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
Ratings:
845
Reviews:
448
Avg:
4.14
pDev:
9.9%
 
 
Wants:
63
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72
For Trade:
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Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of spoony
4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

From a 330 ml bottle (Dated October 2013 on the cap) into a chalice.

A-A gentle pour produces about two fat fingers of light tan head. The foam is dense and retention is quite good. There is a good show of carbonation in the glass, too. The beer is clear and orange-ish golden in hue.

S-The aroma offers of lots of fruity, warming alcohol. I smell green apple and candy sugar, in particular, as well as a bit of bubblegum, some pepper spice, and a bit of lightly bitter, grassy/straw-scented hops.

T-The taste is not afraid to show its 10% ABV, but the taste is less assertive than the smell, which is a good thing. The flavors are still fruity (green apple flesh) and sweet up front, but there is a bit more spice (pepper and clove) and light lemon tartness. The finish is lightly bitter and suggests dry grass and spice.

M-The body is medium in heft with an above average level of carbonation that hurts the smoothness factor.

O-This is a pretty solid tripel. It is very aggressive, with the alcohol but the flavors are nicely balanced, so the beer manages to get away with being so in-my-face. The hops are especially well-done here. The mouthfeel is a little fizzy for my liking in a tripel, but overall this a solid beer that I will drink again if I need a break from my usual Karmeliet fix.

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Photo of kwkdmk
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of frozyn
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy, opaque deep yellow with a thick pure-white head. A little lacing, but not a ton.

Aroma is primarily Belgian yeast, bready toast, candied fruit, some apricot. Honey and caramel as well.

Honey and caramel right up front with some wonderful estery-fruit goodness. I get a little plum, but it's mostly lighter fruit -- pear, a little apricot, a hint of banana -- and a nice peppery spiciness.

It's got a solid feel -- not too dense, with wonderful zip to it and great carbonation.

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Photo of Darkale
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The Mad Bitch opens with a crack of carbonation, as if tired of waiting to be poured, and generates (as so many Belgians do -- and I'm not complaining) a gigantic head (larger than the liquid portion of the beer in my Duvel tulip). The head is beautiful, sparkling white, but the beer itself is thick, swirling, like brackish water. Lacing remains in thin, separate layers on the inside of my glass.

The aroma is very sweet, with a hint of mustiness and just a dash of alcohol.

Wow. Powerful sip. My God. Creamy, but rounded with alcohol. Peppery at the end. Yet, not unbalanced. Pepper remains after I swallow, hot and tingling.

I've been waiting so long to try one of these guys. This beer cannot be fresh (judging from the condition of the bottle and the label), and I wonder how much different it would taste if fresh. It has the spice and mustiness of a tripel, but the alcohol pushes it to a higher level. Some tripels taste thin or weak to me. Please do not tell the Bitch that I called her either thin or weak.

Marvelous. I've had about half of it, and I'm surprised by how the hotness and the spice are balanced by that smooth creamy malt backbone. Well worth trying.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I have been fortunate enough to thry this mad bitch (what a great name!) several places, at home, at a better beer bar, at a beer festival in Brussels, and at a Beer Cuisine restaurant in Brussels. It is a wonderful (wonderfully strong) beer.

Appearance: pours a slightly cloudy moderate golden color with a beautiful white big fluffy head.

The aroma is incredible, and it the strong point of this beer. Some beers I could just sit and smell all night long, this is one of them. Citrus fruit, a slight hop bite, balanced with candi sugar. As I said, incredible.

Flavor starts of with a slight tart bite that interplays sour orange, limes, almost pungent. Spiciness too. Very very good!

Lush creamy mouthfeel, drinkability is limited by it's ABV, and to be honest, it's a somewhat tough profile to get my arms around to want to drink this more than once in a while. I really like it, but want to save it for occasional times.

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Photo of IBUnit63
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light maple color with a bready, nutty head. Good lacing - body is very hearty and rustic.

This has a little champagne-scented tingle to it. Awesome wheaty malt with mild esters. Aroma expands with warmth. A little bit of piney hops too.

The ample carbonation keeps the taste very clean. There's lots of mild caramel malt in here and a bit of electricity from the yeast. Very enjoyable.

This slithers down the palate and is rather sweet but it toned down by carbonation. Very clean.

Slow and steady wins the race with this fine effort. Sip and savor.

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Photo of gatornation
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a hugh hazy 3 finger head that has a white slowly receding billowing head then a nice off amber color is revealed..the smell is fruits ,dark fruits,and some candied malts,spicy yeast follows with a malt slight toffee smell..the taste is plum and melon with spice and belgian yeast it finishes slightly sweet with malts and toffee on the palate..the mouth feel is full it fill the mouth with the above mentioned flavors..drinkability is a slow savor of this brew let it warm and taste the nuances it will reveal..its a great tripel that will hit you when done @ 10%..its great

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Photo of SleepyMonk
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Chilled 33 cl bottle with a bottling date of May 2010 and poured into a sniffer glass.

Body is translucent with a bold honey-ish amber color. Moderate degree of hazing but no real noticeable amount of sediment.

The nose is very floral with strong hints of fresh citrus fruits and peels. Sweet honey aromas blend with soft malt and yeast notes. A certain amount of barnyard funk and terra forms a good solid background.

In the mouth this Triple throws out buckets full of citrus flavors, fresh cut juicy hops and warm malts. The initial citrus elements slowly fall away to release peppers and spicy notes.

Very well carbonated, moderate degree of weight in the body and a dry finish while the alcohol warms up.

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Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled July 2014 and poured into my Trappistes chalice. Deep golden color with plenty of head, carbonation as you would expect. Significant amount of sediment as you also might expect for this bottling date. I wouldn't mind trying a fresher one as this is a solid beer for sure.

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Photo of stakem
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

33cl bottle with quite a bit of age on it (I believe best by 07.) Poured into an Oerbier oversized wine glass, the brew appears a burnt copper color that is quite clear. However, despite a careful pour some yeast particulate makes its way into the glass. Rising bubbles of carbonation maintain more than a finger of khaki head throughout the entire experience. A swirl revives more than a finger of froth effortlessly back to the surface and produces some finger-like patterns of stringy lace.

The aroma is sweet with an essence of belgian candy sugar but contrasted with almost a cheesy to funky aspect is also present when swirled. There is a bit of earthen quality about this that blends into something more fruity like cherry, apple and/or pears. That 10% alcohol is evident but very faintly across the back when a deep whiff is taken. Once the brew goes beyond ideal temperature, there is a very soft suggestion of vinegar that while not distracting was not expected.

The flavor of this brew is quite bready with malt that blends into a touch of cardboard-like oxidation. Some sweetness is present tasting a bit like caramel, toffee and transitions into more of a fruity alcohol note like apple and/or pear skins. Some earthen notes are ever present with every sip that breaks up the experience a bit. The aftertaste has a very faint suggestion of cider. I hate to say this but the overall flavors of this brew are better while colder. As the brew comes up to temperature, the alcohol inclusion becomes almost solvent and numbing to the palate.

This is a medium bodied brew with a lively but not overdone amount of carbonation. The flavors are spot on for what anyone could want/expect in a tripel. However, despite this brew having quite a bit of age on it, the alcohol is well pronounced but integrated fairly decently in this brew. If anything, the warmth of this brew distracts just a bit from the overall ease of drinkability. The last time I had this brew it was from a 750ml that was suposedly 10 years old. It was not the best of experiences but this even with its own significant aging was much better. I am curious now about having a bottle as fresh as possible just for the sake of comparison. If you havent had this yet, what are you waiting for? I will need to put this on the to-do list to grab more of these when I see them.

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Photo of kiddynamite920
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of babaracas
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly hazy dull amber with billowing dense white head, settles slowly to a half inch with big chunks of lace left behind. Smell: honey, spicy, melon, grassy. Taste: amped honey, spicy, fruity, finishing grassy with citric-esque acidity cutting through honey and pale male sweetness. Delicious hider of alcohol.

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Photo of philipquarles
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

One that I'd been meaning to pick up for a while, but kept slipping my mind.

Pours a very nice amber-gold with a huge three finger head. The head is off-white and has great staying-power--in fact, it keeps building long after being poured. So stiff that you can actually poke it with a finger and it springs back into shape. There are a lot of sediments floating around, but this is pretty standard for a De Dolle brew.

Smell is also very interesting; unlike any other Tripel I've had. Definite sweetness and fruits, but this is very well balanced by a certain spiciness.

Taste is also very unique. A LOT of carbonation. Definite sugars, but these are really overpowered by spiciness and hoppiness. Fruits are definitely there. I'd really be reaching if I said banana, but that's the only thing that comes to mind. The malt becomes evident after a few sips. Ends with a bit of alcohol.

Mouthfeel is great. Perfect consistency and it leaves a bit of a coating like a proper beer should.

Drinkability is not so good. It's a fantastic sipping beer, but between the in-your-face taste and the alcohol, not really something I would have more than one of in a sitting.

Great, complex, and VERY unique beer.

**Edit**

A couple of days after this review, I had a bottle of the 1994 vintage (first year) at de Kulminator. It was incredible. Less sugary, more fruitiness and spicy tanginess. Definitely something that gets better with age.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a cloudy dark gold color with an inch and a half frothy white head. Head retention and lacing are both excellent. Aroma is sweet and fruity, it smells like pears, Belgian yeast, peaches, candy sugar and apples. It tastes like candy sugar, yeast, black pepper, bready malt and apples. The taste isn't quite as fruity as the aroma is, which was a bit surprising to me. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and coating, and also has very high but soft carbonation. A bit too much carbonation for my liking, anyway. Drinkability is good, but would be better if the carbonation was lowered a bit. Overall I think this is a good beer, I've had a few De Dolle brews now and I haven't been disappointed in one yet. Recommended.

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Photo of Heymikew2
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Monk's Kettle, in the Mission district of San Francisco. Poured a medium honey color with a light frothy head. Smells light and airy almost as if you could smell a late summer barley harvest. Highly drinkable, hints of allspice and overall a very good beer. Would deffinately order this again.

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Photo of beveragecaptain
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

According the the label, this is a 750 ml bottle. It clearly isn't. Probably a 330 ml. Pours out a dark yellow color. Lot's of carbonation, so I poured half and let it settle for a few minutes before pouring the rest. There was some floating yeast particles near the bottom of the bottle. The aroma is a lot like apple juice, but with spices. The flavor is very complex. Malt, fruit, especially apples and pears. The come the spices, especially pepper. Alcohol is very noticable. This is really an extreme beer, probably best enjoyed in small quantities.

I think I'll pick up that bottle of the Dulle Teve special reserve that I saw at the store the other day.

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Photo of ToasterChef
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from my notes. Served in a tulip glass at the Lion's Pride.

A: Opaque golden yellow liquid with a thin white foam head. Patchy lacing.

S: Slight musty yeast aroma. A bit of hops. All around subtle, but appealing, aroma.

T: Lemongrass malty flavor. Not too sweet. Not as much pepper as a lot of triples. Possibly drier than others as well. I like it a lot.

M: Full bodied with medium carbonation. Not a lot of coating--what is there is a bit sweet. Not as light or bubbly as a lot of other Triples I've had.

D: Very easy drinking. No aspect is too extreme. I want to go find myself some bottles of this to have on hand. If the draft list here at the Lion's Pride wasn't so impressive and full of beers I want to try, I would order myself a second glass.

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Photo of hansavijaticar
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Pugi13
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KYGunner
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bright iridescent orange that glowed in the light this is amongst the most gorgeous tripels I've seen. The head was white and bubbly that collared quickly but laced well.

The scent was fruity, clovey and a touch yeasty. Flowery aromas gave way to a more clove-centric scent.

The taste is superb with huge flowery flavor, honey, clover, sweet candy, doughy malt and did I mention flowers. There's a honeysuckle flower taste that hangs around that is so alluring.

I rank this amongst the best tripels I have had; it is smooth, light, tasty, flowery and and just good to drink.

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Photo of Gusler
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer after decanting a beclouded yellow orange with tons of dross and a rather substantial head that is creamy in consistency and an off white color, the lace forms a fine sheet to cover the glass. Earthy aroma of yeast, sweet malted grain, hints of pineapple, and a marvelous beer to sniff, start is ambrosial and thickly malted, top is fair to middling in feel. Finish is stern in its acidity, the hop powerful but pleasant in their spiciness, very dry and long lasting aftertaste with the 10 percent ABV, applying a bit of “Belly Warming”, a fine beer from a fine brewery, and one I see rarely for some reason.

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Photo of Gkruszewski
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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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De Dolle Dulle Teve (Mad Bitch) from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
4.14 out of 5 based on 845 ratings.
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