New Holland Black Tulip Trippel Ale | New Holland Brewing Company

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New Holland Black Tulip Trippel AleNew Holland Black Tulip Trippel Ale

Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
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 -12.2%
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 smakawhat
4.56/5  rDev +18.4%
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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Photo of bassmantin
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
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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Photo of zaphodchak
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
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 DrDemento456
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
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 BMMillsy
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
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 barnzy78
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
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 -1.8%
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 morimech
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
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 -4.4%
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 HarrySTruman
2.85/5  rDev -26%
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 BB1313
3.2/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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 +13.8%
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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Photo of optimistictour
4.6/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Perfect golden, thin head but thick lace, light but opaque, constant bubbles unfastened...

This smells of bananas, clove, sugar, wheat, and I don't know... subtle fruit hidden behind that elusive Belgian essence.

It tastes even better. Beyond the smells mentioned I'm feeling deep honey through and through.

The body is thicker than the opacity or hue convey. Smooth yet varied texture, mellowing out across the palate... it's velvet personified.

The thing about this beer is that the "overall" scores a 5 while the components do not. It adds up to something more complete and fulfilling than its components hint..

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I picked up a bottle of New Holland's Black Tulip Tripel Ale a couple weeks ago for $3.89 at The Lager Mill. I have been wanting to try this beer for a while now so I was happy when New Holland decided to release this beer again, I lover this style, so lets see how it goes. 2012 Vintage, Spring Release. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a tulip.

A- I really like the label on this beer, it's well done and it catches the eye. It poured a nice darker golden color that was a little hazy and took on a nice bright amber color when held to the light and it had three fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and left lots of nice lacing. This a pretty damn good looking Tripel, I have no complaints.

S- This beer has a pretty intense aroma, it starts off sweet with a nice combination of different fruit juices, there's some apple, pear, and a little bit of white grape. After that comes the yeast which imparts all those nice spicy aspects that you would expect from the style, cloves seems to stick out the most. Towards the end I get some banana along with some light bubble gum aromas, along with beet sugar, which doesn't seem much different from Belgian candied sugar. This is Tripel has a good aroma that is very true to style, I think it's nice.

T- The taste seems to be somewhat similar to the aroma, it starts off with a higher amount of sweetness, there's some slight malty flavors that quickly give way to some banana flavors. Next up is the Belgian yeast which imparts a medium amount of spices with cloves sticking out the most. Towards the end I get some more sweetness from the beet sugar and a slight bit of alcohol mixed in with the sweetness. It had a lower amount of bitterness with sweet and banana flavored aftertaste. This is an average tasting Tripel, it was too sweet and not as full flavored as the better Tripels.

M- Not that smooth, some cloying sweetness, a little creamy, a little chewy, on the medium side of being full bodied, with a slightly higher amount of medium carbonation. The Mouthfeel was Ok, but I wish it wasn't so cloying.

Overall I wasn't too impressed with this beer and I thought that it was a pretty average example of the style, there were some good aspects with this beer but when it came to the taste it started to go down hill. This beer didn't have good drinkability, the sweetness and booze made it not that smooth and the flavors just couldn't hold my attention, one is enough for me. What I liked most about this beer was the appearance and aroma, they were both very true to style and nicely done. What I liked least about this beer was the flavor, too sweet and a little bland, pretty rough around the edges. I wouldn't buy this beer again, I would much rather have Arbor's Phat Abbot, it's cheaper and much better tasting. I was a little let down with this beer, I was expecting a nice Tripel, and that's what I got till I got to the taste, then it went down hill. I had their Beer Hive Tripel and didn't care for it, and this one seemed to follow suit but it wasn't nearly as bad as the Beer Hive. In my opinion Phat Abbot is still the best Michigan made Tripel. New Holland can make some pretty good beers, but when it comes to Tripel's they always fall short, maybe this style just isn't for you guys, better luck next time.

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Photo of webmanspidey
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours a light golden color and somewhat fizzy. The smell is mostly sweet fruit juices, led by apple, pear, and white grape. The taste also is heavy on apple and pear, with some peppery spiciness and slight clove flavors. Alcohol is hidden very well, and only slightly noticeable towards the finish. There is a slight hops presence towards the finish as well.

This is very tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of mrfrancis
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark, hazy gold with an extremely thin, fizzy white mousse. I would have liked to see greater head retention, but honestly didn't expect it, as this beer has been cellared for some time.

S: Aromas of caramel, lemon, oranges in syrup, candy sugar, and earthy, tobacco-tinged hops fill the nose.

T: Notes of caramel, lemon, oranges in syrup, candy sugar, lime, chalk, grass, anise, and tobacco wash across the palate. The finish is bright and fruity with lemon, lime, and orange notes. In terms of taste, this is a perfect tripel.

M: Surprisingly dry, firm, and full-bodied for the style. Carbonation is gentle and unobtrusive. Alcohol presence is rather subdued, making this dangerously drinkable despite its strength.

O: This is really an excellent little tripel, and is one of the few American tripels I have encountered that perfectly nails the classic flavor components of the style. I would have no problem recommending this to anyone interested in Belgian ales.

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Photo of cooler4life
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from last batch in May '10

A: Pours a 2 finger fluffy white head that settles to just a white ridge along the sides of the glass. Color is great- a slightly cloudy pale orangey yellow color.

S: Tangy and sweet. Almost like an orange peel and mango rock candy. Clean.

T: Pineapple, apple, yeast, peppery. The hearty backbone of the Belgian yeast and malt take back seat to the citrus flavors. This is definitely an American take on the style. Aftertaste leaves a slightly sweet coating.

M: Medium and moderately carbonated. Surprisingly light given the high ABV. Finishes smooth and slightly dry.

O: The dimensions of this beer combine to make something really special. Goes down o so smooth. I'm not sure that is closely aligns with the Tripel style, but I think New Holland has created something special with Black Tulip. I will look forward to its return.

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Photo of tsauce2
3.62/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P: On tap into a pint glass

A: SRM is hazy golden/straw yellow. Head is off white, 1/2 in., frothy and dissipates to line the top of the beer. Medium carbonation. Medium lacing.

S: Fruity esters of orange and also floral notes.

T: Lighter flavor profile than usual for a tripel. Alcohol is noticable. Citrus notes. Malt and slight sweetness hit sides of the palate.

M: Slightly chewy/yeasty. Touch of sourness excites the palate. Wet finish.

O: Nice balance of flavors. Floral and citrus notes are enjoyable, but overall this is not as big/full flavored as most tripels. I would have it again if on tap and was in the mood though.

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Photo of mikereaser
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2009 vintage pulled from the back of the cellar

A - Pours a brownish red with very little foam to speak of, just a ring of bubbles around the glass.
S - very malty aroma, some belgian spice, some brown sugar
T - nice flavor, alot of banana and clove, a bit of pepper, the malty sweetness isn't as prominent and I would expect given the nose.
M - medium bodied, not as heavy as I was expecting. light carbonation
D - nice flavor, probably not one i'd go for again. I probably shouldn't have let it sit as long as I did and I would like to compare it to a fresh one.

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Photo of ahq514
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz bottle into Duvel tulip glass. New Holland says the last batch they shipped was May 2010, so I figure this is from that batch.

Pours a deep, cloudy, golden color. Lots of little bubbles rising to the surface. A nice fluffy white head that dissipates down to just less than a fingers worth.

Aroma is not as strong as I would have expected. Getting some floral and citrus aroma, guessing somewhat from the hops but mostly from spices. Speaking of spices, I detect some slight peppercorn as well. A slight amount of funk, banana, toasted malts, maybe some wheat?

I like this quite a bit. Pretty sweet for a tripel, but not overly so. A real nice toasted caramel malt sweetness comes through. Definitely not as dry as many other belgian style tripels, although there is a drier, alcohol, warming finish. Not as much spice as I detected in the aroma. Definitely not as much of that floral, citrus, peppercorn flavor. Banana comes through.

Mouthfeel is great. Not overly carbonated, nice medium bodied beer.

Overall, this is a nice rendition of a Tripel. Sweeter than I had expected and the aroma didn't transfer as much to the taste as most beers do. Pretty enjoyable.

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Photo of paperbackfoster
4.55/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a honeyed, orange haze. Very cloudy. A generously fluffy two finger head falls back to one/one and a half with foamy, clingy retention on the way down.

S - Smells of the Belgian yeast content with fruit rind and dark sugar notes.

T - Candied fruits, tangy yeast. A very light tripel or weizen flavor. The sweetness is a raw one, like cane sugar - no doubt from the beet sugars New Holland promises. Whatever floral or spice you’d expect from any hopping seems absent, replaced with a clove flavor. While I wouldn’t say I find the usual banana flavor, there’s definitely a smooth “ripe” flavor over a base of spices.

M - Tingly from the sugar. Feels very big right in the middle, keeping you from guzzling this beer. The 9% ABV is well hidden.

O - This remains one of my favorite beers. I like the Americanized take on the trippel style - definitely beats out even some of the "true" trippels for me. The flavor is one of the most unique I've had, combining the style with aspects of a weizen, or even hefeweizen. I'd definitely recommend picking up a bottle, but the truly lucky will find it on tap. Even better.

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Photo of wedgie9
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes. Tasted on draft at The Publican. Pours clear golden with a thick white head. Nose is Belgian yeast, strong honey sweetness, and a nice floral note. Flavor is sweet with clover honey, some orange, a hint of bitterness, and very well balanced. The body is fairly full and coating with average carbonation and a long bitter honey finish.

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Photo of zrab11
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a nice hazy gold color with a fluffy 2 finger head,good lacing

S- Has a banana and clove smell, also getting some spices

T- has a fruity yeast flavor up front followed by some sweet alcohol in the middle and then finish's with a banana flavor

M-medium bodied with good carbonation

D-overall i was hoping for alittle more from this beer. But i was still satisfied. It had good flavor but maybe alittle off in balance. I would def. drink this one again but prob. wouldn't seek it out.

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New Holland Black Tulip Trippel Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
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