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Beerhive Tripel - New Holland Brewing Company

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Reviews: 79
Hads: 213
Avg: 3.55
pDev: 14.08%
Wants: 9
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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: 79 | Hads: 213
Photo of Kerrie
4.54/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Loving this!

A- A deep golden color. Nearly no head or lacing. However, if that's the worst part of a beer, I'm okay with that.

S- Smells like honey and I want to say pumpkin pie spice. Yum!

T- Tastes like honey and spices. One of the most unique tripels I've had. It's like Hopslam mixed with a good tripel.

M- What I'd expect from a fall-ish type beer. Not watery but not too thick. Goes down smooth.

Overall, I love this and wish I had gotten an extra bottle or five. It's on my list. I'm even thinking that I need to give it to my New Holland and tripel loving best friend for her upcoming birthday.

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Photo of iheartmyTHO
4.45/5  rDev +25.4%
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.

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Photo of fear025
4.37/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Bavarian Lodge, Lisle, IL.

Aroma:Spicy Belgian yeast notes.

Appearance:Medium amber in color, very little head, good lacing.

Taste:Moderate malt sweetness in the front, along with some light hop spicyness. The honey flavor in this beer is subtly present in the foretaste and the midtaste. The aftertaste is amazingly nutty.

Mouthfeel:Very smooth, medium-light body to this beer, nice carbonation. Even though it's 8.47% ABV, there is very little alcohol warmth.

Drinkability:This is a fantastic beer that's very easy to drink. It's very pleasant. With a name like beerhive, I was afraid they would overdo the honey in this beer, but they made it subtle enough that it blends in nicely with the other flavors.

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Photo of Rod_J
4.12/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.12/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a really nice looking gold color with a thin white head on top. The smell of the beer was sweet from all the honey that was in it. The beer hardly smelled like a Tripel. The taste of the beer was very nice in my opinion. It reminded me more of a Braggot Ale than a tripel. The mouthfeel had a good amount of body to it and a creamy feel. Overall this beer was very nice I thought. It's something I would buy again for sure.

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Photo of Kikkycat
4.08/5  rDev +14.9%
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!

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Photo of farrago
4.07/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Crests above three fingers of looser microfoam settles down to a steady half finger of orange tinged off-white color, the lacing starts to move swiftly down the glass sides than suddenly seizes up and sticks. Light gauziness to the glowing amber color, sunset reds and oranges, very fine and tiny bubbles. While the nose is sweet it is in no way heavy and maintains admirable clarity among its elements, the honey does not seek too much terrain, likewise the ginger is fresh and clean like at a sushi bar, has a lingering pepperiness as well, then milk chocolate, sweet lees, apricot, peach and nectarine fruit scents, as much peat as flowers, longlasting presence. Medium-bodied, again fresher and more nimble than might be expected, the carbonation light on its feet and greases forward momentum. Hard to make a case for it as a classic “tripel” but taken on its own merits, there’s a lot to like in the ginger, pepper, salt spices and honey, molasses and chocolate, once more, without it being a sugar fest. The orange, tangerine infusion comes at the right time and supports the honey while brings a touch more sourness. Coats the palate well by the finish, as a result the peat and dirt elements soak in. This tastes like a luckily executed experiment, to be thought of as “extra-category” and, if so, not that hard to find a good few reasons to like it.

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Photo of EnJeiBee
4.05/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - It pours a transparent amber, producing a thin white head that leaves great lacing in its wake.

S - The honey is very pronounced. It smells sweet and pleasantly fruity.

T - Again, the sweetness of the honey is present at first, followed by a warm nutty aftertaste. Unfortunately, I don't get the ginger at all, which is completely fine with me (although, since NH says it's brewed with ginger I would've liked it to be there).

M - Medium bodied and creamy on the palate. There is virtually no warmth from the booze either.

O - I think this is a pretty interesting brew. The honey seems to have added some complexity and weight to the typical notes you expect from a tripel. Obviously, this wouldn't be a good thing to some, but I really appreciate that this is unique. I would certainly grab another one.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.02/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 Vintage.

A - This is a good looking beer, with a clear, dark brown color with just a hint of red, a light tan head that forms up solidly, pillowing out quickly, with lacing as it goes down.

S - The honey is forward, as one might expect. A certain souring present, as well, which I peg as yeast. A certain booziness comes through, along with additional light hints of funk.

T - The first hit is of dried fruit, golden raisins in particular, but the mid-section blows up with a strong honey core. There is a certain burliness around the edges, but the alcohol is fairly well subdued. This is a sweet beer. The honey continues into the fade, with souring notes coming through in the finish. Light hints of leather and rubber, but nothing that detracts from the overall experience. The ginger notes, such as they are, play mostly in the close, and the other spice notes are similarly subdued. Age has significantly reduced their impact, I suspect.

M - Snappy carbonation keeps this beer from landing too heavy on the tongue. No real sign of drying here.

O - With a few years on it, the honey in this brew is front and center. The alcohol is well integrated, and the spices have become a subordinate, and complementary, experience to the main focus, which is the honey. The experience is not, however, a cloying one. This is a distinctly drinkable tripel.

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Photo of JayQue
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a good Tripel....American or Belgian. Looks good. Nice clear light amber color, small bubbly white head that fades fast, like most higher octane Belgians. Leaves a short lasting covering of the goblet, Ring around the edge lasts a lot longer. Some filmy and smotty lacing on the sides of the goblet.

Aroma is pretty solid as well. Light fruit (apples and pears) and Belgian yeast. Most of my favorite Tripels have a ripe-cheese-like aroma and flavor (most likely the yeast). This one has that aspect.

Taste is solid as well. Light fruit, Belgian yeast, spices (black pepper and a very subdued ginger presence. The honey is present as well....sweet and very smooth.

Mouthfeel is rich, the spicing is just right. The only flaw is a bit more alcohol presence than many of the good Belgian Tripels. The ginger might contribute to the "bite" I usually associate with alcohol.

Good beer, good take on a Tripel.

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Photo of doughanson78
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks to bobpack for this.

A: Deep orange copper color. Pretty hazy. One finger off white head with OK retention and decent lacing.

S: Lots of honey and caramel. Very light Belgian yeast. Light spiciness from the ginger.

T: Big honey and caramel sweetness up front. A light coriander spiciness with lemon in the middle. The ginger really comes through in the finish along with more spiciness. Well blended.

M: Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Crisp and refreshing. No alcohol detectable. Kinda sticky from the honey.

O: A good beer. Nice take on the style. The honey and ginger really mix well with everything. Would be great on a hot day.

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Photo of adamette
3.97/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Live Review. Poured from the 22 oz. bomber that I bought from Save-On Tobacco & Beverage in Mentor, Ohio a few weeks ago for $8.99. Label has a very prominent "Tripel" printed within some honey implements. "Vintage 2010" printed on lower left corner of label as well. Interestingly, the word "about" printed inside the cap. Lastly, there is a foil wrap around the top of the bottle which covered the cap. Poured into my Brewery Ommegang Westvleteren style gold rimmed goblet.

From the back 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.

A Dark caramel but still translucent body (looks like a translucent honey really!) under a brief but creamy light brown head. It is different from most other tripels that I have seen but that is o.k. 3.5

S Some sweetness from the malt presence that I find in tripels but also some light honey smells. The smell is not strong but it is pleasant. 4.0

T Sweet malt with a definite sense of honey, slight warmth of alcohol and certainly within the style guidelines. Repeated sips reveal a pleasantly crafted tripel with a honey taste that lingers well into the aftertaste. The alcohol is well hidden IMO. 4.0

M Some syrupy thickness but nothing extreme. It is thick like you would expect from a beer brewed with honey would be but it is not overly so. 4.0

D Good and the well hidden alcohol, with an ABV of 8.47%, makes for a somewhat dangerous tripel. 4.0

Notes: A good offering in the High Gravity Series from a personal favorite Brewery in Holland, MI.

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Photo of BierFan
3.93/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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Photo of tigg924
3.92/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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Photo of Chaney
3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked this one up at the Springfield Whole Foods on a whim. I poured it into a brandy sniffer for consumption.

A: Bronze in color with a slight head and moderate carbonation. Clarity is a bit hazy but still very good.

S: Fruit, belgian yeast, and ginger. Honey came through a bit but not as much as I expected.

T: Pleasant, but I could use more honey and more sweetness in general. The aftertaste is a bit rough in the beginning, but I slowly warmed up to it.

M: The carbonation is pleasant and bubbly, as with most tripels.

D: The alcohol and lack of sweetness (bitterness) lingers a bit too much for me to drink it all the time.

Overall: This is one of those rare times when I was weary about this one becoming a gimmicky "honey" beer based on the bottle artwork (a honey comb). However, I actually could have used more honey in the actual product. A solid tripel nonetheless.

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Photo of Tone
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, amber color. 1/2 inch head of a white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight yeast, alcohol, and spice (all spice?). Fits the style of a Tripel. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation. Tastes of yeast, sweet malt, slight biscuit, alcohol, slight spice, and a hint of citrus. Overall, good appearance, mouth feel, and body.

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Photo of AlexJ
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.87/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ppours a clean orange-ish to amber color with a light tan head. In the aroma, sweet honey and a yeasty presence. In the taste, yeasty and dry honey with a nice presence of clove. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry honey flavor in the aftertaste. Big dry honey flavor and quite yeasty, nice but just above average.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid copper color with a decent, white head on top. A bit darker then your usual tripel. Yeasty and spicy aroma. Very nice solid malt flavor. Lingering sweetness from the honey. Mild phenolic and yeast flavors have tripel written all over them. Good mouthfeel-lingering sweetness might be a bit much. Very enjoyable and drinkable. Once again the "specialty" beers kick ass over their regular offerings.

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Photo of Hazer115
3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of mexikrainian
3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber poured into a Piraat tulip.

Aroma: sweet malty citrus, spice and honey.

Appearance: deep amber with thin white head and minimal lace.

Taste: nice malty, metallic and honey taste with hidden ABV.

Mouthfeel: medium body with slight syrupy texture.

Overall impression: not my favorite tripel but definitely worth a try. malty, sweet and syrupy, this tripel will surprise you.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.81/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

New Holland Brewing : Beer Hive

Pours a golden yellow, perfectly clear, with a short lived head. Aroma of honey suckle candies, honey on bread, pretty much clover honey. In the flavor, a nice mix of honey, fresh tasting ginger and Belgian yeast. Pretty refreshing overall when cold, as there is little hint of alcohol. As it warms, honey and hot booze fight for dominance, but the ginger helps. I'd say this is best served chilled. Medium bodied feel, we'll carbonated and a bit sticky. Overall I thought this brew achieved what it was going for. Worth the try.

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Photo of jsh420
3.8/5  rDev +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

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.79/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Beerhive Tripel from New Holland Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.