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Beerhive Tripel - New Holland Brewing Company

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Ratings: 199
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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Photo of despainmakesbeer
3.3/5  rDev -7%
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.

despainmakesbeer, Dec 09, 2010
Photo of scruffwhor
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

scruffwhor, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of alleykatking
3.28/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

alleykatking, Nov 10, 2010
Photo of BMoney575
3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 10-30-10
2010 Vintage

Pours a very nice amber/red color, with an immense off white head that slowly bubbles away. Lacing is thick, and lags way behind the beer.

Smell is sweet, with more malt than I expected. The alcohol is prominent, amplifying aromas of caramel and burnt sugar. A nice Belgian character comes through right at the end, and the honey is there too.

Taste is just as malty as the smell indicated, very sweet, with a Belgian kick. The booze is strong, and you can really feel it in the finish, which has an almost pine needle flavor.

Mouthfeel is good, thick to go with the booze and malty flavors.

Drinkability is good, if you like it hot.

Overall, an interesting take, if not a very authentic tripel. Definitely worth a try though.

BMoney575, Oct 30, 2010
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.

BEERchitect, Oct 26, 2010
Photo of BierFan
3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a cervoise. 2010 vintage.

Appearance: Reddish amber body. Thin off-white head. Darker than your average tripel.

Smell: Very slight ginger. Doesn't really smell like any tripel I've had, but it's kind of a broad style.

Taste: Ginger and honey are really balanced and complimentary. I don't think I've ever had a beer with both ginger and honey but they work well together. Nothing out of this world, but a very solid tasting beer.

BierFan, Oct 23, 2010
Photo of peabody
3.05/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

peabody, Oct 19, 2010
Photo of weeare138
3.13/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

weeare138, Oct 18, 2010
Photo of AndrewNations
2.83/5  rDev -20.3%
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.

AndrewNations, Sep 28, 2010
Photo of tigg924
3.93/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: minimal head, cloudy, red-brown in color, moderate carbonation

Smell: toasted malt, honey, and alcohol

Taste: honey that starts in the middle and is dominate towards the end, bread, toasted malt, small apple, and alcohol

Mouthfeel: thick and heavy bodied, moderate carbonation, sweet with an alcoholic burn

Drinkability: Very good for the style. The bread and honey shine as advertised. The honey is as dominant in this beer as I have ever seen. The alcohol does hit quick, so this is a sipper. I would look for this if it were in my area.

tigg924, Sep 27, 2010
Photo of jsh420
3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours dark hazy copper orange with a 2 finger head that left no lacing

smells fruity with banana and clove

tastes of ginger sugar banana honey clove - this beer hits all the flavors a tripel should and does them well

mouthfeel - medium/heavy body well carbonated but something is off and its missing something

drinkability is ok - maybe its the sugar + heavy body + the abv

jsh420, Sep 27, 2010
Photo of jrallen34
3.1/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

jrallen34, Sep 18, 2010
Photo of prototypic
3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beerhive pours a copper/amber color. It's very hazy, and has red highlights when held to light. A soft, off-white head caps the top. It rises to about a finger and a half in depth before falling quickly. Lacing was rather sparse.

The nose is pretty good. It kicks off with a strong spicy yeast scent. It smells slightly Belgian in character, but not quite enough. Clove, ginger, and pepper are the most notable spices. It has a slightly sweet smelling malty base. Honey is somewhat subtle, but is there. Alcohol is somewhat prominent. Moreso than it should be. Smells pretty good. More Belgian yeast would really do the trick.

The flavor is about on par with the nose. The malt base is flavorful and slightly sweet. It works well with the spicy yeast. The yeast tastes a little Belgian-esque, but it's really not enough. Needs more to really satisfy. Clove, ginger, and pepper spices add some pizzazz. Honey is present, but is somewhat subtle. I don't really think it adds a great deal, but it's not bad. Alcohol is a little strong in flavor. It falls just short of warming, but a lighter presence would still be an improvement. Finishes a little sweet and spicy.

Beerhive has a medium body. Carbonation is dialed down nicely, and it does go down pretty smooth. Feel is probably its strongest asset. Drinkability is above average. The flavor is pretty good. I'm enjoying the bottle. While it's nowhere near the world's best Tripels, Beerhive is an interesting take on it.

Beerhive is an interesting release from New Holland that's not altogether bad. I'm not in love with it, but it's really not bad. A stronger Belgian yeast flavor would improve it dramatically. A little less alcohol flavor would, too. The honey flavor is alright, but doesn't seem to improve things dramatically. It's interesting though and is worth a try if you're into Tripels and/or honey.

prototypic, Sep 18, 2010
Photo of makinbacon
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

makinbacon, Sep 06, 2010
Photo of jampics2
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into a snifter. This beer looks nice in the glass although it does appear to be filtered. It's an amber color with red and yellow touches and the nice white head tops things off well. Lace is decent and retention isn't bad, plus the beer has lots of bubbles. Pretty good start, although a bit more red and clear than most triples.

This beer smells awesome, I'm quite surprised (just a bit leary about the honey). The spicy phenolic yeast gives impressions of clove and some light ginger. There's even a touch of wildflower and sweetness from the malt and honey. Nice nose.

The taste is also quite flavorful, just a touch boozy in the end. There's a ton of clove and banana flavors from the yeast, maybe even a touch of bubblegum too. The malt is sweet and the honey makes its presence known. The biggest flaw is the boozy kick at the end that also has some strange off flavors. As it warms up and opens, I get conditioned and it's no so rough. For a triple, it's a tad malty and missing some true 'tripel' sweetness at the end because of the honey and booze.

The mouthfeel is good but just a touch syrupy and sticky due to low carb. Medium body and dry finish. This is a good beer but not terribly drinkable due to the high alcohol and boozy bite. I'm a fan of the idea but I think the execution was just a bit off.

jampics2, Aug 24, 2010
Photo of chaz410
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this beer at the Grapevine in Fort Mill.
Pours a deep honey colored amber body with a small white head.
Smells of a very balanced aspect of honey, caramel, belgian malts, and yeasty funkiness.
Taste similar to the smell but with more accent in honey and ginger.
Finishes clean and crisp.
I was really hoping for more outstanding flavors but it was very balanced, honestly a little disappointing but i'm willing to age a few to see how they turn out.

chaz410, Aug 24, 2010
Photo of atsprings
3.3/5  rDev -7%
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.

atsprings, Aug 23, 2010
Photo of Chaney
3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked this one up at the Springfield Whole Foods on a whim. I poured it into a brandy sniffer for consumption.

A: Bronze in color with a slight head and moderate carbonation. Clarity is a bit hazy but still very good.

S: Fruit, belgian yeast, and ginger. Honey came through a bit but not as much as I expected.

T: Pleasant, but I could use more honey and more sweetness in general. The aftertaste is a bit rough in the beginning, but I slowly warmed up to it.

M: The carbonation is pleasant and bubbly, as with most tripels.

D: The alcohol and lack of sweetness (bitterness) lingers a bit too much for me to drink it all the time.

Overall: This is one of those rare times when I was weary about this one becoming a gimmicky "honey" beer based on the bottle artwork (a honey comb). However, I actually could have used more honey in the actual product. A solid tripel nonetheless.

Chaney, Aug 22, 2010
Photo of lackenhauser
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid copper color with a decent, white head on top. A bit darker then your usual tripel. Yeasty and spicy aroma. Very nice solid malt flavor. Lingering sweetness from the honey. Mild phenolic and yeast flavors have tripel written all over them. Good mouthfeel-lingering sweetness might be a bit much. Very enjoyable and drinkable. Once again the "specialty" beers kick ass over their regular offerings.

lackenhauser, Aug 22, 2010
Photo of fear025
4.4/5  rDev +23.9%
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.

fear025, Aug 20, 2010
Photo of mexikrainian
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber poured into a Piraat tulip.

Aroma: sweet malty citrus, spice and honey.

Appearance: deep amber with thin white head and minimal lace.

Taste: nice malty, metallic and honey taste with hidden ABV.

Mouthfeel: medium body with slight syrupy texture.

Overall impression: not my favorite tripel but definitely worth a try. malty, sweet and syrupy, this tripel will surprise you.

mexikrainian, Aug 17, 2010
Photo of Kikkycat
4.08/5  rDev +14.9%
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!

Kikkycat, Aug 14, 2010
Photo of adamette
3.98/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Live Review. Poured from the 22 oz. bomber that I bought from Save-On Tobacco & Beverage in Mentor, Ohio a few weeks ago for $8.99. Label has a very prominent "Tripel" printed within some honey implements. "Vintage 2010" printed on lower left corner of label as well. Interestingly, the word "about" printed inside the cap. Lastly, there is a foil wrap around the top of the bottle which covered the cap. Poured into my Brewery Ommegang Westvleteren style gold rimmed goblet.

From the back 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.

A Dark caramel but still translucent body (looks like a translucent honey really!) under a brief but creamy light brown head. It is different from most other tripels that I have seen but that is o.k. 3.5

S Some sweetness from the malt presence that I find in tripels but also some light honey smells. The smell is not strong but it is pleasant. 4.0

T Sweet malt with a definite sense of honey, slight warmth of alcohol and certainly within the style guidelines. Repeated sips reveal a pleasantly crafted tripel with a honey taste that lingers well into the aftertaste. The alcohol is well hidden IMO. 4.0

M Some syrupy thickness but nothing extreme. It is thick like you would expect from a beer brewed with honey would be but it is not overly so. 4.0

D Good and the well hidden alcohol, with an ABV of 8.47%, makes for a somewhat dangerous tripel. 4.0

Notes: A good offering in the High Gravity Series from a personal favorite Brewery in Holland, MI.

adamette, Aug 07, 2010
Photo of AlexJ
3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

AlexJ, Jul 30, 2010
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Beerhive Tripel from New Holland Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 199 ratings.