De Dolle Dulle Teve (Mad Bitch) - Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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Ratings: 764
Reviews: 424
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.12%
Wants: 46
Gots: 51 | FT: 1
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: pezoids on 09-06-2001

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Photo of Slatetank
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
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 mactrail
3.84/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tall coarse foam-up to start. Fruity smell with straw and a touch of the hen house. Amber color and a little hazy in the wine glass. Sparkly on the tongue.

Complex and shifting flavors. Fruity, a little sweet, and a bitter finish. Deep yeasty flavor with the Belgian bitterness. Some heat from the alcohol. Intense flavor that is just right for sipping, but this is some serious stuff. Flavor of apples with skins, grain, butter. Rich taste balanced by the dry heat. Long yeasty, bitter aftertaste with that cidery nose of fermenting fruit. A little acidic and flinty. Pours with the big white foam to the last half inch.

From the 33 cl bottle bought in Gent at Beer and Gin House. White cap says bottled March 2012. A beer well worth trying if you're looking for an education in Belgian beers.

Photo of Jason
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
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 russpowell
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
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 Rifugium
3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Monk's, Philly, PA

Poured slightly hazed amber with a nice white head that dissipates a bit. Aroma of floral hops and a bit of spice. Taste of light fruits and light sugars, some alcohol bite. Mouthfeel is medium, with a bit of harshness from the alcohol. Moderately drinkable. Good beer.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
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 kojevergas
3.23/5  rDev -22.2%
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.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.73/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first dance with this wicked woman, a dame so loco that she grits a rose between her teeth, thorns and all...a tango with the Mad Bitch...

Off comes the cork, and out wafts instant sweetness and spice, up into my nose, urging me to release her from this cage, and out she pours into the most appropriate Duvel glass. The incredible, fizzy, yet creamy as a cloud head fills up 3/4 of the vessel, the body is a hazy pale orange, riddled with floating yeasties. She puts on a pretty impressive show, though she contains mysteries within, which we are about to partake of ...

Aroma, fresh and spicy, while still driven by delicate fruit, pear, apricot, pineapple, banana...a lovely, inticing thing, directing my lips to drink, already...

Somehow, the brew slips out from under all that foam, and...Incredible! The shock of new, once again, sends a shudder through me, a paraxysm of delight...I'm left uttering epithets and interjections...what kind of incredible concoction is this, that leads with hot peppers on the tongue, followed by lush fruitiness, backed up by serious malt! A devilish delivery of hops, followed quick by that spicy kick, almost harsh, but not quite, for it's so adequately complimented by further flavors.

It may seem like a messy marriage, this union of hops, spice and fruit, with the more powerful flavors fully in charge of the palate, but it instead stands out as an immaculate integration, a wanton wedding that provides release as well as relief. Taboos are uncovered, old rituals discarded, and something completely un-thought-of starts to seem commonplace...this is a moment where what's in the glass wends it's way into your soul, by tasting the brew it becomes you, and now, you're that damnable dame! It seriously clings to you, never wants to leave the palate, doesn't take no for an answer, your brain says "no more", but your newly freed secret-self yens to stretch out some..."what's the harm?"


Of course, this beer has to available only in 750s,(I know now that it's not...) and at an incredible price (mine was maybe $9.50?), otherwise it wouldn't be so much the risk and the venture...if you're going to waltz with this wench, you're in it for the long haul, buckaroo!
{Shudder}
{Shudder}
"What did I do last night?"
"You messed with the Mad Bitch!"

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

Shared by Azurelimits at a small tasting recently. Thanks Peter! There was some discussion about the vintage since it was in a 750ml capped and corked bottle and the words "Mad Bitch" were on the front of the label. I'll just go with what Peter said because I have no additional information, this was circa 2002 bottle.

Beer poured from a bottle into an oversized flute. Beer is yellow and clear and forms a big head of medium consistent bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass. Carbonation is quite nice and steady. Looks good.

The aroma is simple. Not as bready as I was expecting. Mostly sweet with some apply notes, since it was so old I was almost expecting some sulfur notes but there were none, it was a green bottle.

Beer is medium to light in body. Heavily carbonated in the mouth and finishes well. Mostly sweet up front, again minimal breadiness and yeast character. Its really easy drinking (especially for 10%). The alcohol is hidden well. The forward feel is all pilsner malt, tastes like a brand new beer really. Some fruitiness from the esters in the midpalate and almost no bitterness at the back of the mouth. It is perhaps a little too carbonated in the mouth but nothing is perfect. I would definitely have it again.

Photo of jwc215
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz. bottle, poured into a tulip glass:

Pours all head, rising to the top, ready to overflow, then slowly recedes to reveal a clouded dark amber body. The descent of the head quickens as it goes down, eventually becoming a thin cap. Considering all of the head that was there, it doesn't leave much lacing (though some).

The smell is of earthy, herbal spicing with orange and lemon zest, black pepper, bready yeast, sharp alcohol. Sure to clean out the sinuses!

The taste is sweet and spicy. Caramel really stands out. The backing is herbal - almost medicinal with a citric zest. Slight sour mixes in as it progresses. Finishes with a warming bite.

The body is medium, but intense (tough to describe).

An intense, interesting, warming sipper. My educated guess is that it would do well with some hearty food (pork?)

Photo of superspak
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle into chalice, bottled July 2010. Pours cloudy golden orange color with a huge 2-3 finger foamy off white head with fantastic retention that reduces to a thick cap that lasts. Some nice lacing clings to the glass, with plenty of carbonation streaming up retaining the head nicely. Aromas of big lemon, orange peel, pepper, apple, grape, apricot, banana, candi sugar, bready grain, and spicy yeast. Very nice and well balanced aromas with good complexity. Taste of big lemon, apple, grape, apricot, pepper, banana, clove, candi sugar, biscuit, tart grain, and yeast spices. Lingering notes of apricot, lemon, pepper, clove, biscuit, yeast spices, and tart grain on the finish for a while. Nice balance of flavor with nice complexity. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a nice creamy and slightly slick mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming after the finish. Overall this is an excellent, complex, and well balanced Tripel. I would have this one again.

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

The beer pours a cloudy gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is outstanding! Wow, what a fruity aroma. The yeast character is second to none. The malt bill is primarily pale malts. It's tart almost cider-like with a nice earthy dryness. The taste is good. It has a warm, pale malt flavor with a light bitterness and a dry, earthy yeast finish. The yeast fruitiness is less aggressive in the taste. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a damn good tripel. I love the simple malt bill with loads of yeast character. What a treat.

Photo of stakem
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

33cl bottle with quite a bit of age on it (I believe best by 07.) Poured into an Oerbier oversized wine glass, the brew appears a burnt copper color that is quite clear. However, despite a careful pour some yeast particulate makes its way into the glass. Rising bubbles of carbonation maintain more than a finger of khaki head throughout the entire experience. A swirl revives more than a finger of froth effortlessly back to the surface and produces some finger-like patterns of stringy lace.

The aroma is sweet with an essence of belgian candy sugar but contrasted with almost a cheesy to funky aspect is also present when swirled. There is a bit of earthen quality about this that blends into something more fruity like cherry, apple and/or pears. That 10% alcohol is evident but very faintly across the back when a deep whiff is taken. Once the brew goes beyond ideal temperature, there is a very soft suggestion of vinegar that while not distracting was not expected.

The flavor of this brew is quite bready with malt that blends into a touch of cardboard-like oxidation. Some sweetness is present tasting a bit like caramel, toffee and transitions into more of a fruity alcohol note like apple and/or pear skins. Some earthen notes are ever present with every sip that breaks up the experience a bit. The aftertaste has a very faint suggestion of cider. I hate to say this but the overall flavors of this brew are better while colder. As the brew comes up to temperature, the alcohol inclusion becomes almost solvent and numbing to the palate.

This is a medium bodied brew with a lively but not overdone amount of carbonation. The flavors are spot on for what anyone could want/expect in a tripel. However, despite this brew having quite a bit of age on it, the alcohol is well pronounced but integrated fairly decently in this brew. If anything, the warmth of this brew distracts just a bit from the overall ease of drinkability. The last time I had this brew it was from a 750ml that was 17 years old. It was not the best of experiences but this even with its own significant aging was much better. I am curious now about having a bottle as fresh as possible just for the sake of comparison. If you havent had this yet, what are you waiting for? I will need to put this on the to-do list to grab more of these when I see them.

Photo of GClarkage
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
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 Gueuzedude
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled February, 2004; Hop Leaf, Chicago
With a name like the mad bitch this beer had certainly better produce some results. The beer pours a hazy orange-gold color, and produces a prodigious white head. There is a lightly dusty, herbal, floral, and grassy aroma to this beer. It is sharp and herbal in taste, and is very well carbonated. It is lightly sweet with notes of honey and spices. It is almost spicy hot in character, quite interesting actually. This beer is definitely musty in character, it is like it has been lightly dusted with some pollen from a slightly astringent, yet floral flower. It is slightly lemony in character, with a hint of apple to it as well. The beer gets a bit sweeter as the copious amounts of carbonation starts to dissappear. There is also a nuttiness here in the middle of the beer, which adds to the complexity. I really like the interplay between the spiciness and the fruity sweetness, a very good balance that melds into an incredible beer.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Yellow, straw hues, slightly hazy, gargantuan whipped meringue head, great retention and lacing.

S: Belgian yeast, spices, fruits, slight pleasant sourness.

T: A wonderful beer. I try and always keep a few of these in the cellar, though that's not easy because I like them so much and I can always go buy more. Dulle Teve has a fantastic Belgian yeast character with notes of spices and a light fruity character.

M: Good feel with a slight alcohol note in the finish.

D: If you're in the mood for a tripel, you won't be disappointed. Great beer.

Photo of Gavage
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: hazy pale yellow in color with a one finger head that lasts a while. Nice lacing paints the glass.

Smell: grass and yeast spiciness is easily detectable.

Taste: nice malt sweetness is balanced with a moderate bitterness level, lemon zest, green grapes, grass, and alcohol. Yeast spiciness lingers around awhile too.

Mouthfeel: crisp from start to finish. Somewhat dry at the finish too. Medium bodied beer. Aftertaste is long as the flavors stick to the tongue and don't seem to leave.

Drinkability: awesome tripel but the alcohol levels drop this score down a bit. Find this one and enjoy it. It's great on tap.

Photo of BARFLYB
4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle into a St. Bernardus wide mouth glass, the only way to go with a De Dolle beer IMO, These things are tricky to pour.

A- A slow pry from the cap resulted in a loud hiss. Some foam creeped it's way up but no beer was wasted, Some sediment in the pour though, you really cant get around that, I've had better luck in the past. The liquid is a honey like bright amber color that's hard to see through, also golden in appearence. A dense, frothy, rocky mountain foam sat on top forever, excellent lacing.

S- The smell on this is bananas. I get alot of sweet candi sweetness initially, but alot of fruit comes forth. Apples, pears and pineapples oh my. A good amount of malt giving off more sweetness. Some banana and clove mixed with other Belgian yeast and spice makes this wonderful.

T- Very similar to the smell, I think my favorite part of this is the mix of fruits thrown in the mix, banana is very large in taste. Other fruity esters. Im sure hops were used in this but they dont really show up. Good malty sweetness. A slight lemon twinge in the middle. A spicy finish with some cloves mixed with more fruit. I dont pick up any alcohol. I quite like this.

M- Not the smoothest beer when cold with all the active carbonation, this one is alive. Best to let it warm and settle down for a bit. This is quite approachable and while the carb is high and felt the flavor more than makes up for it. As this warms it just gets better and smoother. A nice slightly below medium body with a big aftertaste.

D- I splurge on a bottle of this from time to time as a treat and it always impresses me. The drinkability on this is high but I take my time and savor it. Crisp and refreshing year round. The alcohol is not noticable at all. I just wish they came in bigger bottles. Not intended for aging as De Dolle's website states.

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

11.2 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a cloudy orange with a lot of floaties, big head with great retention. Bit of a gusher as a few of De Dolle's beers have been.

S: Cider apples, Belgian yeast, some booze.

T: Green and yellow apples and some pear predominate. Some white pepper and direct bready yeast. Ethanol is noticable, but works well with the other flavours and is to style. Some light spice in there.

M: Smooth, robust, some solvent alcohol character, not over carbonated which was nice.

D: A very good tripel, quite flavourful. A sipper for me, a beer to relax with at the end of the meal.

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

App: Slender, 11.2 oz bottle, no freshness dating. Pours light yellowish and orangy amber, couldy with yeast particles. Lots of bubbles streaming up. Thick, sticky lacing. Large white head, rock and puffy, with excellent retention. A great looking brew

Smell: Strong nose of juniper, pepper, and tropical fruits

Taste: sharp, strong, notes of gin,pine, varnish, alcohol and sweet fruits. Complex and tasty

MF: Smooth, crisp, long lasting flavors on the tongue

Drinkability: Why did I buy only one bottle?, This is fine brew, seek it out and enjoy

Photo of billab914
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.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

De Dolle Dulle Teve after a very careful pour looks a rich gold, slightly hazed with a ton of carbonation and a huge head and lace. Aroma of belgian yeast, cotton candy, a whiff of floral hop. In the taste, fruity esters, spicy hops, alcohol and white grapes. Mouthfeel is light bodied and highly carbonated, semi dry. Decent drinkability, and a solid tripel. Given it's strength, this would be an ideal nite cap.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.82/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

While I drank my Erdinger Weissbier earlier, I let my Mad Bitch (Dulle Teve) warm up from the fridge. Don't know the age of this bottle, but there are some floaties in the bottle I see. 330 ml bottle from the Wine Exchange, on to the beer:

I poured two-thirds of the bottle into my snifter to keep the floaties out of my glass. Reddish/blonde/orangish color, the head rose well before fizzy into a whispy lace. Wow! Massive ripe pears, juice concentrate, dark sugar, and other ripe fruits. it's nice, but it's intense enough to knock you out. Okay, breathe in, breathe out. Now to taste...hey, that wasn't so bad. Medicinal, boozy, raisins, brush of pepper, minty. The alcohol is a little hot, particularly in the back of the mouth. It has a light body with a bubbly carbonation (but not to be confused with others).

I would have liked to know how old this bottle was, because I have seen this beer on the shelf for a long time and didn't pick one up until today. Kick back and sip on slowly.

Photo of tempest
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ordered a bottle at the Farmhouse in Emmaus. Paired with a bowl of PEI mussels in bacon and a balsamic vinaigrette.

Pours a hazy gold with a white head that leaves lacing. While this beer expertly hides it's 10% alcohol, it's a touch sweet, but I suppose that's to be expected. The flavor and aroma focus mildly funky apple, orange, and berry fruit flavors with a spicy hint of hops at the end. Personally I like my tripels a little spicier and drier, but this is an excellent beer that will put you in a ditch if you're not careful.

Photo of smakawhat
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Bottle is dated May 2011.

A very large head is formed off the pour, with a very tight and off yellow foamy consistency. Body is a dull brown and yellow with a good rising spire of carbonation coming from the middle. The head just wont quit.

Nose is varied. Mild green apple cider and white wine. Mixing in bread yeast and some candi like sugars. Vinous sensing smells wonderful. A hot spicy sensation too but not of alcohol.

Hot green apple skin and giant punches of yeast in the palate. Finish gives almost a sense of bitter hop, but then brings a light caramel even some brown sugar. Sugar mix gives to a Belgian sens of IPA. Texture is solid although I was hoping for some more body creamy sense.

Overall very unique, for a tripel really enjoyable. Wonderful drink.

De Dolle Dulle Teve (Mad Bitch) from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
92 out of 100 based on 764 ratings.