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 notafood
4.49/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - A slightly burnt golden color with a attractive soft white head that doesn't stick around for too long. Very cloudy with a few bubbles and specks hanging out at the bottom of the goblet.

S - Like heaven. Very hard to resist taking a big gulp after putting it my nose. Fruity, a little malt, very zesty with kick of candy and citrus. Would make an appealing aftershave.

T - A full bodied tangy sweetness, definitely a little clove and spice going, and a slight hops and malt finish. I'm digging this.

M - Very smooth for such a big beer. Leaves a somewhat dry aftertaste from the hops, which really, just makes me wanna take another sip.

D - Wow. I had no idea going in this was 9% ABV. This could spell trouble if you don't be careful. Dynamite stuff, will definitely drink again.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clean golden color with a short-lived white head. Aroma is mostly malty and candy sugar sweet with notes of white nectarine, tangerine and hints of alcohol. Taste is mostly sweet with notes of alcohols, citrus-like fruitiness and and almost lager like. Smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry alcohol like, small fruitiness in the aftertaste. Kind of basic for triple, nice though.

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Photo of rajendra82
3.52/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up at Green's in Greenville, South Carolina, as New Holland is yet to make it down in Georgia. The color of the pour looked good with a pale golden, hazy body, but the carbonation was pathetic for the style, and formed nearly no head at all. The smell was good with a mix of light perfume and booze. The was good to start off as there was hop bitterness, yeasty earthiness, and some funk, but mid sip the honeydew melon like sweetness took over the taste. The finish was spicy-bitter-earthy, but a little too short lived. The body felt right in terms of viscosity, but the relative lack of carbonation made it feel dull and less full of zest. The brewery gave this a decent effort, but came up just a little short.

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Photo of avalon07
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: When poured from a bottle to a goblet, this beer had an amber color and a cloudy texture. Not a lot of head, but it was long-lasting.

S: A lot of malt, spices and some lighter fruit mixed in.

T: The taste wasn't as complex or exciting as I'd hoped for - not bad, though. Malt, pepper, some hops and a bit of citrus in the flavor.

M: A fairly high amount of carbonation and a very smooth finish. Full-bodied.

D: On the whole, this isn't a bad beer, though it's not the best example of a trippel I've ever had. The taste wasn't as vibrant as I'd hoped for. A drinkable beer, nonetheless.

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Photo of AylwinForbes
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The next milestone on our exploration of the Belgian. Begins with an attractively designed bottle directly applied to the glass. Orange-yellow, hazy syrupy product emerges into the glass with a minimal head which tends to dissipate quite rapidly - not one of those frothy affairs. This beer makes its presence felt: very distinctive aroma and flavor profile. Plenty of ester and resin on the nose with some orchard fruit. There is notable sweetness up front, almost sugary, which transitions to a distinct bitterness, ike something of a bitter root, very distinct aromatics. Good if not our favourite.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A. Served in a snifter glass on tap, slightly hazy golden yellow with a bit of lacing.

S. Sweet fruits and some belgium yeast coming through.

T. Very refreshing and ultra sweet, a bit of noble hops and some apple notes as well. A well done tripel.

M. A bit slick but overall pretty nice.

D. Dangerously smooth. Quite good. Masks the 9% well.

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Photo of Greggy
4.37/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Great orange color with ample sediment, however, only decent head and lacing.

S- nice dark fruit, apple apricot, and cedar wood smokiness.

T- Huge body on this. Initially, a nice smoky wood malt, graham cracker, honey, and big sweet malt finish with a touch of pepper. A great balance of hops here, but mostly, malt.

M- Huge thick mouthfeel due to the high ABV that's well hidden.

D- Definitely not the best tripel in the world, at least in my book, but would I drink it again? Yes.

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Photo of kzoobrew
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden color. Head does not stick around to long but decent amount of lacing sticks.

Aroma is mostly fruity. some vanilla and yeasty smells noted

Taste is good. Alot of flavors playing very well together. Fruitiness like pineapple and some spice mix well with the hops. Good maltiness to balance.

Mouthfeel is tremendously smooth and creamy.

Wonderfully drinkable. I could relax and sip on a couple of these.

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Photo of wyattshotmaker
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured with out a substantial head,golden/amber in color.

smell is somewhat fruity and sweet,very's simple,but is very nice.

taste is very nice.sweet,with a nice hint of spice at the end to balance out the beer.a slight amout of bready malt is picked up at the end.nice hop presence which adds to the overall experience of the beer.overall,a very nice beer.

mouthfeel-good amount of carbonation makes this an easily drinkable beer.mild,but nothing overpowering.

drinkability-i could probably drink a couple of these,which is dangerous since it's 9% out.

i'm somewhat new to trippels,but this is a very excellent beer.

as a sidenote,i really enjoy the artwork on the bottle of this beer.

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Photo of spointon
4.44/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this one from a 22 oz brown bomber bottle with the Black Tulip label screened in white.

A= This brew poured a slightly orangey gold color with a very very mild haze, medium carbonation, and a thin white head. Lacing down the glass was a bit spotty at best.

S= This one sports a three way aroma of Belgian yeast funk, alcohol, and surprising hops (wow). The hops are the most surprising, as I am not used to this much pineappley hop-forward aroma in a trippel, yet it works very well.

T= Again, though this is a trippel (and a good one at that) there is a stronger than you would expect hop presence in the flavor (saaz perhaps). Overall this hop character combined with the Belgian fruitiness creates an herbal phenolic taste. Also present was the expected malt sweetness and a strong alcohol warmth. All flavors in complete and pleasant balance.

MF= Despite only moderate carbonation release throughout, this is a beautifully crisp and refreshing beer.

D= Though this is not exactly like too many Belgian Trippels I have had, it is more Belgian than most American interpretations. The hops are the kicker - sort of makes me think of the Chouffe "double IPA trippel" beer (only less hoppy). Completely worthwhile... I'll be drinking more of this one!!!

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Photo of 1fastz28
4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a cloudy light orange color with a nice white head, looks really beautiful in color. smell is good too, has a wonderful yeasty presence to it as well. taste is awesome, it dances on the tongue and kicks its butt with an overload of yeast, sugary malt, and a slight hoppy bitterness to it. a wonderful tasting beer.

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Photo of brewandbbq
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear gold, with an inch-plus head of dense white.
Rings and smears of clingy foam on the glass, and retention holds up for the first five minutes.
Light malt, phenols, earthy citrus, and crushed grass lead of the nose.
Aromatics finish slihtly vineous, tannic, and hay-like.
The mouthfeel is light, a bit syrupy and tacky. Lacking carbonation for a triple.
Orangy citrus, honey, bitter cloves, and light malt start the pallet off, with hints of juniper and grapefruit pith following through.
Finishes with lightly warming alcohol and residual honey-like sweetness.

This beer seemed pretty mainstream at first until it warmed up a bit and breathed.
A unique take on the style, but falls short of being a truly great triple or funky enough to be a wild ale.

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Photo of Gehrig
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I grabbed this at the sterling Sun Singer. A finger of white head tops a very slightly cloudy lemon yellow-orange body, with modest lacing on the way down the old, reliable DAB mug. Some orange, apricot, and berry introduce themselves to the nose with grassy hops, but too faintly to be considered good or strong. The taste is nicely fruited, rife with orange and berry. Yet I also like the somewhat bitter hops in conjunction with the fruit. The taste should be stronger, but it's nonetheless good.

The mouthfeel suffers from a pungent, faintly sour aftertaste that is off-putting, something that reduces the drinkability of a fairly good beer. It's almost better to characterize the mouthfeel and taste of Black Tulip as a Farmhouse instead of a Tripel. This is on the whole not bad, with some good characteristics, though not the best that New Holland brews. Still, worth trying.

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Photo of bigdeuce
3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance a bit lame, no head, no lacing. The beer may have been too cold. Smells of heavy vanilla and butterscotch. A nice golden color, very clean beer. Medium bodied, fairly hoppy for a tripel. Tastes of mega vanilla and toasted almonds. A bit strange twingy aftertaste. A very strong brew and the alcohol is well hidden. Very dryish finish. A nice American version of this belgian beer. I did enjoy it.

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Photo of elmore
3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a tulip. A golden orange color with a thin white head. Carbonation is not very active. Head retention is decent with some nice lace left down the side of the glass.

Smells of sweet malts, light citrus, less yeast funkiness than most Tripels.

Lots of candy sweetness with a bit of citrus acidity and a slight hop after taste.

Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy. Alcohol is not apparent. Too sweet to be very drinkable.

Overall a mediocre Tripel. Just too sweet and heavy.

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Photo of Goliath
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color with a large light yellow head which receeds to leave some spotty lace around the glass.

Aroma is delicious. A citrusy tangerine, general fruity sweetness, and a light yeastiness.

Taste is great. A strong citrus flavor produces tangerine notes, a subtle banana, a light yeastiness, sugar sweetness, and a light hop bitterness on the finish. As I progressed I also noticed a slight alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly syrupy, and carbonation is low which produces a somewhat still feel.

Drinkability is moderate. Flavors are good and beer goes down smooth, but a bomber is plenty.

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Photo of dmamiano
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Second time for me trying this beer...the first was out of a plastic cup going down the highway so I didnt want that to be my reviewed experience.
poured a nice golden color..small head with ample lacing.
Smelled of fruit, apples, pears..very rich with deep malts and the typical Belgian " bubble gum" nose.
Funny, upon tasting, i could almost taste some of there other beers in there as well...almost as if New Holland has a "house' flavor.
But this was good. Ripe pears and apples seemed to dominate balanced with a deep malty backbone.
Good beer.

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Photo of ZimZamZoom
4.29/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice not-so-run-of-the-mill tripel.

Pretty clear golden color, with a bit of a white head.

Aroma of ripe bartlett pear, some minor hints of bubblegum that are by no means undesirable. Taste is sweet pear, some bubblegum and a nice subtle black pepper spice that makes this one pretty unique if you ask me.

Good body but surprisingly light in the mouth. This one will trick the unwary. Hides the alcohol pretty well.

This could be my go-to Belgian style tripel, a great beer from a great brewery.

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Photo of DackAchan
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours an auburn gold with a very thin head. Laces very nicely though.

S- Some weak smells. Lemon, with a hint of a fruit.

T- Excellent taste. Lemon-fruit combination. Can't quite pin the fruit down. Very good combination of sweet taste from the fruit and bitterness of the lemon. Definative malt overtones to it all. Combo works well. Didn't have any alcohol taste that I could tell.

M- Medium bodied, not too much kick to it.

D- Gets better as the glass empties.

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Photo of saintwarrick
3.03/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very pale orange, not much of a head although a white creamy lacing appears with a little agitation. Aroma is solid, very sweet sugars, peaches and some other fruit and a bit of a champagne undertone. Taste is fruity at first but eventually turns almost flat, the sweetness doesn't really stand up and most of the flavors really fade into a slight tartness with an oily, yeasty aftertaste. Not difficult to drink, but not that easy either.

Far better examples of the style out there and far better offerings from this brewery.

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Photo of DrJay
3.35/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Received as part of BC2 from bax72. Thanks!
This beer was a hazy, dark gold with a tight, off-white cap of fine bubbles. Good head retention with lots of spotty lacing. The aroma was full of floral and spicy hops, a little lemony too, with bready, sweet malt and mild fruitiness. The flavour was dominated by malty caramel and sugary sweetness. It had a sharp alcohol and bitter flavour that didn't work well. The notes of grainy malt and fruity esters were nice though. Medium bodied with fine carbonation and light warmth. Other than weird things going on in the flavour, this beer is pretty good.

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Photo of jspruit
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this from my brother when we met up for Thanksgiving in a 12oz bottle, although I’ve had it quite a few times previously in various forms. Pours a slightly hazy gold color with a pure white head that lasted a bit.

I think that it is a bit fruity & spicy upon first smell after pouring into the glass and then some malt & yeast tones come through-you get the feeling that it is a bit strong with some alcohol smells, but nothing overwhelming.

The fruitiness comes through initially upon taste after the smell and then the maltiness carries through as you taste it-I think that you can pick up a bit on the alcohol too, but not too much.

This isn’t a full beer to me, but there is plenty of taste and mouthfeel with some light carbonation & lacing in the glass as it goes down.

I think that this is a great New Holland beer and is very drinkable with plenty of taste and slightly dangerous as I could drink more and more of this!

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Photo of BMoney575
3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on 11-4-07

Pours a cloudy, very pale yellow, with a small head that leaves behind huge rings of lacing.

Smell is surprisingly fruity, not as Belgiany as I expected. Very well balanced sweetness and hops.

Taste is very light, with lots of fruit and white wine flavors. A little yeasty, with a very unexpected hop character. Almost bitter on the finish, it keeps the sweetness from being too much. No noticeable alcohol.

Mouthfeel is good, right for a tripel but a bit thin for my tastes.

Drinkability is very good, the great balance makes the 9% abv a little scary.

Overall, not what I was expecting. Fruity and sweet, but bitter and very American. I like the take on the style.

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Photo of crookedhalo
3.27/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a translucent golden color with a short-lived white head. Aroma is mostly malty and candi sugar sweet with notes of white nectarine, tangerine and hints of alcohol. Taste is mostly sweet with notes of fusel alcohols, Froot Loop-like fruitiness and and almost lagerish finish. Rather boring and one-dimensional, lacking any depth or complexity. Mouthfeel is pretty good with a decent carbonation level. Overall, it's not the worst U.S.-brewed tripel, just nothing really noteworthy. Maybe I'd try it again if I found it on-draught, otherwise, I'll pass.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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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New Holland Black Tulip Trippel Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
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