De Dolle Arabier | Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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90
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656 Ratings
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
Ratings:
656
Reviews:
328
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
11.08%
 
 
Wants:
40
Gots:
66
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 656 |  Reviews: 328
Photo of Jason1337
4/5  rDev -1.5%

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 Michigan
4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Sparky44
4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of jonj
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of kingjohnh
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of aracauna
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a bright light amber (turned cloudy after I had room for a second pour). A stormy blizzard of streaming bubbles feed a growing head that can be touched and will spring back into shape. Flavor is bright and crisp, but still complex. Honey, apples, apricots and the faintest hint of pecans.There is a surprising hop bitterness for a belgian beer. I really enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle, listed at 8% ABV. The label alone was worth the purchse. Hopefully the beer will be too. On to the beer:

Pour a little, get a lot of foam in the glass. After digging some of that foam out, I pour 3/4 of the bottle into my chalice. Bright golden blonde color, topped by a thick, everlasting airy head. If that isn't enough, the show of carbonation bubbles in the body will take your breath away. Aroma is very dry. There are very light notes of apricot, and stronger yeast notes. Sour grapes and canteloupe.

Not sweet like other Belgian's of the style. Instead, it is a very dry tasting beer. It seems a little hopped up (very by Belgian standards), and definately weird tasting, yet somehow I like it. Pretzel dough with salt come to mind....huh? Lightly flavored with those lovely light colored fruits. Sharp white pepper provides a little yang to the ying. Smooth and creamy on the palate with a little bite of carbonation on the tip of the tongue. The aftertaste is an enjoyable saltiness, but otherwise dry.

What does De Dolle add to this beer to make this taste the way it does? It's worth experimenting with if you want a "different" BSPA.

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Photo of kjkinsey
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Beersignal
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden hazy/murky ale adorned by a superhuman chalk white head of foam with colossal staying power. Left nice clumps of lace as I drank it.

Very spicy and fruity aromas up front, signature of yeast very present. Hints of vanilla, candied sugar and more tropical fruit (pineapple, bananas) surface along with a faint mustiness near the end.

The mouthfeel is quite full and rounded, I was expecting drier for some reason. Firm notes of malt up front are quickly followed by peppery and mildly fruity hints of yeastiness. Bracing citrucy bitterness strikes near the end and is accompanied by more of the yeasty fruitiness.

Very flavourful and complex ale with a powerful yeast character and beautifully rounded body.

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Photo of glid02
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up from Green's on Buford in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy golden color with a two-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin pancake on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of overly ripe and sugar-coated pears with good amounts of slightly tart red apples.

Tastes very good. Pear and a combination of green and red apple flavors up front segue into a good dose of Belgian candi sugar. The ending holds a slight tartness with a solid dryness.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a good thickness with very active carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I had no problem finishing the bottle and could have another, maybe even more.

Overall this is another very good beer from De Dolle, but somewhat in the middle of the pack. There's a lot going on here but the flavors don't meld as seamlessly as they do in De Dolle's other beers. Still, well worth a shot.

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Photo of Durge
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this one at the Steelgaarden in Bethlehem, PA. It poured a fuzzy golden amber color with a thick full off-white head like snow and chunks of lacing throughout. The aroma is a sturdy clove and grass hop, a nice apetizing blend. The taste brings on lively bubblage full of lightly malted lemony wheat, clove overall and a dry overtone. But the hop presence is nice in a bready sort of way. Very fine, tingly carbonation, pretty drinkable. Smooth and likeable stuff.

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Photo of josanguapo
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From XXXII. In La Trappe glass. Playing KB Dark Side. Another good brew from the de dolle. More soft than the other ive tasted and a bit less impressive, but good nonetheless

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De Dolle Arabier from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
4.06 out of 5 based on 656 ratings.
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