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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.


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3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - NOV 20, 2012
33cl Bottle, purchased from Nikki’s Liquors - Providence, RI. July 2010. I didn’t realize this was a hoppy beer that demanded freshness, so I’m left with a beer that appears infected and oxidized. I’m going to trooper through and put a mental note down to re-rate. Aroma prickles with aged hops and the calvados-like warm aged apple aroma that I associated with De Dolle products. The flavor is dominated by past-peak hops, but somehow it doesn’t turn dusty, instead veering into a lightly cheesy, almost lambic-hop like bitter note. Yeasty throughout. Warm. Lightly tangy. Is this even fair?


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MayumiH (875) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 17, 2016
Bottle at home. Pours yellow colour with a huge white frothy head. Brown sugar, apple spices. Malty sweetness and dry aftertaste. Very tasty.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
klm1 (850) - - JUL 5, 2016
Pours deep golden color, haze, with creamy long lasting (practically till the end) white head. Visually high carbonation. Sroma: fruity, with notes of grape, peaches, grapefruits...flavor is similar: intense hop flavors, with fruity note, which takes on grape, peaches, grapefruits...flavor is similar: intense hop flavor, which takes on fruits mentioned above, supported with malt flavors, which takes on toffee, bread. Finish is slightly salty, dry and slightly bitter. Body is medium, texture soft, carbonation high.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (4348) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUN 27, 2016
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.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cybion (123) - Kent, ENGLAND - JUN 12, 2016
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!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bartlebier (3303) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - MAY 28, 2016
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...

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
megavherr (1) - Pineto, ITALY - MAY 27, 2016 does not count
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.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
3fourths (9059) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 22, 2016
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.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
llucmaduell (157) - barcelona, SPAIN - MAY 17, 2016
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!

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Niller (1356) - Hammel, DENMARK - MAY 8, 2016
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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Guruhso (363) - Grindsted, DENMARK - MAY 7, 2016
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.


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