Good Harbor Golden Ale | Leelanau Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Leelanau Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
leelanaubeer.com

Style: Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This Golden Ale is Inspired by Franco-Belgain bière de gardes, but not exactly fitting the profile of its European counterparts, this beer is best described as a Michigan Bière de Garde. Hand-crafted by Ron Jeffries at his Jolly Pumpkin Brewery in Dexter, which is consistantly rated as one of one of the best in the world, all of the Leelanau Brewing Company beers are distingushed by their time spent in a large French oak barrique prior to bottling and re-fermentation. The wild yeasts inhabiting the brewery give all the beers made there a common thread, creating a family of beverages with rare harmony, despite their diverse styles.

Decidedly refreshing despite the 7.5% abv, this style of beer was originally brewed in the slow winter season as payment for farmhands in the summer. We certainly don’t mind sitting down after a long day of work and breathing deep the symphony aromas wafting from the lofty, lacey head burgeoning from our tulip glass. Subtle notes of peaches, apricots, canned pineapple, bitters, and a faint herbaceousness belie the smooth and delicate taste. The slightly malty, fruity body quickly transitions effortlessly to a crisp, dry and somewhat tart finish. Signature hints of French oak and the complex yeast character place this all-natural beer among the best saisons, stock ales, and farmhouse styles of Michigan, France & Belgium.

Added by ypsifly on 11-20-2006

BEER STATS
Ratings:
125
Reviews:
67
Avg:
4.14
pDev:
9.9%
 
 
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43
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Photo of Jwale73
3.58/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 4/29/11. Pours a beautiful golden orange with no head, just a tight band around the shoulders. Nose expresses notes of oak, tangerines and yeast. Taste is due, a little earthy and a bit medicinal. Mouthfeel is light in body with a mild, even carbonation and a light acidity. All and all, not a bad beer for the style but a bit past its prime.

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Photo of teamwiggum
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of leprechaunandfatman
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gkruszewski
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AlexFields
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.31/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SkiBum22
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BillRoth
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had at Spuyten Duyvill in Williamsburg Brooklyn. Sitting outside in courtyard. Poured in tall stem white wine glasses at perfect temperature. Short lived but attractive head. Soft golden color really caught the courtyard lights nicely. Aromatics were full and pushed the wild yeast and barrel. Taste likewise with soft but rich tartness. Very nicely done. Wonderfully smooth with gentle carbonation but still plenty to brighten the taste. Overall a very nice if not overly complicated beer. Would enjoy drinking this again, and is perfect for a summer evening like this one.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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3.79/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4.77/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.31/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of metter98
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color. It poured with a short white head that died down, leaving lots of thick, wispy lacy lacing on the surface and a small collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of oak are present in the nose along with notes of vinegar.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of vinegar along with notes of oak and hints of fruits such as apples and some sourness.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a slight amount of tartness. Sone dryness also becomes noticeable as the beer warms up.
O: This beer seems to be a little sour and tastes like a hybrid between a Bière de Garde and an American Wild Ale.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of Kerrie
3.53/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of moshea
3.4/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of tykechandler
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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4.76/5  rDev +15%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of maximum12
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%

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.

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3.76/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of BT_Bobandy
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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Good Harbor Golden Ale from Leelanau Brewing Company
4.14 out of 5 based on 125 ratings.
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