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Old 06-18-2009, 03:59 PM   #1
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Tried myself a Golden Cap Saison from New Holland Brewing.

Normally, Like the beers that they put out, but I'm not sure the remaining 5 bottles of this will be drank. (drunk?)

Does anyone know if this is a good example of the style, or did they throw out a curve ball with their use of "spelt"?

I'm doing it wrong!

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Old 06-18-2009, 04:03 PM   #2

I'm not familiar with that particular brewery's example - but I consider Saison Dupont to be the benchmark of the style.

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Old 06-18-2009, 04:35 PM   #3
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Not familiar with it either. If you can't find Saison Dupont, Ommegang's "Hennepin" is very good too. Its a good bit cheaper than Dupont, which makes it my go-to Saison.

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Old 06-18-2009, 05:03 PM   #4
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I will second the Ommegang recommendation for a good example of the style.
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Old 06-18-2009, 05:07 PM   #5

Hennepin doesn't have nearly enough saison yeast character to be called a saison, in my opinion. Ommegang uses a single Belgian yeast strain for all their beers, so Hennepin falls a little flat to my palate without a dedicated saison yeast strain. Not nearly peppery enough.

Still very drinkable!

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Old 06-18-2009, 05:16 PM   #6
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that beer is aweful, picked up a single of it to try and it was aweful, possibly the worst beer i have ever had. it is not a good representation of the style. try something else...
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Old 06-18-2009, 05:22 PM   #7
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I thought the Golden Cap pretty good. A little unusual, but nothing freakishly different than other Saisons, which are kind of known for their variety anyway. . .

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Old 06-18-2009, 09:33 PM   #8
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I find there to be a TON of variation in commercial Saisons. Dupont is the standard, and is very delicious to me. However, I just dumped out 3/4ths of a bottle of Great Divide's Saison because it had a very moldy taste. If they get too funky, it gets really hard for me to enjoy them.

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Old 06-18-2009, 09:33 PM   #9
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I also think that golden cap was a decent beer. If you stood them side by side with some other mentioned saisons maybe it does not stand up that well. I don't think you will like many saisons if you hated golden cap.

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Old 06-19-2009, 12:35 PM   #10
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last night I happened to find an "Imperial Saison" from New Glarus.
First time I have ever tryed one so I had no idea what to expect either.
Bottle said it used Belgium yeast, and "soured".
Oh yea, this stuff was great! kinda tasted like blue cheese or something.
I hope other saisons are like this because I thought this was an awesome beer.

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