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

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RATINGS: 1222   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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrBunn (2736) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 18, 2006
Insanely large white head covers a slighly hazy golden body. (I poured into a glass that holds a pint and had one finger of beer, the rest of foamy head... after a while I got a bit more in.) Aromas are fruity and floral. Coriander and cloves cover the spicy aspect of things. Yeast and bread are lurking in the background. If you fight your way through all of the foam, in addition to the frothy-looking mustache you now support on your upper lip there is a notably alcoholic warmth and a sweet/sour balance that covers the fruit and malt and spice. Nicely balanced, although there is a bit more alcoholic burn than I expected from 7%. There is also an earthy/wood (oak?)flavoring that helps the beer finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Borup (11614) - Albertslund, DENMARK - AUG 18, 2006
Hazy colour with a very fluffy head. Fruitly aroma and with sour and bitter flavour in the end.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeMcPhee (9267) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 9, 2006
Hazy/cloudy orange/brown beer, thick creamy white head. Spritzy carbontion. Oaky aroma, a bit of acetic tartness and very rich maltiness. Plums, cherries, slightly vineous aroma. Quite bready with notes of vanilla and balsamic vinegar. Great aroma. Creamy rich body. Flavour is good, but not quite as complex as the aroma suggested. Still has some lovely plumminess, light pepper, flavour of sweet malts, cherries, spicy slightly chewy yeast. Some lighter peach/apricot notes as well. Rich sweetness, oak and vanilla. Some rum and bready malts with restrained funk as well. Awesome.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CamdenD (1181) - Madrid, SPAIN - AUG 7, 2006
Not a bad one here, a bit slack on the tongue almost sour. Nice golden color, full malt nose.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thecollector (32) - South Carolina, USA - AUG 7, 2006
pours a translucent, semi-dark golden with an offwhite, frothy head. smells of gentle fruit (apricots, quince) and earth. great taste of semi-sweet fruit, bready yeast. sweet but not at all overpowering. excellent.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
edden (925) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 1, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 2, 2006 8/1/06: Bottle.
Golden orange body with a powdered snow head which is explosive and rocky. Lace clings. Aroma is of barnyard and musty with yeast. Flavor is full of wheat with sour notes and spicy (allspice, nutmeg, clove). Finish is nicely crisp.

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
WeeHeavySD (3380) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 31, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 2, 2006 Bottle from The Market Basket in Rockport, Maine. Bottle Fough thoamed up, and poars a big pillowy head, smells fresh even hough I bet that that this beer has been in the bottle for a long time. Tastes a little bitter and not as good as other De Dolle that I’ve had. Worth a try, I’d like to try it again. Feels fantastic on the palate and the frangrance is more striking then the flavor

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocLock (9982) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 19, 2006
Bottle from Super Saver. Slight hazy and deep goldish yellow pour with a giant fluffy head that has a really odd shape and reappears with every repour. The aroma is spicy and floral, with hop and citrus notes, some funky yeasty notes, plus slight apricot and peppery notes. The flavor starts out on the dry side, with yeasty funk and spice, hopcitrus and some florals and subdued fruit notes, but this one gets a bit sweeter and fruitier as it warms. Complex palate. Toward the end, it was all I could do not to chug the last 4 ounces or so. A delicious beer!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - JUL 18, 2006
33cL bottle. Just took a peek under the cap, and it started gushing. After that, I figured it would be a long drawn out pour, but to my surprise, the head dissipated quickly, but left a good lace. It was more clear than I had expected. Pretty good aroma, mostly yeast, banana, citrus and hops. Mouthfeel was rather dry. Almost like the Houblon, but not as hoppy. Alcohol was present, but not overly. There was also the requisite Belgian blonde aspects: banana, yeast, citrus and candi sugar ... in that order. Pretty good, although it’s tough when De Dolle sets the bar as high as they do.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 12, 2006
33 cl. Bottle. Pours a hazy golden color with a white head and great lacing. Earth and sweet malt in the nose. Sweet malt, spicy, bready, and woodsy with a earthy bitterness at the end. Good beer.


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