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De Dolle Arabier | Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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BA SCORE
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:
#2,649
Reviews:
330
Ratings:
663
pDev:
10.81%
Bros Score:
4.35
 
 
Wants:
41
Gots:
66
Trade:
1
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours a transparent pale gold with a creamy white head that retains well. Moderate lacing coats the sides of the glass.

S: Yeasty bouquet with subtle esters; bananas, lemons.

T: Malt-forward with a very complex medley of fruit flavors; lemons, honeydew, oranges, pineapple, green apples and guava. Belgian yeast comes through in the finish with a dried apricot tang. Beautifully balanced and delicious.

M: Medium to full bodied and quite creamy. The sturdiness of the beer really allows the complexity on the palate to shine.

O: A unique, beautiful and incredibly complex golden ale. Superb.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
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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5/5  rDev +22.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Bierkraft in Brooklyn, De Dolle's Arabier is a bit dim, with a fresh dark golden orange color.

Aroma density is the first thing that comes to mind snuffling this beer. It's profoundly aromatic because of the hops and brings out interlay with apricots, peach, flowers, white pepper, a dash of dirt and a wheat beer-like olive note.

On the palate the beer, fresh like cough drops, speaks in persistent high-notes. The medium bodied malt is combined with a mouth filling soft carbonation, that is kept by back by a immense floral hop character and the other flavors supplied by it. I'm having a tough time determining whether the beer is spiking or the high flavor intensity and spiciness composes a more evident alcohol. The length is long, bitter, with plenty of flowers and apricot-like fruits.

Undoubtedly a geeky beer in my opinion, hard to fully appreciate. The beer is about as fresh it can be at the moment, and rigid to drink in big gulps, even though I would love to. As the spring is about to arrive here in New York, I can't help but to envision sitting with a tall tulip glass of this, enjoying one of the earliest balmy spring suns. To sum the appraise, this beer is original, complex and highly aromatic. http://quaffable.org/?p=563

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at Pizzeria Paradiso in DC - 3/10/13

Everything I want in a Belgian: inviting, crisp-looking ale with tons of citrus/floral, yeast notes, full-bodied but with a dry, slightly sour (puckering?) finish.

I picked up a nice orange marmalade note on this brew. Totally dig it. I've had plenty of Belgians before, but what struck me about this one was how well-balanced it was - from start to finish, none the typically distinguishing characteristics overpowered it. Extremely sessionable.

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

De Dolle Arabier from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 663 ratings
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