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Beerhive Tripel - New Holland Brewing Company

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198 Ratings
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Ratings: 198
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 14.08%
Wants: 8
Gots: 11 | FT: 1
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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +9.3%

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.

04-17-2011 15:14:22 | More by Sammy
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3/5  rDev -15.5%

01-17-2013 22:49:57 | More by Thorpe429
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nmann08

District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -15.5%

11-18-2011 03:28:23 | More by nmann08
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.58/5  rDev +0.8%

"Our treasure lies in the beehive of our knowledge. We are perpetually on the way thither, being by nature winged insects and honey gatherers of the mind."

--Friedrich Nietzsche

Vintage 2010. Dark bittersweet orange with tangerine trim, not bright honeycomb gold like it should be. Three fingers of khaki colored suds are resting atop the liquid. There's nothing wrong with the crown, and enough lace is gracing the glass to allow the good score to be chosen.

Since when does a well-brewed Belgian-style tripel need honey and ginger? Maybe New Holland didn't trust themselves to create a well-brewed Belgian-style tripel. Pungent ginger is noted, along with golden orchard fruit and a mild muskiness that is almost certainly hop-related. Honey is AWOL.

Beerhive Tripel is decent big beer if you like American big beer, tripels and ginger. How's that for an in-depth analysis? It's nowhere near as deep or complex as the world's best versions. It's also on the warm (almost hot) side, which is disappointing given the lower than double-digit ABV.

Each mouthful delivers a blast of ginger, sugar cookies, hints of steely caramel, ground clove, white pepper, and a shot of Stolichnaya. The taste score almost gets over the hump, given my style and ABV biases. Without the ginger this would probably be an average version at best.

Even though it's light years away from the Belgian classics when it comes to mouthfeel, the mouthfeel that has been provided is fine and dandy for lovers of large beer. It's medium-fullish, and is borderline silky in the bargain. Bubbles? No complaints.

New Holland Beerhive Tripel is much better beer than this brewery's only other tripel, Black Tulip. That doesn't mean that it's good enough to make me stop buying those complusively drinkable Belgian tripels that are easily available in the states.

01-14-2011 12:54:49 | More by BuckeyeNation
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.03/5  rDev -14.6%

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.

10-26-2010 03:18:21 | More by BEERchitect
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

12-22-2013 16:09:40 | More by jaydoc
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +16.9%

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.

01-01-2012 08:25:50 | More by Knapp85
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oberon

North Carolina

3.45/5  rDev -2.8%

Poured into a chalice a deep amber with a tinge of burnt orange,a well defined but quick to fade head atop.Alot of crystalized ginger in the nose along with sweet honey,there is a light floral note behind the sweetness but its there,quite sweet on the palate,big honey and some spiced phenols,the ginger and sweet alcohol creeps as I drink more.The flavors are not bad albeit a little to sweet and the alcohol creeps,the drinkibility isnt that great but a small glass of this wouldnt be bad.

03-14-2011 20:49:08 | More by oberon
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zeff80

Missouri

3.55/5  rDev 0%

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.

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

Oklahoma

3.35/5  rDev -5.6%

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

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

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

07-31-2013 21:13:58 | More by Kegatron
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.4/5  rDev -4.2%

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.

01-23-2011 07:04:10 | More by feloniousmonk
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oline73

Maryland

3.13/5  rDev -11.8%

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.

03-18-2011 00:38:52 | More by oline73
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +7%

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.

02-07-2011 08:34:21 | More by corby112
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

3.13/5  rDev -11.8%

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.

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

Michigan

3.8/5  rDev +7%

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.

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

Pennsylvania

3.79/5  rDev +6.8%

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.

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

Michigan

3/5  rDev -15.5%

05-14-2012 23:47:41 | More by Zaphog
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Tone

Missouri

3.9/5  rDev +9.9%

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.

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

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev +3.7%

Pours a deep caramel amber and cognac color with a very quick one finger head that recdes to a thin ring of foam after the pour.

The aroma is a sweet caramel and toffee malt with a splash of honey and just a hint of something herbal. I know they used ginger in this brew, I just couldn't smell it.

The front of the tongue gets a syrupy bodied bready sweetness. The middle has some toffee with honey drizzled on it. The finish has the syrupy texture cut down a little bit thanks to the alcohols warming effect. The finish stays sweet and honey and toffee sweet but with a little note of ginger on the finish.

Not a bad sipping beer.

11-14-2010 19:24:14 | More by scruffwhor
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

22 oz bottle poured into a New Holland tulip glass.
Vintage 2011, 8.47% ABV, 19° P, "F301"

A - Beerhive Triple pours out a gorgeous clear goldenrod amber in color with a tall ivory head. The foam had medium retention but no leave left on the tulip. One of the best colors for a beer that I've seen!

S - Hints of spicy ginger lay behind subtle Belgian yeast esters that present white pepper and earthy clay hints. Caramel malt, pils sweetness, and raw honey notes with no hop profile to speak of.

T - Wild flower honey is apparent right away. Not fully fermented out, the flavor adds nice sweetness, body, and complexity to the brew. Hearty caramel and Belgian Biscuit malt keep the base bold while mellow Belgian yeast adds faint ester notes. A touch of ginger on the finish lends a nice undertone that draws away from the otherwise bold sweetness. Just a pinch of earthiness from hops comes in.

M - Medium-full bodied, the powerful-but-not-yet-cloying sweetness really fills the mouthfeel out. Soft carbonation and spice hints round out the finish in place of hops very well.

O - I'd really like to experience this brew with a little drop in both body and sweetness. The notes of ginger work very well but could add something significant with just a bit more. While not completely traditional, I find New Holland's unique approach with Beerhive Tripel rewarding. I just think drinkability can be improved with just a little more life in carbonation and lively yeast esters.

11-23-2011 03:17:49 | More by BeerFMAndy
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jrallen34

Illinois

3.1/5  rDev -12.7%

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.

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

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

08-03-2014 16:26:18 | More by KAF
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +8.5%

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.

05-27-2011 13:53:57 | More by OWSLEY069
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barnzy78

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

11-28-2011 05:19:28 | More by barnzy78
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Beerhive Tripel from New Holland Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 198 ratings.