Golden Cap - New Holland Brewing Company

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Ratings: 471
Reviews: 279
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 13.24%
Wants: 15
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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New Holland Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.25% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: TasteTester on 07-31-2008

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Photo of oberon
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's an early start to craft beer drinking today due to opening day Tiger baseball against the Red Sux,I wanted my first beer of the day to be one from Michigan.Poured into a tulip glass a lemon tinged golden with a large rocky white head atop that stuck nicely to the glass as it settled into a frothy mass.Lemony notes overtop of grainess and slight funk,leafy hops play a nice role as well.Starts out nicely on the palate lemon and light phenolic spice but it seems to peter out and abruptly finishes with no lingering notes.It's a pretty good saison not overly funky or phenolic wich I was happy about.

Photo of tectactoe
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I heard this one was going out of commission and being replaced by New Holland's new saison, "Monkey King". I had to try this before it was completely washed away, so thanks to Kevin for the bottle. It pours a murky, bright straw, through and through. It's capped by a foamy, stark-white head that has pretty nice retention and leaves heaps of wet, almost chunky lacing on the glass.

This beer's pretty yeasty up front - clove stings the nostrils right away along with lots and lots of lemon zest. It's got a borderline "Lemon Pledge" aroma to it, without smelling to much like cleanser or alcohol. It's actually nice and refreshing. As it warms, it starts getting sweeter. I begin to notice a bit of Candi sugar - this beer is starting to smell more like a Belgian-style tripel than a saison. It's a delicate mix of sweet and spicy that leans just slightly more towards the sweet side, especially in the end.

Just as it popped in the aroma, the lemon comes out huge in the taste. Big-time lemon zest; very fresh and refreshing. It's got a slight tartness to it, but is far from being sour. It actually errs a bit more on the sweet-side as far as fruits go. Again, I get a nice dose of the Candi sugar, a la Belgian dubbels and tripels.

I finally pick up on some hops, something I wasn't getting much of (if any) in the aroma; musky, dry, and kind of "warn out", although they inject a faint tinge of bitterness for balance. The aftertaste is pretty dry with a light, yeasty funk, although the funkiness of this beer doesn't stand up to the funkiness of many Belgian saisons or farmhouse ales. Lots of bread in the finish, too. Thin-medium bodied with lots of carbonation and a slick, crispy, dry mouth feel.

I actually enjoyed this one a bit more than Monkey King, so it'll be sad to see it go. It's got a "saison-tripel" hybrid thing going on here, with some musky hop, faint funk, and dryness from the saison side with nice spices and Candi sugar sweetness from the tripel side. Easy drinking and refreshing.

Photo of MadScientist
3.09/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: This beer pours a pale golden with chill haze that diminishes as the beer warms. The long lasting white head slowly settles to a thin cap on top.
S: It's not you usual Saison aroma being a bit more orange peel and an odd coriander type aroma with some cloves instead of pepper. There is a light buttery off aroma. The the distinct pilsner malt aroma shows it after it warms a bit
T: The flavor is mildly spicy with a muted fruit character. There is a moderate level of bitterness. The spice comes through in the flavor more as pepper and nutmeg.
M: This is a moderately-light bodied beer with moderately high carbonation there is also a moderate slickness on the palate.
O: I'll have to give try another bottle when I get the opportunity as the off flavor and aromas really hurt this beer. It seems like I got a batch with some moderate diacetyl that obscured whatever may have been there which is disappointing since all the other beer I've tried from New Holland have been good to very good.

Photo of bsp77
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Summit Scandia Chalice.

Appearance: Barely hazy light orange with initial bubbly white head.

Smell: Banana, fleshy fruit, clove, pepper and noble hops.

Taste: Just a tinge of sweet banana and bready malts upfront before being overtaken by sharp clove, pepper and spicy hops. Strange wheat-like aftertaste (from the spelt?).

Feel: High carbonation, medium body, extraordinary dry finish.

Drinkability: Good, not great, Saison. Nice summer seasonal.

Photo of Soonami
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

New Holland Golden Cap Saison is a good saison that was enjoyable to drink. It was a straw yellow color with a thin cap of foam, which exuded the aroma of chalky yeast, damp wood and kaffir lime leaf. The taste was tart lemons, earthy and musty. The beer was a little undercarbonated, but still light and refreshing.

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.83/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Another summer offering just picked up from my local, available in 12 oz portions this summer. Flying monkeys adorn the label, Appears much like a hefe bright golden sunrise clouded with yeast particles in suspension. Head is fine bubbled with a creamy white texture. Traditionally a saison is lower in alcohol then seven percent abv but this one doesn't throw finesse at me in anyway. Aroma some tropical fruit and alcohol blare through the senses, some green apple and pineapple combonation comes in with a sense of tart and sweet acidity. Clears the palate with a sense of yeast spicienss and alcohol warmth, pale biscuit malts bring some honey sweetness with mango and pineapple tropical fruit notes come around nicely. Overall the alcohol weighs heavy on the palate, it doesn't allow enough of the flavor to spread it's wings really a dead end Saison. Drinkability is hurt by the heavy sweetness and near cloying notes I think of Saison by the light effervescent funky farmhouse nature that it should be. This is an American representation of that dream.

Photo of daveytheformer
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an oversized wine glass.

Slightly hazy golden yellow with a thick white head that fades to some lacing.

Smells funky and yeasty. Pears, bananas, and cloves come to mind.

Tastes like pepper spice and bubblegum. Slight sweetness and a grassy tang at the end.

Mouthfeel is a crisp medium with good carbonation.

Overall is a good beer, not amazing but pretty excited about this being my first New Holland beer.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer pours a golden orange crystal clear body with a sea of microbubbles gliding to the surface where an antique white creamy head sits.

S- The soft musty note of fresh rain has a slight brett note that increases as the beer warms and a soft peppery finish.

T- The taste of mellow earthy grains has a cream flavor to it and some soft malt hints. There is a lemony hop snap at the finish that has a green hop quality to it.

M- The light mouthfeel has a creamy texture with each sip and no alcohol heat.

D- This beer has a nice mellow drinkable flavor with some soft wild yeast notes that keep in interesting and makes it a good session beer.

Photo of Brenden
4.29/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is a hazy golden amber. A pure white head pours a nice white head without spectacular retention that leaves light lacing.
The nose is fantastic: a mix of various fruits including apple, pear and strawberry with honey, grains and light spices (coriander). I could smell this all day long.
A fruit bouquet mixes with sweet honey and grains with some coriander and a gentle peppery spice. Fruits are apple, pear, strawberry and some lemon and orange citrus. There's also a gentle pale malt that forms a nice backbone and adds balance. This is a tasty beer.
This is a crisp, smooth brew. The body is a clean light to medium with moderate carbonation that plays well.
Drink this.
I'm beginning to think I may really like Saisons as a style.

Photo of weasbri
4.18/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light golden color, nice thick head that does a nice job of grabbing the side of the glass.
A grassy aroma, a bit of funk to it as well.
This one is a lot more refreshing than I would have thought. 6.5% saison doesn't really scream out to be an easy summer drink, but it is. It has a lovely tartness to it, which does a fine job of counteracting the funkiness and that little bit of spice.
In spite of everything, it doesn't leave much behind, which is a good thing, nice and crisp finish. Very quaffable.

Photo of Magpie14
3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A: a surprisingly soft fuzzy yellow color that almost draws a conclusion of a wheat beer. A pasty white head remained for a brief interval and left a countable number of blotches and streaks on the inner walls of my glass. Continually active bubbles are in the glass

S: here we have an arid nose overall. A light funk permeates with rough cut grains, spices with a few shards of lemon peel. This is rounded out by some grassy and leafy whiffs

T: a mellow graininess layers the tongue and melds with with a stale grass and straw character. In addition, a clove encrusted citrus lemon flavor hangs around. Some spiciness, aside from the cloves, exist in the palate as well. Nothing is in the way of being farm funky but a bit of mustiness is in the right. This brew finishes a little on the dry and tart apple side without much real definition during its existence in my glass

M: the feel is crisp and rather fizzy. I would say the body falls into the mild category and the flavors briefly hang on with some astringency and spiciness

D: ah, this one is one and done for me, in its defense it has reasonable drinkability. This beer just limps on and I was bothered I had purchased a sixer of this. I know that better examples of the style exist in the beer world. Another mediocre display from NHBC...

Photo of cokes
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mostly clear, bright golden hued below a thick, whipped column of white foam.
Dough nose, with the soft, light sweetness of wheat and something more peppery suggestive of rye (which it isn't...but perhaps the spelt or the yeast plays an interesting trick). There is also lemon oil, clove, lilac, and honey.
It enters with mouthful of sourdough. Generally soft with just an edge of crustiness. Lemongrass and clove begin a parade of spices and flowers. Lime rind. Lilac petals. Peppercorns. Spearmint. Coriander. Candied orange. It ends with a slaking and peppered dry grass hopping and some lingering minerality and mintiness.
Lightish bodied, well and steadily carbonated. Completely refreshing yet still full of nuance and just plain fun to drink.
This has a distinctly US edge to it. What it lack in wildness it makes up for in versatility, as this could sub for any wheat beer and then some. It's not a peer to stuff like dupont or Fantome but it far surpassed my expectations. I wish I'd tried it sooner.

Photo of Sammy
3.56/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bit of spiceyness, and a good finish of bitterness. Deep golden with lots of initial white head. Acceptable neutral aroma. Good drinking, with above average mouthfeel, a tad honeyish and tangerine, a bit of sweet fruit and a tad of apple.Bomber of the stuff, more of a Belgian golden.

Photo of prototypic
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden Cap pours a light, pale straw color. It's surprisingly clear. I'm shocked that there's no haze. It's topped with a bone white head that's about two fingers deep. It's very slow to recede and leaves a nice, thick lacing behind.

The nose is good. It's grainy and earthy throughout. It has a distinct spicy/herbal quality that's enticing. The herbal quality is surprisingly good. It's not too heavy in the mix and doesn't seem vegetal at all. The spicy side consists of mostly clove and pepper. There's some light citrus lemon that provides a slight sweet smell. Alcohol is blended well and goes unnoticed. Smells nice.

The flavor profile is largely consistent with the nose. It's a little citrusy and sweet up front. Lemon and light orange flavors are noted. Pepper and light clove spices add a lot of character and depth. They complement its sweet, malty base nicely. It is herbal and grainy, but definitely does not come across as vegetal. It has a strong earthy character to it. Hops are lively and provide a slight bitter kick. I wasn't expecting that, but I like it. Yeast is noted, but it's subtle. It tastes like Belgian yeast to me. I like that. More spice flavor surge on the tail. I can't identify them, but it finishes it off nicely. Alcohol is not at all noticeable.

Golden Cap features a medium body that's nice and smooth. Carbonation is active and maybe negates its smooth feel a little, but not much. Drinkability is good. Golden Cap is a nice, deep, flavorful Saison that delivers. It's probably a little spice heavy for more than a bottle, but I'm enjoying this one quite a bit.

New Holland did a surprisingly nice job with Golden Cap. Frankly, this one's been sitting in the fridge for a while simply because I wasn't expecting much from it. I don't have any big complaints about it. It's solid all-around. Having said that, I'm not quite loving it. It just doesn't stand out quite that much. Perhaps a more prominent Belgian yeast flavor would change that. Still good stuff though. Very nice beer from New Holland. To date, I haven't been totally sold on their stuff. This one's well worth a look.

Photo of Mavajo
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color with a decent white head. Taste and aroma are very stereotypically "saison." Yeast, grass, etc. All the usual players here. Very dry, which I love. Mouthfeel is good.

All in all, I really enjoyed this. Very good domestic saison.

Photo of 33nickadams
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's a golden yellow, not much head, and translucent. Slight lacing as I drink it. I smell bread and some earthy tones. Some citrus smell as well. The taste surprised me as I got some apple, followed by the familiar Belgian yeast taste. This beer finishes somewhat dry. It has a medium body and pretty good carbonation. I could drink no more than 2 of these at once, I think the yeastiness would get to me. I liked it and would get it again. So far, its the only saison I've ever had. So I guess its hard for me to compare.

Photo of DerekP
4.24/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden appearance; fairly opaque for the color. Champagne-like carbonation rises to the top. Fluffy white head slims down.

The nose is beautiful. I can smell the floral aroma more than a foot away from the glass. Up close there's a pronounced grape note and phenolic yeast. Wood tones. A rainbow of aroma. Very fruity (subtle pineapple), but sophisticated.

A wild taste. Bright & fresh up front with floral hops flavor & spicy yeast, with a finish that is crisp and dry. Grape juice in the middle. More phenols.

Notes: my first saison/farmhouse ale (French). Forgive me for my lack of clarity, and for my brevity. Time to enjoy this one alone.

Photo of russpowell
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single in a mixed 6-er at MCaDoodles in Joplin MO

Pours an effervescent gold/bronze with 2 fingers of pearl white head. Stays effervescent throughout, will a nice viscosity to this once fairly warm. Great lacing & good head retention, a few floaties at the bottom of the bottle

S: Pears, appleskins & peaches; almost pulled a 4.5

T: Dirty pears, apple peels & a bit of breadyness up front, plus a touch of booze. As this warms, I get a bit of floury & chalky dryness (the spelt I reckon); plus lemon & coriander. Finishes a touch bready with orchard fruit, lemons & white pepper

MF: Light/medium bodied with soft carbonation. Good balance

Drinks pretty easy, not an on the edge Saison, but true enough to the style to respect & enjoy. Well done New Holland!

Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
3.36/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap @ the brewery, served in a New Holland High Gravity glass.

A - Not much head off the bartender's pour. The body was a rich golden honey like color, with orange tints.

S - Orange peel, lemon, sweet malt and a bit of spice from the hops was what I noted. Nothing that would really make me think farmhouse.

T - Again, I picked up nothing but citrus, sweet malt, slight rock sugar sweetness, and sufficent spice from the hops. Nothing that would make me think saison or any true Belgian stye for that matter.

M - A little bit more on the full side than what I look for in a saison.

D - I was disapointed in this beer, being a big fan of the High Gravity series from New Holland, I had hoped for more. I would best describe this as another example of this depressing style of American Saisons/Tripels which get the fruit and spice, but not the funk or fun that makes these styles the great examples of brewing that they are. Well, back to the Dragon's Milk!

Photo of nms1987
3.81/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice beer. not a great saison, but a very good one.

Fullbodied yet crisp. A really great balance of earthy, peppery and fruity flavors. Great mouthfeel. Very refreshing. Not the funkiest saison, but I kind of like that. Almost a saison/belgian pale ale cross.

Photo of thagr81us
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into a Stone nonic. Poured a clear straw yellow with a two finger pure white head that subsided to one finger slowly. It maintained excellent lacing throughout. The aroma was comprised of malt and bananas. The flavor was of malt, bananas, cherry, and spices. It as light on the palate with low carbonation. Overall this was not a bad brew. It was very smooth and refreshing which was a welcome change as some I have had from this style were quite harsh. However, the majority of the flavor in this one was in the followthrough. If it had a little more flavor up front, it could be great.

Photo of Gmann
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright hazy straw color with a tight pure white head that slowly disipated into a puffy cap leaving some spot lacing on the glass. The aroma is tart from notes of green apple and lemon. There is some light banana and clove along with some candi sugar sweetness. Solid saison aroma. The flavor is not as tart as the aroma, perhaps due to a solid malt presence. The lemon is still there but is more muted. The yeasty phenols and candi sugar sweetness also seem more muted. Everything seems more mixed together than in the aroma. There is a grassy hop bitterness that comes through in the end. The beer has a moderate body with semi-soft carbonation, dry; finishes slightly bitter. A refreshing saison, drinks easy. Could use some more funk and phenol flavors. Above average but not something I would grap if looking for a satisfying saison.

Photo of morimech
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

No yeast in the bottle so this pours a clear golden color with two fingers of white head that had fairly good retention. The head settles to a thin cap. A large amount of sticky lacing is left on the glass.

I am torn on how to grade the aroma. It is very herbal, medicinal, with plenty of hay. But as I get deeper in it, I get hints of lemon and pepper that sort of brightens the aroma.

The flavor is deeper and possibly more complex than the Belgian originals, but they forgot to put the Farmhouse in this beer. A little to clean in flavor. Another heavy dose of herbs and hay. Faint hints of lemon and honey. The sweetness is a little too cloying. It is definately not crisp and lingers for too long. Does not match up well with a hot day.

A much larger body than others in this style. It could of used even more carbonation to help lighten the body.

An interesting beer that you can study and see how many scent and flavor elements you can pick out. Definately worth a try.

Photo of marcobrau
3.94/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Golden and remarkably clear for a Saison type of ale. Decent level of carbonation, but head falls rather quickly to a thin layer of bubbles. Smells: marzipan, slightly sour. Dry and peppery on the palate with a touch of tartness. Tastes refreshing following the brewery's Zoomer wheat ale. I'm appreciating the dryness. Some citrus flavors emerge as the beer warms up. Saltine cracker-like malt flavor. Hops seem to be played down quite a bit, letting the yeast express itself, but as get the peppery bitterness comes out a little more as the beer warms up. The brilliant clarity is bugging me and nose is much to write about, but otherwise enjoying this tart, dry ale.

Photo of alleykatking
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at The Mark.

A- Poured a deep golden yellow. One finger white head shows good retention. Streaky lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Barnyard light funk with some grassy, earthy hops. Some over ripe fruit in there with some spicey aroma that tingles the nose.

T- Malts kind of drive this beer which I didn't expect. Some light sour barnyard flavors to this that hits the spot right. Spicey aroma comes through in the flavor and hits the ending just right with a grassy hop flavor.

M- Lighter mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the beer and the style. Barnyard flavor left on the palate and long into the aftertaste with a touch of alcohol. Clean and flavorful with everything balancing itself out. Some medium drying on the palate.

D- New Holland is a good brewery that seems to be hit and miss at times with me. This beer falls into the hit area. The ABV doesn't make this a session beer although I could make it one on a personal level.

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Golden Cap from New Holland Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 471 ratings.