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

BA SCORE
92
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837 Ratings
De Dolle Dulle Teve (Mad Bitch)De Dolle Dulle Teve (Mad Bitch)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
Belgium
dedollebrouwers.be

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by stirgy on 09-06-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
837
Reviews:
445
Avg:
4.14
pDev:
9.9%
 
 
Wants:
63
Gots:
70
For Trade:
1
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Photo of SmokinSmyth
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass after sitting open for a couple of minutes, still generated quite a head. It is a cloudy amber color underneath all that head, although minimal lacing as the head recedes.

Aroma is very nice, with a definite smell of cloves from the yeast, with a hint of lemon.

Taste is quite hoppy, and a little spicy. Finish allows a raisin flavor to come through.

Feels very good in the mouth, good balance with carbonation, leaving the feel of foam on your lips. A very nice "mad bitch".

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Photo of Gavage
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: hazy pale yellow in color with a one finger head that lasts a while. Nice lacing paints the glass.

Smell: grass and yeast spiciness is easily detectable.

Taste: nice malt sweetness is balanced with a moderate bitterness level, lemon zest, green grapes, grass, and alcohol. Yeast spiciness lingers around awhile too.

Mouthfeel: crisp from start to finish. Somewhat dry at the finish too. Medium bodied beer. Aftertaste is long as the flavors stick to the tongue and don't seem to leave.

Drinkability: awesome tripel but the alcohol levels drop this score down a bit. Find this one and enjoy it. It's great on tap.

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Photo of WesWes
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a cloudy gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is outstanding! Wow, what a fruity aroma. The yeast character is second to none. The malt bill is primarily pale malts. It's tart almost cider-like with a nice earthy dryness. The taste is good. It has a warm, pale malt flavor with a light bitterness and a dry, earthy yeast finish. The yeast fruitiness is less aggressive in the taste. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a damn good tripel. I love the simple malt bill with loads of yeast character. What a treat.

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Photo of ypsifly
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Undated 11.2oz with the usual De Dolle style label sporting weird art in garish colors, poured into a tulip.

Loud hiss when the cap was cracked and sure enough, she started to gush. Not bad, nothing spilled or sprayed, but I got a huge white head despite a very delicate pour. The room was instantly filled with a funky aroma. Lotsa farmhouse here. I can also get a good whiff of candy sugars, spice, and pepper. A little bit of funky chalk yeast and wood in the background.

Oh yeah Appearance. Once the mammoth head settles over hazed amber, the glass is coated with a sheet of lace. Nice.

The taste starts off quickly fruity with some pineapple/general citrus, followed by the sugars and earthy malts that seem to be paired with apples. Then a woody flavor creeps in before some sugars, bitter hops, more malt, then a peppery alcohol sensation.

The mouth is full and the alcohol component threatens to make it rough, but it all works out in the end. This is, in no way, a session beer. Maybe two bottles....maybe. The real beauty of this beer is not only is it big, bold, and all up in your face, but there is so much complexity going on here.

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Photo of braican
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dope
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A cloudy pale orange pour with tons of particulate floating around. Stupidly huge fluffy white head on top. Takes forever to fade, never really goes away. Leaves only dots of lacing on the glass however.

S: Wow, super strong aroma, almost stinging the nostrils. I get lots of cloves and yeasty bread. Some nice lemons, pear, banana and perhaps some grass. Spicy too - mostly black pepper I'd say. Very refreshing.

T: Loads of cloves and typical belgian yeast. Bready. Lots of spice, again very peppery. Fruits are there but much more subdued than in the nose. Lemons and pears mainly.

M: Medium bodied, definitely doesn't feel like a 10%er. Very drying on the back end. Tons of carbonation helps it feel lighter than it is I think.

O: Certainly a very big and loud tripel. Whew. Aroma and taste are very strong. Carbonation is high to boot. Lots of pepper (almost overly so) and belgian yeast in this one for sure. Excellent example of the style.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared by Azurelimits at a small tasting recently. Thanks Peter! There was some discussion about the vintage since it was in a 750ml capped and corked bottle and the words "Mad Bitch" were on the front of the label. I'll just go with what Peter said because I have no additional information, this was circa 2002 bottle.

Beer poured from a bottle into an oversized flute. Beer is yellow and clear and forms a big head of medium consistent bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass. Carbonation is quite nice and steady. Looks good.

The aroma is simple. Not as bready as I was expecting. Mostly sweet with some apply notes, since it was so old I was almost expecting some sulfur notes but there were none, it was a green bottle.

Beer is medium to light in body. Heavily carbonated in the mouth and finishes well. Mostly sweet up front, again minimal breadiness and yeast character. Its really easy drinking (especially for 10%). The alcohol is hidden well. The forward feel is all pilsner malt, tastes like a brand new beer really. Some fruitiness from the esters in the midpalate and almost no bitterness at the back of the mouth. It is perhaps a little too carbonated in the mouth but nothing is perfect. I would definitely have it again.

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Photo of jeremy13586
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was the last bottle that we had sitting in one of the coolers at work. I decided to give it a go and poured it in to my Duvel glass. Jul2010 stamped on the bottle cap.

Dark cloudy gold color. The head was big and bone white. Lots of brown floaties in the beer, leading me to think that we had this bottle in the cooler for quite some time. Active bubble rose from the bottom of the glass, pushing some of the floaties in to the head, making it look like some one ashed their cigarette in my beer. Lots of sticky lacing lined the glass.

Some sweet malt, clove, banana, and yeast. A little bit of alcohol. The taste is actually more bitter than the nose. Kind of spicy and there is a nice taste of alcohol. The sweetness borders on a nutty taste. Very enjoyable taste.

Incredibly smooth triple. Very nice flavor. All of the sediment in the bottle and glass was not very appealing, so I'll need to track down a fresh bottle and give it another shot. Overall, an incredibly nice beer.

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Photo of Dogbrick
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sample at Firewaters in Atlantic City. This beer pours a hazy yellow-orange color with a medium rocky white head that lasts the whole (small) glass. Large patches of lacing. The aroma consists of yeast, citrus and different spices. Medium body with sweet clove and malt flavors, along with touches of hops and alcohol. Nice fruity undertones as well. The finish is both fruity and spicy. All in all this is a solid Tripel.

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Photo of InfragilisBrew
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hopfacebrew
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled August 2010. Poured to duvel tulip the beer is a mostly clear orange amber with a billowing 3 finger white bubbly head that continues to crow at least 2 fingers out of the glass, wow. Yeast particles noticeable even after a careful pour. Appears extremely carbonated. Superb retention and lacing. Nose is a light crisp sweet apple fruit tone with hints of clove, citrus and belgian yeast. No hint of alcohol. The flavor is very aggressive with the light crisp fruit flavors, mild bitterness, clove, spice, and citrus character. No hint of alcohol. Finishes crisp and dry. Good carbonation, medium bodied. Overall, a nice Tripel. Crisp and aggressive yet complex and refined. Enjoyable.

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

Super carbonated honey pale hazed golden amber with a bright egg shell white head rising thick above the rim of this open faced Bornem chalice...aromatics contain a bit of fusel alcohol with pineapple fruity tropical esters clouding the senses as well. Flavor lets you know the alcohol content upfront as well, a bit boozey and one dimensional semi sweet biscuit malts with spicy herbal Euro hops and spicy bitter yeast notes. Bottled 8/2010 not bad has a little age on it. Again super carbonated version of a tripel I'm used to effervescent CO2 but this is literally hard to take a sip without burping. The bottling condition was a bit out of control from the get go, but as it settles in the glass it becomes much more approachable. Mouthfeel is medium bodied I spoke about the carbonation issues, a linger sweetness overrides each sip as well as a kick of alcohol that doesn't let you forget who you're dealing with one Mad Bitch. Overall impression is that this could be world class tripel if it had more table manners but I don't think De Dolle or the Dulle Teve are ready for that.

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

Pours a towering head of white foam that rises well above the glass and sites on a bright orange body. The head recedes eventually, small bubbles quickly rise. Aromas of tart fruit over light straw, musty earth and malt. Flavor has a mildly sweet, light, malt base with characters of earth and must. There is a mild spicy hop bitterness in the background that adds balance and further complexity. Medium to full body with moderate carbonation.

A bit full bodied for a tripel, but more complexity too. Well-balanced. Not my favorite offering from the dolle brewers, but still a complex and tasty ale.

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

Great accompanyment to our lunch. Pours incredible foam and leaves lace. Of course, wait for the foam to dissipitate. Light yellow, darker cloudy yellow at bottom. Somewhat spicy coriander orange citrus pale strong with substantial yeast. Has the bite to it. Easy on tongue.

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Photo of fairdinkum2
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have to admit that the only reason I tried this beer was because I was sitting next to my lovely wife in a beer pub. So what do they share in common, apart from the description?

They both have blonde heads, they're both spicey and neither is what you might expect in the style.

Beautiful golden color, poured from a 330 ml bottle. Not much head (no more wife analogies, OK?) Not the sort of Tripel you might expect either. Pretty well carbonated, but certainly not unpleasant.

Pepper and spice, but not the citrus one might expect, Actually some banana. Sweetness on the middle palate. Well balanced.

Lovely

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

Careful not to disturb the yeast at the bottom of the 330ml bottle, yields a hazy golden color with a large white head that had good retention. The head eventually settles to a thick cap. Not much lacing is left on the glass. The aroma is different for a tripel. It has a distinct mead-like aroma. But this beer also has strong spice notes. No alcohol is detected. Has a complex flavor. Hints of honey, cloves, pepper, and faint fruit notes. Sweetness is moderate to high. Alcohol flavor is kept to a minimum but the warmth is there. I was expecting more booze flavor considering the 10% ABV but was pleasantly surprised. The body is a bit on the light side but it is nicely carbonated. Overall it does not hamper the flavor. Considering the high ABV, it goes done very easy, dangerously easy. Glad I only had the one bottle.

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Photo of Padron4KM
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle. No freshness date. Hazy golden with a massive meringue like head. Head dissipates slowly and leaves a thick coating of lace in it’s path.

Aroma is sweet orange, pineapple, lemon, honey, and some spice.

Flavor starts off sweet, peaches drizzled in honey, spicy clove, bread. Finishes dry with a pleasant hoppy bitterness.

Alcohol was hidden quite well.

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

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a chalice. Poured a cloudy orange with yellow highlights around the edges, with a 1" head that dissipated quickly down to about 1/8", leaving spotty lacing. Not too much carbonation, but a bit of sediment floating around after the pour.

Smells slightly sweet, a little bready with notes of sweet malts and caramel. Some citrus undertones with just a bit of alcohol lingering in the background.

Taste is much like the nose. There's a good balance between the malt and the candied sugar. A little apple and citrus up front, with a very strong caramel flavor in the middle. Nice finish that stays with you: not too sweet or too dry.

The caramel lends itself to a creamy mouthfeel, but not too syrupy. Medium to full bodied with not too much carbonation.

Despite being 10%, this is quite drinkable. Not a session beer by any means, but I could easily drink more than one.

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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 jzeilinger
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
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 beerguy101
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange gold color. Large foamy white head. Aroma is fruity, spicy, and yeasty with a touch of mustiness. A medium bodied Belgian Triple. Fruity and spicy. Very fine champagne like carbonation. Orange, apricot, grapefruit, peach and vanilla flavors. Spicy and tart. Light and lively. There is a slightly alcohol bite at 10% but it not that noticeable. Damn interesting beer, as are most of the De Dolle brews. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is slightly sweet and very spicy.

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

All kinds of hazy, this golden orange brew pours with a solid white head of a couple inches. Lacing is strong and persistent.

Citric and other light fruit in the nose, alcohol is estery and there is some floral hopping going on.

In the mouth it is a carbonated yet creamy beverage. Nice flavors of spicy alcohol, some esters, with light colored ripe fruit and accompanying sweetness, and more hops than I'm used to with the tripel. I like it, a lot.

Spices are very prevalent, though difficult to discern, as usual with the more proprietary Belgian brewers. I detect a little anise/herbal thickness, also the pepper from the alcohol and Continental hops.

Good body and depth of complexity and flavor: really nice balance overall. Not a drop-dead world class tripel, but an outstanding ale of high quality, full flavor, and a lot of well-concealed alcohol content. Enjoy responsibly.

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Photo of bylerteck
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Split a bottle of this with a friend at Brothers Beer Bistro. From notes.

A - Tons of suspended yeast floaters in a dark golden body. Obvious cloudiness. Half finger of white head left a film of retention and spotty lace.

S - Fruity, spicy, candied fruits, sweet, honey. Very complex and unlike any other Tripel I've smelled before.

T - Honey, very nice spice, lovely sweetness that wasn't overpowering but subtle and complimentary. Yeast. The sweetness, honey flavours, and yeast character were so nice.

M - Good mild carbonation, full body, and a lovely sweet pear finish.

O/D - Great stuff. Very nice and sweet but not cloying. So many layers. Definitely one of the better Tripels out there. Very drinkable but it took me a long time to get through half. Great stuff.

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

A fairly clean (spotted some tiny particles, Maybe from the cork)( OK it much more cloudier as you go thru the bottle) golden amber beer. Has a big spoonable white heat and a very good lace. There is a peppery spiceiness to the aroma. Along with a light sour apple note. Ther is a very prickely carbonation start to the taste. Followed by a dried fruit and fig character. The finish has the peppery hops with a tabacco note in the back.

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De Dolle Dulle Teve (Mad Bitch) from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
4.14 out of 5 based on 837 ratings.
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