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Arabier (263 of 1001)

Rating: 3.9

A second Belgian beer from the 1001 beers lists in quick succession here, this one following on from the last beer that I reviewed here; Urthel Hop-It. This one is a slightly older beer, having been first brewed back in 1985 by the Herteleer brother kick-started a sort of microbrewery revolution in Belgium with several other breweries opening not long after De Dolle Brouwers (translated as The Mad Brewers). The brewery is better known for another beer they produce, Oerbier which is a Belgian strong dark ale that I almost picked up instead of this one when I was in Good Spirits Co. bottle shop a couple of months ago. In the end I opted for this one since both featured in the 1001 beers list anyway and I felt I had enough darker beers to drink at that point anyway, if you can ever have enough dark Belgian beers that is. I also discovered that during the brewing process that Arabier is dry hopped and as such should be drank fairly fresh, something I wish I’d known when I picked this one up or I’d have drank it sooner although it is still well within it’s freshness date so I think it will still be fine thankfully.

Appearance (4/5): Pours a slightly hazy, golden amber colour with a thumb-sized, foamy white head with the odd bubble showing through. Retention is pretty good with the head as well, it manages to hold fairly steady over the opening few minutes with little in the way reduction, on-top of that there is some sediment towards the bottom of the glass too.
Aroma (7/10): Citrus, some subtle hops and a lot of spice on the nose initially. There is a lot of bitterness coming through with this one, some background fruits that includes orange, apple and pear plus a smell of cloves to accompany them but it’s the citrus the is strongest.
Taste (8/10): Quite fruity with a lot of spice to begin, there is the citrus from the nose with a combination of orange, tangerine and some sugar that gives it a slightly sweet taste for a moment before the bitterness starts to appear, falling just short of being overdone. There is pineapple in there too and hints of alcohol with some grain and earthy hops as well, this one was a real surprise in the taste department and one that I enjoyed more than I was expecting after smelling the beer.
Palate (4/5): This one is medium bodied, fairly smooth with the odd touch of grain and a well carbonated with a slight fizz. The beer is dry, quite bitter and although some alcohol shows it is hidden well for the most part and proves quite easy to drink.

Overall (16/20): Yet another excellent Belgian beer here, this one was quite fruity with plenty of citrus and pineapple being the highlights of the taste. Despite the fact that  the aroma is a good one, it seemed to hint at bitterness that I thought would come to dominate the taste but thankfully it did not. The beer is very easy to drink due to the fact that the alcohol hidden for the most part with only faint hints of it appearing in places; this one is a beer worth trying if you get the chance.

Brewed In: Diksmuide, West Flanders, Belgium
Brewery: De Dolle Brouwers
First Brewed: circa. 1985
Type: Belgian Strong Pale Ale
Abv: 8.0%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Purchased: Good Spirits Co. (Glasgow)
Price: £4.00

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  1. August 3, 2016 at 08:53

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