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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Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
Belgium
dedollebrouwers.be

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by stirgy on 09-06-2001

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#1,720
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452
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862
pDev:
9.88%
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4.2
 
 
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Photo of spointon
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this one from an 11.2oz slender brown bottle into my Allagash stemmed tulip glass.

A= This ale poured a mildly cloudy golden color with very minor sediment and a 1/2" snow white head. The head only dropped to around 1/4" and stayed that way till the end. Decent sticky lace.

S= Very aromatic beer filled with scents of faint malt covered with ripe orchard fruits, earthy funk, lemon grass, and a bit of floral character.

T= Again, the malt sweetness up front that quickly faded into a funk/tart blend of yeast, green apples, pears, and earth. Phenolic notes give lingering fruitiness and character as the hops brought more earth and spice. The alcohol dried the finish and gave a peppery pop near the end.

MF= Just to the lighter side of medium bodied with a soft feel despite the active carbonation release.

D= An exquisitely drinkable Belgian ale. I am in love with the De Dolle yeast strain as it brings so much unique character to their beers. This is definitely on par with the best of the Belgian tripels in my book.

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Photo of markman
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

De Dolle Dulle Teve (Mad Bitch):

IPA meets Tripel…11.2 oz of madness.

Huge head on an easy pour, that quickly dissipates. Marvelous balance of hops and yeast, with a nice tartness. Sugary slick mouthfeel, but the hops…the fuckin’ hops.

Damn, the bitch is complicated…high maintenance, but I freakin’ love her. She is fine…face it, I’m whipped.

Cheers...

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Photo of Hampton73
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
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 reebtaerG
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of EPICAC
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had a bottle at De Hopduvel in Ghent.

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazy golden. Topped by a fluffy, meringue-like, white head with good retention and nice lacing.

Smell: Lightly fruity with peppery spice, citrus and grain.

Taste: Significantly bitter. Light fruity nites up front are quickly followed by strong peppery spice and hoppy bitterness. The finish is bitter with residual sweet and tart fruit flavors.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, moderate carbonation, lightly dry finish.

Drinkability: Easy to drink with a good balance.

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Photo of TripelMajor
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
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 mattmaples
4.44/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Awesome Belgian Triple!!! Although it was a bit cloudy, I think that was due more to the fact that I had just received the shipment and I should have given it more time to settle. The aroma was good, slightly sweet and fruity. The flavor is INTENSE, everything you expect out of a triple along with a bit of a hop spiciness. The 10% alcohol presence adds to the intensity. A definite must try for all you Belgian beer lovers out there.

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Photo of jonj
4.44/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Old 750 ml bottle, looks like from 2002. A nice little find... Into the St. Bernardus goblet...

A - Dark orange body with lots of off white head, with really good retention, and good lacing...

S - Sweet orange, melon, honey and slight coriander aroma mixes with floral perfumey notes. Alcohol is present, but not as assertive as in other examples of the style.

T - The entry focuses on a sharp tartness and s sweet honey aspect that seems to stick all the way down to the throat. A building bitter orange peel flavor compliments the intense spiciness of this beer at the swallow. The finish is a nice and long mix of honey, spice, floral notes, and funk. Good, balanced example of a tripel.

M - Crisp and full, standard for style.

D - Age did nice things for this beer. Among the best examples of the style I've had. Not too intense, but exciting.

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Photo of matjack85
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I tried a bottle of this stuff at Quencher's Saloon in Chicago on the advice of the bartender. 330ml brown bottle with a drawing of "the mad bitch" on the label.

The pour resulted in a huge pillow of white foam that took forever to go down. After the foam receded, the beer showed itself to be a mostly clear dark gold/copper color with not as much lace as I expected from the amount of head it had.

Really nice smell of Belgian yeast and floral hops.

A hard candy-like sweetness is the first noticeable flavor. After that, a white wine grapiness and lots of fruits come into play. A mild bitterness from the hops is a welcome balancer as is some warming alcohol. Add to all this some funky yeast flavor and some peppery spices and you have a really complex and well made beer. It's delicious.

Medium bodied with some really high, spritzy carbonation.

At $8 a bottle it's on the expensive side, but I don't mind paying those prices for something this good.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Served in a St. Bernardus Trappist chalice. Took the bartender a bit of time to perfect and tame the pillowey head on this beautiful ale. Complexity at every turn, no one flavor stands out as the balance of fruit and spices in this tripel are masterful. Complexity actually increases even further as this beer warms toward optimal temperature. Had to drink this one to figure out where the name is derived...your date will be a "mad bitch" if you only buy her one of these delicious treats.

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Photo of weeare138
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance...looking in the bottle, there are tons of yeast particles held in suspension with a small yeast bed stuck on the bottom. The pour gives way to a hazy, pale, orange toned gold with a gigantic, fluffy white head that slowly fades out. Beautiful smounts of fluff stick to the sides of the glass.
Smell is of honey, apricot, lemon, tangerine, sugary, florally, poached pear, mild banana & coriander, along with a touch of funk that is welcomed and enticing.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a very nice dose of yeast that makes me want to culture the strain out of the bottle and go nuts come my next homebrew session.
Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, mildly sweet, and addictive. Tiny carbonation bubbles are aggressive at first. but turn to a smoothness that delivers nicely.

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Photo of bosco7
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark orange (almost dubble like color) with a big ass head that leaves a plentiful bounty of lace.

Lots of banana bread in the nose; nutty, bready, banana, and some cinnamon.

So big upfront. Lots of banana and pear. Some bread, spicy phenols and wood flavors follow the esters. Some wild earthy twang toward the finish. Smoked meat in the finish?! Weird. Never had anything like this beer. Very interesting.

Explosive carbonation leaves quite a tingle on the tongue. Tremendously light ,airy, and well attenuated. Alcohol not noticeable at all combine this with dry body leaves you with a brew that can sneak up you. Highly recommended.

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Photo of John_M
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Max's today.

The bitch pours a golden peach color with very good head retention and lots of sticky lacing all around. The nose on this beer is fantastic... I get orange citrus, kumquat, light licorise, some dank green tobaacco and a boatload of spice. Flavors replicate the nose, but this is easily one of the most complex beers I've ever tasted. The beer has an incredible array of honey and tropical fruit flavors, but the finish is almost completely dry, with some significant bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a protracted, drawn out bitter finish. For all the spice and tropical fruit, this beer is incredibly drinkable. Mmmm.... so good.

There are better Belgian trippels out there I suppose.... but they are very few and far between.

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Photo of horndecker
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: It's the color of copper, with a slight tinge of salmon. The profound billowy head also has a vague pinkish cast to it. The carbonation is a mixture of very fine and coarse bubbles. It turns rocky and clumpified right quick, and the head endures for the life of the beer.

Smell: Aromas are floral and sweet smelling candy - bazooka bubblegum, tangerine and grapefruit, and macintosh apples.

Taste: Large fruit, with a heftier sweetness than the average tripel. Earthy malt and honey swirls with oranges and apples and a slight nuttiness. The apologetic hops bring up the rear, giving it a slightly herbal bitter finish.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Superbly creamy and delicious. Fine carbonation which fills the mouth and tickles the tonsils. De Dolle can do no wrong. Long Live De Dolle!

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Photo of craftbeersweden
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
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 Tomas77
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
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 CharlesRiver
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought this at CT Bev Mart on sale for $3.29. 11.2 ounce bottle, typical belgian slim style. The appearance is much like a Duvel. Darkish tan with a huge white, foamy head. Steady stream of champagne like bubbles are constantly on the move. It just keeps going and going.

Smell is citrus, apples and some yeast notes mixed in. The first thing I take away from the taste is the balance. Perfect mix of sweet and dry. The fruit notes from the smell are apparent in the beginning and gives way to a slightly malt dryness. The aftertaste stays and stays. I love it.

A very good tripel in my opinion. I am enjoying this beer with stuffed shells which is just an ok match. It brings out more of the sweetness in this beer. Unfortunately the dryness in triples are what I love. Get this beer.

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Photo of Rudgers73
4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330 mL glass bottle that I got half-price because the guy said it might be "too far gone"

A- Huge rising active head that takes forever to settle out. This is the kind of head that you can have billowing from the top of the glass more than an inch but it doesn't spill over the edge, it just piles up instead. Dark gold/amber color with very active carbonation.

S- Sweet and spicy. Touch of alcohol. Citrus, simple sugars, piney, herbal.

T- Still waiting for it to settle. If it's anything like the other de dolle beers I've had this is gonna be an odd, but great experience.
5 minutes later... Great depth and complexity. Starts off rather bitter but then slowly flops completely over into a sugary-sweet caramel. The alcohol is apparent, but it's so smooth that its nothing more than a smell, no taste really. Slightly medicinal taste towards the end, maybe the alcohol peaking through a bit. I'm so glad I got this at half price, I really got a deal. It gets warming after the first few sips.

M- Very peppery and raw. It challenges the tongue, and I like it. Very similar to the other de dolle beers I've had. So bold and strong that it may seem a bit overwhelming to the faint of heart. The carbonation is wild.

D- Well, it is really strong, but if I could get more at this price I would buy it by the sixer.

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Photo of Lostcarkeys
4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was bottled in sept 2011, marked by the cap

A- A thick brown orange hue. Fingers don't show on the reverse of the glass, indicating a strong appearance.

S- Not the strong suit of this beer, tangerine, malty, bitter, alcohol notes all come into play.

T- Davine! Matches the upfront indications of the smell, but with a hardy afterglow that follows through with the flavor. Strong citrous bitterness that is completely original to this beer.

MF- Strong carbonation upfront, that linger as it slopes down the throat, but strong bite lasts through the aftertaste on the tongue.

Overall this is a fantastic beer. I would drink many more if I weren't already drunk and had any extras. For a 10% beer I am completely sold. I was sceptically to spend $7 on this one, but I understand the price tag given the robust flavor and extremely satiating flavors...

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Photo of ken3c
4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I like a good beer with a monster head and this one didn't disappoint. A huge rocky head stayed till the end. I poured into a huge glass but it still wasn't enough. Dark Orange in color. Quite opaque, even after cellaring for a few months. Lacing and sediment all over the glass.

White grape juice and canteloupe with a little spice in the aroma. Some earthiness in there as well.

The taste is quite spicy and not as fruity as I expected. Still, it's very good and interesting. Sweet at the beginning but dry at the end.

Mouthfeel is medium light. Quite tingly from the spice and carbonation. Again, somewhat drying at the end.

Very interesting. Not at all what I expected but I very much wanted another one.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle into a St. Bernardus wide mouth glass, the only way to go with a De Dolle beer IMO, These things are tricky to pour.

A- A slow pry from the cap resulted in a loud hiss. Some foam creeped it's way up but no beer was wasted, Some sediment in the pour though, you really cant get around that, I've had better luck in the past. The liquid is a honey like bright amber color that's hard to see through, also golden in appearence. A dense, frothy, rocky mountain foam sat on top forever, excellent lacing.

S- The smell on this is bananas. I get alot of sweet candi sweetness initially, but alot of fruit comes forth. Apples, pears and pineapples oh my. A good amount of malt giving off more sweetness. Some banana and clove mixed with other Belgian yeast and spice makes this wonderful.

T- Very similar to the smell, I think my favorite part of this is the mix of fruits thrown in the mix, banana is very large in taste. Other fruity esters. Im sure hops were used in this but they dont really show up. Good malty sweetness. A slight lemon twinge in the middle. A spicy finish with some cloves mixed with more fruit. I dont pick up any alcohol. I quite like this.

M- Not the smoothest beer when cold with all the active carbonation, this one is alive. Best to let it warm and settle down for a bit. This is quite approachable and while the carb is high and felt the flavor more than makes up for it. As this warms it just gets better and smoother. A nice slightly below medium body with a big aftertaste.

D- I splurge on a bottle of this from time to time as a treat and it always impresses me. The drinkability on this is high but I take my time and savor it. Crisp and refreshing year round. The alcohol is not noticable at all. I just wish they came in bigger bottles. Not intended for aging as De Dolle's website states.

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Photo of gford217
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a clear yellow with a soapy white head that hangs on for ages and leaves very good lacing.

The aroma is very light with lots of light fruit, apples and pears maybe, with some sweetish pale malts. Some lemons hang around the nose as well, though not too intrusive or tart.

The taste is a slight step up from the aroma as the sweetness kicks up a notch with light fruits still playing the major role but with some candi sugar thrown in for good measure. The citrus comes out a bit more than the aroma and balances the sweetness of the fruits and yeast very well.

The mouthfeel is very smooth and actually pretty sticky with the fruity and sugary sweetness on the palate.

This is a fantastic beer. It's been a while since I had one and I really forgot how good it is. one of the better tripels out there.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled February, 2004; Hop Leaf, Chicago
With a name like the mad bitch this beer had certainly better produce some results. The beer pours a hazy orange-gold color, and produces a prodigious white head. There is a lightly dusty, herbal, floral, and grassy aroma to this beer. It is sharp and herbal in taste, and is very well carbonated. It is lightly sweet with notes of honey and spices. It is almost spicy hot in character, quite interesting actually. This beer is definitely musty in character, it is like it has been lightly dusted with some pollen from a slightly astringent, yet floral flower. It is slightly lemony in character, with a hint of apple to it as well. The beer gets a bit sweeter as the copious amounts of carbonation starts to dissappear. There is also a nuttiness here in the middle of the beer, which adds to the complexity. I really like the interplay between the spiciness and the fruity sweetness, a very good balance that melds into an incredible beer.

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Photo of argock
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 11.2oz brown bottle into a Chimay goblet. No freshness date, purchased August 2009 at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $5.49.

A: Major gusher. What makes it into the glass is a murky peach with tall, 2-3 finger, off-white big-bubbled head with good retention and craggy lacing.

S: An interesting mix of pears, melons, and apple fruit flavors coated with brown sugar and finished with fruity yeast and alcohol esters

T: The flavor is exceptional with apple and pear followed by pepper and coriander and washed over with brown sugar and melon. The spicy yeast provides another element and the alcoholic finish really wraps up this very nice tripel.

M: Smooth and delicate, light-medium body, with active but appropriate carbonation and a nutty, yeasty, alcoholic aftertaste.

D: A very nice beer to review for #900. A wonderful blitz of interesting sweet malt and light fruit flavors coupled with spice and a warming alcohol presence. I will be revisiting this one again if I can find it in 750s.

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De Dolle Dulle Teve (Mad Bitch) from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 862 ratings