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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
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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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Photo of JParlow
2.03/5  rDev -42.8%
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.

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Photo of maximum12
2.27/5  rDev -36.1%
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.

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Photo of GreenGoblinCC
2.42/5  rDev -31.8%
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.

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Photo of Stigs
2.77/5  rDev -22%
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.

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Photo of AndrewNations
2.82/5  rDev -20.6%
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.

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Photo of n2185
2.86/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

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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.

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Photo of morimech
2.93/5  rDev -17.5%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.03/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

There's nothing about Beerhive Tripel that reminds me of Tripel Ales or anything Belgian at that. Sweetness can be presumed as honey and the ginger doesn't stand out enough to celebrate its addition on the label. But as a non-descript beer, it tastes alright.

An abundantly carbonated deep amber appearance releases a half froathy/half fizzy head of loosely knit bubbles. Retention is timid as the beer reduces to intermitten pockets of foam on the surface of the beer. Stubborn lace sticks to the glass.

Sweet and spicy, the beer's aromas are rich with sun kissed malt, bread crust, caramel and molassas. Earthy spice, mild floral notes, and estery fruits round out the scent.

Sweet flavors of malt and honey takes on a raw taste of under attenuated malt and raw sugars/honey. Lacking the subtle flowery taste of delicate honies, the beer seems more simplisticly malted than complex. More spicy from alcohols than ginger or other yeast character. Fruity like many English Ales, the beer seems to be a Heines 57 of sorts.

Full and expansive early on because of the high carbonation. As the carbonation disolves, the beer's alcohol and spice create more dryness than I would have thought from the super sweet taste. But the beer leaves a lasting impression of tacky-sweetness on the mouth than is less than idea.

I'm not sure what New Holland is going for, but the beer seems to be everywhere- both in style and special ingredients. Without focus, the beer is just that... a beer.

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Photo of peabody
3.06/5  rDev -13.8%
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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Photo of jayhawk73
3.13/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly orange color w/ a massive off white head. Decent carbonation and lacing. A little off for a tripel appearance. Smells of fruit and ginger. No honey to be seen, in spite of the fact that it's a Tripel "brewed with honey and ginger". Taste is super sweet and WAY too heavy on the ginger. Less sweet, more malt, and less ginger, and we may have something here. Unfortunately, this is not a world class beer for the style. Mouthfeel is a little better than average- nothing spectacular. Overall, this beer really misses the mark for the style. It could've been really well done. Unfortunately, it's a disappointment. Not horrible, but you can find a lot better tripels than this.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.13/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Bodega into a flute glass. The name of this beer is half right, tons of honey but not a tripel except for abv... Pours a really dark honey gold, darkest tripel I've ever seen... The taste and aroma are both way to sweet from start to finish. Totally dominated by sweet honey, way to sweet, this is very meade like or a pourly done honey beer. Not subtle or complex, nothing worth trying here.

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Photo of weeare138
3.15/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at TJ's...
Appears a transparent dark amber with a small head of off white fluff that slowly fades out. Tiny speckles of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of obvious honey, and malt with a touch of spicing thrown in. Perhaps a touch of dried apricots and a sprinkle of dried ginger too.
Taste is of the aromas. I wouldn't exactly call this a "tripel" per se. The honey really changes the complexity and makes the beer on the sweet side with honey being the standout over the yeast, or malt bill.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and sticky sweet of honey.
This was a nice project and I can respect that. This one seems like it'll be a bit better when cellared.

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Photo of oline73
3.16/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a Unibroue Goblet.

Appearance: Pours a hazy ruby tinted dark amber color with two fingers of off white head. The head fades quickly and just leaves a ring around the edge. This is a nice looking beer.

Smell: First thing I pick up is some Belgian spice. There is a sweetness from the malt that also has a hint of honey and some fruit. I'm not really finding the ginger.

Taste: Up front I'm picking up some sweetness. There are hints of caramel, honey, and some fruit in the background. After the sweetness, I notice some spice, but still not much ginger if any. I'm kind of disappointed by the lack of ginger. The finish is bitter with a bit of sweetness lingering.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thick side of medium, bordering on being a bit syrupy. The carbonation is delicate and quite mild. The finish has a slight dryness to it.

Overall: I was really disappointed that I didn't find more ginger in this beer. I don't think I'd go to this one again in the future. On the positive side, you don't pick up much alcohol at all.

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Photo of jwinship83
3.19/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle pulled out of the cellar. i didnt realize i had this one, and dont really have any idea as of this bottles origins. oh well. drank out of my chimay tulip.

A- this one pours out a darker than expected reddish golden colored body with a small and tight kahki colored head on top. the head is relatively long lasting, and leaves behind small rings of lacing.

S- the first thing to greet my nose is ginger. pretty strange for a trippel, but not off-putting. after that i pick out some caramel and toffee malts and some definite honey-like sweetness. decently spicy. coriander and a touch of black pepper. earthy hops and alcohol finish this one off.

T- the odd addition of ginger i could smell comes back in the taste, and big time. after that i pick up on some caramel and pale malts. the honey-like sweetness is back also. coriander, black pepper, and clove. mild alcohol. earthy hops at the end.

M- medium bodied with a lower than expected carbonation level. very sweet.

O- i think they over complicated the tripel here. it needs no additional spices or sweetness. i think ill pass on this one if they brew it again.

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Photo of despainmakesbeer
3.28/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not a big aroma. Faint malty character to aroma. Reddish brown color with copper highlights. No head a thin rung about halfway around edge of glass. Medium feel mouthfeel to start. Mild carbonation. Honey present in mddle to end. Slight tingle to finish. Warmth brings a little of the alcohol out in aroma, also in flavor. Little orangy mediciny flavor on aftertaste. Overall flavor is sort of bland. Nothing realy too memorable about this one.

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Photo of warnerry
3.31/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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Photo of philerman
3.31/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a British pint glass. Very little head with some lacing. Initially tastes fairly strongly of alcohol but then the sweetness kicks in. Not sure how the honey and ginger balance each other but it's definitely something I haven't had before and maybe would like to see in another style. I think this definitely is closer to a tripel than any other style though---definitely on the sweet side.

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Photo of russpowell
3.32/5  rDev -6.5%
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

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Photo of alleykatking
3.32/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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Photo of atsprings
3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into a Hopus glass pours a dark copper orange with decent frothy khaki head that diminishes to a thin layer and leaves slight lacing on the glass, this beer is way too dark for the style. Aroma is honey up front with sweet malts and mild spice. The taste is an interesting blend of honey and sweet malts, not really anything that reminds me of a Tripel, the honey overpowers all of the spice and sweet malt presence. The beer is on the heavy side of medium with mild alcohol presence, there is also a bit of dryness, expected from the honey. This is an interesting beer, it is drinkable, but it does not really fit the style, maybe a Belgian Strong Dark Ale, put it's not a Tripel.

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Photo of chinchill
3.35/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of SickGnar
3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

New Holland Beerhive Tripel, Ale Brewed with Honey and ginger, from the High Gravity Series. 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 and biscuits."

Well, what do we do for "fruit of late summer" when it's dead of winter? No matter, I'm pairing this with Chinese chicken with snow peas and pork-fried rice. Let's see what that does.

Anyway, on with the beer...19 deg. Plato, 8.47% by vol.

Clear, reddish hue, definitely a different tone for a triple, small, dotted white head, slims down, stays tight.

Aroma: Definite sweetness, there's the honey, there's the ginger, for certain, again, too unusual attributes in a "traditional style beer." I'm searching for citrus fruit, other spices that make up for a "traditional" tripel and I'm coming up empty.

Taste: A bite at first, then comes sweetness. Another gulp and swallow, once more it's clean and honey-ish, spritz of ginger. Medium bodied, swift, sweetish, and spiced finish. Big carbonation, frequent spank of ginger on the palate, and....

I'm wishing this wasn't a bomber. I'm not feeling it, not getting, not loving it. The honey and ginger don't really gel with what we expect from a tripel, and if it doesn't taste like one, why call it such? A "sweet, earthy complexity"? Um,...not complex enough.io--o pmrxe k

It's an okay beer, I'll finish this not too worse the wear, but it's consumption will not be a pleasant memory, and I won't be singing any of it's purported praises. For all the talk of complexities and flavors, I'm left finding it rather dull.

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Photo of cindiwindi1025
3.41/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- light amber with a light fluffy white head that dissipates and leaves a thin lace

S - smells like stale fruit

T - raisins, bananas, and somethink funky that tastes like bandaids smell. Slight astringent flavor that lingers. No honey or any tripel characteristics whatsoever

M - prickly and warm from the booze

O -pretty disappointed in this one, its not horrible but not great, certainly not worth the price

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