tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - JUN 19, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2015 Bottle: Bright straw-yellow, though murky and hazy throughout with a stark white head and some nice lacing. Lemon zest and Lemon Pledge, light Candi sugar, gets more "Belgian-esque" as it warms up; think along the lines of a tripel more than a saison. Taste contains a very slight lemony tartness along with some residual sugary sweetness, musky, dry, and "worn-out" hops, bready malt, and a very slight dry, yeasty funk in the finish. Slick, dry, crisp finish on this thin-medium bodied saison. Saison-tripel hybrid, just a bit better than New Holland’s replacement, Monkey King.
jcnielsen (3180) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAY 20, 2013
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle. Pours a golden orange color with white head. Honey, malty, sweet, spicy aromas. Spicy, herbal, citrus, hay flavors. Not a fan.
hotstuff (4861) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 11, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Backlog rating 1-27-2009 (Bottle) This beer pours a medium sized white fizzy frothy head that has pour retention, slightly hazy body, fair amount of lacing, lively carbonation, and the hue of the body is pale yellow. The Aroma is coriander, wheat, fruity, malty, and biscuits. This beer tastes sweet, spicy, fruity, and wheat. The Palate is tingly and this is a light-medium bodied beer. This beer is quaffable and refreshing and would be a beer I would consider drinking in the summer.
boxofrane (2553) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 14, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at craft ale house. Pours hazy yellow with a big white head. There is tons of carbonation in the glass. The aroma has a ton of sweet citrus fruit, almost like a juice box. The taste has a nice hop kick and a dry, lemon finish. There is a bit of pepper spice.
Wanja (771) - GERMANY - JAN 31, 2013
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
On tap... A pleasant hop flavor in the disposal... Interesting Saison Ale...
PGHbeer77 (571) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz. Bottle. Not a bad saison, and a great price. Banana scent, spice, peppercorn, hay. Hazy gold pour with a foamy white head and lots of floaties. Light body with a frothy feel. Hay to pepper to banana to spice flavor, clove, and a sweet tangy finish.
TheBlackCloud (21) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 29, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle- solid farmhouse ale sweet aroma and taste with hints of pineapple and fruit. Worth $12 as a 6 pack? probably not.
GhostFace (321) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 26, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
hazy yellow pour with a medium white head. yeasty aroma with hints of citrus, hay and grain. nicely carbonated, crisp and clean on the palate. taste follows the aroma with a sweeter finish.
JPDurden24 (1672) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - NOV 19, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
At the brewery, light and refreshing saison, straw yellow color. Yeasty and citrusy. A fairly good saison. Nothing special.
islay (2155) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 11, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. bottle. Sharp, citrus-y (lemon), salty aroma with a finish to the nose that charitably can be described as “vegetal” and less charitably can be described as having the qualities of compost. Wheat-esque smell, but there are differences from the aromas typical of actual wheat brews, presumably because the grain used is not wheat but spelt (by the way, the style arguably should be listed as “specialty grain” instead of “saison” due to the spelt). Interesting smell, certainly. Pours a mostly clear, effervescent, pale gold. There is a very slight haze with a small amount of suspended particulate. Large amount of appetizing, long-lasting, fluffy, thick, uneven, light cream-colored head. Produces good lacing. Dry, mineral-y, citrus-y, bitter, astringent taste. Much sharper taste than would be present in a wheat beer. Definitely falls into the dry variety of saisons, not the fruity/juicy variety. A touch of vomit in the aroma and flavor, unfortunately, but not enough fully to ruin the beer. Meaty taste with a pencil element (both wood chips and graphite). The flavor mellows upon multiple sips, bringing out an orange creamsicle quality. Strong, dry, bitter aftertaste. Light body. Smoothly watery in the palate. New Holland Golden Cap Saison Ale is a unique beer that I’m glad I got to try. It’s not a great beer, but it’s a good enough one that brings something different to the table, despite a couple of off-putting elements.