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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 IPA35
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice golden colour, hazy with the yeast added. . Nice rocky head.

Spicey smelling, tart fruits like green apples and some citrus. Bready malts and leafy hops I think.

A fruity, tart beer with with enough herbal hoppy dry bitterness afterwards to make it quite different. Quite complex, just like their Oerbier.

Mouthfeel is medum and quite creamy. Not too much carbonation.

Overal a nice beer, complex.

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Photo of xylophonica
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a chalice.
Note: the bottle I have states 8% as the ABV.

A - Big frothy head bursting to get out. Has actually expanded since being poured and has now risen like a mountain-range and is towering over the glass. Dark golden colour with jet-like streams of carbonation bubbles firing up to the top of the liquid.

S - Sweet hint of wheat with some slightly phenolic overtones. Some bitey hops and herbs in there as well. Later on some pungent rose and honey present.

T - The head is quite bitter on consumption. Quite a dry sensation with the bitter hops. Sweeter and more herbal when you get down to the bier itself - very smooth. Head becoming more creamy as it's drunk but there's still a variety of darker flavours such as aniseed coming through. Much later some rose and honey flavours arriving - as with the aroma.

M - Very smooth and creamy with the exorbitant head. Otherwise surprisingly mild given the carbonation levels visible at first glance.

O - The bitterness of the enormous head here has totally overwhelmed the more subtle flavours of the bier. First time I've ever drank some water in the middle of a review to try to get a better grasp of the flavours but it still doesn't completely eliminate the bitterness. I'm sure there's a really good bier under the bitterness but it's not coming through today.

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Photo of NewGeneric
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this one last night as part of a De Dolle session. Poured a golden color with thick, frothy white head that faded very slowly and left good lacing. Smelled of yeast, fruit, malt, and toffee. Tasted of fruits, yeast, sugar, and caramel. A bit fizzy and dry. Good beer!

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Photo of Quej
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A - A dark yellow very cloudy beer with lots of rocky head which lasts long.

S - Smells strongly of citrus, cloves and apple with a slight burn of alcohol.

T - Immediately, strong tastes of citrus and fruit with lots of spiciness and coriander. Sharp taste of spice and a very solid amount of bitterness especially towards the finish which is whip quick from the hops. Lots of complex fruits and spicy flavours with the sharpness of alcohol.

M - Light and tingly and only slightly burning from the alcohol. Very cleansing and refreshing.

D - Its drinkability is rather low, due to its high alcohol taste and complex medley of flavours which should be enjoyed thoroughly.

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Photo of bskrtz
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cold bottle emptied into St Bernardus (wide) glass beer challis

A)Hazy dull bronze with metallic sparkle. Huge lively white head. Abundant sediment and floaties

S) Freshly cut citrus fruit, coriander, banana peel. Alcohol drifts and resonates -- you know this is strong stuff

T) Excellent interpretation of Belgian Pale Ale. Fruity with pear juice and stewed apples. Sweet candy sugar and mild, suttle bitter hops.

M) Dense sea of fine carbonation that lasts and lasts. Sticky sweet but still refreshing. Yum.

O) Another excellent beer from De Dolle. This one is tougher to find, but worth the effort.

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Photo of Px2GrafX
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
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 dqrull
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden colour with a huge crisp head that lasts quite a while!

Smells huge of green apples and yeasty passion fruit, some mango and a hint of lemon, fruits galore! Really pelasant. A little whiff of alcohol aswell.

Rather yeasty taste, but the yeast itself is not overwhelming all the crisp fruitnotes. Apples, citrus, astringent grape peel and a very marked bitterness int he end, a ltitle surprised bby that one, but it makes it feel quite refreshing. I really like hos the bitterness in the end is quite astringent, goes great with the notes of green apples and green grapes, really enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is refreshing, interesting and the carbonation is just right, with medium sized mid-soft bubbles.

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Photo of rsyberg01
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

S - Ara Bier in cursive with a parrot holding a beer. No best by or bottle on date.

A - Pretty deep pale orange hue. Cloudy, cant see through it at all, quite a bit of sediment. Good chunky head that takes a few minutes to really drop and then form a little chunk sticking to the side of the glass.

S - Definite citrus and hop. Grapefruit, orange, and plenty of hoppy goodness. A little bit of maltiness along with some earthy undertones that really lay low. Very nice.

T - Starts fruity along with a nice malty taste to accompany it. Defintely some orange and a bit of melon as well. Some tropical essence too. Finishes with a beautiful hop slap in the face. Yum.

M - Crisp and bitter. Covers and cuts in that order pretty quick. Not wonderful because it doesnt really stay for long enough, kind of jumps ship a bit too soon. Good, but not great.

D - I could polish off a 750 of this no problem. A very good brew.

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Photo of sk8man121
4.73/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle ($5.99 @ Downeast Beverage in Portland, ME) poured into Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a mostly transparent candied orange with apricot highlights. Massive rocky off-white head with a great deal of attractive lacing. This is what a BSPA should look like; period dot.

S: Huge Belgian yeast up front; clove, sweet, round banana. Honey, mango and citrus follow. Smells very big, and very nice.

T: Hops come through where they simply were not in the nose at all. A great deal of peppery spice, with a piney, citrus-laden malty finish. Whatever sweetness comes forward quickly dries out towards the end. Palm wishes it tasted like this.

M: Carbonation is on the high side, and this creams up like nothing else. Palate coating for sure, with a lingering bitterness that is perhaps just a tad too much.

O: I really try to rate to style as often as possible. That being said, BSPA is far from a favorite style of mine, although this is without a doubt the best example I've tried. Very much worth a try, especially if you are interested in this style.

A benchmark BSPA for sure, and just another fantastic beer from De Dolle.

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Photo of counselor
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

De dolle brouwers brews has such a distinct smell and taste from their yeast that if one enjoys their beers, they ought to enjoy them all. This beer is no exception, but slightly less so. The beer pours with a huge pillowy white head that sticks aroud forever. The beer itself is a pale straw colored yellow, slightly opaque and very bubbly.

The beer has the prototypical de dolle yeast aroma, thick, bready, like old well worn thick wool pants after tobaggoning all day. There is a slightly sweetaroma and no hop aroma that I could detect

The beer tasted chewy with good malt, hop balance (where did these hops come from - I couldn't smell a one?) there are some pear hints abd slightly citrusy undertones, but most of the flavors are yeast based - like thick, crusty, really chewy, european peasant bread. Then - wow - the hops kick in and finish this beer as dry as it comes. I mean roll your tounge under the lips to wick away the dryness dry.

I may be prejudiced for de dolle, but this is another quality offering and at 7% abv, it doesn't seem so .... until it hits you of course

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Photo of BTPete
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up this bottle at Westmere Beverage in Albany. It was a suggestion for me by one of the employees.

Bottle to Tulip

A: Uhh, foam, lots of head here. Actually I had to split this among two tulips.

S: Citrusy, musty, funky, yet clean? I'm not sure if that makes sense but I got a nice clean scent off it.

T: Crisp clean taste. Nice yeasty character. Fruity, citrusy, and some peppery spice.

M: Very carbonated,active, and a nice dry finish.

D: Very nice beer. Highly enjoyable. Complex and funky, small bottle, but a big beer.

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Photo of Philabeerphia
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: very robust and active head with a hazy golden color. looks like a meal in my glass. Head continues to be persistent minutes after the pour with larger bubbling in the laces. beautiful.

S: familiar and pleasant florals with a strong hint of cherries and subtle hints of fresh bread. Again, I get the sense that there's a meal going on here.

T: deep caramel and malty up front, almost overpowering. As it warms, the taste is slightly more subtle up front and pleasant. Tart and balanced hops in the back, the cherry arises. lingering aftertaste is malty and yeasty, slightly unpleasant. Update: this has warmed for 30 minutes now and it is awesome.

M: when cold, I throw it around my tongue the head explodes like a champagne, well done. On the other hand, the beer doesn't sit well in the mouth after a few brief seconds. as it warmed, sits better in the mouth.

D: a special beer to sip, the warmth in my stomach tells me so.

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Photo of maleman
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a pint glass. Freshness dating was noted on bottle. I thought I was pouring at my regular rate but the head exploded to half the glass before I could stop! Color was dark golden. Lacing was thick, but patchy.

S - rich bread and pine resin was evident right out front.

T - clove was noticeable just at first then it quickly dissolved into a resin/grassy combo. malt or hops was not really there for me. but regardless it was very smooth.

M - as stated the taste was smooth and what I'd call medium-bodied. Slightly on the acidic side which I tasted in the back roof of my mouth.

O - a very good brew that I'll have again when I come across it. not as "belgian" as I anticipated it being, but very good nonetheless.

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Photo of Andy
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was surprised to find this beer to be fairly average all around. Light orange color. Some acidity, some apricot flavor. The flavor appears upfront and then promptly disappears. I actually wish I had poured more yeast into the glass so this beer would have exhibited more flavor.

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Photo of OttoPeeWee
3.79/5  rDev -6.4%
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 hefevice
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle. Hazy but luminescent orange with a HUGE merangue like white head that lasted admirably and left heaps of lace behind. Aroma is hoppy citrus with some malty sweetness in the background and a little belgian yeasty funk. Taste is dry at first with a little malty sweetness, but dominated by a big finish of spice and hop bitterness, completely hiding the reasonably high ABV. Also noted a slight off "latex" taste. Mouth is light and a little course. For me, not up to the Oerbier unfortunately, although I am sure I will get plenty of disagreement.

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Photo of NardiByNature
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I popped the top and the foam charges out the bottle. Lively carbonation makes a spectacle of the yeast bits floating up and down the glass. Big ‘ol textured head doesn't quit. Nose is deep, rich, and fruity: apple pie, tart grapes, buttered rolls; taste follows suit and is oh so smooth – mouthfeel is superbly smooth with a quick effervescent punch and a decadent finish. Good stuff –I wasn’t sure what kind of beer this was at the shop, but I couldn’t resist the funky label.

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Photo of Larrytown
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It pours golden-orange with a huge (HUGE) creamy head. Yeah, this one takes a while to pour. The smell is of fruit and yeast. Nothing wild, but very much present. Man, that head just doesn't fade!

Oh, this is an interesting one. My first thought is almost of a hefe; there's that familiar combo of fruit and yeast, but then the hops come in, completely cleaning the palate and leaving a bit of bitterness on the back of the tongue. Very interesting. I'm not sure I've had anything quite like it before, but I sure like it.

This is a perfect combo of a beer that's light enough to knock back on a hot summer day, but complex enough to savor. Great stuff.

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Photo of LinusBohman
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
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 ohitsbrad
4.62/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

5 July 2006, Best Before Jun 08

Cloudy dark orange colour with a huge thick white head. Left most of the yeast in the bottle. Head settled to a white cap and left some lacing on the glass. Aroma is fresh, tart and sweet. Reminiscent of green apples, green grapes and champagne/white wine. Some spiciness there too. Flavour is sweet, fruity, tart and acidic. Some typical Belgian yeast flavours present. Medium body and high carbonation. The 7% alcohol provides a nice amount of warming. This is a superb Belgian pale ale. Bottle advertises that it's unfiltered and unpasteurized.

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Photo of Crittervision
3.81/5  rDev -5.9%
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 OutFox
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a wine glass.

A - The head is the gem here. Its huge (as with just about every De Dolle beer honestly). It retains forever and laces the entire glass. JUst so much carbonation. The acutal color of the beer is a serious gold color.

S - Complex. Its smells serious yeasty but more of a champagne kind of style. There is a hop sort of smell there but it isnt at the fore front.

T - The hops take a larger presence in the taste than in the nose so its almost suprising. Really good. Once again that yeasty sort of champagne-esque quality is there which I love.

M - Light and carbonated. It has a sort of light weight feel to it. Very palate coating.

O - Just a great beer. Its all been said already. If you can find it aquire it. Totally worth it. Another fantastic beer from De Dolle.

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Photo of saltydog
4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle tasted at Erasmus in Bruges. Appearance: Orange, cloudy, good sized head. Aroma: Spicy, noticeable bretamyces, and hops to beat the band! Flavor: Fairly sweet, but still very intense. Lots of hops. Finish: Crisp, spicy hoppy finish, with lingering sweetness.

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Photo of krunchie
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the second De Dolle I've had. I told a bartender at a local beergeek bar that I was a homebrewer and liked belgian beers a lot and we ended up talking for quite a while. He went on talking enthusiastically about De Dolle so I just had to try one and I tried Stille Nacht, which was wonderful! Got high expectations for this one ^^

A: When I opened the beer it made the loudest pop I've ever heard. Was afraid I got a gusher, but it didn't foam up much if at all. It poured mostly head at first, a white thick and sparkly head. Left a bit of nice lacing, but formed a creamy layer of foam on top after a few minutes. Straw colored, clear liquid.

S: Spicy belgian yeast aroma, coriander, pepper and bitter orange peel. Slight herbal hop aroma.

T: Dry, spicy and hoppy flavor. I would actually class this beer as a belgian IPA rather than a BPSA (reminds me a bit of beers such as XX Bitter of Brouwerij De Ranke). Very spicy hop flavor indeed, makes me think of Saaz hops. Quite green hop flavor (not vegetal, but almost grassy I would say). Very little maltiness or graininess in this one, I'd give it a higher rating if it had a more prominent malt backbone.

M/D: The finish is dry and leaves a long bitter aftertaste on the palate and the tip of the tongue. Very drinkable and thirst quenching

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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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De Dolle Arabier from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
4.05 out of 5 based on 641 ratings.
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