Review: New Holland Golden Cap Saison

In Beer Reviews by Ryan


New Holland says:

“Golden Cap Saison is a modern interpretation of a traditional farmhouse ale. A soft, pale beer, Golden Cap embodies the flavors and aromas of summer fields. Brewed with an ancestor of wheat called spelt, its straw-colored body, lively carbonation and a unique fermentation profile evoke fresh cut hay and cracked peppercorn.”

New Holland Golden Cap Saison
Saison, 6.25% ABV

Sayeth the Guys:

Ryan: For whatever reason this beer tends to get lost in the mix of the other beers I drink over the course of a summer.  Bell’s Oberon, Goose Islands Summertime and a handful of IPA’s always find their way in to the fridge.  But for whatever reason I tend to forget about the Golden Cap Saison.  Consider myself reminded.

This beer pours an almost creamsicle orange in color.  The color is very vibrant.  It pops.  A fluffy, white head billows up with an aggressive pour but fades away fast and doesn’t leave much evidence behind.  Take a whiff and you get a bit of funk and tartness in the nose.  This almost smells more like a Berliner Weiss than a Saison.

But the taste is all Saison; starting with a smooth wheatiness followed by a hint of tartness and a slightly spicy and dry finish.  The carbonation is outstanding with this beer, very sparkling and lively.

The 6.25% ABV puts it above the “session beer” category but it’s easy to put back a few of these without thinking about it.  The alcohol is very well hidden.  And this beer is just bursting with flavor.  Note to self: buy more Golden Cap next summer.

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Equal parts beer nerd and policy geek, Ryan is now the curator of the Guys Drinking Beer cellar. The skills he once used to dig through the annals of state government as a political reporter are now put to use offering unique takes on barrel-aged stouts, years-old barleywines and 10 + year verticals.

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