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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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very good

274 Reviews

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Reviews: 274
Hads: 580
Avg: 3.85
pDev: 19.48%
Wants: 34
Gots: 65 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-09-2002

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Reviews: 274 | Hads: 580
Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Underrated Belgian, fresh from my recent trip to Michigan. This 750 went down very well with its malting on a hot day, with good yeastiness and hops showing their bitterness in the finish. Subtle yeast spiciness. Mild citrus. Good medium plus mouthfeel.

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Photo of metter98
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Judging from the rating averages, I didn't expect this to be a very good beer. But it is. Of course it is a typical American response to a classic Belgian style, so there is some give. But it did have a handsome straw, heavily carbonated, well-headed appearance. Fruity esters abound in the nose and flavors. Lightly peppery, spicy, and alcoholicly hot, but tempered with pilner malts, fruity sweetness, and a dull hop flavor. Mildly tart and thinning into the finish leaving a dry alcoholic vaporation on the toung. Perhaps a bit grainy and astringent in the end, but a pretty good beer throughout.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of SS: Poured a clear and bright golden color ale with a big white foamy head with good retention and good lacing as well. Aroma of light peach with some sweet malt and light spice mix in the background. Taste is also a well balance mix between some light peaches, sweet malt and light spices (maybe some pepper) and a yeasty finish. Body is about average for the style with some great carbonation. Texture is not oily nor is sweetness cloying which was well appreciated. I thought this was very well done and probably underrated IMO.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.58/5  rDev -33%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Significantly murky yellow-gold with a fair amount of carbonation speeding up to an ivory hued, tight-bubbled head. I gave this one a gentler pour than usual because I didn't want to add any of the dark chunks from the bottom of the bottle. As a result, the head started out small and isn't lasting as long as it might have. Still, there's a better than average amount of intricate lace.

Black Tulip smells like a tripel should, only it's more subdued than I like and smells faintly sour. Sweet honeyish malt is made a little more complex by a spicy fruitiness. Clove in particular stands out. The flavor profile starts out on solid footing, but changes near the halfway point to something altogether different and more than a little disturbing.

Initially, the taste buds register flavors of candi sugar-laden pale malt and clove spice, the classic (classically pedestrian in this case) tripel lineup. The beer then makes an abrupt turn into overwhelmingly sour, pungent nastiness. This is one of the few beers from a reputable brewer that doesn't pass the 'involuntary grimace test' and is, therefore, a drain pour. The body is a trifle too thin for the style.

This beer is, by far, New Holland's worst offering. I won't recount its failings, but suffice it to say that Black Tulip Trippel Ale isn't worth your time or your money. I can't imagine that I'll drink a worse tripel anytime in the foreseeable future.

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Photo of nickfl
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Two fingers of white head on top of a slightly hazy, golden colored body. The foam settles slowly and leaves nice, thick lace.

S - An aroma of thick, sweet pilsner malt with musty, european hops. Some fruity yeast notes of red apple and pineapple with pepper and clove.

T - A lot of thick, sweet malt up font with some apple yeast notes. Moderate, spicy hop flavor comes out in the middle with some moderate bitterness. Finishes malty with some clove spice and moderate hop character. Lingering malt and hop flavor.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - Well, this isn't a bad beer, but it isn't quite what I was hoping for either. The malt is way too sweet and thick. This hurts the drinkability and also holds down the other flavors of the beer. The yeast and hops are appropriate, but the combination of cloying malt and insufficient carbonation make them seem flat and muddy. A drinkable beer, but any store that carries this almost certainly also carries another, better trippel.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.95/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a bright, light yellow body with great clarity and a thinnish, off-white head.

Smell: Aroma of candied fruit and lemon peel kneaded into a lightly sweetened dough. Also, as one would expect, there's a little alcohol in there, too.

Taste: A tart, fruity apple kick upfront fades into a light grainy sweetness with some clove spiciness. Finishes dry and sour.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Slightly syrupy.

Drinkability: I've got to acknowledge that something seems a bit amiss with this one. Maybe that something is me.

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

New Holland's Black Tulip delivers a satiating combination of semi-sweet, lightly grainy malt and a mildly tart, yeasty fruitiness. It's hazy yellow gold body displays some very fine bubbles rising steadily towards its short, creamy cap of bright white froth. The nose delivers the sweetish, honey-like malt that the flavor delivers, and it's a bit candyish as well as lightly fruity. It's delicately crisp across the palate with a fine, moderate carbonation and medium-light body. The 9% alcohol is never really apparent; and a limited bitterness balances it quite nicely in the flavor along with it's subtle tartness. It finishes dry and refreshing with some spiciness upfront and lingering notes of candy and fruit left in the back of the mouth. Quite possibly New Holland's best offering to date; this is one to try!

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Acquired from via trade from feloniousmonk, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy orange/gold color, with a large foamy white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is full of citrus, apples, bananas, Belgian yeast, light malts, some spice and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is nicely balanced and starts with sweet flavors of apples and citrus followed by the bready but not too heavy flavors of Belgian yeast and a hearty malt character. There's some spice in the background and a mild but complimentary hops presence. The alcohol is subtly detected but it doesn't really take away from the taste. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Very flavorful, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, very good representation of style. Like several of the beers I've been drinking lately, this one got a little buried in my stash and picked up a little bit of age as a result. I've had mixed results in aging Tripels, but I think the age has served this particular beer well.

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Photo of Jason
4.49/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of russpowell
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked this up at Gomer's in KC, decanted into my Boulevard chalice...

Pours an effervescent pear color with a pinky of cream colored head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Apple peels & pears, fades out as this warms

T: Follows the nose, plus white grape juice & honey up front. Honey & candi sugar come to the front as this warms; along with more apple peels & a bit of green banana. Finishes semi-dry with green bananas, hay, some what boozey pineapple & lemony hops, plus more candi sugar

MF: Creamy, smooth, & sticky, almost honey like once warm

Through the roof drinkability, this is 9.0% ABV? Good take on the style, man I wish we got more New Holland down in Joplin, MO!

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Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.66/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden/orange hued, general haze, with a capable cap of foam holding down the fort.
Aroma is a muted blast of sweet and sour, citrus, and sugar, yeast aplenty, more fruits speaking their peace, from pineapple to banana...interesting...
Taste: big mouthfeel at the fore, quickly spreads all along the palate, but feels ultimately mild. Full-on fruity, with tantalizing spice, as well. Me, I'm liking it. Could be bigger, could be better, but I'm content with it. Still searching for that "tulip-dusting" taste in this, though.

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Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a rich pale malt scent along with a fruity Belgian yeast aroma. The taste is good also. It has a rich and fruity pale malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes with some banana esters and a residual candy sugar aftertaste. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking beer with loads of flavor. It's not my favorite trippel, but it's got excellent character and drinkability.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.56/5  rDev +18.4%
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.

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Photo of Billolick
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of tempest
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A. Served in a snifter glass on tap, slightly hazy golden yellow with a bit of lacing.

S. Sweet fruits and some belgium yeast coming through.

T. Very refreshing and ultra sweet, a bit of noble hops and some apple notes as well. A well done tripel.

M. A bit slick but overall pretty nice.

D. Dangerously smooth. Quite good. Masks the 9% well.

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Photo of Zorro
4.36/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 Oz capped bottle sampled due to the efforts of tsmthrs and Christmas in July Secret Santa BIF 2006.

Poured carefully in the glass to leave out the sediment this is a chill hazy beer the color of apple juice. No real head formation. After a minute or two this becomes a clear golden ale.

A sweet and spicy smelling beer this has a strong apple aroma. Very fruity smelling, grape, pear, cherry and banana are all in here. There is some malt aroma here but the aroma of honey mostly consumes it. Hop aroma is mostly herbal here.

The taste is slightly sweet, spicy and a little tart at the beginning. This quickly becomes a drier tasting beer as the spicy and herbal nature of it kicks in. Woody and earthy flavors develop unexpectedly mostly woodiness and an earthy flavor I can only describe as mushroom. The fruity flavor is a mix of mostly apple. Other notable flavors here are lavender, rose petals, banana, and melon. Spice flavor is mostly ginseng and black pepper.

Mouthfeel is good.

A wickedly easy to drink beer that could certainly get you in trouble with its kick. I only regret that I do not have more of this. A beer that I can recommend wholeheartedly.

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Photo of weeare138
3.62/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a semi-transparent gold with mild CO2 rising to the top. A 2 finger, creamy white head slowly fades out. Scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of fresh yeast, candy sugar, papaya, large amounts of fusel alcohol with notes of tangerine and vanilla.
Taste is semi-sweet up front with vanilla, citrus, and dough melding to a gently hopped brew with some wood-like tannins running straight for the back of the throat.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, semi-sweet, along with a strange wood-like bitterness that leads to a bone dry finish with slightly evident abv.
Overall, not bad but it didn't blow me away either. It left a a lingering taste in my mouth like a cough drop would.

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Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A buddy of mine was good enough to pick up a bottle of this beer while visiting family in Michigan.

The beer pours the color of honey, looking rich and viscuous. Head retention is no better then fair, but there is considerable sticky lacing. On the nose, I get an aroma of more honey, but it's interlaced with some gingerale, orange and hoppy bitterness. On the palate, this beer is quite rich, sweet and complex. I get honey, butter, orange, maraschino cherry, flowers and some very noticeable hoppy bitterness. The bitterness helps to counter the sweetness in this beer very well, giving some welcome balance to this medium bodied beer. Alcohol is pretty well disguised and drinkability is pretty good (though the somewhat excessive sweetness detracts a bit from this beer's drinkability). There's also something of an odd bitterness in the finish as well and it doesn't seem to be from hops. Nevertheless, this is a solid, interesting to drink beer that I'm glad to have had an opportunity to try.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(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.

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Photo of akorsak
3.18/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 22 oz bomber from Joseph's Beverage in Toledo, OH.

A: The ale has the vibrant yellow color, dandelion yellow I'd call it. There is no sign of imperfection, the ale is crystal clear. The head was large on pour and has left thick lace through the glass.

S: The nose is pale candi sugar sweetness. Underlying that aroma is some peppery coriander that spices things up a bit.

T: The tripel has a soft candi opening, sweet but fleeting. That sweetness mixes with the coriander before dissolving into a bitter hoppy finish. The bitterness has more of a kick than I am used to in a tripel but it does mask the alcohol nicely.

M: The mouth is muddled, sweet and bitter with flavors that are all over the place. As a sip sits in my mouth, the sweetness is overwhelming.

D: The tripel fails to settle into a groove, remaining incredibly sweet throughout. Drinkable but unspectacular.

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New Holland Black Tulip Trippel Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
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