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Golden Cap - New Holland Brewing Company

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Ratings: 461
Reviews: 278
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 13.24%
Wants: 15
Gots: 14 | 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:
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(Beer added by: TasteTester on 07-31-2008)
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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.47/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"It does not always pay to have a golden tongue unless one has the ability to hold it."

--Paul Johnson

Sunshine-drenched goldenrod with pale lemon edges and appropriately vigorous bubbles. The beer is capped by three fingers of alabaster colored cream that has a terrific texture and is beginning to festoon the glass with loads of lace. The next highest score is within reach.

One whiff tells me that New Holland has done their homework with this saison. The nose is bright, fresh, lemony, grassy, herbal and spicy. A quality yeast strain and the right choice of hops are probably the keys.

Golden Cap Saison Ale is good stuff, especially if you like a slightly bigger take on the style. It has an American big beer vibe that adds more sweetness and a thicker mouthfeel than is usual, without losing its saison bona fides along the way. At an estimated one year of age, GC seems to have done nothing but flourish... and would probably have gone another year with no trouble at all.

Each mouthful delivers a pale malt-derived sugar cookie-like sweetness, countered by a generous amount of Euro hop bitterness (probably Saaz), meadow grasses, lemon zest, assorted herbs, and a hint of clove spiciness. This is excellent beer that tastes more Belgian than American. Kudos to the brewers for that.

The mouthfeel is outstanding due to all the malt sugars (which add fullness) and what is turning out to be a perfect amount of carbonation (which lightens the load). These guys have hit the nail on the head regarding each and every aspect of this delightful ale.

I couldn't be more surprised that Golden Cap is as good as it is. Night Tripper and Dragon's Milk Oak Barrel Ale now have company as the best of the New Holland High Gravity Series. Bottom line: there aren't too many 'big' saisons that have this one beat.

BuckeyeNation, May 22, 2009
Photo of HopDerek
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

HopDerek, May 20, 2009
Photo of macpapi
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a 22 oz bomber bottle, with flying monkey label.

Pours a straw color with a light orange tinge. A bit hazy, but mostly clear, with a thin white head.

Smells of fresh light wheat with faint hint of yeast. Balanced by orange, lemon, straw and plenty of that saison funk.

Taste is fresh and crisp, with wheat pull dominating up front. Tartness follows with a bit of hop pull. As it warms, a nice maltiness completes the flavor.

In the mouth Golden Cap is crisp and relatively light, but packs a nice bite.

On the whole this is a very drinkable beer. Has quite a bit of flavor and decent balance, if not the most complex or challenging version of the syle.

macpapi, May 16, 2009
Photo of CHL
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Light-colored beer with a cloudy hefeweisen-like suspension. I've never had this style before, and it smelled relatively spicy to me.

The flavor impressed me, with more malt than I expected. A sort of wheat beet base, with the mildly sweet malt that's evolved into a range of fruity ester flavors, especially apples. Interesting flavor, but not terribly strong; I wish it had a little more. I get the impression that the beer is a little sweeter than most Saisons, and I like it this way.

Extremely drinkable; enough so that 7.0% sneaks up on you.

CHL, May 15, 2009
Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A Pint Night special at Pazzo's, Lexington. I caught the tail end of the event and snagged the last pint before the tap ran dry.

A pretty standard Saison look with a hazy, lightly yellow-straw color and dainty, withstanding head with lacing- kinda looks like Hoegaarden. A nice look.

Acidic fruits, funky yeast notes, and a sweaty malt character provides the groundwork for aromas. Esters of lemons, pears, pineapple, and tart apples round out the fruitiness. Phenolic peppery, cumin, corriander, and curraco aid the hops with balance in the nose. Lightly sweaty, musty, and attic-y adds complexity and balance.

Flavors begin to favor the fruits, peppery notes and soft malts; while leaving behind the funky and sweaty notes. Cleanly acidic and malty for great variation in taste. Lemons and grapefruit flavors gain intensity as the beer warms and dives into the finish.

The body is well attenuated while riding the line of dry and sweet. Peppery notes and assertive hop bitterness side with the dryness as the malts stop shy of complete attenuation and provide a pleasant sweetness. Finshes with a sharp peppery feel that stings the tongue.

BEERchitect, May 15, 2009
Photo of hwwty4
3.4/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 12oz bottle into my Boulevard Smokestack goblet.

This beer pours a slightly hazy light straw with a tight 1 inch bleached white head that leaves just a subtle, sexy lacing as the beer disappears from my glass. The aroma is fresh picked Granny Smith apples, fresh squeezed lemons, straw and hay, with just a bit of damp earth. The flavor is tart green apples, crisp golden apples, and a bit of lemon zest. The flavor is definitely dominated by the fruity phenols. Just a hint of candy sugar comes through on the finish but the flavor is very mild. I think if the body would have been a bit bigger it would have hid the huge fruity phenols and would have balanced out the flavor just a bit. The mouthfeel is light and mildly carbonated. Golden Cap doesn't finish nearly as dry as most Saisons which unfortunately is one of my favorite attributes of the style. I like my Saisons to be bone dry. This is an easily approachable Saison and would be a great beer for someone that was looking to get into the style.

hwwty4, May 13, 2009
Photo of avalon07
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a brownish-yellow color and a slightly cloudy texture. There was a quarter inch of foamy, long-lasting head and good lacing.

S: Aroma of bananas, spices, malt and some other mild fruits.

T: Tasted of malt, bananas, coriander, apples and other fruits. A decently well done taste, though not spectacular. Not as funky as most saisons.

M: A decent amount of carbonation and a smooth finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

D: This is an OK American version of a saison. It's easy to drink, but not the greatest one I've ever had.

avalon07, May 12, 2009
Photo of lstokes
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pale yellow with a 1-finger head, the nose was grassy--I couldn't get beyond "summer fields"--and the beer itself had notes of pear, wheat, and citrus, with a little bit of spice (mostly coriander and clove), and a very very mild funk but I didn't really feel the beer was developing as I drank it, and ultimately the flavor combination was not very compelling to me. I might have had it at the wrong time--this was right after a sour I really enjoyed--but I don't think I'd seek this one out again.

lstokes, May 10, 2009
Photo of philbe311
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Active pour... One finger fizzy snow white foam... Decent retention that ultimate leads to a full splotchy lacing... Pale golden straw color... Slight orange hue... Very slight haziness... Loads of moderate paced carbonation...

S - The spiciness hits you right off the bat... Pepper... Clove... All spice... Coriander.... Lemon zest... Apple... Pear... Vaguely yeasty... A very faint and mild sugary sweetness... A slight fruity tartness on the finish...

T - Candied sugars... Rich malt base... Banana... Pear... Apple... Then the spiciness kicks in, mainly clove and faint pepper notes...

M - Light to medium bodied... Lots of lush carbonation, not prickly at all... Creamy and rich... Smooth... Slightly chewy...

D - Remarkably refreshing... A very approachable and enjoyable Saison... I am really impressed with the brew... It may not be a classic text book saison, but it is a unique variation... This is a near perfect spring and summer brew...

philbe311, May 07, 2009
Photo of Wheelinb
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This had a nice spicy aroma. It smelled like a spicy wheat beer. Nice golden color with a bit of head. The taste matched right up with the smell. The spices came across along with a wheat flavor. I felt the hops had too much of a bite and where overwhelming the other flavors a bit. I did like the body and carbonation.

Wheelinb, Apr 29, 2009
Photo of giblet
4.38/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a bomber into my 24 oz glass. pours a nice body of clear golden with steady carbonation. one inch of head. smell is of fruit and grass. taste is much like the smell. very clean and crisp.

i really like this beer. different taste wince it is make from spelt rather than barley or wheat. about two thirds through you can feel the 7% abv. one and done!

suckem up and movem out.


giblet, Apr 26, 2009
Photo of rtepiak
3.35/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

pour is golden with sediment. sufficient white head. mild smell. some musk, pilsner. palate is a good hop with a very nice mint that clears the tongue. mild spice. and a light bitter finish. then it has a light turn to elmer's glue with a poor yeast character. not bad saison. wrong hop quality in the aftertaste.

rtepiak, Apr 26, 2009
Photo of WVbeergeek
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
Photo of Thorpe429
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

G: Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A: Slightly-darkened apricot color with a good white head that is fairly-quickly receding. Lacing is pretty good.

S: Inviting spices with a tiny bit of funk in the yeast. Some slight fruity esters--maybe a bit of pear with some sweetness, in addition to mild tartness like green grapes. Not too much funk, however.

T: Very tasty. Much like the nose--some mild funkiness to it, but pretty straightforward--some tartness, as well as a fainter hint of sweet fruit.

M: Quite refreshing. Fairly-thin body with a little bit of carbonation, and a little bit of residual bitterness.

D: Very nice. Now that the temperature's pushing 85 here in Chicago, I'm glad to have beers like this around.

Thorpe429, Apr 24, 2009
Photo of Gyle41386
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a nice straw golden color. Three fingers of head peak out over the top of the glass. Decent retention, not much lacing.

Aroma is mostly of lemon zest, musty earth, and spice. There's also some kind of green apple/pear scent going on.

Flavors pretty much follow the nose. Tart fruits (green apple, pear, lemon), that typical Belgian saison barnyard must, and some pepper spice. Dry, fairly bitter finish.

Body is light. Clean, crisp, and refreshing.

Gyle41386, Apr 23, 2009
Photo of jwinship83
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. im pretty sure the ABV has been lowered since this one started to appear in six packs.

A- a very pale and slightly hazy colored golden beer with a small sparse white head.

S- alot spicier than i would have guessed. almost wheat like. lots of clove and coriander. lots of summer fruits like pear and apple.

T- this beer tastes alot of the same way that it smells. summer fruits like pear and apples. very spicy. lots of coriander and clove. it has a somewhat dry and musty finish.

M- light to medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. crisp and refreshing.

D- easy to finish and sessionable. not sure i could go for more than a couple at a time. reminds me alot of summer.

jwinship83, Apr 23, 2009
Photo of alexgash
4.4/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle.

Very clean and clear golden yellow body with a small, thin, off-white head. Nose full of spicy fruits (pear, starfruit, kiwi). Nice, with touches of toasted grains, light bubblegum, baking spices, fresh-mowed grass, and herbal hops. Makes me think of spring!

Grassy hop notes up front. Joined by toasted grains and estery fruitiness. Tropical fruit sweetness swells. Some banana-y, bubblegum flavors. Peppery spiciness throughout goes well with the fruity sweetness. Some herbal hop bitterness and grassy notes in the finish, but not too dry. Medium-bodied with nice, smooth carbonation. Could use a little funk, but otherwise a very good saison [interpretation]. Kind of Tripel-y too. Will buy again!

alexgash, Apr 19, 2009
Photo of Brenden
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is a hazy golden amber. A pure white head pours a nice white head without spectacular retention that leaves light lacing.
The nose is fantastic: a mix of various fruits including apple, pear and strawberry with honey, grains and light spices (coriander). I could smell this all day long.
A fruit bouquet mixes with sweet honey and grains with some coriander and a gentle peppery spice. Fruits are apple, pear, strawberry and some lemon and orange citrus. There's also a gentle pale malt that forms a nice backbone and adds balance. This is a tasty beer.
This is a crisp, smooth brew. The body is a clean light to medium with moderate carbonation that plays well.
Drink this.
I'm beginning to think I may really like Saisons as a style.

Brenden, Apr 19, 2009
Photo of LauraAlberts
4.28/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Mango colored/light amber

Smell: Coriander, Citrus, Strawberries, Alcohol

Taste: Orange, Strawberry, an airy citrus.

Mouthfeel: Great - full bodied, soft tannins

Drinkability: I'd say it's a sipper - but could session if you can stand up to the Farmhouse flavor. Definitely recommend as a entry-mid level farmhouse saison.

LauraAlberts, Apr 13, 2009
Photo of drxandy
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz to tulip glass, first time i've seen it in 12oz :D
pours a nice golden hue, foamy white head fades
smells of nice clean belgiany esters, spice

taste is of belgiany goodness, slightly sweet, nice light bitterness, smooth, a nice clean take on a saison with a good hop bitterness, balanced pretty well, and pairs great with dinner :D

mouthfeel is of nice medium-light carbonation, yeast esters hang around along with bitterness, alcohol is sneaky and shows itself halfway through the bottle. Overall I probably wouldn't want to session, but is nice in a single serving/with a meal.

drxandy, Apr 10, 2009
Photo of cdViking
4.18/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of Alan in a BIF.

Beer pours a hazy gold, and looks tasty but isn't anything terrifically amazing. The smell, however, is beyond fabulous. Wonderful, sweet honey and spice scent, set the table nicely for the eventual consumption. Taste of citrus fruits and bread, the sweet honey scent giving way to a honey taste. Nice mouthfeel, light and smooth. Incredibly drinkable, would enjoy this one during summer evenings.

cdViking, Apr 10, 2009
Photo of JizackFH
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a hazy golden color

S: Smells of coriander, yeast, hint of lemon

T: Kind of a spicy, peppery, citrus flavor. Also wheaty and malty.

M: Coats the mouth nicely, and goes down nice and smooth. medium/light bodies

D: Drinkability is good on this one. I'm sure that i will be enjoying some more of these on a nice hot summer day

JizackFH, Apr 09, 2009
Photo of ShareANevada
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The first thing that struck me was the nose on this. Absolutely grand. Just sweet honey and warm light spicing. I didnt want to take my nose out of this. The golden liquid looked just as nice. I was really impressed by the first sip, and each after. Just very very smooth, nice balance of flavors, and a bit of restraint in the spicing, which I appreciate.

Each sip makes me want another, which is my mark of a truly great beer. This was super drinkable, and I can't wait to try one on the patio on a warm summer day. Another winner from NH.

ShareANevada, Apr 08, 2009
Photo of Frosty80
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color: hazy gold

Smell: coriander/spices, yeast, citrus/light fruits

Taste: yeasty and citrusy with a little bit of spicy and alcoholic kick

Mouthfeel: low carbonation. light body

Notes: very refreshing light beer. lighter and more graceful than a typical belgian-style. very easy drinking

Frosty80, Apr 07, 2009
Photo of johnd513
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a bright golden color with a nice fluffy white head. Has a tart fruity aroma of lemon and other citrus flavors. Tastes of dried orange and lemon peel with spicy ester and a hint of banana. Lots of carbination makes for a nice tingly mouthfeel. Drinkability is good, I could easily drink a few of these though the relatively high abv makes this beer unsessionable for me.

johnd513, Apr 02, 2009
Golden Cap from New Holland Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 461 ratings.