Golden Cap | New Holland Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.25%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by TasteTester on 07-31-2008

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Photo of Sammy
3.56/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.12/5  rDev +11.4%
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 spycow
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A Pint Night special at Pazzo's, Lexington. I caught the tail end of the event and snagged the last pint before the tap ran dry.

A pretty standard Saison look with a hazy, lightly yellow-straw color and dainty, withstanding head with lacing- kinda looks like Hoegaarden. A nice look.

Acidic fruits, funky yeast notes, and a sweaty malt character provides the groundwork for aromas. Esters of lemons, pears, pineapple, and tart apples round out the fruitiness. Phenolic peppery, cumin, corriander, and curraco aid the hops with balance in the nose. Lightly sweaty, musty, and attic-y adds complexity and balance.

Flavors begin to favor the fruits, peppery notes and soft malts; while leaving behind the funky and sweaty notes. Cleanly acidic and malty for great variation in taste. Lemons and grapefruit flavors gain intensity as the beer warms and dives into the finish.

The body is well attenuated while riding the line of dry and sweet. Peppery notes and assertive hop bitterness side with the dryness as the malts stop shy of complete attenuation and provide a pleasant sweetness. Finshes with a sharp peppery feel that stings the tongue.

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Photo of oline73
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy yellow with a finger of fluffy white head that fades to a ring around the glass. Alright lacing.

Smell: Strong spice notes from the yeast hit you right off the bat. There is a citrus component as well as some grain.

Taste: The yeast is the dominant flavor. Not quite as spicy as in the smell, but still the most obvious flavor. Some bready malt in the finish. Quite crisp.

Mouthfeel: Just on the thin side of medium body with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: Enjoyable saison. Easy to drink, crisp and clean. The yeast spice is good. I enjoy more fruity notes in my Saisons, but still quite nice.

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Photo of zeff80
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a cloudy, golden-yellow color with a white, bubbly, two-finger head of foam. It left streaky trails of sudsy lace.

S - It smelled fruity, yeasty and spicy. There were some subtle caramel notes.

T - It was sweet and tart at the same time. Good yeast and spice flavors with a smooth caramel malt kick.

M - It was crisp and very sharp with a fairly dry finish. A light bodied brew.

D - This is a very good saison. Great spicy and fruity flavors.

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Photo of superspak
3.72/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip. Pours hazy and cloudy golden amber color with a nice fairly dense 2-3 fingers of white head with great retention that reduces to a ring of lacing. Some nice lacing sticks to the glass as well. Aromas of big tart apple, grape, grass, funk, pepper. and spices. Nice strong and complex aromas! Taste of big breadiness, pepper, and spices; with a bit of apple, funk, and grape in the background. Lingering notes of big breadiness and spices on the finish that last for a bit. Taste is not as good as the aromas lead me to believe. Medium bodied with medium-high carbonation. Nice smooth drinkability with no alcohol in the taste or finish. Overall, this is a pretty nice saison. A little more bready than I was expecting from the aromas.

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Photo of mothman
3.22/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Unibroue chalice

Pours 1/2 finger of white head. Leaves a small amount of splattered lace. Color is a hazy dark straw yellow.

Aroma: Lemon zest and coriander. A light funk, but mainly spicy. Some notes of vanilla and yeast. Grassy/herbal hops.

Taste: A very big bready malt profile really throws this one off. Hay and grass. Lemon citrus. Yeast. A bit off for a saison. Too much malt and not as spiced here.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy. Lighter bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry with some spice flavors.

Overall, a fairly average saison. I enjoyed the nose a bit, but the taste was odd. Too much malt for a saison. Decently drinkable.

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Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of oberon
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's an early start to craft beer drinking today due to opening day Tiger baseball against the Red Sux,I wanted my first beer of the day to be one from Michigan.Poured into a tulip glass a lemon tinged golden with a large rocky white head atop that stuck nicely to the glass as it settled into a frothy mass.Lemony notes overtop of grainess and slight funk,leafy hops play a nice role as well.Starts out nicely on the palate lemon and light phenolic spice but it seems to peter out and abruptly finishes with no lingering notes.It's a pretty good saison not overly funky or phenolic wich I was happy about.

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Photo of mactrail
3.86/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Full-flavored, hoppy rustic beer.

Quite lovely to look at in the wine glass topped with white foam. Rich lacing and finely carbonated on the tongue, and lasts way longer than most beers. Touch of sweetness on the lips. A slightly harsh Belgian yeasty flavor but a nose of clover and biscuits. Hops are muscular, leave a lingering trace of spice and a long bitterness.

Very tasty beer that is fairly complex and grows more satisfying as you sip.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

G: Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A: Slightly-darkened apricot color with a good white head that is fairly-quickly receding. Lacing is pretty good.

S: Inviting spices with a tiny bit of funk in the yeast. Some slight fruity esters--maybe a bit of pear with some sweetness, in addition to mild tartness like green grapes. Not too much funk, however.

T: Very tasty. Much like the nose--some mild funkiness to it, but pretty straightforward--some tartness, as well as a fainter hint of sweet fruit.

M: Quite refreshing. Fairly-thin body with a little bit of carbonation, and a little bit of residual bitterness.

D: Very nice. Now that the temperature's pushing 85 here in Chicago, I'm glad to have beers like this around.

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Photo of russpowell
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single in a mixed 6-er at MCaDoodles in Joplin MO

Pours an effervescent gold/bronze with 2 fingers of pearl white head. Stays effervescent throughout, will a nice viscosity to this once fairly warm. Great lacing & good head retention, a few floaties at the bottom of the bottle

S: Pears, appleskins & peaches; almost pulled a 4.5

T: Dirty pears, apple peels & a bit of breadyness up front, plus a touch of booze. As this warms, I get a bit of floury & chalky dryness (the spelt I reckon); plus lemon & coriander. Finishes a touch bready with orchard fruit, lemons & white pepper

MF: Light/medium bodied with soft carbonation. Good balance

Drinks pretty easy, not an on the edge Saison, but true enough to the style to respect & enjoy. Well done New Holland!

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Photo of woodychandler
4.29/5  rDev +15.9%
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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3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours out a clearish, yellow-orange body with a relatively tall, whitish head.

Smell: Grassy, floral, positively zesty aroma marked with bolstering notes of finely-ground spices, fresh honeysuckle, and lemon. It's a solid scent, alright.

Taste: Light pale maltiness with a dry, crumbled biscuit quality to it and a gentle touch of honey-ish sweetness. Fine fruity accents of tart lemons and pears. Everpresent spiciness delivers pepper and coriander flavors. Floral, slightly grassy hops with a subtle bitterness. Little tickle of acidity at times. Sugary sweet tones perk back up in the latter half. Modest lingering of dried citrus and spice beyond the drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: I'm diggin' it. Pretty tasty and a good use of the sadly forgotten, forsaken grain spelt. One of those beers where you finish the glass and are ready for another helping.

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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.47/5  rDev +20.8%
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 mdfb79
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 6/5/10 notes. Had at SAVOR in DC.

a - Pours a nice golden color with almost no head and light carbonation.

s - Smells sour, with a bit of funk to it. Sour fruits, citrus, and spice.

t - Taste is again, a lot of sour fruits and a little bit of funk. Also some spice and grain or wheat to the taste.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

d - A decent saison. I sampled this about 10 minutes after Carnevale at SAVOR and enjoyed Carnevale more, but worth a try. Probably would not seek out again.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of mikesgroove
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

so after a beer free week i decide to break stride for the weekend on thursday and dive into some goodies in the fridge. served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 10/28/2010.

a nice and rich golden color with a smooth even coating of lace ringing the glass. nice head of about three inches tops the glass and settles down into a smooth layer that persists throughout the sessioon.

aroma is light, hints of pears and bananas. lots of grains and bready notes, light yeast with a touch of citrus follows. warming brings the fruit out a touch more with a healthy dose of orange rind. clean and crisp with a light feel and a very nice level of carbonation. crisp flavor of light tart apple, light grains and a touch of sweet grains fills out the profile.

overall a nice light and very sessionable ale here. really not bad at all and something i could drink again.

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Golden Cap from New Holland Brewing Company
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