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)
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Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
Belgium | website

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by pezoids on 09-06-2001

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Photo of biegaman
3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Vast amounts of capping foam, resembling a scene of outside the gates of heaven - big and fluffy and pearly white head; a good inch when it was at its lowest point. The colour is a little darker than what one might expect from a tripel, although I have seen a couple other offerings dark in tone like this one. The body is a marmalade coloured orange and somewhat clouded (I believe only result of the bits of yeasty sludge that managed to sneak in with the last few drops).

The aroma boast, quite heavily, notes of over-ripened (if not outright, rotting) fruits. Bold apple, having this come to resemble at times a sugary and amped up apple juice.

A big beer - wow - 10% and showing. Certainly let's its strength known. The flavours (though at points quibbling under such high gravity) hold up against the alcohol. It drinks well - just damn potent! Even the modest sized 330ml bottle is a considerable commitment, be warned!

The taste is more centered to a traditional tripel character. Still flavours of bold, over-ripe apple. A soft malt bill. A pear/marmalade taste as well. Lots of fruity esters stemming, I believe, from the yeast strain. Over-ripe fruit seems to be the recurring theme throughout. The flavour are showcased fairly uninterruptedly with the alcohol impeding mostly on the aftertaste.

Truthfully, I found this to be a little too aggressive for the style. While most tripels weigh in at 9 or 10% I simply found this one to posses less grace and be a tad harsh on the palate. This wouldn't be one of my top choices for the style. I will say though, this is merely my own personal taste and with all considered Dulle Teve is still a pretty nice beer.

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Photo of BeerNemesis
3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

De Dolle Dulle Teve (Mad Bitch) | 330 ml. | 10.0% ABV | 2010

Brewer: Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
Style:Tripel
Glass: Duvel Tulip

Appearance:
Deep and hazy copper, with a substantial, foamy, white head. Lacing is thick, bubble bath thick.

Aroma:
Very earthy. A streak of apple peel shines through.

Taste:
Honey and estery alcohol barge ahead of everything else. The alcohol is really a kick in the mouth that lasts well into the aftertaste. Cinnamon and black pepper are in the background, as well as some tough-to-identify fruitiness... drenched in alcohol.

Mouthfeel:
Heavy. It barrels into your mouth like a tractor-trailer, showering sparks of carbonation in all directions as it goes. The carbonation is lively and well need.

Harmony:
Very potent to the detriment of some flavor development. A sipping Tripel for sure.

Would I get it again?:
Maybe, its strength is also its weakness. However, there is something to be said for a brew with so much kick.

Bottled: Jul. 2010
Served: Sept. 30, 2010

Price = $3.50 at Witherspoon Wines

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.77/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a murky brown color ale with a small off-white bubbly head with average retention. Aroma is spicy with some barnyard malt. Taste is somewhat spicy (honey, cloves?) with some notes of floral malt and light funky yeast. This is not bad but was expecting a bit more character and I’m wondering if something was not wrong with this bottle, will have to re-rate that one.

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Photo of weissbierdrinker
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

It pours a merky brown color that resembles muddy water. Very little light is let through.
Looking at it you don't really expect much.

When smelling nothing is really over powering. There is the smeel of yeast and something sweet.

As soon as the beer hits your tongue you are overwhelmed with loads of differnt taste that you try and identify. The mouth feel is very milky. It starts out fairly sweet with hints of spice, yeast and orange (maybe). Kind of hard to identify because of all the taste the beer has. The finish is slightly bitter and you can really start to feel the alcohol start to travle down your throat.

This is an incredibly interesting beer with loads of taste. Worth a try for sure.

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Photo of karengarys
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

it's triple week for me, starting to get the hang of this....

pours amber with a very fluffy cottony head. It is hazy.

smells overpowering fruity with some hop.

tastes very strong in the alcohol, nothing hidden here. distracting. there is some hop and bitterness.

mouthfeel is creamy, but that alcohol taste is overwhelming.

finish is sharp. That alcohol again, and there is a slight aftertaste.

I'd stick with the st. bernardus.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to koopa for this one in a trade! Poured into my Chimay chalice.

A-Body is a very cloudy dark gold with some amber hues. Pours with a nice 2 finger creamy white head which fades to 1/2 finger and has perfect retention. Traces of lacing are left behind in the glass.

S-A Belgian candy sugar like sweetness comes through first followed by so sweet yeast. Floral hops and a touch of alcohol pack a big punch at the end.

T-Upfront are flavors of exotic fruit such as mango and peach...maybe some pineapple and a big sugary sweetness. Behind this is a healthy yeast backbone. A big punch of floral hops come through for the finish along with a touch of alcohol bitterness. A slight alcohol warmth lingers.

M-Low to medium carbonation and very smooth, creamy, yeasty body. There is an alcohol consistency in there too though, so beware.

D- Let this warm a bit before drinking it. Its downright awful and boozy when its cold. Once it warms a bit plenty of more complex characteristics come through and this one really shines. A pretty good beer overall.

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Photo of BigJim5021
3.7/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Holy hell, this bitch is volatile. I was about as ginger as could be when pouring this puppy into the glass and I still ended up with a massive head. I had to wait a few minutes before I could finish the pour. The rocky white head left big chunks of lacing down the side of the glass. The final pour put basically all of the dregs in the glass.

She smells delicious. Big, bold fruit blends with spicy alcoholic fumes.

The flavor is really similar to the smell, but with a big punch of alcohol. This bitch seriously bites hard. She's not quite as delicious as she smells.

Carbonation is big, as was evident when I poured the beer. The dregs never had a chance to hit the bottom of the glass thanks to the bubbles. The body is medium, bordering on full as the beer warmed.

Drinkability isn't terribly high given the punch of the booze and the price. That's not to say that this isn't a tasty beer. It's just not super-drinkable in the grand scheme of things.

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Photo of swizzlenuts
3.7/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer is brownish colour with a big head that stays around for quite a long time. It has a fair amount of carbonation as well.

The smell so the beer has a lot of fruits to it, and it has a tartness to it. The beer has a big bite from the carbonation and has a sweat wheat taste to it. The complexity of the beer makes it quite difficult to taste everything. The alcohol is also quite prevalent. The flavours include some sweet apples flavour to a slight banana taste from the wheat. However a hint of tartness is there right before the alcohol hits. The feel is creamy and carbonated. The beer tastes good, but it's not something I'd want again.

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Photo of alexgash
3.7/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I remember having this (vaguely) a couple years ago at the Art Of Beer Festival, and I think I liked it. Out of the bottle it pours with an explosive amount of rocky head. Huge. Body is golden amber with yellow edges. Head is creamy dirty light tan. Big candy fruit aromas stand out. Sticky-sweet pineapple and sugar overshadow some bitter hops and resins. A little alcohol too, but not medicinal like Stille Nacht. Taste is, not surprisingly, all about the sweet malts. Candy apples and concentrated fruit cocktail syrup overmatch traces of pepper and hop bitterness. Thick, full mouthfeel that borders on too syrupy. Warming, alocoholic finish that luckily avoids being robitussin-like and cloying. I guess I prefer tripels that aren't so sweet, so this isn't my favorite. Still, it's heads and tails above Stille Nacht (blechh!).

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Photo of hawksfan82
3.7/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

33cl Bottle, best before Feb, 2010. Poured into a Val-Dieu chalice. 10% abv.

Usually De Dolle offerings foam like crazy when you open them...not this one. Although there was plenty of head after the pour. Pours a darker blonde...nice puffy white head that's about 2 fingers at first, and stays at about a finger even after a few minute of rest.

Smell is big and malty, musty? Can pick up a few spices...maybe corriander in the nose? A little banana, maybe even a hit of citrus or pineapple, but very faint.

Taste is like the smell, big and malty...but not like syrupy malty. The maltiness has almost a soft, chalk-like quality to it that feels very heavy on the tongue....coating Carbonation is very evident. The fruits try to make their way through but are not very obvious, although they tend to come out a little more as it warms. There is a distinct warming alcohol that coats the tongue right away and remains after each sip.

Mouthfeel was basically described above. Very heavy on the tongue. Smooth and coating. The malt and the alcohol really linger.

It's hard to judge the drikability of this one because of the fact that it's a pricey brew and it's only found in 33cl bottles. I generally never have more than one and could see myself having 2 in one sitting but no more. But I think that is typical of most big belgians that hang around the double digit ABV area.

A very sophisticated beer....makes me wish I would have purchased another, or even a 750 ml bottle were they to offer one. I'd like to have a little more to get a handle on it. All in all though, just like any other de dolle, a good offering and a nice unique take on a classic style.

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Photo of paterlodie
3.69/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation is quiet poor cause of a bad forming and not lasting head and a bronze but cause of the big haze pale looking beer.
Nose is very alcoholic with a coctail of yeastspice(pepper) and a fruitcoctail with lots of sweet apple. Further litle sour and a honey like candynote.
Taste is again lots of alcohol, sweetish candy but further dry. Some light maltarome but alcohol is mostly present. Aftertaste is moderate bitter in a forever staying alcoholbath. Mouthfeel is ok but alcohol and carbonation are IMO far too high. This hurts drinkability also enormous.

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Photo of andjusticeforale
3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The first thing that hits you when you pour this beer is smell of alcohol.( 10% abv) I poured a cool-to-cold bottle into a Chimay chalice and the smell hit me before the head could form. A two centimeter thick foam head formed on top of the opaque orangey-yellow tripel. What I also noticed was the noticeable smell of trappist alcohol esters, but a little more faint in this secular brew.

"Mad Bitch" describes this beer perfectly. There is beauty in the substance, the mouthfeel, the fruity citrus and faint sugar up front, and the flawlessly dry aftertaste. But, just like a beautiful scorned/crazy woman- watch out for the (venom)alcohol here. It is always present, from first sip, to the last foam enducing swirl of the goblet. Really that is the only downfall of this beer. The strength and ever presence of the alcohol makes it semi- undrinkable. I would compare it to Westmalle Tripel, yet the Dulle Teve has less hops, and cannot mask the alcohol as the ingenious Westmalle Tripel succeeds to do.

If Belgian Tripels exploding with alcoholic flavor is your favorite category, this extreme tripel is a must taste.

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Photo of nas5755
3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bottled in Oct 2009

Poured in a Duvel tulip, massive head nice golden color a little/barely cloudy and a few yeast sediments(still a good sip left with the dregs in the bottle). The smell is spicy and yeasty. The taste very spicy, lots of clean smooth malt, subdued apple. The mouthfeel is good, clean and slightly hot. A fairly drinkable beer, I could have another easily.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a nice hazy golden color with a fluffy white head on top. The smell of the beer is spicy and has some sweet grainy aromas in there. The taste of the beer was pretty good. I felt like that this beer wasn't as good as it should be flavor-wise. The mouthfeel was medium bodied with a solid carbonation to it. Overall this beer was good but not that great in my opinion, I should probably revisit this one someday and see if my tastes have changed.

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Photo of smcolw
3.67/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy with an orange-amber color. Small head. Rim bubbles, no lace.

Malty and sour. Mild on both counts. A tiny piece of sweetness.

Leans sour, but with a good malt base. I detect some orange and rum (?). The alcohol content is hidden in the strong flavors, but I can feel the warmth in the throat. Spritzy but with a solid body. The aftertaste is light, some cream, some unsweetened orange.

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Photo of Philousa
3.66/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

330ML bottled in July 2010.

Pours a clear metallic gold in my Duvel tulip with three fingers head that sticks to the glass in patches. I got a little sediment in the glass which is stirred around quite a bit by the carbonation from the etching at the stem. Foam sticks around to the end, leaving a somewhat thin layer. Initial whiff is full of green apples, which is kinda weird since I've never gotten that from a Tripel. After the head settles down I get the spices I've come to know and love from a Belgian: allspice and clove. Also get some orange and excotic citrus, almost like papaya or something. Hard to get the malt under all this, but it's somewhat biscuity for a Belgian. Taste starts out light with effervescence but gets a bit heavy with honey and nectary flavors. The spices come after the swallow and stick in the mouth and throat. It's not too heavy, though, as the alcohol comes back at the end, but very light. Just a hint of the ABV. The feel gives the impression of being very balanced with a dry aftertaste.

This borders on being too spicy, sticking to the back of your throat, but it never gets there. That's commendable, but it could use some banana esters to balance that out. Lots of goodness in here, but a bit too heavy to make it an excellent Tripel.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.66/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

From: Binny's, Algonquin, IL
Date: "Bottled" is marked on cap, but the rest is missing (purchased winter 2011)
Glass: Tulip

Dulle Teve comes across as a midline tripel: Belgian in yeast and fruity esters, uniquely bitter, but like most De Dolle beers, this is a little too exuberant in showcasing its ethanol presence over other flavors, subtracting a few points in my book. This would be good as a warmer in colder months, but I, personally, do not appreciate the "in your face" ethanol aspect of some beers. Otherwise an enjoyable tripel, though also priced overly high ($6 per bottle) for what it is.

Pours a massively tall (>4cm) head, composed of medium-sized to large bubbles and white in color. Retention is excellent, lasting severl minutes before fading to a thin cap atop the body of the beer. Lacing is present and fairly substantial, thick clumps cling to the sides of the glass in randomized locations. The body is a fairly clean, transparent, and cool golden yellow in color, with light bringing out brighter yellow hues. Carbonation is readily visible, quite active and numerous.

Aroma is of pale malt sweetness, musty Belgian yeast, and light fruit esters (baked Bosc pears, dried apples). Not a poor aroma at all, but not as exuberant or expressive as others in the style. Perhaps it's age?

Overall flavor is of pale malt sweetness, musty Belgian yeast, some fruity esters, and ethanol. The closing bitterness is a nice, unique touch, though the ethanol obviousness detracts from the enjoyment for me. Front of tongue tastes pale malt sweetness, fruit esters, ethanol, slightly musty Belgian-style yeast. Mid-palate is of pale candi sugar, pale malt sweetness, baked Bosc pears, dried apple slices, and light Belgian yeast with honey-vanilla flavors. Back of palate features somewhat prominent ethanol with continued pale malt and candi sugar sweetness, some bright fruity esters, light Belgian yeast, and dried hay. Pleasant lingering bitterness in the aftertaste, along with light mustiness, pale malt sweetness, baked pear esters, and light Belgian yeast. Ethanol becomes more prominent in the aftertaste as the beer warms.

Beer is medium to medium-heavy in body, with carbonation of medium intensity, resulting in a mouthfeel that is never fizzy, but gently foamy and smooth. Ethanol is rather easily noticeable on the throat and in the nostrils, less so on the tongue, and particularly so after each sip when the beer warms somewhat.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.65/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Monk's, Philly, PA

Poured slightly hazed amber with a nice white head that dissipates a bit. Aroma of floral hops and a bit of spice. Taste of light fruits and light sugars, some alcohol bite. Mouthfeel is medium, with a bit of harshness from the alcohol. Moderately drinkable. Good beer.

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Photo of Viggo
3.65/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to biegaman for sharing this one with me!

Pours a hazy golden, big thick white head forms, nice lacing, super retention, head just won't quit, settles to a thick layer. Smell is sweet, caramel citrus, apples, alcohol, sugar, more apples, neat. Taste is similar, sweet and malty, wheat, apples, alcohol, caramel, quite sugary, bready, spicy finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with high carbonation, very warming, almost hot going down. Not a bad tripel, thanks for sharing Jan!

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.65/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled May 2010.

A - Hazy golden orange with a big fluffy white head

S - Sweet malt with some spice, green apple and honey, yeasty with noticeable alcohol.

T - Spicy with sweet malt and hot alcohol. Candied fruit and more hot alcohol. Yeasty notes in the finish with even more lingering hot alcohol.

M - Medium body but on the heavy side for a tripel. Highly carbonated with a bunch of alcohol.

D - Boozy and sweet. Not what I was expecting.

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Photo of chaz01
3.65/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this on draught at a special Belgium event at Chappy's in Dayton -- served in a special 6 oz wine-like tasting glass.

A: Dark golden color with a little head that recedes quickly.

S: Fresh fruity aroma

T: Sweet candy tones with malty flavors of dark fruit, plums and raisins. Sweet malty notes with a lemony tartness in the finish.

M: full bodied, light carbonation.

D: Of the 4 Belgium beers I had this night, although all were good, this one stood out the least.

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Photo of rangerred
3.64/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle into a goblet. There is no age stamped on the cap but judging by the other De Dolle beers at the liquor store, this one is probably around 2008 vintage.

Pours a very dirty dark gold with lots of specks in it. However the head is a very billowy, frothy bright white with a few specks of yeast so I have to give it some credit for that.

Right off the bat in the aroma I can tell this beer has some age. The sherry/wet cardboard note of oxidation is quite present and overpowers anything else. Apple is very strong along with notes of plums and dark fruit; sort of out of character for a triple.

The flavor continues the oxidized notes. More apple and plums along with sherry. The oxidation character starts to become a little too much as the flavor lingers. There is almost a touch of smokiness about it but not in a real good way. This beer definitely does not have the characteristics of a Tripel that I was expecting. Mouthfeel is quite sticky; not dry like I was hoping for.

Overall, I feel like this beer is a bit past its prime. I was hoping to get a nice, aged beer but this one has been on the shelf a bit too long. Hopefully I will be able to try a fresh sample one day.

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Photo of alcstradamus
3.63/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very murky golden brown with a mountain of head that nearly oveflows my glass even when pouring carefully.

The aroma is spicy and phenolic. Notes of banana bread and lemon zest.

The flavor is full of sweet malty goodness and spices. Some banana bread and alcohol. Floral hoppiness and nutty earth.

The body is medium light and carbonation is high but appropriate. Im definitely impressed by this beer, the alcohol flavor brings it down though because it is just too prominent for a tripel.

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Photo of RollTide05
3.62/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer last night and paid US$12.50 for it at an insanely overpriced Belgian bar here in Hong Kong called Frites. It poured with a huge head and I had to let the head chill for a bit before I could finish pouring it into the La Chouffe tulip I drank it in.

Overall a good tripel but I will say that the alcohol was very prevalent. Alot of maltiness and a tad bit of hops were noted. The beer was very carbonated as far as its head but mouthfeel was a bit syrupy.

I didn't dislike this beer but It didn't make a huge impression either. I would certainly drink it again but I will never pay that price for it in the future. Also, for that kind of money it should have been served in the proper glass.

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Photo of alpinebryant
3.61/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

August 2010 bottle
Pours an over the top of a Bruery tulip massive head of too much carboation. This was entirely overcarbonated, hazy marmelade orange

Smell of overripe oranges, tangerine, coriander, clove, spices ; belgian malt and yeast.

Taste of spicey / yeasty dough like tangerines. Tons of carbonation on the tongue, lots of dough. When I poured this, I said son of a.... because it was entirely too carbonated. Now I know where the name came from...

Overall this is a very tasty brew however it was under attenuated at bottling and could have done a lot better with more age before being bottled.

Like stated earlier, extremely highly carbonated, medium to light mouthfeel. Belgian candied sugar flavors abound

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De Dolle Dulle Teve (Mad Bitch) from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
92 out of 100 based on 434 ratings.
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