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

Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Beautiful clear golden color with a firm fluffy cap of 1/2 finger.

Lots of yeasty aromas out front, with some slight medicinal alcohol, lemon rinds, hydrogen peroxide.

Flavor is much better with rich yeast, banana, clove, bubble gum, and cleaning alcohol. Slight phenolic and blueberry character.

Heavy carbonation hits and leaves with some dry alcohol burn.

Overall this is a solid beer worthy of a whole 4 pack purchase. Well executed.

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Photo of dillivered
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have to go with the bros on this one. With the possible exception of a beer I sank into a nonsensical pile of drunken 'Mmm's over somewhere in Boulder right before my memory stopped accepting new entries, this is in fact my favorite beer in the world. To each their own, so, don't knock me until you've sipped it yourself.

4.5 across the board. I'm only leaving room for the future yeast unicorns I hope to one day wrangle. I'm no loyalist. If something can top the experience I have draining these delicious Black Tulips, I will proceed to move Black Tulips down my list. Until then, this stuff is my god. Please note the lower case 'g', fanatics, thank you.

Look: It looks like an innocent American "Lite" beer, but with a nice rich ring of foam consisting of near microscopic bubbles around the glass. Right after the pour, the foam is thin but fairly persistent. With a beer like this I don't think you want too much foam, it would be in the way, so it's perfect as far as I'm concerned. As you drink, it recedes to the edges.

Smell: Intoxicating. New Holland Brewery says hint of rock candy and bananas, and they mean it. It starts with the smell and...

Taste: You get the bananas and rock candy from nose to swallow, almost right up to the end. Others mentioned things like lemon grass, and I think that is probably accurate. What I will say is that it is not a wheat beer kind of fruity, and it is not an IPA kind of floral. It is just unique.

Feel: It feels like the petal of a Black Tulip. That is the best way I can put it. If you have ever touched a tulip petal with your finger, translate that into a liquid gliding over your tongue. That, to me, is an absolutely precise description.

Some concessions. While this is my favorite beer and all of its quirks are god to me, you may not like the strength of the fumes in your nose if you're sensitive to alcohol. I am not sure how to explain that, but it is a "high gravity" ale and the alcohol tingle in your nose could distract you, but to be honest it doesn't compare to the alcohol burn of liquor, so if you don't have a problem with liquor you are just not going to complain. There is a bitterness that will linger on your tongue, but those of you who enjoy heavy hops probably will not be distracted by that. There is a bit of a tang to it that could distract those who don't like any hint of citrus in their beers.

Black Tulip... Is my beer god.

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Photo of EMV
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Delerium Tremens tulip

L: Pours a cloudy medium golden color. Three fingers of foamy white lacing leave a boatload of lacing.

S: Ripe fruit and Belgian yeast... peach, banana, clove, and apricot. Phenolic and spicy.

T/F: Very complex flavor... lots of fruit and spice, with pineapple and apricot. Lemongrass, clove, and coriander. Great carbonation. A bit zesty on the tongue and medium in body. A reasonable dose of hop bitterness and citrus at the finish.

O: Probably the best American Tripel I've tasted. Great quality and depth of flavor, and this beer really hit the spot.

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Photo of azurel
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2016 version of New Holland Black Tulip
Poured into a tulip, pours a cloudy golden color, egg white thin head that dissipates quickly.

Aroma is wet hay, horse blanket,underlying sweetness, spice, pear, banana. Typical of style....

Taste is sweet, spicy reminiscent of clove, pepper, sense of pear, banana light alcohol on the finish.

Mouth feel is full, carbonation is fine spritzie... A decent Belgian triple....

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2015 vintage; drank 3/23/15 @ the Yarchives.

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

See-through pale orange appearance.

White head; strong lace.

Banana, clove, mild black pepper & faint orange citrus notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Banana & mild honey flavors up front; apple cider notes on the finish. Black pepper bite settled on my lips over the course of the session. Flavorful & not very boozy. I don't love the style but this was nice!

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Photo of Smk54
4.41/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber into tulip glasses. Hazy deep copper color with off white head that quickly dissipated into lots of rings of lacing. Strong champagne yeast notes. Lots of malt. Smooth. Maybe the smoothest ale I've ever tasted. Caramel and coffee. I do not get sweetness, but there is certainly no bitterness.
This is a real treat. I hope to pick up some more soon!

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Photo of Raime
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New Holland Black Tulip.

New Holland has always been one of my favorite breweries. Still think Mad Hatter is one of the best IPAs of all time. Usually these guys do a pretty solid job on almost everything they pump out of those tanks. Tonight has been a rather disappointing, though not terrible time for beer. Enough talk, can't wait to feel the 9% ABV of this one creeping through my veins.

Look - From the twelve ounce bottle directly into a pint glass. Pours a murky copper with a finger and a half of thick slighlty off white head that sticks around for quite some time thus far. Brew appears to be slightly murky in nature. Carbonation is high, rushing like soldiers on a battlefield in midevial times towards their enemies and moving with enough haste to give Usain Bolt a run for his money. Lacing is sticky on nature though quite spotty.

Smell - Classic Tripel wet hay and horse blanket nose on the get go. Followed by some fruity esters that appear to be plum and ripened apple in nature. Smidge of cherry esque sweetness amd a touch of darkness to round things out. Almost smells like a Dubbel meet a Tripel and they had sexual intercourse and produced this thing. Guess somebody forgot the condoms.

Taste - Big dosages of sweet, and I mean sweeeeet banana esters ln this taste profile. Some sweet and nearly dark breads make an appearance as well and I'm given something that almost comes off as cherry in nature. Alcohol is ever present as you'd expect for a brighter higher than your average bear ABV beer. The horse blanket and hay aspects also make themselves noticed. Tastes like a farmer grew some bananas and covered them in a horse blanket on the rainy days. Boom, gimme a medal.

Feel - Body is moderate and highly creamy due to the fact the head retains so well. Carbonation remains very light and the beer swallows easy with a moderate level of alcohol being prevelant. Letting the beer sit reveals more sweetness, though it never once becomes cloying to the taste buds or in general.

Overall - I liked this one. Definitely one of my favorite Tripels. One thing I noticed about this beer is that you need to plug your nose while drinking it to really ignore that monster dextrine dosage as it goes down the gullet. Tastes better than it smells but it doesn't smell too bad either. The alcohol is present as expected for the ABV, But I could have another assuming I don't need to go anywhere anytime soon. Wouldn't call it sessionable, but good drinking at the least.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle to two tulips for a split. Golden in color, with a light ring of head that's gone in no time. Active carbonation. Aroma and taste square with the style, hits all the right notes. However, there is a strong boozy heat flavor that is overpowering at first that vanishes after a little while.

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Photo of pat61
4.73/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had on tap at the Pig & Fiddle and from a 12 oz. bottle.
L: Pours brilliant amber under a 2” clingy white to cream colored persistent foam collar.
S: Smells like a springtime meadow with a floral, herbal earthiness.
T: Slightly sweet, fruit, caramel, traces of chocolate, hint of banana, citrus, lightly tart, traces of root beer.
F: Very smooth and creamy, medium full body, slightly above medium carbonation.
O: A big, full flavored, complex easy to drink beer.

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Photo of 303beer
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy light copper color. Not much head to it. Light sweet smell. Tastes good. Little sweet to start and a touch of alcohol then turns to a nice malt kinda bready. Like it. Oh and this page says the abv is 9 %. Says very clear on the label 10.5%

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Photo of ElevinoFive
4.9/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a table-talking, house-dividing, "sit down and let's take another look" beer. It's proof that beer snobbery is not a "real" thing, but rather a difference in palate. Oh- and it tastes ideal just below room temp and you need only order one.

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Photo of StoneTSR
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: Poured into a tulip a 14 oz. tulip glass and the eggshell white foam crowned a couple of millimeters over the rim. Head retention is pretty good, especially, the last 25% of it, which really lingered a long time, maybe 5-7 minutes or so. The beer underneath is very slightly hazy and a touch darker of a shade of orange than many other Tripels I’ve had. The lacing is gorgeous, cathedral-like, but still with good coverage.

SMELL: The pineapple in here is strong. Floral notes and vanilla round it out along with peach, banana, apricot and maybe a touch of orange.

TASTE: Lots going on in Black Tulip. For starters, the fruity esters of the Belgian yeast come through in a big way with banana, a little strawberry and some clove-like spice. As the beer warms some honey and darker fruits make an appearance. Some hops provide a little balance and some of that vanilla, peach and pineapple from the nose come through to round it out.

MOUTHFEEL: Solidly sweet through most of the sip with a finish that is drying, although it remains on the sweeter side. The contrast from start to finish, though, creates a very slight puckering. The carbonation is middle of the road and provides just the right amount of tickle on the tongue.

OVERALL: This beer has been in our market for a little while now and I passed it up, but I will certainly be reaching for it again. It would normally be a little on the sweet side for me, but the delicious blend of fruits, vanilla, honey and hops make this very drinkable.

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Photo of alienlifeforcecube
3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I like what New Holland is up to. This trippel is right within what they are trying to do - give good quality beer at an affordable price. This trippel is almost like a hazy lager in color. Smells like a trippel. Nice flavor but a bit boozy. Overall nicely done.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy golden yellow with a one-finger off-white head. The head dissapates quickly leaving some spotty soapy lacing.

S - Aromas of biscuity malts, Belgian yeast, and candied sugar.

T - The flavor is apple, pear, banana, candied sugar, and cloves. The alcohol is not noticeable at all.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Very smooth mouthfeel with a crisp finish.

O - This is a nice Tripel. The flavors tend to be on the sweeter side masking any of the alcohol. This is dangerously drinkable.

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Photo of shigg85
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Read the BA's comments and did a tasting versus Westmalle -- not even a contest. Very different tripels, especially in ingredients and smells, and overall this came out to seem like a sweetened American something trying to be Belgian but that really loses its energy as it warms up (unlike most of the good Belgians that get funkier and more complex as they warm).

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Photo of mzingie
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very small head but it manages to retain itself for much longer than one would expect from a triple. The color is cloudy and pale, not the most attractive beer I've seen. The smell is strong and sharp cutting through your nostrils with sharp chemical like times. My impression on this beer was low until I took my first sip that completely turned my impression upside down. Screaming eatery notes of bananna and fruit with a beautifully pleasant mouthfeel that is both creamy and sharp. Incredibly complex blend of esters with very subtle notes of good that are hardly identifible. Very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of --Dom--
4.48/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is phenomenal. Period. When I think of what I'd like in a Belgian golden, this beer checks all my boxes. I don't always want a sweet beer, but I drink predominately 1 and 2x Ipa's. So once in a while I want something sweeter, more fruity, but not quite as dense as an imperial stout, I go for a Belgian golden. I personally cannot understand any rating under a 4 for this beer. Candy and some clove in the nose. Sweetness up front that melts into ripe banana and almost a sweet green apple. Very minimal alcohol heat, although the one I'm drinking is over a year old so that may have mellowed out. Awesome beer.

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Photo of nelsonhf
4.09/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: dark golden, clear; smell: a bit sweet, some Esther; taste: typical triple, a hint of sweetness, a touch of banana aftertaste, no bitterness, can perceive the alcohol; fell: very smooth

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Photo of bborche
4.59/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is surprisingly a good tripel with no aftertaste. If i did a blind taste test, i would have guessed allagash or ommegang. It is very smooth and drinkable. I was sad when the beer was gone.

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Photo of mchegash
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - 3.75/5
Pours a fairly clear medium orange. Minimal to no head. Small amount of carbonation bubbles rising at an average rate to the top. I would have liked to see more head on this beer. Also, with a name like 'Black Tulip' I was expecting the beer to be a little darker in color.

Smell - 4.25/5
Smells of breadiness and fruitness (berries, bananas, apples). Another sweet flavor (carmalized sugar?) which I am assuming is the beet sugar. Some alcohol smell. Overall, a very nice and complex smell.

Taste - 4/5
Taste is quite sweet. Tastes of carmalized sugar, berries, alcohol, general fruitiness. Overall, fairly tasty

Mouthfeel - 4/5
Light to medium in body, more on the creamy side. There is a light amount of medium-intensity carbonation.

Overall - 4/5
This is a fairly good beer, perhaps a little bit too sweet for my tastes, but that sweetness is generally part of the Tripel style. This seems to me like a good beer to drink in the winter/holiday months, with it's candy-like sweetness, and high ABV. I'm glad I got a 4-pack of these and will be sure to save at least one or two for the upcoming winter.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. Bottleneck says D174.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Drippy resilient lacing.

S- Belgian yeast aroma that surprisingly reminds me more of the Trappist yeast strain than your standard Belgian strain. Has more of that dark fruit and white grape must sort of aroma. Slightly boozy.

T- Taste is also more like a Trappist tripel with fruity esters abound as well as some spice, apple and pear notes and a subdued alcohol presence. And, at 10.5% ABV, you'd better be careful with it. Alcohol is insanely well masked.

M- Somewhat creamy with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- Very pleasantly surprised with this one since New Holland is usually nothing to scream about. This has become one of my favorites of theirs, second only to Dragon's Milk.

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Photo of ronricorossi
4/5  rDev +3.6%

pulled a bottle as an extra in a trade, thanks Pedaldownthefoothill

I thought I'd chill this down a bit, so I threw it in the freezer. Completely forgot about it. Today, a day later, I suddenly remembered and pulled it out in a panic. What better time to try it, right?

Now THAT's a cold beer. Ha, it has a thickness to the body that maybe is a result of its deep freeze? It loosened up quickly enough. It's got the haziness of a belgian tripel, smells a little like pineapples behind the belgian yeast, and boozy. Really nice.

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Photo of KFBR392
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: pours with a slight head on even an aggressive pour. The color is a light orange color with a cloudy body. Active carbonation is negligible.

Smell: Spices, white pepper, and banana warm on the front. Peppercorns, straw, and bready yeast debut on the body. Wheat and belgian yeast accents are prevalent. Nothing overpowering any other accents, well rounded and very well executed.

Taste: Oranges, citrus, and barley open up to the drinker. Peppercorns, spices, and leafy greens really blitz the palate and shine bright. Full bodied cloves with compliments of ripe bananas show up on the back end and ride into the finish. Some pepper and lingering yeast dance on the palate. Slight sting of booze on the finish as well.

Mouthfeel: The booze is felt but only on the finish and even then its nothing offensive. Creamy malts, and interesting hop notes keep the drinker going back.

Overall: One of the better tripels I've had from an american brewery. New Holland always does a good job of executing their styles. The booze is well integrated and many traditional tones shine through.

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Photo of Zach136
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Deep yellow body, rocky white head excellent lacing.

S - Moderate intensity clove and banana, light leather/tobacco notes as well.

T - Moderate-high intensity spice/fruit notes.

M - Medium-light bodied and refreshing. Solid dash of boozy warmth.

O - A standard text book tripel, not positive why it's 50% more expensive than other text book American made triples... but I digress.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.37/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up in Totowa last week, having never had this before. I hadn't had a beer from New Holland in quite some time but all of the ones that I enjoyed previously were well worth the money I spent on them, and this was no exception. The balance was great, the mouthfeel addictive, and the alcohol was well-hidden. The hardest part of reviewing this was pacing myself to ensure that I had some left by the time I finished writing this!

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New Holland Black Tulip Trippel Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
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