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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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507 Ratings

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Ratings: 507
Reviews: 262
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 13.62%
Wants: 30
Gots: 40 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of HeyItsChili
4.62/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured from a bomber into a Chimay goblet. Pours a hazy golden with a nearly nonexistent white head.

S - Citrus, yeast, very subtle hops, another review mentioned banana, and that's definitely present.

T - Yeasty, very light malt, some subtle citrus, wheat, and spice. the dry finish is surprising and pleasant. Very well balanced.

M - Light carbonation, medium to thin bodied.

D - Delicious, subtle, strong.

Photo of HappyHourHero
4.67/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tall, creamy, off-white head sits atop the hazy golden beer. Smells like spring flowers mixed with faint yeast. Smooth, light mouthfeel that is full enough to carry the rich flavors. Vanilla, orange peel, a bit of yeast spiciness. Something about it reminds me of Popperings Hommel beer, which is a great thing. This is one tasty beer, but watch out for the alcohol!

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden-copper hue, bright and just a little clouded, with a thin head. Webs of lace beautify the glass as the liquid diminishes.

Aroma hits you like a wave of wildflowers, along with honey, peach, pear, apple, yeast, everything buoyant and spring-like. Tantalizing without actually blowing the mind.

I like my tripels to have strong flavor without being headache-inducing alcohol bombs. Black Tulip achieves that. While the alcohol does what it should in a tripel--underscoring the spice and fruit aspects, offering a pleasant glow--it doesn't detract. Here you get gobs of fruit (orange is prominent, as is lemon and peach, with apple, pear and sour white grape also coming in). Spiciness is on the sweet side, although a black pepper brashness cries out "me! me!" in the background. There's a tang to the finish that I have to compare to furniture polish--but can I do that without insulting the brewer? It's not bad at all, just perfume-y, yeasty, astringent and strong. Like chewing on flowers. I guess.

Mouthfeel is full and round, wonderfully creamy yet springy enough to make you feel it. With all that flavor zipping around, I almost didn't notice or care what it felt like, but it scores well in this department too.

It's fun to try and get a handle on this flavor. Big and fruity and sweet without being cloying; sticky and assertive without being rude. Perhaps not the most authentically Belgian-tasting tripel, but I appreciate New Holland's take on it nonetheless.

Photo of jwinship83
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- glowing golden colored body under a finger sized white foamy lacy head.

S- yeast, grain, sweet summer fruits like apple, cloves, and a hint of banana.

T- very spicy and grainy. almost like a lager meets a wheat. some orange/citrus notes i didnt detect in the smell. hard to put this one down. the alcohol starts to show as the beer warms.

M- medium bodied and smooth with high carbonation.

D- this comes off to me as an interesting take on the style. certainly one of the better tripels i have tried recently. one bottle is enough, but i think ill revisit this one again. pleasantly surprised with this one. check it out.

Photo of notafood
4.49/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - A slightly burnt golden color with a attractive soft white head that doesn't stick around for too long. Very cloudy with a few bubbles and specks hanging out at the bottom of the goblet.

S - Like heaven. Very hard to resist taking a big gulp after putting it my nose. Fruity, a little malt, very zesty with kick of candy and citrus. Would make an appealing aftershave.

T - A full bodied tangy sweetness, definitely a little clove and spice going, and a slight hops and malt finish. I'm digging this.

M - Very smooth for such a big beer. Leaves a somewhat dry aftertaste from the hops, which really, just makes me wanna take another sip.

D - Wow. I had no idea going in this was 9% ABV. This could spell trouble if you don't be careful. Dynamite stuff, will definitely drink again.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clean golden color with a short-lived white head. Aroma is mostly malty and candy sugar sweet with notes of white nectarine, tangerine and hints of alcohol. Taste is mostly sweet with notes of alcohols, citrus-like fruitiness and and almost lager like. Smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry alcohol like, small fruitiness in the aftertaste. Kind of basic for triple, nice though.

Photo of rajendra82
3.52/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up at Green's in Greenville, South Carolina, as New Holland is yet to make it down in Georgia. The color of the pour looked good with a pale golden, hazy body, but the carbonation was pathetic for the style, and formed nearly no head at all. The smell was good with a mix of light perfume and booze. The was good to start off as there was hop bitterness, yeasty earthiness, and some funk, but mid sip the honeydew melon like sweetness took over the taste. The finish was spicy-bitter-earthy, but a little too short lived. The body felt right in terms of viscosity, but the relative lack of carbonation made it feel dull and less full of zest. The brewery gave this a decent effort, but came up just a little short.

Photo of avalon07
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: When poured from a bottle to a goblet, this beer had an amber color and a cloudy texture. Not a lot of head, but it was long-lasting.

S: A lot of malt, spices and some lighter fruit mixed in.

T: The taste wasn't as complex or exciting as I'd hoped for - not bad, though. Malt, pepper, some hops and a bit of citrus in the flavor.

M: A fairly high amount of carbonation and a very smooth finish. Full-bodied.

D: On the whole, this isn't a bad beer, though it's not the best example of a trippel I've ever had. The taste wasn't as vibrant as I'd hoped for. A drinkable beer, nonetheless.

Photo of AylwinForbes
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The next milestone on our exploration of the Belgian. Begins with an attractively designed bottle directly applied to the glass. Orange-yellow, hazy syrupy product emerges into the glass with a minimal head which tends to dissipate quite rapidly - not one of those frothy affairs. This beer makes its presence felt: very distinctive aroma and flavor profile. Plenty of ester and resin on the nose with some orchard fruit. There is notable sweetness up front, almost sugary, which transitions to a distinct bitterness, ike something of a bitter root, very distinct aromatics. Good if not our favourite.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.2/5  rDev +8%
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.

Photo of Greggy
4.37/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Great orange color with ample sediment, however, only decent head and lacing.

S- nice dark fruit, apple apricot, and cedar wood smokiness.

T- Huge body on this. Initially, a nice smoky wood malt, graham cracker, honey, and big sweet malt finish with a touch of pepper. A great balance of hops here, but mostly, malt.

M- Huge thick mouthfeel due to the high ABV that's well hidden.

D- Definitely not the best tripel in the world, at least in my book, but would I drink it again? Yes.

Photo of kzoobrew
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden color. Head does not stick around to long but decent amount of lacing sticks.

Aroma is mostly fruity. some vanilla and yeasty smells noted

Taste is good. Alot of flavors playing very well together. Fruitiness like pineapple and some spice mix well with the hops. Good maltiness to balance.

Mouthfeel is tremendously smooth and creamy.

Wonderfully drinkable. I could relax and sip on a couple of these.

Photo of wyattshotmaker
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured with out a substantial head,golden/amber in color.

smell is somewhat fruity and sweet,very appealing.it's simple,but is very nice.

taste is very nice.sweet,with a nice hint of spice at the end to balance out the beer.a slight amout of bready malt is picked up at the end.nice hop presence which adds to the overall experience of the beer.overall,a very nice beer.

mouthfeel-good amount of carbonation makes this an easily drinkable beer.mild,but nothing overpowering.

drinkability-i could probably drink a couple of these,which is dangerous since it's 9% abv.watch out.

i'm somewhat new to trippels,but this is a very excellent beer.

as a sidenote,i really enjoy the artwork on the bottle of this beer.

Photo of spointon
4.44/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this one from a 22 oz brown bomber bottle with the Black Tulip label screened in white.

A= This brew poured a slightly orangey gold color with a very very mild haze, medium carbonation, and a thin white head. Lacing down the glass was a bit spotty at best.

S= This one sports a three way aroma of Belgian yeast funk, alcohol, and surprising hops (wow). The hops are the most surprising, as I am not used to this much pineappley hop-forward aroma in a trippel, yet it works very well.

T= Again, though this is a trippel (and a good one at that) there is a stronger than you would expect hop presence in the flavor (saaz perhaps). Overall this hop character combined with the Belgian fruitiness creates an herbal phenolic taste. Also present was the expected malt sweetness and a strong alcohol warmth. All flavors in complete and pleasant balance.

MF= Despite only moderate carbonation release throughout, this is a beautifully crisp and refreshing beer.

D= Though this is not exactly like too many Belgian Trippels I have had, it is more Belgian than most American interpretations. The hops are the kicker - sort of makes me think of the Chouffe "double IPA trippel" beer (only less hoppy). Completely worthwhile... I'll be drinking more of this one!!!

Photo of 1fastz28
4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a cloudy light orange color with a nice white head, looks really beautiful in color. smell is good too, has a wonderful yeasty presence to it as well. taste is awesome, it dances on the tongue and kicks its butt with an overload of yeast, sugary malt, and a slight hoppy bitterness to it. a wonderful tasting beer.

Photo of brewandbbq
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear gold, with an inch-plus head of dense white.
Rings and smears of clingy foam on the glass, and retention holds up for the first five minutes.
Light malt, phenols, earthy citrus, and crushed grass lead of the nose.
Aromatics finish slihtly vineous, tannic, and hay-like.
The mouthfeel is light, a bit syrupy and tacky. Lacking carbonation for a triple.
Orangy citrus, honey, bitter cloves, and light malt start the pallet off, with hints of juniper and grapefruit pith following through.
Finishes with lightly warming alcohol and residual honey-like sweetness.

This beer seemed pretty mainstream at first until it warmed up a bit and breathed.
A unique take on the style, but falls short of being a truly great triple or funky enough to be a wild ale.

Photo of Gehrig
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I grabbed this at the sterling Sun Singer. A finger of white head tops a very slightly cloudy lemon yellow-orange body, with modest lacing on the way down the old, reliable DAB mug. Some orange, apricot, and berry introduce themselves to the nose with grassy hops, but too faintly to be considered good or strong. The taste is nicely fruited, rife with orange and berry. Yet I also like the somewhat bitter hops in conjunction with the fruit. The taste should be stronger, but it's nonetheless good.

The mouthfeel suffers from a pungent, faintly sour aftertaste that is off-putting, something that reduces the drinkability of a fairly good beer. It's almost better to characterize the mouthfeel and taste of Black Tulip as a Farmhouse instead of a Tripel. This is on the whole not bad, with some good characteristics, though not the best that New Holland brews. Still, worth trying.

Photo of bigdeuce
3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance a bit lame, no head, no lacing. The beer may have been too cold. Smells of heavy vanilla and butterscotch. A nice golden color, very clean beer. Medium bodied, fairly hoppy for a tripel. Tastes of mega vanilla and toasted almonds. A bit strange twingy aftertaste. A very strong brew and the alcohol is well hidden. Very dryish finish. A nice American version of this belgian beer. I did enjoy it.

Photo of elmore
3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a tulip. A golden orange color with a thin white head. Carbonation is not very active. Head retention is decent with some nice lace left down the side of the glass.

Smells of sweet malts, light citrus, less yeast funkiness than most Tripels.

Lots of candy sweetness with a bit of citrus acidity and a slight hop after taste.

Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy. Alcohol is not apparent. Too sweet to be very drinkable.

Overall a mediocre Tripel. Just too sweet and heavy.

Photo of Goliath
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color with a large light yellow head which receeds to leave some spotty lace around the glass.

Aroma is delicious. A citrusy tangerine, general fruity sweetness, and a light yeastiness.

Taste is great. A strong citrus flavor produces tangerine notes, a subtle banana, a light yeastiness, sugar sweetness, and a light hop bitterness on the finish. As I progressed I also noticed a slight alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly syrupy, and carbonation is low which produces a somewhat still feel.

Drinkability is moderate. Flavors are good and beer goes down smooth, but a bomber is plenty.

Photo of dmamiano
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Second time for me trying this beer...the first was out of a plastic cup going down the highway so I didnt want that to be my reviewed experience.
poured a nice golden color..small head with ample lacing.
Smelled of fruit, apples, pears..very rich with deep malts and the typical Belgian " bubble gum" nose.
Funny, upon tasting, i could almost taste some of there other beers in there as well...almost as if New Holland has a "house' flavor.
But this was good. Ripe pears and apples seemed to dominate balanced with a deep malty backbone.
Good beer.

Photo of ZimZamZoom
4.29/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice not-so-run-of-the-mill tripel.

Pretty clear golden color, with a bit of a white head.

Aroma of ripe bartlett pear, some minor hints of bubblegum that are by no means undesirable. Taste is sweet pear, some bubblegum and a nice subtle black pepper spice that makes this one pretty unique if you ask me.

Good body but surprisingly light in the mouth. This one will trick the unwary. Hides the alcohol pretty well.

This could be my go-to Belgian style tripel, a great beer from a great brewery.

Photo of DackAchan
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours an auburn gold with a very thin head. Laces very nicely though.

S- Some weak smells. Lemon, with a hint of a fruit.

T- Excellent taste. Lemon-fruit combination. Can't quite pin the fruit down. Very good combination of sweet taste from the fruit and bitterness of the lemon. Definative malt overtones to it all. Combo works well. Didn't have any alcohol taste that I could tell.

M- Medium bodied, not too much kick to it.

D- Gets better as the glass empties.

Photo of saintwarrick
3.03/5  rDev -22.1%
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.

New Holland Black Tulip Trippel Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 507 ratings.