Goudenband - Brouwerij Liefmans
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Reviews by spoony:
4.38/5 rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
From a paper-wrapped 750 ml bottle (cork suggests 2011 vintage) into a tulip.
A-The brew is murky and prune colored. It was sort of ugly, but on par for the style. The head was almost two fingers of light tan, pillowy foam. The head was slow to fade and left a little cap for quite a while.
S-The smell was mildly sour and funky. I picked up earthy notes of vinegar, raisins, figs, and tart cherries, as well as some oak type smells.
T-The taste tracks the smell pretty closely. There is a current of musty, earthy, sour fruits and acidic, oaky vinegar up front with a little sweet kick in the mid-palate to balance things out. This brew was medium-sour and I detected no hop bitterness at all.
M-The carbonation consisted of fine bubbles and the brew had a slightly slick finish with a medium body.
O-This beer is a great example of the style. The flavors are complex and well-integrated, and the mouthfeel is nearly perfectly matched to the beer. I especially enjoyed how fruits aside from the typical sour cherry or raspberry stepped up here. That isn't to say that cherry was missing, it just wasn't the only player here, which upped the score in my book.
Serving type: bottle
12-26-2012 17:31:14 | More by spoony
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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
Goudenband from Brouwerij Liefmans
93 out of 100 based on 978 ratings.