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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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477 Ratings

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Ratings: 477
Reviews: 261
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 14.14%
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 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.

adammills, Oct 28, 2006
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!

ColoradoBobs, Oct 25, 2006
Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Maduro here in Madison.

Pour: Crystal clear golden yellow under an inch of snow white cream, leaving some decent lacing.

Nose: light and crisp, sharp grassy hops, lemon-pepper yeast, light fruit syrup and mild banana notes.

Taste: sweet fruit nectars up front - citrus, apricot and white grape, metallic saaz hops, bready malt and some light vegetals in the rear.

Feel: light and sugary, fizzy tickling carbonation - on the thin side for the style

Drinkability/Overall: a nice, middle-of-the-road American tripel. Never oversteps its bounds, but not quite a standout on any front.

Golden2wenty1, Oct 20, 2006
Photo of BeerBuilder
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a hazy goldish color with a white head that diminishes. It leave spotty lacing when sipped down. The aroma is spicy, black pepper, herbal and yeasty. A bit toasty and bready in the aroma as well.

The flavor is citrus and lemony with the black pepper and spice. It is a bit herbal and yeasty too. It is medium in body and smooth drinking for its strength. This one finishes out dry. A nice, enjoyable tripel.

BeerBuilder, Oct 14, 2006
Photo of DragYourBone
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Hit Milwaukee this weekend and ended up in Sendiks on Oakland Ave. I was surprised to find a few non-commercial ales.

I saw a couple from New Holland and I decided on this Single...

I poured the honey colored liquid into my cup. Not much foam/lacing, but still a bit of carbonation.

The aroma was crisp, yeasty, with a hint of citrus + lemon, and something sweet. I wasn't sure at first, but by the second cup I stuck my nose in again to savor the scent, because it wanted me to.

This is not as heavy as I thought it would be considering the trippel label. This ale is quite light and drinkable. There is something different about this one in that the thickness on the tongue is toned down a bit. Not so much that it repels, but enough to notice for this style.

I would categorize this as a Trippel light if such a category existed. Nevertheless, It is still more than drinkable and quite delicious...especially on a sweet warm early fall evening.

A nice intro to New Holland. I'll have another please...

DragYourBone, Oct 02, 2006
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - honey/straw appearance, a thin layer of random bubbles on the surface really don't amount to much but does manage a stray lace ring here or there.

Aroma - a honey, lightly yeasty nose, very light but just interesting enough to get over the average.

Taste - sweet, fruity, yeasty up front. Things start evolving quickly. The fruitiness metamorphs into orange, sweetness going sour into grapefruit. The yeast fades and is replaced by a dry hoppy bite. The swallow brings a faint mustiness, yeast, and the dry bitter hop finish. Contains the primary elements of a trippel then gets very unique. I always enjoy beers that show me something novel.

Mouthfeel - rather average mouthfeel, a little under-weighted for the style. Very gassy and burp-inducing,

Drinkability - doesn't have the trippel 'bigness' but is pretty tasty otherwise.

brewdlyhooked13, Sep 28, 2006
Photo of Mdog
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Yellow-gold with lots of carbonation.

Smell: Yeasty smell, a little breadiness.

Taste: Moderately sweet with a little bit of spices in the background.

Mouthfeel: Moderately thick.

Drinkability: A pretty decent beer but not outstanding.

New Holland is now distributing in Minnesota so I picked up this offering. It's a pretty good beer but nothing outstanding. It's not as hot as Golden Monkey and not as expensive as some of the better Belgians, so I could see getting this again as a change of pace.

Mdog, Sep 28, 2006
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours like a big 3 brew with a yellow golden body and a thick foamy off-white head that leaves a little lace on the glass. Nose screams of soured raw wheat and mineral water. Enters the mouth with almost an oily syrup like mouth painting feel. Nice balance of hopes and raw wheat. This is a very complex brew that shines with individuality. Style even yeilds resemblance to a german style. Enjoyable and unique. Mouthfeel thickens on the buds and makes you want more. Very drinkable, but keep it colder.

SPLITGRIN, Sep 25, 2006
Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Judging from the rating averages, I didn't expect this to be a very good beer. But it is. Of course it is a typical American response to a classic Belgian style, so there is some give. But it did have a handsome straw, heavily carbonated, well-headed appearance. Fruity esters abound in the nose and flavors. Lightly peppery, spicy, and alcoholicly hot, but tempered with pilner malts, fruity sweetness, and a dull hop flavor. Mildly tart and thinning into the finish leaving a dry alcoholic vaporation on the toung. Perhaps a bit grainy and astringent in the end, but a pretty good beer throughout.

BEERchitect, Sep 21, 2006
Photo of sloejams
2.63/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

22 oz. bomber picked up on my travels in Chitown

I've had this in my fridge for some time and finally cracked it up over the weekend. Poured it into my chalice - it looked good: straw color with a bubbly champagne head. Aromas of banana, cloves and a bit of nutmeg. Tasting it initially was a bit of a surprise - it was very sweet. I didn't see that coming. I expected the yeasty sweet but this was extremely sugary.

I split the bottle with a buddy. I drank all of mine, thought by the time it got to the end it was warm and almost medicinal - that kind off children's cough syrup flavor. My friend only finished a few sips.

sloejams, Sep 19, 2006
Photo of CH3CH2OH
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice, rich gold with a head that dissipates too quickly and very little lace. Some hop aroma is overwhelmed by spicy phenols (pepper.) Taste is sweet with a dry finish. The finish is either dominated by hop bitterness or some tannin extraction from the malt husk. Mouthfeel is nice, smooth, but a bit thick for a tripel. Very quaffable. Drinkability is good, but not quite up to the standard of other tripels.

Aroma - 6/12; App - 1/3; Flavor - 13/20; Mouthfeel - 3/5; Overall - 7/10 (30/50)

CH3CH2OH, Sep 12, 2006
Photo of peabody
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out into the snifter light amber to straw colored. Nice head with a little lacing.
The smell it fantasticFruity with malt and a little hop throwed in there for good measure. Raisin and lemon and clove.
Clove and sweet malt are the first flavor and a hoppy sugary taste follows. Caramel and chocolate and spices abound here.
This is my first tasting of a New Holland brew, and I think they are giving Stone a run for their money.
This is a great beer and I am glad to find another brewery that matches flavor and availability.

peabody, Sep 10, 2006
Photo of KarlHungus
2.48/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

KarlHungus, Sep 04, 2006
Photo of BAbaracus
2.98/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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.

BAbaracus, Sep 04, 2006
Photo of TastyTaste
4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

TastyTaste, Sep 01, 2006
Photo of Sammy
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Sammy, Aug 20, 2006
Photo of dirtylou
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

dirtylou, Aug 17, 2006
Photo of stouty1
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

stouty1, Aug 05, 2006
Photo of DaveFL1976
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

DaveFL1976, Jul 24, 2006
Photo of Zorro
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Zorro, Jul 23, 2006
Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

RockyTopHeel, Jul 15, 2006
Photo of Jason
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Jason, Jul 10, 2006
Photo of denjen
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!

denjen, Jul 05, 2006
Photo of EPseja
2.88/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

EPseja, Jul 05, 2006
Photo of Dubbercody
3.08/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Dubbercody, Jul 03, 2006
New Holland Black Tulip Trippel Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 477 ratings.