Pilgrim's Dole | New Holland Brewing Company

Pilgrim's DolePilgrim's Dole
905 Ratings
Pilgrim's DolePilgrim's Dole

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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1/5  rDev -74.9%

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1.25/5  rDev -68.6%

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1.25/5  rDev -68.6%

Photo of CortexBomb
2/5  rDev -49.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Pours out hazy orange with a light white head, but that dissipates pretty quickly. Nose is faintly wheaty with some hops there and alcohol, but not overly distinct.

The flavour is just...odd and not enjoyable though. It starts off promising with some sweetness, but an odd tart half hop bitter then grabs hold and refuses to let go, and drowns out everything else in the process. This also has some sour tones, and becomes even more intense (if that is even possible) as the beer warms. This went from strange to borderline undrinkable as it got warmer.

Mouth, ok for the style. Drinkability, not good at all. It wasn't something I'd be able to put down easily when it was fresh from the fridge, and now I'm questioning whether or not I can finish it.

Overall, to be avoided at all costs.

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2/5  rDev -49.7%

Photo of zdk9
2.24/5  rDev -43.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

When I opened this bottle I was immediatly greated by the smell of...pepperoni pizza?!? Something must be wrong. Later I realized my association might be due to either a garlic scent which smells like Hungry Howies garlic crust, or to the cardboard box which holds said pizza. Anyway, on to the more useful part of the review.

A- Pours a crystal dark ruby. A finger of fluffy and uniformly bubbled head dissapears smoothly and leaves no lacing.

S- So as I mentioned there is definitely something bad w/ my specimen. The aroma is of sucralose (like diet soda) and some medicinal qualities. There is the faintest hint of paler malt in the background, and perhaps some fruity scents, but they aren't making it far past the rest of the smell.

T- The taste brings off a cloying carmel sweetness, but again with the sucralose things. And again the medicinal quality. Fruitiness with perhaps a hint of cherry and bannana. Hard to get any hops flavor.

M- It's sweet, and yet there's some sort of bitterness that hits only the far back reaches of my tongue. If only this blended out. Then there's the alcohol, which is there- not really hidden, but not all that hot either.

D- I was looking forward to a delicious big wheatwine to finish off my long day, which happened to be cold and rainy as well. Unfortunately this one missed the delicious part.

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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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2.5/5  rDev -37.2%

2.5/5  rDev -37.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -37.2%

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2.68/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Randomly mashing together 2 styles does not a good beer make. Pours a clear amber color with a medium thin and short-lived off-white head. Very little lacing. Light citrus, wheat and caramel in the nose. Harsh and oily character, with bitter hops and citrus on one end and sweet malt and toffee on the other. The finish is kind of musty and bitter. I just did not enjoy this one very much.

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Photo of mentor
2.71/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Bottle provided by deejaydan as part of BIF33. I've been eager to try this one for a while and am really happy for the chance. Thanks a million. Pours a one finger light tan head over a cloudy orange amber liquid. Smells mediciney. Caramel, cherry, sherry.

Tastes oxidized sherry. Alcohol burn, caramel, dry rough aftertaste. Phenolic edge of indistinct flavor. Fruity esters are beneath the alcohol and phenols, but add a vanilla and peach character.

Thick body and moderately carbonated. One was enough.

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Photo of treedoctor5002
2.71/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I've wanted to try this beer ever since I tried there Dragon's Milk on tap at the brewery last year.

Pours a dark amber color with a nice head that bubble to the surface rather quickly, very nice. Lots of yeast floating around in this puppy.

Smell is mostly malt with hints of orange and spice. Bottle says it's 10% and you can certainly smell it.

The first thing that this beer throws at you is alcohol, and then some more alcohol. It is also quite sour without much else. Was hoping for more complexity here. It's simply overpowering. No hoppiness to speak of to balance out the huge malt bill.

Mouthfeel is thick and heavy on the tongue.

As stated before in this review this beer is overpowering in alcohol. Couldn't even finish one of these. After I let it sit for a while it smelled just like whiskey. Not the beer for me.

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2.75/5  rDev -30.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -30.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -30.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -30.9%

Photo of shbobdb
2.8/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I do not know hold old this bottle is, but I saw it next to a Black Tulip that was in a 12oz bottle, so at least two years, perhaps more. Since I loved the beer fresh and it is a larger beer, I figured that age would treat this beer well.

As it pours, it looks as vibrant as ever -- burnt gold with a fluffy white head. The smell is . . . musty, something dark and ancient with a powerful blast of alcohol.

Unfortunately the taste is a total and complete letdown. It is boozy and sour with nothing else going on. Literally. It is like a sub-par tripel. Likewise, the mouthfeel feels . . . thin. I remember it being rich and full before, but this is like paper.

Yeah. If you are aging this beer . . . . uhhhh, don't. I trust the store where I bought it to have taken good care of it (even if they took their sweet time selling it), so I think it is just that this beer doesn't age well.

There is no shame in that, fresh this beer is amazing. But drink 'em if you've got 'em boys!

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2.9/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a clear deep amber color ale with a small foamy head with some light retention and some light lacing. Aroma of really sweet caramelized malt and light toffee notes. Taste is dominated by overly sweet caramelized malt with some toffee notes. Body is slightly above average with good carbonation and alcohol not too apparent. I always liked the idea of wheat wine but this example is way too sweet for my tastebuds.

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Photo of Hellpop65
2.93/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

high alcohol harshness makes this beer not the most pleasant drinking experience.

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Photo of adamette
2.93/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bomber that I purchased at World Wines & Liquor in Mentor for $6.99 into my DFH pint glass.

A Caramel brown translucent body under a 2 inch very light brown head. Carbonation rises up very slowly from the bottom upon pouring which I found to be kind of cool.

S Smell is of a classic barleywine really. Big sweet malt and alcohol in the front. My nose detects only a hint of grains. Little to no hop smell to me.

T Big malt, little wheat tasted by me and a bigger than I care for alcohol taste. This is more like a classic Barleywine than a "wheatwine" as it is classified except that there is less of a hop profile as compared with some other Barleywines that I have tried, most notably SN Big Foot.

M Big beer with big mouthfeel with high ABV and prominent malt sweetness.

D Not that good. High ABV makes this one a sipper.

Notes: Technically my first Wheatwine but it tastes so much like a Barleywine it seemed to me that this was really just that. It would be great to try some other Wheatwines.

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Photo of kingcrowing
2.96/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22oz bomber poured into a stemless snifter.

Pours a deep dark ruby, very nice. No head or lacing at all. Nose is very boozy, sweet and malty.

Taste is very sharp and strong with light carbonation. Very sweet and boozy however for a wheatwine it's surprisingly fruity and floral. It's pretty decent.

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2.99/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from a 1 pt 6 fl oz bottle into a Rochefort chalice. No freshness date.

Appearance: Pours a rusty, dark orange reddish color. Very transparent and clean. What very few bubbles there are cling to the glass, but after a few minutes this beer looks to have no carbonation at all. The light brown head is very thin, almost non-existant, and disappears quickly.

Smell: Caramel and toffee, very aromatic and rich. Some sweetness to it with some brown sugar and maple syrup. So far it reminds me a bit of a porter. Very lively. Some grain and mustiness round things out. After it warms some bourbon notes really come out.

Taste: A rich bourbon flavor really comes out strong up front, followed by some pleasant malts. Again, very rich and heavy flavors up front. After those intense flavors there is just a hint of pineapple and citrus. Some roasted flavors and bitterness are left as an aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with very little carbonation. The carbonation level is almost non-existant. The body is fairly thick, and very sticky leaving a lasting aftertaste. The more this beer warms, the longer the roasted/alcohol finish.

Overall: Between the hard hitting liquor flavor, slight citrus, and long lasting bitter aftertaste, this beer has some seriously bold and complex flavors. The 11.4% ABV is definitely present.

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Photo of brians52
3/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

this beer was only okay .. .. .

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3/5  rDev -24.6%

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Pilgrim's Dole from New Holland Brewing Company
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