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 MJR
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a glowing gold with the smallest hint of orange down the middle. Pouring the yeast sediment darkens it to a darker peach hue. A fluffy white head starts out huge and shrinks to a thick cap with hefty clumps. Good lacing...

Smell: The aroma is very earthy and organic with strong suggestions of honey, grass, and yeast. There's a slight phenolic character, but it's in the background.

Taste: The flavor mirrors the aroma in it's organic qualities. There's lots of sweet malt and honey that is balanced with a good dose of hops. The phenolic character that was hinted at in the smell is even stronger in the taste, but is well balanced with the other flavors. Lots of sugary sweet and yeasty flavors. Not-so-subtle banana and clove flavors show up as well. The alcohol is very well hidden, as it only barely shows up towards the end. Finishes with a nice sour note. Very complex and delicious...

Mouthfeel: Starts out rich and creamy, then moves to dry and tart with a medium mouthfeel. Fairly heavily carbonated. Slight acidity on the finish.

Drinkability: Great drinkability with this one. I remember seeing this brew on the shelves of a local retailor over a year ago, and only trying it once. Now that it's not available here, I realize what a great brew it is. Irony strikes again...damn!

It may be a year-round offering, but this is one kick-ass summer brew!

A big 'thank you' goes out to StevieW for including this gem in our Blockbuster Trade!!

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Unibroue tulip. I think the bottling date was on the top of the cap but it isn't legible. I don't think its too old. White, fluffy, long lasting foam sits atop a golden beer. Aroma is of fresh fruit with a bit of funk, some tartness and some miscellaneous sweetness, not sure what it is but I know its good. Waited a few minutes for the beer to warm a bit and the head to reduce so I didn't get foam on the tip of my nose. As the beer warms, a sweeter, honey like taste and smell start to emerge. Really a joy to drink and a journey of the senses to say the least. Wow.

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Photo of LinusBohman
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served through a roomtempered bottle into a snifter.

A: At first a lush and thick head, white in colour, witch soon resides into small islands of foam and lacing on the glass.
The colour is golden and very hazy. Quite bubbly.

S: Lots of fruit out of this one! Apricot, peach and raisins at first. Then also the belgian yeast with it´s estery character. Some almost liqourice sweetness with a hint of sour in the back.

T: Oh my! This is really nice! Fruits! Peach, raisins and lime. And then sweetness with a touch of liqourice. At the and there´s some spicy hop bitterness.

M: Quite smooth and thick. Medium bodied. The carbonation is not apparent. A bit dry to the finish.

O: Really great beer! This is absolutely smashing and super drinkable. A must have!

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What better way to tackle a pile of Laundry than with this fortifying Beer at my side, well in front of me actually. A 33cl Bottle that has a great quirky cartoon type label - just right for the "Mad Brewers".
Immense head races up the glass when poured and threatens overspill. Massive beaten egg-white rocky uneven crusty head. Superb looking straw golden colored beer, with a haze, only slight though and not detracting - it kindly reminds you to treat this offering with respect, for it is 7% ABV. Tremendous nose - pungent with the effects of dry hopping (which is quite rare in Belgique), aromatic and floral. Fascinating hoppy entrance - but no bitterness !! Mouthfeel is less than expected for the strength. The finish is an anti-climax, very fruity and short lived - but it works for me. Great hoppy, but not bitter, beer - I love this quirk. Outstandingly clean drinking terrific hoppy beer with fruitiness where so often that annoyingly sharp bitterness spoils other examples of this style of Strong Golden beer. A true craft beer that drinks well, so be careful !!!. If you ever get chance to visit the Brewery, do so, it has a Bar that opens to the Public on Saturdays and Sundays.
Great for motivating you when Ironing. Well thats One Sock done.....

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Photo of BeerResearcher
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.6oz brown bottle.
It pours a cloudy butterscotch amber with an overly enthusiastic rocky white head and loads of sticky lace.
A very pleasant smell of cut hay, sweet malt, chopped peppers, hops, cloves and alcohol come together as one as it warms, creating a very interesting aroma.
Sweet caramel malt with a dose of candy sugar leap out and buttered croissants come to mind.
A white grapefruit bitterness, along with orange zest provides a nice sharp edge. Coriander, cloves and peppery spices seem to unify the different tastes. A warming alcohol is a welcome flavor and sensation partner. I like this brew a lot!

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Photo of Px2GrafX
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

presentation: 11.6oz bottle with a yellow bird in a red hat havin' a glass of beer printed on the label. ara bier is written in a graphic script with a red heart dotting the "i". no abv or freshness date.

appearance: pours a hazy golden wheat color with even brighter yellow highlights in a tulip. HUGE fluffy white head. light consistency with large bubbles like sea foam. sticks to the glass, but drops quickly. there are floaties staying in place in the liquid like fruit in jello.

smell: overwhelming perfume floral scent with a tad of citrus grapefruit mixed in there. lightly spicy and sweet. even more sweet and hop aroma after swirling.

taste: sweet and lightly spiced fruit. mostly lemons, grapefruit and apples. there's also a lightly buttered bread flavor with some caramel in the middle. sweet finish with a counterbalancing light bitterness. hardly no alcohol to speak of.

mouthfeel: crisp with a light medium body. smooth with good carbonation and a decent swallow.

drinkability: i type my review while i drink, and when i'm done with the beer before i write about the drinkability, then it's pretty damned drinkable! tasty and each the aftertaste keeps you from putting the glass down. alcohol is very well masked.

overall: after the first sip, i must admit, i thought i was gonna be givin' this beer an average rating. didn't take long for me to reconsider. very tasty brew especially as it warms. get yourself some!

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Photo of DmanGTR
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared at a tasting with friends.

Poured a very pretty gold with mild haze adorned with a large white head that lasted quite a while. A fairly complex nose. Honeycrisp apples, bartlett pears, touch of riesling, clove, white pepper, and apricots. Maybe some golden raisins too. There's a lot going on here. Bit of earthiness (not like the lambic kind though), it's tough to explain that one. Maybe from the hop variety they use. But the beer is superbly smooth and drinkable. Quite a fantastic beer.

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Photo of FLima
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
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 +9.1%
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 +9.6%
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 +10.3%
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 +10.8%
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 +10.8%
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 +10.8%
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 +10.8%
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 +10.8%
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 +10.8%
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 +10.8%
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 +10.8%
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 +11.1%
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 amano_h
4.51/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Fragrant orange rinds, dried pineapples, coriander, garden herbs white pepper, and subtle hints of clove and banana adorn the aroma. Biscuits, caramel, and more spiced hops bitterness follow as the brew is given some time to warm up.

The best way to describe the initial sensation on the tongue is to compare this to biting into a piece of sliced honeyed grapefruit; whereas the first scoop of the grapefruit slice is sweet and refreshing, your face inevitably puckers after you bite into the skin. This is almost exactly what you get from Arabier, except that the bitterness is followed by a pleasant wheaty backdrop that helps you recover from the unexpected sucker punch. In simpler terms: citrus + caramel -> quinine/grapefruit rinds -> wheat.

Medium-bodied with an incredible amount of carbonation upon opening (I've yet to have one either not gush out, or take shorter than five minutes for a complete pour) which fizzles down to a pleasant, tongue tickling level of carbonation. The finish is pretty much as dry as you can get with a beer; absolutely no heat despite the ABV.

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Photo of ccrida
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
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 Silke_Neryn
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Lovely to look at, foamy with excellent lacing.

Then it's fruity, spicy, dry, slightly bitter, slightly sour, extremely well carbonated.

One of the great Belgian Strong Pale Ale's.

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Photo of BeerSingh
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
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 +11.6%
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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De Dolle Arabier from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
4.06 out of 5 based on 652 ratings.
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