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

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839 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
Ratings:
839
Reviews:
446
Avg:
4.14
pDev:
9.9%
 
 
Wants:
64
Gots:
72
For Trade:
1
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Photo of coldmeat23
4.37/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

GLASS: Leffe Goblet
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees

Dark golden color. A little darker than I expected for a tripel, but that excites me. Very nice and tasty looking. Big foamy head with excellent retention and lacing.

Bananas and citrus scents dominate the nose. Bret yeast notes follow close behind. Notes of clove and coriander. Sweet candy scent. Almost a hint of dark cherry.(??)

Malt, in a big way. Sweet bread mixes with candy sugar. Citrus notes. Apple, pear, peach. Nice warmth from the 10% ABV, but not overdone. A light touch of hops provide a nice bit of balance.

Feels like liquid velvet, as all of the best tripels should, IMO. Lots of tiny little bubbles help provide a smooth creamy body. Wonderful.

The overall sweetness, what with the malts and candy sugars, combined with the high ABV would keep this one in my 'special occasion' category. Not that multiples couldn't be consumed, it's just more special than that.

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Photo of roadhouse
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

Appears a somewhat hazy golden orange color with a once inch off-white head with lots of tiny bubbles. The head goes down to a skim that retains well throughout, but only leaves minimal lacing.

The aroma is very different from any other tripel I've had. It's very biscuity and almost smells like baking sugar cookies. There's a nice candi sugar sweetness coming through that probably contributes to the cookie smell. The fruitiness is there but is pretty subsided. While it's very different, I like it.

The taste is fruity up front with a sweetness that comes out instantly upon the start of the swallow. Midway through it gets more spicy with a ripe fruit character coming out next. That biscuity flavor is there subtly throughout but really comes out again strongly in the finish. Spiciness and a bit of earthy hop flavor are also in the linger.

Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied, with a really creamy texture as many Belgians seem to be. Nice and soft carbonation with a bit of a kick on the tip of the tongue from spicy phenols.

This was probably the most interesting tripel I've had that really adds something else to the traditional tripel. The only other one that I was so surprised by was Koningshoeven Tripel. I highly recommend this for those who love tripels, but don't expect the ordinary.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle.

Pours hazy dark gold, with a big, soft white head.

Nose is honey, pears, yeast, alcohol.

Taste is sweet, candy sugar with rich ripe fruit, with a spicy, yeasty finish with a restrained hop bitterness balancing out the sweetness, and more alcohol.

Palate is crisp carbonation, with a nice syrupy, heavy body. Delicious beer.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed 11/7/2007 (bottle):

Pours a brown colored body, with a rrothy white colored head. Has a strong banana aroma, with clove & spices. Some alcohol, complex aroma. Fizzy mouthfeel, spices, some banana. Clean aftertaste. Sweet and nutty. Watery as it warms up.

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Photo of BeerManDan
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a pleasant surprise. This tripel poured a yellow/orange hue with loads of foam and lace from start to finish.The smell was very fruity with a hint of malts. The taste was of a fruity nature with a soft, sweet maltiness. Rich and effervescent. Make sure you pour this tripel nice and slow or you'll have your glass full of bubbles. Again I'll repeat, Fruity aroma and a soft, sweet maltiness. Rich and effervescent.

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Photo of irishkyle21
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gotta love the name. The "Mad Bitch" pours with a large foamy head. Great lacing and retention. Has a hazy dark yellow/orange color.

Smells of yeast spices, fruits and earth.

Tastes similar to the nose with the yeasty and spices on the front lines backed up by a complex fruitiness and malts. I did even know this was over 7% until I looked it up on BA. Great beer.

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Photo of rojapa
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of THEOPTIMATOR88
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of jjayjaye
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lightly hazy golden color with a big foamy white head that fades slowly to spotty lacing patterns. Visibly effervescent with suspended 'bits'. The smell is nice. Full nose of earthy Belgian yeast , sweet with notes of orchard fruits. I think the aggressive nature is partly from the alcohol, which is quite enjoyable. The mouth feel is lmedium bodied, effervescent and creamy. Full flavored, the taste is similar to the smell and is complemented well by the texture. Quite sweet and fruity with a wonderful lingering aftertaste. The 10% ABV is integrated well into the nose and mouth yet reveals itself in a warming swallow. A very easy drinker. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Jason1337
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of JohnofUpton
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of cuvtcuv
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of CDCNAM
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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 SpasmWaiter
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of SFLpunk
3.79/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

11.2oz brown glass pry-top bottle. Cap stamped "Bottled AUG2010."

Appearance: Pours a lively gold color, somewhat hazy and with huge amounts of creamy thick off-white head that has incredible (almost annoying) retention.

Nose: Traditional white pepper yeast aromas, plus banana peel/leaf, fresh cream, eggs?, baking flour. Reminds me of the makings for a pie or cake before they're all assembled.

Palate: Crisp and lively, prickly with alcohol and hop bitterness. Fairly dry on the palate and carbonation is almost explosive despite how much was let out in the head. Flavors of seasame seeds, baking bread, white pepper, dried herbs, burning orange zest, butter, caraway (or some other seed that gets used in bread a lot). Long, dry finish.

Notes: Very spicy for a triple, almost like a massive saison really. Reminds me a bit of Avec les Bons Voeux from Dupont. Would be curious to see this with 4 years on it.

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Photo of oso
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of touchmeimsac
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Mphis
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of redleg411
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 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 GreenCard
3.26/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: amber, a bit chunky (really loose sediment that was lifted into solution by the carbonation after I popped the cap), thick spongey layer of white foam with great head retention, some lace

Aroma: strong peary alcohol with a sour milk undercurrent, yeast, hint of bubblegum and maple syrup

Flavor: big double-punch of peppery alcohol and sugary sweetness; vitaminy yeast taste and a touch of sherry-like oxidation; a vegetal, throaty bitterness; finishes semisweet with a lingering alcohol bite

Mouthfeel: medium-full body, vigorous carbonation, lots of alcohol warmth

Other comments: This is a re-review of the beer using a bottle of it (purchased at the brewery) that I have been storing since 2004. Interesting to see how the age has affeced it. Compare this review to my first one:

http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/201/1116/?ba=GreenCard

The distinctive De Dolle "funk" is more pronounced, but it seems like the alcohol has almost completely taken over, which is interesting. Usually the alcohol mellows out with age. This beer is definitely better when it's fresher.

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Photo of jtierney89
4.65/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottled on June 2012.

Hazy faded gold color with a fluffy white head. Immediately I can tell, smells so different then most tripels I've had. Lots of sweet apples and pears, touches of pineapple and dried apricot. Smells like sweet pure raw sugared fruit. Touches of dark fruit and spiced yeast. This brew is living up to it's score in the nose alone, i cant wait to taste it. Lots of clingy lacing. Slight whiffs of booze but it's expected from the style.

Sweet fruit flavors like those on the nose. Big spicy clove on the back end of the tongue. Bright fluffy body spicy dry finish. Lingering sweetness. Damn good beer. Wish it wasn't so damn expensive. Sweet undertones of banana and dried currants. Touches of plums. A very deep beer with loads of herbal spice and amazingly complex finish.

Simply put, this beer is rather amazing. Super dry, yet super sweet, and everything in between. I love it.

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Photo of Benesi88
4/5  rDev -3.4%

De Dolle Dulle Teve (Mad Bitch) from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
4.14 out of 5 based on 839 ratings.
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