Dulle Teve (Mad Bitch)
Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
Ranked #11
Ranked #4,434
4.15 | pDev: 9.64%
Jan 05, 2022
Sep 06, 2001
Dulle Teve (Mad Bitch)Dulle Teve (Mad Bitch)
Notes: De Dulle Teve is brewed in the tradition of a Belgian Triple. Its high density stems from large amounts of pale malt increased with pale candi sugar in the brew kettle. Unfiltered, unpasteurized, bottle-conditioned.

De Dulle Teve keeps two to three years without major changes in taste. Further maturing, up to 10 years, will cause it to darken a little and lose some of its bitterness. The bittering of about 30 IBU is due to Goldings hops in the brew kettle.
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4 by smartassboiler from Illinois on Jan 05, 2022
4.25 by arzt from Russian Federation on Jan 02, 2022
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2.76/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5
by Alieniloquium from Florida

12 oz. can. Cloudy and chunky orange. Smells of citrus, light acidity, a little cardboard. Tastes of citrus and orange sourness, fruity yeast, and a little yeasty bitterness. Medium heavy. I don't remember this being sour. Maybe I'll revisit this review with another can from my 4 pack if this is an isolated incident.

Dec 05, 2021
4.1 by thewimperoo from Illinois on Oct 20, 2021
4 by atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire on Sep 15, 2021
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4.51/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Treyliff from West Virginia

2013 vintage, poured into a teku

A- pours a clear golden amber color with a one-finger creamy white head that has great retention long after the pour, eventually leaving some lacing behind

S- fruity and peppery on the nose, opening with aromas ripe red apples, pears, oranges, apricot and banana. Undertones of clove, cracked pepper, spicy yeast, coriander, and musty basement

T- fruity and spicy yeast up front gives flavors overripe pear, apples, orange zest and peppery clove. Mid-palate gives a cider like flavor with a hint of lemon. The give more fruity yeast, with a light phenolic linger

M- medium body with low carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that turns into a creamy, slightly warming finish

O- this bottle is 8 years old and it is delicious, so many fruity notes coming through the yeast

Jul 11, 2021
4.25 by DucksFan16 from Tennessee on Jun 17, 2021
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4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

Tasted in a tulip glass from draught at Firkin on June 1, 2021.

Jun 09, 2021
4.25 by BeerRay from Rhode Island on Apr 10, 2021
4.15 by eagles22 from Pennsylvania on Mar 21, 2021
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4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Sigmund from Norway

330 ml bottle, at Delirium Café, Göteborg. Cloudy golden colour, huge and lasting head. Spicy aroma with notes of leather and oak. Flavour is again spicy with yeasty notes, leather and oak, fairly dry. Very good.

Mar 20, 2021
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4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by AElfwine_Nerevar from Connecticut

L: Pours deep gold with a medium haze. A gentle pour results in a fine, off-white two finger head with decent retention. After several minutes the head has fallen to a 5mm ring with the interior of the glass having an insubstantial sheet of head. It leaves a but of spotty lacing as the beer goes down.

S: I get notes of citrus, a note or two of apricot, some spiciness, some notes of banana, and a hint of bubblegum. Nothing too complex or groundbreaking here. The nose may be a bit faded?

T: Apricots, citrus peel, cloves, a bit of herbal earthiness, and sweet oranges on the backend. The finish has some spiciness and has a gentle bitterness.

F: Medium-full body with medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is crisp and the finish has a nice dryness.

O: This is a good tripel. I wanted a bit more from the nose and palate, but recommended if you are into the style or if you are just looking to try a good Belgian beer.

Mar 01, 2021
4.25 by eawolff99 from Minnesota on Jan 25, 2021
4.53 by JamieDuncan from Maryland on Dec 08, 2020
3.75 by Sweffin from Wisconsin on Dec 01, 2020
4 by jwat from Pennsylvania on Nov 29, 2020
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by mothman from Minnesota

Aug 2019 bottle. White head. Golden orange color. Lace.

Really nice Belgium spice, not overpowering. Yeast, banana, clove, bananas. Other tripel spices. Very drinkable, very smooth.

Aug 18, 2020
4.31 by cozmo from New York on Aug 09, 2020
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4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by The_Bujon from Ireland

Pours hazy and flat, bit of a shame on the head....perhaps served too chilled?

Aroma is superb, punchy, fruity, malty.

On the tongue just wins, same malty fruit can mes through, slightly sweet but not overpowering, no sense of high abv.

Feel is also quality, really smooth, sweet on the tongue runs into the aftermath. Nothing harsh at all. Quality brew

Overall......not the stereotypical Tripel, but my my a mighty fine one at that. This is a gem! A fruity rooty boozy beauty!, Just do it

Jul 18, 2020
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4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by puboflyons from New Hampshire

From an undated 330 ml bottle but I am assuming it is a 2019 batch. Sampled on July 5, 2020.

It is an attractive looking medium amber, mahogany pour underneath a lacing-leaving soft white head.

Whoa! Check out those caramel malts in the aroma! They abound. But also a bit of candied sugar, molasses, dark fruit like fig, and maybe some butterscotch.

The mouthfeel is smooth, medium to full, and chewy.

A very sweet tasting Belgian Tripel compared to some of the more crisp, clean ones. The malt sweetness warms the insides. Caramel characters are all over the flavor. And there is a biting bitterness like rosemary or something hopped up. Not overly fruity but definitely a warming, bitter and satisfying bite for "malt-heads" like me. It deserves it's BA "Outstanding" rating.

Jul 05, 2020
3.01 by stephenlee93 from England on Jun 28, 2020
4.1 by smi69 from New York on Jun 06, 2020
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4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by JonnoWillsteed from England

L- First off, this is quite probably the most gratuitously ugly lable design I have seen on ANY beer, never mind just the 1100+ I have reviewed here. It's like ....erm a 15 year old kid gets punched by his proto-girlfriends junkie mother for stealing her gear, and in frustration in class at school he uses purple and yellow highlighter pens to draw this sketch with thunderbolts coming out of her ears. On the bright side it can't possibly be worse than the lable looks. [To be clear, this < ^ is NOT relected in my Look/rating that's of the beer in the glass].
Quite deep amber with hints of orange, slightly cloudy, pours with 1Cm pale tan head [ps. which holds reeeally well].
S- Pretty typical for a Belgian Tripel, deep, some roasted fruits, slightly toasty, you just know there is going to be a solid ABV% coming soon...
T- ... and boy is this one a belter. Deep roasty rich pungency, then after I swallow the first mouthful I involuntarily shudder as a notably rich + ABV% + pungent hoppy note kicks in late! This repeats, this beer seems to have a real kick in it's finish.
F- Rich yet pungent, well balanced. Very good carbonation in the mouth. I'd suggest serving with a decent chill as this is warming a touch already but seems to be sweetening up faster.
O- Big powerful yet refined. Zero to note out of place or balance. Very nice I'd happily buy again. For a very nice trad style beer (blind tasted this could have come from a monastry), I maintain it has the oddest and most contrasting lables you could suggest.
330ml bottle BB [@ cap]: In fact all it says is 'Bottled Oct-2019'.
Bought online from BelgiumInABox Antwerp/BE for home delivery to me in London/UK.

May 12, 2020
3.87 by mcbridec6 from New Jersey on Apr 25, 2020
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by octortus from Canada (ON)

330 mL Bottle. ABV 10% (Label), 11.9% (Sticker).
Appearance: Very murky/dirty orange/brown, Two fingers of thick and pillowy light cream head, Phenomenal retention, Lots of sediment, Beautiful sheets of lace clinging to sides, Light carbonation.
Aroma: Sweet apple juice, Pale stone fruit (apricot, peach), Spice (Coriander, Clove), Citrus fruit (orange peel, lemon), Slight banana, Grape, Peppery, Fragrant floral perfume.
Mouthfeel: Above medium body, Warming alcohol, Slightly prickly carbonation, Dry finish but lingering syrupy feel.
Flavour: Sweet apple juice, Citrus fruit (grapefruit, orange peel), Grape, Pale stone fruit (apricot), Banana, Spice (Coriander, Clove), Belgian yeast.

Review: 157

Mar 28, 2020
4.75 by archero from Texas on Jan 22, 2020
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4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by donspublic from Texas

Poured from bottle into tulip, massive 4 finger off white head, epic retention and lacing. Hazy dark golden in the glass, some sediment floating around (I was rough on bottle, leaked in bag on the way home from store, was sure this was ruined). Smells of belgian esters, floral and lemon with a slight underlying funk. Taste is initially sweet malt, candi sugar, raisins, floral, warming spice, pear man lots going on here. Very good tripel, not your run off the mill one note job. This is a very enjoyable tripel.

Oct 18, 2019
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4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75
by mynie from Maryland

2021 UPDATE:
Upping the score upon having a much more fresh bottle. The complexities are exquisite. Smoot fruit and peppry yeast up front; spritely booze and candi sugar in the middle; and an incredible melange of hops and yeast on the back and finish.

H... h....



How on earth have I not reviewed this?

It was never anymore rare than the other De Dolle beers. Which is to say, it's gotten harder to find stateside in the past several years, but if you were fortunate enough to live in an area where a distributor or two cared about Belgians pre-2010 or so, it could have been had at a price that at the time seemed high but now would cost about as much as an upstart blueberry NEIPA. So, erm, I guess I never felt much urgency to write a review. And I also always kinda assumed I already did.

The pour is dark for a tripel. It's fizzy, but not over carbed the way some otherwise good Belgians are. A very regular pour for the style.

The aroma is a nice, deep sweetness: nectar, flowers, yeast. It's not super complex, but it's balanced and interesting.

Flavor is very good, borderline great. The aforementioned floral sweetness of the aroma shines through up front, and if the beer had progressed along those lines it'd be be near-perfect. Alas, it melts down into a more alcoholic brew typical of a other tripels--which isn't to say it's not very good, just that it's not other-worldly. It's still pretty darn well balanced. Fruity in the middle, light alcohol burn on the back, and then some grain and yeast complimenting the fruit on the finish.

I think of this more like a very sweet Belgian Dark than a tripel. At any rate, it's a weird iteration of both styles, and pretty darn good no matter how you approach it. Not world-crushing, but certainly worth the 5 bucks I paid for a 12 ounce bottle.

Jul 20, 2019
3.87 by brandoneast from Texas on Jun 19, 2019
4.23 by GregSemenza from Connecticut on Apr 19, 2019
4.25 by NickThePyro from Washington on Apr 01, 2019
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4.56/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by CTBrewReview from Connecticut

Spot on saison! Good dark golden yellow (good color). Smells like a saison and wraps the nose in aroma and not too fresh. First sip is frothy and sweet but also has the earthy taste of the saison. Is it spring? Or is it in this glass? The bouquet is great and it is definitely a great beer with a story to tell.

Mar 27, 2019
4 by dukeufo from California on Mar 25, 2019
3.75 by aztraz from Sweden on Mar 18, 2019
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4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by GuyFawkes from Illinois

Murky yellow hue.

Bright white head; decent lace.

Clove, peach & banana nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Fresh apples, hint of vinegar, peach & mild clove. A touch of cinnamon bite on the lips.

Tons of flavor to enjoy here.

Mar 09, 2019
4.36 by Silke_Neryn from Sweden on Mar 01, 2019
4.29 by Heeenrik from Finland on Mar 01, 2019
3.97 by MI_beerdrinker from Texas on Jan 12, 2019
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4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by jrc1093 from Connecticut

Bottled in June 2016

Pours a cloudy brownish orange with noticeable specks of sediment floating in the glass; around a finger of white foam quickly recedes to a thick, persistent collar (poured just a shade above fridge temperature, as advised by both the store clerk selling me the bottle and the numerous reports warning of carbonation overflow) that lasts to the finish.

Aromas of flambéed orange peel, yeasty bread crusts, holiday baking spices, sweet apple, and pear; good mixture of fruit and spice here, all in harmony with a certain herbal undertone vaguely informing parts of the bouquet as a whole.

Tastes of yeasty spice with some light herbal/floral undertones upfront, soon giving way to sweet fruit with yeasty spice undertones carrying over and integrating smoothly; pear, apple, burnt orange peel, followed by baking spice and hints of oaky toffee on the back end.

Mouthfeel sits so smoothly on the palate, with a slight grit and crispy, yeasty carbonation bolstering a refreshing robustness; relatively light-bodied, but the carbonation plays a nice role in balancing things out; this all comes together excellently to create something both easy-drinking and complex on the palate.

Great tripel hovering on the sweeter side while toying with the grittier aspects of the yeastiness so prevalent in the profile. Even then, the fruitier tones make this feel different, and as well-executed as it is (along with that incredibly approachable mouthfeel), there isn’t a ton to complain about. This really shines as a lighter-feeling tripel that backs itself with no shortage of flavor.

Jan 08, 2019
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4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by puck1225 from Texas

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.

Beautiful foamy white head with great lacing atop a murky brownish yellow body. Sweet and fruit smell and taste. Pears and sweet apples with graham crackers and some saison pepper notes. Very good with food. Will get again.

Dec 28, 2018
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Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 914 ratings