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

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Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by yen157 on 06-23-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 40 |  Reviews: 34
Photo of Sephiroth
2.37/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I barely manage to fit this beer into a Duvel tulip. This was an 11.2 oz. bottle, mind you. The fluffy foam finally drops to a solid, quarter inch blanket of white. The smell is of supersweetness. As in totally unrefined. Young. It seems to be "closed up", although it is slightly warmer than cellar temp. Lace clings in patches to the glass.

The taste is sweet and chaotic. This is in some obvious need of ageing. The calvados flavor is mostly covered, for now, by the raging sugars. It is there, however.

The mouthfeel is syrupy. The sweetness is too sharp. The drinkability suffers as well. I have faith that if I just wait a few years, this will be superb. Don't drink now.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
2.93/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

This bitch pours with an explosive and commanding off-white head. It takes some time for the head to settle down to a healthy 3/8 of an inch where it remains for most of the duration of consumption.

The bitch is the color of dried apricots and is slightly cloudy. If you hold your glass up towards a bright light you can just make out tiny sediment specs.

The label says, "Calvados Casks 2003." I guess this means that it’s two years old. I think it could use two more.

The nose is almost complicated. I can make out rich fruits just below the surface. I also sense some raison and vanilla.

The taste doesn’t excite me very much. The flavors seem muddled and undefined. I think this would improve from aging.

The mouthfeel of this bitch on the other hand really gets me going. Playfully, the bubbles attack the tip of one’s tongue with a fervent effervescence. Simultaneously, the alcohol warms the roof of the mouth and back of the tongue. Drinking this beer is like having a party in your mouth.

My overall impression is that this beer needs time. Many might argue with me but personally I would rather not wait, particularly at $5.50 a bottle. I think there are plenty of other triples out there for far less money and that are much better straight from the shelf.

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Photo of Dcunicelli
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of yelterdow
3.2/5  rDev -18.4%
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 -12%
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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Photo of Crosling
3.45/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden bronze color, perhaps a touch darker than the regular Dulle Teve. Perfect De Dolle foam, leaving excellent retention. Really rich and vibrant nose, which gives hints of both the original beer (peach, nectarine and apple) and the Calvados barrel (vanilla, apple brandy, oak.) It’s also undeniably vinous in the nose and a bit boozey as well. Nearly identical body and mouthfeel compared to the regular Dulle Teve, although the Reserva might be a bit more slick. Initially on the front palate, the flavor is very similar to the regular Dulle Teve, but the mid-palate and finish are much different. I find it pretty light and gentle overall, not jam packed with different flavors or dimensions. It’s very alcoholic, with apple brandy, red wine, caramel, cocunut, butterscotch, vanilla and various fruit flavors. Hard to finish the bottle, really. Clearly lacking the magic of the other Reservas. Calvados was definately not the right choice for a beer like Dulle Teve. I’m not sure what is...Maybe a wine barrel.

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Photo of Rastacouere
3.46/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Great off-white head has delicate lacing and covers completely the yellow to golden hue. Big yeasty nose, liquorous and strong. Fluffy sawdust woodiness, big apple pie flavors. Also strong and vaporous in mouth, tasty, dry, apple peel reminiscent as well as nice orange and flowers hints, but too hot and not all that complex. Full carbonation, medium bodied. I fear dulle teve was not the best beer for such experiments..

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of UnionMade
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks for the bottle, Jim!
Pours a honey gold, topped with a blooming white head, crowning out of the tulip goblet. Slightly hazy. Amazingly, the head holds about a centimeter thick almost all the way through. Nice spotty lace. Big, sweet aroma. Sugary, dominated by honey, caramel and booze. White wine (is that the calvados?) and plenty of tropical, Fruity Pebbles-like esters. A little funky sourness, kinda like an oud bruin. The flavor features a prominent barrel aged quality, heavy on the vanilla-ish oak and alcohol, livened up by strong, fizzy carbonation. Lots of honeyed sweetness, sugary up front, though strangely changing to a mild funky sourness in the finish. Fruit everywhere. Plantain, maraschino cherry, green apple, you name it. White wine character in the finish, a faint touch of spicy belgian yeast, kinda peppery. Ends off fairly dry, with a generous helping of booze. So much higher alcohol I feel like coughing after each sip. If I were to sip on some mineral spirits, this is what I expect it'd be like. Medium bodied, feeling kinda slick despite the dry finish and champagne carbonation. Not quite as belgiany or tripel-ish as I'd hoped. The barrel aging really took this one over, and it feels a little worse for the wear, somewhat oxodized, what with the pronounced honey and supercharged, aged carbonation. Not bad, enjoyable in its peculiar way, but not something I'd revisit. A bit too esoteric for me.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled December, 2005
As soon as I pop the cap the beer starts to foam out of the bottle. The beer pours with a frothy, light tan, three finger thick head. The beer is a hazy copper color that has lots of carbonation dancing up from the bottom of my glass. The aroma is an interesting mix of sharp fruit notes (like green apple, and pear) and subtle woody oak notes (with a bit of buttery oak notes). I'll admit that I like the fresh, spicy, sharp and fruity aroma of the regular version a bit better.

The beer has a nice fruity note to it up front that is reminiscent of pears especially and a bit of green apples and tart plums. The oak begins to make itself know in the middle and lingers through to the end of a draught. The oak is fairly subtle, and only plays a complimentary role; it is predominantly woody, slightly tannic, with a hint of buttery-oak, and perhaps even a hint of vanilla. The spicy notes are subdued by the oak notes, though in all fairness a lot of the spice notes have probably just been muted over the aging time as well. This beer is pretty tasty, definitely enjoyable, but just not nearly the beer that the regular version is.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

vivacious pour, yellow-to-orange and bubbly with a soapy yet thick head on top. aroma strikes me off guard with a big, fruity pink wine blast where butter is expected. somewhat floral as well, with a strawberry and a kiwi taking 1st and 2nd in the fruit lottery. flavor is bizarre and unique.. very messy in terms of architecture. begins with a nice alcohol-soaked piece of leather, a bit of buttered popcorn. continues to explode with apples, strawberries, and an out-of-control rubbing alcohol sting. something moldy in here as well, somewhat grassy in the finish. in the benefit of this beer, it eclipses beers like prophecy in its ability to manipulate the tripel into a different monster. on the negative side, it is a complete mess and needs time. this beer will mellow over time into something nice.. like a fruit liqueur. for now, something interesting to sip and ponder.. give it a few years it will be great. this is like the 1995 tech stock that requires faith and quick thinking.. buy it now and you will be rich in beer come 2010.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
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 xav33
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
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 MasterSki
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
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 ypsifly
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz purchased at Bello Vino in Ann Arbor and poured into a tulip. The cap has "Bottl 2005" inkjetted on it.

Light copper that is slightly hazed under a few centimeters of beady white that slowly falls to a thin layer.

Yeasty notes of dark tropical fruits that have been left in an old cellar. A bit chalky with some sweetness. No alcohol aromas detected. After a few sips I poured in the last ounce and the lees added a nice clove to bubblegum aroma

Sharp and fruity upfront with some suggestions of green apples. Distinct tartness cuts through in the middle and allows the carbonation to bubble up. A bit of sour earth towards the end. Tart finish with some alcoholic pepper without much heat. Much more sour fruit flavor when the lees were added.

The mouth suffers from what seems to be a common problem with bigger Triples: too much puckering tartness. If it wasn't so acidicly tart this would be a much better beer. This also causes it to lose drinkability points. Not quite worth the $6, IMHO.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into Watou chalice. The bottle said "Special Reserva, Aged in Calvados Casks 2003".

Appearance: Dark yellow, kind of hazy, with thick lasting head. The head just stays forever on this beer.

Smell: Strong apple aroma, with some yeast highlights.

Taste: Slightly tart, almost primitive ale flavor. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

Notes: I can't find this beer anywhere in the Columbus Ohio area. But I can find the blue lavel Dulle Teve... I bought this from Mountview in CT (Thank Terry for the advice). I'll look for it again. I disagree that this is a tripel, but the flavor is nice.

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Photo of GnomeKing
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Like brandy or sherry, this one packs a sharp alcohol punch--not just in the ABV, but in the taste as well. There's a sour apple finish that's blended with tastes of tart fruit. The overall effect is warming and soul-fortifying. The essence of a sipping beer. I could imagine drinking this by a fire.

I recommend the Mad Bitch Reserve (preferring it to the regular Mad Bitch), but it's not a beer for your regular rotation. Sharing it with a friend would be a good idea, since drinking an entire bottle is a bit of a chore.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
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 Douglas88
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
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 ATPete
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
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 WynnO
4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of putnam
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Wet, crackling noise from this peach/gold liquid underneath a lumpy sheet of white. Distinct ripe sweet apple fragrance. Brown sugar, cream, crabapples, cranberries, sour peaches, stony dry minerals and paper thin pie crust aromas wrap around impressions of apple seeds and other fruit pits, mashed and bitter. Bold strawberry liqueur textures and flavors. Bitter cherry pits, mandarine orange, jellied pineapple, nutmeg and cumin flavors. Quite alcoholic and slippery, like a bubbly Pineau de Charentes/orange/mimosa. Tangy, delicious fruit-salad and spice flavored dessert beer.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
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 Floydster
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
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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