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
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
Reviews:
445
Ratings:
836
Avg:
4.14
pDev:
9.9%
 
 
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70
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Photo of adamette
4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 11.2 oz. bottle that I bought last night (May 1st) at Winking Lizard for $7.50 into the clean, clear pint glass that I was given but a tulip glass would have been more appropriate.

A Huge, meringue like head over a translucent, yellow orange body with lots of sediment floating about. This, of course, is the belgian yeast from the bottle fermentation. Really cool look from my favorite style. 5.0

S Nice fruitty and alcohol aroma that makes this style my favorite. I love the interplay of the sweet with the "heat" of the alcohol. The smell is at least true to style and is even a bit better than most. It is interesting, inviting. 4.5

T Classic sweet goodness of an authentic Belgian Tripel with the Belgian yeast, candi sugars and the right amount of heat from the alcohol. Really, really good. 4.5

M Big, syrupy sweet and the rather elevated ABV contributes to a "big" feel. 4.5

D Rating within the style here...it does not usually make for a highly drinkable beer with such big tastes and sweetness. I savored every drop! 4.5

Notes: Really glad that I finally got to try this one! Bravo!

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.52/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Courtesy of expatsteve. Part 2 of a 5-part De Dolle flight.

Pour: a beautiful, vibrant auburn-orange under several fingers of fluffy white foam with a but of lacing and good retention.

Nose: really grows on me with a sweet blast of tropical fruit nectars, spicy yeast and dry, musty malts and a booze flourish in the finish.

Taste: sweet tropical punch up front, musty wheat, spicy Belgian wheat with a hint of sour in the finish, rounded out by a blast of warming alcohol that creeps up the sinuses.

Feel: light and sugary thin, tickling carb, booze thins and dries

Drinkability/Overall: an impressive tripel overall. Fruity, spicy, dry - hits all the bases and remains balanced despite a substantial booze presence. One of the better tripels I've had.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.52/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Man. Been a very long time since I've had this beer; and I've probably been doing myself a disservice. So smooth and distinct. Really even and well balanced. Great character, with things staying consistent and even. This is an outstanding beer; delivering a great body of flavor that shows clear brewing expertise. A must try for all beer lovers.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.52/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

James at Saveon recommended this, and it was a fine recommendation. Thanks, James.

It opens with a wonderful smell and perfect head and color. Cloudy, of course, and I left nearly all the sediment in thee bottle (drank that separately - a bit nasty, but I had to do it). The aroma is a wonderful sweet, boozy smell.

The taste is wonderfully complex mix of sweet, funky fruitlike tastes. It is not at all over the top or difficult to drink in any way. Just a wonderful sipper. The aftertaste has a minor bite. I think the Belgian idea of a raging bitch is very different from thee US version - she's much more mellow than our Flying Dog.

This is a highly recommended Belgian. One of my all time favorites of the style. I decided to go Belgian a bit this weekend in solidarity to our Belgian brothers. This $5.50 was well spent.

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Photo of dadplusbeer
4.51/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an extremely tasty beer. I enjoy tripels but never this much before. The flavor is incredibly balanced but yeast, malt, and hops all singing in unity. Truly blown away with how drinkable yet potent this beer is. World class for sure.

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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 irishkyle21
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gotta love the name. The "Mad Bitch" pours with a large foamy head. Great lacing and retention. Has a hazy dark yellow/orange color.

Smells of yeast spices, fruits and earth.

Tastes similar to the nose with the yeasty and spices on the front lines backed up by a complex fruitiness and malts. I did even know this was over 7% until I looked it up on BA. Great beer.

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Photo of haroldcamping
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

2013 350 Poured into a Chimay goblet
A Two finger white head amazing retention and lacing opaque orange with sediment
S orange blossom white wine spice Belgian white
M tongue tingling high carbonation sweetness/booze froth
T sweet boozy Belgian spice slight citrus /apricot/pear/white wine dry finish
O Great Belgian triple sweetness covers the high abv very drinkable for a high abv triple from a great brewery

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

Pours a cloudy beige with an ample head that lasts and lasts. Ample lacing on the glass.

Smells really malty, and some tropical fruits.

A malty style of a triple, but sweet up front, some fruit in the middle, with a dry bitterness at the end.

Medium body and good carbonation give this a creamy mouthfeel.

A really nice version of a tripel, more malty than most, not to fruity nor too sweet, it is just right.

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

11.2 oz. Belgian bottle. Label says 11.0%. Pours an impressive golden hazy peach hue, loaded with a rising army of carbonation bubbles to a thick off-white 1/2" head cap that is here to stay. Just a huge impressive pour of golden goodness. The pillowy cover is a sight to behold!

Aromas are initially Granny Smith apple tart and a touch of sour. Whoa! This is reminding me of a lambic nose. Just a mouth watering treat for the senses.

First swigs: Tricky sizzle of hops mixes with a tart green apple Jolly Rancher. Loads of complexity. The hops are of De Ranke levels. The fruity character is emphasized.

Dry character with a linger of spritzy lemon and funk horse blanket.

Last swigs: Lambic-ish dry tripel. Thanks to OrbitalR0x for the bottle.

Beer is good. Happy tripel beering. 104/4.02

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

**Update**

I recently tried a very fresh 12oz bottle of this beast, and it was very similar to the 750ml bottle in all aspects!

This beer is De Dolles - Dulle Teve 'Mad Bitch'. I purchased 1 750ml capped(not corked and caged) green glass magnum of this @ the Steelgaarden in Bethlehem, Pa. The cost? A hefty $16! Was it worth it? Well...yes!

See, I love the De Dolle Brouwers and all of their brews are quite hefty in price, costing me $5-6 for a 33cl bottle around here. But they have all been worth it, and this beer is no exception.

They have fastly become one of my favorite Belgian breweries and one of my favorite all-time breweries. I believe that De Dolle is simply one of the best breweries in the world...ever!

This beer poured out of it's ravaged looking bottle with a nice dark redd-ish colour with an ample head to it. It was not a gusher at all but I think that this bottle has been aged for 3 years or so so perhaps that is why the carbonation level is not insanely high.

This beer had the wonderful aromas of cherries, bread, sugar, alcohol, spices, fruit, hops, barley and malt. It tasted like a melange of all of the above...alcoholic, spicy, bready, sweet, sour, tart and tangy!

This is a big bitch and she surely knocked me off of my feet with her high alcohol content and her fusel alcohol flavors. The mouthfeel was very good. Not too thin, and not too thick. Jusdt how I like them and the drinkability wa only marred by the fact that this beer can be used as jet fuel. The alcoholic punch is just a little bit too much for me.

none-the-less this was an amzing brew from De Dolle that I hope to sample again and again. Perhaps a fresher bottle would taste very different to this one that has been sitting around for a long time. I heard that this beer is in limited production and that it is quite hard to find...So I am glad that I got this oppurtunity to try it tonight!

F.

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Photo of ROMER79
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a murky mustard yellow and had a frothy two finger head. It had an awesome aroma of oranges, lemons, honey, and sugars. The taste was great. Grapefruit, oranges, lemons, bitters, honey, and sugars were all in the mix.
The feel was crisp and refreshing. It is a great triple. Definitely a great beer to enjoy. I could definitely enjoy a few of these after a long week!

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

11.2 oz bottle purchased at Charleston Beer Exchange poured into an Allagash flute style tulip glass.

A: Pours a hazy yellowish orange with a very large frothy white head that leaves a ton of lacing all the way down. It really does look nice in the glass.

S: It is a very fruity and powerful aroma with a hint of spicing. There is a bit of a boozy aroma mixed in with all the fruit. The combination is very inviting, but just a bit too boozy.

T: The flavor follows the nose closely. Wonderful fruity flavors of apple and pear with some great spicing mixed in for more character. However, the alcohol is not as powerful as I expected from the aroma but it definitely gives a powerful warming effect. This really is a well done beer that I can not do justice to in words.

M: A nice medium thickness which seems just right for the style. The spicing and carbonation add a little more interest in the mouth as well.

D: It goes down way too quickly for a 10% beer. I am not usually a big fan of the style. This one is fantastic.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip

L: Pours a cloudy light golden copper color. A mound of foamy head grows out of the glass despite a careful pour... keeping it's form rather than spilling over the sides. A dash of sediment at the bottom that I couldn't keep back.

S: Belgian all the way... citrus and yeasts with complex spices.

T/F: Honeyed sweetness up front... lots of fruits, with pear and apple rind mixing it up with some citrus notes. Spices mixed in... coriander and lemongrass, phenols and pepper. Effervescent with brisk carbonation. Medium in body and warming at the finish with a bit of bitterness to close.

O: An absolutely outstanding Tripel. Complex, delicious, and a cut above the crowd. The only thing better than buying 1... was buying 2.

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

Fuzzy peach-amber with riotous carbonation boiling off the bottom of the glass. The creamy ecru head began rising out of the bottle before the pour and filled the glass with a controlled explosion of foam. It has now deflated to a stunted rocky precipice while depositing thick chunks and globs all over the interior of the glass. A second pour has dirtied up the beer nicely and gives it a serious, 'I mean business' look.

The nose is immensely powerful and is full of fruit and spice. I smell sweetened apple, pear, apricot and melon in heavy syrup with an undercurrent of well-integrated alcohol. A zesty potpourri of clove, white pepper and ginger adds another dimension to what is already a wonderful tripel nose.

Mad Bitch is great beer. I was expecting a pissed-off harpy of a tripel, but (thankfully) didn't get it. This is an incredibly well constructed, multi-faceted, mouthfillingly flavorful beer that is, at heart, a pussycat. All elements of the flavor profile are bursting at the seams with... well, with flavor... yet the seamless melding of such headstrong personalities is nigh on perfect.

There's a rock solid pale malt backbone copiously coated with candi sugar. Atop that is a pulpy, sticksweet fruitiness that now favors ripe, buttery pears. It's a good thing the spicy yeastiness is so prominent because it needs to stand up to the rest of the assertive, yet complementary, flavors. Damn, this is one bewitching and intoxicating (both literally and figuratively) beer.

Alcohol is noticed (it's hard to completely mask 10%), but it too is a welcome addition. There's no hint of ethanol harshness, just a mellow fruity-boozy flavor that is reminiscent of the finest eau de vies. The mouthfeel is a tad more full than medium with a sugary slickness and a mouth pleasing, invigorating carbonation that is as bold as the flavor.

Mad Bitch is a fantastic tripel that has flavor and attitude to spare, yet is as cultured and as refined as the best of the style. If you've been searching for the beer equivalent of the wild party girl that you can take home to Mom, and who will charm the socks off her in the process, your search has ended with De Dolle Dulle Teve.

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Photo of dgilks
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
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 dave750
4.49/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy blond in color with a steady stream of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass to form a huge, thick, rocky white head that lasts for the entire glass. The aroma was a little disappointing. Citrus and straw with a hint of malt coming in late, but it was very weak.
A bold chocolate, caramel and roasted malt initial taste contiues to the end. Sharp, slightly bitter hops and grain join in at mid-taste and remain to finish. Mint and a nice alcohol warmth emerge as the flavor fades. Tastes of orange, coffee, and cedar blend in and out from mid-taste on. Medium thickness with excellent carbonation and balance.
A complex and ever-changing flavor. Incredibly smooth and easy drinking. Agreat beer.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at Beers of the World in Henrietta, NY.

This one pours a light golden orange, mostly clear, with a towering 3 inch head, and lots of lacing.

It smells pretty classically De Dolle, with their signature yeast strain, apples, lemon, sweet syrup, honey, and some grassiness.

I don't traditionally love tripels, but it's fitting that De Dolle would make one that I actually like. It's got a wonderful honey and apple sweetness to it, with a slight grassy hop bitterness, and a bready malt background. It doesn't feel like a lot of tripels that I've had- it feels more unique, and certainly more tasty.

This is medium bodied, rich, and a tiny bit syrupy, with a higher level of carbonation.

This is another amazing beer from De Dolle- they consistently knock it out of the park.

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Photo of animal69
4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- opens with quite a pop, pours a cloudy, kinda chunky med. gold color with an immense white head which not filled the remainder of my 16oz snifter but expanded about 1&1/2 inches above the rim before cascading onto my comp. desk, lacing is excellent as i expected

S- smell is of spiced caramel apple cider, some fresh baked bready aromas come out more as it warms varying from white to whole grain nut to a sweet honey raison danish made with clove, just a trace of estery alcohol

T- taste is also fruity w/ a crisp sour green apple initial flavor being followed closely by a big cereal grain malt that has been kilned a bit longer, a def. clovey spice, caramel, nut and raisony dark fruit w/ very subtle anise in the mix at different times, just a hint of bittering hops and bozzy hotness linger in the back of the mouth in the finish

M- a full body that appears lighter thanks to ample carbonation and a fairly dry body

D- a very drinkable beer given the 10% ABV, so complex you have to have more than 11.2 oz, i suggest a bomber... split in two however

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An outstanding triple from an outstanding brewery.

Pretty dark for a triple - a deep copper - murky, with an Alpine rise of everlasting foam. Absolutely beauteous. The smell introduces strange spice cake and sweet shortening/icing aromas that also stand out bold in the taste. Notable hop or fruity aromas don't stand out but may in fact be delicately woven into or underlying the complex bouquet.

So, yes, the sweetish cake/cookie factor in the smell comes through on the tongue - doesn't take center stage, though - there's also a funky, fruity champagne flavor and big alcohol presence, finishing with light phenol in the back in its also complex taste. This booze level provides some warming and real sting and thins out the mouthfeel, yet it also maintains a notable smoothness and mellow roll, not ending particularly dry.

A lot to appreciate here - grand presentation, an attractive scent, and a confectionery taste. Tone down the degree of ethyl madness and you've got a damn-near perfect triple.

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Photo of dreadnatty08
4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a super heady and foamy light cloudy amber color. Aromas are very estery, some bubblegum, citrus, and hints of coriander. Fermentation temps must have been through the roof! Flavor is huge, lots of body, spice, sugary sweetness and bready yeast. Warming alcohol hits you in the end. This is a pretty amazing tripel, perhaps in my top 5. Would improve had I let it warm up a bit more, but this is a special treat and I'm glad I finally tried it.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Yellow, straw hues, slightly hazy, gargantuan whipped meringue head, great retention and lacing.

S: Belgian yeast, spices, fruits, slight pleasant sourness.

T: A wonderful beer. I try and always keep a few of these in the cellar, though that's not easy because I like them so much and I can always go buy more. Dulle Teve has a fantastic Belgian yeast character with notes of spices and a light fruity character.

M: Good feel with a slight alcohol note in the finish.

D: If you're in the mood for a tripel, you won't be disappointed. Great beer.

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Photo of gford217
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a clear yellow with a soapy white head that hangs on for ages and leaves very good lacing.

The aroma is very light with lots of light fruit, apples and pears maybe, with some sweetish pale malts. Some lemons hang around the nose as well, though not too intrusive or tart.

The taste is a slight step up from the aroma as the sweetness kicks up a notch with light fruits still playing the major role but with some candi sugar thrown in for good measure. The citrus comes out a bit more than the aroma and balances the sweetness of the fruits and yeast very well.

The mouthfeel is very smooth and actually pretty sticky with the fruity and sugary sweetness on the palate.

This is a fantastic beer. It's been a while since I had one and I really forgot how good it is. one of the better tripels out there.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled February, 2004; Hop Leaf, Chicago
With a name like the mad bitch this beer had certainly better produce some results. The beer pours a hazy orange-gold color, and produces a prodigious white head. There is a lightly dusty, herbal, floral, and grassy aroma to this beer. It is sharp and herbal in taste, and is very well carbonated. It is lightly sweet with notes of honey and spices. It is almost spicy hot in character, quite interesting actually. This beer is definitely musty in character, it is like it has been lightly dusted with some pollen from a slightly astringent, yet floral flower. It is slightly lemony in character, with a hint of apple to it as well. The beer gets a bit sweeter as the copious amounts of carbonation starts to dissappear. There is also a nuttiness here in the middle of the beer, which adds to the complexity. I really like the interplay between the spiciness and the fruity sweetness, a very good balance that melds into an incredible beer.

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Photo of argock
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 11.2oz brown bottle into a Chimay goblet. No freshness date, purchased August 2009 at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $5.49.

A: Major gusher. What makes it into the glass is a murky peach with tall, 2-3 finger, off-white big-bubbled head with good retention and craggy lacing.

S: An interesting mix of pears, melons, and apple fruit flavors coated with brown sugar and finished with fruity yeast and alcohol esters

T: The flavor is exceptional with apple and pear followed by pepper and coriander and washed over with brown sugar and melon. The spicy yeast provides another element and the alcoholic finish really wraps up this very nice tripel.

M: Smooth and delicate, light-medium body, with active but appropriate carbonation and a nutty, yeasty, alcoholic aftertaste.

D: A very nice beer to review for #900. A wonderful blitz of interesting sweet malt and light fruit flavors coupled with spice and a warming alcohol presence. I will be revisiting this one again if I can find it in 750s.

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De Dolle Dulle Teve (Mad Bitch) from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
4.14 out of 5 based on 836 ratings.
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