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Golden Cap - New Holland Brewing Company

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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TasteTester on 07-31-2008)
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Photo of kylehay2004


4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single finger head on a clear golden body with excellent lacing.
Herbs, pear and pineapple for citrus and Belgian yeast. Flavor also has a very strong herbal presence and Belgian yeast funk. Pungent hops and some candy sugar with banana and pineapple citrus. Medium body and light to moderate carbonation.

Serving type: on-tap

11-24-2012 02:37:22 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of Darkmagus82


3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – Served a hazy orange-amber colored brew with a tiny white head. The head faded very fast to leave just a hint of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of some light fruit and a good dose of earthy hop smell. With these aromas are some smells of a funky sour apple and hay like nature as well as a light bready biscuit smell.

Taste – the taste begins somewhat bready and wheat like with some yeast andsweeter lemon notes mixed within. Soon, some sour apple and more tart flavors come to the tongue. These create a rather pleasant slightly tart and bready flavor on the tongue. At the end a very light more herbal and earthy hop flavor come to the tongue and leave a very nice flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the light to average side with a carbonation level that is very average. The lighter body and average level of carbonation are quite nice for the sour and tart flavors, while also making it very drinkable.

Overall – Quite delicious and very easy to drink. It has a good blend of sour, sweet and bready. One to try.

Serving type: on-tap

09-16-2012 00:11:32 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of srv33


3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium yellow pour, medium-fine inch head, great lacing. Smell of honeysuckle and grass most prominent. Taste is very light and herbal, quite flowery. Light echinacea flavor. I am somewhat unfamiliar with the style, but found it overall pleasant and a unique brew.

Serving type: on-tap

06-30-2012 00:18:30 | More by srv33
Photo of TwelveOunces


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

Served on tap in a regular pint glass.

This beer is a slightly hazy yellow with a white head. Its smell and taste are roughly the same. It is very wheaty and has some fruity esters. The feel of the beer is relatively light and leaves behind a slight dryness. This is a decent saison, what you would expect from the style but is quite forgettable.

Serving type: on-tap

05-25-2012 02:10:01 | More by TwelveOunces
Photo of cagocubs


3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at NHBC.

A: Pours a light gold with decent lacing, slight head, and very wet character.

S: Juicy fruit. Floral hops, spice like corriander, and wheat.

T: Wheat, tamed hops, real fitting for the style. Hay and other tame and easy tasting flavors.

M: Light and crisp with good wet coating and easy flow.

Serving type: on-tap

05-10-2012 01:32:19 | More by cagocubs
Photo of Spider889


3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Usually I am not too impressed by New Holland, but when I saw this saison I decided to give it a go.

Nice bright straw color with a short white head.

Smells nice a musty. Some lemony notes with hints of thyme and apple skins. Finishes a little dry and dank.

The flavor was less saison-funk as much as belgo-spice, but it wasn't bad.

Overall a decent brew from New Holland, but there are so many other great saisons this one has little to offer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-22-2011 06:34:12 | More by Spider889
Photo of Lillenk


4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Grill One Eleven.

Appearance was nice hazy foggy golden color with a nice white head.

Smell was huge of earthy grassy tones along with some hoppy citrusy notes.

Taste was just what you would expect from the smell. Lots of earthy tones that finish with a nice hint of lemony citrus.

Mouthfeel was good. Near perfect for the style.

Overall a great beer. Not my favorite style but definitly a well put together beer.

Serving type: on-tap

05-21-2011 18:46:22 | More by Lillenk
Photo of Hoptometrist


3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap into a nonic glass at the Winking Lizard

A- Hazy golden orange color with one finger of frothy, creamy white head. Leaves sticky lacing

S- Mostly sour apple and some spice

T- Strong sour apple and yeast flavor up front with some spicy and tangerine peel flavors towards the middle and finish of the beer. Has a strong hop bitterness that I was not expecting in the middle.

M- Finishes dry, medium body to thicker bodied, honey-like consistency

O- A flavorful saison with a nice hop presence. Overall this beer had very good balance between the funky fruit notes, hops, and spice.

Serving type: on-tap

05-04-2011 03:21:56 | More by Hoptometrist
Photo of Kelly88


4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had On tap at Fries Cafe. Served in your run of the mill pint glass.

A- very pale yellow. Crisp white head that fades to a peninsula of floating lace.

S- the usual suspects for a saison. Clove, banana, and a little bit of apple/pear.

T- spicy apples? Followed by a nice banana twang. Classic saison, I can't complain, maybe a little sweeter less spicy than most.

M- smooth crisp and good. Crispy and tight carbonation. Carb kick really pops the flavor.

Overall a very Nice saision. Clean crisp and tasty. Alot smoother than most saisons I've had.

Serving type: on-tap

04-23-2011 00:03:49 | More by Kelly88
Photo of drabmuh


3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at RFD, one of the specials, cheap draft beer served in a tulip.

Beer is yellow and clear with a thin bright white head. Mild carbonation.

Aroma is mildly yeasty and sweet, some odd spiciness, smells good.

Beer is thin, bright, mildly sweet, pilsen malt, and a mild spiciness and some dryness at the end. Overall it's a cheap average saison.

Serving type: on-tap

04-09-2011 22:59:39 | More by drabmuh
Photo of GRPunk


4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes (back when it was a seasonal/premium offering).

On-tap poured into a nonic pint.

A- 2-finger, fluffy white head that drops to a full lace that leaves great sticky spots on the glass. The body was a clean, golden color with light-medium carbonation.

S- Great for the style. Green apple and musty yeast qualities were the major players.

T- More green apple and a touch of citrus. Clean finish. Maybe a touch of creamy, wheaty qualities.

M- Clean feel with light carbonation and a dry finish.

D- It's a great summer drinker. I could have had a couple in a sitting. As stated, this is from notes from some time back. I believe they've since changed the recipe, as the ABV dropped just a touch.

Serving type: on-tap

03-16-2011 17:14:46 | More by GRPunk
Photo of MillRat


4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Tap house Grill, Oswego, IL. Served in a nonic with a chunky fine white head over a crystal-clear yellow body. Aroma of clean malt and some tart lemon/vinegar and brett. Flavor followed through, a balanced blend of malt sweetness and the acidy funk of the brett. Hops bitterness is present but flies under radar. Not quite as tart as Dupont, but very pleasant and quaffable. A quality north american interpretation of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

02-13-2011 17:04:42 | More by MillRat
Photo of corby112


3.13/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2011 08:51:14 | More by corby112
Photo of alleykatking


3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2010 07:34:32 | More by alleykatking
Photo of Soonami


3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-28-2010 16:36:57 | More by Soonami
Photo of BARFLYB


2.45/5  rDev -34%
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..

Serving type: on-tap

08-28-2010 03:27:05 | More by BARFLYB
Photo of treehugger02010


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

I had this at Cloverleaf Tavern in Caldwell, NJ. It came in a pint glass.
Appearance: The body is a cloudy yellow color. The head is a white color, poor retention, great lacing, tiny bubbles.
Smell: The aromas are yeast, phenols, and horseblanket.
Taste: The flavors are heavy yeast, apples, and sparge.
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is thin body with a crisp finish.
Drinability: This beer is very good.
Don't drink and review.

Serving type: on-tap

07-29-2010 01:05:26 | More by treehugger02010
Photo of Florida9


3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Served in a shaker pint. Clear pale straw in color. Served with 1/2" of white head. Little retention, reduces down to a surface coating, though this was expected.

S: Slight sourness. Yeast by-products, and a slight hint of the floral.

T: Mild, pale sweet malt grows sweeter over the course of a sip. Black pepper, coriander and a biting pungency comes through on the end.

M: Lighter bodied with higher carbonation. Crisp, light, and pungent.

D: Decent. While this is admittedly not my favorite style, I have had other saisons which I have enjoyed more. Sweetness was a little distracting.

Serving type: on-tap

06-20-2010 02:43:49 | More by Florida9
Photo of thain709


3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Served with a clear, golden body...the head was white in color and very soapy...showed nice retention and left laced webbing down the glass

S - Yup, this is a saison...that funk is there mixed in with some spices and fruit

T - It opens with some apple which starts it off nice...you get the spices (pepper and corriander) in the middle...it finishes with a sharp bite of citrus and spice...I'm getting lemon and pepper again

M - Light bodied...moderate carbonation...bitter...actually a tad refreshing

D - Saisons are not my style...I'll admit to that...I don't know how smelling something like that funk would lead you to drink it...but the flavors that were present weren't bad

Serving type: on-tap

06-12-2010 13:44:11 | More by thain709
Photo of jjboesen


4.4/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in the appropriate chalice this Farmhouse Ale is a light golden color with a minimum of head and carbonation; there is light lacing and no clingage.

Initially, the nose detects some banana ester while the palate discerns a miasma of citrus and honey with a subtle hint of lemon in the aftertaste. This one is certainly palatable in that it possesses a "Goldilocks" mouthfeel: not to heavy and not to sweet, but just right.

In any case, Golden Cap makes a nice quaff to ease the summer doldrums.

Serving type: on-tap

11-24-2009 20:05:05 | More by jjboesen
Photo of hopdog


2.98/5  rDev -19.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-30-2009 17:59:16 | More by hopdog
Photo of callmemickey


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

A: Clean yellow-straw body. moderate white cap.. sparse lacing and moderate retention

S: Light pepper, yeast, lemon, some wheat like tones

T: More of the same... tasty flavors, not overly complex nor ideal for the style but delicious. Too much yeast and wheat tones without getting that farmhouse funk typical to the style

M: Smooth. Fairly light bodied. Slightly over carbonated.

D: Good, enjoyable saison. Doesn't quite carry the hallmarks that make the style as special as it is.

Serving type: on-tap

06-27-2009 02:27:17 | More by callmemickey
Photo of sweemzander


3.3/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

6oz. tap pour into a sampler glass

(A)- A Straw yellow color. Clear & free of any particles. Light layer of foam present.

(S)- Honeyed sweet malts. Some hay/straw funk.

(T)- a neutral Butterscotch amidst some straw and earthy yeast

(M)- Light-bodied and just barely carbonated.

(D)- A light and refreshing beer for the summertime. A six pack does not stand a chance.

*I want to give it another try when I have more time to review it in full*

Serving type: on-tap

06-14-2009 21:19:41 | More by sweemzander
Photo of Hojaminbag


3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy light yellow body with a small amount of white head that has almost no lacing or retention.

I smell some sweet malt and a slight peppery aroma.

The taste is pretty good, better than the smell. The malt is a light pale malt that almost taste like pilsner malt. There is also a slight fruitiness underneath that reminds me of apricots. The finish is peppery and dry.

Mouthfeel is a little heavier than it should be, and is undercarbonated. The finish is nice and dry and smoooth though.

Pretty drinkable beer. It has its problems, but overall is a good beer that is saved by a nice flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

06-14-2009 15:03:53 | More by Hojaminbag
Photo of HopDerek


3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Union Jack's Manatawny.

Pours a hazy straw gold color with 1 finger of fluffy white head into a goblet. Good retention and some spotty lacing. Smells of apples, lemon, wheat, pepper, and clove. Tastes of apples and pears followed by some honey, wheat, clove, and black pepper with a lemony finish. Medium in body with decent carbonation. Soft and clean with a nice balance. Refreshng, a good summertime sipper.

Serving type: on-tap

05-20-2009 01:17:52 | More by HopDerek
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Golden Cap from New Holland Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 450 ratings.