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New Holland Pilgrim's Dole - New Holland Brewing Company

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619 Ratings
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Ratings: 619
Reviews: 332
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 11.42%
Wants: 58
Gots: 56 | FT: 5
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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Photo of OakedCanuck
3.43/5  rDev -12.9%

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.

OakedCanuck, Nov 15, 2010
Photo of Bombers4Benedict
4.53/5  rDev +15%

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.

Bombers4Benedict, Nov 09, 2010
Photo of nickadams2
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

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.

nickadams2, Oct 18, 2010
Photo of djmitche
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%

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!

djmitche, Oct 15, 2010
Photo of ne0m00re
4/5  rDev +1.5%

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.

ne0m00re, Sep 19, 2010
Photo of Vdubb86
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%

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.

Vdubb86, Aug 28, 2010
Photo of NittanyBeerFan
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%

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.

NittanyBeerFan, Aug 08, 2010
Photo of drpimento
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%

Pretty good overall, though I was at first unsure. Poured with little head and no lace. Color is a clear medium dark amber. Aroma is malt, yeast, caramel, toffee, Flavor is like aroma plus a lot more: coffee, cocoa, sherry, toast, taffy. Body is full and a little round; carbonation is very low but actually works very well in this case. Finish is like flavor and of medium lenght. Good sipping beer. Could work on a big bottle by myself.

drpimento, Aug 01, 2010
Photo of MbpBugeye
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%

A- Burnt orange with some decent clarity, at least on the first glass out of the bomber. Nice rich head sticks around surprisingly long for a beer like this. It never totally fades. It floats around in patches and filmy spots. Sticky lacing is the result.

S- Lots of raisins and dates. Molasses, caramel and a touch of honey on biscuits. Its pretty nice. The nose is strong and alcohol makes no attempt at subtlety.

T- Quite sweet and unique. I quite like it. Lots of candied dates, figs, caramel. Wheat is less pronounced as I thought it might be. It lends a delicate spiciness/snappiness towards the end that comes in just before the alcohol.

M- Full, nearly syrupy. Dispite this it finishes pretty clean with only a little but of caramel sweetness hanging around on the tongue. Carbonation is very low and the beer is very smooth.

D- A quite nice beer. Its an interesting alternative to a barleywine.

MbpBugeye, Jun 22, 2010
Photo of punkrkr27
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Dark, rusty brown pour with a small, loose, off-white head. Rich caramel and dark fruit aroma with notes of toasted almond, brandy, pepper, and some alcohol. Lots of toffee and molasses upfront in the flavor with a healthy dose of dates balanced by notes of toasted nuts, straw, alcohol and brandy. Full, oily and creamy body with moderate carbonation.

punkrkr27, May 18, 2010
Photo of TMoney2591
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Not all that creative on this one, I'm following the conceit from the bottle:
The pilgrimage (see what I mean?) begins just before dawn; scarlets, crimsons, vermillions, cinnabars, rubies, and other such hues arrange themselves as though on a cosmic-level swatch. Still early, some dark, earthy browns linger still, but are clearly facing imminent eviction. The long trek has begun, with Saint Christopher smiling on my progress. As the countrysides continually change, the air strangely maintains the same scent throughout: a light bit of flour and cracked wheat combined with an ambrosial sweetness. Flowers seem tobloom on the edges of the air itself. A pine forest stands at an eternal distance. Respites are few, as the Book would seem to have it, and are mostly consumed by the breaking of the fast. I rely on the kindness of locals who support my holy travels. Far from manna, the taste is still plenty sweet, with side notes of whiskey and toffee and a bitter undercurrent. Trudging on, my feet meet minor temporal resistance, but, as the miles stack up behind me, it's as though a thick muck is increasingly impeding me. 'Tis the devil's temptations, I swear it, and I shall continue on my way to spite the demon. No head bubbles shall sway me from my path, though few have come to me up 'til now. Though there is still far to go, I know the Lord is with me and, thus, I shall not want. Via con dios!

TMoney2591, May 08, 2010
Photo of glid02
3.98/5  rDev +1%

Bottle purchsed from CBX in Charleston, SC.

Pours a slightly hazy deep copper color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of sweet caramel malts with hints of booze-soaked pears and apricots.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Syrupy caramel malt flavors kick things off. Midway through the sip a good deal of medium fruit flavors - pears and apricots as in the aroma with very mild amounts of dried plums. The ending is on the sweet side.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness augmented by the wheat and moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall I don't think this beer did itself any favors by straddling the line between barleywine and wheatwine. Definitely not a bad beer but it's not worth seeking out.

glid02, May 03, 2010
Photo of dfillius
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%

Alright, another wheatwine! Poured into a pint glass

A: Aggressive pour yields 1/4 finger of cream colored head with fair retention. Hazy reddish-brown. More head please.

S: Raisin, cinnamon, toast. Smells very sugary, could there be some unfermented sugar left over?

T: Savory almost. Ghostly alcohol is breathy. Slight ester. Very bready, slightly spicy. Boozy. Odd and not my favorite. Best as it warms to ~55 degrees. Interesting slight chocolate comes through at that point.

M: Booziness is surprisingly restrained. Lukewarm but not hot. Syrupy.

D: I am enjoying my pint. Only might order again or buy again.

dfillius, Apr 18, 2010
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine March 2007.

Named after the assistance (free bread and ale rations) given to wayfarers on holy pilgrimages in early 14th cen- tury England. We scored a couple of extra cases after our American Beer Fest in June 2006. Loved it then, but we've been dying to try it after some cellaring.

Pours pretty damn thick; mildly syrupy, with thick, fluffy, off-white head and excellent lacing and retention. Wonderful cascading carbonation up front, but once the chaos settles, the bubbles seem to struggle in the murky brown-and-orange depths of this brew. Impressive. Quite alcoholic in the nose. Toffee, overripe pine- apple, floral hops, and charred raisins. Thick, smooth and viscous on the palate. Massive malt body and presence. The syrupy texture seems to glide across the palate with toffee, caramel, brown sugar, golden syrup, hints of candied pineap- ple, and rich, toasty flavors. Boozy and fruity. Rum-soaked raisins. A smack of bit- terness helps to break things up, pricking the palate with an aggressive spiciness and a slightly wheaty twang. Vodka notes. Big, lingering sweetness; toasty toffee notes, with a foundation of alcohol heat and spice in the finish.

If this was life on the dole, we'd be two very happy pilgrims. Enjoy on its own, in a snifter. Serve slightly cool, but allow the beer to warm and unfold.

BeerAdvocate, Apr 07, 2010
Photo of brdc
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%

A 4-5 year old vintage small bottle kept under proper conditions in my cellar. This one keeps getting better and better, although I think it has now peaked. From notes.

Some haziness in this dark copper body, with a small but decent head for the age and ABV. Nice lacing, oily.
The aroma is really nice, lots of caramel, with some mild booziness that has mellowed down quite a lot over the years. Hoppiness is still present but now well balanced, fruity and floral.
Full bodied, with a mostly sweet, caramel and butterscotch flavors, but well balanced by the still noticeable fruity hoppiness and brandy like booziness.
A very good beer, which has aged quite nicely, with very well integrated flavors.
Interesting to see, after I finished my review that the BA I shared the bottle with, alcstradamus, gave the same overall score.

brdc, Apr 06, 2010
Photo of alcstradamus
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%

A 5 year old vintage 12 oz. bottle shared by brdc. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a clear copper color with a sliver of head. The aroma is a potent dose of caramel maltiness and a floral/citrus hop combination. The flavor is heavy on butterscotch and caramel malt sweetness. The finish is bready. Very smooth after 5 years in the bottle but the alcohol is still noticeable as a background complexity. The body is nearly full and the carbonation is low but sufficient for the style. Overall I have to say that this beer surprised the heck out of me and I thought the butterscotch flavors were particularly noteworthy. Drinkability is good because I would love to be able to have this again soon, although after only around 4 oz. I was satisfied.

alcstradamus, Mar 28, 2010
Photo of trbergman
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a tulip.

A - Pours a deep red-orange color with a thin ecru head. 4

S - Rich caramel and toffee with some apple. There's also a slight sherry-like note of oxidation.

T - Sweet and chewy, with tastes of baked apple and caramel. Some spicy clove phenolics and the suggestion of banana remind me that this is a wheatwine. I wish I could have tried this on the fresher side, as now this is closer to a true barleywine than I would like. Bitterness is moderate, enough to cut through the sweet caramel fruitiness. Some mellow booziness picks up as this warms.

M - Very smooth and mellow, with warm alcohol contributing to a nice, full body.

D - Overall a pretty good beer, though the booziness makes this a bit of a challenge to finish. I would drink it again if I had a friend or two to split the bottle.

trbergman, Mar 11, 2010
Photo of manahansf
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%

Pours a beautiful hazy deep amber color with some subtle orange highlights. The brew is crowned with a thin yet creamy off-white head which disapates quickly into a very thin lacing which remains on top of the beer til the end. The aroma is a big and bold nose of oaky vanilla with a grainy malt and vinous background. The aroma is echoed in the drink with vanilla, malty graininess, and a slight vinous flavor flow slowly through the viscous body. All though there is a touch of a carbonation sting on the tongue, the carbonation level only moderately high. The finish emphasizes the oak and vanilla flavors while it begins to warm. The end is not clean but instead lingers on with a slight sweetness and continued warmth.

manahansf, Mar 11, 2010
Photo of webmanspidey
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Had this on tap at New Holland.

A dark golden brown color. Smells a sweet mixture of fruits and spices. Hints of caramel and vanilla. Taste is heavy on alcohol, and is a highly sweet combination of cloves, vanilla, raisins, bananas, and other fruits it is hard to put a finger around. This was a pretty interesting beer that I'd like to try again.

webmanspidey, Feb 22, 2010
Photo of OneDropSoup
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%

Poured into a vase: deep, clear amber with 2 fingers white head, golden-orange highlights, stalactite lacing.

Smells of toasty & sweet caramel malt with a serious "barleywine" character, struggling with how to describe it: has notes of peppermint, estery, fried banana, buckwheat pancakes & maple syrup. Buttery -- that's it, buttery pancakes with syrup. Just a tiny bit of chalkiness. Overall awesome smell that built with warming.

Taste holds all the debate described in the aroma, but distilled into syrup & alcohol. One point in the aftertaste is like pure caramel. Delicious, but kind of boiled down & not quite as complex I'd imagined.

Feels full with a mild bite but otherwise very smooth. Again, a "coolness" in the aftertaste, reinforcing the suggestion of mint.

Very tasty & rich. I was looking for the wheat throughout, & the fried banana was the only thing point to it. Hides the booze well, but with a beer this big & packed, one is plenty.

OneDropSoup, Feb 08, 2010
Photo of THORN
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%

1 Pint 6 Fl.Oz. bottle poured into dt snifter. Served 40-45 F.
A: Cherry brown. Pours thin head and retains only around edges. CO2 bubbles from bottom of snifter. Leaves sticky lacing around snifter.
S: Caramel, toasted bread, and citrus.
T: Dark citrus filled hops. Robust sweet toasted malts. Wheat is noticeable, but overwhelmed by barley. Alcohol very apparent. Coconut and raisins lead into dry lingering bitterness
M: Alcohol sweeps across mouth with a gentle warming. Slight syrupy texture.
D: Big body matches strong alcohol character.

THORN, Jan 13, 2010
Photo of barnzy78
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%

Served on-tap in a standard pint glass at the Barley House - Algonquin, IL.

Poured a deep amber with reddish hues. Cream colored head held pretty good retention and left some nice ringed lacing on the glass. Aromas and tastes were similar with a large dose of malts with notes of caramel, toffee, and vanilla. Some mild fruity esters were notable, but not distinguishable. Alcohol is noticeable by its warming ability, but not in taste. Overall, I really enjoyed sipping this one down. It didn't blow me away, but definitely recommendable.

barnzy78, Jan 05, 2010
Photo of drabmuh
3.05/5  rDev -22.6%

Served from a bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled from 2007. Beer is dark brown and really hazy. Forms a thick head of large bubbles that falls away to almost nothing leaving behind a lot of lacing. Carbonation is low (lower than it should be). Bubbles, small to medium, rise slowly through the beer. The resulting head is thin and white made of medium sized bubbles.

Aroma of the beer is primarily alcohol and malt. I'm not getting many esters or fruits as I would expect.

This beer is thick and has a full bodied character to it. There is almost a coconut like character to the flavors. Very sweet but its a little overwhelming. Mouthfeel is ok. There is no aftertaste. Its a really heavy beer and drinkability suffers. There is almost no bitterness and there is a strong malt / grain sweetness to it almost like a barleywine. Actually, it tastes a lot like liquor. Not my favorite wheatwine but I'm glad I tried it.

drabmuh, Jan 04, 2010
Photo of kegger22
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%

New Holland Pilgrim's Dole Wheatwine is an opaque dark amber with a tiny beige head that displays little retention.

The aroma is caramel sweet malt and very boozy.

The taste is the same boozy caramel malt, very sweet and chewy. Quite a bit like a barleywine, in fact, I'm searching for the wheat's influence on taste and cannot find it.

The mouth feel is full bodied, oily and with very minimal carbonation. It is smooth despite the heavy alcohol taste.

The drinkability is decent considering the high ABV.

Difficult to judge this one to style, being the first, and the wheatwine description being a little nebulous. Compared to the barleywines that I've had, it is barely in the upper half of 13. I guess it just comes down to the fact that I liked it.

kegger22, Jan 03, 2010
Photo of MaltyHoppyGood
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%

A: Consistent with most barleywine style ales, albeit a bit lighter. Deep amber is pleasantly sitting in chalice.

S: Very consistent with barelywine styles. Thick sugar and malt smell, much like figs and raisins but to a lesser degree.

T: Big and rich. I get huge vanilla and oak immediately. Followed by the rich malty, burnt sugar and fig taste. There is an alcohol here that is detectable, but appropriate for the style. The spiciness of the wheat creates an exceptional character while creating less darkness and a lighter vibrancy to the ale.

M: Viscous yet not syrupy. This is where this ale shines down. To me, a lot of barleywines are rich, almost syrupy. While this wheatwine is lightly carbonated, it does not seem too thick. An outstanding balance between malt/alcohol/CO2.

D: I'm almost halfway through my first pour and I'm already feeling it. This one will take a while to consume, definitely a respecting beer. I wouldn't want two in row. I like changing it up, especially from a beer so rich and flavorful. No need to be a glutton on this beer.

O: The vanilla oak and light spiciness balanced on the malty, fig-like back bone are what this beer is all about. It almost reminds of rye used at this concentration. Interestingly, I notice the hops last, somewhat unusual, but welcome to the style. This is my first wheatwine, but one of many barleywines. Snatch one up, you'll be glad you did if you like big, rich, tasty ales.

MaltyHoppyGood, Jan 02, 2010
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