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

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

707 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 707
Reviews: 415
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.36%
Wants: 40
Gots: 39 | 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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Photo of Urbancaver
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle of an unknown vintage
750
Thanks brad for this one...
Pours a murky hazy yellow orange. Lots of nice white head. Looks pretty light for a triple. Smells odd. Fuity, light, sweet. Tastes a touch raisiny and oxidized. Sweet fruits, very unusual flavours. Very interesting taste. Highly carbonted. Overall great mouthfeel. Very interesting beer.

Urbancaver, Oct 08, 2011
Photo of brew3crew
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasting at Jackie O's. Thanks brad aka ajsdad. 750 ml bottle. Vintage unknown

A-hazy yellow body with a white head that sticks around

S-weird noee. I'm told its pear, but jot a pear I have smelled before

T-really funky. Dried pears that finish really smooth. Very pleasant

M-medium body and smooth

O-gets better as time goes on. Very nice

brew3crew, Oct 08, 2011
Photo of smakawhat
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
Photo of atomeyes
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle
Bottled in february 2011

A- Opaque apple cider-like appearance. Beautiful golden hue. Head was insane and solid. Didn't spill one drop over my Westvleteren chalice. Head disappeared after 3 minutes.

S- thought I smelled gingerbread upon pouring but that disappeared quickly. Poured it straight from the fridge and it didn't have have strong bouquet. Nice and gentle spice scent. Subtle apple and pear blended with a crisp yeast smell.As it warmed up, a slight sugary smell was apparent.

T- The aftertaste's what I noticed first. Its slightly bitter and it sits on the sides of my tongue. I don't notice the oversweetness that others talk about; instead, its the alcohol that I can taste. Its not in-your-face offensive, but its definitely there. There's fruit - more plum or fig, I would say - that hits the back of my palate. Interesting mix: bitterness that rests on the front, darker, muddier fruit that sit in the back of my mouth. Cloves and greener fruit started to appear as it mellowed and warmed up.

M- Alcohol's there. Carbonation is most definitely there. Drinking this slowly and wondering if its best suited to be opened and to let it breathe for 30 minutes.

O- I wasn't sure what to expect. This is definitely more bitter than I expected it to be. I don't love it like I love some of De Dolle's other offerings (*cough cough* Reserva) but I think it will grow on me. I'd definitely suggest keeping this at cellar temp, not fridge temp, and letting it mellow before drinking.

Serving type: bottle

atomeyes, Oct 01, 2011
Photo of Cozzatoad
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

330ml bottle
Bottled in february 2011

A- Hazy light orange with visible sediment on the bottom of the glass after the second and last pouring. Quite dense 1 and a half finger head that has very good retention and leaves a lot of lacing

S- Loads of fruit: rich and slightly spicy (esters?) aroma of orange, lemon, maybe apple, among a nice musty/earthy feel from the yeast that prevents from excessive sweetness. Some sugary undernotes can also be noticed

T- Strong caramel malts with an assertive sugary sweetness to them (loads of sugar in this beer, i can tell you for sure). Fruity on both tongue and palate (orange, raisin, lemon) along with some spicy alcoholic notes. Suprisingly dry on the back of the palate with an earthy/musty feel and a hint of hop bitterness that remains in the aftertaste. A rich range of flavours for sure, a bit messy though

M- Strong, dense body with an assertive alcoholic bite. Strongly carbonated as well: feels nicely crisp on the tongue but really too prickly on the palate

O- I didn't expect this beer to be extremily drinkable. De Dolle makes some very interesting and peculiar ales that have strong and sometimes suprising flavours. I knew I had to expect a palate challenging beer. This one though felt really over the top: too prickly on the palate and overall quite messy. felt a little more balanced as it warmed

Cozzatoad, Sep 30, 2011
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.

sfprint, Sep 13, 2011
Photo of Brent
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a well-aged bottle, so the flavor profile might have changed a bit. Overall, a pleasant beer, but didn't seem to follow the tripel style very well - significant caramel malt notes with some brown sugar background - more in keeping with a dubbel.

Brent, Sep 06, 2011
Photo of Zimbo
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Before pouring this has quite a citric and very sweet nose. Forms one of the biggest best easy heads I have ever seen. Can't retain this mass for the duration of the glass but still very fine and helps to highlight the beer's deeply glossy orangy yellow appearance.

Spice, some lemon, candy sugar and a generous dollop of honey to taste this has medium acidity which actually well supports this potentially weighty big boy.

The only rival to Westmalle as a world class Tripel. While Westmalle Tripel is more supple and complex and demands full attention in order to be rewarded this is immediately hedonistic, loveable and delicious. Two different interpretations but both beautiful extremes of the same style.

Zimbo, Sep 05, 2011
Photo of n2185
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a hazy gold with 4 fingers of foamy white head that recedes into a dense cap with decent lacing.

S: some spicy notes up front, like cloves and coriander. Lots of sweet candy sugar and orange aromas follow. There are some light fruit aromas as well. Slight yeast notes on the finish.

T: lots of spice notes on the tongue at first. Some bubblegum flavors in there along with pears and oranges. Spicy yeast and bread flavors bring up the finish with a slight bitterness.

M: light body with high carbonation, this beer is highly attenuated, making it light and crisp.

O: a good tripel. A bit on the pricy side, but worth it. Flavorful and crisp, it's one of the better tripels out there.

n2185, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of Heymikew2
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Monk's Kettle, in the Mission district of San Francisco. Poured a medium honey color with a light frothy head. Smells light and airy almost as if you could smell a late summer barley harvest. Highly drinkable, hints of allspice and overall a very good beer. Would deffinately order this again.

Heymikew2, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of rudzud
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

rudzud, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of TripelHunter
4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My favourite Tripel so far. Very full. Very complex. Rich, and strong. Smooth yet distinct. Slightly fruity. A lack of it's own glass is disappointing, but the bottle's label rather makes up for that.

I find it to be quite similar to Straffe Hendrik (another favourite of mine).

TripelHunter, Aug 22, 2011
Photo of bb0bbby
4.97/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a goblet at The Nook in Huntsville, AL

A- This draft poured a clear amber, I was expecting more of a cloudy haze. This beer did not look like it tasted.

S- Greatness! Clovey & green apples with finishing tones of lemon & raisins.

T- The taste is exceptional, just a tad bit dry.

M-The mouthfeel is clean and spicy.

One of my fave tripels.

Serving type: draft

bb0bbby, Aug 12, 2011
Photo of THECPJ
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
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

THECPJ, Aug 01, 2011
Photo of SmokinSmyth
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass after sitting open for a couple of minutes, still generated quite a head. It is a cloudy amber color underneath all that head, although minimal lacing as the head recedes.

Aroma is very nice, with a definite smell of cloves from the yeast, with a hint of lemon.

Taste is quite hoppy, and a little spicy. Finish allows a raisin flavor to come through.

Feels very good in the mouth, good balance with carbonation, leaving the feel of foam on your lips. A very nice "mad bitch".

SmokinSmyth, Jul 23, 2011
Photo of jtingue
4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Slowly poured into a Rochefort goblet

A- Pours a cloudy amber, with a finger of head that reaches right to the brim of the goblet. Carbonation is evident in the many streams of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass.

S- Excellent... Tart granny smith apples dominate the nose. There is, however, an undertone of cloves from the yeast.

T- The tartness detected in the nose is equally as present in the taste. The flavor is reminiscent of green or white grapes with a dryness often found in wine. There is also a balancing and light sweetness throughout.The lingering finish is both dry and spicy.

M-The mouthfeel is simply the best part of this beer. Upon contact with the palate the beer foams and coats the whole mouth, distributing the flavor evenly. One of the few beers I have had that has a champagne like effervescence.

Probably my favorite tripel that I have had so far. Noted: the head retention has remained excellent throughout the whole session.

jtingue, Jun 29, 2011
Photo of kojevergas
3.25/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

.33cl bottle into Westmalle goblet in Antwerp, Belgium. Reviewed live.

A: Four finger head of soft delicate cream, great cream, and brilliant retention for the ABV. Hazy yellow colour.

Sm: Souring hops and lemon citrus esters. A moderate strength scent.

T: Amber hops, slight souring hop climax. Full barley foundation. The souring hops mix with the amber hops to form a hoppy beer that is rather complex. Balanced well but not built fantastically.

Mf: Smooth and wet with some coarseness on the climax. Suits the flavours of the body.

Dr: High ABV, easy enough drinking, but not exemplary quality. High pricing by Belgian standards. This beer is mostly hype.

kojevergas, Jun 24, 2011
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.

RuudJH, Jun 23, 2011
Photo of Slatetank
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this at Cafe Bruges in Carlisle on Fathers' Day -served chilled from the 11.2oz brown bottle in a De Dolle glass.

The color is a shade of apricot with hazed clarity and rocky off white cap with large bead and lace that clings in a wavy pattern. The aroma is great, lots of cedar and woody odors at first with some citrus peel and pepper notes with mild yeast ester that gives a slight tropical scent and mild honeydew odor. There is a gentle vanilla quality with some light golden raisin and candy-like malt notes with slight cherry skin accent. The feel is semi-dry with light fruitiness and gentle yeasty presence with a moderate amount of bitterness and hints of spice with tannic tangy edge and slight alcohol w/ mellow dry malt background and yeast juxtoposition.

The flavor has a strong yeast tropical fruit taste with a gentle raisin and subtle melon with hint of citrus rind and mild hop bitterness with mild herbal accent. There is a light sweet candy-like edge after the hints of floral hops and mild pineapple from the yeast kicks in. A mellow caramel, date and light dry pepper taste lingers and some alcohol joins the complex flavor profile of this tripel. The amount of dried fruit flavor is pleasant with mild raisiny sweetness and there is hints of honeyed banana. Overall I enjoyed this a lot, not the best Tripel since it has some noticeable alcohol, but plenty of other stuff going on to distract from that, I would gladly drink this anytime. This went very well with my New York Scramble at brunch which had salmon egg and caramelized onion with parisian potatoes.

Slatetank, Jun 20, 2011
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.

dgilks, Jun 19, 2011
Photo of matjack85
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I tried a bottle of this stuff at Quencher's Saloon in Chicago on the advice of the bartender. 330ml brown bottle with a drawing of "the mad bitch" on the label.

The pour resulted in a huge pillow of white foam that took forever to go down. After the foam receded, the beer showed itself to be a mostly clear dark gold/copper color with not as much lace as I expected from the amount of head it had.

Really nice smell of Belgian yeast and floral hops.

A hard candy-like sweetness is the first noticeable flavor. After that, a white wine grapiness and lots of fruits come into play. A mild bitterness from the hops is a welcome balancer as is some warming alcohol. Add to all this some funky yeast flavor and some peppery spices and you have a really complex and well made beer. It's delicious.

Medium bodied with some really high, spritzy carbonation.

At $8 a bottle it's on the expensive side, but I don't mind paying those prices for something this good.

matjack85, Jun 12, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beautifully golden yellow, the haziness of it only served to magnify the shine it gave off. Some light sediment in the bottle, but that was from me, as I like it. A towering head of white foam at least four inches high,

Lots of grains here with a touch of yeast in the aroma. Light banana and lemon. touches of grass and even the slightest bit of grape. light, and full of flavor, light notes of yeast and wheat, some light fruit backed in as well. Nice hints of peach and a touch of wine like alcohol, but very light and more of a subtle nice surprise then anything else. The flavor was good, and at times effortless. The finish was dry; almost a champagne like dryness to it with a long lasting flavor of grass or wet hay, and you just had to go back for another sip when it was done.

mikesgroove, May 30, 2011
Photo of crnipeter
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazed, very deep golden to amber body capped by long lasting rich, rocky beige head weaving sheets of stable lace on the walls with each swirl.The head never cedes completely and even after 5 or so minutes the body is still topped by thick, firm cloth. The nose reveals strong honeyish sweetness with sugary notes, significant fruity esters of juicy orange that dominate over the subdued, mild spiciness that I couldn't tell whether originate from phenols or hops. A discrete, lightly toasted pale malt and a whiff of alcohol in the background. The honeyish, candyish-sweet flavor-profile
with notes of white wine is marked by juicy, orange like fruitiness and pronounced spiciness that is far more evident than in the aroma section. Not as bitter (either from hops or phenols) and less dry than I'd expect from a tripel. The effervescent, medium, malty body has creamy texture and obvious alcohol warmth which, however, isn't overpowering. Finish is medium-dry with bitter-spicy aftertaste. (330 ml, bottled Jan. 2010, best by Jan.2011, into tulip.)

Despite its 10% ABV I could easily have another bit I won't - one mad bitch in the house is enough.

crnipeter, May 25, 2011
Photo of CanuckRover
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Giant white head after a gentle pour. Thick, clumpy lacings as the head slowly settles. Dark copper around the top fades to a light yellow in the bottom of the glass. Really beautiful beer. Slightly hazy, I dumped the whole bottle in.

Ginger root on the nose, backed by some serious spice with a cinnamon touch. Juicy orange lurking behind.

Big orange flavours up front, almost like orange soda, but not in a bad way. As it warms in the mouth, serious yeast and spice start to come through. Cinnamon and nutmeg mingle with pretty bad ass yeast. All comes together nicely with some gentle warming alcohol.

Despite some serious alcohol and complexity, it actually drinks light and smooth. Has that Duvel'esque drinkability.

This is a fantastic beer. Seek out.

CanuckRover, May 19, 2011
Photo of Digimaika2
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Digimaika2, May 18, 2011
De Dolle Dulle Teve (Mad Bitch) from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
93 out of 100 based on 707 ratings.