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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by TasteTester on 07-31-2008

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Ratings: 476 |  Reviews: 280
Photo of SwiftyMcBeer
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light golden color, nothing really fantastic. The smell was very yeasty, but also very much like a pilsner. From these humble beginnings, I was thinking that my investment in this bomber had been . . . . well a bomb. Fortunately this beer got better where it counts . . the taste department. It was very yeasty and like a plain old pilsner up front, kind of a one trick pony. As it and my Saturday early afternoon palate warmed, the beer started to become more complex. You could sense spices, particularly pepper, coming to the forefront. At 7.0%, this was extremely drinkable and I ended up enjoying the beer when it was all said and done. Was it worth the $9 I paid? Probably not, but as a one-off foray into a relatively new style for me, saison, I enjoyed myself. I will definetly keep trying different saisons and different beers from New Holland based on this experience.

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Photo of WakeandBake
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A cloudy golden straw color with a big rocky white head. Aroma of Yeasty,lemony bread dough with a hint of banana and cloves ,very nice. Flavor is very nice wheaty with some peppercorns,lemongrass,and cloves,and hay. Nice smooth mouthfeel ,soft carbonation with a crisp finish. Very drinkable,very well done New Holland.

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Photo of illidurit
3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a goblet. Translucent dull peachy gold color with a small white head. Nice aroma of typical Belgian ester notes such as apple, banana, pineapple, and orange. Tropical and sweet. Flavor is sweet up front with honey, pineapple, and slightly tart citrus. On the finish it becomes spicy with black pepper, and maybe a faint notion of earthy hops. This is definitely a sweeter saison, as the mouthfeel is not particularly dry. Body is hefty and there's more than enough carbonation. Pleasant beer overall.

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Photo of HomebrewPgh
2.7/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Wow...awful saison. This is one style us Americans have never been able to pin down. Aroma was pale malt and a weird kind of "synthetic funk". Pour was a cloudy orange with a thin off white film for a head. Taste was very disappointing. Stale light malt mixed with sugar water. It literally tasted like sugar water. There is a great carbonation in this beer which made it drinkable, but none of the great flavors of a true saison are present.

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

From the bottle at a BA gathering the other night at Bailey's taproom

The beer pours a striking gold color with good head retention and lacing. The nose on this saison style is solid enough, though it's heavy on the wheat side. There is some underlying honey and spice, but it's dominated by the wheat aroma. The flavors on the palate replicate the nose, though I also get an underlying chardonnay flavor which I like. I was told the brewery used some chardonnay yeast in brewing this beer and it shows I think. The beer is fairly light on the palate, though the mouthfeel is still pretty good. The beer is not the least bit heavy or tiring on the palate, and drinkability is good.

While this didn't blow me away (and in fact paled when compared to the Troeg's Scratch 14 also on offer this evening), it was a nice enough beer. I would certainly order this one again. It's a nice solid, saison style beer.

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Photo of number1bum
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazed, pale golden color with a foamy finger and a half of white head. Head settles to a thin lace and doesn't leave much stick.

Smell is quite grainy, with a hint of sweetness, and a good amount of spice. Black pepper especially. Some lemon zest, slightly sour, and earthy yeast, but overall it's a bit too grainy for my liking.

Taste has a bit more pale malt sweetness than the smell which really balances out that grainy character. Some grassy hops and lots of black pepper spicing are here, too. Some lemon and citrus flavor, too, plus some green apple and pear. Pretty substantial hop bitterness for a saison, and it mingles with a bit of grain through the finish. Nice flavor overall.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, dry and bitter through the finish. Pretty smooth, nice mouthfeel.

This is a pretty solid saison, and a nice American version. I paid $8.49 for this bomber, which was maybe a bit much as compared to the quality - there are better options available in that price range. But still a nice beer, and worth a try for any fan of saisons.

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Photo of BigFrank71
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i first tried this at the great lakes beerfest in racine wisconsin in early september. I made it a point to visit the new holland tent. We had a mug that came with our tickets so the first pour was about 4 ounces. I realy liked the smell and taste, the mouth feel was wondeful and drinkablitiy was top notch. I made sure all of the 40 friends that came with tried it we all agreed it was a great saison. Mid october i found some bombers of this beer in a liquor store and purchased 5 of them well worth it and waiting to buy more i highley recommend trying this one if you have not. By the way thanks to the guys at the beerfest who kept pouring my mug for me you guys were great

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle received from Nephilium in the Virgin BIF. Thanks, Marty! Into my Duvel tulip

A: Carefully decanting the first pour yields a crystal-clear light golden yellow beer with a dense white head that recedes to a disk rather quickly. Plenty of visible carbonation, this one looks pretty.

S: Light, mildly fruity with less-than-ripe pears, some apple and some spices - peppercorns and the smell of mildly damp hay. Grainy. Solid!

T: While the individual flavor components to this beer are not outside the norms, the blend is and while it's unique it's taking me a while to bend my brain around it. Up front is a good amount of cereal-graininess with a wheat-like flavor (hello, spelt) which is rather raw and bready. This is followed by a faint hint of sweetness with light fruits (pears) and some spice (pepper and a light clove note) before a long, dry mildly peppery finish.

M: Light in body with a pleasing, crisp carbonation and a solid finish

D: I'm having a hard time drinking too much of this. When all's said and done, this is more enjoyable to deconstruct than it it to drink.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden sunshine to gentle apricot hue. One finger of head descends to a thin ring o' foam. Very little bubblng for the saisons I like to see. Sweet herbal tea soaked in coriander and wildflowers tingle the nose. Maybe some funky hops too. Honey toasted malts start at the front. The middle lets some musty hops mingle with flowerpetals. The finish is a strong herbal hop and malt blend. Crisp and pretty smooth. Very flavorful American rendition of saison.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - a touch of haze to this yellow straw beer. A fizzy white cap shows a spot of smoothness but bubbles down quickly. A few random arms of lace.

Aroma - a thick, grainy, doughy smell. A touch of farmhouse in there but it's light.

Taste - robust grain, I like the start. A spicy, pepperiness follows, with a touch of mellow farmhouse flavor. Mild alcohol in the aftertaste, resolving with some mild bitterness that is impressively balanced.

Mouthfeel - very crisp, and quite burp-inducing for that matter. Light yet a noticeable smoothness. An elegant feel.

Drinkability - an enjoyable bottle of beer. Perhaps a little more hoppy than most Saisons. Not one that *I'd* stock, but Saisons are more an exploratory style for me rather than a must-have.

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Photo of donteatpoop
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, not a whole lot of reviews on this one. I've seen this on the shelf for a while but never picked one up... I really figured more people would have rated it. Oh well, what's that have to do with anything anyway?

Poured a straw yellow with a decent retention of white head.

Smelled a bit funky, a farmhousey kick of yeast and hop.

Had a funky taste to it as well, very intriguing... The hops seemed vaguely skunky, but not badly so; the yeast also seemed to add to the funkiness of the brew. Is there some wheat in there? It's really hard to pinpoint what I'm tasting with this one. Definately a unique style.

Well balanced carbonation level and no unpleasant after taste.

Very, very drinkable. I purchased a bomber, and if it wasn't so damned expensive ($7.99) I would buy a few more.

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Photo of BMoney575
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on 9-5-08
Reviewed from notes.

Appearance is cloudy, very pale, with an almost green quality. The head is pleasant, leaving behind clean lacing.

Smell is Clean, with lots of grassy hops. Some wheat, followed by a good breadiness. Very pilsner.

Taste is Much like the smell, tangy and almost sour. Bitter, grassy hops on the finish.

Mouthfeel is thin, by good and creamy. Carbonation is just right.

Drinkability is good, more a hoppy wit than a saison.

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Photo of gordavidson
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I split this bomber is bmoney575.

A- A nice, cloudy yellow with a very nice but thin white head. The head provides full coverage and good retention.

S- A little fruity- almost a bit of fruity pebbles. Some honey and a bit of biscuity malt. Some hoppiness. Almost reminds me of a pilsner.

T- Fruity, a little tangy and hoppy. Not really all that funky, but a tad sour. A little different for the style, but tasty.

M- Very creamy. This is awesome.

D- The alcohol is pretty well masked and it is a surprisingly enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Lepley
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz. bottle

A: Clear, gold-yellow. Two fingers of white head and good carbonation.
S: Malty, sweet, grainy, hidden aromas of fruit, apples, citrus.
T: Sweet, grain. hints of citrus and fruits, lemony. Finishes with a slight bitterness.
M: Watery with mild carbonation
D: It was decent and I'd recommend it though I was too impressed.

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

22 ounce bottle received in a trade with hoppymeal, thanks Derek for including this in my package, split with my dad last night, poured into my Duvel tulip glass

A-Golden yellow color, a little bit of orange too, murky, 3/4 inch foamy white head that stuck around for two to three minutes, light retention, minimal lacing
S-Lots of citrus including tangerines, fresh orange peels, pineapple, lemon, sweetness, various spices, light malt, this one did not have earthiness or funk you would expect from a farmhouse but it was still pleasant smelling
T-Pretty light for its style with a lot of citrus at first mixed with some spice in the finish, cracked peppercorn has a strong flavor in this brew, more dry at first, then on the earthy side, by the end it is warm and sweet, lots orf oranges in the middle but the other malts are weak, hops are not too strong either, pretty light overall, spiciness is pronounced and inviting, liked the different things going on with this one
M-Pretty thick body for a saison, medium stillt though, mouthfeel was mostly fruity and spicy but did have some earthy and dry feels too, taste does not linger, would have liked a little more carbonation
D-Could have drank this bottle individually and probably more after, smooth and easy on the palate, alcohol is hidden and taste is smooth, sessionable for a farmhouse ale, fairly low in alcohol

A high gravity saison just sounds good and it was, second beer I have tasted from New Holland and now I want more, a little expensive for what it is, I think there was a price tag on the bottle cap that read $8.49, still it was tasty and I would like to drink this again but not likely because I would have to trade for more, recommended

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Photo of Slynger
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden Cap pours a lightly hazed golden wheat color, with a tinge of tangerine, and a fuzzy cap of fluffy white.

The nose brings banana and wheat along with some green apple and lemon with a touch of funk and spice.

The flavor stands out a bit more. The apple, lemon, and light funk all make a stronger statement. Lightly sweet banana bready malt base with a good amount of black peppery spice. Body is medium-full with a pretty nice amount of fuzzy-tingly carbonation.

I found Golden Cap to be a very solid and enjoyable Saison. Definitely recommended.

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Photo of Mcculler
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Stunningly beautiful beer on the eyes and nose. Large foamy head (from a relatively vigorous poor, though it didn't need help) that left moderate lacing and resided after about five minutes, without ever disappearing. Deep golden color with amber tint.

Smell was very pretty -- hay, clover, lemon, mild apple/pear and a clean herbal note.

Taste was a mild let down. That light, pleasant, early summer nose turns a bit in the midsummer sun -- faint nuts and bread, herb, and honey -- not too sweet but somehow cloying. Hidden behind that cloying sweetness is a moderate funk that emerges only as the beer warms. I'd say the beer is best drunk on the warm side because of this. Not much in the finish -- needs something to balance this.

Nice and light in the mouth with a moderate carbonation that improves a drinkability that would be high were it not for that cloying (almost annoying) sweetness that sticks around like overripe banana without the roundness. Very faint alcohol burn on warming -- a bit much for 7%, though.

An interesting beer. I don't know how much of the oddness can be attributed to the grain -- the bottle says its brewed with spelt -- or to the tendency of US breweries to make Belgian/French styles a little too unidemensionally sweet. Still, not as sweet as some. Ultimately, a pleasurable beer.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.07/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy yellow color, with a small white head. In the aroma, yeasty, lemon grass, small citrus notes. In the taste, lemon citrus, a small hop presence, and quite yeasty. A small hop bite and medium mouthfeel, with a dry yeasty/ lemon citrus aftertaste. Nice hops, nice yeast, nice lemony citrus, and hides ABV. Very nice.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.06/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer really struck me as a pretty unexceptional tripel, rather than a saison. I was looking for some fruitiness, citrus zing, or farmhouse funk to really put it in that style, and I was a bit disappointed not to find it. It is not a bad beer, and it would be hard for me to hate a golden ale with spice and secondary fermentation, but I didn't really feel as though it lived up to its labeling.

Color was an attractive straw-yellow color. Head was maybe a cm. Aroma was spicy and clovey, with some candied sugar. Flavor was similar, which was strongly reminiscent of a tripel to me. Mouthfeel was light and effervescent, like other beers I've had with secondary fermentation. Not bad, just not as advertised.

I would weakly recommend this beer. I got this bottle at Discount Liquor in Milwaukee.

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Photo of Raymond69
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color. Decent head, some lacing.

Aroma is peppery with some honey. I detect some skunk so I'll re-review with another, hopefully light-free sample.

Apple sweet taste up front , with a slight funk and mild hop finish.

Mouthfeel is light with dry finish. Good carbonation.

Overall a nice Saison.

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Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
3.36/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap @ the brewery, served in a New Holland High Gravity glass.

A - Not much head off the bartender's pour. The body was a rich golden honey like color, with orange tints.

S - Orange peel, lemon, sweet malt and a bit of spice from the hops was what I noted. Nothing that would really make me think farmhouse.

T - Again, I picked up nothing but citrus, sweet malt, slight rock sugar sweetness, and sufficent spice from the hops. Nothing that would make me think saison or any true Belgian stye for that matter.

M - A little bit more on the full side than what I look for in a saison.

D - I was disapointed in this beer, being a big fan of the High Gravity series from New Holland, I had hoped for more. I would best describe this as another example of this depressing style of American Saisons/Tripels which get the fruit and spice, but not the funk or fun that makes these styles the great examples of brewing that they are. Well, back to the Dragon's Milk!

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Photo of ndekke39
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought a bomber of this. Decanted into a white wine glass. The liquid is sparkling clear golden yellow, with a small white head that dissipates into the tiniest ring around the glass.

Smells sweet and grassy. Herbal notes. Apple, sugar, yeast, honey.

Fruity and grassy. Grapes, bananas, apple. Touch of bitter breadiness from the yeast in the finish.

Small effervescence on the tongue. Very nice complement to the crisp flavors.

Nice, drinkable ale. Some good complexity to it. Very nice to drink it slightly chilled on a hot summer evening.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.35/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Split a bomber of this with a friend recently that I bought on his birthday. Poured into a tulip glass. This beer is a cloudy medium golden color. The white head was about 2/3 inch when poured, eventually settling to a medium sized, thick ring lining the inside glass and eventually settles to nothing at all. There is not much lacing here either. Aromas of malt and spice dominate along with hints of banana. Has a malty, sweet, sort of candy like flavor upfront followed by a bit of citrus and banana and some definite spice. No hops here at all as far as this palate is concerned. Has a smooth, crisp, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with fairly high carbonation. Easy to drink. A good effort here from the fine folks at New Holland.


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Photo of Wildman
4.17/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a clear yellow color and formed a foamy off white head that coated the glass with lace as it slowly subsided. A medium amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of malt, spices and pepper. The flavor was of malt, candy and butter. The body is medium and silky, and the finish is sweet yet peppery. Another nice beer from New Holland.

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

Poured from the 22oz bottle into a standard beer mug. This was purchased at a retail store in Ohio so this is not just limited to the brewery.

Upon opening and the pour I nearly immediately spilled it all over the pants and keyboard area. This is usually a good sign. I usually accidentally spill the good beers out of sheer clumsiness wasting precious liquid from past instances.

Without further ado:

Appearance- Beer pours a slightly hazed golden yellow with a two and a half finger head of sodalike carbonation that quickly dies down to tiny bubbles raising up from the bottom of the glass.

Smell- Spices, a slight funk, lots of malt character, light fruits, and minor hop character. Some cardboard oxidation notes, I hope that isn't in the flavor. Some citrus notes are there but the spices quickly overpower them.

Taste- Fruity and citrus with a creamy quality that gives way to more funk. I'm not sure if funk is entirely appropriate for the saisons, but I'm very glad that it is there. I love the funk. Hops are present but not too overpowering. Malt is adequately balanced.

Mouthfeel- Creamy, lightly warming, lightly fruity, highly carbonated, medium bodied.

Drinkability- Very nice for the summertime and very nice for the winter as well. The high ABV makes it a beer for all seasons. I would love to try this on tap and feel I may have the opportunity soon.

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Golden Cap from New Holland Brewing Company
Beer rating: 56.5% out of 100 with 476 ratings
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