Beerhive Tripel - New Holland Brewing Company

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Ratings: 213
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 14.04%
Wants: 9
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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New Holland Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.47% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: AlexJ on 07-30-2010

From the label:

Little John's local bees create a wildflower-honey which lends a sweet, earthy complexity to this traditional style beer. A snap of ginger provides a refreshing finish. Pairings: Fresh veggies, soft-ripened cheese, fruit of late summer, custards& biscuits.
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Reviews by AlexJ:
Photo of AlexJ
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light golden pour capped by billowy white head that leaved decent lace.

Aromas od golden malts, yeasty spice, pepper, ginger and light honey sweetness.

Flavors of light fruit, white pepper, ginger, and light honey lead to a dryish finish.

Active carbonation lends to a medium body with little alcoholic heat for a 9% brew. Worth checking out.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a chalice a deep amber with a tinge of burnt orange,a well defined but quick to fade head atop.Alot of crystalized ginger in the nose along with sweet honey,there is a light floral note behind the sweetness but its there,quite sweet on the palate,big honey and some spiced phenols,the ginger and sweet alcohol creeps as I drink more.The flavors are not bad albeit a little to sweet and the alcohol creeps,the drinkibility isnt that great but a small glass of this wouldnt be bad.

Photo of tectactoe
3.59/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a burnt amber, slightly copper color. Lots and lots of bubbles race to the top and a thin, off-white head remains around the edges of the glass on top of the beer, but not so much in the middle. Little lacing on the glass.

The initial smell is like a tripel with a strong honey overtone. Slightly spicy and fruity with hints of malt and sweetness along with a touch of alcohol. The first taste that hits you is a bit of peppery spice along with a slight tartness and sweetness from the fruit. White grape is the most noticeable. Very bready and yeasty - think biscuit with honey. The alcohol is noticeable and provides a strong warmth, especially as the glass goes on. Near the end of the tongue, the spice gets more harsh and the ginger finally comes out as pretty potent. Upon swallowing, the mouth is left with a bit of a burn and slight honey. The beer is volatile, but not as much as most other tripel ales. Medium body, somewhat creamy.

I'm a big fan of tripel ales. This one was pretty good. I like that fact that they tried something different and in some ways it worked wonderfully - the honey was a nice, sweet addition, and the ginger really came out in the end. However, the alcohol burn was more noticeable than it should be at 8.4% and I feel like it covered up many of the traditional tripel flavors that I was looking for (clove, banana, citrus, more spices). Overall, a good beer that I would have again. Definitely a sipping beer, though.

Photo of warnerry
3.31/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a beautiful clear amber, bordering on mahagony, with one and a half fingers of light tan head. Head has decent retention before fading to a cap, with small amounts of lacing.

S - A surprising amount of apple in the aroma, along with candi sugar, some yeast notes, a bit of grape and faint spice. Doesn't smell like the most traditional tripel, but not bad.

T - Belgian yeast up front, with apple, honey, grape, some candi sugar and dry spiciness mixed with ginger and apple cider on the finish. Definitely not very traditional, and the finish isn't really that appealing, but still an interesting twist.

M - Medium mouthfeel with a sweet start followed by a dry, somewhat earthy finish.

O - I appreciate the attempt at something different, but there any number of more traditional tripels that I would rather have. Glad I tried it, but probably wouldn't have this again.

Photo of tigg924
3.92/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: minimal head, cloudy, red-brown in color, moderate carbonation

Smell: toasted malt, honey, and alcohol

Taste: honey that starts in the middle and is dominate towards the end, bread, toasted malt, small apple, and alcohol

Mouthfeel: thick and heavy bodied, moderate carbonation, sweet with an alcoholic burn

Drinkability: Very good for the style. The bread and honey shine as advertised. The honey is as dominant in this beer as I have ever seen. The alcohol does hit quick, so this is a sipper. I would look for this if it were in my area.

Photo of chinchill
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

650 ml.2013 bottle served in a Belgian snifter.
Lightly hazy dark amber with semi-durable head.

Aroma: floral notes; a hint of honey, bubblegum, biscuits and faint citrus. Boozy.

Flavor: sweet baked bread, honey, faint citrus and wheat. The ginger is subdued and barely shows even in the aftertaste. A bit sweet, as expected.

Feel: Medium body; medium-low carbonation.

O: honey is subdued but pervasive, being evident in the nose and taste, and even seeming to lend a hand in coloration. Compared to my hopes for this beer, it is slightly high in sweetness and a bit low in complexity.

Photo of Stigs
2.77/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

22oz bottle - split (thankfully). served in tulips.

A - pours with about an inch of creamy, frothy just off-white colored foam. the beer is unusually dark for the style, almost straight amber in color. layers of sticky lacing left behind save this from being a disaster.

S - very soapy, with hints of pear and banana. yeast adds some clove, and a slight banana and sour green apple. not much grace here.

T - begins with a flash of stale, somewhat abrasive fruity sweetness. completely lacks that crisp grain and assertive yeast bite of better Tripels. stale taste throughout: aspirin, alcohol, and cardboard abound.

M - medium to light-ish bodied for the style, but has that nice crisp and cutting carbonation. a bit sticky through the finish, with some alcohol washing everything away at the end - though rather harshly.

D - dont know what it is about this, nothing adds up, and nothing is really appealing to me. a poor example of the style. more of a "this is a bastardized American example of a classic Belgian style done awfully". dont even give this to your worst enemy.

Photo of Sammy
3.87/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Higher alcohol beeverage, a tripel? Ginger in the aroma along with yeast, ginger is the dominant taste. Hops infused with honey. Ginger comes through in every sip, unusual, bit decent. Good head, cloudy body. Bold herbal tea.Above average mouthfeel.Worth a try.

Photo of zaphodchak
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased 4 days ago from Whole Foods in Richmond.

Ruby-amber body with lots of bubbles and a finger of frothy off-white head, which eventually dissipates into nothing.

Smell is a whiff of honey, with some faint Belgian tang? The undertone is hard for me to pin down. Could be the ginger.

Taste is interesting (more so than when I tasted it at the tap)-- mellow honey, but the finish is a lot sharper. At first, you think it's the carbonation, but it's the spicy ginger making an appearance towards the finish. Doesn't immediately strike me as a 'tripel', but maybe a bright golden ale. Slightly shroomier as it warms.

There's a bit of carbonation here, but it's easy to confuse the spice of the ginger for that. It's all right, but not fantastic.

Kind of interesting; for the things on the label and description, I expected something more intense, but this is certainly more drinkable for opting in favor of balance. I set the bar high for New Holland, so I guess I expected more.

Photo of prototypic
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beerhive pours a copper/amber color. It's very hazy, and has red highlights when held to light. A soft, off-white head caps the top. It rises to about a finger and a half in depth before falling quickly. Lacing was rather sparse.

The nose is pretty good. It kicks off with a strong spicy yeast scent. It smells slightly Belgian in character, but not quite enough. Clove, ginger, and pepper are the most notable spices. It has a slightly sweet smelling malty base. Honey is somewhat subtle, but is there. Alcohol is somewhat prominent. Moreso than it should be. Smells pretty good. More Belgian yeast would really do the trick.

The flavor is about on par with the nose. The malt base is flavorful and slightly sweet. It works well with the spicy yeast. The yeast tastes a little Belgian-esque, but it's really not enough. Needs more to really satisfy. Clove, ginger, and pepper spices add some pizzazz. Honey is present, but is somewhat subtle. I don't really think it adds a great deal, but it's not bad. Alcohol is a little strong in flavor. It falls just short of warming, but a lighter presence would still be an improvement. Finishes a little sweet and spicy.

Beerhive has a medium body. Carbonation is dialed down nicely, and it does go down pretty smooth. Feel is probably its strongest asset. Drinkability is above average. The flavor is pretty good. I'm enjoying the bottle. While it's nowhere near the world's best Tripels, Beerhive is an interesting take on it.

Beerhive is an interesting release from New Holland that's not altogether bad. I'm not in love with it, but it's really not bad. A stronger Belgian yeast flavor would improve it dramatically. A little less alcohol flavor would, too. The honey flavor is alright, but doesn't seem to improve things dramatically. It's interesting though and is worth a try if you're into Tripels and/or honey.

Photo of AndrewNations
2.82/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Wow so there is not a whole lot to say about this one.

I appreciate the innovation here but it just doesn't come together for me. The Belgian yeast is certainly on the nose and transcends to the front of the pallet.

After that this one fizzles out as I get no sweetness from the honey or anything else for that matter. The high abv makes this feel a bit warm and also lacks any much in terms of drinkability.

Photo of russpowell
3.32/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a super-effervscent orange with a sliver of beige head. Minimal head retention & lacing

S: Pears & appleskins that fade quickly

T: Follows the nose, some pineapple as well up front. More pears, slight boozeyness & honey dryness, not really getting any ginger here. Finished dry with green apple skins & a touch pineapple & white grape juice

MF: Medium bodied, fairly light carbonation, this skews a touch sweet

Drinks easy, but nothing special

Photo of Hazer115
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this over the weekend at one of our favorite places to eat. It was served to me it a tulip.

A: When the waitress brought it to the table it still had a two to three finger off-white head that seemed to linger for quite a while.

S: It did not have a strong smell at all; I had a bit of a slight fruity bread smell to it.

T: Crisp clean start gives way to some floral afer-tones with hints of hops at the finish

M: Seem pretty light to me for the style

O: I liked it, it was the best and wasn’t anything to write home about, but I wouldn't deter anyone from trying it.

Photo of morimech
2.93/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Vintage 2011

Reddish, dark amber with two fingers of head that quickly settled to a thin cap. Moderate amount of lacing is left on the glass. Not golden colored like most tripels, this is a lot darker.

Aroma is rather straight forward. The fruity esters come through nicely with hints of ginger and green apples.

A lot of ginger upfront in the flavor. Then there is a pecular fruit flavor that dominates the rest of the beer. It is like a combination of tart apple and pomegranate. Not a particular good combination. Honey is not tasted. Alcohol is hidden but gives some warmth.

Medium bodied with carbonation that is a little low. The beer lays on the tongue lazily.

Not a successful attempt at the style. For the same money I could buy a Belgian classic.

Photo of alleykatking
3.32/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 22oz bottle.

A- Pours a semi-hazy golden amberish color. Two finger white head has low retention and caps the beer when all is said and done. Light lacing on the sides of the glass kind of streaky.

S- Spicey yeasty Belgian scent. Giner and clove..light banana. There is a light malt balance to this but...the alcohol which is heavy in the aroma kind of kills this one off. A underlying sweetness with the honey is on par throughout the entire nose.

T- Sweet malt base upfront with a light Belgian yeast flavor (very subdue). The spicing on this with the ginger and clove give it a little extra flavor but these are muted a little. The honey they were proud about doesn't make it all the way to the forefront and stays in the very back. The alcohol is very present in the ending.

M- Medium-heavy mouthfeel. Carbonation is a little on the light side for the beer and style. Flavors were not all too balanced together. Light spices and sweet malts left on the palate. Aftertaste has a ton of alcohol in it. Heavy drying on the palate from the alcohol.

D- This was a alright beer. Nothing too special about it although I see aging this one to hinder some of the hotness from the alcohol and this could be better tasting. Nice try New Holland but if you boast about the honey in the beer then please use it a little more to your advantage.

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.79/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed from the 22 iz bottle. This tripel pours a golden honey colored amber, with a nice frothy white head of dissipating bubbles that finally rests to a thick ring and soapy layer with great looking lacing. Nose of sweet light honey malts, fresh grated ginger, clove and perhaps a dash of nutmeg, strong alcohol, and light caramel. Flavors are up front sweet, tons of sweet, honey and clove collide in the mid and back of this ale with more sweetness than you can shake a mash paddle at. Light hops and ginger come to the rear of the taste giving some needed roundness to this ale. Slick, smooth, highly carbonated mouth feel makes for an easy drinker while the aftertaste has a strong alcohol flavor that is a little over the top. Love most brews from this company, this one is solid, yet a bit overly expressive on the sweet side which is amazing to hear from me since I love sweet brews.

Photo of Kikkycat
4.08/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz goblet, on draft.
A: dark for a tripel, about the color of the wildflower honey it contains. Thin head that quickly vanished leaving but a skim and a liitle lacing.

A: true Belgian aroma- sweet, yeasty, potent

T: honey, bread, woodsy taste. Very faint metallic taste which lessens as the beer warms.

M: really nice body and mouthfeel on this one. Very enjoyable.

D: I would definitely drink this again! In fact, I'm quite hoping to!

Photo of jsh420
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours dark hazy copper orange with a 2 finger head that left no lacing

smells fruity with banana and clove

tastes of ginger sugar banana honey clove - this beer hits all the flavors a tripel should and does them well

mouthfeel - medium/heavy body well carbonated but something is off and its missing something

drinkability is ok - maybe its the sugar + heavy body + the abv

Photo of SickGnar
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Amber leaning to dark, clear with a few bubbles rising to a small ivory head that disappears fast. Poor retention & next to nothing for lace. It is a nice color, but too dark for style. Not really a “Belgian” look.

S: Honey – but not all that strong and not much for character. Narrowly sweet, light-colored honey rather than dark, floral, rich honey. Minimal anything else. Hint of dark fruit. Hint of toffee sweet & doughy malt. That is about it – weak & not at all a triple nose. Lacking a Belgian / yeast component most of all.

T: More going on here. Honey sweetness opens the show with just hint of floral character. Muted ginger and some softly peppery yeast / alcohol spice follow right behind. Some doughy & sweet toffee/dark caramel malts show up through the middle. Also jumping in at the middle are some herbal & grassy hops with rather large bittering. Some honey & floral sweetness re-emerges towards the end. Hops / yeast get earthy in the finish.

M: Just a bit over medium body, but it lays heavier due to low & soft carbonation,. A bit fuller than usual for style. Some sticky sugars and hop tannins for texture. Despite initial softness and sweetness it is fairly attenuated, and it does go firmly drying mostly from hops Slight soapiness lingers late in the finish.

D: Mead-like, more a braggot than a triple. Too dark for style and lacking in Belgian character. It does have some alright stuff going on, but it doesn’t find a groove and components do not really meld. A fair drink, but out of style and disjointedness hurts enjoy-ability.

Photo of BierFan
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a cervoise. 2010 vintage.

Appearance: Reddish amber body. Thin off-white head. Darker than your average tripel.

Smell: Very slight ginger. Doesn't really smell like any tripel I've had, but it's kind of a broad style.

Taste: Ginger and honey are really balanced and complimentary. I don't think I've ever had a beer with both ginger and honey but they work well together. Nothing out of this world, but a very solid tasting beer.

Photo of n2185
2.86/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a surprisingly dark amber/mahogany color with about a finger and a half of white head, which recedes into a thin cap with a little lacing.

S: Cloves, some Belgian spicy yeast aromas, and a slight honey aroma.

T: There are some candy sugar flavors up front followed by a spicy Belgian yeast flavor. The finish is of sweet honey and yeast.

M: Medium body and carbonation, this beer is crisp at first, but leaves behind a sticky sweet coat on the mouth that is not entirely pleasant. This style should be light and crisp with a dry finish.

D: Considering that it lacks the crispness I desire for the style and leaves behind a coating of sweetness instead, it's not a very drinkable beer. However, it does not taste particularly bad or good, so it's not the worst tripel.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a New Holland tulip glass.
Vintage 2011, 8.47% ABV, 19° P, "F301"

A - Beerhive Triple pours out a gorgeous clear goldenrod amber in color with a tall ivory head. The foam had medium retention but no leave left on the tulip. One of the best colors for a beer that I've seen!

S - Hints of spicy ginger lay behind subtle Belgian yeast esters that present white pepper and earthy clay hints. Caramel malt, pils sweetness, and raw honey notes with no hop profile to speak of.

T - Wild flower honey is apparent right away. Not fully fermented out, the flavor adds nice sweetness, body, and complexity to the brew. Hearty caramel and Belgian Biscuit malt keep the base bold while mellow Belgian yeast adds faint ester notes. A touch of ginger on the finish lends a nice undertone that draws away from the otherwise bold sweetness. Just a pinch of earthiness from hops comes in.

M - Medium-full bodied, the powerful-but-not-yet-cloying sweetness really fills the mouthfeel out. Soft carbonation and spice hints round out the finish in place of hops very well.

O - I'd really like to experience this brew with a little drop in both body and sweetness. The notes of ginger work very well but could add something significant with just a bit more. While not completely traditional, I find New Holland's unique approach with Beerhive Tripel rewarding. I just think drinkability can be improved with just a little more life in carbonation and lively yeast esters.

Photo of Rod_J
4.12/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good beer that comes as described. Love the balance of the ginger and honey as together it does help to deliver a nice earthy beer. The taste brings with it thoughts of this being a good beer to enjoy outside around nature. Good copper hue and a nice smooth finish.

Photo of iheartmyTHO
4.45/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Just tried this beer for the first time while watching the Super Bowl. I didn't notice much of the ginger flavor but that could have been because of the more flavorful foods I was eating. I definitely tasted the honey though. The honey flavor wasn't too sweet but just right. It reminded me of some nice meads I have had. This beer could easily be drunk in the winter or summer. It had a nice lightness to it despite the higher alcohol content.

Photo of peabody
3.06/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out very clear yellowish ice tea color with two fingers of off-white suds that leave quickly. Slight lacing.
Smell is quite hoppy for a trippel. I get a honey malt sugar aroma with a sharp burn to the nose that the yeast must be giving me.
Taste is bitter mish mash of hop and cooked honey. Not much else happening here. Kind of watery.
Mouthfeel is dissapointing. Kind of a boring dryness and not a lot of stickyness.
Drinkability is low. I wouldn't want another one of these at all. This is pretty bad.

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Beerhive Tripel from New Holland Brewing Company
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