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Goudenband - Brouwerij Liefmans

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995 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 995
Reviews: 540
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.71%


Brewed by:
Brouwerij Liefmans visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Flanders Oud Bruin |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Mitchster on 02-24-2001)
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scottfrie

California

3.28/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

750ml bottle into tulip. 2010 cork date.

A: Pours a deep mahogany with a finger of light tan head that fizzed away into a thin collar.
S: Deep and musty notes of buttery oak, thick caramel, brown sugar, leather, musty stone fruits, semi-sweet dark fruits, lightly tart berries, black cherry juice, and a hint of vanilla.
T: Malty flavors of base brown ale dominate, but greasy buttery oak barrel adds some balancing dryness and complexity to the flavors. Lightly tart hints of cherries, cherry pits, woody barrel, brown sugar, cocoa, and caramel are easily picked out, with leather and gritty tannins bringing up the finish. Tastes a bit muted and tired.
M: Very very low carbonation, almost flat, with a full greasy body, and drying finish. This beer is oily and heavy and definitely needs some more carbonation to lighten it up a bit.
O: Unfortunately not as good as I was expecting. Oak barrel comes through really well though, but I couldn't get past the greasy, heavy mouthfeel. Decent flavors, but not my favorite.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2014 00:07:55 | More by scottfrie
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Liefmans Goudenband is sold in beautifully hand-wrapped indigo coloured paper; the content of the bottle, however, doesn't nearly match the aesthetics of its presentation. My glass looks as though it were filled with lake water. A murky brown tone, this ale has a fish eye yellow colour along its trim, next to no clarity, and a head that lasts only temporarily.

The aroma is an exceptionally unique blend of balsamic vinegar, soy sauce, root beer, cola, and red wine. It has enough sour and fermented elements to be unnerving to germaphobes and health inspectors alike, but has nowhere near the 'funky' qualities to excite those intimately familiar with the style (or those accustomed to American Wild Ales).

The taste combines sarsaparilla root and brown sugar with choke cherries and the pomace of spent red grapes. It has a Dr. Pepper kind of profile. There's hints of licorice and tree bark and always an overarching balsamic flavour (owed partly to the musty wood notes, partly to the dark, sugary sweetness). A caramelly tootsie-roll taste rounds it all out.

Goudenband is a pretty fair example of a Flemish Brown Ale that is, at least around these parts, reasonably priced for something of its quality and rareness. But here’s the icing on the cake: it is said to be good for another 18 years! That's right - basically two decades. Who knows if it will actually keep that long, but at least short-term cellaring has proven successful for me.

Liefmans Goudenband, like the other beers in their portfolio, is every bit as fetching as its packaging and no less distinctive; few offerings provide such an authentic taste of Belgian craftsmanship and tradition. Want to buy a ticket to heaven? Pair this considerably musty, acidic offering with strong cheeses and dried fruits and find yourself there.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2014 03:49:07 | More by biegaman
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hardy008

Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours reddish brown with ruby highlights, and a 1 finger tan head which fades quickly to a thin disc of foam, and leaves spotty lacing. The aroma has tart apples and cherries, caramel malt, and oak.

Tastes both sweet and tart with tart apples and cherries, caramel, raisins, figs, and oak. a very nice combination of flavors that blend together beautifully. I stored this for 2 years, and it turned out very nice. I would be interested to see how it would turn out with 5 or more years of aging.

Light to medium bodied with modest carbonation. Very smooth and easy to drink. Has a tart apple and cherry aftertaste. Definitely a beer I want to have again.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2014 23:06:19 | More by hardy008
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Dope

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

No bottling date that I can find.

A: Pours a dark reddish-brown. Very tall, very frothy light brown head. Head settles down eventually with only a little dot or two of lacing here and there. Good retention.

S: Dark fruits and berries. Light acetone. Floral.

T: Mild lactic sourness with floral flavors. Fruity in general and throughout, but nothing I can specifically place other than apples. A brief hit of sourness in the finish. Somewhat dry aftertaste, like dried apple slices.

M: Medium bodied, smooth and dry.

O: Very interesting brew. Floral and fruity in general. Crisp and refreshing - exceptionally so. Tart and sour here and there but nothing super overpowering. Nicely varied, really.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2014 02:36:46 | More by Dope
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DenisKolkin

Ontario (Canada)

4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle purchased from the LCBO for around$8 CDN. Served well chilled into glassware. The appearance of this bottle gives the appearance of something refined and delicious. We shall see.

Appearance - A gentle pour yielded about a finer of fizzy looking, tan colored head. Lots of effervescent bubbles are present in this murky dark brown concoction. Head lingers for a bit leaving soapy lacing around the rim of the glass.

Smell - Earthy with a vinegary, balsamic aroma, blended with red wine. The earthy dankness clings to the nostrils in a pleasant fulfilling way but not as too overpower. There's a hint of sweet molasses or butterscotch on the very front of the nose before transitioning to the earthy vinegar aromas. Quite interesting.

Taste - The hind of butterscotch and molasses quickly hit before transitioning to a vinegary balsamic flavor with some juicy grape like flavors thrown in. The vinegar flavor is the taste that lingers, yet it is mellowed to the point that is is comfortable. Low bitterness as this has more aspects of sour than bitter.

Mouthfeel - Explosive yet soft carbonation, gives the illusion of a very fizzy beer, yet the feel is soft and soothing. Not syrupy in any sense yet the feel covers your tongue and mouth. Very unique feel and enjoyable.

Overall - This isn't something I would choose to drink everyday but it is obvious from from everything about this beer that there is quality everyone and that this is a beer to be savored and enjoyed slowly. In all, a very difficult beer for me to try to convey as it's one of the first I've had in the style and the flavor and aroma profiles are vastly different than what I am accustomed to. Still highly recommended for anyone looking to try something new and with an appreciation for craftsmanship.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2014 14:40:48 | More by DenisKolkin
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for $8.50

Appearance - Reddish brown colour with an average size fizzy/frothy beige head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for 3-4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, cherries, raisins, vinegar

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, vinegar and grapes/raisins/cherries. There is also a touch citric acid and it ends with a fruity/malty tart aftertaste.

Overall - Really well balanced and complex. The flavours all work really well together and nothing really dominates. One of the better beers within the style that I have ever had.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2014 01:13:53 | More by spinrsx
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dougbassett

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

One of the "1001 Beers You Must Taste Before You Die" -- #39 of the ones I've reviewed here.

The label on the bottle I have says "Provision Ale", I also learned this is a kind of blended beer? Its very unusual and complicated.

Pours a rather straightforward brown, a little cloudy, with a head that disappears quickly. Odd, interesting nose of apple cider vinegar, sour cherries, even a little grape bubblegum. Mouthfeel is light but very nice, effervescent with a surprisingly sustaining finish.

Flavors develop in the glass, this is a beer that repays a careful, thoughtful drinking. First hit is a sour cherry vinegar up top and down below a malty, earthy, almost woody backbone. Work on it a bit, though, and some figgy/dark fruits start to come up.

Strong at 8% but wears its alcohol well, tart but not too sour to drink, very nicely balanced, in fact. I don't know if I'll always be reaching it for it, but its a legitimate classic beer, certainly worth a go by anybody.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2014 19:07:00 | More by dougbassett
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Mike_Moe

Illinois

4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Dark amber color with a good brown head.
Aroma: Fruity raisin and citrus aroma.
Flavor: Sweet fruity taste citrusy body with a smooth sour finish. Has a full bodied with fuzzy carbonation
Overall: This is a very complex beer. This brew is a copulation of fruit salad, raisin and citrus. The sourness carries though the finish but that light "puckering" sensation ends rapidly. It's smooth sour finish is quite unique. Overall this is a fantastic beer!

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2014 00:24:49 | More by Mike_Moe
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DMXLOX22

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a single of this brew as a Christmas present, directly from Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown, NY. Excited to check this brew out. Poured into my Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a clean, dark brown, almost blackish, maroon-like color. Leaves behind a nice one-inch head of tan, frothy head. Leaves behind a nice line of lacing all the way down. Not bad, but hard to obviously see the carbonation bubbles. Womp, womp, still impressive.

Smell: First noticeable scent is a red wine, almost apple-cider vinegar. Quite strong in that department. Second take I can detect a sour cherry/grape mixed in. Not bad. I've been appreciating the sour beer market lately. This seems like a perfect example of such. last whiff and I can detect an oak-like odor. Quite good.

Taste: First sips, it is quite apparent of sweet and sour cherry flavors. Some figs thrown in. Nice addition of a apple-cider vinegar kind of flavor. Such a perfect blend of sweet and sour. Very slight hint of possibly brown sugar, but that wasn't noticed towards the end of the glass. Kind of disappointed I have to go through this and not have another bottle. I'm taking as many little sips as possible as to savor the flavor.

Mouthfeel: Bubbly and crisp. Medium carbonation. Finishes dry. Well-rounded in the acidic and sweet department.

Overall: Coming into this brew, I was pretty excited about trying this brew. My hopes were granted. The beginning of this adventure I was quite surprised. Alcohol is virtually non-existent and had a perfect carbonation. I was surprised and satisfied at the same time. I really enjoyed the sweet and sour they were going for. I would try this again and would totally recommend to a friend and make sure they enjoy it slowly as I had to really open up this beers body/true flavors.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2014 01:43:27 | More by DMXLOX22
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thegodfather2701

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brown/cherry with a small off-white head that dissipates quickly. The nose was not as pronounced as expected but consisted primarily of vinegar and sour cherries. The flavor was very similar to the nose-not as sour as I expected but very refreshing. The mouthfeel was thin but not too watery. This is a very drinkable beer and I would love to drink it again in the future.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2013 15:46:24 | More by thegodfather2701
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Ryanm1

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

I'm a huge fan of Belgians and didn't know what ton expect here. Didn't really even know the style before drinking but turned out to be a Flanders "old brown". This is different than those English and American brown ale. After checking out the beer description on BA of the style fermentation actually produces a bi product called diacetyl which produces a sour flavor definitely a characteristic of the beer. Also gives the beer some buttery notes which reading up on diacetyl is used to artificially flavor buttered popcorn. Poured into a glass from a cage and cork with almost a mathematical precision of carbonation to body. Smell is overpowering sweet fruity esters. Cherry and oak flavors, very carbonated, sour, dark fruits coming through such as fig and grape. My first of this varietal but excellent nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2013 23:47:06 | More by Ryanm1
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NODAK

Tennessee

4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smell here is a great bouquet of dark fruit....somewhat sweet and a good amount of tart there. There is definitely an aroma of tannins here as well. A certain red wine quality to it. Lastly, a whiff of alcohol.

Pours a brown color in my glass with a thin head to it.

The taste is interesting for the style in that it seems to tilt more towards the sweeter fruit notes as opposed to the tart. At no point do I really pucker at all. It starts out fairly sweet, though far from overbearing. The fruit tastes good and doesn't taste artificial. Then it finishes tart in a minor way. Again, not puckering. I wouldn't use vinegar to describe it like I would other sours. Just mildly citric.

Some sours are puckering and over the top sour. Some like the Duchesse strike a balance. This is more sweet. Regardless it's quite tasty. Alcohol covered up very well. Goes down dangerously smooth.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 01:32:26 | More by NODAK
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joeseppy

Illinois

3.84/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky raisin brown with sediment and a wispy head that disappears.

Aroma of cherry mash, plums, raisins with slight acidity and alcohol.

Taste like a low sugar tart cherry pop with acetic notes and somewhat spritzy. This, for me, is truly an evolving Oud Bruin as temperature changes. Mid-way, a more vinous character shows up with white grapes and green apples coming to mind. Sweetness at this time is still balanced. And in the end, it's turns into more of an apple cider with more sugar appearing as carbonation all but goes away.

Mouthfeel is light and spritzy at colder temps. Coming up in temp, this loses carbonation and becomes more layering on the palate-not enough carbonation to scrub the tongue of residual sugars.

Overall I enjoyed this. I had this for Thanksgiving dessert with, I can finally say, with one of the best cherry pies I've had in years. And that experience I would give a five to! But anywhoo, I did not enjoy the apple cider part of it as too many sugars and acidity came into play, but cooler temps proved to be a pretty darn tasty sour. I can usually put this down myself but this one is a bottle share. A great dessert table sour and the price point cannot be beat.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2013 14:21:17 | More by joeseppy
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Takahiro

Netherlands

3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2012, 37,5 cl
A: dark brown, with a purple tint, poured with a tan head,
S: grapes, vinegar, caramel, prunes
T: soft malty flavor, caramel, big in fruit (grapes and prunes), and mild acetic sour mingles very well in balance. the juicy fruit lingers on the tongue. notice a nice and delicate alcohol warmth / sweetness staying in the mouth
M: i wished the beer to have a bit more of body, however that's my taste. in the end, this is a wonderful beer. I can have another one for sure. i also think this goes well with a tart/pie dessert.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2013 19:03:01 | More by Takahiro
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

3.69/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle into a pint glass. 2010 vintage.

A: Pours a murky dark brown color. There's about one finger of off-white colored head; it's nicely thick, but retains poorly. No lacing is left behind, as expected.

S: The tartness is what I notice first - but the fruitiness is what hooks me. A quick hit of (pleasant) vinegar quickly turns into a melange of cherry, plum, and figgy notes. Sugary, too. As someone who's preference is sourness to the exclusion of everything else, I can safely say this balance is pretty intoxicating.

T: Some moderate tartness hits first, and even that has a sweetish bend. It quickly fades in the midtaste, and the finish is pretty much all fruit sweetness. I'm picking up cherries, raisins, and even a touch of chocolate on the aforementioned finish. Having said that, I'm still let down by its lack of tartness - especially considering it's three years old, more or less. You'd think the age of this would make it a little more complex. Actually, the only thing that really lets me down is the sugary character doesn't seem entirely natural to me. Double actually, it tastes like aspartame. Triple actually, it's ridiculously cloying. Still a good brew, just one that could stand to be a bit less cloying (just a bit, though!)

M: The finishing tannins can't get in the way of all the fruity sweetness that finish this brew. It doesn't have the moronic drinkability of Rodenbach Grand Cru, but to be fair, what does? Carbonation starts off strongly but quickly restrains itself.

O: My personal preference dictates I'd like a little more sourness and a little less sweetness - and a lot less aspartame. That's exactly what's keeping this very good offering from being an excellent one. Put it like this: due to the cloying nature, I'm questioning whether or not I should pawn the rest of the 750 off to someone else. Keep in mind I could drink a couple 750s of Rodenbach Grand Cru and still wish for more.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 20:37:33 | More by ThisWangsChung
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DonDirkA

Arizona

4.9/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The nose is somewhat fruity and very sweet. Figs, golden raisins, dark cherries and a giant mound of brown sugar. The taste is much more tart but equally simple yet complex and full. Sour cherries, dates, grape juice, plum, molasses and some green apples. Tart, full, bubbly, sweet, fulfilling and delicious. And only $11.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2013 04:50:29 | More by DonDirkA
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thagr81us

South Carolina

4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from tap into a Trappe Door tulip. Poured a dark reddish brown with a two finger khaki colored head that subsided to half a finger quickly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, raspberry, fruit, cherry, sugar, tart, earth, and wood. The flavor was of sweet malt, wood, fruit, sour, tart, earth, raspberry, and sugar. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. There was a nice sweetness going on in this one for the style that really helped to balance out some of the earthiness that one usually expects with the style. There wasn’t a big vinegar aspect that really made it easy to drink and quite enjoyable. The raspberry really made this one stand out and really refreshing. Definitely a well done brew, but what does one really expect from Liefsman at this point?

Serving type: on-tap

08-31-2013 15:12:25 | More by thagr81us
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bum732

Maryland

3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

S: Sweet caramal, coca-cola like, touch of sourness, root beer, medium high vanilla, brandied cherries, creme brulee

L: Very dark brown with light tan head that dissipates. Ok lacing.

T: Slightly tart up front with cola-like sweetness. Low bitterness with some sour cherries quickly following. Maltiness into the finish. Finishes fairly dry with a little tannin and bitterness.

M: Medium thin body, medium carbonation.

Interesting beer, loved the nose on this, but i think the taste is a big let down. Too much tannins really detract from the body.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2013 23:52:52 | More by bum732
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Tone

Missouri

3.55/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, dark brown. 1/3 inch head of an off-tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Sourness, fruit, hint of hop, sweet malt, and hint of alcohol in the aroma. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of tartness, fruit, sweet malt, sourness, and a hint of hop. Overall, good appearance and blend, but I was hoping for more sour/tart notes in aroma and body.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2013 14:50:15 | More by Tone
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

this is big boy beer, a textbook oud bruin, probably the best ive had. it pours a red tinted maple brown color with a frothy and dense oatmeal head with flawless retention. the nose on this is really nice, a little tart, not quite sour, with some fruity notes and a lot of hefty caramel malt sweetness. I pick up some fresh figs on the taste, as well as dried oranges and golden raisins, it is a complex malt base here. the top notes are acidic and alcoholic, with the fruity bits taking a back seat to yeasty funk and tannic dryness. all of it getting more intense as it warms up. big body is made lighter by the acid, and by lively carbonation. I could se myself drinking this regularly if it were available. its a classy beer, a glistening example of the oud bruit style, and a beer I really recommend, especially at the 9 bucks a bottle steal we copped this for. it must be done.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2013 14:51:48 | More by StonedTrippin
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hustlesworth

Ohio

4.84/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2011 vintage

A- reddish brownish plum with a foamy beige head. The foam settles to a thick disk and leaves little spots of lace.

S- totally rad aromatic balance. All at once sour and sweet, very woodsy with the impression of chocolate, vanilla, and stinky cheese. Olive brine, tomato acidity, and soil. Grape, fig, and sour cherry.

T- pleasant tartness from start until near the finish, wherein the sourness fades abruptly and woodsy barrel vanilla and chocolate flavors move right in to fill the void. In between, there's sour cherries, sour berries, mineral water, lots of oak, acorn trypsin nuttiness, raisin, oxalis, tomato, and earth. This is dark angry cave basement type fun. Masterfully blended and well rounded at 2 years old. This that boy.

MF- tannic and moderately dry with a very nice powdery yeasty feel. The effervescence of this beer is fan freakin tastic and lasts until the glass is empty.

D- throughout this review "vinegar" NEVER once popped into my mind (although other strange things had... Oxalis? Wtf) setting this one apart from other beers that I've tried in the same style. Definitely gonna cellar a couple bottles.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2013 23:55:37 | More by hustlesworth
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rickyleepotts

Arizona

4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Tonight we are drinking a sour. I LOVE sour beers. When I am walking up and down the beer aisle at Total Wine & More, I like to watch people looking at a sour to see his or her reaction. Unless you are expecting the flavors a beer like this offers, prepare to be amazed. The brewing process along is unique, and requires SO much attention. This specific bottle is from 2010, so it already has 3+ years on it. The beer is said to age to 10+ years, so I am sure some of the initial sweetness has worn off and we are getting to the bare bones of what makes this beer great. I like pretty much every beer from Belgium, so I hope this one delivers. It's a big bottle and comes in a paper wrapping. That's called the "pajamas". Aww… how cute! I just hope it taste good. Cheers, people!

In the Glass: I didn't expect this to be dark, but it has a nice deep dark brown color. Not much hear, and hardly any lace. I could smell some of the sour notes as I was pouring this. To be honest, as this beer has settled in the glass, it looks like a flat Coke. I am sure it smells and tastes better than Coke!

Nose: I am getting some sour notes, but not as much as I expected. I keep thinking about the brewing process for a beer like this. There is so much attention put on brewing a beer of this quality, and then to only charge $12.99 for it… that's a steal! It makes me appreciate the beer more and has me itching to drink it. So… without further ado, let's drink. Cheers! (Is that the way you spell adu? Or is it ado? Or adue? I have no idea!)

Flavor: That is sour… but a very complex beer. It's not sour until the finish. I am sitting here waiting for it to be sour, and some almost malty flavors attack the middle of my palate. Then, out of nowhere comes the palate wrecking sour flavors. Holy crap, that's intense. Now, having tried several sour beers over the years, I am sure this will become more balanced as I drink and as it heats up. But the first impression is a nice subtle sweetness leading to a ridiculous sour flavor. Bravo, Liefmans.

Mouthfeel: It's quite thin, and doesn't really impress me until the finish. It slides across the palate, and while it's cold, I feel that might help the flavor a little bit. I did swish a second sip around in my mouth, and the bubbles overwhelm. It does, however, really open up the beer. You get more subtle sweet flavors and while the bubbles take over, when they are gone the flavor is worth every second.

Aftertaste: It's sweet, but not as sweet as I expected. Perhaps the time this has been in the bottle. The experts said the sweet flavors should be expected with young bottles. I would LOVE to try this at 8-10 years. I am not sure I have that kind of time. Although, I have a few bottles in the cellar that I am holding for 15 and for 20 years.

This is good. It's really good. i have more than half a glass left, and I am going to let this site to warm up a bit. It will get better, and I am stoked to see what this tastes like in 10-15 minutes. I might not have 10 years, but I have 10 minutes. If you like a good Belgian example of a sour, then try this. Both offerings from Liefmans have been great. Good price for a beer that has that much TLC put in the bottle. Plus, I love the pajamas!

Liefmans Goudenband - The bottle says: "NA"

The bottle might not say much… but the wrapper (pajamas) say a lot. So… the wrapper says: "Liefmans Goudenband is one of the world's most complex beers. An aged Belgian Brown Ale, it is brewery-cellered for many months until it matures. Only then is it blended and bottled. Historically known as "Provision Beer", Goudenband is superb for further home cellaring, allowing taste, aroma and body of the beer to continue to evolve. A delectable treat for the beer connoisseur."

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2013 04:17:22 | More by rickyleepotts
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IchLiebeBier

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Dark chestnut; no head on the pour

Aroma: Sour; slightly vinous fruit; spicy

Taste: slightly sour; wine-like; tart; slightly spicy; excellent flavor overall

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; so please disregard those scores

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 13:30:26 | More by IchLiebeBier
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harrymel

Washington

3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Vintage 2011

Pours a nice dark brown with cherry hues and some surface etches. Smells of cough syrup, cherries, some oak, some alcohol, some peppercorn, some grain. Flavor is sweet, balsamic, cherry, oak, sweet syrupy, some acetic character, like old school black sweet and sour with more complexity and nuances. Medium bodied with moderate on hi carb and an off dry finish. Decent example of the style, a little on the sweet side, but nice spiced character.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2013 05:55:31 | More by harrymel
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Bouleboubier

Pennsylvania

4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: the head died fast on this - could be anything from not-so-clean lines or glass to it being too cold.... dark, murky burgundy-brown, but relatively clear... scant lacing

S: immediate blend of caramel, sherry, and cocoa.... champagne-like esters, robust-fruity but not the least bit zesty-strong

T: not-so-sweet spiced apple and dry raspberry/cherry fruitiness.... comparable level of chocolaty malt flavor.... vanilla notes ostensibly from oak barrel aging.... refreshing yet real mellow lactic tartness.... definite sherry notes

M: soft-smooth, nearly medium body, mild roundness.... barely any fizz, slinks away quietly and pretty dry

O: gets better as you get through it, but I can't help but feel I'd prefer this out of the bottle, which I'm now certainly going to have to do... wasn't as sour as other examples I've had, and that's not a bad thing as this was a little too drinakble

Serving type: on-tap

05-27-2013 04:03:52 | More by Bouleboubier
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