De Dolle Dulle Teve (Mad Bitch) - Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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De Dolle Dulle Teve (Mad Bitch)De Dolle Dulle Teve (Mad Bitch)

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BA SCORE
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758 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 758
Reviews: 423
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.12%
Wants: 46
Gots: 47 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: pezoids on 09-06-2001

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Ratings: 758 | Reviews: 423
Reviews by karengarys:
Photo of karengarys
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

it's triple week for me, starting to get the hang of this....

pours amber with a very fluffy cottony head. It is hazy.

smells overpowering fruity with some hop.

tastes very strong in the alcohol, nothing hidden here. distracting. there is some hop and bitterness.

mouthfeel is creamy, but that alcohol taste is overwhelming.

finish is sharp. That alcohol again, and there is a slight aftertaste.

I'd stick with the st. bernardus.

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Photo of stakem
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

33cl bottle with quite a bit of age on it (I believe best by 07.) Poured into an Oerbier oversized wine glass, the brew appears a burnt copper color that is quite clear. However, despite a careful pour some yeast particulate makes its way into the glass. Rising bubbles of carbonation maintain more than a finger of khaki head throughout the entire experience. A swirl revives more than a finger of froth effortlessly back to the surface and produces some finger-like patterns of stringy lace.

The aroma is sweet with an essence of belgian candy sugar but contrasted with almost a cheesy to funky aspect is also present when swirled. There is a bit of earthen quality about this that blends into something more fruity like cherry, apple and/or pears. That 10% alcohol is evident but very faintly across the back when a deep whiff is taken. Once the brew goes beyond ideal temperature, there is a very soft suggestion of vinegar that while not distracting was not expected.

The flavor of this brew is quite bready with malt that blends into a touch of cardboard-like oxidation. Some sweetness is present tasting a bit like caramel, toffee and transitions into more of a fruity alcohol note like apple and/or pear skins. Some earthen notes are ever present with every sip that breaks up the experience a bit. The aftertaste has a very faint suggestion of cider. I hate to say this but the overall flavors of this brew are better while colder. As the brew comes up to temperature, the alcohol inclusion becomes almost solvent and numbing to the palate.

This is a medium bodied brew with a lively but not overdone amount of carbonation. The flavors are spot on for what anyone could want/expect in a tripel. However, despite this brew having quite a bit of age on it, the alcohol is well pronounced but integrated fairly decently in this brew. If anything, the warmth of this brew distracts just a bit from the overall ease of drinkability. The last time I had this brew it was from a 750ml that was 17 years old. It was not the best of experiences but this even with its own significant aging was much better. I am curious now about having a bottle as fresh as possible just for the sake of comparison. If you havent had this yet, what are you waiting for? I will need to put this on the to-do list to grab more of these when I see them.

Photo of oberon
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of RoyalT
4.95/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance – This had one of the biggest heads that I’ve 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 you’re 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 Fleishmann’s 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 don’t.

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.

Photo of atomeyes
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle
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

Photo of Jason
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of merlin48
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Billolick
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of goatxpower
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of jakester
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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?

Photo of hopfalls
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Kraken
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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%

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Shovelbum
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of glid02
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Brick Store in Atlanta.

Pours a perfectly clear yellow-golden color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of light fruits - bananas and pears - with hints of citrus rind and spices all backed by a solid malt backbone.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Malt flavors kick things off, followed by bananas and pears coated in Belgian candi sugar. Mild spices hit in the middle of the sip and carry through until the mildy sweet and dry ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. This drinks more like a 6% beer than a 10% one - I could definitely have a few of these.

Overall this is a trippel that's very well done. Definitely worth a shot.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer has a snow-white cloudy head that sits on a hazy apricot colored body for the full beer. There is a nice bit of lacing with each sip. The body is a bit too dense to see much carbonation except for the tiny bubbles that glide up the sides of the glass.

S- sweet but not offensive white sugar note with a very soft perfume note and a light dried fruit and white raisins hint. As the beer warms the sugar notes develop into a wonderful caramel popcorn smell. The light brown sugar and butter with a faint pear or corn note is wonderful. I found myself smelling this beer several times before each sip.

T- The smooth soft flavor of light caramel sugar with a pear note is followed by balanced green bitterness in the finish.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a fullness in the texture developing toward the finish.

D- Great aroma and a very nice taste that is well balanced with some soft sweetness and a light bitterness.

Photo of weonfire
3.59/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in an oversized wine glass at Sergio's World of Beer in Louisville, KY

This is not an 'exceptional' beer.

S - Peach, Grape and flowery alcohol.

T - Real sweet. Peach. Almost a syrupy taste - its that sweet. Pretty much just taste alcohol.

M- It burns. high viscosity. 10 ABVs got their pants down giving the full moon.

O - Hard to drink. semi nice aromas. simply- too boozy. i won't buy this again.

Photo of KDL
3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried MAD BITCH at a local bar in Newtown, PA. The place was nice but I can't recall the name of it. They had a tasting of Spaten and I think I say the ad on this site. I admitt the beer was purchased for name sake only, but that beer was very good. The high achohol content is why I can't write anymore about it.

Photo of RomanW70
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy orange gold with a huge foamy head. Aroma of yeast, geass, citrus, light fruits, and spice. Tastes much the same with a vineous quality that shines through at the end. Finishes very smooth with a warming alcohol. Excellent beer. One of my favorite tripels.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour carefully or you'll end up with a Duvel-like head (ie. mostly head, hardly any liquid). Be patient. The head is huge-- thick, foamy, rocky, long-lasting. Color is a golden yellow with thousands of bubbles effervescing their way to the top. Lace? Of course, and lots of it. Thick styrofoam-ish sheets of the stuff.

Aroma couldn't be anything but 100% Belgian. It's the yeast that does most of the talking, somewhere between nutty and mineral, while hints of pear and crisp green apple come through. No hint of the 10% alcohol in the early stages, although it comes through with some warming.

Flavor delivers all you could ever want in a Belgian tripel. The balance is utterly superb, with bready malt notes sharing just as much time with the more tripel-like crisp fruit (especially tart green apple), sharp spice, honey and alcohol characters. Each sip gives something new, nothing spiking out rudely or unnecessarily. Tripels are tough to brew right and the poor ones are tough to drink. This was apparently brewed by masters. If you don't like this, you don't like tripels.

Superb texture, having just the right amount weight, without the syrupy stickiness that too many tripels have. Crisp and somewhat dry, yet round and substantial enough to make it feel like serious stuff.

The last time I had this crazy mother of a beer was in Belgium. It was a treat and honor to drink the stuff in the heartland, and remains one of the finest in its class. Still what I'd call a "headache beer," so I would tend to save this beer for special occasions and then only drink one 12 oz. bottle, enjoy the hell out of it, and call it a night.

Photo of cokes
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Is this what happens when a tripel and a saison get together and pop amphetamine tablets?

Hazed lemon bodied with a small head, though fluffed and well kept.
Nose is assaulted with an explosive disagreement between Pepper and Apricot. Cloves attempt to mediate but are smashed by a flying lamp. Grain alcohol only intensifies this already tumultuous situation.
Angry indeed!
Taste is entertainingly combative. Like watching your best friend engage in a futile arguement with his girlfriend.

Apricot: "So, Pepper, honey, where were you last night?"

Pepper: "Oh, I went out with some of the guys. You know, Biscuit, Orange Peel, and Clove."

Apricot: "You went to go see Candi Sugar, Honey and Rosemary dance down at the nudie joint again, didn't you?"

Pepper: *silence*

Apricot: "And you smell like booze too"

Pepper makes up a bed on the couch. While Apricot calls up Lemon and her other tropical fruit friends on the phone. Grain Alcohol knocks on the door and asks Pepper if he want to go out again tonight. Apricot returns a piercing stare.

This situation is dire with a mouthfeel that can only described as abrasive up front. Like any good lovers' quarrel, this receeds over time and returns to moderation and enjoyability.

There is no beer with a more appropriate name than this.

Photo of Sammy
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great accompanyment to our lunch. Pours incredible foam and leaves lace. Of course, wait for the foam to dissipitate. Light yellow, darker cloudy yellow at bottom. Somewhat spicy coriander orange citrus pale strong with substantial yeast. Has the bite to it. Easy on tongue.

Photo of augustgarage
4.39/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 330mL bottle into my Troubadour tulip glass.

Satin sheen gold body with violent rivulets of carbonation rising to sustain the rocky ivory head. Pours with a mix of thick ropes and tiny flakes of yeast circumnavigating the glass...eventually these dissolve creating a very murky appearance. Great legs and lacing.

Aroma is fruity and spicy at once - a mix of banana, yeasty bread dough, honey, white pepper, orange blossom, and clover. Some alcohol aromas as well. Subtle and excellent.

Spiciness and warmth of alcohol on the palate give the impressinon of capsicum. Yeast flavors dominate, clean, sweet, bready, and complex. Hard to pull specific flavors out of the uniform whole. Very slightly boozey, but not too much so. Pleasantly dry finish despite the initial sweetness.

Very strong carbonation (previous 750mL bottles I've had of this were all gushers) - almost excessively effervescent initially, though a creaminess comes across after letting the froth die down a bit. Lively and not too heavy.

A potent, well rounded Tripel - though not quite as transcendental as this brewer's other offerings can be.

Photo of fairdinkum2
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have to admit that the only reason I tried this beer was because I was sitting next to my lovely wife in a beer pub. So what do they share in common, apart from the description?

They both have blonde heads, they're both spicey and neither is what you might expect in the style.

Beautiful golden color, poured from a 330 ml bottle. Not much head (no more wife analogies, OK?) Not the sort of Tripel you might expect either. Pretty well carbonated, but certainly not unpleasant.

Pepper and spice, but not the citrus one might expect, Actually some banana. Sweetness on the middle palate. Well balanced.

Lovely

Photo of CanuckRover
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Giant white head after a gentle pour. Thick, clumpy lacings as the head slowly settles. Dark copper around the top fades to a light yellow in the bottom of the glass. Really beautiful beer. Slightly hazy, I dumped the whole bottle in.

Ginger root on the nose, backed by some serious spice with a cinnamon touch. Juicy orange lurking behind.

Big orange flavours up front, almost like orange soda, but not in a bad way. As it warms in the mouth, serious yeast and spice start to come through. Cinnamon and nutmeg mingle with pretty bad ass yeast. All comes together nicely with some gentle warming alcohol.

Despite some serious alcohol and complexity, it actually drinks light and smooth. Has that Duvel'esque drinkability.

This is a fantastic beer. Seek out.

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De Dolle Dulle Teve (Mad Bitch) from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
92 out of 100 based on 758 ratings.