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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

683 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 683
Reviews: 414
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.36%
Wants: 38
Gots: 40 | 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)
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Photo of ybnorml
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%

A fairly clean (spotted some tiny particles, Maybe from the cork)( OK it much more cloudier as you go thru the bottle) golden amber beer. Has a big spoonable white heat and a very good lace. There is a peppery spiceiness to the aroma. Along with a light sour apple note. Ther is a very prickely carbonation start to the taste. Followed by a dried fruit and fig character. The finish has the peppery hops with a tabacco note in the back.

ybnorml, May 16, 2005
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%

Bottle: Poured a murky brown color ale with a small off-white bubbly head with average retention. Aroma is spicy with some barnyard malt. Taste is somewhat spicy (honey, cloves?) with some notes of floral malt and light funky yeast. This is not bad but was expecting a bit more character and I’m wondering if something was not wrong with this bottle, will have to re-rate that one.

Phyl21ca, Apr 12, 2005
Photo of horndecker
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%

Appearance: It's the color of copper, with a slight tinge of salmon. The profound billowy head also has a vague pinkish cast to it. The carbonation is a mixture of very fine and coarse bubbles. It turns rocky and clumpified right quick, and the head endures for the life of the beer.

Smell: Aromas are floral and sweet smelling candy - bazooka bubblegum, tangerine and grapefruit, and macintosh apples.

Taste: Large fruit, with a heftier sweetness than the average tripel. Earthy malt and honey swirls with oranges and apples and a slight nuttiness. The apologetic hops bring up the rear, giving it a slightly herbal bitter finish.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Superbly creamy and delicious. Fine carbonation which fills the mouth and tickles the tonsils. De Dolle can do no wrong. Long Live De Dolle!

horndecker, Apr 10, 2005
Photo of dgallina
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%

Pours a hazy peach with huge creamy white head and loads of lacing. Smells of peppery spices, juniper berries, and dry yeasts. Absolutely fabulous flavor and mouth-feel. Peppery and lemony initially, developing into strong alcohol-tinged juniper berries and finishing quite dry and effervescent. Very refreshing, with a long and tart finish. Alcohol very well integrated. I could drink plenty of these!

dgallina, Apr 10, 2005
Photo of kmpitz2
4.4/5  rDev +6%

Sampled last weekend at the Map Room in Chicago. The beer poured a nice hazy golden color with 2 fingers of head that sits fluffy over the beer. The nose was somewhat apple sweet, but with a bit of sourness and a slight acidic tone as well. The flavor was so nice on this. The initial sour and tart flacors meld together with the fruity tones to make this one finish sometwhat like a sweet-tart candy. Nice. The feel was moderate, slightly creamy with a healthy bit of bubble. Solid beer. I could easily have drank this beer all night, but why when there were so many other choices...

kmpitz2, Jan 27, 2005
Photo of avylover
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%

poured from a corked 750ml bottle. this is a hazy honey color with a gigantic head. Yeasties are all around my beer, as I have noticed with other De Dolle brews. Aroma is of grassy hops and sweet candy maltiness, backed up by a good whiff of alcohol. Taste is delicate, yet very full. Lots of grassy hop flavor, backed by a very sweet maltiness, somewhat bicuity. The finish is loaded with bittering hops, and dries up the mouth nicely. Great mouthfeel - Full yet fluffy, almost leaving my tongue numb. If there is such a thing as a belgian IPA, this is it.

avylover, Jan 21, 2005
Photo of Truh
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%

Accused of being a crazy bastard with this one on 1/1/2005. 16-oz. pint pour at the Sunset.

1/8-inch creamy and tight head stuck for a good way throughout. Apple cider light brown hue with tons of chum’ looking closely it was possible to make out some action within. Clover honey, clotted cream, and some cinnamon on nose. Christmas pudding sweetness followed by a plum and raisin fruitiness and a flaky malt finish; also, a grape-like resin to the follow-up. A soothing offering overall.

Truh, Jan 01, 2005
Photo of Dukeofearl
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%

I have been fortunate enough to thry this mad bitch (what a great name!) several places, at home, at a better beer bar, at a beer festival in Brussels, and at a Beer Cuisine restaurant in Brussels. It is a wonderful (wonderfully strong) beer.

Appearance: pours a slightly cloudy moderate golden color with a beautiful white big fluffy head.

The aroma is incredible, and it the strong point of this beer. Some beers I could just sit and smell all night long, this is one of them. Citrus fruit, a slight hop bite, balanced with candi sugar. As I said, incredible.

Flavor starts of with a slight tart bite that interplays sour orange, limes, almost pungent. Spiciness too. Very very good!

Lush creamy mouthfeel, drinkability is limited by it's ABV, and to be honest, it's a somewhat tough profile to get my arms around to want to drink this more than once in a while. I really like it, but want to save it for occasional times.

Dukeofearl, Dec 24, 2004
Photo of waughbrew
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%

Hazy peach. Turbulent - little yeast chunks caught up in the cyclone. Hugemongous eggshell head never subsides. Smells very faint, alcohol and nutmeg with a bit of almond and herbal dust. Flavor starts as sweet honey and slowly evolves into a leafy, peppery dryness. Wonderfully balanced and so silky smooth.

waughbrew, Dec 10, 2004
Photo of silenius
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Pours a slightly hazed golden amber with a great big fluffy head that lightly laces the glass.

Smells like a NZ Sauvingnon Blanc. Spritzy orange marmalade with floral tones. Citrusy and grassy.

Taste is more of the grassy marmalade with a nice hoppy drying with a hint of grass. All these taste meld together into one nice beer.

Mouthfeel is lightly tingling with a nice dry aftertatste. If I had to guess I would say a tannin like dryness that comes from oak ageing.

Very drinkable. I never tired of this one and kept lamenting that my glass had less and less as I drank more an more.

silenius, Nov 23, 2004
Photo of Billolick
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%

App: Slender, 11.2 oz bottle, no freshness dating. Pours light yellowish and orangy amber, couldy with yeast particles. Lots of bubbles streaming up. Thick, sticky lacing. Large white head, rock and puffy, with excellent retention. A great looking brew

Smell: Strong nose of juniper, pepper, and tropical fruits

Taste: sharp, strong, notes of gin,pine, varnish, alcohol and sweet fruits. Complex and tasty

MF: Smooth, crisp, long lasting flavors on the tongue

Drinkability: Why did I buy only one bottle?, This is fine brew, seek it out and enjoy

Billolick, Nov 12, 2004
Photo of markman
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, I’m whipped.

Cheers...

markman, Nov 12, 2004
Photo of Rastacouere
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 can’t say it’s 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.

Rastacouere, Oct 25, 2004
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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.

kbub6f, Oct 07, 2004
Photo of Sammy
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.

Sammy, Oct 03, 2004
Photo of HiroProtagonist
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!

HiroProtagonist, Oct 01, 2004
Photo of mzwolinski
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?

Fool.

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!

mzwolinski, Sep 25, 2004
Photo of cerevisiaephilus
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??

cerevisiaephilus, Sep 11, 2004
Photo of Doppel07
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.

Doppel07, Sep 10, 2004
Photo of crookedhalo
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...

crookedhalo, Sep 09, 2004
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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.

thadkaster, Aug 31, 2004
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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.

GCBrewingCo, Aug 21, 2004
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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.

dave750, Aug 14, 2004
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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!

tavernjef, Aug 07, 2004
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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.

Sampled 4/30/04

BeerBuilder, Aug 05, 2004
De Dolle Dulle Teve (Mad Bitch) from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
92 out of 100 based on 683 ratings.