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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

677 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 677
Reviews: 413
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.36%
Wants: 38
Gots: 39 | FT: 0
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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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -12.5%

Thanks to biegaman for sharing this one with me!

Pours a hazy golden, big thick white head forms, nice lacing, super retention, head just won't quit, settles to a thick layer. Smell is sweet, caramel citrus, apples, alcohol, sugar, more apples, neat. Taste is similar, sweet and malty, wheat, apples, alcohol, caramel, quite sugary, bready, spicy finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with high carbonation, very warming, almost hot going down. Not a bad tripel, thanks for sharing Jan!

10-08-2007 18:18:52 | More by Viggo
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joepais

Maine

3.83/5  rDev -7.7%

Bottle poured cloudy amber large white head that lasts thru the whole experiance . Aromas of grapfruit and wondeful spices . Sweet fruity and spicy almost pepery flavors along with a alcohol warmth and a light bitter hops finish . Bubbly and dry on the palate . A great Tripel

10-08-2007 03:40:25 | More by joepais
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bosco7

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +7.7%

Pours a dark orange (almost dubble like color) with a big ass head that leaves a plentiful bounty of lace.

Lots of banana bread in the nose; nutty, bready, banana, and some cinnamon.

So big upfront. Lots of banana and pear. Some bread, spicy phenols and wood flavors follow the esters. Some wild earthy twang toward the finish. Smoked meat in the finish?! Weird. Never had anything like this beer. Very interesting.

Explosive carbonation leaves quite a tingle on the tongue. Tremendously light ,airy, and well attenuated. Alcohol not noticeable at all combine this with dry body leaves you with a brew that can sneak up you. Highly recommended.

09-21-2007 02:57:25 | More by bosco7
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mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

4.3/5  rDev +3.6%

330ml bottle bought from Belgianshop.com... My 400th beer review !! Aged for about a year or so....

Poured into an Oerbier glass.... poured a golden yellow colour with quite a lot of yeasty chunks. Huge billowy white head fills the glass in an instant then fades slowly to thick layer leaving a trail of thick sticky lacing down the glass... quite a lot of carbonation bubbles drift slowly to the surface...

Aroma - Candy sugar mixed with spicy Belgian yeastiness, pale biscuity malts, lots of freshly cut grass, floral honey sweetness, bready, perfumed, alcohol is pretty noticeable, vanilla notes... lemon, grapefruit and pear spicy fruitiness, peppery...

Taste – Nice candy sugar sweetness, spicy fruits (pears, apples, lemons and grapefruits), lots of yeastiness, alcohol noticeable but not overly so, very floral and perfumed, some medicinal notes, light sea saltiness, peppery notes, some ginger spiciness...

Feel - Very sharp and dry with just a little smoothness coming through... light / medium bodied... pretty damn drinkable for 10% - dangerously so....

Overall - An outstanding Belgian tripel... a nice way to celebrate my 400th review... recommended....

09-19-2007 13:35:52 | More by mdagnew
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev +1.7%

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer has a snow-white cloudy head that sits on a hazy apricot colored body for the full beer. There is a nice bit of lacing with each sip. The body is a bit too dense to see much carbonation except for the tiny bubbles that glide up the sides of the glass.

S- sweet but not offensive white sugar note with a very soft perfume note and a light dried fruit and white raisins hint. As the beer warms the sugar notes develop into a wonderful caramel popcorn smell. The light brown sugar and butter with a faint pear or corn note is wonderful. I found myself smelling this beer several times before each sip.

T- The smooth soft flavor of light caramel sugar with a pear note is followed by balanced green bitterness in the finish.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a fullness in the texture developing toward the finish.

D- Great aroma and a very nice taste that is well balanced with some soft sweetness and a light bitterness.

09-14-2007 01:20:29 | More by rhoadsrage
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MrMonkey

New Hampshire

4.22/5  rDev +1.7%

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a chalice. Poured a cloudy orange with yellow highlights around the edges, with a 1" head that dissipated quickly down to about 1/8", leaving spotty lacing. Not too much carbonation, but a bit of sediment floating around after the pour.

Smells slightly sweet, a little bready with notes of sweet malts and caramel. Some citrus undertones with just a bit of alcohol lingering in the background.

Taste is much like the nose. There's a good balance between the malt and the candied sugar. A little apple and citrus up front, with a very strong caramel flavor in the middle. Nice finish that stays with you: not too sweet or too dry.

The caramel lends itself to a creamy mouthfeel, but not too syrupy. Medium to full bodied with not too much carbonation.

Despite being 10%, this is quite drinkable. Not a session beer by any means, but I could easily drink more than one.

09-02-2007 14:39:53 | More by MrMonkey
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ccrida

Oregon

3.35/5  rDev -19.3%

Poured from an 11.6 oz bottle into a snifter, the Dolle Teve is a hazy pale yellow, with lots of bubbles and a huge, frothy white head, which keeps rising out of the glass as it settles, holding firm and tight, leaving foamy lace.

The aroma is heavy on the green apple and pear, sugar with some vinegar, band-aid like phenols and movie popcorn.

The taste is pretty rich, heavier on the sugar and caramel then the color beguiles, spicy plastic phenols, alcohol, with citrus tropical fruit, candi and bubblegum.

The mouthfeel is super carbonated and foamy, medium to heavy bodied for a tripel.

Tasty, yet rich enough to help you keep the speed in check, and lacking the digestibility I look for in the style. Honestly, I'd have guessed this was from the U.S. in blind tasting, it's best attribute is that, while heavy tasting, doesn't drink at 10%

08-23-2007 01:13:42 | More by ccrida
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livingregret

Washington

2.7/5  rDev -34.9%

Serving Type: Standard Bottle

Appearance: Cloudy Orange colour w/ a light white head the lingers around the edges.

Smell: Strong on fruit. Pineapple, peach, lemon...touch of spice. Very nice

Taste: Apricots, pineapple, ends w/ a dry like taste that's hoppy.

Mouthfeel: A bit over the top carbonation leaves this medium drink a little lacking

Drinkability: Not sure....the sweetness in it throws me off. I enjoy juice, I really do....not sure how I like it in my beer though

Edit: Upon further drinking the beer....I'm finding myself enjoying the drink a bit more. The taste still not be my cup of tea, but it is still drinkable.

08-20-2007 23:34:10 | More by livingregret
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Fugazme

Nebraska

4.08/5  rDev -1.7%

A cloudy, orangish yellow... nice bright, white head about 1/2" inch... settles quickly to a nice cap... great swirl... just a great looking, uniform, is-what-it-is beer.

Aroma is strong on fruit...peachy... pineapple... subtle alcohol... touch of brown sugar... some slight herbaceous qualities with a bit of ginger...

Very carbonated... fills the mouth with every sip.

Taste is very good... lots of apricot and peach with big ginger middle... spicy ginger... and then a dry finish with hints of sweet honey... odd, but in a good way.

Great beer... will visit again...

08-20-2007 05:55:58 | More by Fugazme
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tendermorsel

Massachusetts

4.68/5  rDev +12.8%

Poured from a 750 ml corked bottle into a tulip glass. This beer was probably quite old. The expiration date was 4/2002. Don't know when this was brewed as my buddy scored this gem at liquor store a few months back.

WOW! This beer aged really really well. Great carbonation and a strong pop when opened. Good head that dissipated quickly a left great lacing.

Typical tripel color. Yellowish with just the right amount of sediment and yeast. Lot's of different flavors in this one. Citrus notes at first followed by a sweet but dry back end. A prominent apple taste throughout this beer/ Wonderful blend of flavor and strength.

I have had the Mad Bitch many times fresh or relatively fresh and even though I haven't reviewed this before I am a fan of this beer. However, this was aged to perfection. The best single bottle of tripel I have ever had.

If you are into aging beers this is a winner.

08-18-2007 22:19:47 | More by tendermorsel
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Padron4KM

Arizona

4.22/5  rDev +1.7%

11.2 oz bottle. No freshness date. Hazy golden with a massive meringue like head. Head dissipates slowly and leaves a thick coating of lace in it’s path.

Aroma is sweet orange, pineapple, lemon, honey, and some spice.

Flavor starts off sweet, peaches drizzled in honey, spicy clove, bread. Finishes dry with a pleasant hoppy bitterness.

Alcohol was hidden quite well.

08-13-2007 06:38:28 | More by Padron4KM
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hopfalls

California

4.35/5  rDev +4.8%

Hey, this is my first beer reivew. So it goes. Purchased at the Bacchus Cornelius beer shop in Bruges 7 weeks ago and opened with trepidation, this Tripel poors a white, perfumy head that looks identical to the Proseco my wife has just opened. Viewed in my new Oerbier tulip glass, the look is reminiscent of some hot apple cider I had in Minnesota one fall. Aroma is slightly spiced, but disappointingly underwhelming. Taste, however, is magical. Taste, at first resiny, evaporates into the tonsils, leaving an apricot and corinander flourish. I doubt you can buy this in the states--that's why I bought it.

07-31-2007 03:01:36 | More by hopfalls
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RedHaze

Nebraska

4.03/5  rDev -2.9%

330ml bottle.

Pours a very cloudy golden with a massive four finger head that takes a good ten minutes to fade to a thick cap. The remaining foam leaves behind a ton of lace on the glass.

Snell; it took a while before I could get a goof whiff of this one with the huge head. Once it settles though there was a bunch of tropical fruits with pineapple, tangerine and peaches. There's also a pretty good malty backbone in here, and a bit of a spiciness form the yeast.

Taste; the fruits are very evident with the pineapples and peaches coming through the most, but there's a really nice earthy/herbal presence that I wasn't expecting. The sweet malts come through as caramel, sugar cookies and a little honey. The finish is a touch on the spicy side from the yeast and some alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a bit of a biting carbonation, and the drinkability is good. I bought my bottle several months ago, and it took me forever to get around to it because I was a little sick of tripels at the time. I'm glad I waited until now because I think I enjoyed more now than I would have when I purchased it.

07-27-2007 01:57:17 | More by RedHaze
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Quej

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev -1.2%

A - The beer is a beautiful dark orange, dark for a tripel, with lots of cloudy yeast particles and active carbonation. A large fluffy white head emerges and crowns this great looking beer.

S - Strong smells of bitter apple cider and peach nectar are first noticed, continued throughout with the sting of alcohol and the spicy twang of belgian yeasts.

T - At first taste, it is very sweet and fruity, enhanced by the thick head. The sweet malts are balanced well by the light zingy carbonation. Flavours of honey, apple pie with cloves, and other light fruits are at the centers of this beer, which are once again followed by the taste of alcohol which increases as it warms. The beer finishes dry and quick, but the alcohol lingers and warms.

M - The beer is light on the palate and very refreshing due to the high carbonation, but is a little rough from the alcohol.

D - I think I could have a few of these, but not a beer I could stick with all night. Sessionability is once again low due to high alcohol content and complexity of flavours which ought to be enjoyed thoroughly and slowly.

07-27-2007 01:23:53 | More by Quej
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Darkale

Virginia

4.15/5  rDev 0%

The Mad Bitch opens with a crack of carbonation, as if tired of waiting to be poured, and generates (as so many Belgians do -- and I'm not complaining) a gigantic head (larger than the liquid portion of the beer in my Duvel tulip). The head is beautiful, sparkling white, but the beer itself is thick, swirling, like brackish water. Lacing remains in thin, separate layers on the inside of my glass.

The aroma is very sweet, with a hint of mustiness and just a dash of alcohol.

Wow. Powerful sip. My God. Creamy, but rounded with alcohol. Peppery at the end. Yet, not unbalanced. Pepper remains after I swallow, hot and tingling.

I've been waiting so long to try one of these guys. This beer cannot be fresh (judging from the condition of the bottle and the label), and I wonder how much different it would taste if fresh. It has the spice and mustiness of a tripel, but the alcohol pushes it to a higher level. Some tripels taste thin or weak to me. Please do not tell the Bitch that I called her either thin or weak.

Marvelous. I've had about half of it, and I'm surprised by how the hotness and the spice are balanced by that smooth creamy malt backbone. Well worth trying.

07-23-2007 23:14:47 | More by Darkale
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -8.4%

Vast amounts of capping foam, resembling a scene of outside the gates of heaven - big and fluffy and pearly white head; a good inch when it was at its lowest point. The colour is a little darker than what one might expect from a tripel, although I have seen a couple other offerings dark in tone like this one. The body is a marmalade coloured orange and somewhat clouded (I believe only result of the bits of yeasty sludge that managed to sneak in with the last few drops).

The aroma boast, quite heavily, notes of over-ripened (if not outright, rotting) fruits. Bold apple, having this come to resemble at times a sugary and amped up apple juice.

A big beer - wow - 10% and showing. Certainly let's its strength known. The flavours (though at points quibbling under such high gravity) hold up against the alcohol. It drinks well - just damn potent! Even the modest sized 330ml bottle is a considerable commitment, be warned!

The taste is more centered to a traditional tripel character. Still flavours of bold, over-ripe apple. A soft malt bill. A pear/marmalade taste as well. Lots of fruity esters stemming, I believe, from the yeast strain. Over-ripe fruit seems to be the recurring theme throughout. The flavour are showcased fairly uninterruptedly with the alcohol impeding mostly on the aftertaste.

Truthfully, I found this to be a little too aggressive for the style. While most tripels weigh in at 9 or 10% I simply found this one to posses less grace and be a tad harsh on the palate. This wouldn't be one of my top choices for the style. I will say though, this is merely my own personal taste and with all considered Dulle Teve is still a pretty nice beer.

07-20-2007 14:39:50 | More by biegaman
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BretSikkink

Mexico

4.22/5  rDev +1.7%

All kinds of hazy, this golden orange brew pours with a solid white head of a couple inches. Lacing is strong and persistent.

Citric and other light fruit in the nose, alcohol is estery and there is some floral hopping going on.

In the mouth it is a carbonated yet creamy beverage. Nice flavors of spicy alcohol, some esters, with light colored ripe fruit and accompanying sweetness, and more hops than I'm used to with the tripel. I like it, a lot.

Spices are very prevalent, though difficult to discern, as usual with the more proprietary Belgian brewers. I detect a little anise/herbal thickness, also the pepper from the alcohol and Continental hops.

Good body and depth of complexity and flavor: really nice balance overall. Not a drop-dead world class tripel, but an outstanding ale of high quality, full flavor, and a lot of well-concealed alcohol content. Enjoy responsibly.

07-09-2007 05:40:09 | More by BretSikkink
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TripelMajor

New York

4.43/5  rDev +6.7%

Dulle Teve is one of my favorite Tripels ever. If you can find this try it immediately. It's so unique, but has the tripel flavor profile down perfect.

It pours heady. the first thing you notice is it's swirling yeast and deep unfiltered haziness. Not what I expect from a tripel, but it's beautiful none the less. It might make Duvel drinkers nervous, but it is worth investigating.

The nose is fragrent and full of spice. Some softer notes of grass and citrus dance over this very foamy, carbonated brew.

A strong tripel that is upfront about it's alcohol. This one kicks back. But it's floral hop and spicy nose help make the alcohol astringency tasteful almost therapeutic. At no point did I make the alcohol sting face. I've tasted everything from white plum to baked apple in this malty dynamo.

Hangs well on the tongue, but isn't the smoothest brew out there.

I could drink quite a few of these mad ladies in one night, but you kinda have to pace yourself. This is a true sipping beer. Enjoy.

07-08-2007 19:35:40 | More by TripelMajor
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meadhead

Montana

4.43/5  rDev +6.7%

a high fruit ale with
a peach honey blossom
undertone of hops
and earthen phenol bottom

tart and semi-sweet
with a nice carbonation
really feels like a nectar
with a fruit operation

truly exceptional
drinking for the
high ABV

very good stuff
complex in many ways

06-20-2007 02:59:13 | More by meadhead
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JohnnyDuvel

Florida

4.28/5  rDev +3.1%

Pours a very cloudy golden hue. On the sweet side for a tripel, with a full body. Reminds me a little of the Unibroue 15 with it's sweeter character. I enjoyed this all the way through, and the ABV does not detract. De Dolle has always been interesting to me, if somewhat erratic. I would certainly recommend this one to fans of the style.

05-12-2007 04:19:26 | More by JohnnyDuvel
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GreenCard

Oregon

3.23/5  rDev -22.2%

Appearance: amber, a bit chunky (really loose sediment that was lifted into solution by the carbonation after I popped the cap), thick spongey layer of white foam with great head retention, some lace

Aroma: strong peary alcohol with a sour milk undercurrent, yeast, hint of bubblegum and maple syrup

Flavor: big double-punch of peppery alcohol and sugary sweetness; vitaminy yeast taste and a touch of sherry-like oxidation; a vegetal, throaty bitterness; finishes semisweet with a lingering alcohol bite

Mouthfeel: medium-full body, vigorous carbonation, lots of alcohol warmth

Other comments: This is a re-review of the beer using a bottle of it (purchased at the brewery) that I have been storing since 2004. Interesting to see how the age has affeced it. Compare this review to my first one:

http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/201/1116/?ba=GreenCard

The distinctive De Dolle "funk" is more pronounced, but it seems like the alcohol has almost completely taken over, which is interesting. Usually the alcohol mellows out with age. This beer is definitely better when it's fresher.

05-07-2007 12:51:46 | More by GreenCard
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techdiver

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -14.5%

Pours a cloudy golden amber with dark brown yeasty bits and a modest head that dissipates quickly.

Banana and clove to the nose.

Sweet malt, and hops. Balanced but lacking what I would have expected.

Mouthfeel is the high point. Pleasant carbonation, fairly smooth and enjoyable here.

Drinkability not that great. Could be because I just had an Oerbier; and it was soo much better.

05-02-2007 03:51:44 | More by techdiver
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Shovelbum

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +1.7%

Pours a towering head of white foam that rises well above the glass and sites on a bright orange body. The head recedes eventually, small bubbles quickly rise. Aromas of tart fruit over light straw, musty earth and malt. Flavor has a mildly sweet, light, malt base with characters of earth and must. There is a mild spicy hop bitterness in the background that adds balance and further complexity. Medium to full body with moderate carbonation.

A bit full bodied for a tripel, but more complexity too. Well-balanced. Not my favorite offering from the dolle brewers, but still a complex and tasty ale.

04-17-2007 22:26:39 | More by Shovelbum
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Beerzebub

California

4.3/5  rDev +3.6%

11.2 oz. bottle, cellared upright for 5 months.

Hazy golden, three fingers of billowing white head. Very loose yeast, had to leave 15-20% of the beer in the bottle to avoid it. Hefty lace.

Smells of tamarind, orange juice, clove, alcohol and grass. A minerally note, like wet river rocks. Unusual, and good.

Tastes fruity, mainly tamarind and orange. Fairly sweet. Some grassy and citrusy hops, and a touch of acidity, balance the sweetness reasonably well. Some sugarcane, alcohol, clove, rock. Complex, and wonderful. Finish gets drier - long complex finish of grass, sour fruit, rock, alcohol.

Fairly thin mouthfeel. Surprisingly drinkable.

Strange and wonderful.

04-17-2007 06:04:50 | More by Beerzebub
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wagenvolks

Texas

3.8/5  rDev -8.4%

330 ml bottle into an oversized wine glass.

I'm greeted with a wheat blonde body with shades of ochre, throughout which lively bubbles dart around traces of yeast. A monstrous, off-white head sits atop the brew and leaves splotchy lacing. Immediately, a whispy fruit boquet leaps out of the glass. Mandarin orange, grapefruit, and some floral notes (all very belgium) all present. Definately liking it thus far.

Good god! No lack of flavor found here. The first tastes are a vodka-esque alcohol note with citrus and wheat. More "mellow" hops and spice notes finish and get better as it warms. Give this thing a while to sit, as the mouthfeel is offensive at first. After a good effervescing, the beer was much smoother and more drinkable. Call it an interesting beer and a lively tripel. It'll definately get your attention on the first taste, although it can be a bit too intense/unbalanced to be considered overly drinkable.

04-16-2007 05:27:51 | More by wagenvolks
De Dolle Dulle Teve (Mad Bitch) from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
92 out of 100 based on 677 ratings.