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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
93
outstanding

715 Ratings
THE BROS
94
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Ratings: 715
Reviews: 416
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.36%
Wants: 43
Gots: 39 | FT: 1
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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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Photo of russpowell
4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

11.2 oz bottle: This bitch was mad, despite a pretty careful "belgian pour", the 4 fingers+ head was trying to over the glasss & crawl out the bottle!
Amber in color with quite a few floaties ( I could've been a little gentler, if I wasn't so cocky). The white head was fluffy & egg to offwhite in color. Insane lacing & head retention

Smell: Big cidery fruitty notes, later, lemon

Taste: Peppery spiciness accompanied by cider like notes & "old" hop taste, followed by hints of leather. Some peach notes a she warms, along with some slight bitterness & lemon. Finoshes with apple-like notes, dry notes

MF: Very champaigne (sp?)-like. Tons of effervescence& medium body

Super drinkable for the strength. I'm not a huge fan of tripples, but I love the mad brewers & this is easily one of the best tripples I've had period. May not be yeasty enough for some

Photo of jtingue
4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Slowly poured into a Rochefort goblet

A- Pours a cloudy amber, with a finger of head that reaches right to the brim of the goblet. Carbonation is evident in the many streams of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass.

S- Excellent... Tart granny smith apples dominate the nose. There is, however, an undertone of cloves from the yeast.

T- The tartness detected in the nose is equally as present in the taste. The flavor is reminiscent of green or white grapes with a dryness often found in wine. There is also a balancing and light sweetness throughout.The lingering finish is both dry and spicy.

M-The mouthfeel is simply the best part of this beer. Upon contact with the palate the beer foams and coats the whole mouth, distributing the flavor evenly. One of the few beers I have had that has a champagne like effervescence.

Probably my favorite tripel that I have had so far. Noted: the head retention has remained excellent throughout the whole session.

Photo of GClarkage
4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

5/23/06- Purchased at Ledger’s Liquors in Berkeley, CA.

Presentation- 750ml bottle. Capped and corked. No dating, but have had in the cellar for about a year. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Dark golden and clouded pour. Cork pops with vengeance. Very slow pour reveals a full one inch head. Remains a ½ inch all the way to the end. Spotty, streaky and patchy lace. Very nice.

Smell- Bring da funk! I can smell this guy…..or shall I say, bitch, from across the room. The top of the cork smells of vinegar, which scared me a bit. But, after the cork popped, a really strong rancid hay, urine and rotted lemon scent comes a’ callin. White pepper and other can’t figure out spices follow.

Taste- Spicy……ummm, did I say spicy? Buckets of white pepper, corriander and dry, almost a lightly fruited sauvignon blanc flavor. Very dry and vinous-like. Tastes like a lemon that has been rotting in the compsot pile for a good two or three days. Meaning this is a funky tasting lemon beer. This is very reminiscent of Fantome Saison. Lots of stuff going on, tasty and a beer that you say….what the hell? to.

Mouthfeel- Turbo charged carbonation. Not gassy carbonation…but intense stinging sharp bubbles. Very dry and wine-like.

Drinkability- This flavor hits home as more of a saison than a tripel. This is one of the better beers I have had no matter what style, period. If it had a bit more sweetness, like most tripels, this one would be off the chart. Terrific brew and highly recommended.

Photo of HiroProtagonist
4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It is common at my local beer store to find, with some digging, older bottles with lower prices from days gone by stuck in back of the newer product. This comes in handy if you are looking for an aged bottle, or just a lower price. Digging into the very back of the Dulle Teve row in the cooler I happened across a partially moldy bottle that was $2 less than the front ones...bingo. Had it been there for months...years? No dates on the bottle. After cleaning some black crud from around the cap, I poured the nectar inside into my Duvel tulip. The beer was a hazed/cloudy vibrant golden-yellow-orange color, and was topped by a billowing tower of off-white head, which slowly settled down into a nice hilly blanket form. The nose was wonderful, with notes of fresh sweet/tart granny smith apples, intermingled with aromas of pineapple, citrus zest, stalks of lemongrass, and ancient mustiness. This was liberally accented with smooth coriander and a spicy hops. The moldy exterior was not detrimental to its taste either. I experienced potent honey/mead-like malts that warmed the throat while releasing excellent gewurtztraminner-grape flavors and notes of pineapple and cinnamon-clove-musty spices. The finish presented a nice pop of spiced dessert wine flavors and an excellent spicy bitter hoppiness. Alcohol was evident here but it melded perfectly with the flavors throughout. The body was creamy, smooth, silky, and a bit fluffy...working extremely well for the flavors and character of the beer. This tripel was a vibrant, delicous, and masterfully balanced flavor monster. This mad bitch is quite loveable, despite being a little unattractive on the outside!

Photo of czfreeman
4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Mad Bitch pours out an golden-opaque yeasty haze color. Head is a billowing storm cloud of foam.
Aromas are huge... immediatley I get spiced apple cider, meads, nutmegs, clove, peach, d'anjou pears with caramalized cinnamon bread-like finish.
Holy Shit...I just sipped it..my god this is delicious. Cloying, spicy-sweet. Its like the best cup of spiced-spiked cider you've ever drank only a hell of a lot better. This is simply delicious.Its a liquid profile of the aromas. Alcohol is hidden by the complexity of this mouthfull of spicy goodness.I cannot go on enough about this, this is so good that a I cannot believe that 10%abv is hidden this well. It simply dissapears in the complexity of this beer.
I have just had my tastiest triple to date. I absolutley cannot wait to try another brew by this Brewery.

Photo of TripelHunter
4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My favourite Tripel so far. Very full. Very complex. Rich, and strong. Smooth yet distinct. Slightly fruity. A lack of it's own glass is disappointing, but the bottle's label rather makes up for that.

I find it to be quite similar to Straffe Hendrik (another favourite of mine).

Photo of CWiggins
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
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!

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

Photo of IceAce
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

Photo of tendermorsel
4.68/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

Photo of oglmcdgl
4.68/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

Photo of jtierney89
4.65/5  rDev +12%
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.

Photo of corby112
4.65/5  rDev +12%
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.

Photo of dgallina
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
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!

Photo of calsbeek
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Photo of rye726
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Photo of AylwinForbes
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Photo of DaggerEyes
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
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

Photo of Westsidethreat
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
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

Photo of endovelico
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%

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.

Photo of haz77
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Photo of RuudJH
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Photo of flagmantho
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Photo of dave750
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy blond in color with a steady stream of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass to form a huge, thick, rocky white head that lasts for the entire glass. The aroma was a little disappointing. Citrus and straw with a hint of malt coming in late, but it was very weak.
A bold chocolate, caramel and roasted malt initial taste contiues to the end. Sharp, slightly bitter hops and grain join in at mid-taste and remain to finish. Mint and a nice alcohol warmth emerge as the flavor fades. Tastes of orange, coffee, and cedar blend in and out from mid-taste on. Medium thickness with excellent carbonation and balance.
A complex and ever-changing flavor. Incredibly smooth and easy drinking. Agreat beer.

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
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!

De Dolle Dulle Teve (Mad Bitch) from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
93 out of 100 based on 715 ratings.