't say this one is a favorite but an arid and bitter alternative to the thick and malty brews. Very much worth trying, there's a lot going on here.

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

Appearance – This was a monster head. It came up quickly, hung around forever, and laced the crap out of my wide-mouthed Chimay glass. The body was a deep orange color and slightly darkened.

Smell – The spicy sweet stuff comes out here. The coriander and cinnamon play well with the peach, orange, coconut, and apple scents. There’s some malt in there as well, but mostly the sweet fruits and spice steal the show.

Taste – The yeasty, bready taste comes out more at the tongue. The tropical fruits and spices are there as well. This is a nice BSPA.

Mouthfeel – Heavily carbonated in accordance with the style. This is a full-bodied ale with great depth.

Drinkability – If you like BSPAs, you’ll love this offering. If you don’t, you won’t.

Appearance – This was a monster head. It came up quickly, hung around forever, and laced the crap out of my wide-mouthed Chimay glass. The body was a deep orange color and slightly darkened.

Smell – The spicy sweet stuff comes out here. The coriander and cinnamon play well with the peach, orange, coconut, and apple scents. There’s some malt in there as well, but mostly the sweet fruits and spice steal the show.

Taste – The yeasty, bready taste comes out more at the tongue. The tropical fruits and spices are there as well. This is a nice BSPA.

Mouthfeel – Heavily carbonated in accordance with the style. This is a full-bodied ale with great depth.

Drinkability – If you like BSPAs, you’ll love this offering. If you don’t, you won’t.

Update: Re-tasted in 2004 and picked up a lot bigger Belgian hop balance along with shades of sourness. I enjoyed the Mouthfeel more and raised this category, as well as Drinkability, by 0.5.

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Photo of Jon
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My records indicate that this particular sample was bottled around 2000. Nonetheless, it pours a hazed peach hue with a frothy white head. Some yeast remnants float in the beautiful liquid. Nose is almost entirely gueuze-like. Big notes of sour acidity, horse blanket, and earthy hops lead the way in the aromatic department. Herbal, earthy hops, citrus and passion fruit along with a refreshing acidity quality are all present on the palate. Well-attenuated and aging nicely, this ale's mouthfeel is quite smooth and appealing. Drinks quite well for a brew of 7% abv -- the alcohol is hard to taste. This is a great, unique summertime beer, albeit the hefty alcohol content that will eventually catch up to you no matter how well it's masked. Another excellent Belgian ale.

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Photo of woemad
1.78/5  rDev -56%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Nasty, nasty nasty taste to this one. The bartender ( who I know is knowledgable about beer) said it sucked when I ordered it. I decided to go for it anyway, since I figured one would be an experience, if nothing else. It started out as a cloudy, blondish colored brew with an enormous head. Had an odd smell, a little bit like honey, but with a strange, unpleasant odor vying for attention. The taste actually reminded me initially of Chimay white, but then this nasty aftertaste barges in that totally overloads the tastebuds. The bartender afterwards gave me a Chimay goblet to atone.

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Photo of clvand0
2.46/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Beware the foam with this beer! This beer pours a cloudy yellow/orange color with an enormous, growing head - unreal how much foam this has - even with a good pour. The head stays thick throughout and causes the top portion of the beer to have an odd dark hue, even though the head is white. The aroma for this one had a lot of spices and hops in it with some small hints of yeast. The flavor was very tart and spicy with the alcohol being far too prominent for only having 7%. I didn't care much for this one - possibly influenced by the fact that it foamed over onto my table more than once.

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De Dolle Arabier from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
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