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

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4.05
pDev:
15.8%
 
 
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Photo of FLima
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden color with apparent carbonation and an incredible thick head with great retention and lots of strong laces.
Nice bold aroma of pineapples, banana, Belgian funky yeast, pine and white wine.
Very pleasant flavor of herbal and citrus hops with notes of banana, spices, overripe pineapples, Cointreau liquor, pear, apples, champagne, flowers, bubblegum, earth and a bit of lactic acid. Dry aftertaste with a long herbal bitterness and slightly tart.
Medium body with perfect carbonation, a bit effervescent. Alcohol of 8.0% abv is almost inexistent.
Superb beer, a Belgian Strong Pale Ale that is hard to beat. Hoppy as a Belgian IPA and amazingly fruity. Complex and still very easy to drink. Dangerous beer.

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Photo of aleigator
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a giant, froth head, cloudy amber-yellow in color.

Wheaty, malty aromas with a subtle sourness.

Has a very unique, convincing taste. Begins with bready, toasted malts and bitter hops at the same time. While hops turn more present, a vinous sour punch enhances its piny, grassy character, paired with overripe stone fruits, which get coated up by toffeeish, sweet malts, revealing an earthy bread taste during the finish.

This brew convices due to its striking interaction between a complex, slick hop bitterness among throughout evolving malts. Both flavors stay on the palate till the very end, without stopping to change their taste. This blend, of two almost opposite flavors, which are going side-by-side in this brew leads to an immense variety of flavors, with hints of fruits, fermented grapes, scorched toast, earth, toffee, rock sugar - changing on the palate at an amazing speed.

Finishes with an outstanding malt supported bitterness, which occupies the tongue for quite a time.

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.6oz bottle poured into my brand new New Belgium snifter.

A: Didn't bubble up and over onto the counter like almost every other beer I've sampled from this brewery, but the head is massive as soon as the beer hits the glass. When I finally got the whole bottle in the head started to slowly grow, by the time it finished there was a good five inches of thick, billowy white head. It looked like a Smurf cap coming out of my glass, which is just insanely too much head to deal with. After about 20min the head dies down into a half inch cap while leaving behind some spectacular lacing. Slight chill hazed straw gold clears up as the beer warms. Also the massive head is held up my massive ropes of carbonation bubbling away at will from the etchings on the bottom of the glass.

S: Champagne tartness, spicy estery sweetness ( a bit of fruit and a bit of spice), earthy hop aroma that is stronger than it initially led me to believe, honey and orange juice and a bevy of complex alcoholic aromas, really compelling profile here, rich and compelling.

T/MF: Spicier and yeastier than the nose would led me to believe and far smoother than the churning bubbles at the bottom of the glass would indicate. A bit of a barnyardy mustiness, slightly cheesy and nutty that is coupled with an intense malt chewiness, but tempered by a tartness that constantly hovers over the tongue. A rather soft mouthfeel as I make my way slowly though this beauty of a beer, a mineral water/San Pelligrino carbonation comes through, a restrained carbonation miles away from the hard soda consistency that many lesser Belgian styled ales can fall into.

This beer was an absolute treat from beginning to end. Oh to have a case of these at hand at all times. Gives any of the tops Belgian Strong Ale a run for their money.

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Photo of czfreeman
4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My second beer from this brewery. After trying the "Mad Bitch". I couldn't wait to get my hands on another.
Ara Bier explodes from the bottle, producing a huge effervecent head that rises several inches from the top of the chalice. This white capis something to behold in itself, rocky, chunky,absolutley beautiful. After nearly five minutes, at least two fingers of this head still remain. This beer requires some patience!
Smells as good as it looks. Peaches,flowery hops, wheaty grasses tart citric fruits oranges. This beer smells quite hoppy in comparison to other BSPAs Ive tried..and I like it!
Taste completes the intial triology of greatness this beer presents. Its a liquid version ofthe nose, only even more potent.The peachflavor explodes right up front, followed by a delicate balance of hop flowers, candi sugars and coriander. Alcohol is well hidden. The only complaint I have is that it may be a little too sweet, but sometimes I take a sip and think its perfect, the next too sweet. I did however, highly enjoy this beer and did a double tasting of Arabier and Orabier- BSPA vs BSDA. quite an enjoyable experience!

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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 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 holybrew
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank this beer at the Hard Rock Cafe Bangalore. Was served in a Chimay glass. That was a good thing since this beer has a huge head.
Colour is cloudy orange. Lots of yeast in the beer.
Taste - tart, dry with a bitter finish.

An exceptional beer from De Dolle - one of my favorites.

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Photo of avalon07
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a pale orange color and a cloudy texture. There was a gigantic amount of creamy, very long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A sweet smell of fruit, yeast, and malt.

T: Tasted of apples, lemon, Belgian yeast, phenols, and a big dose of malt in the finish. Has a very particular tartness up front, but finishes nicely.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: An extremely drinkable beer.

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

Clear orange colour, very foamy, watch out for the yeast on the bottom of the bottle. Smell and taste is what you should be expecting from this beer style: very Belgian, apples, tropic fruits, pineapple, honey... Pretty bitter though, but very drinkable.

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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 timtim
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

love this brewery. hazy honey with a white head that settles into a floating island of solid, creamy goodness, leaving tons of lace as it does so. nose is lemon, honey, herbal tea and maybe a touch of dried apricot. to me taste is lemon up front followed by buttery herbal tea with a touch of honey. proper medium body, although i wish it was a touch creamier. i was worried from the typical humongous de dolle head that it would be overly carbonated, but this one was about just right. dangerously drinkable. i'm trying to savor, but it's just so difficult. another please...

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

330ml 11.2 Oz. bottle. Poured into a Duvel Tulip.

Appearance: Beautiful amber a few floaties, really rich head and good lacing.

Smell: Wow, sweetness and complexity announces itself right away, all kinds of scent with both spice and sweetness.

Taste: Even better than the smell, and keeps improving with each sip, a whole lot going on with this one. Sweet, with both some spice and some bitterness, extremely well balanced, exceptional.

Mouth feel: Well carbonated, very smooth.

Drinkability: Could easily be a session beer.

This is my first from De Dolle has me really looking forward to their Oerbier

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.51/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 33cl brown Euro-style bottle. A parrot holding a glass of beer adorns to label.

Appearance: Cloudy, tarnished gold. The head on this damn beer is like a meringue! It floats, and jiggles!

Smell: Very aromatic, on the sweet side with hits of raw honey, citric gummy candy and herbal tea aromas. Breathing through the nose and mouth will pick up pleasant apple aromas.

Taste: First taste is creamy and smooth, on the palate this is light bodied but with definite mouthfeel. Then follows a bold amount of raw sugar flavours, and some fruitiness that can be likened to plum ... and allows carries some plum tartness into a spicy yeast and hop combination. Right behind follows a magnificent blend of toasted and caramel malt flavours, with a touch of butter. Finishes tea-like (herbal), then dry with yeast notes.

Notes: Hot damn! This about as unique as it gets fellow advocates. Todd bought this at the 't Brugs Beertje in Brugs for 140 BF. Buy it and savour it friends.

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Photo of ccrida
4.52/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle poured into my Gulden Draak tulip, Ara bier is a is a murky golden orange with a very large off-white head that is very dense, rocky and slow settling, leaving huge chunks of foamy lace, like a 1/2 inch rim around most of the tulip flare.

Smell is sweet, cane sugar and very tropical fruits, papaya and cantaloupe, floral and perfume like, lots of lavender, wow! If my wife were wearing this, I'd...wait, I'm already a dirt-ball!

Taste is damn good, a nice clean candy sugar taste, fruity but mineral laden, with a dry, very bitter, crisp finish, with a nice lingering hop spice. This is basically an awesome saison, sweet!

Mouthfeel is yeasty, crisp with a frothy carbonation, but with the typical De Dolle viscosity.

Drinkability is high, this is such a great beer. A super full flavored blond, so right up my alley, bier like this is why De Dolle is one of the best, period!

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Photo of BeerSingh
4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one beer that I always look forward to have since the first time I had. This, I think has an outstanding malt - hop balance in my opinion. Poured this 33 cl devil into my Chimay goblet, aggressively enough to create an encouraging, egg shell coloured head. The head oozed out like a pony tail and presented a photogenic look, perfect for a Tahitian beauty to hold on a James Hadley Chase cover. Beneath the head was a heavily clouded body - pale hay in colour with fine floaties doing the jig all over. The head remained and lay still - as it were baked stiff. It entrapped aromas of fruits, of spice and the famed Belgian yeast. I think that I had poured out the ale a tad cold, because I am used to Belgian beer aromas to be more profound and lengthy.
I took my first sip like a connoisseur, slowly and head held high. I was blown over - there was a cascade of fruit flavours like apples and pears followed with the muskiness of grapes then eventually percolating into a dry pepperiness towards the finish. The whole panorama was exquisitely sequenced. The finish is really oustanding - dry from the hoppy pepperiness at the same time having a well rounded sweetness from the malts. You are left asking for more and you just wanna relive the entire series again and again.
A huge beer from a small brewery. This is what a BSPA should be like - period. I am left with an insane feeling of wanting to try De Dolle's other offerings like Oerbier and Stille Nacht..till then I will continue to savour my small booty of Ara Bier. Cheers. Smack !!

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Photo of haz77
4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a cloudy amber with a massive billowing head. Some nice lacing as the head slowly falls.

S - Apples and various citrus fruits in there. Also a faint smell of yeast and some honey.

T - Apples, phenols, citrus, a bit a spice. Alcohol, dryness and bitterness right at the end.

M - Large amount of carbonation, medium body, smooth as can be.

D - Fantastic beer. Easily one of my favourite Belgian beers. In fact, it's one of my favourite beers full stop.

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Photo of brewsclues
4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at Pizzeria Paradiso in DC - 3/10/13

Everything I want in a Belgian: inviting, crisp-looking ale with tons of citrus/floral, yeast notes, full-bodied but with a dry, slightly sour (puckering?) finish.

I picked up a nice orange marmalade note on this brew. Totally dig it. I've had plenty of Belgians before, but what struck me about this one was how well-balanced it was - from start to finish, none the typically distinguishing characteristics overpowered it. Extremely sessionable.

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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 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 BeerBuilder
4.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours to an orange-bronze color with a chunky three fingers off-white head. It is highly carbonated. The aroma is sweet and fruity, with a raisins and dates smell. It has a solid malt backbone with a bit of alcohol in the aroma as well. The flavor is malty and creamy, with the dark fruits present as well. The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with a drying finish. This is an awesome brew, very drinkable and warming. De Dolle makes some fine brews. I will definitely pick this one up again.

Sampled 1/22/04

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Photo of czechsaaz
4.59/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really spicy aroma. Licorice, yeast, orange, candi sugar, hops, cinamon. Basically tons of stuff that it's hard to pick out distinct aromas. Complexity is pretty amazing.

Deep orange with a huge white lasting head. Tons of rising carbonation all over the glass. Nice lacing.

Flavor is definitely malty and sweet at first. There's some spice but it's subdued. There's a hint of Brett or some other wild yeast sourness. Plus the very high carbonation makes this seem more bitter than it really is. I do get some citrus too perhaps from orange peel. Hops are very restrained but still apparent in bitterness and flavor.

Mouthfeel is definitely affected by the high carbonation. The flavors and touch of alcohol give away it's strength, but the carbonation keeps it light and refreshing.

An all around enjoyable beer.

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Photo of nickfl
4.59/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - The top comes off with a loud hiss and the beer pours with a huge, three finger head of bone white foam. The body is a slightly hazy, golden yellow color. The rocky head settles slowly and leaves nice, thick lace.

S - A somewhat musty yeast aroma on top of pilsner malt with some vanilla notes. There are also tropical fruit notes of pineapple and banana with mild, herbal hops.

T - Pils malt up front with a slight honey note that is quickly obscured by the unique musty and funky house yeast character. Yeast notes of pineapple with strong phenolic pepper and clove follow. The finish is dominated by herbal hops and spicy, smoky yeast character with some bready malt balanced by strong bitterness. Lingering flavors of pilsner malt and european hops are better able to express themselves in the aftertaste one the strong yeast character has faded away in the finish.

M - Medium-thick body, very high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - This is a big and aggressive beer. The yeast character is wild and huge; so much so that it threatens to obscure the subtleties of the malt and hops. The aroma is quite well balanced with appropriate contributions from all of the exceptional aspects of the beer. The flavor is a bit less controlled with a huge wave of sometimes harsh phenolic yeast flavors that threaten, but don't quite succeed, to wash away the creamy malt and atmospheric hops. This beer walks the line between complexity and becoming a hot mess, but thankfully it just barely manages to land on the side of excellence. In the end, my only real complaint is that it didn't come in a 750ml bottle and that I will have a hard time finding more of it. A wonderful, and truly unique example of the style; I wish there were more like it.

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Photo of dgallina
4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

330ml slim brown bottle without freshness dating.

Pours clear gold with voluminous carbonation and an out-of-control half glass of delicate foam. Aroma is a nice blend of fruitiness (green apple, pineapple, pear) and earthy spiciness (orange, black pepper, alcohol). Flavor is a little mellower than the smell. Tart rounded citrus fruits combined with dry rough hops and leafy yeast. Finishes super dry and hoppy with puckering tartness. Extra light body that's crazy with tiny bubbles. A superb beer and well worth seeking out bottles in good condition.

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Photo of StevieW
4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A hazy dark golden to orange amber color under a giant white smooth head. Head is huge, makes my belly look small, rich creamy vanilla pudding like. Smells are lots of citrus undertones, and warm spices. One of the most pleasant and complex tasting beers I have ever experienced. Inviting spicy richness, matched with crisp citrus lip smacking goodness. High abv will sneek right up on you and warm your belly at the same time. Bottom of the glass leaves a spicy yeast sediment that revives the last few sips. Unbleievable beer. I picked this one up and a couple other from the same brewery on the recommendation of the beer store owner in Tampa.....can the others be as good ? I am looking forward to finding out........

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.62/5  rDev +14.1%
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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De Dolle Arabier from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
90 out of 100 based on 317 ratings.
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