De Dolle Dulle Teve Special Reserva 2003 - Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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87
very good

40 Ratings
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Ratings: 40
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 13.04%
Wants: 9
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: yen157 on 06-23-2005)
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Photo of WOLFGANG
4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

Photo of yen157
4.65/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bright amber orange, fierce carbonation that supports the pillowy white head. Fucking amazing nose: Tart apples, strawberry candy, both perfumy all the way, and some musty wood. You’ve got to be kidding me. This was a tripel?! The transformation from the regular Mad Bitch to this is mind blowing. Such an intoxicatingly elegant aroma. On first sip, ahh, there’s the tripel, albeit a very lean tripel. Some tropical frutiness, spice, and a tartness that had to have been picked up from the calvados casks. Some wet dirt, too. Hmm...Peppery alcohol couples with prickly carbonation and hops (yes, hops in a two year old barrel aged Belgian tripel!!!) counters what little sweetness there is. Some yeasty cookie dough in the aftertaste, especially as it warms up. I can’t wait for this to age. I’m stashing as much of this as I can get my hands on! Not too long, though. I can see this falling apart quickly. Anyway, I’m in love.

Photo of homebrewhawk
4.58/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle served in a Duvel tulip. Hazy gold with a fine bubbled white head. Spritzy mouthfeel. Fantastic aroma with apple, sugar, hint of alcohol and some sourness (brett?). Lots of spicy flavors, very complex with citrus. Medium bodied with a smooth mouthfeel and a warming, drying alcoholic finish. Really nice beer.

Photo of weeare138
4.55/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 2005 notes...
Thanks to bkelley68 for sharing this after the Stoudt's fest...
Appears a hazy, orange toned gold with a fluffy white head that refuses to yield. Tons of spotty lacing left all around the glass.
Smell is of funkadelic oak, tart apples, mild horseblanket, vanilla cream, lemony citrus jumping out with obvious infection not quite as big as Rodenbach but there enough to raise your eyebrows and take heed. It's really addictive with the sweetness melding together with tartness.
The taste is of the mentioned aromas with an addictively sweet & tart brew backed up with gentle amounts of sugary caramel, along with some yummy berries. Delicious.
Mouthfeel is bold with vinous notes, tart brett, obvious alcohol, and a dryness in the swallow.

Photo of claaark13
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy golden yellow color ale with a huge foamy white head with great retention. Aroma of apple is quite dominant and weirdly enough reminiscent enough of ice cider; alcohol was not that overly apparent as I would have expected from reading ratings for this beer. Taste is also dominated by the apple component from the Calvados but again very reminiscent of ice cider and was very much enjoyable. Body was above average and alcohol while being evident was not providing a burning-type sensation, which I often dislike. Definitely will be seeking more of this in the future.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Polished brassy orange with sheets of rapidly ascending bubbles. Within moments, they settle down to a less frenetic pace, while still keeping the massive, parchment colored cap from deflating too quickly. The head is softly rocky rather than firmly rocky and deposits chunks of soap sudsy lace on the glass.

The nose is sour fruity, clove spicy and very slightly ethanolic. I wouldn't have expected all those years in the bottle to have eliminated the alcohol altogether, nor would I have wanted them to. Although I wouldn't have been able to come up with it on my own, I swear that I can smell the apple brandy character imparted by the Calvados barrels.

This is damn good beer, especially if you like your Belgian tripels on the big, burly, boozy side. I wouldn't have wanted to drink it any younger, that's for damn sure. Way back in 2003 it must have been a beast that was pretty close to undrinkable. If you're cellaring a bottle, it will probably be good for a few more years at least.

I don't remember what the standard version of Dulle Teve (Mad Bitch) tasted like, other than the fact that I loved it. I know that it didn't taste like this. Now I'm sure that I can appreciate the influence from the Calvados barrel aging. A bottle of Calvados was one of the first liquors that I ever purchased and I distinctly remember enjoying every drop.

This is one wang dang doodle of a strong, bracing, complex beer. Every bit of the 11% ABV is noticed, yet I wouldn't have it any other way. The warming alcohol is so well-integrated that it dovetails beautifully with all the other members of the flavor profile, which include brandy-soaked apples (especially) and pears. Ground clove is present as well.

DDDTSR 2003 wouldn't be nearly as good if it was sweet. Sure, there's an undercurrent of candi sugar-coated pale malt, but for the most part, this is a dry, snappy tripel that is even drier and snappier on the finish. I'm amazed at how the flavor profile changes over the course of each mouthful. The final constellation, the one that lingers, is the best of all.

The mouthfeel is full without being sticky or syrupy. Simply put, it's a perfect match for the flavor. How is it that the best Belgian brewers are able to bubble the hell out of their beer and make it work? Like the rest of Mad Bitch's attributes, the carbonation is a force to be reckoned with and dares you to love it or hate it. I love it.

If I had to choose, I'd take the regular Dulle Teve over Special Reserva. That doesn't mean that I don't love what those Calvados barrels have done. While the $6.49 price tag is a bit steep, I don't know if I'll be able to resist grabbing another bottle or two if the opportunity presents itself. What a wild ride!

Photo of NoLiberty
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours from my bottle clear golden and apricot colored with a frothy full lasting head and clean lace.
Aroma is clean, fruit, but not overpowering alcohol with definite pear nose. The apple brandy gives a nice fruitiness.
The front taste is loaded with fruit characteristics of strong brandy followed by full alcohol flavor from middle to end. What is style exactly? Seems more than a triple with an almost wine like finish. Strong complex finish.
Mouthfeel is full but not overly carbonated, and finished clean.

Photo of Shovelbum
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz
label reads: “Aged in Calvados Casks 2003”
sampled in Dec. of 2006

Pours a two finger head of large bubble foam that quickly subsides to a more manageable half finger of dense foam. leaves sheets of lace. The body is a hazy light mahogany color with orange hues. Smells of tart fruit, a bit of sawdust and some other mysterious funk. The flavor is sweet light malt upfront which gives way to a more tangy finish. There is a slight green apple tartness that picks up toward the end, but it is not overpowering or as substantial as the nose led me to believe it would be. There is also a fleet of subtle spices that defy identification, although pepper is among their numbers for sure. A decent bitterness comes through. Lean bodied. Smooth mouthfeel.

This is an ale that took well to aging. Unlike some other aged Brett bombs, I’ve sampled, this little “mad bitch” has a bit of tartness that may or may not be Brett induced, but either way complments the beer rather than overpowers it. A difficult feat. The wood is not overdone either and again contributes to the complexity and is only identifiable if you consciously seek it out. One of the most masterfully aged ales I’ve had.

Photo of silenius
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle states it was aged in "Calvados casks 2003." I'm assuming that means since 2003. The bottlecap said bottled in 2005.

Pours a hazed amber with an off-white fluffy head with finely beaded bubbles. The body of the beer is hazed by a suspension of nearly invisible particles. The head made some large strokes of lace.

Smell is extraordinarily perfumey with bright tropical fruit flavors and candied strawberries with a woodsy lacing throughout. As it warms I can pick up on some of the alcohol in the nose. Very complex with changes as it warms.

Taste is a little more woodsy and earthy than the nose. More of the cask wood flavoring is apparent as is the alcohol. The fruit flavors lean toward strawberry and apple at first but then finish with ruby red grapefruit and a subtle pepper.

Mouthfeel is warming from the alcohol and creamy and lively from the carbonation. The wood leaves a bittering dryness in the back end.

Very drinkable and very enjoyable. I'll try this one with some good strong cheese the next time I find it. I really appreciate it when brewers experiment with their beers and age them in different wood casks. Bravo!

Photo of yinzer
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1/08

appearance: cloudy abmber w/little floaties, head is small like a Orval head in training

smell: star anise, where's the oak?

taste: a hint of oak, slight yeast, mild alcohol

mouthfeel: semi-dry finish, I bet it's lost some carbonation in the finish

drinkability: very enjoyable but very mild flavors compaired to the other Reserva's

Photo of Wildman
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a very murky yellow amber color and formed a off white bubbly head that coated the glass with lace as it subsided. A medium amount of carbonation and a heavy amount of sediment and particles is present. An aroma of malt, candy, molasses, and plum. It had a flavor of malt, candy, chocolate and elements that whisper at the edge, but don't present much more character to the beer. It has a medium body and the finish is slightly astrigent, yet sweet.

Photo of emerge077
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a special one, harkening back to one of the first local BA tasting events I can remember. Six years seemed long enough for this one, decided to pull it from the cellar tonight.

Rocky foam, bone white, on a dull orange body. The Oerbier glass is soon laced with spots of foam. Each swirl rekindles it, but then slowly breaks like clouds dissipating. Musty, fruity aroma, it's begun to show it's age a little. Some apple juice, apricot jam, sugar cookies, and cellar must. Rich, strong, still somewhat boozy after all these years. Fruity and bitter...jammy, and warm like calvados should be. This is one untamable beast. Long dry finish with apples simmering in a spiced liqueur. Rich and savory despite the warmth of the brandy barrel. A sipper for sure, after a few swirls the excess carbonation fades. Not sure that this will improve with more time, or ever lose it's alcohol edge, but it was a tasty experiment and worth the wait.

Photo of Floydster
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 ounce bottle purchased from Stuffed Sandwich a few years ago for about twelve dollars, has been in the cellar ever since, also consumed on 2/25/09, reviewed from notes, poured into my Dogfish Head snifter, I figured I would drink this the same night as the Grand Reserva from De Struise since both of these beers were aged for two years in Calvados barrels, the color of this brew is a vibrant orange with some amber mixed in, small 1/4 inch bubbly white head that did not stick around very long at all, smell consists of lots of sugar, mild tarty scents, ripe fruit, sweet yeast, mild spice, wood, bready malt, and honey, flavor was similar to the aroma with more fruit up front that you might expect, middle is mostly fruits and candy-like sugar, finish is slightly warming with more sweetness and a bit of oak, once it warms there is lots of apple and sugar, like the little tart bite in the finish, moutfeel is sweet, slightly hot and tart, even dry at times, medium bodied, moderate level of carbonation, could drink the bottle which I did and a few more ounces, sweetness could get heavy eventually, booze are still out in the open and not quite hidden, pretty smooth though overall, this is drinking better than the first time I had it after five to six years of age, it has held up well probably because of the eleven percent to thirteen percent ABV and complexity of malt and sugars, supposedly the alcohol content varied by bottles, will drink again hopefully, recommended

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy copper orange pour with a wispy white bubbly head on top that becomes a quick ring around the top of the brew. Aromas of sweet, bready malts mixing with fruit and yeast esters. Rich apple brandy and spice. Hints of wood tannins and some vanilla that sneaks in as well. Bright and vibrant, everything plays together nicely.

First sip brings sweet and spicy bready malts engulfed by a wall of fruit flavors that are big on apple brandy. Yeast esters mingle in with wood tannins. Calvados and spice lingers on.
Quite dry overall with a definite kick of heat on the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with a bit of a slickness. For the abv this one is a sipper and a good nightcap. Its drinking good right now and I am glad I popped the cap since I've been hanging onto it for awhile. Regular Dulle Teve is damn good, but hopefully they will age it again sometime as well.

Photo of tmoneyba
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by alexsdad06.

Poured hazy brown color with an average creamy head that lasted with excellent lacing. Complex spicy fruit and yeasty aroma. Medium to full body with a sticky texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy fruity balanced flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate to long duration with a small alcohol bite.

This is a standout beer.

Photo of scruffwhor
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Medium carbonation amidst a very thick head and film and bright, golden amber, maybe even copper color. All this mixed with a mild bubbling for a tripel and sparse Brussell's lace.

Smell- A tart apple and vine aroma.

Taste- A pretty tart granny smith apple to start and slips into something a bit more vinuos. There are hints of rock candy mixed with a light mint juelp.

A pretty nice mad bitch. And I know how to handle a mad bitch or two.

Photo of putnam
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Wet, crackling noise from this peach/gold liquid underneath a lumpy sheet of white. Distinct ripe sweet apple fragrance. Brown sugar, cream, crabapples, cranberries, sour peaches, stony dry minerals and paper thin pie crust aromas wrap around impressions of apple seeds and other fruit pits, mashed and bitter. Bold strawberry liqueur textures and flavors. Bitter cherry pits, mandarine orange, jellied pineapple, nutmeg and cumin flavors. Quite alcoholic and slippery, like a bubbly Pineau de Charentes/orange/mimosa. Tangy, delicious fruit-salad and spice flavored dessert beer.

Photo of WynnO
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Douglas88
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to hopdog for this bottle. 2003 version drank in 2008. Pours a clear orange color with some reddish tint. A large white head that goes down a bit. The aroma is very nice; loads of yeast, apples and citrus notes, some wood, and a hint of sourness. The flavor is very nice; not as sweet as the original, this version is more fruity and has lots of yeast. A large barrel aged character, and a strong alcohol presence. Pretty mellow though, the five years aging, plus two in the barrel will do that. A lot of apple cider flavors here, some sweet sugary notes too, but not too much. Very nice.

Photo of ATPete
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle

Poured right down the center of my snifter, rigorously but just gentle enough not to disturb the 1/4 inch of yeast at the bottom of the bottle. The '03 DT Reserva pours a dirty orange yellow color with a small peach colored head, lots of stick-age after all of these years. Super funk on the nose, wow, orange skin and lemon tartness, stale, dry hops are detectable, wet wood, herbal tea and bitterness, alcohol, mint leaves and malt. Still very bright with carbonation, causing this beer to really transform mid-palate, faded notes of calvados soaked wood, sweet malts and sour lemon tartness. This is a sipper for sure, damn acidic but truely a wonderful beer. I think this is due for another run...

reviewed 12/7/08

Photo of dsa7783
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Slender, slim, 11.2 oz bottle with a red front logo sticker purchased for $5.99 from Super Saver in Somerville...
"Special Reserva Aged In Calvados Casks 2003"...
Appearance is a hazy and murky deep golden color with an impressive foamy head... Sediment visible at the bottom of the bottle, which apparently was produced some five years ago...
Aroma was replete with alcohol, lemons, lime, tangerines, and florals...
The five years that have elapsed since this beer was brewed have added a distinct richness and oak characteristic... The alcohol is certainly noticeable, as are the powerful oak-aged, floral and fruit characteristics which completely dominate this brew... Very spicy, rich, and complex with an intricate blend of interwoven flavors...
Rich, creamy mouthfeel...
Drinkability took a hit due to the hefty alcohol percentage and strong flavors found in this one...
Good stuff, although I must admit that I prefer the original Dulle Teve over this aged one...

Photo of GnomeKing
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Like brandy or sherry, this one packs a sharp alcohol punch--not just in the ABV, but in the taste as well. There's a sour apple finish that's blended with tastes of tart fruit. The overall effect is warming and soul-fortifying. The essence of a sipping beer. I could imagine drinking this by a fire.

I recommend the Mad Bitch Reserve (preferring it to the regular Mad Bitch), but it's not a beer for your regular rotation. Sharing it with a friend would be a good idea, since drinking an entire bottle is a bit of a chore.

Photo of ypsifly
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz purchased at Bello Vino in Ann Arbor and poured into a tulip. The cap has "Bottl 2005" inkjetted on it.

Light copper that is slightly hazed under a few centimeters of beady white that slowly falls to a thin layer.

Yeasty notes of dark tropical fruits that have been left in an old cellar. A bit chalky with some sweetness. No alcohol aromas detected. After a few sips I poured in the last ounce and the lees added a nice clove to bubblegum aroma

Sharp and fruity upfront with some suggestions of green apples. Distinct tartness cuts through in the middle and allows the carbonation to bubble up. A bit of sour earth towards the end. Tart finish with some alcoholic pepper without much heat. Much more sour fruit flavor when the lees were added.

The mouth suffers from what seems to be a common problem with bigger Triples: too much puckering tartness. If it wasn't so acidicly tart this would be a much better beer. This also causes it to lose drinkability points. Not quite worth the $6, IMHO.

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De Dolle Dulle Teve Special Reserva 2003 from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
87 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.