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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

660 Ratings
THE BROS
94
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Ratings: 660
Reviews: 411
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.6%
Wants: 36
Gots: 34 | FT: 0
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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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nomad

Kansas

4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

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

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

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

California

4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Ohio

4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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

Serving type: bottle

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

Virginia

4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Virginia

4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Oregon

4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

California

4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Tennessee

4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2006 20:08:06 | More by mntlover
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NewGeneric

California

4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this last night as part of a De Dolle session. Poured a gold color with frothy white head that faded very slowly and left tons of heavy lacing. Smelled of belgian yeast and fruit. Tasted like a bouquet of fruits and yeast. Fairly smooth, though slightly dry. Tasty and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2009 21:08:55 | More by NewGeneric
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RedHaze

Nebraska

4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle.

Pours a very cloudy golden with a massive four finger head that takes a good ten minutes to fade to a thick cap. The remaining foam leaves behind a ton of lace on the glass.

Snell; it took a while before I could get a goof whiff of this one with the huge head. Once it settles though there was a bunch of tropical fruits with pineapple, tangerine and peaches. There's also a pretty good malty backbone in here, and a bit of a spiciness form the yeast.

Taste; the fruits are very evident with the pineapples and peaches coming through the most, but there's a really nice earthy/herbal presence that I wasn't expecting. The sweet malts come through as caramel, sugar cookies and a little honey. The finish is a touch on the spicy side from the yeast and some alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a bit of a biting carbonation, and the drinkability is good. I bought my bottle several months ago, and it took me forever to get around to it because I was a little sick of tripels at the time. I'm glad I waited until now because I think I enjoyed more now than I would have when I purchased it.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2007 01:57:17 | More by RedHaze
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StJamesGate

New York

4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark clear amber with mountains of white froth that settles to a stiff rocky pana thick head that's just not moving. Nose is wax, lemon peel, candied pears and fresh vegetal note like celery or green apple skin. Burnt sugar up front with a bit of tangerine or cantaloupe, some mashed bananas in the middle and a bit of bubble gum, and coriander, ginger and some (American?) citrus hops at the end. Earthy hop finish, stinging leave. Medium, chewy, prickly, and fairly hot.

It's big, and takes a few sips to get your head around. Obviously not shy or subtle at 10%, but within that craft assertiveness/individuality, still keeps complexity. Spice is the key note early but fruit opens as it warms. There's a notable absence of phenol.

Bold, different, quality tripel.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2010 19:01:36 | More by StJamesGate
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BrewMaster

California

4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 330 ml (11.2 oz) bottle purchased at BevMo San Mateo for $4.99. No freshness markings on it. The beer pours a hazy orange with an intense head. The head is fluffy and creamy with unending retention. The head is tight and stays together in a nice smooth layer leaving beautiful lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell: Apple, chardonnay white wine, sweet and very malty. Some light spiciness of white pepper. Sweet white grape juice round the nose out.

Taste: Mild fruitiness with no single fruit flavor standing out. Citrus and green apple a very subtle. The malt is spicy with pepper and clove with a sugary sweet flavor to go along with the spices. Notes of grass, hay and an alcohol warmth and spiciness.

Mouthfeel: This beer has lively carbonation and a medium body. A bit syrupy in texture but smooth with a lasting dryness left on the palate. My lips actually feel the spiciness and carbonation like I had eaten a jalapeno pepper.

Drinkability: This beer is potent and tasty. Unique flavors are very impressive and the beer is a nice warmer on a cool winter evening. Well rounded and impressively spicy.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2005 15:14:57 | More by BrewMaster
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in my DFH snifter. Poured a rusty orange-brown color (similar to farmstand apple cider). Dense, fluffy two-inch head with some effervescence present in the solution; excellent retention with lots of sticky lacing. Body was almost opaque, but some light penetration. Scents of yeast, light-skinned fruit, candy sugar and a lingering tartness in the back of the sinuses. Some complexity in the mouth. I still can't quite tease out the fruit flavors, but there is a really nice balance between the fruit, spice (clove & coriander), sweetness (candy sugar & honey) and alcohol character. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, warming and pretty smooth considering the head. Drinkability is quite good for a tripel; alcohol is well-hidden, and the harmony of flavors makes this a really pleasant brew to sit back and savor.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2008 00:07:33 | More by Jwale73
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SheepNutz

Kentucky

4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a deep gold color with four fingers of head that just keep growing and growning. A very carbonated beer, it takes about 10 minutes just to pour the entire bottle. There is lots and lots of lace chunks left on the glass. The smell is sweet and fruity, with granny smith apples and lemon coming through. A little bit of spices linger. I'm waiting for the head to die down enough for me to get to the sweet liquid. Wait for it, wait for it. Ok, we're there. The taste is good and malty, with lots of fruity sweetness. Some citrus, like lime, but also some white grape. Not many hops in sight. Ends with a slight alcohol finish. The mouthfeel is fairly strong and heavy. The drinkability is pretty good for a 10% brew as well. A nice tripel.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2004 02:39:32 | More by SheepNutz
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PatandDavid

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a very tasty offering this week at Anam Cara. The pour was a cloudy goldenrod, topped with a frothy head that was reminiscent of whipped egg whites. The head died down a bit, but still stayed with me as I enjoyed this beer. I found the aroma spicey but muted, which I liked. Taste is also a bit spicey, with top citrus notes. I thought the beer had great full mouthfeel, with some slight bitterness in the finish. A well-made, very good example of the style. I new it was a big beer, and it hid that almost perfectly. Would get one again, but only one at a time.

Serving type: on-tap

03-27-2004 15:22:35 | More by PatandDavid
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ClockworkOrange

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 750ml bottle poured into my Duvel tulip. Purchased at Somerville Supersaver in NJ. Not sure on the age of this since I have not seen the 750's around in the US for quite some time. Appears a mildly cloudy muted golden yellow color with about two fingers of fluffy bone white head. A great pour. Notes of fruit such as green apples, pears, pineapple, black pepper, spicy yeast, sweet candi. This tripel drinks and finishes as dry as a desert with more than ample carbonation. Don't pass by this bitch.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2009 15:27:51 | More by ClockworkOrange
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Nerudamann

Oregon

4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter glass.

Look - amber in color and murky with a ton of off-white colored foam that dissipates slowly.

Smell - fairly hoppy smelling, but not with a distinct hop aroma. Fairly "floral" smelling. A little spicy smelling too.

Taste and Mouthfeel - fairly sweet and hoppy tasting. A bit like a trappist ale. Hop flavor isn't distinct, as it wasn't in the smell. Malts aren't terribly present, but they're there. Texture is fairly light and well-balanced.

Overall - a very good-tasting beer, with good complexity and subtlety.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2011 03:51:44 | More by Nerudamann
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counselor

Connecticut

4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

super looking tripel. thick, fluffy head that would not quit above a murkey,hazy golden amber beer. the aromas were well balanced yeast, malt, hop well balanced. I love de dolle yeast flavors, bright, thick & nutty. This beer tasted well balanced between the elements, good carbonation throughout. Elements of bread, spice, nuts, banana, pear, apple, clementine. All together another quality offering. I truly believe de dolle beers are great for introducing non BAs to flavorful origianl beers that do not overwhelm with overpowering oddball flavors. This beer does so as well

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2004 20:58:59 | More by counselor
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tbryan5

Louisiana

4/5  rDev -3.6%

04-05-2013 03:30:16 | More by tbryan5
De Dolle Dulle Teve (Mad Bitch) from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
92 out of 100 based on 660 ratings.