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Golden Cap - New Holland Brewing Company

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Ratings: 471
Reviews: 279
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 13.24%
Wants: 15
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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New Holland Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.25% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: TasteTester on 07-31-2008

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Ratings: 471 | Reviews: 279
Photo of jwinship83
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of alexgash
4.39/5  rDev +18.6%
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!

Photo of Brenden
4.29/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

Photo of LauraAlberts
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

Photo of drxandy
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Photo of cdViking
4.19/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

Photo of JizackFH
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
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

Photo of ShareANevada
4.22/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

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

Photo of johnd513
4.27/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

Photo of lamarr04
3.81/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

High Gravity version poured from a bomber into a tulip glass

A: Very appealing hazy golden color with foamy one inch head. Active carbonation shooting up from the bottom of the glass

S: Large dose of pepper and coriander followed by fresh cut grass and yeast

T: Peppery bitterness gives way to a biscuty yeast and malt backbone. Faint sweetness and lemon notes accent the predominant flavors

M: Extremely crisp carbonation, light to medium mouthfeel that sightly coats the tongue but finishes dry

D: I would be interested to try the new seasonal version that has lower ABV, but this is a very drinkable beer

Photo of br3wmeister
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Nice big fluffy off white head floats atop a hazy dull gold colored beer. Nice head retention with some lacing.

S- Nice fruity sweet aromas peach and banana. Some tartness reminded me of lemon peal through the aroma, also some herbal spice and dry pale grain aromas.

T- Dried orange and lemon peal bring out some spicy citrus flavors. Some fruitiness and light spicy ester.

M- Smooth and juicy at first then a nice citrus bite hits the tongue. This beer drys out about half way through and then the juicy mouth feel comes back in the end. Good carbonation and nicely refreshing.

Overall this is a pretty good Saison, it has nice character and subtle complexity.

Photo of natasharai
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured with some white creamy frothy head that dissipated very little lacing. The beer is cloudy golden yellow

Smell: Very sweet and tangy, ripe banana, pear, and clove

Taste: Spicy ester, tangy sweet banana and citrus orange all balanced out with some malty character.

Mouthfeel: Good amount of carbonation providing a tingle on the tongue, medium/light body.

Overall: Really drinkable, good subtle flavors strengthen as it warms, but could have bolder flavors still. Not much alcohol is detectable. Good lighter version of the style.

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

Lightened pale straw color, much like a medium lemon juice hue and just as cloudy. It grows an emmense capping of starchy white foam that barely moves from its position once established. Lots of lacing in chunky, broken sheeting places itself across the glass with might.

Aroma is mostly dryish of chalky clove and mild wheat and lemon underneath.

Flavors are of a good portion to a well rounded wheaty malt sweetness, semi bready, pink bubble gum float up the sides and stick well with bready hints and lots of tender spices liven it up as it builds slightly with partial drying warm vapors of metalic clove and floral chalky hops.

Body is a fairly fullish medium kind of thing. Malty, but lofty and unchewy until late as it has a late return of bubblegummy hints sticking to the cheeks as the spices and dryness take the rest of the palate into a fun balancing act.

A solid Saison by New Holland. Quite drinkable with a nice little complexity and tone to it.

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

A - Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours cloudy, hay colored with a thin white head that quickly dissipates.

S - Crisp apples, pears.

T - Yeasty, wheaty, with some white pepper bite, a bit of farmy funk, and citrus pop.

M - Medium bodied but sort of chewy with a good amount of carbonation.

Photo of SiphonKing
3.31/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A spicy saison that hasa nice white head and straw colored body. A little horse blanket barnyardy in the taste but also balanced with melon, fruity, yeasty characteristics. High carbonation. i'm not sure if the spelt comes through as much as any regular winter wheat would, not much of a difference. A very good offering from New Holland and a saison that does not disappoint.

Photo of Sammy
3.56/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bit of spiceyness, and a good finish of bitterness. Deep golden with lots of initial white head. Acceptable neutral aroma. Good drinking, with above average mouthfeel, a tad honeyish and tangerine, a bit of sweet fruit and a tad of apple.Bomber of the stuff, more of a Belgian golden.

Photo of robbyc1
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice hazy yellow with a fluffy white head, good lace.

Nose is low, but pineapple and other yeasty fruits come through.

Taste has pineapple, melon, limes, a bit of hops, really nice for this style, slight bit of horse-blanket, very lifting flavor for a summer type beer. Spiciness rounds the taste, finishes fruity with balance and little aftertaste. I would seek more funk here.

Light in the mouth yet good feel, easy to drink and no abv telling here, well hidden. Just a nice summer beer to have, nothing great. A gateway Saison? Sure.

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

Poured from the bottle a slightly hazy lemon gold with with a rich and creamy white head.

Aroma of sweet malts, yeast, banana, and grass.

The taste is very nice. Banana, bubblegum, yeast, sweet malts, grass, and fruit cocktail. Finishes very clean.

Lighter bodied, smooth and creamy, and lightly carbonated.

A nice little saison from New Holland. Easy drinking, smooth, and flavorful.

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, poured into a 0.4 L Steiner Pils glass.

Tried 11 Nov 2008.

Small white head. Slightly cloudy sunflower yellow color. Peppery aroma, citrus and hay. Spicy sweet, yeasty, mild alcohol to start. Also coriander, citrus, fresh ginger, melon and green peppercorns. Medium body, sticky mouthfeel. Mild hoppy finish.

Tasty. Would get this again.

Photo of SwiftyMcBeer
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light golden color, nothing really fantastic. The smell was very yeasty, but also very much like a pilsner. From these humble beginnings, I was thinking that my investment in this bomber had been . . . . well a bomb. Fortunately this beer got better where it counts . . the taste department. It was very yeasty and like a plain old pilsner up front, kind of a one trick pony. As it and my Saturday early afternoon palate warmed, the beer started to become more complex. You could sense spices, particularly pepper, coming to the forefront. At 7.0%, this was extremely drinkable and I ended up enjoying the beer when it was all said and done. Was it worth the $9 I paid? Probably not, but as a one-off foray into a relatively new style for me, saison, I enjoyed myself. I will definetly keep trying different saisons and different beers from New Holland based on this experience.

Photo of WakeandBake
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A cloudy golden straw color with a big rocky white head. Aroma of Yeasty,lemony bread dough with a hint of banana and cloves ,very nice. Flavor is very nice wheaty with some peppercorns,lemongrass,and cloves,and hay. Nice smooth mouthfeel ,soft carbonation with a crisp finish. Very drinkable,very well done New Holland.

Photo of illidurit
3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a goblet. Translucent dull peachy gold color with a small white head. Nice aroma of typical Belgian ester notes such as apple, banana, pineapple, and orange. Tropical and sweet. Flavor is sweet up front with honey, pineapple, and slightly tart citrus. On the finish it becomes spicy with black pepper, and maybe a faint notion of earthy hops. This is definitely a sweeter saison, as the mouthfeel is not particularly dry. Body is hefty and there's more than enough carbonation. Pleasant beer overall.

Photo of HomebrewPgh
2.7/5  rDev -27%
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.

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

From the bottle at a BA gathering the other night at Bailey's taproom

The beer pours a striking gold color with good head retention and lacing. The nose on this saison style is solid enough, though it's heavy on the wheat side. There is some underlying honey and spice, but it's dominated by the wheat aroma. The flavors on the palate replicate the nose, though I also get an underlying chardonnay flavor which I like. I was told the brewery used some chardonnay yeast in brewing this beer and it shows I think. The beer is fairly light on the palate, though the mouthfeel is still pretty good. The beer is not the least bit heavy or tiring on the palate, and drinkability is good.

While this didn't blow me away (and in fact paled when compared to the Troeg's Scratch 14 also on offer this evening), it was a nice enough beer. I would certainly order this one again. It's a nice solid, saison style beer.

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Golden Cap from New Holland Brewing Company
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