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De Dolle Arabier | Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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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:
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Added by Todd on 10-23-2000

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,661
Reviews:
330
Ratings:
663
pDev:
10.81%
Bros Score:
4.35
 
 
Wants:
41
Gots:
66
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 663 |  Reviews: 330
Photo of janubio
4.84/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Cloudy gold color, with a compact creamy head that never ends. Great lace that slides through the glass. Funky citric aroma, orange,ginger, lemon, cardamom, tea leaves. Dry, bitter, crispy palate, medium body, carbonation is great, tiny bubbles are always comin' up to the top. Taste of citrics, ginger, cardamom, banana. Bitter finish. Another great one for the brothers.

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Photo of Miriamrv
4.83/5  rDev +18.7%
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 brdc
4.82/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this small, capped bottle into a tulip.

It is initially clear golden, but as I voluntarily add the bottom yeast, it turns into a murky, golden-orange brew with a thick white cap, moderate retention, beautiful lacing.
Nose is yeasty, spicy, hoppy, "salty sea", perhaps fruity and floral. There is also a very pleasant, sweet cookie nad molasses aroma (that is as close as I can get, but it is better than that). Well carbonated, it has gently prickly mouthfeel, with a nice, complex evolving taste that is spicy and even salty, hoppy and dry, malty and sweet, tart, with lots of yeasty notes.
Quite easy to drink, another wonderful Dolle creation. Incidentally, it matched chinese potstickers (not spicy) very well.

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Photo of MrMonkey
4.8/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to gford217 for getting this one to me in a trade!

Having read some reviews and knowing the chance of this one being a gusher, I popped the cap slowly, releasing a little bit of pressure at a time.

It poured a cloudy amber with orange highlights, and a massive four-finger off-white rocky head that faded slowly. Lots of sticky lacing and good head retention.

Smell is Belgian yeast, herbal hops, candied sugar, papaya, dried apricot and a hint of peppery spice.

Taste starts off with an herbal hop bite followed closely by some sweet caramel and candied sugar. Peach, papaya and apricot flavors, along with some yeast and more candied sugar, lead into some dry floral hops and a slightly peppery finish.

Smooth, medium-bodied well-carbonated mouthfeel.

Perfectly drinkable. I think I found a new favorite!

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Photo of mhatters
4.77/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in an Ara Bier glass at my house.

Great golden color with a big, think, lacy head that stays. Nice sediment haze.

Lots of citrus, yeast, pepper, apple, and other spices

The first thing that comes out in the taste is a good malt base, then hops, and some sugar sweetness.

Lots of carbonation, crisp and light on the palette.

A classic beer.

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Photo of jollyotter
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

Photo of macesq
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

Photo of robbyc1
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, what a beer, as are most of the De Dolle's.

Massive floating head into a Duvel glass takes about 4 minutes to pour, frothy head dissipates slowly. Cloudy warm brownish/orange look.

Fruity and estery like a good belgian, lots of coriander/orange peel/yeasty smell, wonderful.

Taste is an explosion of bubbly fruity essense with a combo champagne/ale feature. Hops are noticable but balanced, and finish is both sweet and sour, lacks only the full sour twang of the Oerbeer.

Explosive mouthfeel, a takeover of your buds, fantastic.

Would drink it everyday if possible, but no more than 2 at a time. Superb.

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Photo of Blobra
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

Photo of rolive
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

Photo of MtnDewd
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

Photo of WOLFGANG
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

Photo of KJ2013
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

Photo of horndecker
4.73/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A volcanic head, bright white, the definition of rocky. Fabulous lace, a barley latte. Slightly hazy golden peachy hue.
The first whiffs are of tangerines, pepper, cloves and limes. Pine trees.
The flavors are bitter orange up front, followed by subtle sweet malt, and a piney hops finish. Marry this to a soft, creamy and sinuous mouthfeel and we have a winner. Beautifully balanced brew. A persistance of hops at the end of it all leaves your tongue at attention, pining for the next sip.
Another wonderful concoction from De Dolle Brouwers.

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Photo of sk8man121
4.73/5  rDev +16.2%
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 Zerga
4.73/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Shovelbum
4.7/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a towering head of white foam over a hazy golden body. Nice lace. Aromas of tart green apple and citric fruit over light malt. Well carbonated, yet the flavor and body is smooth-- not to mention complex! Notes of earth, coriander, light caramel, bread, and a light malty, almost cotton candy-esque, sweetness mingle with each other in the flavor. There are hints of the green apple in there too, but it's ever so subtle. A touch of diaceytl butteriness rounds out the show. The medium body is smooth, but light on the tongue.

This beer is a beautiful study in complexity, balance and the power of moderation. The ABV is not noticeable at all, and the beer comes off as quite refreshing, but not lacking in complexity at all. This would be my house beer if I could afford it ( both in terms of price and the devious ABV)!
Divine.

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Photo of nickhiller
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: cloudy golden brown, big bubbly head with lasting retention, thick soap scummy lacing

S: fresh, sweet malt, almost like sniffing a handful of barley, De Dolle's familiar raspberry/fruity yeast

T: tastes like raspberry jam biscuit, with a perfect counterbalancing fresh hop bitterness

M: light creamy body, dry bitter finish

O: delicious, it seems like they might be using the same yeast in their beers, giving them a signature yeasty raspberry-esque flavor that works really well with their malty-cum-sour flavor

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Photo of drtth
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter X glass from a bottle that has a best by date of Jan 2012 and was filled in Jan of 2010. (Special Kudos to De Dolle for giving us both dates.) Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As poured the beer is a faintly hazed golden color and filled with active carbonation. There is a 1” fluffy white head that recedes slowly leaving patches of lacing that cling to the sides of the glass. Sipping leaves some interesting trails of leggy lacing as well.

Smell: The aromas tell you immediately that this beer is made with Belgian yeast. There is also a touch of some pale malt and a floral, fruity character that blends nicely with hints of herbal grassiness from the hops. It is when the hops show up that you first realize this is not your ordinary Belgian Strong Pale Ale.

Taste: The flavors include sweetness, citrus and some earthy, grassy character. There’s also a bit of white pepper showing. An almost honey-like sweetness is also a player here.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied and a nice combination of creamy smoothness and gently prickliness from the healthy carbonation. The finish is relatively long, begins with the some sweetness and then quickly becomes bitter and dry.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: I’m liking this beer more and more as I sip more and more. I’ll certainly be willing to drink this one again, so long as it is relatively fresh. My overall impression of this beer is that it is very balanced and well made, that it is a real treat that stands out from the field of Strong Pale Ales with its imaginative combination of the best of Belgium and the best of hops.

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Photo of Flaherbear
4.64/5  rDev +14%

Photo of RuudJH
4.64/5  rDev +14%
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 cheeseburger
4.64/5  rDev +14%

Photo of KateMcN
4.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: golden and very cloudy

s: earthy, peppery, belgian-hoppy

t: herbal, earthy, crisp, hoppy, a little citrus, a little tobacco

m: lots of sediment; almost ashy (not a negative thing)

d: delicious, continually intriguing, don't rush this one

yum times a thousand. i love belgian beers that aren't too sweet, so the 'belgian ipa' category is usually my favorite. i'd categorize this one thusly if i didn't know better.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.62/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A bit of a gusher, this 'un...but I've learned to open most Belgian beers over a sink or wastebasket...so beware, although it wasn't the worst foam-fountain I've dealt with. Once in the glass, the head is mighty and firm, thick and pillowed. Color has the tan/orange hue of a horse saddle, and is almost opaquely murky. Hardly pale.

Nose is much funkier than I remember, although there's a heaping lot of fruit character too. Leather and plum, stinky cheese and fig, locker room sweat and spoiled pear. Gotta love it.

While the nose pretty much features the yeast, the flavors on the tongue are broader. Plenty of dark, overripe fruit, and some apple and pear too, while the yeast imparts a balancing element of funky zing. White pepper steps in, as does a tartness not detected in the nose. Firm malt base lays out a slightly sweet, gooey-but-earthy tone. And then you get extra depth with honey, grassy hops and campfire smoke all in supportive but important roles. Unlike any other Belgian beer; Ara Bier definitely brings its own stamp of uniqueness.

Mouth is slick and slippery, largely rounded yet carbonated enough for balance. Has a peculiar glide that sends it right past the tongue and down the throat quickly, and while that feels like a textural thing, perhaps it's just so damn good my tongue can't bear it?

Cracking the cap on any De Dolle beer is always a pleasure, and this one proved to be no different. Depth, complexity, allure, uniqueness...it's got it all. Have had this one several times over the years, and this is surely not the last I've seen of it. Wowza.

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Photo of schemb
4.62/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Redbones in late August. After every sip I said "this is crazy" , even at the end of night of hop slugs and hot sauce. Insanely complex, yet pleasant, and damn drinkable. Spicy, sweet, tart, other flavors all in turns. Please Redbones - bring this one back !

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