1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
De Dolle Dulle Teve (Mad Bitch)De Dolle Dulle Teve (Mad Bitch)

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
93
outstanding

715 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 715
Reviews: 416
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.36%
Wants: 42
Gots: 39 | FT: 1
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of De Dolle Dulle Teve (Mad Bitch) Alström Bros
Ratings: 715 | Reviews: 416 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of walleye
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Absumaster
3.28/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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!

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

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.

Photo of Bierschenker
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. It’s so vivid, It makes me think of the first dump I’m going to have to take in the morning! ;-)
The odour is unique, I can’t compare it with an other beer. Very strong bitter-sour. Probably strongly hopped. Alcohol and citrus.
First taste makes me think of the American IPA’s 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!

Photo of Manosbeeroffate
3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Jredner
3.55/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of dauss
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

Photo of Chadbrew
2.88/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of ypsifly
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Dithyramb
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had two of these Saturday night while at Grand Cru in Baltimore. Bottle labeling similar to what is pictured, with the additional US import stuff added in. No lot or date labeling appeared evident.
Poured a pretty, slightly hazy golden with a fluffy meringue white top. Retention and lacing were textbook.
Sugary/spicy aroma that detracts from the flavor and appears to be the weakest of the senses for this brew.
Quite a few esters in the flavor. Cloves, candy sugar, orange, grapefruit, a slight bit of Saaz? Goes down smooth and easy. Sampled by itself and with some various olives.

Mouthfeel was medium and dry. The carbonation was just right. Without it, it would've been heavier or more cloying. Mouth got very warm after the first few sips, but otherwise the 10% was hidden very well.
Overall: Damn, I didn't even realize it was 10%. No wonder I was a little bit more dehydrated than I should've been Sunday morning. Definitely worthy. would've liked to know the name meant dam bitch at the time...

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

Appearance: 330 ml (11.2 oz) bottle purchased at BevMo San Mateo for $4.99. No freshness markings on it. The beer pours a hazy orange with an intense head. The head is fluffy and creamy with unending retention. The head is tight and stays together in a nice smooth layer leaving beautiful lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell: Apple, chardonnay white wine, sweet and very malty. Some light spiciness of white pepper. Sweet white grape juice round the nose out.

Taste: Mild fruitiness with no single fruit flavor standing out. Citrus and green apple a very subtle. The malt is spicy with pepper and clove with a sugary sweet flavor to go along with the spices. Notes of grass, hay and an alcohol warmth and spiciness.

Mouthfeel: This beer has lively carbonation and a medium body. A bit syrupy in texture but smooth with a lasting dryness left on the palate. My lips actually feel the spiciness and carbonation like I had eaten a jalapeno pepper.

Drinkability: This beer is potent and tasty. Unique flavors are very impressive and the beer is a nice warmer on a cool winter evening. Well rounded and impressively spicy.

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

Certainly a Tripel, given the pilsner malt profile, alcohol strength, and yeasty spices, esters and phenols. But it borrows a lot of Wit-like spices and cotton candy softness, with a pronounced Leffe honey-malt sweetness. Can't get enough of this beer.

Pouring a majestic orange with golden strands along the edge, the beer's yeasty haze is significant, allowing only a faint glow to penetrate. A very thick and dense cottony head builds on top of the beer and camps out for the session. Looking like whipped toppings, the foam clings to the glass with patterns of intricate lace. Aside from the excessive haze, this is an idealic beer appearance.

Very perfumy with a collection of scents that range from sweeter scents of honey and sugar cookie dough to a yeasty brine of soft pilsner malt and light breads, followed by the spicy notes of corriander, floral hops, and orange zest. Very fragrant to say the least.

Flavors take off with the succulent cotton candy/powdered sugar and honey sweet taste, but soon settle into a more balanced flavor spread thanks to herbal hop bitterness, spicy white pepper and corriander, and an alcohol flavor of spice and bitteness. Esters of peach, oranges, pear, appricots, and apples blend well with the hop flavors of lemongrass, fresh cut herbs, and a lightly woody bitterness in finish. A delicious beer that rides very closely to the sweet side of the perscriptions for the style.

Champagne-like bubbles explode to create a full and expansive feel to the initial taste. The evaporation of carbonation curbs the creamy textures and ushers in a drier, warmer, and whimsical sweetness in memory. It seems that the impression of sweetness is left on the mouth but without the actual weight of sweetness.

A dry fruity aftertaste with lingering spice and alcoholic warmth all transition to the next drink in a very seamless manner.

I like my Belgian Tripels a little drier and with more zesty hop flavor and pronounced bitterness in balance. Where this one resides a bit more on the Belgian Strong Golden Ale side, it doesn't finish as rich as those either- making this a great choice for those of Tripels but with a nagging sweet tooth.

Photo of merlin48
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle served at cellar temperature into a goblet. Cloudy orange body with two fingers of thick, creamy, offwhite head. Excellent retention and island chain lacing is left behind. Complex aroma is fruity and phenolic, with banana and pineapple fruitiness melding with funky barnyard yeast, caramelized sugars, coriander, and a harsh note of ethanol. Mouthfeel has effervescent carbonation and a silky medium body. Taste is all over the board with considerable complexity. Pineapple, banana, honeydew melon, dank and earthy yeast, bitter Saaz hops, warming alcohol, and burnt toffee. An interesting note of caramel maltiness enters midway through. Finish is resplendent with dry and earthy yeast, bitter hops, and a pleasant accent of fruity pineapple. Mad Bitch, indeed! This is a Tripel that is unashamed in its nakedness. Very assertive, featuring some challenging complexities. Not for the faint of heart.

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

I pour the contents of the undated bottle into a tulip. It is a slightly hazy golden color. The nose is malty and spicy.

This is one of the drier tripels I have tasted. Hints of cloves and bananas up front, followed by spices. I am not familiar with the names of spices, so I will just say that there is a lot going on here.

The mouthfeel is creamy, and well carbonated. The drinkability is good. This beer has a very clean finish.

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

Pours a clear true golden colored beer with a thick massive white head.

Smell is tart and fruity and contains the requisite coriander. Scent of lemon, orange and cinnamon. Little bit of honeysuckle and flower scent in this. Apple, black pepper and alcohol round out the smell.

Taste is surprisingly malty. Strong hit of coriander and plum in the first taste. Slight flavor of cork in this. Strong sensation of alcohol here but only in the chest in the taste it is hidden by the fruitiness of it. Very peppery brew lots of black pepper in the taste.

Mouthfeel is good, high carbonation level gives it creaminess.

This is a very powerful beer and one will pretty much KO you. Very quickly in numbs the mouth and you won’t be drinking a second bottle of this in a night. Far too powerful for a lunch beer. A special brew for special occasions, that limits its drinkability score.

Photo of lackenhauser
3.25/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to biglove for the trade sample. Pours a hazy,somewhat darker then average golden color. Big head that slowly receedes. Yeasty and phenolic aroma. Flavor is very astringent and phenolic. A ton of spice in there-especially black pepper. Almost too much for me. Good enough mouthfeel-the high carbonation level makes it quite lively on the tongue. Overall I only find this to be an average triple. Too spicy in my opinion and the spices that are there are just overpowering.

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

According the the label, this is a 750 ml bottle. It clearly isn't. Probably a 330 ml. Pours out a dark yellow color. Lot's of carbonation, so I poured half and let it settle for a few minutes before pouring the rest. There was some floating yeast particles near the bottom of the bottle. The aroma is a lot like apple juice, but with spices. The flavor is very complex. Malt, fruit, especially apples and pears. The come the spices, especially pepper. Alcohol is very noticable. This is really an extreme beer, probably best enjoyed in small quantities.

I think I'll pick up that bottle of the Dulle Teve special reserve that I saw at the store the other day.

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

33cl bottle bought in ABS drinks in Winksele.

Appearance: Blonde hazy brew with large creamy head that diminishes after a couple of minutes. The foam forms a coating layer that rests for a long time.

Smell: malts, yeast, spices, raisins & grapes but above all: sour apples. (Granny Smith)
Unusual but delicous and appetizing.

Taste: Spices and (roasted) malts mainly with notes of alcohol and yeast. The sour apples pop back up in the bitter roasty finish

Mouthfeel & Drinkability: Medium carbvonation and smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Drinkable? You bet, but this stuff is quite intoxicating. Heady as hell.

Conclusion: I'm sort of surprised to see other BA's talking about a sweet brew. I found this brew to be slightly dry & pleasantly bitter. Nevertheless; this is a very tasty tripel indeed, but man is this stuff strong. I'm off to bed.

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

Fuzzy peach-amber with riotous carbonation boiling off the bottom of the glass. The creamy ecru head began rising out of the bottle before the pour and filled the glass with a controlled explosion of foam. It has now deflated to a stunted rocky precipice while depositing thick chunks and globs all over the interior of the glass. A second pour has dirtied up the beer nicely and gives it a serious, 'I mean business' look.

The nose is immensely powerful and is full of fruit and spice. I smell sweetened apple, pear, apricot and melon in heavy syrup with an undercurrent of well-integrated alcohol. A zesty potpourri of clove, white pepper and ginger adds another dimension to what is already a wonderful tripel nose.

Mad Bitch is great beer. I was expecting a pissed-off harpy of a tripel, but (thankfully) didn't get it. This is an incredibly well constructed, multi-faceted, mouthfillingly flavorful beer that is, at heart, a pussycat. All elements of the flavor profile are bursting at the seams with... well, with flavor... yet the seamless melding of such headstrong personalities is nigh on perfect.

There's a rock solid pale malt backbone copiously coated with candi sugar. Atop that is a pulpy, sticksweet fruitiness that now favors ripe, buttery pears. It's a good thing the spicy yeastiness is so prominent because it needs to stand up to the rest of the assertive, yet complementary, flavors. Damn, this is one bewitching and intoxicating (both literally and figuratively) beer.

Alcohol is noticed (it's hard to completely mask 10%), but it too is a welcome addition. There's no hint of ethanol harshness, just a mellow fruity-boozy flavor that is reminiscent of the finest eau de vies. The mouthfeel is a tad more full than medium with a sugary slickness and a mouth pleasing, invigorating carbonation that is as bold as the flavor.

Mad Bitch is a fantastic tripel that has flavor and attitude to spare, yet is as cultured and as refined as the best of the style. If you've been searching for the beer equivalent of the wild party girl that you can take home to Mom, and who will charm the socks off her in the process, your search has ended with De Dolle Dulle Teve.

Photo of cypressbob
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle, poured into a delirium tremens tulip

Pours with a dark yellowy orange body, very hazy, thick fat white head, slight yellow tinge

Smell, apricot and peach, very ripe fruit, perfumy flowers. Little bit of lavender

Taste, thick alcoholic fresh very ripe fruit, estery sweetness, some almonds and marzipan. Lasting caramel sweetness on the finish

A big bold flavourful strong ale, very good

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

This was a 11.2oz bottle I got at Union Jack's on the Manatawny. Drank it in a Kasteel glass.

Pours a slightly hazy gold with an orange tint. I did not pour in the bottom dregs. Big, beautiful rocky, white head of foam sticks to the glass all the way down. Great lacing.

Smells Belgiany. Tropical fruits like citrus and mangoes, some spiciness also. Slightly phenolic, not too strong. Strong peppery aroma. Yeasty/bready malts. I just tried Kasteel, and this is more complex. More ripe fruit character.

Flavors of ripe tropical fruits, citrus, black pepper, nice sweetness, not overbearing. Cloves in there as well, with maybe very slight banana. After a while the heat from the alcohol kicks in, but it's more muted than some tripels I know. As it warms, the phenols and alcohol become more pronounced.Aftertaste is very long sweet phenols and alcohol.

This is smooth as silk, and at 10% it will sneak up on you in a hurry. Carbonation is light to medium across the tongue. Finish is long and hot.

A very good example of the style. Complex smells and flavors, smooth as hell, and one hell of an alcohol kick. What more could one want?

De Dolle Dulle Teve (Mad Bitch) from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
93 out of 100 based on 715 ratings.