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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

420 Reviews
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Reviews: 420
Hads: 771
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.93%
Wants: 47
Gots: 52 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: pezoids on 09-06-2001

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Photo of KYGunner
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bright iridescent orange that glowed in the light this is amongst the most gorgeous tripels I've seen. The head was white and bubbly that collared quickly but laced well.

The scent was fruity, clovey and a touch yeasty. Flowery aromas gave way to a more clove-centric scent.

The taste is superb with huge flowery flavor, honey, clover, sweet candy, doughy malt and did I mention flowers. There's a honeysuckle flower taste that hangs around that is so alluring.

I rank this amongst the best tripels I have had; it is smooth, light, tasty, flowery and and just good to drink. (578 characters)

Photo of falloutsnow
3.66/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

From: Binny's, Algonquin, IL
Date: "Bottled" is marked on cap, but the rest is missing (purchased winter 2011)
Glass: Tulip

Dulle Teve comes across as a midline tripel: Belgian in yeast and fruity esters, uniquely bitter, but like most De Dolle beers, this is a little too exuberant in showcasing its ethanol presence over other flavors, subtracting a few points in my book. This would be good as a warmer in colder months, but I, personally, do not appreciate the "in your face" ethanol aspect of some beers. Otherwise an enjoyable tripel, though also priced overly high ($6 per bottle) for what it is.

Pours a massively tall (>4cm) head, composed of medium-sized to large bubbles and white in color. Retention is excellent, lasting severl minutes before fading to a thin cap atop the body of the beer. Lacing is present and fairly substantial, thick clumps cling to the sides of the glass in randomized locations. The body is a fairly clean, transparent, and cool golden yellow in color, with light bringing out brighter yellow hues. Carbonation is readily visible, quite active and numerous.

Aroma is of pale malt sweetness, musty Belgian yeast, and light fruit esters (baked Bosc pears, dried apples). Not a poor aroma at all, but not as exuberant or expressive as others in the style. Perhaps it's age?

Overall flavor is of pale malt sweetness, musty Belgian yeast, some fruity esters, and ethanol. The closing bitterness is a nice, unique touch, though the ethanol obviousness detracts from the enjoyment for me. Front of tongue tastes pale malt sweetness, fruit esters, ethanol, slightly musty Belgian-style yeast. Mid-palate is of pale candi sugar, pale malt sweetness, baked Bosc pears, dried apple slices, and light Belgian yeast with honey-vanilla flavors. Back of palate features somewhat prominent ethanol with continued pale malt and candi sugar sweetness, some bright fruity esters, light Belgian yeast, and dried hay. Pleasant lingering bitterness in the aftertaste, along with light mustiness, pale malt sweetness, baked pear esters, and light Belgian yeast. Ethanol becomes more prominent in the aftertaste as the beer warms.

Beer is medium to medium-heavy in body, with carbonation of medium intensity, resulting in a mouthfeel that is never fizzy, but gently foamy and smooth. Ethanol is rather easily noticeable on the throat and in the nostrils, less so on the tongue, and particularly so after each sip when the beer warms somewhat. (2,463 characters)

Photo of stakem
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

33cl bottle with quite a bit of age on it (I believe best by 07.) Poured into an Oerbier oversized wine glass, the brew appears a burnt copper color that is quite clear. However, despite a careful pour some yeast particulate makes its way into the glass. Rising bubbles of carbonation maintain more than a finger of khaki head throughout the entire experience. A swirl revives more than a finger of froth effortlessly back to the surface and produces some finger-like patterns of stringy lace.

The aroma is sweet with an essence of belgian candy sugar but contrasted with almost a cheesy to funky aspect is also present when swirled. There is a bit of earthen quality about this that blends into something more fruity like cherry, apple and/or pears. That 10% alcohol is evident but very faintly across the back when a deep whiff is taken. Once the brew goes beyond ideal temperature, there is a very soft suggestion of vinegar that while not distracting was not expected.

The flavor of this brew is quite bready with malt that blends into a touch of cardboard-like oxidation. Some sweetness is present tasting a bit like caramel, toffee and transitions into more of a fruity alcohol note like apple and/or pear skins. Some earthen notes are ever present with every sip that breaks up the experience a bit. The aftertaste has a very faint suggestion of cider. I hate to say this but the overall flavors of this brew are better while colder. As the brew comes up to temperature, the alcohol inclusion becomes almost solvent and numbing to the palate.

This is a medium bodied brew with a lively but not overdone amount of carbonation. The flavors are spot on for what anyone could want/expect in a tripel. However, despite this brew having quite a bit of age on it, the alcohol is well pronounced but integrated fairly decently in this brew. If anything, the warmth of this brew distracts just a bit from the overall ease of drinkability. The last time I had this brew it was from a 750ml that was 17 years old. It was not the best of experiences but this even with its own significant aging was much better. I am curious now about having a bottle as fresh as possible just for the sake of comparison. If you havent had this yet, what are you waiting for? I will need to put this on the to-do list to grab more of these when I see them. (2,337 characters)

Photo of weonfire
3.59/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in an oversized wine glass at Sergio's World of Beer in Louisville, KY

This is not an 'exceptional' beer.

S - Peach, Grape and flowery alcohol.

T - Real sweet. Peach. Almost a syrupy taste - its that sweet. Pretty much just taste alcohol.

M- It burns. high viscosity. 10 ABVs got their pants down giving the full moon.

O - Hard to drink. semi nice aromas. simply- too boozy. i won't buy this again. (411 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Sweetwater mini-snifter.

2002 vintage. By now, she must indeed be pretty pissed... Anyway, this stuff pours a lightly-hazy amber-gold topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises light banana, mild vanilla, wheat, mild booze, and light orange peel. The taste brings in more of the same, with a good deal more funk and tartness, which actually kinda works here. The body is a very light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry, somewhat sticky finish. Overall, a surprisingly tasty tripel, one whose age and "abnormal" characteristics somehow haven't had any negative influence on things, but rather seem to have augmented them ever-so-slightly. (689 characters)

Photo of GPHarris
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2010 vintage

a - poured a three-fingers thick fluffy off-white head into a tulip glass that billowed nicely after each swirl of the glass. the body was a hazy amber color with a few yeast floaties in the glass.
s - very floral and sweet like honey.
t - lots of fruit flavors here reminiscent of pears and apples.
m - medium and slick but becomes more effervescent as it warms.
o - terrific tripel and one i'll go back to again. (428 characters)

Photo of tylerzander
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - opened with a slightly delayed gushing despite having had a stable home prior to opening, and as such roused some of the yeast, resulting in a cloudy beer with floaties in it; otherwise, pours a sienna color with a one finger larger bubbled off-white head with good retention, as all the small bubbles seem to stick around

S - this brewery is quite good at getting a very appealing raisinets aroma (see also the Oerbier) to come out, with just a hint of ethanol to give some complexity to the various sugars at work here, a wildflower honey and caramel aroma coming out on top with a few background notes of black licorice, some malt breadiness, a little clove

T - starts off with that caramel flavor, transitions to some peppery spiciness and clove-like phenols (and a smack of hop bitterness to balance it out) accentuated by the mildly hot ethanol finish

M - full bodied and dextrinous, almost like chewing on a caramel candy but without any kind of cloying sweetness

D - there's a lot going on in this beer, but it doesn't fatigue the palate, even though you expect it to with its strong aroma and high abv level; to some extent the phenolic/alcoholic finish does limit the drinkability some, but I certainly didn't want it stop at one with this beer (1,262 characters)

Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle served in a Trapping glass.

A: Pours a cloudy orange to amber color forming a medium creamy white head. Good retention. Never disappears completely leaving a thin layer and many lacings around

S: Very fruity in the nose. Plums and pears mainly with notes of caramel malts, honey and bready yeasts

T: Follows the nose. Very sweet and fruity upfront. Notes of caramel, caramel malts and bread. Honey and citrus hops in the end

M: Heavy and bit molasses body. Medium carbonation. Malty and slightly bitter aftertaste

O: Excellent drinkability. Great beer. De Dolle quality (588 characters)

Photo of jzeilinger
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very hazy orange/tan color with an initially thick, creamy white head a good two fingers thick. The foam dies down relatively fast to leave an even layer on top.

S - Pears, green apples, spicy dankness, white grapes, earthy lemons, grassy.

T - Very fruity (white grapes and pears), estery, yeasty, lemon grass, some peppery spice, some orange, cloves, honey; everything swirls and blends with a robust intensity. Clove spice and earthy lemon grass with white fruit linger on the palate for a good long time.

M - Alcohol warming on the way down lets you know it's a 10% beer. Medium body, biscuity, and velvet smooth carbonation.

O - An intense Tripel with alot of personality. (693 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.84/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tall coarse foam-up to start. Fruity smell with straw and a touch of the hen house. Amber color and a little hazy in the wine glass. Sparkly on the tongue.

Complex and shifting flavors. Fruity, a little sweet, and a bitter finish. Deep yeasty flavor with the Belgian bitterness. Some heat from the alcohol. Intense flavor that is just right for sipping, but this is some serious stuff. Flavor of apples with skins, grain, butter. Rich taste balanced by the dry heat. Long yeasty, bitter aftertaste with that cidery nose of fermenting fruit. A little acidic and flinty. Pours with the big white foam to the last half inch.

From the 33 cl bottle bought in Gent at Beer and Gin House. White cap says bottled March 2012. A beer well worth trying if you're looking for an education in Belgian beers. (796 characters)

Photo of jtierney89
4.65/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottled on June 2012.

Hazy faded gold color with a fluffy white head. Immediately I can tell, smells so different then most tripels I've had. Lots of sweet apples and pears, touches of pineapple and dried apricot. Smells like sweet pure raw sugared fruit. Touches of dark fruit and spiced yeast. This brew is living up to it's score in the nose alone, i cant wait to taste it. Lots of clingy lacing. Slight whiffs of booze but it's expected from the style.

Sweet fruit flavors like those on the nose. Big spicy clove on the back end of the tongue. Bright fluffy body spicy dry finish. Lingering sweetness. Damn good beer. Wish it wasn't so damn expensive. Sweet undertones of banana and dried currants. Touches of plums. A very deep beer with loads of herbal spice and amazingly complex finish.

Simply put, this beer is rather amazing. Super dry, yet super sweet, and everything in between. I love it. (904 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.52/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Man. Been a very long time since I've had this beer; and I've probably been doing myself a disservice. So smooth and distinct. Really even and well balanced. Great character, with things staying consistent and even. This is an outstanding beer; delivering a great body of flavor that shows clear brewing expertise. A must try for all beer lovers. (346 characters)

Photo of MoreThanWine
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I love this brewery and I love all their beers. Poured a massive all-head in a vanilla cream froth with long life. The body is a hazy golden yellow. Not much of a smell initially but caramel and dried fruit slowly emerge. The taste is quite complex with candies like butterscotch and caramel, fruits like pineapple and fig, and a touch of sourness. Long finish. Nice tripel. (374 characters)

Photo of wvsabbath
4.15/5  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. (1,028 characters)

Photo of Philousa
3.66/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

330ML bottled in July 2010.

Pours a clear metallic gold in my Duvel tulip with three fingers head that sticks to the glass in patches. I got a little sediment in the glass which is stirred around quite a bit by the carbonation from the etching at the stem. Foam sticks around to the end, leaving a somewhat thin layer. Initial whiff is full of green apples, which is kinda weird since I've never gotten that from a Tripel. After the head settles down I get the spices I've come to know and love from a Belgian: allspice and clove. Also get some orange and excotic citrus, almost like papaya or something. Hard to get the malt under all this, but it's somewhat biscuity for a Belgian. Taste starts out light with effervescence but gets a bit heavy with honey and nectary flavors. The spices come after the swallow and stick in the mouth and throat. It's not too heavy, though, as the alcohol comes back at the end, but very light. Just a hint of the ABV. The feel gives the impression of being very balanced with a dry aftertaste.

This borders on being too spicy, sticking to the back of your throat, but it never gets there. That's commendable, but it could use some banana esters to balance that out. Lots of goodness in here, but a bit too heavy to make it an excellent Tripel. (1,281 characters)

Photo of ZethOfTheNorth
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Surprising find at Calandro's, Baton Rouge. Last one on the shelf and the only De Dolle beer in stock. $6 for the 11.2 oz single. Bottled September 2011.

A: Towering head. Dark for a tripel. Looks murky and ciderlike.

S: Actually smells ciderlike also. Fermented apple, plums, honey, and booze. Smells huge. Wouldn't peg it as a triple based on aroma.

T: Explosive. Fermented fruit, especially apples. Quite sweet. Some heat. Unbelievable richness.

M: So rich. Very warming. Not as carbonated as a standard triple.

O: High score for originality and overall gravitas. An indulgent ass-kicker. (598 characters)

Photo of Beelzebeer
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

bottle, served in chalice, bottled May 2011

A - Beautiful dark straw body, with billowing soft big head, that lasts forever. Never seen better.

S - Boozy with a sharper wheat tone, mixed with some bittering hops. Was expecting something a little smoother, but not displeasing at all.

T - Medium-high carbonation that's kind of effervescent, similar to the Unibroue style. Feels like it spreads on the palate. That sharper wheat comes in after with an all booze/hop after taste going from sweeter to more dry, similar to a lighter weizenbock. Really interested to see the IBU on this.

M - Great. Got some real meat to it, but not too much. The impressive head retention really makes it work too.

O - Very nice. Maybe a little too boozy for the style, but I wouldn't turn it down. (786 characters)

Photo of csiewert
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - hazy amber color with a finger of head that retains well and leaves some goo lacing.

S - raisins, sweet malt and some funk

T - sweet sweet sweet... Raisins, plums and sweet malt

M - slight carbonation burn, but cuts the sweetness nicely to make it not too cloying

O - this is a great tripel... Maybe a little slightly too sweet, but I like it... 4's on the board (370 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 4/25/2012 at Julian’s, in Providence, RI served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a bright gold color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick on the glass.

S: The aroma contains fruit, Belgian yeast, some spice, light caramelized malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of caramel, spices and fruit. Then some breadiness comes in from Belgian yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. The hops presence is mild but brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sweet.

O: Tasty, goes down dangerously easily, not too filling, strong but well-disguised kick, good representation of style, this is a very good stronger Belgian-style beer to drink for a while. (826 characters)

Photo of Neorebel
5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours an absolutely ideal shade of gold. A bubbly, fluffy head is perched upon the top, thanks to the strong, continuous carbonation. No visible sediment. Very picturesque. The aroma is practically god-like. A complex and intriguing marriage of bitter and sweet. Desirable yeast aroma is present along with caramel, both sweet and sour apples, pear, banana, lemongrass and spices. Taste - velvety and bready Belgian yeast and malt. Tart and tropical fruits, lemony hints. Spicy phenolic characteristics as well as a definite bitter hop presence. Honey, although not nearly as sweet as the aroma may have suggested. This beer really coats the mouth well and the finish is somewhat dry. Some Belgians are borderline cloyingly sweet with no other complexities - not so at all with this masterpiece. One of my absolute favorite beers. I cannot imagine how this could get any better! (878 characters)

Photo of Dope
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A cloudy pale orange pour with tons of particulate floating around. Stupidly huge fluffy white head on top. Takes forever to fade, never really goes away. Leaves only dots of lacing on the glass however.

S: Wow, super strong aroma, almost stinging the nostrils. I get lots of cloves and yeasty bread. Some nice lemons, pear, banana and perhaps some grass. Spicy too - mostly black pepper I'd say. Very refreshing.

T: Loads of cloves and typical belgian yeast. Bready. Lots of spice, again very peppery. Fruits are there but much more subdued than in the nose. Lemons and pears mainly.

M: Medium bodied, definitely doesn't feel like a 10%er. Very drying on the back end. Tons of carbonation helps it feel lighter than it is I think.

O: Certainly a very big and loud tripel. Whew. Aroma and taste are very strong. Carbonation is high to boot. Lots of pepper (almost overly so) and belgian yeast in this one for sure. Excellent example of the style. (954 characters)

Photo of jeremy13586
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was the last bottle that we had sitting in one of the coolers at work. I decided to give it a go and poured it in to my Duvel glass. Jul2010 stamped on the bottle cap.

Dark cloudy gold color. The head was big and bone white. Lots of brown floaties in the beer, leading me to think that we had this bottle in the cooler for quite some time. Active bubble rose from the bottom of the glass, pushing some of the floaties in to the head, making it look like some one ashed their cigarette in my beer. Lots of sticky lacing lined the glass.

Some sweet malt, clove, banana, and yeast. A little bit of alcohol. The taste is actually more bitter than the nose. Kind of spicy and there is a nice taste of alcohol. The sweetness borders on a nutty taste. Very enjoyable taste.

Incredibly smooth triple. Very nice flavor. All of the sediment in the bottle and glass was not very appealing, so I'll need to track down a fresh bottle and give it another shot. Overall, an incredibly nice beer. (988 characters)

Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.73/5  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. (917 characters)

Photo of mltobin
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle, poured into a Unibroue tulip.

Appearance is a dark golden tone, with a big, frothy head. Its` nose has candy, booze, citrus and belgian yeast. Upon sipping this serious tripel and I taste bread, vanilla, caramel and bit of a sour aspect. Mouthfeel is full bodied, a nice sharp, sweet finish. A very nice tripel, one of my favorites out there. (362 characters)

Photo of Lostcarkeys
4.46/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was bottled in sept 2011, marked by the cap

A- A thick brown orange hue. Fingers don't show on the reverse of the glass, indicating a strong appearance.

S- Not the strong suit of this beer, tangerine, malty, bitter, alcohol notes all come into play.

T- Davine! Matches the upfront indications of the smell, but with a hardy afterglow that follows through with the flavor. Strong citrous bitterness that is completely original to this beer.

MF- Strong carbonation upfront, that linger as it slopes down the throat, but strong bite lasts through the aftertaste on the tongue.

Overall this is a fantastic beer. I would drink many more if I weren't already drunk and had any extras. For a 10% beer I am completely sold. I was sceptically to spend $7 on this one, but I understand the price tag given the robust flavor and extremely satiating flavors... (859 characters)

De Dolle Dulle Teve (Mad Bitch) from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
92 out of 100 based on 420 ratings.