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

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RATINGS: 1055   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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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.


auerbrau's rating

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
auerbrau (3126) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, 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?


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
msbernac (333) - POLAND - APR 20, 2014
Bottle Aroma-fruits Appearance-pale, clear, white foam, Taste-medium bitterness, light sweetness, Palate-medium body, sticky, fizzy, bitter finish Overall- very good

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ktwse (1481) - SWEDEN - APR 19, 2014
Bottle purchased at Ølbutikken in May 2013, aged for a year in my cellar. Pours hazy golden amber with medium, thick white head. Aroma of yeast, wheat, honey, light citrus, light coriander and herbs. Taste is modestly sweet with subtle balancing bitterness that builds towards the finish. Quite spicy as well. Creamy, rich body with soft carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SimonTja (97) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 18, 2014
Yellow with a thick head. Smell is of caramel, bread, grassy & citrusy hops, and faint vinous notes. Taste is upfront of a vinous bitterness mix which changes to a more grassy floral hop flavour with a pretty solid malt background that is quite bready. Good, but for me not great at all, just not that enjoyable, and the taste is quite subtle, except the vinous notes.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lothore (455) - California, USA - APR 6, 2014
A- Pours a hazy tangerine color with a large, chunky, ghost white head. S- Tangerine, light citrus fruit, orange juice, indistinct sweetness. T- Light tangerine/apricot up front that is overcome by a wave of hops that subsides into a light bitterness on the tongue. M- Medium bodied with ample carbonation. D- Decently drinkable beer. Somewhere in between a session beer and a sipper for me ... don’t necessarily know what occasion i’d recommend it for.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
minutemat (886) - Ford, Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 6, 2014
330ml bottle from Les Crepes de Sophie, Shrewsbury. Pours a hazy yellow with a great head. Awesome blond flavours on the slightly more sweeter side with more of a yeast presence alongside vibrant citrus and lemon. Great stuff.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gEUS (890) - Linden, BELGIUM - APR 5, 2014
Draft at dolle. Pours gilden yellow. Served a bit too cold imo. Nice malt base with green hops profile. Medium body, medium bitterness, taste of malts, bread, banana, pine...

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
brnandersen (1668) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 30, 2014
As a big fan of De Dolle beers I really looked forward to taste this one. 33 cl. bottle poured in to a Tulip. Hazy, golden-amber colour with a huge, fluffy head that slowly fades to big lumps. Colour gets darker as the bottle empties due to the sediment in the bottom. Fruity aroma with citrus, floral and herbal hops, sweet fruits, particularly apricot, rich caramel malts, yeasty-fruity notes. Some bread. Usual complex De Dolle aroma - excellent. Taste is herbal bitter and yeasty - a Belgian IPA. Medium body with a lively carbonation that cuts the richness somewhat. Long lasting herbal bitter and fruity finish with yeasts and caramel malts. Another excellent beer from De Dolle. Lacks a bit of the mind blowing complexity from the Reserva beers or Stille Nacht. Still very good, trough.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Maakun (322) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAR 23, 2014
Clear golden/light amber with massive white head. Light sweet malts, spices (cloves), lemon, yoghurt, flowery, cucumber, green leaves. Taste is a great balance between sweetness, with fruity sourness and medium bitter finish. Medium bodied, full carbonation and medium dry feel. Nice.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GoufCustom (616) - HONG KONG - MAR 14, 2014


330ml bottle bought at Craftissmo in Tsim Sha Tsui East.

Looks: Cloudy hazy golden orange with a thick layer of brown yeast sedimentsOne finger head with lasting, crumpety off white foams; Excellent sticky lacing and quite fizzy carbonation.

Aroma: Very fragrant and dark fruit-driven which can be smelt as soon as it was popped, with very strong plums, figs, raisins, floral, orange, light pineapple, candy sugar, strong Belgian yeast, malt, alcohol and light spices.

Taste: Rich, mid to light sweet malt with distinctive sour notes, plus strong plums, grapefruit, orange peels, molasses, strong resin, very dry biscuits, Bel yeast, spices, strong lime, grass, and strong bitter hops.

Body: Full body. Dry, rich and very oozy palate.

Mouth Feel: A nice Belgian IPA! Lots of dry-hopped Nuggets here for a solid grapefruit, orange and resiny taste. The dark-fruity Bel Ale and yeast base is still strong, through not as varied and sweet as the Mad Bitch; Has a pretty distinctive sour note which compliment the bitterness quite well. Very neat!

Hoppiness: The showcase of this brew - nose is very good floral, grapefruit, orange and spice; taste is head strong grapefruit zest, orange peels, oozy resins, spice and grassy hops; IPA-standard strong bitterness for a lasting and astringent long finish. Yum!

After Taste: Bone dry; Pleasant biscuit, bitter and fulfilling to mouth.

Comments: After the dark-fruity Mad Bitch, this is another good one from De Dolle: a solid showcase and template of Belgian IPA - combinging the best of Bel Ales (good looks and head, excellent dark fruit and estery yeastiness) with nice loads of dry hops (solid citrus, orange peels, floral and resins). My personal; preference is still Mad Bitch but this is a solid, all-round crowd pleaser. A must try!

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
_angst_ (2371) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 10, 2014
Bottle bought some place I can’t remember. Pours deep golden with a huge frothy and fizzy offwhite head that leaves some soapy lacing on the glass while dissipating. Smell is malty, yeasty, fruity and phenolic with biscuits, baked pears, lemon zest, hay, red apples, tar, wood, spongecake, dates and figs. Taste is sweet, tiny bitter, malty, herbal and tiny earthy with biscuits, sweet dark bread, moist soil, hay, wood, unripe pears, apple skins and lemon zest. Mouthfeel is round, soft, tiny astringent and medium bodied. finish is tiny sweet, bitter and phenolic with biscuits, unripe pears, sheet metal, hay, pepper corns and lemon zest. Solid, not fancy.


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