Beerhive Tripel | New Holland Brewing Company

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Beerhive TripelBeerhive Tripel

Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.47%

Availability: Rotating

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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.

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Photo of doughanson78
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks to bobpack for this.

A: Deep orange copper color. Pretty hazy. One finger off white head with OK retention and decent lacing.

S: Lots of honey and caramel. Very light Belgian yeast. Light spiciness from the ginger.

T: Big honey and caramel sweetness up front. A light coriander spiciness with lemon in the middle. The ginger really comes through in the finish along with more spiciness. Well blended.

M: Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Crisp and refreshing. No alcohol detectable. Kinda sticky from the honey.

O: A good beer. Nice take on the style. The honey and ginger really mix well with everything. Would be great on a hot day.

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Photo of GRPunk
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle of the 2011 vintage, poured into a Chimay goblet.

A- It had a rich, amber-garnet body that was pretty clean, sporting heavy (though delicate looking) carbonation. A careful pour created a 1-finger, tan head that dropped to a fully covering film. The sticky spots that weren't bad, but I expected more from the style. This is a much darker and richer than any tripel that I've encountered.

S- I picked up something of cotton candy when I popped the cap. Lots of sweetness going on here. Something of honey and caramel mixed with a flowery aroma (maybe from the ginger?). Yep, ginger. The ginger combines with the sugary sweetness to suggest a ginger cookie. Some apple peel becomes more prominant with warmth and makes for a more traditional tripel aroma. Nice complexities.

T- Really nice play between sweet and ginger at first. Residual honey and malt sweetness are quite strong. Always think of ginger as a good sweet pairing (maybe even a little sweet on its own). ABV is well hidden. Belgian yeast lends a light pleasant musty flavor. I would like a drier finish. Sweetness is a bit much for the style. Some herbal notes. It almost becomes something of an herbal tea (jasmine perhaps). There's a hint of lemon in the finish (lemon in tea isn't unheard of). Apple peels become somewhat present a little later on.

M- Heavy carbonation. Full body. Very light alcohol bite. Surprisingly smooth considering the higher ABV. Sweetness becomes a little long and coating further into the bottle.

O- This beer really stretches the tripel guidelines. However, it's all well stated on the label. You should know what you're getting into with this beer. Sweetness and solid ABV mean a bomber is about the right serving size to take your time and enjoy. While good, pricing may keep me from buying this one again. There are too many great beers out there at the premium pricing point. All said, it's a good way to wrap up summer on the Labor Day weekend. Time to enjoy the honey and some malty goodness as the weather starts to turn the heat down a notch.

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Photo of Pencible
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured clear copper with some light tan head.
S: It smelled like earthy honey and bready yeast, with some barley and graham cracker and floral hops, and a bit of sweet cherry.
T: It tasted like earthy barley and graham cracker, with some clover honey and floral hops, and a bit of sweet cherry and ginger. It had a slightly bitter and clean aftertaste.
M: It was somewhat thick with moderate carbonation. Nice slick body.
D: This was an interesting beer to try, but nothing too unique or delicious. The body was good, and the alcohol was well hidden, so it was easy to drink. But it was otherwise forgettable.

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Photo of Hazer115
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this over the weekend at one of our favorite places to eat. It was served to me it a tulip.

A: When the waitress brought it to the table it still had a two to three finger off-white head that seemed to linger for quite a while.

S: It did not have a strong smell at all; I had a bit of a slight fruity bread smell to it.

T: Crisp clean start gives way to some floral afer-tones with hints of hops at the finish

M: Seem pretty light to me for the style

O: I liked it, it was the best and wasn’t anything to write home about, but I wouldn't deter anyone from trying it.

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Photo of jayhawk73
3.13/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly orange color w/ a massive off white head. Decent carbonation and lacing. A little off for a tripel appearance. Smells of fruit and ginger. No honey to be seen, in spite of the fact that it's a Tripel "brewed with honey and ginger". Taste is super sweet and WAY too heavy on the ginger. Less sweet, more malt, and less ginger, and we may have something here. Unfortunately, this is not a world class beer for the style. Mouthfeel is a little better than average- nothing spectacular. Overall, this beer really misses the mark for the style. It could've been really well done. Unfortunately, it's a disappointment. Not horrible, but you can find a lot better tripels than this.

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Photo of StoutHunter
2.9/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I picked up a bottle of a Beerhive Tripel last week for $7.99 at Boyne County Provisions. I have been wanting to try this beer for a while since I am a bih fan of Tripels, so lets see how it goes. Poured from a brown 22oz bomber into a goblet.

A- The label on this beer looks nice and it's a strong indicator that this Tripel has honey in it. It poured a hazy dark amber color with some ruby highlights, the color kind of threw me off since Tripel's traditionally aren't this dark, which leads me to think this brew will be different from a traditional Tripel. It had two fingers worth of off white head that died down to a thin layer that stayed the rest of the time and left behind a little lacing.

S- The first thing I pick up in the aroma is that typical medley of spices from the Belgian yeast that I expect to find in a Tripel. But after that things start to stray away from the traditional style, there are large amounts of honey and ginger, and when combined with the Belgian spices make it smell more like a Gruit then a Tripel.

T- The flavor of this beer starts out with a good amount of sweetness, that was little to sweet for me at first but as it warmed it became more balanced. I pick up some caramel, toffee, honey, ginger and some light fruits in the background. After that come the spices along with a little more ginger and honey. The finish is a little more bitter then I expected and is combined with a pretty prominent amount of sweetness, the finish could use some work.

M- It was on the thick side for being medium body, the body should have been a little lighter to be on par for a Tripel. It also felt syurpy and it was a little cloying. '

Overall I thought this was a pretty average beer that wasn't close to a traditional Tripel. Going into this beer I expected that the addition of honey would make it different from other Tripels, and it did, but there was a lot other things that when combined together made it taste more like a gruit then a Tripel. The amount of honey was just right in this beer but the ginger seemed to be too much and kind of out of place for this brew, and when combined with those Belgian spices, it makes for a very herb and spice forward brew that just doesn't fit for a Tripel. What I liked most about this beer was the honey presence and what I liked least about this beer was the dominating spices and herbs and the poor mouthfeel. I am glad I finally got to try this beer but it didn't live up to my expectations and I don't see myself buying this again anytime soon. If you like your beer heavy on the spices and ginger, you might dig it, but if your are looking for a good Tripel then this is not a great choice. I would still like to try some of New Hollands other big bottles but this one turned out to be pretty unimpressive.

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Photo of zaphodchak
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased 4 days ago from Whole Foods in Richmond.

Ruby-amber body with lots of bubbles and a finger of frothy off-white head, which eventually dissipates into nothing.

Smell is a whiff of honey, with some faint Belgian tang? The undertone is hard for me to pin down. Could be the ginger.

Taste is interesting (more so than when I tasted it at the tap)-- mellow honey, but the finish is a lot sharper. At first, you think it's the carbonation, but it's the spicy ginger making an appearance towards the finish. Doesn't immediately strike me as a 'tripel', but maybe a bright golden ale. Slightly shroomier as it warms.

There's a bit of carbonation here, but it's easy to confuse the spice of the ginger for that. It's all right, but not fantastic.

Kind of interesting; for the things on the label and description, I expected something more intense, but this is certainly more drinkable for opting in favor of balance. I set the bar high for New Holland, so I guess I expected more.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of farrago
4.07/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Crests above three fingers of looser microfoam settles down to a steady half finger of orange tinged off-white color, the lacing starts to move swiftly down the glass sides than suddenly seizes up and sticks. Light gauziness to the glowing amber color, sunset reds and oranges, very fine and tiny bubbles. While the nose is sweet it is in no way heavy and maintains admirable clarity among its elements, the honey does not seek too much terrain, likewise the ginger is fresh and clean like at a sushi bar, has a lingering pepperiness as well, then milk chocolate, sweet lees, apricot, peach and nectarine fruit scents, as much peat as flowers, longlasting presence. Medium-bodied, again fresher and more nimble than might be expected, the carbonation light on its feet and greases forward momentum. Hard to make a case for it as a classic “tripel” but taken on its own merits, there’s a lot to like in the ginger, pepper, salt spices and honey, molasses and chocolate, once more, without it being a sugar fest. The orange, tangerine infusion comes at the right time and supports the honey while brings a touch more sourness. Coats the palate well by the finish, as a result the peat and dirt elements soak in. This tastes like a luckily executed experiment, to be thought of as “extra-category” and, if so, not that hard to find a good few reasons to like it.

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Photo of FanofHefe
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle is labeled Vintage 2010. The body is almost a completely clear amber color, with a hint of orange. Unusual for a tripel. Does the honey or ginger cause this? Uncertain. Creamy eggshell white head with decent retention and a smattering of lacing.

The aroma is slightly fruity, with a definite notice of the ginger. A little sweetness on the back end from the honey.

The taste is not horrible, just not what you would expect from a Belgian Tripel. Unfortunately, the ginger makes it have a cardboard aftertaste to me. The other flavors of spiciness from the yeast and the honey blend OK.

Medium mouthfeel and a crisp finish. I think I would have liked it better with less ginger, and more honey. Or how about just a good tripel?

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Photo of jwinship83
3.19/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle pulled out of the cellar. i didnt realize i had this one, and dont really have any idea as of this bottles origins. oh well. drank out of my chimay tulip.

A- this one pours out a darker than expected reddish golden colored body with a small and tight kahki colored head on top. the head is relatively long lasting, and leaves behind small rings of lacing.

S- the first thing to greet my nose is ginger. pretty strange for a trippel, but not off-putting. after that i pick out some caramel and toffee malts and some definite honey-like sweetness. decently spicy. coriander and a touch of black pepper. earthy hops and alcohol finish this one off.

T- the odd addition of ginger i could smell comes back in the taste, and big time. after that i pick up on some caramel and pale malts. the honey-like sweetness is back also. coriander, black pepper, and clove. mild alcohol. earthy hops at the end.

M- medium bodied with a lower than expected carbonation level. very sweet.

O- i think they over complicated the tripel here. it needs no additional spices or sweetness. i think ill pass on this one if they brew it again.

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Photo of Sammy
3.87/5  rDev +8.7%
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 oline73
3.16/5  rDev -11.2%
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 oberon
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
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 n2185
2.86/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a surprisingly dark amber/mahogany color with about a finger and a half of white head, which recedes into a thin cap with a little lacing.

S: Cloves, some Belgian spicy yeast aromas, and a slight honey aroma.

T: There are some candy sugar flavors up front followed by a spicy Belgian yeast flavor. The finish is of sweet honey and yeast.

M: Medium body and carbonation, this beer is crisp at first, but leaves behind a sticky sweet coat on the mouth that is not entirely pleasant. This style should be light and crisp with a dry finish.

D: Considering that it lacks the crispness I desire for the style and leaves behind a coating of sweetness instead, it's not a very drinkable beer. However, it does not taste particularly bad or good, so it's not the worst tripel.

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Photo of Stigs
2.77/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

22oz bottle - split (thankfully). served in tulips.

A - pours with about an inch of creamy, frothy just off-white colored foam. the beer is unusually dark for the style, almost straight amber in color. layers of sticky lacing left behind save this from being a disaster.

S - very soapy, with hints of pear and banana. yeast adds some clove, and a slight banana and sour green apple. not much grace here.

T - begins with a flash of stale, somewhat abrasive fruity sweetness. completely lacks that crisp grain and assertive yeast bite of better Tripels. stale taste throughout: aspirin, alcohol, and cardboard abound.

M - medium to light-ish bodied for the style, but has that nice crisp and cutting carbonation. a bit sticky through the finish, with some alcohol washing everything away at the end - though rather harshly.

D - dont know what it is about this, nothing adds up, and nothing is really appealing to me. a poor example of the style. more of a "this is a bastardized American example of a classic Belgian style done awfully". dont even give this to your worst enemy.

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Photo of corby112
3.76/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
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 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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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
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 despainmakesbeer
3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.69/5  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.

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Photo of alleykatking
3.32/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

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Photo of BMoney575
3.56/5  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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.03/5  rDev -14.9%
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 BierFan
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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Beerhive Tripel from New Holland Brewing Company
3.56 out of 5 based on 218 ratings.
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