De Dolle Dulle Teve (Mad Bitch) - Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
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3.85/5 rDev -7.2%
Clear amber color white frothy medium head nose of yeast , malt , cereals , grains and citrus / orange taste of malts , yeast , cereals , grains , sour red fruit , and citrus cream raw body , and dry style aftertaste slightly bitter , chalk , and yeast
09-14-2006 03:42:27 | More by stephendr
District of Columbia
3.6/5 rDev -13.3%
I was excited to see another small Belgian brewery to make a Tripel (as St Bernardus is my favorite), but this never seems to develop into anything worthwhile. Pours a golden color with a moderate head that dissipates quickly. Unlike most tripels, there is not a lot of effervescing going on in the glass after this beer is poured. There seems to be too much carbonation, which never lets the spices or malt develop. The aftertaste is citrus-like, but again it dissipates quickly.
09-13-2006 00:52:29 | More by Toddv29424
4.13/5 rDev -0.5%
Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into glass tulip goblet.
Appearance - Huge white head that slowly disspates to a velvety half finger retention. It has excellent lacing all the way down. The color of the beer is a slighly amber-orange, gold/yellow color. The beer is pretty clear, with only a very, very slight haze in it.
Smell - Initially, I can smell a bit of citrusy fruits, mainly grapefruit. I nice aroma of ripe, dark fruits, common in Belgian tripels. There is also a medium alcohol aroma on the nose. The hops are in the background...lemony and with medium-crispness. Also, there is a medium malty aroma present.
Taste - The alcohol is pretty strong, and the first thing that hits your palate. There are flavors of sweet dark fruits, a bit of spiciness, and the a medium smooth malty flavor follows through and remains strongest in the aftertaste. A very good flavor, but I think the alcohol burn makes it a touch too difficult to fully appreciate the flavors of this brew.
Mouthfeel - The carbonation is medium-high, but at a proper level compared to most tripels. Not too terribly strong. It is medium-light bodied and fairly velvety in the mouth. The mouthfeel is good, but definitely not comparable to the best of the Belgian tripels.
Drinkability - The drinkability is decent. The flavors are fairly strong, the carbonation is not overpowering. The alcohol is a bit too noticeable for my liking, and I think it is a weak point of this tripel. It takes away from an otherwise pleasurable mouthfeel and flavor.
Overall, this is a middle-grade tripel. The flavors are good, the appearance is pleasing, the mouthfeel is decent. Recommended, but not as highly as others of its style.
08-12-2006 05:40:56 | More by dblinkhorn
4.4/5 rDev +6%
S - 11.2 oz. bottle. Bought from corral liqours in Granite City. Second review of this beer, thought it appropriate considering this bottle was farily younger than the one I reviewed prior to this one.
A - Pours a hazy amber with a lot of sediment. Head is deep, about three fingers and then cuts to a good blanket on top of the beer. Lacing is unbelievable, period.
S - COMPLEX. Pretty difficult to sort things out here. Malt and spice and some serious fruity esters. A medicinal back with an alcohol cap. A serious phenolic scent with a grassy and earthy tone. Fruit tastes pitted, maybe some apricot and peach. Nutty as well. Good lord, this is a difficult beer. A lot of fun to try and decipher what the hell is going on in this glass.
T - Wow. Spice hits with the crispiness of the carbonation. Nutty, Fruity, Grassy, Earthy, Crisp, and Angry. This really is a Mad Bitch. Taste a hint of fruit with the nuttiness. Taste some reggiano and maybe some Piave cheeses. Alcohol is very well hidden. Whew, my brain hurts after this one.
M - Covers and protects your tongue. Almost forms a shell around your tongue and engulfs it with serious taste. Awesome.
D - Give me another baby, this Mad Bitch is always a welcome companion to me.
07-31-2006 05:22:40 | More by rsyberg01
4.03/5 rDev -2.9%
Pours a hazy light amber color with a big off white head that leaves some sticky lace on the glass. Nice looking brew.
Aroma is nice fruity malt some bready in nature too. Nice spice underneath the good malty aromas.
Taste is nice and malty with lots of fruits apples, pears, some tart currants hints of alcohol appearing in the flavor. Finish is lingering fruit with some nice spice clove some light pepper and earthy yeasts.
Mouthfeel is nice medium full good level of carbonation lightly zesty but not over done.
Drinkability is good a fine Tripel and an enjoyable beer. Want to thank babydoc and BCG BIF for this beer.
07-29-2006 20:08:06 | More by mntlover
4.47/5 rDev +7.7%
I like a good beer with a monster head and this one didn't disappoint. A huge rocky head stayed till the end. I poured into a huge glass but it still wasn't enough. Dark Orange in color. Quite opaque, even after cellaring for a few months. Lacing and sediment all over the glass.
White grape juice and canteloupe with a little spice in the aroma. Some earthiness in there as well.
The taste is quite spicy and not as fruity as I expected. Still, it's very good and interesting. Sweet at the beginning but dry at the end.
Mouthfeel is medium light. Quite tingly from the spice and carbonation. Again, somewhat drying at the end.
Very interesting. Not at all what I expected but I very much wanted another one.
07-08-2006 22:23:07 | More by ken3c
4.72/5 rDev +13.7%
11.2 oz bottle: This bitch was mad, despite a pretty careful "belgian pour", the 4 fingers+ head was trying to over the glasss & crawl out the bottle!
Amber in color with quite a few floaties ( I could've been a little gentler, if I wasn't so cocky). The white head was fluffy & egg to offwhite in color. Insane lacing & head retention
Smell: Big cidery fruitty notes, later, lemon
Taste: Peppery spiciness accompanied by cider like notes & "old" hop taste, followed by hints of leather. Some peach notes a she warms, along with some slight bitterness & lemon. Finoshes with apple-like notes, dry notes
MF: Very champaigne (sp?)-like. Tons of effervescence& medium body
Super drinkable for the strength. I'm not a huge fan of tripples, but I love the mad brewers & this is easily one of the best tripples I've had period. May not be yeasty enough for some
06-28-2006 03:38:52 | More by russpowell
3.9/5 rDev -6%
A sweet, tasty ale that truly that is great after a meal. Pours with a very thick head and a cloudy, amber color. The taste is a mix of sweetness with subtle overtones of fruit hidden in there somewhere, along with a dash of hops. It is quite effervescent which is typical of the belgian style. Very satisfying.
06-18-2006 19:08:38 | More by scriabin
4.58/5 rDev +10.4%
A - Pours a cloudy orangey-gold with a massive rocky white head which takes forever to fall. Plenty of lacing. Some floaties in there with the high carbonation.
S - Can smell it without going near the glass. Funk, banana, clove, phenols, light fruit, some citrus.
T - A backbone of brown sugar. Tropical fruits, then phenols come through. Some alcohol warmth present at the back and into the aftertaste, but the strength is well masked. Bitterness comes through and finishes dry.
M - Smooth and creamy. Medium body and carbonation.
D - Incredibly drinkable for the strength. Bold approach to a tripel which works out very well indeed.
06-07-2006 15:05:37 | More by haz77
4.72/5 rDev +13.7%
5/23/06- Purchased at Ledgers Liquors in Berkeley, CA.
Presentation- 750ml bottle. Capped and corked. No dating, but have had in the cellar for about a year. Poured into my Duvel tulip.
Appearance- Dark golden and clouded pour. Cork pops with vengeance. Very slow pour reveals a full one inch head. Remains a ½ inch all the way to the end. Spotty, streaky and patchy lace. Very nice.
Smell- Bring da funk! I can smell this guy ..or shall I say, bitch, from across the room. The top of the cork smells of vinegar, which scared me a bit. But, after the cork popped, a really strong rancid hay, urine and rotted lemon scent comes a callin. White pepper and other cant figure out spices follow.
Taste- Spicy ummm, did I say spicy? Buckets of white pepper, corriander and dry, almost a lightly fruited sauvignon blanc flavor. Very dry and vinous-like. Tastes like a lemon that has been rotting in the compsot pile for a good two or three days. Meaning this is a funky tasting lemon beer. This is very reminiscent of Fantome Saison. Lots of stuff going on, tasty and a beer that you say .what the hell? to.
Mouthfeel- Turbo charged carbonation. Not gassy carbonation but intense stinging sharp bubbles. Very dry and wine-like.
Drinkability- This flavor hits home as more of a saison than a tripel. This is one of the better beers I have had no matter what style, period. If it had a bit more sweetness, like most tripels, this one would be off the chart. Terrific brew and highly recommended.
06-01-2006 16:52:06 | More by GClarkage
3.78/5 rDev -8.9%
The appearance is the epitimy of excellence. Huge mountainous head supported by sunshine golden body, medium carbonation, tons of rocky, chunky lacing left behind only to be washed away with the high alcohol gobbles. impressive.
Light fruity esters, the citrus is slightly astringent at times, warming is huge, active. I get some pears, oranges and some exoctics. Backround I get some farmhouse saison quality into the mix, some wildness to this deep in the brew. Boy oh boy the body to this triple is unique to my palate, how so? well typically a tripel sizzles a bit to me in that the carbonation is usually mad ass crazy. This one is still very carbonated but its pretty moderate and allows the sweetness to really stick around and grab some teeth.
Notes: Pretty kick ass brew and although not a rare beer I haven't seen it around until my latest trip to the wine house just off the 405 freeway. Seems to be getting a nice stock of some harder to find brews. I would buy this more often and I'm sure its priced fairly but at 6 bucks a 330ml it is a once in a blue moon type brew.
04-28-2006 05:21:04 | More by DogFood11
4.4/5 rDev +6%
It has an attractive orange/kopper appearance, and bubbly head. I ranked the syrupy smell pretty low, but just because it is about the same as most Belgians, which is still pretty good. The taste is what I thought was the most outstanding aspect of this beer. It has a long drawn out after taste that is all over the place, from heavy Belgian syrup to a whole array of fruity flavors, but it stayed relativly dry and didn't get too sweet. This is a pretty heavy (and expensive) beer so it didn't get the best drinkability from me, but this is more than a "worth a try."
04-26-2006 20:17:50 | More by dfried
4.1/5 rDev -1.2%
from the bottle. poured acloudy copper with lots of bubbles and a large fluffy white head and a ton of lacing. aroma, spicey coriander, gloves, lemon, orange, yeast, some sweetness. flavor, cinnamon, orange zest, gloves, bready, hops, sweet as it warms alcohol came out nicely. good beer
04-25-2006 23:50:14 | More by walleye
3.28/5 rDev -21%
I bought this one after reading some wonderfull reviews. I already drank this beer before, but I could not remember what it was like.
It pours an orange colour with a steady lacing and enough carbonation to keep the head going.
Smell was rather unpleasant, iron all over the place, mild oxidation (sherry?) and higher alcohols reminding me of green apples. There was also some caramel after all these tastes.
Taste was different, no sign of the oxidation (if there was any at all) and the iron taste was not present. First impression was good, an alcoholic firm beer with higher alcohols, ripe banana's and a bitter, dry aftertaste. There is also some acidity in the aftertaste, but that is really in the back. Second impression was that the beer is more or less out of balance, there is too much alcohol to really be drinkable, so I cannot rate this as high as my colleague reviewers. Too bad, because I had high expectations from the Dolle Brouwers!
04-16-2006 21:13:45 | More by Absumaster
4/5 rDev -3.6%
Pours a hazy light orange with a huge head of very large bubbles. Smell is unmistakably Belgian. Slightly sweet, yeast, dough. Phenols abound. A hint of orange peal. Taste is sharp and rips the tongue. Flavors become softer and more rounded as it warms. Lots of yeasty character.
Let this one warm up. Not my favorite style, but a solid example. Better than most tripels, but a tad expensive. I got this 330ml for $4.99.
04-08-2006 20:50:02 | More by sacfly
4.35/5 rDev +4.8%
When I poured it in, it gave a huge head with large bubbles and spots of yeast in between. It forms a dome that gently decreases in height. The colour could be described as fruity orange. In-between the rising carbonation bubbles, a game of dancing yeast flocks is depicted. Its so vivid, It makes me think of the first dump Im going to have to take in the morning! ;-)
The odour is unique, I cant compare it with an other beer. Very strong bitter-sour. Probably strongly hopped. Alcohol and citrus.
First taste makes me think of the American IPAs I had. Bitter hops accompanied by a strong alcohol and citrus taste. Followed by a stronger Malt and alcohol taste and a fresh sweet-sour line in between. Sourness lingers on into the aftertaste which is quite dry. The aftertaste is dominated by alcohol and malt. Overall strong carbonation and acidity.
Nice and special beer, certainly not traditional in taste. This is an absolute tasting beer. Not for mass consumption.
Ut Vivat, Crescat, Floreat!
03-09-2006 01:55:34 | More by Bierschenker
3.58/5 rDev -13.7%
Purchased this in Belfast today in the singles box. Pours an extremly hazy golden color, thick head that last forever. Smells sweet and yeasty. Tastes a very strong taste of yeast and alcohol, with quite a bit of sweet malt in there. Thick moutfeel. Very much a beer that you can only have one a night. Powerful stuff.
03-02-2006 02:17:58 | More by Manosbeeroffate
3.55/5 rDev -14.5%
Sweet malt and yeasty aroma. A lot of mashed fruit smells. Cloudy brown/orange color with a thick white head. Sweet fruit fore then a very creamy cereal-like middle and a VERY malty finish. Odd flavor sequence, but this does taste good though the after taste makes me feel like I burped up this mornings Total Raisin Bran.
03-01-2006 07:47:45 | More by Jredner
3.93/5 rDev -5.3%
Presentation: 330ml bottle with a angry looking woman on the label with lightning bolts coming from her head. I guess Mad Bitch is aptly named for the label. 10% ABV, no freshness mark or stamp whatsoever.
Appearance: At first it was a clear and golden color. A large rocky white head forms with a great deal of lacing and great retention. I accidentally poured too much in there and it turned cloudy and chunky from the yeast in the bottle.
Smell: Strong and sweet alcoholic pehnols upfront. Definitely belgian aroma with honey, cantaloupe, hints of peppery spicyness, and some citrus notes.
Taste: Very carbonated. Alcohol and phenols jump right out. A crisp and dry body has more citrus, a very light bitterness in the middle with a toasty grainy aftertaste. Definitely lots of alcohol, warming and good, but not overpowering. It has a nice spicyness to it.
Mouthfeel: Body is light, but the mouthfeel is full. The high alcohol gives it a bit of thinness, while the high carbonation balances it out.
Notes: The phenols in this beer are quite strong. The intensity of the flavor is a semi-distant 2nd place when compared to De Dolle Stille Nacht. Quite good, alcohol is quite strong, so this is a slow sipper. Definitely warms you up on a cold night. I wish this beer had a little more balance between the flavors from the yeast and the malt.
02-10-2006 02:08:46 | More by dauss
3.9/5 rDev -6%
Comes out of the bottle a murky pale burnt orange color with suspended fine particles of yeast. Starts with a fizzy off-white head that fades into an impressive ring of lace.
The smell is both sweet and sour at the same time. I get a sense of an icecream topping gone bad. Soured caramel with a splash of rum? (not that there's anything wrong with that).
The taste was more enjoyable than the smell.
Medium bodied with a pleasant, light carbonation and a slightly oily mouthfeel.
A mad bitch she is but mighty fine.
01-28-2006 02:20:40 | More by EvilKeith
4.25/5 rDev +2.4%
Dense, bright white intact foam of a head that plasters the snifter's sides with sticky, thin and intricate lacing. Cloudy pineapple and light bronze in color with chunks of sediments.
Candied sugar, mildly sweet aroma; a touch of corriander. Fresh, tropical fruit ripeness: cantelope, honeydew. A touch of powdery apple and lime.
Moderately candied-sugar sweetness that underlies the entire flavor profile: subdued melon and honeydew with a green apple tartness. The sour quality isn't mouth puckering, but it definitely is the primary flavor of this tipel. A touch of spice; corriander/pepper with an aftertaste of sweet honeydew.
Medium bodied; smooth and almost creamy on the palate. A mild spritzy quality given the bottle conditioning.
The abv% is noticeable but doesn't overpower the complexities of this tripel. Another homerun by de Dolle.
12-29-2005 04:10:59 | More by NEhophead
4.13/5 rDev -0.5%
Pours a hazy pale gold with a hell of a crown of a head. This thing is like a mountain that has risen out primordial collision of two newly formed continents (that is overstating it a bit but, man, what a head). The lace is spectacular and bathe the glass in an off white splendor.
There is a fruity quality to this beer--a hint of apple, maybe pear, that are complemented by a touch of alcohol. The finish stings a bit but is pleasant and welcome.
The malt is subdued and delicate but very noticable. A pepper finish is what remains on my pallate. Good but not quite as complex as I would have thought.
This is a remarkably easy to drink beer. The alcohol content is the only thing that would keep you from downing several of these at one sitting. While the alcohol is assertive, it is not overwhelmingly so.
A very nice trippel. The beer is big, easy to drink, and exceptionally memorable--as long as you don't drink too many.
12-27-2005 03:38:47 | More by filabrazilia
4.5/5 rDev +8.4%
11.2 oz. Belgian bottle. Label says 11.0%. Pours an impressive golden hazy peach hue, loaded with a rising army of carbonation bubbles to a thick off-white 1/2" head cap that is here to stay. Just a huge impressive pour of golden goodness. The pillowy cover is a sight to behold!
Aromas are initially Granny Smith apple tart and a touch of sour. Whoa! This is reminding me of a lambic nose. Just a mouth watering treat for the senses.
First swigs: Tricky sizzle of hops mixes with a tart green apple Jolly Rancher. Loads of complexity. The hops are of De Ranke levels. The fruity character is emphasized.
Dry character with a linger of spritzy lemon and funk horse blanket.
Last swigs: Lambic-ish dry tripel. Thanks to OrbitalR0x for the bottle.
Beer is good. Happy tripel beering. 104/4.02
12-10-2005 07:50:42 | More by blitheringidiot
2.88/5 rDev -30.6%
This is huge head, I am always amazed at how they can do this!
The bubbles are so tightly packed it looks like whipped cream. Cloudy with a color like toffee.
The aroma is spicy mostly like cloves, sweet and yeasty also.
Overpowering phenols and clove, whoa! Too much of a plantain flavor.
Plenty of mouthfeel and the carbonation fills my mouth.
Over the top on all counts and not very balanced in my opinion, nonetheless thanks to Biglove for the opportunity.
12-07-2005 00:02:28 | More by Chadbrew
4.22/5 rDev +1.7%
Undated 11.2oz with the usual De Dolle style label sporting weird art in garish colors, poured into a tulip.
Loud hiss when the cap was cracked and sure enough, she started to gush. Not bad, nothing spilled or sprayed, but I got a huge white head despite a very delicate pour. The room was instantly filled with a funky aroma. Lotsa farmhouse here. I can also get a good whiff of candy sugars, spice, and pepper. A little bit of funky chalk yeast and wood in the background.
Oh yeah Appearance. Once the mammoth head settles over hazed amber, the glass is coated with a sheet of lace. Nice.
The taste starts off quickly fruity with some pineapple/general citrus, followed by the sugars and earthy malts that seem to be paired with apples. Then a woody flavor creeps in before some sugars, bitter hops, more malt, then a peppery alcohol sensation.
The mouth is full and the alcohol component threatens to make it rough, but it all works out in the end. This is, in no way, a session beer. Maybe two bottles....maybe. The real beauty of this beer is not only is it big, bold, and all up in your face, but there is so much complexity going on here.
12-05-2005 04:14:58 | More by ypsifly
De Dolle Dulle Teve (Mad Bitch) from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
92 out of 100 based on 677 ratings.