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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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Ratings: 634 |  Reviews: 287
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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Photo of harris4
4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

Photo of seyton
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of 6demonbag
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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Photo of Holland
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of amishbooze
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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Photo of ImperialSnout
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of GTB
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of barnzy78
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Geneva Ale House - Geneva, IL

Poured a cloudy golden-orange color with a fluffy, white head that holds great retention and leaves plenty of lacing on the glass. Aromas are very pleasant with banana, Belgian Yeast, fresh flowers. Tastes are well balanced with notes of banana, Belgian yeast, spice, grass, tulips. Mouth-feel is velvety smooth, medium bodied, finishes spicy with a sharp tingle on the tongue. Alcohol is undetectable in taste, but is warming. Aftertaste is somewhat odd, yet pleasant, presumably the tulip flavor lingering. It's not off-putting, just different. Overall, I really enjoyed this unique ale. It's seems light and refreshing, yet it's bold with the high ABV. Flavors meld perfectly. I've had other beers brewed with flowers, and never really liked them much as the flower was overwhelming. This was not. Stellar treat on tap!

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Photo of srv33
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden pour, great lacing, strong scent of banana, clove, and sourdough. Taste much the same with a bit of cinammon and malt. Well balanced thick mouthfeel. Not a bad Tripel, though pales in comparison to Final Absolution, another excellent Michigan Tripel.

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Photo of Oboogie
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Tracker83
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of apocalypsezombie
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of JeffTheJuice
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of elec
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of vande
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of morimech
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2012 Vintage in 12oz bottle

Pours a clear bronze color with barely one finger of head that settled to a thinc cap. Moderate amount of spotty lacing is left down the glass. See this as filtered and force carbonated.

Enjoyable aroma. The label claims estery and the beer delivers. Fruity smell of bananas, pears, and some vinous qualities. Maybe some apricot and a touch of clove spice as well. Alcohol is detectable.

Solid flavor but not as nuanced as the Belgian greats. Fruity, dry, and some floral notes, mostly banana and pears. Alcohol is a large contributor to the flavor with a warm finish. It chases away the more subtle flavors. Not the best finish as it is boozy and very dry.

Medium body with nice carbonation. Good overall texture.

Good example of a tripel, but at the cost I would be better off buying St. Bernardus or Chimay White.

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Photo of deebo
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at blackbird Café
A cloudy dark golden with two fingers of off-white head
S yeasty with banana esters dominant malt is bread like and slightly sweet
T nice yeasty ester punch-a bit banana like, a spicy finish, not bitter-hops are more subdued than most
M plenty of malt backbone, mod/high carbonation, a little warming from the alcohol but it is well covered up
D high given the abv
O I like this trippel nice body, nice flavored. Drinks a bit like a souped up hefeweizen

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Photo of cmannes
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of HarrySTruman
2.85/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a golden color. Easily transparent. 1 finger head. Plenty of lacing.

Smells of fruits and malt. Oranges and bananas. Good scent of alcohol as well.

Tastes like it smells. Fruity, but not over the top. Finishes with the flavor of banana.

Dry finish. Quite different mouth feel than most of the tripels I have had. The mouth feel was certainly the stand out area of this beer. Smooth going down, finishes dry, pretty light considering the high ABV.

This was an average overall tripel experience for me. Certainly not the best of the style. The price seemed a bit high considering how many good tripels there are on the market. I'd rather have several imports over this and they would cost nearly the same.

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Photo of GarretD
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of BB1313
3.4/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2012 vintage. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy golden color with a small white head which fades quickly, decent lacing and retention. The aromas are full of honey and yeast. There's alot of sugars in the nose as well blended with a touch of banana and bubblegum. The flavors are bittersweet. Yes, the sugars are there and has a fresh sweetness going on, but there's a strong bitterness that lingers. I'm picking up some cloves along with a touch of black pepper. This one finishes pretty dry with a touch a booze. It doesn't taste bad, it's just very one-note and lacks true depth. The mouthfeel is nice, but the carbonation isn't as active as I'd expect from the style. It's still feels nice and pretty darn smooth. I'd say it's on the heavier side of medium-bodied. It doesn't really have much of a syrypy quality, which is a plus. I'll admit, it gets better the more I drink, but it's still not something I'm really impressed with. I'm trying to find something to love with every sip.

I've personally come across more enjoyable American interpretations of the style. I also think $4/12oz bottle is a little steep when I can get a real interpretation of the style from Belgium for the same price. This can be an enjoyable beer, but just don't expect something that rivals overseas. Average says it all.

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Photo of jera1350
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden colored with an ever so creamy head of marshmallow fluff on top. Awesome retention with some nice lacing.

The smell is yeasty and earthy with clove and banana.

Huge flavor here. Sweet candy and honey, earthy, peppery and spice with clove, banana and booze. Some sweet vanilla bean and spice coming in at the end. Great depth.

Soft creamy feel, close to a medium body with a dry feel.

Really surprised at how good this is. Almost a cross between a hefe and a tripel. The flavor is outstanding and the price is great too for such a quality brew.

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Black Tulip Belgian-Style Tripel Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 634 ratings
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