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
Gots:
56
For Trade:
1
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Photo of Stimack
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

After having the Export Stout about a year ago and really enjoying it I have seen this breweries other brews on the shelf and decided to pick on of them up to give it a try. The one I decided on, and not 100% certain why was this Ara Bier. The brew poured to a dark golden color, with a distinct brown hue. The pour gave a huge head that filled the glass perfectly with the end of the pour producing a good amount of yeast particles. The aroma had a number of properties that came out to me. Nice fruit, apple and pear, maybe (?) more than a slight earthy barnyard smell, and spices that seem to be mostly clove. The aroma was also pretty good as the fruit notes seem to come out more as I seem to pick up more apple along with a sweet sensation probably from the malts. Has what I would classify as a slight hop start to it, very mild and goes away quickly to the sweet flavor described above. Overall I must say that I enjoyed this brew, not my favorite but it was a nice change to the normal stuff I have been having. I would get this one again in the future, surprising that it is at 7% as I did not pick up much in the way of alcohol notes sticking out.

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

I was surprised to find this beer to be fairly average all around. Light orange color. Some acidity, some apricot flavor. The flavor appears upfront and then promptly disappears. I actually wish I had poured more yeast into the glass so this beer would have exhibited more flavor.

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

0.33L bottle - $5.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Features a hazed, dim golden body with a very tall, quickly growing white head, despite a careful, calm pour.

Smell: A predominately fruity nose, tropical in nature, and with some bright, fresh florals given tones of spice and sugar and, though lightly, a couple lemon-menthol cough drops.

Taste: Sweetish, candyish quality in the initial taste. Some leafy qualities and a fluttering of phenols follow. A few citric elements, a thin sliver of pineapple, and another dose of table sugar arrive midway, as does some alcoholic warmth and a noted touch of tongue-numbing menthol. Hits being spicy (clove and mace) and dries out very, very fast in time for the heavily carbonated, help-I'm-filling-up-with-gas finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Exceptionally carbonated, pained, gassy burps are sure to follow.

Overall: Okay. It's interesting enough with its complexities for a dose and a bit champagne-like in texture, filling me up with gas, so I can skip lunch -- no, sir, there will be no need of Panda Express today.

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Photo of drmeto
3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Beer exploded upon opening.
Ridiculous amount of foam.
It took me 20mins to pour the whole bottle out

L:
-pours a hazy bright golden with a huge,foamy,white head
-high carbonation visible
-visible,small particle floaties
S:
-pineapple,lemon zest,coriander,honey
T:
-Follows the nose plus pears
-high,lingering bitterniss
F:
-medium to high carbonation
-light to medium body
-alcohol noticeable
O:
Sort of a less refined "De Ranke Guldenberg".
The carbonation issues really bugged me though

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Photo of rapidsequence
3.61/5  rDev -10.9%
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 rastaman
3.56/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The head on this impressed me a lot, big frothy and lasting. Orange colour, a bit lemony on the nose. Lemon juice sort of flavour, quite acidic, bit of a peppery spice, quite unique, but not really to my tastes, interesting.

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Photo of deeplennon
3.56/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not a huge fan of the De Dolle yeast strain, being about the least fruity of any Belgian strain I can think of off hand, but of their blonds (Dulle Teve, Bos Keun) I think it works the best in this one.

Great gold color, with a strong head if micro bubbles. Appetizingly dry. The alcohol is present but dances well with the yeast (it's listed as 8% on the De Dolle website, not the 7% listed here.) Crisp finish. One of the few De Dolle brews I'll go back to.

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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 Mebuzzard
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Found this at the Hard Rock Cafe in Bangalore, India.
It looked like a Japanese animation beer, with the funky label and all.
Pours a semi-golden hazy, body. Good color, but hard to tell in this place. Head is huge. It took several minutes for it to settle, and then I poured the rest of the beer in. The foam was still clinging inside the bottle. Nice rocky, white head.
Citrus and mild coriander round out the grassy aromas.
Taste is a bit sour.Yeast is strong but weakened, perhaps this bottle is a bit old, or skunked. But it tasted fine. Light and crisp. A bit long in the aftertaste, though.
Not a bad beer, and would have again.

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Photo of Pencible
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
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 BEERchitect
3.52/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Calling this beer a Pale is kind of a stretch. In fact anything but a Biere de Garde would be a mis-classification. This is one weird beer. A very woodsy, nutty, fruity, dirty, musty character chases this beer throughout, at times robbing it of sweetness, but adding a ton of comlexity. Aromas are boarderline barnyard, dusty, and like grandma's attic. Flavors are less funky, but more woodsy, tart, and full of rotten fruits. The yeast / bacteria has stripped the beer of much of it's sweetness and body, but the other complex flavors, textures, and aromas compensate well. The beer has an overwhelming phenolic character that passes plastic and medicinal notes, and well into a smoky, scorched flavor. Finishes as muddles as the flavors with the low-lying sweetness going first, and a tart, cheesy flavor lingering. It's basically an alcoholic mud puddle.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.51/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This was an awesome extra from Jwale73! (on my wants list)! Thanks for the opportunity to try this beer! 11.2 oz bottle poured into my chimay chalice.

A-Body is a hazy pale amber hue that pours with a huge (actually gushing) ridiculous...slightly off-white head. Head eventually fades to 1 finger but leaves a thick layer of foam all the way down the glass. Body is very cloudy-nearly opaque.

S- Nose is quite hoppy...but has more of an herbal/medicinal hoppiness to it than the floral profile typically offered for this style. A hint of alcohol and Belgian yeast can also be detected.

T-Flavor profile is very similar to the nose. Herbal/Medicinal hop flavor profile upfront with a substantial balance of sweet exotic fruit and a bready yeast backbone. The finish offers a slight medicinal refreshing twinge and a hint of the initial flavors linger on the palate after the finish.

M- Well done. Nice medium body with a bready mouthfeel. Low carbonation.

D- This is a decent BSPA. It is well put together and is definitely a unique, cool interpretation of the style...but its not really my cup of tea. It is definitely worth a try and I am glad that I had the opportunity offered by a very generous BA.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy orange-ish color with an off white and rocky head. In the aroma, notes of fruitiness and candy sugar. In the taste, yeasty dryness, and a dryer candy sugar, with notes of fruit. A small bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry candy sugar presence in the aftertaste. Quite nice and kind of simple, light nose and flavors, but nice nonetheless.

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Photo of deapokid
3.47/5  rDev -14.3%
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 bort11
3.43/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.6 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. A fast head that quickly recedes to a thin filmy ring. Color is a hazy orangish-yellow, with a lot of sediment. Smell is slightly citrus with grassy spices. Taste is strongly of coriander up front, but as it warms a grapefruit flavor appears. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a strong fizz feel. This is an interesting beer, and I'm glad i tried it, but I don't think I'll go out of my way to get it again.

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Photo of rousee
3.39/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Brown 33cl bottle with an artsy looking label. Pours a peach orange-honey -very murky with a big 1inch + cap and holds very well down to 1 finger after a few minutes. Very fluffy and fresh-looking lace which leaves thick puffs on glass. The head holds so well it is similar to egg-whites with very soft peaks.

Smell is a sour honey herb-grass and a little malty too.

Taste is very complex:bubbly honey-floral grass on the front. Finish is slightly spicy and peppery. Has a strong alcohol taste too.

Mouthfeel is warm well-carbonated and smokey.
Drinkability is below average for this style. I would not buy this again.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.38/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark golden orange with some haze and lots of peppery floaties. Creamy 1 finger off white head.

S: Dry malt on nose along with faint licorice, caramel and spruce.

T: Some alcohol and citrus with dry floral bittering in the finish compliments the malty palate. Some spiciness from coriander also highlights this beer.

M: A slight fizzy tinger from the heavy carbonation provides moderate mouthful with some dry malty oranges.

D: A decent brew but was expecting more from this brewery.drinkable but only moderately enjoyable.

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Photo of weissbierdrinker
3.38/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

When poured into the glass the beer devleops a huge thick tan head that last a long time leaving lots of lacing around the glass. The color is a merky brown that lets very little light in.

Smell is yeasty with hints of citrus.

Taste starts off with lots of yeast then changes to a kind of clove with citrus and spice. The finish is sort of sweet bitter. Interesting beer.

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Photo of stcules
3.38/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The colour is full golden, with some turbidity. Creamy, and abundant foam. A lot.
The smell is citrus fruits, yeast, hop. Freshness.
The overall impression is freshness in the taste too. And hop. Some spices (anise). Then a light warmness, probably dued to the alcohol. Fruity again, citrus fruits. Maybe some balsamic hint.
Medium-medium-light body.
Aftertaste very bitter, fresh and herbal. A lot of long standing bitterness.

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Photo of weatherdog
3.3/5  rDev -18.5%
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 claspada
3.3/5  rDev -18.5%
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 jrallen34
3.28/5  rDev -19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I drank this beer from the bottle into a chalice.

The beer poured beautifully with a huge white, creamy, chunky head that clung to the glass. The beer itself was a cloudy golden orange.It had average to good lacing.

The smell was great, very strong sense of orange, hops, and bitterness.

After this great start with the smell and look I was greatly disappointed. This is not a very good beer. It is very very bitter with a no taste of orange that I smelled and just left me disappointed. Not at all what I was expecting.

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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 tempest
3.26/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a tulip. Appears a pale gold with a big white head. The aroma is of apples and subtle herbal spice. The flavor is of sweet malts with with a touch of apples and white grapes. Finishes with mellow, grassy hops and a bitterness that balances out the initial sweetness. I find the carbonation a little much - strong enough that it gets hard to taste the beer. And once the carbonation did die down, big band-aid and medicinal phenols took over the aroma. I really dug the hoppy aftertaste, but the phenols and carbonation turn me off.

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Photo of sacfly
3.21/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light golden color. Huge head of white bubbles. Aroma is spicy and dusty. A hint of apple. Taste is light with hints of grain. Faint grass and perhaps some bubblegum way in the back. The grass becomes more sharp as I drink. Very dry. Drinkable, but not my choice for Belgian Strong Pale Ales. Just too sharp on the grass.

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De Dolle Arabier from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
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