De Dolle Arabier | Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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De Dolle ArabierDe Dolle Arabier

Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of ommegangpbr
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of rapidsequence
3.61/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

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Photo of daledeee
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of trbergman
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of claspada
3.3/5  rDev -18.7%
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.

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Photo of Pencible
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

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Photo of Bendurgin
3.89/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of kmo1030
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of fear025
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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Photo of weatherdog
3.3/5  rDev -18.7%
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.

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Photo of deapokid
3.47/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of avalon07
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of nami11
3.94/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of eric5bellies
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of DaveHS
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden straw color with a nice thick, foamy eggshell white head. With most beers from DeDolle, no amount of patience or careful pouring will remedy the carbonation situation. So just go with it. The nose is yeasty and slightly sour, with touches of grain,
sour apple and earthy hops. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, with a dry finish from the Poperinge dry-hopping. Well-balanced flavors of caramel malt, bready grains, musty barnyard yeast and light citric hops are delicately interwoven, achieving a beer that is engaging, yet simple.

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

330ml 11.2 Oz. bottle. Poured into a Duvel Tulip.

Appearance: Beautiful amber a few floaties, really rich head and good lacing.

Smell: Wow, sweetness and complexity announces itself right away, all kinds of scent with both spice and sweetness.

Taste: Even better than the smell, and keeps improving with each sip, a whole lot going on with this one. Sweet, with both some spice and some bitterness, extremely well balanced, exceptional.

Mouth feel: Well carbonated, very smooth.

Drinkability: Could easily be a session beer.

This is my first from De Dolle has me really looking forward to their Oerbier

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Photo of gatornation
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a cloudy golden brown with a big big billowing head that recedes very slow highly carbonated..the smell is fruity and spice whiffs of candy some whiffs of citrus peel yeast a little coriander..the taste is really good it smokey and musty a little peat taste mixed with fruit and spice..i taste raisins some pepper..there is alot going on in this BSPA different then the dozen ive had in this style..but props to the complex taste..the mouth feel is full is crisp and bitter with some hops but is earthy and finishes dry its a sipper and changes as it warms,,if you kike BSPA'S seek this on out its an interesting one

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Photo of CHickman
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy light orange in color with a massive 3 finger white cloudy head that lasted a few minutes; very good lacing that clings to the glass. The bubbles are noticeable as the race up the glass.

Smells very fruity like lemon, orange peel, grapefruit and sour apple, with citrus hops, yeast, light sweet malt, coriander, spices and a faint whiff of alcohol. A very impressive and inviting nose that emits the complexities from a few inches away from the glass.

Tastes of sour apple up front, followed by sweet malt, grains, yeast, zesty lemon, citrus, floral hops, grass, coriander, herbs, spices, some caramel and hops and a tart faint alcohol finish that's on the sweet side and leaves a dry little pucker. The ending is little grainy, but this beer is complex and delicious with a very good blend of ingredients. The honey, sugar and yeast appear more as it warms, and this beer hides the alcohol very well. The spices like pepper are faint but still add a nice bit of flavor to the overall mix.

The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with very little to no carbonation, and while the beer has a medium body feel, it still flows down really easy and is highly drinkable.

It's very easy to drink, but some self control should be exerted as this beer is so complex that it's meant to sip and savor. An excellent beer which I highly recommend.

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Photo of RuudJH
4.64/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

De dolle brouwers have become one of my favourite breweries from Belgium in a short time, due to their stout and oerbier.
I'm looking forward to tasting this one.

'Dry hopped, unfiltered, unpasteurized with taste evolution'. I like it allready.

Dark golden ale, big soapy head, high carbonation.

First smell from the bottle is a bit lactose, allmost cheese.
After pouring it it developes into a fresh clear malt with fruit (mainly lemon peel, but also raisins, plumbs, apple). Fresh hops, a bit of pine.

Taste malty but not sweet. Also a little bit of fruit, but hardly any of the expected sweetness is in it.

Mouthfeel is dry and bitter, but smooth. Fullbodied: it stays in my mouth long.

At 8% abv, defenately a sipper for relaxing. It's not at all sweet, so I guess one needs to get used to it.
But it's well worth it. I would say it's great a brewer offers different tastes like this.
Thumbs up for de dolle brouwers again.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle, listed at 8% ABV. The label alone was worth the purchse. Hopefully the beer will be too. On to the beer:

Pour a little, get a lot of foam in the glass. After digging some of that foam out, I pour 3/4 of the bottle into my chalice. Bright golden blonde color, topped by a thick, everlasting airy head. If that isn't enough, the show of carbonation bubbles in the body will take your breath away. Aroma is very dry. There are very light notes of apricot, and stronger yeast notes. Sour grapes and canteloupe.

Not sweet like other Belgian's of the style. Instead, it is a very dry tasting beer. It seems a little hopped up (very by Belgian standards), and definately weird tasting, yet somehow I like it. Pretzel dough with salt come to mind....huh? Lightly flavored with those lovely light colored fruits. Sharp white pepper provides a little yang to the ying. Smooth and creamy on the palate with a little bite of carbonation on the tip of the tongue. The aftertaste is an enjoyable saltiness, but otherwise dry.

What does De Dolle add to this beer to make this taste the way it does? It's worth experimenting with if you want a "different" BSPA.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour gold shading to bronze with huge whipped cream head that clings. Lemon sherbet and tropical flower honey on the nose, with traces of candy sugar and yeast barrel. Husky grain malts underlain by white pepper, with hints of banana bubblegum and white grape, then an ester hit followed by tight spicy citrus and grass hops. Dry citric linger, clean and lean body, slight burn.

Not quite a Belgian IPA, but bright and hoppy PA. More flavor than needs to be there, and a nice drinker, too.

Note: Label says 8% ABV, not 7.

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Photo of ThaCreep
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Creamy with brown patches. Nose quite complex blends discreetly smell of apple and apricot. The bouquet is well hopped and is associated with a drought quite powerful. It is both bitter and spicy with a hint of apple syrup and lemon and a hint of butter. Bitterness is also a remarkable appearance and it drags in the mouth with a pungent most welcome. Like other beers Dolle Brouwers, it offers a range of interesting flavors, alcohol hidden well but a heady power should not be overlooked.

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Photo of stevefinny
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

33cl brown bottle. I messed up. I lost HALF the bottle upon opening it. It gushed everywhere, I mean everywhere. Never will I be unprepared. Sorry.

Appearance: Amazing amount of head. Thick and creamy, nice lacing. Tons of tiny bubbles coming up the sides.

Smell: Tart, bit funky, some citrus, and honey.

Taste: Smokey funk, sweet citrus, and finishes with dry floral hops.

Mouthfeel: Starts creamy, slight tartness, that finishes crisp yet dry.

Drinkability: Well I don't know if it is me or my bottle but that was tasty. I would definitely recommend grabbing a few of these.

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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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