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Golden Cap - New Holland Brewing Company

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465 Ratings
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Ratings: 465
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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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Cyrano41, May 03, 2013
Photo of Brewer1980
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Brewer1980, Sep 09, 2013
Photo of Darkmagus82
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – Served a hazy orange-amber colored brew with a tiny white head. The head faded very fast to leave just a hint of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of some light fruit and a good dose of earthy hop smell. With these aromas are some smells of a funky sour apple and hay like nature as well as a light bready biscuit smell.

Taste – the taste begins somewhat bready and wheat like with some yeast andsweeter lemon notes mixed within. Soon, some sour apple and more tart flavors come to the tongue. These create a rather pleasant slightly tart and bready flavor on the tongue. At the end a very light more herbal and earthy hop flavor come to the tongue and leave a very nice flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the light to average side with a carbonation level that is very average. The lighter body and average level of carbonation are quite nice for the sour and tart flavors, while also making it very drinkable.

Overall – Quite delicious and very easy to drink. It has a good blend of sour, sweet and bready. One to try.

Darkmagus82, Sep 16, 2012
Photo of gmfessen
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked a sixer of this up when I was back in MI, on sale at Meijer.

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a golden yellow color with a thin, effervescent head that crackles like Rice Krispies. The smell is slightly sweet with alcohol; hints of citrus fruit and spice dominate. The taste is similar, with the spicy phenols and warming alcohol coming to the forefront. There is an earthiness about the brew. The mouthfeel is medium in body and very dry. Overall, a convincing Saison - very solid, probably not a session beer though.

gmfessen, May 26, 2009
Photo of Brad7132
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Brad7132, Dec 07, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

TastyAdventure, Apr 03, 2013
Photo of ShemRahBoo
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

ShemRahBoo, Sep 05, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

dmorgan310, Nov 02, 2012
Photo of zchops
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

zchops, May 09, 2012
Photo of buddyvelt
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

buddyvelt, Dec 05, 2012
Photo of Eric1Mess
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Eric1Mess, Aug 29, 2013
Photo of JimmyFlatRock
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

JimmyFlatRock, Dec 13, 2012
Photo of drbenderdo
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

drbenderdo, Jan 03, 2014
Photo of W0rter
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

W0rter, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of mfavoino
3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

mfavoino, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of DAllspaw
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy straw color with half inch head and good lacing, though not as many tiny bubble or nearly the foam you get from other bottle conditioned saisions, but I knew that when I bought it.

Nice earthiness to the aroma and some lemon and grass as well. Again not as in your face as other saisions but still smells like one.

Taste is a bit muted for the style, reminds me more of a Saison/wheat beer blend.

I wouldn't compare to Hennepin or Boulevard (my favorites for the style) but is still a very refreshing beer.

DAllspaw, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of organicbrewer
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Hazy yellow. Big white head. Nice stream of carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass.

S-lots of spice. Cotton candy.

T-Spicy phenols up front. on the lower end of moderate bitterness, could use a bit more. very light malt.

M-bone dry. medium-high carbonation. no alcohol warmth. Maybe could be carbed up a hair more.

D-Nice summer beer. Very dry with enough yeast character to keep it interesting. Could use a bit more bitterness and carbonation to make this a world class example.

organicbrewer, May 16, 2010
Photo of TwelveOunces
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a regular pint glass.

This beer is a slightly hazy yellow with a white head. Its smell and taste are roughly the same. It is very wheaty and has some fruity esters. The feel of the beer is relatively light and leaves behind a slight dryness. This is a decent saison, what you would expect from the style but is quite forgettable.

TwelveOunces, May 25, 2012
Photo of xnicknj
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into glass - thanks to lgandrew

Pours a hazed golden color with some yellow hues. The white head fades into bubbly film with plenty of patchy lacing all over the glass.

Assorted scents of straw and hay mixed with funk followed by lemon and citrus fruit. Slight sweetness and tart with apple and pear as well.

Plenty of floral hops right up front with slight bitterness. Juicy citrus fruit with orange, followed by some sweeter tones with apple and pear. Slight funk with yeast and bitterness towards the finish. Dry and lingering on the tongue.

Medium bodied, higher carbonation, dry and lasting throughout while drinking. A nicely made saison with a really nice scent and decent flavor profile.

xnicknj, Jun 14, 2011
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.

chiefydawg, Oct 20, 2010
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.

KidsDoc, Dec 18, 2010
Photo of Hojaminbag
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy light yellow body with a small amount of white head that has almost no lacing or retention.

I smell some sweet malt and a slight peppery aroma.

The taste is pretty good, better than the smell. The malt is a light pale malt that almost taste like pilsner malt. There is also a slight fruitiness underneath that reminds me of apricots. The finish is peppery and dry.

Mouthfeel is a little heavier than it should be, and is undercarbonated. The finish is nice and dry and smoooth though.

Pretty drinkable beer. It has its problems, but overall is a good beer that is saved by a nice flavor.

Hojaminbag, Jun 14, 2009
Photo of dudemuskie
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance- Slightly hazy, rich golden color with a tight, off white head. Head develops and slowly dissipates to a thin ring. Heavy lacing with each sip. Yeast sediment in bottle.

Aroma- Loads of rich ripe fruit from fermentation character take center stage. Esters mingle with juicy malt and a subtle sulphuric undertone. Soft yeasty aromatics mingle with some herbal/spicy hops.

Flavor- Rich, sweet malt chased by fleeting spiciness to start. Juicy maltiness and ripe fruit follow finishing with a mouth full of fruit and candy-like sweetness. Alcohol presence intensifies as beer warms. Slightly sour/acidic finish that dries the mouth a bit, begging you to quench your thirst with another sip...

Mouthfeel- On the upper end of medium bodied, moderately sweet with a slightly dry/tart finish. Slightly offset with low-moderate herbal hop bitterness and yeast spiciness. Moderate-high CO2.

Overall- A bit too full bodied for this beer to be highly sessionable, but very delightful for a saison. Nice tart finish does help with drinkability and provides a bit of a balance for the sweetness. Though its a bit fuller bodied than expected, this brew is definitely worth a try.

dudemuskie, Mar 14, 2010
Photo of bsp77
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Summit Scandia Chalice.

Appearance: Barely hazy light orange with initial bubbly white head.

Smell: Banana, fleshy fruit, clove, pepper and noble hops.

Taste: Just a tinge of sweet banana and bready malts upfront before being overtaken by sharp clove, pepper and spicy hops. Strange wheat-like aftertaste (from the spelt?).

Feel: High carbonation, medium body, extraordinary dry finish.

Drinkability: Good, not great, Saison. Nice summer seasonal.

bsp77, Jul 18, 2010
Photo of daveytheformer
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an oversized wine glass.

Slightly hazy golden yellow with a thick white head that fades to some lacing.

Smells funky and yeasty. Pears, bananas, and cloves come to mind.

Tastes like pepper spice and bubblegum. Slight sweetness and a grassy tang at the end.

Mouthfeel is a crisp medium with good carbonation.

Overall is a good beer, not amazing but pretty excited about this being my first New Holland beer.

daveytheformer, May 22, 2011
Golden Cap from New Holland Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 465 ratings.