Goudenband - Brouwerij Liefmans
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Reviews by tfinn:
4.5/5 rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
I actually have two samples on hand: one 1998 and one 2003. I was actually hoping to get a younger sample for the second, but apparently shipments haven't been made into Oregon for a while. phooey. this being september 2005, I was hoping to get an early 2005 sample, but 2003 will do fine.
appearance is a hazeless dark reddish-brown, with the 1998 sample slight darker, probably due to oxidation. the 2003 sample has slightly more carbonation and head, and leaves a slight more cling. both leave very light lacing.
smell is the first indicator that things turn different after a few years time. the 2003 sample has sharp oaky/wood, cherry-skin components, while the 1998 sample has a softer almost maple characteristic, along with a slight bit of oxidation. both have dark fruit characters -- figs, plums, dark sugars, although it's more "melded" in the 1998 sample. no overt hop aroma in either.
the 2003 sample has a sharper up-front flavor, and tastes oaky/woody, and even a little bit like honeydew melon, while the 1998 sample is much more subdued, with the flavors meshed down into a single maplerinddarkfruit flavor. finish on the 1998 sample reminds me of citrus rinds, while the 2003 sample is like eating a cross between a rose petal and a citrus fruit.
mouthfeel is similar between the two, both having minimal hop bittering. the sour tail predominates strongly in the 1998 sample, which is more acidic than the 2003. there is a very slight bit of graininess in the 2003 sample that isn't present in the 1998 sample. neither are weighty or coating, which is to be expected with this style.
both are immensely drinkable, and palatably interesting in their own rights, although I prefer the older sample for its mellower flavors. this is definitely a beer that changes in pleasantly interesting ways over time.
Serving type: bottle
09-16-2005 03:12:45 | More by tfinn
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3.7/5 rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Purchased at the LCBO 750ml bottle for just under $9.00. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass
A- Opens well pours with little head. Settles to a film and stays. Dark brown and cloudy.
S- Cherry and malt.
T- Sour cherry. Not quite ready yet. Needs time to blend. Raspberries will come through later when this thing calms down. Think that that will be a while though.
M- Tart and dry. Rather carbonated which is good for aging. Looking forward to having this one on a few years.
O- Pretty good. Way too young to drink. Will save the others for a few years down the line
This way too young fruit beer goes well with... Spicy chicken with green vegetables. Keeping it open for you to substitute in what you like as this beer will work well with many combinations.
Serving type: bottle
06-29-2014 16:23:43 | More by DaveBar
Goudenband from Brouwerij Liefmans
94 out of 100 based on 1,070 ratings.