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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)
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 pezoids on 09-06-2001

BEER STATS
Reviews:
440
Ratings:
823
Avg:
4.14
pDev:
13.77%
 
 
Wants:
60
Gots:
71
For Trade:
1
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Reviews: 440 | Ratings: 823
Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled July 2014 and poured into my Trappistes chalice. Deep golden color with plenty of head, carbonation as you would expect. Significant amount of sediment as you also might expect for this bottling date. I wouldn't mind trying a fresher one as this is a solid beer for sure.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I had this again with pasta
I increased my rating slightly from 4.02 because its carbonation cuts through the oil in the marinara sauce and the ale's spicing complements the sauce.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.52/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

James at Saveon recommended this, and it was a fine recommendation. Thanks, James.

It opens with a wonderful smell and perfect head and color. Cloudy, of course, and I left nearly all the sediment in thee bottle (drank that separately - a bit nasty, but I had to do it). The aroma is a wonderful sweet, boozy smell.

The taste is wonderfully complex mix of sweet, funky fruitlike tastes. It is not at all over the top or difficult to drink in any way. Just a wonderful sipper. The aftertaste has a minor bite. I think the Belgian idea of a raging bitch is very different from thee US version - she's much more mellow than our Flying Dog.

This is a highly recommended Belgian. One of my all time favorites of the style. I decided to go Belgian a bit this weekend in solidarity to our Belgian brothers. This $5.50 was well spent.

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Photo of safaricook
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Blind Tasting Tripel Project of Fall 2015
Dense fine white head, lots of bubbles, gold, beautiful
phenols and fruity: banana, peaches, pears also bready, some booze
starts malt sweet, peppery, bitterness, a bit harsh, later a rum character evolves
velvety, medium body, refreshing but not biting carbonation, definitely some heat to it
Characterful Tripel that has everything . Could be more drinkable if it weren't for this certain harshness and little too present heat. Still very good.

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

October, 2013 bottle

A: pours a yellow-gold with ample off white head
S: overripe pear, honey, cantaloupe, white wine
T: very sweet and vinous, honey and ripe fruit at the front and pepper, herbal hop notes on the finish
M: moderate carbonation with a light mouthfeel
O: a unique tripel. the musty, sweet, white wine and honey flavors all mesh remarkably well

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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 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 smcolw
3.67/5  rDev -11.4%
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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Photo of dacrza1
4.59/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

DATE TASTED: September 6, 2015 ... GLASSWARE: Chimay chalice... OCCASION: watching Naked and Afraid XL's Reunion Special... APPEARANCE: first, out of the bottle: frothing and bubbling like champagne! once out, thick, two-finger white head that retains like a beast...then, the body: thick, opaque and dark orange, with minimal effervescence but dark, chunky sediment at the glass's base.,, how does a 10% ABV retain such head? picture perfect ... AROMA: strong pineapple, apple and sugary candy; other hops suggest the slightest resin and pepper; yeasts hint at bubblegum... PALATE: demands a sipping approach, as the instant the DT hits the lips with thickness and froth... warming, active--a heater in the throat, while glistening on the teeth on the way down... TASTE: full-bodied, intense and punishing with its grapefruit, raisin, plum and pineapple... the malts come across as light biscuit... the yeasts, again, develop a bubblegum and peppercorn combination--what a complete bottle...OVERALL: A rare catch at Mountain Valley's bottom shelf and an awesome reconnect with a bottle hand-selected by Russell's (Bloomsburg, PA) owner himself about a decade ago... one of the best Belgians I have encountered, claiming an experience in itself... big and bold but just warm enough to miss perfection--but not by much!

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Photo of stevoj
4.85/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours with the towering head expected of the style. Nice sourish malty aroma. Color is hazy orange. Tastes of spice (peppery), hops, and sweet malt. beautiful to look at and even more beautiful to drink.

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Photo of rEBELlION
4.56/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Such a full bodied beer without being heavy. So nice to drink an authentic triple, would love to try it younger. This one has been on the shelf for a couple of years.

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Photo of Budinetz
4.71/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in July 2014, consumed 3/15/15. Approximately 8 months of age.

Poured from the bottle into a clean beer snifter. Extraordinary head retention! I have never seen anything like this before!! In fact, I wanted to sip it but I declined because I wanted to see how long the head actually stayed. Aroma is of belgian yeast with the slight candi sugar presence that most Belgian brews have. Very light in color (about 8-10 SRM). Tastes of sweet estery goodness! I get subtle banana, golden raisins, and wheat upon first sip. Following the next few sips I get some port Wine on the palete. As a 10% abv triple, it's the strongest one ever had, however, it's the best overall up to and including the later brews.

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

these guys just crush it for me, one of my favorites, although i see their beer so rarely its always a treat to find one. this is a real heady tripel, foamy as can be in the tulip, bone white several inches on a slightly cloudy blonde straw colored base beer. the nose is sweet like most tripels, but this one for me is more about the yeast. it feels rustic and ancient, summery and different, not so fruity in flavor as other, but not spicy either, its sort of off the spectrum in that regard, which i like a lot, has a mustiness to it as well, which suits the sweeter base beer. maybe some oats in here, there is plenty of body, and i am surprised to learn its so strong, it drinks so much easier than this with its effervescent carbonation and only medium body. a bit of lingering sweetness, but made appealing by its interaction with the yeast flavor as it goes down. so cool to have this one on draft, i need to find more of their stuff. i am not usually a huge tripel guy, but this one ranks.

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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 Radome
4.72/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Tasted from a 300 cl bottle.

L - Color is a dark gold to orange. Cloudy. Head is super fluffy with an off-white color. Laces with huge sheets of the same micro-bubbles that make up the head.

S - Warm aromas of fresh bread, bubblegum and light spices. A bit of fresh grassy hops in the background. Very complex and appetizing.

T - Flavor reminds me of sweet bread, bubblegum, light brown sugar. There is a hint of bitterness and a light spice in the finish that keep this from getting cloying. Again, very complex.

M - Strong carbonation of tiny bubbles fills the mouth with creaminess. Medium body is lightened by the carbonation. Strong alcohol presence. Moderate hops bitterness.

O - This is a delicious, complex and satisfying beer. The flavors and aromas are clean and fresh and really "pop".

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Photo of endovelico
4.6/5  rDev +11.1%

Nose: Bold, refreshing and complex with evident notes of yeast, pastry, bubblegum, banana, berries and a faint hop greenness.

Mouth: Chewy and full with a bite; Boasts great complexity with a profile makeup of bubblegum, orange and spices.

Overall: World class. Extremely complex, bold and drinkable. Stays true to style while affirming its own identity.

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Photo of haroldcamping
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

2013 350 Poured into a Chimay goblet
A Two finger white head amazing retention and lacing opaque orange with sediment
S orange blossom white wine spice Belgian white
M tongue tingling high carbonation sweetness/booze froth
T sweet boozy Belgian spice slight citrus /apricot/pear/white wine dry finish
O Great Belgian triple sweetness covers the high abv very drinkable for a high abv triple from a great brewery

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Photo of MDDMD
4/5  rDev -3.4%

A-golden color with a nice white head and decent lacing

S-grain, apple, pear, belgian yeast, little candy sugar

T-apple, belgian yeast, belgian candy sugar, pepper, spices, little bubblegum

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth, alcohol well-integrated

O-solid triple, good range of flavor, enjoyed sipping this

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Photo of Jmamay22
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer pours a clear peachy amber. Rocky tan colored head is slow to deflate to a thick collar that leaves gobs of thick white lacing.

The initial take on the scent is fruity, slightly boozy and candy sweet. Nice notes of fresh pear and green apple. Very mild phenolic spiciness.

The taste is similar with strong notes of boozy fruit and sticky sweetness. Almost too sweet, but the phenolic and alcohol heat helps tame the sweetness. Mouthfeel is lively and medium bodied.

Nice beer all around. I always have difficulty and a personal preference against triples that come off sweeter and this one toes the line.

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Photo of CowsandBeer
3.81/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

11.2 oz bottle poured into a wine glass. Served chilled. Bottled on date of 08/2010.

Appereance: fizzy cap of white foam with a gold body. Lots of yeasty particles floating around. Sudsy head that sticks around. No lacing whatsoever.

Smell: sweet fermented fruits and funky yeast. Floral alcohol.

Taste: lots of oxidized pears, apples and other oxidized sweet fruits. Spicy Belgian yeast esters and some bubblegum. Rubbery like funk at the end.

Mouthfeel: lots of spicy, perfume alcohol. Plenty of prickly carbonation.

Overall: Textbook Triple. Quite warming but hidden by the nice fruit sweetness. Held up well over 3 years. Recommended if Triples are your thing.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Tasted this beer for the first time at "En Öl & Whiskeymässa i Göteborg 2014" and I fell in love in it.
To bad I didn't remember this when it was released at Systembolaget, Sweden in November 2015. I only bought two bottles...

Anyway, there are so many great beers out there and so little time... Here is my review:

The liquid is orange, hazy and the beer pours with a huge, four finger high, white, fluffy head. After several minutes the head shrink to a one finger "whipped cream" type of head and leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.

Nose: Belgian yeast, orange, citrus, honey, banana, peach, caramel, bread, spices and floral hops.
Taste: Caramel malt, pine, yeast, banana, orange, Belgian spice, apricot and honey.
Mouth: Full body with a round, sweet mouthfeel. Complex texture. Medium to high carbonation. Spicy, boozy, sweet - Just right!

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Photo of rangerred
3.64/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle into a goblet. There is no age stamped on the cap but judging by the other De Dolle beers at the liquor store, this one is probably around 2008 vintage.

Pours a very dirty dark gold with lots of specks in it. However the head is a very billowy, frothy bright white with a few specks of yeast so I have to give it some credit for that.

Right off the bat in the aroma I can tell this beer has some age. The sherry/wet cardboard note of oxidation is quite present and overpowers anything else. Apple is very strong along with notes of plums and dark fruit; sort of out of character for a triple.

The flavor continues the oxidized notes. More apple and plums along with sherry. The oxidation character starts to become a little too much as the flavor lingers. There is almost a touch of smokiness about it but not in a real good way. This beer definitely does not have the characteristics of a Tripel that I was expecting. Mouthfeel is quite sticky; not dry like I was hoping for.

Overall, I feel like this beer is a bit past its prime. I was hoping to get a nice, aged beer but this one has been on the shelf a bit too long. Hopefully I will be able to try a fresh sample one day.

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Photo of Samp01
4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a rusty orange amber with a medium white head. Aroma ripe apple, pears, Belgian yeast, fruity alcohol esters, some dark fruit notes as it warms up. Taste of Belgian yeast, fruity flavor of dark fruit, dried plums sweetness and a mild tartness, sweet alcohol. Palate is a med to full body with sweet tart Belgian yeast and moderate carbonation. Finish is of sweet ripe dark fruit, dried sweet tart plums, Belgian yeast, with mild bitterness and sweet alcohol. Overall a very good, tasty and all around flavorful brew, very nice

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Photo of spoony
4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

From a 330 ml bottle (Dated October 2013 on the cap) into a chalice.

A-A gentle pour produces about two fat fingers of light tan head. The foam is dense and retention is quite good. There is a good show of carbonation in the glass, too. The beer is clear and orange-ish golden in hue.

S-The aroma offers of lots of fruity, warming alcohol. I smell green apple and candy sugar, in particular, as well as a bit of bubblegum, some pepper spice, and a bit of lightly bitter, grassy/straw-scented hops.

T-The taste is not afraid to show its 10% ABV, but the taste is less assertive than the smell, which is a good thing. The flavors are still fruity (green apple flesh) and sweet up front, but there is a bit more spice (pepper and clove) and light lemon tartness. The finish is lightly bitter and suggests dry grass and spice.

M-The body is medium in heft with an above average level of carbonation that hurts the smoothness factor.

O-This is a pretty solid tripel. It is very aggressive, with the alcohol but the flavors are nicely balanced, so the beer manages to get away with being so in-my-face. The hops are especially well-done here. The mouthfeel is a little fizzy for my liking in a tripel, but overall this a solid beer that I will drink again if I need a break from my usual Karmeliet fix.

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Photo of FLima
3.96/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yellow color with a one finger with short retention but always keeping a thin plate.
Interesting aroma with predominant notes of melon, dry fruit, pineapple, wheat, pine, green apples and white wine.
Flavor of Cointreau liquor, spices, lots of yeast, dry fruits, champagne, herbal hops, green apples, white tea, melon, flowers and honey. Dry, bitter and acid aftertaste.
Medium body with effervescent carbonation. 10% abv is felt; well it is hard to disguise an elephant with a skirt.
Seemed to me like a mix of Belgian IPA with a Tripel. An alcoholic punch and a bit too sweet resulting in low drinkability. A must for Tripel lovers.

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De Dolle Dulle Teve (Mad Bitch) from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
4.14 out of 5 based on 823 ratings.
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