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Golden Cap - New Holland Brewing Company

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464 Ratings
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Ratings: 464
Reviews: 278
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 13.24%
Wants: 15
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.25% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TasteTester on 07-31-2008)
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Reviews by Mcculler:
Photo of Mcculler
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Stunningly beautiful beer on the eyes and nose. Large foamy head (from a relatively vigorous poor, though it didn't need help) that left moderate lacing and resided after about five minutes, without ever disappearing. Deep golden color with amber tint.

Smell was very pretty -- hay, clover, lemon, mild apple/pear and a clean herbal note.

Taste was a mild let down. That light, pleasant, early summer nose turns a bit in the midsummer sun -- faint nuts and bread, herb, and honey -- not too sweet but somehow cloying. Hidden behind that cloying sweetness is a moderate funk that emerges only as the beer warms. I'd say the beer is best drunk on the warm side because of this. Not much in the finish -- needs something to balance this.

Nice and light in the mouth with a moderate carbonation that improves a drinkability that would be high were it not for that cloying (almost annoying) sweetness that sticks around like overripe banana without the roundness. Very faint alcohol burn on warming -- a bit much for 7%, though.

An interesting beer. I don't know how much of the oddness can be attributed to the grain -- the bottle says its brewed with spelt -- or to the tendency of US breweries to make Belgian/French styles a little too unidemensionally sweet. Still, not as sweet as some. Ultimately, a pleasurable beer.

Mcculler, Sep 07, 2008
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

oberon, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of DanGeo
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

DanGeo, Sep 11, 2013
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.

tectactoe, Jul 04, 2012
Photo of MadScientist
3.13/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

MadScientist, Jul 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

WuAnquo1, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of sm0key
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

sm0key, Jan 28, 2013
Photo of bsp77
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

bsp77, Jul 18, 2010
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

mjtiernan, Jun 05, 2012
Photo of bpfrush
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

bpfrush, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Soonami
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Soonami, Aug 28, 2010
Photo of damuts222
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

damuts222, Apr 29, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

BManBottleMan, Feb 12, 2013
Photo of WVbeergeek
2.78/5  rDev -24.9%
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.

WVbeergeek, Apr 24, 2009
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.

daveytheformer, May 22, 2011
Photo of Mango
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Mango, Apr 29, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

JIMTRK16, Feb 26, 2014
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.

rhoadsrage, Jul 24, 2009
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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

JMS1512, May 14, 2013
Photo of Brenden
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

Brenden, Apr 19, 2009
Photo of weasbri
4.22/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

weasbri, Jun 20, 2009
Photo of Magpie14
2.98/5  rDev -19.5%
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...

Magpie14, Jan 04, 2010
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.

cokes, Sep 15, 2009
Photo of Sammy
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Sammy, Mar 02, 2009
Photo of whatname
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

whatname, May 31, 2012
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Golden Cap from New Holland Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 464 ratings.