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Beerhive Tripel - New Holland Brewing Company

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199 Ratings
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Ratings: 199
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 14.08%
Wants: 8
Gots: 11 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.47% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: adamette on 08-07-2010)
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Reviews by WastingFreetime:
Photo of WastingFreetime
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Poured out a coppery amber color with two fingers of cream colored froth that lasts for about three minutes, leaving behind medium amounts of lacing on the glass. Medium body and lower side of medium carbonation levels.

Compared to a Belgian Tripel... this beer has a definite emphasis on honey and ginger in both the aroma and flavor, but conversely seems to have lost a fair portion of the banana and clove character, and lacks that typical silky smooth mouthfeel. It's also rather hot with alcohol, and my instinct tells me that cellar aging to reduce the alcohol burn would most likely also drop the bananas and clove down even -further- to unacceptably minimal levels, so I'm not going to bother trying. I do like the prominent ginger and honey, however, it needs a higher level of the normal Tripel characteristics to support itself than this.

WastingFreetime, Oct 03, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

oberon, Mar 14, 2011
Photo of DanGeo
4/5  rDev +12.7%

DanGeo, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of tectactoe
3.58/5  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.

tectactoe, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of warnerry
3.28/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

warnerry, Jun 24, 2012
Photo of tigg924
3.93/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

tigg924, Sep 27, 2010
Photo of locckdown
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

locckdown, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of reitzbrewing
4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

reitzbrewing, Dec 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

JIMTRK16, Feb 26, 2014
Photo of seavercm
3/5  rDev -15.5%

seavercm, Oct 21, 2013
Photo of Stigs
2.73/5  rDev -23.1%
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.

Stigs, Feb 12, 2011
Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Sammy, Apr 17, 2011
Photo of danp14
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

danp14, May 11, 2012
Photo of zaphodchak
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

zaphodchak, Aug 05, 2011
Photo of prototypic
3.55/5  rDev 0%
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.

prototypic, Sep 18, 2010
Photo of spartanlaker
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

spartanlaker, Nov 14, 2013
Photo of AndrewNations
2.83/5  rDev -20.3%
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.

AndrewNations, Sep 28, 2010
Photo of russpowell
3.35/5  rDev -5.6%
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

russpowell, Aug 10, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Kegatron, Jul 31, 2013
Photo of beergorrilla
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

beergorrilla, Aug 25, 2013
Photo of mzeld
2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

mzeld, Mar 27, 2012
Photo of Hazer115
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Hazer115, Aug 22, 2011
Photo of ohiobeer29
4/5  rDev +12.7%

ohiobeer29, Feb 16, 2013
Photo of Acuity
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Acuity, Sep 22, 2013
Photo of uziangis
2/5  rDev -43.7%

uziangis, Oct 10, 2012
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Beerhive Tripel from New Holland Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 199 ratings.