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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

688 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 688
Reviews: 415
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.36%
Wants: 38
Gots: 38 | 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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4/5  rDev -3.6%

orangesol, Jul 22, 2013
Photo of weeare138
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance...looking in the bottle, there are tons of yeast particles held in suspension with a small yeast bed stuck on the bottom. The pour gives way to a hazy, pale, orange toned gold with a gigantic, fluffy white head that slowly fades out. Beautiful smounts of fluff stick to the sides of the glass.
Smell is of honey, apricot, lemon, tangerine, sugary, florally, poached pear, mild banana & coriander, along with a touch of funk that is welcomed and enticing.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a very nice dose of yeast that makes me want to culture the strain out of the bottle and go nuts come my next homebrew session.
Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, mildly sweet, and addictive. Tiny carbonation bubbles are aggressive at first. but turn to a smoothness that delivers nicely.

weeare138, Jan 15, 2007
Photo of stakem
4.15/5  rDev 0%
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.

stakem, Feb 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

dbrauneis, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of Billolick
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
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

Billolick, Nov 12, 2004
Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev 0%
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.

tempest, Oct 23, 2008
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4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Brick Store Pub. Pours a very hazy golden, virtually opaque, but without lots of yeasties floating around. Smells of tangy Belgian yeast with pronounced aromas of bananas, clove, and spice. The taste is wonderful. Flavors of apricot, candi sugar, clove, black pepper, juniper come together seamlessly. There is a nice finish of spice and bright, slightly spicy hops on the finish. The mouthfeel is long and attenuated. Very little sweetness on the finish. Absolutely delicious on-tap and one of the better tripels out there.

Georgiabeer, Dec 21, 2007
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

duceswild, Feb 19, 2013
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4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer has a snow-white cloudy head that sits on a hazy apricot colored body for the full beer. There is a nice bit of lacing with each sip. The body is a bit too dense to see much carbonation except for the tiny bubbles that glide up the sides of the glass.

S- sweet but not offensive white sugar note with a very soft perfume note and a light dried fruit and white raisins hint. As the beer warms the sugar notes develop into a wonderful caramel popcorn smell. The light brown sugar and butter with a faint pear or corn note is wonderful. I found myself smelling this beer several times before each sip.

T- The smooth soft flavor of light caramel sugar with a pear note is followed by balanced green bitterness in the finish.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a fullness in the texture developing toward the finish.

D- Great aroma and a very nice taste that is well balanced with some soft sweetness and a light bitterness.

rhoadsrage, Sep 14, 2007
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3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

DoubleJ, Oct 27, 2008
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4.15/5  rDev 0%
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.

superspak, Feb 15, 2012
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4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Huhzubendah, Apr 30, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

BARFLYB, Jun 27, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear true golden colored beer with a thick massive white head.

Smell is tart and fruity and contains the requisite coriander. Scent of lemon, orange and cinnamon. Little bit of honeysuckle and flower scent in this. Apple, black pepper and alcohol round out the smell.

Taste is surprisingly malty. Strong hit of coriander and plum in the first taste. Slight flavor of cork in this. Strong sensation of alcohol here but only in the chest in the taste it is hidden by the fruitiness of it. Very peppery brew lots of black pepper in the taste.

Mouthfeel is good, high carbonation level gives it creaminess.

This is a very powerful beer and one will pretty much KO you. Very quickly in numbs the mouth and you won’t be drinking a second bottle of this in a night. Far too powerful for a lunch beer. A special brew for special occasions, that limits its drinkability score.

Zorro, Aug 15, 2005
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4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a four finger, white head that quickly fades to a ring leaving a little lace. Nose is alcohol and raisins. Cloudy pale amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor piney raisins sweet and tart with hints of alcohol. $5.70 for a 330ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

jdhilt, Apr 05, 2007
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

afsdan, Apr 16, 2014
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3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Stinkypuss, Dec 13, 2010
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1.5/5  rDev -63.9%

Gonzoillini, Jan 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

mdaschaf, Mar 13, 2013
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4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

smakawhat, Oct 07, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

brandoman63, Nov 30, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

DrBier, Jul 24, 2014
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4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Max's today.

The bitch pours a golden peach color with very good head retention and lots of sticky lacing all around. The nose on this beer is fantastic... I get orange citrus, kumquat, light licorise, some dank green tobaacco and a boatload of spice. Flavors replicate the nose, but this is easily one of the most complex beers I've ever tasted. The beer has an incredible array of honey and tropical fruit flavors, but the finish is almost completely dry, with some significant bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a protracted, drawn out bitter finish. For all the spice and tropical fruit, this beer is incredibly drinkable. Mmmm.... so good.

There are better Belgian trippels out there I suppose.... but they are very few and far between.

John_M, Feb 26, 2010
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3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Vast amounts of capping foam, resembling a scene of outside the gates of heaven - big and fluffy and pearly white head; a good inch when it was at its lowest point. The colour is a little darker than what one might expect from a tripel, although I have seen a couple other offerings dark in tone like this one. The body is a marmalade coloured orange and somewhat clouded (I believe only result of the bits of yeasty sludge that managed to sneak in with the last few drops).

The aroma boast, quite heavily, notes of over-ripened (if not outright, rotting) fruits. Bold apple, having this come to resemble at times a sugary and amped up apple juice.

A big beer - wow - 10% and showing. Certainly let's its strength known. The flavours (though at points quibbling under such high gravity) hold up against the alcohol. It drinks well - just damn potent! Even the modest sized 330ml bottle is a considerable commitment, be warned!

The taste is more centered to a traditional tripel character. Still flavours of bold, over-ripe apple. A soft malt bill. A pear/marmalade taste as well. Lots of fruity esters stemming, I believe, from the yeast strain. Over-ripe fruit seems to be the recurring theme throughout. The flavour are showcased fairly uninterruptedly with the alcohol impeding mostly on the aftertaste.

Truthfully, I found this to be a little too aggressive for the style. While most tripels weigh in at 9 or 10% I simply found this one to posses less grace and be a tad harsh on the palate. This wouldn't be one of my top choices for the style. I will say though, this is merely my own personal taste and with all considered Dulle Teve is still a pretty nice beer.

biegaman, Jul 20, 2007
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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.

billab914, Jan 02, 2012
De Dolle Dulle Teve (Mad Bitch) from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
92 out of 100 based on 688 ratings.