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Pilgrim's Dole | New Holland Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

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

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4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Prager62
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PrestigeWorldwide
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of CraftFan5
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Photo of MacMalt
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Received from @superspak's BIF box. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass. It pours a pretty ruby color with a finger and a half of foamy, eggshell-colored head and nice lacing. It smells of wheat, caramel, and bourbon. It's quite sweet and quit hot! The taste opens with malty caramel/vanilla with subtle, but noticeable, honey, but the bourbon is dominant. There's a slight hop presence at the finish. This ale features a viscous, almost chewy, mouth feel without a lot of carbonation, but the booze is huge and you notice the 12% ABV from the first sip. Wheatwine is a rather obscure title and I don't have a lot of experience with it. I preferred Smuttynose's version, which features more fruit and a little less heat.

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4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stephenlee
4.19/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BWood
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Amber clear. Almost bourbon like.

S: mostly bourbon. .

T: much better than it smells. Smooth bourbon with malty ale backdrop. Slight vanilla.

F: smooth at first then a slight bite to the end. Not bad though. Just lets you know the 12% is there.

O: nice brew.

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4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DrainBamage
4.53/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a amberish brown color. Highly carbonated and lace of head. Smells like a sweet barleywine on steroids. Goes down relatively smoothly but then about 10 secs later you can feel the burn in your throat, but what do you expect at 12% ABV. Tastes like malty version of barleywine as it should. The alcohol is well hidden in the taste, so you really need to watch yourself. Very drinkable for the amount of alcohol present.

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Photo of odement
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into 12 oz snifter. I absolutely loved this beer. The high ABV keeps it in check, but overall just a great sipping beer.

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Photo of hman43
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: It pours brown with very little head.

Smell: It has aromas of rich malt, wheat, nuts, caramel, and plums.

Taste: It has rich malt flavors that has a certain sweetness to it with wheat, caramel, plums, raisins, and alcohol.

Feel: It has a full body to it that is somewhat chewy. There is a sweetness to the aftertaste with a moderate bitterness as well.

Overall, this is a full body, malty rich with balance and bitterness delight with high alcohol content, but without any hotness to it.

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Photo of dmorgan310
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Suds
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Rich brown in color...translucent and light amber hues...limited head, but a quite pretty beer. The aroma is intense: malt, honey, floral, caramel, and booze. Underlying hop notes. The taste is sweet, lots of malt and warmth. Full in body....thick and luxurious. Bitter and alcoholic in the finish, but not quite sharp. Solid, but not extraordinary.

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Photo of Benish
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a amberish brown color with almost no head. Translucent in the light. No lacings around the glass.

Aroma: bourbon, bourbon, and bourbon. Oh, also some vanilla and caramelized brown sugar. Absolute perfection.

Taste: instantly taste bourbon throughout the entire tasting. It is very sweet thoughout, the vanilla and fresh cherries come through midway after the bourbon. Near the finish is an essence of chocolate covered cherry creme candy. The aftertaste leaves a oaky bourbon finish. Also a little bit of heat from the alcohol.

Mouthfeel: hard to describe, at some points it seem full-bodied but as it warms up, it seems to get a little thin.

Overall: if it wasn't for the label, I wouldn't know if this was a barley wine or a wheat wine. Because it's a wheat wine, I think it lends a bit more sweetness and a thinner body. Overall, I really enjoyed it. Stick to just one though, it carries a punch.

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3.36/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

**2013 vintag***

L: pours a clear brown with a film of head.
S: brown sugar sweetness and booze.
T: big booze, and stale beer.
F: booze heat
O: not good. Very surprised

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3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Vintage 2015, poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a medium brown color with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, bourbon, brown sugar, wheat and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of wheat and a hearty malt character that are quickly followed by sweet flavors of brown sugar, bourbon, caramel and some fruit. The hops presence is very mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down dangerously easy, slightly filling, very strong kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to sip on for a long time if you’re in the mood for the style.

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3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Sabtos
2.39/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Copper red with a creamy tan ring.

Smell is caramel apple Jolly Rancher and faint wheat.

Whoa...flavor has really expressive bright apple and caramel, with something distinct I can't quite put my finger on, and sweet taffy. It unfortunately becomes Robitussin fairly quickly, in a weird way. Not good.

This is cloying, nearing artificial but I'm not sure what. It's also slick and a little sticky with a moderate body.

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4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of puboflyons
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with a bottling date of 10/31/16. Sampled on December 16, 2016.

It is an attractive looking reddish-amber color with hardly any head. But it has decent clarity.

The aroma has a creamy and barley grain character to it with a low fruity hop profile but no booze for 12% ABV.

Medium body. Smooth.

The flavor expresses the same creamy (Creme Brulee), type taste with a good melted caramel note, vague fruit, and a mild finish. I did not get any alcohol in the taste either. Warming at the end.

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

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Pilgrim's Dole from New Holland Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.98 out of 5 with 905 ratings
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