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

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RATINGS: 1237   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SETANTA (582) - Bangor, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 26, 2004
The so-called "Mad Bitch" packs quite a punch... poured clear, until the sediment let loose and created a cool Lava-Lamp effect in the glass...sturdy head, sorta spicy, some what sweet, not very bitter, very smooth for the high ABV.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bu11zeye (11760) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 26, 2004
(330 ml bottle) Pours a cloudy orange color with a large, frothy, egg shell colored head. Has a pleasant aroma of light malt, bread, caramel, straw, and banana. Has a long flavor retention and warmth of the 10% abv. Excellent!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CapFlu (4370) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 25, 2004
(750ml bottle) Pours a creamy, white head and a cloudy, orange body. Much sediment and minute carbonations. Aroma of grapes, port wine, alcohol, candied sugar and oranges. Flavours of caramel and smooth malt. Hoppy, fry finish with some alcohol apparent. Not as complex as the nose tends to be.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DYCSoccer17 (3228) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 23, 2004
Aroma is nice--yeastly, peppery, and doughy. Not extremely potent, but not too light either. Pours a haZy copper with a huge frothy white head. Has a very nice mouthfeel. Start is peppery and sweet and fruity tasting. Cannot pin it down, though. It’s very yummy. Sweetness in the middle dancing with an ethanol burn and some mild bitterness to entice you back at the end. A very yummy beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - MAY 17, 2004
Bottle at DBF 2004. Pours blond/golden color, with a nice big fluffy head. Aroma is very spicy, fruity and yeast. The flavor is the same, with a touch of alcohol in the background. Highly carbonated.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jfm (1724) - Holbæk, DENMARK - MAY 16, 2004
Golden color with a large fluffy white head. The taste is fruity with spicy and slight citrusy notes. Has som yeasty notes as well.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jde123 (761) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 11, 2004
Wow, the cork popped off with such force it almost forced the opener into my eye! Pours a very aromatic pear with an enormous frothy white head. Smells great, sweet and fruity seems great for a lazy summer afternoon. Taste is initially a little sweet with some apple cider-like bite but deepens into a very flowery texture with a prominent alcohol taste and pungency. Tastes like my throat is corroding, which is kind of pleasant, but also unnerving. Not too bad, great triple!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - MAY 9, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2004 I don’t really remember a whole lot about this beer... Sweet, carbonated, and that sucks. Fruity though. I’m going to re-rate later.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cornboy (424) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 7, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2004 Rerate after a few months cellaring, strong aromas of butterscotch/caramel were delightful. Taste of doughy burnt butterscotch. Much better. Huge white foamy head with tiny bubbles. Very cloudy pour, spicy nose with slight alcohol twinge. Taste was all over the place as it warmed, fruit, spices, alcohol. Enjoyable.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Silphium (3158) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - APR 19, 2004
Once I removed the cap the cork immediately exploded from the bottle and the beer spewed forth. Pours with a large head and a cloudy yellow-orange body with abundant suspended material. Aroma is dry and sour, with pineapple, spices, earthy/musty notes, and a touch of white grape. Reminiscent of a Saison or lambic (and of course several Tripels). The flavor is neither too sweet nor too dry, with pineapple and orange notes delivering just enough citrus character to the otherwise dry, crackery, spicy, very estery body. Bitter finish with detectable alcohol. Tight carbonation leaves a nice mouthfeel. A bit rougher around the edges than some Tripels I've tried, but the main drawback is the steep price (I believe I paid $11.99/bottle). Perhaps the most "typical" offering I've tried from De Dolle. However, this is characteristically well-done.


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