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)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
Belgium | website

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by pezoids on 09-06-2001

BEER STATS
Reviews:
438
Ratings:
818
Avg:
4.14
pDev:
13.77%
 
 
Wants:
59
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70
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Reviews by Douglas14:
Photo of Douglas14
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clean golden color with an extraordinary head. A bunch of bubbles rise in the beer contributing the the retention. The head doesn't leave much lace. The smell is intensely of candi sugar with some floral notes as well. The taste is also of candi sugar but also has a nice earthy, barn-like quality on top if the sweetness that makes this beer pretty special. It has a medium body. Great beer, great name.

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Photo of dacrza1
4.59/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

DATE TASTED: September 6, 2015 ... GLASSWARE: Chimay chalice... OCCASION: watching Naked and Afraid XL's Reunion Special... APPEARANCE: first, out of the bottle: frothing and bubbling like champagne! once out, thick, two-finger white head that retains like a beast...then, the body: thick, opaque and dark orange, with minimal effervescence but dark, chunky sediment at the glass's base.,, how does a 10% ABV retain such head? picture perfect ... AROMA: strong pineapple, apple and sugary candy; other hops suggest the slightest resin and pepper; yeasts hint at bubblegum... PALATE: demands a sipping approach, as the instant the DT hits the lips with thickness and froth... warming, active--a heater in the throat, while glistening on the teeth on the way down... TASTE: full-bodied, intense and punishing with its grapefruit, raisin, plum and pineapple... the malts come across as light biscuit... the yeasts, again, develop a bubblegum and peppercorn combination--what a complete bottle...OVERALL: A rare catch at Mountain Valley's bottom shelf and an awesome reconnect with a bottle hand-selected by Russell's (Bloomsburg, PA) owner himself about a decade ago... one of the best Belgians I have encountered, claiming an experience in itself... big and bold but just warm enough to miss perfection--but not by much!

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Photo of drtth
4.83/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a snifter glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As poured the beer is a very lightly hazed peach color with an enormous 2” fluffy white head that recedes very slowly leaving some sheets of foam on the sides of the glass. The beer is filled with lots of active carbonation (which helps to keep the head going strong). Sipping throughout most of the beer leaves a remarkable amount of foam and lacing on the sides of the glass. There are sheets of foam, large and small speckles of lacing and some nice leggy streaks as well.

Smell: The aromas are strong and noticeable even as the cap is removed from the bottle. There’s lots of fruits here, mostly orchard fruits like apple and pears. There’s also a bit of spiciness in the aromas, some coriander and white pepper.

Taste: The flavors blend together so well it is hard to tease the components out, but I’d say that there’s a nice pale malt backbone with some spices like the coriander and pepper in the background. Mingling in with all that are the fruit flavors, again, mostly pear and apple. As the beer warms I’m picking up a flavor that reminds me of the honeydew melon that was part of breakfast today.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied and very smooth and creamy with the active carbonation and head retention. The finish is medium long, begins in the sweetness of the beer (probably from candi sugar), changes as the fruits move on stage and then disappear, leaving a gentle bitterness that also becomes nicely dry at the end.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: If you want two words to describe this beer, think “complex” and “balanced.” I found this one dangerously drinkable in that each sip followed naturally and easily after the one before it and the temptation was to sip too rapidly for the 10% ABV. I certainly would be happy to have another (after the effects of the well concealed alcohol wear off a bit). In addition, I’ll be looking out to have this one again. My overall impression of this beer is that it is a first rate tripel that provides an example of what a tripel should and can be. It well deserves its high rankings.

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Photo of stakem
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

33cl bottle with quite a bit of age on it (I believe best by 07.) Poured into an Oerbier oversized wine glass, the brew appears a burnt copper color that is quite clear. However, despite a careful pour some yeast particulate makes its way into the glass. Rising bubbles of carbonation maintain more than a finger of khaki head throughout the entire experience. A swirl revives more than a finger of froth effortlessly back to the surface and produces some finger-like patterns of stringy lace.

The aroma is sweet with an essence of belgian candy sugar but contrasted with almost a cheesy to funky aspect is also present when swirled. There is a bit of earthen quality about this that blends into something more fruity like cherry, apple and/or pears. That 10% alcohol is evident but very faintly across the back when a deep whiff is taken. Once the brew goes beyond ideal temperature, there is a very soft suggestion of vinegar that while not distracting was not expected.

The flavor of this brew is quite bready with malt that blends into a touch of cardboard-like oxidation. Some sweetness is present tasting a bit like caramel, toffee and transitions into more of a fruity alcohol note like apple and/or pear skins. Some earthen notes are ever present with every sip that breaks up the experience a bit. The aftertaste has a very faint suggestion of cider. I hate to say this but the overall flavors of this brew are better while colder. As the brew comes up to temperature, the alcohol inclusion becomes almost solvent and numbing to the palate.

This is a medium bodied brew with a lively but not overdone amount of carbonation. The flavors are spot on for what anyone could want/expect in a tripel. However, despite this brew having quite a bit of age on it, the alcohol is well pronounced but integrated fairly decently in this brew. If anything, the warmth of this brew distracts just a bit from the overall ease of drinkability. The last time I had this brew it was from a 750ml that was suposedly 10 years old. It was not the best of experiences but this even with its own significant aging was much better. I am curious now about having a bottle as fresh as possible just for the sake of comparison. If you havent had this yet, what are you waiting for? I will need to put this on the to-do list to grab more of these when I see them.

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Photo of oberon
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Now this was an interesting find I have to say,pours a hazy orange/yellow with big fluffy head that natyrally leaves some nice lacing.Aroma is lemony and a little musty with a sweet background.Really liked the different flavors I get from this beer very yeasty and slightly tart with a malty finish that lingers along with some alcohol notes.This beer is pretty dangerous because it seems almost to easy to drink with all that alcoholic punch.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.95/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance – This had one of the biggest heads that I’ve seen in a long time. This thing was monstrous. It rose up like an irritated Godzilla woken by an errant Japanese speedboat in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. It fell incredibly slow, and laced the heck out of my glass even with a 10.0 ABV.

Smell – Deep, musty aroma of yeast initially fills the nose. Later, if you’re patient, the bready scent is replaced by the smell of light, summertime fruits. Melons, raspberries, and powdered sugar fill the nose.

Taste – Oh, man, is this good. This is bready yeast at its best. I love baking bread. I bake all different kinds of bread. There is nothing better than sneaking a piece of dough halfway through the rise, and it tastes exactly like this ale.

The overt sweetness of table, powdered, and brown sugar is complemented by the Fleishmann’s flavors and the fruity presence of banana, apricots, cherries, and fresh pears. The deep musty overtones are complimented by sensational spicing.

There are also big alcohol notes in here as well, warning the drinker to slow it down. Of course, I don’t.

Mouthfeel – Full with medium carbonation and a full body. This felt great.

Drinkability – If I chug a fifth of 10.0 ABV ale will I die? I hope not. This is not chugging ale, though. This is beauty and harmony in a bottle. It went down smoothly and left you begging for more.

Comments - The Bros say to rate the beers using personal preferences and, personally, this is one of the best bottles that I have ever laid down.

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Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of atomeyes
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle
Bottled in february 2011

A- Opaque apple cider-like appearance. Beautiful golden hue. Head was insane and solid. Didn't spill one drop over my Westvleteren chalice. Head disappeared after 3 minutes.

S- thought I smelled gingerbread upon pouring but that disappeared quickly. Poured it straight from the fridge and it didn't have have strong bouquet. Nice and gentle spice scent. Subtle apple and pear blended with a crisp yeast smell.As it warmed up, a slight sugary smell was apparent.

T- The aftertaste's what I noticed first. Its slightly bitter and it sits on the sides of my tongue. I don't notice the oversweetness that others talk about; instead, its the alcohol that I can taste. Its not in-your-face offensive, but its definitely there. There's fruit - more plum or fig, I would say - that hits the back of my palate. Interesting mix: bitterness that rests on the front, darker, muddier fruit that sit in the back of my mouth. Cloves and greener fruit started to appear as it mellowed and warmed up.

M- Alcohol's there. Carbonation is most definitely there. Drinking this slowly and wondering if its best suited to be opened and to let it breathe for 30 minutes.

O- I wasn't sure what to expect. This is definitely more bitter than I expected it to be. I don't love it like I love some of De Dolle's other offerings (*cough cough* Reserva) but I think it will grow on me. I'd definitely suggest keeping this at cellar temp, not fridge temp, and letting it mellow before drinking.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of tbryan5
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of SkiBum22
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of warnerry
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KotR
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of MJLatimer
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Jason
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Tall slender true 750 ml green magnum that is only capped, not caged and corked. No freshness date through this beer is brewed to the Belgian Triple strength so it will be able and even evolve after months if not years of aging. Sediment floats loosely on the bottom of the bottle so careful pouring is best to insure that the sediment does not spill into the glass.

Appearance: Pretty clear with a mild chill haze upon the light golden orange hued brew, nice creamy looking white lace though some bigger bubbles stick around from the pouring.

Smell: Macintosh apple peels, lemon grass and light unrefined orange blossom honey in the nose as well as an underlying earthiness. Hops are in the aroma also with more a sweeter hop oil and semi coarse flowery hop leaf.

Taste: Moderate body with a soft, smooth and creamy carbonation that holds a grip on crispness also. Honey and raw sugar cane malt sweetness, vague tropical fruit estery alcohol mingles with the sweetness. Fruit flavours of honey dew melon and tangerines play with the palate as well as the sweet spicy alcohol that warms the mouth. The phenolic character peaks with suggestions of cinnamon, anise, black pepper and bitter field greens. Hop bitterness gains sharpness and adds an earthened, sweet hop oil flavour from middle to end. After taste is a bitter sweet journey from sweet to dry.

Notes: Knockout of a brew, triple in style with the hops taken up a notch or two. Big phenolic and fruit ester flavours splashing in the palate. Mad Bitch is right, this brew does a number on your tongue by slapping it around and telling it that the Mad Bitch is boss. "Slap!", yes mam may I have another.

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Photo of merlin48
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle served at cellar temperature into a goblet. Cloudy orange body with two fingers of thick, creamy, offwhite head. Excellent retention and island chain lacing is left behind. Complex aroma is fruity and phenolic, with banana and pineapple fruitiness melding with funky barnyard yeast, caramelized sugars, coriander, and a harsh note of ethanol. Mouthfeel has effervescent carbonation and a silky medium body. Taste is all over the board with considerable complexity. Pineapple, banana, honeydew melon, dank and earthy yeast, bitter Saaz hops, warming alcohol, and burnt toffee. An interesting note of caramel maltiness enters midway through. Finish is resplendent with dry and earthy yeast, bitter hops, and a pleasant accent of fruity pineapple. Mad Bitch, indeed! This is a Tripel that is unashamed in its nakedness. Very assertive, featuring some challenging complexities. Not for the faint of heart.

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Photo of Billolick
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

App: Slender, 11.2 oz bottle, no freshness dating. Pours light yellowish and orangy amber, couldy with yeast particles. Lots of bubbles streaming up. Thick, sticky lacing. Large white head, rock and puffy, with excellent retention. A great looking brew

Smell: Strong nose of juniper, pepper, and tropical fruits

Taste: sharp, strong, notes of gin,pine, varnish, alcohol and sweet fruits. Complex and tasty

MF: Smooth, crisp, long lasting flavors on the tongue

Drinkability: Why did I buy only one bottle?, This is fine brew, seek it out and enjoy

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Photo of henryclay_
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of goatxpower
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a good beer. I just gave it all fours, because I didn't want to skwabble over whether it was a 4.5 or a 3.5 or whatever. This is a totally solid, if not terrific example of the style.

A- Golden straw with a foamy white head

S- smells like sparkling apple cider, maybe with some spice.

T- heat from the alcohol, pear, plum, green apple, cloves, bready, some funk, maybe even a hint of wood in there. As good a Tripel as I've ever had.

M- Light and fizzy, with a taste that lingers

D- Goes down too easy. If I had the money, I could drink several of these in a session with no regrets... until the next day.

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Photo of jakester
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a 11.2oz bottle I got at Union Jack's on the Manatawny. Drank it in a Kasteel glass.

Pours a slightly hazy gold with an orange tint. I did not pour in the bottom dregs. Big, beautiful rocky, white head of foam sticks to the glass all the way down. Great lacing.

Smells Belgiany. Tropical fruits like citrus and mangoes, some spiciness also. Slightly phenolic, not too strong. Strong peppery aroma. Yeasty/bready malts. I just tried Kasteel, and this is more complex. More ripe fruit character.

Flavors of ripe tropical fruits, citrus, black pepper, nice sweetness, not overbearing. Cloves in there as well, with maybe very slight banana. After a while the heat from the alcohol kicks in, but it's more muted than some tripels I know. As it warms, the phenols and alcohol become more pronounced.Aftertaste is very long sweet phenols and alcohol.

This is smooth as silk, and at 10% it will sneak up on you in a hurry. Carbonation is light to medium across the tongue. Finish is long and hot.

A very good example of the style. Complex smells and flavors, smooth as hell, and one hell of an alcohol kick. What more could one want?

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Photo of andrewdanks
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of hopfalls
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hey, this is my first beer reivew. So it goes. Purchased at the Bacchus Cornelius beer shop in Bruges 7 weeks ago and opened with trepidation, this Tripel poors a white, perfumy head that looks identical to the Proseco my wife has just opened. Viewed in my new Oerbier tulip glass, the look is reminiscent of some hot apple cider I had in Minnesota one fall. Aroma is slightly spiced, but disappointingly underwhelming. Taste, however, is magical. Taste, at first resiny, evaporates into the tonsils, leaving an apricot and corinander flourish. I doubt you can buy this in the states--that's why I bought it.

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De Dolle Dulle Teve (Mad Bitch) from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
4.14 out of 5 based on 818 ratings.
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