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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716 Ratings
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Ratings: 716
Reviews: 417
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.36%
Wants: 43
Gots: 39 | FT: 1
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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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Photo of paleoplant
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer was in a small capped not corked bottle. The smell was pleasant with a fruity hint of possibly apple. The beer was cloudy and golden. Although not usually a fan of triples this beer was an exception. The taste was smooth and crisp. The carbonation was slightly strong but enjoyable. This mad bitch made me respect triples again.

Photo of SwillinBrew
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this into my chimay chalice and it filled with a rich orangy gold color with a slight haze to it. A large frothy creamy egg-shell colored head formed and had good power to it. Aromas were spicey, yeasty, enveloped by a cakebread scent, sweet and fruity.

Quite yummy on the palate. Initial flavors of spiced banana bread warm my mouth followed by a feint mineral taste and some yeast finishing with a little alcohol. Somewhat on the dry side and scrubbing on the tongue. Very delicious and punchy.

Photo of weeare138
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance...looking in the bottle, there are tons of yeast particles held in suspension with a small yeast bed stuck on the bottom. The pour gives way to a hazy, pale, orange toned gold with a gigantic, fluffy white head that slowly fades out. Beautiful smounts of fluff stick to the sides of the glass.
Smell is of honey, apricot, lemon, tangerine, sugary, florally, poached pear, mild banana & coriander, along with a touch of funk that is welcomed and enticing.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a very nice dose of yeast that makes me want to culture the strain out of the bottle and go nuts come my next homebrew session.
Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, mildly sweet, and addictive. Tiny carbonation bubbles are aggressive at first. but turn to a smoothness that delivers nicely.

Photo of CharlesRiver
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought this at CT Bev Mart on sale for $3.29. 11.2 ounce bottle, typical belgian slim style. The appearance is much like a Duvel. Darkish tan with a huge white, foamy head. Steady stream of champagne like bubbles are constantly on the move. It just keeps going and going.

Smell is citrus, apples and some yeast notes mixed in. The first thing I take away from the taste is the balance. Perfect mix of sweet and dry. The fruit notes from the smell are apparent in the beginning and gives way to a slightly malt dryness. The aftertaste stays and stays. I love it.

A very good tripel in my opinion. I am enjoying this beer with stuffed shells which is just an ok match. It brings out more of the sweetness in this beer. Unfortunately the dryness in triples are what I love. Get this beer.

Photo of jbart
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a snifter. Pours a hazy orange with swirling yeast. The bottom of the bottle still has thick sediment stuck to the bottom. Very carbonated.

Smell is fruity at first, then subsides a bit. Smells like other tripels I've had with a bit more alcohol noticeable.

Tastes good--kind of like the Westmalle Triple. Almost tastes a little like almonds. Warming alcohol taste definitely creeps up after a few sips. I don't taste sweetness at all.

Mouthfeel is carbonated, tingly, dry--like champagne.

Doesn't hide the alcohol as well as some other tripels. That and the high abv mean I'd probably stop after one. Nice warming effect for winter, though.

Overall, a very good tripel, but not my favorite. I probably wouldn't seek it out, but I might buy it again. Definitely glad I tried it.

Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Courtesy of expatsteve. Part 2 of a 5-part De Dolle flight.

Pour: a beautiful, vibrant auburn-orange under several fingers of fluffy white foam with a but of lacing and good retention.

Nose: really grows on me with a sweet blast of tropical fruit nectars, spicy yeast and dry, musty malts and a booze flourish in the finish.

Taste: sweet tropical punch up front, musty wheat, spicy Belgian wheat with a hint of sour in the finish, rounded out by a blast of warming alcohol that creeps up the sinuses.

Feel: light and sugary thin, tickling carb, booze thins and dries

Drinkability/Overall: an impressive tripel overall. Fruity, spicy, dry - hits all the bases and remains balanced despite a substantial booze presence. One of the better tripels I've had.

Photo of TastyTaste
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Absolutely murky yellow-brown color, colossal white head fills the glass.

Smell: Earthy and fruity, sharp pepper, spicy.

Taste: Very sweet and syrupy, rich and pungent. Honey and apples all over this one. Sharp and yeasty, but also very sweet.

Drinkability: Big sweetness wears a little, but an interesting and enjoyable tripel. Thanks to Orfeu for the bottle.

Photo of EPICAC
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had a bottle at De Hopduvel in Ghent.

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazy golden. Topped by a fluffy, meringue-like, white head with good retention and nice lacing.

Smell: Lightly fruity with peppery spice, citrus and grain.

Taste: Significantly bitter. Light fruity nites up front are quickly followed by strong peppery spice and hoppy bitterness. The finish is bitter with residual sweet and tart fruit flavors.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, moderate carbonation, lightly dry finish.

Drinkability: Easy to drink with a good balance.

Photo of Westsidethreat
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Like most of this style, its very carbonated....I'm going to need to let the head drop before I can go any futher. Color appears to be a dull, hazy pear hue. Interesting enough, the body is very still. Head is huge and sticky with just a touch of beige color.

S: Under ripe banana peel, mashed over ripe bananas, grass clippings, lemon rind and copper coins.

T: Begins malty and sweet, sort of like a banana liquer. Full and rounded caramel blends with spicy and peppery hops. Luscious vanilla bananas foster dominates the center of the palate allowing the overwhelmed triple personality to take shape and finally reveal itself. Finishes zesty and dry...an incredible accomplishment based on how sweet the beer is.

M: Full, slightly syrupy....just a bit of bite on the tip of the tongue.

D: This is delicious. I'm not a huge fan of this style but its the best triple I've ever had. Never had a triple with this much depth. Great stuff

Photo of Rudgers73
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330 mL glass bottle that I got half-price because the guy said it might be "too far gone"

A- Huge rising active head that takes forever to settle out. This is the kind of head that you can have billowing from the top of the glass more than an inch but it doesn't spill over the edge, it just piles up instead. Dark gold/amber color with very active carbonation.

S- Sweet and spicy. Touch of alcohol. Citrus, simple sugars, piney, herbal.

T- Still waiting for it to settle. If it's anything like the other de dolle beers I've had this is gonna be an odd, but great experience.
5 minutes later... Great depth and complexity. Starts off rather bitter but then slowly flops completely over into a sugary-sweet caramel. The alcohol is apparent, but it's so smooth that its nothing more than a smell, no taste really. Slightly medicinal taste towards the end, maybe the alcohol peaking through a bit. I'm so glad I got this at half price, I really got a deal. It gets warming after the first few sips.

M- Very peppery and raw. It challenges the tongue, and I like it. Very similar to the other de dolle beers I've had. So bold and strong that it may seem a bit overwhelming to the faint of heart. The carbonation is wild.

D- Well, it is really strong, but if I could get more at this price I would buy it by the sixer.

Photo of Blakaeris
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours burnished gold, almost orange. Head is massive and rocky with sheets of intricate lacing.

Smell is peppery yeasty spices with a touch of medicinal quality. Underlying sweet malt and mild citrus fruitiness. Definite alcohol presence.

Taste is sweetly fruity and malty up front. Orange and apricot. then the herbal yeast character kicks in with pepper and coriander. finish has mild hop bitterness and a decent spice zing. Lingering warming alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, very soft and smooth.

Overall a balanced and interesting beer. Highly recommended. I would drink this often if it was readily available.

Photo of bashiba
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice golden orange with an explosive amount of carbonation leading to a huge, thick, and pillowy head.

Smell was full of yeast with some noticeable spices - pepper and cloves most notibly.

Very sweet and fruity initially, quickly changing to a dry spicy finish with a noticeable metallic twang and a strong yeast flavor.

Mouthfeel is very carbonated with a very dry finish.

Overall a good tripel, but nothing great.

Photo of Phatz
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very nice Trippel that is what I would expect from a Belgian Trippel from De Dolle, called 'Mad Bitch'. It is full of spices and alcohol and seems a bit fired up. It pours a yellow orange color with a big head and lots of lacing. The aroma is big and yeasty and full of zippy spices and alcohol. The flavor follow the nose loads of flavors, led by peppery spices yeast and alcohol. The only downfall of this beer is it may be too much of a good thing. Thus making it a bit less drinkable than the tame bitch would be but the name is not tame it is mad so ...

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Photo of dreadnatty08
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a super heady and foamy light cloudy amber color. Aromas are very estery, some bubblegum, citrus, and hints of coriander. Fermentation temps must have been through the roof! Flavor is huge, lots of body, spice, sugary sweetness and bready yeast. Warming alcohol hits you in the end. This is a pretty amazing tripel, perhaps in my top 5. Would improve had I let it warm up a bit more, but this is a special treat and I'm glad I finally tried it.

Photo of stephendr
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Toddv29424
3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of dblinkhorn
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of rsyberg01
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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

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.

Photo of ken3c
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

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

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

Photo of scriabin
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of haz77
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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

5/23/06- Purchased at Ledger’s 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 can’t 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.

Photo of DogFood11
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

De Dolle Dulle Teve (Mad Bitch) from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
92 out of 100 based on 716 ratings.