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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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Reviews: 426
Hads: 789
Avg: 4.14
pDev: 13.77%
Wants: 51
Gots: 57 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers visit their website

Style | ABV
Tripel |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: pezoids on 09-06-2001

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Photo of kojevergas
3.23/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

.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.

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Photo of Absumaster
3.24/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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!

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Photo of GreenCard
3.26/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.27/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of ccrida
3.36/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 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%

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.38/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.
7/4/6/4/14 (3.5/5)

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Photo of bskrtz
3.39/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

11.2 ounce bottle Served very cold, poued into wide glass beer challis

A) Yikes -- tons of sediment/floaties. These remain active for a few minutes, circulating through out the glass. Hazy brass or or dull gold when held to the light. Long lasting ample 1 inch white head

S) Spicy, sweet malts. A waft of alcohol, this is clearly strong stuff. Cider, citrus & ginger spice

T)Notes of apple, pear, brown sugar & sweet malt. After a moment, a burn that warms the throat all the way down.

M) Lively carbonation, smooth but strong. Refreshing.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.4/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.42/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy amber with a growing sudsy head.
Nose shows doughy yeast, candi sugar, light fruit (pears, white grapes) and soft phenols. Yeast really dominates here.
The flavours, unfortunately, are completely dominated by hot, solvent-like alcohol. Underneath is more doughy yeast.
Carbonation is way too high.

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Photo of erosier
3.43/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

L: Pours a thick and unfiltered golden yellow color with a thick and huge white colored head that laces the glass a lot as it fades very slowly down the sides.
S: Smells of sweet malts, big citrus aromas mixed with alcohol and yeast aromas.
T: Tastes of sweet malts followed by a lot of different yeast flavors of orange, lemon, banana, herbs and spices, and a slight alcohol flavoring as well.
M: Heavy feeling and tasting, perfect amount of carbonation, warming, rich.
D: Pretty drinkable since it has such a high abv, the mix of flavors was nice and fruity.

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Photo of ToolHead
3.46/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

33 cl bottle, served in Chimay goblet.
Pours w/ the typical Dolle Brouwers head, that is: massive, rocky and long-lived, much of the sediment not sinking through the head.
Cloudy dark gold w/ lots of sediment floating about. Highly aggressive, in-your-face taste dominated by hops and a good dose of yeast. Bitter and not for the faint of palate. A beer w/ tons of character.

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.47/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 10/2013. $6.00/11.2oz. Poured into a tulip.

A solid tripel. IF you like a super dry finish this might be a tripel for you, otherwise a slight above average beer. 3.5

A – Pours a cloudy (-) orange amber, with a white two-finger dense mousey head that dissipates to a thin layer. Great Belgian lacing. 3

S – Spicy followed by some fruity notes. 3.5

T – Yeasty with some herbal hoppiness. 3.5

MF – Medium-light body with a real dry finish. Clean, fizzy, sharp. 3.5

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.48/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330 mL bottle without a vintage/freshness date. Pours a lightly hazed gold color with a massive soapy cap of off-white head. Fades slowly and leaves chunks of foam all over the place. Good looking beer.

Nose is grainy, alcoholic and a little bit like cream soda. Fruits galore.

Taste is hugely fruity and vinous, loads of alcohol. Too big for its own good? Maybe. The body is rich, but the malts light..which leaves alcohol and yeasty phenols picking up the slack. A little overcarbonated, but a few hard swirls fix that pretty quick. Yeast really throws its weight around here, I dont know if I have ever had a fruitier, yeast driven beer before. Interesting beer, but I dont think I would buy it again.

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Photo of WhiteOak
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a brownish-yellow color with copious, sticky lace. Even with careful pouring, large amounts of sediment particles make their way into the glass.

S- Strong aroma of 20 year tawny Port, Sauternes, sweet white dessert wine, golden raisins, dried light fruits, licorice.

T- Tawny port, Sauternes, apricots, honey.

M, D- A touch of sticky-sweet viscosity followed by a hot ethanol finish might tend to moderate the drinkability a bit.

Note: I have opened many a gusher, but even with careful handling coming straight off the storage rack, this beer simply exploded unexpectedly upon opening, soaking my entire left side, part of the kitchen and two friends standing nearby. The spray shot outward for 3-4 feet in all directions, leaving only about 4-5 ounces to drink -- the rest on the floor or in the laundry. Mad Bitch indeed.

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Photo of cerevisiaephilus
3.52/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Ok looking beer. I got the last bit of the bottle so mine is fairly yeasty, but I can see the color is very nice as is the head. Nice fine bubbles that mound up above the etched 'bubble making D' in my Duvel glass.

Nose is straight up 4 day old bananas and alcohol. Quite nice!!

Taste is a bit harsh. I mean kind of rough and bumpy so to speak, maybe solvent like...higher alcohols?? I get a touch of the banana esters and definately some nice alcohol warmth, but not very smooth at all and pretty dry. I think this could be sweetened up just a tad.

Decent mouthfeel for the style, nothing to rave about.

Not too drinkable with this harshness, maybe a bad bottle??

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Photo of DPFRD
3.53/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- poured golden in color, turbid with yeast and carbonation. Incredibly heady, but it dispatched leaving no veil.

S- Spicy and malty with a trace of green apple. Just by the smell I could tell it would be a taste dominated by alcohol.

T- Spicy and boozy... little bit of malt up front, alcohol just cuts through everything. Once warm some of the green apple comes through. After taste is dominated by alcohol and a little bitterness.

M- Carbonation, quite hot in the mouth, but rather thin.

D- It was decent. It's Belgian, so I had my bar set high. There was nothing wrong with it, but being a tripel, I just do not think it's remarkable for that style. It is a good beer, and was a fine drink; however, I do not ever seeing myself seeking one of these out, especially if there are other tripels around. I would order it if there weren't much else, but if an establishment has this, then they'll at least have Chimay and their tripel is superior.

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Photo of Cresant
3.54/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured this 11.2 oz brown bottle into a Tripel Karmeliet glass. No date, but I've had this cellared since 3/07. The body was a dull orange/green/grey color. The huge off-white head lingered.

Smell was fruity. Whole wheat bread dough. Belgian yeast and pears.

Taste was nondescript fruitiness. Alcohol. Roasted grains. Spicy and rich. Mellowed somewhat as it warmed (or maybe it was me that mellowed).

Mouthfeel was a bit hot. Zesty and mouthfilling carbonation.

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Photo of Jredner
3.55/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sweet malt and yeasty aroma. A lot of mashed fruit smells. Cloudy brown/orange color with a thick white head. Sweet fruit fore then a very creamy cereal-like middle and a VERY malty finish. Odd flavor sequence, but this does taste good though the after taste makes me feel like I burped up this mornings Total Raisin Bran.

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Photo of techdiver
3.55/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy golden amber with dark brown yeasty bits and a modest head that dissipates quickly.

Banana and clove to the nose.

Sweet malt, and hops. Balanced but lacking what I would have expected.

Mouthfeel is the high point. Pleasant carbonation, fairly smooth and enjoyable here.

Drinkability not that great. Could be because I just had an Oerbier; and it was soo much better.

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Photo of kkipple
3.55/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dumped this into my St. Bernie goblet. The "Mad Bitch" (who thinks these names up?) arrives as an unfiltered opaque gold with a 2cm white head. Nothing unusual here...

Smell is classic Tripel, alcohol, cloves, unripe banannas and citrus. Alcohol is rather strong in this one, but not unpleasant.

Ok, time to drink! This isn't disappointing by any means, and is immediately recognized as a Tripel. Sweet malts, unquestionably Belgian candi sugar, and alcohol jump out. Bananas, cloves, nutmeg and other assorted spices bring up the rear, all held together by a (in my mind) overly sweet malt presence and that distinctive Belgian yeast flavor. Finish is peppery and dry.

The mouthfeel is sweet, with a tingly carbonation and finishes estery and sour, with a dryness and a bit of alcohol numbness. Not bad, but I've had better.

Certainly a decent Tripel, but to be honest, Allagash is cheaper and tops this easily. The Mad Bitch is still quite respectable, but could use a little less sweetness and complexity for my liking.

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Photo of Toddv29424
3.55/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was excited to see another small Belgian brewery to make a Tripel (as St Bernardus is my favorite), but this never seems to develop into anything worthwhile. Pours a golden color with a moderate head that dissipates quickly. Unlike most tripels, there is not a lot of effervescing going on in the glass after this beer is poured. There seems to be too much carbonation, which never lets the spices or malt develop. The aftertaste is citrus-like, but again it dissipates quickly.

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Photo of Manosbeeroffate
3.58/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased this in Belfast today in the singles box. Pours an extremly hazy golden color, thick head that last forever. Smells sweet and yeasty. Tastes a very strong taste of yeast and alcohol, with quite a bit of sweet malt in there. Thick moutfeel. Very much a beer that you can only have one a night. Powerful stuff.

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Photo of weonfire
3.59/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in an oversized wine glass at Sergio's World of Beer in Louisville, KY

This is not an 'exceptional' beer.

S - Peach, Grape and flowery alcohol.

T - Real sweet. Peach. Almost a syrupy taste - its that sweet. Pretty much just taste alcohol.

M- It burns. high viscosity. 10 ABVs got their pants down giving the full moon.

O - Hard to drink. semi nice aromas. simply- too boozy. i won't buy this again.

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Photo of Atmosbeer
3.59/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured 330ml aggressively into a Triple Karmeliet glass. The foam topped off at exactly the brim -four fingers! (I love this glass).
The lace fell heavily on the sides, though my first few sips were nearly gulps (*gulp*).
The first bit of aroma was phenol and heavy. The first sip is that and bitter orange. And the yellow compliments on the label make me then think banana.
The beer is mellow on the tongue and the alcohol makes that feeling spread thin and fast.
I would buy this again for a friend to demonstrate how vodka and beer share similar mouth feel and warmth.

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Photo of alpinebryant
3.61/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

August 2010 bottle
Pours an over the top of a Bruery tulip massive head of too much carboation. This was entirely overcarbonated, hazy marmelade orange

Smell of overripe oranges, tangerine, coriander, clove, spices ; belgian malt and yeast.

Taste of spicey / yeasty dough like tangerines. Tons of carbonation on the tongue, lots of dough. When I poured this, I said son of a.... because it was entirely too carbonated. Now I know where the name came from...

Overall this is a very tasty brew however it was under attenuated at bottling and could have done a lot better with more age before being bottled.

Like stated earlier, extremely highly carbonated, medium to light mouthfeel. Belgian candied sugar flavors abound

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De Dolle Dulle Teve (Mad Bitch) from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
92 out of 100 based on 426 ratings.