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Beerhive Tripel | New Holland Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

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

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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 EnJeiBee
4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

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Photo of TTAmod
3.66/5  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.

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4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

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4/5  rDev +12%

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3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of Holland
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of TwelveOunces
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of jsisko01
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

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4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of maximum12
2.27/5  rDev -36.4%
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.

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Photo of athouve1
4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of Gatordaddy
4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of richbrew
3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of thebouch01
4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of nanobrew
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.57/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a deep dark, roasted caramel hue with an off-white, almost grainy gray colored foam head.

S: Smells very sweet with honey; wafts float out of the pour immediately without any effort. There’s also some zesty lemon and ginger spicy freshness, a very bright aroma.

T/M: The abundant sweetness assaults the tongue up front with a medium amount of carbonation, molasses, honey and dry malt. Ginger offers relief from the sweetness with an almost metallic spiciness. It’s not quite as refreshing as the aroma indicates but not bad either.

An interesting profile combination overall. Yes, interesting is the word.


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Photo of cindiwindi1025
3.41/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- light amber with a light fluffy white head that dissipates and leaves a thin lace

S - smells like stale fruit

T - raisins, bananas, and somethink funky that tastes like bandaids smell. Slight astringent flavor that lingers. No honey or any tripel characteristics whatsoever

M - prickly and warm from the booze

O -pretty disappointed in this one, its not horrible but not great, certainly not worth the price

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Photo of GreenGoblinCC
2.42/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Honey overload....was not a fan of this beer. The taste was overpowered by honey and banana overtones. Very,very sweet! With a little less honey character and more balance, I believe this Tripel would be unique in its class. 22oz bottle was hard for me to finish.

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Photo of morimech
2.93/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Vintage 2011

Reddish, dark amber with two fingers of head that quickly settled to a thin cap. Moderate amount of lacing is left on the glass. Not golden colored like most tripels, this is a lot darker.

Aroma is rather straight forward. The fruity esters come through nicely with hints of ginger and green apples.

A lot of ginger upfront in the flavor. Then there is a pecular fruit flavor that dominates the rest of the beer. It is like a combination of tart apple and pomegranate. Not a particular good combination. Honey is not tasted. Alcohol is hidden but gives some warmth.

Medium bodied with carbonation that is a little low. The beer lays on the tongue lazily.

Not a successful attempt at the style. For the same money I could buy a Belgian classic.

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Photo of AaronHomoya
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Vibrant, clear red/auburn color. Big, light tan head with pretty nice retention. A healthy amount of carbonation. Aroma clearly contains honey and also flowers, and a lot of apple cider. Sweet, not too overly much. Dries out at the finish. Maybe getting some of the ginger at the end. Mouthfeel is pretty thick, but the carbonation and dry finish keep it from being too overpowering. A nice beer worth giving a taste.

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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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