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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

514 Ratings

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Ratings: 514
Reviews: 262
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 13.59%
Wants: 31
Gots: 41 | FT: 0
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New Holland Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-09-2002

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Ratings: 514 | Reviews: 262
Photo of Gehrig
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I grabbed this at the sterling Sun Singer. A finger of white head tops a very slightly cloudy lemon yellow-orange body, with modest lacing on the way down the old, reliable DAB mug. Some orange, apricot, and berry introduce themselves to the nose with grassy hops, but too faintly to be considered good or strong. The taste is nicely fruited, rife with orange and berry. Yet I also like the somewhat bitter hops in conjunction with the fruit. The taste should be stronger, but it's nonetheless good.

The mouthfeel suffers from a pungent, faintly sour aftertaste that is off-putting, something that reduces the drinkability of a fairly good beer. It's almost better to characterize the mouthfeel and taste of Black Tulip as a Farmhouse instead of a Tripel. This is on the whole not bad, with some good characteristics, though not the best that New Holland brews. Still, worth trying.

Photo of bigdeuce
3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance a bit lame, no head, no lacing. The beer may have been too cold. Smells of heavy vanilla and butterscotch. A nice golden color, very clean beer. Medium bodied, fairly hoppy for a tripel. Tastes of mega vanilla and toasted almonds. A bit strange twingy aftertaste. A very strong brew and the alcohol is well hidden. Very dryish finish. A nice American version of this belgian beer. I did enjoy it.

Photo of elmore
3.4/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a tulip. A golden orange color with a thin white head. Carbonation is not very active. Head retention is decent with some nice lace left down the side of the glass.

Smells of sweet malts, light citrus, less yeast funkiness than most Tripels.

Lots of candy sweetness with a bit of citrus acidity and a slight hop after taste.

Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy. Alcohol is not apparent. Too sweet to be very drinkable.

Overall a mediocre Tripel. Just too sweet and heavy.

Photo of Goliath
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color with a large light yellow head which receeds to leave some spotty lace around the glass.

Aroma is delicious. A citrusy tangerine, general fruity sweetness, and a light yeastiness.

Taste is great. A strong citrus flavor produces tangerine notes, a subtle banana, a light yeastiness, sugar sweetness, and a light hop bitterness on the finish. As I progressed I also noticed a slight alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly syrupy, and carbonation is low which produces a somewhat still feel.

Drinkability is moderate. Flavors are good and beer goes down smooth, but a bomber is plenty.

Photo of dmamiano
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Second time for me trying this beer...the first was out of a plastic cup going down the highway so I didnt want that to be my reviewed experience.
poured a nice golden color..small head with ample lacing.
Smelled of fruit, apples, pears..very rich with deep malts and the typical Belgian " bubble gum" nose.
Funny, upon tasting, i could almost taste some of there other beers in there as well...almost as if New Holland has a "house' flavor.
But this was good. Ripe pears and apples seemed to dominate balanced with a deep malty backbone.
Good beer.

Photo of ZimZamZoom
4.29/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice not-so-run-of-the-mill tripel.

Pretty clear golden color, with a bit of a white head.

Aroma of ripe bartlett pear, some minor hints of bubblegum that are by no means undesirable. Taste is sweet pear, some bubblegum and a nice subtle black pepper spice that makes this one pretty unique if you ask me.

Good body but surprisingly light in the mouth. This one will trick the unwary. Hides the alcohol pretty well.

This could be my go-to Belgian style tripel, a great beer from a great brewery.

Photo of DackAchan
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours an auburn gold with a very thin head. Laces very nicely though.

S- Some weak smells. Lemon, with a hint of a fruit.

T- Excellent taste. Lemon-fruit combination. Can't quite pin the fruit down. Very good combination of sweet taste from the fruit and bitterness of the lemon. Definative malt overtones to it all. Combo works well. Didn't have any alcohol taste that I could tell.

M- Medium bodied, not too much kick to it.

D- Gets better as the glass empties.

Photo of saintwarrick
3.03/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very pale orange, not much of a head although a white creamy lacing appears with a little agitation. Aroma is solid, very sweet sugars, peaches and some other fruit and a bit of a champagne undertone. Taste is fruity at first but eventually turns almost flat, the sweetness doesn't really stand up and most of the flavors really fade into a slight tartness with an oily, yeasty aftertaste. Not difficult to drink, but not that easy either.

Far better examples of the style out there and far better offerings from this brewery.

Photo of DrJay
3.35/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Received as part of BC2 from bax72. Thanks!
This beer was a hazy, dark gold with a tight, off-white cap of fine bubbles. Good head retention with lots of spotty lacing. The aroma was full of floral and spicy hops, a little lemony too, with bready, sweet malt and mild fruitiness. The flavour was dominated by malty caramel and sugary sweetness. It had a sharp alcohol and bitter flavour that didn't work well. The notes of grainy malt and fruity esters were nice though. Medium bodied with fine carbonation and light warmth. Other than weird things going on in the flavour, this beer is pretty good.

Photo of jspruit
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this from my brother when we met up for Thanksgiving in a 12oz bottle, although I’ve had it quite a few times previously in various forms. Pours a slightly hazy gold color with a pure white head that lasted a bit.

I think that it is a bit fruity & spicy upon first smell after pouring into the glass and then some malt & yeast tones come through-you get the feeling that it is a bit strong with some alcohol smells, but nothing overwhelming.

The fruitiness comes through initially upon taste after the smell and then the maltiness carries through as you taste it-I think that you can pick up a bit on the alcohol too, but not too much.

This isn’t a full beer to me, but there is plenty of taste and mouthfeel with some light carbonation & lacing in the glass as it goes down.

I think that this is a great New Holland beer and is very drinkable with plenty of taste and slightly dangerous as I could drink more and more of this!

Photo of BMoney575
3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on 11-4-07

Pours a cloudy, very pale yellow, with a small head that leaves behind huge rings of lacing.

Smell is surprisingly fruity, not as Belgiany as I expected. Very well balanced sweetness and hops.

Taste is very light, with lots of fruit and white wine flavors. A little yeasty, with a very unexpected hop character. Almost bitter on the finish, it keeps the sweetness from being too much. No noticeable alcohol.

Mouthfeel is good, right for a tripel but a bit thin for my tastes.

Drinkability is very good, the great balance makes the 9% abv a little scary.

Overall, not what I was expecting. Fruity and sweet, but bitter and very American. I like the take on the style.

Photo of crookedhalo
3.27/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a translucent golden color with a short-lived white head. Aroma is mostly malty and candi sugar sweet with notes of white nectarine, tangerine and hints of alcohol. Taste is mostly sweet with notes of fusel alcohols, Froot Loop-like fruitiness and and almost lagerish finish. Rather boring and one-dimensional, lacking any depth or complexity. Mouthfeel is pretty good with a decent carbonation level. Overall, it's not the worst U.S.-brewed tripel, just nothing really noteworthy. Maybe I'd try it again if I found it on-draught, otherwise, I'll pass.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of SS: Poured a clear and bright golden color ale with a big white foamy head with good retention and good lacing as well. Aroma of light peach with some sweet malt and light spice mix in the background. Taste is also a well balance mix between some light peaches, sweet malt and light spices (maybe some pepper) and a yeasty finish. Body is about average for the style with some great carbonation. Texture is not oily nor is sweetness cloying which was well appreciated. I thought this was very well done and probably underrated IMO.

Photo of BabaJohn
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black tulip tripel was pretty in two snifters I poured it into: very clear, golden, lager-like coloring with a slight hint of orange / red. Creamy head looked great from the start but faded quickly, maintaining a presence just around the edges of the glass throughout consumption. Black tulip had a clean nose but with some citrus and tangerine plus flowery hop aromas. First sip: very full, sweet body with citrus and tangerine persisting and some pleasant hops to round it out at the end. These characteristics were pretty much consistent for the whole glass, though the hop presence faded a bit. My main complaint would be that it seemed to lack a bit of complexity and didn’t change much as I drank. It did taste good with those buffalo steaks though.

Photo of Limberg316
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

It poured very clear and I was really suprised by this. It had a great pale golden color and when under the nose had a great sweet charactor to it. It was very easy to drink and felt very smooth in texture. I was most suprised with the clarity of the beer as it was not cloudy in any way. Also it had a great sweet tasting head to it that added abit of flavor of it's own.

Photo of jjayjaye
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
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
3.18/5  rDev -18.5%
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
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
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
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
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
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
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
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
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 -24.4%
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 -9.5%
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
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
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 -17.2%
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.

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