Brewed by De Dolle Brouwers
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Diksmuide, Belgium


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RATINGS: 1082   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Arabier is a pure malt beer 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 available throughout the year. Aging time is limited due to the fact that hop bitterness declines with age. Store arabier cool and dark and serve cool at 10°C.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mucom (35) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 21, 2005
Hazy golden beer with again a gigantic white head that lasts. Yeasty sweet aroma with a touch of honey, bread, apple and spices. The taste is hoppy with a bitter finish. Alcohol and carbonation are extremely well bamaced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - FEB 19, 2005
Pours a golden colour with a huge, lasting white head. Spicy aroma, with some hoppy notes in there too. Wonderful flavour, spicy, herbal with almost a tart twist to it. Medium bodied, quite refreshing. Tasty stuff!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - FEB 16, 2005
arabier, the happy parrot, is a beer demonstrably eager to break the bounds of the bottle’s confinement. it eased upward as easily as a trombone slide, a gusset of foam spilling over as naturally and unselfconsciously as shaken champagne. in it’s liquid heart, it’s bright as cadmium chalk and gold leaf, the yellowy translucence of baby carrot tips. the head was a luxuriant mane of frothy ermine, spiralling down the glass like long kite tails torn from satin sheets. a captivating aroma-- one that differentiates it from a tripel: a hazelnut caramel maltiness and cherry chocolate character wafting among the musty yeast effects. the yeast and papery hops are announced as a mildewy portfolio of old papers, aspirin bottle, ancient pine needles dried between skins of parchment and yet--the freshness of green willow bark. in flavor, it’s part arrogant bastard, part dulle teve. lovely. full of toffee sweetness and ruby grapefruit bitterness; a lively carb, and a body like sophia loren’s-- if she’d belonged to the world gym and worked out five days a week. full and taut, a very notable cross-over.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
pxl (4) - BELGIUM - FEB 16, 2005 does not count
perfect beer during thirsty, hot summer days! brewed with the dry-hopping technique. when in belgium, it’s a must to visit the brewery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brewbandit (312) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 15, 2005
Sweet malt aromatics emminate from a rather effervescent rich golden body! Palate is lightly sweet with good hops.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rastacouere (6129) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 14, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2010 Terrific appearance. An attracting hazy golden with a gigantic white head displaying splendid lacing. The head leaves a trace after every sip and just stays there, mountainous, rocky, all over the glass. Sediments move at the bottom of the glass. Appealing yeasty sweet aroma. Honeyish malt is the base on which dances an above average hop character for a belgian beer, citrusy, lemony, sprucey. Notes of bread, farmhouse, apple and pepper+cloves. I expected this to be the least interesting De Dolle, but how wrong I was, this one is fabulous, complex, yeasty, balanced, refreshing and almost a session beer. Palate is dry up front, hoppy with a generous bitter finish, but all kinds of things happening in between. There’s a subdued fruitiness in the likes of grapefruit, apple, orange or apricot and complex complementing spices. Refreshing mild tart profile. Great creamy and velvety mouthfeel with above average carbonation. I just played a few hours of tennis and this is a superb "sunny day welcome". The complex toasty almost pilsnerish malt just seduces me. All the ingredients in this beer makes themselves heard and known. Oh plentiful harvest, how I want to live to drink your offerings again... Thank you for enlighting me Sham.
Resample: I see the light now. It’s a real crime to have this rated so low. There are only a handful of comparable beers in this style and there are no other style than a hoppy golden belgian to give me that much pleasure. This is a better balanced and more stable Orval. Every bottle is world-class, so is every sip. Medicinal, floral, gracious, elegant hoppiness, funky yeast. A session belgian strong.

Re-re-rate: When in shape, a perfect 5 to me, but it’s gotten quite variable and too often suffers from ridiculous overcarbonation. Lowering to 4.4

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (6493) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 12, 2005
This orange beer pours with a foamy white head, eliciting a fruity aroma. The flavor is a spicy mixture with considerable carbonation. Overall, a very nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GonZoBeeR (2925) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 12, 2005
Aroma:spicy and pineapples. Appearance:Hazy golden with a big big withe head. Flavor:Lemon,spicy and a big carbonated mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
TBone (12547) - Pori, FINLAND - FEB 8, 2005
Bottled (BB 05/2005)
Hazy golden color, huge white head, lace. Strong nose: yeast, leather, peach and paperbag. Full-bodied, warming, alcohol kicks in the middle. Lemon hoppy flavor with licorice in the edges. Carbonated mouthfeel and typical DDB character in this. Another masterpiece from DDB.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 7, 2005
Oranges and pineapples feature prominently in the tropical fruit aroma with some notes of barnyard, sweet, nutty marzipan and hay-like herbal, gently spicy hops. Opaque tan-orange with generous, dense, fine-bubbled head that recedes to lasting thick cover that sticks to the sides of the glass. Lemon-citrus meringue, a hint of rubber, sweet nuttiness, herbal, grassy intense hop flavours and a quiet but distinct green bitterness. The hop profile reminds me of Orval. Mild, gentle carbonation caresses the tongue with a soft texture and medium body. Fantastic! Bottle enjoyed with DumDum, Nicholas and Olivier.

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