De Dolle Arabier | Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

BA SCORE
90
outstanding
654 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
Ratings:
654
Reviews:
327
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
11.08%
 
 
Wants:
39
Gots:
64
For Trade:
1
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5/5  rDev +23.2%

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Kromes
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up at Bruisin' Ales in Asheville.

A: A hazy pale yellow with a thick lumpy white head that just sits on top of the beer and leaves sheets of lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Sweet booze, earthy aromas, apple, cork and belgian spice.

T: Apple, booze, fruity esters, belgian spice, funk and the finish is sweet and a little bit dry. So delicious....

M: Light with super high carbonation. fills out the lighter feel of the beer and gives it a peppery feel.

O: Very tasty and extremely well crafted Belgian pale ale.

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of jrenihan
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Large white head on top of a golden yellow beer. Good retention and good lacing.

Smell is very nice. Big smell of light fruits: strawberry, orange, mango. Almost smells like juice. Honey as well. Other than these, I don't get a lot from the scent: just the one, well-integrated very nice smell.

Taste is quite different from the nose. More bitter than expected; drier and with some spicy flavours. Fruit flavours are still there, just mingled in with everything else.

Beer is highly carbonated- a bit irritating. Medium bodied.

Overall, very nice. I really didn't pick up the bitter aspects in the nose, but they work well in the beer. Good stuff.

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice golden colour, hazy with the yeast added. . Nice rocky head.

Spicey smelling, tart fruits like green apples and some citrus. Bready malts and leafy hops I think.

A fruity, tart beer with with enough herbal hoppy dry bitterness afterwards to make it quite different. Quite complex, just like their Oerbier.

Mouthfeel is medum and quite creamy. Not too much carbonation.

Overal a nice beer, complex.

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4.73/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle ($5.99 @ Downeast Beverage in Portland, ME) poured into Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a mostly transparent candied orange with apricot highlights. Massive rocky off-white head with a great deal of attractive lacing. This is what a BSPA should look like; period dot.

S: Huge Belgian yeast up front; clove, sweet, round banana. Honey, mango and citrus follow. Smells very big, and very nice.

T: Hops come through where they simply were not in the nose at all. A great deal of peppery spice, with a piney, citrus-laden malty finish. Whatever sweetness comes forward quickly dries out towards the end. Palm wishes it tasted like this.

M: Carbonation is on the high side, and this creams up like nothing else. Palate coating for sure, with a lingering bitterness that is perhaps just a tad too much.

O: I really try to rate to style as often as possible. That being said, BSPA is far from a favorite style of mine, although this is without a doubt the best example I've tried. Very much worth a try, especially if you are interested in this style.

A benchmark BSPA for sure, and just another fantastic beer from De Dolle.

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De Dolle Arabier from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
4.06 out of 5 based on 654 ratings.
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