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 | website

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:
317
Ratings:
633
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
15.8%
 
 
Wants:
39
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56
For Trade:
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Photo of cpetrone84
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
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 +8.1%
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 +11.1%
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 -5.4%
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 +12.3%
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 -12.3%
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 +1.7%
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 +9.1%
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 -9.9%
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 +11.1%
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 +0.5%
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 +1.7%
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 +16.8%
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 +5.4%
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 +6.9%
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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Photo of Crittervision
3.81/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at De Dolle on 14 August 2011. Into an Oerbier tulip. 

Transparent gold with a light and wispy white head. Average lacing. 

Smell has hints of cheddar and white wine under a muted hop presence. Some thing smells a little rotten / spoiled about it... perfumey musty mold? Hmm!!?

Taste is apple juice, tart apples, bitterness reminds me of tea leaves littered in a cup of green tea, unsweetened pineapple juice, dry grain in the finish over a pale-ale-ish base. Drinks like 4%. Bitter and floral qualities increase with warmth and envelop my mouth. 

Finishes dry with a delicate but lasting pineappley hop after taste. 

Consumes like a "session" beer. Super easy drinking. 

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Photo of sfprint
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

expiration date was misprinted on the cap, only part of it made it onto the side. But compared with the other De Dolle expiration dates from bottles I bought at the same time, it should be fine.

A: Unpreventable overly massive head. Extremely creamy head. Car wash suds. Pretty cloudy, but i can make out a column of carbonation rising from the center. At the thinnest part of the glass, it's quite orange, but at the thickest, is kind of a sewage orange/brown/green.
S: Very banana-y with mild phenol yeast, orange, peach. Quite yummy. Almost peach ice cream.
T: Wow that head is creamy, phenol bitterness way stronger in the taste. far more bitter than i expected and i kept out the yeast at the bottom. The alcohol and phenol "flavors" are merged into a single tartish one.
M: Creamy, little carbonation, medium body,
O: Decent/good. A bit too bitter for me regarding the style. I like bitter beers, but the bitterness doesn't fit so well in this one.

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Photo of Fulkrum78
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Apparently only getting about half a beer tonight. Popped the top and beer went everywhere. Evidently some serious bottle carbonation going on here. Pours a dark brown with a nice huge head that went everywhere. Head sticking around for a decent amount of time. Nice and tasty aroma with sweetness and malt on the back end. Flavor is amlty but definitely noticeable alcohol on the end. Color is fairly cloudy. Great beer.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.27/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served on draught into 20cl stemware at the Mikkeller bar in Copenhagen. Cost was 35 DKK. Reviewed from notes.

A: Fair cream and thickness, but bad retention. Colour is a dark orange-gold.

Sm: Cream, butterscotch, caramelized malt, and barley. A mild strength aroma.

T: Caramelized malt, barley, and hops. Maybe some butterscotch. Complex enough, pretty balanced, and decently built.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Complements the flavours of the body.

Dr: Fairly high ABV with very easy drinkability. The price is rather high, but then I got it in Denmark.

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Photo of illidurit
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As with all De Dolle beers, this is a ridiculous gusher. Pours at about a 98-2 foam to beer ratio, and that's not an exaggeration. Doesn't matter how cold you chill it, it could be a half-frozen slush and still manage a huge mountain of suds. After a requisite waiting/re-pouring period, I am looking at a golden-orange liquid, completely opaque, with a dense, creamy off-white head. Aroma is big on spices, with coriander and clove leading the way. Yeast and light fruity hops as well. Flavor is lightly tart with some apricot, orange peel, and yeast. Solid hoppiness, floral with a light bitterness. Dry palate with a bit of peppery alcohol. Lively carbonation, obviously. A very nice strong golden ale.

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Photo of bskrtz
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cold bottle emptied into St Bernardus (wide) glass beer challis

A)Hazy dull bronze with metallic sparkle. Huge lively white head. Abundant sediment and floaties

S) Freshly cut citrus fruit, coriander, banana peel. Alcohol drifts and resonates -- you know this is strong stuff

T) Excellent interpretation of Belgian Pale Ale. Fruity with pear juice and stewed apples. Sweet candy sugar and mild, suttle bitter hops.

M) Dense sea of fine carbonation that lasts and lasts. Sticky sweet but still refreshing. Yum.

O) Another excellent beer from De Dolle. This one is tougher to find, but worth the effort.

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Photo of Miriamrv
4.83/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

appearance: golden amber hue with an undying slightly off-white head. beautiful beer, head lasts throughout.

aroma: quite complex. some light fruit notes, maybe pears and oranges? peppery, spicy phenols. sweet grainy malts underneath.

taste: more complex than the nose, rich butter-cream sweet malt and a pronounced flavor of tangy yeast. finishes somewhat dry with a nice subtle lightly spicy and dry hop profile. the warmth of the alcohol is detected but only in a pleasant, warming way. more layers of flavor develop as the beer warms and as it moves across the pallet. a bit of fruitiness (again pears and oranges maybe? difficult to place) throughout.

mouthfeel: great carbonation cuts through the buttery nature of the malts. creamy and smooth. rich and delicious.

overall: i had a little moment with this beer. it just reminded me of how very much i love beer... and why. haven't had much from de dolle, however, will try anything i can get my hands on after this brew. :) ahh. content.

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Photo of rvdoorn
4.54/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: the beer pours a hazy orange-yellow color, with a nice fluffy white head.
Smell: Malts, citrus, pepper, honey, ginger, grass and hops. Great smell.
Taste: Fruits (citrus, light plum and sour grapes), honey, herbal, malts ginger, pepper with a very dry and strong hoppy aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Medium-carbonation, firm bodied.
Overall: One word: beauty

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Photo of spicelab
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle thanks to [email protected] Liquor. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

Golden straw, bright and clear, with an immense puffy white head. Snail-trail lacing deposited all over the glass as it gradually falls.

Floral and sweet. Pink lady apples, apricot jam, orange rind, honey, musk and some spicy herbs which are beyond my identification powers. Very nice and refined.

Taste is unexpectedly sour and astringent - a bit like wrapping the white part of a lemon peel in radicchio and chewing on it. There's still some underlying sweet ester character, but it battles to be heard. Didn't really grow into it over the course either, as often happens when my first impressions are skeptical.

Fullish mouthfeel, with lively carbonation and good length. Finishes quite dry due to the astringency.

Normally a fan of tart and sour character, but found it too overbearing and adversely impacting on the yeast and ester profile.

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Photo of xylophonica
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a chalice.
Note: the bottle I have states 8% as the ABV.

A - Big frothy head bursting to get out. Has actually expanded since being poured and has now risen like a mountain-range and is towering over the glass. Dark golden colour with jet-like streams of carbonation bubbles firing up to the top of the liquid.

S - Sweet hint of wheat with some slightly phenolic overtones. Some bitey hops and herbs in there as well. Later on some pungent rose and honey present.

T - The head is quite bitter on consumption. Quite a dry sensation with the bitter hops. Sweeter and more herbal when you get down to the bier itself - very smooth. Head becoming more creamy as it's drunk but there's still a variety of darker flavours such as aniseed coming through. Much later some rose and honey flavours arriving - as with the aroma.

M - Very smooth and creamy with the exorbitant head. Otherwise surprisingly mild given the carbonation levels visible at first glance.

O - The bitterness of the enormous head here has totally overwhelmed the more subtle flavours of the bier. First time I've ever drank some water in the middle of a review to try to get a better grasp of the flavours but it still doesn't completely eliminate the bitterness. I'm sure there's a really good bier under the bitterness but it's not coming through today.

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De Dolle Arabier from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
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