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

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715 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 715
Reviews: 416
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.36%
Wants: 42
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 BeerNemesis
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

De Dolle Dulle Teve (Mad Bitch) | 330 ml. | 10.0% ABV | 2010

Brewer: Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
Style:Tripel
Glass: Duvel Tulip

Appearance:
Deep and hazy copper, with a substantial, foamy, white head. Lacing is thick, bubble bath thick.

Aroma:
Very earthy. A streak of apple peel shines through.

Taste:
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.

Mouthfeel:
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.

Harmony:
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

Photo of trbergman
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of bskrtz
3.4/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

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

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!

Photo of nas5755
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of drabmuh
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of DPFRD
3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Jeffo
1.68/5  rDev -59.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

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.

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

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

Photo of DovaliHops
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of gatornation
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of argock
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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

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.

Photo of eric5bellies
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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

Photo of WhiteOak
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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

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"

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

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!

Photo of FreshHawk
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A clouded, golden brown honey color. Small, foamy, white head that disappears instantly leaving no lacing behind.

S - Plenty of ripe golden fruit (apple, pear, melon, pineapple, tangerine, some peach and apricot). Some spice and Belgian yeast along with some candi sugar, honey, and a hint of vanilla.

T - Good amount of lighter malt and golden fruit (similar fruit smell to the smell), along with some sugar and vanilla. Mid-sip, more fruit comes out along with a fair amount of spice (clove, coriander, a touch of pepper, and a faint whisper of cinnamon and coriander. A touch of alcohol sneaks in, but it is very well hidden. Well balanced beer. Overall, slightly sweet but balanced.

M - Medium body with medium to low carbonation. Very smooth and creamy beer.

D - Good drinkability. Solid and balanced Tripel. Easy on the palate, but also quite stimulating to it.

Notes: Vintage 2009. Pretty good Trippel, but not necessarily my favorite. Well balanced and a solid offering of the style. Alcohol is well hidden and there is a good mix of flavors. It looks like I may have been unlucky and got a bottle with something wrong with the carbonation (no real head). Still fairly good offering though. Worth a try, but nothing special.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Yellow, straw hues, slightly hazy, gargantuan whipped meringue head, great retention and lacing.

S: Belgian yeast, spices, fruits, slight pleasant sourness.

T: A wonderful beer. I try and always keep a few of these in the cellar, though that's not easy because I like them so much and I can always go buy more. Dulle Teve has a fantastic Belgian yeast character with notes of spices and a light fruity character.

M: Good feel with a slight alcohol note in the finish.

D: If you're in the mood for a tripel, you won't be disappointed. Great beer.

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

Presentation: Poured into a Duvel tulip from a 330ml brown bottle. Cap stated, BOTTLED OCT 2009. First pour of two-thirds the bottle was careful not to pour loose sediment on the bottom of the bottle. I will taste and then swirl to pour balance. I like to taste the difference, if any.

A: Ever so slightly hazy light golden orange. Nice looking white head that hangs around for a good while. Good retention and moderate lacing.
2nd pour created heavy cloudiness, but even haze with no large chunks or floaties.

S: Mild sweetness with some tartness. Apples and some citrus aromas. Some underlying earthy hops.

T&M: Crisp, sweet tartness up front with a smooth feel, but moderate carbonation. Fades with some spiciness and finishes semi-dry with a moderate alcohol feel that is strongest on the finish. Hops are in there throuhout, floral, earthy, with mild bitterness that is well-balanced, especially on the 2nd pour. Medium to full bodied.

Much better balance when the sediment is stirred up. Very cloudy, but VERY GOOD! This almost puts La Fin Du Monde to shame because it is a similar taste with a more hoppy balance. Price makes it slightly prohibitive for a regualar treat. Definitely HIGH QUALITY and worth it for special occassions.

Photo of metter98
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: It poured dark yellow and cloudy into a snifter glass with a huge white head. There's a moderate level of carbonation and a layer of bubbles consistently covered the surface after the head slowly died down.
S: There's an interesting mix of malty, yeasty, fruity and spicy smells in the aroma.
T: The flavor is very complex and well balanced between malt, spices and fruit. The taste becomes sweeter as the beer warms up. The finish is dry and a slight taste of alcohol is perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very bubbly on the palate.
D: This beer needs to be sipped given its alcohol content; however it's not too difficult to drink after it warms up.

Photo of jampics2
2.75/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

11.2oz bottle on the Winking Lizard Beer Tour. Poured into a nice small glass, I poured in 3/4's and then topped off the last bit with the yeast.

Looks great, cloudy and golden. White head that sticks and doesn't flinch for a second during the whole affair.

Sweet candied sugar and Belgian yeast in the nose. Some impressions of orange and pear and some noticeable alcohol.

Falls completely apart in my mouth. It starts nice enough with some light sweet malt and yeasty flavors. Then the alcohol ruins everything. This is a freaking mess. An unbalance hot bomb. A hot mess, very disappointed in how the alcohol takes over.

Mouthfeel is OK, decent lively carb and significant body.

Drinkability is sub-par. This was just too freaking hot. Maybe, just maybe, I'd try a bottle that's at least 3-4 years old. But this beer just doesn't cut it for me, and I love a good tripel.

Photo of chaz01
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this on draught at a special Belgium event at Chappy's in Dayton -- served in a special 6 oz wine-like tasting glass.

A: Dark golden color with a little head that recedes quickly.

S: Fresh fruity aroma

T: Sweet candy tones with malty flavors of dark fruit, plums and raisins. Sweet malty notes with a lemony tartness in the finish.

M: full bodied, light carbonation.

D: Of the 4 Belgium beers I had this night, although all were good, this one stood out the least.

Photo of JordonHoltzman
3/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

well, there is a ton of yeast floating around in here. it must be, because i'm pretty sure i cleaned the glass very well. the head got huge with an unaggressive pour. a cloudy golden color, with a white thick head. the beer's appearance gives off the impression that its still alive. wow i just poured the rest into the glass, these are chunks of yeast in there. i'm not sure if i'm gonna like that. hopefully i dont feel any grittiness, because that'll suck.
when i put my nose to it, i get the aroma of a champagne or wine. grapes and apple, some alcohol aroma.
hmm, this is an age-able beer, and the place i bought it from definitely handles their beer correctly. maybe i just don't like it. the amount of visible yeast is way too much. and i can't really describe the taste too well. sweet and bitter. the beer went from initially being a clear golden color, to a color that is completely cloudy, i can no longer see through it.

considering this beer has a great reputation, and i paid about $5.50 for it, i'm disappointed. i'm gonna take the next 5 minutes considering making it my first drain pour. maybe one day i'll revisit this brew and have a better experience.

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