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
88
very good

551 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 551
Reviews: 273
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 13.3%
Wants: 32
Gots: 55 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-09-2002

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Ratings: 551 | Reviews: 273
Photo of 303beer
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy light copper color. Not much head to it. Light sweet smell. Tastes good. Little sweet to start and a touch of alcohol then turns to a nice malt kinda bready. Like it. Oh and this page says the abv is 9 %. Says very clear on the label 10.5%

Photo of ElevinoFive
4.9/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a table-talking, house-dividing, "sit down and let's take another look" beer. It's proof that beer snobbery is not a "real" thing, but rather a difference in palate. Oh- and it tastes ideal just below room temp and you need only order one.

Photo of StoneTSR
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: Poured into a tulip a 14 oz. tulip glass and the eggshell white foam crowned a couple of millimeters over the rim. Head retention is pretty good, especially, the last 25% of it, which really lingered a long time, maybe 5-7 minutes or so. The beer underneath is very slightly hazy and a touch darker of a shade of orange than many other Tripels I’ve had. The lacing is gorgeous, cathedral-like, but still with good coverage.

SMELL: The pineapple in here is strong. Floral notes and vanilla round it out along with peach, banana, apricot and maybe a touch of orange.

TASTE: Lots going on in Black Tulip. For starters, the fruity esters of the Belgian yeast come through in a big way with banana, a little strawberry and some clove-like spice. As the beer warms some honey and darker fruits make an appearance. Some hops provide a little balance and some of that vanilla, peach and pineapple from the nose come through to round it out.

MOUTHFEEL: Solidly sweet through most of the sip with a finish that is drying, although it remains on the sweeter side. The contrast from start to finish, though, creates a very slight puckering. The carbonation is middle of the road and provides just the right amount of tickle on the tongue.

OVERALL: This beer has been in our market for a little while now and I passed it up, but I will certainly be reaching for it again. It would normally be a little on the sweet side for me, but the delicious blend of fruits, vanilla, honey and hops make this very drinkable.

Photo of alienlifeforcecube
3.81/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I like what New Holland is up to. This trippel is right within what they are trying to do - give good quality beer at an affordable price. This trippel is almost like a hazy lager in color. Smells like a trippel. Nice flavor but a bit boozy. Overall nicely done.

Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy golden yellow with a one-finger off-white head. The head dissapates quickly leaving some spotty soapy lacing.

S - Aromas of biscuity malts, Belgian yeast, and candied sugar.

T - The flavor is apple, pear, banana, candied sugar, and cloves. The alcohol is not noticeable at all.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Very smooth mouthfeel with a crisp finish.

O - This is a nice Tripel. The flavors tend to be on the sweeter side masking any of the alcohol. This is dangerously drinkable.

Photo of shigg85
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Read the BA's comments and did a tasting versus Westmalle -- not even a contest. Very different tripels, especially in ingredients and smells, and overall this came out to seem like a sweetened American something trying to be Belgian but that really loses its energy as it warms up (unlike most of the good Belgians that get funkier and more complex as they warm).

Photo of mzingie
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very small head but it manages to retain itself for much longer than one would expect from a triple. The color is cloudy and pale, not the most attractive beer I've seen. The smell is strong and sharp cutting through your nostrils with sharp chemical like times. My impression on this beer was low until I took my first sip that completely turned my impression upside down. Screaming eatery notes of bananna and fruit with a beautifully pleasant mouthfeel that is both creamy and sharp. Incredibly complex blend of esters with very subtle notes of good that are hardly identifible. Very enjoyable beer.

Photo of --Dom--
4.48/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is phenomenal. Period. When I think of what I'd like in a Belgian golden, this beer checks all my boxes. I don't always want a sweet beer, but I drink predominately 1 and 2x Ipa's. So once in a while I want something sweeter, more fruity, but not quite as dense as an imperial stout, I go for a Belgian golden. I personally cannot understand any rating under a 4 for this beer. Candy and some clove in the nose. Sweetness up front that melts into ripe banana and almost a sweet green apple. Very minimal alcohol heat, although the one I'm drinking is over a year old so that may have mellowed out. Awesome beer.

Photo of SlainteAlbanyNY
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Delicious! On tap at the City Beer Hall, Albany NY

Photo of nelsonhf
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: dark golden, clear; smell: a bit sweet, some Esther; taste: typical triple, a hint of sweetness, a touch of banana aftertaste, no bitterness, can perceive the alcohol; fell: very smooth

Photo of bborche
4.59/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is surprisingly a good tripel with no aftertaste. If i did a blind taste test, i would have guessed allagash or ommegang. It is very smooth and drinkable. I was sad when the beer was gone.

Photo of Beastcpa
5/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the perfect tripel. High gravity equates super quality. Go find it!

Photo of mchegash
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - 3.75/5
Pours a fairly clear medium orange. Minimal to no head. Small amount of carbonation bubbles rising at an average rate to the top. I would have liked to see more head on this beer. Also, with a name like 'Black Tulip' I was expecting the beer to be a little darker in color.

Smell - 4.25/5
Smells of breadiness and fruitness (berries, bananas, apples). Another sweet flavor (carmalized sugar?) which I am assuming is the beet sugar. Some alcohol smell. Overall, a very nice and complex smell.

Taste - 4/5
Taste is quite sweet. Tastes of carmalized sugar, berries, alcohol, general fruitiness. Overall, fairly tasty

Mouthfeel - 4/5
Light to medium in body, more on the creamy side. There is a light amount of medium-intensity carbonation.

Overall - 4/5
This is a fairly good beer, perhaps a little bit too sweet for my tastes, but that sweetness is generally part of the Tripel style. This seems to me like a good beer to drink in the winter/holiday months, with it's candy-like sweetness, and high ABV. I'm glad I got a 4-pack of these and will be sure to save at least one or two for the upcoming winter.

Photo of Immortale25
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. Bottleneck says D174.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Drippy resilient lacing.

S- Belgian yeast aroma that surprisingly reminds me more of the Trappist yeast strain than your standard Belgian strain. Has more of that dark fruit and white grape must sort of aroma. Slightly boozy.

T- Taste is also more like a Trappist tripel with fruity esters abound as well as some spice, apple and pear notes and a subdued alcohol presence. And, at 10.5% ABV, you'd better be careful with it. Alcohol is insanely well masked.

M- Somewhat creamy with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- Very pleasantly surprised with this one since New Holland is usually nothing to scream about. This has become one of my favorites of theirs, second only to Dragon's Milk.

Photo of ronricorossi
4/5  rDev +2.3%

pulled a bottle as an extra in a trade, thanks Pedaldownthefoothill

I thought I'd chill this down a bit, so I threw it in the freezer. Completely forgot about it. Today, a day later, I suddenly remembered and pulled it out in a panic. What better time to try it, right?

Now THAT's a cold beer. Ha, it has a thickness to the body that maybe is a result of its deep freeze? It loosened up quickly enough. It's got the haziness of a belgian tripel, smells a little like pineapples behind the belgian yeast, and boozy. Really nice.

Photo of KFBR392
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: pours with a slight head on even an aggressive pour. The color is a light orange color with a cloudy body. Active carbonation is negligible.

Smell: Spices, white pepper, and banana warm on the front. Peppercorns, straw, and bready yeast debut on the body. Wheat and belgian yeast accents are prevalent. Nothing overpowering any other accents, well rounded and very well executed.

Taste: Oranges, citrus, and barley open up to the drinker. Peppercorns, spices, and leafy greens really blitz the palate and shine bright. Full bodied cloves with compliments of ripe bananas show up on the back end and ride into the finish. Some pepper and lingering yeast dance on the palate. Slight sting of booze on the finish as well.

Mouthfeel: The booze is felt but only on the finish and even then its nothing offensive. Creamy malts, and interesting hop notes keep the drinker going back.

Overall: One of the better tripels I've had from an american brewery. New Holland always does a good job of executing their styles. The booze is well integrated and many traditional tones shine through.

Photo of Zach136
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Deep yellow body, rocky white head excellent lacing.

S - Moderate intensity clove and banana, light leather/tobacco notes as well.

T - Moderate-high intensity spice/fruit notes.

M - Medium-light bodied and refreshing. Solid dash of boozy warmth.

O - A standard text book tripel, not positive why it's 50% more expensive than other text book American made triples... but I digress.

Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.37/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up in Totowa last week, having never had this before. I hadn't had a beer from New Holland in quite some time but all of the ones that I enjoyed previously were well worth the money I spent on them, and this was no exception. The balance was great, the mouthfeel addictive, and the alcohol was well-hidden. The hardest part of reviewing this was pacing myself to ensure that I had some left by the time I finished writing this!

Photo of metter98
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color. It poured with a short white head that died down, leaving wispy lacing on the surface and a partial collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Sweet aromas of candi sugars are present in the nose along with hints of Belgian yeast and bananas.
T: Like the smell, the taste is relatively sweet from the strong body of candi sugars and also has notes of bananas. Hints of bubble gum are noticeable in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer seems to be rather sweet for the style but hides its alcohol a rather well from the taste.

Photo of tigg924
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of Ozzylizard
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$ 2.59/12 oz bottle at Lager Mill
2013 vintage bottle at 50 degrees into snifter
Aroma of spice and some yeast phenolics
Head average (4 cm), off white, creamy with medium rocks, rapidly diminishing to a broken layer 2 – 4 mm thick
Lacing excellent – semi-complete rings up to 1 cm wide consisting primarily of small bubbles
Body golden with slight haze
Flavor begins with yeast-based phenolics and rapidly gives way to an almost peppery spiciness. Was that a hint of banana woven into the slight alcohol taste? No hops, no diacetyl.
Palate light to medium, watery, lively carbonation.

Photo of richj1970
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a light golden yellow with one finger fluffy white head. Nice lacing.

S: A mix of yeast esters with fruity banana and spices.

T: Nice clean balance of fruity notes mixed with a hint of spice. Maybe a bit of pepper and clove with banana and some citrus.

M: Medium body with a nice creamy finish.

O: An excellent Tripel. I wish this was in my normal distribution.

Photo of craft4mike
4.26/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Dark hazy orange minor effervescent lacing

S- Fruit and more fruit, Smells like apples plums and dark fruit. The smell of this beer is one of the best ive ever had the pleasure to whiff.

T- Much like the smell this beer really shines with lots of great fruit flavors of apples and raisin/plum. Also a strong black pepper that lingers on the tongue. Finishes with a hint of Banana (which I may not have picked up on if the bottle didn't point it out) and a strong boozy after taste.

M - Mouth feel is very solid as well crisp and clean finish spot on for the style.

0 - Really a great beer that exceeded my expectations. A fantastic triple which is closer to a belgian triple than most of the American triples. My only criticism of this beer is that it only does a decent job of hiding the high ABV. I have had beers in the 9 and 10 Percent range that have done a much better job.

Photo of Act25
4.16/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I am huge fan of Belgian. I love when American brewers like Ommegang, New Holland, Allagash, Green Flash Rayon Verte - do it. This one does it at a much lower price that Trappiste.

A: Pours a cloudy orange/gold color, with a large foamy white head that fades too fast but leaves a modest lace.

S: Aroma is full of citrus, apples, bananas, Belgian yeast, light malts, late fall orchard, spice and a touch of grassy hops.

T: The taste follows the smell and gets better. It is nicely balanced, starting with sweet flavors of apples and citrus followed by the bready Belgian yeast and a creamy malt character. There's some spice, hops, grass, and a lovely clean long finish. Tingly. The alcohol is subtle. The after taste is complementary to cheese, dessert.

M: Smooth, crisp, medium body & carbonation, slightly tacky finish.

D: Very flavorful, lovely, complex, meditation brew. Must try.

Enjoyed again with Sheeps mile cheese and cheddar, some fruit. Perfect pairing and finale of evening (after Super Moon kayak).

Photo of cutout
3.27/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A Straw like color,thin foamy head, some what lacy foam on glass

S. A fruit explosion on your nose , Pear , Apricot and Plum.

T. Wonderful carbonation for style , the pear , apricot and plum come together, with a slight alcohol aftertaste that is subtle and inviting.

M. Explosion of flavors and carbonation makes this a refreshing drink considering its high ABV

O . Exciting beverage if your into Belgians

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New Holland Black Tulip Trippel Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
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