De Dolle Dulle Teve (Mad Bitch) - Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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716 Ratings
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Ratings: 716
Reviews: 417
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.36%
Wants: 43
Gots: 39 | FT: 1
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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 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.

Photo of RuudJH
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Finally got my hands on a sample of this beer from Dolle Brouwers, imo one of the great belgian breweries.
Bottled jan 2011... bb jan 2012. Unfiltered unpasteurized.

Looks pale golden, with a huge off white head, steady carbonation. Pouring the sediment, the colour turns to allmost orange brown, with lots of floaty bits.
Smell typical of this brewery: very fruity to begin with, but developing with garden floral scent, some spice/herbs. Dynamic.
Taste is classically tripel: not much sweetness but from the malt. Spicy and herbal, with citric hopnotes, also apricot.
Very fullflavoured: the 10% abv, quite a lot, is well covered by aroma and taste.
Raw and unbalanced, complex overall.

A great tripel, surely one of the best in this style you can get from Belgium.

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

I had this at Cafe Bruges in Carlisle on Fathers' Day -served chilled from the 11.2oz brown bottle in a De Dolle glass.

The color is a shade of apricot with hazed clarity and rocky off white cap with large bead and lace that clings in a wavy pattern. The aroma is great, lots of cedar and woody odors at first with some citrus peel and pepper notes with mild yeast ester that gives a slight tropical scent and mild honeydew odor. There is a gentle vanilla quality with some light golden raisin and candy-like malt notes with slight cherry skin accent. The feel is semi-dry with light fruitiness and gentle yeasty presence with a moderate amount of bitterness and hints of spice with tannic tangy edge and slight alcohol w/ mellow dry malt background and yeast juxtoposition.

The flavor has a strong yeast tropical fruit taste with a gentle raisin and subtle melon with hint of citrus rind and mild hop bitterness with mild herbal accent. There is a light sweet candy-like edge after the hints of floral hops and mild pineapple from the yeast kicks in. A mellow caramel, date and light dry pepper taste lingers and some alcohol joins the complex flavor profile of this tripel. The amount of dried fruit flavor is pleasant with mild raisiny sweetness and there is hints of honeyed banana. Overall I enjoyed this a lot, not the best Tripel since it has some noticeable alcohol, but plenty of other stuff going on to distract from that, I would gladly drink this anytime. This went very well with my New York Scramble at brunch which had salmon egg and caramelized onion with parisian potatoes.

Photo of dgilks
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy pale gold colour with a thick, fluffy, long lasted off-white head. Great head retention.

Vinous lemon and lime aroma like that of a great Gewurtraminer. Mild malt and a hint of raisin.

Bready malt with plenty of fruity esters. The flavour has a completely different profile to the aroma with a refined bitterness and slightly spicy note coming through. There is also a mild sort of tartness. Great.

Medium body with moderately-high carbonation. Good.

An exceptional tripel with a truly interestin garoma. Great flavour. Interesting and complex.

Photo of matjack85
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I tried a bottle of this stuff at Quencher's Saloon in Chicago on the advice of the bartender. 330ml brown bottle with a drawing of "the mad bitch" on the label.

The pour resulted in a huge pillow of white foam that took forever to go down. After the foam receded, the beer showed itself to be a mostly clear dark gold/copper color with not as much lace as I expected from the amount of head it had.

Really nice smell of Belgian yeast and floral hops.

A hard candy-like sweetness is the first noticeable flavor. After that, a white wine grapiness and lots of fruits come into play. A mild bitterness from the hops is a welcome balancer as is some warming alcohol. Add to all this some funky yeast flavor and some peppery spices and you have a really complex and well made beer. It's delicious.

Medium bodied with some really high, spritzy carbonation.

At $8 a bottle it's on the expensive side, but I don't mind paying those prices for something this good.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beautifully golden yellow, the haziness of it only served to magnify the shine it gave off. Some light sediment in the bottle, but that was from me, as I like it. A towering head of white foam at least four inches high,

Lots of grains here with a touch of yeast in the aroma. Light banana and lemon. touches of grass and even the slightest bit of grape. light, and full of flavor, light notes of yeast and wheat, some light fruit backed in as well. Nice hints of peach and a touch of wine like alcohol, but very light and more of a subtle nice surprise then anything else. The flavor was good, and at times effortless. The finish was dry; almost a champagne like dryness to it with a long lasting flavor of grass or wet hay, and you just had to go back for another sip when it was done.

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

Pours hazed, very deep golden to amber body capped by long lasting rich, rocky beige head weaving sheets of stable lace on the walls with each swirl.The head never cedes completely and even after 5 or so minutes the body is still topped by thick, firm cloth. The nose reveals strong honeyish sweetness with sugary notes, significant fruity esters of juicy orange that dominate over the subdued, mild spiciness that I couldn't tell whether originate from phenols or hops. A discrete, lightly toasted pale malt and a whiff of alcohol in the background. The honeyish, candyish-sweet flavor-profile
with notes of white wine is marked by juicy, orange like fruitiness and pronounced spiciness that is far more evident than in the aroma section. Not as bitter (either from hops or phenols) and less dry than I'd expect from a tripel. The effervescent, medium, malty body has creamy texture and obvious alcohol warmth which, however, isn't overpowering. Finish is medium-dry with bitter-spicy aftertaste. (330 ml, bottled Jan. 2010, best by Jan.2011, into tulip.)

Despite its 10% ABV I could easily have another bit I won't - one mad bitch in the house is enough.

Photo of CanuckRover
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Giant white head after a gentle pour. Thick, clumpy lacings as the head slowly settles. Dark copper around the top fades to a light yellow in the bottom of the glass. Really beautiful beer. Slightly hazy, I dumped the whole bottle in.

Ginger root on the nose, backed by some serious spice with a cinnamon touch. Juicy orange lurking behind.

Big orange flavours up front, almost like orange soda, but not in a bad way. As it warms in the mouth, serious yeast and spice start to come through. Cinnamon and nutmeg mingle with pretty bad ass yeast. All comes together nicely with some gentle warming alcohol.

Despite some serious alcohol and complexity, it actually drinks light and smooth. Has that Duvel'esque drinkability.

This is a fantastic beer. Seek out.

Photo of Digimaika2
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Light orange/copper colour with a huge bubbly billowing head.

S: Sweet floral smell with a bready malt backbone. Picking up some orchard fruits (apples & pears), and alcohol warmth.

T: Sweet cane sugary taste at first, that morphs into a bitterness accentuated by potent floral and pepper notes. Nipping alcohol is present, but fairly well hidden considering the upfront smell and percentage. Overall fairly well balanced.

M: About average carbonation for a triple. Nice oily texture with alcohol warmth.

D: Overall pretty good. However, I'm not especially feeling the peppery emphasis that much. But would buy this again, and I'm glad I tried it.

Photo of jayhawk73
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a cloudy gold color with a big four finger off white head, which lingers. Carbonation is pronounced, and lacing is very good. Nice looking beer, although it took 5 minutes for the head to get down to normal levels even w/ a careful pour.

S- Nice- apple, pear, spice, yeast, malt. Fruity w/o being too much so. A very tasty smelling beverage. A slight sweet/sour combo happening, but nothing is overwhelming. Very balanced nose on this beer. Very close to 4.5, but not quite.

T- You immediately get yeast, malt and spice on the taste, while the fruit is relegated to the background. A different profile than the nose for sure. Very balanced flavors. This is a really nice Tripel! Alcohol is there, but there's no burn, and it adds to the beers profile instead of detracts.

M- A little sour bite that's quickly smoothed over w/ honey smoothness. Nice aftertaste that's really smooth and buttery. Very nice, and just right for this style.

O- I had never had this beer before and was pleasantly surprised. This isn't my favorite tripel, but it's a REALLY good one. Definitely pick it up if you see it on the shelf, it's tasty.

Photo of hardy008
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy honey color with a large 3-4 finger white head. Nice retention and lacing. An interesting aroma. Apples, pears, pepper, candy sugar, yeast, cloves, and bread.

It tastes like I expected it to. Sweet, peppery, and fruity, with all the flavors described in the aroma. Damn, this Mad Bitch put my taste buds in a headlock, and won't let go.

Medium bodied, plenty of carbonation, and there is a sweet aftertaste. This is a really good Tripel from De Dolle. I need to seek this out again some time.

Photo of Rifugium
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Monk's, Philly, PA

Poured slightly hazed amber with a nice white head that dissipates a bit. Aroma of floral hops and a bit of spice. Taste of light fruits and light sugars, some alcohol bite. Mouthfeel is medium, with a bit of harshness from the alcohol. Moderately drinkable. Good beer.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.48/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330 mL bottle without a vintage/freshness date. Pours a lightly hazed gold color with a massive soapy cap of off-white head. Fades slowly and leaves chunks of foam all over the place. Good looking beer.

Nose is grainy, alcoholic and a little bit like cream soda. Fruits galore.

Taste is hugely fruity and vinous, loads of alcohol. Too big for its own good? Maybe. The body is rich, but the malts light..which leaves alcohol and yeasty phenols picking up the slack. A little overcarbonated, but a few hard swirls fix that pretty quick. Yeast really throws its weight around here, I dont know if I have ever had a fruitier, yeast driven beer before. Interesting beer, but I dont think I would buy it again.

Photo of drtth
4.85/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a snifter glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As poured the beer is a very lightly hazed peach color with an enormous 2” fluffy white head that recedes very slowly leaving some sheets of foam on the sides of the glass. The beer is filled with lots of active carbonation (which helps to keep the head going strong). Sipping throughout most of the beer leaves a remarkable amount of foam and lacing on the sides of the glass. There are sheets of foam, large and small speckles of lacing and some nice leggy streaks as well.

Smell: The aromas are strong and noticeable even as the cap is removed from the bottle. There’s lots of fruits here, mostly orchard fruits like apple and pears. There’s also a bit of spiciness in the aromas, some coriander and white pepper.

Taste: The flavors blend together so well it is hard to tease the components out, but I’d say that there’s a nice pale malt backbone with some spices like the coriander and pepper in the background. Mingling in with all that are the fruit flavors, again, mostly pear and apple. As the beer warms I’m picking up a flavor that reminds me of the honeydew melon that was part of breakfast today.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied and very smooth and creamy with the active carbonation and head retention. The finish is medium long, begins in the sweetness of the beer (probably from candi sugar), changes as the fruits move on stage and then disappear, leaving a gentle bitterness that also becomes nicely dry at the end.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: If you want two words to describe this beer, think “complex” and “balanced.” I found this one dangerously drinkable in that each sip followed naturally and easily after the one before it and the temptation was to sip too rapidly for the 10% ABV. I certainly would be happy to have another (after the effects of the well concealed alcohol wear off a bit). In addition, I’ll be looking out to have this one again. My overall impression of this beer is that it is a first rate tripel that provides an example of what a tripel should and can be. It well deserves its high rankings.

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

Super carbonated honey pale hazed golden amber with a bright egg shell white head rising thick above the rim of this open faced Bornem chalice...aromatics contain a bit of fusel alcohol with pineapple fruity tropical esters clouding the senses as well. Flavor lets you know the alcohol content upfront as well, a bit boozey and one dimensional semi sweet biscuit malts with spicy herbal Euro hops and spicy bitter yeast notes. Bottled 8/2010 not bad has a little age on it. Again super carbonated version of a tripel I'm used to effervescent CO2 but this is literally hard to take a sip without burping. The bottling condition was a bit out of control from the get go, but as it settles in the glass it becomes much more approachable. Mouthfeel is medium bodied I spoke about the carbonation issues, a linger sweetness overrides each sip as well as a kick of alcohol that doesn't let you forget who you're dealing with one Mad Bitch. Overall impression is that this could be world class tripel if it had more table manners but I don't think De Dolle or the Dulle Teve are ready for that.

De Dolle Dulle Teve (Mad Bitch) from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
92 out of 100 based on 716 ratings.