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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

488 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 488
Reviews: 261
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 13.88%
Wants: 27
Gots: 31 | 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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Photo of Sammy
3.93/5  rDev +1%
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.

Sammy, Aug 20, 2006
Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

t0rin0, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -22.9%

djrn2, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

zestar, Oct 15, 2014
Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

acurtis, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of metter98
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

metter98, Jun 29, 2014
Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.5/5  rDev -35.7%
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.

BuckeyeNation, Aug 16, 2004
Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

BEERchitect, Sep 21, 2006
Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Phyl21ca, Sep 17, 2007
Photo of GRG1313
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

GRG1313, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

jaydoc, Dec 22, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.95/5  rDev -24.2%
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.

ChainGangGuy, Jun 13, 2007
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
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!

NeroFiddled, Sep 07, 2004
Photo of nickfl
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

nickfl, Dec 04, 2009
Photo of Jason
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

Jason, Jul 10, 2006
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

WVbeergeek, May 24, 2004
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

TheManiacalOne, Nov 08, 2008
Photo of Kegatron
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Kegatron, Feb 12, 2014
Photo of russpowell
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
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!

russpowell, Apr 05, 2010
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

feloniousmonk, Sep 08, 2004
Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

WesWes, Mar 21, 2007
Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev +2.8%

InspectorBob, Oct 04, 2013
Photo of corby112
3.15/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Sampled on tap at Kraftwerk during their New Holland event on 2/5/11.

Pours a hazy golden orange color with golden yellowish hues when held to a light source a 1.5 finger white cap with very good retention, slowly fading into a lasting cap. Streaks and splotches of lacing left behind.

Slightly spicy aroma with a prominent bread/yeast character as well as hints of light crisp fruit and candy sugar. I'm picking up banana, apple, pear, pepper and coriander.

On the fuller end of medium bodied with lots of bready yeast flavor that adds fullness to the mouthfeel. There's a prominent spice character up front with lots of pepper and coriander dominating the flavor and lingering throughout. Slight hints of esters/light fruit, especially banana, apple and pear. Slightly one dimensional with an overwhelming, abrasive spice flavor and astringent, solvent alcohol in the finish.

corby112, Feb 07, 2011
Photo of weeare138
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

weeare138, Jan 31, 2007
Photo of wrightst
4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

wrightst, Sep 24, 2014
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New Holland Black Tulip Trippel Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 488 ratings.