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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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727 Ratings
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Ratings: 727
Reviews: 417
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.36%
Wants: 43
Gots: 41 | FT: 1
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Belgium

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 KickbacksSteve
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Served in a St. Bernardus Trappist chalice. Took the bartender a bit of time to perfect and tame the pillowey head on this beautiful ale. Complexity at every turn, no one flavor stands out as the balance of fruit and spices in this tripel are masterful. Complexity actually increases even further as this beer warms toward optimal temperature. Had to drink this one to figure out where the name is derived...your date will be a "mad bitch" if you only buy her one of these delicious treats.

Photo of sfprint
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Exp: Feb 2012

Head very much like arabier. Very very careful pour, and i still couldn't get it all in one pour. Massive head, sea foamy. Really beautiful color, deep hazel orange. Rising carbonation can only be seen right at the top half inch. a bit of sediment at the bottom.

Dried apricot blended with phenols in the nose. Very rich. Fairly sweet but the alcohol is well masked in this sweetness. Pretty intense. Complex. Perhaps a bit too sweet, but I bet that's covering up other things, and for 10%, it makes sense. A different kind of tripel. Spicy. More like a christmas beer. Not readily identifiable as a tripel. It certainly has more typical features of a dubbel and quadrupel than a tripel.

Also fairly heavy. very mild sparkling in the mouth.

It's quite good, but I can't say I love it. It's a bit too heavy and sweet, but I can see why many people love this one.

Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Courtesy of expatsteve. Part 2 of a 5-part De Dolle flight.

Pour: a beautiful, vibrant auburn-orange under several fingers of fluffy white foam with a but of lacing and good retention.

Nose: really grows on me with a sweet blast of tropical fruit nectars, spicy yeast and dry, musty malts and a booze flourish in the finish.

Taste: sweet tropical punch up front, musty wheat, spicy Belgian wheat with a hint of sour in the finish, rounded out by a blast of warming alcohol that creeps up the sinuses.

Feel: light and sugary thin, tickling carb, booze thins and dries

Drinkability/Overall: an impressive tripel overall. Fruity, spicy, dry - hits all the bases and remains balanced despite a substantial booze presence. One of the better tripels I've had.

Photo of ZethOfTheNorth
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Surprising find at Calandro's, Baton Rouge. Last one on the shelf and the only De Dolle beer in stock. $6 for the 11.2 oz single. Bottled September 2011.

A: Towering head. Dark for a tripel. Looks murky and ciderlike.

S: Actually smells ciderlike also. Fermented apple, plums, honey, and booze. Smells huge. Wouldn't peg it as a triple based on aroma.

T: Explosive. Fermented fruit, especially apples. Quite sweet. Some heat. Unbelievable richness.

M: So rich. Very warming. Not as carbonated as a standard triple.

O: High score for originality and overall gravitas. An indulgent ass-kicker.

Photo of mzwolinski
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A mad bitch indeed. And like most mad bitches, she doesn't reveal herself as such until she's already lured you in to her web.

In fact, she starts off quite attractive. A dark orange in color with lots of head, just slightly off-white in color. The head sticks around for a bit but beware! Look into that orange brew and you'll notice is opacity. Something's hidden behind the charming facade. Allured by the mystery? Find it exciting, do you? Then plow on, adventurer!

Enchanting aroma. Juicy and fruity, highlighted by sweet orange and mango. But this lass isn't all sweetness and light. There's a hint of spiciness there too. Yesss, you like that don't you? Makes you curious, doesn't it?

Fool.

It's only once you've consumed her that she reveals her true nature. Suddenly the sweetness is gone. The only remaining trace of the fruit you once savored is a slight tartness. All else is fire. Hard burn from the alcohol tears into your throat as you consumate your sip. The spiciness which so enchanted you at a distance has grown tenfold in strength and is now the only characteristic of note. This is not a drink. It is an oral rape. And when she is done, she leaves you bone dry.

Pitch the yeast if you will. I encourage you to do so. Throwing her that food will bring back a bit of the sweet fruitiness you loved to begin with. But don't mistake her true nature. She is mad. And at 10% ABV, she's got the equipment to *do* something about it. Beware!

Photo of PeteRiz
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of philipquarles
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

One that I'd been meaning to pick up for a while, but kept slipping my mind.

Pours a very nice amber-gold with a huge three finger head. The head is off-white and has great staying-power--in fact, it keeps building long after being poured. So stiff that you can actually poke it with a finger and it springs back into shape. There are a lot of sediments floating around, but this is pretty standard for a De Dolle brew.

Smell is also very interesting; unlike any other Tripel I've had. Definite sweetness and fruits, but this is very well balanced by a certain spiciness.

Taste is also very unique. A LOT of carbonation. Definite sugars, but these are really overpowered by spiciness and hoppiness. Fruits are definitely there. I'd really be reaching if I said banana, but that's the only thing that comes to mind. The malt becomes evident after a few sips. Ends with a bit of alcohol.

Mouthfeel is great. Perfect consistency and it leaves a bit of a coating like a proper beer should.

Drinkability is not so good. It's a fantastic sipping beer, but between the in-your-face taste and the alcohol, not really something I would have more than one of in a sitting.

Great, complex, and VERY unique beer.

**Edit**

A couple of days after this review, I had a bottle of the 1994 vintage (first year) at de Kulminator. It was incredible. Less sugary, more fruitiness and spicy tanginess. Definitely something that gets better with age.

Photo of davidwhatshisnam
3/5  rDev -27.7%

Photo of Slynger
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The Mad Bitch pours a hazy, dirty, hay color with a tangerine tinge. A nice big fluffy cloud of a white lid sets atop.

Smells of sweet candi sugar and flowers amidst apples, pears, and peppery-spicy yeast.

Soft, full, smooth, creamy carbonation. Awesome. Sweet sugar cookie dough maltiness with lots of golden fruity and yeast, and a strong white peppery/spicy alcohol.

Mad bitch is a real good tripel. It has a bit more peppery spice and alcohol I'm used to in a tripel, but they only serve to add to the enjoyment.

Photo of CDCNAM
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of beerpirates
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33 cl Bottle poured in a triple karmeliet glass ,


Pours hazy dark gold, with a big, soft white head.

Nose is honey, pears, yeast, alcohol.

Taste is sweet, candy sugar with rich ripe fruit, with a spicy, yeasty finish with a restrained hop bitterness balancing out the sweetness, and more alcohol.

Palate is crisp carbonation, with a nice syrupy, heavy body. Delicious beer.

one of the best triple's i had

Photo of scottDC
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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

Bought this at CT Bev Mart on sale for $3.29. 11.2 ounce bottle, typical belgian slim style. The appearance is much like a Duvel. Darkish tan with a huge white, foamy head. Steady stream of champagne like bubbles are constantly on the move. It just keeps going and going.

Smell is citrus, apples and some yeast notes mixed in. The first thing I take away from the taste is the balance. Perfect mix of sweet and dry. The fruit notes from the smell are apparent in the beginning and gives way to a slightly malt dryness. The aftertaste stays and stays. I love it.

A very good tripel in my opinion. I am enjoying this beer with stuffed shells which is just an ok match. It brings out more of the sweetness in this beer. Unfortunately the dryness in triples are what I love. Get this beer.

Photo of desint
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle into a Chimay goblet... typical cloudy amber color with a ridiculous creamy frothy head. One of the biggest heads I've seen on a beer, especially in a goblet.

Smells like sweet floral spices.. a hint of citrus, definitely some hops. Just like you want from a Belgian tripel.

The taste is more of the same, plus a hint of sweet caramel in there. Floral on the end of the sip, spicy and delicious.

A top notch tripel, but not my all-time favorite.

Photo of waughbrew
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hazy peach. Turbulent - little yeast chunks caught up in the cyclone. Hugemongous eggshell head never subsides. Smells very faint, alcohol and nutmeg with a bit of almond and herbal dust. Flavor starts as sweet honey and slowly evolves into a leafy, peppery dryness. Wonderfully balanced and so silky smooth.

Photo of Elfastball7
5/5  rDev +20.5%

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 phisig137
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a very hazy deep straw gold color, and a three finger creamy head. Very nice retention, leaves so much lace on the glass that I almost can't see through it. After the head falls, looking into the glass looks like peering into a bowl of foam. Pretty impressive. The liquid is completely filled with floaters of yeast and protein, and is rather funky. I've never seen a beer so pretty on top, and so incredibly murky and ugly on the bottom.... odd.

Aroma is filled with sweet malts, caramel, light fruits, brandy, and alcohol. Very full, warming, and pleasant aroma that makes you yearn for a sip.

Flavor is fantastic. Incredibly well rounded, slightly sweet all the way through. Pink lady apples, pears, peaches, a hint of banana, caramel, crystal malts, yeasty esters, and candi sugar all seem to be prevalent. The finish is moderately dry, with some burning spicy alcohol, and lingers forever. Mouthfeel is creamy smooth, and slick. Drinkability is great.

I love this tripel, and I love this brewery. They rarely disappoint, and this is no exception. Perfect balance with the malt and yeasty flavors make this incredibly complex, and worth seeking out. Highly recommended. Now If I could just find another bottle of the Dulle Teve Reserva...

Photo of rojapa
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of kayrex
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of Vylo
5/5  rDev +20.5%

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

11.2 oz bottle with the cap stamped July 2010. Pours a slightly cloudy, orange-golden color. Holy carbonated! Settles down to a chunky head with great head retention. Nice lacing on the glass as well. That wonderful Belgian clove/ever so slightly-sour/funkiness is nice and strong. Alcohol comes thru just a bit, overall it's very well-hidden. Medium body but a dry crisp finish with a clean bitterness.

A wonderful Belgian Tripel with loads of flavor. Compared to other Tripels, its got great balance. As with everything I've had from De Dolle so far, this tastes like a beer that had a great fermentation.

Photo of YeastEnthusiast
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of straightlambic
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

De Dolle Dulle Teve (Mad Bitch) from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
92 out of 100 based on 727 ratings.