De Dolle Dulle Teve (Mad Bitch) - Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
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4.22/5 rDev +1.7%
Reviewed from my notes. Served in a tulip glass at the Lion's Pride.
A: Opaque golden yellow liquid with a thin white foam head. Patchy lacing.
S: Slight musty yeast aroma. A bit of hops. All around subtle, but appealing, aroma.
T: Lemongrass malty flavor. Not too sweet. Not as much pepper as a lot of triples. Possibly drier than others as well. I like it a lot.
M: Full bodied with medium carbonation. Not a lot of coating--what is there is a bit sweet. Not as light or bubbly as a lot of other Triples I've had.
D: Very easy drinking. No aspect is too extreme. I want to go find myself some bottles of this to have on hand. If the draft list here at the Lion's Pride wasn't so impressive and full of beers I want to try, I would order myself a second glass.
11-10-2010 16:09:34 | More by ToasterChef
3.83/5 rDev -7.7%
Poured from the bottle into a tulip at tBruges Beertje in Bruges.
A: A dark reddish orange. Slightly cloudy. Awesome looking beer. 2.5 fingers of offwhite head with good retention.
S: Deep citrusy and slight strawberry fruit character. Slightly tangy smelling with a light malt aroma.
T: Strong and yeasty. Citrus is most noticeable. Bitter and hoppy surprisingly. Grapefruit. Seems to be more along the lines of an American red with some spices. Cool.
M: Very carbonated.
D: Don't need more than one but good.
11-05-2010 05:15:48 | More by BucBasil
4.78/5 rDev +15.2%
A-Pours a rusty orange/amber with big chunks of yeast.
S-Light fruity esters,white grapes,earthy, yeasty goodness.
T/M-The first thing that strikes me about this is that it's exceptionally creamy for a tripel, a characteristic not usually attributable to tripels. Vinous and lush, with a touch of white pepper in the finish.
D-Another phenomenal beer from De Dolle.
10-15-2010 22:02:04 | More by DaveHS
1.88/5 rDev -54.7%
Sour funky, hops, and somewhat sweet. It smells like a wine or something which is a nice way of saying this isn't pleasant.
Golden honey straw colored. This is a touch on the darker side than most of this style but we are only talking a hue or so. Crazy carbonation, and long lasting 2 finger head.
Alcohol is pretty dominate in this. A lot of hops. A lot of Belgium yeast. The malt is clean and sweet.
Very dry and crazy carbonated. It also doesn't hide the 10% at all. The beer would be drinkable (very) without the alcohol kick. The mouth is too carbonated but this isn't bad there.
I really don't what else to say. It's somewhat sour, bitter, and has enough malt to somewhat tame this. It isn't bad. It isn't good. I have to say I've had better Triplels and I am not a huge fan of them to start with.
10-09-2010 21:30:27 | More by bobhits
4.53/5 rDev +9.2%
This was one of the best triples i have ever had. What a great beer!
Bought this one at the Hopduvel in Gent. Poured in my Struise glass the beer shows itself with an enourmous head, I have never seen that much carbonation and bigness of the head. Simply wonderfull.
Great smell with citrus and orange and a lovely taste.
This is the best bitch i have ever encountered!
10-08-2010 21:29:04 | More by Brabander
4.45/5 rDev +7.2%
A - A careful pour yields a huge, three finger head of white foam on top of a hazy, deep golden body. The rocky head settles slowly and leaves nice, thick lace in its wake.
S - Spicy yeast in the aroma with lots of clove, coriander and even a hint of rubber. Some bready malt in the background and little else.
T - Bready malt up front with lots of spicy yeast notes. Black pepper, clove, and mango blend nicely with a light note of earthy hops. The fruity mango notes intensify and the clove becomes more peppery towards the finish. Moderate bitterness and some spicy hops help to balance out the intense yeast character as smooth malt holds things up in the background.
M - Medium-thick body, high carbonation, and a dry finish.
D - This is an interesting beer, the yeast character is quite dominant with malt and hops playing small, but vital roles in the overall experience. The aroma is extremely phenolic with some clove, but mostly it is a series of more unusual pepper and spice notes as well as a slightly unpleasant rubbery tinge at the end. The flavor is equally spicy, but with some fruit the lends balance and makes things more interesting. The dominant yeast characteristics here are pepper and mango, which is an oddly excellent combination. It even works beautifully with the flavor of the alcohol as the slight solvent notes of warm fermentation echo the turpentine tang of pepper and mango. Due to the powerful yeast characteristics, the malt is not as noticeable as it is in some examples of the style, but it does help to provide a smooth, bready background for the yeast and hops to act out their roles. Overall this is what I would expect from De Dolle; it is interesting, complex, slightly flawed, and utterly unique. The aroma could be better, but the amazing flavor characteristics more than make up for it, this is a beer that any Belgian ale lover must try.
10-08-2010 06:48:17 | More by nickfl
3.95/5 rDev -4.8%
11.2 ounce bottle picked up at Capone's.
Pours.a light rusty tan win a two fiber white head and some spotty lacing as it goes down. Nose brings forth caramel, toffee, candied sugar, apple, and some figs. Taste brings it all together quite well and adds in a bit of an alcohol bite. Feel is a bit light all things considered. Drinks nicely and is very well done.
Amyliz4 gives it an A.
10-07-2010 00:09:01 | More by Thorpe429
3.8/5 rDev -8.4%
De Dolle Dulle Teve (Mad Bitch) | 330 ml. | 10.0% ABV | 2010
Brewer: Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
Glass: Duvel Tulip
Deep and hazy copper, with a substantial, foamy, white head. Lacing is thick, bubble bath thick.
Very earthy. A streak of apple peel shines through.
Honey and estery alcohol barge ahead of everything else. The alcohol is really a kick in the mouth that lasts well into the aftertaste. Cinnamon and black pepper are in the background, as well as some tough-to-identify fruitiness... drenched in alcohol.
Heavy. It barrels into your mouth like a tractor-trailer, showering sparks of carbonation in all directions as it goes. The carbonation is lively and well need.
Very potent to the detriment of some flavor development. A sipping Tripel for sure.
Would I get it again?:
Maybe, its strength is also its weakness. However, there is something to be said for a brew with so much kick.
Bottled: Jul. 2010
Served: Sept. 30, 2010
Price = $3.50 at Witherspoon Wines
09-29-2010 22:03:23 | More by BeerNemesis
4.3/5 rDev +3.6%
330mL bottle poured into a tulip.
A - Translucent gold with an initially towering, fluffy head that falls to about a quarter inch.
S - Slightly musty fruit aromas - green apple, pear, apricot - some fennel, white pepper. Floral hop aroma.
T - Sweeter fruit than I'd supposed from the smell, together with a taste of orange blossom honey. Hop flavors are of leaves and cut grass, and bitterness is moderately high. Given the beer's high gravity, a prickle of alcohol is unsurprising, and not unwelcome. Nice progression from a fruity beginning through a satiating, dry finish.
M - Medium body with an explosive, creamy carbonation.
D - One of the better examples I've tasted of the style, although I prefer the balance of Westmalle or Karmeliet. The alcohol is a tad high, but if I'm in the mood for a sturdier tripel, Dulle Teve ranks up there with Allagash Curieux. Recommended.
09-09-2010 02:12:59 | More by trbergman
3.4/5 rDev -18.1%
11.2 ounce bottle Served very cold, poued into wide glass beer challis
A) Yikes -- tons of sediment/floaties. These remain active for a few minutes, circulating through out the glass. Hazy brass or or dull gold when held to the light. Long lasting ample 1 inch white head
S) Spicy, sweet malts. A waft of alcohol, this is clearly strong stuff. Cider, citrus & ginger spice
T)Notes of apple, pear, brown sugar & sweet malt. After a moment, a burn that warms the throat all the way down.
M) Lively carbonation, smooth but strong. Refreshing.
09-07-2010 00:05:57 | More by bskrtz
4.55/5 rDev +9.6%
I won this bottle in a raffle when I attended the GALS (Georgia Ale & Lager Sirens) meeting at the Brick Store Pub in Decatur. It pours a hazy, nearly opaque honey golden with a fairly thick white head. (Be careful when opening, though - the sample I got fizzed like champagne!) Strong, inviting aroma is fruity and a little malty, as well as subtly sweet. Rich flavor is mainly fruity, mostly apple with hints of banana and pear. There are also malty and hoppy undertones and a little bitterness. Texture is smooth as soymilk and has a good fizz to it. Definitely worth looking for, but as I said, open with caution!
08-30-2010 01:53:22 | More by Cyberkedi
3.68/5 rDev -11.3%
A bottled in Oct 2009
Poured in a Duvel tulip, massive head nice golden color a little/barely cloudy and a few yeast sediments(still a good sip left with the dregs in the bottle). The smell is spicy and yeasty. The taste very spicy, lots of clean smooth malt, subdued apple. The mouthfeel is good, clean and slightly hot. A fairly drinkable beer, I could have another easily.
08-03-2010 01:19:39 | More by nas5755
4.2/5 rDev +1.2%
Shared by Azurelimits at a small tasting recently. Thanks Peter! There was some discussion about the vintage since it was in a 750ml capped and corked bottle and the words "Mad Bitch" were on the front of the label. I'll just go with what Peter said because I have no additional information, this was circa 2002 bottle.
Beer poured from a bottle into an oversized flute. Beer is yellow and clear and forms a big head of medium consistent bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass. Carbonation is quite nice and steady. Looks good.
The aroma is simple. Not as bready as I was expecting. Mostly sweet with some apply notes, since it was so old I was almost expecting some sulfur notes but there were none, it was a green bottle.
Beer is medium to light in body. Heavily carbonated in the mouth and finishes well. Mostly sweet up front, again minimal breadiness and yeast character. Its really easy drinking (especially for 10%). The alcohol is hidden well. The forward feel is all pilsner malt, tastes like a brand new beer really. Some fruitiness from the esters in the midpalate and almost no bitterness at the back of the mouth. It is perhaps a little too carbonated in the mouth but nothing is perfect. I would definitely have it again.
08-01-2010 15:47:29 | More by drabmuh
3.53/5 rDev -14.9%
A- poured golden in color, turbid with yeast and carbonation. Incredibly heady, but it dispatched leaving no veil.
S- Spicy and malty with a trace of green apple. Just by the smell I could tell it would be a taste dominated by alcohol.
T- Spicy and boozy... little bit of malt up front, alcohol just cuts through everything. Once warm some of the green apple comes through. After taste is dominated by alcohol and a little bitterness.
M- Carbonation, quite hot in the mouth, but rather thin.
D- It was decent. It's Belgian, so I had my bar set high. There was nothing wrong with it, but being a tripel, I just do not think it's remarkable for that style. It is a good beer, and was a fine drink; however, I do not ever seeing myself seeking one of these out, especially if there are other tripels around. I would order it if there weren't much else, but if an establishment has this, then they'll at least have Chimay and their tripel is superior.
07-30-2010 05:30:39 | More by DPFRD
1.68/5 rDev -59.5%
Got this at Dranken Geers in Gent.
From a bottle into a tulip.
APPEARANCE: A very careful two part pour still produces a huge four finger, fluffy white, relentless head. Golden yellow in color and lots of carbonation evident. Head eventually fades to a thick foam cap that remains the whole way, leaving lots of chunky lacing. Looks decent, but the head is just out of control.
SMELL: A cross between a triple and a strong pale ale. Pale and toasted malts, green fruits, apples and pears, as well as lots of spicy notes. Pretty interesting.
TASTE: Just too hot. Some sweet and pale malts up front, but that's soon washed away by an onslaught of spicy booze. A slightly bitter aftertaste is mild and gone, but the spicy booze dominates the finish on this one. Lots of alcohol presence in this one; just too hot.
PALATE: Thin and airy. Out-of-control carbonation dominates. When the airy carbonation is combined with the overwhelming alcohol presence, the brew burns badly on the way down, scraping your throat the whole way. Not enjoyable. Give you the burps as well.
OVERALL: Not impressed. Far too carbonated, alcoholic, and completely out of control. The bad alcohol burn and thin, airy body made this one a total chore to drink. The brew calmed down a little after about an hour in my glass, but there are too many better, smoother triples out there to worry about this one again. Pass.
07-20-2010 08:21:37 | More by Jeffo
4.4/5 rDev +6%
33 cl Bottle poured in a triple karmeliet glass ,
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.
one of the best triple's i had
07-17-2010 08:55:19 | More by beerpirates
4.3/5 rDev +3.6%
This one is over a year old, and oh my! it is a gusher! Just gushes out with a huge, sediment-filled body! This beer has the most sediment I've ever had in a beer. The taste is AMAZING! So damn sweet with fruits and malts that I've never had in a Triple before. This is by far the best Triple I've ever had. First time reviewing it....but will buy this every time I see it. Amazing beer with a mouthfeel that could never be duplicated. Why is there so much sediment though? Great drinkability!
07-12-2010 07:43:40 | More by DovaliHops
4.2/5 rDev +1.2%
pours a hugh hazy 3 finger head that has a white slowly receding billowing head then a nice off amber color is revealed..the smell is fruits ,dark fruits,and some candied malts,spicy yeast follows with a malt slight toffee smell..the taste is plum and melon with spice and belgian yeast it finishes slightly sweet with malts and toffee on the palate..the mouth feel is full it fill the mouth with the above mentioned flavors..drinkability is a slow savor of this brew let it warm and taste the nuances it will reveal..its a great tripel that will hit you when done @ 10%..its great
06-18-2010 22:44:53 | More by gatornation
4.47/5 rDev +7.7%
Poured from 11.2oz brown bottle into a Chimay goblet. No freshness date, purchased August 2009 at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $5.49.
A: Major gusher. What makes it into the glass is a murky peach with tall, 2-3 finger, off-white big-bubbled head with good retention and craggy lacing.
S: An interesting mix of pears, melons, and apple fruit flavors coated with brown sugar and finished with fruity yeast and alcohol esters
T: The flavor is exceptional with apple and pear followed by pepper and coriander and washed over with brown sugar and melon. The spicy yeast provides another element and the alcoholic finish really wraps up this very nice tripel.
M: Smooth and delicate, light-medium body, with active but appropriate carbonation and a nutty, yeasty, alcoholic aftertaste.
D: A very nice beer to review for #900. A wonderful blitz of interesting sweet malt and light fruit flavors coupled with spice and a warming alcohol presence. I will be revisiting this one again if I can find it in 750s.
06-17-2010 02:10:41 | More by argock
4.5/5 rDev +8.4%
Pours a cloudy beige with an ample head that lasts and lasts. Ample lacing on the glass.
Smells really malty, and some tropical fruits.
A malty style of a triple, but sweet up front, some fruit in the middle, with a dry bitterness at the end.
Medium body and good carbonation give this a creamy mouthfeel.
A really nice version of a tripel, more malty than most, not to fruity nor too sweet, it is just right.
06-09-2010 03:47:56 | More by Beerenauslese
4.33/5 rDev +4.3%
Drank from my Westmalle Chalice
A - Poursa cloudy honey colour with a large bubbled white head that dies quickly.
S - Aromas of pineapple, tangerine and peach, that are quite abundant.
T - Nicely balanced spice and citru fruits that are zesty. Plenty of malty flavours follwed by a nice boozey finish.
M - Light to medium body with well balanced carbonation.
D - This is a classic Belgian beer that no other country can emulate. It encaptulates everything great about Belgian beers and why they are the best.
06-05-2010 15:15:31 | More by eric5bellies
4.25/5 rDev +2.4%
330ml 11.2 Oz. bottle. Poured into a Duvel Tulip.
Appearance: This bottle gushed, but nice orange yellow, a fait bit of yeasty sediment. The head initially rivals Duvel, beautiful and dense; however, it dissipates faster than Duvel. Very nice lacing.
Smell: Ok, a lot going on here with this one, sweetness comes through, maybe some citrus too, maybe a whiff of alcohol.
Taste: Very interesting tripel, sweet honey at the open, then soft & lingering hop bitterness at the end, way to exercise the taste buds. Well crafted and unique tripel, the alcohol becomes more apparent with the finish.
Mouth feel: Nicely carbonated, bitterness lingers (not in a bad way).
Drinkability: Good very drinkable, but you may want to switch it up after two of these.
De Dolle has it going on, 3 for 3 so far with me, very good and unique take on traditional Belgian styles.
05-30-2010 01:42:41 | More by BobZ
3.5/5 rDev -15.7%
A- Pours a brownish-yellow color with copious, sticky lace. Even with careful pouring, large amounts of sediment particles make their way into the glass.
S- Strong aroma of 20 year tawny Port, Sauternes, sweet white dessert wine, golden raisins, dried light fruits, licorice.
T- Tawny port, Sauternes, apricots, honey.
M, D- A touch of sticky-sweet viscosity followed by a hot ethanol finish might tend to moderate the drinkability a bit.
Note: I have opened many a gusher, but even with careful handling coming straight off the storage rack, this beer simply exploded unexpectedly upon opening, soaking my entire left side, part of the kitchen and two friends standing nearby. The spray shot outward for 3-4 feet in all directions, leaving only about 4-5 ounces to drink -- the rest on the floor or in the laundry. Mad Bitch indeed.
05-17-2010 20:07:33 | More by WhiteOak
4.43/5 rDev +6.7%
Received this beer in trade for some development work for a beer store in Belgium.
Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams standard USA beer glass.
Nice white head on top. There is a deceptive color to this beer as it pours darker than it seemed in the bottle which is a pleasant surprise. Its a few degrees darker than a straw color.
Nose is classic Belgian. It reminds me of the nose of a St Bernardus Abt 12. In fact, its so close I would even say its the same yeast. I am loving it before I even take a sip.
Taste is also close to the St Bernardus. Its definitely the same yeast strain. Its a little sweet but it has so many ripe pale fruit esthers. I get pear, golden apple with a bit of vanilla. Its a great mix but just a bit sweet. It is still very smooth with a semi dry finish. It is almost an ABT 12 light if you can imagine that. Almost no alcohol kick even with its lightness and 10% ABV.
Definitely a winner. I will quote Jason Alstrom, who says about this beer, "Slap!", yes ma'am may I have another"
05-13-2010 02:26:26 | More by elvisnj
4.53/5 rDev +9.2%
Poured from the 11.2 oz. bottle that I bought last night (May 1st) at Winking Lizard for $7.50 into the clean, clear pint glass that I was given but a tulip glass would have been more appropriate.
A Huge, meringue like head over a translucent, yellow orange body with lots of sediment floating about. This, of course, is the belgian yeast from the bottle fermentation. Really cool look from my favorite style. 5.0
S Nice fruitty and alcohol aroma that makes this style my favorite. I love the interplay of the sweet with the "heat" of the alcohol. The smell is at least true to style and is even a bit better than most. It is interesting, inviting. 4.5
T Classic sweet goodness of an authentic Belgian Tripel with the Belgian yeast, candi sugars and the right amount of heat from the alcohol. Really, really good. 4.5
M Big, syrupy sweet and the rather elevated ABV contributes to a "big" feel. 4.5
D Rating within the style here...it does not usually make for a highly drinkable beer with such big tastes and sweetness. I savored every drop! 4.5
Notes: Really glad that I finally got to try this one! Bravo!
05-03-2010 02:14:26 | More by adamette
De Dolle Dulle Teve (Mad Bitch) from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
92 out of 100 based on 672 ratings.