De Dolle Arabier | Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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90
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657 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:
657
Reviews:
328
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
11.08%
 
 
Wants:
40
Gots:
66
For Trade:
1
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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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 nathanmiller
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of XmnwildX12
3/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of mendvicdog
3.02/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

harsh medicinal slightly soapy booze

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Photo of dcmchew
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, dark golden color with lots of yeast sediment floating around, huge, fluffy off-white head. Aroma has classic belgian yeast esters. Floral with some overripe fruits, hay and medium brown sugar. Taste starts on the sweet side with brown sugar, hay, slight caramel and yeast but gets really bitter and earthy on the finish. Seems more like a belgian IPA to me. After the the foam settles, you get some earthy hops as well in the aroma and taste but mostly the bitterness. Medium, soft body with a good amount of carbonation. ABV is hidden very well, making the beer really drinkable for 8%. An excellent example of a well made belgian pale ale.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
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 BuckeyeNation
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lightly hazy rich gold with a glimmer of orange, topped by a gorgeous, firmsticky head the color of aged parchment. The rocky, divoted surface looks like an especially rough portion of the moon's surface and thick chunks of lace adhere to the glass in every pattern and shape imaginable.

The nose is sour, spicy and musky and smells like overripe peaches and apricots sprinkled with ground clove. The best thing about it is its complexity. There are multiple layers, each possessing both power and nuance.

Not quite as good in the mouth, but still good. Ripe fruit continues to lead the way, with pears, peaches and tart apples most appreciated. Spices in the mix include cardamom, weak clove and white pepper, and there's also some honey flavor with little to no honey sweetness. Ara Bier is more bitter than sour and more sour than sweet.

I'm not used to this much hop flavor in my BSPAs. That isn't a bad thing, but Belgian brewers tend not to use hop varieties that I love (Nugget in this case). I've read that Nugget is similar to Chinook, but not in this hophead's opinion. At least not as presented in this particular beer.

The longish finish is increasingly bitter and surprisingly dry. I prefer a bit more candi sugar in beer of this style, but De Dolle has every right to offer a wide range of different experiences. I'm pretty sure that Bos Keun was considerably sweeter. The body is solidly medium and would easily be medium-full with a higher candi sugar load. While the amount of carbonation is on the high end in the grand scheme of things, it's just about average for a Belgian ale.

Ara Bier is a BSPA that fits neatly into the bitter-dry end of the style spectrum. It's well-made (I'd expect nothing less from Brouwerij De Dolle), but it doesn't quite push all of my buttons. Okay, it doesn't push them *firmly*. It's worth a repeat purchase though and is definitely worth a look if you happen to run across a bottle.

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Photo of duceswild
3.25/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Draft, over spiced, harsh bitterness

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Photo of Jason
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 33 cl / 11.6 oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance: Big-time rocky head with a floating plateau that does not waver. Mildly hazed beige yellow hue with a few furious tiny bubbles racing to the top.

Smell: Lemony, granny smith apples, faint medicinal phenols and a spicy sweet mix of malt, alcohol and hops in the aroma.

Taste: “Flash in the pan” tartness as the moderate body sets in. So smooth and crisp with a lined yeasty bite. Short musty buttery middle. Fruity with lemon and tart apple tones. Husky grain and medicinal phenols mix things up. Alcohol wants to come out but it hides until the warmth hits when the brew is nearly finished. Spicy hop and alcohol twist lay down with a kiss of honey like maltiness. Yeast adds another layer of chalkiness towards the end as the brew dries.

Notes: Oh baby, this is a nice one. One to have on occasion to bring the whole beer thing into perspective. Meaning that even pale brew can be this complex and flavourful yet drinkable at the same time.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lots of fluffy white foam on a very carbonated golden yellow body. Even settling for ten minutes left behind a ton on lacing down the sides of the glass.

The aroma was light, pears, apples, hints of light lemon an citrus pops in it. Nice. Warming brings hints of the yeast and nice touches of the bready touches of. Light, well balanced flavor. Hints of citrus and pears nicely balanced against light bready notes, hints of grain and a nice well balanced feel. Very, very drinkable and just a very well rounded light belgian ale.

Overall just solid as could be.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I enjoyed this bottle in a teku chilledwith bottled on date of August 2013, allowed to reach cellar temp over the course of sampling -review from notes.

The color is pleasing to the eye-a golden apricot shade with hazed clarity and 3 fingers of bone white head with very fine bead and fluffly compostion. The lace collects well. The smell is a mix of yeast phenolics with light dried pineapple and herbal hop aroma with a light scent of pear and pepper. The feel is excellent vibrant moderately high carbonation with light bitterness and low sweetness with slight tangy yeast and dry finish with low alcohol influence.

The taste is light and fruity at first with interesting tropical and citrus blend of flavor that has a mild spice element with herbal hop taste and gentle white grape coming from the yeast. There is a slight pepper aspect and mild lemon rind which is palatable with mild herbal bitterness coming through with a very dry crisp finish which is mostly yeast driven, however a subtle tropical taste of golden grapefruit is present. Overall a wonderful Belgian pale to quaff -very easy to drink considering the 8%, the only attribute that is lacking is taste slightly but I can only imagine how much better this was when fresh -outstanding!

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Photo of ZEB89
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev -1.5%

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

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

Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of stakem
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

33cl brown bottle poured into an Oerbier oversized wine glass. The brew appears a golden orange color with a rich white cap that is 3 fingers strong. The cap slowly fades leaving spots and a webbing pattern of lace sticking all over the glass. Rising bubbles maintain a film across the surface that lasts for quite awhile. A swirl effortlessly revives a finger of yellowish stained meringue atop the brew.

The aroma of this brew is mildly sweet with an essence that is like belgian candy sugar mixed with a sort of orange marmalde. There are some earthen notes and a tingle of something suggesting a faded amount of herbal hops. A very mild alcohol ester rounds things out and makes for a very enjoyable set of aromatics.

The flavor opens with that previously described belgian candy-like sweetness. Some earthen tones blend into a mild oxidative touch of cardboard/wet paper and finish with a very light touch of herbal hops. The hops present themselves with such a mild flavor and a low amount of bitterness to assist in balancing out the upfront sweetness of the brew. The aftertaste gets progressively earthen as the experience continues with a soft warmth of alcohol becoming more evident as the brew warms up.

This is a medium bodied brew with a perfect level of moderate to lively carbonation. The liveliness of the carbonation assists in moving the flavors of this strong brew across the tongue without becoming taxing. I would love to be able to definitively state how old this brew is but of course, such a means is not precisely documented. I can hardly make out a marking on the neck of the bottle that reads 350 07 which makes me think this was a 2007 best by date. Regardless, the age is felt in this with the oxidative touch and visually the bottle is stained in the familiar pattern conducive of a beer that has been resting for quite some time. Plain and simple, I need to buy more of this and drink it instead of laying it aside for years at a time.

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Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of AlexFields
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rolltide8425
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of imperialking
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a fully clouded brown hued orange with a thick frothy crème head that's going nowhere. Nose is citrus, spices, dough. Flavor is quite robust and earthy. Evident flavors from a high use of hops. Tones of sugar, citrus, heavy spices, and minor dough. A lot going on here. Feel is smooth on liquid and carbonation nips at the tongue with tiny, ever present bubbles of carbonation. This is a hearty ale. Earthy, robust, and full.

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Photo of jwc215
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Label states 11.2 oz. on top, but 11.6 oz. on the bottom. Whatever...Looks like 11.2 to me - who cares - onto the beer...

Poured into glass chalice:

Pours hazy golden amber with a very thick head that falls slightly and stays as a creamy thick cover. Trailing lace slides down glass, leaving stickage.

The smell is of honey, slight ginger, bready, with peppery spicing.

The taste is of citric peel, ginger, honey, pepper. There is an assertive grassy/herbal presence. Quite the complex brew, yet woven together in a light way. As is progresses it becomes more lemony with a quick flash of honey sweetness that turns to a hoppy, bitter, dry finish.

Something refreshingly light and summerish about it despite the complexities. The abv is reasonably well-covered. Pricey (at over 5 bucks for the small bottle), but a treat to sip on, especially on a warm day.

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De Dolle Arabier from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
4.06 out of 5 based on 657 ratings.
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