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 Suds
3.69/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After an afternoon in the sun, tossing a baseball with my son, a nice thirst quenching brew is welcome. This one is a great for the warm weather. It's a hazy, tart, slightly acidic beer with a light body and pleasant flavor. Yellow-golden in color, it has an appropriate cloudiness, but the head is thin. Bright and fizzy carbonation. The aroma immediately presents the tart character of the beer...lemons and grapefruit...followed with an earthy yeastiness and subtle pale malt. The beer is actually sweeter than I expected (and also sweeter than it needed to be), but it was still refreshing and snappy. Light on the tongue. A nice thirst quencher.

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Photo of ryantho00
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a white 3 finger (poured vigorously ) that stays for a few minutes and laces nicely, sticky. I get a huge wheat nose infused with some citrus, pepper spice, tropical fruit, and some fresh hops.

I get a nice wheat beginning that spices the tip of the tongue, some pineapple, sweet pale malt, great subtle hops, a little piney, nice medium body that ends crisply. Nice grain/malt aftertaste that dries in the back of my throat.

Nicely done brew, definatly will drink more this summer.


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Photo of Beer_Runner
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

No enjoy by date.
Poured slowly into a standard pint glass.

A: A frothy, foamy, two-finger white head arose during the pour and quickly disappeared leaving the beer naked on top. The beer is a golden wheat color and a little cloudy with only a few carbonation bubbles raising through it.

S: The aroma is yeasty and bready. It is a fairly mild aroma.

M: The body is medium to light with a smooth mouthfeel.

T: Bready and yeasty with a bit of peppercorn-like spiciness.

O: Full disclosure: Saison has never been a style that really pleases my palate. But, this beer is brewed in my home state and it is rare to find anything from New Holland Brewery where I live now. For a saison this beer is okay. The bit of spiciness is a nice twist of the typical saison. If you like the saison style you should give this beer a try.

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Photo of cagocubs
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at NHBC.

A: Pours a light gold with decent lacing, slight head, and very wet character.

S: Juicy fruit. Floral hops, spice like corriander, and wheat.

T: Wheat, tamed hops, real fitting for the style. Hay and other tame and easy tasting flavors.

M: Light and crisp with good wet coating and easy flow.

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Photo of NuclearDolphin
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Pint Glass

Appearance - Very pale yellow color that is also very clear. Pours around 1 finger head that stays around for a few minutes. Has some pretty damn good lacing for a Farmhouse Ale

Smell - Yeasts, Cracked Pepper, Sweet Corn, Sweet Malts and Barley. It reminds me of Furthermore Knot Stock, particularly with the pepper smell. However it doesn't smell grassy at all and smells rather sweet

Taste - Yeasts, Bubble Gum, Cracked Pepper Sweet Malts, Corn (in a good way!), Faint Floral Hops and Barley. Unlike Knot Stock, the pepper flavor blends in very nicely with the rest of the flavors. Speaking of which, the rest of the flavor has a nice overt sweetness to it.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied and just the right amount of carbonation to give it a crisp and refreshing feel. Very easy to drink!

Overall - Before reviewing this, my favorite Saison Ale was Surly CynicAle. After having this, I can say that it soon may go to New Holland, who have crafted a very fine and outstanding Farmhouse Ale. It's nice to see a great Farmhouse finally available to the masses!

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Photo of jsprain1
4.07/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Golden with a hint of orange in there. Head is one finger, very white, good retention.
S- The aroma is very much what I like out of saisons, with a big spice and pepper aroma, with a touch of fruityness.
T- A good tasting saison, but I would like a bit more spice and less fruit here. Still good flavors, with a brief flash of fruit up front, pepperyness in the middle, with a long pear finish.
M- Light body. Carbonation is medium. Dry finish.
O- Overall a good saison. I like saisons that have both fruit and spice flavors but focus more on the spice. This one does that with the aroma, but not as much in the flavors.

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Photo of soulfly1492
3.62/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Moderate to high fruit, moderate spice. Orange citrus, sweet apple, mild black cherry. Peppery, yeasty phenols.

Appearance: Pale gold. Pours a tall white creamy head. Great retention and lots of lacing. Lots of bubbles violently churning around in the body, and for quite a long time. Some large particles floating around. Head dissipated noisily. Lots of black sediment at the end of the pour.

Taste: Nice bold citrus. Sweet apples and orange, bitter lemon and sour grapes. Spicy black pepper, bitter hops. Some pilsner and Munich malts in the background.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Mild carbonation. Creamy and oily, yet the finish is dry.

Overall: Not exactly bold, of moderate strength. Lots of sweet and bitter fruit, medium pepper and mild yeast.

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Photo of oberon
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
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 NoLeafClover44
3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into Golden Monkey Goblet.

A - Pours a hazy golden color with plenty of suspended specks, characteristic of the style. I poured very unhurriedly but the white fluffy head starts at 2 fingers and slowly grows ever larger for a while post-pour. Neat display as the mounded head eventually grows above the rim of the glass. The head retains nicely after I let it settle to reasonable equilibrium of two fingers (which took several minutes). Total lacing down the glass.

S - Very floral with some spiciness and obvious funky yeast. I also get some citrus, probably closest to lemon, and fresh cut grass.

T - Lightly malty and peppery but the main components are similar to the nose. Lemon, grass, funk. No hops to speak of. The flavors are all there, but sort of lacking in intensity. The aftertaste is somewhat similar to chlorinated pool water.

M - High carbonation was no surprise based on appearance. The body is light-medium and the finish is crisp.

O - This was a pretty good saison from New Holland. The appearance was impressive and the carbonation remained in the body despite the massive head. The flavors are well balanced, but it lacked that deep "twang" that I like in my saisons. Overall pretty good, and I appreciate that it came in a 12 oz. bottle, something that isn't often seen in the style.

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

12oz. Solid golden pour, two fingers of white. Recedes pretty quickly. Sticks just a bit.

Aroma, lemon grass, a light malty hay. A slight yeast component.

Taste, there is a malt sweatness here, but it is nicely balanced by the citrus, light tropical fruit, pear. Lght clove, then peppercorn makes a very nice showing. Pretty nice.

Heavy side of light bodied. Less carb than some, but still plenty. Drinks pretty easy. A nice brew, one of their better ones. Though not something I would really want a lot of. Gale I tried this one though.

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Photo of DerekP
4.24/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden appearance; fairly opaque for the color. Champagne-like carbonation rises to the top. Fluffy white head slims down.

The nose is beautiful. I can smell the floral aroma more than a foot away from the glass. Up close there's a pronounced grape note and phenolic yeast. Wood tones. A rainbow of aroma. Very fruity (subtle pineapple), but sophisticated.

A wild taste. Bright & fresh up front with floral hops flavor & spicy yeast, with a finish that is crisp and dry. Grape juice in the middle. More phenols.

Notes: my first saison/farmhouse ale (French). Forgive me for my lack of clarity, and for my brevity. Time to enjoy this one alone.

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Photo of hopfacebrew
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Repost of review from hacked account "jmkratt" :(

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

My man Kiddwhiz hooked this up, thanks man! Undated bottle poured to a pint glass.

A - The beer Cap pours a crystal clear gold with a nice 1.5 finger bubbly white head. Very good retention and lacing throughout.

S - A pleasant mix of mild sweetness, a lemon fruit character of hop, A hint of pepper, wheat, biscuit, earthen tones.

T - Right where the nose left off with the slight malty sweetness. Upon this the lemon and pepper build and mix with the earthy/grassy mild bitterness. Finishes a bit sweet and crisp. Well balanced.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Finishes a bit dry and crisp.

O - Good summer brew! Pretty good representation of the style, I enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 06-09-2011 13:00:47

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I purchased a case of this back in the late summer and just now realized I had not reviewed this in the bottle yet. To be honest, I am about sick of this beer; a case was more that enough. But here goes:

Pours clear and golden with a huge, foamy, rocky white head. Tons of lacing and the head reamains fully intact during the entire consumption.

Aroma is quite lemony with heavy yeast and some general funk to it. Peppery, lemony, yeasty, spicy.

Flavor is decent. Yeast kind of takes over at times but the flavor mimics the aroma. Lemongrass and oversparged tea/ tannins. Slightly bitter from the hops and yeasty. Spicy.

Nice mouthfeel and a really solid beer, especially for summer consumption. I purchased this case for under $20 because it was one week out of date. I say it was worth the money but 24 of these over four months was plenty for me.

One more thing: I dont know what it is about this beer, maybe the yeast, but I always get really sleepy when drinking this beer. Give me lemon water with fresh ground pepper and an ambien or this beer and the effects would be the same (as well as the taste). I say drink this beer but I am tired and tired of it.

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Photo of TheDinger
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a pilsner glass. Beer exploded out of the bottle. Cloudy and golden with lots of action and a 2+ finger off white pillow head. Great lacing throughout. Good looking beer. Smell is of wheat and lemons. A few notes of honey and cloves. Fruit taste on the front with a bit of tart that gently smoothes out and finishes off nice. Quiet hops on the end. A touch of pepper that blends well. Complex taste. Tart and carbonated on the tongue a bit dry. Overall- A very solid well rounded brew that was a surprise on the palate. Complex and tasty with full fruity flavor. A must try-

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Photo of jsisko01
3.13/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a cloudy, light gold color with a half centimeter head with tiny bubbles. Looks very crisp.

Smell - Lemon zest, wheat, some spices, and yeast.

Taste - Very peppery, spicy and lemony, and somewhat bitter.

Mouthfeel - Thin but highly carbonated.

Overall - I'm not really a fan of this beer

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Photo of fo5s
3.17/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a dupont saison glass. Gushed after prying off the cap. No dating on the bottle. Notes from late-September.

A- after the gushing, it can't even fill the small glass. Limited head. Pours a pale gold.

S- Very grassy - fresh. Touch of citrus.

T- Grassy. Slightly bitter on finish. Lacks depth.

M- thin. Feels flat after the gushing.

O- unoffensive and unimpressive. Not likely to revisit, but not a bad value.

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Photo of oline73
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
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 micromaniac129
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A golden straw color with lots of fluffy white head. Some lacing is around the glass as foam fades. Slightly cloudy in appearance. This beer is extremly well carbonated.

Has a pale wheat malt aroma with bottled lemon juice.

Taste is malty and a bit spicy or peppery with lemon juice.

Mouthfeel is dry and tart.

This beer pretty much exploded out of the bottle upon openning. A fairly good tasting brew.

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Photo of doughanson78
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks to bobpack for this.

A: Straw yellow in color, with a fairly good haze. Huge 3 plus finger head, almost came out of the glass. Eggshell white real rocky and light, awesome retention and sticky lacing.

S: Musty and funky, but not over the top. Some strong lemon. A little spice. Some wet hay and grass. Very yeasty.

T: Very tart upfront. Some funk throughout. Lemon, coriander, light sour apples, a touch of apricot. Very grassy in the middle and in the finish. Light floral hop bitterness. A light roasted wheat.

M: Medium bodied. High carbonation. Very crisp with a big dry finish.

O: I'm not a huge fan of the style but this is a pretty good beer. The tartness is big at first and has some nice sour qualities to it. Very refreshing.

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Photo of wampahoofus
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy yellow with a thick white head. Excellent retention and lacing.

The aroma is sweet and lemony. There is a bit of spice here.

There is a lot of flavor here. The fruity bannana-like esters are partially covered with a bitter lemon rind / peppery tone. I have been working through a six pack of this over the past week. This bitterness was not what I am used to in this style but I began to like it more and more as I worked through my beers.

The beer has some richness to it but is still very refreshing.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Goose Island goblet.

A: Pours a straw yellow with a thin cap of pure white head.

S: Fresh cut hay, grassy hops, a bit of musky funk and tropical fruits.

T: Clean, crisp funk is balanced against a wheat-like twang. The hops are prevalent here and work well with the typical saison flavours.

D: Alcohol is about average fore the style, and it drinks easy and is surprisingly refreshing.

Overall: This is what I have to believe the original goal of a saison was. To make something refreshing enough to rehydrate the day laborers working in the fields, but with enough heft to warm their gullet at the end of the day. A tasty, refreshing saison that is just perfect for the summer months.

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Photo of scottbrew4u
3.37/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden colored and hazy, with a towering white head that is slow to settle and leaves good lacing on the glass as you drink it down.

S: Dry in the nose with the smell of wheat, toasted malts, straw, bitter orange and yellow grapefruit. Hops impart some floral and spicy notes as well.

T: Bitter and sweet combine with the force of malted barley and wheat, lightly roasted, floral hops and spicy, citrusy yeast. It is ok but nothing really shines in this flavor profile.

M: Medium body and crisp bubbly carbonation almost over carbonated. Alcohol gives a slight notice to the palate.

D: Not a bad saison and it was tart yet refreshing yet it did not beg me to want another like I have experienced with other saison's. It is worth a try though.

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Photo of Spider889
3.52/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Usually I am not too impressed by New Holland, but when I saw this saison I decided to give it a go.

Nice bright straw color with a short white head.

Smells nice a musty. Some lemony notes with hints of thyme and apple skins. Finishes a little dry and dank.

The flavor was less saison-funk as much as belgo-spice, but it wasn't bad.

Overall a decent brew from New Holland, but there are so many other great saisons this one has little to offer.

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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 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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Golden Cap from New Holland Brewing Company
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