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: 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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Ratings: 40 |  Reviews: 34
Photo of UnionMade
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
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 Crosling
3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
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 ypsifly
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
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 Phyl21ca
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy golden yellow color ale with a huge foamy white head with great retention. Aroma of apple is quite dominant and weirdly enough reminiscent enough of ice cider; alcohol was not that overly apparent as I would have expected from reading ratings for this beer. Taste is also dominated by the apple component from the Calvados but again very reminiscent of ice cider and was very much enjoyable. Body was above average and alcohol while being evident was not providing a burning-type sensation, which I often dislike. Definitely will be seeking more of this in the future.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
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 GnomeKing
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
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 TurdFurgison
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
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 -11.5%
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 -25.1%
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 -39.4%
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 +9.7%
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 -7.9%
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 +2.8%
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 +11.8%
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 +19.4%
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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