Want to know a secret? Cryptic Review started as a way to make fun of beer and wind snobs. It is true. At my first beer festival it was decided that everytime one of my group had a beer we would have to explain how it tastes to everyone else using the most pretentious adjectives we could think of. “Perpendicular” was one of my favorites from that day. New Holland Brewing was there, and it was their Dragon’s Milk that started my cryptic reviews. Not that it was the first beer I had there, but it was because of New Holland’s talent for making beers that will knock you on your ass, just to get back up and get in line to have another.
The first time I had Black Tulip was just as eventful. or so I am told.
The Black Tulip is a Belgian Tripel, clocking in at 10.5% according to the bottle, that they describe as “Mysterious, alluring and seductive, yet tantalizingly elusive; these are the storied characteristics of the Black Tulip.” One way that I will describe it is simply as a beer that is dangerous for tasting the way it does while being as strong as it is. Another way I can describe it is in the video you will find below..