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

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RATINGS: 1142   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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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.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ross (2122) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - OCT 3, 2005
pours out with a giant head that almost over flowed from my glass. taste is different, not that special of a beer. as the previous rater says, this would most likely be an entirely different beer in belgium. kind of oaky flavor, plenty of yeast and malts. sort of hoppy too. eh the worst beer ive had from this brewery. (which means its better than like 75% of the other beers in the world).

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 1, 2005
At vanvenlo and lunkie’s courtesy of choos. Frankly I never would’ve guessed this was Arabier if I were tasting it blind. It’s not that it was old or bad, it just tasted very different to when I had it in Belgium. The beer didn’t try and jump out of the bottle on me which is rare for De Dolle in my experience, but it poured clear with a big beautiful head. Aroma was quite a lot like Duvel - stewed pears and apples with vanilla custard. The usual Belgian hoppiness had faded. Excellent solid Pils malt base with a nice assertive bitterness. Herbal and creek stone flavours reminded me of Orval minus the Brett. There’s something about this beer and Boskeun that I didn’t fully appreciate when I first had them, but I certainly do now. Nothing is obvious or dominant, but all the base elements are apparent in perfect harmony. Everything is incredibly subtle, yet profound. It’s hard to explain... Anyway this is probably getting a few more points than it deserved based on how it tastes in Belgium. Thanks choos!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
braudimusprime (75) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 23, 2005
The least complex De Dolle offering is a sweet-tasting amber ale. Huge head may have been a result of the bottle rocking around in my backpack on the way home from the store. Typical spice and fruit flavors are great, but not as unique as De Dolle’s other offerings.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fulkrum78 (175) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 22, 2005
Another hit from De Dolle. I got this instead of Oerbier from Hi Times as a substitute. Very pleasantly surprised by it. Beautiful amber color. Hoppy sweetness to it and prevalent notes of alcohol. Pretty lacing but quickly fading head.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - SEP 21, 2005
Pours orange-gold with a very Belgian head—large and rocky—and a lot of stuff floating around. Swirling effervescence. Aroma of candy sugar, citrus, Belgian yeast notes, spices (I’m gonna say cardamom and coriander and pepper). The smell becomes almost floral as it warms. The flavor starts phenolic and spicy, with leathery notes. Toward the end, a floral hop flavor comes through and the finish is a dose of surprising hop bitterness and peppery spiciness. I’d almost call it a Belgian Pale Ale.

These De Dolle guys are good.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fluids (364) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 18, 2005
Huge white head that stays a long time. Like egg whites with bubbles resting on the surface. Hazy honey color. Fragrance has spicey yeast smell. Unlike other pure malt beers I have had the sweet component blends in a complicated manner with the hops. So it starts sweet and ends with a dry bitter finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ughsmash (7331) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 13, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2009 Poured a hazy golden with a huge rocky white head. Saison-like aroma.. citrusy yet sweet, with candi sugar present. Flavor was similar to the aroma with lemon zest noted. Sweet overall, yet very nice hop balance. Spritzy and saison-like on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Fantastic mouthfeel. 7 3 8 5 16

RERATE:
Bottled. Poured clear bright golden with a towering cap of white head.. very lively. The aroma was strong and yeasty with banana and black peppery esters upfront.. pale malt backing didn’t provide a whole lot of character. The flavor opened with tangy lighter fruit skins (apricot comes to mind) backed by more light fruits in a sweet capacity.. pepper, lemon zest, and grated dried bananas were laced throughout.. finished spicy with a dry warmth and more light fruit. Medium-bodied with a whole lot of carbonation on the palate.. dry especially at the end.. decent flow, but it got caught up with bitterness and sourness at certain points.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JayBaxter (407) - Greater Manchester, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - SEP 11, 2005
This beer is very pleasing on the eye, pours dark hazy orange with a HUGE frothy white head.Aroma is sweet and hoppy,but the taste is slightly bitter.The combination works and it isnt like any other beer Ive tasted...another quirky drink from this great brewery.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
harrisoni (14873) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 11, 2005
Bottle. Dark gold loudy with tight white head, subtle hop nose, some acids in mouth, some citric notes somje yeast. Nice hoppy finish pretty good balance. Nice pale hoppy beer with some good biscuity malt

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - SEP 10, 2005
Having this with some angle hair pasta. This thing poured a huge head. And it’s staying there. Aroma is slight bit of banana with some gentle spice to it. A bit of leafy floral hops in the aroma as well. Flavor to this is real crisp and well defined. The hop presence really comes off this with a heavier mouthfeel. FIne hoppy belgian strong.


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