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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
92
outstanding

689 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 689
Reviews: 415
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.36%
Wants: 38
Gots: 40 | 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 CHADMC3
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The hazy orange to copper body lies buried beneath the abundant off white head that absolutely erupts from this beer upon the pour. As it dissolves, there remains a rocky center and traditional lacing around the glass throughout the beer. The head on this bitch is really impressive.

The aroma leaps from the glass consisting of candied sugar, yeast, sweet malt, and even sour fruit. This bitch smells great!

The palate is a bit more malt based with the candied sugar and fruits in the background. In addition, I am finding a bit of pepper and clove as the beer warms.

This is a medium bodied tripel with generous carbonation and is a bit drying as well.

This is a really good beer, with an entertaining name. It is reminding me how much I need to return to this style. The character of this beer is just as entertaining as the name!

CHADMC3, Mar 15, 2010
Photo of John_M
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Max's today.

The bitch pours a golden peach color with very good head retention and lots of sticky lacing all around. The nose on this beer is fantastic... I get orange citrus, kumquat, light licorise, some dank green tobaacco and a boatload of spice. Flavors replicate the nose, but this is easily one of the most complex beers I've ever tasted. The beer has an incredible array of honey and tropical fruit flavors, but the finish is almost completely dry, with some significant bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a protracted, drawn out bitter finish. For all the spice and tropical fruit, this beer is incredibly drinkable. Mmmm.... so good.

There are better Belgian trippels out there I suppose.... but they are very few and far between.

John_M, Feb 26, 2010
Photo of fairdinkum2
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have to admit that the only reason I tried this beer was because I was sitting next to my lovely wife in a beer pub. So what do they share in common, apart from the description?

They both have blonde heads, they're both spicey and neither is what you might expect in the style.

Beautiful golden color, poured from a 330 ml bottle. Not much head (no more wife analogies, OK?) Not the sort of Tripel you might expect either. Pretty well carbonated, but certainly not unpleasant.

Pepper and spice, but not the citrus one might expect, Actually some banana. Sweetness on the middle palate. Well balanced.

Lovely

fairdinkum2, Feb 20, 2010
Photo of WesWes
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a cloudy gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is outstanding! Wow, what a fruity aroma. The yeast character is second to none. The malt bill is primarily pale malts. It's tart almost cider-like with a nice earthy dryness. The taste is good. It has a warm, pale malt flavor with a light bitterness and a dry, earthy yeast finish. The yeast fruitiness is less aggressive in the taste. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a damn good tripel. I love the simple malt bill with loads of yeast character. What a treat.

WesWes, Feb 13, 2010
Photo of JayQue
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one is a winner!! Pours a murky, muddy light brown/orangy color with a big white head fueled by a ton of delicate bubbles. A little dark sediment as well.

Smell is inviting. Pears, pepper and other spices and Belgian yeast.

Taste is really great. This one is the whole package. Belgian candi sugar, yeasty, pears and sour apple. A hint of alcohol is present to warm things up. There is a slightly sour taste mixed in there as well.

Mouthfeel is light from the carbonation yet rich and smooth.

Drinkability is very good. Despite the 10% abv, the beer appears both light and complex at the same time. I could drink a lot of this before realizing the error of my ways.

JayQue, Feb 02, 2010
Photo of flagmantho
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 330mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: poured a thick, hazy light-golden color, quite reminiscent of pear juice, with a colossal white head. I am sooo ready for this.

Smell: bright apple and pear aromas with hints of citrus woven in. Under this is a light bready aroma which is very enticing.

Taste: delicious, ripe tree fruit and bright, sweet, refreshing malt. Just awesome. This is exactly what I'm seeking in a tripel.

Mouthfeel: the definition of bottle-conditioned creamy texture. More, please.

Drinkability: excessively drinkable. It's bright without being tart, and the pear and apple flavors complement the malt very well. This is just a super fresh and yummy beer.

My only problem with this beer is that its positively mammoth head was so damn persistent that it made it difficult to drink. Looked great, though.

flagmantho, Jan 30, 2010
Photo of dondeez21
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 11.2oz bottle. Age was unknown but I dont think it was fresh.
A: A dark orange beer poured with a thick foamy head, that was easily 2-3" thick. Heavy carbonation with lots of yeast floaties around.
S: the smell of alcohol and yeast mostly caught my attention.
T: Was sweet at first followed by yeast with a very faint alcohol burn. Hints of sugar and dried fruits.
M: The mouthfeel was very bubbly due to the heavy carbonation. Overall I woul;d say this was a lighter body beer.
D: Very easy for a 10% beer. This beer went down very smooth

dondeez21, Jan 23, 2010
Photo of Halcyondays
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

11.2 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a cloudy orange with a lot of floaties, big head with great retention. Bit of a gusher as a few of De Dolle's beers have been.

S: Cider apples, Belgian yeast, some booze.

T: Green and yellow apples and some pear predominate. Some white pepper and direct bready yeast. Ethanol is noticable, but works well with the other flavours and is to style. Some light spice in there.

M: Smooth, robust, some solvent alcohol character, not over carbonated which was nice.

D: A very good tripel, quite flavourful. A sipper for me, a beer to relax with at the end of the meal.

Halcyondays, Jan 20, 2010
Photo of 220emaple
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This mad bitch poured quite the heavy head. The second I opened the bottle it started to foam out (after sitting for 3 hours). Great retention as well in my Duvel tulip--with an aroma similar, just similar, to a green apple. Taste is very strong and crisp with fruity flavors and tons of carbonation. Also packs a punch at 10%...Brewery De Dolle is a beast---enjoy!

220emaple, Jan 17, 2010
Photo of jrallen34
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I drank this from a 12oz bottle into my Rochefort chalice.

This bitch pours a dark gold with a hint of orange. There is crazy carbonation with at least five fingers of off white head, that is is very pillowy. The retention is good staying several minutes with great retention.

The aroma is on the lighter side with a little floral arrangement and a a hint of dry white wine with grass, a sauvingon blanc?

The taste is light and very smooth to drink, total session beerish. The flavor is light flowers and grass from start to finish.

The feel is nice and lasting, incredible drinkability.

This is an awesomely easy to drink tripel, especially at 10%. My only complaint is that the flavor is a light, wish there were some bold flavors that would make this world class.

jrallen34, Jan 17, 2010
Photo of animal69
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- opens with quite a pop, pours a cloudy, kinda chunky med. gold color with an immense white head which not filled the remainder of my 16oz snifter but expanded about 1&1/2 inches above the rim before cascading onto my comp. desk, lacing is excellent as i expected

S- smell is of spiced caramel apple cider, some fresh baked bready aromas come out more as it warms varying from white to whole grain nut to a sweet honey raison danish made with clove, just a trace of estery alcohol

T- taste is also fruity w/ a crisp sour green apple initial flavor being followed closely by a big cereal grain malt that has been kilned a bit longer, a def. clovey spice, caramel, nut and raisony dark fruit w/ very subtle anise in the mix at different times, just a hint of bittering hops and bozzy hotness linger in the back of the mouth in the finish

M- a full body that appears lighter thanks to ample carbonation and a fairly dry body

D- a very drinkable beer given the 10% ABV, so complex you have to have more than 11.2 oz, i suggest a bomber... split in two however

animal69, Jan 07, 2010
Photo of DrinkingAleToday
4.88/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Slightly hazy golden orange hue with a dense meringue like head that takes up 2/3 of the glass, small amount of sediment.

S: A nice mix of spice and fruit blends well with the alcohol. Hints of apple, pear, melon, clove, orange, some pepper, and a slight mustiness that is quite enjoyable.

T: Lots of spice in the form of clove and pepper matched by the fruity esters. Hop bitterness comes in and interacts with, but does not over power the delicate malt sweetness. Taste of delicate fruit and honey. Slight mustiness in the finish.

M: Smooth and creamy but light and refreshing.

D: Quite possibly the best triple I have ever had, a new favorite of mine that will have to be revisited soon.

DrinkingAleToday, Jan 04, 2010
Photo of AgentZero
3.35/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Clear amber color with orange coming through. Big head with chunky lacing at the top.

S - Nice yeast, a lot of dark fruits in this, I get a significant amount of figs, raisins, etc. A little hoppy in a good way.

T - Sweet and fruity. The figs come through exceptionally strong, it's a little too sweet and fruity for me. It overpowers the yeast, which I feel is a bit lost in this one. Not bad, but not great.

M - Nice and syrupy, but with carbonation to give it a nice kick.

D - Too sweet, fruity, and strong for me to do a whole lot of this.

AgentZero, Jan 03, 2010
Photo of illidurit
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. First DD beer I've had that hasn't spewed foam all over the place. Not really the most attractive shade of brownish-orange, but the head on it is great. Classic tripel nose of apples and pears, with orange oil, pepper, clove, and grass. Very pleasant-smelling. Flavor is also very smooth and full, with zero alcohol presence to hinder the enjoyment. Estery up front with pears and candied orange, then a nice caramel/toffee character that takes over until the finish, which is grassy with a modest but welcome bitterness. The body is sublime on this one, perfection. The only complaint here is that it is over-carbonated. A few swirls around the glass immediately reconstitute a nice head while simultaneously getting rid of the excess bubbles. In terms of flavor and aroma this is basically the quintessential tripel. Great beer.

illidurit, Jan 02, 2010
Photo of morimech
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Careful not to disturb the yeast at the bottom of the 330ml bottle, yields a hazy golden color with a large white head that had good retention. The head eventually settles to a thick cap. Not much lacing is left on the glass. The aroma is different for a tripel. It has a distinct mead-like aroma. But this beer also has strong spice notes. No alcohol is detected. Has a complex flavor. Hints of honey, cloves, pepper, and faint fruit notes. Sweetness is moderate to high. Alcohol flavor is kept to a minimum but the warmth is there. I was expecting more booze flavor considering the 10% ABV but was pleasantly surprised. The body is a bit on the light side but it is nicely carbonated. Overall it does not hamper the flavor. Considering the high ABV, it goes done very easy, dangerously easy. Glad I only had the one bottle.

morimech, Dec 15, 2009
Photo of GRG1313
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear orange amber with medium to heavy particulate throughout with a thick, firm white head with full big lacing.

Nose of lemon merangue pie, lemon crème, rich sweet lemon citrus character with undertones of light malt.

Mouthfeel is creamy, full, rich and bold.

Flavors are aggressive bright, bold and assertive initially sweet banana with peach/compote malt-fruit with an amazing integration and balance of grapefruit hop flavor and character.

Finish is sweet malt to grapefruit skin bitter.

This beer is great with food but big and complex enough and with enouch richness to be a sipper. This one is a delightful surprise of a truly delicious beer. The balance is fantastic but with huge flavors, layers and character. This is my kind of beer - an "extreme tasting traditional."

GRG1313, Dec 05, 2009
Photo of slaintemhor
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Portland Int'l. Beer Fest (2009). The colour was straw-golden with no head. The aroma was that of granulated sugar and spice. On the palate, more sugar, some caramel and spice and a hint of floral character which came through on the finish, primarily.

slaintemhor, Dec 01, 2009
Photo of theboozecruise
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle into a Chimay goblet... typical cloudy amber color with a ridiculous creamy frothy head. One of the biggest heads I've seen on a beer, especially in a goblet.

Smells like sweet floral spices.. a hint of citrus, definitely some hops. Just like you want from a Belgian tripel.

The taste is more of the same, plus a hint of sweet caramel in there. Floral on the end of the sip, spicy and delicious.

A top notch tripel, but not my all-time favorite.

theboozecruise, Nov 22, 2009
Photo of dasenebler
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours an active, hazy amber. Head is mountainous and epic. Big, clumpy lacing.

Aroma is huge and vinous. Fruity, while also reminiscent of champagne. Banana, orange peel.

Flavor is excellent, if a little hot. Lots of sweet, banana-like flavors, coupled with a yeasty, apple-like character. Pretty deep profile, but the alcohol is present. Dry aftertaste, with some serious warming effects. Mouthfeel is huge and velvety. Carbonation is champagne-like.

At ten percent, this is a warming, but delicious Tripel. Not as dry as I would have expected, but nevertheless an outstanding beer.

dasenebler, Nov 12, 2009
Photo of mhatters
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at Monks in a tulip glass

Pours a hazy light golden color with a huge white billowy head.

Nose is sweet and fruity, seems lighter than in the bottle. More citrus, same great spicy notes

Sweet - is this the same beer in the bottle? Spicy, citrus, fruity, delicious. Crisp finish. Great

Medium body, well carbonated, a brilliant feel.

Easy drinking, sweet, but not too sweet. Alcohol is hidden, I could stick this all day

mhatters, Oct 18, 2009
Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Served in a St. Bernardus Trappist chalice. Took the bartender a bit of time to perfect and tame the pillowey head on this beautiful ale. Complexity at every turn, no one flavor stands out as the balance of fruit and spices in this tripel are masterful. Complexity actually increases even further as this beer warms toward optimal temperature. Had to drink this one to figure out where the name is derived...your date will be a "mad bitch" if you only buy her one of these delicious treats.

KickbacksSteve, Sep 23, 2009
Photo of bobsy
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light, hazy orange body with a finger of white head that exhibited good retention and put down some nice lace. Sweet, floral and honey aromas drift upwards, and combine with a zingy pepperiness, which provides more interest. Sweet, grainy flavour, with light tropical fruits, honey and floral hopping. Peppery spicing brings a bit of heat. The alcohol shows a little bit more than I'm used to in a tripel, but in hindsight, most of the tripels I've come across have been in the 8% - 9% range, and not the 10% of this bottle. This contributes a great warming feel to the body and seems to bulk it up beyond medium. The moderate carbonation is effective at relieving the sweetness of the flavour.

Not my favourite tripel due to the more obvious alcohol, but certainly a worthy example. Recommended to try, but I'd probably reach for a St. Bernardus instead.

bobsy, Sep 14, 2009
Photo of augustgarage
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 330mL bottle into my Troubadour tulip glass.

Satin sheen gold body with violent rivulets of carbonation rising to sustain the rocky ivory head. Pours with a mix of thick ropes and tiny flakes of yeast circumnavigating the glass...eventually these dissolve creating a very murky appearance. Great legs and lacing.

Aroma is fruity and spicy at once - a mix of banana, yeasty bread dough, honey, white pepper, orange blossom, and clover. Some alcohol aromas as well. Subtle and excellent.

Spiciness and warmth of alcohol on the palate give the impressinon of capsicum. Yeast flavors dominate, clean, sweet, bready, and complex. Hard to pull specific flavors out of the uniform whole. Very slightly boozey, but not too much so. Pleasantly dry finish despite the initial sweetness.

Very strong carbonation (previous 750mL bottles I've had of this were all gushers) - almost excessively effervescent initially, though a creaminess comes across after letting the froth die down a bit. Lively and not too heavy.

A potent, well rounded Tripel - though not quite as transcendental as this brewer's other offerings can be.

augustgarage, Aug 29, 2009
Photo of bluejacket74
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a cloudy dark gold color with an inch and a half frothy white head. Head retention and lacing are both excellent. Aroma is sweet and fruity, it smells like pears, Belgian yeast, peaches, candy sugar and apples. It tastes like candy sugar, yeast, black pepper, bready malt and apples. The taste isn't quite as fruity as the aroma is, which was a bit surprising to me. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and coating, and also has very high but soft carbonation. A bit too much carbonation for my liking, anyway. Drinkability is good, but would be better if the carbonation was lowered a bit. Overall I think this is a good beer, I've had a few De Dolle brews now and I haven't been disappointed in one yet. Recommended.

bluejacket74, Aug 23, 2009
Photo of Tomas77
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light to dark golden color that is cloudy from yeast that helped re-ferment this beer. A large fluffy dense white head. Nice looking pillow of foam. If I could I would lay my head on it. Very fruity reminisant of lemon merangue pie with a cookie crumb crust. Also a light yeast or alcohol spiciness is present. Has a slight sweet but light malt flavor of light fruits and a little toast. Alcohol is there and so is the spice. Light-medium body with a dry finish. Alcohol is smooth but warming.
Great beer in the tripel style.

Tomas77, Aug 22, 2009
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