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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
92
outstanding

739 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 739
Reviews: 420
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 43
Gots: 43 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers visit their website
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 Rick778
3.45/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GreenMountainBoy
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of jayhawk73
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a cloudy gold color with a big four finger off white head, which lingers. Carbonation is pronounced, and lacing is very good. Nice looking beer, although it took 5 minutes for the head to get down to normal levels even w/ a careful pour.

S- Nice- apple, pear, spice, yeast, malt. Fruity w/o being too much so. A very tasty smelling beverage. A slight sweet/sour combo happening, but nothing is overwhelming. Very balanced nose on this beer. Very close to 4.5, but not quite.

T- You immediately get yeast, malt and spice on the taste, while the fruit is relegated to the background. A different profile than the nose for sure. Very balanced flavors. This is a really nice Tripel! Alcohol is there, but there's no burn, and it adds to the beers profile instead of detracts.

M- A little sour bite that's quickly smoothed over w/ honey smoothness. Nice aftertaste that's really smooth and buttery. Very nice, and just right for this style.

O- I had never had this beer before and was pleasantly surprised. This isn't my favorite tripel, but it's a REALLY good one. Definitely pick it up if you see it on the shelf, it's tasty.

Photo of czfreeman
4.7/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Mad Bitch pours out an golden-opaque yeasty haze color. Head is a billowing storm cloud of foam.
Aromas are huge... immediatley I get spiced apple cider, meads, nutmegs, clove, peach, d'anjou pears with caramalized cinnamon bread-like finish.
Holy Shit...I just sipped it..my god this is delicious. Cloying, spicy-sweet. Its like the best cup of spiced-spiked cider you've ever drank only a hell of a lot better. This is simply delicious.Its a liquid profile of the aromas. Alcohol is hidden by the complexity of this mouthfull of spicy goodness.I cannot go on enough about this, this is so good that a I cannot believe that 10%abv is hidden this well. It simply dissapears in the complexity of this beer.
I have just had my tastiest triple to date. I absolutley cannot wait to try another brew by this Brewery.

Photo of halo913
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of HumphreyLee
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of EPICAC
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had a bottle at De Hopduvel in Ghent.

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazy golden. Topped by a fluffy, meringue-like, white head with good retention and nice lacing.

Smell: Lightly fruity with peppery spice, citrus and grain.

Taste: Significantly bitter. Light fruity nites up front are quickly followed by strong peppery spice and hoppy bitterness. The finish is bitter with residual sweet and tart fruit flavors.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, moderate carbonation, lightly dry finish.

Drinkability: Easy to drink with a good balance.

Photo of Dithyramb
4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had two of these Saturday night while at Grand Cru in Baltimore. Bottle labeling similar to what is pictured, with the additional US import stuff added in. No lot or date labeling appeared evident.
Poured a pretty, slightly hazy golden with a fluffy meringue white top. Retention and lacing were textbook.
Sugary/spicy aroma that detracts from the flavor and appears to be the weakest of the senses for this brew.
Quite a few esters in the flavor. Cloves, candy sugar, orange, grapefruit, a slight bit of Saaz? Goes down smooth and easy. Sampled by itself and with some various olives.

Mouthfeel was medium and dry. The carbonation was just right. Without it, it would've been heavier or more cloying. Mouth got very warm after the first few sips, but otherwise the 10% was hidden very well.
Overall: Damn, I didn't even realize it was 10%. No wonder I was a little bit more dehydrated than I should've been Sunday morning. Definitely worthy. would've liked to know the name meant dam bitch at the time...

Photo of ZethOfTheNorth
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
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 KickbacksSteve
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
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 -3.9%
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 PeteRiz
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of desint
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.52/5  rDev +9.2%
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 CDCNAM
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of mzwolinski
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
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 philipquarles
4.18/5  rDev +1%
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 -27.5%

Photo of beerpirates
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
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 Slynger
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
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 Jtrigonis
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of scottDC
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of CharlesRiver
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
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 rojapa
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of theboozecruise
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

De Dolle Dulle Teve (Mad Bitch) from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
92 out of 100 based on 739 ratings.