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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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Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Year-round

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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 ToolHead
3.46/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

33 cl bottle, served in Chimay goblet.
Pours w/ the typical Dolle Brouwers head, that is: massive, rocky and long-lived, much of the sediment not sinking through the head.
Cloudy dark gold w/ lots of sediment floating about. Highly aggressive, in-your-face taste dominated by hops and a good dose of yeast. Bitter and not for the faint of palate. A beer w/ tons of character.

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Photo of fairdinkum2
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have to admit that the only reason I tried this beer was because I was sitting next to my lovely wife in a beer pub. So what do they share in common, apart from the description?

They both have blonde heads, they're both spicey and neither is what you might expect in the style.

Beautiful golden color, poured from a 330 ml bottle. Not much head (no more wife analogies, OK?) Not the sort of Tripel you might expect either. Pretty well carbonated, but certainly not unpleasant.

Pepper and spice, but not the citrus one might expect, Actually some banana. Sweetness on the middle palate. Well balanced.


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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 Tomas77
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light to dark golden color that is cloudy from yeast that helped re-ferment this beer. A large fluffy dense white head. Nice looking pillow of foam. If I could I would lay my head on it. Very fruity reminisant of lemon merangue pie with a cookie crumb crust. Also a light yeast or alcohol spiciness is present. Has a slight sweet but light malt flavor of light fruits and a little toast. Alcohol is there and so is the spice. Light-medium body with a dry finish. Alcohol is smooth but warming.
Great beer in the tripel style.

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

This is a good beer. I just gave it all fours, because I didn't want to skwabble over whether it was a 4.5 or a 3.5 or whatever. This is a totally solid, if not terrific example of the style.

A- Golden straw with a foamy white head

S- smells like sparkling apple cider, maybe with some spice.

T- heat from the alcohol, pear, plum, green apple, cloves, bready, some funk, maybe even a hint of wood in there. As good a Tripel as I've ever had.

M- Light and fizzy, with a taste that lingers

D- Goes down too easy. If I had the money, I could drink several of these in a session with no regrets... until the next day.

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Photo of TStandley13
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a golden color, darker than most other tripels that I had. Lacked the usual "unfiltered" look of some other tripels as well, but the pillowy white head contrasted nicely, and made nice rings on my glass.

S- Typical belgian yeast coriander smell, but with lots of apples pears and peaches lingering.

T - Lots of fruits and sugars, but balanced out well with a slight hoppy finish. Alcohol taste was quite apparent.

M - I thought that it was overly carbonated. Maybe I got a bad batch but the feel on this wasn't what I was expecting.

D - About par for a high alcohol content tripel. Definetely sweet and boozy tasting, which makes me think that one would be enough.

Had high expectations for this beer, but felt that it left me wanting more from it.

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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 elvisnj
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received this beer in trade for some development work for a beer store in Belgium.

Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams standard USA beer glass.

Nice white head on top. There is a deceptive color to this beer as it pours darker than it seemed in the bottle which is a pleasant surprise. Its a few degrees darker than a straw color.

Nose is classic Belgian. It reminds me of the nose of a St Bernardus Abt 12. In fact, its so close I would even say its the same yeast. I am loving it before I even take a sip.

Taste is also close to the St Bernardus. Its definitely the same yeast strain. Its a little sweet but it has so many ripe pale fruit esthers. I get pear, golden apple with a bit of vanilla. Its a great mix but just a bit sweet. It is still very smooth with a semi dry finish. It is almost an ABT 12 light if you can imagine that. Almost no alcohol kick even with its lightness and 10% ABV.

Definitely a winner. I will quote Jason Alstrom, who says about this beer, "Slap!", yes ma'am may I have another"

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Photo of sawbones420
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer guy at Bauer pulled this out the back for me because he remembered my saying that I love tripels. Man do I love tripels...

Not one to spend so much on such a small quantity of beer - especially after being burned twice by the two overpriced, underperforming Founder's breakfast stouts - I decided to splurge and pony up 6 bucks for this slender, brown, 330ml bottle from Belgium. Josh was drooling a bit while he was recommending it, so I figured it might be worth a try.

I catch a whiff before I even get a chance to pour it into my snifter - whooo. The pour is a deep honey color with medium head that quickly resides. Some big bubble stick around after the fact, but no lacing to speak of.

Sweet, sugary smell. Some sour apple and a strong back-nose of honey. There's some other stuff going on in here, but I can't put my finger (nose?) on it.

Taste is big and fills the entire mouth. Perhaps slightly more carbonated that I was expecting, this one is crispy. Big on sweetness as the smell suggests, there's a strong malt backbone that comes around after you finish your sip. The leftover sweetness around the back/sides of the tongue is leaving my mouth watering for more. The alcohol warmth after a bigger than average sip reminds you this isn't one to go overboard with. Apple-ish flavored burps. mmm

On the whole, a delicious brew. Still, I don't see myself spending the money to pick up another bottle. I can't imagine aging this beer would do anything except make it syrupy and even sweeter, which in my eyes wouldn't be a desirable thing. A solid offering, though I'll still take Westmalle's tripel above all else if given the option.

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Photo of Doppel07
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Resembles a volcano with its pendulous white peak, shallow caldera, and substantial seismic activity in an underlying honey-colored core. Has fine suspended particles and cottony lacing. Nose is of wheat bread, lightly sweet malt, yeast, and only faint citrus and esters. Flavor is less citrusy than other tripels but quite tasty. Grainy malts lead here followed by some medium acidity in the finish and very late bitterness. Some orange flavor does come through after a few ounces. Nice stuff.

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Photo of thehand
3.87/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into New Belgium goblet. I poured slowly into the side but got a rush of head bubbly head. Hazy rich golden color. Highly carbonated. Almost 3" of off white head, torrents of bubbles and yeast sediment. Rocky head settles to thin film after drinking leaving no lacing to speak of. Aromas of tart apple, pineapple, yeasty funk, little spicyness. Taste is fruity, tart, spicy, funky, very complex. Smooth on the front and middle of tongue, carbonation very high and prickly on the sides and back. Alcohol is evident on the funky finish. Drinkability is low due to carbonation and alcohol. Unusual tripel, not the smoothest 10% triple I have had, but interesting.

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Photo of hawksfan82
3.7/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

33cl Bottle, best before Feb, 2010. Poured into a Val-Dieu chalice. 10% abv.

Usually De Dolle offerings foam like crazy when you open them...not this one. Although there was plenty of head after the pour. Pours a darker blonde...nice puffy white head that's about 2 fingers at first, and stays at about a finger even after a few minute of rest.

Smell is big and malty, musty? Can pick up a few spices...maybe corriander in the nose? A little banana, maybe even a hit of citrus or pineapple, but very faint.

Taste is like the smell, big and malty...but not like syrupy malty. The maltiness has almost a soft, chalk-like quality to it that feels very heavy on the tongue....coating Carbonation is very evident. The fruits try to make their way through but are not very obvious, although they tend to come out a little more as it warms. There is a distinct warming alcohol that coats the tongue right away and remains after each sip.

Mouthfeel was basically described above. Very heavy on the tongue. Smooth and coating. The malt and the alcohol really linger.

It's hard to judge the drikability of this one because of the fact that it's a pricey brew and it's only found in 33cl bottles. I generally never have more than one and could see myself having 2 in one sitting but no more. But I think that is typical of most big belgians that hang around the double digit ABV area.

A very sophisticated beer....makes me wish I would have purchased another, or even a 750 ml bottle were they to offer one. I'd like to have a little more to get a handle on it. All in all though, just like any other de dolle, a good offering and a nice unique take on a classic style.

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Photo of dave750
4.49/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy blond in color with a steady stream of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass to form a huge, thick, rocky white head that lasts for the entire glass. The aroma was a little disappointing. Citrus and straw with a hint of malt coming in late, but it was very weak.
A bold chocolate, caramel and roasted malt initial taste contiues to the end. Sharp, slightly bitter hops and grain join in at mid-taste and remain to finish. Mint and a nice alcohol warmth emerge as the flavor fades. Tastes of orange, coffee, and cedar blend in and out from mid-taste on. Medium thickness with excellent carbonation and balance.
A complex and ever-changing flavor. Incredibly smooth and easy drinking. Agreat beer.

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

330ml bottle
Bottled in february 2011

A- Opaque apple cider-like appearance. Beautiful golden hue. Head was insane and solid. Didn't spill one drop over my Westvleteren chalice. Head disappeared after 3 minutes.

S- thought I smelled gingerbread upon pouring but that disappeared quickly. Poured it straight from the fridge and it didn't have have strong bouquet. Nice and gentle spice scent. Subtle apple and pear blended with a crisp yeast smell.As it warmed up, a slight sugary smell was apparent.

T- The aftertaste's what I noticed first. Its slightly bitter and it sits on the sides of my tongue. I don't notice the oversweetness that others talk about; instead, its the alcohol that I can taste. Its not in-your-face offensive, but its definitely there. There's fruit - more plum or fig, I would say - that hits the back of my palate. Interesting mix: bitterness that rests on the front, darker, muddier fruit that sit in the back of my mouth. Cloves and greener fruit started to appear as it mellowed and warmed up.

M- Alcohol's there. Carbonation is most definitely there. Drinking this slowly and wondering if its best suited to be opened and to let it breathe for 30 minutes.

O- I wasn't sure what to expect. This is definitely more bitter than I expected it to be. I don't love it like I love some of De Dolle's other offerings (*cough cough* Reserva) but I think it will grow on me. I'd definitely suggest keeping this at cellar temp, not fridge temp, and letting it mellow before drinking.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Hampton73
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The pour is all about the big head. The tripel means the head is triple the size of the beer. It just grows as you pour, then grows some more.

It is a pretty golden hazy color with little bubbles.

The aroma is funky and fruity. Like in a barn full of apples.

The taste is complex, fruity, funky, maybe a little smoky. The alcohol is evident. The beer has a strong aftertaste- it just stays in your mouth.

It is a nice beer to sip on. I like it.

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Photo of DrinkingAleToday
4.85/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Slightly hazy golden orange hue with a dense meringue like head that takes up 2/3 of the glass, small amount of sediment.

S: A nice mix of spice and fruit blends well with the alcohol. Hints of apple, pear, melon, clove, orange, some pepper, and a slight mustiness that is quite enjoyable.

T: Lots of spice in the form of clove and pepper matched by the fruity esters. Hop bitterness comes in and interacts with, but does not over power the delicate malt sweetness. Taste of delicate fruit and honey. Slight mustiness in the finish.

M: Smooth and creamy but light and refreshing.

D: Quite possibly the best triple I have ever had, a new favorite of mine that will have to be revisited soon.

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Photo of nahthan
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From bottle at the trappist in Oakland. High carbonation, excellent head. Very ripe fruit flavors, especially tangerine. Nice bready, doughy notes in the aroma. Extremely low hop flavor and aroma as you might expect. Nice and dry, but not bone dry. I really enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of debaniel
3.21/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Bottle poured into straight glass...

APPEARANCE: Very promising... an amber champagne color, with a monstrous head...

SMELL: Classic tripel - dry apples and spice, this one not extremely complex, but straightforward.

TASTE: Candy apples, very appealing, but whoa - the alcohol flavor is intense... tripel is one of my favorite styles, but honestly, by the time I was halfway through this one, I was ready for it to be gone because of the strong alcohol flavors...

MOUTHFEEL: Great - light and bubbly.

DRINKABILITY: Couldn't handle the alcohol flavor. I love big beers, but this one doesn't hide the alcohol at all...

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Photo of Jessefive
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured with a huge, billowing, big-bubbled head, which faded quickly to a dense coating. It was a cloudy, golden tan color. The aroma was wonderful. It had a coy, belgian aroma, slightly fruity, enticingly mild. The flavor was surprisingly bitter. Between the bitterness and the carbonation, there was a nice bite. There were flavors of oak, bread, raspberries, strawberries, citrus, pine, and dare I say, peanut. The bitterness lasted long into the finish. There was a strong alcohol burn. As it warmed the flavor mellowed a bit, but the bite was still there. Overall, this was a very tasty example of a beer I'm particularly fond of.

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Photo of calsbeek
4.62/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A bit cloudy into the glass, though it was a dirty pour. My bad.
Thick rocky head, good retention, nice lacing. The carbonation crackles along the side of the glass.
Smells very very good. Citrus. tangerine, and spicy cream.
Tastes fantastic. Bursting with delicious fruits. Very nice.
Nice carbonation. Light body. The carbonation is intense but coupled with the fruit and body it works very well.
Drinkability is incredible given the alcohol content. I could drink this all night. Boot and rally. Wow.

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

Poured from a Bottle into a trappist goblet

Appearance - Golden yellow in color with a thick foamy white head. Good lacing and the head lasted the whole tasting.

Smell - Citrus, yeast. Very sweet smelling. This beer has a great smell.

Taste - Citrus, spices, yeast and hops, all with a good solid alcohol kick to it.

Mouthfeel - Feels warm in the mouth with lots of bubbles. Almost reminds me of champange.

Drinkability - This is one great tripel. I personally am a big fan of triples and this is one of the best I have had so far. I could see myself knocking back a few in a sitting.

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Photo of 220emaple
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This mad bitch poured quite the heavy head. The second I opened the bottle it started to foam out (after sitting for 3 hours). Great retention as well in my Duvel tulip--with an aroma similar, just similar, to a green apple. Taste is very strong and crisp with fruity flavors and tons of carbonation. Also packs a punch at 10%...Brewery De Dolle is a beast---enjoy!

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Photo of TripelMajor
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dulle Teve is one of my favorite Tripels ever. If you can find this try it immediately. It's so unique, but has the tripel flavor profile down perfect.

It pours heady. the first thing you notice is it's swirling yeast and deep unfiltered haziness. Not what I expect from a tripel, but it's beautiful none the less. It might make Duvel drinkers nervous, but it is worth investigating.

The nose is fragrent and full of spice. Some softer notes of grass and citrus dance over this very foamy, carbonated brew.

A strong tripel that is upfront about it's alcohol. This one kicks back. But it's floral hop and spicy nose help make the alcohol astringency tasteful almost therapeutic. At no point did I make the alcohol sting face. I've tasted everything from white plum to baked apple in this malty dynamo.

Hangs well on the tongue, but isn't the smoothest brew out there.

I could drink quite a few of these mad ladies in one night, but you kinda have to pace yourself. This is a true sipping beer. Enjoy.

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Photo of tylerzander
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - opened with a slightly delayed gushing despite having had a stable home prior to opening, and as such roused some of the yeast, resulting in a cloudy beer with floaties in it; otherwise, pours a sienna color with a one finger larger bubbled off-white head with good retention, as all the small bubbles seem to stick around

S - this brewery is quite good at getting a very appealing raisinets aroma (see also the Oerbier) to come out, with just a hint of ethanol to give some complexity to the various sugars at work here, a wildflower honey and caramel aroma coming out on top with a few background notes of black licorice, some malt breadiness, a little clove

T - starts off with that caramel flavor, transitions to some peppery spiciness and clove-like phenols (and a smack of hop bitterness to balance it out) accentuated by the mildly hot ethanol finish

M - full bodied and dextrinous, almost like chewing on a caramel candy but without any kind of cloying sweetness

D - there's a lot going on in this beer, but it doesn't fatigue the palate, even though you expect it to with its strong aroma and high abv level; to some extent the phenolic/alcoholic finish does limit the drinkability some, but I certainly didn't want it stop at one with this beer

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