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

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Ratings: 763
Reviews: 424
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.12%
Wants: 46
Gots: 49 | 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 rhoadsrage
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of John_M
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.

Photo of jdhilt
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Photo of biegaman
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a darky hazy tangerine-orange color with a nice frothy white head.

S: Fresh tangerines and oranges on nose, along with some coriander and sweet caramel. Some light citrus notes as well.

T: For flavor there is some big sour oranges, malty texture and a dry citrus grind for hopping along with honey sweetness and apples. Coriander and some cola nut spicing also highlight this beer. Alcohol is very well hidden for 10%.

M: Fizzy mouthful from the high carbonation.

D: A nicely balanced beer, spicy, good drinkability, and stands out against most.

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a medium orange amber with fine particulates floating in it. Massive fine to coarse head takes up half the glass with a careful pour. Good retention and leaves massive lacing. Aroma of sweet light fruit, citrus, cloves, Belgian yeast. Flavor is intense light fruit; stone fruit, apple, oranges. Finishes much dryer with the hops and cloves asserting a sharper flavor and a bit of a floral element. Quite a delicious start and pleasant flavor progression. Medium bodied. A quite enjoyable and well made tripel. I enjoyed this more and more as it opened up in the glass over time.

Photo of flagmantho
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 330mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: poured a thick, hazy light-golden color, quite reminiscent of pear juice, with a colossal white head. I am sooo ready for this.

Smell: bright apple and pear aromas with hints of citrus woven in. Under this is a light bready aroma which is very enticing.

Taste: delicious, ripe tree fruit and bright, sweet, refreshing malt. Just awesome. This is exactly what I'm seeking in a tripel.

Mouthfeel: the definition of bottle-conditioned creamy texture. More, please.

Drinkability: excessively drinkable. It's bright without being tart, and the pear and apple flavors complement the malt very well. This is just a super fresh and yummy beer.

My only problem with this beer is that its positively mammoth head was so damn persistent that it made it difficult to drink. Looked great, though.

Photo of Viggo
3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to biegaman for sharing this one with me!

Pours a hazy golden, big thick white head forms, nice lacing, super retention, head just won't quit, settles to a thick layer. Smell is sweet, caramel citrus, apples, alcohol, sugar, more apples, neat. Taste is similar, sweet and malty, wheat, apples, alcohol, caramel, quite sugary, bready, spicy finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with high carbonation, very warming, almost hot going down. Not a bad tripel, thanks for sharing Jan!

Photo of Bighuge
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The highly charged fizz sound from popping the cap leads me to beleive this one's got some carbonation going. It pours out a murky looking golden orange tone. A huge, uniformly bubbled ivory white head graces the surface. It becomes rocky as it dissipates. Retetention is phenomenal. Aroma is yeasty and bready, fruity and alcoholic. And very much like cookie dough. Really a nice aroma. The mouthfeel is quite charged, but not so much I can't enjoy this nice Belgian beer. Body seems to be fairly light. The flavor is quite doughy. A little like rumcake. Yeastiness plays a big part in the overall flavor profile. Some fruity esters float about as well. Flavor has some nice spiciness to it as well. Pepper, nutmeg and cinamon. Overall a nice brew from a nice brewery.

Photo of Brad007
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice mild blonde color with a thick head that takes quite a while to recede.

Light amount of spritzy citrus upfront followed by spice from the yeast and a slight hint of funk.

Taste is chock full of citrus, light grassy hops and just a hint of spicy, bready malt as well. Delicious but seems a bit rough around the edges.

A bit of alcohol warmth creeps up at the back of the mouth, complimenting the rest of the lingering flavors. Never gets to be too much for my palate. Tasty. Easy to drink and enjoy.

Decent at best. You might want to do a slow pour as it's foamy. However, once that foam recedes, it's more than worth the wait.

Photo of glid02
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Brick Store in Atlanta.

Pours a perfectly clear yellow-golden color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of light fruits - bananas and pears - with hints of citrus rind and spices all backed by a solid malt backbone.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Malt flavors kick things off, followed by bananas and pears coated in Belgian candi sugar. Mild spices hit in the middle of the sip and carry through until the mildy sweet and dry ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. This drinks more like a 6% beer than a 10% one - I could definitely have a few of these.

Overall this is a trippel that's very well done. Definitely worth a shot.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a cloudy dark gold color with an inch and a half frothy white head. Head retention and lacing are both excellent. Aroma is sweet and fruity, it smells like pears, Belgian yeast, peaches, candy sugar and apples. It tastes like candy sugar, yeast, black pepper, bready malt and apples. The taste isn't quite as fruity as the aroma is, which was a bit surprising to me. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and coating, and also has very high but soft carbonation. A bit too much carbonation for my liking, anyway. Drinkability is good, but would be better if the carbonation was lowered a bit. Overall I think this is a good beer, I've had a few De Dolle brews now and I haven't been disappointed in one yet. Recommended.

Photo of Gusler
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer after decanting a beclouded yellow orange with tons of dross and a rather substantial head that is creamy in consistency and an off white color, the lace forms a fine sheet to cover the glass. Earthy aroma of yeast, sweet malted grain, hints of pineapple, and a marvelous beer to sniff, start is ambrosial and thickly malted, top is fair to middling in feel. Finish is stern in its acidity, the hop powerful but pleasant in their spiciness, very dry and long lasting aftertaste with the 10 percent ABV, applying a bit of “Belly Warming”, a fine beer from a fine brewery, and one I see rarely for some reason.

Photo of jrallen34
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I drank this from a 12oz bottle into my Rochefort chalice.

This bitch pours a dark gold with a hint of orange. There is crazy carbonation with at least five fingers of off white head, that is is very pillowy. The retention is good staying several minutes with great retention.

The aroma is on the lighter side with a little floral arrangement and a a hint of dry white wine with grass, a sauvingon blanc?

The taste is light and very smooth to drink, total session beerish. The flavor is light flowers and grass from start to finish.

The feel is nice and lasting, incredible drinkability.

This is an awesomely easy to drink tripel, especially at 10%. My only complaint is that the flavor is a light, wish there were some bold flavors that would make this world class.

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

Reviewed from notes: Had on draft at Monk's Cafe.

appearance: golden yellow with a 2 finger white head

smell: citrus, clove, coriander,

taste: citrus, coriander, clove, spices, bready malts,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: very nice tripel. wish the wife had the chance to try this one. if you like this style I recommend you try this one.

Cheers,l
The CPJ

Photo of dirtylou
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

on-tap at la trappe in SF, a rare treat from the taplines

I'll always have a weakness from tripels - clean flavor profiles, potent but not abrasive, often gorgeously presented. De Dolle nails this one - a definite classic - lots of honey, clover, yeast, bubblegum, clove - all the classic profiles. Extremely drinkable and refreshing.

Photo of avalon07
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had an amber color and a thick consistency. Lots of foamy, long-lasting head and very good lacing.

S: A nicely done smell, with fruit, malt, Belgian yeast and a bit of hops appearing.

T: While I could still taste the alcohol, it wasn't as powerful as I would've thought. Well balanced taste of pears, malt, yeast and hops.

M: Typically high (for Belgian beer) carbonation rate and a smooth finish. Full-bodied.

D: This is a very drinkable beer, especially if you like Belgians. Tasty, complex fairly easy to drink.

Photo of rudzud
4.71/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed on tap at the Armsby Abbey's 3 year anniversary event on 8/24.

A - Poured into a chalice a straw colour with a massive three finger head that faded to leave lots and lots of sticky side lacing.

S - Some nice light funk and fruit. Little bit of cloves and citrus (lemon).

T - Holy crap. I'm getting wonderful citrus, cloves, and I get some bubblegum too. Infact, lots of bubblegum.

M - Really nice carbonation here. Keeps everythign light. While you cant gulp this back it sure isnt a sipper.

O - Overall this was spectacular. Hands down the favorite of the night behind Cantillon on tap.

Photo of ccrida
3.36/5  rDev -19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from an 11.6 oz bottle into a snifter, the Dolle Teve is a hazy pale yellow, with lots of bubbles and a huge, frothy white head, which keeps rising out of the glass as it settles, holding firm and tight, leaving foamy lace.

The aroma is heavy on the green apple and pear, sugar with some vinegar, band-aid like phenols and movie popcorn.

The taste is pretty rich, heavier on the sugar and caramel then the color beguiles, spicy plastic phenols, alcohol, with citrus tropical fruit, candi and bubblegum.

The mouthfeel is super carbonated and foamy, medium to heavy bodied for a tripel.

Tasty, yet rich enough to help you keep the speed in check, and lacking the digestibility I look for in the style. Honestly, I'd have guessed this was from the U.S. in blind tasting, it's best attribute is that, while heavy tasting, doesn't drink at 10%

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

Hazy pale gold colour with a thick, fluffy, long lasted off-white head. Great head retention.

Vinous lemon and lime aroma like that of a great Gewurtraminer. Mild malt and a hint of raisin.

Bready malt with plenty of fruity esters. The flavour has a completely different profile to the aroma with a refined bitterness and slightly spicy note coming through. There is also a mild sort of tartness. Great.

Medium body with moderately-high carbonation. Good.

An exceptional tripel with a truly interestin garoma. Great flavour. Interesting and complex.

Photo of tommy5
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Hit all the right notes. Right Up there with the better triples.

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I won this bottle in a raffle when I attended the GALS (Georgia Ale & Lager Sirens) meeting at the Brick Store Pub in Decatur. It pours a hazy, nearly opaque honey golden with a fairly thick white head. (Be careful when opening, though - the sample I got fizzed like champagne!) Strong, inviting aroma is fruity and a little malty, as well as subtly sweet. Rich flavor is mainly fruity, mostly apple with hints of banana and pear. There are also malty and hoppy undertones and a little bitterness. Texture is smooth as soymilk and has a good fizz to it. Definitely worth looking for, but as I said, open with caution!

Photo of clayrock81
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a translucent reddish orange with a rather too large frothy head that takes forever to die and leaves lace patches. A great aroma of some fruity esters that vary on grape, cherry, plush tropical fruits and a orange/citric twang and maybe pear). Yeast aroma is prevelant as aroma overall is not too boozy and there are some sweet malt and spicy notes in nose as well. A light body with some stickiness yet still flows past the tongue with ease. A beer with a touch of spicy pepper and a little alcohol, there is a somewhat vinous taste of apple, pear, and grapeskin (with possible figs or raisins in the beer). Has a tart edge and is aided by some citric fruit/hop flavors like orange as well as a strong carbonation that prickles the tongue. A sturdy malt base in the backbone of the beer provides balance as some caramel and bread malt peek out. The beer finishes sharp and spicy due to flavorings and carbonation and is just a well-made beer that anyone should sip on.

Photo of tbeckett
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Split a bottle of this with a friend at Brothers Beer Bistro. From notes.

A - Tons of suspended yeast floaters in a dark golden body. Obvious cloudiness. Half finger of white head left a film of retention and spotty lace.

S - Fruity, spicy, candied fruits, sweet, honey. Very complex and unlike any other Tripel I've smelled before.

T - Honey, very nice spice, lovely sweetness that wasn't overpowering but subtle and complimentary. Yeast. The sweetness, honey flavours, and yeast character were so nice.

M - Good mild carbonation, full body, and a lovely sweet pear finish.

O/D - Great stuff. Very nice and sweet but not cloying. So many layers. Definitely one of the better Tripels out there. Very drinkable but it took me a long time to get through half. Great stuff.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.48/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330 mL bottle without a vintage/freshness date. Pours a lightly hazed gold color with a massive soapy cap of off-white head. Fades slowly and leaves chunks of foam all over the place. Good looking beer.

Nose is grainy, alcoholic and a little bit like cream soda. Fruits galore.

Taste is hugely fruity and vinous, loads of alcohol. Too big for its own good? Maybe. The body is rich, but the malts light..which leaves alcohol and yeasty phenols picking up the slack. A little overcarbonated, but a few hard swirls fix that pretty quick. Yeast really throws its weight around here, I dont know if I have ever had a fruitier, yeast driven beer before. Interesting beer, but I dont think I would buy it again.

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