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)

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Added by yen157 on 06-23-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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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 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 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 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 Wildman
4.29/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a very murky yellow amber color and formed a off white bubbly head that coated the glass with lace as it subsided. A medium amount of carbonation and a heavy amount of sediment and particles is present. An aroma of malt, candy, molasses, and plum. It had a flavor of malt, candy, chocolate and elements that whisper at the edge, but don't present much more character to the beer. It has a medium body and the finish is slightly astrigent, yet sweet.

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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 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 silenius
4.37/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle states it was aged in "Calvados casks 2003." I'm assuming that means since 2003. The bottlecap said bottled in 2005.

Pours a hazed amber with an off-white fluffy head with finely beaded bubbles. The body of the beer is hazed by a suspension of nearly invisible particles. The head made some large strokes of lace.

Smell is extraordinarily perfumey with bright tropical fruit flavors and candied strawberries with a woodsy lacing throughout. As it warms I can pick up on some of the alcohol in the nose. Very complex with changes as it warms.

Taste is a little more woodsy and earthy than the nose. More of the cask wood flavoring is apparent as is the alcohol. The fruit flavors lean toward strawberry and apple at first but then finish with ruby red grapefruit and a subtle pepper.

Mouthfeel is warming from the alcohol and creamy and lively from the carbonation. The wood leaves a bittering dryness in the back end.

Very drinkable and very enjoyable. I'll try this one with some good strong cheese the next time I find it. I really appreciate it when brewers experiment with their beers and age them in different wood casks. Bravo!

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Photo of yen157
4.67/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bright amber orange, fierce carbonation that supports the pillowy white head. Fucking amazing nose: Tart apples, strawberry candy, both perfumy all the way, and some musty wood. You’ve got to be kidding me. This was a tripel?! The transformation from the regular Mad Bitch to this is mind blowing. Such an intoxicatingly elegant aroma. On first sip, ahh, there’s the tripel, albeit a very lean tripel. Some tropical frutiness, spice, and a tartness that had to have been picked up from the calvados casks. Some wet dirt, too. Hmm...Peppery alcohol couples with prickly carbonation and hops (yes, hops in a two year old barrel aged Belgian tripel!!!) counters what little sweetness there is. Some yeasty cookie dough in the aftertaste, especially as it warms up. I can’t wait for this to age. I’m stashing as much of this as I can get my hands on! Not too long, though. I can see this falling apart quickly. Anyway, I’m in love.

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