BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 22, 2008
This beer really struck me as a pretty unexceptional tripel, rather than a saison. I was looking for some fruitiness, citrus zing, or farmhouse funk to really put it in that style, and I was a bit disappointed not to find it. It is not a bad beer, and it would be hard for me to hate a golden ale with spice and secondary fermentation, but I didn’t really feel as though it lived up to its labeling.
Color was an attractive straw-yellow color. Head was maybe a cm. Aroma was spicy and clovey, with some candied sugar. Flavor was similar, which was strongly reminiscent of a tripel to me. Mouthfeel was light and effervescent, like other beers I’ve had with secondary fermentation. Not bad, just not as advertised.
I would weakly recommend this beer. I got this bottle at Discount Liquor in Milwaukee. BigBeer45 (1542) - Michigan, USA - AUG 19, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 16, 2011 This ale had a slightly hazy bright yellow gold pour and a creamy white head, there was a little less than medium effervescence in the glass, and left more than a halfway decent lacing crown on the glass, a persistent cover and ring existed throughout the drink, I found a thin film layer of sediment in the bottle, the aroma was orange citrus with a faint floral fragrance and faint funk in the background, faint malt aroma with some field grass on the nose, also, a aroma that reminded me of standing near a path of a bubbling brook (I do not know why), and some lemon and lemon rind in the nose, the flavor was pale pilsner malt, lemon citrus, and a touch of pepper at the finish, there were light citrus fruit flavors of orange and lemon, initially, this beer had a fruit sweetness that turns to a citrus and pepper at the finish, there was a good dry finish on the tongue, not overly sweet, light and creamy on the palate, a good brew, cheers to New Holland. jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - AUG 18, 2008
On-tap at the brewpub, served in a High Gravity Series cordial glass. The name for this saison comes from the Winged Monkeys who live in the Land of Oz, from the fable "The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz," by L. Frank Baum, published in 1900, the first in the "Oz" series of books.
L: More hazy than cloudy, straw golden with a small, bubbly topped, white head of creamy foam that settles into a thin sudsy ring. A light amount lace rings the glass initially, then turns into lace dots that follows the body down the glass as I consume it. Not the best looking saison I have ever tried, but far from an average one, appealing enough with no real faults.
S: At first, a mix of mildly tart green apple slices with a wedge of lemon squeezed over them, earthy must and hay, and a tiny pinch of black pepper. Further whiffs bring out sweet pale malts, white sugar crystals, and banana estery alcohol. A decent smelling saison, but there is something missing here that keeps Golden Cap from raising to the next level.
F: Moderate bubbly carbonation gives the light body a soft firmness, gently crisp in its finish. All the beers I’ve tried from New Holland have had the proper mouthfeel for their style, consistent in their quality, evidence of the brewing skills at this Michigan brewing. Golden Cap is no exception.
T: Pleasant tasting, but not exceptional, in the above average range for saisons. Mildly tart fruit tastes of apples, pears and lemon zest along with a trace of wet musty hay. Flavors of semi-sweet pale malts, French bread and white sugar, and a touch of pepper in the middle. The alcohol is well disguised, just a low fruity warmth in the palate. Finishes on a dry sour tart fruity note, blended with tastes of pepper and hay.
D: Golden Cap is quite easy to consume, tasty without being first rate. Far from the best in the High Gravity Series, but still, very respectable. DietPepsican (1592) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - AUG 16, 2008
GTMW. Gold pour with a small white head. Aroma was heavy clove and bread. Flavor was very yeasty, banana and spice notes all around. Refreshing finish. Seemed run of the mill for a saison but nice either way. GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - AUG 16, 2008
GTMW ’08. Poured a slightly hazy golden-yellow color. The head was white with good retention. Pleasant yeasty bread dough in the nose. Light to medium bodied and slightly sweet. Tasted of pastry, subdued lemon, and yeasty dough.
sthlm (790) - Blank, Alabama, USA - AUG 16, 2008
[Bottle] Pours clear dark golden with a small white head. Aroma is quite sweet, and big on banana and coriander. There is also quite a bit of banana and coriander in the taste, but it isn’t as sweet, there is a light bitterness present, and there is a solid malt backbone. Pretty good mouthfeel with an average finish of coriander and malt. Pretty good, but really didn’t stand out in my mind. jstraw (1967) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 16, 2008
UPDATED: APR 2, 2009 Hazy gold with good, creamy white head / Funky, gunpowder banana and spice nose / Medium body, low carbonation, with big sour malts dominating low hopping, and with good finish / Flavors of sour banana, cream, clove, and coriander / Somewhat out of balance, but a good beer nonetheless. Pailhead (6541) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - AUG 15, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2009 Bottle: The aroma is yeasty with some apple, lemongrass, and clove. It pours a hazy, bordering on cloudy, gold with a half inch soapy white head that quickly diminishes. The flavor starts lightly sweet yeastiness followed by some faint apple in the background. The finish has some grassy and floral bitterness, faint spice, and just a touch alcohol. Medium bodied with a somewhat syrupy/sticky mouthfeel and mild carbonation. kseecs16 (1216) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - AUG 13, 2008
Draught at the pub. Light golden, almost straw. White foamy head. Slightly funky clove and coriander smell. Flavor is dry, funky yeasty with a tart citricness. Foamy light palate.
RoJoNo (28) - Ohio, USA - AUG 10, 2008
On tap at Brew’s Cafe, Granville, OH; I had ridden 70 tough miles of hills before entering the Granville beer mecca. I picked this one first, and it really hit the spot. Great flavor, great balance. This and the Widdershins powered me for the last 5 miles to Alexandria on the bike path.