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Beerhive Tripel - New Holland Brewing Company

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Ratings: 185
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 14.41%


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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Tone

Missouri

3.9/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-03-2012 00:35:20 | More by Tone
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Hazer115

Michigan

3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-22-2011 20:44:32 | More by Hazer115
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Kraftwerk.

Pours a deep golden amber color with burnt orange hues when held to a light source and a one finger off-white head that has decent retention, slowly fading into a lasting ring. Sporadic spots of lacing left behind.

Slightly earthy, spicy aroma with hints of estery fruit and bubblegum. Floral and perfume like with hints of pepper, coriander, light berries and cherry.

Medium bodied with a good balance of earthy tartness, zesty spice, bready yeast and crisp light fruit. Slight creaminess adds to the mouthfeel and complexity. Hints of coriander, ginger, pepper, apple, strawberry and cherry. Well balanced and pretty quaffable with a slightly dry finish.

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2011 08:34:21 | More by corby112
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despainmakesbeer

Kentucky

3.3/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-09-2010 04:28:50 | More by despainmakesbeer
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

3.13/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-18-2010 13:54:01 | More by weeare138
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jrallen34

Illinois

3.1/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2010 15:57:52 | More by jrallen34
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makinbacon

South Carolina

3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Again drinking on draught. Taste the alcohol for sure. Honey and ginger are prevelant, but kinda goes to a flat tea like finish. No head is noticable. Could be a refreshing beer, but not my bag of chips, as they say. Have a few friends who love it, but I think there is much better beer to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

09-06-2010 07:19:01 | More by makinbacon
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fear025

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +24.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-20-2010 16:57:26 | More by fear025
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Kikkycat

Maryland

4.08/5  rDev +15.3%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2010 16:44:13 | More by Kikkycat
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AlexJ

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-30-2010 15:26:25 | More by AlexJ
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Tsar_Riga

Indiana

4.01/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 03:42:42 | More by Tsar_Riga
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iheartmyTHO

Georgia

4.45/5  rDev +25.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2014 03:59:35 | More by iheartmyTHO
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Kerrie

Michigan

4.56/5  rDev +28.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2013 00:44:25 | More by Kerrie
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JParlow

Wisconsin

1.99/5  rDev -43.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2013 19:25:54 | More by JParlow
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philerman

Pennsylvania

3.3/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2013 00:11:17 | More by philerman
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ThickNStout

Georgia

3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). 7.99. 2013 Vintage, bottled 6/19/13 if I deciphered their code correctly. Served in a New Holland chalice.

Pours a brilliant amber with almost two fingers of near white head. Darker that I expect in a tripel. The head fades to a thin cap and leaves small ocassional spots of lace.

Smells of funky yeast, clove, a little ginger and some sugary honey sweetness.

An interestingly sweet tripel. Still a good bit of yeast character but the honey and ginger is predominant with clove, pepper, bread and the faint tickle of alcohol trailing. Nice.

Slick, medium full body with a nice effervescence. Clove, ginger and honey linger on the palate for a pleasing sweet finish.

Almost more of a Belgian strong pale than a tripel but I like it. I often find the yeast a little too much in some tripels but this has a nice sweet balance to it. Another worthy offering from New Holland. Perhaps neither their best nor the perfect tripel but well worth at least one try. I'll most likely buy another bottle when it's released next year.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2013 16:28:29 | More by ThickNStout
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superspak

Michigan

3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into chalice, 2012 vintage. Pours fairly clear orange copper color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of pear, apple, lemon zest, honey, ginger, pepper, candi sugar, biscuit, floral, clove, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of malt, ginger, and yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon, pear, apple, honey, ginger, pepper, biscuit, floral, candi sugar, light caramel, clove, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of light fruits, honey, ginger, biscuit, candi sugar, clove, light pepper, light caramel, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of fruity/spicy ester flavors with the malt, honey, and ginger; with zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a fairly creamy and slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very good spiced Tripel. Very nice balance and complexity of malt, yeast ester, and spice flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2013 04:38:40 | More by superspak
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JayQue

Virginia

4/5  rDev +13%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2013 03:46:06 | More by JayQue
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.79/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2013 15:36:33 | More by Stinkypuss
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WastingFreetime

Wisconsin

3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2012 17:50:28 | More by WastingFreetime
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tectactoe

Michigan

3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2012 14:45:10 | More by tectactoe
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zeff80

Missouri

3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with a one-finger, white head of bubbly foam. It left some thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of honey and light ginger notes with some spice and grains.

T - Tasted f sweet honey with a subtle spicy bite of ginger. There is some Tripel characteristics of frutiness and yeasty bite.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a nice Tripel. I'm not sure the honey and ginger help it much.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2012 05:34:52 | More by zeff80
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.35/5  rDev -5.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2012 02:59:08 | More by russpowell
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daledeee

Iowa

3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A rather different name and then I found out it was brewed with honey.

Poured very nicely. A dark brown body with medium head and some lacing.

Right away there was some good fruit without picking up the glass. Brown sugar or honey and caramel are present. The nose got weaker as the beer aired. The fruit seemed to go away.

Taste is sweet with a pretty good malt kick. Some spice and apricot finish out the mix for me. This beer is on the heavy side. Pretty rich. Very drinkable though. Oh yes, average carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2012 00:27:56 | More by daledeee
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warnerry

Michigan

3.28/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2012 20:31:18 | More by warnerry
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Beerhive Tripel from New Holland Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 185 ratings.