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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by Todd on 10-23-2000

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,647
Reviews:
330
Ratings:
663
pDev:
10.81%
Bros Score:
4.35
 
 
Wants:
41
Gots:
66
Trade:
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Ratings: 663 |  Reviews: 330
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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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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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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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2.73/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Straight pour from 33cL / 11.2oz pry-off bottle to a 25cl Duvel Single tulip. No dating or freshness information visible, but I’m not too put off about it, considering the style.

Appearance (3.5): Holy hell, this is an active pour. Quickly rises to four fingers of fat, crackling bubbles and some finer foam in the middle of the head, bone-white in color. Not much lace as it recedes, just a few small spots here and there, really. The body is an oddly dark, dullish amber color, with red tones against the light. Not the greatest looking body, but the head is pretty nice looking.

Smell (3.0): Easily the most prominent note here is a mineral-forward, vinous scent, like a pungent pinot grigio. It opens slowly as it warms, showing white grapes, some wet grass and a mild funk, combining to make a distinctly cidery character. Not picking up any of the warm fruity, spicy tones you might expect from a BSPA, but the nose is interesting at least.

Taste (2.5): The taste follows the nose, in that it has some oddly vinous notes: kind of a dirty, earthy body with acidic cider characteristics mixed in. Very prominent mineral flavors with a medicinal finish, very . . . phenolic. I think I get the “band-aids” thing now. Not getting any spiciness, and the fruit character is limited to some tart, green grapes. Mild to moderate acidity, lending a somewhat bitter finish. Very modest alcohol heat toward the end. Odd, somewhat unbalanced, and not featuring any of the classic BSPA characteristics on the palate. Still, mellows and smooths out a bit as it warms.

Mouthfeel (3.0): Slightly tingly in places, foams airily on the way down, and finishes dry with an acidity that lightens the feel quite a bit. Medium-weight, but finishes light. It’s alright, not bad but definitely not great in any way.

Overall (2.5): Something tells me I got a very old bottle of this beer. It tastes oxidized with some odd, phenolic notes in the nose and on the palate. Looking over some other reviews, what I’m tasting, seeing, and smelling doesn’t resemble what others seem to have had very much at all. My guess is that this is an off and / or old bottle. I’d really like to revisit this sometime with a bottle that I know is fresh.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 33 cl bottle into a De Dolle glass at Bier Circus in Brussels.

A - Medium to dark gold color with some orange. Slightly hazy. HUGE fluffy, moussy head made up of tiny bubbles. The head and lacing are extremely persistent. A beautiful beer.

S - A very fresh US hop punch that mixes with crisp grain notes and a slight barnyard funk (in the background).

T - Spicy yeast flavors blend seamlessly with hops. Some malt is in the background, but the balance is toward hops. Some alcohol evident.

M - Medium body. Some burn from the hops bitterness and (to a lesser extent) alcohol. Carbonation adds a sharp carbonic bite. Overall mouthfeel is a bit harsh.

O - A very good beer, with the highlights being the appearance, inviting aromas and balanced flavors. Harsh mouthfeel is the only detractor.

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

Having a draft of this at Novare Res in Portland.

It is a pale orange color that poured a one finger head. The head reduced and left some nice lacing on the glass. It has some clarity with some vision of carbonation coming up through the glass.

It smells of yeasty esters, bready malts, spiciness, some vanilla, and some citrus. The taste is along the same lines with some lingering bitterness, but some lingering bitterness and the alcohol is hidden well too.

This is a very tasty brew. Very smooth, medium bodied, easy to drink, medium carbonation, and very delicious. I am very happy to be enjoying a tulip of this beer. Another solid Belgian beer to cross off the list.

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4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle served in a Trappist chalice.

A: Pours a slightly cloudy orange color forming a big bubbled white head. Good retention and a small layer the never goes on the top. Some lacings left

S: Very fruity and super-spicy in the nose. Notes of orange, grapefruit, honey and vanilla. Tons of grapes. Delicious flowery hops. Sweet malts and Belgian yeasts backbone

T: Pretty much as the nose. Strong character. Very malty. Slightly sweet upfront followed by spicy notes, orange zest, honey, vanilla. In overall a dry and bitter taste

M: Medium to heavy body. Medium carbonation. Strong bite of hops bitterness as aftertaste

O: Very drinkable. Something between a Strong Pale Ale and a Belgian IPA. Reminded me Duvel, but a super-spiced version of. Absolutely great Belgian beer

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4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled May 2011

A - Big rush of air when the cap comes off. Definitely carbonated. My first attempt at a slow pour yields one finger of beer and five fingers of dense white head that lasts forever and coats the glass with lacing. Liquid is clear golden brown. Nice.

S - A mild but persistent funk, with a lot of fruit. White grape, green apple, faint peach and raisin.

T - Taste starts with white grape and a bit of apple, before an earthy funk with moderate hop bitterness and a mild spiciness kicks in. The more subtle fruit flavors from the aroma don't really make it into the taste unfortunately. Still, quite tasty, but seems a bit more like a Belgian IPA than a strong pale. Some noticeable alcohol in the taste.

M - Very lively carbonation gives an almost champagne-like mouthfeel. Rather dry with an earthy, bitter finish.

O - Another interesting brew from a very good brewery, though not my favorite from them. The earthy bitterness and the fruitiness didn't seem as harmonious as they could have been, but I would still have this again.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I popped the top and the foam charges out the bottle. Lively carbonation makes a spectacle of the yeast bits floating up and down the glass. Big ‘ol textured head doesn't quit. Nose is deep, rich, and fruity: apple pie, tart grapes, buttered rolls; taste follows suit and is oh so smooth – mouthfeel is superbly smooth with a quick effervescent punch and a decadent finish. Good stuff –I wasn’t sure what kind of beer this was at the shop, but I couldn’t resist the funky label.

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of superspak
4.26/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into chalice, no bottle dating. Pours cloudy golden amber color with an awesome 3 finger dense off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Some decent spotty lacing on the glass, with plenty of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of big grape, tart apple, pear, pepper, hay, grass, bread, earth, light funk, and yeast spices. Nice and well balanced aromas with good complexity. Taste of big lemon, pepper, grape, pear, apple, herbal, floral, earth, hay, grass, bread, and yeast spices. Dry, spicy, and slightly tart on the finish; with lingering notes of grape, pear, lemon, pepper, herbal, earth, and yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Great flavor balance and complexity. Highly carbonated and medium bodied; with a very crisp and slightly slick mouthfeel that is very nice. Very easy to drink; with hardly any alcohol warming noticed at all after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic Belgian strong pale! Great flavor complexity and balance; and extremely easy to drink. Outstanding.

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2.75/5  rDev -32.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

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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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