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

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RATINGS: 1148   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   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 10įC.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 8, 2005
bottle. wow, that is some head! Pours a gigantic head that seems to last for a very long time. hazy orange with that aforementioned soapy white head. aroma is dusty pear, sweet caramel malt, and generous yeast. body is rich malt with chocolate in the middle and a moderate bitterness on the finish. yeasty all over with a touch of spice on the lips. warm alcohol is apparent as well. nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - OCT 6, 2005
330 ml bottle shared with jerc. Hazy golden colour with a lasting creamy and fizzy off-white head. Caramel, light acidity, light alcohol aroma. Dry, dusty, bitter, alcohol and light caramel flavours. Medium body, dry creamy mouthfeel. Nice but simplistic. Thanks Jer.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - OCT 5, 2005
Bottle. Pours a HUGE big rocky head. Eventually (after 5 or so minutes) settles down. reveals a dark yellow, very hazy color. Nose is light lemon and pepper, some dry hints. Taste is very bland, light lemony sense to it, but overall mediumness. A light bit of pepper comes through, a small hint of hopps and there you have it. Finish is dry, light bitterness.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (8485) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 5, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2007 October 2007. Orangey amber body with massive creamy white head. Floral and baking flour like notes in the aroma. (6+) Lightly alcoholic, dry flavour with modest malt middle. Hints of toasty malt, along with light whispers of lemon seeds in the finish and aftertaste. Medium palate. Pleasant, triple like brew but does not make you rush to repeat it. 6+/5/7/3/14 - 3.5 <P>October 2005. Dark golden brown body is a bit hazy, massive creamy off white head. Sweet yeasty malt in the aroma, touch of burnt or caramelized sugar, mild fruitiness. Sweet initial impression turns dry quite quickly, leaving the back of the throat aware of its passing. Ephemeral sugars and malts struggle to sweeten the mix in vain. Medium effervescent palate. Lacks the complexity of its De Dolle brethren. 6/4/7/3/15 - 3.5

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
IMtheOptimator (1164) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - OCT 4, 2005
Poured a translucent effervescent amber with a tall fluffly off-white head. Aroma of honey, flowers, touch of spiciness. Taste is spicy, a touch sweet to start, with a moderate hop bitterness and a very dry finish... slight acidity as well. Bit of an alcohol tang for 7 percent. Now this is my idea of a "Belgian session brew".

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
redlight (2317) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 4, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2007 Somewhat sweet aroma, some caramel, and floral scents. Pours hazy amber with a fluffy white head. Some feint caramel flavors, sweet almost sour in the back, with a crisp dry finish. Very carbonated. Crisp dry finish. Reminds me of XX Bitter, but not quite there.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ross (2125) - 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 lunkieís courtesy of choos. Frankly I never wouldíve guessed this was Arabier if I were tasting it blind. Itís not that it was old or bad, it just tasted very different to when I had it in Belgium. The beer didnít 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. Thereís something about this beer and Boskeun that I didnít 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. Itís 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 Dolleís 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.


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