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 amano_h
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

An abundance of Belgian yeast, fruity esters, and candi sugar from the get go; toast, pears, honey, caramel, bubblegum and a hint of orange compose the primary aromatic impression of the brew. Unusual hints of resinous pine and not-so-unusual peppery notes surface as the brew warms up. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
"Bittersweet" would probably best characterize the palatal characteristics of this beer, but in reverse order. Caramel, brown sugar, sweet bread, plums, and golden raisins strike you first, which is then followed by a support cast of white wine, white pepper, light grapefruit-peel bitterness, and zesty spice -- whereas this is a descriptor I hesitate to use with beers of this style, I would even go so far as to say this finishes almost dry.

Medium-bodied, with persistent robust carbonation which took about three minutes to fully capture within the intended glass. The brew is also a little hot to the touch, which isn't surprising given its high alcoholic content. By and large, this is a unique De Dolle take on a classically ubiquitous Belgian (staple) style.

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Photo of threeviews
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

April 2014 vintage poured -VERY CAREFULLY- from an 11.2oz bottle into a Charente glass

A - Paying special attention to the pour (and keeping the yeast out of the glass), the beer produces a gargantuan, 3-4 fingers of a white rocky head.

S - Orange Blossom Honey, Apricot, Pear, Rum-soaked raisin, confectionery sweetness and a hint of overripe orange. Wonderful complexity and wholly unique for a Belgian Tripel.

T - Much like the aroma, the flavors burst onto the palate and surprisingly, finishes dry.

M - Medium + body with strong carbonation. However, if left to linger (and especially if poured into a nucleated glass), the carbonation will dissipate quickly and result in quick consumption of a rather big beer.

O - This is a real treat and hope I am able to source a fresher bottle (their website suggests not aging this beast). For those who want/need to know the definition of a Belgian craft brewery, Brouwerij De Dolle needs inclusion. Although a bit expensive (especially when 1-2oz of an 11.2oz bottle will be lost), this is something that might be best reserved for special occasions (although I had none to celebrate as of this review). Like the head, the aroma and flavors are strong (as well as unique) and the body is full and creamy...but the cost and availability might prevent its enjoyment by most.

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Photo of scootny
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Large off white head wiith mild lacing. Nose is light fruits, grape and pears with a note of vanilla and sweet alcohol. Sweet dinner rolls and yeat esters. Taste is sweet and malty with a mild bitterness. Peppery spiciness covers a light alcohol and estery middle that surrounds a lightly chewy breadiness. Belgian yeast and light fruits. Finish leaves sweet alcohol and mild graham crackers. A bit of fusel evaporative cooling of the mouth. Feel is quite carbonated and somewhat prickly. A complex and big triple. Sip don't chug. Savor don't rush.

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Photo of Dzu
4.37/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours into chalice.
L: Copper color with creamy-white two inch foam head.
S: Classical belgian tripel smell. Lime , caramel, honey.
T: Fresh apples and honey taste. Unexpected but very good.
F: Medium carbonated, perfectly balanced.
O: Seems to be one the finest triple that i've had.

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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 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 BEERMILER12
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a golden orange color with a massive head that slowly fades down to a nice cap

S: Belgian yeast provides some nice spicy notes and fruitiness while some esters throw off more fruitiness, mostly banana and apple. Some lighter wheat notes in there as well

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the spicy yeastiness along with some lighter fruity notes. Goes into some dry malted wheat notes and some light alcohol. Finishes with lingering wheat and yeast notes

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A classic tripel that has a huge focus on the yeast and is a bit on the drier side. Does give off some off band-aid notes every now and again but that might just be due to the immaturity of this particular bottle (only 4 moths old). Worth checking out, although preferable with a little age on it

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Photo of larryarms847
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy bright sun golden yellow with a light orange hue and fizzy carbonation that dissipates quickly.

Peaches, caramelized sugar, toast, caramel, apricots, and a slight tart aroma.

Apricot, peaches, and stone fruit flavor is right up front and gives way to a slightly peppery yeastiness and sweet caramel.

Medium-full bodied, medium-high carbonation, slightly boozy.

Overall, a little boozy, the alcohol could be a little more well hidden but a damn good beer in general. On a side note this was a 3 year old bottle and held up very well, but is much better fresh or after a couple of years tops.

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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 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 Beginner2
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I had this again with pasta
I increased my rating slightly from 4.02 because its carbonation cuts through the oil in the marinara sauce and the ale's spicing complements the sauce.

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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 safaricook
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Blind Tasting Tripel Project of Fall 2015
Dense fine white head, lots of bubbles, gold, beautiful
phenols and fruity: banana, peaches, pears also bready, some booze
starts malt sweet, peppery, bitterness, a bit harsh, later a rum character evolves
velvety, medium body, refreshing but not biting carbonation, definitely some heat to it
Characterful Tripel that has everything . Could be more drinkable if it weren't for this certain harshness and little too present heat. Still very good.

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Photo of snowmageddon
4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

October, 2013 bottle

A: pours a yellow-gold with ample off white head
S: overripe pear, honey, cantaloupe, white wine
T: very sweet and vinous, honey and ripe fruit at the front and pepper, herbal hop notes on the finish
M: moderate carbonation with a light mouthfeel
O: a unique tripel. the musty, sweet, white wine and honey flavors all mesh remarkably well

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Photo of BaronRVH
4.74/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance is excellent with some serious head. Aroma is subtle yet intense/complex-molasses, bananas, spices, bread... Flavor is not subtle! Delicious with mirror of the nose adding a warming, explosion of flavor. Outstanding!!!

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Photo of MLoxxer
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

I poured this tripel form a 330ml bottle which had been bottled in July 2015. A nice dark, straw-colored liquid that produced a white that came forth. The head dissipated quickly into a thin layer of fairly large bubbles. Minimal lacing was present. The beer’s aroma is a bit understated for a 10% ABV offering. The flavor is excellent, exactly what I expect from a Belgian-style ale, strong, bitter and yeasty. The mouthfeel is a bit on the heavy side. I will definitely be having this one again.

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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 dacrza1
4.59/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

DATE TASTED: September 6, 2015 ... GLASSWARE: Chimay chalice... OCCASION: watching Naked and Afraid XL's Reunion Special... APPEARANCE: first, out of the bottle: frothing and bubbling like champagne! once out, thick, two-finger white head that retains like a beast...then, the body: thick, opaque and dark orange, with minimal effervescence but dark, chunky sediment at the glass's base.,, how does a 10% ABV retain such head? picture perfect ... AROMA: strong pineapple, apple and sugary candy; other hops suggest the slightest resin and pepper; yeasts hint at bubblegum... PALATE: demands a sipping approach, as the instant the DT hits the lips with thickness and froth... warming, active--a heater in the throat, while glistening on the teeth on the way down... TASTE: full-bodied, intense and punishing with its grapefruit, raisin, plum and pineapple... the malts come across as light biscuit... the yeasts, again, develop a bubblegum and peppercorn combination--what a complete bottle...OVERALL: A rare catch at Mountain Valley's bottom shelf and an awesome reconnect with a bottle hand-selected by Russell's (Bloomsburg, PA) owner himself about a decade ago... one of the best Belgians I have encountered, claiming an experience in itself... big and bold but just warm enough to miss perfection--but not by much!

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Photo of stevoj
4.85/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours with the towering head expected of the style. Nice sourish malty aroma. Color is hazy orange. Tastes of spice (peppery), hops, and sweet malt. beautiful to look at and even more beautiful to drink.

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Photo of rEBELlION
4.56/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Such a full bodied beer without being heavy. So nice to drink an authentic triple, would love to try it younger. This one has been on the shelf for a couple of years.

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Photo of Budinetz
4.71/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in July 2014, consumed 3/15/15. Approximately 8 months of age.

Poured from the bottle into a clean beer snifter. Extraordinary head retention! I have never seen anything like this before!! In fact, I wanted to sip it but I declined because I wanted to see how long the head actually stayed. Aroma is of belgian yeast with the slight candi sugar presence that most Belgian brews have. Very light in color (about 8-10 SRM). Tastes of sweet estery goodness! I get subtle banana, golden raisins, and wheat upon first sip. Following the next few sips I get some port Wine on the palete. As a 10% abv triple, it's the strongest one ever had, however, it's the best overall up to and including the later brews.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

these guys just crush it for me, one of my favorites, although i see their beer so rarely its always a treat to find one. this is a real heady tripel, foamy as can be in the tulip, bone white several inches on a slightly cloudy blonde straw colored base beer. the nose is sweet like most tripels, but this one for me is more about the yeast. it feels rustic and ancient, summery and different, not so fruity in flavor as other, but not spicy either, its sort of off the spectrum in that regard, which i like a lot, has a mustiness to it as well, which suits the sweeter base beer. maybe some oats in here, there is plenty of body, and i am surprised to learn its so strong, it drinks so much easier than this with its effervescent carbonation and only medium body. a bit of lingering sweetness, but made appealing by its interaction with the yeast flavor as it goes down. so cool to have this one on draft, i need to find more of their stuff. i am not usually a huge tripel guy, but this one ranks.

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Photo of Jgolian
4.61/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Wow it made it America in one piece! It still held its head, I've been so disapointed in what we are getting in Florida lately! Chimay headless! How dare they! Great Beer! Bier!

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Photo of Radome
4.72/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Tasted from a 300 cl bottle.

L - Color is a dark gold to orange. Cloudy. Head is super fluffy with an off-white color. Laces with huge sheets of the same micro-bubbles that make up the head.

S - Warm aromas of fresh bread, bubblegum and light spices. A bit of fresh grassy hops in the background. Very complex and appetizing.

T - Flavor reminds me of sweet bread, bubblegum, light brown sugar. There is a hint of bitterness and a light spice in the finish that keep this from getting cloying. Again, very complex.

M - Strong carbonation of tiny bubbles fills the mouth with creaminess. Medium body is lightened by the carbonation. Strong alcohol presence. Moderate hops bitterness.

O - This is a delicious, complex and satisfying beer. The flavors and aromas are clean and fresh and really "pop".

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Photo of endovelico
4.6/5  rDev +11.1%

Nose: Bold, refreshing and complex with evident notes of yeast, pastry, bubblegum, banana, berries and a faint hop greenness.

Mouth: Chewy and full with a bite; Boasts great complexity with a profile makeup of bubblegum, orange and spices.

Overall: World class. Extremely complex, bold and drinkable. Stays true to style while affirming its own identity.

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