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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

715 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 715
Reviews: 416
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.36%
Wants: 43
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 Elfastball7
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of JAHMUR
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of lpotter
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of Squelch
3.03/5  rDev -27%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Hazy amber colored. Minimal non-lacing, stark white head.

Smell: Lemony, estery. best part of this beer.

Taste: No enough sweetness or crispness for me. too much bitterness. Finishes roasted malty flavors and not esters. Complex but not in the style.

Mouthfeel: Heavy. Hot in the end. have to sip this one.

Overall: Average at best. There are better tripels out there.

Photo of mrfrancis
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours an amber-tinged gold with a rocky, billowing white head that laces deep into the glass.

S: Aromas of citrus, biscuits, caramel, and grass are present on the nose, but are undercut by a boozy alcohol aroma. Smells very heavy and slightly unbalanced.

T: Notes of lemon, grapefruit, kumquat, unripened pineapple, biscuits, caramel, herbs, and grass waste no time in making their presence known. The finish is intense and fiery with notes of herbs and citrus washed in alcohol.

M: Full bodied, but not particularly filling. Quite dry and spritzy. If the alcohol were toned down a bit, this tripel would be dangerously drinkable.

O: This is a solid tripel that is noticeably more bitter than most. Not the best effort from de Dolle, but still quite good.

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.

Photo of andrewinski1
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip. The color is orangey amber. There is a giant creamy head that inhibits pouring.

The aroma has banana and lots of clove and other spices. There is some citrus candy aroma as well.

The taste is dominated by yeast. Grape skin, banana, and pineapple are the fruit flavors. There is a hefty dose of spice with some sweet honey.

The body is medium and the carbonation on the heavier side with lively bubbles.

This is one of my favorite tripels.

Photo of 4000qtrap
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Source/Serving: 11.2 oz bottle, about 1 year old.

S: Brightly spiced peaches and dried apricots, honey, herbal/minty hops. All intense but balanced. Nice and juicy fruit character, bright spices and hops. Lively. Hints at apples, sandalwood, spicy alcohol, arugula, pear. As it warms alcohol borders on hot.

T: Apple-mint wine. Ripe fruits up front with lots of apple, pear, apricot, and a herbal hop edge. Very little residual sweetness though and moderate spice levels. Middle is driven by spicy alcohol which has that alcohol quality that whisky does, its not smooth but its still enjoyable. Not hot, more rough. But, there is so much else going on it works. Lots of hop flavor, but only a touch bitter with medium spices that are very complex with continued apricot/apple fruitiness. Finish dries out like champagne with a burst of fresh herbs and interesting spiciness and lingers with a touch of a alcohol burn and apricot/apple. Body is much higher than expected for a tripel and feels remarkably heavy even though there is prickly carbonation.

Notes: Intense and balanced if not a little but pleasantly abrasive.

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.

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

Photo of smakawhat
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Bottle is dated May 2011.

A very large head is formed off the pour, with a very tight and off yellow foamy consistency. Body is a dull brown and yellow with a good rising spire of carbonation coming from the middle. The head just wont quit.

Nose is varied. Mild green apple cider and white wine. Mixing in bread yeast and some candi like sugars. Vinous sensing smells wonderful. A hot spicy sensation too but not of alcohol.

Hot green apple skin and giant punches of yeast in the palate. Finish gives almost a sense of bitter hop, but then brings a light caramel even some brown sugar. Sugar mix gives to a Belgian sens of IPA. Texture is solid although I was hoping for some more body creamy sense.

Overall very unique, for a tripel really enjoyable. Wonderful drink.

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

Photo of Cozzatoad
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

330ml bottle
Bottled in february 2011

A- Hazy light orange with visible sediment on the bottom of the glass after the second and last pouring. Quite dense 1 and a half finger head that has very good retention and leaves a lot of lacing

S- Loads of fruit: rich and slightly spicy (esters?) aroma of orange, lemon, maybe apple, among a nice musty/earthy feel from the yeast that prevents from excessive sweetness. Some sugary undernotes can also be noticed

T- Strong caramel malts with an assertive sugary sweetness to them (loads of sugar in this beer, i can tell you for sure). Fruity on both tongue and palate (orange, raisin, lemon) along with some spicy alcoholic notes. Suprisingly dry on the back of the palate with an earthy/musty feel and a hint of hop bitterness that remains in the aftertaste. A rich range of flavours for sure, a bit messy though

M- Strong, dense body with an assertive alcoholic bite. Strongly carbonated as well: feels nicely crisp on the tongue but really too prickly on the palate

O- I didn't expect this beer to be extremily drinkable. De Dolle makes some very interesting and peculiar ales that have strong and sometimes suprising flavours. I knew I had to expect a palate challenging beer. This one though felt really over the top: too prickly on the palate and overall quite messy. felt a little more balanced as it warmed

Photo of sfprint
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Exp: Feb 2012

Head very much like arabier. Very very careful pour, and i still couldn't get it all in one pour. Massive head, sea foamy. Really beautiful color, deep hazel orange. Rising carbonation can only be seen right at the top half inch. a bit of sediment at the bottom.

Dried apricot blended with phenols in the nose. Very rich. Fairly sweet but the alcohol is well masked in this sweetness. Pretty intense. Complex. Perhaps a bit too sweet, but I bet that's covering up other things, and for 10%, it makes sense. A different kind of tripel. Spicy. More like a christmas beer. Not readily identifiable as a tripel. It certainly has more typical features of a dubbel and quadrupel than a tripel.

Also fairly heavy. very mild sparkling in the mouth.

It's quite good, but I can't say I love it. It's a bit too heavy and sweet, but I can see why many people love this one.

Photo of Brent
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a well-aged bottle, so the flavor profile might have changed a bit. Overall, a pleasant beer, but didn't seem to follow the tripel style very well - significant caramel malt notes with some brown sugar background - more in keeping with a dubbel.

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

Before pouring this has quite a citric and very sweet nose. Forms one of the biggest best easy heads I have ever seen. Can't retain this mass for the duration of the glass but still very fine and helps to highlight the beer's deeply glossy orangy yellow appearance.

Spice, some lemon, candy sugar and a generous dollop of honey to taste this has medium acidity which actually well supports this potentially weighty big boy.

The only rival to Westmalle as a world class Tripel. While Westmalle Tripel is more supple and complex and demands full attention in order to be rewarded this is immediately hedonistic, loveable and delicious. Two different interpretations but both beautiful extremes of the same style.

Photo of n2185
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a hazy gold with 4 fingers of foamy white head that recedes into a dense cap with decent lacing.

S: some spicy notes up front, like cloves and coriander. Lots of sweet candy sugar and orange aromas follow. There are some light fruit aromas as well. Slight yeast notes on the finish.

T: lots of spice notes on the tongue at first. Some bubblegum flavors in there along with pears and oranges. Spicy yeast and bread flavors bring up the finish with a slight bitterness.

M: light body with high carbonation, this beer is highly attenuated, making it light and crisp.

O: a good tripel. A bit on the pricy side, but worth it. Flavorful and crisp, it's one of the better tripels out there.

Photo of Heymikew2
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Monk's Kettle, in the Mission district of San Francisco. Poured a medium honey color with a light frothy head. Smells light and airy almost as if you could smell a late summer barley harvest. Highly drinkable, hints of allspice and overall a very good beer. Would deffinately order this again.

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.

Photo of TripelHunter
4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My favourite Tripel so far. Very full. Very complex. Rich, and strong. Smooth yet distinct. Slightly fruity. A lack of it's own glass is disappointing, but the bottle's label rather makes up for that.

I find it to be quite similar to Straffe Hendrik (another favourite of mine).

Photo of bb0bbby
4.97/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a goblet at The Nook in Huntsville, AL

A- This draft poured a clear amber, I was expecting more of a cloudy haze. This beer did not look like it tasted.

S- Greatness! Clovey & green apples with finishing tones of lemon & raisins.

T- The taste is exceptional, just a tad bit dry.

M-The mouthfeel is clean and spicy.

One of my fave tripels.

Serving type: draft

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

Reviewed from notes: Had on draft at Monk's Cafe.

appearance: golden yellow with a 2 finger white head

smell: citrus, clove, coriander,

taste: citrus, coriander, clove, spices, bready malts,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: very nice tripel. wish the wife had the chance to try this one. if you like this style I recommend you try this one.

Cheers,l
The CPJ

Photo of SmokinSmyth
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass after sitting open for a couple of minutes, still generated quite a head. It is a cloudy amber color underneath all that head, although minimal lacing as the head recedes.

Aroma is very nice, with a definite smell of cloves from the yeast, with a hint of lemon.

Taste is quite hoppy, and a little spicy. Finish allows a raisin flavor to come through.

Feels very good in the mouth, good balance with carbonation, leaving the feel of foam on your lips. A very nice "mad bitch".

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.

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

.33cl bottle into Westmalle goblet in Antwerp, Belgium. Reviewed live.

A: Four finger head of soft delicate cream, great cream, and brilliant retention for the ABV. Hazy yellow colour.

Sm: Souring hops and lemon citrus esters. A moderate strength scent.

T: Amber hops, slight souring hop climax. Full barley foundation. The souring hops mix with the amber hops to form a hoppy beer that is rather complex. Balanced well but not built fantastically.

Mf: Smooth and wet with some coarseness on the climax. Suits the flavours of the body.

Dr: High ABV, easy enough drinking, but not exemplary quality. High pricing by Belgian standards. This beer is mostly hype.

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