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Golden Cap - New Holland Brewing Company

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471 Ratings
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Ratings: 471
Reviews: 279
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

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Beer added by: TasteTester on 07-31-2008

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Ratings: 471 | Reviews: 279
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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bright golden coloring, almost pear like, it supported a bright white and fizzy head.

Apple, pear, honey and clove accent a sweet and bready scent.

Pear and Apple are dominant in a sweet flowery taste. Hints of clove and malt end as this farmhouse ale finishes a bit blah. Overall it has a nice taste and feel but is slightly unsatisfying.

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look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle from 2011, poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: A slow pour fills the tulip half with frothy white head, half with clear, pale orange ale. Great retention, and tons of sticky lace. Gorgeous.

S: Fruity, spicy, and slightly sour. Citrus, apricot, peach, and green apple. The apple becomes more prominent as it warms; quite cidery. Good, not great.

T: Opens with spice, then a bit of maltiness leads into profound fruitiness. Apple is still huge, with citrus and stone fruit fainter. Clean, dry, slightly earthy finish. A bit too cidery overall, but tasty.

M: Highly carbonated, with ultrafine effervescence exploding from every sip. A bit much, but not bad for the style - and it helps cut through the potentially overwhelming apple flavor.

O: This has aged quite well, far better than I expected for a saison. The Brett has turned into a pure apple character, and while it's not the most appetizing thing it's still pretty tasty.


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look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, no apparent bottled on date, besides a code C302 stamped on the side. Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours a cloudy golden lemon like color with two fingers of fizzing white head, and some bubbles rushing to the top. Scattered lacing.

S - Smells of pale malts, faint citrus, and earthy dry grass. Some floral coriander notes in there also. Definitely a nice smell, but I somehow feel it is missing something.

T - Can definitely taste the unique earthy, grassy qualities coming from the spelt rather than using plain simple wheat. Very malty. Lots of bubblegum. Extremely earthy, with almost a smoked wood type of taste coming out.

M - Very dry feel, invoking another taste. Sweet, fruity type aftertaste in there vaguely reminiscent of some pear flavor. Slightly over-carbonated.

Overall, not a bad beer. Fruity, spicy, and sessionable with a solid 6.25% abv. Although, I would probably seek out some of New Holland's more complex endeavors, this simple saison isn't bad sippin especially when you get it on sale for $4.99 a six pack like I did.

New Holland Golden Cap Saison Ale ---3.5/5

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass on 2/2/13.

A: Pours a hazy light straw/yellow color with a generous head that settles. Lots of carbonation bubbles.

S: Wheat, lemon, yeast, bready malt, coriander. Nice refreshing scent.

T: Bready backbone comes through, along with wheat, a light tartness, and some grassy flavor. Bit of pepper. Flavors are generally subtle and left an aftertaste I didn't care for.

M: Lots of carbonation and a light body.

O: Aroma was very good, but the taste left much to be desired. Not very fruity. Still, not a bad saison.

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Golden Cap from New Holland Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 471 ratings.