Review: New Holland Beerhive

In Beer Reviews by Ryan

New Holland says:

“Little John’s local bees create a spring wildflower-honey that lends a sweet, earthy complexity to a traditional style of beer with a balancing snap of ginger in the finish.”

New Holland Beerhive
Tripel, 9% ABV

Sayeth the Guys:

I had this on tap at New Holland during a brief stop for lunch.  Before I get in to the beer let me say, if you have never been to New Holland in Holland, MI it’s worth a stop.  The food was very good, the staff knows how to pour and there were a number of brewpub only offerings; including four different kinds of Mad Hatter (imperial, farmhouse, smoke and oak).

As for the beer I sampled, well, the makeup was very intriguing; a *Belgian Tripel brewed with honey and ginger.  I love a good tripel with all of the banana, cloves and bubble gum aromas and flavors.  It’s a fantastic summer beer when you want something a little bit more than a session beer..  And, what could make it better than tossing in some honey and ginger to truly – um – sweeten the deal?

This beer poured much darker than I expected, burnt orange almost, but very clear.  The nose is very complex.  You get a bit of banana and cloves, loads of ginger and just a little hint of honey.  It tasted as equally complex with a subtle honey sweetness to start followed by the cloves and banana and finishing with a pop of ginger.

The carbonation was fantastic which adds to the drinkability.  In fact, I liked this so much I took home a growler to the wife, who is also a big tripel fan, and she loved it.

This beer is now out in 22 oz bottles.  If you stumble across one it is worth picking up.

*Beer Advocate is considering this a saison or farmhouse ale.  I can’t say I agree with that so I am going to keep it a tripel.

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Equal parts beer nerd and policy geek, Ryan is now the curator of the Guys Drinking Beer cellar. The skills he once used to dig through the annals of state government as a political reporter are now put to use offering unique takes on barrel-aged stouts, years-old barleywines and 10 + year verticals.

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