De Dolle Dulle Teve (Mad Bitch) - Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
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4.13/5 rDev -0.5%
Poured from 11.2 capped bottle into a hilariously large beer mug.
Appearance- Beer pours a hazy orange yellow with a HUGE head of foam that fills the gigantic mug to the brim and still has beer left over in the tiny bottle. There is more head than beer here, no joke. Sticky, splotchy, lacing dissapates around the sides but the iceberg of foam refuses to sink to allow me to drink it. Head takes a full 15 mins to die down.
Smell- Bready and yeasty with ample phenols coming into the equation. Banana and apricot seem to well their heads up thru the phenols.
Taste- Yeasty and light malt upfront. Spicy and light but yet alcoholic even on the flavor. White pepper, lemon zest, grapefruit, a slight bitterness. Drying finish.
Mouthfeel- Soft and light on the mouth, medium-light bodied, creamy and warming on this cold day. Not so sure the warmth would be so noticable if I weren't cold already. Highly carbonated, highly refreshing.
Drinkability- Decptively high. I wouldn't know I was getting totalled on this 10% monster until the damage had been done. There is alcohol on the mouthfeel, but not to the point that it would be percived as a big beer.
12-09-2007 04:39:08 | More by blakesell
2.03/5 rDev -51.1%
11.2 oz. bottle.
Appearance: This beer poured a golden orange that became hazy after some of the yeast sediment was added. The white head was coarse and fizzy and rose up easily to well over two fingers. It disappeared quickly and settled into a thin layer of bubbles on top of the brew. There was some light lacing.
Smell: Spicy alcohol and sharp, white grapes made up the bulk of the aroma. Light roasted malt lay underneath with a little bit of old, musty wood. After a shot of the yeast was added, the aroma became unpleasantly sour.
Mouthfeel: Light- to medium-bodied and slightly coating. Carbonation was strong but not harsh.
Taste: Sour yeast and vinous white grapes came through upfront. The finish was all strong, yet spicy alcohol, combined with a dry astingency that was in no way enjoyable. There was some old wood and sweet, light fruits underneath all of this, but they were mild and didn't detract from the other unpleasant flavors.
Harsh and to be avoided in the future.
07-12-2005 22:42:37 | More by Quaffer
3.83/5 rDev -7.7%
Pours a golden, bubbly straw color with a ridiculous 4-finger champagne-like bubbly head. Lots of lacing.
The smell is strong of apples & must. There's also lots of earthiness & herbal hops. The taste is strong of bread, honey, phenols, herbal hops & cloves. Mouthfeel is dry & carbonated.
This is a drinkable tripel. Nice & hoppy with strong herbal & earthy qualities. Goes great with Lebanese food.
05-29-2009 03:12:46 | More by theghost3
3.95/5 rDev -4.8%
Beer pours a clear peachy amber. Rocky tan colored head is slow to deflate to a thick collar that leaves gobs of thick white lacing.
The initial take on the scent is fruity, slightly boozy and candy sweet. Nice notes of fresh pear and green apple. Very mild phenolic spiciness.
The taste is similar with strong notes of boozy fruit and sticky sweetness. Almost too sweet, but the phenolic and alcohol heat helps tame the sweetness. Mouthfeel is lively and medium bodied.
Nice beer all around. I always have difficulty and a personal preference against triples that come off sweeter and this one toes the line.
05-23-2014 16:47:39 | More by Jmamay22
4.75/5 rDev +14.5%
Date on cap: Jul2011
Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into an oversized wine glass (perhaps tulip would've been better)- poured a hazy golden color with a very large one finger plus head that grew two about two fingers. Exceptional retention and some very nice splashes of lacing.
Smells of golden malt, belgian yeast, and candi sugar. Plain, simple, and delicious. More of the latter two.
Tastes like ambrosia would- lots of candi sugar mixed with the golden malt, moderated by an earthy Belgian yeast and VERY slight hop finish.
Mouthfeel is good, but not as carbonated as I'm used to from De Dolle. Medium body with light carbonation (hence why I thought I should've used a tulip). This is another excellent offering from De Dolle and one of the best tripels I've had.
Update: Paired with Chimay cheese and noticed a little sweet booze towards the end of the taste. Otherwise very well concealed for 10 percent.
03-23-2012 00:33:15 | More by Hopdaemon39
4.5/5 rDev +8.4%
Poured from a 330 mL glass bottle that I got half-price because the guy said it might be "too far gone"
A- Huge rising active head that takes forever to settle out. This is the kind of head that you can have billowing from the top of the glass more than an inch but it doesn't spill over the edge, it just piles up instead. Dark gold/amber color with very active carbonation.
S- Sweet and spicy. Touch of alcohol. Citrus, simple sugars, piney, herbal.
T- Still waiting for it to settle. If it's anything like the other de dolle beers I've had this is gonna be an odd, but great experience.
5 minutes later... Great depth and complexity. Starts off rather bitter but then slowly flops completely over into a sugary-sweet caramel. The alcohol is apparent, but it's so smooth that its nothing more than a smell, no taste really. Slightly medicinal taste towards the end, maybe the alcohol peaking through a bit. I'm so glad I got this at half price, I really got a deal. It gets warming after the first few sips.
M- Very peppery and raw. It challenges the tongue, and I like it. Very similar to the other de dolle beers I've had. So bold and strong that it may seem a bit overwhelming to the faint of heart. The carbonation is wild.
D- Well, it is really strong, but if I could get more at this price I would buy it by the sixer.
10-24-2006 21:37:36 | More by Rudgers73
3.65/5 rDev -12%
330ML bottled in July 2010.
Pours a clear metallic gold in my Duvel tulip with three fingers head that sticks to the glass in patches. I got a little sediment in the glass which is stirred around quite a bit by the carbonation from the etching at the stem. Foam sticks around to the end, leaving a somewhat thin layer. Initial whiff is full of green apples, which is kinda weird since I've never gotten that from a Tripel. After the head settles down I get the spices I've come to know and love from a Belgian: allspice and clove. Also get some orange and excotic citrus, almost like papaya or something. Hard to get the malt under all this, but it's somewhat biscuity for a Belgian. Taste starts out light with effervescence but gets a bit heavy with honey and nectary flavors. The spices come after the swallow and stick in the mouth and throat. It's not too heavy, though, as the alcohol comes back at the end, but very light. Just a hint of the ABV. The feel gives the impression of being very balanced with a dry aftertaste.
This borders on being too spicy, sticking to the back of your throat, but it never gets there. That's commendable, but it could use some banana esters to balance that out. Lots of goodness in here, but a bit too heavy to make it an excellent Tripel.
07-14-2012 04:40:48 | More by Philousa
4.1/5 rDev -1.2%
Pours a rusty orange amber with a medium white head. Aroma ripe apple, pears, Belgian yeast, fruity alcohol esters, some dark fruit notes as it warms up. Taste of Belgian yeast, fruity flavor of dark fruit, dried plums sweetness and a mild tartness, sweet alcohol. Palate is a med to full body with sweet tart Belgian yeast and moderate carbonation. Finish is of sweet ripe dark fruit, dried sweet tart plums, Belgian yeast, with mild bitterness and sweet alcohol. Overall a very good, tasty and all around flavorful brew, very nice
03-31-2014 20:45:48 | More by Samp01
4/5 rDev -3.6%
A: Light orange/copper colour with a huge bubbly billowing head.
S: Sweet floral smell with a bready malt backbone. Picking up some orchard fruits (apples & pears), and alcohol warmth.
T: Sweet cane sugary taste at first, that morphs into a bitterness accentuated by potent floral and pepper notes. Nipping alcohol is present, but fairly well hidden considering the upfront smell and percentage. Overall fairly well balanced.
M: About average carbonation for a triple. Nice oily texture with alcohol warmth.
D: Overall pretty good. However, I'm not especially feeling the peppery emphasis that much. But would buy this again, and I'm glad I tried it.
05-18-2011 02:02:41 | More by Digimaika2
4.25/5 rDev +2.4%
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.
02-18-2011 22:32:26 | More by ILiveOffHops
3.85/5 rDev -7.2%
Clear amber color white frothy medium head nose of yeast , malt , cereals , grains and citrus / orange taste of malts , yeast , cereals , grains , sour red fruit , and citrus cream raw body , and dry style aftertaste slightly bitter , chalk , and yeast
09-14-2006 03:42:27 | More by stephendr
4.28/5 rDev +3.1%
Pours a very cloudy golden hue. On the sweet side for a tripel, with a full body. Reminds me a little of the Unibroue 15 with it's sweeter character. I enjoyed this all the way through, and the ABV does not detract. De Dolle has always been interesting to me, if somewhat erratic. I would certainly recommend this one to fans of the style.
05-12-2007 04:19:26 | More by JohnnyDuvel
4.22/5 rDev +1.7%
11.2 oz bottle. No freshness date. Hazy golden with a massive meringue like head. Head dissipates slowly and leaves a thick coating of lace in its path.
Aroma is sweet orange, pineapple, lemon, honey, and some spice.
Flavor starts off sweet, peaches drizzled in honey, spicy clove, bread. Finishes dry with a pleasant hoppy bitterness.
Alcohol was hidden quite well.
08-13-2007 06:38:28 | More by Padron4KM
De Dolle Dulle Teve (Mad Bitch) from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
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