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 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 matjack85
4.24/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a 6 pack of these at Springbrook Liquors in Bloomingdale, IL for $11.99, so tjey're not cheap. Was looking for something Halloweenish that I could enjoy between all the trick or treaters coming to my door, but they didn't carry much in the way of craft specialties there, so I settled for these as they had the flying monkies on the label from the wicked witch's haunted forest in the "Wizzard of OZ". 12oz brown bottles with no freshness date.

The beer poured a nice straw gold color and made 1½-fingers worth of frothy white head. The head lasted several minutes and left tons of lacing on the glass.

The smell was phenominal - lots of grapes and other ripe fruits, some funky yeast, herbs and spices, and biscuity malt.

Nice mix of complex flavors in here. Definitely grapes and bananas up front with a slight sour twang as well. I didn't get any wheat flavor from the" spelt" they said was in here, but I did get some yeast and bready malt flavors. Hops are minimal but noticeable. A mix of herbal and spicy hops blended with orange peel and lemon zest. Not as much barnyard funk as in most saisons - not sure whether that's bad or good.

Feels more like drinking a crisp refreshing wine than a beer. Light to medium body with fairly high carbonation.

I like the flavor and smell of this a lot. Whether it's a traditionally made farmhouse ale may be another matter. The 6.25% alcohol is hidden pretty well and it's very easy to drink.

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

The first thing that struck me was the nose on this. Absolutely grand. Just sweet honey and warm light spicing. I didnt want to take my nose out of this. The golden liquid looked just as nice. I was really impressed by the first sip, and each after. Just very very smooth, nice balance of flavors, and a bit of restraint in the spicing, which I appreciate.

Each sip makes me want another, which is my mark of a truly great beer. This was super drinkable, and I can't wait to try one on the patio on a warm summer day. Another winner from NH.

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

From notes (back when it was a seasonal/premium offering).

On-tap poured into a nonic pint.

A- 2-finger, fluffy white head that drops to a full lace that leaves great sticky spots on the glass. The body was a clean, golden color with light-medium carbonation.

S- Great for the style. Green apple and musty yeast qualities were the major players.

T- More green apple and a touch of citrus. Clean finish. Maybe a touch of creamy, wheaty qualities.

M- Clean feel with light carbonation and a dry finish.

D- It's a great summer drinker. I could have had a couple in a sitting. As stated, this is from notes from some time back. I believe they've since changed the recipe, as the ABV dropped just a touch.

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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 feloniousmonk
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

New Holland Golden Cap Saison

Clouded golden appearance, sizeable chalky head atop.

Tart and funky nose starts it off, definite barnyard smell going on, ripe and fragrant. Some lemon and citrus as well as peppery spice meets up with the rustic feel. Fantastic aromatics.

Taste: excellent entry on the palate, a full force blast of flavor, not shy at all. Spice, hops and wild yeast all banging on the doors to be let in and flood the mouth. That they do.

This intense flavor continues, but the feeling is overall refreshing. This would be quite a quencher come suppertime,... medium bodied. Fully flavored. Wicked citric/ sour twist in the taste continues, slightly astringent, but unfailingly flavorful and tenaciously tasty.

In other words, I like it. Mmmm,

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Photo of WakeandBake
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
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 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 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 cdViking
4.19/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of Alan in a BIF.

Beer pours a hazy gold, and looks tasty but isn't anything terrifically amazing. The smell, however, is beyond fabulous. Wonderful, sweet honey and spice scent, set the table nicely for the eventual consumption. Taste of citrus fruits and bread, the sweet honey scent giving way to a honey taste. Nice mouthfeel, light and smooth. Incredibly drinkable, would enjoy this one during summer evenings.

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Photo of ATPete
4.19/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle

Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow color with a small white head that dissipates to some strong soapy lacing. Spelt? nice, couldnt tell ya what to look for with that adjunct though. Great aroma here, grassy hops, husky grain in the nose, yeasty mostly doughy but with a slight funk, some lemon skin, orange peel and some peppery spice. Bitter, light and very refreshing with a lasting sour twang that im really digging, this is the upper tier of 6pk'd American saisons right here. Let the season begin!

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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 eljefe21
4.17/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden yellow in color. Light and translucent. Soft billowy head.

S: Spicy, citric and hay like smells. Aroma hints of a refreshing brew.

T: Strong lemony flavor with a hint of spice.

M: Some carbonation up front with a refreshing, slightly sour finish. Would like to see a little more carbonation.

D: Perfect warm weather beer. Crisp and refreshing. Could easily see this being a goto summer beer for me.

Served: in a standard pint glass.

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Photo of Wildman
4.17/5  rDev +11.5%
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 referencegirl
4.16/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I never understood how a beer could be "chewy" until I tried Golden Cap and there it was, "chewy." This Saison is made with spelt - I have no idea what difference that makes but I thought it was neat. Not as yeasty as other Saisons. It manages to be a complex of flavors; peppery, citrusy (is "citrusy" a word?), with just a tang of bitter that delivers without punishment. Lots of bubbles that melt quickly, creating a sparkle on the tongue and a smooth swallow with no burping later.

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

A - Pours a nice light pale yellow with 2 fingers of white foamy head with good retention.

S - Lemons, wheat, grass, clove and yeast.

T - Nice wheat flavors as well as some biting citrus notes. Leaves an aftertaste of lemon on the tongue. More grass and clove here as well. A bit of hop bitterness noticeable here, too.

M - Nice effervesence and a good biting from the carbonation helps keep this saison light and airy.

D - Very drinkable and refreshing. I haven't had too many saisons, but this one is quite nice.

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

Slightly hazed lemon yellow body with a tight cap of ivory head. Nose consists of spice, pepper, lemon and bready malts. Spritzy feel in the mouth with a good dose of carbonation. Refreshing flavor with lemon poppyseed bread being at the forefront. Spice accents nicely throughout as well. In a word, enjoyable.

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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 RichieS2
4.14/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

A - Poured a golden yellow like any American lager except that this one was slightly cloudy. Decent carbonation.

S - Plenty of malt in fact the smell reminded me of porter only slightly more citrus.

T - Brought a smile to my face, it came with all the fullness of wheat beer and then kicked into some nice spiciness from the hops.

M - Middle of the road, just thick enough.

D - Went down easy, think I'll have another.

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Photo of civilizedpsycho
4.14/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Kind of looks like a standard adjunct beer. It's a pale gold color that is very clear. It had a small head.

Smell: There's a good malt backbone, but there seemed to be some kind of spice in the aroma that I couldn't place; maybe citrus. It smelled good, though.

Taste: Very good and follows the aroma pretty closely. It has a good malt base with some citrus and some other fruit and maybe spices mixed in as well. It all compliments each other and creates a very smooth beer. This one is packed with flavor.

Mouthfeel: Kind of thin, which is to be expected.

Drinkability: Very good. This beer was unlike anything I tried before and is loaded with all kinds of flavors. I could certainly get this again and drink more than one in a sitting.

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Photo of MeisterBurger
4.14/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy gold colour topped by a thin spotty head. Not a lot of lacing and minimal retention.

Mild aroma of hay and barnyard, lemon zest and wheat with a grassiness and minerality reminiscent of a Sauvignon blanc.

Tart and funky. Nice green apple aspect and green grape skins. Funky Belgian yeast. Toasted wheat with a pale malt sweetness underneath. Lightly peppery in the finish with something of a witbier and a white wine about it.

Mouthfeel is crisp with a nice hit of crisp carbonation.

Overall a very interesting, drinkable and refreshing saison. Brewed with spelt, apparently. I suspect anyone who likes white wine and says they don't like beer might be swayed by this one.

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Photo of cokes
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mostly clear, bright golden hued below a thick, whipped column of white foam.
Dough nose, with the soft, light sweetness of wheat and something more peppery suggestive of rye (which it isn't...but perhaps the spelt or the yeast plays an interesting trick). There is also lemon oil, clove, lilac, and honey.
It enters with mouthful of sourdough. Generally soft with just an edge of crustiness. Lemongrass and clove begin a parade of spices and flowers. Lime rind. Lilac petals. Peppercorns. Spearmint. Coriander. Candied orange. It ends with a slaking and peppered dry grass hopping and some lingering minerality and mintiness.
Lightish bodied, well and steadily carbonated. Completely refreshing yet still full of nuance and just plain fun to drink.
This has a distinctly US edge to it. What it lack in wildness it makes up for in versatility, as this could sub for any wheat beer and then some. It's not a peer to stuff like dupont or Fantome but it far surpassed my expectations. I wish I'd tried it sooner.

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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been sitting on this one for a while. This is a bottle from 2007 split during Game 1 of the World Series.

A: Poured into a pint glass, produces a hazy amber sitting under a fluffy and creamy head that turns into a lingering film. The film deposits spiderweb-like lacing allll the way down to the bottom.

S: The dominant character in the smell is a strong bready malt aroma. There are also spicy notes contributed by the farmhouse yeasts. No musty horseblanket aroma at all. The smell indicates a sweet and malty saison is to follow.

T: The taste is very similar to the aroma. The bready malts envelop the tongue and palate up front, slowly giving way to the spicy yeasty character and a touch of tangy funk.

M/D: Ample carbonation and a medium body yield a very drinkable beer. The malts, yeasts, and spices intermingle nicely to make every sip enjoyable. Age has certainly done this one good.

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Golden Cap from New Holland Brewing Company
3.74 out of 5 based on 475 ratings.
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