Golden Cap - New Holland Brewing Company
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Reviews by BedetheVenerable:
3.8/5 rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4
Presentation: 12oz brown pop top; no date, but this is the 2012 vintage (spring/summer release). Nice label. Into a Chimay chalice.
Appearance: This pours a hazy straw hue with lots of tiny sediment in suspension and a beautiful bright white creamy cap with great retention and huge sheets of Belgian lace. This looks pleasantly rustic...so far, so good.
Smell: Vibrantly fruity and earthy, with tropical fruit notes and something just slightly funky (though I don't think there's anything wild in here). Not quite the depth (i.e. I can't pick out individual fruits) of the best examples, but this is very nice.
Taste: While the aromas almost keep pace with the best Belgian examples, on the palate this doesn't quite hold up. Nice tart, vaguely-tropical fruit leads, along with a seriously firm bitterness and leafy herbal hop flavor. Earthy notes as well. Bitter hops definitely lead here over fruit or malt.
Mouthfeel: A bit too thick/creamy for the style
Overall: In my opinion, this is one of the better American saisons out there, at least of those that comes in six-packs. Jolly Pumpkin's IO saison (bretted) is far superior, as is Ommegang's Hennepin. Those brews, however, are on par with the greats from Dupont and Fantome, and run between $8-12 a bottle. Golden Cap has some of the authentic, rustic flavors of vibrant fruit, earthiness, and bitterness that the greats have, for far less coin (around $9.00 a sixer). The only real criticism I have is that between the bitterness and the larger mouthfeel, this feels just a bit heavy, and not quite as dry and delicate as my favorite saisons. That being said, this is DEFINITELY worth picking up a sixer or two every summer. Great beer!
Serving type: bottle
08-23-2012 02:30:31 | More by BedetheVenerable
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3.63/5 rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Pours a hazy golden color but without much of a head. Has a sweet nectar aroma. Flavor is yeasty and sweet honey, with some additional spices I couldn’t quite put my finger on...maybe the peppercorn and hay, and maybe even lemon judging from the other comments on the beer. Whatever is in it, the beer is flavorful, if a bit too syrupy towards the end. Has a nice, smooth medium body feel. I enjoyed it.
Serving type: bottle
02-25-2014 01:16:55 | More by brutusmuktuk
Golden Cap from New Holland Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 455 ratings.