Pilgrim's Dole | New Holland Brewing Company

BA SCORE
88
very good
901 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
Ratings:
901
Reviews:
386
Avg:
3.95
pDev:
11.14%
 
 
Wants:
83
Gots:
150
For Trade:
11
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 901 |  Reviews: 386
Photo of bylerteck
3.32/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Way too much heat on this. 2015 vintage. Aroma was super rich with lot's of sweet dark fruit and bourbon but the flavour was tons of boozy heat with minimal complexity that the aroma showed. Fell short for me.

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Photo of tsmangin
4.48/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2014

Aroma - 11/12- Low bready malt. Notes of chocolate, raisin and fig. Medium low alcohol, slightly boozy note. Nicely complex. Hops are undetectable. Some vanilla comes through as it warms

Appearance - 2/3 - Copper colored with amber highlights. Poured very low head that quickly disappeared. Chill haze faded to moderate clarity.

Flavor - 18/20 - Delicious. Moderate bready malts with chocolate, raisin and fig character. Moderate bitterness and noticeable booze but well balanced. Moderate Sweetness. Clean ferment character. Slightly vinous but not oxidised. Alcohol is medium and lingers through the finish along with the sweetness.

Mouthfeel - 4 /5- Full bodied and luscious. Low carbonation. Moderate alcohol warmth. Not as much creamy as it is rich, round and smooth.

Overall - 9/10 - Well done, great beer! I could sip a snifter of this regularly. Well balanced, strong but clean, complex and delicious. Only complaints are minor... CO2 is a little low, head retention was poor and the alcohol is a bit high.

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Photo of komsul
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of justinp444
4.34/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

On draft poured into a snifter it has a thin white ring head with a reddish btown clear body. Smell of bourbon, caramel, molasses, vanilla, spice, and biscuit malt; very clean smelling overall. Taste is sweet bourbon, caramel, burnt sugar, spice, tiny bit nutty, bit of vanilla, lots of malt. Mouthfeel is full, body is moderate to full, with a full crisp carbonation. It had a bit too much carbonation but is definetly one of the cleanest most straight forward barrel aged barleywines I've had.

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

Photo of bcsbeer
4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Wisconsin_IPA_Lover
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Zazzi82
3.67/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ilikebeer03
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SaxmanRick
4.39/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I much enjoyed this when fresh, but did not rate at that time. Today I am quaffing a 12oz bottle (vintage 2015, approx. 1yr old).

Appearance was nice - white 1/2" head with slight retention...liquid was a orangish yellow. Aroma was multidimensional...light wheat, caramelly sweet malt, even a little ripe plum. Flavor followed aroma. Very drinkable and special. I definitely enjoyed this fresh (tempted not to age some), but happy to give this ale a year in the cellar and would do so again.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I may not be very qualified to judge this style. I may have had it once before. But this bottle is one I took the care to let sit in my basement for about a year. I think that wait paid dividends because I really like this.

It is a light brown translucent color with a little fizz of fine bubbles. Very pretty in the glass. The aroma is a faint malty smell.

The taste is a wonderful, strong malt taste, but not too sweet. It has a hint of bitter nicely balanced with that tangy sweetness. Truly a unique taste. The aftertaste is a unique bitter tang, very thick on the tongue.

This is a $4 bottle of brew that is certainly worth every penny. I hope I can score more some day.

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Photo of Lance_Hathorn
5/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Asrugan
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of bowzer4birdie
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of shirtless_mike
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of adamranders
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tasted in a 12 oz pub glass from draft at Milwalky Taco on March 9, 2016. Look is cloudy brownish orange with a thick fluffy off-white head and sticky lacing. Smell is alcohol, toffee, pineapple, dried fruits, floral hops and sweet malt aromas. Taste is toffee, caramel, brown sugar, maple syrup, sweetened pineapple, dark dried fruits and rich toasted malt flavors. Feel is thick and syrupy sweet with a warm and somewhat spicy finish.

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

Photo of kalosjakar
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Burgundy red (gorgeous), no head.
Looks exactly like I poured cranberry juice.

Bourbon, vanilla, oak notes.
Definite alcohol burn, malty sweet, bourbon, caramel.
Strongly reminds me of mead.
Boozy as fuck.

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Photo of Jason1221
4.24/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Stevem68
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice Amber color. Has an aroma of sweet and boozy with notes of caramel. Flavor is malty with a boozy presence and a caramel sweetness. Has a rich body with low carbonation. Overall I enjoyed this beer.

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

Photo of JDizzle
4.19/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerTest
3/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of ta_hagen
4.36/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Will age this one, really boozy but good. First ever wheatwine. Very nice though.

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Pilgrim's Dole from New Holland Brewing Company
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