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New Holland Pilgrim's Dole - New Holland Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

567 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 567
Reviews: 328
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 57
Gots: 41 | 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 coldmeat23:
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coldmeat23

Oklahoma

4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees

This has a dark amber color to it and some serious crimson tinting. A small-ish head of tan foam forms and dissipates, leaving behind some wispy surface streams of foam. Lacing is in broken strands of medium thickness.

Tons of caramel and bread notes here. A good deal of wheat (surprise!). Mild citrus notes and some traces of cherries.

Serious maltiness dominates. Very rich. A good deal of caramel with some hints of toast and brown sugar. Mild traces of bananas. A good vanilla presence. The dark fruit sweetness is big, and is dominated by figs and raisins, mostly. Between the yeast and the wheat, this one has a nice touch of spiciness happening.

Medium-to-almost-full bodied. It has a light level of carbonation, which helps it maintain an almost "chewy" quality, which is very nice. Nicely slick.

The 11.40%abv is noticed, but that's fairly expected from the style. It provides a nice hint of warmth. The flavor is very good, but also very rich. It would keep you from drinking much more than one, at a time.
Very tasty, overall.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2011 02:35:01 | More by coldmeat23
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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.

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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.

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Can't remember who I need to thank for this one, though I think it's bertram...

A. Pours a deep, clear, dark copper color. A half finger of beautiful, consistent, light tan head pops up. Head retention is solid at a quarter finger with decent lacing.

S. Expressive caramel and treacle notes. Stone fruits of cherry and roasted fig. Toffee and subtle notes of chocolate around the edges. Barrel presence is there, but it takes on more of a brandy or sherry note...not a bourbon blast at all. This smells warm and inviting, like a freshly baked caramel tart.

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O. This is an impressive barrel-aged wheat wine. The malt bill here is complex and hearty, a fantastic showcase of different malt flavors. In fact, everything is really top notch until the finish...this bottle has at least a year on it and the finish is still way too boozy and hot. It fails to stick the landing, but that doesn't diminish the fact that this is a strong wheat wine regardless. Pilgrim's Dole is, however, the rare instance where barrel aging diminished as opposed to improved the beer.

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New Holland Pilgrim's Dole from New Holland Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 567 ratings.