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Golden Cap - New Holland Brewing Company

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450 Ratings
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Ratings: 450
Reviews: 278
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.21%

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:
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(Beer added by: TasteTester on 07-31-2008)
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Photo of brutusmuktuk


3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
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
Photo of MikeWard


3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

poured from 12oz bottle into standard pint glass. No legible bottled date, just some fuzzy code.

Poured very nicely, cloudy yellow body with good thick white head, which retained well, but left little in the way of lacing.

Smell was delicate, but some earthy tones with a hint of fruit. Otherwise, not to much going on. (Though my nose might be a bit off when it comes to muted aromas)

Taste was clean and refreshing, not much in the way of fruit, earthier, with a very nice ever so slightly sour finish.

Decent mouth, not too thick at all.

Overall, this saison goes down nice and easy on a summers day. A nice change of pace from the hop and stout assault I usually give my mouth. Can see having this again.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2013 00:20:21 | More by MikeWard
Photo of KYGunner


3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bright golden coloring, almost pear like, it supported a bright white and fizzy head.

Apple, pear, honey and clove accent a sweet and bready scent.

Pear and Apple are dominant in a sweet flowery taste. Hints of clove and malt end as this farmhouse ale finishes a bit blah. Overall it has a nice taste and feel but is slightly unsatisfying.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2013 00:29:00 | More by KYGunner
Photo of woosterbill


3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle from 2011, poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: A slow pour fills the tulip half with frothy white head, half with clear, pale orange ale. Great retention, and tons of sticky lace. Gorgeous.

S: Fruity, spicy, and slightly sour. Citrus, apricot, peach, and green apple. The apple becomes more prominent as it warms; quite cidery. Good, not great.

T: Opens with spice, then a bit of maltiness leads into profound fruitiness. Apple is still huge, with citrus and stone fruit fainter. Clean, dry, slightly earthy finish. A bit too cidery overall, but tasty.

M: Highly carbonated, with ultrafine effervescence exploding from every sip. A bit much, but not bad for the style - and it helps cut through the potentially overwhelming apple flavor.

O: This has aged quite well, far better than I expected for a saison. The Brett has turned into a pure apple character, and while it's not the most appetizing thing it's still pretty tasty.


Serving type: bottle

04-19-2013 23:14:52 | More by woosterbill
Photo of mfnmbvp


3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, no apparent bottled on date, besides a code C302 stamped on the side. Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours a cloudy golden lemon like color with two fingers of fizzing white head, and some bubbles rushing to the top. Scattered lacing.

S - Smells of pale malts, faint citrus, and earthy dry grass. Some floral coriander notes in there also. Definitely a nice smell, but I somehow feel it is missing something.

T - Can definitely taste the unique earthy, grassy qualities coming from the spelt rather than using plain simple wheat. Very malty. Lots of bubblegum. Extremely earthy, with almost a smoked wood type of taste coming out.

M - Very dry feel, invoking another taste. Sweet, fruity type aftertaste in there vaguely reminiscent of some pear flavor. Slightly over-carbonated.

Overall, not a bad beer. Fruity, spicy, and sessionable with a solid 6.25% abv. Although, I would probably seek out some of New Holland's more complex endeavors, this simple saison isn't bad sippin especially when you get it on sale for $4.99 a six pack like I did.

New Holland Golden Cap Saison Ale ---3.5/5

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2013 01:58:32 | More by mfnmbvp
Photo of mfavoino


3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass on 2/2/13.

A: Pours a hazy light straw/yellow color with a generous head that settles. Lots of carbonation bubbles.

S: Wheat, lemon, yeast, bready malt, coriander. Nice refreshing scent.

T: Bready backbone comes through, along with wheat, a light tartness, and some grassy flavor. Bit of pepper. Flavors are generally subtle and left an aftertaste I didn't care for.

M: Lots of carbonation and a light body.

O: Aroma was very good, but the taste left much to be desired. Not very fruity. Still, not a bad saison.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2013 18:28:11 | More by mfavoino
Photo of facundoCNB

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a cloudy yellow pour with 2 fingers of seafoam like head. strong smell of lemongrass, light hint of pepper, bready malt scent. flavor starts up with a citric bitterness which immediately turns sweet from the grain bill.

a lighter medium body with high carbonation makes this a very enjoyable drink with a crisp and refreshing finish.

i enjoyed this one a lot. drinks like a medium body beer but feels light bodied, very flavorful and very refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2012 01:10:24 | More by facundoCNB
Photo of woodychandler


4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Once more, a bottle has surfaced in my fridge and I have no idea from whence it came. A safe bet would be local in-person trader, tone77, but usually his reviews show up before mine. I do not know and I really do not care since every expended bottle makes room for more CANs.

From the bottle: "Brewed with wheat's ancestor, spelt. A olden body and unique fermentation profile evoke fresh-cut hay and cracked peppercorns. Parings: shellfish, citrus, garlic."

The fluffy, dense,bone-white head with excellent retention resembled a glob of marshmallow Fluf. Color, while slightly hazy, was liquid sunshine in a glass on this raw, overcast day. Sandy did us no favors last week and we are still feeling its effects on the weather. You have to love truth in advertising - nose smelled initially of fresh-cut hay and the cracked peppercorn was a tang in the back of the throat. My sinuses are reeling! I wish that it smelled like Brendee's fresh-cut French Fries. They are just soooo good. Mouthfeel was medium and there seemed to be a riot of flavors on my tongue as the peppercorn flavor hit initially, followed by a dusty, musty yeast-born flavor, like old newspapers in the attic. Finish was very dry, like white wine, but I could see this with shellfish, especially a bouillabaisse. Man, I'm getting hungry again and I just came from a Greek food bazaar. To whomever brought this to me, thanks!

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2012 20:40:15 | More by woodychandler
Photo of Bitter_Echo


3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, translucent yellow, very inviting, and a low, quickly fading head. Smells complex, and grassy, and out-doorsy, and light funk and citrus and biscuit, and some hoppy bitterness. A little funky horse-blanket which is inviting and not distracting. Tastes a bit dry, but not as dry as other saisons, bitterness is muted and not too muscular, like a slightly 'off' pilsner. Very rural in approach. Mouthfeel is moderate, 'fat' carbonation, thin but not too, and overall very pleasant. I like saisons from time to time, and for the price point, this one is spot on. I see this was recently given a bronze in a recent tasting, and the award seems fair. If I was a saison nut, this would always be in the fridge.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2012 20:41:08 | More by Bitter_Echo
Photo of DAllspaw


3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy straw color with half inch head and good lacing, though not as many tiny bubble or nearly the foam you get from other bottle conditioned saisions, but I knew that when I bought it.

Nice earthiness to the aroma and some lemon and grass as well. Again not as in your face as other saisions but still smells like one.

Taste is a bit muted for the style, reminds me more of a Saison/wheat beer blend.

I wouldn't compare to Hennepin or Boulevard (my favorites for the style) but is still a very refreshing beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2012 17:13:46 | More by DAllspaw
Photo of BedetheVenerable


3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
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!

88-89 B+

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2012 02:30:31 | More by BedetheVenerable
Photo of MadScientist

New York

3.13/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2012 01:26:57 | More by MadScientist
Photo of ummswimmin

New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoying a saison after working outside on a very hot day.

It looks good with a blonde coloring and a very generous head on the pour. After a couple minutes the head dies down nicely.

The nose is appropriate for a saison. You get that sour notes and the grainy presence.

The flavor is correct for a saison. There is nothing exceptional about it, and nothing wrong with it. I wouldn't tell anyone to run out and get it, but I would be completely fine with this being the only saison option when I go down the shore.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2012 19:15:09 | More by ummswimmin
Photo of tectactoe


3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2012 06:45:54 | More by tectactoe
Photo of IronLover


3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straw yellow in color with a deep haze. Poured with a brief white foam that reduced to a wispy cap. Lemon zest, bready malt, yeast and sweet banana aromas. Nice feel with tangy bite through the middle and a smooth clean finish. Bready malt and light fruity sweetness up front, citrus lemon hop bite followed by a light spiciness in the middle followed by belgian yeast and hop bitterness to the end. The hop bite ends abruptly for a clean finish with a light yeasty aftertaste. Although this saison lacks intensity in its spiciness and flavor, there is pleasant complexity that makes this extremely drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2012 11:09:32 | More by IronLover
Photo of MCDuhamel


3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tulip at fridge temperature. A very white, three inch foamy head forms up quickly, then falls to a cap. The dark straw beer is quite hazy (poured at warmer temps, this chill haze is absent), and shows moderately high carbonation. The nose is lemon skin, pepper and perhaps a little banana. Flavors of citrus dominate upfront, with a peppery spiciness and pineapple notes, leading to a cleansing prickliness from the carbonation and ending a a nicely dry finish. Perhaps at the very end a slight astringency echoes the finish. Highly refreshing on a warm day, and very easy to drink in series. Quite a good American version of saison.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2012 19:49:24 | More by MCDuhamel
Photo of AMiz602


3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

It pours out a wheaty, hazy gold. The head is almost nonexistent and evaporates almost right after pouring it.

It has a very light, white wine taste with hints of a weizen-sweetness to it. There is a undertaste of bittering hops and goes down dry and very grainy. (tastes of fresh wheat).

As it sits the beer gets more of a weizen taste to it, and develops a biting creaminess to it. Very hard to explain, it is quite a complex, earthy, yet sophisticated beer. It goes through saison, weizen, and lagering flavors throughout the beer, and is one of the more interesting beers that makes for a good night.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2012 00:19:32 | More by AMiz602
Photo of 312HopBomb


4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz pour into a Corsendonk small globe.

Appearance is a cloudy lemon yellow and the fizzy head falls fast leaving a ring.

Smells sour and fruity with some spices and funky yeast. A slight hop bitterness too.

Sour, tart flavor and a somewhat wheat beer-ish lemon tang. Yeasty funk with a touch of drying at the end. Notes of pepper emerge as it warms.

Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing. Medium carbonation.

Overall a nice refreshment on this warm, sunny day. It's been a while since I last had a New Holland brew. I would have this again.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2012 19:10:40 | More by 312HopBomb
Photo of mvanaskie13


3.18/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2012 22:52:24 | More by mvanaskie13
Photo of Suds


3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After an afternoon in the sun, tossing a baseball with my son, a nice thirst quenching brew is welcome. This one is a great for the warm weather. It's a hazy, tart, slightly acidic beer with a light body and pleasant flavor. Yellow-golden in color, it has an appropriate cloudiness, but the head is thin. Bright and fizzy carbonation. The aroma immediately presents the tart character of the beer...lemons and grapefruit...followed with an earthy yeastiness and subtle pale malt. The beer is actually sweeter than I expected (and also sweeter than it needed to be), but it was still refreshing and snappy. Light on the tongue. A nice thirst quencher.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2012 21:15:34 | More by Suds
Photo of ryantho00


4.23/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a white 3 finger (poured vigorously ) that stays for a few minutes and laces nicely, sticky. I get a huge wheat nose infused with some citrus, pepper spice, tropical fruit, and some fresh hops.

I get a nice wheat beginning that spices the tip of the tongue, some pineapple, sweet pale malt, great subtle hops, a little piney, nice medium body that ends crisply. Nice grain/malt aftertaste that dries in the back of my throat.

Nicely done brew, definatly will drink more this summer.


Serving type: bottle

05-12-2012 21:18:55 | More by ryantho00
Photo of Beer_Runner

3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

No enjoy by date.
Poured slowly into a standard pint glass.

A: A frothy, foamy, two-finger white head arose during the pour and quickly disappeared leaving the beer naked on top. The beer is a golden wheat color and a little cloudy with only a few carbonation bubbles raising through it.

S: The aroma is yeasty and bready. It is a fairly mild aroma.

M: The body is medium to light with a smooth mouthfeel.

T: Bready and yeasty with a bit of peppercorn-like spiciness.

O: Full disclosure: Saison has never been a style that really pleases my palate. But, this beer is brewed in my home state and it is rare to find anything from New Holland Brewery where I live now. For a saison this beer is okay. The bit of spiciness is a nice twist of the typical saison. If you like the saison style you should give this beer a try.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2012 20:55:18 | More by Beer_Runner
Photo of NuclearDolphin


4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Pint Glass

Appearance - Very pale yellow color that is also very clear. Pours around 1 finger head that stays around for a few minutes. Has some pretty damn good lacing for a Farmhouse Ale

Smell - Yeasts, Cracked Pepper, Sweet Corn, Sweet Malts and Barley. It reminds me of Furthermore Knot Stock, particularly with the pepper smell. However it doesn't smell grassy at all and smells rather sweet

Taste - Yeasts, Bubble Gum, Cracked Pepper Sweet Malts, Corn (in a good way!), Faint Floral Hops and Barley. Unlike Knot Stock, the pepper flavor blends in very nicely with the rest of the flavors. Speaking of which, the rest of the flavor has a nice overt sweetness to it.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied and just the right amount of carbonation to give it a crisp and refreshing feel. Very easy to drink!

Overall - Before reviewing this, my favorite Saison Ale was Surly CynicAle. After having this, I can say that it soon may go to New Holland, who have crafted a very fine and outstanding Farmhouse Ale. It's nice to see a great Farmhouse finally available to the masses!

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2012 03:01:43 | More by NuclearDolphin
Photo of jsprain1


4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Golden with a hint of orange in there. Head is one finger, very white, good retention.
S- The aroma is very much what I like out of saisons, with a big spice and pepper aroma, with a touch of fruityness.
T- A good tasting saison, but I would like a bit more spice and less fruit here. Still good flavors, with a brief flash of fruit up front, pepperyness in the middle, with a long pear finish.
M- Light body. Carbonation is medium. Dry finish.
O- Overall a good saison. I like saisons that have both fruit and spice flavors but focus more on the spice. This one does that with the aroma, but not as much in the flavors.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2012 03:10:00 | More by jsprain1
Photo of soulfly1492


3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Moderate to high fruit, moderate spice. Orange citrus, sweet apple, mild black cherry. Peppery, yeasty phenols.

Appearance: Pale gold. Pours a tall white creamy head. Great retention and lots of lacing. Lots of bubbles violently churning around in the body, and for quite a long time. Some large particles floating around. Head dissipated noisily. Lots of black sediment at the end of the pour.

Taste: Nice bold citrus. Sweet apples and orange, bitter lemon and sour grapes. Spicy black pepper, bitter hops. Some pilsner and Munich malts in the background.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Mild carbonation. Creamy and oily, yet the finish is dry.

Overall: Not exactly bold, of moderate strength. Lots of sweet and bitter fruit, medium pepper and mild yeast.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2012 04:16:59 | More by soulfly1492
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Golden Cap from New Holland Brewing Company
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