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

Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Belgian Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Ratings: 651 |  Reviews: 292
Reviews by divineaudio:
Photo of divineaudio
3.76/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

22oz bomber poured into a tulip.

pours a very attractive hazy gold color with a foamy, white, one finger head. head retention is good; calms slowly to a thin film with chunky lacing.

smell is spicy with notes of clove and banana. pale malts come through with a grassy character.

taste follows nose but gives you much more. apple and banana notes hit first followed by hop bitterness and finish off with a honey like malt sweetness that lingers. alcohol content is noticeable in the finish but doesn't overpower other flavors.

mouthfeel is pretty good. carbonation makes this one feel light and creamy and also gives the flavors a little kick.

drinkability is really the only part that suffers here. black tulip is delicious no doubt, but it's definitely a sipping beer. i think you'd be hard pressed to have more than one or two of these, especially so if you have a bomber.

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Photo of rrski198
2.26/5  rDev -42.2%
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.

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Photo of Jason
4.49/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.72/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Chalky hazed peach gold with a sticky thin lacing. Nose is grapefruit candy, lemongrass, light German hops, yeasts, and sweet fruits, pineapple? Taste is tropical, lightly tart, and very fruity. Ends bitter and lemony. Medium, nicely bitter/tart mouthfeel. Not terribly drinkable.

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Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dacubz
5/5  rDev +27.9%

Photo of bdkucharski
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of gleason_usmc
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of warnerry
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of nelsonhf
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
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 kaiyote
4.29/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Billolick
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber bottle, without freshness/bottling info. Pours hazy straw in color, the off white head is long lasting and leaves nice looking fine light sheeting and stringy lacing. Spiced up nose, with some pepper, and coriander. Love the style,and this version is full of of more pepper, bubble gum and more coriander. Sweet, flowery and tasty in general. Moderate grainy hops late provide some balance. nice, approachable Tripel from New Holland.

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Photo of tigg924
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, hazy, gold in color, moderate carbonation

Smell: peaches and citrus

Taste: sweet apple, pineapple, yeast, and Belgian spices

Mouthfeel: sweet with a funkiness, heavy bodied with medium-low carbonation

Overall: A nice and citrusy tripel. I would not mind trying this one with a bit of aging. Tasty, but I have had better in the style. Certainly worth a try, but I will reach for other favorites first.

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Photo of reitzbrewing
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of lostandwandering
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of alienlifeforcecube
3.81/5  rDev -2.6%
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 jakester
2.95/5  rDev -24.6%
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.

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Photo of deebo
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
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

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Photo of pat61
4.73/5  rDev +21%
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 Osiris9588
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, no date. Pours a clear, golden color with just the faintest touch of rust. The white head is quite creamy, leaving considerable lace.

The sweet aroma is dominated by Beligan yeast and banana. The flavor also has banana, some faint citrus, strong, warming vanilla, and a sticky candy finish.

The mouth is light, but is given considerable weight by the sticky sugar content, yet the carbonation keeps it well balanced and prevents it from growing cloying. It show good action on the palate and the alcohol is very well concealed.

Overall a rock solid trippel, and my favorite offering from New Holland that I have sampled thus far.

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Photo of ADR
3.62/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap, Autumn Brew Review 2003...

Medium yellow, light carbonation and not much head. Simple but adequate lace. Sweet aromas, a bit of real maple sugar. A little thick to the tongue, mid range sweet in the orange juice realm. A prickly finish helps redeem it as a Trippel, reminds me most strongly of a peppery leaf lettuce. Decent beer, a little more jazzy carbonation and yeasty qualities would have filled out the bill better to me.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Semi-cloudy golden sunburst hue big bubbly whitehead forms thick leaving bands of lacing down my glass. Aroma: Herbal grassy hop blend along with a great touch of citrus fruit and honey candy sweet malts pleasant blend of cloves and spiciness. Taste: A tart forefront that rolls a little bumpy down my palate, the spices come about with some hop bitterness playing a role on the flavor with some citrus and tropical fruit notes not bad but definitely not straight Belgian trippel style. Mouthfeel: Medium body slightly syrupy nice brew, carbonation is heavy in comparison to a true tripel. Drinkability: Well, I look at this as a creative representatin of a triple so not dead on for the style but it's flavorful and complex but the tartness would nudge me away from drinking this very often.

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Photo of chinchill
3.66/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Undated bottle served in a Porter Bar goblet.

Appearance: amber-golden color. Small semi-durable head that eaves a fairly complete coat of lacing.

Smell: Complex and appealing: floral,yeasty, fruity, floral and spicy yet with a malt base showing.

Taste: Complex. Less sweet than the aroma suggests, especially in the mildly bitter finish and aftertaste. Fruity with banana, clove, nutmeg, and generic soft fruits. Some hop bitterness on the back end.

Mouthfeel: near medium body; light-medium carbonation.

Overall: a good American tripel with a true Belgian personality excepting the higher hop load.

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Photo of JIMTRK16
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Black Tulip Belgian-Style Tripel Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 651 ratings