dinkle50 (1278) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 24, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Golden clear pour with a huge head. Wild aroma with lots of yeast. Taste is strong with plenty of bitterness. Very clean. Mouth is a little acrid and painful. Nice balance in this beer though.
KansaiBeerLvrs (4248) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUN 27, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
De Dolle’s Ara Bier an 8% belgian Golden Ale that is a beautiful brassy gold with an off-white head of foam.
The aroma is sweet honeyed biscuit malts with spicy phenols and a hop bite.
It is light bodied, soft round carbonation and a dry finish. The taste is sweet, has a herbal hop bite, spicy belgian yeast esters and is very crisp.
A well neigh perfect example of the style. Great.
Cybion (117) - Kent, ENGLAND - JUN 12, 2016
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, 330 ml. Pours cloudy dark amber with a large amount of fluffy white head. About a finger of the head retains and there’s a lot of lacing. Fruity esters on the nose to begin with - banana and apple mostly. Sweet light malt s, Almond/marzipan, orange or orange rind, tropical fruit, something floral or grassy, bit of citrus, slight woody edge. Taste, by comparison seriously ramps up the bitterness; bitterness of a dry, woody, earthen, resinous nature. Almost tastes like a dark malt note, though i think this is entirely from the hops. Some sweeter notes of citrus, apple and sweeter malt up front before the huge bitterness kicks in and lingers for a long while. Some phenolic notes here too - lots of pepper toward the finish. Body is medium, texture is oily/smooth, carbonation is fairly sharp for a while - bit of a tingler, finish is of course very bitter and dry. Ever wondered what a Duvel hopped like a west coast IPA tastes like? This one’s for you!
bartlebier (3255) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - MAY 28, 2016
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
33cl bottles of the years, always generously foamy and hard to pour with elegance, this one bottled Dec2015. - Pours with more towering foam at the first glass hit than Orval... Bref: the most tropical and fruity tripel-like Belgian strong ale on the traditional side of De Ranke’s new wave, Poperinge terroir bitters. - Ar: one of the best smelling tripel/Belgian ales tout court, Poperinge Nuggets (orange marmelade, sweet mango even?) seasoned by orchard fruit yeast esters with amazing depth and an earthy edge. Once the dishsoap foam settles very easy to drink, with a tightly composed hop flower bouquet ranging from Westflemish saturated polderland grasses, hay over peach blossom to peppers, honey, bread yeast. Great mouthfeel, not too carbonated and well dry. Came to underestimate this over the years, but it really is in league with De Struise’s Belgian stout desserts and Orval as a terroir product updated for ever-new palates. - Caveat: Brett ist im Spiel somewhere at De Dolle and no 2 batches or bottles seem the same...
megavherr (1) - Pineto, ITALY - MAY 27, 2016 does not count
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
One of the best belgian beers i ever had.
Red and yellow fruit, bread crust, caramel, phenols, the smell is really complex and structured.
The flavour fills the mouth as the nose, very balanced bitterness.
3fourths (9019) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 22, 2016
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2016 Bottle-conditioned 33cl stamped March 2016, two+ months. Hazed golden-amber with a rocky white head. Aroma impression is dusty hay, dried herbs, lemon rind, cracked pepper, gum, fruity-tropical esters and basement must. Medium-full bodied, sweet and fruity up front before the carbonation explodes and the sharp bitterness takes hold in a mouth-watering and relentless finish. This is that sort of sticky-scraping-everlasting bitterness that works so well with noble varieties... Knoblach-level hoppy, and with this yeast strain, comparisons could be made to De Ranke XX and XXX.
llucmaduell (145) - barcelona, SPAIN - MAY 17, 2016
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
De Dolle is one of my favorite beer, not because he had been all but for the quality of their beers. Most are wonderful. Arabier fails to l’exelencia, segurarment because I like beer and contrasting stronger. All in all, a fantastic beer!
Niller (1341) - Hammel, DENMARK - MAY 8, 2016
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Toft Vin, Copenhagen. Shared with Desverger. Pours golden with a good off-white head. Aroma and taste is sweet malts, dried fruit, caramel sweetness, yeast, brown sugar. Medium body. Soft carbonation. Nice bittersweet finish.
Guruhso (361) - Grindsted, DENMARK - MAY 7, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Hugh white fluffy head. Hoppe aroma of grapefruit, orange-peel, coriander Malty notes if caramel Yeasty notes of banana. The flavours starts light sweet and finish bitter with fairly long duration. The body is medium and the texture is juicy.
Boxereddy (444) - BELGIUM - MAY 3, 2016
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Helder goudkleurig bier met veel rondzwevend gist sediment en mooie, grote, donzige gebroken witteschuimkraag.
Aroma: fleurig met wat overrijpe vruchten, hooi en middelgrote bruine suiker.
Smaak: begint zoetig met bruine suiker, hooi, lichte karamel en gist, maar krijgt echt bitter en aards over de finish.
Mondgevoel is gemiddeld met een goede hoeveelheid koolzuur.
peponi (1326) - Mainz, GERMANY - APR 30, 2016
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma: belgian phenols, zesty.
Appearance: clear golden color and whtie head.
Taste: medium bitterness (alcohol and some herbs), belgian phenols, zesty, quite dry.
Palate: medium body and medium carbonation, herbal finish.
Overall: Decent, nicely hoppy.