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

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RATINGS: 1212   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.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TaktikMTL (7008) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 10, 2006
Bouteille de 330 ml obtenue via Importations Privées Bièropholie. Arôme: Odeur de caramel et de fruité. Apparence: La couleur est blonde avec une moyenne densité de bulle. Présence d’un énorme col mousseux et d’une large dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût d’épices et d’agrumes. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture minérale. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Présence de céréales en en arrière goût. (Rating #541)

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
winegarner (220) - san diego, California, USA - JUL 10, 2006
Poured a slightly hazy pale straw color with a huge rocky head that lasted the length of the beer. Has many of the same aromas and tastes of a saison but with hops being the lead role. Very herbal and woodsy, the hop character stands out both in the beginning and in the finish. A light to medium bodied malty palate could be a little heavier to balance to hop bitterness. I like hoppy beers, though this one just seemed rough.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
frankenkitty (2006) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - JUL 1, 2006
Pours deep-golden with a light haze (foggy late), steady carbonation and a large, white head that settles rocky. Yeasty aroma with banana, tart cherry, sweaty old gym shoes and a touch of candi. Fluffy mouthfeel, dry and slightly metallic with some syrupy sweetness to finish after dominant fruity, yeasty flavors throughout. Flavors greatly improve as it rises above cellar temp.

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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 (11965) - 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 (12619) - 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 (3019) - 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.


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