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Goudenband - Brouwerij Liefmans

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,130 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,130
Reviews: 547
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.74%
Wants: 111
Gots: 119 | FT: 1
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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Reviews by Ryanm1:
Photo of Ryanm1
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Ryanm1, Dec 25, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Its great to have a chance to try world classics like this you really need to savor beer like this,pours a great brown color with very nice red tints showing thru everywhere in the glass not as much head as expected but the color was awesome.A very complex aroma consisting of some mustiness when first opening andsour cheery with a nice spicey element allspice maybe?Taste is oaky and sour but not nearly as sour as I thought it would be wich is a good thing for me I pick up a light spice not as well with a vinegar and light salty note in the finish.Wow a great extremely complex beer one to savor for sure.

oberon, Apr 04, 2004
Photo of Popsinc
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown....some tartness in the nose, mild fruit....the taste is absolutely fantastic: semi-tart, not quite sour, an almost cherry like finish and with only the most subtle woody notes....a somewhat lively mouthfeel but yet this beers quickly turns with an ever growing creaminess towards the finish, light in some way....what a great, fresh mouthfeel...this beer is balanced quite nicely and has a nice complexity about it....easily a beer to sit down and slowly enjoy several of....to me this was a world class old brown ale...top marks here

Popsinc, Apr 20, 2006
Photo of RoyalT
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – The body is a beautiful, shiny brown with shades of orange and full of sediment. As interesting as the liquid is, the head is equally as boring. It came up very little and went down quickly. I didn’t get the impression by popping the cork that this ale was flat or bad. It just doesn’t seem to have a lot of head.

Smell – The malty sourness has a lambic way about it. This is no cheap sourness like many examples of the style. This is like sour green apples dunked in cider.

Taste – This will suck in your cheeks. Some cheap Flanders hurt my teeth, but this is the good stuff. The dextrose-flavored finish is a bit worn down by the big green apple sourness, but it’s there enough to be noticed. Again, I like the lambic characteristics that I’m finding here.

Mouthfeel – If you’re looking for that “just sucked a lemon” feeling then this will do the trick. It goes about it pleasantly, though. There’s nothing harsh in this one.

Drinkability – This is an easy drinker. It has all the facets of a good Sour Ale but is not too harsh or over-the-top. There’s also a very mature, almost oaky nature to this one that seems to put it above most of the pretenders. I found this to be a very solid, drinkable ale.

Comments – This is a 2001 so has been sitting for three years and is no worse the wear.

RoyalT, Jul 30, 2004
Photo of cam477
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

cam477, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Now I get it…now I finally get this style. This is magnificent.

Served on tap and in the proper glassware at the Map Room in Chicago, IL, this chestnut bodied brew pours with an audible carbonation and inch thick slightly speckled white head.

The nose is intensely sour and almost lambiclike. It’s so sour in fact, that’s it is difficult to make anything of the aroma. With some consentration I think I smell some cherry lemonade ice tea.

I can’t really taste much in here accept for sour acid and a little cider. This doesn’t bother me in the slightest. The acid flavor is to die for.

The motuhfeel is like there’s a ballet on my tongue.

Despite the acid I could never grow tired of drinking this. I don’t know how they do it.

DaPeculierDane, Mar 27, 2006
Photo of ricke
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark reddish brown with a big pale beige head that settles slowly and leaves a nicely looking lid of foam.

S: Distinct aromas of overripe fruit (apples), some sweet candy-like aromas, raisins, light phenols, a faint note of funky barn, wood and tart vinegar. A pleasant smell full of character.

T: A fantastic taste, just really really good. A great blend of sweetness and tartness develops in the mouth with the sweetness taking just the slightest of leads. Notes of cherries, apples, plums and some raisins. A faint note of sweet candy. Some vinegar, wet wood and a note of daring yet subtle yeast. The finish is gently bitter with a rich tartness mixed with some phenols, minerals and raisins. This is just a very tasty brew.

M: Medium body, well balanced carbonation. Slightly chewy and sticky in the mouth with a somewhat dry finish.

D: I really like Goudenband, nothing but a classic. It's just unbelievably tasty. Very easy to drink as well and I can easily drink a 750 ml bottle of this stuff by myself.

ricke, Jun 22, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Tiernan, Jun 06, 2013
Photo of wesbrownyeah
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Liefmans Goudenband Provision Ale 8% alcohol. Poured from 750ml corked and caged bottle into an Ommegang Snifter.

A- Glorious sight of a near opaque dark brown fluid with a quarter inch off white head that leaves behind a tight bubbly froth that lightly holds on the the edges of the glass slipping back to the brew after the swirl and/or sip of the excellent Flanders Oud Bruin.

S- Fresh scents of cherries, candied apples, and sweet malts upfront on the nose. A light hint of musky yeast is noted with a slightly spiced edge.

T-M- Where do I start? A sweet almost tart bite of cherries and currants stings the tongue with bountiful flavor. Second notes of sweet apples and pears followed by light brown sugar.
Mouthfeel is a heavily carbonated tingle with very little alcohol ester presence. Mildly dry with excellent drinkablity.

O- Overall one of the best if not the best Flanders Oud Bruin style beer i've ever had hands down. I'm going to stock up on this one Cheers!

wesbrownyeah, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of weatherdog
3.65/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

75cl bottle poured into two oversized wine glasses, 2006 vintage so says the cork.

It pours a cloudy chestnut color with a huge amount of yeast clumpies in all the pours. This beer was opened after only about two hours in the fridge after a long bumpy car ride so I will excuse the vast amount of suspended yeast in the pour. If it poured like this after several days in the fridge I would normally dock it points because the amount of yeast was really excessive. There is only a short lived cream colored head.

The nose is pretty muted and restrained for a sour brown and for my liking. There is also a lot of sugary sweetness which I am not the biggest fan of. Underneath that sweetness is a reassuring tartness with just enough acetic in the nose without being overpowering.

The taste has a lot of oaky and caramel malt favors married in a medium level of tartness. The taste finishes just too sweet for my taste and is just distracting. I understand this style should have a little more residual sweetness than Flanders reds but the amount found in the beer is over the top and distracting the from the real character of the beer. I guess the trade-off of this attribute is the approachability of this beer.

Mouthfeel was just right with a low/medium level of carbonation and a full bodiedness. Drinkability was good as well and a very refreshing beer, my only wish is less sweetness and let the sourness and woodiness of the beer shine through.

weatherdog, Jun 08, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

SkiBum22, Feb 07, 2014
Photo of SanDNigel
4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml- Wrapper sure makes it seem special
A- Dark burgundy, little bubbles. For mine, little to no head, just a little something around the walls of the glass
S- You can smell it as you pour it. Wow it smells good! Date, caramelized sugar, berry/pear compote with a sour sting
T- Delicious You don't want it to end. Sour berries that pucker you up nicely. Such a perfect balance of sweet/sour/ and some extraordinary thing I couldn't put my finger on
M- Soooo smooth Mine was lightly carbonated, but I wouldn't have changed a thing

This is one damn good beer. If you were to introduce someone to sour ales this might be the perfect beer to do it with. I just want more and more of it, that is the only problem

SanDNigel, May 24, 2013
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from the 750ml bottle a deep brown with hints of red as well. A light, airy bubbly head forms on top and leaves some nice delicate lacing on the side of the glass as well. Aromas are a mix of sweet caramel maltiness and some sour fruity characteristics (cherry, plum.) There a nice spiciness present as well along with woody notes. Quite nice.

First sip brings a yeasty caramel maltiness upfront along with an equalizing fruity sourness that makes for an interesting interplay between the two flavors on the palate. There's some nice woody, vinous tones on the way down along with a gentle spiciness. Toffee, molasses and even a slight hint of cinammon. Quite a tasty treat here.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a medium body and quite a bit of carbonation. This is a unique and tasty brew that I have no problem consuming. I very much enjoy the sweet/sour aspect of it and I look forward to having it again in the future.

orbitalr0x, May 16, 2005
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4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Caged and corked 750. Cork came out with a loud pop as soon as the cage was undone.

Pours what appears to be a solid brown body until held up to the light and the deep crimson red really shines through. Small quarter inch of tan head disappeared quickly to a couple of collections of small bubbles.

Smell is sweet and sour fruits of cherries and plums and grapes with some hints of apple. A solid sweettart candy smell. Quite delectible, but this is a favorite style of mine.

A good sweet and sour flavor profile. Not over the top sour like some of the others of the style. I like them as sour as they come, but this is a good alternative and a more drinkable beer for those who don't care for sour as much. Flavor has the typical belgian profile of dark fruits. Very similar to the smell with the sweet cherries and plums which come across like many red wines do. The addition is a dry sour aspect with tart cherries and plums again. A caramel sweet maltiness balances this out well.

A good bit of carbonation in the mouthfeel adds a crisp feeling to this. Mouthfeel is still decently full even with the carbonation levels. Drinkability is good for the style due to the nice sweet and sour combo without being over-the-top tart.

blitz134, Jul 13, 2005
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Kjanisch7, Jul 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

danthehopslamman, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of elinash
4.97/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Corked and caged bottle dated 2017- I couldn't wait that long.

I've tried this beer a couple of times because I like it so much, but I'll catalogue my response this time.

I'm drinking it out of a celebrator glass because it's like a wide, stout flute or short pilsner glass.

Appearance is coke-bottle brown, maybe a little lighter. Reddish tints throughout. Lacing is really great- forming a crown sticking to the glass.

Smell is sticky, a little sweet, with tart notes and brown sugar coming through.

Taste is initially soft (including mouthfeel) rounding out to tart raspberry, rhubarb, and sweet tart candy. Mouthfeel follows with extra but not overwhelming carbonation. Superb thirst quencher. Finishes with the slightest iodine, but in a good way.

An amazing brew, one of the best, I hope the Liefmans facility stays afloat.

elinash, Jul 09, 2008
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

heddar33, Sep 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

warnerry, Oct 18, 2013
Photo of KotR
4/5  rDev -4.5%

KotR, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of Todd
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: 255ml green champagne-style bottle with a crowned wire cork. Cork suggests a 1998 bottling. Sample poured into a proper Liefmans gold rimmed glass.

Appearance: A hazy dark red beer, with rich amber hues and a clumpy, bubbly off-white head.

Smell: Medicinal, crisp nose with a bold yeast spice aroma, touch of caramel malt and metallic notes -- "sweet n sour"-like.

Taste: Tart upfront, a bitter cherry and lime flavour. An oak flavour mingles nicely. Definite medicinal and metallic notes through the entire beer, but very palatable and expected. Malt is hidden under the tartness, however it's sweet with faint caramel flavours. Things dry up to an almost pucker quality at the end and it's followed by a metallic aftertaste.

Notes: An exceptional Flemish oud bruin brew -- the classic example. Massively complex and unique.

Todd, Feb 24, 2001
Photo of Jason
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

37.5cl bottle wrapped in paper.

Ruby color, minimal lacing,

Tart, lemon peel, wood tannin, hint of alcohol, white chocolate, taffy in the nose.

Smack of tartness, dryness, grain, dried grass, hint of honey, dry clean finish.

A really interesting brew, extremely drinkable yet intensely complex. Age on this beer does wonders but fresher versions are a treat as well.

Jason, Oct 25, 2011
Photo of tjthresh
2.98/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Muddy brown with chunks of yeast sediment. No head. The lactic or brett over powers almost everything. You can get som chocolate and dark fruit in the nose. Sweet and sour, like one of those Charms lollipops, but heavier on the sour. Quite full bodied, but the sour finishees puckering. I guess that’s the way its supposed to be.

tjthresh, Aug 26, 2005
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3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Attractive paper wrapping around corked and caged bottle. The cork easily twists off, without a pop, revealing a 1998 stamping. Served slightly chilled into a goblet, no head even with an aggressive, initial pour. The body is a murky, purple brown(dark brown with lavender hues, perhaps), with suspended yeast particles("floaties") apparent. The yeast particles eventually settle to the bottom of the goblet.
Aroma begins with pronounced, woody notes of oak, followed immediately by tart, Bing cherries. Musty yeast and apple skins contribute to the complex, and inviting bouquet.
Mouthfeel has a medium body, but no carbonation. Slightly sherry like in the mouth.
The taste begins tart and tangy, with cherry fruitiness. Yeast mustiness is very prominent. Not as vinous as expected. Oxidation is apparent, and this one seems a bit past its prime. The abv is very well hidden, but will sneak up on you in a hurry.
Flanders Red Ales are one of my favorite styles, and I can't wait to try a more recent vintage of this one. Very complex, and tasty, even at this stage.

merlin48, Oct 12, 2004
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4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12.7 ounce bottle, wrapped in paper and caged and corked, 2003 stamped on the cork, mild carbonation, jammy dark, reddish brown, cloudy/murky, nose is slightly sour, woody, musty. Complex, heady brew, sourness is suprisingly muted, but still present. Sweet/sour balance is exceptional. (I understand h/e that this is not what alot of folks are looking for in a beer)

Billolick, Dec 27, 2004
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Goudenband from Brouwerij Liefmans
93 out of 100 based on 1,130 ratings.