Pilgrim's Dole | New Holland Brewing Company

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3.99/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
newhollandbrew.com

Style: Wheatwine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
A barleywine-style ale made with 50% wheat malt (a wheatwine) aged in bourbon barrels.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-19-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,506
Reviews:
391
Ratings:
926
pDev:
10.78%
Bros Score:
3.97
 
 
Wants:
84
Gots:
155
Trade:
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Photo of Zeeck
4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Look - This is brownish-red in color with orange, almost rust-colored accents. It has a nice, light film of a head that seemed to linger for a bit.

Smell - This smells like a barleywine. It's full of caramel and toffee with additional notes of vanilla, cranberry and plum. It smells very rich and immediately made my mouth water.

Taste - The flavor is delicious. It is loaded with caramel and toffee flavors, but it is not overly sweet at all. It has some nice, tart plum notes and a light tangy bitterness to it. There's also something vibrant and almost citrusy, which I'm guessing comes from the wheat. I get a littlb bit of the wood from the barrel, but I really don't notice the bourbon.

Feel - This is slightly thinner than expected. I was expecting something much more syrupy. It's nonetheless a pretty heavy beer and has just the right amount of light carbonation.

Overall - This is very delicious! It's like a traditional barleywine but with an added tangy twist at the end. I feel like this would age very well, and I may have to give that a try.

Pairs Well With - Brazil Bites. Check them out. These cheesy bread balls from Costco are so addicting!

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.73/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of freewill35
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of McBraniel
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tp1962
5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Exceptional barley style wheat wine. I will be looking for this again. Great beer to share with friends who appreciate great tasting barleywine style beers

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Photo of shelby415
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LiquidAmber
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a dark reddish orange with a thin khaki head that dissipates immediately to tiny patches, slight lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, bourbon, red berries and little vanilla, not much wheat character. Flavor is sweet caramel malt, orange zest, raisins, brown sugar, white fortified wine. Finish brings out more vanilla, bourbon and toffee. Medium bodied with light creaminess and good carbonation despite the quiet pour. Possibly the sweetest wheatwine I've ever had, with the noted suggestions of a light, sweet fortified wine. The aroma was very similar to a bourbon barreled English barleywine with caramel and dark fruit notes, but the taste leans towards lighter fruit and although there is no distinct wheat flavor, the malt is lighter in character. An interesting take on the wheatwine style, perhaps skating on the edge of too sweet for me, and I'm very sweet tolerant in beers. Otherwise lots of diverse flavors and good vanilla and bourbon barrel character. A nice winter evening sipper.

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Photo of LarrysDeerGut
4.29/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RochefortChris
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of detroitpat
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jgunther71
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of travelguy
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of krome
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bajdog
4.79/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of CTHomer
4.26/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 10/31/16

A: hazy; light mahogany in color; less than a 1 finger off white head that receded to a thin, big bubbled ring; very little lacing;

S: toffee, vanilla, bourbon, dark fruit, alcohol;

T: more dark fruit than anything else; alcohol is noticeable, but not as hot as I expected; vanilla and toffee are there as well; no bitterness;

M: medium to full bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: very enjoyable; curious to see how it will age;

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Photo of Muss42
4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Patches826
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DrKarl
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of onlymurderers
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Goosehunter75
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of VeganUndead
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Prager62
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A fridge cellared bottle from 2013 given to me by a generous BA. Poured in a vintage hourglass vessel for the review.

Look- Pours a transparent flat looking ruby red/brown producing a trace amount of light tan foam that quickly disappears. Some tiny carbonation bubbles can be seen.

Smell- Alcohol, toffee, caramel, dark fruit and vanilla.

Taste- Alcohol, toffee, oak, vanilla and dark fruit. A spicy slightly floral finish.

Feel- Thin and quite hot considering the age.

Overall- I remember this being a hot and one dimensional beer when I had it last years ago before I started reviewing. Four years seemed to open up more dark fruit and barrel notes, but it's still quite boozy. I imagine this being a great cellar candidate to age even more. I'd love to try one with ten years on it! Worth a shot if you're into high octane barrel aged beasts or a fan of cellaring.

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Photo of yuno
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PrestigeWorldwide
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Pilgrim's Dole from New Holland Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.99 out of 5 with 926 ratings