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Beerhive Tripel | New Holland Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
newhollandbrew.com

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.47%

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.

Added by AlexJ on 07-30-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#38,269
Reviews:
82
Ratings:
218
pDev:
14.01%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
13
Trade:
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Photo of Sammy
3.87/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.54/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Knapp85
4.12/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

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Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.03/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

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Photo of oline73
3.16/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of zeff80
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

650 ml.2013 bottle served in a Belgian snifter.
Lightly hazy dark amber with semi-durable head.

Aroma: floral notes; a hint of honey, bubblegum, biscuits and faint citrus. Boozy.

Flavor: sweet baked bread, honey, faint citrus and wheat. The ginger is subdued and barely shows even in the aftertaste. A bit sweet, as expected.

Feel: Medium body; medium-low carbonation.

O: honey is subdued but pervasive, being evident in the nose and taste, and even seeming to lend a hand in coloration. Compared to my hopes for this beer, it is slightly high in sweetness and a bit low in complexity.

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Photo of oberon
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of Kegatron
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of russpowell
3.32/5  rDev -7%
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

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

"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.

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Photo of Zaphog
3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of jgunther71
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of krome
4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of t2grogan
3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of Tone
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of lupercmda
2/5  rDev -44%

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.81/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of KAF
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of tigg924
3.92/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

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Beerhive Tripel from New Holland Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.57 out of 5 with 218 ratings
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