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New Holland Pilgrim's Dole - New Holland Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

582 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 582
Reviews: 332
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 57
Gots: 46 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Wheatwine |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
A barleywine-style ale made with 50% wheat malt (a wheatwine) aged in bourbon barrels.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-19-2003)
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Reviews by Shovelbum:
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Shovelbum

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a 16 oz pint glass, on draft at Ashley’s in Ann Arbor, MI. My first ‘wheat wine’.

Arrives with a thin head over a clear red brown body. Substantial aromas of roasted malt, caramel, and chocolately goodness. Berry-like fruit leads the flavor charge, and mixes with caramelized sugar, biscuits and cotton-candy like sweetness. A bit odd, and perhaps served a bit cold. There is a strange ghostly presence of wheat (I assume) throughout that I have hard time putting my finger on. There is a mild hop bitterness at the finish, but the hops don’t seem to be major players in any other way. The mouthfeel is a bit slick due to the substantial sweetness. Full-bodied with low carbonation.

The flavor is unlike any ale I’ve tasted before, possibly a result of the wheat fermented to these insane levels. It is sweet like a wee heavy with a more candy-like flavor as opposed to caramel, and not necessarily for the better. I’ll save my final verdict until I’ve had it from the bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

04-01-2007 21:53:25 | More by Shovelbum
More User Reviews:
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WesMantooth

Ohio

4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$14 for a 4 pack of 12 oz. bottles. Center poured into a teku glass. Small head disappears quickly. A very dark amber with a wine look to it. Smells like caramel, toffee, vanilla, and a hint of bourbon. A lot more bourbon in the taste, but nowhere near overpowering. Also get some vanilla, toffee, caramel, maybe honey. Not too sweet, but I think it does finish a hair bitter. While it defiantly has english barleywine characteristics, it also drinks a lot like a barrel aged scotch ale with the rich malt. It doesn't scream 12% by any means, but still a sipper. This is an excellent beer that is close to being world class in it's style. Will be buying more.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2014 18:30:49 | More by WesMantooth
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DanGeo

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

07-27-2014 16:26:06 | More by DanGeo
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Boosully

Michigan

4/5  rDev +1.5%

07-27-2014 05:17:36 | More by Boosully
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Gryphon69

Michigan

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle 2014

A- Deep Amber in color, very small head that falls to a thin coating. Light lacing that quickly slides down the sides. Lots of very small bubbles up the sides of the glass.

S- Caramel and lots of it, malt, vanilla, honey, light molasses and brown sugars.

T- Malty, lots more bourbon than the nose, caramel sweet, finishs with some light alcohol burn.

M- Medium, slick, slightly fizzy with some alcohol burn.

O- I think its pretty good, not one your gonna slam down unless your a shot person. Looks real good, smells good and tastes good. Solid BA ale imo.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2014 01:52:06 | More by Gryphon69
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jcugafsu

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

07-26-2014 03:00:38 | More by jcugafsu
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ynnpar

United Kingdom (England)

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

07-26-2014 02:38:54 | More by ynnpar
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jhartley

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a poco grande style glass. Vintage 2014.

Pours a crisp clear brown with barely a 1/2 fingers worth of head, dissipated quickly.

Smells of sweet malts, some vanilla and bourbon.

Starts out with a sweet barleywine sweetness (still not a fan of that), followed with some alcohol heat and then finished with a ginger like tingle on the tongue and that fills the mouth.

Finishes clean for a bourbon barrel aged beer it's not overly heavy, but that alcohol is definitely there and it's not a beer you can chug down; it's a sipper.

Overall I was surprised at how much I did like this beer, not overwhelmed but definitely not underwhelmed. Not a beer I would search out again in the future, however glad I was able to taste it. If barleywines are your thing, especially barrel aged ones, then you must try this out.

This was a gift from fellow BA jzeilinger, thanks again bro.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2014 23:34:36 | More by jhartley
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Chuffbomb

Ohio

4/5  rDev +1.5%

07-23-2014 15:37:31 | More by Chuffbomb
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ksills

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

07-23-2014 14:07:25 | More by ksills
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Benesi88

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

07-21-2014 20:23:59 | More by Benesi88
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ConradKenney

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

07-20-2014 01:36:01 | More by ConradKenney
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Storm21

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

07-17-2014 02:21:36 | More by Storm21
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n2185

North Carolina

3.54/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a clear copper with a finger of light tan head that fades into a thin ring with no lacing.

S: Lots of caramel and vanilla on the nose with honey, oak, and bourbon following through.

T: Caramel, vanilla, burnt sugar, a bit of honey and oak, and a fair amount of bourbon. The finish is sweet and boozy.

M: Medium-thick body with low carbonation, this beer is sticky sweet and slick while avoiding being watery.

O: A solid beer, overall. Not terribly complex and a little too boozy, but still good.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2014 02:27:15 | More by n2185
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cackalacky

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +1.5%

07-15-2014 18:34:19 | More by cackalacky
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Kmalo1


4/5  rDev +1.5%

07-15-2014 15:28:16 | More by Kmalo1
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_morandi_

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

07-14-2014 21:14:46 | More by _morandi_
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WesM63

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

07-13-2014 21:16:19 | More by WesM63
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Cktrumbull

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

07-13-2014 11:00:37 | More by Cktrumbull
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mychalg9

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

07-13-2014 03:31:40 | More by mychalg9
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BrewmanCapote

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

07-13-2014 02:23:49 | More by BrewmanCapote
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a mostly clear medium reddish brown in color with light to moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass slowly and moderate amounts of dark amber highlights. The beer has a quarter finger tall foamy light tan head that reduces to a mottled thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Very light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of toffee and caramel sweetness from the malts and some light hints of vanilla, bourbon, and oak.

T: Upfront there are moderate to strong flavors of sweet dark malts with moderate amounts of toffee and caramel sweetness. There are light amounts of vanilla with moderate amounts of oak and stronger bourbon notes. Hints of alcohol in the finish.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Moderate amounts of alcohol warming in the finish.

O: Might be the first barrel-aged wheatwine that I have tried and it worked really well, somewhat tempering the sweetness of wheatwines and adding to the complexity of the flavors. Enjoyable and definitely a good sipping beer. Alcohol is present but not overpowering.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2014 01:17:17 | More by dbrauneis
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psmith161

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

07-08-2014 13:07:08 | More by psmith161
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Smokesnotes

Michigan

4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A: nice deep amber color, no head

S: fantastic. Bourbon & vanilla

T: strong vanilla up front. Wheat wine comes through in the middle, slight bitter end. Hides the 12% pretty well.

M: starts heavy then a tingle

O: really good. A surprise to just find on the shelf never hearing of it before. Highly recommend trying it of you like bourbon barrel aged beers. And who doesn't.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2014 01:21:02 | More by Smokesnotes
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KAF

Iowa

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

07-06-2014 16:34:25 | More by KAF
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New Holland Pilgrim's Dole from New Holland Brewing Company
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