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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

465 Ratings

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Ratings: 465
Reviews: 260
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 14.18%
Wants: 27
Gots: 26 | 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 KarlHungus


2.48/5  rDev -36.1%

This brew pours a semi cloudy pale orange color with a small white head that recedes quickly into sparce lacing. The aroma has some nice yeasty tones and a lot of oranges (perhaps too much orange). The taste is metallic, and the aftertaste is more so. The mouthfeel seems about right for a tripel, but nothing special. Overall, this beer was a hard one to finish, and at $6.99 a bottle I certainly will not but it again.

09-04-2006 22:06:35 | More by KarlHungus
Photo of BAbaracus


2.98/5  rDev -23.2%

Pours ultra light pale Bud-Light but coalesces into semi-milky straw color with monumental fourteen finger head. Needless to say head retention doesn't seem to be a sticking point.

Highly lemony with spicy cinnamon + wheat-straw clove accents.

Tastes lemony wheat w/baking spices as overtones. Pretty watery, non-distinct on the buds.

"tis no Drag's Milk. Must make do.

09-04-2006 02:29:40 | More by BAbaracus
Photo of TastyTaste


4.47/5  rDev +15.2%

Appearance: Crystal clear gold color, streams of carbonation, sitcky white lace left behind after a fast fading head.

Smell: Rich, fruity belgian yeast, very pungent and spicey.

Taste: A big flavored beer, much grapefruit and citrus, pepper and strong hops. Maybe the hops are too big with Belgian versions, but this is definitely Americanized, and I like it anyways.

Drinkability: A rich and enjoyable beer, a surefire sipper. Worth a shot, I would go back to enjoy more of this.

09-01-2006 03:23:32 | More by TastyTaste
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +1.3%

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.

08-20-2006 03:30:11 | More by Sammy
Photo of dirtylou


3.55/5  rDev -8.5%

On tap at Maduro

appearance: served in a La Chouffe snifter...pours a clear golden orange colour with a big frothy white head...very nice retention and nice lacing as well

smell: fruity ester, peach, melon, clove, canned fruit

taste: syrupy canned peaches, melon, clove, light banana, various tropical fruit, apricot...decent at best tripel but glad to see on tap

mouthfeel: sweet and medium bodied, spicy on the tongue

drinkability: pretty strong

08-17-2006 04:40:44 | More by dirtylou
Photo of stouty1


4.38/5  rDev +12.9%

Poured into my Chalice a golden honey color with a nice foamy head. Unfortunatley, my fridge is a little cold so the head fell into a thin lace around the rim quickly.

Smells sweet of apples and other fruits.

Very yeasty feel as it hits the back of my tongue. Sweetness surrounds my mouth. The slight bittery hops add a delightful taste of alcohol and bitterness. This is a very good and underated beer!

Mouthfeel is thick like Nyquil but much easier to swallow.

This is one of my favorites from last fall and it has aged quite well! I could easily end up sleeping on the floor with too many of these!

08-05-2006 23:54:55 | More by stouty1
Photo of DaveFL1976


4.33/5  rDev +11.6%

An insanely clear golden body, topped with a creamy white head. Unfortunately, my head didn't last long and fell down into a thin skim in little time.
Smell is fruity - the same sort of fruityness that you get from sticking your nose in a glass of Duvel. It's a good smell. Sweet, tangy, fruity and clean.
Taste is -- yumm -- really nice. To be honest, the taste is quite reminiscent of Duvel as well. Sweet, maybe a little cloves, and that Belgian yeast aftertaste that's warm and mellow. Nice. If it had a little less of a yeasty character to the end, I might give the taste a 5.
Mouthfeel is chewier than I expected and perhaps a little overly carbonated for my liking. Fortunatley, it's not overly carbonated enough to impact drinkability. It's a good beer, and way underrated!

07-24-2006 19:57:32 | More by DaveFL1976
Photo of Zorro


4.38/5  rDev +12.9%

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.

07-23-2006 01:23:26 | More by Zorro
Photo of RockyTopHeel

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +5.7%

22 oz bomber.

Golden in color with a thin, whitish foam of bubbles. Aroma is crisp, with tangy apricots, honey, and yeast. The taste is similar, with a very nice dry, crisp, tartness paired with a light sweetness and an airy, almost whimsical character of peaches, honey, and other esters and a nice balance of hops.

At first, this didn't blow me away - but the more I sit here and sip it, the more I appreciate its excellent subtle touches. Very good.

07-15-2006 03:03:13 | More by RockyTopHeel
Photo of Jason


4.5/5  rDev +16%

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.

07-10-2006 01:17:01 | More by Jason
Photo of denjen


3.7/5  rDev -4.6%

Dennis: Probably one of my favorite types of beers, a tripel well done is a beautiful thing. The aroma is sweet with Belgian candies, and the taste is more subdued in terms of spices. The sweet of the malts and added sugar, mixed with the high alcohol (9%) are the flavors that pretty much dominate this brew. Probably one of the more simpler tripels I've had, it's still good enough to sneak up on you before you realize it. Easily recommended for someone exploring this type of beer for the first time.
Jen: I may not be wowed by this trippel, but it is what I would expect. It smells of sweet candied malts, and the flavor dictates the same. I get a nice smooth taste of sweet candy followed by bananas and a light clove/peppery mild bite. It ends with a mild citrus hop flavor with a kick of alcohol. Fairly easy to drink, and the flavors are done nicely, not too overwhelming!

07-05-2006 23:02:54 | More by denjen
Photo of EPseja

New Jersey

2.88/5  rDev -25.8%

Served from a 22oz bottle at just below cellar temperature in a wine glass... my brother didn't have a goblet to use. I'll have to remedy that sometime soon.

A - Before the yeast is poured in, this beer is clear and straight gold in color, with very little head to speak of. Swirl the bottle and vigorously pour the yeast and you've got... hmm. Seems that there is not much yeast at all. Only enough to form a slight haze. The head that is formed is diminutive, but well formed -- tightly packed bubbles below, soapy island above. Decent for the style.

S - Mild notes of candy sweetness and an interesting highlight of roses. Some yeastiness, but buried below, along with the usual notes of bubble gum and banana. Subdued and pleasing..

T - Slightly astringent sweetness up front -- almost offputting. In the middle is a metallic candy sugariness, followed by yeasty hoppiness that finally brings this off-balance beer around to the standard tripel mold. There is a strange, alcohol-driven sharpness in the aftertaste.

M - A bit fizzy and tongue-tingling, but develops well in the mouth. Swallow is creamy and nice.

D - In the vast array of tripels available, this one falls among the mediocre, It's drinkable as in, "I'm not going to pour it down the drain," but it's unremarkable for the style. Good, but certainly not great.

07-05-2006 01:17:56 | More by EPseja
Photo of Dubbercody


3.08/5  rDev -20.6%

Poured from 22 oz screenprinted bottle.

Pours a hazy straw to peach flesh color, Fluffy head doesn't disapate too quickly. Smells fantastic, with scents of banana, clove, pear and apple rising from the glass.

Taste has a stong ester flavor that, doesn't add to the taste, moreover it beats you over the head with it's flavor. There's a decent sweetness that drains away to reveal a slightly astringent aftertaste.

While easy to drink as far as mouthfeel and drinkability, was not easy for me to enjoy. With such an awesome scent, I was expecting more on the palate.

07-03-2006 17:08:45 | More by Dubbercody
Photo of karst


4.2/5  rDev +8.2%

Served at New Holland Brewing Co. downtown pub after a damp morning looking at the beautiful tulips a couple of days before the annual Tulip Festible. (5/02/06)
Well worth the $5 per pint.

A Duvel like light golden tripple with outstanding Nobel hops and esters in the aroma. Head less showey with 2 fingers of white froth lasting 2-3 minutes leaving minor lace amd sustaining a cap with fine beading.

The tap version is a little milder IMHO on the palate that the bottled Black Tulip but both have a nice spicy bite missing in Duval. Tangy carbonation in the bottle maybe the difference.

Sweet candi flavors (similar to those produced with wyeast 1388) and a medium body and dextrinous mouthfeel make this a great sipper. A second pint was inorder but I was driving and settled for a couple of bombers of Black Tulip and Dragon's Milk along with a growler of the Poet - oatmeal stout.

06-21-2006 14:53:35 | More by karst
Photo of BeerResearcher


4/5  rDev +3.1%

22oz brown bottle. No freshness Date.
It pours a brassy/gold color with a one finger fizzy white head.
A horse stable-like smell is noticed upon first pour. Background smells of limes, bread and gin-like alcohol remain.
The sugary sweet doughy malt body contrasts with the sharp-edged bitterness. Bitter citrus and a slight metallic bite mingle with a back-of-the-throat astringent yeasty harshness. Gin-like flavors lasts throughout. A taste of over ripe bananas emerges as it warms. Odd brew considering the Trippel style, but interesting non-the-less.

06-21-2006 02:59:46 | More by BeerResearcher
Photo of Brent


2.83/5  rDev -27.1%

I'm a bit conflicted over this beer. There was nothing wrong with it, and, actually, it seems quite well made. I should like it, but I don't. It didn't fit the trippel style - too hoppy. I'm okay with hybred Belgian/American experiments, but here it just didn't meld - disjointed somehow with the Belgian yeast and candy sugar flavors battling with the hops.

06-12-2006 16:38:34 | More by Brent
Photo of sullysbeer


3.48/5  rDev -10.3%

Aroma: Horse Blanket or Barnyard intensity-Common in Belgian Yeast Strains. Malty Sweet with a Delicate Spicy Hop Aroma. Fruity Esters Present.

Appearance: Clear Golden with a Bright White Head.

Flavor: Fruity Esters and Very Sweet Followed by an Alcohol Warmth Finished with a Pretty Intense Spicy/Peppery Bitterness that Lingers.

Mouthfeel: Medium-Full Silky Body

Overall Impression: A Pretty Big Beer. Alcohol is Defiantly Present. The Lingering Bitterness Almost Ruins it for me for a Belgian Triple Ale. As the Beer Warmed up the Bitterness Balanced the OverPowering Sweetness Very Well and Finished Pleasantly Dry. This beer is definitely not a session beer.

05-30-2006 00:40:43 | More by sullysbeer
Photo of ultralarry2006


4.3/5  rDev +10.8%

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber. Left less than a one finger head with very nice retention. Very slightly hazy, and golden yellow.

Smell - Bananas, bready malts. Some slightly spicey yeast.

Taste - pretty much as nose indicates. Estery bananas with bready malt followed by a very slightly spicey yeast. Hint of candy sugar, with yet more bananas on the aftertaste. Very well concealed high abv, really can't taste alcohol at all.

Mouthfeel - Very full and smooth. Nice hop oil coating, much more than expected, especially since there really is no strong hop presence in either the smell or the taste.

Drinkability - this is good beer and goes down easy. High abv limits it to one 22 oz. serving per session - unless you don't have to get up early or drive; then certainly have another one or two!

05-17-2006 17:57:15 | More by ultralarry2006
Photo of sinistrsam


3.93/5  rDev +1.3%

Poured a medium gold with medium head and decent lacing. The aroma was sweet fruits, bananas, bubble gum, sweet fruits, candy sugar. Yeast was all over the place, as was alcohol. Taste was much of the same, with sweet fruits, alcohol, vanilla, malts. The carbonation was really aparent in the feel, to make this a little on the caustic side, but that was balanced decently well with the sweetness up front. Quite drinkable. Overall not a bad American attempt.

05-15-2006 19:01:33 | More by sinistrsam
Photo of Blakaeris


4/5  rDev +3.1%

Pours hazy light yellow with a creamy head. Lacing is thick and generous.

Smell is sweetly malty, lemon grass, spicy yeast and sour.

Taste is sweet, but loses most of the candied lemon character and becomes quite sharp. Light fuitiness remains with a cloying clove flavor. Hops make a showing in the finish giving a slight bite. Strong yeast notes throughout. High ABV is well concealed.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied.

Overall a decent triple. I would gladly drink this one again.

04-28-2006 22:17:04 | More by Blakaeris
Photo of bashiba


3.58/5  rDev -7.7%

Poured a cloudy golden yellow with a very thick, sticky, and creamy white head.

Smell is full of sweet yeasts and various spices including ginger and coriander.

Taste is slightly sour with hints of of citrus and a suprisingly pleasant hoppiness.

Mouthfeel is very crisp with an extremely dry finish.

Overall a complex and unique treat.

04-28-2006 22:07:51 | More by bashiba
Photo of DaPeculierDane


3.73/5  rDev -3.9%

Chalky hazed peach gold with a sticky thin lacing. Nose is grapefruit candy, lemongrass, light German hops, yeasts, and sweet fruits, pineapple? Taste is tropical, lightly tart, and very fruity. Ends bitter and lemony. Medium, nicely bitter/tart mouthfeel. Not terribly drinkable.

04-24-2006 21:14:00 | More by DaPeculierDane
Photo of neonbrown82


4.3/5  rDev +10.8%

If I were to rate this to style, it'd probably be really low. This is the hoppiest tripel I've had by far. Very interesting though.

The pour doesn't look too impressive. Fairly clear light yellow with a thin head that recedes to a film within minutes. Lacing is not too impressive, nor is carbonation. Doesn't appear to be bottle conditioned.

The smell is very good. A little funky hay aroma with some sweetness and a very potent spicy, herbal hop. The flavor is much the same. This is the closest thing I've had to a Tripel IPA. Noble hops are plentiful in this brew, and it tastes lovely, though far from what a tripel should.

The body is medium to full. Has a bit of a sting from the carbonation. Nice hop bite. Good stuff. I would drink it again if I had the chance.

04-18-2006 03:44:50 | More by neonbrown82
Photo of Crosling


3.7/5  rDev -4.6%

Golden color with very small foam. Dynamic nose with abundant yeast (leather, dough), malt (caramel, toffee) and hops (perfume), coming together to create hints of bubble gum, apple, peach and vanilla in the aroma. Aromatic characteristics continue upon tasting, with an added peanut butter element that goes well with the loads of fruits and bubble gum. On the finish, it’s a bit astringent. A pretty classy and well brewed American Tripel that isn’t quite as good as those from the homeland, but what American Tripels are?

03-27-2006 17:41:53 | More by Crosling
Photo of ggaughan


3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Poured from a bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. The beer poured a hazy golden color with very active carbonation bubbles running up quickly from the bottom of the glass. There was a minimal white foamy head that disapated rather quickly after pouring. The aroma was a bit malty, with some good yeast notes and touch of fruit. The taste gave me more of the Belgian yeast notes and a nice and lemony taste. Despit being 9% abv, I found this beer to be very drinkable and with a medium body.

02-26-2006 02:35:28 | More by ggaughan
New Holland Black Tulip Trippel Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
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