De Dolle Dulle Teve Special Reserva 2003 - Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
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4.47/5 rDev +14.3%
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!
01-14-2007 16:02:55 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.5/5 rDev +15.1%
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.
01-23-2006 18:20:15 | More by Phyl21ca
4.22/5 rDev +7.9%
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.
08-18-2009 01:03:32 | More by emerge077
3.73/5 rDev -4.6%
Thanks to emerge077 for making this one happen. Served in my Kuhnhenn tulip. This was the 2003 (and only) Reserva aged on Calvados wood.
A - Pours with a big, billowing foam, that dissipates almost immediately to a tiny ring of foam. Not much in the way of lacing. Body is a hazed golden color.
S - Booze! Well, if seven years hasn't blunted the nose, then nothing will. Lots of oak, spicy spirits, apple brandy, and then finally some caramel malt. More wood and vanilla too! How long was this in barrels!? I have an odd urge to visit Pays D'Auge.
T - The taste has mellowed considerably, with more of the apple and less of the brandy emerging. Again it's woody, and there's a yeasty aftertaste that is about the only thing reminscent of a tripel. Flavor profile is now reminiscent of dry, light, toffee and apples - a nice combination.
M - Low carbonation, smooth finish, with less heat than I was expecting from the fusel nose. Body is medium, and probably too thin for 11%. Not as tannic as I would have guessed, although that mellows with time.
D - Got more drinkable once I got past the harsh nose, but a third of a bottle was plenty for me to get a sense of this one. Probably wouldn't bother to seek it out again.
07-11-2010 16:26:11 | More by MasterSki
3.58/5 rDev -8.4%
Sampled December, 2005
As soon as I pop the cap the beer starts to foam out of the bottle. The beer pours with a frothy, light tan, three finger thick head. The beer is a hazy copper color that has lots of carbonation dancing up from the bottom of my glass. The aroma is an interesting mix of sharp fruit notes (like green apple, and pear) and subtle woody oak notes (with a bit of buttery oak notes). I'll admit that I like the fresh, spicy, sharp and fruity aroma of the regular version a bit better.
The beer has a nice fruity note to it up front that is reminiscent of pears especially and a bit of green apples and tart plums. The oak begins to make itself know in the middle and lingers through to the end of a draught. The oak is fairly subtle, and only plays a complimentary role; it is predominantly woody, slightly tannic, with a hint of buttery-oak, and perhaps even a hint of vanilla. The spicy notes are subdued by the oak notes, though in all fairness a lot of the spice notes have probably just been muted over the aging time as well. This beer is pretty tasty, definitely enjoyable, but just not nearly the beer that the regular version is.
12-04-2005 05:13:54 | More by Gueuzedude
4.55/5 rDev +16.4%
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.
01-08-2007 03:31:05 | More by weeare138
3.78/5 rDev -3.3%
Presentation: Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into Watou chalice. The bottle said "Special Reserva, Aged in Calvados Casks 2003".
Appearance: Dark yellow, kind of hazy, with thick lasting head. The head just stays forever on this beer.
Smell: Strong apple aroma, with some yeast highlights.
Taste: Slightly tart, almost primitive ale flavor. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.
Notes: I can't find this beer anywhere in the Columbus Ohio area. But I can find the blue lavel Dulle Teve... I bought this from Mountview in CT (Thank Terry for the advice). I'll look for it again. I disagree that this is a tripel, but the flavor is nice.
09-18-2005 18:49:15 | More by TurdFurgison
4.08/5 rDev +4.3%
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.
07-25-2006 04:55:38 | More by scruffwhor
4.13/5 rDev +5.6%
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
03-01-2009 19:04:01 | More by Floydster
3.9/5 rDev -0.3%
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...
03-14-2008 01:17:04 | More by dsa7783
3.4/5 rDev -13%
Golden bronze color, perhaps a touch darker than the regular Dulle Teve. Perfect De Dolle foam, leaving excellent retention. Really rich and vibrant nose, which gives hints of both the original beer (peach, nectarine and apple) and the Calvados barrel (vanilla, apple brandy, oak.) Its also undeniably vinous in the nose and a bit boozey as well. Nearly identical body and mouthfeel compared to the regular Dulle Teve, although the Reserva might be a bit more slick. Initially on the front palate, the flavor is very similar to the regular Dulle Teve, but the mid-palate and finish are much different. I find it pretty light and gentle overall, not jam packed with different flavors or dimensions. Its very alcoholic, with apple brandy, red wine, caramel, cocunut, butterscotch, vanilla and various fruit flavors. Hard to finish the bottle, really. Clearly lacking the magic of the other Reservas. Calvados was definately not the right choice for a beer like Dulle Teve. Im not sure what is...Maybe a wine barrel.
03-27-2006 17:54:39 | More by Crosling
4.1/5 rDev +4.9%
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.
09-03-2009 02:16:43 | More by orbitalr0x
3.5/5 rDev -10.5%
Thanks for the bottle, Jim!
Pours a honey gold, topped with a blooming white head, crowning out of the tulip goblet. Slightly hazy. Amazingly, the head holds about a centimeter thick almost all the way through. Nice spotty lace. Big, sweet aroma. Sugary, dominated by honey, caramel and booze. White wine (is that the calvados?) and plenty of tropical, Fruity Pebbles-like esters. A little funky sourness, kinda like an oud bruin. The flavor features a prominent barrel aged quality, heavy on the vanilla-ish oak and alcohol, livened up by strong, fizzy carbonation. Lots of honeyed sweetness, sugary up front, though strangely changing to a mild funky sourness in the finish. Fruit everywhere. Plantain, maraschino cherry, green apple, you name it. White wine character in the finish, a faint touch of spicy belgian yeast, kinda peppery. Ends off fairly dry, with a generous helping of booze. So much higher alcohol I feel like coughing after each sip. If I were to sip on some mineral spirits, this is what I expect it'd be like. Medium bodied, feeling kinda slick despite the dry finish and champagne carbonation. Not quite as belgiany or tripel-ish as I'd hoped. The barrel aging really took this one over, and it feels a little worse for the wear, somewhat oxodized, what with the pronounced honey and supercharged, aged carbonation. Not bad, enjoyable in its peculiar way, but not something I'd revisit. A bit too esoteric for me.
05-05-2006 07:32:52 | More by UnionMade
2.85/5 rDev -27.1%
This bitch pours with an explosive and commanding off-white head. It takes some time for the head to settle down to a healthy 3/8 of an inch where it remains for most of the duration of consumption.
The bitch is the color of dried apricots and is slightly cloudy. If you hold your glass up towards a bright light you can just make out tiny sediment specs.
The label says, "Calvados Casks 2003." I guess this means that its two years old. I think it could use two more.
The nose is almost complicated. I can make out rich fruits just below the surface. I also sense some raison and vanilla.
The taste doesnt excite me very much. The flavors seem muddled and undefined. I think this would improve from aging.
The mouthfeel of this bitch on the other hand really gets me going. Playfully, the bubbles attack the tip of ones tongue with a fervent effervescence. Simultaneously, the alcohol warms the roof of the mouth and back of the tongue. Drinking this beer is like having a party in your mouth.
My overall impression is that this beer needs time. Many might argue with me but personally I would rather not wait, particularly at $5.50 a bottle. I think there are plenty of other triples out there for far less money and that are much better straight from the shelf.
09-06-2005 15:57:13 | More by DaPeculierDane
4.1/5 rDev +4.9%
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.
10-20-2009 00:47:46 | More by tmoneyba
4.3/5 rDev +10%
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.
08-17-2005 04:36:21 | More by Wildman
3.6/5 rDev -7.9%
vivacious pour, yellow-to-orange and bubbly with a soapy yet thick head on top. aroma strikes me off guard with a big, fruity pink wine blast where butter is expected. somewhat floral as well, with a strawberry and a kiwi taking 1st and 2nd in the fruit lottery. flavor is bizarre and unique.. very messy in terms of architecture. begins with a nice alcohol-soaked piece of leather, a bit of buttered popcorn. continues to explode with apples, strawberries, and an out-of-control rubbing alcohol sting. something moldy in here as well, somewhat grassy in the finish. in the benefit of this beer, it eclipses beers like prophecy in its ability to manipulate the tripel into a different monster. on the negative side, it is a complete mess and needs time. this beer will mellow over time into something nice.. like a fruit liqueur. for now, something interesting to sip and ponder.. give it a few years it will be great. this is like the 1995 tech stock that requires faith and quick thinking.. buy it now and you will be rich in beer come 2010.
08-15-2005 20:53:23 | More by goodbyeohio
4.03/5 rDev +3.1%
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.
08-11-2005 19:16:02 | More by putnam
3.95/5 rDev +1%
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...
01-07-2009 23:00:00 | More by ATPete
3.45/5 rDev -11.8%
Great off-white head has delicate lacing and covers completely the yellow to golden hue. Big yeasty nose, liquorous and strong. Fluffy sawdust woodiness, big apple pie flavors. Also strong and vaporous in mouth, tasty, dry, apple peel reminiscent as well as nice orange and flowers hints, but too hot and not all that complex. Full carbonation, medium bodied. I fear dulle teve was not the best beer for such experiments..
09-13-2005 15:17:25 | More by Rastacouere
3.15/5 rDev -19.4%
Served at cellar temperature in a Chimay chalice. 2003 Reserve, bottled in 2005.
Appearance- Upon cracking the beer open, an immediate rush of bubbles race urgently to the surface... the foam creeping out of the bottle. On the pour, which glows a crystal clear brilliant gold, the bubbles grab hold of the etching in my glass and effervesce unlike anything I've seen before... a fireworks display of neverending activity, cranked up to eleven. The head settles over time to a thicker than average mat, but never entirely goes away. Lacing is quite good, considering the 11% ABV.
Smell- A unique nose of farmhouse funk, lemon, garbage, alcohol (in the lungs now), candi sugar, and chocolate... this reminds me of Fantome's yeast strain, which brings everything to the table from weeds and hay to bittersweet chocolate. Very interesting, as a wood character (from the Calvados barrels) makes a curtain call.
Taste- Huge similarities to sherry, or a Calvados aged port wine... the barrel-infused flavors are strong, and influence the direction of the malts and hop profile. The more I keep the beer in my mouth and swish it around, the easier and more complex the flavors get. Now some fruit, maybe cherries, begin to reveal themselves amongst the slight alcohol burn and belly warming. Right now, this beer is rough and cholicky.
After pouring in the sediment, which carries small, dark particles in suspension, the nose becomes sweeter and more spicy. Even more dessert-like, cordialesque flavors join the booze-soaked party... and although mouthfeel improves, the taste is still mighty difficult to approach.
Mouthfeel/Drinkability- As my initial impression suggests, the beer is aggressive, misbehaved, and overly crackly on the outset... it's just obnoxious. With some breathing over the course of a solid hour in a wide-mouthed chalice, along with a swishing in the mouth and yeast addition, it improves some. Drinkability must be calculated with an accompanying cigar I think, as it would most likely overpower even the most decadent cheescake. This is a serious beer, one that should be sampled in the right mood with the appropriate acoutriments.... otherwise, prepare yourself for a royal asswhipping.
05-23-2006 03:33:48 | More by yelterdow
3.45/5 rDev -11.8%
Aroma is spicy and sharp on the nostrils. Some fruit notes play in the background. Orange body with a thin white head. Fore is thinnish and spicy tasting. Muted pear notes, huge calvados notes, Some mildly bitter citrus peel notes are tingly on the tongue. Low malt presence is mostly caramel accented. Just wasnt getting his. nothing really stood out for me other than the spicy/tingly citrus asspects and while the range and intensity was decent that overall feel was a bit thinnish for the style. Obviosuly a solid beer, but not a great one to me.
05-19-2006 02:15:35 | More by Jredner
De Dolle Dulle Teve Special Reserva 2003 from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
87 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.