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

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BA SCORE
93
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706 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 706
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 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
Photo of GatorBeerNerd
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle purchased at Charleston Beer Exchange poured into an Allagash flute style tulip glass.

A: Pours a hazy yellowish orange with a very large frothy white head that leaves a ton of lacing all the way down. It really does look nice in the glass.

S: It is a very fruity and powerful aroma with a hint of spicing. There is a bit of a boozy aroma mixed in with all the fruit. The combination is very inviting, but just a bit too boozy.

T: The flavor follows the nose closely. Wonderful fruity flavors of apple and pear with some great spicing mixed in for more character. However, the alcohol is not as powerful as I expected from the aroma but it definitely gives a powerful warming effect. This really is a well done beer that I can not do justice to in words.

M: A nice medium thickness which seems just right for the style. The spicing and carbonation add a little more interest in the mouth as well.

D: It goes down way too quickly for a 10% beer. I am not usually a big fan of the style. This one is fantastic.

GatorBeerNerd, Aug 13, 2009
Photo of NewGeneric
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this last night as part of a De Dolle session. Poured a gold color with frothy white head that faded very slowly and left tons of heavy lacing. Smelled of belgian yeast and fruit. Tasted like a bouquet of fruits and yeast. Fairly smooth, though slightly dry. Tasty and drinkable.

NewGeneric, Aug 04, 2009
Photo of sbrueder
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

I got this at the Kulimnator in Antwerpen on Jul. 24 2009 as a 1994 vintage. It was quite earthy in color and smooth in the mouth with a subtle carbonation. Fifteen years turned this beer into almost a cider, with dark sweet tastes such as apple, raisins, and a reduced presence of alcohol. Served in a De Dolle glass, I would highly recommend this to anyone. Need to try a fresh bottling, though, because this brew is in stark contrast to all I've heard up until now about Dulle Teve.

sbrueder, Jul 24, 2009
Photo of brc
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle with 1109 printed on the cap. Poured into a goblet; mine was not a gusher.

Honey colored liquid with a two finger white head that settles slowly. Pretty impressive for a tripel.

I smell baked bread, apples, honey, peaches. I don't really sense any banana or spices at all. It's all floral and malty, well, with maybe a touch of spice.

The taste is full of maltiness and honey without being sweet. A bit of alcohol and bitterness build in the taste to the finish. Nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel is lovely - full and syrupy.

Very drinkable, with the alcohol well hidden and everything tasteful and in balance. It's not one that knocks your socks off, but is good all around.

brc, Jul 21, 2009
Photo of BARFLYB
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle into a St. Bernardus wide mouth glass, the only way to go with a De Dolle beer IMO, These things are tricky to pour.

A- A slow pry from the cap resulted in a loud hiss. Some foam creeped it's way up but no beer was wasted, Some sediment in the pour though, you really cant get around that, I've had better luck in the past. The liquid is a honey like bright amber color that's hard to see through, also golden in appearence. A dense, frothy, rocky mountain foam sat on top forever, excellent lacing.

S- The smell on this is bananas. I get alot of sweet candi sweetness initially, but alot of fruit comes forth. Apples, pears and pineapples oh my. A good amount of malt giving off more sweetness. Some banana and clove mixed with other Belgian yeast and spice makes this wonderful.

T- Very similar to the smell, I think my favorite part of this is the mix of fruits thrown in the mix, banana is very large in taste. Other fruity esters. Im sure hops were used in this but they dont really show up. Good malty sweetness. A slight lemon twinge in the middle. A spicy finish with some cloves mixed with more fruit. I dont pick up any alcohol. I quite like this.

M- Not the smoothest beer when cold with all the active carbonation, this one is alive. Best to let it warm and settle down for a bit. This is quite approachable and while the carb is high and felt the flavor more than makes up for it. As this warms it just gets better and smoother. A nice slightly below medium body with a big aftertaste.

D- I splurge on a bottle of this from time to time as a treat and it always impresses me. The drinkability on this is high but I take my time and savor it. Crisp and refreshing year round. The alcohol is not noticable at all. I just wish they came in bigger bottles. Not intended for aging as De Dolle's website states.

BARFLYB, Jun 27, 2009
Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 750ml bottle poured into my Duvel tulip. Purchased at Somerville Supersaver in NJ. Not sure on the age of this since I have not seen the 750's around in the US for quite some time. Appears a mildly cloudy muted golden yellow color with about two fingers of fluffy bone white head. A great pour. Notes of fruit such as green apples, pears, pineapple, black pepper, spicy yeast, sweet candi. This tripel drinks and finishes as dry as a desert with more than ample carbonation. Don't pass by this bitch.

ClockworkOrange, Jun 24, 2009
Photo of Reagan1984
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

When I popped the bottle the beer started to rush out of the top. There was enough time to get it in the glass, but so much for decanting this beer. Both the bottle and glass had about 3 fingers of head. Fizzy, large bubbles and with structure. In the glass it did fade pretty quickly but left a skeleton of it's former self in the glass. Brass gold in color with lots of tiny floaters. Not so much hazy as it has plenty of sediment suspended in the beer. Just a touch of sticky lacing.

Aroma is fairly assertive and quite fruity. Grapes, peaches banana and yeast. Sugar?

Interesting in that it's fairly consistent front to back in the flavor. Pale malt, candied sugar and then a moment of fruit. I'm getting peach again. Then the hop bitterness kicks in. What's funny is that I didn't find it that assertive on my first sip. That changed quickly. This does have a very assertive and dry hop bitterness. I enjoy it. Really takes hold in your cheeks. After this there is a sense of breadiness. It's like you had just swallowed a chunk of crusty bread. Within the bitterness there is a bit of phenol flavors. Tiny bit of burnt rubber.

Very dry, almost powdery, carbonation is almost champagne like.

Very enjoyable and one to consume over time. Don't think I could have more than one in a sitting. Good Tripel.

Reagan1984, Jun 22, 2009
Photo of BigJim5021
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Holy hell, this bitch is volatile. I was about as ginger as could be when pouring this puppy into the glass and I still ended up with a massive head. I had to wait a few minutes before I could finish the pour. The rocky white head left big chunks of lacing down the side of the glass. The final pour put basically all of the dregs in the glass.

She smells delicious. Big, bold fruit blends with spicy alcoholic fumes.

The flavor is really similar to the smell, but with a big punch of alcohol. This bitch seriously bites hard. She's not quite as delicious as she smells.

Carbonation is big, as was evident when I poured the beer. The dregs never had a chance to hit the bottom of the glass thanks to the bubbles. The body is medium, bordering on full as the beer warmed.

Drinkability isn't terribly high given the punch of the booze and the price. That's not to say that this isn't a tasty beer. It's just not super-drinkable in the grand scheme of things.

BigJim5021, Jun 09, 2009
De Dolle Dulle Teve (Mad Bitch) from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
93 out of 100 based on 706 ratings.