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Pilgrim's Dole - New Holland Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

711 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 711
Reviews: 344
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.39%
Wants: 61
Gots: 75 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Wheatwine |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-19-2003

A barleywine-style ale made with 50% wheat malt (a wheatwine) aged in bourbon barrels.
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Photo of IowaBiertrinker
4.34/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Big n' Sweet! Go for it.

Photo of cmwilliq
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of FaradayUncaged
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of acostuhhh
4.34/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of FlyingHellfish
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BryanPeterson
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of yannimou
4.24/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Very sweet, brown sugar flavors. Unbelievably thick sticky mouth feel, possibly thicker than BCBS. Absolutely wonderful. My only problem is the bourbon. I generally hate BBA beers that are not stouts. Although there was a lot of bourbon here, I though it was pretty
well balanced with the sweetness and body this beer offers.

Photo of 57md
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light brown in color. Subtle bourbon nose. Nice body and solid bourbon flavor. Sweet note on the finish. Tastes like a slightly lighter version of a top-tier barrel-aged barleywine.

Photo of PhilMiller
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of arthurry
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ramrod666
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Amorfati
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of intovert2438
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jas45678
3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jroberts8811
4.48/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

If you like English Barleywines then this is right up your alley. I was thinking this would be on par with Dragon's Milk but am thrilled at how much better it is. Definitely worth seeking out.

Photo of MLaVioletteJr
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AxiomoixA
4.44/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StoneTSR
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

APPEARANCE: Pilgrim’s Dole acts a lot like a Barleywine; mahogany, but on the lighter side, in color with hundreds of very slow moving bubbles crawling up the edges of the glass. The head, however, is much more sturdy than most Barleywines, staying intact for a good two minutes and falling to a healthy, 95% coverage of the surface of the beer. The lacing is spectacular, cover over 95% of the back of the glass. Truly a gorgeous beer.

SMELL: There are a lot more sugary malts contributing to the aroma than I would expect in this beer; brown sugar stands out the most, but toffee and caramel are there too. There’s also a touch of banana and vanilla. This almost smells like cake.

TASTE: Brown sugar, vanilla, banana sweetness; this is a decedent indulgence. Caramel and toffee need to be mentioned here as well. There is a little bit of hop bite to balance, but the malt is clearly the star of the show.

MOUTHFEEL: The body is clearly huge, but given the sweetness and intensity of this beer it falls on a much lighter side than it should. “Bright” is a word that comes to mind. And even though Pilgrim’s Dole is decidedly sweet, it’s not overboard. I’d say it’s a consistent 7.5-8.0 on the dry-to-sweet scale.

OVERALL: If it wasn’t for the mouthfeel I would swear this is a Barleywine, but the wheat really lightens the situation up. Given the sweetness and decadence of this beer it is hard to believe how easy it goes down.

As a side note, at Big Beers, Belgians and Barleywines this past month, this was one of the Top 3 beers I had. Spectacular.

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3.64/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jrs3994243
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KevinL
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of FinchSCF
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ri0
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a chalice.

A - Dirty caramel brown with thin 1 finger tan head. Minimal lacing on glass.

S - Thick malty scents of vanilla, caramel, brown sugar, and overly sweet dark fruit and bread. Reminds me of an old ale.

T - This is mighty tasty with chewy sweet malts of caramel and brown sugar blended with mild vanilla. Very sweet bread and dart fruit give it some depth. The taste has a familiarity of old ale, yet it includes notes of dark fruit. Pretty mellow and not very boozy.

M - Medium bodied with a thicker mouthfeel. Very rich and smooth with good carbonation.

O - This is a very good, yet mellow wheatwine. I don't really notice the bourbon up front and it is only a couple months old. An excellent sipper for the winter months.

Photo of msumike89
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of derkfromwi
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Pilgrim's Dole from New Holland Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 711 ratings.