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

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92
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845 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:
845
Reviews:
448
Avg:
4.14
pDev:
9.9%
 
 
Wants:
64
Gots:
73
For Trade:
1
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Photo of T_Hass
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip

L: Pours a cloudy light golden copper color. A mound of foamy head grows out of the glass despite a careful pour... keeping it's form rather than spilling over the sides. A dash of sediment at the bottom that I couldn't keep back.

S: Belgian all the way... citrus and yeasts with complex spices.

T/F: Honeyed sweetness up front... lots of fruits, with pear and apple rind mixing it up with some citrus notes. Spices mixed in... coriander and lemongrass, phenols and pepper. Effervescent with brisk carbonation. Medium in body and warming at the finish with a bit of bitterness to close.

O: An absolutely outstanding Tripel. Complex, delicious, and a cut above the crowd. The only thing better than buying 1... was buying 2.

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Photo of frozyn
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy, opaque deep yellow with a thick pure-white head. A little lacing, but not a ton.

Aroma is primarily Belgian yeast, bready toast, candied fruit, some apricot. Honey and caramel as well.

Honey and caramel right up front with some wonderful estery-fruit goodness. I get a little plum, but it's mostly lighter fruit -- pear, a little apricot, a hint of banana -- and a nice peppery spiciness.

It's got a solid feel -- not too dense, with wonderful zip to it and great carbonation.

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Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of amano_h
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

An abundance of Belgian yeast, fruity esters, and candi sugar from the get go; toast, pears, honey, caramel, bubblegum and a hint of orange compose the primary aromatic impression of the brew. Unusual hints of resinous pine and not-so-unusual peppery notes surface as the brew warms up. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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"Bittersweet" would probably best characterize the palatal characteristics of this beer, but in reverse order. Caramel, brown sugar, sweet bread, plums, and golden raisins strike you first, which is then followed by a support cast of white wine, white pepper, light grapefruit-peel bitterness, and zesty spice -- whereas this is a descriptor I hesitate to use with beers of this style, I would even go so far as to say this finishes almost dry.

Medium-bodied, with persistent robust carbonation which took about three minutes to fully capture within the intended glass. The brew is also a little hot to the touch, which isn't surprising given its high alcoholic content. By and large, this is a unique De Dolle take on a classically ubiquitous Belgian (staple) style.

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Photo of Roy1586
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of threeviews
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

April 2014 vintage poured -VERY CAREFULLY- from an 11.2oz bottle into a Charente glass

A - Paying special attention to the pour (and keeping the yeast out of the glass), the beer produces a gargantuan, 3-4 fingers of a white rocky head.

S - Orange Blossom Honey, Apricot, Pear, Rum-soaked raisin, confectionery sweetness and a hint of overripe orange. Wonderful complexity and wholly unique for a Belgian Tripel.

T - Much like the aroma, the flavors burst onto the palate and surprisingly, finishes dry.

M - Medium + body with strong carbonation. However, if left to linger (and especially if poured into a nucleated glass), the carbonation will dissipate quickly and result in quick consumption of a rather big beer.

O - This is a real treat and hope I am able to source a fresher bottle (their website suggests not aging this beast). For those who want/need to know the definition of a Belgian craft brewery, Brouwerij De Dolle needs inclusion. Although a bit expensive (especially when 1-2oz of an 11.2oz bottle will be lost), this is something that might be best reserved for special occasions (although I had none to celebrate as of this review). Like the head, the aroma and flavors are strong (as well as unique) and the body is full and creamy...but the cost and availability might prevent its enjoyment by most.

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

Large off white head wiith mild lacing. Nose is light fruits, grape and pears with a note of vanilla and sweet alcohol. Sweet dinner rolls and yeat esters. Taste is sweet and malty with a mild bitterness. Peppery spiciness covers a light alcohol and estery middle that surrounds a lightly chewy breadiness. Belgian yeast and light fruits. Finish leaves sweet alcohol and mild graham crackers. A bit of fusel evaporative cooling of the mouth. Feel is quite carbonated and somewhat prickly. A complex and big triple. Sip don't chug. Savor don't rush.

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Photo of Dzu
4.37/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours into chalice.
L: Copper color with creamy-white two inch foam head.
S: Classical belgian tripel smell. Lime , caramel, honey.
T: Fresh apples and honey taste. Unexpected but very good.
F: Medium carbonated, perfectly balanced.
O: Seems to be one the finest triple that i've had.

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Photo of AndrewMichael
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Small bottle poured into a 4.5 oz champagne taster glass at The Birch. Golden color, and very well carbonated. Spicy Belgian yeast aroma, and intense tripel. A great combination of spicy, fruity, and alcohol flavors.

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Photo of InfragilisBrew
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at Beers of the World in Henrietta, NY.

This one pours a light golden orange, mostly clear, with a towering 3 inch head, and lots of lacing.

It smells pretty classically De Dolle, with their signature yeast strain, apples, lemon, sweet syrup, honey, and some grassiness.

I don't traditionally love tripels, but it's fitting that De Dolle would make one that I actually like. It's got a wonderful honey and apple sweetness to it, with a slight grassy hop bitterness, and a bready malt background. It doesn't feel like a lot of tripels that I've had- it feels more unique, and certainly more tasty.

This is medium bodied, rich, and a tiny bit syrupy, with a higher level of carbonation.

This is another amazing beer from De Dolle- they consistently knock it out of the park.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a golden orange color with a massive head that slowly fades down to a nice cap

S: Belgian yeast provides some nice spicy notes and fruitiness while some esters throw off more fruitiness, mostly banana and apple. Some lighter wheat notes in there as well

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the spicy yeastiness along with some lighter fruity notes. Goes into some dry malted wheat notes and some light alcohol. Finishes with lingering wheat and yeast notes

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A classic tripel that has a huge focus on the yeast and is a bit on the drier side. Does give off some off band-aid notes every now and again but that might just be due to the immaturity of this particular bottle (only 4 moths old). Worth checking out, although preferable with a little age on it

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

Photo of larryarms847
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy bright sun golden yellow with a light orange hue and fizzy carbonation that dissipates quickly.

Peaches, caramelized sugar, toast, caramel, apricots, and a slight tart aroma.

Apricot, peaches, and stone fruit flavor is right up front and gives way to a slightly peppery yeastiness and sweet caramel.

Medium-full bodied, medium-high carbonation, slightly boozy.

Overall, a little boozy, the alcohol could be a little more well hidden but a damn good beer in general. On a side note this was a 3 year old bottle and held up very well, but is much better fresh or after a couple of years tops.

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light gold, hazy, with a very big head that leaves lacing. Nose is boozy dough and fruity esters, maybe a little peppery hops. Taste is...damn strong. A tripel turned up to 11. Phenols, black pepper, alcohol. What it lacks in drinkability, it gains it "punch your face." Very high carbonation. Overall, a very interesting beer, but I can't say I loved it.

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Photo of RochefortChris
4.9/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

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

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 thebigredone
3.62/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

De Dolle Dulle Teve (Mad Bitch) from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
4.14 out of 5 based on 845 ratings.
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