De Dolle Arabier | Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

BA SCORE
90
outstanding
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 bbadger
2.75/5  rDev -32.3%

Photo of impending
3.18/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

33cl into a tulip. Pours a hazy butterscotch orange. Magnificent pure white towering head remains till nearly tomorrow. One of only a few 33cls that wouldn't fit my Duvel tulip in a single careful pour. Clumpy froth clings as only a belgian can.

Aroma is yeast by the ton atop a cornucopia of mid summer light skinned fruits. Superb!

Taste is not up to the level of the nose or eye. Taste surprisingly lacks complexity, rather one dimensional. Simply yeast and pine bitterness atop under ripe fruits with a peppery finish. Light, prickly mouthfeel.

Rarely has the scent of a brew exceeded the flavor to this extent, unfortunate. Bottled six months ago, perhaps it needs to be fresher.
cheers
jd

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Mikkeller bar.

Has a big fluffy white head and a slightly see through golden yellow body.

Smells grassy, yeasty, and fruity.

Lots of fruit namely banana which is in the nose and taste.

Has a medium mouthfeel that is crisp and lingers nicely on the palate.

Straight up delicious!

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Photo of chrispoint
3/5  rDev -26.1%

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 brbrocc
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of jrfehon33
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of jwinship83
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle with no freshness information drank out of my duvel tulip. in my area, de dolle beers dont move that fast, so im led to believe that this is an older bottle. just how old i cant say.

A- the pour yields a hazy golden colored body with a rather large bright white head on top. the head lasts for a while, and leaves behind rather large spots of lacing. pretty nice.

S- the first thing i pick up in the nose are pale malts with a little bit of wheat. theres some light citrus fruits in the nose also. lemon and a little bit of grapefruit. its spicy also. coriander, clove, and some pepper. faint earthy hops at the end.

T- the taste starts out with some sweet pale malts and a little bit of wheat malt. after that i get some lemon and very faint grapefruit flavors. lots of spice such as coriander, clove, and white pepper. faint earthy hops finish this one off.

M- this beer has a medium body and a high level of carbonation. the alcohol is completely masked.

D- as with everything de dolle brews, i enjoyed this. theyre a seriously under appreciated belgian brewery. i think this is supposed to be a hoppier offering. maybe the bottle i got is too old to fully appreciate it. id love to try another one that is newer.

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Photo of polishkaz
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of kybeerdrinker
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Warren2621
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brdc
4.82/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this small, capped bottle into a tulip.

It is initially clear golden, but as I voluntarily add the bottom yeast, it turns into a murky, golden-orange brew with a thick white cap, moderate retention, beautiful lacing.
Nose is yeasty, spicy, hoppy, "salty sea", perhaps fruity and floral. There is also a very pleasant, sweet cookie nad molasses aroma (that is as close as I can get, but it is better than that). Well carbonated, it has gently prickly mouthfeel, with a nice, complex evolving taste that is spicy and even salty, hoppy and dry, malty and sweet, tart, with lots of yeasty notes.
Quite easy to drink, another wonderful Dolle creation. Incidentally, it matched chinese potstickers (not spicy) very well.

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle into a snifter

A: Poirs a slightly hazy golden color with over four fingers if dense foam, even with a very careful pour. Retention is remarkable and lacing is very good.

S: Lots of complex yeast character in the aroma. Quite fruity, ranging from dried apricots to orange zest. Also spicy, peppercorn and clove. I also get a fresh floral nature in the beer. A mild caramel sweetness helps balance all these aromas.

T: The flavor is almost as complex as the aroma. It's hard to distinctly describe each individual flavor contributing to the whole. It has a mild pineapple and peach sweetness along with cardamom and light clove.

M: Medium thickness with smooth, creamy carbonation.

O: A great Belgian Strong Pale Ale. Balanced sweetness, complex, and easy to drink.

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Photo of mattfancett
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Azpittil57
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of number1bum
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BeerTruth gave me this single, thanks buddy.

Upon popping the cap foam started gushing out of the top of the bottle, which I quickly had to get over a glass so as not to lose too much. Poured a cloudy orange color with some sediment floating around and a foamy, rocky off-white head. Head left a mess all over the glass and keeps a full, chunky lace.

Smell is quite yeasty, with some slightly tart citrus, some apricots, spice and an earthy, sort of musty aroma. Nice sweetness to it, as well, and a good deal of hops.

Taste is heavy on the yeast and earthy, must flavors, and there's an herbal bitterness that's pretty prominent as well, especially into the finish. There is some fruity flavor here and there, and some spice too. A honey sort of sweetness comes out more as it warms up. Quite hoppy for a Belgian of any kind.

Mouthfeel is on the full side of a medium body, and is quite smooth and slick on the palate. Carbonation is on the aggressive side but not overly so.

This is a pretty flavorful, complex ale. Quite enjoyable and something I'd be glad to revisit.

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Photo of drmeto
3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Beer exploded upon opening.
Ridiculous amount of foam.
It took me 20mins to pour the whole bottle out

L:
-pours a hazy bright golden with a huge,foamy,white head
-high carbonation visible
-visible,small particle floaties
S:
-pineapple,lemon zest,coriander,honey
T:
-Follows the nose plus pears
-high,lingering bitterniss
F:
-medium to high carbonation
-light to medium body
-alcohol noticeable
O:
Sort of a less refined "De Ranke Guldenberg".
The carbonation issues really bugged me though

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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 BeerBelcher
3.12/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer was pleasant and certainly unique, but had a rather strong grainy-cereal note to it that I didn't especially care for. On the other hand, it did have a peach-apricot fruitiness that I liked quite a bit. Sort of a mixed bag for me.

This beer was a cloudy tan color with a medium amount of off-white head. There was some sediment at the end of the bottle, but its appearance and quantity were nothing to get worked up about. Aroma was a malty, yeasty (thought I got some Brett-funk), and a bit fruity. Flavor was predominantly malt with kind of a lot of cerealness and a finish that was either peach or apricot. Mouthfeel was pretty viscous for what was a fairly light-drinking beer.

Not bad, and quite a bit different than other Belgian beers I've had in recent memory, but not really lip-smacking delicious either. Still, I'd recommend based on the uniqueness alone.

I had a bottle of this at the Palm Tavern in Milwaukee.

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

Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle served in a Trappist chalice.

A: Pours a slightly cloudy orange color forming a big bubbled white head. Good retention and a small layer the never goes on the top. Some lacings left

S: Very fruity and super-spicy in the nose. Notes of orange, grapefruit, honey and vanilla. Tons of grapes. Delicious flowery hops. Sweet malts and Belgian yeasts backbone

T: Pretty much as the nose. Strong character. Very malty. Slightly sweet upfront followed by spicy notes, orange zest, honey, vanilla. In overall a dry and bitter taste

M: Medium to heavy body. Medium carbonation. Strong bite of hops bitterness as aftertaste

O: Very drinkable. Something between a Strong Pale Ale and a Belgian IPA. Reminded me Duvel, but a super-spiced version of. Absolutely great Belgian beer

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Photo of kmoen
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of Birdlegs
4/5  rDev -1.5%

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