De Dolle Dulle Teve (Mad Bitch) - Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
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1.68/5 rDev -59.5%
Got this at Dranken Geers in Gent.
From a bottle into a tulip.
APPEARANCE: A very careful two part pour still produces a huge four finger, fluffy white, relentless head. Golden yellow in color and lots of carbonation evident. Head eventually fades to a thick foam cap that remains the whole way, leaving lots of chunky lacing. Looks decent, but the head is just out of control.
SMELL: A cross between a triple and a strong pale ale. Pale and toasted malts, green fruits, apples and pears, as well as lots of spicy notes. Pretty interesting.
TASTE: Just too hot. Some sweet and pale malts up front, but that's soon washed away by an onslaught of spicy booze. A slightly bitter aftertaste is mild and gone, but the spicy booze dominates the finish on this one. Lots of alcohol presence in this one; just too hot.
PALATE: Thin and airy. Out-of-control carbonation dominates. When the airy carbonation is combined with the overwhelming alcohol presence, the brew burns badly on the way down, scraping your throat the whole way. Not enjoyable. Give you the burps as well.
OVERALL: Not impressed. Far too carbonated, alcoholic, and completely out of control. The bad alcohol burn and thin, airy body made this one a total chore to drink. The brew calmed down a little after about an hour in my glass, but there are too many better, smoother triples out there to worry about this one again. Pass.
07-20-2010 08:21:37 | More by Jeffo
1.88/5 rDev -54.7%
Sour funky, hops, and somewhat sweet. It smells like a wine or something which is a nice way of saying this isn't pleasant.
Golden honey straw colored. This is a touch on the darker side than most of this style but we are only talking a hue or so. Crazy carbonation, and long lasting 2 finger head.
Alcohol is pretty dominate in this. A lot of hops. A lot of Belgium yeast. The malt is clean and sweet.
Very dry and crazy carbonated. It also doesn't hide the 10% at all. The beer would be drinkable (very) without the alcohol kick. The mouth is too carbonated but this isn't bad there.
I really don't what else to say. It's somewhat sour, bitter, and has enough malt to somewhat tame this. It isn't bad. It isn't good. I have to say I've had better Triplels and I am not a huge fan of them to start with.
10-09-2010 21:30:27 | More by bobhits
2.03/5 rDev -51.1%
11.2 oz. bottle.
Appearance: This beer poured a golden orange that became hazy after some of the yeast sediment was added. The white head was coarse and fizzy and rose up easily to well over two fingers. It disappeared quickly and settled into a thin layer of bubbles on top of the brew. There was some light lacing.
Smell: Spicy alcohol and sharp, white grapes made up the bulk of the aroma. Light roasted malt lay underneath with a little bit of old, musty wood. After a shot of the yeast was added, the aroma became unpleasantly sour.
Mouthfeel: Light- to medium-bodied and slightly coating. Carbonation was strong but not harsh.
Taste: Sour yeast and vinous white grapes came through upfront. The finish was all strong, yet spicy alcohol, combined with a dry astingency that was in no way enjoyable. There was some old wood and sweet, light fruits underneath all of this, but they were mild and didn't detract from the other unpleasant flavors.
Harsh and to be avoided in the future.
07-12-2005 22:42:37 | More by Quaffer
2.7/5 rDev -34.9%
Serving Type: Standard Bottle
Appearance: Cloudy Orange colour w/ a light white head the lingers around the edges.
Smell: Strong on fruit. Pineapple, peach, lemon...touch of spice. Very nice
Taste: Apricots, pineapple, ends w/ a dry like taste that's hoppy.
Mouthfeel: A bit over the top carbonation leaves this medium drink a little lacking
Drinkability: Not sure....the sweetness in it throws me off. I enjoy juice, I really do....not sure how I like it in my beer though
Edit: Upon further drinking the beer....I'm finding myself enjoying the drink a bit more. The taste still not be my cup of tea, but it is still drinkable.
08-20-2007 23:34:10 | More by livingregret
2.75/5 rDev -33.7%
11.2oz bottle on the Winking Lizard Beer Tour. Poured into a nice small glass, I poured in 3/4's and then topped off the last bit with the yeast.
Looks great, cloudy and golden. White head that sticks and doesn't flinch for a second during the whole affair.
Sweet candied sugar and Belgian yeast in the nose. Some impressions of orange and pear and some noticeable alcohol.
Falls completely apart in my mouth. It starts nice enough with some light sweet malt and yeasty flavors. Then the alcohol ruins everything. This is a freaking mess. An unbalance hot bomb. A hot mess, very disappointed in how the alcohol takes over.
Mouthfeel is OK, decent lively carb and significant body.
Drinkability is sub-par. This was just too freaking hot. Maybe, just maybe, I'd try a bottle that's at least 3-4 years old. But this beer just doesn't cut it for me, and I love a good tripel.
04-10-2010 18:52:24 | More by jampics2
2.88/5 rDev -30.6%
This is huge head, I am always amazed at how they can do this!
The bubbles are so tightly packed it looks like whipped cream. Cloudy with a color like toffee.
The aroma is spicy mostly like cloves, sweet and yeasty also.
Overpowering phenols and clove, whoa! Too much of a plantain flavor.
Plenty of mouthfeel and the carbonation fills my mouth.
Over the top on all counts and not very balanced in my opinion, nonetheless thanks to Biglove for the opportunity.
12-07-2005 00:02:28 | More by Chadbrew
3/5 rDev -27.7%
well, there is a ton of yeast floating around in here. it must be, because i'm pretty sure i cleaned the glass very well. the head got huge with an unaggressive pour. a cloudy golden color, with a white thick head. the beer's appearance gives off the impression that its still alive. wow i just poured the rest into the glass, these are chunks of yeast in there. i'm not sure if i'm gonna like that. hopefully i dont feel any grittiness, because that'll suck.
when i put my nose to it, i get the aroma of a champagne or wine. grapes and apple, some alcohol aroma.
hmm, this is an age-able beer, and the place i bought it from definitely handles their beer correctly. maybe i just don't like it. the amount of visible yeast is way too much. and i can't really describe the taste too well. sweet and bitter. the beer went from initially being a clear golden color, to a color that is completely cloudy, i can no longer see through it.
considering this beer has a great reputation, and i paid about $5.50 for it, i'm disappointed. i'm gonna take the next 5 minutes considering making it my first drain pour. maybe one day i'll revisit this brew and have a better experience.
04-01-2010 23:27:35 | More by JordonHoltzman
United Kingdom (England)
3.03/5 rDev -27%
Appearance: Hazy amber colored. Minimal non-lacing, stark white head.
Smell: Lemony, estery. best part of this beer.
Taste: No enough sweetness or crispness for me. too much bitterness. Finishes roasted malty flavors and not esters. Complex but not in the style.
Mouthfeel: Heavy. Hot in the end. have to sip this one.
Overall: Average at best. There are better tripels out there.
11-09-2011 22:05:29 | More by Squelch
3.18/5 rDev -23.4%
Bottle poured into straight glass...
APPEARANCE: Very promising... an amber champagne color, with a monstrous head...
SMELL: Classic tripel - dry apples and spice, this one not extremely complex, but straightforward.
TASTE: Candy apples, very appealing, but whoa - the alcohol flavor is intense... tripel is one of my favorite styles, but honestly, by the time I was halfway through this one, I was ready for it to be gone because of the strong alcohol flavors...
MOUTHFEEL: Great - light and bubbly.
DRINKABILITY: Couldn't handle the alcohol flavor. I love big beers, but this one doesn't hide the alcohol at all...
11-07-2007 22:14:53 | More by debaniel
3.23/5 rDev -22.2%
Appearance: amber, a bit chunky (really loose sediment that was lifted into solution by the carbonation after I popped the cap), thick spongey layer of white foam with great head retention, some lace
Aroma: strong peary alcohol with a sour milk undercurrent, yeast, hint of bubblegum and maple syrup
Flavor: big double-punch of peppery alcohol and sugary sweetness; vitaminy yeast taste and a touch of sherry-like oxidation; a vegetal, throaty bitterness; finishes semisweet with a lingering alcohol bite
Mouthfeel: medium-full body, vigorous carbonation, lots of alcohol warmth
Other comments: This is a re-review of the beer using a bottle of it (purchased at the brewery) that I have been storing since 2004. Interesting to see how the age has affeced it. Compare this review to my first one:
The distinctive De Dolle "funk" is more pronounced, but it seems like the alcohol has almost completely taken over, which is interesting. Usually the alcohol mellows out with age. This beer is definitely better when it's fresher.
05-07-2007 12:51:46 | More by GreenCard
3.23/5 rDev -22.2%
11.2 oz bottle from Abe's in Bethlehem for $4 or so. I've wanted to try this one for a while and it was the first time I saw it at Abe's so i grabbed on up. Poured into a tulip glass.
I let this beer warm a bit before opening, perhaps a bit too much because as soon as I tried to take the bottle cap off beer came shooting out from under the lid. It made a little mess but I did manage to get most of it in the glass. The beer was a cloudy golden amber color, a bit darker than i expected, big white head that recedes quickly and left no lacing. Disappointment.
Smell was very belgian, somewhat aggresive sweetness from the yeast, partially hidden booze, not funky but definately fruity.
Taste was sweet, somewhat heavy bite from the carbonation that is left, more booze than i appreciate though this is understandable at 10%.
Mouthfeel is thin, maybe a bit watery but at least it isn't heavy.
Drinkability is limited by the prominence of the alcohol and the disheartening sight of a glass of beer with absolutely no head and no lacing. It just looked dead in the glass. From other reviews of this it is clear that a lot of people have enjoyed this beer and will continue to enjoy it, but it was certainly a disappointment for me.
08-02-2008 15:32:24 | More by wheelinshirt
3.25/5 rDev -21.7%
.33cl bottle into Westmalle goblet in Antwerp, Belgium. Reviewed live.
A: Four finger head of soft delicate cream, great cream, and brilliant retention for the ABV. Hazy yellow colour.
Sm: Souring hops and lemon citrus esters. A moderate strength scent.
T: Amber hops, slight souring hop climax. Full barley foundation. The souring hops mix with the amber hops to form a hoppy beer that is rather complex. Balanced well but not built fantastically.
Mf: Smooth and wet with some coarseness on the climax. Suits the flavours of the body.
Dr: High ABV, easy enough drinking, but not exemplary quality. High pricing by Belgian standards. This beer is mostly hype.
06-24-2011 21:55:40 | More by kojevergas
3.25/5 rDev -21.7%
Thanks to biglove for the trade sample. Pours a hazy,somewhat darker then average golden color. Big head that slowly receedes. Yeasty and phenolic aroma. Flavor is very astringent and phenolic. A ton of spice in there-especially black pepper. Almost too much for me. Good enough mouthfeel-the high carbonation level makes it quite lively on the tongue. Overall I only find this to be an average triple. Too spicy in my opinion and the spices that are there are just overpowering.
08-13-2005 01:18:10 | More by lackenhauser
3.28/5 rDev -21%
I bought this one after reading some wonderfull reviews. I already drank this beer before, but I could not remember what it was like.
It pours an orange colour with a steady lacing and enough carbonation to keep the head going.
Smell was rather unpleasant, iron all over the place, mild oxidation (sherry?) and higher alcohols reminding me of green apples. There was also some caramel after all these tastes.
Taste was different, no sign of the oxidation (if there was any at all) and the iron taste was not present. First impression was good, an alcoholic firm beer with higher alcohols, ripe banana's and a bitter, dry aftertaste. There is also some acidity in the aftertaste, but that is really in the back. Second impression was that the beer is more or less out of balance, there is too much alcohol to really be drinkable, so I cannot rate this as high as my colleague reviewers. Too bad, because I had high expectations from the Dolle Brouwers!
04-16-2006 21:13:45 | More by Absumaster
3.35/5 rDev -19.3%
A - Clear amber color with orange coming through. Big head with chunky lacing at the top.
S - Nice yeast, a lot of dark fruits in this, I get a significant amount of figs, raisins, etc. A little hoppy in a good way.
T - Sweet and fruity. The figs come through exceptionally strong, it's a little too sweet and fruity for me. It overpowers the yeast, which I feel is a bit lost in this one. Not bad, but not great.
M - Nice and syrupy, but with carbonation to give it a nice kick.
D - Too sweet, fruity, and strong for me to do a whole lot of this.
01-03-2010 02:02:29 | More by AgentZero
3.35/5 rDev -19.3%
Poured from an 11.6 oz bottle into a snifter, the Dolle Teve is a hazy pale yellow, with lots of bubbles and a huge, frothy white head, which keeps rising out of the glass as it settles, holding firm and tight, leaving foamy lace.
The aroma is heavy on the green apple and pear, sugar with some vinegar, band-aid like phenols and movie popcorn.
The taste is pretty rich, heavier on the sugar and caramel then the color beguiles, spicy plastic phenols, alcohol, with citrus tropical fruit, candi and bubblegum.
The mouthfeel is super carbonated and foamy, medium to heavy bodied for a tripel.
Tasty, yet rich enough to help you keep the speed in check, and lacking the digestibility I look for in the style. Honestly, I'd have guessed this was from the U.S. in blind tasting, it's best attribute is that, while heavy tasting, doesn't drink at 10%
08-23-2007 01:13:42 | More by ccrida
3.35/5 rDev -19.3%
Reviewed on 4/25/08. Bottle. Pours a cloudy dark golden color with a thick white head that persists. Aroma of light fruit. Flavor of light fruits, gumdrops, rind, spices. Initial sip is nice and fruity, but the swallow's got some bite! A heavy tripel, really warms your mouth. One of the better tripels I've had, although I'm not particularly a fan of the style.
12-02-2008 21:08:17 | More by LilBeerDoctor
De Dolle Dulle Teve (Mad Bitch) from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
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