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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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3.92/5
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632 Ratings
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-09-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#6,410
Reviews:
287
Ratings:
632
pDev:
13.01%
Bros Score:
4.49
 
 
Wants:
46
Gots:
88
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 632 |  Reviews: 287
Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Underrated Belgian, fresh from my recent trip to Michigan. This 750 went down very well with its malting on a hot day, with good yeastiness and hops showing their bitterness in the finish. Subtle yeast spiciness. Mild citrus. Good medium plus mouthfeel.

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Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of GRG1313
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of metter98
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Judging from the rating averages, I didn't expect this to be a very good beer. But it is. Of course it is a typical American response to a classic Belgian style, so there is some give. But it did have a handsome straw, heavily carbonated, well-headed appearance. Fruity esters abound in the nose and flavors. Lightly peppery, spicy, and alcoholicly hot, but tempered with pilner malts, fruity sweetness, and a dull hop flavor. Mildly tart and thinning into the finish leaving a dry alcoholic vaporation on the toung. Perhaps a bit grainy and astringent in the end, but a pretty good beer throughout.

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Photo of dmorgan310
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of SS: Poured a clear and bright golden color ale with a big white foamy head with good retention and good lacing as well. Aroma of light peach with some sweet malt and light spice mix in the background. Taste is also a well balance mix between some light peaches, sweet malt and light spices (maybe some pepper) and a yeasty finish. Body is about average for the style with some great carbonation. Texture is not oily nor is sweetness cloying which was well appreciated. I thought this was very well done and probably underrated IMO.

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Photo of zeff80
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured out a hazy golden color with a foamy, large head. It smelled spicy, yeasty and of clove. It tasted of green apple, sweet malt and a peppery spice. A medium-bodied beer.

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Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into chalice, 2012 vintage. Pours moderately cloudy golden orange color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of apricot, pear, apple, peach, clove, pepper, honey, bread, candi sugar, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and fruity/spicy yeast notes; with solid strength. Taste of big apricot, pear, apple, peach, light banana, clove, pepper, honey, toast, biscuit, candi sugar, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of apricot, pear, apple, light banana, clove, honey, biscuit, candi sugar, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance, robustness, and complexity of malt and fruity/spicy yeast flavors; with a nice yeast/malt sweetness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately slick and creamy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice tripel style. All around good balance, robustness, and complexity of malt and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

New Holland's Black Tulip delivers a satiating combination of semi-sweet, lightly grainy malt and a mildly tart, yeasty fruitiness. It's hazy yellow gold body displays some very fine bubbles rising steadily towards its short, creamy cap of bright white froth. The nose delivers the sweetish, honey-like malt that the flavor delivers, and it's a bit candyish as well as lightly fruity. It's delicately crisp across the palate with a fine, moderate carbonation and medium-light body. The 9% alcohol is never really apparent; and a limited bitterness balances it quite nicely in the flavor along with it's subtle tartness. It finishes dry and refreshing with some spiciness upfront and lingering notes of candy and fruit left in the back of the mouth. Quite possibly New Holland's best offering to date; this is one to try!

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Photo of chinchill
3.66/5  rDev -6.6%
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 TheManiacalOne
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Acquired from via trade from feloniousmonk, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy orange/gold color, with a large foamy white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is full of citrus, apples, bananas, Belgian yeast, light malts, some spice and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is nicely balanced and starts with sweet flavors of apples and citrus followed by the bready but not too heavy flavors of Belgian yeast and a hearty malt character. There's some spice in the background and a mild but complimentary hops presence. The alcohol is subtly detected but it doesn't really take away from the taste. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Very flavorful, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, very good representation of style. Like several of the beers I've been drinking lately, this one got a little buried in my stash and picked up a little bit of age as a result. I've had mixed results in aging Tripels, but I think the age has served this particular beer well.

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Photo of nickfl
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Two fingers of white head on top of a slightly hazy, golden colored body. The foam settles slowly and leaves nice, thick lace.

S - An aroma of thick, sweet pilsner malt with musty, european hops. Some fruity yeast notes of red apple and pineapple with pepper and clove.

T - A lot of thick, sweet malt up font with some apple yeast notes. Moderate, spicy hop flavor comes out in the middle with some moderate bitterness. Finishes malty with some clove spice and moderate hop character. Lingering malt and hop flavor.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - Well, this isn't a bad beer, but it isn't quite what I was hoping for either. The malt is way too sweet and thick. This hurts the drinkability and also holds down the other flavors of the beer. The yeast and hops are appropriate, but the combination of cloying malt and insufficient carbonation make them seem flat and muddy. A drinkable beer, but any store that carries this almost certainly also carries another, better trippel.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kegatron
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of smithj4
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of atrocity
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of russpowell
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked this up at Gomer's in KC, decanted into my Boulevard chalice...

Pours an effervescent pear color with a pinky of cream colored head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Apple peels & pears, fades out as this warms

T: Follows the nose, plus white grape juice & honey up front. Honey & candi sugar come to the front as this warms; along with more apple peels & a bit of green banana. Finishes semi-dry with green bananas, hay, some what boozey pineapple & lemony hops, plus more candi sugar

MF: Creamy, smooth, & sticky, almost honey like once warm

Through the roof drinkability, this is 9.0% ABV? Good take on the style, man I wish we got more New Holland down in Joplin, MO!

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Black Tulip Belgian-Style Tripel Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 632 ratings
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