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

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RATINGS: 1209   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
WISEGUY572 (1377) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 27, 2006
This is what a Belgian strong should look like ... a rocky head like a well baked meringue, over a cloudy orange body, vanishes, leaving lace up the glass and down the sides of the bottle. Mouth is astringent, dry, cedary. Taste is sour, hoppy, citric, funky, spicey, wood, and hoppy, like a funky hoppy version of a Belgian Saison. I loved the spicey bite and the astringent finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (11831) - Escondido, California, USA - JUN 24, 2006
33 cL bottle. Pours straw, hay yellow with a creamy white head and sticky lacing. Aroma is floral and fruity yeast (grassy), malt (cereal) and citrus notes, banana. Medium bitterness and acidity, yeast and malt earthy flavor, straw and hay, woodsy, cellar notes. Medium bodied and creamy-fizzy palate.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Christian (12569) - Odense, DENMARK - JUN 21, 2006
Slightly hazy yellow and a HUUUGE white head. As the head falls slowly and beautifully, it leaves the most perfect lace. 10 out of 5 for appearance here. Aroma is sweeter and more bubblegum like than other De Dolle beers, not unlike a triple from sane brewers. Flavour is sweet, full, spicy - pepper and some grapefruit. Lasting bitter finish.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
beerbiere (101) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 15, 2006
Bad sample. Cap had mold, never seen anything like this before. Aroma of mandarins, pepper, tomato and vodka. Reminds me of bloody ceasar. Still, I decided to give it a try. Decent head, big bubbles, low retention. Flavor is strong alcohol (vodka), very bitter shows age, very bad. Average body... Finished in the sink. Nevertheless, I will give it another try.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - JUN 9, 2006
Bottle. Opened with a big pfffttt and a bit of a gush. Poured A nice amber color with a reddish hue and a big rocky off-white head. Nice complex aroma of sweet caramel maltiness, some funky sourness and ripe fruit. Incredibly complex flavor. Some earthy sweetness that fades into a well spiced sour hop bitterness. Lots of tingly carbonation on the tounge, somewhat thin body and a dry finish not unlike Orval with a small alcohol burn.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - JUN 7, 2006
11.6 oz bottle. Hazy yellow pour, lots of particles. Huge foamy white head, decreases rapidly into a rocky coat that never really leaves. Very pungent aroma, somewhat cider or gueuze like. Yeasty and fruity notes, too. Thick lace. Flavor is unexpected - a bit bready and grainy. Spices really make a showing, creating a somewhat woody flavor, somewhat tart. The finish is spicy and dry, a bit peppery. Very nice beer, another wonderfully odd beer from De Dolle!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
eaglefan538 (3017) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 7, 2006
Poured a hazy golden straw color with sedimentation and a ridiculous amount of head that pillowed and laced well. The aroma was of spices, yeast, and some wheat. Some light wet sponge type odors in this one unfortunately. The flavor was wheat based and rather bitter from the hopping (somewhat of a citrus hop?). Spices came through, maybe too much. Peppery and dry finish. I was hoping for more, but probably was caught off guard by this one. Would try again with food, but not straight up.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
boto (2064) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - JUN 7, 2006
33cl. bottle. The first thing that I noticed was the slowly rising column of foam in the neck of the bottle. It poured into the glass with quite the frothy, white head of foam. It did linger for a little while, and did leave some lacing. The aroma was very pleasant. Spiciness is the first aroma that you detect. This is followed by some breadiness and a whiff of some fruitiness. It is a little effervescent on the tongue. That seems to limit the ability to taste the beer. I do get hints of sour apples and a faint hint of caramel malt. Spiciness is evident. An interesting beer.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - JUN 4, 2006
Bottle. Lots of CO2, very foamy, slow gusher. Lots of bubble activity in the chalice. Nose-floral and malty. Taste-meaty, spicy, lively CO2, a taste that I can only describe as custard/creamy pudding, some honey, cereal bitterness, and grass. Tastes like a more aggressive version of Duvel. Very, very good.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerbomb (222) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 23, 2006
Titanic white, bubbly head. Intense, strange aroma with so many elements its hard to pinpoint all. Floral, minty, fruity, spicy, pinesol (not necessarily bad), dough, sweet yeast. Flavor is much more subdued considering aroma, but still has very strong belgian qualities including a really nice, honey sweet, fruity, spicy, woody, hop background. Palate is pleasantly dry and bitter with an excellent sweet, woody, spicy aftertaste. Very interesting stuff-worth trying in my opinion. Plus, the bird on the label is the jamminest dude Ive ever seen.


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