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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

688 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 688
Reviews: 415
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.36%
Wants: 38
Gots: 38 | 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 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.

dblinkhorn, Aug 12, 2006
Photo of daledeee
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I once wrote that Duvel was the mother of all heads. This beer easily surpasses duvel. Easily achieving a two inch above the rim head. The color is a dull orange. The nose is fresh fruity and vanilla. Taste is fine. Very smooth fruity hoppy flavor. The hops are quite prevelent in the finish, but not overpowering.

I will buy this again.

daledeee, Nov 30, 2003
Photo of wvsabbath
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Light golden tan/yellow, fizzy, 2 inch head and lots of lacing.

Smell - Fruits, yeasts, spices, very grazzy/earthy, bread, biscuit, orange and grapefruit hops, caramal malts. Added sugars. Pineapple, grapes, apple, lemon, pear, banana...yes very floral.

Taste - Very fruity and sweet at first sip. Lots of spices, along with all the sweet fruits and belgium yeasts to relaly make this intense. Malts are present and add more sweetness with the caramel flavors. A bit of alcohol at the finish.

Mouthfeel - Well whole mouth gets sugars and spices. Tounge and palate really get the same. Tons of sweet fruits and spices with malt backbone. The afertaste is sweet and fruity.

OVerall - Very tasty and easy to enjoy. The sweetness is slighty overpowering, therefor taking away from the balance of a world class tripel. If you like tripels, or very sweet, floral belgium beers, this is a must try. Cant touch St. Bernardus or la fin du monde in balance and price, but is for sure worth a drink.

wvsabbath, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of wschmit
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cL bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A: Robust golden-hued head atop a vigorously carbonated, fairly hazy, bronze body. Some pretty epic retention; the cohesive head leaves some patchy lacing.

S: Sweet, fairly malty nose for a tripel--not as yeast-forward as I was expecting, though of course it's still dusty, bready, and prominent. A whiff finishes with citric tang, alcohol, and some spicy hopping. Honey and lemon come to mind, mostly.

T: The hop bittering is noticeable, for a Belgian tripel, but a very pleasant presence nonetheless. A fair amount of (too much?) residual sweetness, but again, it's quite pleasant. Clover honey, chrysanthemum, apricots, with a light, pale malt finish.

M: Pretty thick body, but with great carbonation, and enough alcohol to cut the saccharine feeling. Could still be a bit lighter, though.

D: Worth the price, despite being a bit out of style, I think. A very, very good beer with plenty to think about. Not something to pound, but still, eminently palate-pleasing.

wschmit, Jan 28, 2011
Photo of tr4nc3d
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark hazy golden color with a two finger off-white head. Great head retention that leaves lacing on the side of my glass.

I get a smell of dried fruit, like pears, peaches, some hints of yeast, sugar cane.

Sweet citrus notes on the palate, tangy oranges, honey.

Good amount of carbonation, refreshing sweet aftertaste lingers in your mouth.

Overall good tasty brew that hides the alcohol very well. I could have a couple of these.

tr4nc3d, Dec 15, 2008
Photo of sawbones420
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer guy at Bauer pulled this out the back for me because he remembered my saying that I love tripels. Man do I love tripels...

Not one to spend so much on such a small quantity of beer - especially after being burned twice by the two overpriced, underperforming Founder's breakfast stouts - I decided to splurge and pony up 6 bucks for this slender, brown, 330ml bottle from Belgium. Josh was drooling a bit while he was recommending it, so I figured it might be worth a try.

I catch a whiff before I even get a chance to pour it into my snifter - whooo. The pour is a deep honey color with medium head that quickly resides. Some big bubble stick around after the fact, but no lacing to speak of.

Sweet, sugary smell. Some sour apple and a strong back-nose of honey. There's some other stuff going on in here, but I can't put my finger (nose?) on it.

Taste is big and fills the entire mouth. Perhaps slightly more carbonated that I was expecting, this one is crispy. Big on sweetness as the smell suggests, there's a strong malt backbone that comes around after you finish your sip. The leftover sweetness around the back/sides of the tongue is leaving my mouth watering for more. The alcohol warmth after a bigger than average sip reminds you this isn't one to go overboard with. Apple-ish flavored burps. mmm

On the whole, a delicious brew. Still, I don't see myself spending the money to pick up another bottle. I can't imagine aging this beer would do anything except make it syrupy and even sweeter, which in my eyes wouldn't be a desirable thing. A solid offering, though I'll still take Westmalle's tripel above all else if given the option.

sawbones420, Mar 29, 2008
Photo of Samp01
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a rusty orange amber with a medium white head. Aroma ripe apple, pears, Belgian yeast, fruity alcohol esters, some dark fruit notes as it warms up. Taste of Belgian yeast, fruity flavor of dark fruit, dried plums sweetness and a mild tartness, sweet alcohol. Palate is a med to full body with sweet tart Belgian yeast and moderate carbonation. Finish is of sweet ripe dark fruit, dried sweet tart plums, Belgian yeast, with mild bitterness and sweet alcohol. Overall a very good, tasty and all around flavorful brew, very nice

Samp01, Mar 31, 2014
Photo of avylover
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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 Quej
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - The beer is a beautiful dark orange, dark for a tripel, with lots of cloudy yeast particles and active carbonation. A large fluffy white head emerges and crowns this great looking beer.

S - Strong smells of bitter apple cider and peach nectar are first noticed, continued throughout with the sting of alcohol and the spicy twang of belgian yeasts.

T - At first taste, it is very sweet and fruity, enhanced by the thick head. The sweet malts are balanced well by the light zingy carbonation. Flavours of honey, apple pie with cloves, and other light fruits are at the centers of this beer, which are once again followed by the taste of alcohol which increases as it warms. The beer finishes dry and quick, but the alcohol lingers and warms.

M - The beer is light on the palate and very refreshing due to the high carbonation, but is a little rough from the alcohol.

D - I think I could have a few of these, but not a beer I could stick with all night. Sessionability is once again low due to high alcohol content and complexity of flavours which ought to be enjoyed thoroughly and slowly.

Quej, Jul 27, 2007
Photo of waughbrew
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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 JBogan
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a honey color with a massive amount of frenzied bubbles (like a mad bitch perhaps?) which continuously feed a creamy white head which grows and grows. Beautiful beer.

The aroma is yeasty with some citrus and anise along with what I picked up as a hint of butterscotch.

Taste follows the smell, although the alcohol shows up too. Very warming and complex, especially as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel was excellent. Very smooth and somewhat creamy, with a thick body and perfect amount of carbonation.

This is a very fine Belgian Tripel. It's a beer for sipping and relaxing with, not for chugging. This is one mad bitch I wouldn't mind meeting again.

JBogan, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of Urbancaver
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle of an unknown vintage
750
Thanks brad for this one...
Pours a murky hazy yellow orange. Lots of nice white head. Looks pretty light for a triple. Smells odd. Fuity, light, sweet. Tastes a touch raisiny and oxidized. Sweet fruits, very unusual flavours. Very interesting taste. Highly carbonted. Overall great mouthfeel. Very interesting beer.

Urbancaver, Oct 08, 2011
Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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
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

walleye, Apr 26, 2006
Photo of tmoneyba
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Rivers Bend.

Poured hazy orange color with a huge frothy head that lasted with excellent lacing. Complex spicy fruit and yeasty aroma. Medium body with a sticky texture. Medium fruity balanced flavor with a medium sweet finish of long duration with a small alcohol bite.

This is a standout beer.

tmoneyba, Jan 30, 2009
Photo of avalon07
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had an amber color and a thick consistency. Lots of foamy, long-lasting head and very good lacing.

S: A nicely done smell, with fruit, malt, Belgian yeast and a bit of hops appearing.

T: While I could still taste the alcohol, it wasn't as powerful as I would've thought. Well balanced taste of pears, malt, yeast and hops.

M: Typically high (for Belgian beer) carbonation rate and a smooth finish. Full-bodied.

D: This is a very drinkable beer, especially if you like Belgians. Tasty, complex fairly easy to drink.

avalon07, Sep 30, 2008
Photo of TheJollyHop
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass; amber-brown hued and clear.

An Intense amount of carbonation. Literally hundreds of small bubbles were constantly renewing the head. I Had to take multiple sips over the span of five minutes just so the foam wouldn't fall over the outside of the glass. In regards to head retention; incredible.

Belgian yeast, honey and biscuits greet the nose first. Fresh white grapes and baked egg bread as well. Alcohol is prominent on the taste early on, exhibiting a spicy, biting, warming character towards the finish, but manages to not overwhelm the honey, peach, overripe fruit, and biscuit malt flavors. Slightly bitter, very dry alcoholic finish which balances the sweet front end. The carbonation makes the beer feel soft and airy on the tongue (meringue), which makes this beer deceptively light for such a powerful beer.

There is also a lingering yeasty, bread flavor that is also slightly powdery, which dries the tongue a bit. Interestingly as the beer warms, the peppery alcohol prominence goes from too excessive to balanced. A well made Tripel indeed.

TheJollyHop, Jan 27, 2011
Photo of Fugazme
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A cloudy, orangish yellow... nice bright, white head about 1/2" inch... settles quickly to a nice cap... great swirl... just a great looking, uniform, is-what-it-is beer.

Aroma is strong on fruit...peachy... pineapple... subtle alcohol... touch of brown sugar... some slight herbaceous qualities with a bit of ginger...

Very carbonated... fills the mouth with every sip.

Taste is very good... lots of apricot and peach with big ginger middle... spicy ginger... and then a dry finish with hints of sweet honey... odd, but in a good way.

Great beer... will visit again...

Fugazme, Aug 20, 2007
Photo of JohnQVegas
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle.

Pours hazy dark gold, with a big, soft white head.

Nose is honey, pears, yeast, alcohol.

Taste is sweet, candy sugar with rich ripe fruit, with a spicy, yeasty finish with a restrained hop bitterness balancing out the sweetness, and more alcohol.

Palate is crisp carbonation, with a nice syrupy, heavy body. Delicious beer.

JohnQVegas, Mar 15, 2009
Photo of nomad
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer had just unnatural amounts of head, like four inches worth exploding out of the glass. Color was a perfect oranged gold, transparent, with tons of miniscule carbonation flowing up fast. The head fell to a mountainous landscape but was slow as hell to come down.

Smell was of sugar, wheat, vanilla, flour with a honey jar sitting open nearby, and a sweet medicinal ester presence. The heavy belgian tripel yeast appears very active in this one, for its character wrapped itself around everything. Lastly, a hop-based fruit presence came through late.

Taste was so sweet at first, and then slowly a second wave creeped down my tongue, and its so hoppy, so tangy, so ginger, and very sharp. This is a tripel with some aggression, definitely a mad bitch. Has a long tangy-bitter hops finish, so much so that it tasted like a bite into a kicking hop. Mouthfeel was as drying as an oven.

Half tripel half artisanal strong pale ale, this was some whole other s#@t. A fine classic Belgian beer with Stone aggression and impact.

nomad, Jun 14, 2003
Photo of atomeyes
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle
Bottled in february 2011

A- Opaque apple cider-like appearance. Beautiful golden hue. Head was insane and solid. Didn't spill one drop over my Westvleteren chalice. Head disappeared after 3 minutes.

S- thought I smelled gingerbread upon pouring but that disappeared quickly. Poured it straight from the fridge and it didn't have have strong bouquet. Nice and gentle spice scent. Subtle apple and pear blended with a crisp yeast smell.As it warmed up, a slight sugary smell was apparent.

T- The aftertaste's what I noticed first. Its slightly bitter and it sits on the sides of my tongue. I don't notice the oversweetness that others talk about; instead, its the alcohol that I can taste. Its not in-your-face offensive, but its definitely there. There's fruit - more plum or fig, I would say - that hits the back of my palate. Interesting mix: bitterness that rests on the front, darker, muddier fruit that sit in the back of my mouth. Cloves and greener fruit started to appear as it mellowed and warmed up.

M- Alcohol's there. Carbonation is most definitely there. Drinking this slowly and wondering if its best suited to be opened and to let it breathe for 30 minutes.

O- I wasn't sure what to expect. This is definitely more bitter than I expected it to be. I don't love it like I love some of De Dolle's other offerings (*cough cough* Reserva) but I think it will grow on me. I'd definitely suggest keeping this at cellar temp, not fridge temp, and letting it mellow before drinking.

Serving type: bottle

atomeyes, Oct 01, 2011
Photo of faernt
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

02.17.08

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.

faernt, May 23, 2004
Photo of jrenihan
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled July 2011.

Beer is an orange-hued caramel amber. Caramel in colour. A gentle pour results in a fairly large white head, very frothy and active. Starts to shrink quickly but a decent sized portion remains for a fair while.

Smell is strong, very nice and characteristically tripel. Creamy and full of light fruit with some spice. Banana, peach, apricot, some bready malt in the back. Quite sweet.

The fruit is there in the taste - banana the most prominent for me - and the bready malt flavours are more prominent. Alcohol is quite noticeable, a little bit too much. Nice spicy flavours, though I cannot pick out particular spices. Fairly complex and quite good, but the alcohol gets in the way a bit.

Full bodied, but not heavy. Moderate to high carbonation. Alcohol heat affects the feel somewhat.

Overall. a very nice tripel but not one of the best. If the alcohol was toned down just a bit this could be fantastic.

jrenihan, Oct 29, 2011
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky yellow-brown with a foamy beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Small chunks of sediment are seen floating around in the beer after the pour. Smell is of malt, honey, fruit, and yeast aromas. Taste is much the same with earthy malt and fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of yeast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and prickly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that has flavors that are a bit more earthy than the smell would indicate.

UCLABrewN84, Nov 30, 2013
Photo of brew3crew
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasting at Jackie O's. Thanks brad aka ajsdad. 750 ml bottle. Vintage unknown

A-hazy yellow body with a white head that sticks around

S-weird noee. I'm told its pear, but jot a pear I have smelled before

T-really funky. Dried pears that finish really smooth. Very pleasant

M-medium body and smooth

O-gets better as time goes on. Very nice

brew3crew, Oct 08, 2011
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