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Golden Cap - New Holland Brewing Company

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460 Ratings
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Ratings: 460
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TasteTester on 07-31-2008)
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Photo of br3wmeister
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%

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.

br3wmeister, Mar 30, 2009
Photo of natasharai
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%

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.

natasharai, Mar 29, 2009
Photo of tavernjef
4/5  rDev +8.1%

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.

tavernjef, Mar 26, 2009
Photo of HeyItsChili
4/5  rDev +8.1%

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.

HeyItsChili, Mar 22, 2009
Photo of SiphonKing
3.33/5  rDev -10%

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.

SiphonKing, Mar 03, 2009
Photo of Sammy
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%

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.

Sammy, Mar 02, 2009
Photo of robbyc1
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%

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.

robbyc1, Feb 22, 2009
Photo of Monkeyknife
4/5  rDev +8.1%

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.

Monkeyknife, Feb 05, 2009
Photo of htomsirveaux
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%

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.

htomsirveaux, Jan 21, 2009
Photo of SwiftyMcBeer
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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.

SwiftyMcBeer, Jan 19, 2009
Photo of WakeandBake
4.22/5  rDev +14.1%

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.

WakeandBake, Jan 18, 2009
Photo of illidurit
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%

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.

illidurit, Jan 05, 2009
Photo of HomebrewPgh
2.65/5  rDev -28.4%

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.

HomebrewPgh, Dec 02, 2008
Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev +8.1%

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.

John_M, Nov 29, 2008
Photo of number1bum
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%

Pours a slightly hazed, pale golden color with a foamy finger and a half of white head. Head settles to a thin lace and doesn't leave much stick.

Smell is quite grainy, with a hint of sweetness, and a good amount of spice. Black pepper especially. Some lemon zest, slightly sour, and earthy yeast, but overall it's a bit too grainy for my liking.

Taste has a bit more pale malt sweetness than the smell which really balances out that grainy character. Some grassy hops and lots of black pepper spicing are here, too. Some lemon and citrus flavor, too, plus some green apple and pear. Pretty substantial hop bitterness for a saison, and it mingles with a bit of grain through the finish. Nice flavor overall.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, dry and bitter through the finish. Pretty smooth, nice mouthfeel.

This is a pretty solid saison, and a nice American version. I paid $8.49 for this bomber, which was maybe a bit much as compared to the quality - there are better options available in that price range. But still a nice beer, and worth a try for any fan of saisons.

number1bum, Nov 19, 2008
Photo of BigFrank71
4.28/5  rDev +15.7%

i first tried this at the great lakes beerfest in racine wisconsin in early september. I made it a point to visit the new holland tent. We had a mug that came with our tickets so the first pour was about 4 ounces. I realy liked the smell and taste, the mouth feel was wondeful and drinkablitiy was top notch. I made sure all of the 40 friends that came with tried it we all agreed it was a great saison. Mid october i found some bombers of this beer in a liquor store and purchased 5 of them well worth it and waiting to buy more i highley recommend trying this one if you have not. By the way thanks to the guys at the beerfest who kept pouring my mug for me you guys were great

BigFrank71, Nov 14, 2008
Photo of DefenCorps
3.35/5  rDev -9.5%

22oz bottle received from Nephilium in the Virgin BIF. Thanks, Marty! Into my Duvel tulip

A: Carefully decanting the first pour yields a crystal-clear light golden yellow beer with a dense white head that recedes to a disk rather quickly. Plenty of visible carbonation, this one looks pretty.

S: Light, mildly fruity with less-than-ripe pears, some apple and some spices - peppercorns and the smell of mildly damp hay. Grainy. Solid!

T: While the individual flavor components to this beer are not outside the norms, the blend is and while it's unique it's taking me a while to bend my brain around it. Up front is a good amount of cereal-graininess with a wheat-like flavor (hello, spelt) which is rather raw and bready. This is followed by a faint hint of sweetness with light fruits (pears) and some spice (pepper and a light clove note) before a long, dry mildly peppery finish.

M: Light in body with a pleasing, crisp carbonation and a solid finish

D: I'm having a hard time drinking too much of this. When all's said and done, this is more enjoyable to deconstruct than it it to drink.

DefenCorps, Nov 14, 2008
Photo of scruffwhor
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%

Pours a golden sunshine to gentle apricot hue. One finger of head descends to a thin ring o' foam. Very little bubblng for the saisons I like to see. Sweet herbal tea soaked in coriander and wildflowers tingle the nose. Maybe some funky hops too. Honey toasted malts start at the front. The middle lets some musty hops mingle with flowerpetals. The finish is a strong herbal hop and malt blend. Crisp and pretty smooth. Very flavorful American rendition of saison.

scruffwhor, Oct 24, 2008
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%

Appearance - a touch of haze to this yellow straw beer. A fizzy white cap shows a spot of smoothness but bubbles down quickly. A few random arms of lace.

Aroma - a thick, grainy, doughy smell. A touch of farmhouse in there but it's light.

Taste - robust grain, I like the start. A spicy, pepperiness follows, with a touch of mellow farmhouse flavor. Mild alcohol in the aftertaste, resolving with some mild bitterness that is impressively balanced.

Mouthfeel - very crisp, and quite burp-inducing for that matter. Light yet a noticeable smoothness. An elegant feel.

Drinkability - an enjoyable bottle of beer. Perhaps a little more hoppy than most Saisons. Not one that *I'd* stock, but Saisons are more an exploratory style for me rather than a must-have.

brewdlyhooked13, Oct 02, 2008
Photo of donteatpoop
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%

Wow, not a whole lot of reviews on this one. I've seen this on the shelf for a while but never picked one up... I really figured more people would have rated it. Oh well, what's that have to do with anything anyway?

Poured a straw yellow with a decent retention of white head.

Smelled a bit funky, a farmhousey kick of yeast and hop.

Had a funky taste to it as well, very intriguing... The hops seemed vaguely skunky, but not badly so; the yeast also seemed to add to the funkiness of the brew. Is there some wheat in there? It's really hard to pinpoint what I'm tasting with this one. Definately a unique style.

Well balanced carbonation level and no unpleasant after taste.

Very, very drinkable. I purchased a bomber, and if it wasn't so damned expensive ($7.99) I would buy a few more.

donteatpoop, Sep 25, 2008
Photo of BMoney575
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%

Sampled on 9-5-08
Reviewed from notes.

Appearance is cloudy, very pale, with an almost green quality. The head is pleasant, leaving behind clean lacing.

Smell is Clean, with lots of grassy hops. Some wheat, followed by a good breadiness. Very pilsner.

Taste is Much like the smell, tangy and almost sour. Bitter, grassy hops on the finish.

Mouthfeel is thin, by good and creamy. Carbonation is just right.

Drinkability is good, more a hoppy wit than a saison.

BMoney575, Sep 23, 2008
Photo of david131
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%

I split this bomber is bmoney575.

A- A nice, cloudy yellow with a very nice but thin white head. The head provides full coverage and good retention.

S- A little fruity- almost a bit of fruity pebbles. Some honey and a bit of biscuity malt. Some hoppiness. Almost reminds me of a pilsner.

T- Fruity, a little tangy and hoppy. Not really all that funky, but a tad sour. A little different for the style, but tasty.

M- Very creamy. This is awesome.

D- The alcohol is pretty well masked and it is a surprisingly enjoyable beer.

david131, Sep 21, 2008
Photo of Lepley
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%

22oz. bottle

A: Clear, gold-yellow. Two fingers of white head and good carbonation.
S: Malty, sweet, grainy, hidden aromas of fruit, apples, citrus.
T: Sweet, grain. hints of citrus and fruits, lemony. Finishes with a slight bitterness.
M: Watery with mild carbonation
D: It was decent and I'd recommend it though I was too impressed.

Lepley, Sep 16, 2008
Photo of Floydster
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%

22 ounce bottle received in a trade with hoppymeal, thanks Derek for including this in my package, split with my dad last night, poured into my Duvel tulip glass

A-Golden yellow color, a little bit of orange too, murky, 3/4 inch foamy white head that stuck around for two to three minutes, light retention, minimal lacing
S-Lots of citrus including tangerines, fresh orange peels, pineapple, lemon, sweetness, various spices, light malt, this one did not have earthiness or funk you would expect from a farmhouse but it was still pleasant smelling
T-Pretty light for its style with a lot of citrus at first mixed with some spice in the finish, cracked peppercorn has a strong flavor in this brew, more dry at first, then on the earthy side, by the end it is warm and sweet, lots orf oranges in the middle but the other malts are weak, hops are not too strong either, pretty light overall, spiciness is pronounced and inviting, liked the different things going on with this one
M-Pretty thick body for a saison, medium stillt though, mouthfeel was mostly fruity and spicy but did have some earthy and dry feels too, taste does not linger, would have liked a little more carbonation
D-Could have drank this bottle individually and probably more after, smooth and easy on the palate, alcohol is hidden and taste is smooth, sessionable for a farmhouse ale, fairly low in alcohol

A high gravity saison just sounds good and it was, second beer I have tasted from New Holland and now I want more, a little expensive for what it is, I think there was a price tag on the bottle cap that read $8.49, still it was tasty and I would like to drink this again but not likely because I would have to trade for more, recommended

Floydster, Sep 11, 2008
Photo of Slynger
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%

Golden Cap pours a lightly hazed golden wheat color, with a tinge of tangerine, and a fuzzy cap of fluffy white.

The nose brings banana and wheat along with some green apple and lemon with a touch of funk and spice.

The flavor stands out a bit more. The apple, lemon, and light funk all make a stronger statement. Lightly sweet banana bready malt base with a good amount of black peppery spice. Body is medium-full with a pretty nice amount of fuzzy-tingly carbonation.

I found Golden Cap to be a very solid and enjoyable Saison. Definitely recommended.

Slynger, Sep 07, 2008
Golden Cap from New Holland Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 460 ratings.