De Dolle Dulle Teve (Mad Bitch) - Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
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5/5 rDev +20.5%
Pours an absolutely ideal shade of gold. A bubbly, fluffy head is perched upon the top, thanks to the strong, continuous carbonation. No visible sediment. Very picturesque. The aroma is practically god-like. A complex and intriguing marriage of bitter and sweet. Desirable yeast aroma is present along with caramel, both sweet and sour apples, pear, banana, lemongrass and spices. Taste - velvety and bready Belgian yeast and malt. Tart and tropical fruits, lemony hints. Spicy phenolic characteristics as well as a definite bitter hop presence. Honey, although not nearly as sweet as the aroma may have suggested. This beer really coats the mouth well and the finish is somewhat dry. Some Belgians are borderline cloyingly sweet with no other complexities - not so at all with this masterpiece. One of my absolute favorite beers. I cannot imagine how this could get any better!
04-19-2012 03:58:23 | More by Neorebel
4.97/5 rDev +19.8%
Poured into a goblet at The Nook in Huntsville, AL
A- This draft poured a clear amber, I was expecting more of a cloudy haze. This beer did not look like it tasted.
S- Greatness! Clovey & green apples with finishing tones of lemon & raisins.
T- The taste is exceptional, just a tad bit dry.
M-The mouthfeel is clean and spicy.
One of my fave tripels.
Serving type: draft
08-12-2011 01:01:07 | More by bb0bbby
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
4.9/5 rDev +18.1%
One of the best beers I've had in a while!
The smell is rather fruity almost like an apple cider and they you taste it and it taste like carmelized sugar.
The head is wiped cream or like whipped egg whites and like many belguim beers is not meant for chugging. You want this one to last! ...actually I got another one and it wasn't as good. I don't think these age very well.
This is a special beer.
After having quite a few more of these I have to add that the beer's apple smell has a sour taste. I believe the beer has had a saison mix added or a sour/aged beer has been blended to the brew. Brilliant, complex, you will need to drink at least a dozen of these (though the course of a month) to understand this one.
04-08-2009 00:20:57 | More by OttoPeeWee
4.9/5 rDev +18.1%
One of my all time favs. Served at a great temp with a grand, billowy, soft, foamy, frothy, fluffy, off white head that sits there for a while before burping and lots of clingy lace. Color is a clear amber with loads of bubble trails. Aroma is yeast on top, then malt, vineous. Flavor is like nose with lots of yeast bitterness followed by hop, just a little sweet, good carbonic tang, white wine, apples, pears, hint of funk. Body is champagne like, expansive, yet of substance and carbonation is out of sight. Finish is like flavor, without flaws and lingers pleasingly with a friendly alcohol warmth. Don't know of another tripel like it. Delightful beer from the Mad Brewers!
11-29-2011 06:36:50 | More by drpimento
4.88/5 rDev +17.6%
A: Slightly hazy golden orange hue with a dense meringue like head that takes up 2/3 of the glass, small amount of sediment.
S: A nice mix of spice and fruit blends well with the alcohol. Hints of apple, pear, melon, clove, orange, some pepper, and a slight mustiness that is quite enjoyable.
T: Lots of spice in the form of clove and pepper matched by the fruity esters. Hop bitterness comes in and interacts with, but does not over power the delicate malt sweetness. Taste of delicate fruit and honey. Slight mustiness in the finish.
M: Smooth and creamy but light and refreshing.
D: Quite possibly the best triple I have ever had, a new favorite of mine that will have to be revisited soon.
01-04-2010 21:57:24 | More by DrinkingAleToday
4.88/5 rDev +17.6%
Deep golden peachy colour, good foamy head. Aroma is spicy, and fruity, with lemon, pineapple, figs, some vanilla and I notice some chocolate in the background.
Strong body, is almost edible.
Lively bubbles, oily in tongue, taste is acid, apples, peaches, flowers and the chocolate background. It seems to me kind of a mix between a white and an abbey beer.
01-18-2008 13:01:17 | More by janubio
4.85/5 rDev +16.9%
Poured into a snifter glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.
Appearance: As poured the beer is a very lightly hazed peach color with an enormous 2” fluffy white head that recedes very slowly leaving some sheets of foam on the sides of the glass. The beer is filled with lots of active carbonation (which helps to keep the head going strong). Sipping throughout most of the beer leaves a remarkable amount of foam and lacing on the sides of the glass. There are sheets of foam, large and small speckles of lacing and some nice leggy streaks as well.
Smell: The aromas are strong and noticeable even as the cap is removed from the bottle. There’s lots of fruits here, mostly orchard fruits like apple and pears. There’s also a bit of spiciness in the aromas, some coriander and white pepper.
Taste: The flavors blend together so well it is hard to tease the components out, but I’d say that there’s a nice pale malt backbone with some spices like the coriander and pepper in the background. Mingling in with all that are the fruit flavors, again, mostly pear and apple. As the beer warms I’m picking up a flavor that reminds me of the honeydew melon that was part of breakfast today.
Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied and very smooth and creamy with the active carbonation and head retention. The finish is medium long, begins in the sweetness of the beer (probably from candi sugar), changes as the fruits move on stage and then disappear, leaving a gentle bitterness that also becomes nicely dry at the end.
Drinkability and Overall Impression: If you want two words to describe this beer, think “complex” and “balanced.” I found this one dangerously drinkable in that each sip followed naturally and easily after the one before it and the temptation was to sip too rapidly for the 10% ABV. I certainly would be happy to have another (after the effects of the well concealed alcohol wear off a bit). In addition, I’ll be looking out to have this one again. My overall impression of this beer is that it is a first rate tripel that provides an example of what a tripel should and can be. It well deserves its high rankings.
04-17-2011 13:28:38 | More by drtth
4.85/5 rDev +16.9%
Presentation: Poured into a Duvel tulip from a 330ml brown bottle. Cap stated, BOTTLED OCT 2009. First pour of two-thirds the bottle was careful not to pour loose sediment on the bottom of the bottle. I will taste and then swirl to pour balance. I like to taste the difference, if any.
A: Ever so slightly hazy light golden orange. Nice looking white head that hangs around for a good while. Good retention and moderate lacing.
2nd pour created heavy cloudiness, but even haze with no large chunks or floaties.
S: Mild sweetness with some tartness. Apples and some citrus aromas. Some underlying earthy hops.
T&M: Crisp, sweet tartness up front with a smooth feel, but moderate carbonation. Fades with some spiciness and finishes semi-dry with a moderate alcohol feel that is strongest on the finish. Hops are in there throuhout, floral, earthy, with mild bitterness that is well-balanced, especially on the 2nd pour. Medium to full bodied.
Much better balance when the sediment is stirred up. Very cloudy, but VERY GOOD! This almost puts La Fin Du Monde to shame because it is a similar taste with a more hoppy balance. Price makes it slightly prohibitive for a regualar treat. Definitely HIGH QUALITY and worth it for special occassions.
04-25-2010 20:02:12 | More by cdizinno
De Dolle Dulle Teve (Mad Bitch) from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
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