Pilgrim's Dole | New Holland Brewing Company

very good
903 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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Ratings: 903 |  Reviews: 386
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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Photo of yuenglingfan101
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of CoreyC
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2014 Vintage
A- Really nice reddish color, very unique
S- Smell dominated by bourbon
T- Carmely sweet balanced by still strong bourbon finish, and this has been aged a year since purchase
O- Good but still a bit hot. The BB flavor still overpowers the malty sweet flavors. I'll age the other bottle I have for a while longer.

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Photo of tard24
4.44/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bushdere
4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
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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Photo of ChrisMyhre
3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of vfgccp
4.54/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Johncnh
4.29/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Raime
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

New Holland Pilgrims Dole.

I honestly have no idea where to even begin with starting this one up. I've never even seen let alone drank a wheatwine. New Holland usually makes some pretty solid beers so I'm hoping this one is a good example of the style. Going in completely blind. Let's do it.

Look - From the twelve ounce bottle poured at a moderate pace into a pint glass. Beer pours a deep, deeeeep amber in coloration with a truly unique sparkle as it exists the confines of the bottle. Head amount comes to about two finger of thick, almost pillow like fluffy white head that sits atop a beautiful shade of red. Carbonation appears to be about moderate with this brew. Must admit it is an attractive beer. Lacing and stick is rather pleasant

Smell - Oak and vanilla galore. This nose really is dominated by oak and vanilla in increments that I have never truly smelled in a beer with the vanilla taking dominance in a 70/30 split over the oak. Also get some ripe cherry and dark fruit like sweetness upon another whiff. The alcohol is barely noticeable.

Taste - This is a big, BIG beer. And I'll say here it is not for newcomers to the world of craft. The vanilla once again leads the charge here along with its oak sidekick to meld things out. Lots of dark, sweet but not cloyingly sweet fruits come through as well and they form a trifecta of brilliance. The alcohol does get a bit hotter as you continue into the glass and as it warms, but this is a twelve percent beer after all. This beer is almost what I WISH Backwoods Bastard would have been. I know I know, two completely different styles but this beer at least lets you taste the flavors without the booze being too dominant.

Feel - The feel on this brew matches up perfectly to everything else. The body is moderate with a very low level of carbonation though it is far from dead. High creamy factor with a pillowy like feel. A bit of alcohol on the swallow and in the throat as the beer has warmed up but it only further adds to the goodness.

Overall - This is a world class beer without a doubt. Just finished the glass and I can already feel it slightly creeping into my bloodstream. Again, this us not for the craft beer newbies, but if you like barrel aged beers with all the fixins that lack the huge alcoholic bite, this one is for you. As always, try it and come to your own conclusion..

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Photo of pirmannt1
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Futbolmanby
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

A-a dark ruby amber color with a thin layer of cream colored head that disappears quickly and leaves a bit of lace around the top

S-caramel malt, dark fruits, vanilla, and a bit of oak and bourbon

T-taste is similar to the smell with lots of caramel, vanilla, dark fruits, and light bourbon and oak

M-medium body, moderate carbonation, some alcohol warming but still pretty smooth considering 12% ABV

Overall a good strong beer, pretty sweet, but I found it enjoyable

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Photo of jmartinger
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Johnct
4.67/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mlockman
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Strong whiskey flavors are certainly up-front but well-balanced with the malt, and the mouthfeel is sublime. I would not recommend aging this one unless you like really, really subtle whiskey flavors; the balance is perfect as-is in my opinion.

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Photo of simplejj81
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of scmtim
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Gemini6
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Angerhaus
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Beerbom
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

Pilgrim's Dole from New Holland Brewing Company
3.95 out of 5 based on 903 ratings.
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