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

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851 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
Ranking:
#1,608
Reviews:
449
Ratings:
851
pDev:
9.88%
Bros Score:
4.2
 
 
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64
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76
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Ratings: 851 |  Reviews: 449
Photo of Knapp85
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a nice hazy golden color with a fluffy white head on top. The smell of the beer is spicy and has some sweet grainy aromas in there. The taste of the beer was pretty good. I felt like that this beer wasn't as good as it should be flavor-wise. The mouthfeel was medium bodied with a solid carbonation to it. Overall this beer was good but not that great in my opinion, I should probably revisit this one someday and see if my tastes have changed.

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Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: It poured dark yellow and cloudy into a snifter glass with a huge white head. There's a moderate level of carbonation and a layer of bubbles consistently covered the surface after the head slowly died down.
S: There's an interesting mix of malty, yeasty, fruity and spicy smells in the aroma.
T: The flavor is very complex and well balanced between malt, spices and fruit. The taste becomes sweeter as the beer warms up. The finish is dry and a slight taste of alcohol is perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very bubbly on the palate.
D: This beer needs to be sipped given its alcohol content; however it's not too difficult to drink after it warms up.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Certainly a Tripel, given the pilsner malt profile, alcohol strength, and yeasty spices, esters and phenols. But it borrows a lot of Wit-like spices and cotton candy softness, with a pronounced Leffe honey-malt sweetness. Can't get enough of this beer.

Pouring a majestic orange with golden strands along the edge, the beer's yeasty haze is significant, allowing only a faint glow to penetrate. A very thick and dense cottony head builds on top of the beer and camps out for the session. Looking like whipped toppings, the foam clings to the glass with patterns of intricate lace. Aside from the excessive haze, this is an idealic beer appearance.

Very perfumy with a collection of scents that range from sweeter scents of honey and sugar cookie dough to a yeasty brine of soft pilsner malt and light breads, followed by the spicy notes of corriander, floral hops, and orange zest. Very fragrant to say the least.

Flavors take off with the succulent cotton candy/powdered sugar and honey sweet taste, but soon settle into a more balanced flavor spread thanks to herbal hop bitterness, spicy white pepper and corriander, and an alcohol flavor of spice and bitteness. Esters of peach, oranges, pear, appricots, and apples blend well with the hop flavors of lemongrass, fresh cut herbs, and a lightly woody bitterness in finish. A delicious beer that rides very closely to the sweet side of the perscriptions for the style.

Champagne-like bubbles explode to create a full and expansive feel to the initial taste. The evaporation of carbonation curbs the creamy textures and ushers in a drier, warmer, and whimsical sweetness in memory. It seems that the impression of sweetness is left on the mouth but without the actual weight of sweetness.

A dry fruity aftertaste with lingering spice and alcoholic warmth all transition to the next drink in a very seamless manner.

I like my Belgian Tripels a little drier and with more zesty hop flavor and pronounced bitterness in balance. Where this one resides a bit more on the Belgian Strong Golden Ale side, it doesn't finish as rich as those either- making this a great choice for those of Tripels but with a nagging sweet tooth.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.23/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

.33cl bottle into Westmalle goblet in Antwerp, Belgium. Reviewed live.

A: Four finger head of soft delicate cream, great cream, and brilliant retention for the ABV. Hazy yellow colour.

Sm: Souring hops and lemon citrus esters. A moderate strength scent.

T: Amber hops, slight souring hop climax. Full barley foundation. The souring hops mix with the amber hops to form a hoppy beer that is rather complex. Balanced well but not built fantastically.

Mf: Smooth and wet with some coarseness on the climax. Suits the flavours of the body.

Dr: High ABV, easy enough drinking, but not exemplary quality. High pricing by Belgian standards. This beer is mostly hype.

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Photo of emerge077
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Champagne carbonation ascends through the golden body, feeding an excessively rising head of foam. Looks magnificent, very enticing.

Smell is of assorted malts, wheaty like a Wit almost. Sharp alcohol with a tapering sweetness.

Taste is big, rich malt, with a large dose of sweet fruitiness. Herbal hops are in there. Dry crackery finish, slight alcohol, warming throughout. A fresh bottle is sublime, this one may have a couple years on it, but it's still strong and lively.

Mouthfeel is medium to high, it envelops the palate like a sweet nectar, and encourages sipping. One 11.2 oz. bottle is good, be sure to share a 750, or you might wind up on the floor...

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Photo of brentk56
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: With foam spuming from the bottle, this beer pour a cloudy honey color with a huge head that provides dancing patterns of lace all over the chalice

Smell: Overripe melon, pear and apple, coriander and candi sugar, with hints of alcohol

Taste: Starts out with a blend of fruit and herbs, with apple skins, pear and coriander; by mid-palate, it almost starts to burn from the peppery spices; after the swallow, the candi sugar and overripe melon flavors arrive, along with plenty of alcohol to wash everything down

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and effervescent; warmth on the way down the gullet

Drinkability: Quite impressive, but the cacophany of flavors is not something I would want everyday

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Photo of oline73
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.77/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a murky brown color ale with a small off-white bubbly head with average retention. Aroma is spicy with some barnyard malt. Taste is somewhat spicy (honey, cloves?) with some notes of floral malt and light funky yeast. This is not bad but was expecting a bit more character and I’m wondering if something was not wrong with this bottle, will have to re-rate that one.

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Photo of largadeer
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A bright and pale amber with the slightest haze. A careful pour produces 3 fingers of white foam, with excellent retention as one would expect from the style.

Smell: The aroma is big and fruity: green apple, lemon peel and banana. Slightly peppery beneath that.

Taste & mouthfeel: Tons of esters and phenols on display here, but with a greater hop presence to balance them. Banana, apple and lemon with an earthy bitterness underneath. Sweetness is moderate but it dries up quickly in the finish. The body is on the lighter side of medium. Carbonation is high, almost champagne-like.

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Photo of superspak
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle into chalice, bottled July 2010. Pours cloudy golden orange color with a huge 2-3 finger foamy off white head with fantastic retention that reduces to a thick cap that lasts. Some nice lacing clings to the glass, with plenty of carbonation streaming up retaining the head nicely. Aromas of big lemon, orange peel, pepper, apple, grape, apricot, banana, candi sugar, bready grain, and spicy yeast. Very nice and well balanced aromas with good complexity. Taste of big lemon, apple, grape, apricot, pepper, banana, clove, candi sugar, biscuit, tart grain, and yeast spices. Lingering notes of apricot, lemon, pepper, clove, biscuit, yeast spices, and tart grain on the finish for a while. Nice balance of flavor with nice complexity. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a nice creamy and slightly slick mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming after the finish. Overall this is an excellent, complex, and well balanced Tripel. I would have this one again.

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Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of DrBier
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

My un-dated 750 ml bottle opened with a "crack!", and poured a swirling, highly effervescent yellow-gold body topped by a densely creamy white head that literally rose out of the glass. The first pour was clear, but I could see that the sediment was being churned up in the bottle even before the second glass was ready (and it ended up as hazy as a Hefe Weizen). Both, however, maintained their creamy caps and left very nice lace throughout most of the glass.

In the aroma, spicy and peppery alcohol locks a strangle-hold onto the neck of some candyish/vanilla/honeyish sweetness; and they roll about haphazardly, wrestling amidst some light but juicy fruits and a mild mustiness. It's impressive (and somewhat reminiscent of a mead), but the alcohol leaves me a bit trepedacious. Fortunately, it doesn't carry over quite as strong into the flavor.

Far more complicated than the aroma indicates, the flavor starts with a quick note of juicy fruit (?); warms to reveals some honey-ish sweet malt; becomes fruity again as it dries a bit with some apple and pear; followed by some leafy/herbal/spiciness; some 'low-sugar cookie dough' or 'not-fully-cooked bread' -like maltiness; and finally - releases it's peppery alcohol unrestrained across the palate. Whoah! That explains the name. You'd better have a cold pint of water alongside this one! Fortunately, the alcohol isn't fusel "hot", and after a short rite of passage the palate accepts it more readily.

It's interestingly cottony-soft and lightly creamy in the mouth throughout. The body is light, bordering on medium - yet it's got a distinct sugariness to it. For all of the force that the flavor can throw at you, it's still soft underneath. Much like a woman...?

Impressive. Tenacious. Somewhat devastating. Defnitely a full-throttle beer that's only accessible to the initiated. Be prepared - this one will kick your ass! This is the beer to have when you're only having one!

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 4/25/2012 at Julian’s, in Providence, RI served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a bright gold color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick on the glass.

S: The aroma contains fruit, Belgian yeast, some spice, light caramelized malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of caramel, spices and fruit. Then some breadiness comes in from Belgian yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. The hops presence is mild but brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sweet.

O: Tasty, goes down dangerously easily, not too filling, strong but well-disguised kick, good representation of style, this is a very good stronger Belgian-style beer to drink for a while.

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Photo of oberon
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Now this was an interesting find I have to say,pours a hazy orange/yellow with big fluffy head that natyrally leaves some nice lacing.Aroma is lemony and a little musty with a sweet background.Really liked the different flavors I get from this beer very yeasty and slightly tart with a malty finish that lingers along with some alcohol notes.This beer is pretty dangerous because it seems almost to easy to drink with all that alcoholic punch.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle picked up at Capone's.

Pours.a light rusty tan win a two fiber white head and some spotty lacing as it goes down. Nose brings forth caramel, toffee, candied sugar, apple, and some figs. Taste brings it all together quite well and adds in a bit of an alcohol bite. Feel is a bit light all things considered. Drinks nicely and is very well done.

Amyliz4 gives it an A.

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Photo of nickfl
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A careful pour yields a huge, three finger head of white foam on top of a hazy, deep golden body. The rocky head settles slowly and leaves nice, thick lace in its wake.

S - Spicy yeast in the aroma with lots of clove, coriander and even a hint of rubber. Some bready malt in the background and little else.

T - Bready malt up front with lots of spicy yeast notes. Black pepper, clove, and mango blend nicely with a light note of earthy hops. The fruity mango notes intensify and the clove becomes more peppery towards the finish. Moderate bitterness and some spicy hops help to balance out the intense yeast character as smooth malt holds things up in the background.

M - Medium-thick body, high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - This is an interesting beer, the yeast character is quite dominant with malt and hops playing small, but vital roles in the overall experience. The aroma is extremely phenolic with some clove, but mostly it is a series of more unusual pepper and spice notes as well as a slightly unpleasant rubbery tinge at the end. The flavor is equally spicy, but with some fruit the lends balance and makes things more interesting. The dominant yeast characteristics here are pepper and mango, which is an oddly excellent combination. It even works beautifully with the flavor of the alcohol as the slight solvent notes of warm fermentation echo the turpentine tang of pepper and mango. Due to the powerful yeast characteristics, the malt is not as noticeable as it is in some examples of the style, but it does help to provide a smooth, bready background for the yeast and hops to act out their roles. Overall this is what I would expect from De Dolle; it is interesting, complex, slightly flawed, and utterly unique. The aroma could be better, but the amazing flavor characteristics more than make up for it, this is a beer that any Belgian ale lover must try.

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Photo of mactrail
3.84/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tall coarse foam-up to start. Fruity smell with straw and a touch of the hen house. Amber color and a little hazy in the wine glass. Sparkly on the tongue.

Complex and shifting flavors. Fruity, a little sweet, and a bitter finish. Deep yeasty flavor with the Belgian bitterness. Some heat from the alcohol. Intense flavor that is just right for sipping, but this is some serious stuff. Flavor of apples with skins, grain, butter. Rich taste balanced by the dry heat. Long yeasty, bitter aftertaste with that cidery nose of fermenting fruit. A little acidic and flinty. Pours with the big white foam to the last half inch.

From the 33 cl bottle bought in Gent at Beer and Gin House. White cap says bottled March 2012. A beer well worth trying if you're looking for an education in Belgian beers.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

De Dolle Dulle Teve (Mad Bitch) from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 851 ratings
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