Black Tulip Belgian-Style Tripel Ale | New Holland Brewing Company

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Black Tulip Belgian-Style Tripel AleBlack Tulip Belgian-Style Tripel Ale
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Black Tulip Belgian-Style Tripel AleBlack Tulip Belgian-Style Tripel Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
newhollandbrew.com

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-09-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#7,153
Reviews:
289
Ratings:
638
pDev:
13.04%
Bros Score:
4.49
 
 
Wants:
48
Gots:
89
Trade:
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Photo of tone77
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of fruits, yeast. Taste is fruity, banana stands out, spices, some yeast, alcohol is making it's presence felt. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

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Photo of 1971bernat
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Carron76
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 04/11/2017.
This was poured into a chalice.
The appearance was a nice golden copper color with a nice looking transparency about it. Finger's worth of white foamy head that cut off at a decent pace. Moderate sticky lace clung at the sides nicely.
The aroma arranged finely a mixture of sweet red delicious apples, some banana sweetness, crushed cloves, "iced" coriander, light floral hop bits, and a delicate tropical fruity estery underscore.
The flavor was mildly sweet enveloping the apples, some Belgian yeast, tropical fruits, banana and the floral hop qualities. Spices such as the clove and coriander were a bit lighter and seemingly well meshed. Aftertaste was mild, yet semi-apple-like with the clove and a delicate tropical fruitiness.
The mouthfeel was semi-dry with a clenching grip of the spice, semi-harsh, but not invasive. I'd say this was between light and medium bodied making this a bit more of a so-called "session Tripel" if that's such a thing. Carbonation did feel fine. ABV felt as projected.
Overall, pretty nice as a Tripel, a bit Americanized, but the aromas and flavors are what really shined in this one.

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Photo of BenHoppy
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of confer
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of runeatdrink
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of woodychandler
4.14/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

My last beer of New Beer Sunday (Week 664). It began as an Atwater Brewery horizontal, but as the day wore on, it morphed into a New Michigan Beer Sunday.

From the bottle: "Elusive, mysterious, and alluring. Hints of banana lie within layers of fruity esters which are balanced by a slight spiciness and a drying sweetness."; "Pairings: Melon, Berries, Semi-Hard Cheese, and Ginger."

Having Pop!ped the last cap of the day & feeling the fatigue that accompanies all of it, I went with a slow, gentle pour followed by an in-glass swirl. This last raised just under two fingers of dense, foamy, bone-white head with moderate retention, slowly falling away to form some decent lacing. Color was Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, > 7) with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled like blackened bananas! Lest you think that I am kidding, I was in the S.F. Bay Area in the late-1980s as foodies became prevalent. I remember one columnist asking "Why must I have blackened redfish? Why can't I have reddened blackfish?", alluding to the practice of encrusting everything in black pepper before cooking. This tasted like a banana encrusted in black pepper! Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was even more peppery than the nose with the banana at a close second. Phew! Finish was intensely dry. Hey, I have an idea - next time, let's douse it in brandy, set it aflame & serve it as "Black Bananas Tulip Foster"? Phew.

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Photo of MJ64
4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MJSFS
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RochefortChris
3.34/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of bplabernie
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JeffSK
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jwilcox767
4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Cloudy light tan/orange hue, finger of head that sticks around.
S - Typical Belgian yeast up front, a little bit of spice, vanilla.
T - Great tropical notes on top of the typical Belgian tripel yeast and hop profile. Hard to pinpoint the other elements.
M - Excellent, medium/full bodied. Warmth from the alcohol.
O - A great take on a Belgian tripel by an American brewer. I'll drink it anytime and I have no idea why it is currently 'only' an 87...

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Photo of BlackYoda
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sweet banana front. Bread middle. Dark spice back. Dry. Light medium body and carbonation. Clear golden color. Low head. Good lacing. Consistent experience from beginning to end.

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Photo of Danmullens1
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JohnTurano
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled 4/11/17, orange and black label, 8.8% abv.

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Photo of fern22
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dillinger
4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Determined419
4.39/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mindcrime1000
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a single-serve into a tulip.

My only gripe with New Holland's takes on Belgians is how clear they are. This one is no exception--it's uncommonly clear for the style. Still, it's a very nice looking beer. A beautiful copper-gold color, with a fast-dissipating head, but some awesome lacing.

The aromas are pretty complex for an American take. Floral notes are immediately apparent, with apple, light-fleshed stone fruit, tropical esters and vanilla. Classic white pepper aromas also present. Not intense, but pretty balanced.

The flavor is--pretty dang smooth, and pretty darn spot on. It may not "look" like a tripel, but it sure tastes like a native-son. The classic Belgian sweetness is there, but white pepper, some solid but not bitter hops, and phenolic notes (clove/allspice) show up too. The booze is "there" but more as a "warmth" than a bite. Not offputting. Pretty tasty.

The mouthfeel is probably the best aspect. Medium bodied, well-carbonated, and crisp and light at the finish. Eminently drinkable, especially considering the 9% ABV.

I'm probably not as "HIGH" on this one as some others are but, then, I'm a Belgian style "snob." That said, for an American take, this is a damn-fine representation of the tripel style.

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Photo of _nickg_
3.81/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lobos62
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of agrinnell
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Wizzle32
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Black Tulip Belgian-Style Tripel Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 638 ratings
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