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:
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Added by TasteTester on 07-31-2008

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Ratings: 476 |  Reviews: 280
Photo of jwinship83
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. im pretty sure the ABV has been lowered since this one started to appear in six packs.

A- a very pale and slightly hazy colored golden beer with a small sparse white head.

S- alot spicier than i would have guessed. almost wheat like. lots of clove and coriander. lots of summer fruits like pear and apple.

T- this beer tastes alot of the same way that it smells. summer fruits like pear and apples. very spicy. lots of coriander and clove. it has a somewhat dry and musty finish.

M- light to medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. crisp and refreshing.

D- easy to finish and sessionable. not sure i could go for more than a couple at a time. reminds me alot of summer.

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Photo of Gab4717
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of xnicknj
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
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 gmfessen
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
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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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of chiefydawg
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear yellow and effervescent like an American Premium or Pils, this has an attractive white, dense head with tiny bubbles

Smells of a dry, powdery white peppery yeast, lemon seed and fresh, wet hay. As it warms, a slightly sweeter grainy-fruitiness emerges.

The taste is immediately enough to send the salivary glands into hyperdrive: tart fruitiness gets highlighted by a surprising bitterness and a light, refreshing astringency. The funk is quite restrained. Still peppery. Some bittersweet "fermentation" flavor at the end. I like what is going on here, but the astringency is more that I wouuld like.

Dry across the palate all the way until after the swallow, where a more wet, sweet, watermelon and pear paired with grain husk park themselves awaiting to be washed away by the next sip. Alcohol esters present themselves here as well, and can be felt on the breath afterwards. (Note: the bottles says 6.6% ABV though this has it at 6.25).

Almost warming on a crisp autumn evening, yet refreshing after a summer run, this seems toit could be nice any season, really. I'll get more of this.

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Photo of zchops
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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Photo of lurpy1
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
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 KidsDoc
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into Samuel Adams perfect pint glass

A: pale, gold/yellow with bright white foam head that receded to a constant thin layer of bubbles. sticky lace all over the glass

Aroma is tons of apple to me. Very sweet smelling aroma. Faint background of spice.

Taste: Sweet tasting but not so much as the aroma sweetness. First sips tasted almost like a cider but it became more complex as it warmed slightly: Bready malts up front. Hints of peppery spice and then apple/fruit acetaldehyde through the finish. Aftertaste is mildly bitter and more peppery.

Mouthfeel: this is one sticky beer. The golden/yellow appearance with all those bubbles makes you think it will be think and overcaronated, but it is suprisingly thick. The carbonation is excellent. Very sticky aftertaste

Drinkability; this was great to sip on. It was in many ways an entertaining beer not at all what I expected. The sweetness makes it a little much to take these down in succession.

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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 Darkmagus82
3.72/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – Served a hazy orange-amber colored brew with a tiny white head. The head faded very fast to leave just a hint of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of some light fruit and a good dose of earthy hop smell. With these aromas are some smells of a funky sour apple and hay like nature as well as a light bready biscuit smell.

Taste – the taste begins somewhat bready and wheat like with some yeast andsweeter lemon notes mixed within. Soon, some sour apple and more tart flavors come to the tongue. These create a rather pleasant slightly tart and bready flavor on the tongue. At the end a very light more herbal and earthy hop flavor come to the tongue and leave a very nice flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the light to average side with a carbonation level that is very average. The lighter body and average level of carbonation are quite nice for the sour and tart flavors, while also making it very drinkable.

Overall – Quite delicious and very easy to drink. It has a good blend of sour, sweet and bready. One to try.

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Photo of bsp77
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Summit Scandia Chalice.

Appearance: Barely hazy light orange with initial bubbly white head.

Smell: Banana, fleshy fruit, clove, pepper and noble hops.

Taste: Just a tinge of sweet banana and bready malts upfront before being overtaken by sharp clove, pepper and spicy hops. Strange wheat-like aftertaste (from the spelt?).

Feel: High carbonation, medium body, extraordinary dry finish.

Drinkability: Good, not great, Saison. Nice summer seasonal.

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Photo of Gmann
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright hazy straw color with a tight pure white head that slowly disipated into a puffy cap leaving some spot lacing on the glass. The aroma is tart from notes of green apple and lemon. There is some light banana and clove along with some candi sugar sweetness. Solid saison aroma. The flavor is not as tart as the aroma, perhaps due to a solid malt presence. The lemon is still there but is more muted. The yeasty phenols and candi sugar sweetness also seem more muted. Everything seems more mixed together than in the aroma. There is a grassy hop bitterness that comes through in the end. The beer has a moderate body with semi-soft carbonation, dry; finishes slightly bitter. A refreshing saison, drinks easy. Could use some more funk and phenol flavors. Above average but not something I would grap if looking for a satisfying saison.

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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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