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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3.91/5
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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:
#7,826
Reviews:
291
Ratings:
649
pDev:
13.04%
Bros Score:
4.49
 
 
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Photo of dd53grif
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of DigitGrowler
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of reptile3141
3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ajm5108
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Perfectly fine American style tripel - meaning it focuses a lot of the banana / fruity phenol notes while having very little of the classic Belgian yeast quality that supports and balances it out. Good just one dimensional

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Photo of DJinVT
4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured 6oz into a tulip glass from a 12oz dark brown bottle. Beer is a nice golden copper color with a bit of haze. about 1/2 inch of bright white head that cut out at a pretty quick pace. Aroma of banana/apples (70/30) with a hint of coriander. A lot of other interesting aromas mixed but my novice tasting skills couldn't put a label on them. The flavor was fairly sweet with up front tastes of banana, apples, a good dose of Belgian yeast and a bit of floral hopiness. Sensing spices of clove and just a hint of coriander. Not tasting the alcohol but its making its presence known. Finish is apples and touch of tannin. Quite crisp and dry in the mouth. Definitely would recommend this brew!

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Photo of Abstractspirit
4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

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

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

Photo of lebriarjr
3.29/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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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Black Tulip Belgian-Style Tripel Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 649 ratings