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New Holland Black Tulip Trippel Ale - New Holland Brewing Company

New Holland Black Tulip Trippel AleNew Holland Black Tulip Trippel Ale

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very good

400 Ratings

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Ratings: 400
Reviews: 247
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 14.55%

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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New York

1.43/5  rDev -62.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Think I got this bottle from cam in a goandpickitupforyabro box back in the day. 2007 vintage that I have probably been holding for a few years as well. I guess tonight is the night...enjoyed from a la fin du monde tulip (despite most reviews saying that this isn't very triple like, we'll see about that).

a - brew poured a ruby chestnut with a finger plus of big frothy cream colored head, nice staying power. Slippery lacing.

s - nose is massively sweet. Knock you over sweet. Really rich and syrupy. Gooey. Caramelish. Musty.

t/m/o - whoa. Too much. Just too sweet. Cannot handle...sorry, not my bag. Although I never had this fresh, I can tell you that 7 yrs is too much. I can only handle small sips of this beer. I will have to try this fresh to give it a fair shake, but please don't age this for 7 yrs unless you want to play a joke on someone.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2014 02:01:31 | More by cosmicevan
Photo of rrski198


2.21/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer is a sugary mess! Not sure why it's classified as a Belgian trippel. Little head that dissipated quickly. The Belgian phenolic funk is subdued on the nose. Sweet... Didn't the yeast convert the sugar??? No attenuation. Will not buy again.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 02:36:46 | More by rrski198
Photo of reebtaerG


4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour 12oz bottle into tulip glass
A-amber orange hazy color with thin white head
S-aromas of apples, pears, and Belguim yeast
T-great taste of apricot, apple, and pear with a spicy yeast
M-has a great yeast to malt balance medium carbonation well balanced with a moderate slick cleamy mouthfeel
O-great American take of a Belguim tripel that hides the alcohol

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2013 03:24:05 | More by reebtaerG
Photo of bushbeer75


4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz brown bottle -vintage 2013

New Holland Black Tulip Tripel Ale poured a cloudy orange/gold that produced a white 1 1/2 finger head that faded slowly leaving nice foamy lacing on all sides of my tulip glass. The aroma and taste are dominated by apples, bananas, sweet beet sugar, and yeast. There is a pleasant peppery dry spice at the finish. The mouth feel is medium, with medium carbonation and a little sticky.

Black Tulip is very flavorful and easy to drink. A good American Tripel, brewed I am proud to say, in Michigan.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2013 01:42:03 | More by bushbeer75
Photo of superspak


3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into chalice, 2012 vintage. Pours moderately cloudy golden orange color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of apricot, pear, apple, peach, clove, pepper, honey, bread, candi sugar, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and fruity/spicy yeast notes; with solid strength. Taste of big apricot, pear, apple, peach, light banana, clove, pepper, honey, toast, biscuit, candi sugar, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of apricot, pear, apple, light banana, clove, honey, biscuit, candi sugar, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance, robustness, and complexity of malt and fruity/spicy yeast flavors; with a nice yeast/malt sweetness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately slick and creamy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice tripel style. All around good balance, robustness, and complexity of malt and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2013 04:55:42 | More by superspak
Photo of QuentinCall


2.95/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Calling New Holland's Black Tulip a Tripel is approximately as deceiving as the decision to name Marc Forster's recent zombie apocalypse film, "World War Z". Both of them deviate so grandly from their original framework/inspiration that the name carryover seems little more than marketing savvy ("Hey, people who liked this thing! You'll like this thing too!"). I mean, Belgian Strong Pale is a good classification, why not take advantage of it?

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2013 02:12:34 | More by QuentinCall
Photo of JayQue


3.69/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pretty good American take on a Tripel. Pours an almost clear dark gold/light orange color with a small delicately bubbling head that fades quickly to a covering of the top of the glass.
There is actually some small spots of lacing.

Aroma is pretty good. Belgian yeast and light fruit: apples/pears. Not the intense aroma in the best Tripels, but the Tripel elements are all there.

Tastes good as well. Robust flavor. The yeast and fruit are very apparent. Missing is the typical peppery spiciness. The flavors are there but like the aroma, they are not as strong as some Tripels.

Mouthfeel is rich. There is a touch more alcohol presence/burn than some Tripels. The best Tripels mask the alcohol presence better.

All in all a good Belgian style beer, but not near the best Tripels I have tried.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2013 03:52:44 | More by JayQue
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3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes taken 7-10-13. No bottle date noted.

I poured a decent head over an amber body. The beer was translucent with nothing noted floating in it.

The nose started out malty with dark fruits. Banana showed up, figs and spices closed the show. Sniffs after the first couple also revealed sugar.

The taste followed the nose well. Malt and dark fruit followed by bananas and earth with sugar and spice throughout. As it warmed more wheat/grain notes are detected.

Body was light-medium. It left a light residue near the back of the tongue.

Overall I enjoyed this beer, but could not see myself calling it "outstanding."

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2013 13:29:34 | More by CFHMagnet
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3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Color is cloudy orange. Very little head. Tantalizing aroma of orange, yeast, and butterscotch. Bit of an early kick from the yeast that mellows out into complex, sweet malt, a bit of fruitiness, and a dry finish. Some sharpness to it, but enough subtlety underneath to even things out. Apparently, this is brewed with both beet sugar and tulip leaves, but I don't think I would've known that had I not read it.

Very nice, indeed.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2013 00:36:07 | More by McNealc31
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4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from an undated bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy , deep honey color. There was almost no head. A thin ring of foam remained.

Aroma: Typical Belgian funk with slight caramel.

Taste: A nice balance between the funk and the caramel which had equal billing in the taste. There is very slight bitterness and spice, with the slice accentuating toward the end. It finished a bit sour with a slight astringency.

Mouthfeel: This beer has a full body with fairly light carbonation.

Overall: I like this one a lot. I'd call it a classic Belgian. Very refreshing and satisfying.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2013 11:51:22 | More by breakingbland
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New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Clear, Golden, a bit darker than the glass of Merry Monks sitting right next to it. (Merry Monks is a very cloudy bright golden, while this is a deeper richer color.)
S - nice, but muted. Too cold? Perhaps, thermometer says 45, exactly the same as the MM, but the MM has a stronger brigher aroma. But this is actually nicer, more fruity, apples and pears or maybe banana? And maybe a bit of Juicy Fruit Gum?
T - Sweet start, fruity, and with a nicely bitter, long, dry finish. No alcohol that I can detect.
M - nice, light, washes over my tongue with complete viscosity.
O - very drinkable, nice, I would certainly have again. My comments seem critical, and maybe I was expecting this to be better, but the reviews are mixed, so maybe this is one of those that everybody has a different opinion over. I'm just doing this to try to improve my tasting abilities, esp with the belgians. I expected to like it better than MM, but I think MM will still be my standby (not saying there aren't better tripels, but easy access to Weyerbacher products here and they're always reliably excellent). But I'm very close between Black Tulip and MM and wouldn't be the least bit disappointed if I went somewhere that only had BT but not MM. Certainly worth trying and seeing who's review you agree with.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2013 01:48:54 | More by irs
Photo of GRPunk


4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle (vintage 2013) poured into a Chimay chalice.

A- 1-finger, khaki head drops to a light film and leaves light spots on the glass. The body is a ever-so slightly hazed copper with moderate carbonation.

S- Sugary sweet at first. Some clove and black pepper with light banana and green apple accents. Almost like banana bread with the sugar content upped. There's a lot going on, and it all comes together in harmony.

T- Whoa, that's big. Lots of residual sweetness. More of that clove and black pepper with a little apple. The alcohol wants to peek in, but it's not harsh in any way. Clean, dry finish.

M- Full bodied with moderate to heavy carbonation that does its best to keep up. A little alcohol warmth.

O- Very full flavored example of the style. The Tulip Time celebration has just come and gone, and it got me wondering whether New Holland was still putting this out. Lucky me found this at the Copper Vine. I'm thinking of hitting up the New Holland tap room this week. Maybe a tap offering is in order?

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2013 01:50:24 | More by GRPunk
Photo of SportsandJorts


4.14/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Vintage 2012

Appearance: a dull golden color. good clarity with lots of floating sediments. a finger or two of a foamy white head. leaves a lacing that slowly fades

Smell: quite floral, lots of sweetness, some fruitiness, and some spiciness

Taste: bananas, cloves lend a slight spice, very sweet notes but not quite bubblegummy, some alcohol come through, and some hop bitterness on the back end. pretty good taste, could use more hidden alcohol

Mouthfeel: heavier, as per the high gravity series, extremely dry and hot. too hot and dry.

Overall: a solid American trippel but I have had better that were easier to find and less expensive. pretty good but not worth the hefty price that seems common with big new holland beers

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2013 20:17:16 | More by SportsandJorts
Photo of baos


3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750 ml into glass tumbler.

A: Very nice blonde color with the tiniest bit of haze. Very good lacing.

S: Thick syrupy floral aroma. Clovey malt blossum.

T: Nice clovey triple flavor with a touch of hops in there. A bit of a glue aftertaste. Kind of strange malt profile in this triple. It is not a bad beer for 6.99, but not the best that I have had.

M: Nice medium feel.

O: Not a bad beer, obliviously the Bros. like this one. There are certain malt profiles that have a glue taste for me. This might be one that is right on for you, try one on.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2013 01:49:43 | More by baos
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3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a tulip, fittingly.

A: Pours a translucent orange-gold with a nice large white head.

S: Floral, cloves, lots of pale candi sugar, some bready yeast.

T: Candi sugar, mild bitter hop leaf, spicy esters, slightly tart apple, palpable bite of alcohol, sweet grain in the finish.

M: Medium-bodied with slight carbonation.

O: Not bad. A bit too sweet with the alcohol showing a bit too much, but overall pretty tasty.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2012 22:33:12 | More by Etan
Photo of Spcoly


4.48/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass...

A: two finger head with lacing...blonde and somewhat cloudy

S: I was struggling with this until I read the bottle and saw the banana....now that's all I can smell...

T: smooth somewhat tarty with a pleasant sour aftertaste...small burn at the end....

M: medium to low carbonation with plenty of drink ability....high abv sneaks up on you quickly...

O: was hesitant at first to spend $16 on a 4 pack but this beer really came through. Will definitely purchase next time I'm looking for a tripel

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2012 00:01:42 | More by Spcoly
Photo of WastingFreetime


4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours out a lightly hazed straw color with about a minute's worth of two fingered white foamy head, leaving behind fairly decent lacing on the glass. Medium body and carbonation levels, smooth texture.

Smells of pears, banana, honeydew melon and a dash of white-fleshed peach aroma. The flavor is a nice combination of coriander and honeyed malt sprinkled over a banana creme pie with tremendous yeastiness and some warming medium strength alcohol hotness drying out the finish. Peach notes appear in the flavor as well once the glass warms up closer to room temperature.

I really enjoyed this one, and probably will pick up some more for experimental cellar aging next time they are available to see if I can pull back that booziness and accentuate the fruitiness a bit. My palate is a bit oversensitive to alcohol hotness, however, so YMMV.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2012 05:13:35 | More by WastingFreetime
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3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2012 Black Tulip. Brewed with Belgian ale yeast and Michigan beet sugar. Emptied into an Orval glass.

Lightly-hazed clover honey color with a bounding soft-white head that rises and simmers to a lacy cover populated by unpopped bubbles.

Tingles of estery banana, stale bread, green apple, yeasty clove, candi sugar, and just a touch of maraschino cherry juice. Some prominent alcohol also noticeable.

Clove, coriander spice, chalky yeast, Easter bread, turbinado sugar, light tart apple, booze sweet-hot, and a note of wet and damp mustiness. The finish is much drier than expected. Takes a lot of dusty yeast nuttiness/breadiness to quell the booze and residual sugar boon. Headed in the right direction, but left askew.

Very soft carbonation, at first, with a light rush in the late-middle. The body is swishy like creek water--a little heavy and minerally. Over-medium.

I feel like this is another one of those 'try-too-hard' ales from New Holland. Not the biggest fan of their High Gravity Series, but Black Tulip is really not that far removed from your average Belgian tripel.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2012 03:52:28 | More by thecheapies
Photo of tempest


3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear gold with a two-finger white head. No sediment in the bottle. The smell immediately reminded me of other American-made tripel. There's a sharp, strong orange spice and then a slightly stringent bitterness in the flavor. It's not subtle enough or complex enough. I'd even say it's too clean. I'd guess the temperature is a little off during fermentation. A lot of the right flavors (or something resembling them) are present, all the ingredient seem right, I'd want to look at the process to improve this beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2012 02:42:47 | More by tempest
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4.55/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Vintage 2012.

Not much of a head is created on this, but what is remains a half finger of fluffy white, sitting on a nearly crystal clear body of orange and red, with a big gold hue to it. There is very little carbonation on this beer, it's sort of as it was stopped or frozen or something. Laces a little bit too at least.

Nose is a big wow. Chewy malt, sweet dense, and it's peppermint. Holly cow where does THAT come from? Some faint banana on there also, but luckily for me not much. I love this mint sweetness angle I am getting, I am in love.

Taste is rich, the malt angle hits with a density more towards a thick piece of sourdough bread minus sourness. Mint and cream comes out ooozing and silky. Playful wine like carbonation and spritzy character mix with a chewy density but not horrifically sugary, sweetness mixes with a cream and white pinot gris like grape. Good sense of warmth without overkill.

I want more, fark it, I am getting more.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2012 00:34:16 | More by smakawhat
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3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light gold color, most white head. Floral nose. Does not smell like a tripel. The smell reminds me of Boston Lager. Is this really a tripel?

After tasting, it's clear it is a tripel. Good gumball candy malts. Fairly strong alcohol burn at the end. The label says there are hints of banana, but I don't taste it. It is somewhat reminiscent of a hefeweizen, oddly enough, so I can see the banana connection.

Good beer. I bought a single bottle. Now I might get a six pack!

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2012 01:37:48 | More by bassmantin
Photo of zaphodchak


3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Light brown and clearish with some white head.

Smells interesting,a bit vegetal and I kinda smell the beet.

Deep, not like a tripel I'd expect. Bittersweet and the vegetal character is definitely coming from beet sugar. Way too boozy though.

Smooth, not too bright or bubbly. Quite nice.

Decent tripel, but too hot. Maybe needs some cellar time.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2012 01:43:08 | More by zaphodchak
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3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very little head but it's as expected for the ABV. Nice lace ring though. Color is a golden yellow hue, clear.

S - Smell is nice for a triple. Fruity yeasts, bubblegum and sweet malts. Can't wait till I can taste Michigan beet sugar.

T - A very good triple I like how well the ABV is hidden till the finish. Bubble gum and sweet malts guides the hops into a chalky yet fruity yeasts. The finish is kind of boozy but balanced.

M - Medium to heavy. Not bad.

Overall not something I would have again (especially at $3.50 a pop) but it was nice to try it in a 12oz version. Not a bad version of the style at all.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2012 04:37:02 | More by DrDemento456
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4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours beautifully clear and golden colored. Aroma of pears, white grapes, slight citrus and spice, a good bit of honey. Taste is very up front with the fruit, and a nice sweetness on the way down. Lots of pears and honey, some citrus, and on the sweet side in the style. A little heavy on the style, light carbonation, but I like this. Smooth and nicely crafted by New Holland.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2012 12:20:51 | More by BMMillsy
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3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2012 Vintage in 12oz bottle

Pours a clear bronze color with barely one finger of head that settled to a thinc cap. Moderate amount of spotty lacing is left down the glass. See this as filtered and force carbonated.

Enjoyable aroma. The label claims estery and the beer delivers. Fruity smell of bananas, pears, and some vinous qualities. Maybe some apricot and a touch of clove spice as well. Alcohol is detectable.

Solid flavor but not as nuanced as the Belgian greats. Fruity, dry, and some floral notes, mostly banana and pears. Alcohol is a large contributor to the flavor with a warm finish. It chases away the more subtle flavors. Not the best finish as it is boozy and very dry.

Medium body with nice carbonation. Good overall texture.

Good example of a tripel, but at the cost I would be better off buying St. Bernardus or Chimay White.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2012 18:00:09 | More by morimech
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New Holland Black Tulip Trippel Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
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