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Review of De Dolle Dulle Teve (Mad Bitch)

Hi guys.  For today’s craft beer review I’m going to be trying the De Dolle Dulle Teve (Mad Bitch) produced by Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers located in Esen, Belgium.

I tried their Oerbier a few months back and really enjoyed it, so I’m eager to see if this one is as tasty as well.

From the website,, we find this description of the Dulle Teve. 

Dulle Teve means Mad Bitch, but the US government does not like the name, so we said TRIPEL. Is is an all malt brew with white candy in the kettle and refermented. Alc 10 %. Is not meant for aging.

Unfortunately, I have no idea how fresh this beer is, but no matter, I’m going to drink it anyway.

This brew comes in an 11.2 oz. bottle and has an ABV of 10.0%.

The Dulle Teve poured a hazy, murky caramel/brown color with an off white head that was well sized from a super gentle pour.  It was kind of soapy and fizzy, but soft and fluffy.  The retention time was ok and it left some decent lacing behind for the first little bit.  I did notice quite a lot of sediment floating around in the liquid as I held it toward the light however.

The nose on the Dulle Teve presented a wonderful Belgian yeast fragrance.  It was very vibrant and pronounced.  Additional hints of lemon citrus, caramel apple and coriander.  It seemed rather earthy too with a kind of musty and dank (in a good way) hop profile.  Added notes of doughy biscuit with only the slightest bit of funk.  Overall, well balanced and pleasant.

The taste let loose a powerful flavor of earth, doughy biscuit and yeast.  “Browned” apples, lemon citrus and maybe even some soft pear took care of the fruity aspects.  Coriander and some spice of pepper held true while a light caramel sweetness and woody undertones played a supporting role.  A good amount of bitterness was to be had as well.  At 10% ABV, the alcohol was easily noticed and it seemed to dominate the flavor towards the end.  It was still rather savory though.  

The mouthfeel was medium to darn near full bodied with good carbonation.  It was chewy and extremely dry coinciding with a slight bite and roughness.  A sting of warmth was felt and tons flavors were left behind after the sip.

This is another very good beer by De Dolle.  There was a lot going on here.  It was quite strong and forceful though, which made it a tad hard to drink.  The alcohol is readily available and I was reserved to taking small sips for the entire drink.  It’s definitely worth a try however, because that Belgian yeast aroma and flavor make up for any lack or shortcomings.  I would definitely like to try it again that’s for sure.  With that being said, if you guys happen to see the De Dolle Dulle Teve (Mad Bitch) at your bottle shop…. pick it up and give it a go.  Be sure to let me know what you think about it too.

Thanks for the support everyone and thanks for checking in on another review.

Until next time.  Cheers.

Score:  4.15 out of 5
Grade:  A-

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Posted by on February 12, 2012 in Country: Belgium, De Dolle


Review of De Dolle Oerbier

Hello again everyone.  Thanks for checking in with me today.  For today’s craft beer review I’m going to be trying the De Dolle Oerbier by Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers located in Esen, Belgium. 

I just picked this bottle up on a whim and don’t know anything about it or the brewer, so I could be in for a surprise either good or bad with this one. 

Let’s see if we can find a description from the website,

Oerbier means original, from the source.  This beer has been brewed in small scale (5 gallons) at home in a copper wash kettle, by two brothers who were students at the time.  They took over an old brewery which was out of business and said:  “If we don’t bring the brewery back to life, nobody will!”.  It was also a unique opportunity to create some interesting brews, so why not try it?  Therefore we went ahead.  We did the main work ourselves and kept the scale of the brewery as it was.  Since then, the brewery and its beers have been an inspiration for a lot of brewers.  Oerbier is brewed from all different malts, Poperinge Golding hops in flowers and a special yeast which makes it a little tart, especially with aging.  At the brewery we have excellent cellars which have a constant temperature of 8 degrees C allowing Oerbier to age at its best. 

Whew!!!  That was fairly lengthy and I didn’t even write all that was available.

This beer comes in an 11.6 oz. bottle and has an ABV of 9.0%.

The brew poured a murky, dark brown to burgundy color.  A huge, billowy, rocky, soft, fluffy, light tan head was formed from a relatively easy pour.  The retention time was superb and the lacing was patchy and prevalent.  The collar eventually settled to a thin film on top of the liquid.  It looked pretty good to start I must say.

The aroma generated wonderful hints of ripe fruit.  Cherries, grapes, light banana and mild orange slices.  Dried raisins added some more dark, fruity aspects.  The nose revealed a very, very minor sourness and tartness combined with cloves and other assorted spices.  As the brewed warmed, a yeasty/bready goodness stepped up and brought forth even more pleasant and satisfactory fragrances.  Only a very light alcohol note was detected in the nose.  Very nice.

Within the taste I found smidgens of plum and restrained cherry sweetness.  Very little sourness at all.  The spice seemed a little more forthcoming in regards to some pepper and clove hints.  A light touch of liquorice and chocolate made themselves known throughout the middle of the drink.  Further encounters with that yeasty/bready malt “rounds” the flavor like none other.  Some orange rind was experienced at the very back end.  A small touch of alcohol was noticed for the first few sips, however it completely vanished after a few minutes.  This has an absolutely great flavor.  There is so much going on here.  Very complex, balanced and harmonious.

The mouthfeel was medium, soft, dry and smooth as silk.  Like velvet or something.  A wonderful warmth was left on the back of the throat.  A decent amount flavor was left behind after the swallow too, however I was expecting a bit more.  No matter, the mouthfeel and carbonation were still very good.

Man, this is a great beer.  The longer I sipped, the better it got.  It is ridiculously easy to drink.  I would have never guessed that it was 9.0% ABV.  I would highly recommend trying this beer.  It has an outstanding aroma and a near “world class” taste in my opinion.  I’m going to have to try a few more brews from this brewery to see if they are as good as this one.  I’m so glad that I picked this up.  I nearly passed over it!!!  So, if you happen to see the De Dolle Oerbier sitting on the shelf, pick it up and give it a go.  I don’t think that you will be disappointed.

Thanks to everyone who reads and comments on the blog.  I really, really appreciate it.  Remember, look me up on Twitter (@BeerApprentice or shrews824) and Google+ (Scott Shrewsberry) if you would like. 

Until next time.


Score:  4.5 out of 5
Grade:  A        


Posted by on November 2, 2011 in Country: Belgium, De Dolle

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