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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

677 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 677
Reviews: 413
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.36%
Wants: 38
Gots: 39 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: pezoids on 09-06-2001)
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Quej

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev -1.2%

A - The beer is a beautiful dark orange, dark for a tripel, with lots of cloudy yeast particles and active carbonation. A large fluffy white head emerges and crowns this great looking beer.

S - Strong smells of bitter apple cider and peach nectar are first noticed, continued throughout with the sting of alcohol and the spicy twang of belgian yeasts.

T - At first taste, it is very sweet and fruity, enhanced by the thick head. The sweet malts are balanced well by the light zingy carbonation. Flavours of honey, apple pie with cloves, and other light fruits are at the centers of this beer, which are once again followed by the taste of alcohol which increases as it warms. The beer finishes dry and quick, but the alcohol lingers and warms.

M - The beer is light on the palate and very refreshing due to the high carbonation, but is a little rough from the alcohol.

D - I think I could have a few of these, but not a beer I could stick with all night. Sessionability is once again low due to high alcohol content and complexity of flavours which ought to be enjoyed thoroughly and slowly.

07-27-2007 01:23:53 | More by Quej
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waughbrew

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev -1.2%

Hazy peach. Turbulent - little yeast chunks caught up in the cyclone. Hugemongous eggshell head never subsides. Smells very faint, alcohol and nutmeg with a bit of almond and herbal dust. Flavor starts as sweet honey and slowly evolves into a leafy, peppery dryness. Wonderfully balanced and so silky smooth.

12-10-2004 03:42:33 | More by waughbrew
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JBogan

Nevada

4.1/5  rDev -1.2%

Pours a honey color with a massive amount of frenzied bubbles (like a mad bitch perhaps?) which continuously feed a creamy white head which grows and grows. Beautiful beer.

The aroma is yeasty with some citrus and anise along with what I picked up as a hint of butterscotch.

Taste follows the smell, although the alcohol shows up too. Very warming and complex, especially as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel was excellent. Very smooth and somewhat creamy, with a thick body and perfect amount of carbonation.

This is a very fine Belgian Tripel. It's a beer for sipping and relaxing with, not for chugging. This is one mad bitch I wouldn't mind meeting again.

02-01-2009 23:01:06 | More by JBogan
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Urbancaver

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev -1.2%

Bottle of an unknown vintage
750
Thanks brad for this one...
Pours a murky hazy yellow orange. Lots of nice white head. Looks pretty light for a triple. Smells odd. Fuity, light, sweet. Tastes a touch raisiny and oxidized. Sweet fruits, very unusual flavours. Very interesting taste. Highly carbonted. Overall great mouthfeel. Very interesting beer.

10-08-2011 16:01:01 | More by Urbancaver
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GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev -1.2%

The beer poured pale golen with a slight haze and few chunkies from the bottom. The head was white and long lasting and could not wait to form as soon as the bottle was opened. It laced the glass.

The aroma was fruity with pineapple and Belgian yeast spice. Peppery spice was also precent, and a sweetness.

The flavor was peppery with citrusy bitterness of orange and lemon. The bitterness was very present and mainly from the hopping of the beer. The sweetness in the aroma did not manifest itself in the flavor.

The finish was dry and slightly bitter with hints of lemon and pepper spice lasting into the aftertaste. The body was medium but the carbonation made it seem a bit lighter.

11.2 ounce bottle. A nice beer, with quite a few things going on, but missing a bit of complexity.

08-21-2004 22:13:23 | More by GCBrewingCo
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walleye

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev -1.2%

from the bottle. poured acloudy copper with lots of bubbles and a large fluffy white head and a ton of lacing. aroma, spicey coriander, gloves, lemon, orange, yeast, some sweetness. flavor, cinnamon, orange zest, gloves, bready, hops, sweet as it warms alcohol came out nicely. good beer

04-25-2006 23:50:14 | More by walleye
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tmoneyba

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev -1.2%

Bottle from Rivers Bend.

Poured hazy orange color with a huge frothy head that lasted with excellent lacing. Complex spicy fruit and yeasty aroma. Medium body with a sticky texture. Medium fruity balanced flavor with a medium sweet finish of long duration with a small alcohol bite.

This is a standout beer.

01-30-2009 01:05:08 | More by tmoneyba
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avalon07

South Carolina

4.08/5  rDev -1.7%

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had an amber color and a thick consistency. Lots of foamy, long-lasting head and very good lacing.

S: A nicely done smell, with fruit, malt, Belgian yeast and a bit of hops appearing.

T: While I could still taste the alcohol, it wasn't as powerful as I would've thought. Well balanced taste of pears, malt, yeast and hops.

M: Typically high (for Belgian beer) carbonation rate and a smooth finish. Full-bodied.

D: This is a very drinkable beer, especially if you like Belgians. Tasty, complex fairly easy to drink.

09-30-2008 12:38:00 | More by avalon07
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TheJollyHop

California

4.08/5  rDev -1.7%

Poured into a tulip glass; amber-brown hued and clear.

An Intense amount of carbonation. Literally hundreds of small bubbles were constantly renewing the head. I Had to take multiple sips over the span of five minutes just so the foam wouldn't fall over the outside of the glass. In regards to head retention; incredible.

Belgian yeast, honey and biscuits greet the nose first. Fresh white grapes and baked egg bread as well. Alcohol is prominent on the taste early on, exhibiting a spicy, biting, warming character towards the finish, but manages to not overwhelm the honey, peach, overripe fruit, and biscuit malt flavors. Slightly bitter, very dry alcoholic finish which balances the sweet front end. The carbonation makes the beer feel soft and airy on the tongue (meringue), which makes this beer deceptively light for such a powerful beer.

There is also a lingering yeasty, bread flavor that is also slightly powdery, which dries the tongue a bit. Interestingly as the beer warms, the peppery alcohol prominence goes from too excessive to balanced. A well made Tripel indeed.

01-27-2011 02:02:22 | More by TheJollyHop
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Fugazme

Nebraska

4.08/5  rDev -1.7%

A cloudy, orangish yellow... nice bright, white head about 1/2" inch... settles quickly to a nice cap... great swirl... just a great looking, uniform, is-what-it-is beer.

Aroma is strong on fruit...peachy... pineapple... subtle alcohol... touch of brown sugar... some slight herbaceous qualities with a bit of ginger...

Very carbonated... fills the mouth with every sip.

Taste is very good... lots of apricot and peach with big ginger middle... spicy ginger... and then a dry finish with hints of sweet honey... odd, but in a good way.

Great beer... will visit again...

08-20-2007 05:55:58 | More by Fugazme
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JohnQVegas

Tennessee

4.08/5  rDev -1.7%

Bottle.

Pours hazy dark gold, with a big, soft white head.

Nose is honey, pears, yeast, alcohol.

Taste is sweet, candy sugar with rich ripe fruit, with a spicy, yeasty finish with a restrained hop bitterness balancing out the sweetness, and more alcohol.

Palate is crisp carbonation, with a nice syrupy, heavy body. Delicious beer.

03-15-2009 13:18:29 | More by JohnQVegas
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nomad

Kansas

4.08/5  rDev -1.7%

This beer had just unnatural amounts of head, like four inches worth exploding out of the glass. Color was a perfect oranged gold, transparent, with tons of miniscule carbonation flowing up fast. The head fell to a mountainous landscape but was slow as hell to come down.

Smell was of sugar, wheat, vanilla, flour with a honey jar sitting open nearby, and a sweet medicinal ester presence. The heavy belgian tripel yeast appears very active in this one, for its character wrapped itself around everything. Lastly, a hop-based fruit presence came through late.

Taste was so sweet at first, and then slowly a second wave creeped down my tongue, and its so hoppy, so tangy, so ginger, and very sharp. This is a tripel with some aggression, definitely a mad bitch. Has a long tangy-bitter hops finish, so much so that it tasted like a bite into a kicking hop. Mouthfeel was as drying as an oven.

Half tripel half artisanal strong pale ale, this was some whole other s#@t. A fine classic Belgian beer with Stone aggression and impact.

06-14-2003 09:50:04 | More by nomad
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atomeyes

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev -2.4%

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

09-30-2011 23:18:52 | More by atomeyes
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faernt

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -2.4%

I've rediscovered this brewery and am I glad. The range is delightful. I look forward to reacquainting myself with them all. This one barely fits into the chalice I chose to pour it in. It normally takes 12 oz easily but this one is 11.2 oz and I had to coax it in. The head is sculpture. The nose is vinous and the taste is sweet changing to bitter. The mouthfeel is fullbodied with the head trying to stick to my nose and upper lip.

This is a food beer. It's as rough as a DuPont Saison looking for a good piece of salmon. Try it with something peppery and broiled. It's strong and drinkable. It's only drawback is that it's not quite as good as some other DeDolle offerings. Boo Hoo it's still worth my time. Some beer is just better than others.

02.17.08

I'm back to this one...It's up against boneless pork rib meat and fries from Dos Amigos in the neighborhood. I put a dry rub on the meat. It's a good rub with no brown sugar. No rub planning on being on the heat for a long time should have any sugar in it. This rub has Smoked Spanish Paprika and celery salt in it. It came off the Weber just now. (If you care I'll share the recipe.) The beer works with the food.

The mouthfeel is medium. The flavor is OK with the ribs and that is quite a challenge. The tartness competes with the flavor of the meat. The medium body.... it works. Thanks to the family for continuing to brew.

05-23-2004 00:27:17 | More by faernt
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jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev -2.4%

Bottled July 2011.

Beer is an orange-hued caramel amber. Caramel in colour. A gentle pour results in a fairly large white head, very frothy and active. Starts to shrink quickly but a decent sized portion remains for a fair while.

Smell is strong, very nice and characteristically tripel. Creamy and full of light fruit with some spice. Banana, peach, apricot, some bready malt in the back. Quite sweet.

The fruit is there in the taste - banana the most prominent for me - and the bready malt flavours are more prominent. Alcohol is quite noticeable, a little bit too much. Nice spicy flavours, though I cannot pick out particular spices. Fairly complex and quite good, but the alcohol gets in the way a bit.

Full bodied, but not heavy. Moderate to high carbonation. Alcohol heat affects the feel somewhat.

Overall. a very nice tripel but not one of the best. If the alcohol was toned down just a bit this could be fantastic.

10-29-2011 19:21:29 | More by jrenihan
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.05/5  rDev -2.4%

Pours a murky yellow-brown with a foamy beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Small chunks of sediment are seen floating around in the beer after the pour. Smell is of malt, honey, fruit, and yeast aromas. Taste is much the same with earthy malt and fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of yeast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and prickly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that has flavors that are a bit more earthy than the smell would indicate.

11-30-2013 06:50:32 | More by UCLABrewN84
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brew3crew

Ohio

4.05/5  rDev -2.4%

Tasting at Jackie O's. Thanks brad aka ajsdad. 750 ml bottle. Vintage unknown

A-hazy yellow body with a white head that sticks around

S-weird noee. I'm told its pear, but jot a pear I have smelled before

T-really funky. Dried pears that finish really smooth. Very pleasant

M-medium body and smooth

O-gets better as time goes on. Very nice

10-08-2011 15:55:39 | More by brew3crew
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clayrock81

Virginia

4.05/5  rDev -2.4%

Pours a translucent reddish orange with a rather too large frothy head that takes forever to die and leaves lace patches. A great aroma of some fruity esters that vary on grape, cherry, plush tropical fruits and a orange/citric twang and maybe pear). Yeast aroma is prevelant as aroma overall is not too boozy and there are some sweet malt and spicy notes in nose as well. A light body with some stickiness yet still flows past the tongue with ease. A beer with a touch of spicy pepper and a little alcohol, there is a somewhat vinous taste of apple, pear, and grapeskin (with possible figs or raisins in the beer). Has a tart edge and is aided by some citric fruit/hop flavors like orange as well as a strong carbonation that prickles the tongue. A sturdy malt base in the backbone of the beer provides balance as some caramel and bread malt peek out. The beer finishes sharp and spicy due to flavorings and carbonation and is just a well-made beer that anyone should sip on.

12-27-2010 22:38:44 | More by clayrock81
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Jessefive

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -2.4%

This poured with a huge, billowing, big-bubbled head, which faded quickly to a dense coating. It was a cloudy, golden tan color. The aroma was wonderful. It had a coy, belgian aroma, slightly fruity, enticingly mild. The flavor was surprisingly bitter. Between the bitterness and the carbonation, there was a nice bite. There were flavors of oak, bread, raspberries, strawberries, citrus, pine, and dare I say, peanut. The bitterness lasted long into the finish. There was a strong alcohol burn. As it warmed the flavor mellowed a bit, but the bite was still there. Overall, this was a very tasty example of a beer I'm particularly fond of.

02-28-2007 20:25:41 | More by Jessefive
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billab914

Virginia

4.05/5  rDev -2.4%

Poured from a 330ml bottle into my Allagash glass. It poured a murky, orange amber color with a foamy white head filling the top two inches of the glass. Nice head retention as I drank it.

The aroma has a nice balance of lemony citrus, sweet, bready malts and an earthy Belgian yeast spice. Very nice aroma for the style.

The taste shows a little more of a tart, crisp fruitiness to it with some notes of apple and grape coming out. The belgian yeast spice shows through more in the finish along with a little lemony citrus.

The mouthfeel is a little heavier then average with carbonation being above average. Overall it was a pretty solid beer of the style. It was pretty balanced, flavorful and relatively easy drinking for the style.

01-02-2012 00:46:36 | More by billab914
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ElGordo

Oregon

4.03/5  rDev -2.9%

Poured from the 330ml bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. Body is a bright orange color with golden highlights, topped by a huge, creamy off-white head that sticks around for a while, leaving a ton of thick lacing on the glass. Tight, champagne-like bubbles keep coming from the bottom of the glass.
Aroma of lightly sweet malt, a hint of candi sugar, mildly spicy hops, and a good whiff of strong alcohol. Palate is muted compared to the aroma, with a mild malt character up front accented by some spices that assert themselves a bit more before the swallow. Notes of honey, clove and tarragon (?) precede the mostly sweet finish.
Body is bubbly and just a little sticky, but overall very pleasant. This is a very nice, strong version of a tripel. Be careful, because it doesn't go down very easily, but is a very nice slow sipper.

12-18-2008 06:23:35 | More by ElGordo
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -2.9%

A beautifully golden yellow, the haziness of it only served to magnify the shine it gave off. Some light sediment in the bottle, but that was from me, as I like it. A towering head of white foam at least four inches high,

Lots of grains here with a touch of yeast in the aroma. Light banana and lemon. touches of grass and even the slightest bit of grape. light, and full of flavor, light notes of yeast and wheat, some light fruit backed in as well. Nice hints of peach and a touch of wine like alcohol, but very light and more of a subtle nice surprise then anything else. The flavor was good, and at times effortless. The finish was dry; almost a champagne like dryness to it with a long lasting flavor of grass or wet hay, and you just had to go back for another sip when it was done.

05-30-2011 22:40:45 | More by mikesgroove
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largadeer

California

4.03/5  rDev -2.9%

Appearance: A bright and pale amber with the slightest haze. A careful pour produces 3 fingers of white foam, with excellent retention as one would expect from the style.

Smell: The aroma is big and fruity: green apple, lemon peel and banana. Slightly peppery beneath that.

Taste & mouthfeel: Tons of esters and phenols on display here, but with a greater hop presence to balance them. Banana, apple and lemon with an earthy bitterness underneath. Sweetness is moderate but it dries up quickly in the finish. The body is on the lighter side of medium. Carbonation is high, almost champagne-like.

06-05-2008 23:56:16 | More by largadeer
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FreshHawk

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -2.9%

A - A clouded, golden brown honey color. Small, foamy, white head that disappears instantly leaving no lacing behind.

S - Plenty of ripe golden fruit (apple, pear, melon, pineapple, tangerine, some peach and apricot). Some spice and Belgian yeast along with some candi sugar, honey, and a hint of vanilla.

T - Good amount of lighter malt and golden fruit (similar fruit smell to the smell), along with some sugar and vanilla. Mid-sip, more fruit comes out along with a fair amount of spice (clove, coriander, a touch of pepper, and a faint whisper of cinnamon and coriander. A touch of alcohol sneaks in, but it is very well hidden. Well balanced beer. Overall, slightly sweet but balanced.

M - Medium body with medium to low carbonation. Very smooth and creamy beer.

D - Good drinkability. Solid and balanced Tripel. Easy on the palate, but also quite stimulating to it.

Notes: Vintage 2009. Pretty good Trippel, but not necessarily my favorite. Well balanced and a solid offering of the style. Alcohol is well hidden and there is a good mix of flavors. It looks like I may have been unlucky and got a bottle with something wrong with the carbonation (no real head). Still fairly good offering though. Worth a try, but nothing special.

04-30-2010 01:42:10 | More by FreshHawk
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mntlover

Tennessee

4.03/5  rDev -2.9%

Pours a hazy light amber color with a big off white head that leaves some sticky lace on the glass. Nice looking brew.

Aroma is nice fruity malt some bready in nature too. Nice spice underneath the good malty aromas.

Taste is nice and malty with lots of fruits apples, pears, some tart currants hints of alcohol appearing in the flavor. Finish is lingering fruit with some nice spice clove some light pepper and earthy yeasts.

Mouthfeel is nice medium full good level of carbonation lightly zesty but not over done.

Drinkability is good a fine Tripel and an enjoyable beer. Want to thank babydoc and BCG BIF for this beer.

07-29-2006 20:08:06 | More by mntlover
De Dolle Dulle Teve (Mad Bitch) from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
92 out of 100 based on 677 ratings.