Wednesday, August 21, 2013
De Dolle Arabier (2/10)
Like all the De Dolle beers I've had, it seems almost excessively carbonated. It pours with an enormous, thick, persistent white head that leaves behind a fair amount of lacing.
The aroma is slightly hoppy with some citrus.
The flavor starts a bit sour, followed by a major hit of hops bitterness. It's the kind of bitterness that stays with you long after you've finished drinking. If there are any of the usual Belgian flavors here, I can't find them behind the wall of hops bitterness in this brew. It's a perfect example of why I usually don't drink Pale Ales or IPAs. I just don't find them pleasant.
Clearly, though, I'm in the minority on this one. Rate Beer gives De Dolle Arabier a 97 overall. Beer Advocate rates it a 91-97 out of 100, either "exceptional" or "world-class".
I tried this particular bottle at The Winking Lizard Tavern on Bethel Road. I've not seen it for sale at any of the local retailers I've visited.
IBU: Unknown, but I'd estimate at above 40 or 50
My Rating: 2/10