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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 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.

drtth, Apr 17, 2011
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.

WVbeergeek, Apr 10, 2011
Photo of Nerudamann
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter glass.

Look - amber in color and murky with a ton of off-white colored foam that dissipates slowly.

Smell - fairly hoppy smelling, but not with a distinct hop aroma. Fairly "floral" smelling. A little spicy smelling too.

Taste and Mouthfeel - fairly sweet and hoppy tasting. A bit like a trappist ale. Hop flavor isn't distinct, as it wasn't in the smell. Malts aren't terribly present, but they're there. Texture is fairly light and well-balanced.

Overall - a very good-tasting beer, with good complexity and subtlety.

Nerudamann, Mar 30, 2011
Photo of impending
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl into a tulip. Pours a dull hazy honey, towering dense head, clumpy froth.

Sweet complex delicious aroma, everything you want in a tripel. Superb

Taste not nearly as sweet as the nose hinted. Dry crisp bitter finish proceeds the gracefully exiting aftertaste. Sweet, a phenolic kick, the finish. Truly, the finish defines this brew. Medium bodied mouthfeel.
cheers
jd

impending, Mar 27, 2011
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.43/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy amber with a growing sudsy head.
Nose shows doughy yeast, candi sugar, light fruit (pears, white grapes) and soft phenols. Yeast really dominates here.
The flavours, unfortunately, are completely dominated by hot, solvent-like alcohol. Underneath is more doughy yeast.
Carbonation is way too high.

CrazyDavros, Mar 13, 2011
Photo of HopHead84
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2/27/2011

On tap at Stone.

A: It's the color of apple juice, with a diminutive white head.

S: Bready malt blends with clove-like spicy phenols and notes of apple and pear. A slight sugary character is evident. Some orange and a dash of banana. Spices really come out with warming.

T: Phenols are reminiscent of white pepper and clove. Fruit notes are of orange and apple. Moderately sweet throughout, with a slight Belgian sugar quality. Finish is smooth, fruity, and lightly spicy. Booze provides warming and a little flavor. Very well hidden for 10%.

M: Medium in body with upper low carbonation. Mouthfeel is smooth with alcohol warming.

Overall: A pretty good Tripel. Not a style I find very interesting and this did nothing to sway me.

HopHead84, Feb 28, 2011
Photo of paulozanello
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very nice translucent dark golden color with a very persistent one finger white head. Lots of carbonation coming from the bottom. Great lacing with creamy foam.

Aroma is yeasty with flowers and fruit/citric/sweetness like mango and peach. It has also a doughy smell to it.

taste begins very sweet marmelade and candy-like. Then I get a lot of fruity esters like orange, mango and apricot. Not much bitterness at all.

Mouthfeel is creamy and amazing. Carbonation is high but very smooth.

Great drinkability on this 10 % beer. Alcohol is barely noticeable.
Overall a great and complex triple that relies greatly on the Belgian yeast for it's favor profile. I would definitely heve it again.

paulozanello, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of plfahey
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Medium gold in color, brilliant clarity. ENORMOUS carbonation-even a gentle pour generated a giant, slightly off white, rocky head with good retention and some belgian lace.

Aroma-Smooth, grainy and lightly bready malt character. Light floral hopping. Some light citrus shows through. Yeasty bread dough aroma is almost champagne-like/white wine. Hint of tropical fruit. Very elegant and intriguing.

Flavor-Grainy, bready, with almost a light caramel sweetness-reminds me of belgian candi sugar. Light apple and white grape fruitiness. Yeasty, slightly peppery finish with some alcohol coming through to dry the flavor out. Very dry finish. Low hop bitterness and alcohol linger on into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel-Super carbonated, effervescent. Medium body. Some definite alcohol warmth in the finish.

This is a fantastic tripel-the aroma was killer, and the flavor was quite good. This is a clean, elegant beer, and just kicks ass.

plfahey, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of ILiveOffHops
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle with the cap stamped July 2010. Pours a slightly cloudy, orange-golden color. Holy carbonated! Settles down to a chunky head with great head retention. Nice lacing on the glass as well. That wonderful Belgian clove/ever so slightly-sour/funkiness is nice and strong. Alcohol comes thru just a bit, overall it's very well-hidden. Medium body but a dry crisp finish with a clean bitterness.

A wonderful Belgian Tripel with loads of flavor. Compared to other Tripels, its got great balance. As with everything I've had from De Dolle so far, this tastes like a beer that had a great fermentation.

ILiveOffHops, Feb 18, 2011
Photo of alpinebryant
3.63/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

August 2010 bottle
Pours an over the top of a Bruery tulip massive head of too much carboation. This was entirely overcarbonated, hazy marmelade orange

Smell of overripe oranges, tangerine, coriander, clove, spices ; belgian malt and yeast.

Taste of spicey / yeasty dough like tangerines. Tons of carbonation on the tongue, lots of dough. When I poured this, I said son of a.... because it was entirely too carbonated. Now I know where the name came from...

Overall this is a very tasty brew however it was under attenuated at bottling and could have done a lot better with more age before being bottled.

Like stated earlier, extremely highly carbonated, medium to light mouthfeel. Belgian candied sugar flavors abound

alpinebryant, Feb 15, 2011
Photo of boudreaux
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottled: May 2010

A: pours a deep orangey-amber body with yellow highlights; head is full and white/light yellow, about 2.5 fingers thick; sticky lacing remains along side of glass and the top of the beer; specks of yeast are suspended in the beer

S: huge, heavy aromas; sweet, candied sugar; floral, fruit and citrus notes also here

T: sweet molasses malt up front; washed over by a bitter hop floral taste, which cleanses the tongue for the next sip; a touch of spice is also here, providing a nice bite

M: kinda creamy-thick at first (when the taste is sweet); followed by a lingering bitter on the back end (paired with the bitter hop flavor); almost causes a puckering sensation; full, thick, and sticky; a powerful mask for the warming high-alcohol content.

D: it's a sipping beer; easily could pass a half-hour on one glass

boudreaux, Feb 11, 2011
Photo of alcstradamus
3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very murky golden brown with a mountain of head that nearly oveflows my glass even when pouring carefully.

The aroma is spicy and phenolic. Notes of banana bread and lemon zest.

The flavor is full of sweet malty goodness and spices. Some banana bread and alcohol. Floral hoppiness and nutty earth.

The body is medium light and carbonation is high but appropriate. Im definitely impressed by this beer, the alcohol flavor brings it down though because it is just too prominent for a tripel.

alcstradamus, Feb 10, 2011
Photo of HeyItsChili
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S - Poured from a bottle into a Chimay goblet. Pours a brilliant, opaque orange, sort of apricot orange. A booming white head erupts from the pour and simmers to a white fog.

S - Super sweet candy sugar, light fruits like red apples and ripe pears. Floral hops and malt backing.

T - Light candy sugar dominates the flavor. I think of crystallized honey. Some proud, tumescent malts back up the sweetness, and all the while there's an alcohol bite. Everything is nicely upped by the powerful carbonation.

M - Aggressive carbonation, light bodied. Like you're drinking alka-seltzer foam.

HeyItsChili, Jan 30, 2011
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 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 oglmcdgl
4.68/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at memphis taproom. Awesome! De dolle on draft mission complete.

A- a finger of bright white head that settles rather quickly to leave a few spots of cascading lace and a nice ring around the glass. Hazy straw yellow orange in color.

S- at first spice, dry funk, musty with a good yeasty hit. Then with some good warming a whole other nose comes forth. Lots of ripe juicy fruits and a hint of tartness comes in and really blows the mind.

T- spicy and yeasty up front with a candy sugar sweetness that rolls slowly in a dried fruit and honey hit. The spice is hard to place and its driving me crazy. Bone dry biscuit malts that are just pooping right now. Dries orange peel and corriander.

M- just about medium in body with a carb that fits just right and brings the brew to lovely places in the mouth. Super dry finish.

D- the best trip I've ever had. Hands down. This was worth the wait, so many years of living from bottle to bottle and now this. Big ups to onix1agr for making this all happen.

oglmcdgl, Jan 23, 2011
Photo of aerozeppl
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured with 4 fingers of white head. Excellent head retention and some craters forming in it. The beer is a hazy golden color with some yeast floating in suspension. Quite a bit of visible carbonation as well.

S: The nose is quite nice. Tons of earthy esters. A little bit of orange peel. I do not get an overt sweetness which to me is the mark of a poorly made tripel. A little bit of white pepper. Pears and apples as it warmed up. Great nose.

T: Very nice mix of esters thrown in with just a touch of faded hops in the finish. Lots of over ripe fruit thrown in. Just the slightest hint of the alcohol. More warming no presence of fusel alcohols. The more it warmed up the more the fruit came to the forefront.

M: Light bodied for the style and well carbonated. Very much a champagne like carbonation.

D: On the pricey side but I think I did better than most. I really liked this one quite a bit. If it were cheaper this is something I would buy more often. Great example of the style.

aerozeppl, Jan 21, 2011
Photo of CuriousMonk
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

10% ABV. Beligum Abby Tripel, poured from .33L bottle into a tulip glass at Smith Commons in DC ($14). This Belgium Abby Tripel poured a huge foamy head that seemed forever to subsize and a dark copper appearance. The beer gave off a sweet aroma of beligan yeast, hits of citrus and orange peels. Tasted sweet, reminds me of Delirum Tremens, gave off a big peppery bite to it. Mouthability was medium-bodied and had a nice carbonation with a huge head that lingered throughout. Drinkability was nice smooth, sweet, and a very pleasant concept by De Dolle.

CuriousMonk, Jan 14, 2011
Photo of Bouleboubier
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An outstanding triple from an outstanding brewery.

Pretty dark for a triple - a deep copper - murky, with an Alpine rise of everlasting foam. Absolutely beauteous. The smell introduces strange spice cake and sweet shortening/icing aromas that also stand out bold in the taste. Notable hop or fruity aromas don't stand out but may in fact be delicately woven into or underlying the complex bouquet.

So, yes, the sweetish cake/cookie factor in the smell comes through on the tongue - doesn't take center stage, though - there's also a funky, fruity champagne flavor and big alcohol presence, finishing with light phenol in the back in its also complex taste. This booze level provides some warming and real sting and thins out the mouthfeel, yet it also maintains a notable smoothness and mellow roll, not ending particularly dry.

A lot to appreciate here - grand presentation, an attractive scent, and a confectionery taste. Tone down the degree of ethyl madness and you've got a damn-near perfect triple.

Bouleboubier, Jan 01, 2011
Photo of FosterJM
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

149th review on BA
Bottle to NB Globe
330ml bottle

App- The bottle exploded when the cap was popped. Quickly pouring into the globe got a mountain of foam that stayed and pilled up for a long time. When it settled found a very golden orangy yellow with 3 fingers of foam that created some nice pockets.

Smell- A very common smelling Triple. Had the essential belgian yeast and some citrus. A little bit of spice but smelled very good.

Taste- A darker in terms of bite than I thought from previous reviews. More of a bready yeasty taste but has some peppery spice of white pepper and some herby vegetables.

Mouth- A well done medium body with a carbonation to match. Very equatable feel to say some drawn butter or a nice belgian truffle would melt.

Drink- It took me a while to get one but I am very glad I did. Will have to pass this beer on to some friends.

FosterJM, Dec 31, 2010
Photo of clayrock81
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a translucent reddish orange with a rather too large frothy head that takes forever to die and leaves lace patches. A great aroma of some fruity esters that vary on grape, cherry, plush tropical fruits and a orange/citric twang and maybe pear). Yeast aroma is prevelant as aroma overall is not too boozy and there are some sweet malt and spicy notes in nose as well. A light body with some stickiness yet still flows past the tongue with ease. A beer with a touch of spicy pepper and a little alcohol, there is a somewhat vinous taste of apple, pear, and grapeskin (with possible figs or raisins in the beer). Has a tart edge and is aided by some citric fruit/hop flavors like orange as well as a strong carbonation that prickles the tongue. A sturdy malt base in the backbone of the beer provides balance as some caramel and bread malt peek out. The beer finishes sharp and spicy due to flavorings and carbonation and is just a well-made beer that anyone should sip on.

clayrock81, Dec 27, 2010
Photo of erosier
3.43/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

L: Pours a thick and unfiltered golden yellow color with a thick and huge white colored head that laces the glass a lot as it fades very slowly down the sides.
S: Smells of sweet malts, big citrus aromas mixed with alcohol and yeast aromas.
T: Tastes of sweet malts followed by a lot of different yeast flavors of orange, lemon, banana, herbs and spices, and a slight alcohol flavoring as well.
M: Heavy feeling and tasting, perfect amount of carbonation, warming, rich.
D: Pretty drinkable since it has such a high abv, the mix of flavors was nice and fruity.

erosier, Dec 26, 2010
Photo of StJamesGate
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark clear amber with mountains of white froth that settles to a stiff rocky pana thick head that's just not moving. Nose is wax, lemon peel, candied pears and fresh vegetal note like celery or green apple skin. Burnt sugar up front with a bit of tangerine or cantaloupe, some mashed bananas in the middle and a bit of bubble gum, and coriander, ginger and some (American?) citrus hops at the end. Earthy hop finish, stinging leave. Medium, chewy, prickly, and fairly hot.

It's big, and takes a few sips to get your head around. Obviously not shy or subtle at 10%, but within that craft assertiveness/individuality, still keeps complexity. Spice is the key note early but fruit opens as it warms. There's a notable absence of phenol.

Bold, different, quality tripel.

StJamesGate, Dec 25, 2010
Photo of ElijahCSkuggs
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mad Bitch, huh? Sounds good to me. 'Triple your bitchiness with *glug glug* De Dolle Dulle Teve!'

Hit up Julio's Liquors and came away with this bitch.

Bitch.

Slightly foggy honey/caramel/gold color sporting a thick white head that keeps great retention and a sticky lacing. Just don't pour it the same way you pour La Fin Du Monde....trust me on that one.

Smell is sweet, citrusy, floral and vibrant as a bitch in heat.

Taste is sweet as well. With notes of citrus and some hops. Medium bodied, creamy then crisp, and it's not doing a very good job at hiding it's booze.

This bitch isn't that mad actually. It's quite warming, tasty and a damn fine bitch of a beer. The Slutty Bitch is much more fitting as you'll be wanting to give this bitch another whirl. Fo' sho.

ElijahCSkuggs, Dec 15, 2010
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

De Dolle Dulle Teve after a very careful pour looks a rich gold, slightly hazed with a ton of carbonation and a huge head and lace. Aroma of belgian yeast, cotton candy, a whiff of floral hop. In the taste, fruity esters, spicy hops, alcohol and white grapes. Mouthfeel is light bodied and highly carbonated, semi dry. Decent drinkability, and a solid tripel. Given it's strength, this would be an ideal nite cap.

Stinkypuss, Dec 13, 2010
De Dolle Dulle Teve (Mad Bitch) from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
93 out of 100 based on 703 ratings.