Pilgrim's Dole | New Holland Brewing Company

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3.98/5
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BEER INFO

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

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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-19-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#8,385
Reviews:
396
Ratings:
936
pDev:
11.06%
 
 
Wants:
84
Gots:
153
Trade:
10
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Ratings: 936 |  Reviews: 396
Photo of Eddieeight
4.75/5  rDev +19.3%
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 -3.5%
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 -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.67/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BenHoppy
2.14/5  rDev -46.2%
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 +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of flagmantho
4/5  rDev +0.5%
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 +3%
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 -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cryptichead
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Zeeck
4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
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 +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of freewill35
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of McBraniel
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tp1962
5/5  rDev +25.6%
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 +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LiquidAmber
4/5  rDev +0.5%
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 +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RochefortChris
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of detroitpat
4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jgunther71
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of travelguy
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of krome
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bajdog
4.79/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

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Pilgrim's Dole from New Holland Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.98 out of 5 with 936 ratings