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

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light gold, hazy, with a very big head that leaves lacing. Nose is boozy dough and fruity esters, maybe a little peppery hops. Taste is...damn strong. A tripel turned up to 11. Phenols, black pepper, alcohol. What it lacks in drinkability, it gains it "punch your face." Very high carbonation. Overall, a very interesting beer, but I can't say I loved it.

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Photo of Truh
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Accused of being a crazy bastard with this one on 1/1/2005. 16-oz. pint pour at the Sunset.

1/8-inch creamy and tight head stuck for a good way throughout. Apple cider light brown hue with tons of chum’ looking closely it was possible to make out some action within. Clover honey, clotted cream, and some cinnamon on nose. Christmas pudding sweetness followed by a plum and raisin fruitiness and a flaky malt finish; also, a grape-like resin to the follow-up. A soothing offering overall.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

11.2 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a cloudy orange with a lot of floaties, big head with great retention. Bit of a gusher as a few of De Dolle's beers have been.

S: Cider apples, Belgian yeast, some booze.

T: Green and yellow apples and some pear predominate. Some white pepper and direct bready yeast. Ethanol is noticable, but works well with the other flavours and is to style. Some light spice in there.

M: Smooth, robust, some solvent alcohol character, not over carbonated which was nice.

D: A very good tripel, quite flavourful. A sipper for me, a beer to relax with at the end of the meal.

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Photo of bobsy
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light, hazy orange body with a finger of white head that exhibited good retention and put down some nice lace. Sweet, floral and honey aromas drift upwards, and combine with a zingy pepperiness, which provides more interest. Sweet, grainy flavour, with light tropical fruits, honey and floral hopping. Peppery spicing brings a bit of heat. The alcohol shows a little bit more than I'm used to in a tripel, but in hindsight, most of the tripels I've come across have been in the 8% - 9% range, and not the 10% of this bottle. This contributes a great warming feel to the body and seems to bulk it up beyond medium. The moderate carbonation is effective at relieving the sweetness of the flavour.

Not my favourite tripel due to the more obvious alcohol, but certainly a worthy example. Recommended to try, but I'd probably reach for a St. Bernardus instead.

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.79/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

11.2oz brown glass pry-top bottle. Cap stamped "Bottled AUG2010."

Appearance: Pours a lively gold color, somewhat hazy and with huge amounts of creamy thick off-white head that has incredible (almost annoying) retention.

Nose: Traditional white pepper yeast aromas, plus banana peel/leaf, fresh cream, eggs?, baking flour. Reminds me of the makings for a pie or cake before they're all assembled.

Palate: Crisp and lively, prickly with alcohol and hop bitterness. Fairly dry on the palate and carbonation is almost explosive despite how much was let out in the head. Flavors of seasame seeds, baking bread, white pepper, dried herbs, burning orange zest, butter, caraway (or some other seed that gets used in bread a lot). Long, dry finish.

Notes: Very spicy for a triple, almost like a massive saison really. Reminds me a bit of Avec les Bons Voeux from Dupont. Would be curious to see this with 4 years on it.

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

De Dolle Dulle Teve after a very careful pour looks a rich gold, slightly hazed with a ton of carbonation and a huge head and lace. Aroma of belgian yeast, cotton candy, a whiff of floral hop. In the taste, fruity esters, spicy hops, alcohol and white grapes. Mouthfeel is light bodied and highly carbonated, semi dry. Decent drinkability, and a solid tripel. Given it's strength, this would be an ideal nite cap.

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Photo of warmstorage
3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

33cl bottle, in logo tulip glass, at Bier Circus in Brussels.

Appearance: deep hazy opaque copper, with a big rocky head, solid lacing.

Smell: banana, spicy peppery esters, belgian yeast.

Taste: sweetish and candy-like, long, sweet finish, with peppery notes and deep caramel flavors, hints at carmelization in the brew kettle. Lots of sugar, almost thick with it.

Mouth lowish carbonation, viscous to thick mouth. Feels a little syrupy/ under-attenuated.

Very drinkable, very tasty, just a little syrupy sweet and thick to drink all the time.

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Photo of hefevice
3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle. Probably shouldn't have tasted this straight after the Oerbier. Lovely hazy orange gold with a massive rocky white head which looked spectacular in my Duvel tulip. Orange peel and spicy alcohol dominate the aroma with acetyl notes and subtle hops in the background. Taste is dry and herbal, dominated by the warm alcoholic finish; the mad bitch definitely bites. Feel is good, but not up to the Oerbier.

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Photo of shivtim
3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Brickstore.
Beautiful tripel. Hazy bubbly orange with a foamy dense head. Nose is tart apples, sharp and biting, with sugary spices. Taste is heavy on the alcohol, it kicks in early and stays strong. Strong sweetness comes through, and yeast. Mouthfeel is quite good, it swims heavily through your mouth. Drinkability is hampered a bit from the ABV and lingering alcohol flavors. Still a great beer, but alcohol hurts it.

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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
Glass: Duvel Tulip

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

Very earthy. A streak of apple peel shines through.

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.

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.

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 AndrewMichael
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Small bottle poured into a 4.5 oz champagne taster glass at The Birch. Golden color, and very well carbonated. Spicy Belgian yeast aroma, and intense tripel. A great combination of spicy, fruity, and alcohol flavors.

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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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De Dolle Dulle Teve (Mad Bitch) from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
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