New Holland Pilgrim's Dole - New Holland Brewing Company
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Reviews by beerinator:
4.03/5 rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Appearance: Brownish, with reddish tones. Slightly cloudy. The head is off-white and the retention is hard core.
Aroma: Heavy fruit. Apple, pear sweet cherries, a big bowl of fruit cocktail with some caramel sauce dripped over. Oh, and the fruit cocktail with caramel sauce is sandwiched inside some bready pound cake too.
Taste: The mouthfeel is slick but not too thin. The beer has a great deal of fruit and sweetness. Bitterness keeps the sweetness from being overpowering. The bitterness lingers more on the palate as this beer warms. There are definately cherry flavors here in aroma and taste. The alcohol isn't very evident here.
Notes: A bit thinner in the mouthfeel than you would expect. But this beer has great depth of flavor and aroma. The alcohol isn't in your face, and the body makes it scarily drinkable. Even though it's easy going down, I think I would have ranked this one better if it had a little more "umph" in the body.
Serving type: bottle
05-11-2005 00:55:38 | More by beerinator
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3.74/5 rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Appearance: Murky deep brown glass drops the short flash of a head without much pretense. I may see a trace of the alcoholic vapor drifting off of it.
Smell: Heady alcohol on a firmly toasted grain base. Comes across as a bit like a Belgian Quad with a candy sugar beet fuel source.
Taste: Hot. Jet fuel alcohol blazes quickly, there is a lot of grain left over after the yeast topped out, so there is a residual sweetness, with a dark fruit jam flash before everything burns away.
Mouthfeel: Numbing, black crisp dry, viscous.
Overall: I may have jumped the gun with this one. It seems an excellent candidate for aging I'll get a large water back and nurse this through the night and enjoy, but I'm worried about having it near an open flame.
Serving type: bottle
02-23-2014 00:30:04 | More by HardTarget
4.14/5 rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
At first glance it appears dark brown, but once held up to the light it turns out to be a very deep and completely clear red, almost like a garnet. Medium size sticky head that fades to a thin creamy layer which sticks around for a long time, lots of greasy lacing around the glass. Very pretty and somewhat mysterious looking.
Smell is thick with booze, caramel, some bourbon, rich glazed pastry/pie, and an almost banana-like scent. Super sweet nose, really kind of intimidating, maybe a bit too heavy on the sweetness/booze.
The taste is actually more complex and balanced than the super-sweet scent lets on. The booze is quite a bit lower in the actual taste, and the bourbon barrel comes out a lot better. There's more of the caramel, syrup, dessert quality, but it's balanced out with huge, bready malt flavor and lingering bitterness on the finish. The sweetness is still very powerful. In fact when I reviewed Sweet Repute I compared it to this beer, and upon tasting Pilgrim's Dole again I believe it's a bit sweeter than that one. It's RIGHT on the edge of being too sweet, cloying.... but the bitterness and bread taste keep it in check just enough. Very, very precariously balanced.
Palate is super thick, syrupy, coating, all that. I'd expect nothing less from a beer of this nature. As with the taste, it's inching towards the line that separates "big" from "gross" but manages to stop just short. Last time I had this I remembered a lot more alcohol heat which was mildly sickening combined with the sweetness, but tonight it's very low, especially for a 12 percenter. As with other similar beers it seems that letting it warm up calms it significantly. I would imagine it was too cold before. In fact right now, as I drain the glass, I'm finding that the last few sips are actually the best so far. I would recommend serving this at close to room temp as the flavors open up and the palate becomes much more welcoming.
Overall, at $10 a four pack (I feel like this was a pricing mistake by the store I got it from but who knows) this is a steal. It's no Backwoods Bastard, and technically it's not even the same style, but the taste and characteristics are quite similar. If this is more readily available to you, or if you just haven't given it a shot yet, please go for it. It's a huge, sweet, complicated beast for what may as well be a bargain basement price.
Serving type: bottle
01-01-2014 02:52:38 | More by krustster
New Holland Pilgrim's Dole from New Holland Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 524 ratings.