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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

505 Ratings

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Ratings: 505
Reviews: 262
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 13.88%
Wants: 30
Gots: 39 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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Photo of carln26
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
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
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
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 -24.2%
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
2.2/5  rDev -43.4%
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
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%
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 -6.2%
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
2.83/5  rDev -27.2%
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
4.28/5  rDev +10%
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
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
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
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
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 jasonpeckins32
1.88/5  rDev -51.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Pours a transparent copper color with little to no head retention at all. The aroma is of very rich, sweet malts with a little bit of fruits, maybe oranges and peaches lingering in the background. The initial taste is of nice sweet malts. This is followed by hints of oranges, and a strange and sour "are you sure its supposed to taste like that?" flavor. I'm not too familiar with this style of brew, so hopefully my rating is not too biased. The mouthfeel was VERY slick and oily and was quite shy on the carbonation. The oily mouthfeel really made it difficult to convince myself to take the next sip. I was not impressed and will probably not be trying this one again. Maybe its more of the style that I dont care for instead of the beer.

Photo of beerinator
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
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
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
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
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
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 -24.7%
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
3.93/5  rDev +1%
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 -25.4%
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.

Photo of clvand0
3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Interesting, the bottles I got had a completely different label than the one posted. Beer pours a light orange color with a very small head that leaves no lacing on the glass. The aroma was spicy and fruity. The flavor was sweet and malty with some fruits and spice. It's nice, but something about this one didn't agree with my taste buds. Finish is very dry and the mouthfeel is moderate. Not highly drinkable in my opinion because of the oddness that I can't point out.

Photo of kmpitz2
3.35/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a yellowish orange, without much head. The nose is very sweet...spot on for the style in my opinion. The flavor is really cool. It starts out nice and sweet, goes to a slightly puckering sour on swallowing it, then mellows out on the finish to leave a nice zesty lemony aftertaste. The mouthfeel is a little thin for me. Drinkability is just okay. With the tartness, the drinkability suffers. I don't think I would get this again, but its worth a try. An interesting take on the style.

Photo of Realale
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Full slightly hazy brass. Fine fluffy white head settles to a complete cap.

Fresh bread with subtle gumfruit aromas. A nice kick of phenolic spice. Nice tripel nose.

Medium weight in the mouth, but comes across quite rich. Good doughy malt with a soft spiciness in the background. Solid, although the alcohol shows a bit as it warms.

Very soft fluffy carbonation lets the richness of the malt come across. Deftly balanced, but could use a bit more acidic spine to slim it down. Quite tasty.

Photo of ken3c
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy. Good sized head is fed by many bubbles. The head reduces to a lumpy layer and laces the glass intensely.

Smells citrusy and a little fruity. Spices are also evident

Taste is mostly sweet ripe pineapple up front and smooth bitterness in back. There are also some tropical fruit and vanilla notes as well as other spices. As the bitterness recedes, the pineapple remains in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is very tingly, medium body and slightly warming.

Yes, I'd like another. Not today, but definately soon.

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden/orange hued, general haze, with a capable cap of foam holding down the fort.
Aroma is a muted blast of sweet and sour, citrus, and sugar, yeast aplenty, more fruits speaking their peace, from pineapple to banana...interesting...
Taste: big mouthfeel at the fore, quickly spreads all along the palate, but feels ultimately mild. Full-on fruity, with tantalizing spice, as well. Me, I'm liking it. Could be bigger, could be better, but I'm content with it. Still searching for that "tulip-dusting" taste in this, though.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

New Holland's Black Tulip delivers a satiating combination of semi-sweet, lightly grainy malt and a mildly tart, yeasty fruitiness. It's hazy yellow gold body displays some very fine bubbles rising steadily towards its short, creamy cap of bright white froth. The nose delivers the sweetish, honey-like malt that the flavor delivers, and it's a bit candyish as well as lightly fruity. It's delicately crisp across the palate with a fine, moderate carbonation and medium-light body. The 9% alcohol is never really apparent; and a limited bitterness balances it quite nicely in the flavor along with it's subtle tartness. It finishes dry and refreshing with some spiciness upfront and lingering notes of candy and fruit left in the back of the mouth. Quite possibly New Holland's best offering to date; this is one to try!

Photo of shippos
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

courtesy of mentor via BIF10 team perfect.

pours a slightly hazey yellow witha a average white head. sweet sugary aroma witha zesty citrusy aromas, oranges, lemons and corriander, pepper in there as well. wonderfully texture and body to this beer, slightly thick and chewy at first but the carbonation cuts through it and releases and abundance of citrus flavors and spices as well as some hops mingling with the other flavors. I find it very hard to believe this was 9%, extremely well hidden even if it's not typical for the style. one hell of damn excellent brew. very highly drinkable but looking at the other reviews leaves me wondering if they have some quality control issues.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.5/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Significantly murky yellow-gold with a fair amount of carbonation speeding up to an ivory hued, tight-bubbled head. I gave this one a gentler pour than usual because I didn't want to add any of the dark chunks from the bottom of the bottle. As a result, the head started out small and isn't lasting as long as it might have. Still, there's a better than average amount of intricate lace.

Black Tulip smells like a tripel should, only it's more subdued than I like and smells faintly sour. Sweet honeyish malt is made a little more complex by a spicy fruitiness. Clove in particular stands out. The flavor profile starts out on solid footing, but changes near the halfway point to something altogether different and more than a little disturbing.

Initially, the taste buds register flavors of candi sugar-laden pale malt and clove spice, the classic (classically pedestrian in this case) tripel lineup. The beer then makes an abrupt turn into overwhelmingly sour, pungent nastiness. This is one of the few beers from a reputable brewer that doesn't pass the 'involuntary grimace test' and is, therefore, a drain pour. The body is a trifle too thin for the style.

This beer is, by far, New Holland's worst offering. I won't recount its failings, but suffice it to say that Black Tulip Trippel Ale isn't worth your time or your money. I can't imagine that I'll drink a worse tripel anytime in the foreseeable future.

New Holland Black Tulip Trippel Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 505 ratings.