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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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488 Ratings

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Ratings: 488
Reviews: 261
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 13.88%
Wants: 27
Gots: 31 | 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 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

bruachan, May 02, 2007
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.

Osiris9588, Apr 06, 2007
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.

WesWes, Mar 21, 2007
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.

gmfessen, Mar 07, 2007
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.

IntriqKen, Feb 25, 2007
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.

brdc, Feb 16, 2007
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.

weeare138, Jan 31, 2007
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.

taez555, Jan 18, 2007
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.

phisig137, Jan 03, 2007
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.

cro250klr, Dec 25, 2006
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.

Bighuge, Nov 23, 2006
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 15, 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
New Holland Black Tulip Trippel Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 488 ratings.