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

De Dolle Dulle Teve (Mad Bitch)De Dolle Dulle Teve (Mad Bitch)

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

646 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 646
Reviews: 409
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.6%


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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Bighuge

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2003 04:09:16 | More by Bighuge
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oberon

North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Now this was an interesting find I have to say,pours a hazy orange/yellow with big fluffy head that natyrally leaves some nice lacing.Aroma is lemony and a little musty with a sweet background.Really liked the different flavors I get from this beer very yeasty and slightly tart with a malty finish that lingers along with some alcohol notes.This beer is pretty dangerous because it seems almost to easy to drink with all that alcoholic punch.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2003 00:15:49 | More by oberon
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first dance with this wicked woman, a dame so loco that she grits a rose between her teeth, thorns and all...a tango with the Mad Bitch...

Off comes the cork, and out wafts instant sweetness and spice, up into my nose, urging me to release her from this cage, and out she pours into the most appropriate Duvel glass. The incredible, fizzy, yet creamy as a cloud head fills up 3/4 of the vessel, the body is a hazy pale orange, riddled with floating yeasties. She puts on a pretty impressive show, though she contains mysteries within, which we are about to partake of ...

Aroma, fresh and spicy, while still driven by delicate fruit, pear, apricot, pineapple, banana...a lovely, inticing thing, directing my lips to drink, already...

Somehow, the brew slips out from under all that foam, and...Incredible! The shock of new, once again, sends a shudder through me, a paraxysm of delight...I'm left uttering epithets and interjections...what kind of incredible concoction is this, that leads with hot peppers on the tongue, followed by lush fruitiness, backed up by serious malt! A devilish delivery of hops, followed quick by that spicy kick, almost harsh, but not quite, for it's so adequately complimented by further flavors.

It may seem like a messy marriage, this union of hops, spice and fruit, with the more powerful flavors fully in charge of the palate, but it instead stands out as an immaculate integration, a wanton wedding that provides release as well as relief. Taboos are uncovered, old rituals discarded, and something completely un-thought-of starts to seem commonplace...this is a moment where what's in the glass wends it's way into your soul, by tasting the brew it becomes you, and now, you're that damnable dame! It seriously clings to you, never wants to leave the palate, doesn't take no for an answer, your brain says "no more", but your newly freed secret-self yens to stretch out some..."what's the harm?"


Of course, this beer has to available only in 750s,(I know now that it's not...) and at an incredible price (mine was maybe $9.50?), otherwise it wouldn't be so much the risk and the venture...if you're going to waltz with this wench, you're in it for the long haul, buckaroo!
{Shudder}
{Shudder}
"What did I do last night?"
"You messed with the Mad Bitch!"

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2003 10:12:56 | More by feloniousmonk
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daledeee

Iowa

4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I once wrote that Duvel was the mother of all heads. This beer easily surpasses duvel. Easily achieving a two inch above the rim head. The color is a dull orange. The nose is fresh fruity and vanilla. Taste is fine. Very smooth fruity hoppy flavor. The hops are quite prevelent in the finish, but not overpowering.

I will buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2003 23:18:13 | More by daledeee
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Joss

Germany

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

Best before: Dec 2003.

Aroma: Caramelized sugar, candy, citric acidity, some decomposing leaves, quite complex, can't seem to find the right words for all the aromas.

Looks: Dark amber, quite bubbly, head is a nice creamy layer.

Taste: Strong, almost sticky caramel flavors which easily reach the back of the throat. Fruit on top of that
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Dry mouthfeel, full and warming body.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2003 21:33:08 | More by Joss
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SeanChouffe

New Mexico

3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Opening the bottle involved two tools of the trade: bottle opener and corkscrew. Even after the cap was liberated, the beast was screaming to get out -- attempting to burst through the cork. Once unleashed, foam proceeded to erupt. In short, she needed some time to process the situation before allowing me to indulge. Appearance: explosive effervescence, and an enormous bright white head -- diminishing with time leaving a clingy lace and a good film to lock in the flavor. The color was golden; hazy with lots of carbonation rising to the top. The aroma is of bubblegum (strong), fruity fresh and very full. Taste is full, sweet, with a spicy biting middle and a dry finish (quite complex); the bitterness ligers well into the next taste. Mouth feel is medium bodied, syrupy, and effervescent. The transition from sweet to dry is intensified by its intense bitter characteristics
This is a lively beer with a lot of character. Intense. Nothing laid back. I enjoyed much of the experience, but could not really get beyond some of the overpowering bitterness. Otherwise quite remarkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2003 17:32:58 | More by SeanChouffe
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beerguy101

California

4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange gold color. Large foamy white head. Aroma is fruity, spicy, and yeasty with a touch of mustiness. A medium bodied Belgian Triple. Fruity and spicy. Very fine champagne like carbonation. Orange, apricot, grapefruit, peach and vanilla flavors. Spicy and tart. Light and lively. There is a slightly alcohol bite at 10% but it not that noticeable. Damn interesting beer, as are most of the De Dolle brews. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is slightly sweet and very spicy.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2003 03:25:13 | More by beerguy101
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RoyalT

Ohio

4.95/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance – This had one of the biggest heads that I’ve seen in a long time. This thing was monstrous. It rose up like an irritated Godzilla woken by an errant Japanese speedboat in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. It fell incredibly slow, and laced the heck out of my glass even with a 10.0 ABV.

Smell – Deep, musty aroma of yeast initially fills the nose. Later, if you’re patient, the bready scent is replaced by the smell of light, summertime fruits. Melons, raspberries, and powdered sugar fill the nose.

Taste – Oh, man, is this good. This is bready yeast at its best. I love baking bread. I bake all different kinds of bread. There is nothing better than sneaking a piece of dough halfway through the rise, and it tastes exactly like this ale.

The overt sweetness of table, powdered, and brown sugar is complemented by the Fleishmann’s flavors and the fruity presence of banana, apricots, cherries, and fresh pears. The deep musty overtones are complimented by sensational spicing.

There are also big alcohol notes in here as well, warning the drinker to slow it down. Of course, I don’t.

Mouthfeel – Full with medium carbonation and a full body. This felt great.

Drinkability – If I chug a fifth of 10.0 ABV ale will I die? I hope not. This is not chugging ale, though. This is beauty and harmony in a bottle. It went down smoothly and left you begging for more.

Comments - The Bros say to rate the beers using personal preferences and, personally, this is one of the best bottles that I have ever laid down.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2003 03:24:00 | More by RoyalT
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BeerManDan

California

4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a pleasant surprise. This tripel poured a yellow/orange hue with loads of foam and lace from start to finish.The smell was very fruity with a hint of malts. The taste was of a fruity nature with a soft, sweet maltiness. Rich and effervescent. Make sure you pour this tripel nice and slow or you'll have your glass full of bubbles. Again I'll repeat, Fruity aroma and a soft, sweet maltiness. Rich and effervescent.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2003 21:33:48 | More by BeerManDan
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

My un-dated 750 ml bottle opened with a "crack!", and poured a swirling, highly effervescent yellow-gold body topped by a densely creamy white head that literally rose out of the glass. The first pour was clear, but I could see that the sediment was being churned up in the bottle even before the second glass was ready (and it ended up as hazy as a Hefe Weizen). Both, however, maintained their creamy caps and left very nice lace throughout most of the glass.

In the aroma, spicy and peppery alcohol locks a strangle-hold onto the neck of some candyish/vanilla/honeyish sweetness; and they roll about haphazardly, wrestling amidst some light but juicy fruits and a mild mustiness. It's impressive (and somewhat reminiscent of a mead), but the alcohol leaves me a bit trepedacious. Fortunately, it doesn't carry over quite as strong into the flavor.

Far more complicated than the aroma indicates, the flavor starts with a quick note of juicy fruit (?); warms to reveals some honey-ish sweet malt; becomes fruity again as it dries a bit with some apple and pear; followed by some leafy/herbal/spiciness; some 'low-sugar cookie dough' or 'not-fully-cooked bread' -like maltiness; and finally - releases it's peppery alcohol unrestrained across the palate. Whoah! That explains the name. You'd better have a cold pint of water alongside this one! Fortunately, the alcohol isn't fusel "hot", and after a short rite of passage the palate accepts it more readily.

It's interestingly cottony-soft and lightly creamy in the mouth throughout. The body is light, bordering on medium - yet it's got a distinct sugariness to it. For all of the force that the flavor can throw at you, it's still soft underneath. Much like a woman...?

Impressive. Tenacious. Somewhat devastating. Defnitely a full-throttle beer that's only accessible to the initiated. Be prepared - this one will kick your ass! This is the beer to have when you're only having one!

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2003 02:25:40 | More by NeroFiddled
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nomad

Kansas

4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer had just unnatural amounts of head, like four inches worth exploding out of the glass. Color was a perfect oranged gold, transparent, with tons of miniscule carbonation flowing up fast. The head fell to a mountainous landscape but was slow as hell to come down.

Smell was of sugar, wheat, vanilla, flour with a honey jar sitting open nearby, and a sweet medicinal ester presence. The heavy belgian tripel yeast appears very active in this one, for its character wrapped itself around everything. Lastly, a hop-based fruit presence came through late.

Taste was so sweet at first, and then slowly a second wave creeped down my tongue, and its so hoppy, so tangy, so ginger, and very sharp. This is a tripel with some aggression, definitely a mad bitch. Has a long tangy-bitter hops finish, so much so that it tasted like a bite into a kicking hop. Mouthfeel was as drying as an oven.

Half tripel half artisanal strong pale ale, this was some whole other s#@t. A fine classic Belgian beer with Stone aggression and impact.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2003 09:50:04 | More by nomad
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francisweizen

Arizona

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

**Update**

I recently tried a very fresh 12oz bottle of this beast, and it was very similar to the 750ml bottle in all aspects!

This beer is De Dolles - Dulle Teve 'Mad Bitch'. I purchased 1 750ml capped(not corked and caged) green glass magnum of this @ the Steelgaarden in Bethlehem, Pa. The cost? A hefty $16! Was it worth it? Well...yes!

See, I love the De Dolle Brouwers and all of their brews are quite hefty in price, costing me $5-6 for a 33cl bottle around here. But they have all been worth it, and this beer is no exception.

They have fastly become one of my favorite Belgian breweries and one of my favorite all-time breweries. I believe that De Dolle is simply one of the best breweries in the world...ever!

This beer poured out of it's ravaged looking bottle with a nice dark redd-ish colour with an ample head to it. It was not a gusher at all but I think that this bottle has been aged for 3 years or so so perhaps that is why the carbonation level is not insanely high.

This beer had the wonderful aromas of cherries, bread, sugar, alcohol, spices, fruit, hops, barley and malt. It tasted like a melange of all of the above...alcoholic, spicy, bready, sweet, sour, tart and tangy!

This is a big bitch and she surely knocked me off of my feet with her high alcohol content and her fusel alcohol flavors. The mouthfeel was very good. Not too thin, and not too thick. Jusdt how I like them and the drinkability wa only marred by the fact that this beer can be used as jet fuel. The alcoholic punch is just a little bit too much for me.

none-the-less this was an amzing brew from De Dolle that I hope to sample again and again. Perhaps a fresher bottle would taste very different to this one that has been sitting around for a long time. I heard that this beer is in limited production and that it is quite hard to find...So I am glad that I got this oppurtunity to try it tonight!

F.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2003 11:37:43 | More by francisweizen
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MJR

Missouri

3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

After reading some of the other reviews, I was expecting a gusher...I got lucky! Not a single wasted drop!

Appearance: Pours a hazy, light amber color with tons of little carbonation bubbles. A thick, whipped cream-like head starts huge and stays that way, taking up nearly half of my Duvel glass.

Smell: The aroma is spicy and fruity. Pepper, apricot, honey, ginger, alcohol, lemon, clove, earthy hops, and orange zest are just some of what I pick on. My impression of the smell is one of crisp freshness.

Taste: Incredibly complex with a massive alcohol flavor. All of the aromas I mentioned are here, along with a slight musty character. The pepper spiciness is especially strong, as it fights the fruit flavors for attention. Finishes with a huge burst of alcohol, along with a slightly burnt hop flavor. Like a combination of a Saison and a Trippel, this one is a flavor explosion! This bitch beats you down with the alcohol, which is overwhelming...

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a sharp, dry mouthfeel that gets drier and drier as the alcohol takes it's toll on your mouth.

Drinkability: Here's where it gets interesting, as there's a ton of flavor in this beer, but it's squashed by the massive amount of jet fuel. If they could back off the strength, this one would be outstanding.

Some beers do a great job of concealing their high amounts of alcohol. This brew is not one of them...

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2003 22:39:43 | More by MJR
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cokes

Wisconsin

4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Is this what happens when a tripel and a saison get together and pop amphetamine tablets?

Hazed lemon bodied with a small head, though fluffed and well kept.
Nose is assaulted with an explosive disagreement between Pepper and Apricot. Cloves attempt to mediate but are smashed by a flying lamp. Grain alcohol only intensifies this already tumultuous situation.
Angry indeed!
Taste is entertainingly combative. Like watching your best friend engage in a futile arguement with his girlfriend.

Apricot: "So, Pepper, honey, where were you last night?"

Pepper: "Oh, I went out with some of the guys. You know, Biscuit, Orange Peel, and Clove."

Apricot: "You went to go see Candi Sugar, Honey and Rosemary dance down at the nudie joint again, didn't you?"

Pepper: *silence*

Apricot: "And you smell like booze too"

Pepper makes up a bed on the couch. While Apricot calls up Lemon and her other tropical fruit friends on the phone. Grain Alcohol knocks on the door and asks Pepper if he want to go out again tonight. Apricot returns a piercing stare.

This situation is dire with a mouthfeel that can only described as abrasive up front. Like any good lovers' quarrel, this receeds over time and returns to moderation and enjoyability.

There is no beer with a more appropriate name than this.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2003 23:18:27 | More by cokes
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Wildman

Ohio

4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, the cork just popped on this one after I took the cap off. She really must be mad. The head flowing out of it needed time to work down. After it calmed down, I was able to pour a cloudy gold beer with a nice bubbly white head that left some circular lace as it subsided. Some carbonation was present. There should've been, the way the cork exploded off. It had an aroma of citrus, clove and other spices. The flavor was of clove, a touch of anise with a slight smokiness and hint of the alcohol to it. The finish was a touch astrigent with elements of the smokiness. With the alcohol level present, this bitch could definately slap you silly.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2002 18:41:26 | More by Wildman
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Viking

Indiana

3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear and golden brew with a nice fine-bubbled white head. Sweet, spicy smell - floral, a bit yeasty, and somewhat resembling bubblegum. Oily, bitter hop taste, with notes of yeast and malt with some floral and fruity notes. Fruit flavor becomes more prominent towards the finish. Chewy and slightly rough mouthfeel. I'll have it again soon.

Serving type: on-tap

11-08-2002 06:51:36 | More by Viking
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marc77

California

4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle was a gusher! Had to wait a few minutes before I was able to pour. Hazy dark golden hue, w/ flowing currents of yeast. The aggressive bubbling helps support a mountainous and overly thick head. Candy sweetness combined with brash peppery hot alcohol hit the nose at first, then are ensued by ripe kiwi - like tropical fruitiness and light clove phenol. Light yeast must is perceptible at the end of the aroma. As the beer breathes, alcohol notes fade, and the aroma takes on a florally sweet character. An initial snap of honey sweetness in flavor is ensued by pleasant herbal melange of rosemary, star anise and clove, then a drying breadiness that offsets sweetness emerges mid palate. Now unhindered, peppery, lightly solvent like alcohol asserts itself into the flavor profile. Once the initially furious carbonation mellows, the body is revealed to be moderate, w/ a dextrinous mouthfeel. Black licorice surfaces towards the end of the taste and lingers into the finish, which is dry, heaty, lightly sweet and eeriely akin to the Italian liquor Uzo. Wow. Mad Bitch is so flavorful she almost overwhelmed my taste buds. The alcohol flavors aren't masked and let you know that this a brew to be reckoned with. Like other Dolle bros brews, this is a stylistic bastard, and is reminescent of a tripel on steroids. It's not at all like a Belgian Dark Strong.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2002 18:21:54 | More by marc77
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Tall slender true 750 ml green magnum that is only capped, not caged and corked. No freshness date through this beer is brewed to the Belgian Triple strength so it will be able and even evolve after months if not years of aging. Sediment floats loosely on the bottom of the bottle so careful pouring is best to insure that the sediment does not spill into the glass.

Appearance: Pretty clear with a mild chill haze upon the light golden orange hued brew, nice creamy looking white lace though some bigger bubbles stick around from the pouring.

Smell: Macintosh apple peels, lemon grass and light unrefined orange blossom honey in the nose as well as an underlying earthiness. Hops are in the aroma also with more a sweeter hop oil and semi coarse flowery hop leaf.

Taste: Moderate body with a soft, smooth and creamy carbonation that holds a grip on crispness also. Honey and raw sugar cane malt sweetness, vague tropical fruit estery alcohol mingles with the sweetness. Fruit flavours of honey dew melon and tangerines play with the palate as well as the sweet spicy alcohol that warms the mouth. The phenolic character peaks with suggestions of cinnamon, anise, black pepper and bitter field greens. Hop bitterness gains sharpness and adds an earthened, sweet hop oil flavour from middle to end. After taste is a bitter sweet journey from sweet to dry.

Notes: Knockout of a brew, triple in style with the hops taken up a notch or two. Big phenolic and fruit ester flavours splashing in the palate. Mad Bitch is right, this brew does a number on your tongue by slapping it around and telling it that the Mad Bitch is boss. "Slap!", yes mam may I have another.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2002 23:53:54 | More by Jason
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mattmaples

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Awesome Belgian Triple!!! Although it was a bit cloudy, I think that was due more to the fact that I had just received the shipment and I should have given it more time to settle. The aroma was good, slightly sweet and fruity. The flavor is INTENSE, everything you expect out of a triple along with a bit of a hop spiciness. The 10% alcohol presence adds to the intensity. A definite must try for all you Belgian beer lovers out there.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2001 13:33:12 | More by mattmaples
De Dolle Dulle Teve (Mad Bitch) from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
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