New Holland Black Tulip Trippel Ale | New Holland Brewing Company

very good
601 Ratings
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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-09-2002

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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 MSU_Swit
2.06/5  rDev -46.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

Photo of HardyA
4.14/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of B_Crawford_C
4.84/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Outstanding beer. Light color w/ just a little amber to it. Smell and flavor are very fruity, but not overly sweet. Feel is crisp & clean. Love It!

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Photo of 10Crumra
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of moshea
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Saidso17
4.87/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of jduprey007
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 blissfulNemo
3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Fishwhisperer
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 Futbolmanby
3.23/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of craigbelly
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of rickklein9
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WCKDVBZ
2.28/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Photo of NSXAG
3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of adamranders
4.14/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of PatrickCT
3.59/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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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New Holland Black Tulip Trippel Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
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