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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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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:
#1,609
Reviews:
449
Ratings:
851
pDev:
9.88%
Bros Score:
4.2
 
 
Wants:
64
Gots:
76
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 851 |  Reviews: 449
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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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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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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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%

Photo of dcmchew
3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Rifugium
3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Monk's, Philly, PA

Poured slightly hazed amber with a nice white head that dissipates a bit. Aroma of floral hops and a bit of spice. Taste of light fruits and light sugars, some alcohol bite. Mouthfeel is medium, with a bit of harshness from the alcohol. Moderately drinkable. Good beer.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of billab914
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330ml bottle into my Allagash glass. It poured a murky, orange amber color with a foamy white head filling the top two inches of the glass. Nice head retention as I drank it.

The aroma has a nice balance of lemony citrus, sweet, bready malts and an earthy Belgian yeast spice. Very nice aroma for the style.

The taste shows a little more of a tart, crisp fruitiness to it with some notes of apple and grape coming out. The belgian yeast spice shows through more in the finish along with a little lemony citrus.

The mouthfeel is a little heavier then average with carbonation being above average. Overall it was a pretty solid beer of the style. It was pretty balanced, flavorful and relatively easy drinking for the style.

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Photo of smithj4
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of Gkruszewski
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of smcolw
3.67/5  rDev -11.6%
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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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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

11.2 oz bottle: This bitch was mad, despite a pretty careful "belgian pour", the 4 fingers+ head was trying to over the glasss & crawl out the bottle!
Amber in color with quite a few floaties ( I could've been a little gentler, if I wasn't so cocky). The white head was fluffy & egg to offwhite in color. Insane lacing & head retention

Smell: Big cidery fruitty notes, later, lemon

Taste: Peppery spiciness accompanied by cider like notes & "old" hop taste, followed by hints of leather. Some peach notes a she warms, along with some slight bitterness & lemon. Finoshes with apple-like notes, dry notes

MF: Very champaigne (sp?)-like. Tons of effervescence& medium body

Super drinkable for the strength. I'm not a huge fan of tripples, but I love the mad brewers & this is easily one of the best tripples I've had period. May not be yeasty enough for some

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Photo of ZEB89
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mdaschaf
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of duceswild
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
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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4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
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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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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