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

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.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.12/5  rDev +15.7%
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 +13.8%
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 +2.8%
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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Photo of Holland
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
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 +0.6%
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 -2.2%
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.

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Photo of jsisko01
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
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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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
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 -36.2%
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 TheBeerAlmanac
3.57/5  rDev +0.3%
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 -4.2%
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%
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 -17.7%
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 +1.1%
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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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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Beerhive Tripel from New Holland Brewing Company
3.56 out of 5 based on 218 ratings.
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