Golden Cap | New Holland Brewing Company

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New Holland Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.25%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of ahking
4.97/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is by far my favorite non IPA beer. A perfect example of a saison brewed with a non traditional grain: spelt. Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a good amount of white lace down the glass. Light, refreshing, lemony, a woody chardonnay, with a touch of spice. Goes great with Indian and Mexican foods.

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Photo of greatkindness
4.67/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

What can I say that's new? The smell is just perfect. I lingered for several moments with the brew under my noggin. Then, ear to the head, I listed for what the beer said. I heard crisp, crackling goodness. The taste is excellent. Very drinkable. What I can't figure out is the bottle's label. It's got a farm in the background (which makes sense for a saison beer), but the foreground has a monkey with wings (something like those strange creatures in Oz). I missed the connection. In any event, don't pass this one up.

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Photo of carlborch
4.57/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a golden straw-brown, with a 1.5 inch off-white head, provides modest-to-average carbonation, and laces very nicely. The beer has a light haze, consistent with bottle conditioning. Compared to other Saisons, this ale is soft and a touch sweet. The ale is highly accessible with modest hints of sour, spice, and candied sugar. The body is medium-light, the lingering is long and enjoyable with a blending of he candied sugar and mild sour notes. Multiple "caudalies"! This is delicious! I will return!

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Photo of champ103
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had a bottle at Melange in Carbondale Illinois.

A: Pours a beautiful golden straw color. There is a great clarity. A rocky, two finger white head forms with great retention. Lots of sticky lace is left behind.
S: A great aroma of lightly funky yeast. A dusty basement aroma. Big and bright citrus, lemon, and grassy aromas. Peppery and spicy as well. Excellent.
T: Follows the nose. A great basement like funk and musky yeast that I love. Spicy and peppery. Bright orange, citrus, and lemon flavors that are lightly tart as well. Grassy and floral. Lots of nuances.
M/D: A medium to full body. Perfectly crisp, dry, and clean. So easy to drink. I can enjoy one after another of this.

Just an excellent Saison. Traditionally this is pretty much spot on. Really well done, and up there with the best American versions I have had. Highly recommended.

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Photo of cooncat
4.47/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased this as part of the New Holland sampler .. a very nice selection of their brews.

The pour produces a beautiful faint lemon yellow colored brew, with a billowy white head. Head sticks around for some time, then dissipates to a thin cap, leaving nice splotches of lacing on the glass.

The nose is sweet and grass like, with lemon zest and a touch of spiciness. I think it spot on for the style.

Taste has the same qualities of the nose, with lemon zest and lemon grass coming to the fore, along with a spiciness from the yeast. Hops are very understated and light, as should be ... perhaps a faint taste of saaz. Mouthfeel is definitely medium, which came as a bit of a surprise, and is quite pleasant, along with the effervescent carbonation. The overall effect is one very drinkable beer, despite being a tad on the high abv side for a session beer. I would gladly make this a session beer. Highly reminiscent of some Belgians I've had in the past.

This is quite a remarkable beer, and spot on for the style. I definitely recommend this one as a beer to seek out and enjoy. The sampler case will give you 3 (in a 12 pk), and leave you wishing for more.

Na Zdravje!

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.47/5  rDev +19.5%
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.

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Photo of DannyDan
4.42/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. A nice golden color with a white head that has high carbonation, decent retention and very good lacing.
S. The smell is yeast, hay, grass, lemon, some floral hops. I can picture myself on a farm when I smell this.
T. Get a lemony citrus taste at first followed by a musty hay and grass taste and than some floral hops with a little spiciness. Also seems to have a mix of apple and kiwi in it too. It is a little bitter, but not too much. It has a unique taste that every beer lover should have the pleasure to try.
M. A nice chewy, but tasty feel that is a nice feel to the mouth which makes it a nice drinkable beer. I only bought one to try, but wish I had picked up a six pack. This is another superb beer from New Holland Brewing Company.

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Photo of bamadog
4.4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy light yellow-ish color (almost like a grapefruit's skin) with a fairly large 2 finger head that has a modicum of retention before it fades to an even skim holding tight across the surface. There appears to be a spider-web like pattern of lacing holding on to the glass and there is some pretty severe carbonation bubbling up from the bottom.

Smell: Smell is very nice - comes across a nice and spicey (hints of corinader, nutmeg) and also some sweet light fruits with a bit of a sourness to them as well -- kind of like green grapes and green apples. Strong presence of yeast is coming up from the nose as well and provides that nice slight bready backing to it.

Taste: Wow, I'm impressed as this is a very good beer overall and the taste is furthering a pretty solid score from me. The spices are right there as noted in the smell (see above for the variety) and there is a slight tartness in the back of the flavors that come through immediately. In between those tastes is a light sweetness. The yeast is definitely there and owns the aftertaste, kind of soothing the palate just a bit from all of the spices that come at you right away like a nice piece of buttered bread after a spicey meal. Slight vapor of alcohol clings to the breath, but not overly heavy or like rubbing alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Very lively due to the tremendous amount of carbonation; a medium body that leans a bit towards the light side; a slight coating, but it's a bit of a dry finish.

Drinkability: For the price of 1.85 for a 12 oz. bottle, I could probably drink this all day. It's got a nice potent flavor and body that isn't going to weigh you down and the ABV isn't too high that you've gotta worry about doing something you might regret.

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Photo of alexgash
4.39/5  rDev +17.4%
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!

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Photo of StoutHunter
4.38/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a single of this at the lager mill for $1.69. Last spring I volunteered to serve beer for New Holland at a local beer festival, while serving beer I got to try a couple samples of the golden cap and it was pretty good, so lets see what I think of it now. There was no visible bottling date but I am pretty sure it's a 2010 vintage. Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- I like the unique label on this beer, you don't see too many flying monkeys on beer labels and the words under the cap are unique too. I like the fact that they recommend what foods to pair with this brew, more brewerys should put that information on the label. This beer poured a nice hazy golden yellow color with four fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thick layer that stayed the rest of the time and left some lacing.

S- I pick up a good amount of citrus fruits at first, mainly lemons. Following the citrus is some nice grassy and earthiness and at the end there's a nice does of typical funky farmhouse yeastyness.

T- The taste follows the aroma nicely. The citrus components are nice and tart just like they should. I also pick up a slight bit of hay or straw at the start. The tart lemons are followed by some musky funkyness thanks to the yeast, this really helps balance out the tart citrus and tie every thing together.

M- Crisp, dry, medium light bodied with perfect carbonation.

D- This beer oozes drinkability. It's light, very flavorful, and has a nice crisp finish. This would be a great summer time beer for sure. I wish I had gotten a six pack instead of a single.

Overall I thought this was a very good beer, it was even better then I remembered it. When I first tried it I had zero experience with this style but now that I have tried a couple different ones I can really appreciate all the great flavors that make this beer what it is. I would for sure buy this again without a doubt. Good job New Holland, you did a great job with this brew and opened me up to a style I would normally overlook.

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Photo of jjboesen
4.38/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in the appropriate chalice this Farmhouse Ale is a light golden color with a minimum of head and carbonation; there is light lacing and no clingage.

Initially, the nose detects some banana ester while the palate discerns a miasma of citrus and honey with a subtle hint of lemon in the aftertaste. This one is certainly palatable in that it possesses a "Goldilocks" mouthfeel: not to heavy and not to sweet, but just right.

In any case, Golden Cap makes a nice quaff to ease the summer doldrums.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Split a bomber of this with a friend recently that I bought on his birthday. Poured into a tulip glass. This beer is a cloudy medium golden color. The white head was about 2/3 inch when poured, eventually settling to a medium sized, thick ring lining the inside glass and eventually settles to nothing at all. There is not much lacing here either. Aromas of malt and spice dominate along with hints of banana. Has a malty, sweet, sort of candy like flavor upfront followed by a bit of citrus and banana and some definite spice. No hops here at all as far as this palate is concerned. Has a smooth, crisp, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with fairly high carbonation. Easy to drink. A good effort here from the fine folks at New Holland.


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Photo of cpetrone84
4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-cloudy golden yellow collow with some bubbles rising to the top. The head is a thin bubbly egg shell white that lingers around for a little and leaves a sparse lacing on the glass

S-the nose is big and starts off with some earthy notes up front. Soft golden fruits come in next and are extremely pleasant. Light notes of pear, a touch of peach, green apples take over with some white grapes. The aroma is slightly is slightly peppery in the back with a touch of tartness

T-huge notes of golden fruits. Soft pears, peach, apples, hints of honey. Very sweet initially with a touch of spicy pepper and clove towards the back and hints of tartness, an underlying earthy malt is faint but holds it all together

M-soft and prickly on the palate, creamy and smooth. Highly carbonated and just a slightly dry in the back with a lighter to medium body.

D-this has huge flavors and big sweetness with a nice spicy background to balance. Very good beer with a light tartness so not to overpower at all.

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Photo of giblet
4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
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.


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Photo of allengarvin
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden Cap is, poured into a Bernardus chalice, very pale, hazy, and featuring a colossal, persistent head (a solid inch thick). Nose is very good, with grassy hops, nice yeast spiciness. Excellent flavor! Dead-on for the style. Malt contributes some sweetness but little other flavor. Loaded with herbal, grassy hop flavor and decent amounts of bitterness. The other major flavor component is the yeast, which provides copious phenols, spicy and lightly medicinal, and a nice subtle tartness, resembling citrus.

A very good saison, especially for the price. Many Belgian examples aren't this good.

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Photo of tchenery
4.32/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Delicious. Very peppery, spicy taste and citrusy aroma. Peer has a hazy yellow color to it with ample carbonation that keeps a light film of head throughout session.

I am really starting to get into this style of beer and believe this is a good domestic version of the style. More breweries need to offer Saisons.

Revision: I just revisited this style on a "fire sale" at a retailer to clear out summer inventory. This beer definitely holds up past the season. My bottle here is full of nice pillowy head, has an extremely crisp bready malt flavor with very aromatic and flavorful peppery hops. Excellent beer.

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Photo of TasteTester
4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite New Holland beers by far. Coming from the High Gravity series, 22-oz bomber. I picked it up at the brewery and haven't seen it anywhere in town, so I have no idea if it is being distributed beyond their walls. It is a saison ale.

A-Light golden in color. No head on a heavy pour, that lasted anyway. And no lacing.

S-Fruity tones infused, sweet, also a faint spice. Don't pick up much else that is very discerning.

T-Very well balanced. No heavy alcohol bitterness or overbearing fruit flavor.

M-Tingles the tongue and back of the throat on its way down. Very smooth.

D-Very good. I could probably drink a case of this. Will probably go back to get some on tap, maybe a growler if I can persuade them.

Saisons are not at the top of my list of favorites and I usually tend to shy away from them, unless they are a special release. Glad this is one I took a chance on.

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Photo of BigFrank71
4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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Photo of aaronh
4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy body looks like a glass of liquid honey. The head fades quickly. Aroma is very faint but echoes notes of honey, bumble gum and fresh rain. Flavor is slightly tart and musty up front, but gradually fades to a melon-inflected crisp wheat note. Finish lingers a but with a watery and slightly musty note. As I continue to sip, slight bready or biscuit flavors come through, followed by a hint of roasted lemon. Mouthfeel is solid - feels a bit effervescent at first, but quickly mellows to more of a silky note on the tongue. Very interesting meld of flavors - makes you want to drink more. I imagine this would go great with roasted poultry. A very nice surprise from New Holland.

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Photo of Brenden
4.29/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.29/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Once more, a bottle has surfaced in my fridge and I have no idea from whence it came. A safe bet would be local in-person trader, tone77, but usually his reviews show up before mine. I do not know and I really do not care since every expended bottle makes room for more CANs.

From the bottle: "Brewed with wheat's ancestor, spelt. A olden body and unique fermentation profile evoke fresh-cut hay and cracked peppercorns. Parings: shellfish, citrus, garlic."

The fluffy, dense,bone-white head with excellent retention resembled a glob of marshmallow Fluf. Color, while slightly hazy, was liquid sunshine in a glass on this raw, overcast day. Sandy did us no favors last week and we are still feeling its effects on the weather. You have to love truth in advertising - nose smelled initially of fresh-cut hay and the cracked peppercorn was a tang in the back of the throat. My sinuses are reeling! I wish that it smelled like Brendee's fresh-cut French Fries. They are just soooo good. Mouthfeel was medium and there seemed to be a riot of flavors on my tongue as the peppercorn flavor hit initially, followed by a dusty, musty yeast-born flavor, like old newspapers in the attic. Finish was very dry, like white wine, but I could see this with shellfish, especially a bouillabaisse. Man, I'm getting hungry again and I just came from a Greek food bazaar. To whomever brought this to me, thanks!

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Photo of GatorBeerNerd
4.29/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz single purchased from Bruisin Ales in Asheville, NC. Poured into a standard pint glass.

A: Pours a crystal clear straw like color. There was a small amount of white head that disappeared extremely quickly. There is practically no lacing or retention.

S: The smell is very inviting. Lemony and grassy hop aromas mix well with spicy aromas its has.

T: This is a really flavorful Saison. All the characteristics of the smell are present in the taste and mix just as well in the flavor. This style is not my favorite, but I really like this one since it just has the small amount of tartness.

M: The mouth feels much thicker than most I have had in the style. The carbonation and spicing makes is a bit aggressive in the mouth which is probably appropriate for the style, but a little too much of a good thing for me.

D: Since it doesn't have the huge barnyard aromas or sourness this one goes down pretty easy for me.

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Photo of yuenglingfan101
4.27/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very good beer. A good beer with a thick head and straw color. Smells fresh. Taste is wonderful, but not the best. Mouthful well, it is good, could be better. It goes along with the taste. Doesn't quite capture my buds as I had hoped, but is better than a lot of beers out there. Drinkabiltiy is ok. As you get towards the bottom the taste is kinda stale.

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Photo of johnd513
4.27/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

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Photo of LauraAlberts
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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Golden Cap from New Holland Brewing Company
3.74 out of 5 based on 475 ratings.
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