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New Holland Pilgrim's Dole - New Holland Brewing Company

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very good

680 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 680
Reviews: 337
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.65%
Wants: 60
Gots: 65 | FT: 6
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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4.78/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review based on notes, got this one from czoch75, Cheers Clint!

Pours caramel with 3+ fingers of tan head. Super lacing & good head retention

S: Cakeyness, Bourbon & dark fruit

T: Toffee, a bit of booze, cakeyness & rum butter up front along with a slight smokeyness. This really mellows out as it warms, smokey toffee & some oakyness. Finishes dry, buttery & cakey

MF: Sticky, medium bodied with slight carbonation

Drinks really easy for the style & ABV. Drinks more like a super smooth barley wine to me, this one is very well done!

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4.78/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to OneDropSoup. This was sent as an extra in a trade, and this has been high on my wants for some time.

22 oz bottle poured into a Boulevard Smokestack chalice. Small, but tight white head, a few specks of lacing. Color is a warm and toasty chestnut brown, very nice clarity.

Smell is very complex. It starts off sweet with a hint of coconut, and then gradually warms up to a fresh baked loaf of wheat bread. Yeasty and warm. Alcohol is hinted at. Taste is equally complex. High levels of toasted wheat, yeasty spices, it's liquid bread.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, medium smooth carbonation. Wheat wines are so freaking awesome, not enough are brewed.

Blipped "Young Pilgrims" by the Shins

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4.78/5  rDev +21%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

An incredible Bourbon Barrel aged barlerwine. The flavor of bananas and some yeast bread are over powering but the cloying "collapsing mouthfeel "when you are swallowing a huge beer. It is definitely the best barley wine I have ever had. I am going to assume I didn't get the bourbon aged. My keg is yeast and barley and mush and stuff! It is awfully good though.


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4.7/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

(Served in a snifter)

A- This beer has a crystal clear warm brown body with a thick creamy light tan head that sticks to the sides of the glass. There is a nice swirl of tiny bubbles gliding to the surface.

S- This beer has a big full aroma of caramel sweet toasted malt and oak with some smooth toffee notes and coconut hints. The smell makes me want to huff and huff this beer.

T- The rich taste of sweet toasted malt has some darker toasted malt and caramel flavors. There is some nice oaky notes followed by a slight alcohol bite.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a slight chewy texture to it. The finish is a nice alcohol heat that is just enough to clean up the sweetness but not overpowering.

D- This beer is big malty and sweet without being too sweet. The oaky notes are nice and bold without being overpowering against the malt. This is a great sipping beer.

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4.68/5  rDev +18.5%

Photo of granger10
4.6/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer poured an orangish copper color with a small head that faded quickly. The lacing was there though. The nose of the beer was simply amazing! Probably the best smelling beer I have ever experienced. Something about it was very comforting, it reminded me of buttered toast with cinnamon and sugar piled on then a hint of alcohol. The taste was very similar to the smell but not quiet as good. Initially very bready it later became sweet then the two flavors mixed. Sweetness is akin to honey and caramel in my opinoin. Hops are low but provide a moderate base. Alcohol is strong and becomes stronger later on in the finish. Body warming sensation hits and I am warmed up on the cold Michigan winter nights. The only problem I have with this is that it is undercarbonated but otherwise this is one of the best beers I have had. I am extremely impressed with New Holland's last two new beers this and the Dragon's Milk.

Photo of Beerlover
4.6/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

acquired this on my hunt for bourbon county, was recommended by the friendly knowledgable staff at haskells, thanks Tim! I haven't really been a big fan of new Holland before, there beers being too sweet or nothing special, lets see if this can break those low expectations
A: clear amber brown in color with a half inch thick off white head, looks mediumly carbonated .
S: smells sweet but not overly sweet, getting some brown sugar/raisiny with a malty backbone doesn't smell too much like a wheat beer
T: this is awesome!!! definitely going back for a four pack! I wonder how old this is cuz I bet im drinking it at its peak, wow this stuff has some complexity... all the aromas come out in the taste in perfect balance, sweet but not overly by any means and I think this is helped by the booziness, noticeable but far from what I would guess 12% taste more like 8 to 9, and no burn at all. wow again
O.A.: I might have to try the offereings I've had from these guys again just based on this, at least the dragons milk....

Photo of Jables
4.58/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a tawny amber with little head.

Aroma: Grab a loaf of fresh cinnamon raisin bread that is slightly doughy, and inhale it deeply, then you have just smelled this beer. Outstanding smell. Pumpkin pie comes into the picture, The smell is so good you almost don't want to drink all of it, you just want to leave some to smell.

Flavor: Tast is like chocolate chip cookie dough minus the chocolate then add spicy sugary flavors with plenty of nutmeg. Makes me think bready, yeasty, and doughnut-ty.

Mouthfeel: Excellent body with a slick, thick, almost syrupy at the finish.

Drinkability: High, this beer begs to tasted over and over again.

Notes: This is one of the most interesting flavored beers I've had that I can honestly say tastes outstanding. This isn't a beer that you say "oh it's interesting, but I wouldn't buy it again." I will buy this till there are none left and since it was such a small release I don't know if I'll get some.

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4.55/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 12 oz. Bottle into a pint glass.

A - Dark ruby color with a ½ inch, off white color, head. Light carbonation. Light lacing. Nice and clear.

S - Strong caramel smell with strong hints of bourbon. Smells great. Perhaps a bit of molasses in the background.

T - Hints of bourbon comes out more afterwards but tastes great. Lots of caramel and some molasses in the background. Very sweet. Flavors seem to come out even more as the drink warms up. Probably best to be served warmer than a normal beer.

M - A bit thick, but yet, still a very easy drinker with little carbonation. Sticky aftertaste in the mouth. Probably from the molasses.

O - Very easy drinker considering the 11.4% ABV. Overall very impressed and a very good Wheatwine. Would definitely consider aging a bottle or two for a couple years.

Photo of Tone
4.55/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy, dark red color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, alcohol, dough, hint of hops, and a hint of citrus. Fits the style of a wheatwine. Mouth feel is slightly smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of alcohol, wood, sweet malt, slight hops, slight yeast, hint of citrus, and wheat. Overall, great appearance, aroma, blend, and body.

Photo of klewis
4.55/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber, 2007

A: Pours a clear red color with a small bubbly head that quickly subsides to a frothy ring. Moderate lacing.

S: Big fruity smell with aromas of sweet molasses and a hint of alcohol. Very nice.

T: Quite sweet like a J.W. Lee's barleywine. Predominant flavors of caramel and molasses with a fruity twang. A bit cloying, but very good.

M: Full-bodied, thick, and syrupy with light carbonation. The flavor sticks around for quite a while. A bit of a warming effect.

D: My first wheatwine, and I'm quite impressed. Quite tasty, and at 10%, the alcohol is barely noticable but will keep you nice and toasty. Can't wait to try some more from this style.

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4.53/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from bomber into my Surly Darkness Snifter.

A - Deep amber, mahogany color. Head is apparent at first but dissapates quickly. No lacind in my glass whatsoever.

S - Caramel apple, sweet fruit.

T - Malty caramel. Figs, brown sugar, nutty. Doesn't taste as strong as the smell may insinuate. Still very good.

M - Warming sensation of a wine, with the same consistency. It has a carbonation that is muted by the amount of malts present. There is a syrupy feel to it. It feels thicker than it looks or tastes.

D - More of an ale feel than a true barleywine. I think I am down for another round.

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New Holland Pilgrim's Dole from New Holland Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 680 ratings.