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New Holland Pilgrim's Dole - New Holland Brewing Company

New Holland Pilgrim's DoleNew Holland Pilgrim's Dole

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BA SCORE
88
very good

536 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 536
Reviews: 324
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.45%


Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Wheatwine |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

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 malcontent:
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malcontent

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, clear amber with just a touch of thin, snowy head. Minimal lacing.

Damn! As rich a nose as I can recall encountering in some time. Brandy, rum raisin cake, plums, honey and whole wheat bread are all present. Loaded and heavy. Oh, and surprise, there's a healthy dose of alcohol (as if brandy and rum weren't indicative of that).

For an American style, this owes far more to and English-style barleywine that American wheatwine. Certainly the wheat-derived, bready malt body prevails throughout, but it's the vaguely musty, earthy notes that linger which separate this from its peers. Fuggles? I have to think so, and the way they offset the sweetness from the caramel malt is achieved deftly. A bit of hot alcohol on the back end.

The carbonation is on the subtle side, which is correct for the style and the body is full while dodging syrupy levels. It IS rich, though, and while I appreciate the earthiness I'm only on board for so long. Overall, very good.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2009 23:04:03 | More by malcontent
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Davepoolesque

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled in 2013. Light in body, caramel in color with little to no head. Huge vanilla smell in the front, caramel sweetness, toffee, bourbon and burnt sugar. Basically tasted like a BBA English Barleywine, except maybe a little less sweet. Slightly under carbonated, took a little away from the taste. Really well done wheatwine that I was happy to drink, but would have loved to have had this aged. I think 2 years would do wonders for this beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2014 13:19:58 | More by Davepoolesque
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carmike813

Illinois

3/5  rDev -23.7%

04-17-2014 03:23:11 | More by carmike813
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GeorgiaBeerGuy

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

04-16-2014 20:50:43 | More by GeorgiaBeerGuy
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richj1970

Alabama

4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12 oz bottle into taster glass.

A: Medium to dark brown at first, but has not some red tones when held to the light. A smallish one finger head and minimal lacing.

S: Bourbon, caramel, vanilla, biscuits, banana, and a bit of spice.

T: This one has a nice sweetness up front. Big caramel and toffee notes combined with a ready quality. A little bourbon bite at the end.

M: Thick and a bit of a syrup quality, but not coingly sweet. A little light on the carbonation but not unexpected for a barrel aged brew with 12% ABV.

O: Probably my first wheat wine, but I enjoyed it completely. Reminds me a bit of Backwoods Bastard or North Coast Old Stock.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2014 01:23:51 | More by richj1970
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mlklein27

Illinois

4/5  rDev +1.8%

04-06-2014 16:48:41 | More by mlklein27
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barczar

Kentucky

4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2013 vintage.

Pours a brilliant deep brown that shines as ruby when held to the light. The frothy khaki head lingers.

Bourbon, vanilla, raisins, prunes, and figs erupt from the glass. There's a hint of dark cherry, along with molasses. Awesome! A metallic note surfaces late, putting a damper on aroma.

Flavor reveals a sweet, deeply caramelized malt backbone, with raisins, dates, and bourbon notes throughout. The finish is oaky and slightly dry. Very boozy, but the esters counter nicely. Hints of chocolate and nuts emerge in the aftertaste. A vinous note and hop bitterness surface late.

Body is a touch full, with fairly low carbonation. Alcohol warmth is substantial.

I've had this in the past, but it's been a while. Very complex beer. Of course, it's pretty hot, but great esters and bourbon character. May need to age a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2014 17:18:20 | More by barczar
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PeakedInHighSchool

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

04-05-2014 14:38:43 | More by PeakedInHighSchool
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rudabegga9

Georgia

4/5  rDev +1.8%

04-03-2014 18:34:52 | More by rudabegga9
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nabit

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

03-31-2014 22:26:43 | More by nabit
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Franziskaner

Missouri

3.49/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown in color with just a faint trace of white foam barely covering any of the top of the beer. Faint aroma of pale wheat is present. Brussels lacing. The body is somewhat thick,but is much less formidible than the Founders Sweet Repute I had just finished. The taste is dark wheat and fades very quickly. This is an easy going Wheatwine if there is such a thing.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 21:23:07 | More by Franziskaner
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Grinky

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

03-21-2014 02:56:17 | More by Grinky
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DaftPatrick

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +1.8%

03-19-2014 23:25:04 | More by DaftPatrick
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coz

Illinois

4/5  rDev +1.8%

03-19-2014 05:15:55 | More by coz
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szmnnl99

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

03-08-2014 04:35:27 | More by szmnnl99
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threedaggers

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

03-07-2014 02:16:25 | More by threedaggers
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BuckeyeSlim

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

03-01-2014 09:01:21 | More by BuckeyeSlim
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PerHops

California

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

03-01-2014 06:02:38 | More by PerHops
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JIMTRK16

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

02-26-2014 17:51:50 | More by JIMTRK16
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vinny21bal

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

02-25-2014 22:26:14 | More by vinny21bal
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HardTarget

Texas

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
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ChrisMon02

Ohio

4/5  rDev +1.8%

02-21-2014 19:49:20 | More by ChrisMon02
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Cramerican

North Dakota

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

02-12-2014 04:17:43 | More by Cramerican
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king75

Michigan

4/5  rDev +1.8%

02-11-2014 00:53:52 | More by king75
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shalegac

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

02-08-2014 18:53:28 | More by shalegac
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New Holland Pilgrim's Dole from New Holland Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 536 ratings.