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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
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Ratings: 715
Reviews: 416
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.36%
Wants: 42
Gots: 39 | FT: 1
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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Photo of metter98
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: It poured dark yellow and cloudy into a snifter glass with a huge white head. There's a moderate level of carbonation and a layer of bubbles consistently covered the surface after the head slowly died down.
S: There's an interesting mix of malty, yeasty, fruity and spicy smells in the aroma.
T: The flavor is very complex and well balanced between malt, spices and fruit. The taste becomes sweeter as the beer warms up. The finish is dry and a slight taste of alcohol is perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very bubbly on the palate.
D: This beer needs to be sipped given its alcohol content; however it's not too difficult to drink after it warms up.

Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of brentk56
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: With foam spuming from the bottle, this beer pour a cloudy honey color with a huge head that provides dancing patterns of lace all over the chalice

Smell: Overripe melon, pear and apple, coriander and candi sugar, with hints of alcohol

Taste: Starts out with a blend of fruit and herbs, with apple skins, pear and coriander; by mid-palate, it almost starts to burn from the peppery spices; after the swallow, the candi sugar and overripe melon flavors arrive, along with plenty of alcohol to wash everything down

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and effervescent; warmth on the way down the gullet

Drinkability: Quite impressive, but the cacophany of flavors is not something I would want everyday

Photo of BEERchitect
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Certainly a Tripel, given the pilsner malt profile, alcohol strength, and yeasty spices, esters and phenols. But it borrows a lot of Wit-like spices and cotton candy softness, with a pronounced Leffe honey-malt sweetness. Can't get enough of this beer.

Pouring a majestic orange with golden strands along the edge, the beer's yeasty haze is significant, allowing only a faint glow to penetrate. A very thick and dense cottony head builds on top of the beer and camps out for the session. Looking like whipped toppings, the foam clings to the glass with patterns of intricate lace. Aside from the excessive haze, this is an idealic beer appearance.

Very perfumy with a collection of scents that range from sweeter scents of honey and sugar cookie dough to a yeasty brine of soft pilsner malt and light breads, followed by the spicy notes of corriander, floral hops, and orange zest. Very fragrant to say the least.

Flavors take off with the succulent cotton candy/powdered sugar and honey sweet taste, but soon settle into a more balanced flavor spread thanks to herbal hop bitterness, spicy white pepper and corriander, and an alcohol flavor of spice and bitteness. Esters of peach, oranges, pear, appricots, and apples blend well with the hop flavors of lemongrass, fresh cut herbs, and a lightly woody bitterness in finish. A delicious beer that rides very closely to the sweet side of the perscriptions for the style.

Champagne-like bubbles explode to create a full and expansive feel to the initial taste. The evaporation of carbonation curbs the creamy textures and ushers in a drier, warmer, and whimsical sweetness in memory. It seems that the impression of sweetness is left on the mouth but without the actual weight of sweetness.

A dry fruity aftertaste with lingering spice and alcoholic warmth all transition to the next drink in a very seamless manner.

I like my Belgian Tripels a little drier and with more zesty hop flavor and pronounced bitterness in balance. Where this one resides a bit more on the Belgian Strong Golden Ale side, it doesn't finish as rich as those either- making this a great choice for those of Tripels but with a nagging sweet tooth.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a murky brown color ale with a small off-white bubbly head with average retention. Aroma is spicy with some barnyard malt. Taste is somewhat spicy (honey, cloves?) with some notes of floral malt and light funky yeast. This is not bad but was expecting a bit more character and I’m wondering if something was not wrong with this bottle, will have to re-rate that one.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fuzzy peach-amber with riotous carbonation boiling off the bottom of the glass. The creamy ecru head began rising out of the bottle before the pour and filled the glass with a controlled explosion of foam. It has now deflated to a stunted rocky precipice while depositing thick chunks and globs all over the interior of the glass. A second pour has dirtied up the beer nicely and gives it a serious, 'I mean business' look.

The nose is immensely powerful and is full of fruit and spice. I smell sweetened apple, pear, apricot and melon in heavy syrup with an undercurrent of well-integrated alcohol. A zesty potpourri of clove, white pepper and ginger adds another dimension to what is already a wonderful tripel nose.

Mad Bitch is great beer. I was expecting a pissed-off harpy of a tripel, but (thankfully) didn't get it. This is an incredibly well constructed, multi-faceted, mouthfillingly flavorful beer that is, at heart, a pussycat. All elements of the flavor profile are bursting at the seams with... well, with flavor... yet the seamless melding of such headstrong personalities is nigh on perfect.

There's a rock solid pale malt backbone copiously coated with candi sugar. Atop that is a pulpy, sticksweet fruitiness that now favors ripe, buttery pears. It's a good thing the spicy yeastiness is so prominent because it needs to stand up to the rest of the assertive, yet complementary, flavors. Damn, this is one bewitching and intoxicating (both literally and figuratively) beer.

Alcohol is noticed (it's hard to completely mask 10%), but it too is a welcome addition. There's no hint of ethanol harshness, just a mellow fruity-boozy flavor that is reminiscent of the finest eau de vies. The mouthfeel is a tad more full than medium with a sugary slickness and a mouth pleasing, invigorating carbonation that is as bold as the flavor.

Mad Bitch is a fantastic tripel that has flavor and attitude to spare, yet is as cultured and as refined as the best of the style. If you've been searching for the beer equivalent of the wild party girl that you can take home to Mom, and who will charm the socks off her in the process, your search has ended with De Dolle Dulle Teve.

Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of mikesgroove
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.

Photo of Knapp85
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a nice hazy golden color with a fluffy white head on top. The smell of the beer is spicy and has some sweet grainy aromas in there. The taste of the beer was pretty good. I felt like that this beer wasn't as good as it should be flavor-wise. The mouthfeel was medium bodied with a solid carbonation to it. Overall this beer was good but not that great in my opinion, I should probably revisit this one someday and see if my tastes have changed.

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of oberon
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Now this was an interesting find I have to say,pours a hazy orange/yellow with big fluffy head that natyrally leaves some nice lacing.Aroma is lemony and a little musty with a sweet background.Really liked the different flavors I get from this beer very yeasty and slightly tart with a malty finish that lingers along with some alcohol notes.This beer is pretty dangerous because it seems almost to easy to drink with all that alcoholic punch.

Photo of largadeer
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.

Photo of emerge077
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Champagne carbonation ascends through the golden body, feeding an excessively rising head of foam. Looks magnificent, very enticing.

Smell is of assorted malts, wheaty like a Wit almost. Sharp alcohol with a tapering sweetness.

Taste is big, rich malt, with a large dose of sweet fruitiness. Herbal hops are in there. Dry crackery finish, slight alcohol, warming throughout. A fresh bottle is sublime, this one may have a couple years on it, but it's still strong and lively.

Mouthfeel is medium to high, it envelops the palate like a sweet nectar, and encourages sipping. One 11.2 oz. bottle is good, be sure to share a 750, or you might wind up on the floor...

Photo of TMoney2591
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Sweetwater mini-snifter.

2002 vintage. By now, she must indeed be pretty pissed... Anyway, this stuff pours a lightly-hazy amber-gold topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises light banana, mild vanilla, wheat, mild booze, and light orange peel. The taste brings in more of the same, with a good deal more funk and tartness, which actually kinda works here. The body is a very light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry, somewhat sticky finish. Overall, a surprisingly tasty tripel, one whose age and "abnormal" characteristics somehow haven't had any negative influence on things, but rather seem to have augmented them ever-so-slightly.

Photo of JAHMUR
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

My un-dated 750 ml bottle opened with a "crack!", and poured a swirling, highly effervescent yellow-gold body topped by a densely creamy white head that literally rose out of the glass. The first pour was clear, but I could see that the sediment was being churned up in the bottle even before the second glass was ready (and it ended up as hazy as a Hefe Weizen). Both, however, maintained their creamy caps and left very nice lace throughout most of the glass.

In the aroma, spicy and peppery alcohol locks a strangle-hold onto the neck of some candyish/vanilla/honeyish sweetness; and they roll about haphazardly, wrestling amidst some light but juicy fruits and a mild mustiness. It's impressive (and somewhat reminiscent of a mead), but the alcohol leaves me a bit trepedacious. Fortunately, it doesn't carry over quite as strong into the flavor.

Far more complicated than the aroma indicates, the flavor starts with a quick note of juicy fruit (?); warms to reveals some honey-ish sweet malt; becomes fruity again as it dries a bit with some apple and pear; followed by some leafy/herbal/spiciness; some 'low-sugar cookie dough' or 'not-fully-cooked bread' -like maltiness; and finally - releases it's peppery alcohol unrestrained across the palate. Whoah! That explains the name. You'd better have a cold pint of water alongside this one! Fortunately, the alcohol isn't fusel "hot", and after a short rite of passage the palate accepts it more readily.

It's interestingly cottony-soft and lightly creamy in the mouth throughout. The body is light, bordering on medium - yet it's got a distinct sugariness to it. For all of the force that the flavor can throw at you, it's still soft underneath. Much like a woman...?

Impressive. Tenacious. Somewhat devastating. Defnitely a full-throttle beer that's only accessible to the initiated. Be prepared - this one will kick your ass! This is the beer to have when you're only having one!

Photo of Jason
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Tall slender true 750 ml green magnum that is only capped, not caged and corked. No freshness date through this beer is brewed to the Belgian Triple strength so it will be able and even evolve after months if not years of aging. Sediment floats loosely on the bottom of the bottle so careful pouring is best to insure that the sediment does not spill into the glass.

Appearance: Pretty clear with a mild chill haze upon the light golden orange hued brew, nice creamy looking white lace though some bigger bubbles stick around from the pouring.

Smell: Macintosh apple peels, lemon grass and light unrefined orange blossom honey in the nose as well as an underlying earthiness. Hops are in the aroma also with more a sweeter hop oil and semi coarse flowery hop leaf.

Taste: Moderate body with a soft, smooth and creamy carbonation that holds a grip on crispness also. Honey and raw sugar cane malt sweetness, vague tropical fruit estery alcohol mingles with the sweetness. Fruit flavours of honey dew melon and tangerines play with the palate as well as the sweet spicy alcohol that warms the mouth. The phenolic character peaks with suggestions of cinnamon, anise, black pepper and bitter field greens. Hop bitterness gains sharpness and adds an earthened, sweet hop oil flavour from middle to end. After taste is a bitter sweet journey from sweet to dry.

Notes: Knockout of a brew, triple in style with the hops taken up a notch or two. Big phenolic and fruit ester flavours splashing in the palate. Mad Bitch is right, this brew does a number on your tongue by slapping it around and telling it that the Mad Bitch is boss. "Slap!", yes mam may I have another.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Super carbonated honey pale hazed golden amber with a bright egg shell white head rising thick above the rim of this open faced Bornem chalice...aromatics contain a bit of fusel alcohol with pineapple fruity tropical esters clouding the senses as well. Flavor lets you know the alcohol content upfront as well, a bit boozey and one dimensional semi sweet biscuit malts with spicy herbal Euro hops and spicy bitter yeast notes. Bottled 8/2010 not bad has a little age on it. Again super carbonated version of a tripel I'm used to effervescent CO2 but this is literally hard to take a sip without burping. The bottling condition was a bit out of control from the get go, but as it settles in the glass it becomes much more approachable. Mouthfeel is medium bodied I spoke about the carbonation issues, a linger sweetness overrides each sip as well as a kick of alcohol that doesn't let you forget who you're dealing with one Mad Bitch. Overall impression is that this could be world class tripel if it had more table manners but I don't think De Dolle or the Dulle Teve are ready for that.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 4/25/2012 at Julian’s, in Providence, RI served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a bright gold color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick on the glass.

S: The aroma contains fruit, Belgian yeast, some spice, light caramelized malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of caramel, spices and fruit. Then some breadiness comes in from Belgian yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. The hops presence is mild but brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sweet.

O: Tasty, goes down dangerously easily, not too filling, strong but well-disguised kick, good representation of style, this is a very good stronger Belgian-style beer to drink for a while.

Photo of nickfl
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A careful pour yields a huge, three finger head of white foam on top of a hazy, deep golden body. The rocky head settles slowly and leaves nice, thick lace in its wake.

S - Spicy yeast in the aroma with lots of clove, coriander and even a hint of rubber. Some bready malt in the background and little else.

T - Bready malt up front with lots of spicy yeast notes. Black pepper, clove, and mango blend nicely with a light note of earthy hops. The fruity mango notes intensify and the clove becomes more peppery towards the finish. Moderate bitterness and some spicy hops help to balance out the intense yeast character as smooth malt holds things up in the background.

M - Medium-thick body, high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - This is an interesting beer, the yeast character is quite dominant with malt and hops playing small, but vital roles in the overall experience. The aroma is extremely phenolic with some clove, but mostly it is a series of more unusual pepper and spice notes as well as a slightly unpleasant rubbery tinge at the end. The flavor is equally spicy, but with some fruit the lends balance and makes things more interesting. The dominant yeast characteristics here are pepper and mango, which is an oddly excellent combination. It even works beautifully with the flavor of the alcohol as the slight solvent notes of warm fermentation echo the turpentine tang of pepper and mango. Due to the powerful yeast characteristics, the malt is not as noticeable as it is in some examples of the style, but it does help to provide a smooth, bready background for the yeast and hops to act out their roles. Overall this is what I would expect from De Dolle; it is interesting, complex, slightly flawed, and utterly unique. The aroma could be better, but the amazing flavor characteristics more than make up for it, this is a beer that any Belgian ale lover must try.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Man. Been a very long time since I've had this beer; and I've probably been doing myself a disservice. So smooth and distinct. Really even and well balanced. Great character, with things staying consistent and even. This is an outstanding beer; delivering a great body of flavor that shows clear brewing expertise. A must try for all beer lovers.

Photo of Slatetank
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this at Cafe Bruges in Carlisle on Fathers' Day -served chilled from the 11.2oz brown bottle in a De Dolle glass.

The color is a shade of apricot with hazed clarity and rocky off white cap with large bead and lace that clings in a wavy pattern. The aroma is great, lots of cedar and woody odors at first with some citrus peel and pepper notes with mild yeast ester that gives a slight tropical scent and mild honeydew odor. There is a gentle vanilla quality with some light golden raisin and candy-like malt notes with slight cherry skin accent. The feel is semi-dry with light fruitiness and gentle yeasty presence with a moderate amount of bitterness and hints of spice with tannic tangy edge and slight alcohol w/ mellow dry malt background and yeast juxtoposition.

The flavor has a strong yeast tropical fruit taste with a gentle raisin and subtle melon with hint of citrus rind and mild hop bitterness with mild herbal accent. There is a light sweet candy-like edge after the hints of floral hops and mild pineapple from the yeast kicks in. A mellow caramel, date and light dry pepper taste lingers and some alcohol joins the complex flavor profile of this tripel. The amount of dried fruit flavor is pleasant with mild raisiny sweetness and there is hints of honeyed banana. Overall I enjoyed this a lot, not the best Tripel since it has some noticeable alcohol, but plenty of other stuff going on to distract from that, I would gladly drink this anytime. This went very well with my New York Scramble at brunch which had salmon egg and caramelized onion with parisian potatoes.

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

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