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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
92
outstanding

420 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 420
Hads: 771
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.93%
Wants: 47
Gots: 52 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: pezoids on 09-06-2001

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Photo of CWiggins
4.67/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this beer within the last two years on at least two occasions and failed to write a review. It then vanished from the local scene (due to its distributor going out of business), and I've sorely missed. Lo and behold, I visit a small beer shop in Greensboro, NC two days ago and they had two bottles left! I pounced and greedily took them both. (If they'd had more of these and Stille Nacht I would have cleaned them out!) Tonight I celebrate my luck by cracking open the first of two bottles of Dulle Teve.

I chose my Duvel tulip for this tasting, as the entire bottle would pour easily into it. It's a surprisingly brown hue (for a tripel), although the golden highlights betray its stylistic brethren. It sure is hazy; almost no light gets through it. The off-white head was very thick at first, but soon it dwindled into the sort of head one might notice on an English pub ale: dense and creamy, although it only covers a portion of the surface.

The smell is in-freakin'-credible; there is so much going on here that one may not need to actually drink it. (Gulp! Blasphemy!) Candy sugars, dark ripe fruit, hints of banana, strong yeasts, and the distinct warmth of alcohol hits the nose with every intake of air. And bready? Try smelling this one with your eyes closed and not imaging fresh-baked sweet bread. C'est impossible!

Big flavors attack the palate from the first sip. While the front detects sweet fruit and bitter hops, the remainder is devoted to banana, alcohol, sweet bread, honey, and just a smidgen of hop bitterness at the finish. What lingers is a beautiful alcohol warmth and mild essence of bread, along with remnants of caramel. Granted, the 10% ABV is a bit intense, but that's all the more reason to take it slow and enjoy the sensation swirling around the tongue.

This may be my favorite Belgian Tripel, hands down. It's incredibly well-balanced, and the flavors are unique to this brew while being grounded in the style tradition. Great, great, great brew! (1,997 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.67/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Brick Store Pub. Pours a very hazy golden, virtually opaque, but without lots of yeasties floating around. Smells of tangy Belgian yeast with pronounced aromas of bananas, clove, and spice. The taste is wonderful. Flavors of apricot, candi sugar, clove, black pepper, juniper come together seamlessly. There is a nice finish of spice and bright, slightly spicy hops on the finish. The mouthfeel is long and attenuated. Very little sweetness on the finish. Absolutely delicious on-tap and one of the better tripels out there. (538 characters)

Photo of IceAce
4.67/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange body with three full fingers of tightly knit foam. Lacing clocks in at 55% in a beer-ready Duvel tulip. haze never really clears and CO² barely visible despite nucleation points etched in the glass.

Aroma is light-n-bright with alcohol phenols wrapped tightly around passion fruit. This just promises brute strength delivered by nothing less than the Mad Bitch herself. The aroma triggers an involuntary burst of saliva worthy of one of Pavlov's finest canines.

Entry is quiet and immediately the all-out assault on the tongue and inner cheeks begins. Vodka-soaked mango, orange, and pineapple coat the mouth prior to the first sightings of malt and yeast. Mouthfeel is silky-smooth. The finish leads with candi sugar coated fruits, quickly followed by a ping-pong fade of spicy Belgian yeast and throat warming alcohol.

Others have spoken of yeast cakes and multiple floaties from this brew...none were observed with this bottle. Mike at Hi-Times Cellars said that it had just arrived, so this may just be a very fresh sample. (1,060 characters)

Photo of jtierney89
4.65/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottled on June 2012.

Hazy faded gold color with a fluffy white head. Immediately I can tell, smells so different then most tripels I've had. Lots of sweet apples and pears, touches of pineapple and dried apricot. Smells like sweet pure raw sugared fruit. Touches of dark fruit and spiced yeast. This brew is living up to it's score in the nose alone, i cant wait to taste it. Lots of clingy lacing. Slight whiffs of booze but it's expected from the style.

Sweet fruit flavors like those on the nose. Big spicy clove on the back end of the tongue. Bright fluffy body spicy dry finish. Lingering sweetness. Damn good beer. Wish it wasn't so damn expensive. Sweet undertones of banana and dried currants. Touches of plums. A very deep beer with loads of herbal spice and amazingly complex finish.

Simply put, this beer is rather amazing. Super dry, yet super sweet, and everything in between. I love it. (904 characters)

Photo of tendermorsel
4.65/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml corked bottle into a tulip glass. This beer was probably quite old. The expiration date was 4/2002. Don't know when this was brewed as my buddy scored this gem at liquor store a few months back.

WOW! This beer aged really really well. Great carbonation and a strong pop when opened. Good head that dissipated quickly a left great lacing.

Typical tripel color. Yellowish with just the right amount of sediment and yeast. Lot's of different flavors in this one. Citrus notes at first followed by a sweet but dry back end. A prominent apple taste throughout this beer/ Wonderful blend of flavor and strength.

I have had the Mad Bitch many times fresh or relatively fresh and even though I haven't reviewed this before I am a fan of this beer. However, this was aged to perfection. The best single bottle of tripel I have ever had.

If you are into aging beers this is a winner. (910 characters)

Photo of oglmcdgl
4.65/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at memphis taproom. Awesome! De dolle on draft mission complete.

A- a finger of bright white head that settles rather quickly to leave a few spots of cascading lace and a nice ring around the glass. Hazy straw yellow orange in color.

S- at first spice, dry funk, musty with a good yeasty hit. Then with some good warming a whole other nose comes forth. Lots of ripe juicy fruits and a hint of tartness comes in and really blows the mind.

T- spicy and yeasty up front with a candy sugar sweetness that rolls slowly in a dried fruit and honey hit. The spice is hard to place and its driving me crazy. Bone dry biscuit malts that are just pooping right now. Dries orange peel and corriander.

M- just about medium in body with a carb that fits just right and brings the brew to lovely places in the mouth. Super dry finish.

D- the best trip I've ever had. Hands down. This was worth the wait, so many years of living from bottle to bottle and now this. Big ups to onix1agr for making this all happen. (1,013 characters)

Photo of rye726
4.63/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Another great beer from By The Bottle in Vancouver, WA. This pours a glowing golden and has a silky tan head with good lace. The nose is very fruity and has some nice candy malts. There is also some spicy hops and herby Belgian yeasts. This has a delicious malt structure with candy, bready sugars and tropical fruits. Perfectly balanced by the hops and yeasts. Full body fits the brew nicely. Near perfect example of the style. (428 characters)

Photo of calsbeek
4.62/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A bit cloudy into the glass, though it was a dirty pour. My bad.
Thick rocky head, good retention, nice lacing. The carbonation crackles along the side of the glass.
Smells very very good. Citrus. tangerine, and spicy cream.
Tastes fantastic. Bursting with delicious fruits. Very nice.
Nice carbonation. Light body. The carbonation is intense but coupled with the fruit and body it works very well.
Drinkability is incredible given the alcohol content. I could drink this all night. Boot and rally. Wow. (503 characters)

Photo of Jgolian
4.61/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Wow it made it America in one piece! It still held its head, I've been so disapointed in what we are getting in Florida lately! Chimay headless! How dare they! Great Beer! Bier! (177 characters)

Photo of Westsidethreat
4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Like most of this style, its very carbonated....I'm going to need to let the head drop before I can go any futher. Color appears to be a dull, hazy pear hue. Interesting enough, the body is very still. Head is huge and sticky with just a touch of beige color.

S: Under ripe banana peel, mashed over ripe bananas, grass clippings, lemon rind and copper coins.

T: Begins malty and sweet, sort of like a banana liquer. Full and rounded caramel blends with spicy and peppery hops. Luscious vanilla bananas foster dominates the center of the palate allowing the overwhelmed triple personality to take shape and finally reveal itself. Finishes zesty and dry...an incredible accomplishment based on how sweet the beer is.

M: Full, slightly syrupy....just a bit of bite on the tip of the tongue.

D: This is delicious. I'm not a huge fan of this style but its the best triple I've ever had. Never had a triple with this much depth. Great stuff (950 characters)

Photo of endovelico
4.6/5  rDev +11.4%

Nose: Bold, refreshing and complex with evident notes of yeast, pastry, bubblegum, banana, berries and a faint hop greenness.

Mouth: Chewy and full with a bite; Boasts great complexity with a profile makeup of bubblegum, orange and spices.

Overall: World class. Extremely complex, bold and drinkable. Stays true to style while affirming its own identity. (356 characters)

Photo of dgallina
4.58/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy peach with huge creamy white head and loads of lacing. Smells of peppery spices, juniper berries, and dry yeasts. Absolutely fabulous flavor and mouth-feel. Peppery and lemony initially, developing into strong alcohol-tinged juniper berries and finishing quite dry and effervescent. Very refreshing, with a long and tart finish. Alcohol very well integrated. I could drink plenty of these! (402 characters)

Photo of haz77
4.58/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a cloudy orangey-gold with a massive rocky white head which takes forever to fall. Plenty of lacing. Some floaties in there with the high carbonation.

S - Can smell it without going near the glass. Funk, banana, clove, phenols, light fruit, some citrus.

T - A backbone of brown sugar. Tropical fruits, then phenols come through. Some alcohol warmth present at the back and into the aftertaste, but the strength is well masked. Bitterness comes through and finishes dry.

M - Smooth and creamy. Medium body and carbonation.

D - Incredibly drinkable for the strength. Bold approach to a tripel which works out very well indeed. (638 characters)

Photo of corby112
4.58/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy golden color with a nice white foam head that settles into a lasting lacing. Lots of visible carbonation. Aroma isdominated by light, crisp fruit and alcohol. Very quaffable considering it's strength. Light crisp fruit notes such as apple, pear and banana with a nice alcohol warmth. Very tasty. (310 characters)

Photo of AylwinForbes
4.57/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another unusual beer at the local Bavarian Lodge. As an example of a Tripel, this is outstanding, really one of the best I have had. Hazy pale orange in the glass with a thin dense head, the aroma oozes forth from the snifter with all sorts of interesting ester-y, phenolic components. The smell can entertain for hours. Densely flavoured on the palate, apricots prominent, a taste profile that runs from sweet initially to a lingering slightly bitter finish. Very concentrated. A yardstick against which to measure others. (523 characters)

Photo of DaggerEyes
4.57/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured into a goblet a deep and hazy gold with a one finger high fizzy white head that quickly shrunk to half it's size

something about the nose instantly reminded me of champagne. Very fruity, apple, pear, some honey and spice with a bit of earthiness

A bit of a champagne vibe to the taste as well, but it's much more subtle here. Tons of melon on the front tongue, like a ripe cantaloupe or honey dew. I really can't get over the melon taste. Pretty spicy on the finish, black pepper a bit of cinnamon. Some bitter hops in the back.

Tons of tight bubbled carbonation hits the tip of the tongue first, starts to mellow as it moves back but is still present until the finish. The body is a bit thiner than I expected but is still on the lighter side of a medium bodied beer. Very soft in the mouth.

A total treat, but the high ABV keeps it from being super drinkable, but man this is a fantastic Tripel. I'll be coming back for more some time in the near future I know (974 characters)

Photo of rEBELlION
4.56/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Such a full bodied beer without being heavy. So nice to drink an authentic triple, would love to try it younger. This one has been on the shelf for a couple of years. (166 characters)

Photo of RuudJH
4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Finally got my hands on a sample of this beer from Dolle Brouwers, imo one of the great belgian breweries.
Bottled jan 2011... bb jan 2012. Unfiltered unpasteurized.

Looks pale golden, with a huge off white head, steady carbonation. Pouring the sediment, the colour turns to allmost orange brown, with lots of floaty bits.
Smell typical of this brewery: very fruity to begin with, but developing with garden floral scent, some spice/herbs. Dynamic.
Taste is classically tripel: not much sweetness but from the malt. Spicy and herbal, with citric hopnotes, also apricot.
Very fullflavoured: the 10% abv, quite a lot, is well covered by aroma and taste.
Raw and unbalanced, complex overall.

A great tripel, surely one of the best in this style you can get from Belgium. (770 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 330mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: poured a thick, hazy light-golden color, quite reminiscent of pear juice, with a colossal white head. I am sooo ready for this.

Smell: bright apple and pear aromas with hints of citrus woven in. Under this is a light bready aroma which is very enticing.

Taste: delicious, ripe tree fruit and bright, sweet, refreshing malt. Just awesome. This is exactly what I'm seeking in a tripel.

Mouthfeel: the definition of bottle-conditioned creamy texture. More, please.

Drinkability: excessively drinkable. It's bright without being tart, and the pear and apple flavors complement the malt very well. This is just a super fresh and yummy beer.

My only problem with this beer is that its positively mammoth head was so damn persistent that it made it difficult to drink. Looked great, though. (840 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I won this bottle in a raffle when I attended the GALS (Georgia Ale & Lager Sirens) meeting at the Brick Store Pub in Decatur. It pours a hazy, nearly opaque honey golden with a fairly thick white head. (Be careful when opening, though - the sample I got fizzed like champagne!) Strong, inviting aroma is fruity and a little malty, as well as subtly sweet. Rich flavor is mainly fruity, mostly apple with hints of banana and pear. There are also malty and hoppy undertones and a little bitterness. Texture is smooth as soymilk and has a good fizz to it. Definitely worth looking for, but as I said, open with caution! (617 characters)

Photo of CanuckRover
4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
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. (764 characters)

Photo of pezoids
4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very pale yellow color. An ultra spritzy, highly carbonated beer with a gigantic rocky head of foam. Looked like meringue. This head did not want to stop, leaving a spotty yet delicate lacing on the glass.

The aroma gives off a very pleasing and sweet lemony zest with a complex array of spices and fruits. Apples and bananas in the forefront, with some spruce in there. The taste is citrus sweet with heavy malts and an intense spicy character. Almost finishes like a lemon-lime spritzer, that leaves a tingling on the tongue. Beer is medium bodied with a well hidden alcohol.

Very lively and highly enjoyable. A strong and flavorfully potent Trippel. I enjoyed this one. (688 characters)

Photo of Brabander
4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was one of the best triples i have ever had. What a great beer!

Bought this one at the Hopduvel in Gent. Poured in my Struise glass the beer shows itself with an enourmous head, I have never seen that much carbonation and bigness of the head. Simply wonderfull.

Great smell with citrus and orange and a lovely taste.
This is the best bitch i have ever encountered! (371 characters)

Photo of adamette
4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 11.2 oz. bottle that I bought last night (May 1st) at Winking Lizard for $7.50 into the clean, clear pint glass that I was given but a tulip glass would have been more appropriate.

A Huge, meringue like head over a translucent, yellow orange body with lots of sediment floating about. This, of course, is the belgian yeast from the bottle fermentation. Really cool look from my favorite style. 5.0

S Nice fruitty and alcohol aroma that makes this style my favorite. I love the interplay of the sweet with the "heat" of the alcohol. The smell is at least true to style and is even a bit better than most. It is interesting, inviting. 4.5

T Classic sweet goodness of an authentic Belgian Tripel with the Belgian yeast, candi sugars and the right amount of heat from the alcohol. Really, really good. 4.5

M Big, syrupy sweet and the rather elevated ABV contributes to a "big" feel. 4.5

D Rating within the style here...it does not usually make for a highly drinkable beer with such big tastes and sweetness. I savored every drop! 4.5

Notes: Really glad that I finally got to try this one! Bravo! (1,115 characters)

Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.52/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Courtesy of expatsteve. Part 2 of a 5-part De Dolle flight.

Pour: a beautiful, vibrant auburn-orange under several fingers of fluffy white foam with a but of lacing and good retention.

Nose: really grows on me with a sweet blast of tropical fruit nectars, spicy yeast and dry, musty malts and a booze flourish in the finish.

Taste: sweet tropical punch up front, musty wheat, spicy Belgian wheat with a hint of sour in the finish, rounded out by a blast of warming alcohol that creeps up the sinuses.

Feel: light and sugary thin, tickling carb, booze thins and dries

Drinkability/Overall: an impressive tripel overall. Fruity, spicy, dry - hits all the bases and remains balanced despite a substantial booze presence. One of the better tripels I've had. (768 characters)

De Dolle Dulle Teve (Mad Bitch) from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
92 out of 100 based on 420 ratings.