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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
93
outstanding

715 Ratings
THE BROS
94
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Ratings: 715
Reviews: 416
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.36%
Wants: 42
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 alexgash
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I remember having this (vaguely) a couple years ago at the Art Of Beer Festival, and I think I liked it. Out of the bottle it pours with an explosive amount of rocky head. Huge. Body is golden amber with yellow edges. Head is creamy dirty light tan. Big candy fruit aromas stand out. Sticky-sweet pineapple and sugar overshadow some bitter hops and resins. A little alcohol too, but not medicinal like Stille Nacht. Taste is, not surprisingly, all about the sweet malts. Candy apples and concentrated fruit cocktail syrup overmatch traces of pepper and hop bitterness. Thick, full mouthfeel that borders on too syrupy. Warming, alocoholic finish that luckily avoids being robitussin-like and cloying. I guess I prefer tripels that aren't so sweet, so this isn't my favorite. Still, it's heads and tails above Stille Nacht (blechh!).

Photo of Quaffer
2.03/5  rDev -51.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

11.2 oz. bottle.

Appearance: This beer poured a golden orange that became hazy after some of the yeast sediment was added. The white head was coarse and fizzy and rose up easily to well over two fingers. It disappeared quickly and settled into a thin layer of bubbles on top of the brew. There was some light lacing.

Smell: Spicy alcohol and sharp, white grapes made up the bulk of the aroma. Light roasted malt lay underneath with a little bit of old, musty wood. After a shot of the yeast was added, the aroma became unpleasantly sour.

Mouthfeel: Light- to medium-bodied and slightly coating. Carbonation was strong but not harsh.

Taste: Sour yeast and vinous white grapes came through upfront. The finish was all strong, yet spicy alcohol, combined with a dry astingency that was in no way enjoyable. There was some old wood and sweet, light fruits underneath all of this, but they were mild and didn't detract from the other unpleasant flavors.

Harsh and to be avoided in the future.

Photo of Beervis
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the 750ml corked and capped bottle a light gold with a vigorous head and lots of carbonation. The bottle foamed over on me as I shook it a bit trying to get the cork out. I had no trouble putting my mouth over the top of the bottle to keep from losing any...I never let good beer go to waste!!

Smell is fruity and estery with subdued citrus hop notes. Taste and mouthfeel is full of fruity esters, spicy alcohol, and very light hops. Sweet malt kicks in next with a very sweet finish. Lots of risidual sugar is present as far as a tripel goes, but the hops balance it out.

This was very drinkable, which is dangerous given the amount of alcohol. I really enjoyed this brew, one of the tastiest Tripels I have had.

Photo of andjusticeforale
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The first thing that hits you when you pour this beer is smell of alcohol.( 10% abv) I poured a cool-to-cold bottle into a Chimay chalice and the smell hit me before the head could form. A two centimeter thick foam head formed on top of the opaque orangey-yellow tripel. What I also noticed was the noticeable smell of trappist alcohol esters, but a little more faint in this secular brew.

"Mad Bitch" describes this beer perfectly. There is beauty in the substance, the mouthfeel, the fruity citrus and faint sugar up front, and the flawlessly dry aftertaste. But, just like a beautiful scorned/crazy woman- watch out for the (venom)alcohol here. It is always present, from first sip, to the last foam enducing swirl of the goblet. Really that is the only downfall of this beer. The strength and ever presence of the alcohol makes it semi- undrinkable. I would compare it to Westmalle Tripel, yet the Dulle Teve has less hops, and cannot mask the alcohol as the ingenious Westmalle Tripel succeeds to do.

If Belgian Tripels exploding with alcoholic flavor is your favorite category, this extreme tripel is a must taste.

Photo of paterlodie
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation is quiet poor cause of a bad forming and not lasting head and a bronze but cause of the big haze pale looking beer.
Nose is very alcoholic with a coctail of yeastspice(pepper) and a fruitcoctail with lots of sweet apple. Further litle sour and a honey like candynote.
Taste is again lots of alcohol, sweetish candy but further dry. Some light maltarome but alcohol is mostly present. Aftertaste is moderate bitter in a forever staying alcoholbath. Mouthfeel is ok but alcohol and carbonation are IMO far too high. This hurts drinkability also enormous.

Photo of karengarys
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

it's triple week for me, starting to get the hang of this....

pours amber with a very fluffy cottony head. It is hazy.

smells overpowering fruity with some hop.

tastes very strong in the alcohol, nothing hidden here. distracting. there is some hop and bitterness.

mouthfeel is creamy, but that alcohol taste is overwhelming.

finish is sharp. That alcohol again, and there is a slight aftertaste.

I'd stick with the st. bernardus.

Photo of hefevice
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle. Probably shouldn't have tasted this straight after the Oerbier. Lovely hazy orange gold with a massive rocky white head which looked spectacular in my Duvel tulip. Orange peel and spicy alcohol dominate the aroma with acetyl notes and subtle hops in the background. Taste is dry and herbal, dominated by the warm alcoholic finish; the mad bitch definitely bites. Feel is good, but not up to the Oerbier.

Photo of ybnorml
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A fairly clean (spotted some tiny particles, Maybe from the cork)( OK it much more cloudier as you go thru the bottle) golden amber beer. Has a big spoonable white heat and a very good lace. There is a peppery spiceiness to the aroma. Along with a light sour apple note. Ther is a very prickely carbonation start to the taste. Followed by a dried fruit and fig character. The finish has the peppery hops with a tabacco note in the back.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a murky brown color ale with a small off-white bubbly head with average retention. Aroma is spicy with some barnyard malt. Taste is somewhat spicy (honey, cloves?) with some notes of floral malt and light funky yeast. This is not bad but was expecting a bit more character and I’m wondering if something was not wrong with this bottle, will have to re-rate that one.

Photo of horndecker
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: It's the color of copper, with a slight tinge of salmon. The profound billowy head also has a vague pinkish cast to it. The carbonation is a mixture of very fine and coarse bubbles. It turns rocky and clumpified right quick, and the head endures for the life of the beer.

Smell: Aromas are floral and sweet smelling candy - bazooka bubblegum, tangerine and grapefruit, and macintosh apples.

Taste: Large fruit, with a heftier sweetness than the average tripel. Earthy malt and honey swirls with oranges and apples and a slight nuttiness. The apologetic hops bring up the rear, giving it a slightly herbal bitter finish.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Superbly creamy and delicious. Fine carbonation which fills the mouth and tickles the tonsils. De Dolle can do no wrong. Long Live De Dolle!

Photo of dgallina
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy peach with huge creamy white head and loads of lacing. Smells of peppery spices, juniper berries, and dry yeasts. Absolutely fabulous flavor and mouth-feel. Peppery and lemony initially, developing into strong alcohol-tinged juniper berries and finishing quite dry and effervescent. Very refreshing, with a long and tart finish. Alcohol very well integrated. I could drink plenty of these!

Photo of kmpitz2
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled last weekend at the Map Room in Chicago. The beer poured a nice hazy golden color with 2 fingers of head that sits fluffy over the beer. The nose was somewhat apple sweet, but with a bit of sourness and a slight acidic tone as well. The flavor was so nice on this. The initial sour and tart flacors meld together with the fruity tones to make this one finish sometwhat like a sweet-tart candy. Nice. The feel was moderate, slightly creamy with a healthy bit of bubble. Solid beer. I could easily have drank this beer all night, but why when there were so many other choices...

Photo of avylover
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

poured from a corked 750ml bottle. this is a hazy honey color with a gigantic head. Yeasties are all around my beer, as I have noticed with other De Dolle brews. Aroma is of grassy hops and sweet candy maltiness, backed up by a good whiff of alcohol. Taste is delicate, yet very full. Lots of grassy hop flavor, backed by a very sweet maltiness, somewhat bicuity. The finish is loaded with bittering hops, and dries up the mouth nicely. Great mouthfeel - Full yet fluffy, almost leaving my tongue numb. If there is such a thing as a belgian IPA, this is it.

Photo of Truh
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Accused of being a crazy bastard with this one on 1/1/2005. 16-oz. pint pour at the Sunset.

1/8-inch creamy and tight head stuck for a good way throughout. Apple cider light brown hue with tons of chum’ looking closely it was possible to make out some action within. Clover honey, clotted cream, and some cinnamon on nose. Christmas pudding sweetness followed by a plum and raisin fruitiness and a flaky malt finish; also, a grape-like resin to the follow-up. A soothing offering overall.

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

I have been fortunate enough to thry this mad bitch (what a great name!) several places, at home, at a better beer bar, at a beer festival in Brussels, and at a Beer Cuisine restaurant in Brussels. It is a wonderful (wonderfully strong) beer.

Appearance: pours a slightly cloudy moderate golden color with a beautiful white big fluffy head.

The aroma is incredible, and it the strong point of this beer. Some beers I could just sit and smell all night long, this is one of them. Citrus fruit, a slight hop bite, balanced with candi sugar. As I said, incredible.

Flavor starts of with a slight tart bite that interplays sour orange, limes, almost pungent. Spiciness too. Very very good!

Lush creamy mouthfeel, drinkability is limited by it's ABV, and to be honest, it's a somewhat tough profile to get my arms around to want to drink this more than once in a while. I really like it, but want to save it for occasional times.

Photo of waughbrew
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hazy peach. Turbulent - little yeast chunks caught up in the cyclone. Hugemongous eggshell head never subsides. Smells very faint, alcohol and nutmeg with a bit of almond and herbal dust. Flavor starts as sweet honey and slowly evolves into a leafy, peppery dryness. Wonderfully balanced and so silky smooth.

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

Pours a slightly hazed golden amber with a great big fluffy head that lightly laces the glass.

Smells like a NZ Sauvingnon Blanc. Spritzy orange marmalade with floral tones. Citrusy and grassy.

Taste is more of the grassy marmalade with a nice hoppy drying with a hint of grass. All these taste meld together into one nice beer.

Mouthfeel is lightly tingling with a nice dry aftertatste. If I had to guess I would say a tannin like dryness that comes from oak ageing.

Very drinkable. I never tired of this one and kept lamenting that my glass had less and less as I drank more an more.

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

App: Slender, 11.2 oz bottle, no freshness dating. Pours light yellowish and orangy amber, couldy with yeast particles. Lots of bubbles streaming up. Thick, sticky lacing. Large white head, rock and puffy, with excellent retention. A great looking brew

Smell: Strong nose of juniper, pepper, and tropical fruits

Taste: sharp, strong, notes of gin,pine, varnish, alcohol and sweet fruits. Complex and tasty

MF: Smooth, crisp, long lasting flavors on the tongue

Drinkability: Why did I buy only one bottle?, This is fine brew, seek it out and enjoy

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

De Dolle Dulle Teve (Mad Bitch):

IPA meets Tripel…11.2 oz of madness.

Huge head on an easy pour, that quickly dissipates. Marvelous balance of hops and yeast, with a nice tartness. Sugary slick mouthfeel, but the hops…the fuckin’ hops.

Damn, the bitch is complicated…high maintenance, but I freakin’ love her. She is fine…face it, I’m whipped.

Cheers...

Photo of Rastacouere
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful appearance like always, yeast sediments a plenty at the bottom of a cloudy golden/honey body over which lies the typical, almost caricatural mountainous rocky/sticky white head. Expressive grassy (clover) nose with hints of alcohol, honey, hop perfume and cloves. Good malt base in mouth, but also a strong grassy and flowery hoppiness leading to a moderately bitter finish. Very creamy, spongy mouthfeel with usual De Dolle medium-high carbonation. Warming dry and slightly alcoholic finish. Solid, as expected, in the same vein of many tripels with a greater name, but I can’t say it’s my favorite from the brewery. Once again, thanks to Boise pub crawler Sham. <br> A 750mL sample showed a lot of difference. Here the yeast was very dominating, musty while the malt was particularly candy-like. Spicy, full bodied, and well carbonated, but extreme level of yeastiness was perhaps too much.. not changing the score.

Photo of kbub6f
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a clear, orange-gold, awash with carbonation. Cloudy last pour. It has a commanding, solid, fleshy, white, 3-inch lid. Big, thick rings of lacing. The aroma is sweet, alcoholic, bready, soapy, spicy, buttery, fruity. It's everything. The beer starts spicy and bitter with some apple. It moves through a buttery phase: thick, fruity, malty and thick some more. It finishes bitter, floral, spicy with an alco kick. It's just really, really nice: buttery, spicy, fruity, alcy.

Photo of Sammy
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great accompanyment to our lunch. Pours incredible foam and leaves lace. Of course, wait for the foam to dissipitate. Light yellow, darker cloudy yellow at bottom. Somewhat spicy coriander orange citrus pale strong with substantial yeast. Has the bite to it. Easy on tongue.

Photo of HiroProtagonist
4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It is common at my local beer store to find, with some digging, older bottles with lower prices from days gone by stuck in back of the newer product. This comes in handy if you are looking for an aged bottle, or just a lower price. Digging into the very back of the Dulle Teve row in the cooler I happened across a partially moldy bottle that was $2 less than the front ones...bingo. Had it been there for months...years? No dates on the bottle. After cleaning some black crud from around the cap, I poured the nectar inside into my Duvel tulip. The beer was a hazed/cloudy vibrant golden-yellow-orange color, and was topped by a billowing tower of off-white head, which slowly settled down into a nice hilly blanket form. The nose was wonderful, with notes of fresh sweet/tart granny smith apples, intermingled with aromas of pineapple, citrus zest, stalks of lemongrass, and ancient mustiness. This was liberally accented with smooth coriander and a spicy hops. The moldy exterior was not detrimental to its taste either. I experienced potent honey/mead-like malts that warmed the throat while releasing excellent gewurtztraminner-grape flavors and notes of pineapple and cinnamon-clove-musty spices. The finish presented a nice pop of spiced dessert wine flavors and an excellent spicy bitter hoppiness. Alcohol was evident here but it melded perfectly with the flavors throughout. The body was creamy, smooth, silky, and a bit fluffy...working extremely well for the flavors and character of the beer. This tripel was a vibrant, delicous, and masterfully balanced flavor monster. This mad bitch is quite loveable, despite being a little unattractive on the outside!

Photo of mzwolinski
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A mad bitch indeed. And like most mad bitches, she doesn't reveal herself as such until she's already lured you in to her web.

In fact, she starts off quite attractive. A dark orange in color with lots of head, just slightly off-white in color. The head sticks around for a bit but beware! Look into that orange brew and you'll notice is opacity. Something's hidden behind the charming facade. Allured by the mystery? Find it exciting, do you? Then plow on, adventurer!

Enchanting aroma. Juicy and fruity, highlighted by sweet orange and mango. But this lass isn't all sweetness and light. There's a hint of spiciness there too. Yesss, you like that don't you? Makes you curious, doesn't it?

Fool.

It's only once you've consumed her that she reveals her true nature. Suddenly the sweetness is gone. The only remaining trace of the fruit you once savored is a slight tartness. All else is fire. Hard burn from the alcohol tears into your throat as you consumate your sip. The spiciness which so enchanted you at a distance has grown tenfold in strength and is now the only characteristic of note. This is not a drink. It is an oral rape. And when she is done, she leaves you bone dry.

Pitch the yeast if you will. I encourage you to do so. Throwing her that food will bring back a bit of the sweet fruitiness you loved to begin with. But don't mistake her true nature. She is mad. And at 10% ABV, she's got the equipment to *do* something about it. Beware!

Photo of cerevisiaephilus
3.45/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Ok looking beer. I got the last bit of the bottle so mine is fairly yeasty, but I can see the color is very nice as is the head. Nice fine bubbles that mound up above the etched 'bubble making D' in my Duvel glass.

Nose is straight up 4 day old bananas and alcohol. Quite nice!!

Taste is a bit harsh. I mean kind of rough and bumpy so to speak, maybe solvent like...higher alcohols?? I get a touch of the banana esters and definately some nice alcohol warmth, but not very smooth at all and pretty dry. I think this could be sweetened up just a tad.

Decent mouthfeel for the style, nothing to rave about.

Not too drinkable with this harshness, maybe a bad bottle??

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