Butters (3559) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - AUG 26, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Shared by maniac. Pours a clear burnt orange with small white head. Nose of sweet clean ginger. Honey joins the flavor and, citrus ginger notes. The ginger is actually subdued, and this is pretty tasty. I bet this would be good with a little time to have the flavors age and mellow. A little banana. Good beer for what it is.
bu11zeye (11740) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 20, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Draught) Pours a clear amber body with a small white head. Aroma of honey, raisins, plum, ginger, light florals, and candi sugar. Flavor of honey, candi sugar, some grass, and raisins. Very sweet.
fear025 (213) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - AUG 20, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at the Bavarian Lodge, Lisle, IL.
Aroma:Spicy Belgian yeast notes.
Appearance:Medium amber in color, very little head, good lacing.
Taste:Moderate malt sweetness in the front, along with some light hop spicyness. The honey flavor in this beer is subtly present in the foretaste and the midtaste. The aftertaste is amazingly nutty.
Palate:Very smooth, medium-light body to this beer, nice carbonation. Even though itís 8.47% ABV, there is very little alcohol warmth.
Overall:This is a fantastic beer thatís very easy to drink. Itís very pleasant. With a name like beerhive, I was afraid they would overdo the honey in this beer, but they made it subtle enough that it blends in nicely with the other flavors.
udflyerfan07 (173) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - AUG 15, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at South Park Tavern, Dayton, OH. Poured a dark amber color into the tulip glass. Aroma of honey and floral. Taste was pretty strong. Strong fruit, honey and floral flavors. Avg attempt at a tripel. Iíve def had better but this was drinkable. Just too heavy on a 100 degree day.
DocLock (7182) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 14, 2010
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bomber from Caponeís and CAH. Pours deep coppery toward ruby with 3-finger off-white head. Nose is caramel malty, with slight honey, floral, and hop hints. Tastes non complex on the palate, with flavors of malt, but the ,alt has that slight butyric acidic flavor, rather astringent, with some hops, florals, and mild fusels. This one is a bit of a train wreck, and I did not enjoy it much at all. New Holland has let me down with their last two big beer offerings.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 14, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at TND: Sweet aroma of honey, malt, and slight yeast. Poured amber/orange in color with a medium-sized, creamy, dense, off-white head that diminished but lasted throughout. Clear. Sparkling. Excellent lacing. Flavor is medium to heavily sweet. Tastes of honey, malt, yeast, slight Earth, light caramel, and fruit. Medium body. Dry texture. Average carbonation. Fruit, honey, light malt, and slight yeast finish is lightly dry. 8.47%ABV is completely hidden throughout. Very drinkable, but could be less sweet.
Brigadier (2585) - Northeastern Ohio, Ohio, USA - AUG 13, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap pre-GTMW
The second stop of the night was just down the street at Maduroís while I waited for Goose Island to kick off their party around the corner. Splitting this to pass time I was came to the conclusion that once again New Holland is one of those breweries that knows how to make great beer but often times (for whatever reason) falls just short. This is a great example. Itís not flawed but I feel a bit indifferent given the style.
Aroma / Appearance - The deep maroon body glowed under a cloudy rainy backdrop. A thin ring of head was the result of either a careful pour or time settling. Honey, chocolate, caramel, bananas, and raspberries made it hard to get too excited. Alcohol was there but no in enough force to overwhelm the rest.
Flavor / Palate - The creamy mouthfeel had a texture like a milkshake. Vanilla and honey were fine. The medicinal cough syrup blast brought this crashing back down to earth. Caramel nugent in the finish tried hard to save the day. Ultimately though it felt like a run of the mill American attempt at a style which can be elusive.
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - AUG 13, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Copper pour with a big, three-finger, white head. Lots of sweet malt in the aroma lending soft notes of toffee and caramel. Thereís also lots of the classic sweet banana and clove Belgian esters. The ginger is present but subtle along with some faint clover honey and spices. The flavor is warm, spicy and sweet upfront with lots of classic Belgian esters. Earthy, sweet malty toffee in the middle. Finishes with some slight ripe banana and then a kick of sharp, slightly bitter ginger. Creamy, full mouth feel with lots of carbonation. Nice complexity but a tad muddled. Still a nice take on the style.
blutt59 (5868) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 13, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap, iced tea colored pour, sugary yeast maple aroma, flavor is grassy
honey, belgian yeast, pineapples, nice finish
IainOg (75) - Virginia, USA - AUG 10, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
on draft at mekong. much darker than most tripels, at a deep amber tending toward brown. huge, pillowy beige head that lasted a long time. good carb lightens the body a bit, which is nice, as it is a little heavy. aroma is honey, sweet malt, yeasty, fruity esters, and sweet ginger, more like a ginger snap than like fresh raw ginger. the taste is a sweeter, thicker version of a tripel, with interesting spicy phenolic notes, more honey, and a mild, sweet ginger fade.