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New Holland Pilgrim's Dole - New Holland Brewing Company

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562 Ratings
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Ratings: 562
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.

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4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Review is from notes taken on 5/13/2011 and poured from the bottle to a tulip.

Appearance: Pour yields a rich coppery color with strong ruby highlights; starts with a solid 2 finger off-white, creamy/frothy head; body has decent clarity and shows random carbonation, some bubbles trudging slowly up, while others zip up faster from the bottom; head leaves behind full rings and strands of lacing as it slowly dwindles to a thin and uneven, yet full cap with a frothy patch that reminds me of something that would sit on top of a glass of Ovaltine.

Smell: A very nice smell, loaded with rich and caramel sweet maltiness; bit of a spiciness to it and it really blends in with a strong booziness to the nose; bit of a dry and dark fruitiness to it -- perhaps, raisins or figs. Nose is pretty big, makes me think this one's got big things planned...

Taste: Super solid -- I'm a little disappointed that I've waited this long to try it, and I'm definitely going to be picking up one or two more to put away. Right up front, the palate is slammed with the huge plentitude of malts, very reminiscent of caramel and butterscotch; raisins, figs, and some warm sweet spiciness to them; definite presence of alcohol, but it's not quite as burny as I thought it would be based upon the nose, so yeah, it's hot, but it's a sneaky kind of hot.

Mouthfeel: Wow, body is thick and chewy, quite possibly the thickest Barleywine/Wheatwine I've had to date; carbonation comes across as very soft and smooth in this thick body; a thin and cottony dry, sticky coating is left all over the mouth; the gums are left tingly, and the belly and breath are left quite warm from the nearly 12% alcohol.

Drinkability: A bit big, thick and sweet for too much in any sitting, but it's damn tasty. Cheers to New Holland for this one!

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2011 01:57:47 | More by bamadog
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South Carolina

3.28/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A rich golden amber then came forward from the bottle, splashing down into the glass with a very hazy thud. Lots of carbonation here as well kept the whole thing alive and kicking with a two inch layer of white foam that quickly faded down to leave a bare top.

The aroma was full of spices and wheat, very musty with a deep down and earthy note to it. I was picking up lots of rye type smells, hints of grass and a touch of grapes. Translated over the taste very well. Very rich wheat flavor. Lots of cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. There were touches of almost musty pepper or something, hard to place, but very full and very difficult to fully grasp the flavor. Nice hot streak of alcohol running through it as well. Nice medium body with a really good carbonation profile, there was a nice fullness to it. It was definitely a sipper, and a little bit rough at that.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2011 10:46:58 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of ChadQuest


3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Caramel, with notes of Caramel. With that said, the un-abridged version.

The aroma has a distinct boozy note to it that is not hidden and i find a positive element, there is toffee and maple syrup notes cutting into it just a bit.
The flavors just scream Caramel, and maple syrup. if you want a beer with those 2 flavors playing a strong role then this is for you.
There is some slightly hot boozy elements within also.
medium and not to sticky, a good feel.

A solid Wheatwine, like i said if your a Caramel & Maple Syrup guy grab a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2011 06:49:18 | More by ChadQuest
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3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: dark deep amber without head or lacing
S: bourbon, fruit, bread, malts
T: bourbon, fruit, and more bourbon
M: big and warming, you know it's there.
O: not my favorite style, but a good representation of the style. worth seeking out if you like big beers.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2011 12:51:55 | More by match1112
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4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I absolutely love Dragon's Milk from New Holland. Let's give this brew a try. 22oz bottle...

A: A super clear deep dark reddish / brown with a tiny cream colored head that fades quickly to a small lace atop the brew. Good.

S: Some nice toffee and a quick caramel upfront. Some slight breadiness and malty sugars in the middle with a buttery bourbon scent on the backend. Good.

T: A nice easy to drink high ABV brew. A creamy bourbon-esqu flavor upfront with a buttery malty sugar in the middle with a slight earthy hop on the backend. Good.

M: Medium body with a phenomenal carbonation. A nice creamy finish. Very good!

O: All in all, this brew is very good. If you like the style I would recommend hunting this one down to try. If not, then don't worry about it. A very drinkable wheatwine!

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2011 01:40:08 | More by steve8robin
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3.03/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Expected this beer to be a little more on the lighter side I guess. The Wheat Wine here seemed to me to be just like a regular Barley Wine to me and my friend who split the bottle. I was thinking that it would be a nice lighter strong beer before the dinner we had but it was heavy and boozie. I haven't been able to see much of a difference between Wheat and Barley Wines. This is good if you want a strong beer that you can sip on for a while.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2011 02:42:52 | More by Knapp85
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Rhode Island

3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

reviewed blind, thanks to MbpBugeye.

Amber pour, eggshell white head that is fluffy.. thick lacing. Pretty nice pour on this one.

S- Fruity malt sweetness sets in. Apples, grapes, and strawberry jam. What is this elixer? I must investigate further!

T- This is a lot stronger than I was thinking from the nose. Big caramel/molasses/toffee tidal wave, peppery heat on the tongue, and some brandy-soaked fruits. This is a big beer. Mingling earthy hops and some orange in the finish.

M- Low carbonation, a bit hot, and a bit thin, but it works. It's a sipper.

D- Moderate. A big beer, but wow is this tasty. No off-notes, the alcohol enhances and compliments the flavors.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2011 22:14:56 | More by ShogoKawada
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New York

4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle of the 2010..
blood red, heroic like the fields of Nordic kingdoms stained with heretics. Light carb. Aromas of clove, caramel malt, a bit of floral hop. It is an excellent drink, the alcohol not yet tamed, a bit tingly, shining blatantly through the caramelized wheat, with a nice bitterness that mingles with the alcohol leisurely as I sip this in the bed of my truck on an ordinary winter day.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2011 20:49:05 | More by dragonWhale
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3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance- Shades of maple syrup with a nice off-white thumbnail head from a fairly vigorous pour (pint glass). Head recedes to a few millimeters but remains throughout the journey. Laces like a mofo.

Smell- Smells like a lot of Quads I've had before. Alcohol, rich dark fruits, some slightly overdone caramel.

Taste- This is one of those beers where the nose gives you pretty much what you need to know. Up front I get rum soaked raisins, some, some caramelized sugar notes, figs. It's a bit roasty. Malt-100, Hops-0 in this ballgame. The alcohol is there on the back-end but its not too bad, definitely a sipper. I think of a confused quad more than a wheatwine. I don't pick up much of the wheat in the bill really. I'd have liked a little spice with it.

Feel- Its fairly thick but expected with a brew of this fortitude. Hits the spot on this frigid 12 degree night.

Drinkability- It's not my favorite but like just about all beers it does have it's place. The boozey raisins keep you honest but I've had worse, I'd drink it again over a lot of barleywines out there.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2011 07:11:08 | More by LoadedSchells
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3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

This pours a very deep blood red with a rush of small bubbles that form a nice head that dies down to nothing, leaving no lacing. On the nose, there is a huge hit of alcohol and smelly fruit, dates or prunes maybe, with some sweet bread and caramel too. On the tongue there is a big fruit hit right at the beginning with caramel afterward, all riding on a big wave of alcohol. In the mouth it's a full bodied beer, not as sticky as I thought it would have been based on all the sweetness heretofore. It's a huge beer and because of the almost over-the-top sweetness, one bomber is plenty for me, but this a really good brew, probably my favorite from this brewery that I've had.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2011 01:00:56 | More by EricCioe
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4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2009 version on tap at the Hopcat. A cute pour into a cute glass, a golden shine with aromas of caramelized sugars and herbal leather.

Tastes lightly of some oxidation, one might say a nice noble oxidation though. Fried breads, soil, browned sugars and warm butter come out, a great taste.

For a big wheatwine, the drinkability was great. If I had time, money, and a bigger liver I could of sat and consumed this guy for hours.

New Holland- I am reminded of your ability to shine.

Serving type: on-tap

01-26-2011 16:36:44 | More by olympuszymurgus
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3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle tried 25 Aug 2010. Served in the (512) One snifter.

Medium sized tight light brown head. Moderate carbonation. Clear warm reddish color. Aroma is all brown sugar and ethanol. Starts sqeet and syrupy. Bready and boozy. Just a touch of resiney bitterness. Some vanilla bourbon notes throughout. Finishes with a touch of caramel. Oily body and mouthfeel. Warming.

A sipper for sure.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2011 23:18:02 | More by htomsirveaux
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New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review is of the 2004 vintage Pilgrim's Dole: 10% ABV in a 12oz bottle. This brew has been lovingly aged at B&B Liquors, Grand Rapids, Mi.

A: Deep copper looks viscous in the glass, with a touch of lacing struggling to penetrate the thick elixer.

S: Heavy on the malt, with vanilla, creme brulee, and dulce de leche in the nose,

T: Sweet, with huge caramel, raisin, and fig notes. This is fairly sweet, but isn't cloying.

M: Full body with a touch of stickiness.

D: A great find. I am interested to try a fresh batch to compare flavors. This is definitely a great beer to keep warm in the winter.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2011 23:27:17 | More by Avagadro
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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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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - hazy orange hue, one finger head, with excellent lacing.

S - sweet malt, citrus background. amazing aroma!

T - big malt flavor, bready semi-sweet upfront, hint of bitter on finish.

M - smooth, med/heavy body, big alcohol warmth

D - big sipper, you must try this beer! I will most DEFINITELY pick this gem up again to enjoy with others.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2010 17:14:15 | More by BeerLover99
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3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

My constant search for the world's greatest wheatwine continues today as I am giving the New Holland version a run. Bought two of these bombers from Binny's, with a guess I might want to sit one down for a while...and I was correct. It looks a bit darker than I expected, and requires a bit of effort to extract some head. Upon giving it a sip, it is clear that I should ignore anything on this bottle that says wheat on it and treat this as a barleywine, because it looks, smells and tastes exactly like a barleywine - not that I have a problem with that. Hits a bit hard at 11.4% ABV, not really disguising the alcohol all that well, and the mouthfeel is what people who drink barleywine most definitely expect.

Given that I've decided it is a barleywine with little to no discernible wheat characteristics, its pretty decent. Not nearly my favorite barleywine, but very doable. BUT, if you are trying to seek out the elusive delicious wheatwine, this is not it. It doesn't say wheatwine to me at all.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2010 06:43:25 | More by seeswo
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4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As poured into a tulip, this brew presents itself with a thin tightly formed foamy lace, which sticks well to the sides of the glass. Crystal clear body, which is dark copper in color.

In the aroma, I'm getting a bit of bubble gum, caramel, and red apple.

Taste wise caramel, vanilla, cherry, are upfront to the middle. In the end there is a cooked veggie flavor.

Full in body, mildly carbonated, and warming in the end.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2010 00:35:09 | More by TheSarge
Photo of Tone


4.55/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-15-2010 21:27:45 | More by Tone
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3.43/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz poured into snifter. from notes

A - Amber color moving to a light cider brown. Very small off white head dissipating very quickly, clear.

S - Strong alcohol, you can smell the sweetness, almost liqueur-y

T - Sweet caramel, and toffee, very sweet. I can taste a distinct butterscotch

M - Alcohol heat, syrupy and tacky

D - A real sipper with a distinct flavor. I wouldn't say I enjoyed the whole thing as it was tough to find a defined direction with the beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2010 18:31:11 | More by OakedCanuck
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4.53/5  rDev +15%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2010 01:38:17 | More by Bombers4Benedict
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New York

3.25/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A_Pours dark reddish orange with a thick khaki colored head that dissipates into a thin ring. Thick lacing.

S_Tons of sweet caramel malt, dark fruit, and alcohol.

T_Really,really sweet. Tons of caramel malt,figs,raisins, brown sugar and rum. Good but overly sweet.

M_Thick. A little syrupy. Chewy.

D_Too sweet. A bomber was hard to get through.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2010 03:45:57 | More by nickadams2
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3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The deep, clear red belies this beer's strength. Wow. The aroma is of candy. Sweet, yes, maybe like sour worms? I'm a few years past my trick-or-treating days. The taste is not quite as sugary as the nose leads you to expect - which is a relief - but still pretty sweet. It's balanced by a bit of sourness and a good bit of heat. You will not for a moment think this is a low-gravity beer!

Serving type: on-tap

10-15-2010 03:10:09 | More by djmitche
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4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

09/05/10- Had this one on-tap at the New Holland brewpub.
A: Dark reddish brown, nice cream collar and lacing.
S: Caramel alcohol, cinnamon molasses, musty earthy hops character.
T: Sweet with warming alcohol, roasted finish, caramel red wine. Good.
M: Frothy, slightly heavy.
D: Pretty good for a wheat wine.

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2010 17:22:31 | More by ne0m00re
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3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

served in a Riedel snifter

This wheatwine pours quite thick as if I'm pouring transmission fluid straight into my glass. The appearance is a deep amber color which is beautiful to gaze upon. There are but small islands of carbonation which quickly disappear so there is no head to speak of. The smell is of liquor, whiskey specifically, this one gives notes of rum-raisin that reminds of a good port. There are also notes of honey to be found. The taste is quite sweet the sugars come through almost instantly, but not far removed comes the flavor of whiskey. There is a toffee tone to it that is accentuated by what would seem to me to be dried fruits such as apricot and raisin. On the palate it is quite thick like the car lubricant it appeared to be, which could be considered appropriate for the style. After the initial pour there is almost no carbonation to speak of on the tongue. As far as drinkability is concerned this is a great beverage in small doses. It is recommended but in extreme moderation, and that's not just because of the high ABV.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2010 01:51:45 | More by Vdubb86
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3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A bottle of 2005 Pilgrim's Dole, happened upon on the night of a great haul. Poured into my snifter.

Color is hazy, and translucent. The body is coppery and ruby. Head starts to build but never really gets going, and pretty much disappears before it forms. There are a bunch of yeasty floaties, which I assume are from the age of the beer and its bottle-conditioned nature. A swirl leaves legs and spotty bubbles, both of which sink back down the sides of the glass.

Lots of malty caramel and a nutty sweetness in the aroma. It somehow still smells a bit hot. There is a wheaty spiciness to it as well, but it is so slight, that this is pretty much English Barleywine in the nose. Caramel and nutty malts again dominate the palate. The alcohol is well hidden here.

Sticky and resinous caramel syrup, and just a touch of carbonation make this pretty standard in the feel department. Nothing spectacular, but pretty nicely done overall.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2010 17:20:35 | More by NittanyBeerFan
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