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Arabier by De Dolle Brouwers

The Arabier’s unique label has a picture of a parrot holding a beer glass. If a parrot is going to have a beer, it might as well be good one. The Arabier is not just good, it is an exceptional Belgian ale.

The Arabier is a golden yellow color and pours with a mountain sized, off white colored head.

This light bodied beer has a nice mouthfeel and is very drinkable for having 8% ABV and moderate carbonation.

There are strong aromas of citrusy fruits, apples, and honey. These sweet smelling aromas are only the beginning of this complex beer.

The true beauty of this beer lies in the flavor. The citrus and fruit flavors are complimented with sweet honey and toasted malts. There are beers that have sweeter, more pronounced flavors. However, there are few that are this complex and well-balanced from start-to-finish.

The Arabier is a great example of what a lightly golden colored beer can be. It is unfortunate that so many people equate lighter colored beer to the mass produced swill created by the American mega breweries. Yeah, I’m talking about you Anheuser-Busch.

Arabier, preferred by parrots everywhere.

Brewery website: http://www.dedollebrouwers.be/

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Ambree by Brasserie La Botteresse de Ser-Les-Bois

Ambree by Brasserie La Botteresse de Ser-Les-Bois

The Ambree that I sampled came in a short, stubby, 11.2 FL. OZ. bottle. The label has an image of a desirable female harvesting hops. For some reason, I have a feeling the woman on the label does not resemble the typical agricultural worker in Belgium.   Just a guess though.

The Ambree is an 8.5% alc/vol Belgian Pale Ale that pours a beautiful amber color with an off white/tan head that dissipates quickly.

The aroma of fruit, caramel, and spices made my mouth water in anticipation. The beer tastes just like it smells; fruity, with a hint of spice, but in no way overpowering. The flavoring of the Ambree also provides a great mellow aftertaste.

The Ambree is a smooth and well balanced pale ale that was a joy to drink. Overall, a very solid beer that I would recommend to anyone looking for a flavorful, drinkable Belgian pale ale.

Brewery website: http://www.labotteresse.be/

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