3xB: New Holland Beerhive Tripel
This Week’s Big Bottle: New Holland Beerhive Tripel
The New Holland Beerhive Tripel. It’s a tripel… with honey. Though, you probably could’ve guessed that from the name.
The idea of adding honey to a tripel doesn’t seem like a bad one. I mean, tripels are great beers. They’re very complex; interesting aromas, packed full of flavor, and enough booze to knock you over. And honey by itself is an interesting thing; it’s sweet, earthy, and has that clover feature that’s hard to put your finger on. So, putting the two together should be a slam dunk, right?
Well, kinda. Not really.
The Beerhive Tripel poured a deep bronze color, but didn’t have much of a head (as you can tell from the grainy picture over there). The aroma reminded me of ginger, which I definitely wasn’t expecting. The flavor was malty, sweet, surprisingly tangy, and finished bitter. It was also a bit on the ginger side, I’m not sure where the ginger flavor came from. Maybe the mixture of the tripel and the honey? I really wasn’t happy with the ginger.
Overall, it was okay. Not awful, but not something I would drink regularly. So, if you’ve got other big bottles to choose from, I’d skip this one.