De Dolle Dulle Teve (Mad Bitch) - Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
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Reviews by Zimbo:
United Kingdom (Scotland)
4.38/5 rDev +5.5%
Before pouring this has quite a citric and very sweet nose. Forms one of the biggest best easy heads I have ever seen. Can't retain this mass for the duration of the glass but still very fine and helps to highlight the beer's deeply glossy orangy yellow appearance.
Spice, some lemon, candy sugar and a generous dollop of honey to taste this has medium acidity which actually well supports this potentially weighty big boy.
The only rival to Westmalle as a world class Tripel. While Westmalle Tripel is more supple and complex and demands full attention in order to be rewarded this is immediately hedonistic, loveable and delicious. Two different interpretations but both beautiful extremes of the same style.
09-05-2011 06:35:46 | More by Zimbo
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4.18/5 rDev +0.7%
Now this was an interesting find I have to say,pours a hazy orange/yellow with big fluffy head that natyrally leaves some nice lacing.Aroma is lemony and a little musty with a sweet background.Really liked the different flavors I get from this beer very yeasty and slightly tart with a malty finish that lingers along with some alcohol notes.This beer is pretty dangerous because it seems almost to easy to drink with all that alcoholic punch.
12-13-2003 00:15:49 | More by oberon
4.95/5 rDev +19.3%
Appearance This had one of the biggest heads that Ive seen in a long time. This thing was monstrous. It rose up like an irritated Godzilla woken by an errant Japanese speedboat in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. It fell incredibly slow, and laced the heck out of my glass even with a 10.0 ABV.
Smell Deep, musty aroma of yeast initially fills the nose. Later, if youre patient, the bready scent is replaced by the smell of light, summertime fruits. Melons, raspberries, and powdered sugar fill the nose.
Taste Oh, man, is this good. This is bready yeast at its best. I love baking bread. I bake all different kinds of bread. There is nothing better than sneaking a piece of dough halfway through the rise, and it tastes exactly like this ale.
The overt sweetness of table, powdered, and brown sugar is complemented by the Fleishmanns flavors and the fruity presence of banana, apricots, cherries, and fresh pears. The deep musty overtones are complimented by sensational spicing.
There are also big alcohol notes in here as well, warning the drinker to slow it down. Of course, I dont.
Mouthfeel Full with medium carbonation and a full body. This felt great.
Drinkability If I chug a fifth of 10.0 ABV ale will I die? I hope not. This is not chugging ale, though. This is beauty and harmony in a bottle. It went down smoothly and left you begging for more.
Comments - The Bros say to rate the beers using personal preferences and, personally, this is one of the best bottles that I have ever laid down.
09-19-2003 03:24:00 | More by RoyalT
4.05/5 rDev -2.4%
Bottled in february 2011
A- Opaque apple cider-like appearance. Beautiful golden hue. Head was insane and solid. Didn't spill one drop over my Westvleteren chalice. Head disappeared after 3 minutes.
S- thought I smelled gingerbread upon pouring but that disappeared quickly. Poured it straight from the fridge and it didn't have have strong bouquet. Nice and gentle spice scent. Subtle apple and pear blended with a crisp yeast smell.As it warmed up, a slight sugary smell was apparent.
T- The aftertaste's what I noticed first. Its slightly bitter and it sits on the sides of my tongue. I don't notice the oversweetness that others talk about; instead, its the alcohol that I can taste. Its not in-your-face offensive, but its definitely there. There's fruit - more plum or fig, I would say - that hits the back of my palate. Interesting mix: bitterness that rests on the front, darker, muddier fruit that sit in the back of my mouth. Cloves and greener fruit started to appear as it mellowed and warmed up.
M- Alcohol's there. Carbonation is most definitely there. Drinking this slowly and wondering if its best suited to be opened and to let it breathe for 30 minutes.
O- I wasn't sure what to expect. This is definitely more bitter than I expected it to be. I don't love it like I love some of De Dolle's other offerings (*cough cough* Reserva) but I think it will grow on me. I'd definitely suggest keeping this at cellar temp, not fridge temp, and letting it mellow before drinking.
Serving type: bottle
09-30-2011 23:18:52 | More by atomeyes
4.22/5 rDev +1.7%
Presentation: Tall slender true 750 ml green magnum that is only capped, not caged and corked. No freshness date through this beer is brewed to the Belgian Triple strength so it will be able and even evolve after months if not years of aging. Sediment floats loosely on the bottom of the bottle so careful pouring is best to insure that the sediment does not spill into the glass.
Appearance: Pretty clear with a mild chill haze upon the light golden orange hued brew, nice creamy looking white lace though some bigger bubbles stick around from the pouring.
Smell: Macintosh apple peels, lemon grass and light unrefined orange blossom honey in the nose as well as an underlying earthiness. Hops are in the aroma also with more a sweeter hop oil and semi coarse flowery hop leaf.
Taste: Moderate body with a soft, smooth and creamy carbonation that holds a grip on crispness also. Honey and raw sugar cane malt sweetness, vague tropical fruit estery alcohol mingles with the sweetness. Fruit flavours of honey dew melon and tangerines play with the palate as well as the sweet spicy alcohol that warms the mouth. The phenolic character peaks with suggestions of cinnamon, anise, black pepper and bitter field greens. Hop bitterness gains sharpness and adds an earthened, sweet hop oil flavour from middle to end. After taste is a bitter sweet journey from sweet to dry.
Notes: Knockout of a brew, triple in style with the hops taken up a notch or two. Big phenolic and fruit ester flavours splashing in the palate. Mad Bitch is right, this brew does a number on your tongue by slapping it around and telling it that the Mad Bitch is boss. "Slap!", yes mam may I have another.
03-10-2002 23:53:54 | More by Jason
4/5 rDev -3.6%
11.2 oz bottle served at cellar temperature into a goblet. Cloudy orange body with two fingers of thick, creamy, offwhite head. Excellent retention and island chain lacing is left behind. Complex aroma is fruity and phenolic, with banana and pineapple fruitiness melding with funky barnyard yeast, caramelized sugars, coriander, and a harsh note of ethanol. Mouthfeel has effervescent carbonation and a silky medium body. Taste is all over the board with considerable complexity. Pineapple, banana, honeydew melon, dank and earthy yeast, bitter Saaz hops, warming alcohol, and burnt toffee. An interesting note of caramel maltiness enters midway through. Finish is resplendent with dry and earthy yeast, bitter hops, and a pleasant accent of fruity pineapple. Mad Bitch, indeed! This is a Tripel that is unashamed in its nakedness. Very assertive, featuring some challenging complexities. Not for the faint of heart.
09-20-2005 01:56:39 | More by merlin48
4.13/5 rDev -0.5%
App: Slender, 11.2 oz bottle, no freshness dating. Pours light yellowish and orangy amber, couldy with yeast particles. Lots of bubbles streaming up. Thick, sticky lacing. Large white head, rock and puffy, with excellent retention. A great looking brew
Smell: Strong nose of juniper, pepper, and tropical fruits
Taste: sharp, strong, notes of gin,pine, varnish, alcohol and sweet fruits. Complex and tasty
MF: Smooth, crisp, long lasting flavors on the tongue
Drinkability: Why did I buy only one bottle?, This is fine brew, seek it out and enjoy
11-12-2004 22:26:52 | More by Billolick
4/5 rDev -3.6%
This is a good beer. I just gave it all fours, because I didn't want to skwabble over whether it was a 4.5 or a 3.5 or whatever. This is a totally solid, if not terrific example of the style.
A- Golden straw with a foamy white head
S- smells like sparkling apple cider, maybe with some spice.
T- heat from the alcohol, pear, plum, green apple, cloves, bready, some funk, maybe even a hint of wood in there. As good a Tripel as I've ever had.
M- Light and fizzy, with a taste that lingers
D- Goes down too easy. If I had the money, I could drink several of these in a session with no regrets... until the next day.
05-14-2009 23:11:05 | More by goatxpower
4.5/5 rDev +8.4%
This was a 11.2oz bottle I got at Union Jack's on the Manatawny. Drank it in a Kasteel glass.
Pours a slightly hazy gold with an orange tint. I did not pour in the bottom dregs. Big, beautiful rocky, white head of foam sticks to the glass all the way down. Great lacing.
Smells Belgiany. Tropical fruits like citrus and mangoes, some spiciness also. Slightly phenolic, not too strong. Strong peppery aroma. Yeasty/bready malts. I just tried Kasteel, and this is more complex. More ripe fruit character.
Flavors of ripe tropical fruits, citrus, black pepper, nice sweetness, not overbearing. Cloves in there as well, with maybe very slight banana. After a while the heat from the alcohol kicks in, but it's more muted than some tripels I know. As it warms, the phenols and alcohol become more pronounced.Aftertaste is very long sweet phenols and alcohol.
This is smooth as silk, and at 10% it will sneak up on you in a hurry. Carbonation is light to medium across the tongue. Finish is long and hot.
A very good example of the style. Complex smells and flavors, smooth as hell, and one hell of an alcohol kick. What more could one want?
07-26-2005 20:10:01 | More by jakester
4.35/5 rDev +4.8%
Hey, this is my first beer reivew. So it goes. Purchased at the Bacchus Cornelius beer shop in Bruges 7 weeks ago and opened with trepidation, this Tripel poors a white, perfumy head that looks identical to the Proseco my wife has just opened. Viewed in my new Oerbier tulip glass, the look is reminiscent of some hot apple cider I had in Minnesota one fall. Aroma is slightly spiced, but disappointingly underwhelming. Taste, however, is magical. Taste, at first resiny, evaporates into the tonsils, leaving an apricot and corinander flourish. I doubt you can buy this in the states--that's why I bought it.
07-31-2007 03:01:36 | More by hopfalls
4.28/5 rDev +3.1%
Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into 20oz pint glass. Like all De Dolle the Mad Bitch pours with a massive head that refuses to receed and coats the outside of the glass. Chunky dark sediment seeps out with the dregs of the pour. Beer is a medium amber slightly hazy. Nose is very faint, light hops and malt. Taste is fairly light, and slightly bitter. Bitter apples at first, very light sweetness from malt or candy sugar, light Belgian yeast and pear like tartness. Slightly hot at the finish, as to be expected very very dry. Mouthfeel is nice and develops as it warms. Very drinkable but will sneak up on you at 10%
07-11-2008 23:27:35 | More by Kraken
4.22/5 rDev +1.7%
Super carbonated honey pale hazed golden amber with a bright egg shell white head rising thick above the rim of this open faced Bornem chalice...aromatics contain a bit of fusel alcohol with pineapple fruity tropical esters clouding the senses as well. Flavor lets you know the alcohol content upfront as well, a bit boozey and one dimensional semi sweet biscuit malts with spicy herbal Euro hops and spicy bitter yeast notes. Bottled 8/2010 not bad has a little age on it. Again super carbonated version of a tripel I'm used to effervescent CO2 but this is literally hard to take a sip without burping. The bottling condition was a bit out of control from the get go, but as it settles in the glass it becomes much more approachable. Mouthfeel is medium bodied I spoke about the carbonation issues, a linger sweetness overrides each sip as well as a kick of alcohol that doesn't let you forget who you're dealing with one Mad Bitch. Overall impression is that this could be world class tripel if it had more table manners but I don't think De Dolle or the Dulle Teve are ready for that.
04-10-2011 00:43:42 | More by WVbeergeek
4.22/5 rDev +1.7%
Pours a towering head of white foam that rises well above the glass and sites on a bright orange body. The head recedes eventually, small bubbles quickly rise. Aromas of tart fruit over light straw, musty earth and malt. Flavor has a mildly sweet, light, malt base with characters of earth and must. There is a mild spicy hop bitterness in the background that adds balance and further complexity. Medium to full body with moderate carbonation.
A bit full bodied for a tripel, but more complexity too. Well-balanced. Not my favorite offering from the dolle brewers, but still a complex and tasty ale.
04-17-2007 22:26:39 | More by Shovelbum
De Dolle Dulle Teve (Mad Bitch) from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
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