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Golden Cap - New Holland Brewing Company

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Ratings: 455
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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Photo of Hoptometrist


3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
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 +8.9%
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 JRed

New Jersey

3.23/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear golden straw body with white bubbly head that leaves attractive lacing. Wish the aroma wasn't so subtle: apple skins, pears, slight grass, some farmhouse notes flutter in the background. Tastes of grapefruit, grass, unripe pears, fruit spice, hay, and the bitterness comes through in the finish. Thick mouthfeel with medium carbonation. A thick juicy drink with disjointed flavors that just mix in and out of one another.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2011 00:45:45 | More by JRed
Photo of Bouleboubier


4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle date 03/31/11

Fairly faithful stab at a saison.

Big frothy head initially with some decent retention. Bubbles with a swirl and lends some delicate sizzle on the tongue. Pale saffron yellow and a touch hazy.

Flowery, light perfumy scent. Distinctive spice from the yeast, in addition. Souring pear and honeyed malt in the background. Unarguably saison.

Better balance of those aromas in the taste. Malts come forward more, still honeyish but exhibiting a shredded wheat cereal quality, I suppose enhanced or paired nicely by the lightly bitter, mellow flower petal zest from the yeast. Not sweet and not real spicy.

Something in there...a product of the ingredients? or is it the spelt?... is begetting a pleasant, mild soapy-chalky flavor and feel, starting in the middle and lasting through the finish along with a white grape(?) fruity tang. It's the interesting element here. Decent job on this one. Worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2011 05:24:26 | More by Bouleboubier
Photo of nms1987

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice beer. not a great saison, but a very good one.

Fullbodied yet crisp. A really great balance of earthy, peppery and fruity flavors. Great mouthfeel. Very refreshing. Not the funkiest saison, but I kind of like that. Almost a saison/belgian pale ale cross.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2011 03:57:07 | More by nms1987
Photo of Lolli1315


4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A hazy gold color that builds a quick white head comprised of small bubbles that slightly recede giving way to a small layer on top of the beer. Small traces of lacing can be seen sticking to the sides of the glass.

S- Phenolic and fruit esters become the defining attributes in the smell as cloves mingles with traces of bubblegum as well as some slight banana. A malty sweet background comes through that is complimented by a bready and yeast smell. The phenols linger into the end of the beer with a slightly peppery finish.

T- The phenolic clove character comes through strong in the beginning, much more prominent then the backgrounds hints of bubble gum. The middle of the beer gives way to a rising peppery taste that dwarfs its counterpart in smell. There are some complimenting character of sweet malt, only traces though with bready flavors playing a supporting role as well. The end of the beer drifts into a phenolic aftertaste as well as a lingering peppery character.

M- Medium bodied with an almost prickly carbonation on the tongue. Dry finish, but I do think it could be slightly dryer.

O- Overall, this is a good saison. I would have liked to see this be just slightly dryer as well as controlling the peppery character. Besides that, solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2011 01:47:03 | More by Lolli1315
Photo of drabmuh


3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
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 matt20102


4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into goblet at refrigerator temperature. Pours with a strong head which dissipates to a thin layer somewhat quickly. Appears golden and crystal clear- quite attractive. The aroma is distinctly of a Saison, but not terribly offputting- the aroma is more complex than simply funky. This aroma is of a saison-ness with hints of tart apple and pear. The flavour is somewhat more malty with a well-balanced hop tartness / butterness and a fairly large but not overpowering malt presence. This is not a lingering beer; the mouthfeel is slight and quick but this contributes to the refreshing character of this beer- I can easily drink several in one sitting. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2011 02:56:57 | More by matt20102
Photo of adman08


3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Clear golden with a head a very big bubbles. Moderate cabonation. Very clear compared with most saisons.
S-Slightly sweet smell of malt and a hint of fruit.
T-Sweet taste with a bit of corriander flavor. Slight spice from the saison yeast.
M-Light in the mouth, fairly bubbly.
Overall a very tasty beer. I was put off a bit by it being so clear but the flavor is still quite good and true to the style. I wouldn't mind enjoying a few of these on a sunny day sitting downtown by the lake.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2011 01:17:05 | More by adman08
Photo of GRPunk


4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
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 BieresDesMoines


3.28/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle at a party. Pours a golden color with a small head. The aroma is hay and wild flowers but it's really quite faint. The flavor is nice but spicy and peppery with a touch of peach. The beer is as dry as champagne, and is by all means enjoyable if a tad unremarkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2011 17:44:58 | More by BieresDesMoines
Photo of StoutHunter


4.4/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a single of this at the lager mill for $1.69. Last spring I volunteered to serve beer for New Holland at a local beer festival, while serving beer I got to try a couple samples of the golden cap and it was pretty good, so lets see what I think of it now. There was no visible bottling date but I am pretty sure it's a 2010 vintage. Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- I like the unique label on this beer, you don't see too many flying monkeys on beer labels and the words under the cap are unique too. I like the fact that they recommend what foods to pair with this brew, more brewerys should put that information on the label. This beer poured a nice hazy golden yellow color with four fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thick layer that stayed the rest of the time and left some lacing.

S- I pick up a good amount of citrus fruits at first, mainly lemons. Following the citrus is some nice grassy and earthiness and at the end there's a nice does of typical funky farmhouse yeastyness.

T- The taste follows the aroma nicely. The citrus components are nice and tart just like they should. I also pick up a slight bit of hay or straw at the start. The tart lemons are followed by some musky funkyness thanks to the yeast, this really helps balance out the tart citrus and tie every thing together.

M- Crisp, dry, medium light bodied with perfect carbonation.

D- This beer oozes drinkability. It's light, very flavorful, and has a nice crisp finish. This would be a great summer time beer for sure. I wish I had gotten a six pack instead of a single.

Overall I thought this was a very good beer, it was even better then I remembered it. When I first tried it I had zero experience with this style but now that I have tried a couple different ones I can really appreciate all the great flavors that make this beer what it is. I would for sure buy this again without a doubt. Good job New Holland, you did a great job with this brew and opened me up to a style I would normally overlook.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2011 04:46:22 | More by StoutHunter
Photo of MillRat


4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
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 -15.4%
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 SickGnar


3.4/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Not so much orangey as a golden peachy look. Hazy with a few floaty bits - sort of a hefe look. Okay size eggshell head and decent lacing.

S: Really, really fruity even cidery - as in fresh cider. Estery Belgium yeast notes. Inviting ripe fruite sweetness of mostly apples and pears. Doughy / bready grain is there, but covered over and in the background. Not really getting any distinct hops. There are some spicy notes at the edges, but seem more phenolic. Nose rides on pleasantly fragrant fruit.

T: Fruity sweetness gains a citrus hint but fades as the doughy grain grows stronger. Both are overwhelmed by peppery and spicy hops that come in very firmly. There are also phenolic notes that largely go in the same direction as the hops, but also contribute some cloves & other spices and a more faint earthy/musty/yeasty aspect. The hop character fades as these yeast derived notes take over, but the bitterness lingers. Develops a tart edge right before an earthy and dry finish. Peppery, spicy, and citrus characters really grow as it warms. Some booze also creeps in.

M: Average to medium-light body with fine grained carbonation. Opens smooth but quickly fades to dry with a slightly tart finish.

D: Sort of inchoate and clashing. Nose promises one thing and the palate delivers another. Hops character & bitterness and peppery & spicy phenolics all build on one another in a way that gets to be too much. Gets to be a tad harsh. If it carried more the fruit sweetness through to the taste, along a firmer malt base, this would be super fine.

(from notes - tasted Oct 2011)

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2011 12:42:07 | More by SickGnar
Photo of JamnesCameron


3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a MJ tasting glass.

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a huge, fluffy white head, that drops after about a minute or two to about half a finger of foam. Leaves big strands of lacing.

Aromas of yeast, pepper, pears, and green apples.

First sip is slightly sweet, with pepper, that belgian yeasty quality, green apples, and white wine. Slightly bitter, peppery finish. A slight carbonic acid bite.

Mouthfeel is dry, and light to medium. Good level of carbonation.

Easy drinking beer. Overall, nicely done saison. All the elements are there, but it's missing a "wow" factor.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2011 01:08:10 | More by JamnesCameron
Photo of DannyDan


4.43/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. A nice golden color with a white head that has high carbonation, decent retention and very good lacing.
S. The smell is yeast, hay, grass, lemon, some floral hops. I can picture myself on a farm when I smell this.
T. Get a lemony citrus taste at first followed by a musty hay and grass taste and than some floral hops with a little spiciness. Also seems to have a mix of apple and kiwi in it too. It is a little bitter, but not too much. It has a unique taste that every beer lover should have the pleasure to try.
M. A nice chewy, but tasty feel that is a nice feel to the mouth which makes it a nice drinkable beer. I only bought one to try, but wish I had picked up a six pack. This is another superb beer from New Holland Brewing Company.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2011 10:03:46 | More by DannyDan
Photo of champ103


4.5/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had a bottle at Melange in Carbondale Illinois.

A: Pours a beautiful golden straw color. There is a great clarity. A rocky, two finger white head forms with great retention. Lots of sticky lace is left behind.
S: A great aroma of lightly funky yeast. A dusty basement aroma. Big and bright citrus, lemon, and grassy aromas. Peppery and spicy as well. Excellent.
T: Follows the nose. A great basement like funk and musky yeast that I love. Spicy and peppery. Bright orange, citrus, and lemon flavors that are lightly tart as well. Grassy and floral. Lots of nuances.
M/D: A medium to full body. Perfectly crisp, dry, and clean. So easy to drink. I can enjoy one after another of this.

Just an excellent Saison. Traditionally this is pretty much spot on. Really well done, and up there with the best American versions I have had. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2010 03:34:01 | More by champ103
Photo of KidsDoc


3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into Samuel Adams perfect pint glass

A: pale, gold/yellow with bright white foam head that receded to a constant thin layer of bubbles. sticky lace all over the glass

Aroma is tons of apple to me. Very sweet smelling aroma. Faint background of spice.

Taste: Sweet tasting but not so much as the aroma sweetness. First sips tasted almost like a cider but it became more complex as it warmed slightly: Bready malts up front. Hints of peppery spice and then apple/fruit acetaldehyde through the finish. Aftertaste is mildly bitter and more peppery.

Mouthfeel: this is one sticky beer. The golden/yellow appearance with all those bubbles makes you think it will be think and overcaronated, but it is suprisingly thick. The carbonation is excellent. Very sticky aftertaste

Drinkability; this was great to sip on. It was in many ways an entertaining beer not at all what I expected. The sweetness makes it a little much to take these down in succession.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2010 01:59:12 | More by KidsDoc
Photo of referencegirl


4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I never understood how a beer could be "chewy" until I tried Golden Cap and there it was, "chewy." This Saison is made with spelt - I have no idea what difference that makes but I thought it was neat. Not as yeasty as other Saisons. It manages to be a complex of flavors; peppery, citrusy (is "citrusy" a word?), with just a tang of bitter that delivers without punishment. Lots of bubbles that melt quickly, creating a sparkle on the tongue and a smooth swallow with no burping later.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2010 05:09:26 | More by referencegirl
Photo of vandemonian


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.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2010 04:56:46 | More by vandemonian
Photo of matjack85


4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a 6 pack of these at Springbrook Liquors in Bloomingdale, IL for $11.99, so tjey're not cheap. Was looking for something Halloweenish that I could enjoy between all the trick or treaters coming to my door, but they didn't carry much in the way of craft specialties there, so I settled for these as they had the flying monkies on the label from the wicked witch's haunted forest in the "Wizzard of OZ". 12oz brown bottles with no freshness date.

The beer poured a nice straw gold color and made 1½-fingers worth of frothy white head. The head lasted several minutes and left tons of lacing on the glass.

The smell was phenominal - lots of grapes and other ripe fruits, some funky yeast, herbs and spices, and biscuity malt.

Nice mix of complex flavors in here. Definitely grapes and bananas up front with a slight sour twang as well. I didn't get any wheat flavor from the" spelt" they said was in here, but I did get some yeast and bready malt flavors. Hops are minimal but noticeable. A mix of herbal and spicy hops blended with orange peel and lemon zest. Not as much barnyard funk as in most saisons - not sure whether that's bad or good.

Feels more like drinking a crisp refreshing wine than a beer. Light to medium body with fairly high carbonation.

I like the flavor and smell of this a lot. Whether it's a traditionally made farmhouse ale may be another matter. The 6.25% alcohol is hidden pretty well and it's very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2010 03:19:50 | More by matjack85
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

so after a beer free week i decide to break stride for the weekend on thursday and dive into some goodies in the fridge. served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 10/28/2010.

a nice and rich golden color with a smooth even coating of lace ringing the glass. nice head of about three inches tops the glass and settles down into a smooth layer that persists throughout the sessioon.

aroma is light, hints of pears and bananas. lots of grains and bready notes, light yeast with a touch of citrus follows. warming brings the fruit out a touch more with a healthy dose of orange rind. clean and crisp with a light feel and a very nice level of carbonation. crisp flavor of light tart apple, light grains and a touch of sweet grains fills out the profile.

overall a nice light and very sessionable ale here. really not bad at all and something i could drink again.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2010 01:07:33 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of Cannoneer


3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I couldn't figure out this beer after the first bottle. It appeared to fall in between the categories. But I liked it, so I tried it again, this time paying more attention.
It pours a rich amber color with fresh aromas of rye bread and baked apple; there is also an acidic note reminiscent of sweet candied lemon.
The taste comports well with the smell - tart pumpernickel bread taste is prevalent at first, then followed by caramel, fresh hay and lemon peel. Very nice overall; I would prefer to have it on its own, since it's malty, acidic and rich enough to overpower many foods. Maybe I'll try it with freshly baked pretzels and sweet hot mustard next time. A refresher, but also a warmer. Quite unique and definitely worth of trying.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2010 02:09:24 | More by Cannoneer
Photo of chiefydawg


3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear yellow and effervescent like an American Premium or Pils, this has an attractive white, dense head with tiny bubbles

Smells of a dry, powdery white peppery yeast, lemon seed and fresh, wet hay. As it warms, a slightly sweeter grainy-fruitiness emerges.

The taste is immediately enough to send the salivary glands into hyperdrive: tart fruitiness gets highlighted by a surprising bitterness and a light, refreshing astringency. The funk is quite restrained. Still peppery. Some bittersweet "fermentation" flavor at the end. I like what is going on here, but the astringency is more that I wouuld like.

Dry across the palate all the way until after the swallow, where a more wet, sweet, watermelon and pear paired with grain husk park themselves awaiting to be washed away by the next sip. Alcohol esters present themselves here as well, and can be felt on the breath afterwards. (Note: the bottles says 6.6% ABV though this has it at 6.25).

Almost warming on a crisp autumn evening, yet refreshing after a summer run, this seems toit could be nice any season, really. I'll get more of this.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2010 01:54:00 | More by chiefydawg
Golden Cap from New Holland Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 455 ratings.