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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

500 Ratings

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Ratings: 500
Reviews: 261
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 13.88%
Wants: 30
Gots: 37 | 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 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.

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.

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.

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!


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...

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.

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.

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!

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!

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of brdc
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice looking golden beer, however, it has a faint white head that quickly disappears, leaving some lacing behind.
Smell is very good, and combines alcohol, bananas, malts, hops and hints of cinnamon.
Taste is typical of high-quality tripels: upfront sugary malts, warming alcohol and a quick evolution to cleansing hoppiness.
Medium mouthfeel, easy to drink for the style.
Tripels are not my favorite belgian style, but among tripels this is a very good one that I have to compare face-to-face with the belgian counterparts. The price here is obviously better.

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.

Photo of taez555
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber

Poured an extremely light pale whitish golden blonde body with a large bubbled white head that died somewhat quickly.

Nose was a mixture of yeast and ripe golden fruits. Very mild honey, some soft grain, phenols and alcohol. Fresh fruit with a mixture of smells that I can’t quite place my finger on, but a classic Belgian tripel smell though. Very pleasing and extremely inviting.

Taste is full bodied with a thick syrupy sweetness. Rich fresh cut grain, yeast, phenols, a mixture of ripe fruits with bananas, pears, apples, mild pineapple, golden raisins even, some mild spices with a strong clove note with a sugary honey like sweetness.. There’s an abundant level of hops in this beer with a strong citrus and earthy character, not to mention a surprisingly large level of hop bitterness that actually sort of envelops the malt taste. It almost gives the beer a mint like quality to the taste. Ends with a lingering sweetness and slightly dry character.

There are Belgian wanna-be tripels and there are just American Tripels that don’t try to copy the Belgians and just do their own things well. This is the latter. Very tasty with a melange of flavors. A little aging might mellow the hops and mild alcohol burn, but other than that a great beer.

Photo of phisig137
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Secret Santa DeeJayDan for this one.

Pours a crystal clear 24 karat gold color, with a two finger head. Great frothy head has excellent retention, and leaves behind abundant lacing all the way down the glass.

Aroma is slightly sweet, honey like, with some malt character and some graininess. Hints of light fruits, apples and pears are there, but the yeast definitely plays a supporting role.

Flavor is unexpected. Fairly sweet up front, with nice complex malts, and with a completely unexpected slightly toasty flavor. Biscuits, and fresh bread are prominent, leading to a dry finish that is fairly hoppy. Mouthfeel is creamy, with light carbonation. Drinkability is good considering the ABV.

All in all, a nice beer... glad I had the chance to try it. From what I've had, I'd like to try some more of the stuff from New Holland. This may not be the greatest triple out there, but it is a damn fine American attempt at one.

Photo of cro250klr
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Triple? I would never say that in a blindfold test. Very light in carbonation, not much of a head, and a hodgepodge of flavors.
Very little hop taste. I'm getting lots of fruit. Banana, citrus, green apple?
I don't know. It's OK, and it is drinkable. I just needed to get over the mix of flavors that, to me, are not in tune with a true Belgian triple. A nice offering from New Holland, but I'd rather a Huyghe.

Photo of Bighuge
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden. Bubbly, thin off white head. Lace is quite full. Aroma is very sweet. Too sweet. Fruity as well. A little estery. I'm glad the sweetness isn't a problem on the palate. It's sweet, but not overly so. The taste is actually pretty good. Quite estery with bananas and pears the biggies. Candy like sweetness is present. Yeastiness is evident through the esters. Could use a little "doughiness" , but nonetheless, this is still decent. Light carbonation and lightly carbonated. Pretty clean finish. For 9.0%, the alcohol is nicely hidden. The more I drink, the more I like.

Photo of adammills
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bit suprised by this one. Poured from a 22oz into a pint glass, was expecting it to be a bit darker, pale gold. Nice solid head leaving heavy lacing. The smell is very sweet almost honey, not so much fruity. I was not expecting such a strong hop flavor from this beer. It is not all hop by any strech of the imagination but I think they may be too strong for the style, almost grassy. Very smooth, no alcohol tinge at all. I am really enjoying this beer though. Would buy again.

Photo of ColoradoBobs
4.58/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bomber courtesy of shbobdb

Just to let you know, this is a very weird beer, but I loved it! I mean, it is so over the top and odd, but wowowow, give me more! I am way outside the statistical mean on this.

Appearance is rather like an American macro lager: clear amber color under large white head that fades pretty quickly. Only diff is that it's a bit more amber, and has a lot more lacing. But that's where the similarity ends.

Aroma is horsey, barnyard man-sweat locker-room funk with some biscuit malt and fruity hops. Wowow. Bring in the horse-brigade. Funkiest Trippel I've smelled. I love it. You can smell it across the room. Yeast, meaty, cheesy. Like beef jerky, almost.

Taste is more of the same. Funk, funk, funk. Biscuit, metallic hops, rich malt. What a great complexity. I would NEVER take this for a Trippel: Biere de Garde, yes; Trippel no. Not to style, but I love this. Spicey, firm flavors. This is a tonsil-whacking, tongue-smashing mouth-full of farm and barn tastiness. Funk-mongers gather 'round and revel in this funkalicious monstrosity! Note: 30 minutes after I finished the beer, the aroma from the glass is still lingering in the air, and taste is still lingering in my mouth.

Mouthfeel is smooth and round and lusciously slurpalicious.

Nine percent? Not even. Drinks like a Hefeweizen. Dangerously drinkable.

Overall, I really like funk, and this beer is the funkiest. Why it's called a Trippel, I don't understand. But, whatever the brewery calls it, I call for more of it. Thanks again to shbobdb for this terrific oddity. I WANT MORE OF THIS!

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88 out of 100 based on 500 ratings.