Golden Cap | New Holland Brewing Company

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Golden CapGolden Cap

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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Photo of weasbri
4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light golden color, nice thick head that does a nice job of grabbing the side of the glass.
A grassy aroma, a bit of funk to it as well.
This one is a lot more refreshing than I would have thought. 6.5% saison doesn't really scream out to be an easy summer drink, but it is. It has a lovely tartness to it, which does a fine job of counteracting the funkiness and that little bit of spice.
In spite of everything, it doesn't leave much behind, which is a good thing, nice and crisp finish. Very quaffable.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this with a meal recently. The table had ordered two beers with some of our appetizers and the other was Goose Island Demolition. I ill not write this review as a comparison, but it was interesting to have one, then the other... The only real note of comparison I will cite is that this was a bit sweeter with a somewhat thicker body. In fact, I would say it was a touch too sweet for a Saison.

Fluffy white head, almost a champagne look to it. Bright brass/gold color with excellent clarity. The head did fade pretty quickly. And not too much lacing at all.

Aroma, was yeasty, sweet and fruity. Some honey, and the slightest touch of earthiness.

As mentioned, the taste was a bit sweet and also honey like. Very fruity along with some spice, white pepper and yeast tones. Some overly ripe peach tones.

Body seemed a bit bolder for a Saison, but certainly not a thick beer.

Nice refreshing, but the sweetness slowed you down a bit.

Decent representation despite some of the flaws noted.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

6oz. tap pour into a sampler glass

(A)- A Straw yellow color. Clear & free of any particles. Light layer of foam present.

(S)- Honeyed sweet malts. Some hay/straw funk.

(T)- a neutral Butterscotch amidst some straw and earthy yeast

(M)- Light-bodied and just barely carbonated.

(D)- A light and refreshing beer for the summertime. A six pack does not stand a chance.

*I want to give it another try when I have more time to review it in full*

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.67/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy light yellow body with a small amount of white head that has almost no lacing or retention.

I smell some sweet malt and a slight peppery aroma.

The taste is pretty good, better than the smell. The malt is a light pale malt that almost taste like pilsner malt. There is also a slight fruitiness underneath that reminds me of apricots. The finish is peppery and dry.

Mouthfeel is a little heavier than it should be, and is undercarbonated. The finish is nice and dry and smoooth though.

Pretty drinkable beer. It has its problems, but overall is a good beer that is saved by a nice flavor.

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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 atsprings
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a DFH signature glass pours a bubbly slightly hazy straw yellow with a decent off-white head that diminishes to a thin layer and leaves slight lacing. Aroma is a nice amount of sweet fruity malt, citrus and spice. The taste is a very enjoyable balance of slightly sour fruit, sweet malt and spice. The beer is quite light and very refreshing. Out of the bottle this is a very enjoyable American brewed saison!

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Photo of zeff80
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
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 beerdedking
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from The Jessup Beverage!!

pour into pint glass. nice hazy straw or wheat looking brew. i thought this was cloudier than other reviewers have stated. looks perfectly unfiltered to me.

wonderfully yeasty and funky scents escape to your brain, and you know this one will have that tangy finish that just leads you from sip to sip.

taste is certainly complex for a beer in the 6% range. Light lemon, peppery, tongue coating tanginess in every quaff. You can sip this and enjoy it, or if you're parched you may down it. this one is doing double duty.

perfect carbonation, leads to perfect M.

after a few, the sourness can get tiresome, but hey just take it on as a personal challenge and overcome it. this is a great beer. not as hoppy in the end as Hennepin, but i'd say a little more complex...

nice brew New Holland. i'll be looking for more from you...

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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 BeerFMAndy
3.69/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into an American Tumbler Pint. No date on the bottle. Reviewed at Barley House.

A - Clear effervescent golden color with a dense one-finger white head with ok retention and good lacing.

S - Strong Belgian yeast aroma imparting fruity esters into the aroma - banana most notably - with light spices and a raw honey sweet finish.

T - Starts with light fruit - white grape - and bananas and a sweet light malt but finishes overly spicy with a serious citrus zing that's almost sour at the end.

M - Very smooth for the amount of carbonation but it has a strong citrus and spice finish that's a little overwhelming, dry, and finishes with a sour zing.

D - Decent beer for but a saison, I think it's a little overly spiced and has a very awkward finish. It's drinkability is a little average.

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Photo of wyattshotmaker
3.62/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a sam adams glass,a hazy straw colored beer with a large head that dissipated quickly.

smells like grass,lemon,straw,with a slight hint of apricot and bready yeast.

taste is of fruity esters,kinda picking up some strawberry and apricot but very slight.i'm tasting what i believe is spelt as well,it's an interesting flavor.finishes slightly astringent.

mouthfeel is light and effervescent.this is an easy session beer.much better than their original saison that came in the 22 oz bomber,but still missing something.

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Photo of KI9A
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Awesome semi-cloudy gold, big puffy, inviting head, last for a long time.

S: Yeasty, a little boozy.

T: Tart green apples, slight funkyness...not a brett funk, but, a funk nonetheless! Very spicy on the back end, white pepper, corrinder.

M: Light body, very, very dry finish. refreshing.

D: I can session this beer, no doubt. Summer is my Saison time, and, this will take some space up in the fridge, along with some Kolsches and other Saisons. Label says is is brewed with "Spelt", an ancestor to wheat. WTF? Cool!!!

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Photo of gmfessen
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked a sixer of this up when I was back in MI, on sale at Meijer.

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a golden yellow color with a thin, effervescent head that crackles like Rice Krispies. The smell is slightly sweet with alcohol; hints of citrus fruit and spice dominate. The taste is similar, with the spicy phenols and warming alcohol coming to the forefront. There is an earthiness about the brew. The mouthfeel is medium in body and very dry. Overall, a convincing Saison - very solid, probably not a session beer though.

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Photo of mpyle
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden color, slightly cloudy. Pours a healthy white head, very creamy and with good retention.

Smell has some fruity sweetness, a bit of pineapple, subtle alcohol. Not overly spicy, but enough yeast character in the aroma to recognize it as Belgian.

A balanced (not sweet) malty flavor up front, a bit peppery and spicy through midmouth, and finishing dry and slightly bitter. A slight solventy character from the yeast at times.

MF - Medium body and med-high carbonation. Prickly mouthfeel, but not overdone. Some pleasant warming.

D'ability - Enough balance and complexity to make it quite drinkable. Alcohol isn't overpowering - a sessionable mid-strength Belgian.

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

On-tap at Union Jack's Manatawny.

Pours a hazy straw gold color with 1 finger of fluffy white head into a goblet. Good retention and some spotty lacing. Smells of apples, lemon, wheat, pepper, and clove. Tastes of apples and pears followed by some honey, wheat, clove, and black pepper with a lemony finish. Medium in body with decent carbonation. Soft and clean with a nice balance. Refreshng, a good summertime sipper.

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Photo of macpapi
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a 22 oz bomber bottle, with flying monkey label.

Pours a straw color with a light orange tinge. A bit hazy, but mostly clear, with a thin white head.

Smells of fresh light wheat with faint hint of yeast. Balanced by orange, lemon, straw and plenty of that saison funk.

Taste is fresh and crisp, with wheat pull dominating up front. Tartness follows with a bit of hop pull. As it warms, a nice maltiness completes the flavor.

In the mouth Golden Cap is crisp and relatively light, but packs a nice bite.

On the whole this is a very drinkable beer. Has quite a bit of flavor and decent balance, if not the most complex or challenging version of the syle.

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Photo of CHL
3.86/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Light-colored beer with a cloudy hefeweisen-like suspension. I've never had this style before, and it smelled relatively spicy to me.

The flavor impressed me, with more malt than I expected. A sort of wheat beet base, with the mildly sweet malt that's evolved into a range of fruity ester flavors, especially apples. Interesting flavor, but not terribly strong; I wish it had a little more. I get the impression that the beer is a little sweeter than most Saisons, and I like it this way.

Extremely drinkable; enough so that 7.0% sneaks up on you.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +7%
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 hwwty4
3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 12oz bottle into my Boulevard Smokestack goblet.

This beer pours a slightly hazy light straw with a tight 1 inch bleached white head that leaves just a subtle, sexy lacing as the beer disappears from my glass. The aroma is fresh picked Granny Smith apples, fresh squeezed lemons, straw and hay, with just a bit of damp earth. The flavor is tart green apples, crisp golden apples, and a bit of lemon zest. The flavor is definitely dominated by the fruity phenols. Just a hint of candy sugar comes through on the finish but the flavor is very mild. I think if the body would have been a bit bigger it would have hid the huge fruity phenols and would have balanced out the flavor just a bit. The mouthfeel is light and mildly carbonated. Golden Cap doesn't finish nearly as dry as most Saisons which unfortunately is one of my favorite attributes of the style. I like my Saisons to be bone dry. This is an easily approachable Saison and would be a great beer for someone that was looking to get into the style.

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Photo of avalon07
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a brownish-yellow color and a slightly cloudy texture. There was a quarter inch of foamy, long-lasting head and good lacing.

S: Aroma of bananas, spices, malt and some other mild fruits.

T: Tasted of malt, bananas, coriander, apples and other fruits. A decently well done taste, though not spectacular. Not as funky as most saisons.

M: A decent amount of carbonation and a smooth finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

D: This is an OK American version of a saison. It's easy to drink, but not the greatest one I've ever had.

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

Pale yellow with a 1-finger head, the nose was grassy--I couldn't get beyond "summer fields"--and the beer itself had notes of pear, wheat, and citrus, with a little bit of spice (mostly coriander and clove), and a very very mild funk but I didn't really feel the beer was developing as I drank it, and ultimately the flavor combination was not very compelling to me. I might have had it at the wrong time--this was right after a sour I really enjoyed--but I don't think I'd seek this one out again.

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Photo of philbe311
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Active pour... One finger fizzy snow white foam... Decent retention that ultimate leads to a full splotchy lacing... Pale golden straw color... Slight orange hue... Very slight haziness... Loads of moderate paced carbonation...

S - The spiciness hits you right off the bat... Pepper... Clove... All spice... Coriander.... Lemon zest... Apple... Pear... Vaguely yeasty... A very faint and mild sugary sweetness... A slight fruity tartness on the finish...

T - Candied sugars... Rich malt base... Banana... Pear... Apple... Then the spiciness kicks in, mainly clove and faint pepper notes...

M - Light to medium bodied... Lots of lush carbonation, not prickly at all... Creamy and rich... Smooth... Slightly chewy...

D - Remarkably refreshing... A very approachable and enjoyable Saison... I am really impressed with the brew... It may not be a classic text book saison, but it is a unique variation... This is a near perfect spring and summer brew...

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Photo of Wheelinb
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This had a nice spicy aroma. It smelled like a spicy wheat beer. Nice golden color with a bit of head. The taste matched right up with the smell. The spices came across along with a wheat flavor. I felt the hops had too much of a bite and where overwhelming the other flavors a bit. I did like the body and carbonation.

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