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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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Photo of zaphodchak


3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Serving type: growler

08-05-2011 02:28:04 | More by zaphodchak
Photo of Tsar_Riga


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
Photo of iheartmyTHO


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
Photo of Kerrie


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
Photo of JParlow


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
Photo of philerman


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
Photo of ThickNStout


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
Photo of superspak


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
Photo of JayQue


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
Photo of Stinkypuss


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
Photo of WastingFreetime


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
Photo of tectactoe


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
Photo of zeff80


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
Photo of russpowell


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
Photo of Tone


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
Photo of daledeee


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
Photo of warnerry


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
Photo of SickGnar


3.4/5  rDev -4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2012 19:01:41 | More by SickGnar
Photo of Sdesenberg


3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a Joe Lewis at a local liquor store for around four dollars. This tripel pours a dark amber color with about a finger of biscuit colored head which dissipates quickly. The first sip is a little much, with the sweetness of honey and citric like hop flavor. As it warms, the flavor mellows and it gets much better. Good beer, but for my money their Dragon's Milk is mo' betta. I'd go with that one.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2012 01:20:49 | More by Sdesenberg
Photo of Knapp85


4.15/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2012 08:25:50 | More by Knapp85
Photo of EnJeiBee


4.05/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2012 03:11:47 | More by EnJeiBee
Photo of TTAmod


3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Vintage 2011 bomber poured into chalice

A: Dark, clear amber with a little off-white head. Leaves heavy lacing. It's okay.

S: Smell is actually quite nice. It's fruity, sweet, and yeasty.

T: Taste is....interesting. Starts off nice with a nice Belgian yeast taste and apple. Then the honey takes over from there. Once the beer goes down, there's a really interesting, cream/honey tasting aftertaste that sticks around for awhile. Somehow the honey seems to have its place in a tripel.

M: A tad heavy, but not too bad. Goes down very, very nice as you would expect from a Belgian.

O: Nice mixture between a traditional tripel and something different. Truly an experiment. I think the honey on the back end is a bit too much, but if they toned it down, it would be quite nice. Got it on sale for $5, so it's all good.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 03:28:48 | More by TTAmod
Photo of Holland


3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: pours a clear amber color with a big tan head that dissipates to create a layer of fine foam on the top.

S: honey was first, then apple and some spices.

T: very full of flavor, and not bad at all. It's a bit off near with the aftertaste - salty and sweet and spicy. The beginning taste is fine, with a large yeasty presence along with fruity esters and honey. Some ginger mixed in.

M: very smooth, less carbonated and thicker than most tripels I've had.

O: the drinkability is kind of rough. It's certainly complex, but the entire beer just doesn't come together for me. I'll likely skip this one in the future, but it's worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2011 02:29:50 | More by Holland
Photo of TwelveOunces


3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Cleariish dark orange with a nice 2 finger head.
S- Whoo, smells like honey and bitter Belgium yeast. Dark fruits; raisins and plums and raspberry. A fruity beer, something different at least.
T- Creamy malts and sugars, dark fruits as well. Smooth fruit finish. The honey is definetely there but doesn't stand out. The flavors are good but its not too complex which is what I look for in a tripel,.
M- A creamy texture and good carbonation, an alcoholic aftertaste. A sipper for sure but not too hard to drink.
O- A good beer but nothing too special, I wont complain and I wont tell the world of this beer. Try it if you can but it may not be worth the 10 or so $ if there are other options.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2011 08:54:04 | More by TwelveOunces
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3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Very deep amber in colour with a small but persistent whit ehead.

Smell - The first thing you notice pouring this beer is the raw honey aroma. The yeast esters that should be present in a tripel are somewhat overwhemed by the honey. Some ripe fruit and vanilla are present, but buried. A little spice from the ginger is the only noticeable smell other than honey.

Taste and Mouthfeel - More honey. It's not as dominant as in the aroma, but still the major flavour. It's sweet, but not overwhelmingly so, with a bit of earthiness, peach, spice, and no bitterness to speak of. It is medium-bodied and fairly well carbonated.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2011 23:02:51 | More by
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Beerhive Tripel from New Holland Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 185 ratings.