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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

672 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 672
Reviews: 413
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.36%
Wants: 38
Gots: 38 | FT: 0
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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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FreshHawk

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -2.9%

A - A clouded, golden brown honey color. Small, foamy, white head that disappears instantly leaving no lacing behind.

S - Plenty of ripe golden fruit (apple, pear, melon, pineapple, tangerine, some peach and apricot). Some spice and Belgian yeast along with some candi sugar, honey, and a hint of vanilla.

T - Good amount of lighter malt and golden fruit (similar fruit smell to the smell), along with some sugar and vanilla. Mid-sip, more fruit comes out along with a fair amount of spice (clove, coriander, a touch of pepper, and a faint whisper of cinnamon and coriander. A touch of alcohol sneaks in, but it is very well hidden. Well balanced beer. Overall, slightly sweet but balanced.

M - Medium body with medium to low carbonation. Very smooth and creamy beer.

D - Good drinkability. Solid and balanced Tripel. Easy on the palate, but also quite stimulating to it.

Notes: Vintage 2009. Pretty good Trippel, but not necessarily my favorite. Well balanced and a solid offering of the style. Alcohol is well hidden and there is a good mix of flavors. It looks like I may have been unlucky and got a bottle with something wrong with the carbonation (no real head). Still fairly good offering though. Worth a try, but nothing special.

04-30-2010 01:42:10 | More by FreshHawk
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.47/5  rDev +7.7%

A: Yellow, straw hues, slightly hazy, gargantuan whipped meringue head, great retention and lacing.

S: Belgian yeast, spices, fruits, slight pleasant sourness.

T: A wonderful beer. I try and always keep a few of these in the cellar, though that's not easy because I like them so much and I can always go buy more. Dulle Teve has a fantastic Belgian yeast character with notes of spices and a light fruity character.

M: Good feel with a slight alcohol note in the finish.

D: If you're in the mood for a tripel, you won't be disappointed. Great beer.

04-30-2010 01:21:21 | More by Huhzubendah
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cdizinno

South Carolina

4.85/5  rDev +16.9%

Presentation: Poured into a Duvel tulip from a 330ml brown bottle. Cap stated, BOTTLED OCT 2009. First pour of two-thirds the bottle was careful not to pour loose sediment on the bottom of the bottle. I will taste and then swirl to pour balance. I like to taste the difference, if any.

A: Ever so slightly hazy light golden orange. Nice looking white head that hangs around for a good while. Good retention and moderate lacing.
2nd pour created heavy cloudiness, but even haze with no large chunks or floaties.

S: Mild sweetness with some tartness. Apples and some citrus aromas. Some underlying earthy hops.

T&M: Crisp, sweet tartness up front with a smooth feel, but moderate carbonation. Fades with some spiciness and finishes semi-dry with a moderate alcohol feel that is strongest on the finish. Hops are in there throuhout, floral, earthy, with mild bitterness that is well-balanced, especially on the 2nd pour. Medium to full bodied.

Much better balance when the sediment is stirred up. Very cloudy, but VERY GOOD! This almost puts La Fin Du Monde to shame because it is a similar taste with a more hoppy balance. Price makes it slightly prohibitive for a regualar treat. Definitely HIGH QUALITY and worth it for special occassions.

04-25-2010 20:02:12 | More by cdizinno
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metter98

New York

4.13/5  rDev -0.5%

A: It poured dark yellow and cloudy into a snifter glass with a huge white head. There's a moderate level of carbonation and a layer of bubbles consistently covered the surface after the head slowly died down.
S: There's an interesting mix of malty, yeasty, fruity and spicy smells in the aroma.
T: The flavor is very complex and well balanced between malt, spices and fruit. The taste becomes sweeter as the beer warms up. The finish is dry and a slight taste of alcohol is perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very bubbly on the palate.
D: This beer needs to be sipped given its alcohol content; however it's not too difficult to drink after it warms up.

04-18-2010 03:40:38 | More by metter98
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jampics2

Ohio

2.75/5  rDev -33.7%

11.2oz bottle on the Winking Lizard Beer Tour. Poured into a nice small glass, I poured in 3/4's and then topped off the last bit with the yeast.

Looks great, cloudy and golden. White head that sticks and doesn't flinch for a second during the whole affair.

Sweet candied sugar and Belgian yeast in the nose. Some impressions of orange and pear and some noticeable alcohol.

Falls completely apart in my mouth. It starts nice enough with some light sweet malt and yeasty flavors. Then the alcohol ruins everything. This is a freaking mess. An unbalance hot bomb. A hot mess, very disappointed in how the alcohol takes over.

Mouthfeel is OK, decent lively carb and significant body.

Drinkability is sub-par. This was just too freaking hot. Maybe, just maybe, I'd try a bottle that's at least 3-4 years old. But this beer just doesn't cut it for me, and I love a good tripel.

04-10-2010 18:52:24 | More by jampics2
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chaz01

Ohio

3.68/5  rDev -11.3%

Had this on draught at a special Belgium event at Chappy's in Dayton -- served in a special 6 oz wine-like tasting glass.

A: Dark golden color with a little head that recedes quickly.

S: Fresh fruity aroma

T: Sweet candy tones with malty flavors of dark fruit, plums and raisins. Sweet malty notes with a lemony tartness in the finish.

M: full bodied, light carbonation.

D: Of the 4 Belgium beers I had this night, although all were good, this one stood out the least.

04-04-2010 14:40:38 | More by chaz01
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JordonHoltzman

New York

3/5  rDev -27.7%

well, there is a ton of yeast floating around in here. it must be, because i'm pretty sure i cleaned the glass very well. the head got huge with an unaggressive pour. a cloudy golden color, with a white thick head. the beer's appearance gives off the impression that its still alive. wow i just poured the rest into the glass, these are chunks of yeast in there. i'm not sure if i'm gonna like that. hopefully i dont feel any grittiness, because that'll suck.
when i put my nose to it, i get the aroma of a champagne or wine. grapes and apple, some alcohol aroma.
hmm, this is an age-able beer, and the place i bought it from definitely handles their beer correctly. maybe i just don't like it. the amount of visible yeast is way too much. and i can't really describe the taste too well. sweet and bitter. the beer went from initially being a clear golden color, to a color that is completely cloudy, i can no longer see through it.

considering this beer has a great reputation, and i paid about $5.50 for it, i'm disappointed. i'm gonna take the next 5 minutes considering making it my first drain pour. maybe one day i'll revisit this brew and have a better experience.

04-01-2010 23:27:35 | More by JordonHoltzman
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saccro

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.6%

A - gold. rocky fluffy ivory foam.

S - slightly tart. cidery. smells slightly old. some malt aroma. maybe a little nutty.

T - big belgian phenolics. a bit cidery. Not too bitter from hops, but some big carbonation. zesty. A little lemony. Alcohol is pretty much out there. Tastes a lot like a trappist example.

M - high carbonation. Easy to drink

D - classic easy to drink strong belgian beer.

03-28-2010 19:08:45 | More by saccro
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CHADMC3

Connecticut

4.28/5  rDev +3.1%

The hazy orange to copper body lies buried beneath the abundant off white head that absolutely erupts from this beer upon the pour. As it dissolves, there remains a rocky center and traditional lacing around the glass throughout the beer. The head on this bitch is really impressive.

The aroma leaps from the glass consisting of candied sugar, yeast, sweet malt, and even sour fruit. This bitch smells great!

The palate is a bit more malt based with the candied sugar and fruits in the background. In addition, I am finding a bit of pepper and clove as the beer warms.

This is a medium bodied tripel with generous carbonation and is a bit drying as well.

This is a really good beer, with an entertaining name. It is reminding me how much I need to return to this style. The character of this beer is just as entertaining as the name!

03-15-2010 00:18:12 | More by CHADMC3
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John_M

Oregon

4.45/5  rDev +7.2%

On tap at Max's today.

The bitch pours a golden peach color with very good head retention and lots of sticky lacing all around. The nose on this beer is fantastic... I get orange citrus, kumquat, light licorise, some dank green tobaacco and a boatload of spice. Flavors replicate the nose, but this is easily one of the most complex beers I've ever tasted. The beer has an incredible array of honey and tropical fruit flavors, but the finish is almost completely dry, with some significant bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a protracted, drawn out bitter finish. For all the spice and tropical fruit, this beer is incredibly drinkable. Mmmm.... so good.

There are better Belgian trippels out there I suppose.... but they are very few and far between.

02-26-2010 21:32:38 | More by John_M
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fairdinkum2

Georgia

4.22/5  rDev +1.7%

I have to admit that the only reason I tried this beer was because I was sitting next to my lovely wife in a beer pub. So what do they share in common, apart from the description?

They both have blonde heads, they're both spicey and neither is what you might expect in the style.

Beautiful golden color, poured from a 330 ml bottle. Not much head (no more wife analogies, OK?) Not the sort of Tripel you might expect either. Pretty well carbonated, but certainly not unpleasant.

Pepper and spice, but not the citrus one might expect, Actually some banana. Sweetness on the middle palate. Well balanced.

Lovely

02-20-2010 01:32:31 | More by fairdinkum2
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WesWes

New York

4.2/5  rDev +1.2%

The beer pours a cloudy gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is outstanding! Wow, what a fruity aroma. The yeast character is second to none. The malt bill is primarily pale malts. It's tart almost cider-like with a nice earthy dryness. The taste is good. It has a warm, pale malt flavor with a light bitterness and a dry, earthy yeast finish. The yeast fruitiness is less aggressive in the taste. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a damn good tripel. I love the simple malt bill with loads of yeast character. What a treat.

02-13-2010 21:33:20 | More by WesWes
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JayQue

Virginia

4.35/5  rDev +4.8%

This one is a winner!! Pours a murky, muddy light brown/orangy color with a big white head fueled by a ton of delicate bubbles. A little dark sediment as well.

Smell is inviting. Pears, pepper and other spices and Belgian yeast.

Taste is really great. This one is the whole package. Belgian candi sugar, yeasty, pears and sour apple. A hint of alcohol is present to warm things up. There is a slightly sour taste mixed in there as well.

Mouthfeel is light from the carbonation yet rich and smooth.

Drinkability is very good. Despite the 10% abv, the beer appears both light and complex at the same time. I could drink a lot of this before realizing the error of my ways.

02-02-2010 00:42:58 | More by JayQue
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flagmantho

Washington

4.55/5  rDev +9.6%

Poured from 330mL bottle into a tulip.

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

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

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

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

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

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

01-30-2010 21:19:08 | More by flagmantho
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dondeez21

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +4.3%

Drank from a 11.2oz bottle. Age was unknown but I dont think it was fresh.
A: A dark orange beer poured with a thick foamy head, that was easily 2-3" thick. Heavy carbonation with lots of yeast floaties around.
S: the smell of alcohol and yeast mostly caught my attention.
T: Was sweet at first followed by yeast with a very faint alcohol burn. Hints of sugar and dried fruits.
M: The mouthfeel was very bubbly due to the heavy carbonation. Overall I woul;d say this was a lighter body beer.
D: Very easy for a 10% beer. This beer went down very smooth

01-23-2010 05:04:10 | More by dondeez21
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Halcyondays

California

3.8/5  rDev -8.4%

11.2 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a cloudy orange with a lot of floaties, big head with great retention. Bit of a gusher as a few of De Dolle's beers have been.

S: Cider apples, Belgian yeast, some booze.

T: Green and yellow apples and some pear predominate. Some white pepper and direct bready yeast. Ethanol is noticable, but works well with the other flavours and is to style. Some light spice in there.

M: Smooth, robust, some solvent alcohol character, not over carbonated which was nice.

D: A very good tripel, quite flavourful. A sipper for me, a beer to relax with at the end of the meal.

01-20-2010 02:03:18 | More by Halcyondays
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220emaple

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev 0%

This mad bitch poured quite the heavy head. The second I opened the bottle it started to foam out (after sitting for 3 hours). Great retention as well in my Duvel tulip--with an aroma similar, just similar, to a green apple. Taste is very strong and crisp with fruity flavors and tons of carbonation. Also packs a punch at 10%...Brewery De Dolle is a beast---enjoy!

01-17-2010 02:34:29 | More by 220emaple
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jrallen34

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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

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

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

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

The feel is nice and lasting, incredible drinkability.

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

01-17-2010 01:12:17 | More by jrallen34
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animal69

Louisiana

4.53/5  rDev +9.2%

A- opens with quite a pop, pours a cloudy, kinda chunky med. gold color with an immense white head which not filled the remainder of my 16oz snifter but expanded about 1&1/2 inches above the rim before cascading onto my comp. desk, lacing is excellent as i expected

S- smell is of spiced caramel apple cider, some fresh baked bready aromas come out more as it warms varying from white to whole grain nut to a sweet honey raison danish made with clove, just a trace of estery alcohol

T- taste is also fruity w/ a crisp sour green apple initial flavor being followed closely by a big cereal grain malt that has been kilned a bit longer, a def. clovey spice, caramel, nut and raisony dark fruit w/ very subtle anise in the mix at different times, just a hint of bittering hops and bozzy hotness linger in the back of the mouth in the finish

M- a full body that appears lighter thanks to ample carbonation and a fairly dry body

D- a very drinkable beer given the 10% ABV, so complex you have to have more than 11.2 oz, i suggest a bomber... split in two however

01-07-2010 01:30:00 | More by animal69
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DrinkingAleToday

Pennsylvania

4.88/5  rDev +17.6%

A: Slightly hazy golden orange hue with a dense meringue like head that takes up 2/3 of the glass, small amount of sediment.

S: A nice mix of spice and fruit blends well with the alcohol. Hints of apple, pear, melon, clove, orange, some pepper, and a slight mustiness that is quite enjoyable.

T: Lots of spice in the form of clove and pepper matched by the fruity esters. Hop bitterness comes in and interacts with, but does not over power the delicate malt sweetness. Taste of delicate fruit and honey. Slight mustiness in the finish.

M: Smooth and creamy but light and refreshing.

D: Quite possibly the best triple I have ever had, a new favorite of mine that will have to be revisited soon.

01-04-2010 21:57:24 | More by DrinkingAleToday
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AgentZero

Illinois

3.35/5  rDev -19.3%

A - Clear amber color with orange coming through. Big head with chunky lacing at the top.

S - Nice yeast, a lot of dark fruits in this, I get a significant amount of figs, raisins, etc. A little hoppy in a good way.

T - Sweet and fruity. The figs come through exceptionally strong, it's a little too sweet and fruity for me. It overpowers the yeast, which I feel is a bit lost in this one. Not bad, but not great.

M - Nice and syrupy, but with carbonation to give it a nice kick.

D - Too sweet, fruity, and strong for me to do a whole lot of this.

01-03-2010 02:02:29 | More by AgentZero
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illidurit

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

11.2 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. First DD beer I've had that hasn't spewed foam all over the place. Not really the most attractive shade of brownish-orange, but the head on it is great. Classic tripel nose of apples and pears, with orange oil, pepper, clove, and grass. Very pleasant-smelling. Flavor is also very smooth and full, with zero alcohol presence to hinder the enjoyment. Estery up front with pears and candied orange, then a nice caramel/toffee character that takes over until the finish, which is grassy with a modest but welcome bitterness. The body is sublime on this one, perfection. The only complaint here is that it is over-carbonated. A few swirls around the glass immediately reconstitute a nice head while simultaneously getting rid of the excess bubbles. In terms of flavor and aroma this is basically the quintessential tripel. Great beer.

01-02-2010 09:14:06 | More by illidurit
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morimech

Minnesota

4.22/5  rDev +1.7%

Careful not to disturb the yeast at the bottom of the 330ml bottle, yields a hazy golden color with a large white head that had good retention. The head eventually settles to a thick cap. Not much lacing is left on the glass. The aroma is different for a tripel. It has a distinct mead-like aroma. But this beer also has strong spice notes. No alcohol is detected. Has a complex flavor. Hints of honey, cloves, pepper, and faint fruit notes. Sweetness is moderate to high. Alcohol flavor is kept to a minimum but the warmth is there. I was expecting more booze flavor considering the 10% ABV but was pleasantly surprised. The body is a bit on the light side but it is nicely carbonated. Overall it does not hamper the flavor. Considering the high ABV, it goes done very easy, dangerously easy. Glad I only had the one bottle.

12-15-2009 23:45:00 | More by morimech
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GRG1313

California

4.38/5  rDev +5.5%

Pours a clear orange amber with medium to heavy particulate throughout with a thick, firm white head with full big lacing.

Nose of lemon merangue pie, lemon crème, rich sweet lemon citrus character with undertones of light malt.

Mouthfeel is creamy, full, rich and bold.

Flavors are aggressive bright, bold and assertive initially sweet banana with peach/compote malt-fruit with an amazing integration and balance of grapefruit hop flavor and character.

Finish is sweet malt to grapefruit skin bitter.

This beer is great with food but big and complex enough and with enouch richness to be a sipper. This one is a delightful surprise of a truly delicious beer. The balance is fantastic but with huge flavors, layers and character. This is my kind of beer - an "extreme tasting traditional."

12-05-2009 20:30:34 | More by GRG1313
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slaintemhor

Oregon

3.93/5  rDev -5.3%

Had this on tap at the Portland Int'l. Beer Fest (2009). The colour was straw-golden with no head. The aroma was that of granulated sugar and spice. On the palate, more sugar, some caramel and spice and a hint of floral character which came through on the finish, primarily.

12-01-2009 01:55:56 | More by slaintemhor
De Dolle Dulle Teve (Mad Bitch) from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
92 out of 100 based on 672 ratings.