Pilgrim's Dole | New Holland Brewing Company

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Pilgrim's DolePilgrim's Dole

Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Wheatwine Ale

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.

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Ratings: 946 |  Reviews: 400
Photo of chillin
4.21/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Aurascoper
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

12oz bottle into a tulip. Bottled 10/5/18, so 3 months old.

Deep reddish brown body, clear when held up to the light. Nice off white head replenished by streams of carbonation up the sides of the tulip.

Only a sweet boiled candy aroma.

Pretty sweet beer, but really nice tasting. Some raisin and dried fruit along with the candy. Gonna be a slow sipper here. Not getting the wheat aspect of this beer, but I'm ok with that.

Mouth full, finish is a sweet slow burn.

Overall, only the second wheatwine I've tried, seem to remember enjoying that one as well. Very similar to a strong English style barleywine.

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Photo of mothmanscott
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A 2014 vintage, I've had this bottle cellared for several years. The cap comes off without much fanfare, giving a slight pop. Pours a clear deep brown that becomes a coppery ruby color swimming with particulates when held to the light. Pours barely a finger of khaki, foamy, somewhat lasting head that leaves a decent collar ring but only a thin surface cap and hint of lace. Aroma is woody vanilla and bourbon forward with an acetic hint mixed in with molasses, prune, dried fig, dried apples, banana, sweet cherry, melon, orange, pine and earthy herbal notes. The wheat being expressed in many of these fruity aromas. Taste is rich, heavy pumpernickel, burnt brown sugar, burbon, woody vanilla, molasses, dried dark fruits, anise and a hint of soda biscuit; wheat and fruity notes are not as diverse as in the nose: dried apples, banana and hop hints of orange with dank earthy herbal and pine hints. Finishes semi-sweet with an Altbier like maltiness that is fruity and dry, leaning heavily to alcohol spice. Aftertaste is malty, fruity, alcohol spice & bitterness. Mouthfeel borders on being heavy bodied with low-moderate carbonation, a pleasant chewy creaminess, alcohol warmth & spice. Rich and complex!

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Photo of cyanemi6690
4.91/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5


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Photo of jkblr
4.31/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottled 10/5/18 (2 months ago) poured into a NH signature tulip glass at fridge temp 12% ABV. The beer pours dense amber with it's brightness and ruby highlights visible only in bright light. The head is mocha colored and recedes to a thin ring and leaves a little lacing. The aroma is strong sweet wheat malt that mimics rum barrel with toffee and brown sugar. The taste is more sweetness with toffee, coconut, brown sugar and booze (specifically rum). The finish features low bitterness and uses the alcohol to keep things mostly dry. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and adequately carbonated. Overall, excellent. This is a great style tick and a fantastic sipper in all. Beware if you don't like a little sweetness.

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Photo of DruC4
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of blissfulNemo
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.27/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in a tulip glass from a 12oz bottle.

Appearance: Cloudy dark amber with a deep mahogany color.meeoum bubbles create a dark orange tinted white head rising just about one finger's length.

Smell: Deep toffee and light whiskey.

Taste: Complex caramel with hint of woody whiskey notes. Taste is pretty addicting, sweet consisting of mellow hops and barley and a hard glass to put down.

Mouth: Sticky body with a medium carbonatkon. Come off a tad dry and could use some tweaking. Literally reminds me of a aged Cabernet.

Overall: If I am every so lucky to see this I will grab it again. This is actually an English barleywine in disguise. Loving every second of it. Salud!

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Photo of Eddieeight
4.75/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Thin half inch cream colored head. Deep opaque amber color. Highly sweet smelling, sugary and fruity. Taste bears dark fruits like raisins and cherries, toffee and burned caramel. The wheat wine comes through strong which I really like and is much like a barley wine. . Mouthfeel is medium and minimally bubbly. Reminds me of weyerbacher insanity which is one of my favorite beers. This ones a real winner

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle to nonic pint. Dark amber colored ale with a finger and a half of khaki foam. Aroma is sweet and sharp: sticky caramel, toffee, citrus fruits and booze. Flavor is malty caramel, wheat bread notes, citrus, dark fruit (plum, raisin), toffee. Thin feel.

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Photo of Jjmj51
3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.67/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BenHoppy
2.14/5  rDev -46.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

This beer is intriguing with its scent of caramelized molasses brown sugar vanilla dark fruit barley wine toffee but the flavors is disgustingly cloying with cheap vodka and cleaning detergent. Some toffee vanilla tobacco notes and caramelized grapes but is over taken by cheap vodka and cleaning detergent. I so wanted to drain pour it but since it's my first take on a wheat wine I felt I had to drink it but it was painful. Not sure if aging it 2 years helped or hurt it. Maybe needed to be aged longer, not sure but this was disgusting and I love barley wines. Are all wheat wines this bad?

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

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip. Bottled 10/30/17.

Appearance: very rich, deep amber hue with just a little bit of haze and a thin cap of tan foam. The color is great.

Smell: sweet with some nice character of raisin and tobacco. The bourbon barrels come through just a little bit in the form of a mild booziness; I appreciate the restraint here.

Taste: malty with plenty of boozy heat and a moderate bitterness. I think it's quite good, and even balanced, though I wish there were more of that raisiny character from the aroma.

Mouthfeel: rich body with a low level of carbonation but a very good, smooth creaminess.

Overall: this beer isn't overly complex, but it's a delightful sweet treat.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taste: complex, very caramel, toffee sweet,hints of dark wine and sweet sticky candy and wheat. Sweet malt and dark fruit nose. Dark Mahogany,copper hue, semi clear, very refined foam head, nice lace. medium to full body.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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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Pilgrim's Dole from New Holland Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.99 out of 5 with 946 ratings