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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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742 Ratings
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Ratings: 742
Reviews: 420
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 43
Gots: 43 | FT: 1
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: pezoids on 09-06-2001

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Photo of kwakwhore
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful golden pour into my trusty Duvel tulip. persistent white head sticks around all the way down the glass.
Aromas are mostly phenolic with some fruity esters, especially apples.
Bananas, cloves and apples dominate the flavors. As the beer warms to room temp alcohol creeps in a bit.
Fairly light mouthfeel for a beer of this strength. Nice carbonation.
For 10%abv this is a really easy drinker, pretty amazing in that regard.
A real bitch of a beer, reminds me of an ex wife, but this bitch is much easier to handle.

Photo of spointon
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this one from an 11.2oz slender brown bottle into my Allagash stemmed tulip glass.

A= This ale poured a mildly cloudy golden color with very minor sediment and a 1/2" snow white head. The head only dropped to around 1/4" and stayed that way till the end. Decent sticky lace.

S= Very aromatic beer filled with scents of faint malt covered with ripe orchard fruits, earthy funk, lemon grass, and a bit of floral character.

T= Again, the malt sweetness up front that quickly faded into a funk/tart blend of yeast, green apples, pears, and earth. Phenolic notes give lingering fruitiness and character as the hops brought more earth and spice. The alcohol dried the finish and gave a peppery pop near the end.

MF= Just to the lighter side of medium bodied with a soft feel despite the active carbonation release.

D= An exquisitely drinkable Belgian ale. I am in love with the De Dolle yeast strain as it brings so much unique character to their beers. This is definitely on par with the best of the Belgian tripels in my book.

Photo of JBogan
4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a honey color with a massive amount of frenzied bubbles (like a mad bitch perhaps?) which continuously feed a creamy white head which grows and grows. Beautiful beer.

The aroma is yeasty with some citrus and anise along with what I picked up as a hint of butterscotch.

Taste follows the smell, although the alcohol shows up too. Very warming and complex, especially as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel was excellent. Very smooth and somewhat creamy, with a thick body and perfect amount of carbonation.

This is a very fine Belgian Tripel. It's a beer for sipping and relaxing with, not for chugging. This is one mad bitch I wouldn't mind meeting again.

Photo of PhillyStyle
4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on-tap at Brick Store Pub:

The beer appeared slightly hazy golden color with a very light, but thick white head. There was a nice thin layer of the head throughout the entire drink.

The aroma was good, typical Belgian...sweet with some fruit. Not exceptional, but spot on for the style.

The taste on the other hand was very good. The first thing that I noticed was that it had a kick after every drink. I guess it might have been the alcohol kind of burning as it went down, but it kept me interested.

The beer had good carbonation to it and it was very easy to drink, although with the high ABV I would not drink too many at one time. Definitely a beer to drink slowly and enjoy. Very tasty and I hope to try again.

Photo of tmoneyba
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Rivers Bend.

Poured hazy orange color with a huge frothy head that lasted with excellent lacing. Complex spicy fruit and yeasty aroma. Medium body with a sticky texture. Medium fruity balanced flavor with a medium sweet finish of long duration with a small alcohol bite.

This is a standout beer.

Photo of Atmosbeer
3.59/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured 330ml aggressively into a Triple Karmeliet glass. The foam topped off at exactly the brim -four fingers! (I love this glass).
The lace fell heavily on the sides, though my first few sips were nearly gulps (*gulp*).
The first bit of aroma was phenol and heavy. The first sip is that and bitter orange. And the yellow compliments on the label make me then think banana.
The beer is mellow on the tongue and the alcohol makes that feeling spread thin and fast.
I would buy this again for a friend to demonstrate how vodka and beer share similar mouth feel and warmth.

Photo of mdm46410
3.87/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle and served in a tulip. This beer poured a pale amber with a slight cloudiness and a thick head of foamy, beige bubbles. Very slow to settle, and very heavy on the lace. The aroma was made of apricot, lemon zest, sugar-coated orange peel, and some alcohol. The flavor heavily favored dried orange peel and alcohol warmth, with some mild honey and caramel coming in at the finish. The mouthfeel was full-bodied and creamy smooth. Moderately carbonated with a slightly dry finish. The aroma didn't come across as overly inviting, but the flavor was very nice, if not a little alcoholic. Worth a try.

Photo of thehand
3.87/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into New Belgium goblet. I poured slowly into the side but got a rush of head bubbly head. Hazy rich golden color. Highly carbonated. Almost 3" of off white head, torrents of bubbles and yeast sediment. Rocky head settles to thin film after drinking leaving no lacing to speak of. Aromas of tart apple, pineapple, yeasty funk, little spicyness. Taste is fruity, tart, spicy, funky, very complex. Smooth on the front and middle of tongue, carbonation very high and prickly on the sides and back. Alcohol is evident on the funky finish. Drinkability is low due to carbonation and alcohol. Unusual tripel, not the smoothest 10% triple I have had, but interesting.

Photo of roadhouse
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

Appears a somewhat hazy golden orange color with a once inch off-white head with lots of tiny bubbles. The head goes down to a skim that retains well throughout, but only leaves minimal lacing.

The aroma is very different from any other tripel I've had. It's very biscuity and almost smells like baking sugar cookies. There's a nice candi sugar sweetness coming through that probably contributes to the cookie smell. The fruitiness is there but is pretty subsided. While it's very different, I like it.

The taste is fruity up front with a sweetness that comes out instantly upon the start of the swallow. Midway through it gets more spicy with a ripe fruit character coming out next. That biscuity flavor is there subtly throughout but really comes out again strongly in the finish. Spiciness and a bit of earthy hop flavor are also in the linger.

Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied, with a really creamy texture as many Belgians seem to be. Nice and soft carbonation with a bit of a kick on the tip of the tongue from spicy phenols.

This was probably the most interesting tripel I've had that really adds something else to the traditional tripel. The only other one that I was so surprised by was Koningshoeven Tripel. I highly recommend this for those who love tripels, but don't expect the ordinary.

Photo of ElGordo
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 330ml bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. Body is a bright orange color with golden highlights, topped by a huge, creamy off-white head that sticks around for a while, leaving a ton of thick lacing on the glass. Tight, champagne-like bubbles keep coming from the bottom of the glass.
Aroma of lightly sweet malt, a hint of candi sugar, mildly spicy hops, and a good whiff of strong alcohol. Palate is muted compared to the aroma, with a mild malt character up front accented by some spices that assert themselves a bit more before the swallow. Notes of honey, clove and tarragon (?) precede the mostly sweet finish.
Body is bubbly and just a little sticky, but overall very pleasant. This is a very nice, strong version of a tripel. Be careful, because it doesn't go down very easily, but is a very nice slow sipper.

Photo of tr4nc3d
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark hazy golden color with a two finger off-white head. Great head retention that leaves lacing on the side of my glass.

I get a smell of dried fruit, like pears, peaches, some hints of yeast, sugar cane.

Sweet citrus notes on the palate, tangy oranges, honey.

Good amount of carbonation, refreshing sweet aftertaste lingers in your mouth.

Overall good tasty brew that hides the alcohol very well. I could have a couple of these.

Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to koopa for this one in a trade! Poured into my Chimay chalice.

A-Body is a very cloudy dark gold with some amber hues. Pours with a nice 2 finger creamy white head which fades to 1/2 finger and has perfect retention. Traces of lacing are left behind in the glass.

S-A Belgian candy sugar like sweetness comes through first followed by so sweet yeast. Floral hops and a touch of alcohol pack a big punch at the end.

T-Upfront are flavors of exotic fruit such as mango and peach...maybe some pineapple and a big sugary sweetness. Behind this is a healthy yeast backbone. A big punch of floral hops come through for the finish along with a touch of alcohol bitterness. A slight alcohol warmth lingers.

M-Low to medium carbonation and very smooth, creamy, yeasty body. There is an alcohol consistency in there too though, so beware.

D- Let this warm a bit before drinking it. Its downright awful and boozy when its cold. Once it warms a bit plenty of more complex characteristics come through and this one really shines. A pretty good beer overall.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.38/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 4/25/08. Bottle. Pours a cloudy dark golden color with a thick white head that persists. Aroma of light fruit. Flavor of light fruits, gumdrops, rind, spices. Initial sip is nice and fruity, but the swallow's got some bite! A heavy tripel, really warms your mouth. One of the better tripels I've had, although I'm not particularly a fan of the style.
7/4/6/4/14 (3.5/5)

Photo of corby112
4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy golden color with a nice white foam head that settles into a lasting lacing. Lots of visible carbonation. Aroma isdominated by light, crisp fruit and alcohol. Very quaffable considering it's strength. Light crisp fruit notes such as apple, pear and banana with a nice alcohol warmth. Very tasty.

Photo of thierrynantes
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (33cl.), tasted in 2007.

Appearance : amber color, with abundant white foamy head (persistent)..
Smell : alcohol with notes of yeast.
Taste and mouthfeel : sweet and warm liqueur, with flavors of yeast and hops.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style Belgian triple.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.92/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a darky hazy tangerine-orange color with a nice frothy white head.

S: Fresh tangerines and oranges on nose, along with some coriander and sweet caramel. Some light citrus notes as well.

T: For flavor there is some big sour oranges, malty texture and a dry citrus grind for hopping along with honey sweetness and apples. Coriander and some cola nut spicing also highlight this beer. Alcohol is very well hidden for 10%.

M: Fizzy mouthful from the high carbonation.

D: A nicely balanced beer, spicy, good drinkability, and stands out against most.

Photo of cubsfan2004
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Powers a murky gold with a huge head.

S - Smell mostly of apple. Boozy smell develops as it warms.

T - Definite taste of apple and sugar with a slight boozy taste.

M - Creamy and smooth.

D - Tastey but the 10% definitely hits you. Would be tough to drink multiples in one sitting.

A solid brew and I look forward to trying more from this brewery.

Photo of Douglas14
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clean golden color with an extraordinary head. A bunch of bubbles rise in the beer contributing the the retention. The head doesn't leave much lace. The smell is intensely of candi sugar with some floral notes as well. The taste is also of candi sugar but also has a nice earthy, barn-like quality on top if the sweetness that makes this beer pretty special. It has a medium body. Great beer, great name.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.82/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

While I drank my Erdinger Weissbier earlier, I let my Mad Bitch (Dulle Teve) warm up from the fridge. Don't know the age of this bottle, but there are some floaties in the bottle I see. 330 ml bottle from the Wine Exchange, on to the beer:

I poured two-thirds of the bottle into my snifter to keep the floaties out of my glass. Reddish/blonde/orangish color, the head rose well before fizzy into a whispy lace. Wow! Massive ripe pears, juice concentrate, dark sugar, and other ripe fruits. it's nice, but it's intense enough to knock you out. Okay, breathe in, breathe out. Now to taste...hey, that wasn't so bad. Medicinal, boozy, raisins, brush of pepper, minty. The alcohol is a little hot, particularly in the back of the mouth. It has a light body with a bubbly carbonation (but not to be confused with others).

I would have liked to know how old this bottle was, because I have seen this beer on the shelf for a long time and didn't pick one up until today. Kick back and sip on slowly.

Photo of tempest
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ordered a bottle at the Farmhouse in Emmaus. Paired with a bowl of PEI mussels in bacon and a balsamic vinaigrette.

Pours a hazy gold with a white head that leaves lacing. While this beer expertly hides it's 10% alcohol, it's a touch sweet, but I suppose that's to be expected. The flavor and aroma focus mildly funky apple, orange, and berry fruit flavors with a spicy hint of hops at the end. Personally I like my tripels a little spicier and drier, but this is an excellent beer that will put you in a ditch if you're not careful.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour carefully or you'll end up with a Duvel-like head (ie. mostly head, hardly any liquid). Be patient. The head is huge-- thick, foamy, rocky, long-lasting. Color is a golden yellow with thousands of bubbles effervescing their way to the top. Lace? Of course, and lots of it. Thick styrofoam-ish sheets of the stuff.

Aroma couldn't be anything but 100% Belgian. It's the yeast that does most of the talking, somewhere between nutty and mineral, while hints of pear and crisp green apple come through. No hint of the 10% alcohol in the early stages, although it comes through with some warming.

Flavor delivers all you could ever want in a Belgian tripel. The balance is utterly superb, with bready malt notes sharing just as much time with the more tripel-like crisp fruit (especially tart green apple), sharp spice, honey and alcohol characters. Each sip gives something new, nothing spiking out rudely or unnecessarily. Tripels are tough to brew right and the poor ones are tough to drink. This was apparently brewed by masters. If you don't like this, you don't like tripels.

Superb texture, having just the right amount weight, without the syrupy stickiness that too many tripels have. Crisp and somewhat dry, yet round and substantial enough to make it feel like serious stuff.

The last time I had this crazy mother of a beer was in Belgium. It was a treat and honor to drink the stuff in the heartland, and remains one of the finest in its class. Still what I'd call a "headache beer," so I would tend to save this beer for special occasions and then only drink one 12 oz. bottle, enjoy the hell out of it, and call it a night.

Photo of jwinship83
3.87/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- long lasting massive head with great lacing sits on top of a slightly darker than gold clear body with sparse floaters and a steady stream of small, champagne sized carbonation bubbles.

S- ripe summer fruits. apples and cherries mostly. some belgian yeast, and spices.

T- almost exactly like it smells. heavy on the apple. slight burn from the alcohol, but at 10% its kind of expected.

M- full bodied and creamy. ample carbonation.

D- this is certainly a different trippel than im used to, but it works. easy to finish, would probably want another if it wasnt so damned expensive. good for a treat once in a while. de delle comes through with another solid beer.

Photo of avalon07
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had an amber color and a thick consistency. Lots of foamy, long-lasting head and very good lacing.

S: A nicely done smell, with fruit, malt, Belgian yeast and a bit of hops appearing.

T: While I could still taste the alcohol, it wasn't as powerful as I would've thought. Well balanced taste of pears, malt, yeast and hops.

M: Typically high (for Belgian beer) carbonation rate and a smooth finish. Full-bodied.

D: This is a very drinkable beer, especially if you like Belgians. Tasty, complex fairly easy to drink.

Photo of IBUnit63
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light maple color with a bready, nutty head. Good lacing - body is very hearty and rustic.

This has a little champagne-scented tingle to it. Awesome wheaty malt with mild esters. Aroma expands with warmth. A little bit of piney hops too.

The ample carbonation keeps the taste very clean. There's lots of mild caramel malt in here and a bit of electricity from the yeast. Very enjoyable.

This slithers down the palate and is rather sweet but it toned down by carbonation. Very clean.

Slow and steady wins the race with this fine effort. Sip and savor.

Photo of paytoplay
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Suprised to see the Alc at 10%. Hidden. Interesting nose of dark butter, wood and orange carmel. Really interesting. Somewhat of an acidic mid and short finish. Still the aroma is outstanding. Almost tannic and closed. Maybe time would help this brew come around? Still very interesting. Would have been better served with friends and shared, not sure even an 12 oz bottle is for just 1 person.

De Dolle Dulle Teve (Mad Bitch) from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
92 out of 100 based on 742 ratings.