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
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716 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 716
Reviews: 417
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.36%
Wants: 43
Gots: 39 | FT: 1
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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 HeyItsChili
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S - Poured from a bottle into a Chimay goblet. Pours a brilliant, opaque orange, sort of apricot orange. A booming white head erupts from the pour and simmers to a white fog.

S - Super sweet candy sugar, light fruits like red apples and ripe pears. Floral hops and malt backing.

T - Light candy sugar dominates the flavor. I think of crystallized honey. Some proud, tumescent malts back up the sweetness, and all the while there's an alcohol bite. Everything is nicely upped by the powerful carbonation.

M - Aggressive carbonation, light bodied. Like you're drinking alka-seltzer foam.

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

33cL bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A: Robust golden-hued head atop a vigorously carbonated, fairly hazy, bronze body. Some pretty epic retention; the cohesive head leaves some patchy lacing.

S: Sweet, fairly malty nose for a tripel--not as yeast-forward as I was expecting, though of course it's still dusty, bready, and prominent. A whiff finishes with citric tang, alcohol, and some spicy hopping. Honey and lemon come to mind, mostly.

T: The hop bittering is noticeable, for a Belgian tripel, but a very pleasant presence nonetheless. A fair amount of (too much?) residual sweetness, but again, it's quite pleasant. Clover honey, chrysanthemum, apricots, with a light, pale malt finish.

M: Pretty thick body, but with great carbonation, and enough alcohol to cut the saccharine feeling. Could still be a bit lighter, though.

D: Worth the price, despite being a bit out of style, I think. A very, very good beer with plenty to think about. Not something to pound, but still, eminently palate-pleasing.

Photo of TheJollyHop
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass; amber-brown hued and clear.

An Intense amount of carbonation. Literally hundreds of small bubbles were constantly renewing the head. I Had to take multiple sips over the span of five minutes just so the foam wouldn't fall over the outside of the glass. In regards to head retention; incredible.

Belgian yeast, honey and biscuits greet the nose first. Fresh white grapes and baked egg bread as well. Alcohol is prominent on the taste early on, exhibiting a spicy, biting, warming character towards the finish, but manages to not overwhelm the honey, peach, overripe fruit, and biscuit malt flavors. Slightly bitter, very dry alcoholic finish which balances the sweet front end. The carbonation makes the beer feel soft and airy on the tongue (meringue), which makes this beer deceptively light for such a powerful beer.

There is also a lingering yeasty, bread flavor that is also slightly powdery, which dries the tongue a bit. Interestingly as the beer warms, the peppery alcohol prominence goes from too excessive to balanced. A well made Tripel indeed.

Photo of oglmcdgl
4.68/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at memphis taproom. Awesome! De dolle on draft mission complete.

A- a finger of bright white head that settles rather quickly to leave a few spots of cascading lace and a nice ring around the glass. Hazy straw yellow orange in color.

S- at first spice, dry funk, musty with a good yeasty hit. Then with some good warming a whole other nose comes forth. Lots of ripe juicy fruits and a hint of tartness comes in and really blows the mind.

T- spicy and yeasty up front with a candy sugar sweetness that rolls slowly in a dried fruit and honey hit. The spice is hard to place and its driving me crazy. Bone dry biscuit malts that are just pooping right now. Dries orange peel and corriander.

M- just about medium in body with a carb that fits just right and brings the brew to lovely places in the mouth. Super dry finish.

D- the best trip I've ever had. Hands down. This was worth the wait, so many years of living from bottle to bottle and now this. Big ups to onix1agr for making this all happen.

Photo of aerozeppl
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured with 4 fingers of white head. Excellent head retention and some craters forming in it. The beer is a hazy golden color with some yeast floating in suspension. Quite a bit of visible carbonation as well.

S: The nose is quite nice. Tons of earthy esters. A little bit of orange peel. I do not get an overt sweetness which to me is the mark of a poorly made tripel. A little bit of white pepper. Pears and apples as it warmed up. Great nose.

T: Very nice mix of esters thrown in with just a touch of faded hops in the finish. Lots of over ripe fruit thrown in. Just the slightest hint of the alcohol. More warming no presence of fusel alcohols. The more it warmed up the more the fruit came to the forefront.

M: Light bodied for the style and well carbonated. Very much a champagne like carbonation.

D: On the pricey side but I think I did better than most. I really liked this one quite a bit. If it were cheaper this is something I would buy more often. Great example of the style.

Photo of CuriousMonk
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

10% ABV. Beligum Abby Tripel, poured from .33L bottle into a tulip glass at Smith Commons in DC ($14). This Belgium Abby Tripel poured a huge foamy head that seemed forever to subsize and a dark copper appearance. The beer gave off a sweet aroma of beligan yeast, hits of citrus and orange peels. Tasted sweet, reminds me of Delirum Tremens, gave off a big peppery bite to it. Mouthability was medium-bodied and had a nice carbonation with a huge head that lingered throughout. Drinkability was nice smooth, sweet, and a very pleasant concept by De Dolle.

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An outstanding triple from an outstanding brewery.

Pretty dark for a triple - a deep copper - murky, with an Alpine rise of everlasting foam. Absolutely beauteous. The smell introduces strange spice cake and sweet shortening/icing aromas that also stand out bold in the taste. Notable hop or fruity aromas don't stand out but may in fact be delicately woven into or underlying the complex bouquet.

So, yes, the sweetish cake/cookie factor in the smell comes through on the tongue - doesn't take center stage, though - there's also a funky, fruity champagne flavor and big alcohol presence, finishing with light phenol in the back in its also complex taste. This booze level provides some warming and real sting and thins out the mouthfeel, yet it also maintains a notable smoothness and mellow roll, not ending particularly dry.

A lot to appreciate here - grand presentation, an attractive scent, and a confectionery taste. Tone down the degree of ethyl madness and you've got a damn-near perfect triple.

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

149th review on BA
Bottle to NB Globe
330ml bottle

App- The bottle exploded when the cap was popped. Quickly pouring into the globe got a mountain of foam that stayed and pilled up for a long time. When it settled found a very golden orangy yellow with 3 fingers of foam that created some nice pockets.

Smell- A very common smelling Triple. Had the essential belgian yeast and some citrus. A little bit of spice but smelled very good.

Taste- A darker in terms of bite than I thought from previous reviews. More of a bready yeasty taste but has some peppery spice of white pepper and some herby vegetables.

Mouth- A well done medium body with a carbonation to match. Very equatable feel to say some drawn butter or a nice belgian truffle would melt.

Drink- It took me a while to get one but I am very glad I did. Will have to pass this beer on to some friends.

Photo of clayrock81
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a translucent reddish orange with a rather too large frothy head that takes forever to die and leaves lace patches. A great aroma of some fruity esters that vary on grape, cherry, plush tropical fruits and a orange/citric twang and maybe pear). Yeast aroma is prevelant as aroma overall is not too boozy and there are some sweet malt and spicy notes in nose as well. A light body with some stickiness yet still flows past the tongue with ease. A beer with a touch of spicy pepper and a little alcohol, there is a somewhat vinous taste of apple, pear, and grapeskin (with possible figs or raisins in the beer). Has a tart edge and is aided by some citric fruit/hop flavors like orange as well as a strong carbonation that prickles the tongue. A sturdy malt base in the backbone of the beer provides balance as some caramel and bread malt peek out. The beer finishes sharp and spicy due to flavorings and carbonation and is just a well-made beer that anyone should sip on.

Photo of erosier
3.43/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

L: Pours a thick and unfiltered golden yellow color with a thick and huge white colored head that laces the glass a lot as it fades very slowly down the sides.
S: Smells of sweet malts, big citrus aromas mixed with alcohol and yeast aromas.
T: Tastes of sweet malts followed by a lot of different yeast flavors of orange, lemon, banana, herbs and spices, and a slight alcohol flavoring as well.
M: Heavy feeling and tasting, perfect amount of carbonation, warming, rich.
D: Pretty drinkable since it has such a high abv, the mix of flavors was nice and fruity.

Photo of StJamesGate
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark clear amber with mountains of white froth that settles to a stiff rocky pana thick head that's just not moving. Nose is wax, lemon peel, candied pears and fresh vegetal note like celery or green apple skin. Burnt sugar up front with a bit of tangerine or cantaloupe, some mashed bananas in the middle and a bit of bubble gum, and coriander, ginger and some (American?) citrus hops at the end. Earthy hop finish, stinging leave. Medium, chewy, prickly, and fairly hot.

It's big, and takes a few sips to get your head around. Obviously not shy or subtle at 10%, but within that craft assertiveness/individuality, still keeps complexity. Spice is the key note early but fruit opens as it warms. There's a notable absence of phenol.

Bold, different, quality tripel.

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

Mad Bitch, huh? Sounds good to me. 'Triple your bitchiness with *glug glug* De Dolle Dulle Teve!'

Hit up Julio's Liquors and came away with this bitch.

Bitch.

Slightly foggy honey/caramel/gold color sporting a thick white head that keeps great retention and a sticky lacing. Just don't pour it the same way you pour La Fin Du Monde....trust me on that one.

Smell is sweet, citrusy, floral and vibrant as a bitch in heat.

Taste is sweet as well. With notes of citrus and some hops. Medium bodied, creamy then crisp, and it's not doing a very good job at hiding it's booze.

This bitch isn't that mad actually. It's quite warming, tasty and a damn fine bitch of a beer. The Slutty Bitch is much more fitting as you'll be wanting to give this bitch another whirl. Fo' sho.

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

De Dolle Dulle Teve after a very careful pour looks a rich gold, slightly hazed with a ton of carbonation and a huge head and lace. Aroma of belgian yeast, cotton candy, a whiff of floral hop. In the taste, fruity esters, spicy hops, alcohol and white grapes. Mouthfeel is light bodied and highly carbonated, semi dry. Decent drinkability, and a solid tripel. Given it's strength, this would be an ideal nite cap.

Photo of SleepyMonk
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Chilled 33 cl bottle with a bottling date of May 2010 and poured into a sniffer glass.

Body is translucent with a bold honey-ish amber color. Moderate degree of hazing but no real noticeable amount of sediment.

The nose is very floral with strong hints of fresh citrus fruits and peels. Sweet honey aromas blend with soft malt and yeast notes. A certain amount of barnyard funk and terra forms a good solid background.

In the mouth this Triple throws out buckets full of citrus flavors, fresh cut juicy hops and warm malts. The initial citrus elements slowly fall away to release peppers and spicy notes.

Very well carbonated, moderate degree of weight in the body and a dry finish while the alcohol warms up.

Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour an orange-ish color, with an off white head. In the aroma, yeasty, fruity, and a really nice hop presence. In the taste, quite hoppy and earthy, with a dry to sweet fruity presence. A hop bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry and fresh hop aftertaste. More fruit presence than expected, especially in the nose. A nice fresh hop presence all the way through.

Photo of Brad007
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice mild blonde color with a thick head that takes quite a while to recede.

Light amount of spritzy citrus upfront followed by spice from the yeast and a slight hint of funk.

Taste is chock full of citrus, light grassy hops and just a hint of spicy, bready malt as well. Delicious but seems a bit rough around the edges.

A bit of alcohol warmth creeps up at the back of the mouth, complimenting the rest of the lingering flavors. Never gets to be too much for my palate. Tasty. Easy to drink and enjoy.

Decent at best. You might want to do a slow pour as it's foamy. However, once that foam recedes, it's more than worth the wait.

Photo of SFLpunk
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

11.2oz brown glass pry-top bottle. Cap stamped "Bottled AUG2010."

Appearance: Pours a lively gold color, somewhat hazy and with huge amounts of creamy thick off-white head that has incredible (almost annoying) retention.

Nose: Traditional white pepper yeast aromas, plus banana peel/leaf, fresh cream, eggs?, baking flour. Reminds me of the makings for a pie or cake before they're all assembled.

Palate: Crisp and lively, prickly with alcohol and hop bitterness. Fairly dry on the palate and carbonation is almost explosive despite how much was let out in the head. Flavors of seasame seeds, baking bread, white pepper, dried herbs, burning orange zest, butter, caraway (or some other seed that gets used in bread a lot). Long, dry finish.

Notes: Very spicy for a triple, almost like a massive saison really. Reminds me a bit of Avec les Bons Voeux from Dupont. Would be curious to see this with 4 years on it.

Photo of Chincino
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer was poured into a Southern Tier tulip glass. It poured a hazy golden color. It had a thin white head that dissipated slowly.The aroma was of citrus and spice.

It was medium bodied with good carbonation. This beer has good drinkability with a bitter finish.

Photo of brewcrew76
3.63/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of ToasterChef
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from my notes. Served in a tulip glass at the Lion's Pride.

A: Opaque golden yellow liquid with a thin white foam head. Patchy lacing.

S: Slight musty yeast aroma. A bit of hops. All around subtle, but appealing, aroma.

T: Lemongrass malty flavor. Not too sweet. Not as much pepper as a lot of triples. Possibly drier than others as well. I like it a lot.

M: Full bodied with medium carbonation. Not a lot of coating--what is there is a bit sweet. Not as light or bubbly as a lot of other Triples I've had.

D: Very easy drinking. No aspect is too extreme. I want to go find myself some bottles of this to have on hand. If the draft list here at the Lion's Pride wasn't so impressive and full of beers I want to try, I would order myself a second glass.

Photo of BucBasil
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip at tBruges Beertje in Bruges.

A: A dark reddish orange. Slightly cloudy. Awesome looking beer. 2.5 fingers of offwhite head with good retention.

S: Deep citrusy and slight strawberry fruit character. Slightly tangy smelling with a light malt aroma.

T: Strong and yeasty. Citrus is most noticeable. Bitter and hoppy surprisingly. Grapefruit. Seems to be more along the lines of an American red with some spices. Cool.

M: Very carbonated.

D: Don't need more than one but good.

Photo of DaveHS
4.78/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-Pours a rusty orange/amber with big chunks of yeast.

S-Light fruity esters,white grapes,earthy, yeasty goodness.

T/M-The first thing that strikes me about this is that it's exceptionally creamy for a tripel, a characteristic not usually attributable to tripels. Vinous and lush, with a touch of white pepper in the finish.

D-Another phenomenal beer from De Dolle.

Photo of bobhits
1.88/5  rDev -54.7%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Sour funky, hops, and somewhat sweet. It smells like a wine or something which is a nice way of saying this isn't pleasant.

Golden honey straw colored. This is a touch on the darker side than most of this style but we are only talking a hue or so. Crazy carbonation, and long lasting 2 finger head.

Alcohol is pretty dominate in this. A lot of hops. A lot of Belgium yeast. The malt is clean and sweet.

Very dry and crazy carbonated. It also doesn't hide the 10% at all. The beer would be drinkable (very) without the alcohol kick. The mouth is too carbonated but this isn't bad there.

I really don't what else to say. It's somewhat sour, bitter, and has enough malt to somewhat tame this. It isn't bad. It isn't good. I have to say I've had better Triplels and I am not a huge fan of them to start with.

Photo of Brabander
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was one of the best triples i have ever had. What a great beer!

Bought this one at the Hopduvel in Gent. Poured in my Struise glass the beer shows itself with an enourmous head, I have never seen that much carbonation and bigness of the head. Simply wonderfull.

Great smell with citrus and orange and a lovely taste.
This is the best bitch i have ever encountered!

Photo of nickfl
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A careful pour yields a huge, three finger head of white foam on top of a hazy, deep golden body. The rocky head settles slowly and leaves nice, thick lace in its wake.

S - Spicy yeast in the aroma with lots of clove, coriander and even a hint of rubber. Some bready malt in the background and little else.

T - Bready malt up front with lots of spicy yeast notes. Black pepper, clove, and mango blend nicely with a light note of earthy hops. The fruity mango notes intensify and the clove becomes more peppery towards the finish. Moderate bitterness and some spicy hops help to balance out the intense yeast character as smooth malt holds things up in the background.

M - Medium-thick body, high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - This is an interesting beer, the yeast character is quite dominant with malt and hops playing small, but vital roles in the overall experience. The aroma is extremely phenolic with some clove, but mostly it is a series of more unusual pepper and spice notes as well as a slightly unpleasant rubbery tinge at the end. The flavor is equally spicy, but with some fruit the lends balance and makes things more interesting. The dominant yeast characteristics here are pepper and mango, which is an oddly excellent combination. It even works beautifully with the flavor of the alcohol as the slight solvent notes of warm fermentation echo the turpentine tang of pepper and mango. Due to the powerful yeast characteristics, the malt is not as noticeable as it is in some examples of the style, but it does help to provide a smooth, bready background for the yeast and hops to act out their roles. Overall this is what I would expect from De Dolle; it is interesting, complex, slightly flawed, and utterly unique. The aroma could be better, but the amazing flavor characteristics more than make up for it, this is a beer that any Belgian ale lover must try.

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