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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

683 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 683
Reviews: 414
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 Reagan1984
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%

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%

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
Photo of Bubba83
4.15/5  rDev 0%

330ml bottle poured into a snifter at about 45 degrees. I couldn't pour this beer properly. There was too much head despite pouring very slowly down the side of the glass. It took me pouring it about 3 times and leaving it to settle for a bit before I was able to fully decant.

Pretty standard looking tripel, maybe a little lighter in color, lots of orange going on, all shades. Bright white, super prickly head, and tons of it. Sticky and fluffy substance to the head. Some definite yeast here, be careful when you pour if you plan to leave it behind. Tons of bubbles flowing quickly from the bottom. It seems quite overcarbonated.

They did a nice job on the aroma. I guess all that head probably helps this out. The first smell that comes to mind is pineapple and banana, followed by horsey funk and black pepper. There is a tinge of alcohol in the nose as well, along with mango, and other indescript tropical fruits.

This might just be the best tasting tripel I have had yet. There is a little bit of sugary sweetness at first that has a definite orange flavor. There's some mango too and then a quick flash of a transition to pineapple, but it's brief before the barnyard funk comes, I even get a little sour character at this point. After the funk comes the black pepper spicyness. This is usually where the taste ends on most tripels, but I actually get a sweetness that lingers on along with the black pepper at the same time, almost like a nice banana/mango/coconut flavor. The alcohol contributes a little in the flavor profile at the very end.

The consistency is pretty nice, but the beer is definitely overcarbonated in my opinion. This detracts a bit from the mouthfeel and prevents a higher score here.

From an alcohol perspective, it's very well hidden. However I have to say the carbonation makes it a little harder to drink than I'd like. If it was less carbonated, this beer would have achieved a much higher rating from me. Still, a great beer since Flavor and Smell are the things that matter most of all to me.

Bubba83, May 29, 2009
Photo of theghost3
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%

Pours a golden, bubbly straw color with a ridiculous 4-finger champagne-like bubbly head. Lots of lacing.

The smell is strong of apples & must. There's also lots of earthiness & herbal hops. The taste is strong of bread, honey, phenols, herbal hops & cloves. Mouthfeel is dry & carbonated.

This is a drinkable tripel. Nice & hoppy with strong herbal & earthy qualities. Goes great with Lebanese food.

theghost3, May 29, 2009
Photo of sweetbrew82
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%

330 ML into snifter/ no freshness date

This bottle gushed all over the place as soon as the cap was popped. Into the glass it goes...

P: ...looking a cloudy, orange-tinted gold color with an off-white head that's semi-thick, fluffy, and slightly frothy with big bubbles on top. Very good retention, especially for a 10% brew.

A: Wow! This smells like some very fruity bubblegum! I get sweet apples, melons, and apricots/peaches along with some toasted malt, spices, and alcohol.

T: Not as fruity on the palate as it is in the nose, but those flavors of pink apples, melons, and apricots, along with hits of banana, are great! They just don't pack the punch like they do in the aroma. Toasted malts provide a nice foundation, and feature a candied sugar-like sweetness while the spicy yeast gives off a peppery spiciness that starts mellow and grows increasingly bitchier as the mouthful develops. The soft alcohol is just as it should be in a tripel, present but not intrusive, rather lending itself to the profile. Delicious!

M: Medium-full, sharp and crisp, yet rich and creamy underneath the intense (almost overboard) carbonation. It is very smooth and easy to drink for me, though.

Notes: This is a very nice tripel, and a nice way to unwind after a shitty day at work. Like a glass of fruit bubblegum with a very pleasing spiciness and some booze to keep you on your toes! This Mad Bitch is sweet and playful in between the sheets!

sweetbrew82, May 26, 2009
Photo of hawksfan82
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%

33cl Bottle, best before Feb, 2010. Poured into a Val-Dieu chalice. 10% abv.

Usually De Dolle offerings foam like crazy when you open them...not this one. Although there was plenty of head after the pour. Pours a darker blonde...nice puffy white head that's about 2 fingers at first, and stays at about a finger even after a few minute of rest.

Smell is big and malty, musty? Can pick up a few spices...maybe corriander in the nose? A little banana, maybe even a hit of citrus or pineapple, but very faint.

Taste is like the smell, big and malty...but not like syrupy malty. The maltiness has almost a soft, chalk-like quality to it that feels very heavy on the tongue....coating Carbonation is very evident. The fruits try to make their way through but are not very obvious, although they tend to come out a little more as it warms. There is a distinct warming alcohol that coats the tongue right away and remains after each sip.

Mouthfeel was basically described above. Very heavy on the tongue. Smooth and coating. The malt and the alcohol really linger.

It's hard to judge the drikability of this one because of the fact that it's a pricey brew and it's only found in 33cl bottles. I generally never have more than one and could see myself having 2 in one sitting but no more. But I think that is typical of most big belgians that hang around the double digit ABV area.

A very sophisticated beer....makes me wish I would have purchased another, or even a 750 ml bottle were they to offer one. I'd like to have a little more to get a handle on it. All in all though, just like any other de dolle, a good offering and a nice unique take on a classic style.

hawksfan82, May 16, 2009
Photo of goatxpower
4/5  rDev -3.6%

This is a good beer. I just gave it all fours, because I didn't want to skwabble over whether it was a 4.5 or a 3.5 or whatever. This is a totally solid, if not terrific example of the style.

A- Golden straw with a foamy white head

S- smells like sparkling apple cider, maybe with some spice.

T- heat from the alcohol, pear, plum, green apple, cloves, bready, some funk, maybe even a hint of wood in there. As good a Tripel as I've ever had.

M- Light and fizzy, with a taste that lingers

D- Goes down too easy. If I had the money, I could drink several of these in a session with no regrets... until the next day.

goatxpower, May 14, 2009
Photo of gford217
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%

On tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a clear yellow with a soapy white head that hangs on for ages and leaves very good lacing.

The aroma is very light with lots of light fruit, apples and pears maybe, with some sweetish pale malts. Some lemons hang around the nose as well, though not too intrusive or tart.

The taste is a slight step up from the aroma as the sweetness kicks up a notch with light fruits still playing the major role but with some candi sugar thrown in for good measure. The citrus comes out a bit more than the aroma and balances the sweetness of the fruits and yeast very well.

The mouthfeel is very smooth and actually pretty sticky with the fruity and sugary sweetness on the palate.

This is a fantastic beer. It's been a while since I had one and I really forgot how good it is. one of the better tripels out there.

gford217, Apr 25, 2009
Photo of glid02
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%

On-tap at the Brick Store in Atlanta.

Pours a perfectly clear yellow-golden color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of light fruits - bananas and pears - with hints of citrus rind and spices all backed by a solid malt backbone.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Malt flavors kick things off, followed by bananas and pears coated in Belgian candi sugar. Mild spices hit in the middle of the sip and carry through until the mildy sweet and dry ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. This drinks more like a 6% beer than a 10% one - I could definitely have a few of these.

Overall this is a trippel that's very well done. Definitely worth a shot.

glid02, Apr 20, 2009
Photo of OttoPeeWee
4.9/5  rDev +18.1%

One of the best beers I've had in a while!
The smell is rather fruity almost like an apple cider and they you taste it and it taste like carmelized sugar.
The head is wiped cream or like whipped egg whites and like many belguim beers is not meant for chugging. You want this one to last! ...actually I got another one and it wasn't as good. I don't think these age very well.

This is a special beer.

*added notes

After having quite a few more of these I have to add that the beer's apple smell has a sour taste. I believe the beer has had a saison mix added or a sour/aged beer has been blended to the brew. Brilliant, complex, you will need to drink at least a dozen of these (though the course of a month) to understand this one.

OttoPeeWee, Apr 08, 2009
Photo of AylwinForbes
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%

Another unusual beer at the local Bavarian Lodge. As an example of a Tripel, this is outstanding, really one of the best I have had. Hazy pale orange in the glass with a thin dense head, the aroma oozes forth from the snifter with all sorts of interesting ester-y, phenolic components. The smell can entertain for hours. Densely flavoured on the palate, apricots prominent, a taste profile that runs from sweet initially to a lingering slightly bitter finish. Very concentrated. A yardstick against which to measure others.

AylwinForbes, Mar 25, 2009
Photo of JohnQVegas
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%

Bottle.

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.

JohnQVegas, Mar 15, 2009
Photo of Stunner97
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Appearance- brown to deep gold color, light to little carbonation, thin to moderate white head on the pour

smell- Sweet molasses on the smell very strong sweetness, trace of pine hops, yet a strong malty presence you would expect in something like barley wine, the smell was very reminiscent almost of a brandy,

Taste- almost like on the nose the taste of a brandy or a cognac, coffee flavors, with tons of sweet molasses flavored malts, slight fruitiness, very flavorful malts that are nicely kicked in check with a bitter strong hop lasting finish, an interesting complex flavor

Mouth- Smooth and extremely full bodied brew, almost a syrupy thick brew

Drinkability- this is a really complex beer high in flavor , but its is a whopper and definitely meant for sipping, one i will have to visit again and see how my experience differs,

Stunner97, Feb 27, 2009
Photo of phantomwyse
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%

A: Aggressive pour yields a very hazy marigold colored body that leaves an aggressive pure white head that departs aggressively.

S: Candi sugar and malts collide at the start -- there's a creamy and understated caramel presence, slight butterscotch. Sugars are borderline bubblegum. Hops are just present with a lemon twist. Some fruits in the aroma, primarily of apple and banana. Dry hay like yeast sits in the background.

T: Alcohol upfront with a mild citrus and lemon note. Again, some light apple and banana linger. Malts are caramel and butterscotch. Flavors are all developed well, but ultimately not that complex. Finishes just sweet and with some sharp alcohol.

M: Light to medium bodied with a pronounced amount of carbonation. Maybe too much carbonation.

D: A commendable tripel with a sick name.

phantomwyse, Feb 26, 2009
Photo of jujubeast6000
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%

Reviewed 11/7/2007 (bottle):

Pours a brown colored body, with a rrothy white colored head. Has a strong banana aroma, with clove & spices. Some alcohol, complex aroma. Fizzy mouthfeel, spices, some banana. Clean aftertaste. Sweet and nutty. Watery as it warms up.

jujubeast6000, Feb 25, 2009
Photo of TStandley13
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%

A - Poured a golden color, darker than most other tripels that I had. Lacked the usual "unfiltered" look of some other tripels as well, but the pillowy white head contrasted nicely, and made nice rings on my glass.

S- Typical belgian yeast coriander smell, but with lots of apples pears and peaches lingering.

T - Lots of fruits and sugars, but balanced out well with a slight hoppy finish. Alcohol taste was quite apparent.

M - I thought that it was overly carbonated. Maybe I got a bad batch but the feel on this wasn't what I was expecting.

D - About par for a high alcohol content tripel. Definetely sweet and boozy tasting, which makes me think that one would be enough.

Had high expectations for this beer, but felt that it left me wanting more from it.

TStandley13, Feb 15, 2009
Photo of kwakwhore
4.4/5  rDev +6%

Beautiful golden pour into my trusty Duvel tulip. persistent white head sticks around all the way down the glass.
Aromas are mostly phenolic with some fruity esters, especially apples.
Bananas, cloves and apples dominate the flavors. As the beer warms to room temp alcohol creeps in a bit.
Fairly light mouthfeel for a beer of this strength. Nice carbonation.
For 10%abv this is a really easy drinker, pretty amazing in that regard.
A real bitch of a beer, reminds me of an ex wife, but this bitch is much easier to handle.

kwakwhore, Feb 15, 2009
Photo of spointon
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%

I poured this one from an 11.2oz slender brown bottle into my Allagash stemmed tulip glass.

A= This ale poured a mildly cloudy golden color with very minor sediment and a 1/2" snow white head. The head only dropped to around 1/4" and stayed that way till the end. Decent sticky lace.

S= Very aromatic beer filled with scents of faint malt covered with ripe orchard fruits, earthy funk, lemon grass, and a bit of floral character.

T= Again, the malt sweetness up front that quickly faded into a funk/tart blend of yeast, green apples, pears, and earth. Phenolic notes give lingering fruitiness and character as the hops brought more earth and spice. The alcohol dried the finish and gave a peppery pop near the end.

MF= Just to the lighter side of medium bodied with a soft feel despite the active carbonation release.

D= An exquisitely drinkable Belgian ale. I am in love with the De Dolle yeast strain as it brings so much unique character to their beers. This is definitely on par with the best of the Belgian tripels in my book.

spointon, Feb 10, 2009
Photo of JBogan
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%

Pours a honey color with a massive amount of frenzied bubbles (like a mad bitch perhaps?) which continuously feed a creamy white head which grows and grows. Beautiful beer.

The aroma is yeasty with some citrus and anise along with what I picked up as a hint of butterscotch.

Taste follows the smell, although the alcohol shows up too. Very warming and complex, especially as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel was excellent. Very smooth and somewhat creamy, with a thick body and perfect amount of carbonation.

This is a very fine Belgian Tripel. It's a beer for sipping and relaxing with, not for chugging. This is one mad bitch I wouldn't mind meeting again.

JBogan, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of PhillyStyle
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%

Enjoyed on-tap at Brick Store Pub:

The beer appeared slightly hazy golden color with a very light, but thick white head. There was a nice thin layer of the head throughout the entire drink.

The aroma was good, typical Belgian...sweet with some fruit. Not exceptional, but spot on for the style.

The taste on the other hand was very good. The first thing that I noticed was that it had a kick after every drink. I guess it might have been the alcohol kind of burning as it went down, but it kept me interested.

The beer had good carbonation to it and it was very easy to drink, although with the high ABV I would not drink too many at one time. Definitely a beer to drink slowly and enjoy. Very tasty and I hope to try again.

PhillyStyle, Jan 30, 2009
Photo of tmoneyba
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%

Bottle from Rivers Bend.

Poured hazy orange color with a huge frothy head that lasted with excellent lacing. Complex spicy fruit and yeasty aroma. Medium body with a sticky texture. Medium fruity balanced flavor with a medium sweet finish of long duration with a small alcohol bite.

This is a standout beer.

tmoneyba, Jan 30, 2009
Photo of Atmosbeer
3.6/5  rDev -13.3%

I poured 330ml aggressively into a Triple Karmeliet glass. The foam topped off at exactly the brim -four fingers! (I love this glass).
The lace fell heavily on the sides, though my first few sips were nearly gulps (*gulp*).
The first bit of aroma was phenol and heavy. The first sip is that and bitter orange. And the yellow compliments on the label make me then think banana.
The beer is mellow on the tongue and the alcohol makes that feeling spread thin and fast.
I would buy this again for a friend to demonstrate how vodka and beer share similar mouth feel and warmth.

Atmosbeer, Jan 27, 2009
Photo of mdm46410
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle and served in a tulip. This beer poured a pale amber with a slight cloudiness and a thick head of foamy, beige bubbles. Very slow to settle, and very heavy on the lace. The aroma was made of apricot, lemon zest, sugar-coated orange peel, and some alcohol. The flavor heavily favored dried orange peel and alcohol warmth, with some mild honey and caramel coming in at the finish. The mouthfeel was full-bodied and creamy smooth. Moderately carbonated with a slightly dry finish. The aroma didn't come across as overly inviting, but the flavor was very nice, if not a little alcoholic. Worth a try.

mdm46410, Jan 17, 2009
Photo of thehand
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%

Poured into New Belgium goblet. I poured slowly into the side but got a rush of head bubbly head. Hazy rich golden color. Highly carbonated. Almost 3" of off white head, torrents of bubbles and yeast sediment. Rocky head settles to thin film after drinking leaving no lacing to speak of. Aromas of tart apple, pineapple, yeasty funk, little spicyness. Taste is fruity, tart, spicy, funky, very complex. Smooth on the front and middle of tongue, carbonation very high and prickly on the sides and back. Alcohol is evident on the funky finish. Drinkability is low due to carbonation and alcohol. Unusual tripel, not the smoothest 10% triple I have had, but interesting.

thehand, Jan 14, 2009
Photo of roadhouse
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

Appears a somewhat hazy golden orange color with a once inch off-white head with lots of tiny bubbles. The head goes down to a skim that retains well throughout, but only leaves minimal lacing.

The aroma is very different from any other tripel I've had. It's very biscuity and almost smells like baking sugar cookies. There's a nice candi sugar sweetness coming through that probably contributes to the cookie smell. The fruitiness is there but is pretty subsided. While it's very different, I like it.

The taste is fruity up front with a sweetness that comes out instantly upon the start of the swallow. Midway through it gets more spicy with a ripe fruit character coming out next. That biscuity flavor is there subtly throughout but really comes out again strongly in the finish. Spiciness and a bit of earthy hop flavor are also in the linger.

Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied, with a really creamy texture as many Belgians seem to be. Nice and soft carbonation with a bit of a kick on the tip of the tongue from spicy phenols.

This was probably the most interesting tripel I've had that really adds something else to the traditional tripel. The only other one that I was so surprised by was Koningshoeven Tripel. I highly recommend this for those who love tripels, but don't expect the ordinary.

roadhouse, Jan 04, 2009
De Dolle Dulle Teve (Mad Bitch) from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
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