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

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Photo of Rifugium
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: bottle at Eulogy, Philly, PA

Served in a stem glass. Poured hazy, golden-yellow with a nice white head that receded partially. Floral aroma and some fruitiness. Very organic tasting, the aroma follows through in the taste: floral, light fruits and some citrus notes, complimented afterward by light grassiness, giving a crisp finish with a bit of a bitter aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel, and nicely drinkable.

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Photo of mickeymac
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one poured a nice looking gold with just a hint of orange. The head was white and craggy, like a big iceberg on top of the glass. The smell is spicy with some medicinal undertones and traces of ripe cherry. The taste is on the tart side and just a bit mouth-puckering. Unfortunately, the taste of alcohol becomes a bit too pronounced for a 7.0% beer, which detracts from the drinkability.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.74/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330 ml picked up at the Coop sometime last week for about $4.50.. poured into my New Belgium snifter.

Cracked at fridge temperature.. it was a massive gusher.. easy quarter cup of beer on the counter.. more fizzed out while sitting in the sink... 20 minutes later poured it into my glass.. Easy 3 finger head took forever to die back.. descent lacing.. brew is very hazy peachy gold.

Aroma is a phenolic mix of sweet and sour fruit.. green apples and underripe apricots... a little lemony..

Flavor mirrors the aroma .. same fruitiness with more spice .. white pepper ... cardamom and lite clove.. slight melon with a encompassing maltiness that does a good job tying the complexities together.. mouthfeel is light for the style .. way too much fizzy carbonation.. semi dry finish is the only place where I can detect a grassy hop presence.

I've only had this brew one time before and only purchased it this time to review it.. I won't pick it up again, unless I am brewing a BSPA and want a little inspiration.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.74/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Before my trip to Belgium this time I checked to see which fairly common beers I had not rated or reviewed. This is why I went into Cambrinus (Brugge) and ordered this, a Satan Red, a St Feuillien Triple and a Hercule Stout before anything else. Needless to say four different styles and types of beer: what fun drinking in Belgium can be.

Anyway this was first: golden pour with a huge white head to wade through.

The nose and taste are like a mixed fruit bowl that has been plunged into a bath of yeast, then had pepper dusted onto it before someone squirts lemon juice all over it. Now boil it and take out the lumpy bits, add some hops re-boil, allow it to settle in a bottle for a while and then it's ready to drink.

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Photo of barczar
3.74/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a brilliant golden with a frothy white head that lingers as a ring around the surface and a thin layer of foam.

Esters of peach and pear meet lemony hop citrus and earthy leather to form the initial aroma. Somewhat sweet grain accompanied Belgian yeast character.

Flavor reveals a resiny backbone, which carries throughout as the dominant note. Tart apple, pear, and tangerine offer brief respite initially, along with malt sweetness, but the balance is bitter, and the finish is dry, earthy, and peppery. Phenolic notes emerge as it warms.

Body is moderate, with a syrupy quality, and moderate carbonation. Slight hop astringency and alcohol warmth are present.

Unique in the dominance of resin and one of the more bitter examples of the style I've experienced. Balance is decidedly hops, though more bittering than flavoring. Good Belgian ester presence. More bitter than I prefer.

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Photo of tomfneph
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I had this beer on tap at the Beer Trappe in Lexington, KY. It pours golden yellow into a snifter, with a minimal lacy head. This beer is all about the nose. Lemon predominates over pears, apples, and clove spiced bread. Wonderful! The initial taste is honey sweet fruit but finishes moderately bitter and dry. The bitterness is a surprise after the smell and initial taste and does not perfectly imtegrate with the initial impression. The mouthfeel is smooth and light but astringent at the end, like a dry wine or cider. I believe this beer is worth a try just for the smell.

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Photo of farrago
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Normal pour fills 2/3 of the glass with a dense white foam, even surface, close to zero lacing, retention is very good though. Cloudy liquid with a healthy amount of particulate, golden orange in color, could be rust water, huge amount of visible bubbles, wall-to-wall activity. The nose has a rough texture to it, wheat and grains, earth and peppercorns before slightly softening into banana, white grape and apricot pits, not that sweet and the clove to nutmeg spice could show more oomph, stays within itself well. In the mouth it’s full-bodied and tends to be bottom heavy, the carbonation is indeed strong so it makes you imagine what the feel would be like without it. Much more floral here with lemon accents, the clove stronger as well. For all the sweetness in the pear, yellow apple, apricot to banana fruit, dryness takes over past the mid-palate. Hay, quinine, spent lees, iron flecks, sort of heads in many directions at once. Astringent ending but can’t call it herbaceous nor really green in any manner. Seems to unclench some as it warms so may be one to linger over rather than quaff with abandon.

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Photo of fear025
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Aroma:This beer definitely smells like Belgian yeast. I get clove, coriander, and a little bit of banana in the aroma.

Appearance:Light gold in color. Enormous amounts of big fluffy white head.

Taste:Nicely sweet, with lots of malt. After a sip or two, I get more clove in the foretaste.

Mouthfeel:This beer starts off smooth, but gets slightly harsh on the back end.

Drinkability:Very pleasant, and easily sessionable.

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Photo of Boto
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

33cl. bottle. The first thing that I noticed was the slowly rising column of foam in the neck of the bottle. It poured into the glass with quite the frothy, white head of foam. It did linger for a little while, and did leave some lacing. The aroma was very pleasant. Spiciness is the first aroma that you detect. This is followed by some breadiness and a whiff of some fruitiness. It is a little effervescent on the tongue. That seems to limit the ability to taste the beer. I do get hints of sour apples and a faint hint of caramel malt. Spiciness is evident. An interesting beer.

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Photo of weeare138
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears a deeply hazed orange toned gold with a 4 finger white head that slowly fades out. Lots of sticky foam clings to the sides of the glass.
Smell is bitter with earthy, floral notes, along with honeysuckle, grapes, chamomile, apple skins, lavender, orange zest, and a touch of vanilla.
Taste is of the same with a mild sweetness that is dominated by a wood tannin hoppy bitterness, along with a slight vanilla flavor fighting through.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, semi-sweet up front with notes of bitter wood tannins leading to a moderately dry finish reminiscent of a Brut champagne.
Overall it's funky, semi-sweet, slightly odd...but this one is a pioneer for some of the funked out emulations that we now find brewed in the U.S.

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Photo of santoslhalper
3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearence: Pours a nice gold color. The head is entirley too big. Took 4 pours to get it all in a glass. The head itself is white a rocky. But it's way, way too big.

Smell: Smells spicy-sweet. The alcohol is almost undetectable. A nice amount of malts and hops play in the nose.

Taste and Mouthfeel: At first it's very malty and spicy with a huge amount of complexity. The hops finish it and round it off well. Alot of flavors blend together, some of which are clove, apple, and oak, to name a few. The mouthfeel is creamy, but a little too carbonated.

Drinkability and Overall: An interesting beer, and a decent example of a BSPA. Nothing too special, but a nice amount of complexity. It was a pleasure to try, but I wouldn't keep it around all the time. Definitly one to pick up if you see it anywhere, but nothing to seek out too hard.

Yert again, GClarkage, you're the man. Thank you for sending this one my way.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 9/17/2014 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a medium off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains citrus and other fruits, caramelized malts, Belgian yeast, some spice and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of citrus, caramel and spice. Then some breadiness comes in from Belgian yeast and a hearty malt character along with some mild estery sourness. The hops presence is very mild and creates some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, decent representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while but there are better choices within the style.

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Photo of OttoPeeWee
3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am on a mission to try all of the De Dolle Brouwers beers, so I am a fan.

This one is quite a bit different that the dulle teve, oerbeir, bos keun, and still nacht. All of those beers are a bit on the sweet side. This one seems more peppery. A very good beer, just a more savory than sweet taste.

It seems this is more of a dubbel that a tripel.

The head is almost bizarre. It will take some time to pour (unless your really good, or lucky..) and you will have a fluffy bit in your glass the whole way down. It's almost like stiff peaked egg whites for you cooks out there.

De Dolle Brouwers, yo!

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Photo of bewareOFpenguin
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

It was the label that attracted me. That bird looked so cute, and it had "CAT.S" written on it. It poured a carbonated orangish yellow. It tasted almost like a lambic IMHO. Tart, I swear I could taste an overwhelming cherry taste. I found this beer quite different, I think one a session is more than enough.

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Photo of stumac
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this brew pours a cloudy ugly brown color with a perfect off white frothy head. great lacing on my glass, baby cakes....the nose is sweet malts, slight oak, honey, light sour fruits, citrus. the taste is grains, yeasty, citrus, malty....medium bodied, medium spritzy carbo. Decent brew from De Dolle. I've had better from them...

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Photo of sweethome
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown bottle - 11.2 oz - purchased from Sam's in Downers Grove.

Pours with an exploding head - actually started coming out of the bottle when opened - but htis is De Dolle so I expected it.

A hazy golden, apricot color. Huge bubbles with a meringue type top to the head - thick. Laced very well.

Nose is of spice, floral, citrus. A hint of pepper.

Medium mouthfeel - a typical belgian/saison effervescence. A hop spiciness is quite profound. Citric bite throughout.

A complex beer, flavor doesn;t quite finish the deal compared to appearance and nose - but an enjoyable belgian of distinction. Be patient with the pour.

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Photo of ms11781
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a hazy golden, orange color with a 4 finger foamy head that just stays. It took over 20 minutes to pour a 12oz bottle into a 16oz tulip glass. Thick lacing with huge gobs of foam left on the glass.

Nose is full of aroma. Fruity, yeasty, some candi sugar, sweet malts, spicy, floral notes. Really a lot going on in the nose.

Taste is fruity at first, ripe apples, pears, sweet malts. Slightly sugary, too. Spicy and a bit peppery at the end leading to a slightly bitter finish.

Medium carbonation that goes quickly with a medium body. A bite at the end from the bitter finish dries it out a bit.

Goes down smooth at first with the decent carbonation but it fades quick as it warms. Very pleasant to drink when slightly chilled carbonated, not so much as it warms and loses it.

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Photo of Crittervision
3.81/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at De Dolle on 14 August 2011. Into an Oerbier tulip. 

Transparent gold with a light and wispy white head. Average lacing. 

Smell has hints of cheddar and white wine under a muted hop presence. Some thing smells a little rotten / spoiled about it... perfumey musty mold? Hmm!!?

Taste is apple juice, tart apples, bitterness reminds me of tea leaves littered in a cup of green tea, unsweetened pineapple juice, dry grain in the finish over a pale-ale-ish base. Drinks like 4%. Bitter and floral qualities increase with warmth and envelop my mouth. 

Finishes dry with a delicate but lasting pineappley hop after taste. 

Consumes like a "session" beer. Super easy drinking. 

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Photo of EPICAC
3.82/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up at Downtown Wine & Spirits. It came in an 11.2 oz. brown bottle with a picture of a yellow bird holding a glass of beer. I let it warm and served it in a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy brownish amber, that borders on golden. A massive beige head tops the beer. The head sticks around well into the beer and leaves good lacing. A bit darker than I expected and a little too cloudy.

Smell: Nutty and sour apple aromas dominate, with a light yeastiness evident. As the beer warms the aroma really opens up.

Taste: Lightly sweet upfront with spicy, fruity and nutty flavors emerging in the center. The spiciness mellows as the beer warms. The finish is lightly bitter, with warming alcohol. The bitterness lingers quite a while and reminds me citrus zest. I initially had this as a 3.5, but once the beer warms and some of the carbonation dissipates the beer really improves.

Mouthfeel: Tingly carbonation seems to mask some of the better aspects of this beer. It's light bodied and smooth.

Drinkability: Drinkable enough, high alcohol makes it dangerous (especially on an empty stomach).

Overall: This is a decent Belgian Strong Pale Ale, not one of my favorites though.

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Photo of frank4sail
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another one I brought back from Beermania. Nice yellow bow tie on the bottle. Huge soft, fluffy, airy, persistant head in the goblet. Slightly hazy gold color with lots of bubble density. Spicy cloves in the nose with a hint of lemon. Inital taste of lemon and dry pinapple followed up with a grassy slightly bitter finish. Quite smooth on the mouth and tongue. Solid smooth and drinkable...

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Photo of rarbring
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is nearly clear, amber with a brass hue, the head is white high and strong. Leaves lots of lacing and good curtains are seen.

The smell is musky and earthy, rhubarbs in sugar, sour milk, yeast, leather and damp earth ran in a blender.

Upfront sweet, toffee and brown bread, then sour fruit notes, apricots and green apples, the finish is very bitter, raw seed nuances.

Medium high carbonation, small bubbles, soft and fairly complex, a rather dry finish.

Slightly unbalanced to the bitter side, maybe storing a year would help. Anyway, good with cheese.

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Photo of karait95
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: such a big head is really cool, whitening color withnsome residuals that make it mix in colors, beer color is bright golden, carbonation is not very rich but head has excellent retention leaving lots of traces on the glass.

S: is good but a little too much hops, maybe some fruity is missing and also barley should be the center.

T: flavor is very intense but alcohol is not the center, hops are the center, again barley and fruits should be more tasting.

M: complex sensation formed by bitterness that remains through the end for a very lasting and astringent end.

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Photo of froghop
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a hazy golden yellow-orange, with lots of carbonation, a very large egg-shell head, and good lacing.

smell is of sweet fruits, yeast, and a touch of sour malts.

taste is fizzy, sour malt, sweet fruits, peach, and apricot, ends dry, a little sour, and a little bitter.

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Photo of DovaliHops
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle says it's 8%ABV, not 7. Pours a very cloudy golden color with a HUGE white, frothy head that doesn't go anywhere anytime fast. Good lookin beer. Scent is yeasty, spicy, and fruity. I get oranges, apples, and banana. The orange is actually predominant in the nose. Taste is somewhat unique in its own way...Tons of flavor...Initially I get a hoppy flavor, quickly followed by delicious banana and orange flavors. Then I get some bread notes and tons of yeast and spice...a lot of pepper and some clove. It finishes very hoppy, which I was not expecting. Mouthfeel is very crisp and dry with a lot of flavor. Drinkability is fairly high, as the ABV is pretty well-hidden. This beer is nowhere near Duvel, but it's a good beer overall.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.84/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.6 oz bottle into a New Belgium goblet. Bottled 5/2011.

A: Pours a cloudy dark gold color with strong carbonation and some unattractive yeast particles. The head is a bit rougher than I really like in the style; nonetheless it's about three fingers high, colored offwhite, retaining itself decently. It also has a huge floater in the center, with a much creamier texture. Lacing is sparse but strong where it exists.

S: I first note some white grapes with some caramel, earthiness, and a kiss of lactic sourness. This light fruitness evolves, developing additional tones of orange, apricot, and cherry. The complexity of the fruit esters here are really engrossing.

T: This has a bit more caramel malt than I expected, along with a finishing touch of lactose. Behind this primary flavor lies the fruit notes I loved so much on the nose. Also, I note some grassy hops on the aftertaste; I could tell this would be quite hoppy fresh. There's an accumulating earthy note that provides some cheesy qualities; some sips are like biting into a stank-ass cheese - and by gawd King, it works here.

M: Despite some of the early sweetness, this is nicely crisp and dry, probably aided by its age. The back end is pretty astringent; a bit more than I like, actually. Otherwise, it's a very successful mouthfeel, mixing pleasant dryness with a good complexity of flavor.

O: Quite tasty. This would probably be better fresh, but it's still drinking great right now. Regardless, this is one of those mildly strange beers that really makes you contemplate it. Think of it as Duvel's slightly loopy but lovable younger brother.

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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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