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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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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
Photo of jayhawk73
4.4/5  rDev +6%
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.

jayhawk73, May 04, 2011
Photo of hardy008
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy honey color with a large 3-4 finger white head. Nice retention and lacing. An interesting aroma. Apples, pears, pepper, candy sugar, yeast, cloves, and bread.

It tastes like I expected it to. Sweet, peppery, and fruity, with all the flavors described in the aroma. Damn, this Mad Bitch put my taste buds in a headlock, and won't let go.

Medium bodied, plenty of carbonation, and there is a sweet aftertaste. This is a really good Tripel from De Dolle. I need to seek this out again some time.

hardy008, May 01, 2011
Photo of Rifugium
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Monk's, Philly, PA

Poured slightly hazed amber with a nice white head that dissipates a bit. Aroma of floral hops and a bit of spice. Taste of light fruits and light sugars, some alcohol bite. Mouthfeel is medium, with a bit of harshness from the alcohol. Moderately drinkable. Good beer.

Rifugium, Apr 30, 2011
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.

twiggamortis420, Apr 22, 2011
Photo of drtth
4.85/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a snifter glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As poured the beer is a very lightly hazed peach color with an enormous 2” fluffy white head that recedes very slowly leaving some sheets of foam on the sides of the glass. The beer is filled with lots of active carbonation (which helps to keep the head going strong). Sipping throughout most of the beer leaves a remarkable amount of foam and lacing on the sides of the glass. There are sheets of foam, large and small speckles of lacing and some nice leggy streaks as well.

Smell: The aromas are strong and noticeable even as the cap is removed from the bottle. There’s lots of fruits here, mostly orchard fruits like apple and pears. There’s also a bit of spiciness in the aromas, some coriander and white pepper.

Taste: The flavors blend together so well it is hard to tease the components out, but I’d say that there’s a nice pale malt backbone with some spices like the coriander and pepper in the background. Mingling in with all that are the fruit flavors, again, mostly pear and apple. As the beer warms I’m picking up a flavor that reminds me of the honeydew melon that was part of breakfast today.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied and very smooth and creamy with the active carbonation and head retention. The finish is medium long, begins in the sweetness of the beer (probably from candi sugar), changes as the fruits move on stage and then disappear, leaving a gentle bitterness that also becomes nicely dry at the end.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: If you want two words to describe this beer, think “complex” and “balanced.” I found this one dangerously drinkable in that each sip followed naturally and easily after the one before it and the temptation was to sip too rapidly for the 10% ABV. I certainly would be happy to have another (after the effects of the well concealed alcohol wear off a bit). In addition, I’ll be looking out to have this one again. My overall impression of this beer is that it is a first rate tripel that provides an example of what a tripel should and can be. It well deserves its high rankings.

drtth, Apr 17, 2011
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Super carbonated honey pale hazed golden amber with a bright egg shell white head rising thick above the rim of this open faced Bornem chalice...aromatics contain a bit of fusel alcohol with pineapple fruity tropical esters clouding the senses as well. Flavor lets you know the alcohol content upfront as well, a bit boozey and one dimensional semi sweet biscuit malts with spicy herbal Euro hops and spicy bitter yeast notes. Bottled 8/2010 not bad has a little age on it. Again super carbonated version of a tripel I'm used to effervescent CO2 but this is literally hard to take a sip without burping. The bottling condition was a bit out of control from the get go, but as it settles in the glass it becomes much more approachable. Mouthfeel is medium bodied I spoke about the carbonation issues, a linger sweetness overrides each sip as well as a kick of alcohol that doesn't let you forget who you're dealing with one Mad Bitch. Overall impression is that this could be world class tripel if it had more table manners but I don't think De Dolle or the Dulle Teve are ready for that.

WVbeergeek, Apr 10, 2011
Photo of Nerudamann
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter glass.

Look - amber in color and murky with a ton of off-white colored foam that dissipates slowly.

Smell - fairly hoppy smelling, but not with a distinct hop aroma. Fairly "floral" smelling. A little spicy smelling too.

Taste and Mouthfeel - fairly sweet and hoppy tasting. A bit like a trappist ale. Hop flavor isn't distinct, as it wasn't in the smell. Malts aren't terribly present, but they're there. Texture is fairly light and well-balanced.

Overall - a very good-tasting beer, with good complexity and subtlety.

Nerudamann, Mar 30, 2011
Photo of impending
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl into a tulip. Pours a dull hazy honey, towering dense head, clumpy froth.

Sweet complex delicious aroma, everything you want in a tripel. Superb

Taste not nearly as sweet as the nose hinted. Dry crisp bitter finish proceeds the gracefully exiting aftertaste. Sweet, a phenolic kick, the finish. Truly, the finish defines this brew. Medium bodied mouthfeel.
cheers
jd

impending, Mar 27, 2011
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.43/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy amber with a growing sudsy head.
Nose shows doughy yeast, candi sugar, light fruit (pears, white grapes) and soft phenols. Yeast really dominates here.
The flavours, unfortunately, are completely dominated by hot, solvent-like alcohol. Underneath is more doughy yeast.
Carbonation is way too high.

CrazyDavros, Mar 13, 2011
Photo of HopHead84
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2/27/2011

On tap at Stone.

A: It's the color of apple juice, with a diminutive white head.

S: Bready malt blends with clove-like spicy phenols and notes of apple and pear. A slight sugary character is evident. Some orange and a dash of banana. Spices really come out with warming.

T: Phenols are reminiscent of white pepper and clove. Fruit notes are of orange and apple. Moderately sweet throughout, with a slight Belgian sugar quality. Finish is smooth, fruity, and lightly spicy. Booze provides warming and a little flavor. Very well hidden for 10%.

M: Medium in body with upper low carbonation. Mouthfeel is smooth with alcohol warming.

Overall: A pretty good Tripel. Not a style I find very interesting and this did nothing to sway me.

HopHead84, Feb 28, 2011
Photo of paulozanello
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very nice translucent dark golden color with a very persistent one finger white head. Lots of carbonation coming from the bottom. Great lacing with creamy foam.

Aroma is yeasty with flowers and fruit/citric/sweetness like mango and peach. It has also a doughy smell to it.

taste begins very sweet marmelade and candy-like. Then I get a lot of fruity esters like orange, mango and apricot. Not much bitterness at all.

Mouthfeel is creamy and amazing. Carbonation is high but very smooth.

Great drinkability on this 10 % beer. Alcohol is barely noticeable.
Overall a great and complex triple that relies greatly on the Belgian yeast for it's favor profile. I would definitely heve it again.

paulozanello, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of plfahey
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Medium gold in color, brilliant clarity. ENORMOUS carbonation-even a gentle pour generated a giant, slightly off white, rocky head with good retention and some belgian lace.

Aroma-Smooth, grainy and lightly bready malt character. Light floral hopping. Some light citrus shows through. Yeasty bread dough aroma is almost champagne-like/white wine. Hint of tropical fruit. Very elegant and intriguing.

Flavor-Grainy, bready, with almost a light caramel sweetness-reminds me of belgian candi sugar. Light apple and white grape fruitiness. Yeasty, slightly peppery finish with some alcohol coming through to dry the flavor out. Very dry finish. Low hop bitterness and alcohol linger on into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel-Super carbonated, effervescent. Medium body. Some definite alcohol warmth in the finish.

This is a fantastic tripel-the aroma was killer, and the flavor was quite good. This is a clean, elegant beer, and just kicks ass.

plfahey, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of ILiveOffHops
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

ILiveOffHops, Feb 18, 2011
Photo of alpinebryant
3.63/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

August 2010 bottle
Pours an over the top of a Bruery tulip massive head of too much carboation. This was entirely overcarbonated, hazy marmelade orange

Smell of overripe oranges, tangerine, coriander, clove, spices ; belgian malt and yeast.

Taste of spicey / yeasty dough like tangerines. Tons of carbonation on the tongue, lots of dough. When I poured this, I said son of a.... because it was entirely too carbonated. Now I know where the name came from...

Overall this is a very tasty brew however it was under attenuated at bottling and could have done a lot better with more age before being bottled.

Like stated earlier, extremely highly carbonated, medium to light mouthfeel. Belgian candied sugar flavors abound

alpinebryant, Feb 15, 2011
Photo of boudreaux
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottled: May 2010

A: pours a deep orangey-amber body with yellow highlights; head is full and white/light yellow, about 2.5 fingers thick; sticky lacing remains along side of glass and the top of the beer; specks of yeast are suspended in the beer

S: huge, heavy aromas; sweet, candied sugar; floral, fruit and citrus notes also here

T: sweet molasses malt up front; washed over by a bitter hop floral taste, which cleanses the tongue for the next sip; a touch of spice is also here, providing a nice bite

M: kinda creamy-thick at first (when the taste is sweet); followed by a lingering bitter on the back end (paired with the bitter hop flavor); almost causes a puckering sensation; full, thick, and sticky; a powerful mask for the warming high-alcohol content.

D: it's a sipping beer; easily could pass a half-hour on one glass

boudreaux, Feb 11, 2011
Photo of alcstradamus
3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very murky golden brown with a mountain of head that nearly oveflows my glass even when pouring carefully.

The aroma is spicy and phenolic. Notes of banana bread and lemon zest.

The flavor is full of sweet malty goodness and spices. Some banana bread and alcohol. Floral hoppiness and nutty earth.

The body is medium light and carbonation is high but appropriate. Im definitely impressed by this beer, the alcohol flavor brings it down though because it is just too prominent for a tripel.

alcstradamus, Feb 10, 2011
Photo of HeyItsChili
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S - Poured from a bottle into a Chimay goblet. Pours a brilliant, opaque orange, sort of apricot orange. A booming white head erupts from the pour and simmers to a white fog.

S - Super sweet candy sugar, light fruits like red apples and ripe pears. Floral hops and malt backing.

T - Light candy sugar dominates the flavor. I think of crystallized honey. Some proud, tumescent malts back up the sweetness, and all the while there's an alcohol bite. Everything is nicely upped by the powerful carbonation.

M - Aggressive carbonation, light bodied. Like you're drinking alka-seltzer foam.

HeyItsChili, Jan 30, 2011
Photo of wschmit
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cL bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A: Robust golden-hued head atop a vigorously carbonated, fairly hazy, bronze body. Some pretty epic retention; the cohesive head leaves some patchy lacing.

S: Sweet, fairly malty nose for a tripel--not as yeast-forward as I was expecting, though of course it's still dusty, bready, and prominent. A whiff finishes with citric tang, alcohol, and some spicy hopping. Honey and lemon come to mind, mostly.

T: The hop bittering is noticeable, for a Belgian tripel, but a very pleasant presence nonetheless. A fair amount of (too much?) residual sweetness, but again, it's quite pleasant. Clover honey, chrysanthemum, apricots, with a light, pale malt finish.

M: Pretty thick body, but with great carbonation, and enough alcohol to cut the saccharine feeling. Could still be a bit lighter, though.

D: Worth the price, despite being a bit out of style, I think. A very, very good beer with plenty to think about. Not something to pound, but still, eminently palate-pleasing.

wschmit, Jan 28, 2011
Photo of TheJollyHop
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass; amber-brown hued and clear.

An Intense amount of carbonation. Literally hundreds of small bubbles were constantly renewing the head. I Had to take multiple sips over the span of five minutes just so the foam wouldn't fall over the outside of the glass. In regards to head retention; incredible.

Belgian yeast, honey and biscuits greet the nose first. Fresh white grapes and baked egg bread as well. Alcohol is prominent on the taste early on, exhibiting a spicy, biting, warming character towards the finish, but manages to not overwhelm the honey, peach, overripe fruit, and biscuit malt flavors. Slightly bitter, very dry alcoholic finish which balances the sweet front end. The carbonation makes the beer feel soft and airy on the tongue (meringue), which makes this beer deceptively light for such a powerful beer.

There is also a lingering yeasty, bread flavor that is also slightly powdery, which dries the tongue a bit. Interestingly as the beer warms, the peppery alcohol prominence goes from too excessive to balanced. A well made Tripel indeed.

TheJollyHop, Jan 27, 2011
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