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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

483 Ratings

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Ratings: 483
Reviews: 261
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 13.88%
Wants: 27
Gots: 30 | 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 saintwarrick
3/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very pale orange, not much of a head although a white creamy lacing appears with a little agitation. Aroma is solid, very sweet sugars, peaches and some other fruit and a bit of a champagne undertone. Taste is fruity at first but eventually turns almost flat, the sweetness doesn't really stand up and most of the flavors really fade into a slight tartness with an oily, yeasty aftertaste. Not difficult to drink, but not that easy either.

Far better examples of the style out there and far better offerings from this brewery.

saintwarrick, Jan 30, 2008
Photo of DrJay
3.3/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Received as part of BC2 from bax72. Thanks!
This beer was a hazy, dark gold with a tight, off-white cap of fine bubbles. Good head retention with lots of spotty lacing. The aroma was full of floral and spicy hops, a little lemony too, with bready, sweet malt and mild fruitiness. The flavour was dominated by malty caramel and sugary sweetness. It had a sharp alcohol and bitter flavour that didn't work well. The notes of grainy malt and fruity esters were nice though. Medium bodied with fine carbonation and light warmth. Other than weird things going on in the flavour, this beer is pretty good.

DrJay, Jan 17, 2008
Photo of jspruit
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this from my brother when we met up for Thanksgiving in a 12oz bottle, although I’ve had it quite a few times previously in various forms. Pours a slightly hazy gold color with a pure white head that lasted a bit.

I think that it is a bit fruity & spicy upon first smell after pouring into the glass and then some malt & yeast tones come through-you get the feeling that it is a bit strong with some alcohol smells, but nothing overwhelming.

The fruitiness comes through initially upon taste after the smell and then the maltiness carries through as you taste it-I think that you can pick up a bit on the alcohol too, but not too much.

This isn’t a full beer to me, but there is plenty of taste and mouthfeel with some light carbonation & lacing in the glass as it goes down.

I think that this is a great New Holland beer and is very drinkable with plenty of taste and slightly dangerous as I could drink more and more of this!

jspruit, Nov 26, 2007
Photo of BMoney575
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on 11-4-07

Pours a cloudy, very pale yellow, with a small head that leaves behind huge rings of lacing.

Smell is surprisingly fruity, not as Belgiany as I expected. Very well balanced sweetness and hops.

Taste is very light, with lots of fruit and white wine flavors. A little yeasty, with a very unexpected hop character. Almost bitter on the finish, it keeps the sweetness from being too much. No noticeable alcohol.

Mouthfeel is good, right for a tripel but a bit thin for my tastes.

Drinkability is very good, the great balance makes the 9% abv a little scary.

Overall, not what I was expecting. Fruity and sweet, but bitter and very American. I like the take on the style.

BMoney575, Nov 04, 2007
Photo of crookedhalo
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a translucent golden color with a short-lived white head. Aroma is mostly malty and candi sugar sweet with notes of white nectarine, tangerine and hints of alcohol. Taste is mostly sweet with notes of fusel alcohols, Froot Loop-like fruitiness and and almost lagerish finish. Rather boring and one-dimensional, lacking any depth or complexity. Mouthfeel is pretty good with a decent carbonation level. Overall, it's not the worst U.S.-brewed tripel, just nothing really noteworthy. Maybe I'd try it again if I found it on-draught, otherwise, I'll pass.

crookedhalo, Oct 15, 2007
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 BabaJohn
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black tulip tripel was pretty in two snifters I poured it into: very clear, golden, lager-like coloring with a slight hint of orange / red. Creamy head looked great from the start but faded quickly, maintaining a presence just around the edges of the glass throughout consumption. Black tulip had a clean nose but with some citrus and tangerine plus flowery hop aromas. First sip: very full, sweet body with citrus and tangerine persisting and some pleasant hops to round it out at the end. These characteristics were pretty much consistent for the whole glass, though the hop presence faded a bit. My main complaint would be that it seemed to lack a bit of complexity and didn’t change much as I drank. It did taste good with those buffalo steaks though.

BabaJohn, Sep 11, 2007
Photo of Limberg316
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

It poured very clear and I was really suprised by this. It had a great pale golden color and when under the nose had a great sweet charactor to it. It was very easy to drink and felt very smooth in texture. I was most suprised with the clarity of the beer as it was not cloudy in any way. Also it had a great sweet tasting head to it that added abit of flavor of it's own.

Limberg316, Aug 26, 2007
Photo of jjayjaye
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy pale golden color with an orange hue and a thin white head that disappears really quickly. Some lacing shown. The smell is reserved but recognizable; coriander spice, sweet malt and Belgian yeast. The body is a little heavier than I've experienced before with this style. This one is slightly under-carbonated, but the mouth feel is complemented by the complexity achieved with the coriander spice and almost syrupy sweet flavors. Instead of being dry, this one's sweetness lingers some. I like this a lot, but i can say that it's on the edge of style. Hey, drink what's right for you. Mr. Bryson, your point about style guides applies once again. I will definitely buy this again though. Enjoy.

jjayjaye, Aug 21, 2007
Photo of akorsak
3.15/5  rDev -19%
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.

akorsak, Aug 19, 2007
Photo of ndekke39
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz. bomber into my Mikasa ale glass.

A: Lightly murky, bright yellow-gold with a fluffy white head. Head dissipates pretty quickly into a nice ring of lace that sticks all over the glass. A few columns of fizz climbing through the center of the brew.

S: Bananas, biscuits, honey.

T: Bananas, light alcohol, honey. Slightly chalky finish, with a twang of bitterness.

M: Medium-bodied, reminds me of a watered-down mead (and I mean that in a good way).

D: Nice example of a triple. High alcohol catches up to you, but it's hidden well by the sweet fruitiness. Overall, very fun to drink. Refreshing, but with some real character and body. Will keep this in mind as a favorite.

ndekke39, Aug 12, 2007
Photo of neenerzig
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into my tumbler. This beer is a slightly hazy, light golden color. The head is about an inch thick before fairly quickly settling to a decent surface cover. Lacing here is alright. Aromas are mostly sweet with a bit of spice. Banana, orange, clove, maybe a bit of cinnamon, and a bit of hops are present. Flavor wise the beer sort of sweet and fairly malty upfront with the aforementioned spices and fruits coming through nicely and is rounded out by a bit of hops . Definitely one of the spicier beers I have had of this style. A very good sipping beer. Took me about two hours to drink one bomber of this. Has a crisp and smooth mouthfeel. Full body with moderate carbonation. Overall a very good beer. Not the most drinkable of beers IMO due to the spice, but drinkable in the way a good craft beer should be!


neenerzig, Aug 04, 2007
Photo of JustinOSU99
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Musty yellow with a slight orange tint. Very little head on the beer.
S: Apricots, Orange Peel, Peaches, Bananas, Molasses, Lavender
T: Honey, Oranges, Spices. Very smooth Trippel.
M: Light on the palate and very refreshing..Highly carbonated but surprisingly drinkable.
D: Would love to have a few of these on a hot Summer day...

JustinOSU99, Jul 06, 2007
Photo of FightingEntropy
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excellent trippel with a light golden color that shimmers in the glass, and a clean white head on top. The head fell after a bit and left a spotty lace around the side. Nice nose with the light hop smell and a bit of yeast. Clean, crisp beer with a lot of peppery notes in the taste, actually stronger than the hop. Easy drinking and a very elegant, well done beer. If you're not into the pepper, I can see how some will not like it as well, but if you do it you're beer.

FightingEntropy, Jun 27, 2007
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 Lexx
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden honey color with somewhat orangey highlights. Two fingers of a tight head with excellent retention and thick lacing.
The scent is primarily cherries, rather yeasty, alcohol, some sweetness, malt, lime, and something almost acetoney.
The taste centers on malt, some sort of fruity scone, and chamomile. Medium bodied, decent beer.
Thanks Viggo!

Lexx, Jun 04, 2007
Photo of Viggo
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received from bax72 for BC2!

Pours a hazy golden, nice thick white head, very compact, nice lacing up the glass, good retention, nice thick layer of foam. Smell is sweet, grassy, little bit sugary, quite yeast, honey sugary sweetness, bit of skunk, pretty nice smelling, citrusy in the finish. Taste is very sweet and sugary, yeasty, lemony citrus, kind of bready, corriander, bit of fruity alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, some warmth going down. A decent and drinkable tripel, a refreshing drink. Thanks Chris!

Viggo, Jun 04, 2007
Photo of Oxymoron
3.23/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Would a black tulip actually be a dead tulip? The pour was a darker golden yellow with a good pour that gave a slight haze and a nice puffy head. Most sediment left behind. The head retention was good, keeping through the whole tasting.

The nose is limited, especially considering the ABV, but there is some sweeter malty aromas. Some honey and Belgium notes are detectable. Hints of fruity apples and some very light peppery notes are there if you look for them.

The taste is limited based per style and strength of the beer. A nice malty flavor with nice body. Some grainy and biscuit flavors leaves a nice bready finish. No real phenolics or higher alcohols leaves a nice finish. No much on hops or spices really to balance. Some off flavors, like a metallic finish, but is light.

The body is good with a light carbonation that could be improved. A dry finish and as mention very smooth with no solvent or phenolics off setting. This making it very easy to drink. Overall I would say it is not a tripel in taste but still very surprising 9% is a little masking of its character.

Oxymoron, May 16, 2007
Photo of MarkSCCOT
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce screen printed bottle, no date poured into a goblet.

A. A slightly dark golden with an interesting fluffy, but yielding head. Leaves a great lacing.

S. A fruity malty smell with just a hint of alcohol.

T. A cornocopia of ripe fruits;bananas, pears, apples, pineapple, golden raisins even, some mild spices with a strong clove note with a sugary honey like sweetness. Kingering alcohol warmness.

M. Nice mouthfeel, kind of light.

D. Strong beer, definitely not a session beer.

This is my first forray into the trippels since they became available here in SC. Will definitely explore this genre. A great introduction.

MarkSCCOT, May 13, 2007
Photo of lackenhauser
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On the darker side of being golden. Nice slight head on top-not the ice cream fluff like a Duvel but still admirable. Leaves some nice sticky lacing. Low aroma-sort of a yeasty and funky banana/clove thing going on. Wonderful flavor-a tad sweeter then I am used to in a trippel. Very, very malty with a thick, candi sugar flavor. Nice low level ester flavor. A bit too sweet keeps me from giving it higher marks. Nice mouthfeel but needs to dry out some more. Very, very drinkable beer overall-extremely tasty. If it lost some of the sweetness it could be top notch.

lackenhauser, May 13, 2007
Photo of bruachan
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

in a classy, screened bomber from acme

for starters, the head is excellent. creamy, lace-providing; an army of fine bubbles provide the backup. the color is a deep gold. nice

the aroma sports big notes from the spice rack, as well as a touch of hops and even a fruity bubblegum-like scent. it's striking, actually

its creamy mouthfeel hides the 9% (no heat detectable, actually), thanks to some robust sweetness. sweet and spicy, i would say (with some of the latter coming from hops), with a little to much emphasis on the sweet. hop flavors are significant, actually, with some lemon zing coming from there. they grow with time. the malt does boast a slightly caramelized character, but it's minimal

bruachan, May 02, 2007
Photo of Osiris9588
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, no date. Pours a clear, golden color with just the faintest touch of rust. The white head is quite creamy, leaving considerable lace.

The sweet aroma is dominated by Beligan yeast and banana. The flavor also has banana, some faint citrus, strong, warming vanilla, and a sticky candy finish.

The mouth is light, but is given considerable weight by the sticky sugar content, yet the carbonation keeps it well balanced and prevents it from growing cloying. It show good action on the palate and the alcohol is very well concealed.

Overall a rock solid trippel, and my favorite offering from New Holland that I have sampled thus far.

Osiris9588, Apr 06, 2007
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 gmfessen
4.6/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a slightly hazy, pale golden color with a white creamy-looking head. Smell is sweet with Belgian sugar but at the same time has a nice hop presence, slightly citrusy/piney. Being a tripel, I expected a bit of alcohol and this was definitely the case. The taste does do a pretty good job of covering the alcohol until the very end. It starts out much like the smell, sweet with Belgian sugar and a bit of spice, transitioning to the hop presence and finishes very dry and with a definite strong alcohol bite. After a few drinks into the beer, the alcohol presence isn't as noticeable. The mouthfeel is fairly light in body but it has a dense carbonation that makes the beer feel heavier. Drinks like a light beer with awesome taste. I have to say I am very impressed with this beer, especially after trying their Blue Goat which I thought wasn't very impressive at all.

gmfessen, Mar 07, 2007
Photo of IntriqKen
4.53/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a decent white head that it maintains throughout the glass, leaving heavy mapping in it's wake.
Aromas are Belgium yeast and some definite spiciness...hard to identify, but spicy. Spiced candied orange, perhaps?
Flavors are creamy triple Belgium candied pale malts (enough adjectives?), again candied orange, and slight hop bitterness on the end.
Nicely sweet yet dry aftertaste.
Really nice American take.

IntriqKen, Feb 25, 2007
New Holland Black Tulip Trippel Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 483 ratings.