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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
86
very good

273 Reviews
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Reviews: 273
Hads: 568
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 13.09%
Wants: 35
Gots: 60 | 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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Reviews: 273 | Hads: 568
Photo of KYGunner
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This keeps the face of a typical Trippel with a hazy yet bright yellow color. The head thin and foamy and had little retention.

The nose keeps some sweetness with a pear, apricot and banana. There is more spicy clove and black pepper than is to my liking.

The flavors are subtle, not too sweet and a bit dry. I taste Apple and apricot, yeast and clove with a banana and bubblegum finish.

This is immensely light and drinkable, with a dry smoothness. I about did a spittake when I saw this was 9 pct ABV.

This is one of the better Trippels I've tried in recent memory and at 9ABV it can be deceiving. (603 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.66/5  rDev -4.2%
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. (610 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
1.51/5  rDev -60.5%
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. (856 characters)

Photo of rrski198
2.26/5  rDev -40.8%
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. (248 characters)

Photo of reebtaerG
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
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 (359 characters)

Photo of bushbeer75
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
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. (532 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (1,309 characters)

Photo of QuentinCall
2.95/5  rDev -22.8%
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? (445 characters)

Photo of JayQue
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
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. (799 characters)

Photo of StophJS
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Just dropped into New Holland the other day and they had this one on tap. I had no idea New Holland was making a Trippel, and I've got to say that this is by far the best American made Trippel I've come across. It's one to legitimately stand up alongside Westmalle.

This brew has that great golden clarity of a good clean Trippel. The smell is sweet, with the usual Belgian spice perhaps a bit more subdued and balanced with banana than in some other Trippels. The taste follows the nose, with a great balance of sweetness, spice, and thirst quenching crispness. I didn't notice much in the way of alcoholic hotness.

This may have been specific to this batch, but there was one peculiar characteristic that turned me off a bit. The carbonation and crispness seems to suddenly die as this brew is in your mouth, and gives way to a sort of flat slickness on the tongue. It's almost as if there was a diacetyl problem. Somehow when I went back the next day, I didn't notice it as much, but this is likely just because I had already experienced it.

In any case, this is probably my favorite offering at New Holland now, and definitely the best American Trippel I've had. (1,169 characters)

Photo of Extol
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Light goldy sort of murky color. Good finger width of head on it.

Smell: Sort of sharp in the sense of spice, but, well, fruity?

Taste: Taste was with spice, with the after taste of fruit. I recommend letting it sit for a bit as it is best tasting after sitting a few degrees above room temp. After that it is sort of banana-ish tasting. Much better.

Overall: I'd drink this again. For my personal preferences, though, I wouldn't go seeking it out. But definitely a good beer brewed the right way. (512 characters)

Photo of CFHMagnet
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
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." (635 characters)

Photo of McNealc31
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
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. (431 characters)

Photo of MDDMD
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-golden amber color with a nice off-white head and decent laving

S-yeasty bread, bananas, cloves, toffee

T-bready malt, bananas, cloves, hint of pepper, slight sweetness

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth

O-a solid domestic Tripel, not at the top of the style, but a very tasty beer (300 characters)

Photo of breakingbland
4/5  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. (600 characters)

Photo of irs
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
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. (1,292 characters)

Photo of GRPunk
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
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? (1,020 characters)

Photo of SportsandJorts
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
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 (730 characters)

Photo of baos
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
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. (550 characters)

Photo of Etan
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
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. (433 characters)

Photo of Spcoly
4.4/5  rDev +15.2%
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 (546 characters)

Photo of WastingFreetime
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
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. (866 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (1,087 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance –Served a light golden color with a fine white head. The head faded fast to leave a light amount of lacing.

Smell – The aroma of the beer was heaviest of Belgian yeast, banana, and notes of grass. Mixed with these smells were lighter aromas of a spicy and citrus aroma which overall created a pleasant smell.

Taste – The taste began with a base of fruit and yeast While it is fruity it is not to sweet.. The fruit is largely banana and pear in nature. As the taste advances flavors of a floral nature mixed with some more bitter citrus come to the tongue. These in the end are met with some spice notes of coriander, clove, and pepper as well as a good dose of alcohol to leave a rather tingling bitter-sweet warming taste on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is rather creamy with the carbonation level being quite average.

Overall – A moderatly tasty triple with good fruit flavors. One to try if the chance arises but not one to go out of the way. (1,027 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
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. (523 characters)

New Holland Black Tulip Trippel Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
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