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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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450 Ratings

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Ratings: 450
Reviews: 257
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 14.21%
Wants: 25
Gots: 24 | 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 Brent


2.83/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: bottle

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


3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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


4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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


4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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?

Serving type: bottle

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


3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2006 02:35:28 | More by ggaughan
Photo of Fish113d


4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pouring from a slightly chilled bottle into a tulip glass, it pours w/ a light eggshell colored oily surface layer and quickly dissipates to the apricot colored surface. The body has a lot of tripel characteristics due to sediment floating throughout.

Aroma is a bit of some florals; apricots along with with a slightly floral hops maybe. Not very complex for a tripel IMO.

A tart, sour apricot or peach flavor explodes on my palate. This reminds me of a lambic almost. However, very tasty with some definite alcohol bite at the finish. Very clean with some drying.

Bubbly carbonation throughout the sip and swallow with some alcohol dryness on the finish. Medium bodied and nice.

Overall, get your hands on this one. It truly suprised me!

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2006 01:46:06 | More by Fish113d
Photo of TurdFurgison


3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle. Clear yellow color. Smelled like belgian yeast, kind of fruity aroma.

Tasted exactly like Allagash tripel. I didn't do a side-by-side comparison, but I think they're basically the same. Sweet with a kind of bitter after-taste.

Not bad, not the best though.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2005 19:42:33 | More by TurdFurgison
Photo of nlmartin


3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a wide mouthed goblet.

Appearance: The beer poured gold with ruby hues. The head was shortly lived at about an inch high off white. A thin white foam perculates at the top of the beer.

Smell: An almost apple cidery smell greets the nose intially. This gives way to wet woody smells.

Taste: The beer leads with malty sweet apple cider like taste. This gives way to a dry finish.

Mouthfeel: The beer is meduim bodied lightly carbonated.

Drinkability: The beer could have used slightly more carbonation for my taste. The alcohol was pretty much covered up while the beer was on the cold side. Man does the booze open up at higher temperatures.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2005 14:39:46 | More by nlmartin
Photo of rhoadsrage


3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Served in a chalice)

A-This beer pours a warm golden yellow with a slight haze and a nice thin creamy white head. The carbonation is of gentle tiny bubbles.

S- Even during the pour the floral hints and fruity yeast smells are strong. A soft faint bubblegum note with some rose and faint hops give it good depth.

T- A slight sweetness with some spiciness starts of the taste. This is followed by a light grapefruit taste in the finish with the grapefruit being more from hops than yeast flavors.

M- This is a medium-light mouthfeel with some more fullness given by the carbonation. Some light alcohol warmth in the finish.

D- Not what I would expect from a beer called "Black Tulip". It is a good triple that is hoppier than any triple I have had before. It would be nice to see a bit more depth of flavor. That hop flavor still strikes me as a bit odd and out of place with the smell and taste but it is not overpowering.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2005 00:46:03 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of ypsifly


4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Undated 12oz poured into a tulip.

Clear brass with a few tiny floaties. One finger of white that slowly falls into a veiled ring. Nice lace.

Sweet malts, candy sugars, honey, and bubblegum yeast aromas. Smells very clean and without any booze.

The taste is also sweet and candy like with a quick bitter note in the middle then its back to the sweets with a dash of pepper into a finish that wants to be dry, but retains some sweetness. Nowhere near cloying, and the abv is not detectable at all.

The mouth could use a bit more carbonation, a little citric tartness might help too. Drinkable, but the sweets and abv would build up after a few.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2005 05:39:36 | More by ypsifly
Photo of goodbyeohio


3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

crystal clear golden pour with a mass of tiny, suspended carbonation bubbles visible in the high-def body. slight ring on top, crusty lacing.

aroma is fabulous.. yeasty but fresh with dominating sweetness and summer fruit. no interruptive diacetyl. apple muffin with orange peel and some sweeter baking spices. slight tingling heat in the nose.

super smooth with a big candy feel to it. layered sugars of varying depths. unexpectedly large amount of hops present in the finish, and of a very fresh and citrusey degree, reminiscent of southern tier tripel. flavor lacks dimension and the ability to dissect, as the hops and big alcohol sting leave little room for subtle nuances to be detected. the base is promising though and at 9% i can see this beer improving with a year. (im drinking the 05.)

crisp and light mouthfeel.. just not well-rounded enough for a category that relies on olde standards to measure quality.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2005 04:43:32 | More by goodbyeohio
Photo of xgrigorix


3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Twelve ounce brown bottle, no dates.

Pale orangey sort of colour. Modest white head quickly retreats to a thin halo. Patchy lace is left behind.

Candied oranges, hints of spice & earth. Higher alcohol aromas hauntingly invite a deep draught.

Sweet, big round orange flavour. Deep herbal notes kick in (sage?) and take it to an off dry finish. Medium bodied & very gently carbonated. Interesting, but not great.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2005 03:35:35 | More by xgrigorix
Photo of Sixpoint

New York

3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tripels are definitely a hard style to create. It's a unique balancing act to have such a light beer (light in color, of course) that has enough hops, spice, and dryness to make it drinkable.

The Black Tulip beer I've had from New Holland is almost there. My sample was dry and balanced, but did not have an overall complexity that made it outstanding.

The nose on the beer was rather muted and humble; rather surprising.

The flavors seemed to be spot-welded together together instead of the fusion and complexity of a typical Tripel.

I know this description is more ambiguous to what I typically write, but the beer on a detailed and technical level was fine - it was the intangible and overall cohesiveness that fell short.

Perhaps in time it will be outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2005 13:48:23 | More by Sixpoint
Photo of RedHaze


3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another beer from my recent Michigan trip.

Poured a pale yellow/gold color, into my New Belgium globe, with a one finger head quickly receding with some fairly decent lacing.

Smells of bananas, bread dough, and spices. Overall pretty nice.

Taste is mild bananas, orange peel, a little candied sugar and some mild spices. Gets slightly better as it warms. The smell was more promising than the taste was able to deliver, however, I still enjoyed this beer.

I know New Holland has had problems with inconsistency, so I feel pretty lucky that this one was as good as it is based on some of the other reviews that I've read.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2005 02:40:20 | More by RedHaze
Photo of Frozensoul327


3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured out to a nice golden color with a nice head that stabilized about about 1/4 inch. Medium carbonation. Nice lacing around the glass indicated I was in for a treat. Aromas of fresh bread, yeast and malt were present, as was a vinegar like element. Taste was slightly one sided, but still enjoyable. Flavors of mild spices, mashed bananas, and some bitter citrus. This beer could be so much more if the flavors were upped and the carbonation was doubled. Mellow mouthfeel was slightly creamy and filling. Good drinkability. Overall, i'd have this beer again if offered. Something tells me this brew is a lot better on tap. Nonetheless, a respectible offering from New Holland. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2005 22:09:28 | More by Frozensoul327
Photo of carln26


3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured from the bottle into a snifter a hazy dark gold color with a thin white head that receded quickly, but left a light clumpy head on the side. Relatively weak nose that didn’t develop as the beer warmed. It had a mild yeasty character with just a hint of orange and a little pepper spice. The flavor was milder than I expected from the beer too. It had a decent sweetness up front with orange and spice mid drink, and \a bit of bread dough yeast just before the finish where more of the fig malt comes on. The mouth feel is rich and smooth, but the entire package just provides a medium drinakbility.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2005 23:57:20 | More by carln26
Photo of sopor


3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hard to rate, as this is not what I expect, every time I drink it.

Tan-wheat color heavilly hazed with a medium head that dissipates to a film. Smell of banana and spicy acohol.

A fairly complex flavor of spices and fruit with more definate banana like flavor, with some tangyness up front. Alcohol is present but not obvious.

Medium light body and little carbonation. Not the best Tripel I've had, but none-the-less an interesting brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2005 17:07:46 | More by sopor
Photo of jakester


2.95/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I got this as a single at Union Jack's on the Manatawny. No date on the friggin' label. I hate that!

Pours a pretty darn hazy gold with a slight orange tint. A small head of white foam forms, then dropsto a ring. Not much lacing.

Doesn't smell like a tripel at all. Smells like a big witte. Citrusy, oranges, cloves and black pepper. Slight banana aroma, also. Can't smell alcohol.

Flavor is strangely citrusy-tart. Bitter orange. Spices like cloves and pepper are there. Where's the malt? This "tripel" is lemony and refreshing. Not a bad beer at all, but not to style. Can't taste alcohol, it's very well hidden. Aftertaste is crisp and tart.

Mouthfeel is not sweet like a tripel. Instead, it's tart, with a soft to medium level of carbonation. Finish is crisp and refreshing.

It's tough to review a beer that is so far out of style. It's tasty and clean and refreshing, but very different, as tripels go. There are much better tripels out there, but the beer itself isn't bad.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2005 12:41:19 | More by jakester
Photo of nogoodreason


2.2/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I do not like this beer, no sirree, not at all.

It poured a hazy straw, with a fizzy head. It looks pretty nice.

The nose was of Juicy Fruit gum, banana and clove. Is this a tripel or a hefe? Whatever it is, it's all esters.

It's thin and fizzy in the mouth, none of that roundness that IMO, a tripel should have. The malt base was undectable, under all the fruit, bublegum and cloves. There's a fair amount of booze burn, even though there's not much alcohol in the taste. It's like a really high alcohol hefe, except that sounds yummy and this is not.

New Holland makes some nice brews, they really do, but this is not one of them. This just misses the softness, roundness and sophistication that a good tripel has. There's no trace of malt and really not much more than crazy esters.

I drank half of a twelve ounce bottle before giving up and feeding it to my sink.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2005 16:17:58 | More by nogoodreason
Photo of nortmand


3.25/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours straw-golden, with some white foam.
Smells of candi sugar, raisins. Fairly pleasant.
Tastes good to begin. Nice and malty, with a bit of spiciness, but this turns into a hugely sour presence mid tongue. In fact, I'm pretty sure this is contaminated ,as I've had it on tap and it was much better than this. Redeems itself somewhat, with the long slow burn of alcohol in the chest.
Nice, champagne bubbliness.
Pretty drinkable on tap, bu this particular bottle is sour.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2005 01:50:34 | More by nortmand
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