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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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Reviews: 423
Hads: 778
Avg: 4.13
pDev: 13.8%
Wants: 48
Gots: 54 | FT: 1
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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 Sephiroth
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I pour the contents of the undated bottle into a tulip. It is a slightly hazy golden color. The nose is malty and spicy.

This is one of the drier tripels I have tasted. Hints of cloves and bananas up front, followed by spices. I am not familiar with the names of spices, so I will just say that there is a lot going on here.

The mouthfeel is creamy, and well carbonated. The drinkability is good. This beer has a very clean finish.

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Photo of Zorro
4.23/5  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.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.27/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to biglove for the trade sample. Pours a hazy,somewhat darker then average golden color. Big head that slowly receedes. Yeasty and phenolic aroma. Flavor is very astringent and phenolic. A ton of spice in there-especially black pepper. Almost too much for me. Good enough mouthfeel-the high carbonation level makes it quite lively on the tongue. Overall I only find this to be an average triple. Too spicy in my opinion and the spices that are there are just overpowering.

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Photo of beveragecaptain
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

According the the label, this is a 750 ml bottle. It clearly isn't. Probably a 330 ml. Pours out a dark yellow color. Lot's of carbonation, so I poured half and let it settle for a few minutes before pouring the rest. There was some floating yeast particles near the bottom of the bottle. The aroma is a lot like apple juice, but with spices. The flavor is very complex. Malt, fruit, especially apples and pears. The come the spices, especially pepper. Alcohol is very noticable. This is really an extreme beer, probably best enjoyed in small quantities.

I think I'll pick up that bottle of the Dulle Teve special reserve that I saw at the store the other day.

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Photo of Paddez
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle bought in ABS drinks in Winksele.

Appearance: Blonde hazy brew with large creamy head that diminishes after a couple of minutes. The foam forms a coating layer that rests for a long time.

Smell: malts, yeast, spices, raisins & grapes but above all: sour apples. (Granny Smith)
Unusual but delicous and appetizing.

Taste: Spices and (roasted) malts mainly with notes of alcohol and yeast. The sour apples pop back up in the bitter roasty finish

Mouthfeel & Drinkability: Medium carbvonation and smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Drinkable? You bet, but this stuff is quite intoxicating. Heady as hell.

Conclusion: I'm sort of surprised to see other BA's talking about a sweet brew. I found this brew to be slightly dry & pleasantly bitter. Nevertheless; this is a very tasty tripel indeed, but man is this stuff strong. I'm off to bed.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fuzzy peach-amber with riotous carbonation boiling off the bottom of the glass. The creamy ecru head began rising out of the bottle before the pour and filled the glass with a controlled explosion of foam. It has now deflated to a stunted rocky precipice while depositing thick chunks and globs all over the interior of the glass. A second pour has dirtied up the beer nicely and gives it a serious, 'I mean business' look.

The nose is immensely powerful and is full of fruit and spice. I smell sweetened apple, pear, apricot and melon in heavy syrup with an undercurrent of well-integrated alcohol. A zesty potpourri of clove, white pepper and ginger adds another dimension to what is already a wonderful tripel nose.

Mad Bitch is great beer. I was expecting a pissed-off harpy of a tripel, but (thankfully) didn't get it. This is an incredibly well constructed, multi-faceted, mouthfillingly flavorful beer that is, at heart, a pussycat. All elements of the flavor profile are bursting at the seams with... well, with flavor... yet the seamless melding of such headstrong personalities is nigh on perfect.

There's a rock solid pale malt backbone copiously coated with candi sugar. Atop that is a pulpy, sticksweet fruitiness that now favors ripe, buttery pears. It's a good thing the spicy yeastiness is so prominent because it needs to stand up to the rest of the assertive, yet complementary, flavors. Damn, this is one bewitching and intoxicating (both literally and figuratively) beer.

Alcohol is noticed (it's hard to completely mask 10%), but it too is a welcome addition. There's no hint of ethanol harshness, just a mellow fruity-boozy flavor that is reminiscent of the finest eau de vies. The mouthfeel is a tad more full than medium with a sugary slickness and a mouth pleasing, invigorating carbonation that is as bold as the flavor.

Mad Bitch is a fantastic tripel that has flavor and attitude to spare, yet is as cultured and as refined as the best of the style. If you've been searching for the beer equivalent of the wild party girl that you can take home to Mom, and who will charm the socks off her in the process, your search has ended with De Dolle Dulle Teve.

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Photo of cypressbob
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle, poured into a delirium tremens tulip

Pours with a dark yellowy orange body, very hazy, thick fat white head, slight yellow tinge

Smell, apricot and peach, very ripe fruit, perfumy flowers. Little bit of lavender

Taste, thick alcoholic fresh very ripe fruit, estery sweetness, some almonds and marzipan. Lasting caramel sweetness on the finish

A big bold flavourful strong ale, very good

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Photo of jakester
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a 11.2oz bottle I got at Union Jack's on the Manatawny. Drank it in a Kasteel glass.

Pours a slightly hazy gold with an orange tint. I did not pour in the bottom dregs. Big, beautiful rocky, white head of foam sticks to the glass all the way down. Great lacing.

Smells Belgiany. Tropical fruits like citrus and mangoes, some spiciness also. Slightly phenolic, not too strong. Strong peppery aroma. Yeasty/bready malts. I just tried Kasteel, and this is more complex. More ripe fruit character.

Flavors of ripe tropical fruits, citrus, black pepper, nice sweetness, not overbearing. Cloves in there as well, with maybe very slight banana. After a while the heat from the alcohol kicks in, but it's more muted than some tripels I know. As it warms, the phenols and alcohol become more pronounced.Aftertaste is very long sweet phenols and alcohol.

This is smooth as silk, and at 10% it will sneak up on you in a hurry. Carbonation is light to medium across the tongue. Finish is long and hot.

A very good example of the style. Complex smells and flavors, smooth as hell, and one hell of an alcohol kick. What more could one want?

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Photo of alexgash
3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I remember having this (vaguely) a couple years ago at the Art Of Beer Festival, and I think I liked it. Out of the bottle it pours with an explosive amount of rocky head. Huge. Body is golden amber with yellow edges. Head is creamy dirty light tan. Big candy fruit aromas stand out. Sticky-sweet pineapple and sugar overshadow some bitter hops and resins. A little alcohol too, but not medicinal like Stille Nacht. Taste is, not surprisingly, all about the sweet malts. Candy apples and concentrated fruit cocktail syrup overmatch traces of pepper and hop bitterness. Thick, full mouthfeel that borders on too syrupy. Warming, alocoholic finish that luckily avoids being robitussin-like and cloying. I guess I prefer tripels that aren't so sweet, so this isn't my favorite. Still, it's heads and tails above Stille Nacht (blechh!).

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Photo of Quaffer
2.09/5  rDev -49.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

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.

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Photo of Beervis
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the 750ml corked and capped bottle a light gold with a vigorous head and lots of carbonation. The bottle foamed over on me as I shook it a bit trying to get the cork out. I had no trouble putting my mouth over the top of the bottle to keep from losing any...I never let good beer go to waste!!

Smell is fruity and estery with subdued citrus hop notes. Taste and mouthfeel is full of fruity esters, spicy alcohol, and very light hops. Sweet malt kicks in next with a very sweet finish. Lots of risidual sugar is present as far as a tripel goes, but the hops balance it out.

This was very drinkable, which is dangerous given the amount of alcohol. I really enjoyed this brew, one of the tastiest Tripels I have had.

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Photo of andjusticeforale
3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The first thing that hits you when you pour this beer is smell of alcohol.( 10% abv) I poured a cool-to-cold bottle into a Chimay chalice and the smell hit me before the head could form. A two centimeter thick foam head formed on top of the opaque orangey-yellow tripel. What I also noticed was the noticeable smell of trappist alcohol esters, but a little more faint in this secular brew.

"Mad Bitch" describes this beer perfectly. There is beauty in the substance, the mouthfeel, the fruity citrus and faint sugar up front, and the flawlessly dry aftertaste. But, just like a beautiful scorned/crazy woman- watch out for the (venom)alcohol here. It is always present, from first sip, to the last foam enducing swirl of the goblet. Really that is the only downfall of this beer. The strength and ever presence of the alcohol makes it semi- undrinkable. I would compare it to Westmalle Tripel, yet the Dulle Teve has less hops, and cannot mask the alcohol as the ingenious Westmalle Tripel succeeds to do.

If Belgian Tripels exploding with alcoholic flavor is your favorite category, this extreme tripel is a must taste.

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Photo of paterlodie
3.69/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation is quiet poor cause of a bad forming and not lasting head and a bronze but cause of the big haze pale looking beer.
Nose is very alcoholic with a coctail of yeastspice(pepper) and a fruitcoctail with lots of sweet apple. Further litle sour and a honey like candynote.
Taste is again lots of alcohol, sweetish candy but further dry. Some light maltarome but alcohol is mostly present. Aftertaste is moderate bitter in a forever staying alcoholbath. Mouthfeel is ok but alcohol and carbonation are IMO far too high. This hurts drinkability also enormous.

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Photo of karengarys
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

it's triple week for me, starting to get the hang of this....

pours amber with a very fluffy cottony head. It is hazy.

smells overpowering fruity with some hop.

tastes very strong in the alcohol, nothing hidden here. distracting. there is some hop and bitterness.

mouthfeel is creamy, but that alcohol taste is overwhelming.

finish is sharp. That alcohol again, and there is a slight aftertaste.

I'd stick with the st. bernardus.

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Photo of hefevice
3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle. Probably shouldn't have tasted this straight after the Oerbier. Lovely hazy orange gold with a massive rocky white head which looked spectacular in my Duvel tulip. Orange peel and spicy alcohol dominate the aroma with acetyl notes and subtle hops in the background. Taste is dry and herbal, dominated by the warm alcoholic finish; the mad bitch definitely bites. Feel is good, but not up to the Oerbier.

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Photo of ybnorml
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A fairly clean (spotted some tiny particles, Maybe from the cork)( OK it much more cloudier as you go thru the bottle) golden amber beer. Has a big spoonable white heat and a very good lace. There is a peppery spiceiness to the aroma. Along with a light sour apple note. Ther is a very prickely carbonation start to the taste. Followed by a dried fruit and fig character. The finish has the peppery hops with a tabacco note in the back.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.77/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a murky brown color ale with a small off-white bubbly head with average retention. Aroma is spicy with some barnyard malt. Taste is somewhat spicy (honey, cloves?) with some notes of floral malt and light funky yeast. This is not bad but was expecting a bit more character and I’m wondering if something was not wrong with this bottle, will have to re-rate that one.

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Photo of horndecker
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: It's the color of copper, with a slight tinge of salmon. The profound billowy head also has a vague pinkish cast to it. The carbonation is a mixture of very fine and coarse bubbles. It turns rocky and clumpified right quick, and the head endures for the life of the beer.

Smell: Aromas are floral and sweet smelling candy - bazooka bubblegum, tangerine and grapefruit, and macintosh apples.

Taste: Large fruit, with a heftier sweetness than the average tripel. Earthy malt and honey swirls with oranges and apples and a slight nuttiness. The apologetic hops bring up the rear, giving it a slightly herbal bitter finish.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Superbly creamy and delicious. Fine carbonation which fills the mouth and tickles the tonsils. De Dolle can do no wrong. Long Live De Dolle!

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Photo of dgallina
4.58/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy peach with huge creamy white head and loads of lacing. Smells of peppery spices, juniper berries, and dry yeasts. Absolutely fabulous flavor and mouth-feel. Peppery and lemony initially, developing into strong alcohol-tinged juniper berries and finishing quite dry and effervescent. Very refreshing, with a long and tart finish. Alcohol very well integrated. I could drink plenty of these!

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled last weekend at the Map Room in Chicago. The beer poured a nice hazy golden color with 2 fingers of head that sits fluffy over the beer. The nose was somewhat apple sweet, but with a bit of sourness and a slight acidic tone as well. The flavor was so nice on this. The initial sour and tart flacors meld together with the fruity tones to make this one finish sometwhat like a sweet-tart candy. Nice. The feel was moderate, slightly creamy with a healthy bit of bubble. Solid beer. I could easily have drank this beer all night, but why when there were so many other choices...

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Photo of avylover
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

poured from a corked 750ml bottle. this is a hazy honey color with a gigantic head. Yeasties are all around my beer, as I have noticed with other De Dolle brews. Aroma is of grassy hops and sweet candy maltiness, backed up by a good whiff of alcohol. Taste is delicate, yet very full. Lots of grassy hop flavor, backed by a very sweet maltiness, somewhat bicuity. The finish is loaded with bittering hops, and dries up the mouth nicely. Great mouthfeel - Full yet fluffy, almost leaving my tongue numb. If there is such a thing as a belgian IPA, this is it.

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Photo of Truh
3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Accused of being a crazy bastard with this one on 1/1/2005. 16-oz. pint pour at the Sunset.

1/8-inch creamy and tight head stuck for a good way throughout. Apple cider light brown hue with tons of chum’ looking closely it was possible to make out some action within. Clover honey, clotted cream, and some cinnamon on nose. Christmas pudding sweetness followed by a plum and raisin fruitiness and a flaky malt finish; also, a grape-like resin to the follow-up. A soothing offering overall.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I have been fortunate enough to thry this mad bitch (what a great name!) several places, at home, at a better beer bar, at a beer festival in Brussels, and at a Beer Cuisine restaurant in Brussels. It is a wonderful (wonderfully strong) beer.

Appearance: pours a slightly cloudy moderate golden color with a beautiful white big fluffy head.

The aroma is incredible, and it the strong point of this beer. Some beers I could just sit and smell all night long, this is one of them. Citrus fruit, a slight hop bite, balanced with candi sugar. As I said, incredible.

Flavor starts of with a slight tart bite that interplays sour orange, limes, almost pungent. Spiciness too. Very very good!

Lush creamy mouthfeel, drinkability is limited by it's ABV, and to be honest, it's a somewhat tough profile to get my arms around to want to drink this more than once in a while. I really like it, but want to save it for occasional times.

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Photo of waughbrew
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hazy peach. Turbulent - little yeast chunks caught up in the cyclone. Hugemongous eggshell head never subsides. Smells very faint, alcohol and nutmeg with a bit of almond and herbal dust. Flavor starts as sweet honey and slowly evolves into a leafy, peppery dryness. Wonderfully balanced and so silky smooth.

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Photo of silenius
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazed golden amber with a great big fluffy head that lightly laces the glass.

Smells like a NZ Sauvingnon Blanc. Spritzy orange marmalade with floral tones. Citrusy and grassy.

Taste is more of the grassy marmalade with a nice hoppy drying with a hint of grass. All these taste meld together into one nice beer.

Mouthfeel is lightly tingling with a nice dry aftertatste. If I had to guess I would say a tannin like dryness that comes from oak ageing.

Very drinkable. I never tired of this one and kept lamenting that my glass had less and less as I drank more an more.

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De Dolle Dulle Teve (Mad Bitch) from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
92 out of 100 based on 423 ratings.