Pilgrim's Dole | New Holland Brewing Company

Pilgrim's DolePilgrim's Dole
BA SCORE
3.98/5
905 Ratings
Pilgrim's DolePilgrim's Dole
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:
#4,179
Reviews:
387
Ratings:
905
pDev:
10.8%
Bros Score:
3.97
 
 
Wants:
81
Gots:
149
Trade:
11
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Ratings: 905 |  Reviews: 387
Photo of Sammy
3.48/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Upgraded based on having on tap at Pizza Plant Transit. Very dry and alcoholic indeed and a good drink.

Bottle: Thank you Wohlf's the combination of much corriander, wheat, maybe barley, and high alcohol did not make my lunch. Another day would not make a difference. Somewhat like a Rodenboch Grand Cru.

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.1/5  rDev +3%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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

wheatwine is a style not often executed well, so i was impressed with this one right off the bat just for being so well dialed in. that said, its not a style i tend to gravitate towards, and all the residual sugar usually keeps my intake pretty light, but this one is very good even with the sweetness. deep color, just starting to caramelize with some bronzed edges to it, and a tall lacy white head and visible carbonation. it smells sweet for sure, led by the bourbon barrel. the wheat malt has a nice caramel aroma and flavor to it, like some sort of dessert bread or something. vanilla and honey in there as well, and plenty of high test alcohol in here. the flavor is much like the nose, i really like this deeper richer wheat base. some barley malt for sure too, but i love what this particular wheat is contributing. it brings a lot of texture too, this is nice and full bodied. bourbon sweetness with the oak and vanilla is there, less of the char from the barrel than is sometimes present in big beers like this, and the booze stands out like crazy, even more so when it warms up a little. again, not a style i generally spend too much time with, but this is one of the better examples of it for me in recent memory. not too hoppy either, more about grain and barrel than hops, its always a bit much when they turn into big wheat ipa types. well made, but definitely hot, for the strong ale lover for sure.

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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3/5  rDev -24.6%

Photo of Knapp85
3.1/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Expected this beer to be a little more on the lighter side I guess. The Wheat Wine here seemed to me to be just like a regular Barley Wine to me and my friend who split the bottle. I was thinking that it would be a nice lighter strong beer before the dinner we had but it was heavy and boozie. I haven't been able to see much of a difference between Wheat and Barley Wines. This is good if you want a strong beer that you can sip on for a while.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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3.69/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of metter98
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap at Bunkers Sports Bar & Grill, Vandalia, OH

A: The beer is clear light reddish amber in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high light beige head that died down, leaving lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Bits of sweetness are present in the nose along with notes of oaky vanilla aromas.
T: The taste is a little sweet and has flavors of toffee with notes of vanilla towards the finish.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite interesting for a wheatwine and isn't overly difficult to drink because the alcohol isn't that noticeable in the taste. It also has nice vanilla and toffee flavors without tasting exactly like bourbon or alcohol.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Impressive, this beer is. A heavy, viscous Barleywine-looking brew pours with a touch of oily-ness and legging. A light, white head settled to 1/4" and held firm. Big, sweet aromas of caramel, cotton candy, tropical fruits, and fruit cake emmits from the glass and proves to be mouth watering. The first sip is a heavy dose of sugars ranging from confectionate sugar to syrupy molassas along with nuts, figs, dates, and barely. The wheat additions seem moderate and give the beer a suble, soft grain (cereal) flavor and thickens the textrues considerably. A bit oily with a hint of diacityl (buttery) on top of a full bodied brew, chocked full of residual sugars. The beer is a good sipper, but lacks the depth and complexity of other Barleywines. Still, I liked 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 brentk56
3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a burnished copper color with a modest head and leaves a healthy dose of lace

Smell: Rather sweet aroma with hints of toffee and fruit

Taste: Opens with a sweet, bready flavor with dark fruit and nutty elements developing by mid-palate; after the swallow, the sweet flavors blend with the wheat bread and there are some hops that create an earthy bitterness; overall, the profile is very much like a barleywine with just a hint of Bourbon in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with low to moderate carbonation

Drinkability: More like a barleywine than other wheatwines I have tasted, this is still a rather nice beer though it is just a tad too sweet

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

Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, orange/ruby color with a very bubbly, white, two-finger head. It left a little lace.

S - It smelled light caramel malt, wheat, and some honey.

T - It tasted of very spicy wheat with touches of honey. It is an interesting mix of sweet and hot spiciness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and fizzy. A medium-bodied beer with a warming alcohol presence.

D - This is my first wheatwine. It was good and I am looking forward to trying another.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
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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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of superspak
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into snifter, 2014 vintage bottling. Pours fairly crystal clear deep ruby red color with a small dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of caramel, molasses, brown sugar, toast, toffee, raisin, fig, date, vanilla, bourbon, oak, light pepper, and oak/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and bourbon barrel notes; with great strength. Light amount of booziness in the aromas, but not a bad thing. Taste of huge caramel, brown sugar, molasses, toast, toffee, raisin, fig, date, vanilla, bourbon, oak, light pepper, and oak/toasted earthiness. Light earthy oak/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, molasses, toast, toffee, raisin, fig, date, vanilla, bourbon, oak, light pepper, and oak/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity and robustness of dark/bready malt, bourbon barrel, and moderate dark fruit flavors; with an awesome malt/barrel balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and very full bodied; with a very creamy and fairly slick mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding barrel aged wheatwine style! All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, bourbon barrel, and moderate dark fruit flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of mothman
3.15/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into Boulevard Smokestack Glass.

Very little thin white head. No retention or lace. Color is an orange/ruby red. The color reminds me of wine.

Aroma: Grapes, fruits, cherries, some booze, wheat, and a few raisins.

Taste: Initial taste is a big wheat flavor. Some big fruit flavors follow. Cherries, grapes, raisins, all mixed in with wheat. Very boozy.

Mouthfeel: Boozy and crisp. All the booze kind of makes me gag if I have it in my mouth for to long. Full bodied. A lower level of carbonation. Ends with a boozy, fruity aftertaste.

Overall, this beer is a sipper. Very boozy, as I have mentioned a few times already. I am glad I am not drinking this entire bomber by myself.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My first impression of this was that it smells and tastes a little more like a barleywine than the other wheat wines I've had. The first sip clarified for me that it was, indeed, a wheat wine. It grew on me, and I found it quite unique! It's one of New Hollands best beers in my opinion; and I'd love to try it oak-aged as I think that extra level of complexity would really take it over the top.

Apart from that I felt it had a bbeautiful appearance with a very creamy head of light tan that held surprisingly well (but left little lacing).

In the nose the alcohol was noticeable, but it was wrapped in a thick, sticky coat of sweet tropical fruit (cocoanut, pineapple, raisin) that was quite nice.

The mouthfeel is thick and creamy with a full, dextrinous body and very-fine bubbled moderate carbonation. Smoooth.

The same fruit that's present in the nose returns in the flavor, wrapped in softly caramelish, sweet and doughy malt. It has a distinct wheat character which is nice (and expected given the style), and a balancing thread of spiciness (probably due more to the alcohol than hops, or at least a combination).

Surprisingly given the massive amount of residual maltiness, it finishes with a slap of spice and only a mildly sweet lingering maltiness. It's a little worty, yes, but it's not overdone. The alcohol, however, is a bit intrusive halfway through the glass.

I enjoyed it, but I think I'd split a bottle with someone next time - 6 ounces for sipping should be just right. And with that in mind, I think it really is a unique beer that would work just as well as an after dinner drink on the back porch in summer, or with a holiday feast in the cooler months. Kudos!

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

A: Pours a mostly clear medium reddish brown in color with light to moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass slowly and moderate amounts of dark amber highlights. The beer has a quarter finger tall foamy light tan head that reduces to a mottled thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Very light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of toffee and caramel sweetness from the malts and some light hints of vanilla, bourbon, and oak.

T: Upfront there are moderate to strong flavors of sweet dark malts with moderate amounts of toffee and caramel sweetness. There are light amounts of vanilla with moderate amounts of oak and stronger bourbon notes. Hints of alcohol in the finish.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Moderate amounts of alcohol warming in the finish.

O: Might be the first barrel-aged wheatwine that I have tried and it worked really well, somewhat tempering the sweetness of wheatwines and adding to the complexity of the flavors. Enjoyable and definitely a good sipping beer. Alcohol is present but not overpowering.

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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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Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep burnt orange with a nice one finger head leaving sheets of lace behind,big fruity aromas along with some caramel and nut.Deep intense dark fruit hit the taste buds and are unrelenting,very fruity and nutty with a big soapy finish.Wow the compexities are are almost to much for this sipper,very complex and big.A sipping beer to savour my first wheat wine and very intriuged by it a great beer experiance.

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Beer rating: 3.98 out of 5 with 905 ratings
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