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New Holland Black Tulip Trippel Ale - New Holland Brewing Company

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New Holland Black Tulip Trippel AleNew Holland Black Tulip Trippel Ale

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BA SCORE
87
very good

467 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 467
Reviews: 260
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 14.18%
Wants: 27
Gots: 26 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-09-2002)
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Reviews by beerinator:
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beerinator

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +5.7%

Appearance: Clear, golden beer. Nice rocky head when poured agressively. The head has good retention.

Aroma: Sweet fruit. Pears and apples abound. There is a hint of spice, but it's mostly dominated by fruit.

Taste: Sweet upfront to a drying alcohol laced twang in the finish. There is fruit in the flavor, but it's more subdued than expected from the aroma. The alcohol strength is apparent but not overpowering. The finish is dry and a bit of the fruit lingers on the tongue. There seems to be a bit of bitterness in the finish.

Notes: Good beer. Not necessarily my favorite trippel, but it's still very drinkable.

05-03-2005 13:40:31 | More by beerinator
More User Reviews:
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DaPeculierDane

Wisconsin

3.73/5  rDev -3.9%

Chalky hazed peach gold with a sticky thin lacing. Nose is grapefruit candy, lemongrass, light German hops, yeasts, and sweet fruits, pineapple? Taste is tropical, lightly tart, and very fruity. Ends bitter and lemony. Medium, nicely bitter/tart mouthfeel. Not terribly drinkable.

04-24-2006 21:14:00 | More by DaPeculierDane
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dacubz

Illinois

5/5  rDev +28.9%

04-16-2014 23:15:54 | More by dacubz
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bdkucharski

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

02-18-2012 17:09:47 | More by bdkucharski
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warnerry

Michigan

4/5  rDev +3.1%

09-04-2012 02:07:58 | More by warnerry
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +16%

22 oz brown bomber with no freshness date to be found.

A- Hazed dusty golden color, thin lacing with a bit of stickage on the glass.

S- A kiss of phenols up front with higher alcohol aromas of vanilla, rose water and pineapple. Apple peachy fruitiness mixes well with a honey-like pale malt.

T&M- Crisp and smooth with a creamy back-end, medium body and the carbonation is spot on. Light on the phenols with more of an herbal rather than medicinal character. A little clove spiciness. Ample hops lay down some bitterness, light honey malt sweetness and a warming alcohol all seem to mesh well together. Alcohol is a tad hot though there are no crazy fusel qualities ... clean solvent maybe. Mild apple and pineapple fruitiness, finishes dry.

D- Damn, it is about time I had an other American brewed Tripel that rivals Belgian brewed Triples. I'll have to save my other bottle and pit this one against Westmalle next time. Very enjoyable to say the least.

07-10-2006 01:17:01 | More by Jason
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Billolick

New York

3.95/5  rDev +1.8%

Bomber bottle, without freshness/bottling info. Pours hazy straw in color, the off white head is long lasting and leaves nice looking fine light sheeting and stringy lacing. Spiced up nose, with some pepper, and coriander. Love the style,and this version is full of of more pepper, bubble gum and more coriander. Sweet, flowery and tasty in general. Moderate grainy hops late provide some balance. nice, approachable Tripel from New Holland.

07-30-2010 04:08:44 | More by Billolick
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tigg924

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, hazy, gold in color, moderate carbonation

Smell: peaches and citrus

Taste: sweet apple, pineapple, yeast, and Belgian spices

Mouthfeel: sweet with a funkiness, heavy bodied with medium-low carbonation

Overall: A nice and citrusy tripel. I would not mind trying this one with a bit of aging. Tasty, but I have had better in the style. Certainly worth a try, but I will reach for other favorites first.

06-27-2014 18:08:50 | More by tigg924
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reitzbrewing

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

09-24-2013 22:35:41 | More by reitzbrewing
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lostandwandering

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

10-02-2013 03:33:13 | More by lostandwandering
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jakester

Pennsylvania

2.95/5  rDev -24%

I got this as a single at Union Jack's on the Manatawny. No date on the friggin' label. I hate that!

Pours a pretty darn hazy gold with a slight orange tint. A small head of white foam forms, then dropsto a ring. Not much lacing.

Doesn't smell like a tripel at all. Smells like a big witte. Citrusy, oranges, cloves and black pepper. Slight banana aroma, also. Can't smell alcohol.

Flavor is strangely citrusy-tart. Bitter orange. Spices like cloves and pepper are there. Where's the malt? This "tripel" is lemony and refreshing. Not a bad beer at all, but not to style. Can't taste alcohol, it's very well hidden. Aftertaste is crisp and tart.

Mouthfeel is not sweet like a tripel. Instead, it's tart, with a soft to medium level of carbonation. Finish is crisp and refreshing.

It's tough to review a beer that is so far out of style. It's tasty and clean and refreshing, but very different, as tripels go. There are much better tripels out there, but the beer itself isn't bad.

08-17-2005 12:41:19 | More by jakester
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deebo

Minnesota

3.68/5  rDev -5.2%

On tap at blackbird Café
A cloudy dark golden with two fingers of off-white head
S yeasty with banana esters dominant malt is bread like and slightly sweet
T nice yeasty ester punch-a bit banana like, a spicy finish, not bitter-hops are more subdued than most
M plenty of malt backbone, mod/high carbonation, a little warming from the alcohol but it is well covered up
D high given the abv
O I like this trippel nice body, nice flavored. Drinks a bit like a souped up hefeweizen

06-15-2012 21:13:17 | More by deebo
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Osiris9588

Ohio

4.28/5  rDev +10.3%

22oz bomber, no date. Pours a clear, golden color with just the faintest touch of rust. The white head is quite creamy, leaving considerable lace.

The sweet aroma is dominated by Beligan yeast and banana. The flavor also has banana, some faint citrus, strong, warming vanilla, and a sticky candy finish.

The mouth is light, but is given considerable weight by the sticky sugar content, yet the carbonation keeps it well balanced and prevents it from growing cloying. It show good action on the palate and the alcohol is very well concealed.

Overall a rock solid trippel, and my favorite offering from New Holland that I have sampled thus far.

04-06-2007 04:53:07 | More by Osiris9588
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ADR

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -7.2%

On tap, Autumn Brew Review 2003...

Medium yellow, light carbonation and not much head. Simple but adequate lace. Sweet aromas, a bit of real maple sugar. A little thick to the tongue, mid range sweet in the orange juice realm. A prickly finish helps redeem it as a Trippel, reminds me most strongly of a peppery leaf lettuce. Decent beer, a little more jazzy carbonation and yeasty qualities would have filled out the bill better to me.

09-07-2003 16:53:58 | More by ADR
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.4/5  rDev -12.4%

Appearance: Semi-cloudy golden sunburst hue big bubbly whitehead forms thick leaving bands of lacing down my glass. Aroma: Herbal grassy hop blend along with a great touch of citrus fruit and honey candy sweet malts pleasant blend of cloves and spiciness. Taste: A tart forefront that rolls a little bumpy down my palate, the spices come about with some hop bitterness playing a role on the flavor with some citrus and tropical fruit notes not bad but definitely not straight Belgian trippel style. Mouthfeel: Medium body slightly syrupy nice brew, carbonation is heavy in comparison to a true tripel. Drinkability: Well, I look at this as a creative representatin of a triple so not dead on for the style but it's flavorful and complex but the tartness would nudge me away from drinking this very often.

05-24-2004 19:33:49 | More by WVbeergeek
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.64/5  rDev -6.2%

Undated bottle served in a Porter Bar goblet.

Appearance: amber-golden color. Small semi-durable head that eaves a fairly complete coat of lacing.

Smell: Complex and appealing: floral,yeasty, fruity, floral and spicy yet with a malt base showing.

Taste: Complex. Less sweet than the aroma suggests, especially in the mildly bitter finish and aftertaste. Fruity with banana, clove, nutmeg, and generic soft fruits. Some hop bitterness on the back end.

Mouthfeel: near medium body; light-medium carbonation.

Overall: a good American tripel with a true Belgian personality excepting the higher hop load.

05-08-2014 21:50:07 | More by chinchill
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JIMTRK16

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

02-26-2014 17:47:46 | More by JIMTRK16
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev +1.3%

(Served in a chalice)

A-This beer pours a warm golden yellow with a slight haze and a nice thin creamy white head. The carbonation is of gentle tiny bubbles.

S- Even during the pour the floral hints and fruity yeast smells are strong. A soft faint bubblegum note with some rose and faint hops give it good depth.

T- A slight sweetness with some spiciness starts of the taste. This is followed by a light grapefruit taste in the finish with the grapefruit being more from hops than yeast flavors.

M- This is a medium-light mouthfeel with some more fullness given by the carbonation. Some light alcohol warmth in the finish.

D- Not what I would expect from a beer called "Black Tulip". It is a good triple that is hoppier than any triple I have had before. It would be nice to see a bit more depth of flavor. That hop flavor still strikes me as a bit odd and out of place with the smell and taste but it is not overpowering.

10-25-2005 00:46:03 | More by rhoadsrage
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

07-07-2013 16:11:32 | More by acurtis
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sloejams

California

2.63/5  rDev -32.2%

22 oz. bomber picked up on my travels in Chitown

I've had this in my fridge for some time and finally cracked it up over the weekend. Poured it into my chalice - it looked good: straw color with a bubbly champagne head. Aromas of banana, cloves and a bit of nutmeg. Tasting it initially was a bit of a surprise - it was very sweet. I didn't see that coming. I expected the yeasty sweet but this was extremely sugary.

I split the bottle with a buddy. I drank all of mine, thought by the time it got to the end it was warm and almost medicinal - that kind off children's cough syrup flavor. My friend only finished a few sips.

09-19-2006 22:16:15 | More by sloejams
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cynical1027

Ohio

4/5  rDev +3.1%

02-20-2012 20:52:33 | More by cynical1027
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Egor1020

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +3.1%

01-14-2012 23:01:11 | More by Egor1020
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ggaughan

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Poured from a bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. The beer poured a hazy golden color with very active carbonation bubbles running up quickly from the bottom of the glass. There was a minimal white foamy head that disapated rather quickly after pouring. The aroma was a bit malty, with some good yeast notes and touch of fruit. The taste gave me more of the Belgian yeast notes and a nice and lemony taste. Despit being 9% abv, I found this beer to be very drinkable and with a medium body.

02-26-2006 02:35:28 | More by ggaughan
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IntriqKen

California

4.53/5  rDev +16.8%

Pours with a decent white head that it maintains throughout the glass, leaving heavy mapping in it's wake.
Aromas are Belgium yeast and some definite spiciness...hard to identify, but spicy. Spiced candied orange, perhaps?
Flavors are creamy triple Belgium candied pale malts (enough adjectives?), again candied orange, and slight hop bitterness on the end.
Nicely sweet yet dry aftertaste.
Really nice American take.

02-25-2007 02:46:38 | More by IntriqKen
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +8.8%

Pours a golden-copper hue, bright and just a little clouded, with a thin head. Webs of lace beautify the glass as the liquid diminishes.

Aroma hits you like a wave of wildflowers, along with honey, peach, pear, apple, yeast, everything buoyant and spring-like. Tantalizing without actually blowing the mind.

I like my tripels to have strong flavor without being headache-inducing alcohol bombs. Black Tulip achieves that. While the alcohol does what it should in a tripel--underscoring the spice and fruit aspects, offering a pleasant glow--it doesn't detract. Here you get gobs of fruit (orange is prominent, as is lemon and peach, with apple, pear and sour white grape also coming in). Spiciness is on the sweet side, although a black pepper brashness cries out "me! me!" in the background. There's a tang to the finish that I have to compare to furniture polish--but can I do that without insulting the brewer? It's not bad at all, just perfume-y, yeasty, astringent and strong. Like chewing on flowers. I guess.

Mouthfeel is full and round, wonderfully creamy yet springy enough to make you feel it. With all that flavor zipping around, I almost didn't notice or care what it felt like, but it scores well in this department too.

It's fun to try and get a handle on this flavor. Big and fruity and sweet without being cloying; sticky and assertive without being rude. Perhaps not the most authentically Belgian-tasting tripel, but I appreciate New Holland's take on it nonetheless.

10-09-2008 22:35:44 | More by Metalmonk
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New Holland Black Tulip Trippel Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 467 ratings.