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Golden Cap - New Holland Brewing Company

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465 Ratings
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Ratings: 465
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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1.5/5  rDev -59.5%

mwbrady12, Jul 29, 2013
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1.75/5  rDev -52.7%

Travcofarms, Jan 18, 2013
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2/5  rDev -45.9%

KevMo84, Jun 06, 2014
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2/5  rDev -45.9%

Jeruba, Oct 30, 2012
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2/5  rDev -45.9%

Lob, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of NoLiberty
2/5  rDev -45.9%
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.

NoLiberty, Jul 25, 2009
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2.45/5  rDev -33.8%
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..

BARFLYB, Aug 28, 2010
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2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

ZPB, Dec 23, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

SC_Beer_Drinker, Jun 21, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

GR_Rick, Jul 25, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

ExplodingPopTart, Nov 19, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

kmos27, Aug 14, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

AlMarzo, Feb 09, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

ahbithwabm, Apr 28, 2013
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2.65/5  rDev -28.4%
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.

HomebrewPgh, Dec 02, 2008
Photo of Wadsey
2.68/5  rDev -27.6%
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. 

Wadsey, May 30, 2011
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2.7/5  rDev -27%
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.

Mitchster, Jul 07, 2009
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2.73/5  rDev -26.2%
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

PEBKAC, Jun 12, 2010
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2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

Dave_Treat, Oct 15, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

MacStinson, Oct 23, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

reynolds2121, Aug 11, 2012
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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
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2.78/5  rDev -24.9%
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.

ribby, May 29, 2010
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2.85/5  rDev -23%
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.

vandemonian, Nov 03, 2010
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2.85/5  rDev -23%
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.

BarrelO, Jul 26, 2009
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Golden Cap from New Holland Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 465 ratings.