Golden Cap | New Holland Brewing Company

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Golden CapGolden Cap

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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 pat61
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours gold with a slight haze, 2” foam cap, persistent, fine bubbles. S: Fruit, some pepper, bananas T: Fresh and over ripe fruit, citrus and banana, light grains, spice. F: Creamy, medium to medium light body, medium high carbonation. O: Not real bold, mild and drinkable

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.47/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Comes out of the tap a beautiful, slightly hazy golden - not much head, but that must be an artifact of the pour. Malty aroma has a strong yeasty overtone and a woody hint. Satisfying flavor is yeasty, malty and woody with a hint of - hmmmmmmm, cloves. Could that be a whisper of butterscotch? Anyhoo, a very tasty brew. Good texture has a fair amount of fizz, leaving a tingly, malty, slightly woody finish. This is definitely a sipping beer, for savoring while chilling on the porch - or watching a football game.

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Photo of brutusmuktuk
3.64/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden color but without much of a head. Has a sweet nectar aroma. Flavor is yeasty and sweet honey, with some additional spices I couldn’t quite put my finger on...maybe the peppercorn and hay, and maybe even lemon judging from the other comments on the beer. Whatever is in it, the beer is flavorful, if a bit too syrupy towards the end. Has a nice, smooth medium body feel. I enjoyed it.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

poured from 12oz bottle into standard pint glass. No legible bottled date, just some fuzzy code.

Poured very nicely, cloudy yellow body with good thick white head, which retained well, but left little in the way of lacing.

Smell was delicate, but some earthy tones with a hint of fruit. Otherwise, not to much going on. (Though my nose might be a bit off when it comes to muted aromas)

Taste was clean and refreshing, not much in the way of fruit, earthier, with a very nice ever so slightly sour finish.

Decent mouth, not too thick at all.

Overall, this saison goes down nice and easy on a summers day. A nice change of pace from the hop and stout assault I usually give my mouth. Can see having this again.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
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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Photo of woosterbill
3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
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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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.3/5  rDev -11.8%
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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Photo of mfavoino
3.76/5  rDev +0.5%
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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Photo of facundoCNB
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a cloudy yellow pour with 2 fingers of seafoam like head. strong smell of lemongrass, light hint of pepper, bready malt scent. flavor starts up with a citric bitterness which immediately turns sweet from the grain bill.

a lighter medium body with high carbonation makes this a very enjoyable drink with a crisp and refreshing finish.

i enjoyed this one a lot. drinks like a medium body beer but feels light bodied, very flavorful and very refreshing.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single finger head on a clear golden body with excellent lacing.
Herbs, pear and pineapple for citrus and Belgian yeast. Flavor also has a very strong herbal presence and Belgian yeast funk. Pungent hops and some candy sugar with banana and pineapple citrus. Medium body and light to moderate carbonation.

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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 Bitter_Echo
3.87/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, translucent yellow, very inviting, and a low, quickly fading head. Smells complex, and grassy, and out-doorsy, and light funk and citrus and biscuit, and some hoppy bitterness. A little funky horse-blanket which is inviting and not distracting. Tastes a bit dry, but not as dry as other saisons, bitterness is muted and not too muscular, like a slightly 'off' pilsner. Very rural in approach. Mouthfeel is moderate, 'fat' carbonation, thin but not too, and overall very pleasant. I like saisons from time to time, and for the price point, this one is spot on. I see this was recently given a bronze in a recent tasting, and the award seems fair. If I was a saison nut, this would always be in the fridge.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.72/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of DAllspaw
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz brown pop top; no date, but this is the 2012 vintage (spring/summer release). Nice label. Into a Chimay chalice.

Appearance: This pours a hazy straw hue with lots of tiny sediment in suspension and a beautiful bright white creamy cap with great retention and huge sheets of Belgian lace. This looks pleasantly far, so good.

Smell: Vibrantly fruity and earthy, with tropical fruit notes and something just slightly funky (though I don't think there's anything wild in here). Not quite the depth (i.e. I can't pick out individual fruits) of the best examples, but this is very nice.

Taste: While the aromas almost keep pace with the best Belgian examples, on the palate this doesn't quite hold up. Nice tart, vaguely-tropical fruit leads, along with a seriously firm bitterness and leafy herbal hop flavor. Earthy notes as well. Bitter hops definitely lead here over fruit or malt.

Mouthfeel: A bit too thick/creamy for the style

Overall: In my opinion, this is one of the better American saisons out there, at least of those that comes in six-packs. Jolly Pumpkin's IO saison (bretted) is far superior, as is Ommegang's Hennepin. Those brews, however, are on par with the greats from Dupont and Fantome, and run between $8-12 a bottle. Golden Cap has some of the authentic, rustic flavors of vibrant fruit, earthiness, and bitterness that the greats have, for far less coin (around $9.00 a sixer). The only real criticism I have is that between the bitterness and the larger mouthfeel, this feels just a bit heavy, and not quite as dry and delicate as my favorite saisons. That being said, this is DEFINITELY worth picking up a sixer or two every summer. Great beer!

88-89 B+

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Photo of MadScientist
3.09/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: This beer pours a pale golden with chill haze that diminishes as the beer warms. The long lasting white head slowly settles to a thin cap on top.
S: It's not you usual Saison aroma being a bit more orange peel and an odd coriander type aroma with some cloves instead of pepper. There is a light buttery off aroma. The the distinct pilsner malt aroma shows it after it warms a bit
T: The flavor is mildly spicy with a muted fruit character. There is a moderate level of bitterness. The spice comes through in the flavor more as pepper and nutmeg.
M: This is a moderately-light bodied beer with moderately high carbonation there is also a moderate slickness on the palate.
O: I'll have to give try another bottle when I get the opportunity as the off flavor and aromas really hurt this beer. It seems like I got a batch with some moderate diacetyl that obscured whatever may have been there which is disappointing since all the other beer I've tried from New Holland have been good to very good.

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Photo of ummswimmin
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoying a saison after working outside on a very hot day.

It looks good with a blonde coloring and a very generous head on the pour. After a couple minutes the head dies down nicely.

The nose is appropriate for a saison. You get that sour notes and the grainy presence.

The flavor is correct for a saison. There is nothing exceptional about it, and nothing wrong with it. I wouldn't tell anyone to run out and get it, but I would be completely fine with this being the only saison option when I go down the shore.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I heard this one was going out of commission and being replaced by New Holland's new saison, "Monkey King". I had to try this before it was completely washed away, so thanks to Kevin for the bottle. It pours a murky, bright straw, through and through. It's capped by a foamy, stark-white head that has pretty nice retention and leaves heaps of wet, almost chunky lacing on the glass.

This beer's pretty yeasty up front - clove stings the nostrils right away along with lots and lots of lemon zest. It's got a borderline "Lemon Pledge" aroma to it, without smelling to much like cleanser or alcohol. It's actually nice and refreshing. As it warms, it starts getting sweeter. I begin to notice a bit of Candi sugar - this beer is starting to smell more like a Belgian-style tripel than a saison. It's a delicate mix of sweet and spicy that leans just slightly more towards the sweet side, especially in the end.

Just as it popped in the aroma, the lemon comes out huge in the taste. Big-time lemon zest; very fresh and refreshing. It's got a slight tartness to it, but is far from being sour. It actually errs a bit more on the sweet-side as far as fruits go. Again, I get a nice dose of the Candi sugar, a la Belgian dubbels and tripels.

I finally pick up on some hops, something I wasn't getting much of (if any) in the aroma; musky, dry, and kind of "warn out", although they inject a faint tinge of bitterness for balance. The aftertaste is pretty dry with a light, yeasty funk, although the funkiness of this beer doesn't stand up to the funkiness of many Belgian saisons or farmhouse ales. Lots of bread in the finish, too. Thin-medium bodied with lots of carbonation and a slick, crispy, dry mouth feel.

I actually enjoyed this one a bit more than Monkey King, so it'll be sad to see it go. It's got a "saison-tripel" hybrid thing going on here, with some musky hop, faint funk, and dryness from the saison side with nice spices and Candi sugar sweetness from the tripel side. Easy drinking and refreshing.

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Photo of IronLover
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straw yellow in color with a deep haze. Poured with a brief white foam that reduced to a wispy cap. Lemon zest, bready malt, yeast and sweet banana aromas. Nice feel with tangy bite through the middle and a smooth clean finish. Bready malt and light fruity sweetness up front, citrus lemon hop bite followed by a light spiciness in the middle followed by belgian yeast and hop bitterness to the end. The hop bite ends abruptly for a clean finish with a light yeasty aftertaste. Although this saison lacks intensity in its spiciness and flavor, there is pleasant complexity that makes this extremely drinkable.

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Photo of srv33
3.47/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium yellow pour, medium-fine inch head, great lacing. Smell of honeysuckle and grass most prominent. Taste is very light and herbal, quite flowery. Light echinacea flavor. I am somewhat unfamiliar with the style, but found it overall pleasant and a unique brew.

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Photo of MCDuhamel
3.96/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tulip at fridge temperature. A very white, three inch foamy head forms up quickly, then falls to a cap. The dark straw beer is quite hazy (poured at warmer temps, this chill haze is absent), and shows moderately high carbonation. The nose is lemon skin, pepper and perhaps a little banana. Flavors of citrus dominate upfront, with a peppery spiciness and pineapple notes, leading to a cleansing prickliness from the carbonation and ending a a nicely dry finish. Perhaps at the very end a slight astringency echoes the finish. Highly refreshing on a warm day, and very easy to drink in series. Quite a good American version of saison.

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Photo of AMiz602
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

It pours out a wheaty, hazy gold. The head is almost nonexistent and evaporates almost right after pouring it.

It has a very light, white wine taste with hints of a weizen-sweetness to it. There is a undertaste of bittering hops and goes down dry and very grainy. (tastes of fresh wheat).

As it sits the beer gets more of a weizen taste to it, and develops a biting creaminess to it. Very hard to explain, it is quite a complex, earthy, yet sophisticated beer. It goes through saison, weizen, and lagering flavors throughout the beer, and is one of the more interesting beers that makes for a good night.

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Photo of 312HopBomb
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz pour into a Corsendonk small globe.

Appearance is a cloudy lemon yellow and the fizzy head falls fast leaving a ring.

Smells sour and fruity with some spices and funky yeast. A slight hop bitterness too.

Sour, tart flavor and a somewhat wheat beer-ish lemon tang. Yeasty funk with a touch of drying at the end. Notes of pepper emerge as it warms.

Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing. Medium carbonation.

Overall a nice refreshment on this warm, sunny day. It's been a while since I last had a New Holland brew. I would have this again.

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Photo of TwelveOunces
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.2/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a standard pint glass, color is almost copper and darker straw with a brigh white head that presents pretty thick then dissipates to fluff and lacing.

Smell is a little sweet, mixed pils malt and breadiness, some yeasty bready notes and maybe some lemon flavors.

Taste is crisp upfront than overcome by sweetness that lingers, some lemon flavors, hints of bread and yeast with a moderate hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is dryer than the taste, but there is a pretty strong lingering sweetness - I'd like some lingering spice or yeast flavors or dryness to clean it up. Carbonated quite well making it crisper than the sweeter taste would presume.

Overall, a nice looking brew but falls short in some key saison taste factors that I prefer - yeast, spice and dryness.

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