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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

513 Ratings

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Ratings: 513
Reviews: 262
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 13.59%
Wants: 31
Gots: 40 | 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: 513 | Reviews: 262
Photo of TurdFurgison
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of nlmartin
3.52/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of ypsifly
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Photo of goodbyeohio
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Photo of xgrigorix
3.64/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Photo of Sixpoint
3.33/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

Photo of RedHaze
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Photo of Frozensoul327
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Photo of carln26
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Photo of sopor
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Photo of jakester
2.95/5  rDev -24.4%
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.

Photo of nogoodreason
2.22/5  rDev -43.1%
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.

Photo of nortmand
3.3/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

Photo of putnam
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Caramel pie filling aromas emerge from this dim brassy liquid. The head is short, both in height and duration. A nice cocktail of bread crust bitterness and hard, caramel candy coated tropical fruit is lifted by hazelnut liqueur impressions. A little alcoholic to be drinkable.

Photo of ppoitras
2.85/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz bottle from NorthernTimber as part of The Easter BIF Bunny exchange. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a 1/2" off-white head above the bright golden brew. Head fades slowly down to layer of bubbles, with average to good lacing. Aroma is sweetness, tinged with some apricot and light spicing. Taste is dominated by almost cloying sweetness, coupled with the same light spicing that in the nose, and also joined by light fruitiness and a gooly amount of unmasked alcohol flavor, all sort of thrown at the taste buds at once. Mouthfeel is low carbonation over the tongue, not mention leaving a slick almost oily feeling. Drinkability is in the "why would I revisit this" category. Move along please, nothing much to see here...

Photo of karengarys
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours amber with a hint of light straw color and a hint of haziness. No head, just a 1mm ring that leaves a few foam pockets on the glass.

Smell is quite floral.

Taste is a sweet malt, honey, bananas, and a complex array of other spices I cannot dissect. The alcohol is VERY well hidden - usually the 9%abv drinks seem to make a point of the alcohol in the flavor, but not this one - the alcohol here is very subdued.

Mouthfeel is quite creamy.

Finish is fluffy nothingness. Really, it is amazing, it sort of just vanishes down the back of your throat.

This is a very good American trippel. Most American versions are nowhere near the authentic Belgian varities, but this one seems to be close. That aside, it is a very decent flavored beer worth trying no matter what style it is imitating. It is just a good drink! If you see it, GET IT!

Photo of Gaisgeil
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad little local tripel, quite tasty really. Pours a bright copper in color, slightly hazy with a respectable fizzy head. Nose is decidedly citrusy, orange peel mainly. Taste follows suit, citrusy, belgian sugar, a nice gain quality underneath.

Not the most complex tripel, but easily accessable and quite refreshing on a hot Michigan afternoon in front of the grill.


Photo of Brian700
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one pours a clear blonde color with a white head that has little retension. The aroma is of alcohol and belgian candy sugar. It almost smells like bubble gum. The taste is also of alcohol, candy sugar, esters ( apple, orange) also a little coriander. The mouthfeel is good. moderate carbonation, the alcohol lingers a bit and leaves you with that warmth on your palate. It's a pretty drinkable beer. I like it. It's not over the top good but definately an enjoyable brew by New Holland. The bottle I poured had an updated label as oppose to the one in the pic of this beer. It also says that it is 9% ABV. The posting here says it is unknown

Photo of beerinator
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear, golden beer. Nice rocky head when poured agressively. The head has good retention.

Aroma: Sweet fruit. Pears and apples abound. There is a hint of spice, but it's mostly dominated by fruit.

Taste: Sweet upfront to a drying alcohol laced twang in the finish. There is fruit in the flavor, but it's more subdued than expected from the aroma. The alcohol strength is apparent but not overpowering. The finish is dry and a bit of the fruit lingers on the tongue. There seems to be a bit of bitterness in the finish.

Notes: Good beer. Not necessarily my favorite trippel, but it's still very drinkable.

Photo of gimmehead
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: chill hazed orange peach with a very thin white head

Smell: yeasty bread, orange pith, banana, fruity esters, a little peppery

Taste: fruity apples and oranges, somewhat tart; spicy hops and a little yeasty, sour in the finish

Mouthfeel: medium full, light carbonation

Drinkability: sourness lingers on the palate creating the need for a good cleansing

This beer seems to be too one dimensional. Tons of tart fruityness and precious little sweetness to balance it out. I'm a fan of the New Holland High Gravity series but Black Tulip was a huge disappointment.

Photo of trancefishy
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

served: too cold

appearance: too pale, tiny crappy head with foamy large soap-like bubles that popped before i even made it to my reviewing-couch.

smell: sweet malts, very faint, little candy sugar. smells good save for how mild the smell is.

taste: mm, spiciness and some alcoholic kick. nice yeast taste, a bit unlike any other trippel i have had before. taste is a bit lacking though, but, what's there, is good. not terribly complex. aftertaste of port.

mouthfeel: a bit thin, especially for a trippel. it is creamy though, and has nice carbonation. drinkability is pretty good, easy going stuff.

a pretty simple, straightforward beer. nothing to dislike but it's not going to be sought after. i like it, i would invest in a 4 pack after trying this single. 8.49 a 4pack is not bad, i don't think, for this brew.

Photo of SupaCelt
2.93/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This Black Tulip shows up to the tasting with a pleasant golden honey colour. Carbonation can be seen rising up to the surface through the clear body. Clean stuff. There is no sediment to be visualized. A white, small bubbled head of less than a pinky's width billows and falls without so much as a howdy do. The lace trim slides down into the body as I drink, leaving no residual effect.

The smell is citrus acidity and yeasty malt. Sugar cane tones mingle about in the nose. The scent is stirring up memories of honey mead in a vague sense. I am unable to pick out the alcohol, which is somewhat of a surprise.

The taste is wild and spiced. Perhaps a bit clovey, but there is another spice in there too. Coriander maybe. This spice meets me upfront and is chased off by a drying effect into a peculiar sour. The finish is bittersweet. I cannot say with any shred of truth that I have enjoyed this beer. I had hopes.

Mouthfeel is as expected, but I am overcome by an urge to swallow promptly as the spice and sour start to become too unpleasant for me to relish the mouthfeel. Damn. I am going to throw the rest of this four banger in the basement, and wait to see if a miracle transmogrifies it into something a scosh more palatable over time.

Photo of walleye
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

from the bottle at cellar temp. poured a honey color with a white head.and some good lacing. aroma, floral, malts , yeast, hops, bread,some sweetness, alcohol. flavor floral , honey, malts, yeast, hops,a little citrus, with just a hint of alcohol. good beer.

Photo of winomark
2.9/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Nice, slightly cloudy golden appearance. Almost non-existent, bone white head. Candy sugar, tropical esters and mild malt on the nose. Sweet and sour palate. Sweet and sugary up front, with a sourness on the finish. Somewhat sweet throughout for a trippel. Sour, tart citrus(lemons and limes) on the finish. Flavorful, but not overpowering mouthfeel. Slightly bitter. A nice beer for the style. Lower drinkability, thanks to the bitter and sour finish. Worth a try, at least once. Thanks to Realale for this one.

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New Holland Black Tulip Trippel Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
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