In the past few weeks I’ve been focusing my time on specific styles of beer. We took a look at smoked beers, then hoppy beers, and finally raspberry beers. So this week I thought I’d take a break and go in a slightly different direction – which is to focus solely on one brewery. This week it will be De Dolle Brouwers out of Esen, Belgium (Flanders region). The main reason I’ve chosen to focus on them first is that experience has taught me everything they do is very true to form for Belgian style of brewing. So first up is their Dulle Teve 10º (Mad Bitch). It’s a tripel that doesn’t necessarily do anything to push the envelope or set itself apart from the rest of the pack, but rather it strives to represent the style in a very timeless way. Its pour is very effervescent with miles and miles of soft white head and the aroma is of Belgian yeast and spring flowers. The taste is not mind-blowing, but its subtleties are. With only a slight bit of alcohol burn and a very nice mouthfeel, this is a truly great beer that will situate itself nicely with the Tripel Karmaliets of the world. And with the number of breweries out there pushing the envelope (some too far), I’m always glad to find a brewery that simply does their best to make something I’ll always enjoy every time I go back. Up next: Oerbier.
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Brewery: De Dolle
Beer: Dulle Teve 10º
Location: Esen, Belgium
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