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Golden Cap | New Holland Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.25%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by TasteTester on 07-31-2008

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Reviews: 280 | Ratings: 473
Photo of NoLiberty
2.02/5  rDev -46%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A golden-dawn raid themed label greets the drinker - unqiue, interesting, don't really get it but it's cool.

The beer pours a smooth, clear golden orange color. A few spotty bubbles froth up but the beer quickly settles into a placid glass of fruit wine looking calmness. The strength of a saison comes in it's liveliness and vitality, but this has neither and where I hope to find yeasty activity and hidden funkiness this leaves nothing to the imagination.

The aroma is thick and sweet with stewed fruit and alcohol notes. Not bad in moderation or in another style of beer - maybe a triple - but there's really no barnyard quality and the spice is disproportionately exaggerated by the sweetness.

The flavor very closely matches the aroma, which again does not provide much layering. Sweet, clovey spiciness meets warming alcohol, hinting at peaches and warm Chardonnay. Finishes very hot and with a lasting spice tang.

The body is medium and full with little carbonation - definitely not bottle conditioned - that leaves the beer flat, viscous and astringent.

Not a very drinkable beer, and considering that a saison should be one of the most complex and quenching beers I'm totally unimpressed. Bummer.

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Photo of BARFLYB
2.51/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at ressurection.

Looks like a saison bright gold shiny but does not hae the head of a belgian, looks pretty dead after a little. No stick.

Smells lime a funky pale ale withroyten wine, pale malt, grass, yeast, rest in peace.

Taste like a rotten pale ale withsome spent yeast without any main flavors. In short it tastes bad.its not good

Feel is flat boring and medium drinkability is off the bridge, complete suicide..

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Photo of Wadsey
2.65/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

New Holland Golden Cap

Served in a New Belgium tulip. 

A: Pours a slightly hazy deep gold. Some head erupts but poor retention. Insignificant lacing and lackluster effervescence. 

A: Clove clobbers nose. Coarse golden grains, maybe spelt, follow clove's lead. Toasty, spicy and a little earthy. 

T: Once again cloves take lead, but are joined quickly by sweet malts. Tang and toasted grains/cereal (Cheerios) push themselves on the palate. Somewhat earthy or musty hay. Finish is full of grain. 

M: Medium-full body with surprisingly light carbonation. The end result is a 7 abv sipper. Drying finish, but not clean or crisp. 

O: If I were told Golden Cap were an imperialized saison, I wouldn't be surprised given its over-the-top flavor and relatively poor drinkability. 

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Photo of HomebrewPgh
2.7/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Wow...awful saison. This is one style us Americans have never been able to pin down. Aroma was pale malt and a weird kind of "synthetic funk". Pour was a cloudy orange with a thin off white film for a head. Taste was very disappointing. Stale light malt mixed with sugar water. It literally tasted like sugar water. There is a great carbonation in this beer which made it drinkable, but none of the great flavors of a true saison are present.

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Photo of PEBKAC
2.72/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Random bottle from the mini-fridge of plenty. No idea on age, but the label still looks sound. Flying monkeys/golden cap(hat), Wizard of Oz theme. I like it. :D

A slow gusher. Poured into my Rare Vos tumbler that I have grown quite fond of recently.

A hazy, lemon TheraFlu-colored body. A couple inches of cake-y, whitewash head that recedes pretty quickly. I did pretty well keeping all the floaties in the bottle this time, so a minute later, it settles out enough to grant itself another .5 in appearance.

Smell is big upfront with yeast & pepper. Doughy, with a soapy, lemon scent that's just a bit too much. Play-Doh & rubbing alcohol on the backend.

Taste is a quick, sharp hit of tin & malt, then major coriander & spent chewing gum. Toasty. End trails off with bitter spinach, a little salt, & a lot of yeast. Not in the right proportions.

Carbonation is right in the middle. Body is a little dusty & pretty thin. Refreshing.

It's not great, but it comes in a six pack. :P

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Photo of Mitchster
2.77/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Seasonal saison brewed with Spelt. 16° Plato, Alc. 6.25% by Vol.

Pours out to a cloudy pale golden, forming a tall white head with excellent retention and lacing. Carbonation is moderate. The aroma smells like a belgian pale ale with sweet notes of grass, hay, malts, a little farmhouse, apple juice, and pear juice. Mouthfeel is crisp and medium bodied with a tart finish. Opens up with a tart acidity of kiwi fruit, with a mild bitterness and a metallic aftertaste.

Wierd. Tastes too tart, and too metallic. Not liking this much.

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Photo of ribby
2.79/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a slightly cloudy light amber color, with a very vigorous head. The smell and taste are dominated by a grainy flavor; the label says its spelt not wheat, but it is unpleasantly bitter all the same. The grainy bitterness hides the hoppiness. (Maybe my tongue is hallucinating and this beer has some bad hops, but I don't think that the bitterness is from the hops.) The fizziness helps to redeem the mouthfeel. The ABV seems high for the style. Perhaps a fan of wheat beers would enjoy this more.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.83/5  rDev -24.3%
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.

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Photo of vandemonian
2.86/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer has a light straw colour. It has quite high carbonation but the head dies quickly. It has a yeasty smell to it. This beer has an almost wheat and apple flavour that is a bit sour for my tastes. The mouthfeel is decent and it went down pretty easily.

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Photo of hosehead83
2.87/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. bottle(no freshness date)into a wine goblet
Yellow/gold with a surprisingly small, flat head of foam for a Saison.
Aroma-Spicy, slightly fruity, with faint funkiness
Taste-Fruity, spicy, lemony. Rather flat, not effervescent like most farmhouse ales. Dissapointing mouthfeel, muted flavors.
Hoping I just got an old bottle of this beer because it was quite a letdown compared to the standard saison/farmhouse ale.

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Photo of BarrelO
2.9/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a goblet.

A: Light orange. Head starts out big but fades into nothing.

S: Lots of fruits and spices. Pretty similar to a tripel.

T: A good mix of breadiness, sourness, frutiness, and yeastiness. Unfortunately, the sourness eventually overwhelms everything and makes drinking a tough experience.

M: Light enough in the mouth.

D: Couldn't finish. Sorry.

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Photo of hopdog
2.97/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Capone's.

Poured a medium and clear golden/yellow color with a smaller sized white head. Aromas of yeast, citrus, and spiciness. Tastes of the same yeastiness, citrus, spices, and also had a somewhat fruitiness.

Notes from and tasted on: 7/30/2009.

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Photo of Magpie14
3/5  rDev -19.8%
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...

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Photo of wchesak
3/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Spiegelau tulip glass

A - light golden, lots of clean white head, bit of head

S - lemony, bit grassy, spicy like crushed black pepper and coriander seed, can tell their is some wheat involved

T - more bready than i thought it would be, black pepper is a lot more present esp in the aftertaste, lemon characteristic is present mid palette

M - decent carbonation, light side of medium bodied

D - black pepper taste is a bit too much, probably would be good paired with some food, not bad for the summer, not impressed compared to other beers iv had from New Holland

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Photo of Cresant
3.02/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured this 22 oz. brown bottle into a Sierra Nevada Hops glass. No date. The beer was hazy yellow with a modest white head. Minimal lacing remained.

The smell was fruity. Fresh grain and rather "clean" which was a little surprising for the style.

The taste was sweet, juicy pear. Again, this was clean - more fruity and less soil flavor. Well hidden alcohol. Very mild peppercorn flavors late into this one.

The mouthfeel had a medium density and was moderately carbonated - but had a smoothness in the mouth.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.06/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer really struck me as a pretty unexceptional tripel, rather than a saison. I was looking for some fruitiness, citrus zing, or farmhouse funk to really put it in that style, and I was a bit disappointed not to find it. It is not a bad beer, and it would be hard for me to hate a golden ale with spice and secondary fermentation, but I didn't really feel as though it lived up to its labeling.

Color was an attractive straw-yellow color. Head was maybe a cm. Aroma was spicy and clovey, with some candied sugar. Flavor was similar, which was strongly reminiscent of a tripel to me. Mouthfeel was light and effervescent, like other beers I've had with secondary fermentation. Not bad, just not as advertised.

I would weakly recommend this beer. I got this bottle at Discount Liquor in Milwaukee.

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Photo of becktone
3.08/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From notes 5-23-09

Eye: At first this beer pours with a pretty nice white foamy and crisp bone white head. After evaluating the aroma it has fallen to pretty much nothing, just a ratty looking and extremely thin white film covering the beer. Color is straw gold and is dazzlingly clear. My only complaint is the head, carbonation looks lively, clarity is nice and color is good too.

Nose: Spicy and earthy aromas right up front. Some sweet malty tones as well-much like that of a bspa or tripel, light candied aromas with some fruitiness. There are also some farmhouse type aromas here, earthy being one of them, maybe some straw or hay-like notes, light woodiness. Not too much more, fairly light in aroma overall, it doesn't come right out and smack you in the face, but its there. Perhaps a bit too much malt aroma and not enough yeast/brett-as far as the farmhouse thing goes-in here. Much lighter in aroma, potency as well as depth of character and complexity, than Fantome, but still good.

Tongue: Dry and lightly spiced are the first things that come to mind, earthiness and some slight woodiness are also here. Again not much in the way of complexity, none of those real nice mulchy or extremely funky flavors are present that I love so much in a saison. Malt flavor is there supporting it all, some of that sweetness comes through as well. Grainy notes support the dryness and spiciness of this brew. The overall impression I get from this one is like to how malted barley tastes in the mouth after you've just chewed a few kernels. Nothing all that outstanding.

Feel and Drinkability: As already mentioned this is a very dry beer. Dry feel and the aftertaste work well together, they are both fairly long lasting, dryness with some woody type notes. All of the sudden I'm getting a seaweed type of deal in the aftertaste, like seaweed that goes into sushi. Its kinda dry and bitter like that. Body is light with appropriate levels of carbonation. Nothing really interesting, the body is just as expected, derived from the apperance. I'll drink the rest of this, but by no means will I be back to this anytime soon. If I want a saison I'll definitely go for something else. This isn't all that great and I see no reason to pick up this beer again. It was nice to try but it leaves no mark with me. Its just a mediocre beer that will join many others that I've tried. How long will it be till I forget that I've tried this beer I wonder? There's nothing really unique about it so,....it probably won't be too long.

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Photo of MadScientist
3.09/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

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Photo of AleWatcher
3.13/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Got this one from NeoRunner in the "Blind Beers BIF." I opened this up completely unaware of what the beer was inside...

I cracked it open and smelled very lemony/limey or citrusy... Almost to the point where it smelled like a Corona. Against NeoRunner's instructions that a Tulip would work for all the beers, I decided to pour this into a pint glass.

This is a hazy apricot color with a 1 finger rocky white head. Very little retention or lace.

Smell has opened up from that citrusy note... Shows a slight maltiness... There is a Belgian yeasty vibe going on here... This certainly isn't a Wit, tripel, or a BPA... There is some unknown fruit in here-- maybe a slight hint of peaches? An odd aftertaste seems tangy. It is a part of that unknown fruit flavor, but it is distinct at the same time. This could be a Saison... but if that's the case, I'm not a big fan of this one.

The finish is tangy and dry... I would say that I am not loving this one right now. *at this point I stopped to offer my wife a sip and sarcastically said, "I know you're going to say, 'I like it buddy.'" (we call eachother buddy).*

The taste now seems to be offering a spicy, almost peppery note with the tangy vibe.

Lots of carbonation, medium body.
--- ripping the paper---
So it's a saison. Now it makes sense! The yeasty/peppery/tangy notes all seem to fall in to place with my new found knowledge.

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Photo of corby112
3.13/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on draft at Kraftwerk during their New Holland event on 2/5/11.

Pours a hazy, dark golden yellowish orange color with pale golden yellow hues when held to a light source and a half finger off-white head that quickly fades into a lasting ring. Streaks and spots of lace left behind.

Slightly earthy aroma with hints of grass, straw and zesty spice. Light fruit notes are present, notably apple and citrus peel.

On the lighter end of medium body and thinner than expected being slightly watered down. Heavy zesty spice up front with lots of pepper and coriander that linger into a subtle tart, dry finish. Subtle light fruit notes with hints of banana, apple, pear and citrus rind.

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Photo of EtOHMD
3.13/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap and in bottle. This review from from bottle poured into pint glass. Clear golden yellow straw color with 1 finger white head with good lacing. Smell is of citrus and banana. Mild taste especially for a saison. Very mild pepper. Decent but definitely better beers at New Holland and definitely better saisons.

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Photo of jsisko01
3.13/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a cloudy, light gold color with a half centimeter head with tiny bubbles. Looks very crisp.

Smell - Lemon zest, wheat, some spices, and yeast.

Taste - Very peppery, spicy and lemony, and somewhat bitter.

Mouthfeel - Thin but highly carbonated.

Overall - I'm not really a fan of this beer

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Photo of tpd975
3.15/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jcwattsruger for this one.

A: Pours a cloudy yellow hue with a small head. No retention or lace.

S: Nice blend of apples, honey, and spice.

T: Honey and apples up front. Pepper and citrus with a hint of banana like belgian yeast.

M: Medium in body, okay carbonation.

D: Not too bad, an above average saison.

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Photo of fo5s
3.17/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a dupont saison glass. Gushed after prying off the cap. No dating on the bottle. Notes from late-September.

A- after the gushing, it can't even fill the small glass. Limited head. Pours a pale gold.

S- Very grassy - fresh. Touch of citrus.

T- Grassy. Slightly bitter on finish. Lacks depth.

M- thin. Feels flat after the gushing.

O- unoffensive and unimpressive. Not likely to revisit, but not a bad value.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.2/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a standard pint glass, color is almost copper and darker straw with a brigh white head that presents pretty thick then dissipates to fluff and lacing.

Smell is a little sweet, mixed pils malt and breadiness, some yeasty bready notes and maybe some lemon flavors.

Taste is crisp upfront than overcome by sweetness that lingers, some lemon flavors, hints of bread and yeast with a moderate hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is dryer than the taste, but there is a pretty strong lingering sweetness - I'd like some lingering spice or yeast flavors or dryness to clean it up. Carbonated quite well making it crisper than the sweeter taste would presume.

Overall, a nice looking brew but falls short in some key saison taste factors that I prefer - yeast, spice and dryness.

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