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Beerhive Tripel - New Holland Brewing Company

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Ratings: 203
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 14.37%
Wants: 9
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.47% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
From the label:

Little John's local bees create a wildflower-honey which lends a sweet, earthy complexity to this traditional style beer. A snap of ginger provides a refreshing finish. Pairings: Fresh veggies, soft-ripened cheese, fruit of late summer, custards& biscuits.

(Beer added by: adamette on 08-07-2010)
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2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

mzeld, Mar 27, 2012
Photo of locckdown
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

locckdown, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of SickGnar
3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

SickGnar, Mar 22, 2012
Photo of steamboatbrewer
4/5  rDev +12.7%

steamboatbrewer, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of Sdesenberg
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Sdesenberg, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of mcallister
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

mcallister, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of TastyIsBeer
2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

TastyIsBeer, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of Khazadum
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Khazadum, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of rocklibster
3/5  rDev -15.5%

rocklibster, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of MeisterSmudge
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

MeisterSmudge, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of Knapp85
4.15/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

Knapp85, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of EnJeiBee
4.05/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

EnJeiBee, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of TTAmod
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

TTAmod, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of mozim
4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

mozim, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of Caskaway
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Caskaway, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of TasteTester
3/5  rDev -15.5%

TasteTester, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of Holland
3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Holland, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of TwelveOunces
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

TwelveOunces, Dec 12, 2011
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3.48/5  rDev -2%
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.

, Dec 07, 2011
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3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a golden amber color with a centimeter thick head. Has nice lacing.

Smell - Citrus, honey, caramel, lemon zest, and ginger.

Taste - Very, very sweet beer.. It has a strong flavor of honey and ginger. Hints of caramel and molasses as well.

Mouthfeel - Thick body with low carbonation.

Overall - Not a beer I would just drink by itself, but would be really good paired with something. The sweetness is intense, but good.

jsisko01, Dec 04, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

barnzy78, Nov 28, 2011
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

clegolfski, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

BeerFMAndy, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of maximum12
2.15/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

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

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

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

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

maximum12, Nov 20, 2011
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

athouve1, Nov 19, 2011
Beerhive Tripel from New Holland Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 203 ratings.