Black Tulip
New Holland Brewing Company

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Style:
Tripel
Ranked #52
ABV:
9%
Score:
88
Ranked #10,931
Avg:
3.95 | pDev: 12.66%
Reviews:
296
Ratings:
652
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New Holland Brewing Company
 
Michigan, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  50
Gots
  89
SCORE
88
Very Good
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Keepnitrl from Washington

3.36/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

8.8% ABV

Jul 09, 2017
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rrski198 from Georgia

2.26/5  rDev -42.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer is a sugary mess! Not sure why it's classified as a Belgian trippel. Little head that dissipated quickly. The Belgian phenolic funk is subdued on the nose. Sweet... Didn't the yeast convert the sugar??? No attenuation. Will not buy again.

Dec 29, 2013
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Jason from Massachusetts

4.49/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz brown bomber with no freshness date to be found.

A- Hazed dusty golden color, thin lacing with a bit of stickage on the glass.

S- A kiss of phenols up front with higher alcohol aromas of vanilla, rose water and pineapple. Apple peachy fruitiness mixes well with a honey-like pale malt.

T&M- Crisp and smooth with a creamy back-end, medium body and the carbonation is spot on. Light on the phenols with more of an herbal rather than medicinal character. A little clove spiciness. Ample hops lay down some bitterness, light honey malt sweetness and a warming alcohol all seem to mesh well together. Alcohol is a tad hot though there are no crazy fusel qualities ... clean solvent maybe. Mild apple and pineapple fruitiness, finishes dry.

D- Damn, it is about time I had an other American brewed Tripel that rivals Belgian brewed Triples. I'll have to save my other bottle and pit this one against Westmalle next time. Very enjoyable to say the least.

Jul 10, 2006
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gmfessen from Michigan

4.6/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a slightly hazy, pale golden color with a white creamy-looking head. Smell is sweet with Belgian sugar but at the same time has a nice hop presence, slightly citrusy/piney. Being a tripel, I expected a bit of alcohol and this was definitely the case. The taste does do a pretty good job of covering the alcohol until the very end. It starts out much like the smell, sweet with Belgian sugar and a bit of spice, transitioning to the hop presence and finishes very dry and with a definite strong alcohol bite. After a few drinks into the beer, the alcohol presence isn't as noticeable. The mouthfeel is fairly light in body but it has a dense carbonation that makes the beer feel heavier. Drinks like a light beer with awesome taste. I have to say I am very impressed with this beer, especially after trying their Blue Goat which I thought wasn't very impressive at all.

Mar 07, 2007
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pandow from Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Nov 12, 2014
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JustinOSU99 from Massachusetts

3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
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...

Jul 06, 2007
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srv33 from Michigan

3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden pour, great lacing, strong scent of banana, clove, and sourdough. Taste much the same with a bit of cinammon and malt. Well balanced thick mouthfeel. Not a bad Tripel, though pales in comparison to Final Absolution, another excellent Michigan Tripel.

Jun 30, 2012
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bushbeer75 from Michigan

4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz brown bottle -vintage 2013

New Holland Black Tulip Tripel Ale poured a cloudy orange/gold that produced a white 1 1/2 finger head that faded slowly leaving nice foamy lacing on all sides of my tulip glass. The aroma and taste are dominated by apples, bananas, sweet beet sugar, and yeast. There is a pleasant peppery dry spice at the finish. The mouth feel is medium, with medium carbonation and a little sticky.

Black Tulip is very flavorful and easy to drink. A good American Tripel, brewed I am proud to say, in Michigan.

Nov 22, 2013
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oceanside from Ohio

4/5  rDev +1.3%

Nov 15, 2013
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atsprings from North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a Duvel snifter a nice hazy bubbly pale orange with a thin eggshell head that diminishes to a ring and leaves spotty lacing. Aroma is nice amount of sweet malts and decent spice. The taste is an intriguing blend of sweet malt, rock candy and nice spice with slight sweet fruits. The beer is medium bodied with some alcohol presence, but the 9% well hidden. This is a very respectable American brewed Tripel.

Jun 07, 2009
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amishbooze from Michigan

5/5  rDev +26.6%

Jul 10, 2012
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metter98 from New York

3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color. It poured with a short white head that died down, leaving wispy lacing on the surface and a partial collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Sweet aromas of candi sugars are present in the nose along with hints of Belgian yeast and bananas.
T: Like the smell, the taste is relatively sweet from the strong body of candi sugars and also has notes of bananas. Hints of bubble gum are noticeable in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer seems to be rather sweet for the style but hides its alcohol a rather well from the taste.

Jun 29, 2014
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SDG1070 from Ohio

4/5  rDev +1.3%

Jun 01, 2013
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adammills from Michigan

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bit suprised by this one. Poured from a 22oz into a pint glass, was expecting it to be a bit darker, pale gold. Nice solid head leaving heavy lacing. The smell is very sweet almost honey, not so much fruity. I was not expecting such a strong hop flavor from this beer. It is not all hop by any strech of the imagination but I think they may be too strong for the style, almost grassy. Very smooth, no alcohol tinge at all. I am really enjoying this beer though. Would buy again.

Oct 28, 2006
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kbrown from Ohio

4/5  rDev +1.3%

May 17, 2013
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Goldfoot from Michigan

5/5  rDev +26.6%

Dec 16, 2011
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StophJS from Michigan

4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Just dropped into New Holland the other day and they had this one on tap. I had no idea New Holland was making a Trippel, and I've got to say that this is by far the best American made Trippel I've come across. It's one to legitimately stand up alongside Westmalle.

This brew has that great golden clarity of a good clean Trippel. The smell is sweet, with the usual Belgian spice perhaps a bit more subdued and balanced with banana than in some other Trippels. The taste follows the nose, with a great balance of sweetness, spice, and thirst quenching crispness. I didn't notice much in the way of alcoholic hotness.

This may have been specific to this batch, but there was one peculiar characteristic that turned me off a bit. The carbonation and crispness seems to suddenly die as this brew is in your mouth, and gives way to a sort of flat slickness on the tongue. It's almost as if there was a diacetyl problem. Somehow when I went back the next day, I didn't notice it as much, but this is likely just because I had already experienced it.

In any case, this is probably my favorite offering at New Holland now, and definitely the best American Trippel I've had.

Oct 06, 2013
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deebo from Michigan

3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at blackbird Café
A cloudy dark golden with two fingers of off-white head
S yeasty with banana esters dominant malt is bread like and slightly sweet
T nice yeasty ester punch-a bit banana like, a spicy finish, not bitter-hops are more subdued than most
M plenty of malt backbone, mod/high carbonation, a little warming from the alcohol but it is well covered up
D high given the abv
O I like this trippel nice body, nice flavored. Drinks a bit like a souped up hefeweizen

Jun 15, 2012
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shade13

3/5  rDev -24.1%

Jul 25, 2012
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jeff96gt from Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

May 25, 2013
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KFBR392 from Illinois

3.83/5  rDev -3%
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.

Aug 05, 2014
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morimech from Minnesota

3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2012 Vintage in 12oz bottle

Pours a clear bronze color with barely one finger of head that settled to a thinc cap. Moderate amount of spotty lacing is left down the glass. See this as filtered and force carbonated.

Enjoyable aroma. The label claims estery and the beer delivers. Fruity smell of bananas, pears, and some vinous qualities. Maybe some apricot and a touch of clove spice as well. Alcohol is detectable.

Solid flavor but not as nuanced as the Belgian greats. Fruity, dry, and some floral notes, mostly banana and pears. Alcohol is a large contributor to the flavor with a warm finish. It chases away the more subtle flavors. Not the best finish as it is boozy and very dry.

Medium body with nice carbonation. Good overall texture.

Good example of a tripel, but at the cost I would be better off buying St. Bernardus or Chimay White.

Jun 16, 2012
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Rmatuszak2 from Illinois

4/5  rDev +1.3%

Jan 28, 2013
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TastyIsBeer from Illinois

3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

May 17, 2015
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fredmugs from Indiana

3/5  rDev -24.1%

Jul 22, 2013
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