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Good Harbor Golden Ale - Leelanau Brewing Company

Good Harbor Golden AleGood Harbor Golden Ale

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

95 Ratings
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Ratings: 95
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.39%


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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vrazionale

Vermont

4.9/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 mL bottle at refrigerator poured into a snifter.

A - Pours a bright golden hazy yellow with a thin layer of head formation that quickly fades to patches across the top of the brew.

S - Wow. Bright citrus meets musky basement funk. A wonderfully complex combination of citrus fruit, wet hay, musk, bitter and floral honey, sweet grass, sweat, and oak aromas.

T - Wow, again. All of the aromas that showed up on the nose here combine to produce a brew that is truly one-of-a-kind. There is an absolutely invigorating combination of bright citrus fruit, old wet basement funk, honey, vanilla, and salty sweat, with a long finish of mouth-puckering citrus and hoppy citrus and pine. So deliciously balanced and enjoyable.

M - Perfect carbonation - this brew is crisp and addictive. The finish is long, complex, and beguiling on the palate.

D - This is about as good as it gets for me. I can't even begin to describe how wonderful of a brew this is.This brew is a boon to the esoteric beer drinker - its complexity is so enchanting and beguiling, and every sip is unique. I love to pair beer with food, but this brew is too good to drink with any food - just put on some good music, sit back, enjoy every sip, and enjoy life.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2009 01:42:02 | More by vrazionale
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scotv

New York

4/5  rDev -3.4%

03-28-2014 23:38:06 | More by scotv
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joeseppy

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2008
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 18:42:45 | More by joeseppy
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Commando

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

03-01-2014 05:24:57 | More by Commando
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bigbluebeerguy

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -3.4%

01-04-2014 22:22:42 | More by bigbluebeerguy
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Jas45678

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

01-01-2014 00:21:31 | More by Jas45678
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macher0

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

12-25-2013 03:54:24 | More by macher0
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

11-24-2013 00:02:27 | More by yourefragile
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krome

Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.4%

10-23-2013 13:05:44 | More by krome
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peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

09-14-2013 22:28:22 | More by peensteen
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cyde

Texas

3/5  rDev -27.5%

09-08-2013 00:54:57 | More by cyde
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beernads

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

08-23-2013 03:48:13 | More by beernads
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MacStinson

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

07-31-2013 03:09:06 | More by MacStinson
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jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2013 21:17:24 | More by jrenihan
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tom10101

Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

06-27-2013 11:31:17 | More by tom10101
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Rohkey

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

06-23-2013 23:48:44 | More by Rohkey
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Ohio

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05-19-2013 17:25:53 | More by xdefeatsy
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Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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Noyt

Quebec (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

04-27-2013 21:59:14 | More by Noyt
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soundscience

New York

4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

04-05-2013 15:49:16 | More by soundscience
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Envelopes

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -21.5%

03-26-2013 21:50:03 | More by Envelopes
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.68/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

From the bottle at Meridian Pint. Pours a slightly-hazy light peach color. Nose is light funk, wheat, and heavy stone fruit. Reminiscent of fruity batches of Fantôme Saison. Fruity and tart with a bit of body. Really exceptional and super smooth for 7.5%. An amazing beer that I was absolutely stunned by.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2013 11:02:36 | More by Thorpe429
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americanjones

New York

5/5  rDev +20.8%

03-23-2013 21:12:17 | More by americanjones
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superspak

Michigan

4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 4/29/2011. Fast gusher upon opening as expected, but didn’t lose any. Pours very cloudy golden straw color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy bright white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with plenty of carbonation streaming off the sediment. Aromas of huge tart lemon, peach, sour apple, pear, apricot, pineapple, pepper, clove, oak, hay, straw, funk, and earthy spiciness. Incredible aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity, spicy, and funk notes. Taste of big peach, tart lemon, sour apple, pineapple, pear, apricot, clove, pepper, hay, straw, oak, funk, light leather, and earthy spiciness. Moderate tart acidity on the finish; with lingering notes of tart lemon, peach, pear, sour apple, pineapple, apricot, clove, pepper, hay, straw, oak, light leather, and earthy spiciness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity and balance of tart fruity, spicy, and funk flavors; with nearly zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a crisp, acidic, and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an absolutely incredible barrel aged wild golden ale. Huge complexity and balance of tart fruity, spicy, and funk notes; and very smooth to sip on. A highly fantastic offering. As the carbonation died out because of the gusher, it became slightly harder to drink; but with full carbonation this was absolutely insane.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2013 04:22:10 | More by superspak
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MaseFace

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -3.4%

02-22-2013 02:00:29 | More by MaseFace
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Good Harbor Golden Ale from Leelanau Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.