Dulle Teve (Mad Bitch) | Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
Belgium
dedollebrouwers.be

Style: Belgian Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

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#3,482
Reviews:
464
Ratings:
885
pDev:
9.64%
 
 
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69
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80
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Reviews: 464 | Ratings: 885
Reviews by Georgiabeer:
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.67/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Brick Store Pub. Pours a very hazy golden, virtually opaque, but without lots of yeasties floating around. Smells of tangy Belgian yeast with pronounced aromas of bananas, clove, and spice. The taste is wonderful. Flavors of apricot, candi sugar, clove, black pepper, juniper come together seamlessly. There is a nice finish of spice and bright, slightly spicy hops on the finish. The mouthfeel is long and attenuated. Very little sweetness on the finish. Absolutely delicious on-tap and one of the better tripels out there.

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Photo of stakem
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
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 dacrza1
4.59/5  rDev +10.6%
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 +16.4%
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 HoppingMadMonk
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy orange gold color. Medium,really fine carbonation which helps produce a great full deep feel. Aroma is complex like the taste with so many different sides to it. It is a truly amazing tripel,sweet, spice,yeast,dried fruit, a decent hop element,and even more layers as it warms. I am a huge tripel fan and this is a unique,amazing representatation of the style

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Photo of dgallina
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy peach with huge creamy white head and loads of lacing. Smells of peppery spices, juniper berries, and dry yeasts. Absolutely fabulous flavor and mouth-feel. Peppery and lemony initially, developing into strong alcohol-tinged juniper berries and finishing quite dry and effervescent. Very refreshing, with a long and tart finish. Alcohol very well integrated. I could drink plenty of these!

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours medium orange with a huge towering head. Some lace, really good head retention.

Sweet fruit, yeast, toasted malt and a little funk. Odd macro smell coming off the foam -- not depth of a tripel, but real generic beer scent.

Back in business. Good fruit up front, some booze, but doesn't seem like 10%. Toasted malt reminds me a bit of brown bread, with sweetness and grain. This one dries out a bit, with some astringency leading to bitterness in the finish. I wouldn't call this smooth, but it has nice transitions to different flavors.

Fuller bodied with a little pucker as the palate clears.

Very decent. Not a top favorite, but one of the good ones.

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Photo of MtnDewd
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of victory4me
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of kiddynamite920
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark yellow/light orange/some copper. Big fluffy, sizzling white head hinting at crisp carbonation. Leaving some clumps of lacing down the glass. Poured gently to not disturb the sediment, yet there is very miniscule floaties.

S: Tart apples, apple peels, a bit sweet and phenolic. A bit of an almost vinegar like tartness with some spice, but it is all covered up nicely by very nice sweet overtones.

T: Citrusy, sweet and a bit peppery. Almost resembles a saison in flavor profile. The Belgian yeast profile takes over and brings the sweetness and typical banana like flavors. 2011 batch so its still pretty evident that its a high abv brew.

M: Clean, crisp mouthfeel with a bit of sizzle and alcohol burn on the back end. Citrusy and sweet, nice match up.

O: Easily one of the best tripels I have tried, and although it isn't my favorite style...it's very clear that this is a very respectable beer.

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Photo of rderedin
3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of kwakwhore
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful golden pour into my trusty Duvel tulip. persistent white head sticks around all the way down the glass.
Aromas are mostly phenolic with some fruity esters, especially apples.
Bananas, cloves and apples dominate the flavors. As the beer warms to room temp alcohol creeps in a bit.
Fairly light mouthfeel for a beer of this strength. Nice carbonation.
For 10%abv this is a really easy drinker, pretty amazing in that regard.
A real bitch of a beer, reminds me of an ex wife, but this bitch is much easier to handle.

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Photo of theboozecruise
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle into a Chimay goblet... typical cloudy amber color with a ridiculous creamy frothy head. One of the biggest heads I've seen on a beer, especially in a goblet.

Smells like sweet floral spices.. a hint of citrus, definitely some hops. Just like you want from a Belgian tripel.

The taste is more of the same, plus a hint of sweet caramel in there. Floral on the end of the sip, spicy and delicious.

A top notch tripel, but not my all-time favorite.

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Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.73/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Date on cap: Jul2011

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into an oversized wine glass (perhaps tulip would've been better)- poured a hazy golden color with a very large one finger plus head that grew two about two fingers. Exceptional retention and some very nice splashes of lacing.

Smells of golden malt, belgian yeast, and candi sugar. Plain, simple, and delicious. More of the latter two.

Tastes like ambrosia would- lots of candi sugar mixed with the golden malt, moderated by an earthy Belgian yeast and VERY slight hop finish.

Mouthfeel is good, but not as carbonated as I'm used to from De Dolle. Medium body with light carbonation (hence why I thought I should've used a tulip). This is another excellent offering from De Dolle and one of the best tripels I've had.

Update: Paired with Chimay cheese and noticed a little sweet booze towards the end of the taste. Otherwise very well concealed for 10 percent.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very hazy orange/tan color with an initially thick, creamy white head a good two fingers thick. The foam dies down relatively fast to leave an even layer on top.

S - Pears, green apples, spicy dankness, white grapes, earthy lemons, grassy.

T - Very fruity (white grapes and pears), estery, yeasty, lemon grass, some peppery spice, some orange, cloves, honey; everything swirls and blends with a robust intensity. Clove spice and earthy lemon grass with white fruit linger on the palate for a good long time.

M - Alcohol warming on the way down lets you know it's a 10% beer. Medium body, biscuity, and velvet smooth carbonation.

O - An intense Tripel with alot of personality.

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Photo of dgilks
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy pale gold colour with a thick, fluffy, long lasted off-white head. Great head retention.

Vinous lemon and lime aroma like that of a great Gewurtraminer. Mild malt and a hint of raisin.

Bready malt with plenty of fruity esters. The flavour has a completely different profile to the aroma with a refined bitterness and slightly spicy note coming through. There is also a mild sort of tartness. Great.

Medium body with moderately-high carbonation. Good.

An exceptional tripel with a truly interestin garoma. Great flavour. Interesting and complex.

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Photo of SirRyanFsu
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of mmmbeer
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Slender Belgian bottle with no freshness date, but probably a year or so old. All-malt, with white candy sugar in the kettle. The beer is golden-orange with a few dregs, medium carbonation, and three inches of white head that leaves lace and clumps of foam on the glass. Fruity and spicy in the nose, with pineapple, peach, apple, citrus and doughy yeast - very nice. Strong flavors - similar to the aroma - with the addition of candy sweetness, red and green apples, and a light dosage of green hops on top of a tingly and dry, almost full body. A very nice ale, fruity and spicy - another winner from the Mad Brewers.

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Photo of ms11781
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Certainly a Tripel, given the pilsner malt profile, alcohol strength, and yeasty spices, esters and phenols. But it borrows a lot of Wit-like spices and cotton candy softness, with a pronounced Leffe honey-malt sweetness. Can't get enough of this beer.

Pouring a majestic orange with golden strands along the edge, the beer's yeasty haze is significant, allowing only a faint glow to penetrate. A very thick and dense cottony head builds on top of the beer and camps out for the session. Looking like whipped toppings, the foam clings to the glass with patterns of intricate lace. Aside from the excessive haze, this is an idealic beer appearance.

Very perfumy with a collection of scents that range from sweeter scents of honey and sugar cookie dough to a yeasty brine of soft pilsner malt and light breads, followed by the spicy notes of corriander, floral hops, and orange zest. Very fragrant to say the least.

Flavors take off with the succulent cotton candy/powdered sugar and honey sweet taste, but soon settle into a more balanced flavor spread thanks to herbal hop bitterness, spicy white pepper and corriander, and an alcohol flavor of spice and bitteness. Esters of peach, oranges, pear, appricots, and apples blend well with the hop flavors of lemongrass, fresh cut herbs, and a lightly woody bitterness in finish. A delicious beer that rides very closely to the sweet side of the perscriptions for the style.

Champagne-like bubbles explode to create a full and expansive feel to the initial taste. The evaporation of carbonation curbs the creamy textures and ushers in a drier, warmer, and whimsical sweetness in memory. It seems that the impression of sweetness is left on the mouth but without the actual weight of sweetness.

A dry fruity aftertaste with lingering spice and alcoholic warmth all transition to the next drink in a very seamless manner.

I like my Belgian Tripels a little drier and with more zesty hop flavor and pronounced bitterness in balance. Where this one resides a bit more on the Belgian Strong Golden Ale side, it doesn't finish as rich as those either- making this a great choice for those of Tripels but with a nagging sweet tooth.

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Photo of endovelico
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%

Nose: Bold, refreshing and complex with evident notes of yeast, pastry, bubblegum, banana, berries and a faint hop greenness.

Mouth: Chewy and full with a bite; Boasts great complexity with a profile makeup of bubblegum, orange and spices.

Overall: World class. Extremely complex, bold and drinkable. Stays true to style while affirming its own identity.

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Photo of PeteRiz
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of janubio
4.84/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Hazy golden colour, two fingers head with bubbless of al sizes, good retention and lace. Aroma of cardamom, green apples, cinnamon, herbs, fruits. Full body, with good carbonation and thick palate, you can almost eat it. Taste of cardamom, apples, pepper, brandy fruits. It's kind like a polvorón. Another great one by the brothers.

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Photo of cubsfan2004
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Powers a murky gold with a huge head.

S - Smell mostly of apple. Boozy smell develops as it warms.

T - Definite taste of apple and sugar with a slight boozy taste.

M - Creamy and smooth.

D - Tastey but the 10% definitely hits you. Would be tough to drink multiples in one sitting.

A solid brew and I look forward to trying more from this brewery.

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