Black Tulip is a Belgian style Tripel Ale produced by New Holland Brewing of Holland, Michigan.
BJCP Guidelines for the Tripel say the aroma should be spicy, fruity, and citrus-like with a low hop aroma. The flavor should mix spice, fruit, alcohol, and soft malts. The guidelines say it should not be sweet, though personally I prefer a mild sweetness with minimal hops bitterness in the style.
Black Tulip pours a hazy gold color with thin white head that dissipates quickly.
The aroma is fruity, malty, spicy, and carries a hint of biscuit.
The flavor starts malty, then turns sweet, spicy, and mildly citrus. At 21 IBUs, it's at the low end of bitterness for the style (20-40 per BJCP notes) which is fine by me. At 8.8% alcohol, it provides a peppery or warming note, but this isn't overdone.
Beer Advocate gives Black Tulip and 87/100 out of 100. Rate Beer gives it an 84/100. These are in line with my own rating of 8/10.
It's hard to find a bottle of this beer, unfortunately. I received this bottle as a gift and haven't seen it in a local store since.