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Goudenband - Brouwerij Liefmans

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,070 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,070
Reviews: 543
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.48%
Wants: 105
Gots: 109 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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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Rootimus88


1/5  rDev -76.2%

07-20-2012 04:29:53 | More by Rootimus88
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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

1.53/5  rDev -63.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

Appearance - 12 ounce bottle corked and caged. Cork date is Nov, 2001. Slight pop on opening. Center poured into a Belgian glass with virtually no bubble action. And yet, after settling, there appears this curious current of carbonation in the middle, churning from below and bringing up quite a bit of sediment. Mostly brown in color with hints or red and very bespeckled with large flakes of yeast. It's fun to watch, kinda like a lava lamp.

Aroma - definitely a musty, earthy, sour, vinous, somewhat medicinal smell. Reminds me of horses and their general smell. Very different, not something I'm used to, and I can't say I'm overly thrilled. As an aside, the cork itself smells like honeysuckle and fragrant wildflowers with allspice. Very nice, if there was a 'cork aroma' category, I'd give it a 5.

Taste - very sharp and sour flavor. A dry, acidic red wine taste with extreme lemon juice tartness. Very unusual, but an improvement from the aroma. The greenest, tartest apples ever, or like taking those Warheads candies and just licking off that outer sour layer. The sourness and horsiness render useless any thought of detecting malt or hops. I don't think I've had as funky a beer as this except for Orval, I really didn't like it much either. Finishes dry and puckering. I can adjust to it somewhat but generally think (at this point) that this style isn't for me and isn't worth the effort.

Mouthfeel - very dry and bubbly like a good dry champagne. As much as I don't care for the taste, the puckering bubbliness is quite enjoyable.

Drinkability - I will try others of this style in the future, but for now this is at the bottom of my repeat list.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2004 15:03:48 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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JDV

Texas

1.88/5  rDev -55.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Smells sweetish, metallic, and almost wine-like. Pours a chocolately brown with LOTS of suspended yeast/proteins all throughout and a short lived off white head. Incredibly unappealing look from the excessive yeast/protein particles hanging out like stationary gel capsules. Taste is smooth, overly sweet, a touch alcoholic, and some nice sourness. Honestly tastes like a mix of brown ale and a cheap reisling wine. The sourness is interesting but the sweetness level is not something I want in my beer, and although I’m sure tons of people appreciate this style, I found at least this one cloying and left the last half for the sink.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2008 21:31:50 | More by JDV
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DeerNick


2/5  rDev -52.4%

03-15-2012 13:42:30 | More by DeerNick
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tobelerone

Connecticut

2.08/5  rDev -50.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

As soon as I popped the cork on this one I suspected I had gotten a bad bottle and boy was I right. Almost no carbonation left whatsoever; poured a muddy, reddish brown color, no head or lace at all, tons of floating chunks, lots of residue at the bottle of the glass. Aroma of wine-like tannins, light sweetness, cork, vinegar.

Taste is dominated by vinegar, tart but lacking any fruity notes, hints of malt sweetness, drying, cabarnet-like finish, corked, slight puckering sourness.

This beer was stored improperly and ruined. Unfortunately I don’t pass the store I purchased this bottle in very often at all but I will let them know about it when I do. Very nice employees I suspect will do something to make up for it!

I’d like to re-review this beer again if I can get my hands of another, unspoiled bottle. This one was drainpoured with a 1/4 of the beer left...I tried!

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2011 13:29:49 | More by tobelerone
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Crosling

Colorado

2.13/5  rDev -49.3%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

375 mL, with too many floaties. I love yeast at the bottom, but not so much that I can only decant half the beer. Muddy brown with a full Belgian foam. Aromatically mediocre. It’s very applely, with a blend of granny smith and red apples. Also hints of banana bread. Definately more sweet than sour, and a beer that’s rumored to have gone through numerous changes the past decade. Maybe this was once a classic, but that was before my time. Now it’s just a sweet, drinkable, approachable brown ale. It has a unique taste, but is just too sweet and one dimensional.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2007 06:43:01 | More by Crosling
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bigred89

Maryland

2.5/5  rDev -40.5%

05-13-2012 10:47:29 | More by bigred89
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HardyGeneraL

Netherlands

2.5/5  rDev -40.5%

04-16-2012 08:30:50 | More by HardyGeneraL
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carteravebrew

Colorado

2.75/5  rDev -34.5%

11-16-2013 20:57:27 | More by carteravebrew
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RoyFokker

California

2.75/5  rDev -34.5%

05-19-2014 00:51:03 | More by RoyFokker
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Altrurian

New York

2.75/5  rDev -34.5%

08-22-2013 22:50:32 | More by Altrurian
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

2.8/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pourred a nice deep brown brew with a dark head that stayed on for a while. Very acidic and sour taste with a hint of sugar. This is OK but not my favorite of the Liefmans. Still I noticed that this one has more head then the other Liefmans and lots of sediment at the bottom...

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2003 14:59:19 | More by Phyl21ca
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mondegreen

Georgia

2.95/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12.7 oz bottle into a Westmalle chalice. Cork reads "2006."

A murky brown pour yields no head whatsoever. Nothing. Nada. Well, maybe a razor thin ring around the outside. Tons of yeast in the bottle, I leave about an inch of beer so I don't end up with the yeast in my glass.

Nose is pretty nice. Sweet dark fruits dominate. Raisins & figs.

Has a light rum taste coupled with a moderate sweetness. Very very slight tart bite on the backend.

This beer is flat. No carbonation at all. Other reviews say it should be medium bodied. Well, mine isn't. The flatness is a sore thumb on what might otherwise be a good beer.

If the beer had a decent mouthfeel, I think it would be refreshing and more complex. As it stands, it isn't.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2010 22:17:23 | More by mondegreen
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beerguy101

California

2.95/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark red brown color. Small head. Aroma is tart, sour cherries and musty. A medium bodied Flemish sour. Kind of flat tasting, not very carbonated. Tart and sour, but there is some nice underlying maltyness, but mostly it the sour cherry flavor. This may be an old/bad bottle, as most of the other reviews I’ve read mention the high variability of this beer. If this is an OK bottle that it kind of disappointing. Still very drinkable, but not what I was expecting. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is dry. Aftertaste is tart and a little vinous.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2003 02:49:42 | More by beerguy101
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tjthresh

Indiana

2.98/5  rDev -29%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2005 12:59:06 | More by tjthresh
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Dubber55

New York

3/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Corked and caged. The cork says 2006. Printed on top of the cage: 11-2016

Pours a light caramel color brown with some red highlights. No head or lace. A few bubbles form a collar around the edges.

The aromas consist mostly of rum soaked raisins, caramel and a little vinegar. The aroma is also a bit vinous.

In my opinion, the taste is definitely more sweet than sour/tart. The initial flavor is rum soaked raisins. Reminds me a little of a sweet wine. Then I get a bit of vinegar, green apples, just barely a hint of cherries and oak. The finish is mostly rum soaked raisins and some alcohol.

This beer is flat. There is little to no carbonation. The mouthfeel is medium and a bit syrupy.

The drinkability is bad. The alcohol is noticeable and there is not enough tartness to balance out the sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2010 01:51:13 | More by Dubber55
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AleWatcher

Illinois

3/5  rDev -28.6%

11-15-2011 12:42:57 | More by AleWatcher
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Sspeer1

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -28.6%

10-12-2013 16:40:00 | More by Sspeer1
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FullObs

Illinois

3/5  rDev -28.6%

10-11-2012 15:37:28 | More by FullObs
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Schade

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -28.6%

01-13-2012 21:18:05 | More by Schade
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s35keith

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -28.6%

09-29-2013 04:36:18 | More by s35keith
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Jslay013

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -28.6%

09-13-2013 22:41:37 | More by Jslay013
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Fettpopps

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -28.6%

03-16-2014 11:39:48 | More by Fettpopps
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coreyfmcdonald

Georgia

3/5  rDev -28.6%

11-17-2011 03:12:06 | More by coreyfmcdonald
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.05/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours with no head, I was shocked and thought there was something wrong but that's how it is. No carbonation, murky amber color with a lot of chucky bits floating and settling. Thin body but an unusual taste sweet/sour cherries and raisins. Hard to really classify. Finish is sour. Good summer ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2003 15:30:50 | More by jdhilt
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Goudenband from Brouwerij Liefmans
94 out of 100 based on 1,070 ratings.