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De Dolle Arabier | Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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BA SCORE
90
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317 Reviews
De Dolle ArabierDe Dolle Arabier
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
Belgium | website

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
Reviews:
317
Ratings:
632
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
15.56%
 
 
Wants:
39
Gots:
56
For Trade:
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Photo of DrDemento456
4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Not as much head as the Oerbier but I do get a 1/4 inch that reduces to a thick lace ring with sticky head. Color is a hazy orange yellow kind of like dark pineapple juice.

S - From the bottle I get a pretty decent level of citrus hops and in the glass it smells more like a Belgium Triple full of bubble gum and sugary yeasts. Hope it's as good as it smells.

T - Well nothing off-putting but has a mild pineapple like hop presence mixed with a sugar coated bubble gum yeast. I think I actually like this more than the Oerbier since it's hoppy, simple and delicious.

M - Light to medium and crisp. Easy to drink despite the elevated ABV.

Overall I might actually pick up another old bottle of this for 3 bucks! A very easy drinking great tasting Belgium pale ale.

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Photo of bark
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer makes a loud popping sound when I open the bottle.

The smell is dry with some spicy-medical phenols. Hints of yeast and some fresh flowery hops. Hints of alcohol, brown sugar and cream.

The colour is golden with lots of small bubbles in the almost clear liquid. The two finger head is white and compact. It sinks slowly leaving some lacing.

The taste is bitter-sweet and surprisingly hoppy. Some soap-like phenols and a gentle sweetness. Dry hints of yeast, earthy notes and bitter herbs. Quite a lot of alcohol in the aftertaste as well as some pine needles. Bitter herbal hops in the finish.

The carbonation is very strong with lots of small bubbles. The liquid is smooth.

More hops and bitter notes than other beers in this style. Enjoyable.

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Photo of avalon07
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
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 Bighuge
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy golden color. Huge, sparkling (like fresh snow under the moonlight) white head. Retention is excellent. I noticed a black speck on the top of the head. I come to realize that it came from my bottlecap which seem to have started decomposing. Maybe this beer is a bit old. I look at the beer closely for black specks and see none. Instead, all I see are fast rising strings of carbonation. I will move on in light of the black speck.

The aroma is very nice. Hoppy. Piney. Musty. Citric. My guess is that this beer tips the spectrum on the high side for hop load for this style. This is a nice tasting Belgian brew. Probably my favorie of this brewery (of which I've also tasted Stille Nacht and Oerbier). The must and peat tones are prevalent to me. There's an acidic tinge and hoppy undertones. A little lemon. But the malt base is evident and sufficient. Biscuity. Bready. Some yeastiness as well, but not as much as I've become accustomed to in fine Belgian brews. Body is light and pleasing. Drinkability good. All in all, a fine beverage here.

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

Pours a darker coppery amber color, huge plume of prickly white bubbles, akin to many bottle conditioned beers, retention leaves about a half centimeter of bubbled and some nice sticky lacing. Scent is quite a blend of sour over rippened fruit, day old bread and over kiln dried grain with a faint hint of earthy must. Taste moved in quite a different direction from scent - the dominant flavor is dry stale bread, but without the yeasty kick. The background has minimal notes of sour over rippened fruit and lightly toasted grain. Only a touch of honey and butter - the lack of sweetness leads to a lingering earthy quality. Medium bodied, very dry on palate, carbonation active for most of glass. The dry breadyness of the beer did not work that well with the perceived over rippened fruit notes, leaving my palate somewhat disapointed, especially after the solid nose.

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Photo of tbeckett
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle at Bier Circus in Brussels. From notes.

A - Poured with a big 3 finger fluffy head with some pillowy quality. Head was white. Very effervescent. Hazy dark orange colour with a little lacing and a good ice cream scoop in the middle for retention and some film around.

S - Really farmhousy. Lotsa yeast and some mild hop. Quite citrusy.

T - Yeast, barnyard funk, good citrus, hops, and a little more funk.

M - Nice carbonation, medium body, and a nice bitter, dry finish.

O/D - Nice one. Great to sip on and a nice hop/funk/yeast combo.

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Photo of claspada
3.3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours golden almost amber, with an exploding white soapy head; definitely started coming out of the bottle when opened luckily I read about how that would happen, so I was prepared. Lots of carbonation and bubbles in this beer but it still has a pretty syrupy look if you look at it up close.

Nose is of spice, floral, citrus, also a hint of apricot and pepper, but overall kinda metallic and disconcerting.

Taste is fairly different than the smell. The aroma was not that enjoyable, but the initial taste was quite good. Finished kinda metallic and dry, started better than it finished. Decent mouthfeel; a typical saison effervescence with a hop spiciness that was quite profound with notes of citrus. There was a peppery bite throughout that was a bit much for my liking.

Overall a decent/complex beer, but not really in a good way. The flavor doesn't quite finish the deal compared to appearance. Be patient with the pour. I am just not a big fan of De Dolle I guess.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.28/5  rDev -19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I drank this beer from the bottle into a chalice.

The beer poured beautifully with a huge white, creamy, chunky head that clung to the glass. The beer itself was a cloudy golden orange.It had average to good lacing.

The smell was great, very strong sense of orange, hops, and bitterness.

After this great start with the smell and look I was greatly disappointed. This is not a very good beer. It is very very bitter with a no taste of orange that I smelled and just left me disappointed. Not at all what I was expecting.

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Photo of mltobin
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I pulled out some old notes for this review on De Dolle Ara Bier.

This 11.2 ounce bottle was purchased at Amity Wine & Spirit in New Haven. The graphic on the bottle features a cute parrot.
Upon pouring into a Duvel tulip glass, the appearance of the beer is a nice golden body with a frothy two finger head. It smells a little hoppy, kind of sweet. Upon sipping it, it tastes of fruits, candies, as well as yeast and malts, and in the end, it finishes dry. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with its carbonation coming through along with its sweetness, but all in all it is a smooth and enjoyable mouthfeel. The drinkability is very good on this 7% abv beer, I really wish that I had another right now...damn good beer !

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Photo of glid02
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up from Green's on Buford in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy golden color with a two-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin pancake on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of overly ripe and sugar-coated pears with good amounts of slightly tart red apples.

Tastes very good. Pear and a combination of green and red apple flavors up front segue into a good dose of Belgian candi sugar. The ending holds a slight tartness with a solid dryness.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a good thickness with very active carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I had no problem finishing the bottle and could have another, maybe even more.

Overall this is another very good beer from De Dolle, but somewhat in the middle of the pack. There's a lot going on here but the flavors don't meld as seamlessly as they do in De Dolle's other beers. Still, well worth a shot.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle, 2013 vintage

Served in beautiful Oerbier stemware - bright golden-straw body, thick endless white foam which enhances the beautiful appearance and feel of this beer. Nice notes of citrus, peppercorn, champagne, spice, clove and yeast. Sparkling carbonation - really nice stuff

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

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a cervoise glass. From notes. Reviewed April 2011.

A: Huge head overflows the glass, filling far more than half. Very white. The beer is mildly cloudy, straw-coloured, and bubbly.

S: Yeasty, slight spice, some citrus. Tripel-y.

T: Delicious. Thick, bready, lightly spiced, grassy, tinge of wheat? Good beer, though it still reminds me more of a tripel than a BSPA. A little on the sweet side...I'd like to try one fresher and see the the hop presence makes it more balanced.

M: Heavy on the tongue. Coaxing, coating, yummy.

O: Good, but not great? Strongly recommended regarded. Will try again.

Notes: "An arabier is a pure malt beer 8°vol/alc brewed with flower Nugget-hops from Poperinge. It has the special dry-hopping taste and aroma, so appreciated by beer lovers all over the world. It is one of the two main beers from De Dolle Brouwers throughout the year. Aging time is limited due to the fact that hop bitterness is declining with the time. Store arabier cool and dark and serve cool at 10°C. "

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Photo of ccrida
4.52/5  rDev +11.6%
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 stcules
3.38/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The colour is full golden, with some turbidity. Creamy, and abundant foam. A lot.
The smell is citrus fruits, yeast, hop. Freshness.
The overall impression is freshness in the taste too. And hop. Some spices (anise). Then a light warmness, probably dued to the alcohol. Fruity again, citrus fruits. Maybe some balsamic hint.
Medium-medium-light body.
Aftertaste very bitter, fresh and herbal. A lot of long standing bitterness.

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Photo of Rutager
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a hazy yellow gold with an absolutely massive head. Could only pour half the 33cL bottle in a pint glass before the head settled.

Smell. Prunes and raisins, brown sugar, spices and floral hops.

Taste. Lightly tart apples, raisins and spice, some earthy hops, oranges and pineapple.

Mouthfeel. On the lower side of medium body, with strong and smooth carbonation.

Overall. An interesting and tasty beer.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pour is a transparent color with PBS of tight fluffy head. The nose is very nice, lots of spicy yeast, great earthy leather note, underlying caramel and sticky malt. Flavores are the same, bright lemon and golden apricots in back. Well integrated, dry, light body, soft carb. Great beer!

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice, slightly hazy yellow-amber with a VERY thick off-white head that is quite frothy and sticks around for a while. Be careful when pouring this or you’ll get foam from hell to breakfast! Aroma is not strong, but it is pleasingly malty and fruity and a little yeasty. Fruity, malty flavor has a surprisingly hoppy and bitter undertone. Sublime texture is silky smooth on the outside and lively and fizzy on the inside so it slides down the pipes easily yet leaves a nice tingle behind. Love them Belgians!

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

Pour gold shading to bronze with huge whipped cream head that clings. Lemon sherbet and tropical flower honey on the nose, with traces of candy sugar and yeast barrel. Husky grain malts underlain by white pepper, with hints of banana bubblegum and white grape, then an ester hit followed by tight spicy citrus and grass hops. Dry citric linger, clean and lean body, slight burn.

Not quite a Belgian IPA, but bright and hoppy PA. More flavor than needs to be there, and a nice drinker, too.

Note: Label says 8% ABV, not 7.

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

Found this one at the Steelgaarden in Bethlehem, PA. It poured a fuzzy golden amber color with a thick full off-white head like snow and chunks of lacing throughout. The aroma is a sturdy clove and grass hop, a nice apetizing blend. The taste brings on lively bubblage full of lightly malted lemony wheat, clove overall and a dry overtone. But the hop presence is nice in a bready sort of way. Very fine, tingly carbonation, pretty drinkable. Smooth and likeable stuff.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Small 300 mL bottle with no freshness date. Pours an extremely hazy gold color with a massive cap of white foam. Retention is pretty ridiculous, even leaving a large creamy mesa in the middle of the glass. Lacing is terrific as well.

Nose is fairly typical for a BSPA, not far off from the likes of, say, a Duvel. Pretty equally detectable parts grainy malts, edgy hops (Saaz?) and bready, fruity yeast. Smartees candy, pears and a bit of chalk. Quite nice.

Taste follows in the same vein, although it is a bit more intense than a Duvel. Yeast presents some nice ester profiles with some banana, pineapple and clove flavors. Plenty of tropical alcohol notes and the hops contribute a spicy finish and grassy flavor throughout. It all comes together pretty damn nicely. Another good beer from the talented folks at De Dolle.

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Photo of FLima
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
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 BMMillsy
2.95/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours cloudy golden with a head that explodes up the glass. Took a while to get the whole bottle poured. Maybe there’s soap in this thing? Aroma is banana, clove, funky yeast, and an unpleasant bitterness. Flavor feels overly spiced and bitter (not in a hops way, but in a licking a shoe way). Hint of banana, but finishes with a funky aftertaste. Not a drain pour since it cost me $5.50, but this thing just tastes dirty. No date on the bottle, so maybe this is just a bad bottle.

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Photo of mynie
4.97/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

That is a pour you can bring home to mother. You hold it up to Mother's face and you say "See this? See this you bitch! THIS is a beer! This is what you never gave me!" And then right there she realizes that you had been right all along.

You know the smell of a good Belgian? Pick any good Belgian. Fruity, spicy, zippy, zangy, or twangy--yeast and alcohol and fruity and hops. Okay now mix all of those together and make them really strong and perfect. Almost too strong. Oh god I have to sit down.

Mom? Mom--I'm sorry. I didn't know what I was talking about. The smell, it just--it just got INSIDE me. I wasn't me. I was the smell. I'm sorry.

Tastes--well, the flavor was so intense I had to load up this here internet page and make sure it wasn't a smoked beer. It takes a few sips before you can pick out any complexity. Big fruit, big yeast, big spice. Good lord where do we start. All the BA platitudes are rolled into one, right here. Every generic adjective for "good." Starts with spice malt, like steak sauce, moves into spice spice, like pepper and Nature's Seasoning, ends sweet and bitter, lemons and bananas and perfect, dry hops.

Good god I need more. More more more. Everything that is wrong with the world can be summed up from my lack of this beer. Everything that is wrong with me. Everything that is wrong with you. Everything that is wrong with mother.

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Photo of warnerry
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled May 2011

A - Big rush of air when the cap comes off. Definitely carbonated. My first attempt at a slow pour yields one finger of beer and five fingers of dense white head that lasts forever and coats the glass with lacing. Liquid is clear golden brown. Nice.

S - A mild but persistent funk, with a lot of fruit. White grape, green apple, faint peach and raisin.

T - Taste starts with white grape and a bit of apple, before an earthy funk with moderate hop bitterness and a mild spiciness kicks in. The more subtle fruit flavors from the aroma don't really make it into the taste unfortunately. Still, quite tasty, but seems a bit more like a Belgian IPA than a strong pale. Some noticeable alcohol in the taste.

M - Very lively carbonation gives an almost champagne-like mouthfeel. Rather dry with an earthy, bitter finish.

O - Another interesting brew from a very good brewery, though not my favorite from them. The earthy bitterness and the fruitiness didn't seem as harmonious as they could have been, but I would still have this again.

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Photo of Pencible
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A: This poured clear gold with lots of fluffy white head.
S: It smelled like lemon zest and wild yeast, with some coriander and clove and a bit of candi sugar and waxiness.
T: It tasted like sharp lemon zest and waxy hops, with floral and metallic hops and clove and coriander, and a bit of orange and caramel malt. It has a lasting very sour aftertaste.
M: It was oily with smooth carbonation.
D: This was a decent tripel, but its taste was fairly harsh, especially in the finish. The alcohol was well hidden, but it was still tough to drink since the aftertaste was so sharp. There wasn't a ton of depth or balance either. On the plus side, the body was spot on. Ultimately, this was a mediocre beer that's probably not worth trying more than once.

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De Dolle Arabier from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
90 out of 100 based on 317 ratings.
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