Dismiss Notice
Extreme Beer Fest:Los Angeles

Join us December 9th in Los Angeles for the ultimate throwdown of craft beer creativity!

Learn more...
Dismiss Notice
Introducing: Project Extreme Brewing (a Dogfish Head + BeerAdvocate project)

De Dolle Arabier | Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

Your Rating: None

Want it   Got it 
De Dolle ArabierDe Dolle Arabier
BA SCORE
4.07/5
Exceptional
663 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:
#2,649
Reviews:
330
Ratings:
663
pDev:
10.81%
Bros Score:
4.35
 
 
Wants:
41
Gots:
66
Trade:
1
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 663 |  Reviews: 330
Photo of ms11781
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a hazy golden, orange color with a 4 finger foamy head that just stays. It took over 20 minutes to pour a 12oz bottle into a 16oz tulip glass. Thick lacing with huge gobs of foam left on the glass.

Nose is full of aroma. Fruity, yeasty, some candi sugar, sweet malts, spicy, floral notes. Really a lot going on in the nose.

Taste is fruity at first, ripe apples, pears, sweet malts. Slightly sugary, too. Spicy and a bit peppery at the end leading to a slightly bitter finish.

Medium carbonation that goes quickly with a medium body. A bite at the end from the bitter finish dries it out a bit.

Goes down smooth at first with the decent carbonation but it fades quick as it warms. Very pleasant to drink when slightly chilled carbonated, not so much as it warms and loses it.

 826 characters

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

(served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer has a hazy orange body with a strong microbubble carbonation that supports a sticky head that leaves register marks with each sip. The head is a soft peak merangue of off-white and last for most of the beer. The second pour darkens the body a bit and pushes the big head out of the glass holding its shape.
S- The perfumed yeasty aroma is full with a candy sweetness and a grapefruit zest note. There is a dark cherry note that comes through when the beer warms and a dry spun sugar ester in the finish. As the beer opens there is a pumpernickel note in the finish.
T- The dry hop bite doesn't have a lot of hop flavor but has some spice qualities to it and a dry citrus pith in the finish. There is some dry candy notes and pear and light dried fruit notes that come through aswell.
M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a fizzy bite in the finish that enhances the flavor.
D- This beer has a well-blended complex flavor with a dry but fruity and hoppy but not over hoppy flavor. It is very easy to drink and did not last long enough.

 1,088 characters

Photo of Mjoepp
3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Copper color, huge creamy head and which lasts forever. Marvelous!

S: Malt, little yeast and dried apricots. Smells like a wheat beer because of the coriander added.

T: Coriander, yeast, citric fruits. Not so bitter, and the aftertaste is dominated by fresh notes of malt. Mouthfeel is light, probably because this is a summer beer.

O: Nice belgian which should be drunk in the summer.

 391 characters

Photo of niklas0770
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer is copper to honey in color and with a massive head. It started of at almost four fingers and slowly faded to form a solid one finger lid.

The smell has got a lot of bite. It's sour from yeast and exotic fruits. There's also some dry grass and a hint of sweetness. Vanilla panna cotta I think...

Wow, not quite what I expected. A very rich and warm flavour. First comes the sour exotic fruit along with some bitter pine needles. Unfortunatly there is a distinct alcohol flavour. Then comes the yeast, the pine needles are still present. There is a sweetness as well, but it is so vague.

This is a very playfull beer. It tickles your tongue and gives you something to work with. It is a wide spectrum of flavour and yet so well balanced. The carbonation is low and the over all feeling is very warm.

 812 characters

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

This is the second De Dolle I've had. I told a bartender at a local beergeek bar that I was a homebrewer and liked belgian beers a lot and we ended up talking for quite a while. He went on talking enthusiastically about De Dolle so I just had to try one and I tried Stille Nacht, which was wonderful! Got high expectations for this one ^^

A: When I opened the beer it made the loudest pop I've ever heard. Was afraid I got a gusher, but it didn't foam up much if at all. It poured mostly head at first, a white thick and sparkly head. Left a bit of nice lacing, but formed a creamy layer of foam on top after a few minutes. Straw colored, clear liquid.

S: Spicy belgian yeast aroma, coriander, pepper and bitter orange peel. Slight herbal hop aroma.

T: Dry, spicy and hoppy flavor. I would actually class this beer as a belgian IPA rather than a BPSA (reminds me a bit of beers such as XX Bitter of Brouwerij De Ranke). Very spicy hop flavor indeed, makes me think of Saaz hops. Quite green hop flavor (not vegetal, but almost grassy I would say). Very little maltiness or graininess in this one, I'd give it a higher rating if it had a more prominent malt backbone.

M/D: The finish is dry and leaves a long bitter aftertaste on the palate and the tip of the tongue. Very drinkable and thirst quenching

 1,307 characters

Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pour is cloudy straw-colored. The enormous white thick head dissipates slowly into great lacings.

S: Dry malt, yeast and green apples. Spices, pepper. Citric notes. Lots of fruits.

T: Dry malt with wheaty notes - ripe bananas. Spieces and yeast - pepper. Bitter hops. Kind of sour.

M: Long bitter and a bit sour aftertaste. Body is medium and carbonation is moderate.

D: A nice Belgian Strong Pale Ale, a bit too hoppy, mabye (considering the styel).

 460 characters

Photo of dqrull
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden colour with a huge crisp head that lasts quite a while!

Smells huge of green apples and yeasty passion fruit, some mango and a hint of lemon, fruits galore! Really pelasant. A little whiff of alcohol aswell.

Rather yeasty taste, but the yeast itself is not overwhelming all the crisp fruitnotes. Apples, citrus, astringent grape peel and a very marked bitterness int he end, a ltitle surprised bby that one, but it makes it feel quite refreshing. I really like hos the bitterness in the end is quite astringent, goes great with the notes of green apples and green grapes, really enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is refreshing, interesting and the carbonation is just right, with medium sized mid-soft bubbles.

 720 characters

Photo of rarbring
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is nearly clear, amber with a brass hue, the head is white high and strong. Leaves lots of lacing and good curtains are seen.

The smell is musky and earthy, rhubarbs in sugar, sour milk, yeast, leather and damp earth ran in a blender.

Upfront sweet, toffee and brown bread, then sour fruit notes, apricots and green apples, the finish is very bitter, raw seed nuances.

Medium high carbonation, small bubbles, soft and fairly complex, a rather dry finish.

Slightly unbalanced to the bitter side, maybe storing a year would help. Anyway, good with cheese.

 566 characters

Photo of BeerSingh
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one beer that I always look forward to have since the first time I had. This, I think has an outstanding malt - hop balance in my opinion. Poured this 33 cl devil into my Chimay goblet, aggressively enough to create an encouraging, egg shell coloured head. The head oozed out like a pony tail and presented a photogenic look, perfect for a Tahitian beauty to hold on a James Hadley Chase cover. Beneath the head was a heavily clouded body - pale hay in colour with fine floaties doing the jig all over. The head remained and lay still - as it were baked stiff. It entrapped aromas of fruits, of spice and the famed Belgian yeast. I think that I had poured out the ale a tad cold, because I am used to Belgian beer aromas to be more profound and lengthy.
I took my first sip like a connoisseur, slowly and head held high. I was blown over - there was a cascade of fruit flavours like apples and pears followed with the muskiness of grapes then eventually percolating into a dry pepperiness towards the finish. The whole panorama was exquisitely sequenced. The finish is really oustanding - dry from the hoppy pepperiness at the same time having a well rounded sweetness from the malts. You are left asking for more and you just wanna relive the entire series again and again.
A huge beer from a small brewery. This is what a BSPA should be like - period. I am left with an insane feeling of wanting to try De Dolle's other offerings like Oerbier and Stille Nacht..till then I will continue to savour my small booty of Ara Bier. Cheers. Smack !!

 1,551 characters

Photo of ommegangpbr
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This fellow has been sitting in my fridge for well over a year. There also happened to be a bottle of Duvel around tonight so I thought a side by side comparison would be useful for the sake of comparison.
Right off the bat I'm getting... bacon. There's a smoke flavor that gives a quick slap to the tongue before the flavor settles down into a solid Belgian strong pale ale. Side by side this holds its own with Duvel. Green apple and pear flavors twirling about with Belgian yeast.
A minor critique might be that this comes across a bit boozy for a Belgian beer at 7%, especially compared to Duvel at 8.5% that tastes virtually alcohol free.
Full flavored and full bodied, it makes sense that this is sold bottle by bottle. A six pack might be a bit overwhelming to have at a sitting but having this on hand in a cellar would be a good idea.

 844 characters

Photo of rapidsequence
3.61/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle from Pints O Plenty for 5 bucks.

Appearance: Yellow-gold with just the slightest amount of haze. The head is pretty outstanding-- starts very fizzy, like champagne, but becomes this thick, billowy thing as it sits. It shrinks some, but never disappears, and leaves marshmallows stuck to the glass.

Smell: Smells of dry, peppery yeast with some tart pears and apples. There's a citric and floral hop character which I didnt expect, or welcome, at all.

Taste: Wow, this is a hoppy-bitter beer! Citric and slightly grassy hops with a big bitter kick. Fruitiness is muted and the yeast is earthy and peppery-spicy.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is great. The beer drinks smooth and soft with a very dry finish. A little lingering hops resin on the tongue.

Drinkability: This is more like a Belgian IPA. By far the hoppiest and most bitter BSPA I've had. Very little of the delicious fruitiness I want in a BSPA. The hops drown out any of the subtle complexity that may be there. On the other hand, stepping back and tasting this as a Belgian IPA, I'd probably like it more, although I wasn't really in love with the hops flavor either.

 1,148 characters

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

A 330ml bottle

Poured into a tulip and got a very nice head. The body was really muddy looking. Medium brown and cloudy like no other.

Nose is yeasty, malt and citrus. Very nice

At first, this was a very strong Belgian hop profile. This mellowed out after the air got to it and made it much more balanced. Still a nice dose of Belgian hops with sweetness, spice and yeast.

Mouth feel is very bubbly but not overly so(like Alka Seltzer). Alcohol is hidden. This beer is easy to drink.

 488 characters

Photo of trbergman
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330mL bottle poured into a tulip.

A - Pours a ruddy orange-gold with four fingers of meringue-like, off-white foam. Plenty of sticky lace.

S - Big fruit and spice nose, with apple skin, pear, apricot, and clove.

T - Taste follows from the nose, with a dose of rustic farmhouse character. Dry and earthy with spicy and herbal hop flavors. Assertive hop bitterness yields a coarse, dry finish.

M - A bit rough around the edges, but pleasant, with lively carbonation.

D - A lovely take on a Belgian pale. Lots of character and a pleasure to sip. This is one I'll make it a point to revisit.

 592 characters

Photo of claspada
3.3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours golden almost amber, with an exploding white soapy head; definitely started coming out of the bottle when opened luckily I read about how that would happen, so I was prepared. Lots of carbonation and bubbles in this beer but it still has a pretty syrupy look if you look at it up close.

Nose is of spice, floral, citrus, also a hint of apricot and pepper, but overall kinda metallic and disconcerting.

Taste is fairly different than the smell. The aroma was not that enjoyable, but the initial taste was quite good. Finished kinda metallic and dry, started better than it finished. Decent mouthfeel; a typical saison effervescence with a hop spiciness that was quite profound with notes of citrus. There was a peppery bite throughout that was a bit much for my liking.

Overall a decent/complex beer, but not really in a good way. The flavor doesn't quite finish the deal compared to appearance. Be patient with the pour. I am just not a big fan of De Dolle I guess.

 974 characters

Photo of Pencible
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A: This poured clear gold with lots of fluffy white head.
S: It smelled like lemon zest and wild yeast, with some coriander and clove and a bit of candi sugar and waxiness.
T: It tasted like sharp lemon zest and waxy hops, with floral and metallic hops and clove and coriander, and a bit of orange and caramel malt. It has a lasting very sour aftertaste.
M: It was oily with smooth carbonation.
D: This was a decent tripel, but its taste was fairly harsh, especially in the finish. The alcohol was well hidden, but it was still tough to drink since the aftertaste was so sharp. There wasn't a ton of depth or balance either. On the plus side, the body was spot on. Ultimately, this was a mediocre beer that's probably not worth trying more than once.

 750 characters

Photo of Bendurgin
3.89/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this one at Julio's the other day. Poured into a tulip.

Poured this one and I'd say about three fourths of my tulips is head! This beer is mostly a big fluffy white head on top of a straw colored beer. It looks nice but I can't even pour this thing! The head takes a while to dissipate and all in all it really took me about ten minutes to get this whole thing in the glass. No biggie though. Smells like sweet apples and I can really smell the Belgian yeast. Slightly bitter on the finish. The taste is like sweet and sour apples, Belgian yeast with a bitter tart finish. Pretty nice for a medium body but I feel like De Dolle over carbonates. It lowers the drinkability for me and at 7 percent, I can somehow taste the alcohol on this with a bit of a warming sensation as I drink it.

 790 characters

Photo of kmo1030
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

BOOM! worst gusher i've ever seen. managed to save much of it though due to timely used of my mouth and tougue.
this beer pours a ruddy hazed amber with a thick white head.
this beer has got a lot going on, i'll start with the aroma. it' got a musky smell with the following in no particular order; honey, brown sugar, apricot, peach, apple, ginger, lemon, cinnamon and other baking spices. at room temp some floral hops make a showing.
the taste is somewhat different than what you might come to expect from the aroma. some of the more overt fruity aspects give way to some more tractional belgian pale ale flavors. some borderline tropical fruits show up with some caramel and a substantial hop bitterness. there also is a distinctly herbal component to the hops possibly with a bit of a cheesey quality.
it's got a little bit fuller slightly oily body, with carbonation that's a touch to sharp.
the drinkability is good. it does show it's 7% abv, but i don't mind, it's a wonderfully unique beer that may come up short in some ways, but leaves a very positive impression overall.

 1,082 characters

Photo of fear025
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Aroma:This beer definitely smells like Belgian yeast. I get clove, coriander, and a little bit of banana in the aroma.

Appearance:Light gold in color. Enormous amounts of big fluffy white head.

Taste:Nicely sweet, with lots of malt. After a sip or two, I get more clove in the foretaste.

Mouthfeel:This beer starts off smooth, but gets slightly harsh on the back end.

Drinkability:Very pleasant, and easily sessionable.

 423 characters

Photo of weatherdog
3.3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle poured in Duvel tulip

The cap pops off with a huge burst of CO2. It explodes into the glass with a huge pillowy head. I had to leave about 1/3 of the beer left in the bottle or the head would have overflowed. If you are familiar with the size of a Duvel tulip this is no small feat. The etching on the bottom is letting out a stream of bubbles akin to a tornado. Man this beer is carbonated. The color is a ever so hazy bright orange. When the head finally dies down to a manageable size sticky big bubbles are left sticking to the sides of the glass.

The nose has fruit notes of orange and apricot. After that some typical oily spicy Belgian yeast comes through with just a little bit of alcohol. It's not an overly complex or as strong as some other BSPA I've had.

The flavor is huge orange citrus flavor but not like a orange hop flavor. Pretty typical yeast bite at the end. Alcohol flavors also make themselves present at the backend. I'm just not wowed by the flavor very much and find it pretty average. It's not very exciting and the flavors are pretty heavy handed which I'm not really looking for in a supposed light bodied BSPA.

The mouthfeel right out of the bottle is terrible because of the carbonation. Bubbles just form in your mouth and its distracting as hell. After 20 minutes in the duvel glas it's died down and become quite creamy in the middle but still finishes dry. That's pretty unique and I'm enjoying it. The drinkability is just above average, mostly due to the alcohol taste and the carbonation.

 1,544 characters

Photo of deapokid
3.47/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

We've got a gusher! Why is it that 7 out of 10 Belgian beers explode when I open them? Is it me?

Beer itself is a light orange/straw color with huge white tufts of foam that look like vanilla ice cream. If it would ever calm down, I'd be really interested to see what it smells and tastes like.

The wide variety of aromas includes orange, banana, raisin, clementine, hard candy and a nice musk. It's strikingly sweet, but manages to be complex and intriguing.

Taste is extraordinarily sweet. Rind, peach, apricot, banana and chamomile are all on display, as is a nice smokiness, which provides a diversion to the dessert-oriented flavor profile.

A heavy dose of acidity fights to level out some of the sugar, but it's really hard to mask and becomes overwhelming.

This is an interesting effort from a good brewery that's definitely worth a try, despite its overpowering candied sweetness.

 893 characters

Photo of Jeffo
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this at Dranken Geers in Gent.

From a bottle into a tulip.

APPEARANCE: A careful pour yields a huge five finger, fluffy, slightly thinner looking, chunky white head that mounds our of the glass. Doesn't go anywhere. Bright amber orange in color, clear, and lots of very active carbonation. Nice foam cap remains the whole way leaving touches of lacing down the glass. Could only pour half the bottle into the glass or the head would fall all over the place.

SMELL: Pale malts and sweet green fruits, perhaps some apple and pear. Spicy notes, clove and coriander, as well as some spicy yeast notes. Touches of floral hops as well. Decent strength and complexity.

TASTE: Follows the nose well. Sweet grainy malt, pale malts, and some green fruit. Spicy yeast notes through the middle into the finish, with some strong floral hop bitterness at the finish. Aftertaste is bold and lingering with spicy notes and bitter hops, as well as hints of alcohol. Plenty of bitterness on the finish.

PALATE: Light, medium body with lots of carbonation. Not creamy really, but goes down fine and finishes slightly dry on the palate.

OVERALL: Enjoyable pale ale. Good taste profile with plenty of bitter hops at the finish, though the palate could be a little creamier. Still worth a try if you're a fan of the style.

 1,316 characters

Photo of avalon07
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a pale orange color and a cloudy texture. There was a gigantic amount of creamy, very long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A sweet smell of fruit, yeast, and malt.

T: Tasted of apples, lemon, Belgian yeast, phenols, and a big dose of malt in the finish. Has a very particular tartness up front, but finishes nicely.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: An extremely drinkable beer.

 462 characters

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Small 300 mL bottle with no freshness date. Pours an extremely hazy gold color with a massive cap of white foam. Retention is pretty ridiculous, even leaving a large creamy mesa in the middle of the glass. Lacing is terrific as well.

Nose is fairly typical for a BSPA, not far off from the likes of, say, a Duvel. Pretty equally detectable parts grainy malts, edgy hops (Saaz?) and bready, fruity yeast. Smartees candy, pears and a bit of chalk. Quite nice.

Taste follows in the same vein, although it is a bit more intense than a Duvel. Yeast presents some nice ester profiles with some banana, pineapple and clove flavors. Plenty of tropical alcohol notes and the hops contribute a spicy finish and grassy flavor throughout. It all comes together pretty damn nicely. Another good beer from the talented folks at De Dolle.

 825 characters

Photo of nami11
3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Delightfully surprised by this brew. It poured well with a very clean, white head. The taste was great, not what I expected since the aroma was mild and a bit on the dry side. It was full of flavor with sweet malty, citrus in the beginning that coated the palate very nicely. The end is where the spicy, dry hop flavor comes into play and the beer finishes very clean and crisp.

Overall, a great Belgium brew, I highly recommend it.

 433 characters

Photo of eric5bellies
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from my Duvel Tulip.

A - Pours a orangey hazey colour with tight white head that stays the length.

S - So much spicey fruits here it'svery impressive.

T - Explosions of spicey citrus and hops all the way through witha warming boozey finish.

M - Light to medium body with perfect bal;nace and very smooth.

D - This is a cracking Belgian Pale Ale and you will struggle to beat it.

 389 characters

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

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.