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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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Black Tulip Belgian-Style Tripel AleBlack Tulip Belgian-Style Tripel Ale

Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-09-2002

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Photo of a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of shelby415
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of madelf66
3.72/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of joshautry
3.41/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

New Holland Black Tulip, 9% ABV, Tripel. Pours medium viscosity and cloudy pale orange, with a one finger white head. Nose is malty with a bit of citrus, banana, and sweetness. Taste follows, with a bit of a bitter hop close. Excellent mouthfeel, overall excellent.

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Photo of Kahlerbock
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Zazzi82
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.87/5  rDev -1%
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 -47.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

Photo of HardyA
4.14/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of B_Crawford_C
4.84/5  rDev +23.8%
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 +14.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of moshea
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Saidso17
4.87/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of jduprey007
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dillivered
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
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 -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Fishwhisperer
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of EMV
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
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 +5.6%
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 +10.7%
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 +12.8%
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 -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of craigbelly
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Black Tulip Belgian-Style Tripel Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 633 ratings
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