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 WastingFreetime
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours out a lightly hazed straw color with about a minute's worth of two fingered white foamy head, leaving behind fairly decent lacing on the glass. Medium body and carbonation levels, smooth texture.

Smells of pears, banana, honeydew melon and a dash of white-fleshed peach aroma. The flavor is a nice combination of coriander and honeyed malt sprinkled over a banana creme pie with tremendous yeastiness and some warming medium strength alcohol hotness drying out the finish. Peach notes appear in the flavor as well once the glass warms up closer to room temperature.

I really enjoyed this one, and probably will pick up some more for experimental cellar aging next time they are available to see if I can pull back that booziness and accentuate the fruitiness a bit. My palate is a bit oversensitive to alcohol hotness, however, so YMMV.

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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1/5  rDev -74.4%

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

2012 Black Tulip. Brewed with Belgian ale yeast and Michigan beet sugar. Emptied into an Orval glass.

Lightly-hazed clover honey color with a bounding soft-white head that rises and simmers to a lacy cover populated by unpopped bubbles.

Tingles of estery banana, stale bread, green apple, yeasty clove, candi sugar, and just a touch of maraschino cherry juice. Some prominent alcohol also noticeable.

Clove, coriander spice, chalky yeast, Easter bread, turbinado sugar, light tart apple, booze sweet-hot, and a note of wet and damp mustiness. The finish is much drier than expected. Takes a lot of dusty yeast nuttiness/breadiness to quell the booze and residual sugar boon. Headed in the right direction, but left askew.

Very soft carbonation, at first, with a light rush in the late-middle. The body is swishy like creek water--a little heavy and minerally. Over-medium.

I feel like this is another one of those 'try-too-hard' ales from New Holland. Not the biggest fan of their High Gravity Series, but Black Tulip is really not that far removed from your average Belgian tripel.

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Photo of warnerry
4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.67/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance –Served a light golden color with a fine white head. The head faded fast to leave a light amount of lacing.

Smell – The aroma of the beer was heaviest of Belgian yeast, banana, and notes of grass. Mixed with these smells were lighter aromas of a spicy and citrus aroma which overall created a pleasant smell.

Taste – The taste began with a base of fruit and yeast While it is fruity it is not to sweet.. The fruit is largely banana and pear in nature. As the taste advances flavors of a floral nature mixed with some more bitter citrus come to the tongue. These in the end are met with some spice notes of coriander, clove, and pepper as well as a good dose of alcohol to leave a rather tingling bitter-sweet warming taste on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is rather creamy with the carbonation level being quite average.

Overall – A moderatly tasty triple with good fruit flavors. One to try if the chance arises but not one to go out of the way.

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Photo of tempest
3.38/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear gold with a two-finger white head. No sediment in the bottle. The smell immediately reminded me of other American-made tripel. There's a sharp, strong orange spice and then a slightly stringent bitterness in the flavor. It's not subtle enough or complex enough. I'd even say it's too clean. I'd guess the temperature is a little off during fermentation. A lot of the right flavors (or something resembling them) are present, all the ingredient seem right, I'd want to look at the process to improve this beer.

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Photo of imbibehour
4.56/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Vintage 2012.

Not much of a head is created on this, but what is remains a half finger of fluffy white, sitting on a nearly crystal clear body of orange and red, with a big gold hue to it. There is very little carbonation on this beer, it's sort of as it was stopped or frozen or something. Laces a little bit too at least.

Nose is a big wow. Chewy malt, sweet dense, and it's peppermint. Holly cow where does THAT come from? Some faint banana on there also, but luckily for me not much. I love this mint sweetness angle I am getting, I am in love.

Taste is rich, the malt angle hits with a density more towards a thick piece of sourdough bread minus sourness. Mint and cream comes out ooozing and silky. Playful wine like carbonation and spritzy character mix with a chewy density but not horrifically sugary, sweetness mixes with a cream and white pinot gris like grape. Good sense of warmth without overkill.

I want more, fark it, I am getting more.

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3/5  rDev -23.3%

Photo of bassmantin
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light gold color, most white head. Floral nose. Does not smell like a tripel. The smell reminds me of Boston Lager. Is this really a tripel?

After tasting, it's clear it is a tripel. Good gumball candy malts. Fairly strong alcohol burn at the end. The label says there are hints of banana, but I don't taste it. It is somewhat reminiscent of a hefeweizen, oddly enough, so I can see the banana connection.

Good beer. I bought a single bottle. Now I might get a six pack!

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of zaphodchak
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Light brown and clearish with some white head.

Smells interesting,a bit vegetal and I kinda smell the beet.

Deep, not like a tripel I'd expect. Bittersweet and the vegetal character is definitely coming from beet sugar. Way too boozy though.

Smooth, not too bright or bubbly. Quite nice.

Decent tripel, but too hot. Maybe needs some cellar time.

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4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

Photo of DrDemento456
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very little head but it's as expected for the ABV. Nice lace ring though. Color is a golden yellow hue, clear.

S - Smell is nice for a triple. Fruity yeasts, bubblegum and sweet malts. Can't wait till I can taste Michigan beet sugar.

T - A very good triple I like how well the ABV is hidden till the finish. Bubble gum and sweet malts guides the hops into a chalky yet fruity yeasts. The finish is kind of boozy but balanced.

M - Medium to heavy. Not bad.

Overall not something I would have again (especially at $3.50 a pop) but it was nice to try it in a 12oz version. Not a bad version of the style at all.

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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5/5  rDev +27.9%

Photo of BMMillsy
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours beautifully clear and golden colored. Aroma of pears, white grapes, slight citrus and spice, a good bit of honey. Taste is very up front with the fruit, and a nice sweetness on the way down. Lots of pears and honey, some citrus, and on the sweet side in the style. A little heavy on the style, light carbonation, but I like this. Smooth and nicely crafted by New Holland.

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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