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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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92
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728 Ratings
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Ratings: 728
Reviews: 417
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.36%
Wants: 43
Gots: 41 | 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 thierrynantes
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
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
3.93/5  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 -3.6%
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
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
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
3.83/5  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
4.15/5  rDev 0%
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
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
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
3.88/5  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 -1.7%
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
4.15/5  rDev 0%
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
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Photo of Cresant
3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured this 11.2 oz brown bottle into a Tripel Karmeliet glass. No date, but I've had this cellared since 3/07. The body was a dull orange/green/grey color. The huge off-white head lingered.

Smell was fruity. Whole wheat bread dough. Belgian yeast and pears.

Taste was nondescript fruitiness. Alcohol. Roasted grains. Spicy and rich. Mellowed somewhat as it warmed (or maybe it was me that mellowed).

Mouthfeel was a bit hot. Zesty and mouthfilling carbonation.

Photo of coldmeat23
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

GLASS: Leffe Goblet
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees

Dark golden color. A little darker than I expected for a tripel, but that excites me. Very nice and tasty looking. Big foamy head with excellent retention and lacing.

Bananas and citrus scents dominate the nose. Bret yeast notes follow close behind. Notes of clove and coriander. Sweet candy scent. Almost a hint of dark cherry.(??)

Malt, in a big way. Sweet bread mixes with candy sugar. Citrus notes. Apple, pear, peach. Nice warmth from the 10% ABV, but not overdone. A light touch of hops provide a nice bit of balance.

Feels like liquid velvet, as all of the best tripels should, IMO. Lots of tiny little bubbles help provide a smooth creamy body. Wonderful.

The overall sweetness, what with the malts and candy sugars, combined with the high ABV would keep this one in my 'special occasion' category. Not that multiples couldn't be consumed, it's just more special than that.

Photo of KDL
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried MAD BITCH at a local bar in Newtown, PA. The place was nice but I can't recall the name of it. They had a tasting of Spaten and I think I say the ad on this site. I admitt the beer was purchased for name sake only, but that beer was very good. The high achohol content is why I can't write anymore about it.

Photo of rye726
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Another great beer from By The Bottle in Vancouver, WA. This pours a glowing golden and has a silky tan head with good lace. The nose is very fruity and has some nice candy malts. There is also some spicy hops and herby Belgian yeasts. This has a delicious malt structure with candy, bready sugars and tropical fruits. Perfectly balanced by the hops and yeasts. Full body fits the brew nicely. Near perfect example of the style.

Photo of wheelinshirt
3.23/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

11.2 oz bottle from Abe's in Bethlehem for $4 or so. I've wanted to try this one for a while and it was the first time I saw it at Abe's so i grabbed on up. Poured into a tulip glass.

I let this beer warm a bit before opening, perhaps a bit too much because as soon as I tried to take the bottle cap off beer came shooting out from under the lid. It made a little mess but I did manage to get most of it in the glass. The beer was a cloudy golden amber color, a bit darker than i expected, big white head that recedes quickly and left no lacing. Disappointment.

Smell was very belgian, somewhat aggresive sweetness from the yeast, partially hidden booze, not funky but definately fruity.

Taste was sweet, somewhat heavy bite from the carbonation that is left, more booze than i appreciate though this is understandable at 10%.

Mouthfeel is thin, maybe a bit watery but at least it isn't heavy.

Drinkability is limited by the prominence of the alcohol and the disheartening sight of a glass of beer with absolutely no head and no lacing. It just looked dead in the glass. From other reviews of this it is clear that a lot of people have enjoyed this beer and will continue to enjoy it, but it was certainly a disappointment for me.

Photo of Kraken
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into 20oz pint glass. Like all De Dolle the Mad Bitch pours with a massive head that refuses to receed and coats the outside of the glass. Chunky dark sediment seeps out with the dregs of the pour. Beer is a medium amber slightly hazy. Nose is very faint, light hops and malt. Taste is fairly light, and slightly bitter. Bitter apples at first, very light sweetness from malt or candy sugar, light Belgian yeast and pear like tartness. Slightly hot at the finish, as to be expected very very dry. Mouthfeel is nice and develops as it warms. Very drinkable but will sneak up on you at 10%

Photo of philipquarles
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

One that I'd been meaning to pick up for a while, but kept slipping my mind.

Pours a very nice amber-gold with a huge three finger head. The head is off-white and has great staying-power--in fact, it keeps building long after being poured. So stiff that you can actually poke it with a finger and it springs back into shape. There are a lot of sediments floating around, but this is pretty standard for a De Dolle brew.

Smell is also very interesting; unlike any other Tripel I've had. Definite sweetness and fruits, but this is very well balanced by a certain spiciness.

Taste is also very unique. A LOT of carbonation. Definite sugars, but these are really overpowered by spiciness and hoppiness. Fruits are definitely there. I'd really be reaching if I said banana, but that's the only thing that comes to mind. The malt becomes evident after a few sips. Ends with a bit of alcohol.

Mouthfeel is great. Perfect consistency and it leaves a bit of a coating like a proper beer should.

Drinkability is not so good. It's a fantastic sipping beer, but between the in-your-face taste and the alcohol, not really something I would have more than one of in a sitting.

Great, complex, and VERY unique beer.

**Edit**

A couple of days after this review, I had a bottle of the 1994 vintage (first year) at de Kulminator. It was incredible. Less sugary, more fruitiness and spicy tanginess. Definitely something that gets better with age.

Photo of ejquin
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice orangish read with decent fluffy white head.

S: Phenolic with spices, coriander. Nice sweetness. apple juice and cider spice, pears, nutmeg, honey. Very nice

T/M: Mouthfeel is very nice. Nice and slick. Medium bodied. Perfect creamy corbonation. Taste is prickly up front, fading to nice juicy fruitiness. Cinnamon apples and cider, fading to a semi-warm honey flavor finishing with hop bitterness and spiciness which lasts for a while. Alcohol not readily apparent but really warming on finish

Photo of czfreeman
4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Mad Bitch pours out an golden-opaque yeasty haze color. Head is a billowing storm cloud of foam.
Aromas are huge... immediatley I get spiced apple cider, meads, nutmegs, clove, peach, d'anjou pears with caramalized cinnamon bread-like finish.
Holy Shit...I just sipped it..my god this is delicious. Cloying, spicy-sweet. Its like the best cup of spiced-spiked cider you've ever drank only a hell of a lot better. This is simply delicious.Its a liquid profile of the aromas. Alcohol is hidden by the complexity of this mouthfull of spicy goodness.I cannot go on enough about this, this is so good that a I cannot believe that 10%abv is hidden this well. It simply dissapears in the complexity of this beer.
I have just had my tastiest triple to date. I absolutley cannot wait to try another brew by this Brewery.

Photo of CWiggins
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this beer within the last two years on at least two occasions and failed to write a review. It then vanished from the local scene (due to its distributor going out of business), and I've sorely missed. Lo and behold, I visit a small beer shop in Greensboro, NC two days ago and they had two bottles left! I pounced and greedily took them both. (If they'd had more of these and Stille Nacht I would have cleaned them out!) Tonight I celebrate my luck by cracking open the first of two bottles of Dulle Teve.

I chose my Duvel tulip for this tasting, as the entire bottle would pour easily into it. It's a surprisingly brown hue (for a tripel), although the golden highlights betray its stylistic brethren. It sure is hazy; almost no light gets through it. The off-white head was very thick at first, but soon it dwindled into the sort of head one might notice on an English pub ale: dense and creamy, although it only covers a portion of the surface.

The smell is in-freakin'-credible; there is so much going on here that one may not need to actually drink it. (Gulp! Blasphemy!) Candy sugars, dark ripe fruit, hints of banana, strong yeasts, and the distinct warmth of alcohol hits the nose with every intake of air. And bready? Try smelling this one with your eyes closed and not imaging fresh-baked sweet bread. C'est impossible!

Big flavors attack the palate from the first sip. While the front detects sweet fruit and bitter hops, the remainder is devoted to banana, alcohol, sweet bread, honey, and just a smidgen of hop bitterness at the finish. What lingers is a beautiful alcohol warmth and mild essence of bread, along with remnants of caramel. Granted, the 10% ABV is a bit intense, but that's all the more reason to take it slow and enjoy the sensation swirling around the tongue.

This may be my favorite Belgian Tripel, hands down. It's incredibly well-balanced, and the flavors are unique to this brew while being grounded in the style tradition. Great, great, great brew!

Photo of jwc215
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz. bottle, poured into a tulip glass:

Pours all head, rising to the top, ready to overflow, then slowly recedes to reveal a clouded dark amber body. The descent of the head quickens as it goes down, eventually becoming a thin cap. Considering all of the head that was there, it doesn't leave much lacing (though some).

The smell is of earthy, herbal spicing with orange and lemon zest, black pepper, bready yeast, sharp alcohol. Sure to clean out the sinuses!

The taste is sweet and spicy. Caramel really stands out. The backing is herbal - almost medicinal with a citric zest. Slight sour mixes in as it progresses. Finishes with a warming bite.

The body is medium, but intense (tough to describe).

An intense, interesting, warming sipper. My educated guess is that it would do well with some hearty food (pork?)

Photo of largadeer
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A bright and pale amber with the slightest haze. A careful pour produces 3 fingers of white foam, with excellent retention as one would expect from the style.

Smell: The aroma is big and fruity: green apple, lemon peel and banana. Slightly peppery beneath that.

Taste & mouthfeel: Tons of esters and phenols on display here, but with a greater hop presence to balance them. Banana, apple and lemon with an earthy bitterness underneath. Sweetness is moderate but it dries up quickly in the finish. The body is on the lighter side of medium. Carbonation is high, almost champagne-like.

Photo of RomanW70
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy orange gold with a huge foamy head. Aroma of yeast, geass, citrus, light fruits, and spice. Tastes much the same with a vineous quality that shines through at the end. Finishes very smooth with a warming alcohol. Excellent beer. One of my favorite tripels.

Photo of Jwale73
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in my DFH snifter. Poured a rusty orange-brown color (similar to farmstand apple cider). Dense, fluffy two-inch head with some effervescence present in the solution; excellent retention with lots of sticky lacing. Body was almost opaque, but some light penetration. Scents of yeast, light-skinned fruit, candy sugar and a lingering tartness in the back of the sinuses. Some complexity in the mouth. I still can't quite tease out the fruit flavors, but there is a really nice balance between the fruit, spice (clove & coriander), sweetness (candy sugar & honey) and alcohol character. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, warming and pretty smooth considering the head. Drinkability is quite good for a tripel; alcohol is well-hidden, and the harmony of flavors makes this a really pleasant brew to sit back and savor.

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