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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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Ratings: 728
Reviews: 417
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.36%
Wants: 43
Gots: 41 | FT: 1
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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 impending
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl into a tulip. Pours a dull hazy honey, towering dense head, clumpy froth.

Sweet complex delicious aroma, everything you want in a tripel. Superb

Taste not nearly as sweet as the nose hinted. Dry crisp bitter finish proceeds the gracefully exiting aftertaste. Sweet, a phenolic kick, the finish. Truly, the finish defines this brew. Medium bodied mouthfeel.
cheers
jd

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

Sample at Firewaters in Atlantic City. This beer pours a hazy yellow-orange color with a medium rocky white head that lasts the whole (small) glass. Large patches of lacing. The aroma consists of yeast, citrus and different spices. Medium body with sweet clove and malt flavors, along with touches of hops and alcohol. Nice fruity undertones as well. The finish is both fruity and spicy. All in all this is a solid Tripel.

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

Bottled August 2010. Poured to duvel tulip the beer is a mostly clear orange amber with a billowing 3 finger white bubbly head that continues to crow at least 2 fingers out of the glass, wow. Yeast particles noticeable even after a careful pour. Appears extremely carbonated. Superb retention and lacing. Nose is a light crisp sweet apple fruit tone with hints of clove, citrus and belgian yeast. No hint of alcohol. The flavor is very aggressive with the light crisp fruit flavors, mild bitterness, clove, spice, and citrus character. No hint of alcohol. Finishes crisp and dry. Good carbonation, medium bodied. Overall, a nice Tripel. Crisp and aggressive yet complex and refined. Enjoyable.

Photo of Pugi13
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of oberon
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
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 NeroFiddled
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

My un-dated 750 ml bottle opened with a "crack!", and poured a swirling, highly effervescent yellow-gold body topped by a densely creamy white head that literally rose out of the glass. The first pour was clear, but I could see that the sediment was being churned up in the bottle even before the second glass was ready (and it ended up as hazy as a Hefe Weizen). Both, however, maintained their creamy caps and left very nice lace throughout most of the glass.

In the aroma, spicy and peppery alcohol locks a strangle-hold onto the neck of some candyish/vanilla/honeyish sweetness; and they roll about haphazardly, wrestling amidst some light but juicy fruits and a mild mustiness. It's impressive (and somewhat reminiscent of a mead), but the alcohol leaves me a bit trepedacious. Fortunately, it doesn't carry over quite as strong into the flavor.

Far more complicated than the aroma indicates, the flavor starts with a quick note of juicy fruit (?); warms to reveals some honey-ish sweet malt; becomes fruity again as it dries a bit with some apple and pear; followed by some leafy/herbal/spiciness; some 'low-sugar cookie dough' or 'not-fully-cooked bread' -like maltiness; and finally - releases it's peppery alcohol unrestrained across the palate. Whoah! That explains the name. You'd better have a cold pint of water alongside this one! Fortunately, the alcohol isn't fusel "hot", and after a short rite of passage the palate accepts it more readily.

It's interestingly cottony-soft and lightly creamy in the mouth throughout. The body is light, bordering on medium - yet it's got a distinct sugariness to it. For all of the force that the flavor can throw at you, it's still soft underneath. Much like a woman...?

Impressive. Tenacious. Somewhat devastating. Defnitely a full-throttle beer that's only accessible to the initiated. Be prepared - this one will kick your ass! This is the beer to have when you're only having one!

Photo of Gusler
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer after decanting a beclouded yellow orange with tons of dross and a rather substantial head that is creamy in consistency and an off white color, the lace forms a fine sheet to cover the glass. Earthy aroma of yeast, sweet malted grain, hints of pineapple, and a marvelous beer to sniff, start is ambrosial and thickly malted, top is fair to middling in feel. Finish is stern in its acidity, the hop powerful but pleasant in their spiciness, very dry and long lasting aftertaste with the 10 percent ABV, applying a bit of “Belly Warming”, a fine beer from a fine brewery, and one I see rarely for some reason.

Photo of Heymikew2
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Monk's Kettle, in the Mission district of San Francisco. Poured a medium honey color with a light frothy head. Smells light and airy almost as if you could smell a late summer barley harvest. Highly drinkable, hints of allspice and overall a very good beer. Would deffinately order this again.

Photo of phisig137
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a very hazy deep straw gold color, and a three finger creamy head. Very nice retention, leaves so much lace on the glass that I almost can't see through it. After the head falls, looking into the glass looks like peering into a bowl of foam. Pretty impressive. The liquid is completely filled with floaters of yeast and protein, and is rather funky. I've never seen a beer so pretty on top, and so incredibly murky and ugly on the bottom.... odd.

Aroma is filled with sweet malts, caramel, light fruits, brandy, and alcohol. Very full, warming, and pleasant aroma that makes you yearn for a sip.

Flavor is fantastic. Incredibly well rounded, slightly sweet all the way through. Pink lady apples, pears, peaches, a hint of banana, caramel, crystal malts, yeasty esters, and candi sugar all seem to be prevalent. The finish is moderately dry, with some burning spicy alcohol, and lingers forever. Mouthfeel is creamy smooth, and slick. Drinkability is great.

I love this tripel, and I love this brewery. They rarely disappoint, and this is no exception. Perfect balance with the malt and yeasty flavors make this incredibly complex, and worth seeking out. Highly recommended. Now If I could just find another bottle of the Dulle Teve Reserva...

Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MoreThanWine
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I love this brewery and I love all their beers. Poured a massive all-head in a vanilla cream froth with long life. The body is a hazy golden yellow. Not much of a smell initially but caramel and dried fruit slowly emerge. The taste is quite complex with candies like butterscotch and caramel, fruits like pineapple and fig, and a touch of sourness. Long finish. Nice tripel.

Photo of babaracas
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly hazy dull amber with billowing dense white head, settles slowly to a half inch with big chunks of lace left behind. Smell: honey, spicy, melon, grassy. Taste: amped honey, spicy, fruity, finishing grassy with citric-esque acidity cutting through honey and pale male sweetness. Delicious hider of alcohol.

Photo of NWHopinator
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of spoony
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

From a 330 ml bottle (Dated October 2013 on the cap) into a chalice.

A-A gentle pour produces about two fat fingers of light tan head. The foam is dense and retention is quite good. There is a good show of carbonation in the glass, too. The beer is clear and orange-ish golden in hue.

S-The aroma offers of lots of fruity, warming alcohol. I smell green apple and candy sugar, in particular, as well as a bit of bubblegum, some pepper spice, and a bit of lightly bitter, grassy/straw-scented hops.

T-The taste is not afraid to show its 10% ABV, but the taste is less assertive than the smell, which is a good thing. The flavors are still fruity (green apple flesh) and sweet up front, but there is a bit more spice (pepper and clove) and light lemon tartness. The finish is lightly bitter and suggests dry grass and spice.

M-The body is medium in heft with an above average level of carbonation that hurts the smoothness factor.

O-This is a pretty solid tripel. It is very aggressive, with the alcohol but the flavors are nicely balanced, so the beer manages to get away with being so in-my-face. The hops are especially well-done here. The mouthfeel is a little fizzy for my liking in a tripel, but overall this a solid beer that I will drink again if I need a break from my usual Karmeliet fix.

Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ordered a bottle at the Farmhouse in Emmaus. Paired with a bowl of PEI mussels in bacon and a balsamic vinaigrette.

Pours a hazy gold with a white head that leaves lacing. While this beer expertly hides it's 10% alcohol, it's a touch sweet, but I suppose that's to be expected. The flavor and aroma focus mildly funky apple, orange, and berry fruit flavors with a spicy hint of hops at the end. Personally I like my tripels a little spicier and drier, but this is an excellent beer that will put you in a ditch if you're not careful.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a cloudy dark gold color with an inch and a half frothy white head. Head retention and lacing are both excellent. Aroma is sweet and fruity, it smells like pears, Belgian yeast, peaches, candy sugar and apples. It tastes like candy sugar, yeast, black pepper, bready malt and apples. The taste isn't quite as fruity as the aroma is, which was a bit surprising to me. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and coating, and also has very high but soft carbonation. A bit too much carbonation for my liking, anyway. Drinkability is good, but would be better if the carbonation was lowered a bit. Overall I think this is a good beer, I've had a few De Dolle brews now and I haven't been disappointed in one yet. Recommended.

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

The Mad Bitch opens with a crack of carbonation, as if tired of waiting to be poured, and generates (as so many Belgians do -- and I'm not complaining) a gigantic head (larger than the liquid portion of the beer in my Duvel tulip). The head is beautiful, sparkling white, but the beer itself is thick, swirling, like brackish water. Lacing remains in thin, separate layers on the inside of my glass.

The aroma is very sweet, with a hint of mustiness and just a dash of alcohol.

Wow. Powerful sip. My God. Creamy, but rounded with alcohol. Peppery at the end. Yet, not unbalanced. Pepper remains after I swallow, hot and tingling.

I've been waiting so long to try one of these guys. This beer cannot be fresh (judging from the condition of the bottle and the label), and I wonder how much different it would taste if fresh. It has the spice and mustiness of a tripel, but the alcohol pushes it to a higher level. Some tripels taste thin or weak to me. Please do not tell the Bitch that I called her either thin or weak.

Marvelous. I've had about half of it, and I'm surprised by how the hotness and the spice are balanced by that smooth creamy malt backbone. Well worth trying.

Photo of IBUnit63
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light maple color with a bready, nutty head. Good lacing - body is very hearty and rustic.

This has a little champagne-scented tingle to it. Awesome wheaty malt with mild esters. Aroma expands with warmth. A little bit of piney hops too.

The ample carbonation keeps the taste very clean. There's lots of mild caramel malt in here and a bit of electricity from the yeast. Very enjoyable.

This slithers down the palate and is rather sweet but it toned down by carbonation. Very clean.

Slow and steady wins the race with this fine effort. Sip and savor.

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

Had two of these Saturday night while at Grand Cru in Baltimore. Bottle labeling similar to what is pictured, with the additional US import stuff added in. No lot or date labeling appeared evident.
Poured a pretty, slightly hazy golden with a fluffy meringue white top. Retention and lacing were textbook.
Sugary/spicy aroma that detracts from the flavor and appears to be the weakest of the senses for this brew.
Quite a few esters in the flavor. Cloves, candy sugar, orange, grapefruit, a slight bit of Saaz? Goes down smooth and easy. Sampled by itself and with some various olives.

Mouthfeel was medium and dry. The carbonation was just right. Without it, it would've been heavier or more cloying. Mouth got very warm after the first few sips, but otherwise the 10% was hidden very well.
Overall: Damn, I didn't even realize it was 10%. No wonder I was a little bit more dehydrated than I should've been Sunday morning. Definitely worthy. would've liked to know the name meant dam bitch at the time...

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

On-tap 4/25/2012 at Julian’s, in Providence, RI served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a bright gold color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick on the glass.

S: The aroma contains fruit, Belgian yeast, some spice, light caramelized malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of caramel, spices and fruit. Then some breadiness comes in from Belgian yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. The hops presence is mild but brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sweet.

O: Tasty, goes down dangerously easily, not too filling, strong but well-disguised kick, good representation of style, this is a very good stronger Belgian-style beer to drink for a while.

Photo of Monkeyknife
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle a cloudy apricot color with a huge foamy white head.

Aroma of Belgian yeast, bananas, Juicyfruit gum, and citrus.

Taste is very bright and very sweet. The yeast, bananas, and Juicyfruit from the aroma are all present here along with black pepper and the alcohol which warms everything up quite nicely.

Medium mouthfeel, drying, with hot and fizzy carbonation.

This beer is one to enjoy at a comfortable pace.

Photo of Bubba83
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle poured into a snifter at about 45 degrees. I couldn't pour this beer properly. There was too much head despite pouring very slowly down the side of the glass. It took me pouring it about 3 times and leaving it to settle for a bit before I was able to fully decant.

Pretty standard looking tripel, maybe a little lighter in color, lots of orange going on, all shades. Bright white, super prickly head, and tons of it. Sticky and fluffy substance to the head. Some definite yeast here, be careful when you pour if you plan to leave it behind. Tons of bubbles flowing quickly from the bottom. It seems quite overcarbonated.

They did a nice job on the aroma. I guess all that head probably helps this out. The first smell that comes to mind is pineapple and banana, followed by horsey funk and black pepper. There is a tinge of alcohol in the nose as well, along with mango, and other indescript tropical fruits.

This might just be the best tasting tripel I have had yet. There is a little bit of sugary sweetness at first that has a definite orange flavor. There's some mango too and then a quick flash of a transition to pineapple, but it's brief before the barnyard funk comes, I even get a little sour character at this point. After the funk comes the black pepper spicyness. This is usually where the taste ends on most tripels, but I actually get a sweetness that lingers on along with the black pepper at the same time, almost like a nice banana/mango/coconut flavor. The alcohol contributes a little in the flavor profile at the very end.

The consistency is pretty nice, but the beer is definitely overcarbonated in my opinion. This detracts a bit from the mouthfeel and prevents a higher score here.

From an alcohol perspective, it's very well hidden. However I have to say the carbonation makes it a little harder to drink than I'd like. If it was less carbonated, this beer would have achieved a much higher rating from me. Still, a great beer since Flavor and Smell are the things that matter most of all to me.

Photo of SleepyMonk
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Chilled 33 cl bottle with a bottling date of May 2010 and poured into a sniffer glass.

Body is translucent with a bold honey-ish amber color. Moderate degree of hazing but no real noticeable amount of sediment.

The nose is very floral with strong hints of fresh citrus fruits and peels. Sweet honey aromas blend with soft malt and yeast notes. A certain amount of barnyard funk and terra forms a good solid background.

In the mouth this Triple throws out buckets full of citrus flavors, fresh cut juicy hops and warm malts. The initial citrus elements slowly fall away to release peppers and spicy notes.

Very well carbonated, moderate degree of weight in the body and a dry finish while the alcohol warms up.

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

330 ml bottle into chalice, bottled July 2010. Pours cloudy golden orange color with a huge 2-3 finger foamy off white head with fantastic retention that reduces to a thick cap that lasts. Some nice lacing clings to the glass, with plenty of carbonation streaming up retaining the head nicely. Aromas of big lemon, orange peel, pepper, apple, grape, apricot, banana, candi sugar, bready grain, and spicy yeast. Very nice and well balanced aromas with good complexity. Taste of big lemon, apple, grape, apricot, pepper, banana, clove, candi sugar, biscuit, tart grain, and yeast spices. Lingering notes of apricot, lemon, pepper, clove, biscuit, yeast spices, and tart grain on the finish for a while. Nice balance of flavor with nice complexity. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a nice creamy and slightly slick mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming after the finish. Overall this is an excellent, complex, and well balanced Tripel. I would have this one again.

Photo of stakem
4.15/5  rDev 0%
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.

De Dolle Dulle Teve (Mad Bitch) from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
92 out of 100 based on 728 ratings.