De Dolle Arabier | Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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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
Reviews:
327
Ratings:
652
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
11.08%
 
 
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38
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64
For Trade:
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Photo of woosterbill
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle, bottled July 2010, into a Weyerbacher tulip.

A: Hazy deep gold body beneath a majestic 3 inches of dense, fine, pillowy white head. The retention is rocky to the point of disbelief, and leaves huge clumps of lace. Stunning.

S: Rich, earthy, spicy, fruity yeast. Lots of minerality, clove, banana, and citrus. Really deep, really nice.

T: Spicy phenols up front, with candied malt and fruity esters dominating midway through. Light clove and faint alcohol on the dry finish. Some slightly dull sweetness on the aftertaste. Quite good, but there's a touch too much sweetness in the malt, and it's starting to show its age.

M: Soft, highly carbonated, very creamy medium body. Terrific.

O: I think two years might have been a little longer than this beer needed, but it's really delicious.

Cheers!

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Not as much head as the Oerbier but I do get a 1/4 inch that reduces to a thick lace ring with sticky head. Color is a hazy orange yellow kind of like dark pineapple juice.

S - From the bottle I get a pretty decent level of citrus hops and in the glass it smells more like a Belgium Triple full of bubble gum and sugary yeasts. Hope it's as good as it smells.

T - Well nothing off-putting but has a mild pineapple like hop presence mixed with a sugar coated bubble gum yeast. I think I actually like this more than the Oerbier since it's hoppy, simple and delicious.

M - Light to medium and crisp. Easy to drink despite the elevated ABV.

Overall I might actually pick up another old bottle of this for 3 bucks! A very easy drinking great tasting Belgium pale ale.

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Photo of fmccormi
2.73/5  rDev -32.8%
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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Photo of Radome
4.1/5  rDev +1%
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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Photo of Flounder57
4/5  rDev -1.5%
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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Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
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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Photo of warnerry
4/5  rDev -1.5%
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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Photo of NardiByNature
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
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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Photo of superspak
4.26/5  rDev +4.9%
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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Photo of hustlesworth
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- clear golden amber with a huge attractive off white head. Pouring the first 2/3 of the bottle of course disturbed the yeast so after its inclusion the beer has a slight haze to it. The lace is cobwebby and random and the foam looks hoppy as it settles.

S- hoppy and lemony fresh, even thought the bottle is almost 2 years old. Herbal citrus noble hop aroma with mild notes of mixed tropical fruit gummy candy that were blue and shaped like sharks. Also maybe some white gummy bear. Pilsner malt and lightly toasted cereal grains meet the hops half way. Some mango and banana yeast.

T- bitter with a quickly fading fruity edge. Hop flavor lingers well into the finish and then becomes neatly clean and dry. Soft fruit flavors of banana and melon are sliced apart by the bitterness (which I'll assume has tamed down some) and damn near evaporated by the time the crisp pale grains seep slowly in along with peppery spice. This has all the flavor components of a hoppy imperial pilsner but with a lighter body.

MF- on the lighter side and thirst quenching with zesty carbonation, but darn all that alcohol. Dry and hoppy on the cheeks.

D- recategorize this one as a Belgian ipa and I'm all for it. Not what I expect from a BSPA. I'm sure it was dry hopped and all that jazz and being so hop forward it would be nice to have it labeled as such. Love this brewery though.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pour is a transparent color with PBS of tight fluffy head. The nose is very nice, lots of spicy yeast, great earthy leather note, underlying caramel and sticky malt. Flavores are the same, bright lemon and golden apricots in back. Well integrated, dry, light body, soft carb. Great beer!

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Photo of Neorebel
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a fantastic tawny straw color into my Chimay goblet. The head on it somehow manages to come out perfectly flat and hanging off the side of the glass like icing on a layer cake. There is some fine sediment present in the glass. Aroma - hints of fruit (banana, cherry, pear, and tangy orange) as well as some faint hops, a grainy, yeasty character, and the alcohol acidity is clear as well. The flavor is softer than the aroma suggests... it's very balanced and smooth. The dominant bready malts are glossed over lightly with sweet apple and tart flavors. Alcohol is hardly noticed. The mouth feel is light, but 'creamy' as well. The finish has a pleasant tingling sensation as the slight bitterness comes out. Another great selection from De Dolle. I am thinking that this brewery can do no wrong.

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

Poured into a Duvel Tulip

A: Wow, this has the most amazing head I've seen yet, even with a gentle pour it was more than four fingers. It was almost like having my beer topped with meringue. Slightly hazy gold under the slowly fading head and sticky lacing. Gorgeous.

S: Spicy Belgian yeast, candied citrus peel, orange blossoms, and ripe pears with a whiff of alcohol.

T: The taste lives up to the smell; slightly sweet, spicy & fruity Belgian yeast, with a firm bitterness and some alcohol warmth to clean things up.

M: Rich, drinkable, but it demands to be sipped and savored. The mouthfeel is full, but not heavy at all, leaving a soft prickle from the fine carbonation.

O: A fantastic beer, I'm really glad that I was able to pick one up. Too bad it's too rare and pricey or I'd drink this much more often. It may not be the best comparison, but this is like a richer, and more decadent version of Duvel. Very well done.

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Photo of karait95
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: such a big head is really cool, whitening color withnsome residuals that make it mix in colors, beer color is bright golden, carbonation is not very rich but head has excellent retention leaving lots of traces on the glass.

S: is good but a little too much hops, maybe some fruity is missing and also barley should be the center.

T: flavor is very intense but alcohol is not the center, hops are the center, again barley and fruits should be more tasting.

M: complex sensation formed by bitterness that remains through the end for a very lasting and astringent end.

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Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Disclaimer: I am a fanatic for De Dolle mostly because of how actively carbonated their beers are.

That being said:
Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle into an oversized wine glass. Poured a dark golden color (almost copper) with a massive three finger head even in the wine glass. Great retention- still a thick layer of foam even five minutes after pouring- and a little bit of patchy lacing. Foam is almost pure white but a little offish.

Smell is purely of wild yeast. Nutty and a little funky but not a recoil-in-horror kind of funk. A little malty sweetness comes through. Pretty strong scent.

Taste is hard to distinguish from mouthfeel much of the time but this problem is particularly pronounced with this beer. It is certainly very yeasty- that earthy kind of yeast taste that comes from Belgians. After you get used to the yeast, it is a light sweet golden malt character.

The mouthfeel is my favorite part of any De Dolle brew- VERY LIVE. Very exciting; it tingles all the way through. Light bodied and heavily carbonated. As I've said with my other reviews of De Dolle, BUY THIS BEER IF YOU CAN FIND IT!

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Photo of dodgerrigo
3.55/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle, Wholefoods (SF Potrero hill)into tulip at home.

A: nice lite golden color. Lots of head on this one.

S: Nothing jumps out at me.

T: very easy to drink, I expected something more complex.
Minimal yeast funk but its just a BPA,so was only hopin for more.

M: like a mouthful of champagne, but settles as you drink.

O: Not sure its worth $5.50 a bottle (11.3 oz.). Maybe its better on tap, it isnt a bad beer just dont understand all the hype.

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Photo of emerge077
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beer that i've had many times, just not lately. Thanks Aaron for this one!

Bright and clear orange gold, with steady plumes of rising carbonation. Long lasting head, ever present skim across the surface.

A little musty and vinous at first, the aroma becomes fruity like dried apricot soon enough.

Crisp and slightly tart, there's a strong fruity character, with some cookie sweetness underneath and a touch of herbal bitterness. Apricot, golden raisin, plum or peach pits, dusty bubblegum, honey shortbread. Effervescent and highly charged. ABV is completely hidden. A benchmark BPA, a classic to return to again and again.

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Photo of LinusBohman
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served through a roomtempered bottle into a snifter.

A: At first a lush and thick head, white in colour, witch soon resides into small islands of foam and lacing on the glass.
The colour is golden and very hazy. Quite bubbly.

S: Lots of fruit out of this one! Apricot, peach and raisins at first. Then also the belgian yeast with it´s estery character. Some almost liqourice sweetness with a hint of sour in the back.

T: Oh my! This is really nice! Fruits! Peach, raisins and lime. And then sweetness with a touch of liqourice. At the and there´s some spicy hop bitterness.

M: Quite smooth and thick. Medium bodied. The carbonation is not apparent. A bit dry to the finish.

O: Really great beer! This is absolutely smashing and super drinkable. A must have!

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Photo of beerpirates
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

33 cl bottel poured into my lost abbey stemware glass

A - Golden yellow color with a large white head. The heads on pretty much all of De Dolle's beers I've had have been massive.

S - Yeast and mild funk with a hint of spice.

T - Yeast, pale malt, a little funk and mild tartness, slightly sweet honey, lemon, light fruits, spices, and fresh citrusy hops.

M - Fairly light on the palate with a somewhat dry finish and lively carbonation.

D - Very high. This would make an awesome summer beer in that it is complex and tasty, yet light and refreshing.

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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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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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Photo of IPA35
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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Photo of sk8man121
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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Photo of argock
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 33cL brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. No freshness or best by date. Purchased at Market Street Wineshop (Charlottesville, VA) for $4.49.

A: Dirty dishwater golden-peach with thick, frothy white 2-finger head with a think line of lacing at the top of the glass.

S: Honey is the first strong aroma with lavender and clove with plenty of floral aromas layered on a fruity pale malt background. A fresh aroma profile with a tinge of yeastiness.

T: The honeylike sweetness carries over into the flavor with plenty of herbal and floral hops contributions: honeysuckle, lavender, and clove. The malt sweetness is further bolstered by a biscuity component that increases with warming and works well with the plum and pear notes.

M: It walks the line of syrupy sweet and dry with just the right balance without being cloying or overly sharp. The carbonation is a bit much, yet another reason to let this brew sit and warm.

O: A really unique beer which is definitely worth revisiting every so often for its near-perfect feel and floral honeylike sweetness. De Dolle no doubt knows what they're doing.

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Photo of OutFox
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a wine glass.

A - The head is the gem here. Its huge (as with just about every De Dolle beer honestly). It retains forever and laces the entire glass. JUst so much carbonation. The acutal color of the beer is a serious gold color.

S - Complex. Its smells serious yeasty but more of a champagne kind of style. There is a hop sort of smell there but it isnt at the fore front.

T - The hops take a larger presence in the taste than in the nose so its almost suprising. Really good. Once again that yeasty sort of champagne-esque quality is there which I love.

M - Light and carbonated. It has a sort of light weight feel to it. Very palate coating.

O - Just a great beer. Its all been said already. If you can find it aquire it. Totally worth it. 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 652 ratings.
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