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Beerhive Tripel - New Holland Brewing Company

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203 Ratings
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Ratings: 203
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 14.37%
Wants: 9
Gots: 10 | 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:
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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Photo of JParlow
1.99/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

I'm a big fan of Belgian triples so I thought I'd take a chance on this American-made sister. Right from the start the aroma of the beer is a rather strange one. The mixture between sour and sweet. Something I did not expect from this beer. There is an overwhelming presence of ginger with a hint of what I can only describe as clover. Perhaps I received a bad battle but this beer was just about undrinkable. I'll pass.

JParlow, Aug 17, 2013
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2/5  rDev -43.7%

uziangis, Oct 10, 2012
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2/5  rDev -43.7%

lupercmda, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of vinnyg76
2/5  rDev -43.7%

vinnyg76, Dec 09, 2013
Photo of maximum12
2.15/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Grabbed a bottle of this locally. Long been a fan of New Holland, but they've been missing for me more than hitting lately with some of their oddities. I'm a fan of oddities. Split with my wife after a nice Saturday evening out with friends.

Pours a dark, clear, true amber. There might be prehistoric things trapped in this brew. Nose on this is very good, sweet honey, spices (presumably the ginger), very little in the way of yeasts, unusual for a Tripel.

Beerhive is thin. More than any taste, it's a short-cut to the style, watery, weak. Sure, there's a touch of honey, earthiness, & the yeast that's absent in the nose finds sunlight. Otherwise, blah.

Less water, more ingredients, please. This doesn't even rise to mediocre, & the terribly thin mouthfeel is like a late Friends episode: annoying. Why would you do such a thing? Not worth the price of admission.

maximum12, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of dejones
2.25/5  rDev -36.6%

dejones, Apr 12, 2014
Photo of GreenGoblinCC
2.35/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Honey overload....was not a fan of this beer. The taste was overpowered by honey and banana overtones. Very,very sweet! With a little less honey character and more balance, I believe this Tripel would be unique in its class. 22oz bottle was hard for me to finish.

GreenGoblinCC, Oct 27, 2011
Photo of TastyIsBeer
2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

TastyIsBeer, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of Eriktheipaman
2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

Eriktheipaman, May 23, 2012
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 mzeld
2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

mzeld, Mar 27, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

Zbeetleman, Jul 09, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

bigdog73, Aug 11, 2012
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 n2185
2.85/5  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.

n2185, Mar 05, 2011
Photo of morimech
2.88/5  rDev -18.9%
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.

morimech, Oct 09, 2011
Photo of StoutHunter
2.9/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I picked up a bottle of a Beerhive Tripel last week for $7.99 at Boyne County Provisions. I have been wanting to try this beer for a while since I am a bih fan of Tripels, so lets see how it goes. Poured from a brown 22oz bomber into a goblet.

A- The label on this beer looks nice and it's a strong indicator that this Tripel has honey in it. It poured a hazy dark amber color with some ruby highlights, the color kind of threw me off since Tripel's traditionally aren't this dark, which leads me to think this brew will be different from a traditional Tripel. It had two fingers worth of off white head that died down to a thin layer that stayed the rest of the time and left behind a little lacing.

S- The first thing I pick up in the aroma is that typical medley of spices from the Belgian yeast that I expect to find in a Tripel. But after that things start to stray away from the traditional style, there are large amounts of honey and ginger, and when combined with the Belgian spices make it smell more like a Gruit then a Tripel.

T- The flavor of this beer starts out with a good amount of sweetness, that was little to sweet for me at first but as it warmed it became more balanced. I pick up some caramel, toffee, honey, ginger and some light fruits in the background. After that come the spices along with a little more ginger and honey. The finish is a little more bitter then I expected and is combined with a pretty prominent amount of sweetness, the finish could use some work.

M- It was on the thick side for being medium body, the body should have been a little lighter to be on par for a Tripel. It also felt syurpy and it was a little cloying. '

Overall I thought this was a pretty average beer that wasn't close to a traditional Tripel. Going into this beer I expected that the addition of honey would make it different from other Tripels, and it did, but there was a lot other things that when combined together made it taste more like a gruit then a Tripel. The amount of honey was just right in this beer but the ginger seemed to be too much and kind of out of place for this brew, and when combined with those Belgian spices, it makes for a very herb and spice forward brew that just doesn't fit for a Tripel. What I liked most about this beer was the honey presence and what I liked least about this beer was the dominating spices and herbs and the poor mouthfeel. I am glad I finally got to try this beer but it didn't live up to my expectations and I don't see myself buying this again anytime soon. If you like your beer heavy on the spices and ginger, you might dig it, but if your are looking for a good Tripel then this is not a great choice. I would still like to try some of New Hollands other big bottles but this one turned out to be pretty unimpressive.

StoutHunter, Aug 14, 2011
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3/5  rDev -15.5%

t2grogan, Oct 05, 2014
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3/5  rDev -15.5%

seavercm, Oct 21, 2013
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3/5  rDev -15.5%

richbrew, Nov 16, 2011
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3/5  rDev -15.5%

Zaphog, May 15, 2012
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3/5  rDev -15.5%

Thorpe429, Jan 17, 2013
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3/5  rDev -15.5%

BrewtalHonesty, Feb 03, 2014
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3/5  rDev -15.5%

speedvagen, Jan 26, 2014
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3/5  rDev -15.5%

TasteTester, Dec 17, 2011
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Beerhive Tripel from New Holland Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 203 ratings.