De Dolle Dulle Teve (Mad Bitch) - Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
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4.43/5 rDev +6.7%
De Dolle Dulle Teve (Mad Bitch):
IPA meets Tripel 11.2 oz of madness.
Huge head on an easy pour, that quickly dissipates. Marvelous balance of hops and yeast, with a nice tartness. Sugary slick mouthfeel, but the hops the fuckin hops.
Damn, the bitch is complicated high maintenance, but I freakin love her. She is fine face it, Im whipped.
11-12-2004 03:00:23 | More by markman
3.85/5 rDev -7.2%
Beautiful appearance like always, yeast sediments a plenty at the bottom of a cloudy golden/honey body over which lies the typical, almost caricatural mountainous rocky/sticky white head. Expressive grassy (clover) nose with hints of alcohol, honey, hop perfume and cloves. Good malt base in mouth, but also a strong grassy and flowery hoppiness leading to a moderately bitter finish. Very creamy, spongy mouthfeel with usual De Dolle medium-high carbonation. Warming dry and slightly alcoholic finish. Solid, as expected, in the same vein of many tripels with a greater name, but I cant say its my favorite from the brewery. Once again, thanks to Boise pub crawler Sham. <br> A 750mL sample showed a lot of difference. Here the yeast was very dominating, musty while the malt was particularly candy-like. Spicy, full bodied, and well carbonated, but extreme level of yeastiness was perhaps too much.. not changing the score.
10-25-2004 18:11:45 | More by Rastacouere
4.33/5 rDev +4.3%
This beer is a clear, orange-gold, awash with carbonation. Cloudy last pour. It has a commanding, solid, fleshy, white, 3-inch lid. Big, thick rings of lacing. The aroma is sweet, alcoholic, bready, soapy, spicy, buttery, fruity. It's everything. The beer starts spicy and bitter with some apple. It moves through a buttery phase: thick, fruity, malty and thick some more. It finishes bitter, floral, spicy with an alco kick. It's just really, really nice: buttery, spicy, fruity, alcy.
10-07-2004 22:03:20 | More by kbub6f
4.22/5 rDev +1.7%
Great accompanyment to our lunch. Pours incredible foam and leaves lace. Of course, wait for the foam to dissipitate. Light yellow, darker cloudy yellow at bottom. Somewhat spicy coriander orange citrus pale strong with substantial yeast. Has the bite to it. Easy on tongue.
10-03-2004 03:28:08 | More by Sammy
4.72/5 rDev +13.7%
It is common at my local beer store to find, with some digging, older bottles with lower prices from days gone by stuck in back of the newer product. This comes in handy if you are looking for an aged bottle, or just a lower price. Digging into the very back of the Dulle Teve row in the cooler I happened across a partially moldy bottle that was $2 less than the front ones...bingo. Had it been there for months...years? No dates on the bottle. After cleaning some black crud from around the cap, I poured the nectar inside into my Duvel tulip. The beer was a hazed/cloudy vibrant golden-yellow-orange color, and was topped by a billowing tower of off-white head, which slowly settled down into a nice hilly blanket form. The nose was wonderful, with notes of fresh sweet/tart granny smith apples, intermingled with aromas of pineapple, citrus zest, stalks of lemongrass, and ancient mustiness. This was liberally accented with smooth coriander and a spicy hops. The moldy exterior was not detrimental to its taste either. I experienced potent honey/mead-like malts that warmed the throat while releasing excellent gewurtztraminner-grape flavors and notes of pineapple and cinnamon-clove-musty spices. The finish presented a nice pop of spiced dessert wine flavors and an excellent spicy bitter hoppiness. Alcohol was evident here but it melded perfectly with the flavors throughout. The body was creamy, smooth, silky, and a bit fluffy...working extremely well for the flavors and character of the beer. This tripel was a vibrant, delicous, and masterfully balanced flavor monster. This mad bitch is quite loveable, despite being a little unattractive on the outside!
10-01-2004 05:07:39 | More by HiroProtagonist
3.75/5 rDev -9.6%
A mad bitch indeed. And like most mad bitches, she doesn't reveal herself as such until she's already lured you in to her web.
In fact, she starts off quite attractive. A dark orange in color with lots of head, just slightly off-white in color. The head sticks around for a bit but beware! Look into that orange brew and you'll notice is opacity. Something's hidden behind the charming facade. Allured by the mystery? Find it exciting, do you? Then plow on, adventurer!
Enchanting aroma. Juicy and fruity, highlighted by sweet orange and mango. But this lass isn't all sweetness and light. There's a hint of spiciness there too. Yesss, you like that don't you? Makes you curious, doesn't it?
It's only once you've consumed her that she reveals her true nature. Suddenly the sweetness is gone. The only remaining trace of the fruit you once savored is a slight tartness. All else is fire. Hard burn from the alcohol tears into your throat as you consumate your sip. The spiciness which so enchanted you at a distance has grown tenfold in strength and is now the only characteristic of note. This is not a drink. It is an oral rape. And when she is done, she leaves you bone dry.
Pitch the yeast if you will. I encourage you to do so. Throwing her that food will bring back a bit of the sweet fruitiness you loved to begin with. But don't mistake her true nature. She is mad. And at 10% ABV, she's got the equipment to *do* something about it. Beware!
09-25-2004 02:56:29 | More by mzwolinski
3.45/5 rDev -16.9%
Ok looking beer. I got the last bit of the bottle so mine is fairly yeasty, but I can see the color is very nice as is the head. Nice fine bubbles that mound up above the etched 'bubble making D' in my Duvel glass.
Nose is straight up 4 day old bananas and alcohol. Quite nice!!
Taste is a bit harsh. I mean kind of rough and bumpy so to speak, maybe solvent like...higher alcohols?? I get a touch of the banana esters and definately some nice alcohol warmth, but not very smooth at all and pretty dry. I think this could be sweetened up just a tad.
Decent mouthfeel for the style, nothing to rave about.
Not too drinkable with this harshness, maybe a bad bottle??
09-11-2004 02:40:54 | More by cerevisiaephilus
4/5 rDev -3.6%
Resembles a volcano with its pendulous white peak, shallow caldera, and substantial seismic activity in an underlying honey-colored core. Has fine suspended particles and cottony lacing. Nose is of wheat bread, lightly sweet malt, yeast, and only faint citrus and esters. Flavor is less citrusy than other tripels but quite tasty. Grainy malts lead here followed by some medium acidity in the finish and very late bitterness. Some orange flavor does come through after a few ounces. Nice stuff.
09-10-2004 03:20:52 | More by Doppel07
3.98/5 rDev -4.1%
75 cl capped bottle. No freshness dating and the bottle seems to be rather old because the cap and underside lip have some powdery mildew on it. The bottle didn't seem as full as other 75 centiliters, so I think excessive carbonation in storage forced some out, hence the mildew. Opened with a loud hiss, so it seems we're good to go. Pours a clouded golden yellow with a frothy, soapy light beige head leaving some tattered lacing. Sharp apple, malty, musty, honeysuckle and spicy aromas. Pungent alcohol warmth, orange citrus esters, cidery and malty and phenolically spicy at the same time, hops are there, too. Extremely bitter and dry finish after having a nice orangy, nutty, malty sweetness in the start. Good tasting tripel; my lord it's strong. I think I just felt the Mad Bitch pimp-slap me and demanded to know where her money's at. I think I got a bottle that had been jarred around too much during transport. The carbonation was fair, not explosive like I've noticed in other reviews. This only affected the mouthfeel, because a higher carbonation level would have cut the solvent-like alcohol burn a little better. I'll just have to be more careful in inspecting bottles before purchase in the future...
09-09-2004 02:00:21 | More by crookedhalo
4.28/5 rDev +3.1%
Immense multi-layered head with frothy, large bubbles at the base and fine meringue top. Lasted for ever, leaving beautiful lacing behind. Throughout my sampling this beer retained a small head. First nose was of floral hoppiness followed by hints of apricot and spice. Initial sip reveals...apricot, sweetness, some acidity followed by a wonderful warmness. Overtime I picked up spice, perhaps clove, white pepper? I also noticed a fleeting smokiness. A fairly thick, viscous beer helped to feal lighter by the the consistent presence of fine carbonation. Finish was long with a pronounced hop. As tripels go very decent, however, in my opinion the alcohol seemed a bit out of balance.
08-31-2004 23:37:45 | More by thadkaster
4.1/5 rDev -1.2%
The beer poured pale golen with a slight haze and few chunkies from the bottom. The head was white and long lasting and could not wait to form as soon as the bottle was opened. It laced the glass.
The aroma was fruity with pineapple and Belgian yeast spice. Peppery spice was also precent, and a sweetness.
The flavor was peppery with citrusy bitterness of orange and lemon. The bitterness was very present and mainly from the hopping of the beer. The sweetness in the aroma did not manifest itself in the flavor.
The finish was dry and slightly bitter with hints of lemon and pepper spice lasting into the aftertaste. The body was medium but the carbonation made it seem a bit lighter.
11.2 ounce bottle. A nice beer, with quite a few things going on, but missing a bit of complexity.
08-21-2004 22:13:23 | More by GCBrewingCo
4.55/5 rDev +9.6%
Hazy blond in color with a steady stream of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass to form a huge, thick, rocky white head that lasts for the entire glass. The aroma was a little disappointing. Citrus and straw with a hint of malt coming in late, but it was very weak.
A bold chocolate, caramel and roasted malt initial taste contiues to the end. Sharp, slightly bitter hops and grain join in at mid-taste and remain to finish. Mint and a nice alcohol warmth emerge as the flavor fades. Tastes of orange, coffee, and cedar blend in and out from mid-taste on. Medium thickness with excellent carbonation and balance.
A complex and ever-changing flavor. Incredibly smooth and easy drinking. Agreat beer.
08-14-2004 20:17:57 | More by dave750
4.83/5 rDev +16.4%
11.2 oz: Mused and murky thick laquer orangish yellow color, a tall meringue puff of ivory sits a top; tons of thick lacing coats the snifter.
Nose is quite nice with a mild corriander spice and soft lemon tone; slender sugary tones, yeast, and a nice round display of caramel.
Flavors ensue from the aroma with a wonderful array of caramel with a nice underlay of lemon hints and mildly exhibited spice. Perfect amount of heat and grab in its alcohol and sharpness. Maintains its overall semi-tropical fruity malting with caramel and sugars while a crisp little return of spicy hops and yeast dart through the finish where it has a sweeping sweetness that goes dry and peppery after a stint. Perfect!
Feel is briskly malty with a fruity/caramel backing and fullness the whole ride through, fluffy distribution across the palate at first, finely carbonated, and lots of other fun things inside that include some light and mild spices, some alcoholic heat, and a super jovial finish that goes from fruity sweet and sugary to dry, hoppy, spicy, and yeasty. There's more here then I can describe at the moment as I'm in full enjoyment mode. This stuff rocks! Why so mad...bitch? Be happy like me.
Happy now, be back soon. Yum!
08-07-2004 01:39:07 | More by tavernjef
4.13/5 rDev -0.5%
Pours very carbonated to a golden-orange color with a thick creamy white head. The aroma is herbal, fruity, with aromas like apples, oranges and coriander. The flavor is herbal and fruity with a candi sugar sweetness. It is easy drinking for its strength. This Mad Bitch is one that will sneak up on you and kick the shit out of you. A very tasty full bodied brew. Another good one from De Dolle.
08-05-2004 16:57:41 | More by BeerBuilder
4.22/5 rDev +1.7%
Sampled from the bottle at the brewery in Esen, Belgium.
Sweet, strong and spicy nose. Notes of orange, pear, peach, cinnamon and icing.
Simply delightful in its flavor. Rich, sweet and spicy tripel/big belgian barley wine. Notes of pear, peach, banana and clove. This is a winner.
07-25-2004 01:20:37 | More by Crosling
4.03/5 rDev -2.9%
11.2oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a deep gold color with four fingers of head that just keep growing and growning. A very carbonated beer, it takes about 10 minutes just to pour the entire bottle. There is lots and lots of lace chunks left on the glass. The smell is sweet and fruity, with granny smith apples and lemon coming through. A little bit of spices linger. I'm waiting for the head to die down enough for me to get to the sweet liquid. Wait for it, wait for it. Ok, we're there. The taste is good and malty, with lots of fruity sweetness. Some citrus, like lime, but also some white grape. Not many hops in sight. Ends with a slight alcohol finish. The mouthfeel is fairly strong and heavy. The drinkability is pretty good for a 10% brew as well. A nice tripel.
07-11-2004 02:39:32 | More by SheepNutz
4.05/5 rDev -2.4%
I've rediscovered this brewery and am I glad. The range is delightful. I look forward to reacquainting myself with them all. This one barely fits into the chalice I chose to pour it in. It normally takes 12 oz easily but this one is 11.2 oz and I had to coax it in. The head is sculpture. The nose is vinous and the taste is sweet changing to bitter. The mouthfeel is fullbodied with the head trying to stick to my nose and upper lip.
This is a food beer. It's as rough as a DuPont Saison looking for a good piece of salmon. Try it with something peppery and broiled. It's strong and drinkable. It's only drawback is that it's not quite as good as some other DeDolle offerings. Boo Hoo it's still worth my time. Some beer is just better than others.
I'm back to this one...It's up against boneless pork rib meat and fries from Dos Amigos in the neighborhood. I put a dry rub on the meat. It's a good rub with no brown sugar. No rub planning on being on the heat for a long time should have any sugar in it. This rub has Smoked Spanish Paprika and celery salt in it. It came off the Weber just now. (If you care I'll share the recipe.) The beer works with the food.
The mouthfeel is medium. The flavor is OK with the ribs and that is quite a challenge. The tartness competes with the flavor of the meat. The medium body.... it works. Thanks to the family for continuing to brew.
05-23-2004 00:27:17 | More by faernt
4.38/5 rDev +5.5%
Pours orange/yellowy color with thikc billowy white head with enormous effervescent bubbles. Sheets of thick lace on the glass.
Aroma of grain alcohol, heavy pale malt, slightly sour apple hit(acetaldehyde), some citrus and some bread crumbs.
Flavor of grain, bread, coriander, alcohol and some citris flavors.
Mouthfeel has a grainy front, some maltiness behind and a very spicy, yeasty hit and an alcoholic pop on the end.
Drinkability is very good. Classic Trippel IMHO. Very spicy and alcholic, very tasty as it warms.
04-29-2004 03:24:11 | More by CRJMellor
4.03/5 rDev -2.9%
This was a very tasty offering this week at Anam Cara. The pour was a cloudy goldenrod, topped with a frothy head that was reminiscent of whipped egg whites. The head died down a bit, but still stayed with me as I enjoyed this beer. I found the aroma spicey but muted, which I liked. Taste is also a bit spicey, with top citrus notes. I thought the beer had great full mouthfeel, with some slight bitterness in the finish. A well-made, very good example of the style. I new it was a big beer, and it hid that almost perfectly. Would get one again, but only one at a time.
03-27-2004 15:22:35 | More by PatandDavid
3.95/5 rDev -4.8%
12oz brown bottle. No freshness date. Noticing some sediment in the bottom of the bottle, I gently rolled the glass horizontally and then end over end to release the yeasty goodness. Poured into my old Westy glass.
It pours a cloudy caramel amber with a big rocky off-white head and some spotty lace.
It has an upfront fresh cut hay smell. The aromas of malt, citrusy hops, oranges, and cloves follow. A mild gin-like perfume fragrance is noticed as it warms.
An ample doughy bread-like and biscuity malt body contains the taste of over-ripe banana, candy sugar and caramel.
An edgy citrusy bitterness, along with orange zest, peppery spices and the taste of cloves blend together nicely. The alcoholic quality of this brew is noticeable throughout. The fizzy effervescence doesn't diminish much - even as the glass is near empty.
A mild astringent medicinal flavor enters as it warms.
03-22-2004 01:56:42 | More by BeerResearcher
4.75/5 rDev +14.5%
Poured a hazy dark peach color with lots of carbonation. Huge creamy, foamy off white head. The head got a little chunky as it fell and left good lace. Sweet fruity smell. Malt, bananas, apricots and perhaps a bit of passion fruit. Loads of spice and a musty, tart yeast presence. A smidge of alcohol as well.
Complex flavors. Lots of different tastes here. Sweet, bitter, fruity, tart and earthy. Bready malt, brown sugar drenched tropical fruits, tangy lemony yeast, spicy hop bitterness, alcohol and hints of pepper and fennel...all lightly dragged through the barnyard. Outstanding!
Medium bodied with a rich, creamy, slightly sticky mouthfeel. Carbonation is high, tingling the tongue and the back of the throat.
Alcohol is hidden pretty well and the drinkability is great.
Glad I picked this one up. Just a great complex beer. Certainly not for the weak of palate.
02-16-2004 01:52:32 | More by rkhaze
4.53/5 rDev +9.2%
Poured a very pale yellow color. An ultra spritzy, highly carbonated beer with a gigantic rocky head of foam. Looked like meringue. This head did not want to stop, leaving a spotty yet delicate lacing on the glass.
The aroma gives off a very pleasing and sweet lemony zest with a complex array of spices and fruits. Apples and bananas in the forefront, with some spruce in there. The taste is citrus sweet with heavy malts and an intense spicy character. Almost finishes like a lemon-lime spritzer, that leaves a tingling on the tongue. Beer is medium bodied with a well hidden alcohol.
Very lively and highly enjoyable. A strong and flavorfully potent Trippel. I enjoyed this one.
02-15-2004 08:04:38 | More by pezoids
4.35/5 rDev +4.8%
Presentation: 750ml Belgium-esque curved green glass bottle. A solitary obverse purple, white and yellow small label is all that declares the bottles contents. Dulle Teve (Mad Bitch) has a silhouette of a stern faced older looking lady, no freshness or strength is indicated.
Capable of holding a Cork, yet it only has a large crown cap to protect the beer. But it does its job well, as soon as the cap was pried only a few degrees from the horizontal, a willo-the-wisp ghostly gray gun smoke slowly rises from the bottle, Casper like, it moves through the air, closely followed by a rising head, a rapidly rising head, a very rapidly rising head. This beer has some *serious* levels of dissolved carbon dioxide. Thanks to Daltons Law of Partial Pressures, the foam continues to ooze out of the Bottle top slowly but relentlessly for some time. I had to decant some of the bottles contents into a Jug to avoid a foamy clear up later.
The body has a very hazy look from the off, later pours even introduce some small floaties. A dirty straw color with some peachy orange flashes at times, it looks deadly. The head is gargantuan at first, ever expanding it slowly settles to leave a still massive crusty rocky uneven surface like Italian whipped Ice Cream. Lots of lacing clings to the Glass and forms a rock hard surface if left overnight, youll have to get the pan scourer out to remove it. Classic Tripel appearance that is perhaps a little hazier than the norm, but it still looks great in a tall Goblet.
The nose has fierce alcoholic strata that are soaked in the more common fruits, like oranges, lemons, apples and pears. Hints of flowery hops mix well with the fruits in the middle, it finishes heavy in the nasal department with a strong rustic farmyard punch of freshly dug soil and wet straw.
Wow, this packs a punch, and doesnt pull any either. In your face from the off a strong bitterness is all I recall from the first mouthful as I adjusted from a weak Pilsner that I had just drunk previously. The second mouthful is fruity the oranges and lemons in the middle, the sharper apples and pears at the start. Bitter hops in the middle have a flowery feel and the spicy finish allows the peppery alcohol to come through with some supporting earthiness in the ending. Bitterness lingers on the tongue with a tingling aniseed feel, whilst the cheeks salivate after the swallow.
Big mouthfeel with an above average body that kicks ass. This is a powerful brew that has a strong chassis that is the equal of the big flavor profile in this spicy Tripel.
Its 10%, and it lets you know it, but I still wanted another 75cl of this before I go to Bed. Very drinkable for a big ass bad m/f spicy Tripel. Mad Bitch indeed.
02-14-2004 03:32:30 | More by TheLongBeachBum
4.47/5 rDev +7.7%
Sampled February, 2004; Hop Leaf, Chicago
With a name like the mad bitch this beer had certainly better produce some results. The beer pours a hazy orange-gold color, and produces a prodigious white head. There is a lightly dusty, herbal, floral, and grassy aroma to this beer. It is sharp and herbal in taste, and is very well carbonated. It is lightly sweet with notes of honey and spices. It is almost spicy hot in character, quite interesting actually. This beer is definitely musty in character, it is like it has been lightly dusted with some pollen from a slightly astringent, yet floral flower. It is slightly lemony in character, with a hint of apple to it as well. The beer gets a bit sweeter as the copious amounts of carbonation starts to dissappear. There is also a nuttiness here in the middle of the beer, which adds to the complexity. I really like the interplay between the spiciness and the fruity sweetness, a very good balance that melds into an incredible beer.
02-09-2004 16:54:40 | More by Gueuzedude
3.45/5 rDev -16.9%
33 cl bottle, served in Chimay goblet.
Pours w/ the typical Dolle Brouwers head, that is: massive, rocky and long-lived, much of the sediment not sinking through the head.
Cloudy dark gold w/ lots of sediment floating about. Highly aggressive, in-your-face taste dominated by hops and a good dose of yeast. Bitter and not for the faint of palate. A beer w/ tons of character.
01-28-2004 15:47:57 | More by ToolHead
De Dolle Dulle Teve (Mad Bitch) from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
92 out of 100 based on 672 ratings.