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 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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Photo of peabody
3.06/5  rDev -14%
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.

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Photo of weeare138
3.15/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

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Photo of AndrewNations
2.82/5  rDev -20.8%
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.

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Photo of tigg924
3.92/5  rDev +10.1%
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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Photo of jsh420
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
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

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Photo of jrallen34
3.13/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

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Photo of prototypic
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of makinbacon
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of jampics2
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of chaz410
3.49/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Photo of atsprings
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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