De Dolle Dulle Teve Special Reserva 2003 | Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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De Dolle Dulle Teve Special Reserva 2003De Dolle Dulle Teve Special Reserva 2003

Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

Style: Belgian Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by yen157 on 06-23-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 40 |  Reviews: 34
Photo of WynnO
4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3/5  rDev -23.3%

4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of claaark13
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of MasterSki
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to emerge077 for making this one happen. Served in my Kuhnhenn tulip. This was the 2003 (and only) Reserva aged on Calvados wood.

A - Pours with a big, billowing foam, that dissipates almost immediately to a tiny ring of foam. Not much in the way of lacing. Body is a hazed golden color.

S - Booze! Well, if seven years hasn't blunted the nose, then nothing will. Lots of oak, spicy spirits, apple brandy, and then finally some caramel malt. More wood and vanilla too! How long was this in barrels!? I have an odd urge to visit Pays D'Auge.

T - The taste has mellowed considerably, with more of the apple and less of the brandy emerging. Again it's woody, and there's a yeasty aftertaste that is about the only thing reminscent of a tripel. Flavor profile is now reminiscent of dry, light, toffee and apples - a nice combination.

M - Low carbonation, smooth finish, with less heat than I was expecting from the fusel nose. Body is medium, and probably too thin for 11%. Not as tannic as I would have guessed, although that mellows with time.

D - Got more drinkable once I got past the harsh nose, but a third of a bottle was plenty for me to get a sense of this one. Probably wouldn't bother to seek it out again.

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Photo of tmoneyba
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by alexsdad06.

Poured hazy brown color with an average creamy head that lasted with excellent lacing. Complex spicy fruit and yeasty aroma. Medium to full body with a sticky texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy fruity balanced flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate to long duration with a small alcohol bite.

This is a standout beer.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy copper orange pour with a wispy white bubbly head on top that becomes a quick ring around the top of the brew. Aromas of sweet, bready malts mixing with fruit and yeast esters. Rich apple brandy and spice. Hints of wood tannins and some vanilla that sneaks in as well. Bright and vibrant, everything plays together nicely.

First sip brings sweet and spicy bready malts engulfed by a wall of fruit flavors that are big on apple brandy. Yeast esters mingle in with wood tannins. Calvados and spice lingers on.
Quite dry overall with a definite kick of heat on the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with a bit of a slickness. For the abv this one is a sipper and a good nightcap. Its drinking good right now and I am glad I popped the cap since I've been hanging onto it for awhile. Regular Dulle Teve is damn good, but hopefully they will age it again sometime as well.

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Photo of emerge077
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a special one, harkening back to one of the first local BA tasting events I can remember. Six years seemed long enough for this one, decided to pull it from the cellar tonight.

Rocky foam, bone white, on a dull orange body. The Oerbier glass is soon laced with spots of foam. Each swirl rekindles it, but then slowly breaks like clouds dissipating. Musty, fruity aroma, it's begun to show it's age a little. Some apple juice, apricot jam, sugar cookies, and cellar must. Rich, strong, still somewhat boozy after all these years. Fruity and bitter...jammy, and warm like calvados should be. This is one untamable beast. Long dry finish with apples simmering in a spiced liqueur. Rich and savory despite the warmth of the brandy barrel. A sipper for sure, after a few swirls the excess carbonation fades. Not sure that this will improve with more time, or ever lose it's alcohol edge, but it was a tasty experiment and worth the wait.

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Photo of Floydster
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 ounce bottle purchased from Stuffed Sandwich a few years ago for about twelve dollars, has been in the cellar ever since, also consumed on 2/25/09, reviewed from notes, poured into my Dogfish Head snifter, I figured I would drink this the same night as the Grand Reserva from De Struise since both of these beers were aged for two years in Calvados barrels, the color of this brew is a vibrant orange with some amber mixed in, small 1/4 inch bubbly white head that did not stick around very long at all, smell consists of lots of sugar, mild tarty scents, ripe fruit, sweet yeast, mild spice, wood, bready malt, and honey, flavor was similar to the aroma with more fruit up front that you might expect, middle is mostly fruits and candy-like sugar, finish is slightly warming with more sweetness and a bit of oak, once it warms there is lots of apple and sugar, like the little tart bite in the finish, moutfeel is sweet, slightly hot and tart, even dry at times, medium bodied, moderate level of carbonation, could drink the bottle which I did and a few more ounces, sweetness could get heavy eventually, booze are still out in the open and not quite hidden, pretty smooth though overall, this is drinking better than the first time I had it after five to six years of age, it has held up well probably because of the eleven percent to thirteen percent ABV and complexity of malt and sugars, supposedly the alcohol content varied by bottles, will drink again hopefully, recommended

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Photo of ATPete
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle

Poured right down the center of my snifter, rigorously but just gentle enough not to disturb the 1/4 inch of yeast at the bottom of the bottle. The '03 DT Reserva pours a dirty orange yellow color with a small peach colored head, lots of stick-age after all of these years. Super funk on the nose, wow, orange skin and lemon tartness, stale, dry hops are detectable, wet wood, herbal tea and bitterness, alcohol, mint leaves and malt. Still very bright with carbonation, causing this beer to really transform mid-palate, faded notes of calvados soaked wood, sweet malts and sour lemon tartness. This is a sipper for sure, damn acidic but truely a wonderful beer. I think this is due for another run...

reviewed 12/7/08

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Photo of Douglas88
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to hopdog for this bottle. 2003 version drank in 2008. Pours a clear orange color with some reddish tint. A large white head that goes down a bit. The aroma is very nice; loads of yeast, apples and citrus notes, some wood, and a hint of sourness. The flavor is very nice; not as sweet as the original, this version is more fruity and has lots of yeast. A large barrel aged character, and a strong alcohol presence. Pretty mellow though, the five years aging, plus two in the barrel will do that. A lot of apple cider flavors here, some sweet sugary notes too, but not too much. Very nice.

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Photo of homebrewhawk
4.59/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle served in a Duvel tulip. Hazy gold with a fine bubbled white head. Spritzy mouthfeel. Fantastic aroma with apple, sugar, hint of alcohol and some sourness (brett?). Lots of spicy flavors, very complex with citrus. Medium bodied with a smooth mouthfeel and a warming, drying alcoholic finish. Really nice beer.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Slender, slim, 11.2 oz bottle with a red front logo sticker purchased for $5.99 from Super Saver in Somerville...
"Special Reserva Aged In Calvados Casks 2003"...
Appearance is a hazy and murky deep golden color with an impressive foamy head... Sediment visible at the bottom of the bottle, which apparently was produced some five years ago...
Aroma was replete with alcohol, lemons, lime, tangerines, and florals...
The five years that have elapsed since this beer was brewed have added a distinct richness and oak characteristic... The alcohol is certainly noticeable, as are the powerful oak-aged, floral and fruit characteristics which completely dominate this brew... Very spicy, rich, and complex with an intricate blend of interwoven flavors...
Rich, creamy mouthfeel...
Drinkability took a hit due to the hefty alcohol percentage and strong flavors found in this one...
Good stuff, although I must admit that I prefer the original Dulle Teve over this aged one...

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Photo of yinzer
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


appearance: cloudy abmber w/little floaties, head is small like a Orval head in training

smell: star anise, where's the oak?

taste: a hint of oak, slight yeast, mild alcohol

mouthfeel: semi-dry finish, I bet it's lost some carbonation in the finish

drinkability: very enjoyable but very mild flavors compaired to the other Reserva's

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Photo of xav33
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

De Dolle Dulle Teve Special Reserva
12 oz bottle
Moderate pour in a tulip glass.
Bottled 2005, enjoyed 05/07.

Poured a hazy amber with a big fizzy white somewhat diminishing head.

Smelt of tres strong apple cider, sherry, biscuity malt, butterscotch. It's kind of like a caramel apple in a way.

Flavor was upfront strong sherry and apple cider bitterness and moderate sweet bread and caramel and sour apple followed by a strong bitter woody taste (oak?) and pungent mossy mushroomy smell with light sweet and sour apple compote with spices like cinnamon and nutmeg and allspice on a long

Palate was medium bodied, oily, scarce but stinging carbonation, strongly alcoholic and moderately astringent.
Overall, the odor took over the room when I poured it. Awesome. Once you get past the alcohol, flavors were intense and jammed packed with beautiful complex flavors. A good marriage of strong cider and malt flavors.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Polished brassy orange with sheets of rapidly ascending bubbles. Within moments, they settle down to a less frenetic pace, while still keeping the massive, parchment colored cap from deflating too quickly. The head is softly rocky rather than firmly rocky and deposits chunks of soap sudsy lace on the glass.

The nose is sour fruity, clove spicy and very slightly ethanolic. I wouldn't have expected all those years in the bottle to have eliminated the alcohol altogether, nor would I have wanted them to. Although I wouldn't have been able to come up with it on my own, I swear that I can smell the apple brandy character imparted by the Calvados barrels.

This is damn good beer, especially if you like your Belgian tripels on the big, burly, boozy side. I wouldn't have wanted to drink it any younger, that's for damn sure. Way back in 2003 it must have been a beast that was pretty close to undrinkable. If you're cellaring a bottle, it will probably be good for a few more years at least.

I don't remember what the standard version of Dulle Teve (Mad Bitch) tasted like, other than the fact that I loved it. I know that it didn't taste like this. Now I'm sure that I can appreciate the influence from the Calvados barrel aging. A bottle of Calvados was one of the first liquors that I ever purchased and I distinctly remember enjoying every drop.

This is one wang dang doodle of a strong, bracing, complex beer. Every bit of the 11% ABV is noticed, yet I wouldn't have it any other way. The warming alcohol is so well-integrated that it dovetails beautifully with all the other members of the flavor profile, which include brandy-soaked apples (especially) and pears. Ground clove is present as well.

DDDTSR 2003 wouldn't be nearly as good if it was sweet. Sure, there's an undercurrent of candi sugar-coated pale malt, but for the most part, this is a dry, snappy tripel that is even drier and snappier on the finish. I'm amazed at how the flavor profile changes over the course of each mouthful. The final constellation, the one that lingers, is the best of all.

The mouthfeel is full without being sticky or syrupy. Simply put, it's a perfect match for the flavor. How is it that the best Belgian brewers are able to bubble the hell out of their beer and make it work? Like the rest of Mad Bitch's attributes, the carbonation is a force to be reckoned with and dares you to love it or hate it. I love it.

If I had to choose, I'd take the regular Dulle Teve over Special Reserva. That doesn't mean that I don't love what those Calvados barrels have done. While the $6.49 price tag is a bit steep, I don't know if I'll be able to resist grabbing another bottle or two if the opportunity presents itself. What a wild ride!

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Photo of weeare138
4.57/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 2005 notes...
Thanks to bkelley68 for sharing this after the Stoudt's fest...
Appears a hazy, orange toned gold with a fluffy white head that refuses to yield. Tons of spotty lacing left all around the glass.
Smell is of funkadelic oak, tart apples, mild horseblanket, vanilla cream, lemony citrus jumping out with obvious infection not quite as big as Rodenbach but there enough to raise your eyebrows and take heed. It's really addictive with the sweetness melding together with tartness.
The taste is of the mentioned aromas with an addictively sweet & tart brew backed up with gentle amounts of sugary caramel, along with some yummy berries. Delicious.
Mouthfeel is bold with vinous notes, tart brett, obvious alcohol, and a dryness in the swallow.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Courtesy of expatsteve. Part 3 of a 5-part De Dolle flight.

Pour: auburn/orange under several fingers of white foam that fades to a skim.

Nose: brown sugar/caramel apple from the calvados aging over standard fruity tripel esters and dry spicy yeast.

Taste: sweet apple skins up front, followed by a souring brandy and burning alcohol that dries it out substantially.

Feel: slick and airy, tickling carb flattens out a bit as it warms.

Drinkability/Overall: a unique experiment, but comes off just a little too boozy and dry in the end.

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Photo of Shovelbum
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

label reads: “Aged in Calvados Casks 2003”
sampled in Dec. of 2006

Pours a two finger head of large bubble foam that quickly subsides to a more manageable half finger of dense foam. leaves sheets of lace. The body is a hazy light mahogany color with orange hues. Smells of tart fruit, a bit of sawdust and some other mysterious funk. The flavor is sweet light malt upfront which gives way to a more tangy finish. There is a slight green apple tartness that picks up toward the end, but it is not overpowering or as substantial as the nose led me to believe it would be. There is also a fleet of subtle spices that defy identification, although pepper is among their numbers for sure. A decent bitterness comes through. Lean bodied. Smooth mouthfeel.

This is an ale that took well to aging. Unlike some other aged Brett bombs, I’ve sampled, this little “mad bitch” has a bit of tartness that may or may not be Brett induced, but either way complments the beer rather than overpowers it. A difficult feat. The wood is not overdone either and again contributes to the complexity and is only identifiable if you consciously seek it out. One of the most masterfully aged ales I’ve had.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Medium carbonation amidst a very thick head and film and bright, golden amber, maybe even copper color. All this mixed with a mild bubbling for a tripel and sparse Brussell's lace.

Smell- A tart apple and vine aroma.

Taste- A pretty tart granny smith apple to start and slips into something a bit more vinuos. There are hints of rock candy mixed with a light mint juelp.

A pretty nice mad bitch. And I know how to handle a mad bitch or two.

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Photo of NoLiberty
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours from my bottle clear golden and apricot colored with a frothy full lasting head and clean lace.
Aroma is clean, fruit, but not overpowering alcohol with definite pear nose. The apple brandy gives a nice fruitiness.
The front taste is loaded with fruit characteristics of strong brandy followed by full alcohol flavor from middle to end. What is style exactly? Seems more than a triple with an almost wine like finish. Strong complex finish.
Mouthfeel is full but not overly carbonated, and finished clean.

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Photo of yelterdow
3.2/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served at cellar temperature in a Chimay chalice. 2003 Reserve, bottled in 2005.

Appearance- Upon cracking the beer open, an immediate rush of bubbles race urgently to the surface... the foam creeping out of the bottle. On the pour, which glows a crystal clear brilliant gold, the bubbles grab hold of the etching in my glass and effervesce unlike anything I've seen before... a fireworks display of neverending activity, cranked up to eleven. The head settles over time to a thicker than average mat, but never entirely goes away. Lacing is quite good, considering the 11% ABV.

Smell- A unique nose of farmhouse funk, lemon, garbage, alcohol (in the lungs now), candi sugar, and chocolate... this reminds me of Fantome's yeast strain, which brings everything to the table from weeds and hay to bittersweet chocolate. Very interesting, as a wood character (from the Calvados barrels) makes a curtain call.

Taste- Huge similarities to sherry, or a Calvados aged port wine... the barrel-infused flavors are strong, and influence the direction of the malts and hop profile. The more I keep the beer in my mouth and swish it around, the easier and more complex the flavors get. Now some fruit, maybe cherries, begin to reveal themselves amongst the slight alcohol burn and belly warming. Right now, this beer is rough and cholicky.

After pouring in the sediment, which carries small, dark particles in suspension, the nose becomes sweeter and more spicy. Even more dessert-like, cordialesque flavors join the booze-soaked party... and although mouthfeel improves, the taste is still mighty difficult to approach.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- As my initial impression suggests, the beer is aggressive, misbehaved, and overly crackly on the outset... it's just obnoxious. With some breathing over the course of a solid hour in a wide-mouthed chalice, along with a swishing in the mouth and yeast addition, it improves some. Drinkability must be calculated with an accompanying cigar I think, as it would most likely overpower even the most decadent cheescake. This is a serious beer, one that should be sampled in the right mood with the appropriate acoutriments.... otherwise, prepare yourself for a royal asswhipping.

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Photo of Jredner
3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is spicy and sharp on the nostrils. Some fruit notes play in the background. Orange body with a thin white head. Fore is thinnish and spicy tasting. Muted pear notes, huge calvados notes, Some mildly bitter citrus peel notes are tingly on the tongue. Low malt presence is mostly caramel accented. Just wasn’t getting his. nothing really stood out for me other than the spicy/tingly citrus asspects and while the range and intensity was decent that overall feel was a bit thinnish for the style. Obviosuly a solid beer, but not a great one to me.

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De Dolle Dulle Teve Special Reserva 2003 from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 40 ratings