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Good Harbor Golden Ale - Leelanau Brewing Company

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106 Ratings
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Ratings: 106
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.1%
Wants: 37
Gots: 13 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Leelanau Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Michigan Biere de Garde aged in French oak.

(Beer added by: ypsifly on 11-20-2006)
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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

tykechandler, Nov 13, 2014
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4.76/5  rDev +14.4%

miguellunarusso, Nov 12, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

alexsergio, Oct 10, 2014
Photo of maximum12
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%

Thanks to fiver29 for this extra, a celebratory bottle after a very long work trip (which was also filled with good beer, of course). 750ML bottle from a brewery I’ve never heard of split with my wife.

Pour is an unfiltered yellow with a low-T level of carbonation. Not much coming off the surface, vague light fruits. Uninspiring.

Good Harbor Golden Ale brings just the right amount of toe-tapping funk. There’s a lovely must - as opposed to the usual boggy, marshy, squelching ground mustiness – that greets the palate. Green apple & lemon are folded in after the swamp gas, light vinegar, & the oak is a subtle refinement on the tongue. The barrel gives it a distinct vinous quality & makes me want to stomp some grapes.

Not a style I usually enjoy, & I’m enjoying it even more due to that fact. A very good beer.

maximum12, Sep 13, 2014
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3.76/5  rDev -9.6%

pknyc, Aug 18, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

MikeCactusGordon, Aug 14, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Googs, Jul 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

KAF, Jul 17, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Gonzoillini, Jul 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

PaulyB83, Jun 30, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

mjtiernan, Jun 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

scotv, Mar 28, 2014
Photo of joeseppy
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very pale hazy yellow with a stark white head that eventually will dissappear.

Upfront sour and funk. Wet musty wood or maybe the inside of my old ballcap, whichever is worse and/or Outstanding. Trace white vinegar noted as well.

Apprehensive of going in. Very pleasant tartness is more refined. Fresh cut lemons prominent melding well with yeasty presence. Some acidity in the back.

Lighter feel, crisp and refreshing. Would love to get another bottle to enjoy in warmer weather.

Speaking of times, this is good times. A pleasant bottle to share with friends and also inspires a food/cheese pairing. Good times, good times.

joeseppy, Mar 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Commando, Mar 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

bigbluebeerguy, Jan 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Jas45678, Jan 01, 2014
Photo of macher0
4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A. Beautiful light straw. Light head that retreats to a fine bubble rime. Very fine carb. Translucent.

S. Your traditional JP yeast. Neutral oak. Light malts. Minor fruit notes such as green apple, lemons, pears, and persimmon. Dusty straw.

T. Moderate tartness. Sour yeast dominates is a very good way. Follows the nose nicely. Strong neutral oak and dusty grain. Similar fruit notes as the nose with a noticeable sour apple presence. A little hop bite.

M. Uber smooth, high carbonation, light body, and crisp finish.

O. Go get this. Worth the price of admission. I think this crushes it's ultimate predecessor - Petrus. It's so smooth and refreshing. Wonderful for a summer day. The abv is a little surprising at 7.5. It comes across as less. I'm not sure the precise relationship between JP and Leelanu but they have a very similar yeast profile. Gots to love the Dexter microbes.

macher0, Dec 25, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

yourefragile, Nov 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

krome, Oct 23, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

peensteen, Sep 14, 2013
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3/5  rDev -27.9%

cyde, Sep 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

beernads, Aug 23, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

MacStinson, Jul 31, 2013
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4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Batch 1of 2013 (Jan 5, 2013)

Beer is hazy golden with a moderately-sized white head. Head fades steadily, leaving some lace.

The strongest scent in the nose for me is herbal or spicy- I can't quite place it. Coriander? Along with that is oak, lots of light fruit scents and some yeast.

Taste is quite tart, moreso than I was expecting, particularly from the nose. Oak, light fruits (apple, lemon) and a herbal flavour. The finish has a bit of a dry, powdery flavour. Some earthy brett flavours. Good.

Medium bodied, moderately carbonated, quite puckery. Refreshing.

Overall, very good. I was expecting a mild sourness, but it is actually quite potent. It works well.

jrenihan, Jul 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

tom10101, Jun 27, 2013
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Good Harbor Golden Ale from Leelanau Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.