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
Gots:
72
For Trade:
1
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Photo of Nunya
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 911CROFT
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle into a De Dolle long-stemmed tulip. Paid £4.00 for a single.

Pours a bright and clear, golden-orange body with masses of fine, streaming carbonation visible. A huge, rocky, three-finger in height, white coloured head with fantastic retention slowly condenses to a thick, resilient cap, that lasts for the duration of the glass and leaves behind substantial clumps of sticky lace.

A robust and complex combination of sweet malts and fruity yeast initially comprise the majority of the intensely aromatic and inviting nose. Honeyed pale malt, cereal grains and Belgian candi sugar lead alongside notes of apple, peach, apricot and orange blossom. Impressions of floral hopping follow, while traces of clove, allspice and hints of alcohol become faintly perceptible towards the back-end. Taste roughly follows suit, leading initially with a hugely complex and varied array of semi-sweet fruity esters. Apple, lemon, pear, banana and apricot are present in abundance, while subtler, less clearly defined notes of peach, nectarine, plum and raisin trail closely behind. Mid-palate, bready pale malts and caramelised brown sugars add a trace of soft, doughy sweetness to the beers substantial malt backbone. Towards the back-end, phenolic notes of clove, white pepper and coriander seed join zesty lemon and orange to provide enough subtle spice to balance the sweet initial start. In the mouth, a medium body and plenty of fine, champagne-like carbonation combine to give a feel that is wonderfully soft, smooth and creamy. After the swallow, spicy, floral and earthy hop bitterness expertly tame lingering malt and fruity esters, lightly drying the palate to finish crisp and superbly well-rounded, but still fractionally closer to sweet than bitter.

Overall this is an incredible beer. Big and bold, it combines astounding levels of complexity and depth with dangerous drinkability by expertly hiding all but a trace of the 10% ABV. Perhaps a touch sweeter than other examples of the style, its yeast profile slightly favours fruit over spice, but still maintains incredible balance throughout. Recommended.

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Photo of kuishinbo_tantei
3.99/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Nichols33
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Bottled June 2016

Poured a cloudy honey color with a 1/2 finger head in a Orval Trappist glass.

Wonderful aroma: raisins, stone fruit, sweet.

Sharp, bitter, peppery MF in a light body which is perfect for the style.

Highly complex taste with lots of nuance: sweet, stone fruit, raisin, banana. One of the finest tastes in a Tripel I have tasted.

Great tripel. world class. I'll be sure to buy more.

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Photo of csurowiec
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of philbe311
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - An exceedingly voluminous and frothy active off-white colored head comprised of delicate uniform small to medium sized bubbles... There is a rocky top that turns a bit creamier as it settles... Rock star retention... The color is slightly hazed 50/50 mix of medium gold and amber... A light bit of lacing clings to the sides of the glass...

S - Golden raisins... Sweet honey... A rich Belgian yeast... Overly ripened grapes... Pears... Apples... Light vanilla... A touch of sugary cereal... Just a touch of sweet pineapple... A bit musky as well... Loads of complexity... Quite intoxicating... Each whiff reveals a slightly subtle nuance... A few small carbonation bubbles a small streaks rise throughout with a few additional carbonation bubbles anchored on the bottom of the tulip glass...

T - The flavors are a bit more muddled than the aroma... All the facets are present, but nothing real sticks out among one another... There is also a slightly metallic or medicinal finish part way through... The finish has a slightly surprising spice complexity of sage and white pepper which adds a whole other layer of depth...

F - On the fuller side of medium bodied... The initial sip is among the smoothest and sleekest beers I have ever encountered... Sturdy with some chalkiness throughout... A slight carbonated bite...

O - A truly world class, one of a kind and exceptional Tripel... Both the look and smell are among the best there are... The taste and feel lag a bit but are both excellent as well... The end result is a Tripel certainly worth seeking out and one that I'll gladly enjoy again in the future when presented the opportunity...

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Photo of DispyDnb
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Coriander, pear, honey in the aroma. Perfumey. Graham cracker and grassy hops. Spicy alcohol. Sweet honey creeps up as it warms.

Pours hazy gold, yellow, with a thin whispy white head, but some lacing.

Big, rich, graham cracker, honey, and apples. Warming spicy alcohol. Light vanilla and almond. Juicy fruit, chamomile, with a subtle grassy, bitter hop balancing things out a bit.

Rich, decadent, low carbonation. Slow sipper.

Not your average tripel. Sweeter, boozier, but have it with a droopy, gooey, washed rind cheese, and you're golden.

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Photo of MrDell
4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of T_Hass
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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 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 6thstreetbrewpub
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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"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 Roy1586
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nicolaiw
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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

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