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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Added by TasteTester on 07-31-2008

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Ratings: 476 |  Reviews: 280
Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was a hazy gold color with nice carbonation (I didn't have the problem the earlier reviewer noted). It's nose consisted of orange, lemon, pine, and clover. Nice!

This beer was fairly tart and sweet up front with a nice zippy finish. I detected flavors of toast with honey, marmalade, and a hint of cotton candy. Very refreshing, especially during this heat wave.

The saison is a style I have been warming up to lately (no pun intended). This is a nice example of one and was easy for me to find, but for this particular style I tend to prefer a bit more tartness and not quite as much sweetness. Still, this is a perfect summer beer. Cheers!

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Photo of cnally
3.31/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Whoa, did anyone else have a bottle foam up all over their kitchen??? Major bottling issues, right from the start...Not a great sign or terribly promising.

The appearance is golden, obviously. Pretty sticky bubbly white head. Good look.

The aroma comes off very sour, pungent. Not a terribly deep smell. Very little in the way of hop or malt qualities.

The flavor is wonderfully estery, again, pungent, puckering. Massive banana and nutmeg. Some latent bitterness in the finish. A surprisingly spicy flavor even for the spiciest of saisons. It's just a bit unhinged instead striking a balance between its sour and spice.

In spite of the damn bottle overflowing with foam rapidly, there is little more than your usual saison carbonation and a relatively light body.

I'm a little disappointed, if not because the beer is bad, it's just not balanced and refreshing while being puckering. And I was even in the mood for a saison!!

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Photo of PDXHops
3.51/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. An impressive tornado of bubbles churns through the hazy gold body. Impressive height and retention from the creamy white head. Lacing aplenty.

Mildly spicy nose, but it's certainly not lacking in grassy and lemon notes. Fresh and yeasty with background notions of funk and pears. Unexpectedly thickish and smooth feel that somewhat tames things. Pretty tasty, though. Funkier and spicier than it smells, and the lemon has taken a turn toward sour territory. Apple, pear and a hint of melon rind midswallow. Grassy and toasted flavors linger.

Overall impression: More of a sipping saison than the light and lively beverage you may be expecting. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of pb9613
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pale gold clouded with a simple white head.

Smell: Malt overtones with a slight hint of sour lemon.

Taste: Light malt flavor with a peppery finish. There is a definite tart sour lemon note that shines through. This beer could use a little more flavor of the hops.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and quite a lot of carbonation. The tartness, carbonation, and pepper leave a dry finish but a great introduction to saisons.

Overall: I was excited to try a saison and New Holland is always a good place to start when trying a new style of beer.

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Photo of tito42
3.42/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle to a tulip glass. No date on the bottle that I could find.

A: Pale gold clouded with sediment. Sudsy white head.

S: Bready yeast, white pepper, and lemon.

T: Wheaty and yeasty throughout with tart apple and cherry taking over about halfway through on to the finish. Peppery note with the finish. A tad too tart for my palate.

M: Medium-light bodied and quite carbonated. The tartness, carbonation, and pepper leave a dry finish. A little thin but otherwise stands up well to other saisons here.

O: I was excited to try saison at this price point in a sixer. This is a good beer, but simply too tart for my taste.

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Photo of Daniellobo
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A refreshing take on a saison, maybe lacking depth and some broader earthy tones, but pleasing nevertheless.

Presentation: 12 oz brown capped bottle. Yellow and warm label design with the New Holland branding and an illustration of the winged monkeys that obey Oz´s Golden Cap that names the brew. Back label offers a small narrative with the main ingredients and characteristics of the brew. Shows 16 Plato, and 6.25% Alc. by Vol. Served on a tulip glass.

A - Hazy pale to medium gold pour, good frothy head, moderate retention, fair surface memory and some lacing.

S - Lightly grassy nose, a bit tart, lemony and yeasty with dash o pepper.

T - Follows the aroma with a good yeasty, peppery and lightly grass notes, wheaty hint in the finish, citrus touches...

M - Light to light/medium body with generous carbonation and a nice dry touch in the finish.

O - Nothing for the ages but a good flowing saison.

Notes: Good brew from New Holland, nothing mind-blowing but it is always good to have a quality saison available in 12 oz bottles and this just does that.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A turbid lemon peel coloring is filled with a whirlwind of carbonation. A bready thick white head sits atop with good results and a lasting appeal. Good lace coverage, with a finger thick band encompassing the glass.

S: Sour musky lemons and oranges along with wheat on the nose. Moderate level of strength, pungent hops, but not so much fruitiness.

T: Bright and spritzy nature opens things up with some sour musky lemons and wheat. Sour fruitiness is there despite missing on the nose, with some apricots and apples. The pungent lemony hops come on the close with a clean sharp delivery leaving a gentle reminder of musky citrus and bread on the swallow with some acidity.

M: Good sharp zip of carbonation with a medium body and creamy nature. A sour twang of country time citrus fade afterwards.

O: Overall a nice saison with quite the zip, maybe not as complex or interesting as a Fantome but serves as a easy drinking basic style that provides its share of sour citrus twang for that hot summer day.

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

The body is a hazy bronze-copper color. It had a thick head and lace with a lot of staying power. It has a super grassy aroma. It has a sweet bean taste at first. Then there was a mild adjunct flavor followed by sweet citrus esters. It definitely has farm house qualities. The mouthfeel is a bit thick. I am a fan.

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Photo of lurpy1
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewing from memory - drank the other night, and as this was my third bottle in rapid succession, I was getting punchy.

Pours an intriguing cloudy orange. Kind of the color of the sun.

This could be just me, but in terms of taste this one strongly reminds me of Blue Moon. The smell's a big faint. While the taste isn't overly challenging, Golden Cap does not lack for flavor. Citrus flavors are at the fore, followed by some yeast and floral whatnot. The taste lingers a bit. That's Blue Moon-esque too.

Pretty good beer, Saison's are easy drinking summer beers. In that respect, Golden Cap is behind Bell's Oberon among recent tastings, but a quality beer nonetheless.

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Photo of mactrail
3.86/5  rDev +3.2%
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 xnicknj
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of EnJeiBee
4.02/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a transparent golden yellow with virtually no head

S - Has a little bit of that belgian style funk to it with some prominent tart notes

T - Taste matches the scent very well. The tart flavor is upfront and somewhat reminiscent of apples

M - Great body. Light to medium with a very clean and crisp finish

O - I think this is pretty mellow for the style, but that's not a negative. There is definitely a level of "drinkability" that comes along with a muted version of what is usually a pretty intense style.

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Photo of zoso1967
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden Cap pours a wonderful deep GOLDEN color with a CAP of white fluffy foam on top. The head has wonderful retention and leaves moderate lace on the sides of the tulip.

The aroma is quite nice with plenty of Belgian saison character. The malt has a slight wheaty character to it (though apparently it was brewed with spelt) and a pleasantly neutral sweetness. There is also plenty of lemony hop character that accents a nice grassy aroma that reminds me of summer. White pepper is also present.

The flavor closely mimics the aroma with a slightly tart wheaty malt backbone. This is accented with plenty of lemongrass and some peppery spice. This brew seems a bit bigger than most classic saisons, but has a pretty good amount of bitterness to balance out the extra sweetness.

The mouthfeel is medium with an adequate level of carbonation. It has a bit of a slickness to it that turns into a slightly dry and sticky finish.

Overall this is a pretty decent saison, but not terribly exciting. There doesn't seem to be very many Michigan breweries making this style, so I give them props for that. However, I think if I am really in the mood for a saison I will still go for something else.

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Photo of Cresant
3.02/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured this 22 oz. brown bottle into a Sierra Nevada Hops glass. No date. The beer was hazy yellow with a modest white head. Minimal lacing remained.

The smell was fruity. Fresh grain and rather "clean" which was a little surprising for the style.

The taste was sweet, juicy pear. Again, this was clean - more fruity and less soil flavor. Well hidden alcohol. Very mild peppercorn flavors late into this one.

The mouthfeel had a medium density and was moderately carbonated - but had a smoothness in the mouth.

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Photo of Wadsey
2.65/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

New Holland Golden Cap

Served in a New Belgium tulip. 

A: Pours a slightly hazy deep gold. Some head erupts but poor retention. Insignificant lacing and lackluster effervescence. 

A: Clove clobbers nose. Coarse golden grains, maybe spelt, follow clove's lead. Toasty, spicy and a little earthy. 

T: Once again cloves take lead, but are joined quickly by sweet malts. Tang and toasted grains/cereal (Cheerios) push themselves on the palate. Somewhat earthy or musty hay. Finish is full of grain. 

M: Medium-full body with surprisingly light carbonation. The end result is a 7 abv sipper. Drying finish, but not clean or crisp. 

O: If I were told Golden Cap were an imperialized saison, I wouldn't be surprised given its over-the-top flavor and relatively poor drinkability. 

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Photo of wahhmaster
3.28/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Brooklyn tulip.

Appearance: Pours a translucent, very pale yellow color. Has a large, frothy head that dissipates down to a sizable cap and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: Smells yeasty with hints of wheat and spices.

Taste: Has a sharp, citrusy taste up front. Develops a sweet, yeasty flavor towards the back with prominent citrus and spice flavors as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a nice crispness.

Overall: A decent saison but not one that will be particularly memorable. It's greatest strength is that there isn't anything obviously wrong with it. It's a nice summer seasonal but probably not something I'll seek out again.

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

Appearance - Pale yellow with a frothy white head that had some staying power and leaves very good lacing. I swirled the last third of the bottle to raise any sediment, but it is still pretty clear for the style.

Smell - Sweet and grassy with some banana, a little spice, and a slightly earthy sour apple note.

Mouthfeel - soft and mouthfilling with nice high carbonation.

Taste - Echoes the smell with the addition of hay and pepper. Has a soft mineral finish.

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Photo of 33nickadams
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's a golden yellow, not much head, and translucent. Slight lacing as I drink it. I smell bread and some earthy tones. Some citrus smell as well. The taste surprised me as I got some apple, followed by the familiar Belgian yeast taste. This beer finishes somewhat dry. It has a medium body and pretty good carbonation. I could drink no more than 2 of these at once, I think the yeastiness would get to me. I liked it and would get it again. So far, its the only saison I've ever had. So I guess its hard for me to compare.

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Photo of daveytheformer
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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

Had on tap at Grill One Eleven.

Appearance was nice hazy foggy golden color with a nice white head.

Smell was huge of earthy grassy tones along with some hoppy citrusy notes.

Taste was just what you would expect from the smell. Lots of earthy tones that finish with a nice hint of lemony citrus.

Mouthfeel was good. Near perfect for the style.

Overall a great beer. Not my favorite style but definitly a well put together beer.

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

750 ml
Pours a light straw yellow color. Good carbonation, creamy looking head. The smell on this one starts off with a nice lemon smell, a little sourness, malt, and a candy like sweetness. Great smelling beer. The taste you get nice big bready notes, the lemon, floral notes, with great body to it. Creamy beer. Overall, I enjoyed this beer quite a bit. One of my favorites from New Holland actually.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap into a nonic glass at the Winking Lizard

A- Hazy golden orange color with one finger of frothy, creamy white head. Leaves sticky lacing

S- Mostly sour apple and some spice

T- Strong sour apple and yeast flavor up front with some spicy and tangerine peel flavors towards the middle and finish of the beer. Has a strong hop bitterness that I was not expecting in the middle.

M- Finishes dry, medium body to thicker bodied, honey-like consistency

O- A flavorful saison with a nice hop presence. Overall this beer had very good balance between the funky fruit notes, hops, and spice.

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Photo of Kelly88
4.02/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had On tap at Fries Cafe. Served in your run of the mill pint glass.

A- very pale yellow. Crisp white head that fades to a peninsula of floating lace.

S- the usual suspects for a saison. Clove, banana, and a little bit of apple/pear.

T- spicy apples? Followed by a nice banana twang. Classic saison, I can't complain, maybe a little sweeter less spicy than most.

M- smooth crisp and good. Crispy and tight carbonation. Carb kick really pops the flavor.

Overall a very Nice saision. Clean crisp and tasty. Alot smoother than most saisons I've had.

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Photo of JRed
3.21/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear golden straw body with white bubbly head that leaves attractive lacing. Wish the aroma wasn't so subtle: apple skins, pears, slight grass, some farmhouse notes flutter in the background. Tastes of grapefruit, grass, unripe pears, fruit spice, hay, and the bitterness comes through in the finish. Thick mouthfeel with medium carbonation. A thick juicy drink with disjointed flavors that just mix in and out of one another.

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

Bottle date 03/31/11

Fairly faithful stab at a saison.

Big frothy head initially with some decent retention. Bubbles with a swirl and lends some delicate sizzle on the tongue. Pale saffron yellow and a touch hazy.

Flowery, light perfumy scent. Distinctive spice from the yeast, in addition. Souring pear and honeyed malt in the background. Unarguably saison.

Better balance of those aromas in the taste. Malts come forward more, still honeyish but exhibiting a shredded wheat cereal quality, I suppose enhanced or paired nicely by the lightly bitter, mellow flower petal zest from the yeast. Not sweet and not real spicy.

Something in there...a product of the ingredients? or is it the spelt?... is begetting a pleasant, mild soapy-chalky flavor and feel, starting in the middle and lasting through the finish along with a white grape(?) fruity tang. It's the interesting element here. Decent job on this one. Worth trying.

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Golden Cap from New Holland Brewing Company
3.74 out of 5 based on 476 ratings.
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