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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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Reviews: 280 | Ratings: 474
Photo of roadhouse
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a tulip

Pours a clear golden color with a one inch white head. Retention is very good as it holds a cap throughout. A few rings of lace also.

Aroma is bready with some yeasty character and usual barnyard funk. Slight phenolic spiciness as well.

Taste is initially sweet with the breadiness coming through. Then some fruity esters and some other funkiness that I can't really describe with some spiciness coming in to finish things up.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, pretty nice creamy texture with moderately high carbonation. Good for the style and really lets the flavors out.

I'm not the biggest fan of Saisons but I enjoyed this one. Another winner from New Holland.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single finger head on a clear golden body with excellent lacing.
Herbs, pear and pineapple for citrus and Belgian yeast. Flavor also has a very strong herbal presence and Belgian yeast funk. Pungent hops and some candy sugar with banana and pineapple citrus. Medium body and light to moderate carbonation.

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Photo of matt20102
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into goblet at refrigerator temperature. Pours with a strong head which dissipates to a thin layer somewhat quickly. Appears golden and crystal clear- quite attractive. The aroma is distinctly of a Saison, but not terribly offputting- the aroma is more complex than simply funky. This aroma is of a saison-ness with hints of tart apple and pear. The flavour is somewhat more malty with a well-balanced hop tartness / butterness and a fairly large but not overpowering malt presence. This is not a lingering beer; the mouthfeel is slight and quick but this contributes to the refreshing character of this beer- I can easily drink several in one sitting. Recommended.

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Photo of kzoobrew
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber into Duvel Tulip. Hazy golden honey in color capped with a brilliant white head. Very decent retention and blanketed with excellent lacing.

Aroma is very much on point with style. Crisp and bright lemon, earthy grass and spicy aroma.

Sweet pale malt and light peppery flavors hit the tongue to open. Light peppery flavor and subtle clove. Lemon zest and slight grainy flavor.

Medium to light mouth feel. Finish is rather dry with crisp carbonation. Very smooth drinker.

Very easy to drink and enjoyable. With a style that tends to be hit or miss with me I was rather impressed. While this is not the quintessential beer for the style I feel it is a good Americanized version. Very good beer.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer pours a golden orange crystal clear body with a sea of microbubbles gliding to the surface where an antique white creamy head sits.

S- The soft musty note of fresh rain has a slight brett note that increases as the beer warms and a soft peppery finish.

T- The taste of mellow earthy grains has a cream flavor to it and some soft malt hints. There is a lemony hop snap at the finish that has a green hop quality to it.

M- The light mouthfeel has a creamy texture with each sip and no alcohol heat.

D- This beer has a nice mellow drinkable flavor with some soft wild yeast notes that keep in interesting and makes it a good session beer.

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Photo of MillRat
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Tap house Grill, Oswego, IL. Served in a nonic with a chunky fine white head over a crystal-clear yellow body. Aroma of clean malt and some tart lemon/vinegar and brett. Flavor followed through, a balanced blend of malt sweetness and the acidy funk of the brett. Hops bitterness is present but flies under radar. Not quite as tart as Dupont, but very pleasant and quaffable. A quality north american interpretation of the style.

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Photo of Floydster
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
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 ChainGangGuy
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours out a clearish, yellow-orange body with a relatively tall, whitish head.

Smell: Grassy, floral, positively zesty aroma marked with bolstering notes of finely-ground spices, fresh honeysuckle, and lemon. It's a solid scent, alright.

Taste: Light pale maltiness with a dry, crumbled biscuit quality to it and a gentle touch of honey-ish sweetness. Fine fruity accents of tart lemons and pears. Everpresent spiciness delivers pepper and coriander flavors. Floral, slightly grassy hops with a subtle bitterness. Little tickle of acidity at times. Sugary sweet tones perk back up in the latter half. Modest lingering of dried citrus and spice beyond the drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: I'm diggin' it. Pretty tasty and a good use of the sadly forgotten, forsaken grain spelt. One of those beers where you finish the glass and are ready for another helping.

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Photo of russpowell
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single in a mixed 6-er at MCaDoodles in Joplin MO

Pours an effervescent gold/bronze with 2 fingers of pearl white head. Stays effervescent throughout, will a nice viscosity to this once fairly warm. Great lacing & good head retention, a few floaties at the bottom of the bottle

S: Pears, appleskins & peaches; almost pulled a 4.5

T: Dirty pears, apple peels & a bit of breadyness up front, plus a touch of booze. As this warms, I get a bit of floury & chalky dryness (the spelt I reckon); plus lemon & coriander. Finishes a touch bready with orchard fruit, lemons & white pepper

MF: Light/medium bodied with soft carbonation. Good balance

Drinks pretty easy, not an on the edge Saison, but true enough to the style to respect & enjoy. Well done New Holland!

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Photo of irishking1977
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours into my Unibroue glass a cloudy dull copper/gold with a massive white head that leaves a ton of lacing. Head retention is decent.

S: Spicy and citrusy. Belgian ale funk is prominent. Slightly peppery as well.

T: Citrus; lemons/lime some orange as well. Peppery and yeasty bread like quality to the finish. Little bitterness, at least determined by my palate.

M: Rich and creamy with better than average carbonation. Sticky and smooth; sticks to the palate for some time. Thick but easy to drink.

D: I'll definitely have another go round with this one. One of the better American style Saisons. A moderate session brew, but really something to be enjoyed rather than simply quaffed for alcoholic purposes. Comparable to Ommegang's Hennepin Saison. That was one I enjoyed equally as much as this one.

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Photo of DrDoitchbig
4.07/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured a dark golden sort of honey color with about one and a half fingers of head. The back of the bottle states it is bottle conditioned but there is almost no sediment in the first or second pour. The head turns in to just a collar relatively quickly but still leaves some small connect the dot lacing.

Smell: Earthen, grassy hops are followed by a spiced wheat backbone. Which according to the bottle is not wheat at all, but instead spelt.

Taste: All the flavors are very soft and laid back. The spelt produces banana and orange peel flavors similar to those I'd expect to find in a witbier. The grassy hops from the smell are present. Also some yeasty notes.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, good level of carbonation. It's a little bit creamy. Very enjoyable.

Drinkability: This stuff is right for every occasion and season in my mind. I've been drinking it since the late summer, through fall and I still have a few bottles left to get me to the next release. It's a very easy going beer and whenever I'm in the mood for something like that this is what I reach for.

The bottle I drank was released in March of last year so it's going on a year old. I attribute the soft flavors to this, but I thought it worked for this beer. I'm very curious as to what it will taste like fresh.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.07/5  rDev +8.8%
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 jsprain1
4.07/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Golden with a hint of orange in there. Head is one finger, very white, good retention.
S- The aroma is very much what I like out of saisons, with a big spice and pepper aroma, with a touch of fruityness.
T- A good tasting saison, but I would like a bit more spice and less fruit here. Still good flavors, with a brief flash of fruit up front, pepperyness in the middle, with a long pear finish.
M- Light body. Carbonation is medium. Dry finish.
O- Overall a good saison. I like saisons that have both fruit and spice flavors but focus more on the spice. This one does that with the aroma, but not as much in the flavors.

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Photo of ndekke39
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
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 gordavidson
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
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 Slynger
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
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 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 pasdachuri
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, golden/yellow color.

Scents of lemon grass and wheat dominate, with a mild herbal hoppiness. Some mild spiciness with a touch of pepper and coriander also come through.

Nice sweet malt flavor with some ripe apples and pears. Yeast is mild but noticeable. Mild bitterness and an overall breadiness is present.

Filling body with good carbonation.

A little too sweet to keep drinking all night.

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Photo of adamette
4.04/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Live review. Poured from a bottle purchased for $1.95 from Heinen's in Cleveland area as a single into a Silver rimmed Hennepin goblet.

A Nice whipped egg white one inch head over a hazy yellow but translucent body. Nice lacing left on my Hennepin goblet.

S Interesting. There is a nice peppery/cinnamon kick to the smell over the expected Saison soft wheat grains smell. I had to smell again and again to enjoy/understand it. I rather like a high spice profile in Saisons, such as Nuovo Mattina and/or Great Lakes Grassroots Ale.

T Nice. Strong spices carry right over into the taste. Gone is the perceived cinnamon but back is the black peppery taste in a Saison that is anything but weak in the taste department.

M Welcome smoothness to the feel.

D Really good as the moderately high spice profile keeps one's interest. This slightly elevated ABV is well hidden with all of those tastes.

Notes: One my favs from New Holland.

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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 bushbeer75
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle not dated

New Holland Golden Cap Saison Ale poured a golden straw color that produced a nice 2-finger white mountainous head that left behind good lacing. The nose is lightly floral, peppery and of clove. The taste is of fruits, pears and peaches, with a touch of spicy pepper and clove towards the back. Mouth feel is soft and a little prickly from a good amount of carbonation but smooth.

Golden Cap is my first venture into the Saison style and I like it! Well done New Holland.

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

Pours a cloudy yellow with a thick white head. Excellent retention and lacing.

The aroma is sweet and lemony. There is a bit of spice here.

There is a lot of flavor here. The fruity bannana-like esters are partially covered with a bitter lemon rind / peppery tone. I have been working through a six pack of this over the past week. This bitterness was not what I am used to in this style but I began to like it more and more as I worked through my beers.

The beer has some richness to it but is still very refreshing.

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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 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 pat61
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours gold with a slight haze, 2” foam cap, persistent, fine bubbles. S: Fruit, some pepper, bananas T: Fresh and over ripe fruit, citrus and banana, light grains, spice. F: Creamy, medium to medium light body, medium high carbonation. O: Not real bold, mild and drinkable

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Golden Cap from New Holland Brewing Company
3.74 out of 5 based on 474 ratings.
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