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RATINGS: 468   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Since the early 1600's, the Dutch have attempted to breed a pure black tulip. Many have tried and a few have come close...but none have succeeded. Call it the Holy Grail of the tulip world. In honor of this elusive flower we have brewed this special elixir. We have combined the finest Belgian malt, rare European hops, an authentic Belgian yeast and finally, the brew is dusted with tulip petals. The resulting blend is nothing less than magical.


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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gachupines (1087) - USA - JUL 10, 2013
Golden with a light white head. Aroma is vague pepper with yeast. Flavor is peppery with doughy yeast. A little sweet in the finish, vaguely strong alcohol aftertaste. Wife rating: 3.7


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
akoeninger (560) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 25, 2015
Hazy golden with aroma of sweet floral Belgian yeast and light soice. Taste is very similar with some fruity esthers. Definitely a sweet and floral brew.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mark_Eck (1225) - - JUL 12, 2015
Bottle. Pours a hazy copper color. Aroma and taste are sweet with belgium yeast and cloves.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ajnepple (3552) - Conifer, Colorado, USA - JUN 16, 2015
12 oz single bottle from Mollyís Spirits. Clear golden appearance with a white head and a touch of lacing. Aroma of fruity esters, banana, clove, alcohol, caramel, toffee and yeast. Similar flavor, with a heavy cloying sweetness. Medium to fully body with a syrupy feel and a sweet finish. OK.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
drjay44 (2994) - Salida, Colorado, USA - JUN 13, 2015
12 oz. bottle. Vintage 2015. 10.5% ABV per the label. Pours a thin, well retained off white head, over a slightly hazy dark gold (SRM 6) body.....nose is spice, including hints of ginger, ripe banana, herbal hops, cereal....taste is slightly sweet with banana, bits of bubblegum, multiple spices including cardamom, clove, ginger, light cereal malts, becoming lightly peppery, finishing with mild spice hop bitterness......mouth feel, light of medium body, sticky, alcohol warmth present, carbonation adds slight creaminess. The banana and attendant bubblegum notes in both aroma and flavor are a bit stronger than typical in this style. It does not approach Hefeweizen levels. The result is a beer a bit too sweet, not quite spice dominated enough, and muddled. Perhaps a change in yeast or yeasts and using less beet sugar would improve. This is a different recipe than the original as evidenced by the Vintage and the higher ABV. BJCP 7/3/13/4/6

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ads135 (3563) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - JUN 6, 2015
I donít see too many straight tripels from American breweries much any more so this was a welcome surprise. Rich and malty with lots of dark fruit, some candy sugar and molasses.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HappyHandsClub (22) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUN 5, 2015
Well worth $9.99 a 4-pack. Some 4-packs have settled yeast/Michigan beet sugar and others do not. Turning horizontal bottle before opening lifts whatís settled off bottom dramatically improving body and flavor. Itís not the Chimay Belgian Ale I grew up on30+ years ago, but be sure to only purchase 4-packs with yeast on bottom. Apparently some batches or most recent batches have eliminated itís introduction thus diminishing character in this brew.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
onceblind (5692) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 16, 2015
Cloudy golden with a thin white foamy head. Earthy eatery Belgian nose with a bit of Belgian blonde malt. Big fluffy Belgian blonde malt with big yeasty tripel esters, banana, and a hint of booze and a bit of toast/biscuit. Really full and rich and complex. Nice and crisp but also estery and fruity and yeasty. Really keen.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmohno (1280) - Iowa, USA - MAY 5, 2015
Pours a peachy orange gold. Some soapy head. Aromas of sweet buttery caramel fruit bannanna and mixed fruit juicy, pepper, anise. marshmello spice. Same in taste, banana cream, bigger on peppery clovy(but not reall clovy) spice , some clove anise or licorice like, rich malt but smooth, buttery, a little more on the sweet side, 10.5% bottle by the way, not real boozy, orange, citrus, some grassiness and some dryness in finish. Pretty good. Pretty pleasant, not much to not like about this and Im not mostly real big on American Interpretation of Belgian style. I would say this is up there with some of the good authentic Belgian beer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wlajwl (4683) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - MAY 2, 2015
Aroma is mildly spicy/Belgian yeast and pale malts. The flavor is Belgian yeast, fruit, spices, vegetables and a mildly tart/sour/increasingly warming finish.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rondphoto (2936) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - APR 26, 2015
bottle @ Party Town / Florence KY --- Hazy dark amber color, full ivory head cover, bands of lace. Aroma of malt, hops and bread. Taste is semi-sweet malt that shows alcohol and floral hops early before allowing the malt to reappear in a long finish that becomes warmer and warmer. Big, filling, strong.


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