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New Holland Envious - New Holland Brewing Company

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247 Ratings
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Ratings: 247
Reviews: 111
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 20.55%
Wants: 3
Gots: 27 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: drabmuh on 04-07-2010)
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Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Interesting fruit beer. After the hole mix settles, getting the raspberry aroma, and dark reddish colour. Active carbonation. Some white winish taste in secondary. Big mouthfeel, not for everybody. A sipper in terms of drinkability.Some oak there. Balanced bitter, sugar and malt. Needs to line up on sour and bitter side.

Sammy, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of t0rin0
3/5  rDev -8%

t0rin0, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of spycow
3/5  rDev -8%

spycow, Oct 31, 2014
Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -8%

djrn2, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of zestar
3/5  rDev -8%

zestar, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of acurtis
2.75/5  rDev -15.6%

acurtis, Jun 16, 2012
Photo of nmann08
2/5  rDev -38.7%

nmann08, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of metter98
3.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: The beer is clear dark reddish brown in color. It poured with a short off white head that quickly died down, leaving a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of raspberries and dark malts are present in the nose-as the beer warms up, pears also become noticeable.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that flavors of dark malts are also noticeable. Neither sweetness nor tartness is present.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is rather malty for a fruit beer and tastes like it has some off flavors, as the malts don't seem to mesh well with the fruit.

metter98, Mar 17, 2013
Photo of BEERchitect
3.28/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

What's New Holland doing making a fruit beer? If a brewery of their quality is going to make the attempt, it's easy to expect a rare success. And they deliver quite well.

A dark burgundy beer sides slightly on the brownish side. A light and somewhat fizzy head forms on the glass, resends quickly, and is slight on any attempt to lace. Though the color and clarity is supurb, I'd like to see a more froathy character.

Succulent and alluring aromas of fruits and berries swirl around a molassas aroma for a fantastic balance and seductiveness. The fruit character could be a combination of tart berries, or other fruits and doesn't exactly scream raspberries. In fact, the pears hardly make an impact on the dark fruits and bold malt scents.

Flavors of fruit acidity hit early on and then fade into the more robust berry-fruity flavors. Light vinyl flavors become a deterant early on but fades quickly. Any malty-molassas taste is very fleeting and avoids syrup sweetness in favor of grain and toast. Finishes with a grain-fruit blend.

Medium textured up front but the beer's light maltiness and fleeting carbonation leads the beer to a thin and grainy feel rather quickly. Mild astringency from fruit and maybe from grain become the final impressions as the beer fades.

Where the aroma in this beer is fantastic, the flavor hardly measure up and the mouthfeel takes a severe nose-dive. If the other beer components were up to par with its aroma, we'd have a superb beer.

BEERchitect, Aug 25, 2010
Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

jaydoc, Dec 22, 2013
Photo of womencantsail
2.15/5  rDev -34%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Thanks? to Richard for sharing this one.

A: The pour is a dark amber color with just about no head at all.

S: Lots of overly sweet raspberries and some fake pear aromas as well. There's a mild tart and seedy quality to the nose.

T: Oh goodness, overly ripe (nearly rotting) raspberries with the pears contributing to the cloying nature of the flavor. And just for good measure, a distinct sugary flavor as well.

M: Medium bodied with a low to moderate level of carbonation and a bit of a syrupy feel.

D: This was just not good in any sense. Way too sweet and nothing even resembling balance at all.

womencantsail, Jun 13, 2010
Photo of TMoney2591
2.95/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

I do so enjoy my random pickups at Whole Foods. If only my wallet would shut the hell up and stop complaining... This impulse buy pours a slightly translucent ruby brown topped by a half-finger of glowing ecru micro-foam that apparently has somewhere important to be. I don't know if I've ever seen a head disappear so damn quickly and completely. The nose comprises a cherry/grape Robitussin cocktail, along with cough drops, candi sugar, and a slight oaky shoulder is tittilatingly exposed to keep the interest up. I didn't know they made barrel-aged cold medicines... The taste holds notes of sad pears (you can taste some tears in there, I think), red apple flavoring (the artificial kind, baby), and blackberries up front, buoyed by a backbone of walnut, oak, caramel, and rye bread that only bobs to the surface near the back of the throat. The body is a limply heavy medium, with very scattered traces of carbonation and an oily feel. This beer makes me sad.

TMoney2591, Jun 25, 2010
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.03/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

New Holland Envious Vintage 2010 - roughly a year old.

Steadily poured, New Hollands Envious brought up a short head of creamy yellowed-tan foam. A rougher pour didn't fare much better. Knowing that this is a beer clean glass (that just held a massive head and beautiful rings of lace for a prior beer), I have to see this as a bit of a defect. The head retention is almost non-existent, and it drops immediately to a standard collar. Lacing is very minimal, and only left with each new sip. Beyond that, the body is an attractive, clear ruby-mahogany.

The aroma is malty, and it delivers a bit of the fruit promised on the label (pears and raspberry), as well as some oak and a little whiff of alcohol (heat, some coconut & papaya/mango). The fruitiness is not pronounced, nor is it specific, and most tasters will probably just pass it over, focusing more on the caramel and chocolate of the malt until it warms to room temperature and levels out. At that point, however, some Bourbon character also becomes noticeable, which is interesting (is that the source of the coconut I was finding?).

In the mouth it's supple and smooth, with a restrained carbonation and medium-full body. Perhaps that's the trade off for a limited head? Duly noted, and quite possibly to the betterment of the beer all around.

The flavor delivers more fruit than the nose suggests, and the first sip displays a delicate blend of soft, cocoa-dusted malt and fruit. It's initially more like pear with a little bit of that slightly grating flavor and tartness that pear has, but the raspberry appears across the middle as it warms, and then becomes even more clear in the finish. That's not to say that the fruitiness is bold, as it's certainly not, and I don't think anyone would consider this a fruit beer had they been given it to taste "blind"; the blend of malt and oak and alcohol dominate it too much for that. That said, however, the fruit really does enhance what I might otherwise consider an "old ale", and I find it quite interesting. I'd like to say it was delicate as well, because the flavor components mingle with each other so nicely, except that the alcohol stands out. A minor bit is fine, and although I don't want to find it in the aroma, I think a little bit in the flavor helps to round it and give it balance. That would be expected in an "old ale". It's a little more present than that, however, most likely due to the secondary fermentation of the pear juice.

In conclusion, I have to give New Holland credit for this one. It's unique. It's interesting. And it's fairly well-done given the process that it goes through. I see it as a special occasion beer, fitting in well with holiday dinners or specialty meals; and I think the suggestion of pairing it with grilled stone fruits on the label is brilliant (those and a buttery, earthy, ripe soft cheese and crusty bread would be magnificent!). On the other hand, I haven't tasted it fresh, and perhaps aging has done wonders for it. I'll never know.

NeroFiddled, Mar 21, 2011
Photo of Kegatron
3/5  rDev -8%

Kegatron, Jun 23, 2014
Photo of jlindros
3.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks, or maybe I should say no-thanks to John D. for this one, vintage 2010.

Very light head, semi clear dark marroon rosy brown color.

Nose sweet malts and syrup, weird fruits, light raspberry, pear, lighter dark reddish malts, fruit juice light apple juice.

Taste fruit juice, pear, apple, light grape, raspberry, light syrupy malts, sticky extract, no real malts, watery, light iffy syrup on the finish, little sticky and gritty.

Mouth is lighter with little carb.

Overall meh,

jlindros, Mar 26, 2011
Photo of russpowell
3.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2012 vintage pours chestnut with thin tan head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Cherry juice, figs

T: Follows the nose, some baker's chocolate hidden underneath up front along with raspberry. Raspberry tartness as this warms, some oaky woody notes as well, a bit of black cherry as this warms. Fishes with cherry juice, a touch of dryness & a bit of raspberry & figs

MF: Light bodied with some what annoying dryness, subtle carbonation, really needs a bit more to push the flavors on show.

An alright fruit beer but not one I would seek out again. New Holland has generated more disappointments than hits for me, they aren't punching up to the weight of most of the Michigan beers I've tried. I really don't see this getting better with age,,,

russpowell, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of oline73
3.88/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at the brewpub in Holland. Served in a New Holland goblet.

Appearance: Mahogany with just a little bit of off white head that fades away quite quickly.

Smell: Sweet fruity malt, I'm picking up raspberries. There is also a hint of caramel.

Taste: Sweet malt with caramel and mild roast. Also picking up Raspberry and oak. The finish is mildly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a finish that is quite dry.

Overall: This one grew on me as I drank it. I thought the use of fruit was tasteful and there was a nice balance. Not sure why this one is rated so low, oh well.

oline73, Sep 05, 2011
Photo of drabmuh
4.03/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the brewer, "Envious is a unique beer, a hybrid of many techniques. Its high-gravity malt-fermented base is blended with Michigan pear juice and chardonnay yeast for a second fermentation, before being aged with raspberries and oak. Unlike any style or beer before it, it must be tasted to be appreciated. Envious will be available on draught at select establishments later in the month, and 22-ounce, foil-necked bottles are scheduled to hit the streets on April 1st."

Beer is brown and clear forms a diffuse head of large bubbles that cling to the glass leaving a lot of lacing on the snifter. Carbonation is moderate.
Aroma is dominantly sweet, lots of pear aroma, lots of fruit in general, some alcohol.
Body of the beer is thin which cuts the sweetness slightly making it more drinkable. Fruit flavors are really high, there is almost a liquor like feel to the finish of this beer, like bourbon. There isn't much hint of the oak, at least not to me, there may be a slight raspberry flavor to the whole thing. Drinkability is OK mouthfeel is good.

drabmuh, Apr 07, 2010
Photo of mactrail
3.93/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the downtown Holland tap. Pear and raspberry aged in oak according to staff. Rich and kind of gamey with a dark dried
cherry taste. Very fragrant like Cherry Coke. Roasted malt and gummy worms. Dried pears and a yeasty bready taste. Intriguing and hard to categorize flavors make this an experience to try if you like fruit beers. Maybe they'll make a sour version to satisfy the geeks. Long musty aftertaste like a trip to Belgium. Nice mahogany color in the tall tulip.

mactrail, Sep 19, 2011
Photo of mdfb79
2.63/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip.

a - Pours a deep purple/red color with one inch of off white head and high carbonation visible.

s - Smells of dark fruit, especially raspberries. Also smells of sweet fruit juice, oak, and chocolate.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, chocolate, and dark fruits, but it isn't working for me. The combination tastes a little bit weird, but I can't seem to put my finger on it. Also a little bit of alcohol, which is surprising since it's only 7.5% ABV. Not very enojoyable.

m - Medium body and high carbonation.

d - I thought it smelled pretty good, but the taste was not good at all. Wouldn't buy again.

mdfb79, Jul 20, 2010
Photo of InspectorBob
3/5  rDev -8%

InspectorBob, Nov 01, 2014
Photo of imperialking
3/5  rDev -8%

imperialking, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of superspak
3.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 ounce bottle into tulip, 2010 vintage. Pours clear dark red color with a small 1 finger light tan head with good retention that reduces to a ring of lacing. Minimal lacing on the glass. Aromas of big pear, tart raspberry, chocolate, earth, oak, molasses, light vinegar, and light spices. Nice and very fruity aromas as expected. Smells very authentic. Taste of oak, raspberry, pear, earth, chocolate, molasses, oak, spices, and light pepper. Fairly dry on the finish; with light lingering notes of pear, raspberry, oak, and light spices for a bit. Good flavor balance and complexity; without being cloying. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly syrupy mouthfeel as expected. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming after the finish. Very smooth and drinkable. Overall this is a very solid fruit beer. Nice complexity and balance; and very smooth to drink. Enjoyable stuff.

superspak, Mar 14, 2012
Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a chalice)
A- This beer pours a deep brown body with a creamy beige thick film of head. There is a light carbonation of big bubbles gliding up the glass.
S- The deep full aroma of raspberries is followed by a berry leaves and woody finish.
T- This beer has a mellow brown malt flavor with a raspberry note and some oaky flavors with fruity notes in the finish. There are faint pear flavors as it warms and a overipe fruit flavor grows in the finish.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a soft fizzy in the finish and no alcohol heat noted.
D- The fruity flavors get a bit syrupy but it is a nice mix of pear and raspberry flavors with the brown malt and more subtle fruity esters. This beer has some nice dubble qualities.

rhoadsrage, Jun 12, 2010
Photo of afsdan
3/5  rDev -8%

afsdan, Sep 02, 2014
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New Holland Envious from New Holland Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 247 ratings.