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: 643 |  Reviews: 289
Photo of Billolick
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber bottle, without freshness/bottling info. Pours hazy straw in color, the off white head is long lasting and leaves nice looking fine light sheeting and stringy lacing. Spiced up nose, with some pepper, and coriander. Love the style,and this version is full of of more pepper, bubble gum and more coriander. Sweet, flowery and tasty in general. Moderate grainy hops late provide some balance. nice, approachable Tripel from New Holland.

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Photo of JordanEllwanger
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Golden yellow and near perfect transparency with a crisp pure white head. Smells fruity and promising. Lots of sugary smells. A taste that very closely resembles the Belgian masterpiece it is called, very fruity and sugary with a pep of spice included. Feels nice and well. Cheers!

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Photo of mikeyv35
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Date: 06/09/2010
Type: 22oz. Bottle
Vintage: 2006
Glassware: Portsmouth Tulip

Poured a golden straw in color w/ slight ruby highlights, w/ only a skim coat head, that left little to no lacing on the glass. The nose was wonderful! Aromas of candied sugar, bananas, orange peel, and mango. The taste was the same as the nose, but finished w/ a very mild hop bitterness. The mouthfeel was thin, clean, and refreshing. However, I don't fel there was enough carbonation. I think this brew would probably be best if drank fresh. The drinkability was good as I did not detect any booze, and finish a 22oz. bomber very easily.

Overall, nice brew, but nothing mind boggling. Would recommend drinking this one fresh versus aged.

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Photo of Reaper16
3.37/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bomber served into a Chimay chalice. Thanks, FernMaster!

Pours a honeyed shade of yellow. This is transparent yet hazy in a way that lets you see the individual yeast particles floating around. It is more interesting than attractive. One finger of tight, white head laces adequately.

This beer smells like lots of things, with nothing asserting itself as a firm direction that the beer wants to take. There is lavender and candy sugar and brewing spice and rosemary and banana going on. Some light, indistinguishable fruit esters. The alcohol is noticeable but isn't off-putting.

I'm getting the same sorts of flavors on the tongue that I picked up when smelling the beer. Only the flavors are very gentle. Some might say weak. The strongest flavors are candy sugar and leafy hops, with some faint herbed pear. I wish the beer were stronger in flavor.

The beer is medium-bodied and moderately carbonated. It is much less effervescent than the typical Belgian example. Drinkability is fine; the alcohol is well-hidden but the relative weakness of flavor limits one's desire to drink this.

FernMaster tells me that Black Tulip is MUCH better on-tap than this bottle was. But I am reviewing the bottled version and the bottled version is solid in many ways with plenty of missed potential.

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Photo of Beejay
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear pale amber. Not a very thick head, mostly consisting of white bubbles. May be due to the growler, rather than the beer..

S: Yeasty, orange and dried fruits. Strawberry and peach. Nice though very subtle.

T: Yum. Nice and subtle flavor. Biscuit and fruit flavors, hints of yeast and berries. A little bit of alcohol, but not a lot. Overall fairly mild in flavor, but very well put together.

M: Nice and clean. Medium to low thickness with moderate carbonation.

D: Damn tasty. The alcohol is fairly well hidden, and the flavors come together very well, into a beer that I fear could be very dangerous.

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Photo of beer2day
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straw gold in color with decent 1-finger head. Cloudy, without being overly so. Weak retention and some faint lines of lace.

Clove comes out strong in the nose, with standard Belgian malt and yeast aromas. Not disappointing, but not ambitious either.

Warm fruit is the main flavor. Nice understated ripe cherries with grapes and apricots. Decent sour finish that erases the fruit.

Feel is a little on the slick side, with syrup and a pretty strong malt backbone.

Pretty good sipper.

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Photo of Sweetmambyjamby
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3


A- It's a darker yellow color, 2 finger head and great lacing.

S- I smell malts hops and a floral aroma from this one

T- It tastes complex I do taste mallts and hops. I get a floral taste and it's smooth. I do get some alcohol but it's not too bad.

M- A thicker side and that makes my score lower.

D- Can't drink it alot, high abv makes a bomber buzz me. Would be better off as a nightcap during the summer.

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Photo of techfed87
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a sniffer glass from a bomber. Color is a mellow yellow, semi cloudy, with a mass of bubbles emerging from the bottom.

Scent is almost like a sweet tea, with a rich, malty smell to it.

First sip is quite complex, with a definite hop presence, while at the same time having a huge malt presence. It's sweet, fruity, bitter, and very excellent. Mouthfeel is bubbly and very satisfying.

An excellent beer!

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Photo of dfillius
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter

A: Moderate pour yields 1/4 finger of white head, which quickly subsides to a ring. Decent but not great. Hazy light gold liquid

S: Pineapple, tropical fruit, applesauce, cinnamon, pear, phenolic alcohol. Delightfully complex. This is the highlight of the beer for me.

T: Sweet with a noble hop check to balance it out. Grassy/green/tannic quality is a negative.

M: Tiny bit astringent and thin at the opening. Tannic bitterness loses it points. An expectorant, which I always enjoy in a beer.

D: Good, but not great. I remember this being better a couple years ago when I tried it. Maybe my tastes have changed. I'd order at a bar, but not a second. I don't think I'll buy a bottle again.

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Photo of jmich24
3.23/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz. Bomber

A: Nice light orange in color, decent quarter inch head dissipates very fast. Some lacing. Nice inviting carbonation.

S: Banana, clove, boozy

T: Similar to smell, sweet and sugary, alcohol is not well hidden

M: Nice creaminess

D: While it is fairly easy to drink the high alcohol seems unnecessary. The sweetness is a too much.

I just didnt love it, may be the style. Average beer overall. I will not purchase again.

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Photo of russpowell
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
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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Photo of divineaudio
3.76/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

22oz bomber poured into a tulip.

pours a very attractive hazy gold color with a foamy, white, one finger head. head retention is good; calms slowly to a thin film with chunky lacing.

smell is spicy with notes of clove and banana. pale malts come through with a grassy character.

taste follows nose but gives you much more. apple and banana notes hit first followed by hop bitterness and finish off with a honey like malt sweetness that lingers. alcohol content is noticeable in the finish but doesn't overpower other flavors.

mouthfeel is pretty good. carbonation makes this one feel light and creamy and also gives the flavors a little kick.

drinkability is really the only part that suffers here. black tulip is delicious no doubt, but it's definitely a sipping beer. i think you'd be hard pressed to have more than one or two of these, especially so if you have a bomber.

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Photo of Jayli
2.86/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

PIcked this up a Plaza Liquors in O'Fallon IL

A: This beer pours a hazy light burnt orange color with a one finger of sudsy head. Head recedes immediately with no lacing to speak of.

S: Nose is rather boozy, very sugary, decent presence of malt, and hint of spicing.

T: Taste starts with a rich malt sweetness, very sugary. Yeast/bready presence really comes through mingle with an odd spice funkiness. Far less boozy in the taste that it was in the nose, with a hint of apple in the finish.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, rich and creamy on the tongue.

D: Ok flavoring, goes down ok, ok representation of style. I would definitely reach for others though.

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Photo of nickfl
3.48/5  rDev -11%
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 adamette
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Live review. Poured from the 1 pint, 6 fl. oz bottle that I bought for $8.00 from the brewery in Holland in mid October during my trip there. Poured into my silver rimmed Westvleteren goblet. I just have not used it in a while. No observed "best by" date. 9.0% ABV. 19.6 Plato mentioned on the label. Part of the "High Gravity Series." I recall being very impressed by this beer when I had it on tap at the Beer Engine in Lakewood a while back.

A Minimal sediment floating in the bottom of the bottle did not make it into the first goblet after pouring. What did is a light yellow translucent bodied beer with a brief, one cm head that dissipated all too quickly to a ring around the top. Fair lacing on the inside of the glass after repeated sips. 3.5

S Distinctive Belgian barley and yeast smells with a slight malt sweetness as well. It reminds me of the smell of Brugse Zot with its prominent barley, grain smell. The sweetness is not primary as I thought that I recalled but in the background. There is a somewhat floral aspect to the smell as well. 3.5

T Some malt, a lick of alcohol but prominent is the barley, grain taste along with the Belgian yeast. The floral smell carries over into the taste as well and this beer is seeming to me to be quite different from my memory of the on tap version. I don't think the beer is different. I do think that my tastes have changed that much though and I am approaching this from a very different angle. This is a good tasting beer and not like many of the triples that I have had. It really is a bit more of a Belgian IPA. 4.0

M A bit lighter than most tripels, a bit more sharp (non sweet) than other tripels as well. 2.5

D Fair to good as the barley, yeast and floral predominate tastes along with the 9% ABV drive down the drinkability of this ultimately very interesting tripel, my favorite style. 3.5

Notes: Maybe the most unique tripel that I can recall drinking, people who enjoy a nice Belgian barley, yeast and floral taste will enjoy. It is not very sweet as is the case for most tripels.

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Photo of scifan
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 into a chimay chalice. It's a lovely pale golden color that is very very clear. Had a nice head at first but leaves as soon as it came, leaving little lacing along the glass.
The nose is a little subdued on this one. There some peppery spiciness to it, along with sweet bready yeast aromas as well. Picking up a little light pear and apple aromas and I think some clove and banana.
Light sweetness at first, sweet bready flavors, along with some clove to add some spice. Nice yeasty flavors. Alcohol is a little noticeable as it warms a bit. Finishes nice and clean. Not to complex, but not a bad representation of the style.
Mouthfeel is nice with lots of bubblely carbonation. Overall a very solid beer. Glad I bought a few of em to enjoy later.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.08/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz. bottle, split, and poured into a tulip glass. "DO69" printed on the side of the bottle, but otherwise no bottled date present.

(A)- Pours a clear orange amber color. Good white head formation but quickly dissipated to a layer of bubbles.

(S)- Crisp, with light clove, bananna, and lemon. Ample clay and yeasty funk with a rather sweetened sugary finish. Touch of honey. Some apple in the mix too. Becomes rather potent minerally later on. The beet sugar really makes its presence known.

(T)- Sugary sweet lemon, apple, and yeast. Slight spice of something; has a hay/wheat-type neutrality. Gets rather spicy as it goes on.

(M)- Great carbonation level with sweet, yet barnyard funkiness to it. Slightly turns bland the more I drink it though flavor-wise.

(D)- Pretty good at first, but the sugary sweetness and funky spice overwhelms the nice fruits this beer has to offer. Decent though.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle split. Poured into a Unibroue Tulip. 19.6 degrees plato, 9% ABV, no date. Thanks to Sweemzander for bringing this!

A - Crisp, clear medium pale yellow with a huge two-finger head that slowly disappointing while I took in the good aroma. Lots of lacing left on the glass too.

S - Light and crisp malts in the background with a pronounced yeasty aroma with bread and clay and light banana. A crisp hop presence is noticeable on the finish but very light. Lots of earth tones. Sweet too, residual sugars and a hefty helping of spiciness.

T - Crisp with a sharp citrus zest instantly that leaves traces of sweet malts across the palate. Strong notes of earthy clay and spicy yeast. Very spicy finish with light fruit notes. A bit of white grape skin astringency to the finish. Very light alcohol solvent-like flavor to the finish.

M - Smooth to start with a sharp carbonation bite to the finish. A residual sweetness is overtaken by the spiciness. Medium in body with a light warming.

D - The spiciness is a tad cloying in combination with the sweetness and overpowers most everything else. The more I drink it the less I want to be drinking it. A moderately good triple in the world of triples.

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Photo of steveshields
3.38/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer is called Black Tulip, and when I picked it out of the fridge at Danny's, I almost put it back because I could see straight through the dark bottle. I then saw a puff of yeast clouding up at the bottom of the bottle, and decided, "WTF"? I'm looking to try new Belgian-style beers, why not?

This beer is changing my notions of what a tripel is, or should be? Either that, or I'm very dissappointed.

This beer poured a standard Belgian gold/straw, not unlike La Fin Du Monde or Oh Brother. Similarities end with appearance.

This beer WREAKS of strong citrus- it's also a bit soapy smelling. Very sterile and not my favorite for sure, unfortunately. (New Holland's Dragon's Milk is AMAZING, and I will probably go get one of those next and review that, because it is DELICIOUS.)

Tastes VERY hoppy compared to what I am used to from this "style." Strongly pronounced Honey, like I get from Hop Juice almost. Not QUITE as hoppy as an IPA, but I am missing the usual maltiness of a Tripel. I go for Belgian styles to avoid hoppy, so again I must express some disappointment. Bottle claims a dry finish but I don't get that at all. I get sweetness, and with the claim of using sugar beets, I find that a bit misleading.

Mouthfeel is good, normal, but again, the bitter after taste is putting me off.

Drink this is you're an IPA fan or a hophead and are in the mood for something a little sweeter. If you're looking for something outstanding from New Holland, grab a Dragon's Milk. I'll pass on picking this up again, but I know many of you will love this beer, so don't let my review put you off.

ps- I HATE when they call a beer "high gravity" right on the bottle. It reminds me of beer ignorance.

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Photo of WakeandBake
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz Bottle. A cloudy dark golden color body , with a two finger lasting white head , lots of spotty lacing , highly carbonated. Aroma is of lemon zest, banana,spice and dough. Flavor is sweeter than expected ,warming, malty, slight grain taste, rock candy, peppercorns,banana,and light cloves , the high carbonation keeps the sweetness in check , faint hops in the finish , full body , smooth / lively mouthfeel . Very good and drinkable.

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Photo of mhatters
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle I purchased in Chicago on a recent business trip into a Duvel glass

Pours orangeyellow color with a thin white head

Lots of fruit in the nose, peach, apple and grape, with the yeast there as well. A hint of sweetness too.

The flavor has more spice than the nose, which I like. The fruit - a new citrus flavor comes through strongly, is cut superbly by pepper and coriander.

Strong finish, a sharp note at the end, again, pleasing.

The mouthfeel is big and a balance between crisp and creamy if that makes sense.

I am really enjoying this, not sure if it is a tripel or more of a Belgian strong ale, but I really do not care

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Photo of Pencible
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured a clear dark gold with some white head. It smelled like a typical trippel with dominant sour wild yeast and lemon hops, with light copper and grassy malts. It tasted like sour lemon and metallic copper hops, with surprisingly strong barley and caramel malt and bready yeast. It was moderately thick with some smooth carbonation, and had a mild sour aftertaste. Overall this was a nicely enjoyable trippel. It smelled pretty sour, but the taste was much more malty and balanced. That, along with a great silky body and fairly well hidden alcohol, made this very easy to drink. It wasn't very complex or delicate compared to some other pale Belgians, but I really liked it, especially on a summer evening.

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Photo of Vancer
3.57/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ol' blackie pours a hazy amber orange, nicely done with a frothy white head that dies rather quickly.

Fruity aroma of pears, apple and a hint of cinnamon. Spicy quaff conters the initial sweetness, leaving the fruit for a hot finish. Actually, the spicy hotness lingers for a short bit, interfering with a clean drinking experience. Not a bad trippel, but not one that I'll be hankering to get again.

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Photo of atsprings
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a Duvel snifter a nice hazy bubbly pale orange with a thin eggshell head that diminishes to a ring and leaves spotty lacing. Aroma is nice amount of sweet malts and decent spice. The taste is an intriguing blend of sweet malt, rock candy and nice spice with slight sweet fruits. The beer is medium bodied with some alcohol presence, but the 9% well hidden. This is a very respectable American brewed Tripel.

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Photo of roadhouse
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber into a tulip

Pours a clear golden color with a one inch white head that falls to a skim. Retention is good. Lots of lacing is left on the glass.

Aroma has notes of candi sugar, biscuity, bready malt, some yeasty funk and a bit of spiciness. Perhaps a bit of apple.

Taste has some sweet sugar notes up front followed by a bit of fruit and biscuity malt. Lots of clovey spiciness comes in next and lingers on in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body, very smooth and creamy. Despite the spiciness it doesn't get harsh as some tripels sometimes do.

This one really surprised me. I can't believe I haven't had it before this since I've seen it so many times. Definitely worth a try.

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Black Tulip Belgian-Style Tripel Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 643 ratings