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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
93
outstanding

703 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 703
Reviews: 415
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.36%
Wants: 40
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)
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Photo of cdizinno
4.85/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: Poured into a Duvel tulip from a 330ml brown bottle. Cap stated, BOTTLED OCT 2009. First pour of two-thirds the bottle was careful not to pour loose sediment on the bottom of the bottle. I will taste and then swirl to pour balance. I like to taste the difference, if any.

A: Ever so slightly hazy light golden orange. Nice looking white head that hangs around for a good while. Good retention and moderate lacing.
2nd pour created heavy cloudiness, but even haze with no large chunks or floaties.

S: Mild sweetness with some tartness. Apples and some citrus aromas. Some underlying earthy hops.

T&M: Crisp, sweet tartness up front with a smooth feel, but moderate carbonation. Fades with some spiciness and finishes semi-dry with a moderate alcohol feel that is strongest on the finish. Hops are in there throuhout, floral, earthy, with mild bitterness that is well-balanced, especially on the 2nd pour. Medium to full bodied.

Much better balance when the sediment is stirred up. Very cloudy, but VERY GOOD! This almost puts La Fin Du Monde to shame because it is a similar taste with a more hoppy balance. Price makes it slightly prohibitive for a regualar treat. Definitely HIGH QUALITY and worth it for special occassions.

cdizinno, Apr 25, 2010
Photo of tavernjef
4.83/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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
Photo of DaveHS
4.78/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-Pours a rusty orange/amber with big chunks of yeast.

S-Light fruity esters,white grapes,earthy, yeasty goodness.

T/M-The first thing that strikes me about this is that it's exceptionally creamy for a tripel, a characteristic not usually attributable to tripels. Vinous and lush, with a touch of white pepper in the finish.

D-Another phenomenal beer from De Dolle.

DaveHS, Oct 15, 2010
Photo of ballewblake
4.78/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

oh my lord. easily one of my favorite beers and I finally got some to drink in my own home! and they aren't skunked like the huge De Dolle batch I bought that were (think a case and half that were bad.) anyhow

Poured from bottle into a Duvel tulip because every De Dolle beer I pour into my Oerbier glass goes everywhere! The head on these beers is insane and even the most gentle pour is a challenge with keeping the head in the glass. Opaque amber brew with a head the went to the absolute top of the glass. The head wouldn't go down fast enough in my eagerness to enjoy this rare jewel for me. Moderate lacing on the glass with a low encapsulating head around the amber brew. Smell is easily the best I've had to date, especially for the tripels, very sweet and very De Dolle, that same distinctive yeast they use in seemingly all of their beer. At a loss for words, intoxicating aroma that makes it hard for me to want to finish the drink. Taste isn't to disappoint. Crisp and sweet with obvious candy sugars. Easy on the tongue and very drinkable. Yum.

ballewblake, Mar 21, 2008
Photo of George1799
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

George1799, Sep 05, 2013
Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Date on cap: Jul2011

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into an oversized wine glass (perhaps tulip would've been better)- poured a hazy golden color with a very large one finger plus head that grew two about two fingers. Exceptional retention and some very nice splashes of lacing.

Smells of golden malt, belgian yeast, and candi sugar. Plain, simple, and delicious. More of the latter two.

Tastes like ambrosia would- lots of candi sugar mixed with the golden malt, moderated by an earthy Belgian yeast and VERY slight hop finish.

Mouthfeel is good, but not as carbonated as I'm used to from De Dolle. Medium body with light carbonation (hence why I thought I should've used a tulip). This is another excellent offering from De Dolle and one of the best tripels I've had.

Update: Paired with Chimay cheese and noticed a little sweet booze towards the end of the taste. Otherwise very well concealed for 10 percent.

Hopdaemon39, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of TMath524
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

TMath524, Mar 27, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

YeastEnthusiast, Jan 05, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Paisan, Aug 13, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

rolive, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of rkhaze
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

rkhaze, Feb 16, 2004
Photo of DeadGuyRyan
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

DeadGuyRyan, Oct 26, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Dbrag, Feb 26, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

tedho21, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of rudzud
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed on tap at the Armsby Abbey's 3 year anniversary event on 8/24.

A - Poured into a chalice a straw colour with a massive three finger head that faded to leave lots and lots of sticky side lacing.

S - Some nice light funk and fruit. Little bit of cloves and citrus (lemon).

T - Holy crap. I'm getting wonderful citrus, cloves, and I get some bubblegum too. Infact, lots of bubblegum.

M - Really nice carbonation here. Keeps everythign light. While you cant gulp this back it sure isnt a sipper.

O - Overall this was spectacular. Hands down the favorite of the night behind Cantillon on tap.

rudzud, Aug 27, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

cshull, May 31, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

MtnDewd, Mar 11, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

mrsimm, Apr 28, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

WOLFGANG, Jul 05, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

brutalist, Dec 09, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Caskaway, Apr 04, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

ncehreli, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first dance with this wicked woman, a dame so loco that she grits a rose between her teeth, thorns and all...a tango with the Mad Bitch...

Off comes the cork, and out wafts instant sweetness and spice, up into my nose, urging me to release her from this cage, and out she pours into the most appropriate Duvel glass. The incredible, fizzy, yet creamy as a cloud head fills up 3/4 of the vessel, the body is a hazy pale orange, riddled with floating yeasties. She puts on a pretty impressive show, though she contains mysteries within, which we are about to partake of ...

Aroma, fresh and spicy, while still driven by delicate fruit, pear, apricot, pineapple, banana...a lovely, inticing thing, directing my lips to drink, already...

Somehow, the brew slips out from under all that foam, and...Incredible! The shock of new, once again, sends a shudder through me, a paraxysm of delight...I'm left uttering epithets and interjections...what kind of incredible concoction is this, that leads with hot peppers on the tongue, followed by lush fruitiness, backed up by serious malt! A devilish delivery of hops, followed quick by that spicy kick, almost harsh, but not quite, for it's so adequately complimented by further flavors.

It may seem like a messy marriage, this union of hops, spice and fruit, with the more powerful flavors fully in charge of the palate, but it instead stands out as an immaculate integration, a wanton wedding that provides release as well as relief. Taboos are uncovered, old rituals discarded, and something completely un-thought-of starts to seem commonplace...this is a moment where what's in the glass wends it's way into your soul, by tasting the brew it becomes you, and now, you're that damnable dame! It seriously clings to you, never wants to leave the palate, doesn't take no for an answer, your brain says "no more", but your newly freed secret-self yens to stretch out some..."what's the harm?"


Of course, this beer has to available only in 750s,(I know now that it's not...) and at an incredible price (mine was maybe $9.50?), otherwise it wouldn't be so much the risk and the venture...if you're going to waltz with this wench, you're in it for the long haul, buckaroo!
{Shudder}
{Shudder}
"What did I do last night?"
"You messed with the Mad Bitch!"

feloniousmonk, Dec 03, 2003
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

russpowell, Jun 28, 2006
Photo of jtingue
4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Slowly poured into a Rochefort goblet

A- Pours a cloudy amber, with a finger of head that reaches right to the brim of the goblet. Carbonation is evident in the many streams of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass.

S- Excellent... Tart granny smith apples dominate the nose. There is, however, an undertone of cloves from the yeast.

T- The tartness detected in the nose is equally as present in the taste. The flavor is reminiscent of green or white grapes with a dryness often found in wine. There is also a balancing and light sweetness throughout.The lingering finish is both dry and spicy.

M-The mouthfeel is simply the best part of this beer. Upon contact with the palate the beer foams and coats the whole mouth, distributing the flavor evenly. One of the few beers I have had that has a champagne like effervescence.

Probably my favorite tripel that I have had so far. Noted: the head retention has remained excellent throughout the whole session.

jtingue, Jun 29, 2011
De Dolle Dulle Teve (Mad Bitch) from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
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