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Pilgrim's Dole - New Holland Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

709 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 709
Reviews: 343
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.39%
Wants: 61
Gots: 74 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Wheatwine |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-19-2003

A barleywine-style ale made with 50% wheat malt (a wheatwine) aged in bourbon barrels.
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2.5/5  rDev -36.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

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3.72/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle to Founders tulip.

A - Medium to dark amber colour; translucent. A small layer of cream coloured head formed on the pour and quickly receded to a ring around the glass.

S - A bit hit of bourbon up front with subtle vanilla tones and some woody oak aromas. Some sweet caramel and toffee aromas from the base beer are present in the background.

T - A massive bourbon taste up front with a big rush of warming alcohol. After a few sips the alcohol calms down a little bit but remains present. The middle offers toasted oak, toffee, dark caramel and a hint of vanilla. The bourbon returns in the finish.

M - Medium to full body. Light carbonation.

O - The bourbon barrel aging overpowers the base beer and makes this somewhat one-dimensional.

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of divineaudio
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass. 2011 batch.

a - pours a transparent copper shade with some streaming bubbles visible. gave me a thin cap of cream colored head that quickly calmed to a film.

s - vanilla, bourbon, dark fruits.

t - rich carmel malt with nice, present vanilla and bourbon flavors. also has some dark fruity notes and a peppery spiciness on the middle of the tongue. finishes on the sugary side with a faint taste of alcohol.

m - medium in body with more carbonation than i would like. coarse co2 profile makes the spiciness found in the taste more pronounced. significant alcohol warming happening here too.

o - quite enjoyable, though a bit of a slow sipper. a nice alternative to the bourbon barrel stouts that are everywhere now. i'd like to get a few more bottles of this and save them for special occasions.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

Photo of CFHMagnet
3.64/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had to get rough with this one before it would give me decent head. You may insert your favorite dirty joke here. Even with a heavy pour, I got half a finger of effervescent head that up and left me faster than my fiancee would leave me if the actor who played Michael Scofield (sp?) on Prisonbreak walked in the room. The body is a medium brown with orange and light reddish notes.

Grapes, raisins and dark fruits soften up your nose like the Luftwaffe. The Blitzkrieg begins when you get to the delicious heavy malt, caramel and sweet sugary aromas. A wheat and faint oak backbone ensures that the assault stays supplied on the frontlines.

This guy is very sweet. Dark fruit, brown sugar and caramel all mix with malt in the beginning to create a tumultuous bunch of flavors that are difficult to pick out. These are backed up with what tastes like smoked oak staves with a hint of vanilla, and surprise, more malt. EDIT: When this beer warms up, it is like drinking essence of lumberyard. It is fine cold, but it just got heavy and unpleasant warm.

The body on this is firmly entrenched in the realm of medium-heavy. It flows easily due to the carbonation, isn't sticky or drying, but is definitely a little heavy to be considered refreshing. Not that I write that as a bad thing.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of samie85
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very deep copper color with two fingers of white, rocky head.

Smells of rich, dark, stonefruit with notes of burnt sugar and vanilla.

Follows the nose with rich, dark stonefruit: plums, dates, and some burnt sugar with caramel malt backing.

Warming mouth and throatfeel with low carbonation and a slick yet almost tannic dryness to it.

This one feels as alcoholic as it is, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, however it is very rich and indulgent. I can only do beers like this one a few times a year.

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4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Why I haven't had this sooner being from West Michigan is beyond me.

I went to New Holland 2/18/12 and had a pour of it on tap...but by review will be based on a 2/20 taste of it out of a 2011 bottle I bought later that night.

Pours a rich amber color, reminds me of the colors of fall and harvest.

Smell...definitely has a bourbon smell to it...imagine that with it being aged in Bourbon barrels.

Not much head on it, nice lacing on the glass though.

This beer is absolutely exceptional. 12% wheatwhine aged in bourbon barrels ...balances perfect for the right amount of booziness and goes down real smooth. I purchased some old 2005 bottles from New Holland and also got a couple bombers. I think I will have the 05 sooner than later and will let one bomber cellar for a good while and see what happens with it. Huge thumbs up to this brew.

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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5/5  rDev +26.6%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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3/5  rDev -24.1%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served In a Alesmith Horny Devil snifter.

A- nice caramel color with just a thin white head. No lacing.

S- boozy! Dark fruits, sweet malts, vanilla and some bourbon.

T- booze not quite as prevalent as the nose. Sweet caramel, bourbon and some vanilla.

M- medium body and low carbonation. Little thin with abv very noticeable.

O- good wheat wine, but could use some time in the cellar to take some of the heat off. May buy another bottle and let it sit for a year.

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Pilgrim's Dole from New Holland Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 709 ratings.