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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 kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

kylehay2004, May 23, 2013
Photo of bacasnax
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

bacasnax, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of Cresant
3.53/5  rDev -14.9%

Poured this 11.2 oz brown bottle into a Tripel Karmeliet glass. No date, but I've had this cellared since 3/07. The body was a dull orange/green/grey color. The huge off-white head lingered.

Smell was fruity. Whole wheat bread dough. Belgian yeast and pears.

Taste was nondescript fruitiness. Alcohol. Roasted grains. Spicy and rich. Mellowed somewhat as it warmed (or maybe it was me that mellowed).

Mouthfeel was a bit hot. Zesty and mouthfilling carbonation.

Cresant, Sep 19, 2008
Photo of DPFRD
3.53/5  rDev -14.9%

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.

DPFRD, Jul 30, 2010
Photo of Jredner
3.55/5  rDev -14.5%

Sweet malt and yeasty aroma. A lot of mashed fruit smells. Cloudy brown/orange color with a thick white head. Sweet fruit fore then a very creamy cereal-like middle and a VERY malty finish. Odd flavor sequence, but this does taste good though the after taste makes me feel like I burped up this mornings Total Raisin Bran.

Jredner, Mar 01, 2006
Photo of techdiver
3.55/5  rDev -14.5%

Pours a cloudy golden amber with dark brown yeasty bits and a modest head that dissipates quickly.

Banana and clove to the nose.

Sweet malt, and hops. Balanced but lacking what I would have expected.

Mouthfeel is the high point. Pleasant carbonation, fairly smooth and enjoyable here.

Drinkability not that great. Could be because I just had an Oerbier; and it was soo much better.

techdiver, May 02, 2007
Photo of weonfire
3.58/5  rDev -13.7%

Served in an oversized wine glass at Sergio's World of Beer in Louisville, KY

This is not an 'exceptional' beer.

S - Peach, Grape and flowery alcohol.

T - Real sweet. Peach. Almost a syrupy taste - its that sweet. Pretty much just taste alcohol.

M- It burns. high viscosity. 10 ABVs got their pants down giving the full moon.

O - Hard to drink. semi nice aromas. simply- too boozy. i won't buy this again.

weonfire, Feb 15, 2013
Photo of Manosbeeroffate
3.58/5  rDev -13.7%

Purchased this in Belfast today in the singles box. Pours an extremly hazy golden color, thick head that last forever. Smells sweet and yeasty. Tastes a very strong taste of yeast and alcohol, with quite a bit of sweet malt in there. Thick moutfeel. Very much a beer that you can only have one a night. Powerful stuff.

Manosbeeroffate, Mar 02, 2006
Photo of kkipple
3.58/5  rDev -13.7%

Dumped this into my St. Bernie goblet. The "Mad Bitch" (who thinks these names up?) arrives as an unfiltered opaque gold with a 2cm white head. Nothing unusual here...

Smell is classic Tripel, alcohol, cloves, unripe banannas and citrus. Alcohol is rather strong in this one, but not unpleasant.

Ok, time to drink! This isn't disappointing by any means, and is immediately recognized as a Tripel. Sweet malts, unquestionably Belgian candi sugar, and alcohol jump out. Bananas, cloves, nutmeg and other assorted spices bring up the rear, all held together by a (in my mind) overly sweet malt presence and that distinctive Belgian yeast flavor. Finish is peppery and dry.

The mouthfeel is sweet, with a tingly carbonation and finishes estery and sour, with a dryness and a bit of alcohol numbness. Not bad, but I've had better.

Certainly a decent Tripel, but to be honest, Allagash is cheaper and tops this easily. The Mad Bitch is still quite respectable, but could use a little less sweetness and complexity for my liking.

kkipple, Mar 22, 2007
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 RollTide05
3.6/5  rDev -13.3%

I had this beer last night and paid US$12.50 for it at an insanely overpriced Belgian bar here in Hong Kong called Frites. It poured with a huge head and I had to let the head chill for a bit before I could finish pouring it into the La Chouffe tulip I drank it in.

Overall a good tripel but I will say that the alcohol was very prevalent. Alot of maltiness and a tad bit of hops were noted. The beer was very carbonated as far as its head but mouthfeel was a bit syrupy.

I didn't dislike this beer but It didn't make a huge impression either. I would certainly drink it again but I will never pay that price for it in the future. Also, for that kind of money it should have been served in the proper glass.

RollTide05, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of Toddv29424
3.6/5  rDev -13.3%

I was excited to see another small Belgian brewery to make a Tripel (as St Bernardus is my favorite), but this never seems to develop into anything worthwhile. Pours a golden color with a moderate head that dissipates quickly. Unlike most tripels, there is not a lot of effervescing going on in the glass after this beer is poured. There seems to be too much carbonation, which never lets the spices or malt develop. The aftertaste is citrus-like, but again it dissipates quickly.

Toddv29424, Sep 13, 2006
Photo of Viggo
3.63/5  rDev -12.5%

Thanks to biegaman for sharing this one with me!

Pours a hazy golden, big thick white head forms, nice lacing, super retention, head just won't quit, settles to a thick layer. Smell is sweet, caramel citrus, apples, alcohol, sugar, more apples, neat. Taste is similar, sweet and malty, wheat, apples, alcohol, caramel, quite sugary, bready, spicy finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with high carbonation, very warming, almost hot going down. Not a bad tripel, thanks for sharing Jan!

Viggo, Oct 08, 2007
Photo of alpinebryant
3.63/5  rDev -12.5%

August 2010 bottle
Pours an over the top of a Bruery tulip massive head of too much carboation. This was entirely overcarbonated, hazy marmelade orange

Smell of overripe oranges, tangerine, coriander, clove, spices ; belgian malt and yeast.

Taste of spicey / yeasty dough like tangerines. Tons of carbonation on the tongue, lots of dough. When I poured this, I said son of a.... because it was entirely too carbonated. Now I know where the name came from...

Overall this is a very tasty brew however it was under attenuated at bottling and could have done a lot better with more age before being bottled.

Like stated earlier, extremely highly carbonated, medium to light mouthfeel. Belgian candied sugar flavors abound

alpinebryant, Feb 15, 2011
Photo of brewcrew76
3.63/5  rDev -12.5%

Bottled May 2010.

A - Hazy golden orange with a big fluffy white head

S - Sweet malt with some spice, green apple and honey, yeasty with noticeable alcohol.

T - Spicy with sweet malt and hot alcohol. Candied fruit and more hot alcohol. Yeasty notes in the finish with even more lingering hot alcohol.

M - Medium body but on the heavy side for a tripel. Highly carbonated with a bunch of alcohol.

D - Boozy and sweet. Not what I was expecting.

brewcrew76, Nov 22, 2010
Photo of rangerred
3.63/5  rDev -12.5%

330ml bottle into a goblet. There is no age stamped on the cap but judging by the other De Dolle beers at the liquor store, this one is probably around 2008 vintage.

Pours a very dirty dark gold with lots of specks in it. However the head is a very billowy, frothy bright white with a few specks of yeast so I have to give it some credit for that.

Right off the bat in the aroma I can tell this beer has some age. The sherry/wet cardboard note of oxidation is quite present and overpowers anything else. Apple is very strong along with notes of plums and dark fruit; sort of out of character for a triple.

The flavor continues the oxidized notes. More apple and plums along with sherry. The oxidation character starts to become a little too much as the flavor lingers. There is almost a touch of smokiness about it but not in a real good way. This beer definitely does not have the characteristics of a Tripel that I was expecting. Mouthfeel is quite sticky; not dry like I was hoping for.

Overall, I feel like this beer is a bit past its prime. I was hoping to get a nice, aged beer but this one has been on the shelf a bit too long. Hopefully I will be able to try a fresh sample one day.

rangerred, Apr 04, 2014
Photo of alcstradamus
3.65/5  rDev -12%

Pours a very murky golden brown with a mountain of head that nearly oveflows my glass even when pouring carefully.

The aroma is spicy and phenolic. Notes of banana bread and lemon zest.

The flavor is full of sweet malty goodness and spices. Some banana bread and alcohol. Floral hoppiness and nutty earth.

The body is medium light and carbonation is high but appropriate. Im definitely impressed by this beer, the alcohol flavor brings it down though because it is just too prominent for a tripel.

alcstradamus, Feb 10, 2011
Photo of Philousa
3.65/5  rDev -12%

330ML bottled in July 2010.

Pours a clear metallic gold in my Duvel tulip with three fingers head that sticks to the glass in patches. I got a little sediment in the glass which is stirred around quite a bit by the carbonation from the etching at the stem. Foam sticks around to the end, leaving a somewhat thin layer. Initial whiff is full of green apples, which is kinda weird since I've never gotten that from a Tripel. After the head settles down I get the spices I've come to know and love from a Belgian: allspice and clove. Also get some orange and excotic citrus, almost like papaya or something. Hard to get the malt under all this, but it's somewhat biscuity for a Belgian. Taste starts out light with effervescence but gets a bit heavy with honey and nectary flavors. The spices come after the swallow and stick in the mouth and throat. It's not too heavy, though, as the alcohol comes back at the end, but very light. Just a hint of the ABV. The feel gives the impression of being very balanced with a dry aftertaste.

This borders on being too spicy, sticking to the back of your throat, but it never gets there. That's commendable, but it could use some banana esters to balance that out. Lots of goodness in here, but a bit too heavy to make it an excellent Tripel.

Philousa, Jul 14, 2012
Photo of falloutsnow
3.66/5  rDev -11.8%

From: Binny's, Algonquin, IL
Date: "Bottled" is marked on cap, but the rest is missing (purchased winter 2011)
Glass: Tulip

Dulle Teve comes across as a midline tripel: Belgian in yeast and fruity esters, uniquely bitter, but like most De Dolle beers, this is a little too exuberant in showcasing its ethanol presence over other flavors, subtracting a few points in my book. This would be good as a warmer in colder months, but I, personally, do not appreciate the "in your face" ethanol aspect of some beers. Otherwise an enjoyable tripel, though also priced overly high ($6 per bottle) for what it is.

Pours a massively tall (>4cm) head, composed of medium-sized to large bubbles and white in color. Retention is excellent, lasting severl minutes before fading to a thin cap atop the body of the beer. Lacing is present and fairly substantial, thick clumps cling to the sides of the glass in randomized locations. The body is a fairly clean, transparent, and cool golden yellow in color, with light bringing out brighter yellow hues. Carbonation is readily visible, quite active and numerous.

Aroma is of pale malt sweetness, musty Belgian yeast, and light fruit esters (baked Bosc pears, dried apples). Not a poor aroma at all, but not as exuberant or expressive as others in the style. Perhaps it's age?

Overall flavor is of pale malt sweetness, musty Belgian yeast, some fruity esters, and ethanol. The closing bitterness is a nice, unique touch, though the ethanol obviousness detracts from the enjoyment for me. Front of tongue tastes pale malt sweetness, fruit esters, ethanol, slightly musty Belgian-style yeast. Mid-palate is of pale candi sugar, pale malt sweetness, baked Bosc pears, dried apple slices, and light Belgian yeast with honey-vanilla flavors. Back of palate features somewhat prominent ethanol with continued pale malt and candi sugar sweetness, some bright fruity esters, light Belgian yeast, and dried hay. Pleasant lingering bitterness in the aftertaste, along with light mustiness, pale malt sweetness, baked pear esters, and light Belgian yeast. Ethanol becomes more prominent in the aftertaste as the beer warms.

Beer is medium to medium-heavy in body, with carbonation of medium intensity, resulting in a mouthfeel that is never fizzy, but gently foamy and smooth. Ethanol is rather easily noticeable on the throat and in the nostrils, less so on the tongue, and particularly so after each sip when the beer warms somewhat.

falloutsnow, Apr 18, 2013
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 Rifugium
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%

First had: on tap at Monk's, Philly, PA

Poured slightly hazed amber with a nice white head that dissipates a bit. Aroma of floral hops and a bit of spice. Taste of light fruits and light sugars, some alcohol bite. Mouthfeel is medium, with a bit of harshness from the alcohol. Moderately drinkable. Good beer.

Rifugium, Apr 30, 2011
Photo of swizzlenuts
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%

The beer is brownish colour with a big head that stays around for quite a long time. It has a fair amount of carbonation as well.

The smell so the beer has a lot of fruits to it, and it has a tartness to it. The beer has a big bite from the carbonation and has a sweat wheat taste to it. The complexity of the beer makes it quite difficult to taste everything. The alcohol is also quite prevalent. The flavours include some sweet apples flavour to a slight banana taste from the wheat. However a hint of tartness is there right before the alcohol hits. The feel is creamy and carbonated. The beer tastes good, but it's not something I'd want again.

swizzlenuts, May 12, 2008
Photo of nas5755
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%

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.

nas5755, Aug 03, 2010
Photo of Knapp85
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%

This beer poured out as a nice hazy golden color with a fluffy white head on top. The smell of the beer is spicy and has some sweet grainy aromas in there. The taste of the beer was pretty good. I felt like that this beer wasn't as good as it should be flavor-wise. The mouthfeel was medium bodied with a solid carbonation to it. Overall this beer was good but not that great in my opinion, I should probably revisit this one someday and see if my tastes have changed.

Knapp85, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of chaz01
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%

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.

chaz01, Apr 04, 2010
De Dolle Dulle Teve (Mad Bitch) from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
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