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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Todd on 10-23-2000

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Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 AlexFields
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Presentation: 33 cl / 11.6 oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance: Big-time rocky head with a floating plateau that does not waver. Mildly hazed beige yellow hue with a few furious tiny bubbles racing to the top.

Smell: Lemony, granny smith apples, faint medicinal phenols and a spicy sweet mix of malt, alcohol and hops in the aroma.

Taste: “Flash in the pan” tartness as the moderate body sets in. So smooth and crisp with a lined yeasty bite. Short musty buttery middle. Fruity with lemon and tart apple tones. Husky grain and medicinal phenols mix things up. Alcohol wants to come out but it hides until the warmth hits when the brew is nearly finished. Spicy hop and alcohol twist lay down with a kiss of honey like maltiness. Yeast adds another layer of chalkiness towards the end as the brew dries.

Notes: Oh baby, this is a nice one. One to have on occasion to bring the whole beer thing into perspective. Meaning that even pale brew can be this complex and flavourful yet drinkable at the same time.

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Photo of nickd717
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at Beer Table in Brooklyn, then again on tap at De Dolle. Reviewing the draft version here. Let me tell you, this beer is WAAAAY better fresh at the brewery on tap. Was not impressed when I had it in the US.

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

This one pours a light caramel color with plenty of white, frothy head. The nose is full of fruity melon aromas and candi sugar. On the palate, there's a big fruitiness right off the bat, followed by a bitter medicinal quality, lots of hop bitterness, and a tea-like finish. The mouthfeel of Arabier is very sharp, with lots of carbonation and hops, but underlying that is a fairly substantial malt-and-candi-sugar base.

Overall, a good, quite interesting beer, but not something that blows my mind. Well worth a try, though.

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Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

I'm glad I read that this beer poured with a volumnous head. I decided to utilize the Gulden Draak goblet for this one. It did pour up a huge, rocky bone white head atop a golden colored beer. Lightly honeyed malt aroma with hints of citrus and pear. Light hoppiness and, overall clean smelling with a light yeast mustiness. Introduction of lees attributes a mild spiciness. Trace amounts of a medicinal quality, but nothing severely off. Slightly sweet and an herbal, hoppy finish that is rather sedate, yet noticable. Very refined and elegant. For some odd reason, I didn't really know what to expect from this beer, but I surely was not disappointed. A very tasty pale. Mouthfeel is creamy, yet spritzy. Finely tuned and highly recommended. One of the better Belgian pales I've had recently.

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Photo of dbauer
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Bought 2 bottles of this at Beers of the World in Rochester, was on sale for $4.75 for a 11.2oz bottle, figured i'd give it a try.

Poured into a chalice, huge white head that seemingly never dissipates and the beer itself is a cloudy, orange/amber colour, appearance is reminicent of a hefe.

Smell is of citrus, grapefruit, lemon and lime.

Taste is great, highly carbonated, flavor is baked bread, lemon, grapefruit. This is going down smooth and easy.

This was My first offering from the De Dolle Brewers and I will do my best to check out some of their other offerings

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Photo of captaincoffee
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale gold with a giant white head that leaves lacing around the glass. Nose is interesting. Certainly fruity yeast esters, but a different profile than most, also hay. Flavor is also interesting...not the typical strong Belgian I expected. Bitter hops along side the initial sweetness that seems to go dry a second later. Honey. Noticeable ABV and yet hides it...not sure how to explain that, but it is different. Mouthfeel medium with high but fine carbonation. Overall, a good beer that shows a different angle.

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Photo of axeman9182
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle, received as part of Amanti Vino's Beer of the Month program, allowed to warm slightly before being poured into my Brooklyn tulip.

Arabier pours somewhere between a hazy tangering and full on orange. The cream colored head is absolutely towering, 4 fingers plus after pouring only about half the bottle. Retention is off the charts, 15 minutes later there's still a foam iceberg marooned in the center of my glass. Lacing is pretty good, but more spotty than cohesive sheets down the side of my glass, and just keeps the look from being about perfect. The nose is heavy on herbs and clove, with a bit of granny smith apples and pears peeking through as well. Neither the bottle or the De Dolle website mention anything about brett, but I swear there's a bit of funk to this one. Beyond that, the usual pale fruit sweetness leads off (though is unusually subdued) before a bigger than usual hop bite leads into a beautiful blend of herbal notes from the Nugget hops and clove and white pepper phenols from the yeast. A little bit firmer of a malt presence would balance the beer out a bit more and really elevate it even further. I don't mind my BSPAs being a bit on the dry side, but I'd say Arabier takes it just a bit too far. There's no substance to it at all body-wise. Carbonation is quite lively, and spot on for the style. Arabier is a relatively unique, interesting take on a Belgian Strong Pale Ale, and were it not quite so dry would be up there with Duvel as a top offering for the style.

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Photo of enelson
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of dogfooddog
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden-yellow beer produces excessive foam upon pouring.

Nose is a bit peppery (black), spicy, yeasy, very refined and dry. Very attractive.

Taste is even more spicy than the nose, on a very light body without distinct strong tastes, perhaps mildly citric but hops are secondary to a spiciness I normally only find in Fantome ( or saison de pipaix) beers, but without the barnyard.

Very well-crafted beer from this brewery, the 8% is invisible.

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Photo of MichaelLamb
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a light hazy yellow color ale with a huge foamy head with perfect retention. Aroma is mostly comprised of yeast with some spices and hops also noticeable. Taste is quite sharp with again the yeast making a lot of impression and spices with strong malt being quite evident. Strong body with some good carbonation. WOW, this brewery seems to always be amazing.

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

33 cl. bottle into a Duvel tulip. Cool cartoon label per usual as far as De Dolle goes.

Appearance: Extremely hazy yellow body with pieces of yeast floating in the bottom, as I gave it a bit of a swirl before I poured. The head is huge and actually comes over the glass before settling down, and that's after a few minutes. If the lacing were better I'd give this a perfect score.

Smell: Huge notes of sweet and sour apple skin, granny smith maybe? Slight medicinal phenols. Sour cherries. Earthiness and mustiness. A bit of candi sugar. Also a bit of vanilla. And finally a strong presence of hops. Awesome stuff here.

Taste: What is this bitterness at the end? It's odd because at first, when it was a bit colder, the hops were coming through heavily. Toward the middle it was more fruity and malty. And now as it's hitting room temperature, the hops are biting ferociously. Now it's also coming very quickly too, as if all the fruit and malt's being a bit overshadowed. The finish is saving it, though, as it's extemely long and lingering, with hops assaulting the tongue mostly, but bits of apple skin and sour cherries also floating around. Very original stuff, and I've never had a Belgian quite like this before.

Mouthfeel: Slightly creamy with a full burst of carbonation near the end of the swallow.

Drinkability: Very complex and very easy to drink equals a deadly combination. However, I still wouldn't really want to have more than one in a sitting. Certainly worth a shot, and very nice in the summer weather for a sipper.

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

As I try pour this one into my trusty Duvel Tulip it immediatley gushes open. I get as much into the glass as possible creating a massive frothy white head. Much of the head is still there after I'm finished cleaning up so I have to say retention is't bad. body is a very hazy pale amber. Lacing is a little spotty and uneven.

Bitter hops are the first aromas to jump out along with citrus, yeast, and bready malt.

Flavor brings on even more intense bitter hops with some smoke. Malt profile stays on the same track as the nose with a very pleasant bready character. The citrus picked up before isn't as easily identifiable on the palate as the smell suggested but it's still there along with some faint honey sweetness. Finish is remarkably dry. Interesting stuff!

While much of the carbonation seems to spent from the explosive opening the medium body and almost puckering dryness keep the mouthfeel very interesting. While the bitterness was surprising to the point of almost being off putting at first by time I got the bottom of the bottle I was loving it and wishing I had more. This along with the low for the style booze get it high marks for drinkability.

Overall not at all what I expected but once I got into it I found it highly unique and enjoyable. Will definitely purchase again.

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

Sometimes the small things in life can make me happy. I bought this beer just around the corner, without any deeper thought. I knew it was a good beer, I have had it before. But that was before I turned into a beer nerd with a reviewing book. When you have to put your impressions on paper, it is harder because it has to be more than OK, or not.
So that also goes for this beer, normally it was an OK beer, but now I have been sniffing the beer for 10 minutes. There was banana and lemon and green apples, fruity with a slight solvent smell. Amazing aroma! Color and head were also one of the nicest around, clear golden with a stable head, which will persist forever.
The taste was very complex, there was the alcoholic kick and a dryness, with fruity undertones and toffee and honey maltiness. The typical Dolle Brouwers yeast really gives the beer a strong and complex signature and makes the beer very smooth, alsmost too smooth for it's 8% ABV.
What a wonderfull beer, strong, full-bodied and not too sweet and complex, recommended!!!

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

After a bit of gratuitous gushing, this brew poured cloudy blonde with lots of visible carbonation and an enormous white head. My La Chouffe glass could hardly contain the frothy, persevering head.

The aroma consists of zesty lemon rind, pepper, candied sugar, coriander and funky yeast. Not a hint of alcohol in the nose.

Lots of lemon and dry citrus rind in the flavor, followed by a muted sweetness. The finish is spicy with clove, coriander pepper and some notable booziness. I was surprised by a nice, bitter, dry hop finish. There is no shortage of funky yeast flavor throughout.

Light bodied with ample carbonation, this is a drinkable brew to be sure.

This is a solid, hoppy Belgian strong pale ale. It is a little less sweet than some others and the bold hop profile nearly renders this pleasing brew to be a Belgian IPA in my opinion.

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

Appearance: clear yellowish orange in color sporting a 1/2" head that lingers a bit. Some spotty lacing forms during the session.

Smell: yeast spiciness, pepper, and honey sweetness are the most dominant tones.

Taste: green grapes, honey, grapefruit, pepper, yeast, mild bitterness, and soft alcohol tones make up a refreshing and lightly dry beer.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp and mildly dry throughout. Brief aftertaste. Medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: I found this to be a somewhat refreshing and easy to quaff. An enjoyable and almost session-like belgian beer.

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

04/13/05- Purchased at Draeger's Market in San Mateo, CA

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle with no dates. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Huge thick, almost like whipped cream head. A darker murky golden color with nice swirls of yeast. When the dregs of yeast are poured out to finish the bottle it almost looks like cookies and cream whipped cream.

Smell- Nice fruity and spicy character here.

Taste- Comparing to the last beer I had Hellek...something, it is pretty much the same except it had much more of a bitter hop presence. Mixture of corriander and other spices, plus a pretty big hop punch.

Mouthfeel- A bit higher in the carbonation, but not too high.

Drinkability- Almost like a Belgian IPA. Ineresting and different. Very drinkable...may get this one again next time I go shopping.

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Photo of number1bum
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BeerTruth gave me this single, thanks buddy.

Upon popping the cap foam started gushing out of the top of the bottle, which I quickly had to get over a glass so as not to lose too much. Poured a cloudy orange color with some sediment floating around and a foamy, rocky off-white head. Head left a mess all over the glass and keeps a full, chunky lace.

Smell is quite yeasty, with some slightly tart citrus, some apricots, spice and an earthy, sort of musty aroma. Nice sweetness to it, as well, and a good deal of hops.

Taste is heavy on the yeast and earthy, must flavors, and there's an herbal bitterness that's pretty prominent as well, especially into the finish. There is some fruity flavor here and there, and some spice too. A honey sort of sweetness comes out more as it warms up. Quite hoppy for a Belgian of any kind.

Mouthfeel is on the full side of a medium body, and is quite smooth and slick on the palate. Carbonation is on the aggressive side but not overly so.

This is a pretty flavorful, complex ale. Quite enjoyable and something I'd be glad to revisit.

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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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De Dolle Arabier from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
4.06 out of 5 based on 657 ratings.
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