Brewed by De Dolle Brouwers
Style: Abbey Tripel
Diksmuide, Belgium


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RATINGS: 1430   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
De Dulle Teve is brewed in the tradition of a Belgian Triple. Its high density stems from large amounts of pale malt increased with pale candi sugar in the brew kettle. Unfiltered, unpasteurized, bottle-conditioned.

De Dulle Teve keeps two to three years without major changes in taste. Further maturing, up to 10 years, will cause it to darken a little and lose some of its bitterness. The bittering of about 30 IBU is due to Goldings hops in the brew kettle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dornoy (701) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 17, 2006
High head on a dark gold body. Very strong taste, fruity and spicy, a nice but very strong beer. There are dark fruits there, yet sweet enough. Warm and soothing, it is a very nice beer after a large meal.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mungo (2471) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - JUN 16, 2006
Bottle (from Bitter Virtue). Slightly cloudy golden with massive creamy head and yeasty foam attempting and largely succeeding to escape the bottle. Gentle fruity yeast, smooth malts, spicy almost citrus aromas with lots of alcohol. Upon closer examination there is a nice gingernut aroma. Quite highly carbonated in a pleasant way which helps to cut through the full malt sweetness. A light bitterness in the finish with just a hint of not unpleasant yeast bite. I enjoyed this (and the pleasant mellow feeling it left behind after it was finished) but I think it could have done with slightly less alcohol and a dryer body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ElGaucho (2388) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JUN 15, 2006
Bottle. It’s been a while since I had to stop pouring a brew because the head was so large it threatened to overflow. The head is so huge and so slow in disipating that I’m not sure when I’m going to actually be able to drink it. Very similar in aroma to the De Dolle Dulle Teve Special Reserva. From the description on the latter, I am deducing that the reason the Teve 10 is a little lighter in color is perhaps due to the fact it was not aged in the Calvados casks. But hold that, now that I am able to pour the rest of the bottle in, the sediment/yeast at the bottom of the bottle makes the body darker and very similar to the orange of the Special Reserva. Head is beautiful, cumulus cloud-like, enduringly lasting. This brew is supposed to be more lively in its carbonation, but I’m not getting that. I really should have done a side-by-side, because my frame of comparison is spread over 24 hours. It’s hard for me thus to tell much difference between the two brews. Sweet, Belgian candi-sugar. I’m not as enamored with this brew as the Special Reserva, but it’s still darn good and very similar.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kepano (260) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 15, 2006
I am no expert in advertising, but naming your beer "Mad Bitch" doesn’t sound like a recipe for success. The recipe for this beer, however, need not change as it is an excellent example of the style and simply an excellent brew. The color reminds of Charentais melon, subtly clouded and topped of a superb creamy white head that recedes with equally dense lacing. Classic esters and grain form the cynosure of the nose, a wonderful combination of bubble gum, dried banana, raisins, mandarin, apple juice, cherries and peach yoghurt balanced by the rich sweetness of caramel, biscuits and honey. This enticing complexity is not as ebullient in the flavor as it relies more on a soft malt profile than the panache of fruits found in the aroma. Butterscotch and unctuous grains hide the relatively high alcohol content that is only reminded by the slightly burnt finish. I would love to try some older samples of this wonderful tripel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
henrikb (1261) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JUN 14, 2006
Golden orange body, huge creamy white head, thick lacing; Good, not huge special nose: citrus, some dries nuts and eucalyptus; Huge a bit sharp carbonation, balanced fresh body; Into very long finish, incredibly present alcohol, very harsh orange peel, fresh nuts and again eucalyptus.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Marsiblursi (3076) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 14, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2007 (Bottle at delirium cafe, Göteborg) Very hazy orange with a big white head. Pretty fast decreasing with big bubbles. The aroma is interesting. Belgian yeast and sweetness. Violet. Bubblegum-ish. Smells like a young beer. Marzipan. Strong flavour that leaves a peppery feeling in the mouth. The alcohol shines through. Tastes young and straggly. Champagne carbination. Little soapy. Good afterbitterness. Marzipan and some fruits. Yeast. Cool bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (9108) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 11, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2012 33cl bottle, vintage unknown
Consumed at Bier Circus, Brussels, May 2006

Cloudy, deliciously glowing with a light amber murkiness. Has a firm, well-supported white head. Nose of gummy sour fruity, a sharp scent of alcohol, some pineapple and bubblegum. Well-carbonated, very light on the tongue but with a thick body. Full of a fight between sweet and sour fruits. One of the best tripels I’ve had.

Rating updated to 4.7 based on 4-5 year old bottles... the dry cobweb character of these aged bottles is nearly-perfect.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Skinnyviking (8659) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 10, 2006
Bottle. White lasting head. Orange hazy body. Fruity yet spicy aroma. Sorry mates but I do not like your flavor of alcohol and hops.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
alkione (6) - De Panne, BELGIUM - JUN 8, 2006 does not count
Deep hazy golden beer with massive head that doesn’t quit. Aroma winey, with sauvignon blanc notes of gooseberry, pineapple and mango. Second whiffs revealed the almost raw barely underneath. Flavor is complex, layers of thick tropical fruit, sweet malt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OldMrCrow (2389) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 8, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 15, 2006 From the bottle.

Pours a hazy light brown amber with an ample head. The aroma is orange and spice with some yeast; the flavor follows with the addition of strong coconut tones. This one has a (too-)notable alcohol burn early on and corresponding alcohol flavor; the hop finish is not particularly dry or exagerated.

While this is nice, head to head with the 7.5% and lower-rated Abbeye des Rocs Blond, this one comes in second place (for everything except the huge amounts floating matter in the des Rocs.)

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