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Goudenband - Brouwerij Liefmans


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Ratings: 994
Reviews: 540
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.71%

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Style | ABV
Flanders Oud Bruin |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Mitchster on 02-24-2001)
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Photo of vtfan77


3.65/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle is from 2003; kind of old, but these beers can supposedly hold up for a very long time.

A- I saw lots of chunky sediment in the bottom of the 375 ml bottle, so I poured very carefully. Perhaps as a result of this there was pretty much no head on the beer. It poured a dark cola brown with hints of red when held up to the light. No head, just a ring of bubbles around the glass.

S- Fruit in the form of sweet grape or cherry, and vinegar. Not a very strong smell.

T- Very pleasant and subtle taste. The flavors are similar to the smell with a grape-like sweetness and vinegary sourness. The sourness isn't very intense, though; it's really just a pleasant tartness. Nothing extreme here, but nice nonetheless.

M- Kind of thin and lacking in carbonation.

D- Good drinkability. There's no hint of the 8% alcohol and the flavor is nice and mild. I could see myself drinking another.

Kind of strange overall. I'm afraid that age may have taken its toll on this beer, although other reviews have reported "best-by" dates of 10 years later (my bottle had no "best-by" date). It certainly wasn't bad, though. I'm just afraid it may have lost some complexities. Anyway, I'd still certainly recommend it, and maybe a more experienced palate would appreciate it more.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2007 03:50:45 | More by vtfan77
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3.65/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2010 07:08:22 | More by weatherdog
Photo of DaveHS


3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Haven't tried this in years. Hoping it's as good as I remember. I know Duvel Moortgat brought Liefmans back after a few years' absence. No idea whether the recipe/my palate has changed, but this seems different than I remember.

A-Pours a deep mahogany/caramel color, with 3/4 inch of khaki colored head. Leaves moderate lacing, decent retention.

S-Sweet. Bready malts,cherries, candi sugar.

T/M-On the sweet side. Not all that sour for the style. It's medium bodied and fruity, with a doughy maltiness that makes it very drinkable.

D-Either the recipe has changed or my palate has changed drastically since the last time I had this. I remember it being much more sour, with a thinner body and more vibrant carbonation. Oh well.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2011 05:19:49 | More by DaveHS
Photo of RickS95


3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I haven't had this style before, so I've got nothing to base it on, but it's a nice looking beer. Dark, rich brown with some floaties wandering around in the dense liquid. The head is a finger thick, slightly off-white and dissipates quickly leaving just a white ring up top.

Malt forward scent, with a combination of vinegar and Granny Smith lurking. Has a bit of a saison funky yeast smell to it.

Not as bad as I expected. Granny Smith apple, malt and Belgian yeast dance on the tongue. A bit of apple cider vinegar and a touch of alcohol.

Good complex feel. Very full bodied, with a heavy malt profile, but balanced by the sweet, tart fruits and yeast. No hoppy bitterness, just a dry pucker for a finish.

I expected the worst from this, but was pleasantly surprised. Sure, it's tangy and tart, but there's balance that makes it relatively drinkable overall. Good alcohol content that's mostly masked.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2012 03:40:41 | More by RickS95
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3.69/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark clear mahogany in the glass with a long-lasting foam. A pleasant spritzy mouthful. This one is more sweet and sour, but in an appealing and nice-balanced way. wlight woody bitterness to finish. A little toffee and sweet malt, but a long, sour finish. It doesn't taste at all of alcohol.

The Belgian candy flavor is right up front. On tap at Local Habit in San Diego. The usual dry yeasty taste is there as well, but it gets lost in the tart, roasted grainy flavors. This is a very interesting beer that is more drinkable than most of the sour varieties I've tried. It also tastes just like so many forgettable beers I drank in Belgium, but with the addition of the acidic sensation. On tap at Local Habit in San Diego.

Serving type: on-tap

04-30-2013 05:23:44 | More by mactrail
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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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3.7/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Extremely sweet (port-like) malty aromas mixed with tart fruit and a dry powderiness.

Honey, not very clear, and a mild head.

Almost port sweetness with a lighter tartness and a juicy fruitiness. The sweetness grows on me.

Medium body and carbonation.

This brew was hard to drink in the beginning but it grew on me. In small sips I can explore this alien flavor on my palate and appreciate its awkward goodness.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2008 06:30:06 | More by MrHungryMonkey
Photo of weissbierdrinker


3.7/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep ruby red color when held up to the light. Little to no head, almost no carbonation.

Smell is of figs, dried plums, sweet fruity notes.

Taste of green apple, dried fruit, some mild vinegar. Finish is very clean faint hint of sour apple left on your tongue.

Carbonation is present but light. Alcohol doesn't have much of a bite, but it is present on your palate.

Overall a good beer, normally I don't care for oud bruin beers but this one is good. Nice change up.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2009 14:20:30 | More by weissbierdrinker
Photo of IKR


3.7/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown color. Moderate beige head head that subsided fairly quickly.

Smell: Mild Belgian funk with mild fruity aromas.

Taste: Mild citrus notes with some slight brown sugar sweetness. Some tartness with just a hint of sour.

Mouth-feel: Fairly thin body body with a fairly high level of carbonation.

Overall: Good taste but not overly complex compared to the upper echelon. Very good value at it's price point.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2011 01:51:53 | More by IKR
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3.7/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wrapped in a blue tissue paper. Cork says 2010.

Dark opaque brown body with a small cream head. Nice highlights.

Aroma is slightly sour, lactic acid, and reminds me of sour fruits.

Flavor is somewhat mild. Slightly sweet first then a moderate sourness that lingers for a while afterwards. More dry than overly malty. Tartness similar to cherry.

Body is a little thin. No alcohol presence.

Goudenband reminds me of a milder La Folie. Overall a good beer but difficult to describe. I wonder if cellaring this beer would bring out more defined characteristics.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2011 21:55:02 | More by zachary80
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New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. botte, wrapped in tissue. Cork dated 2001. Poured into a freshly rinsed wide mouth goblet. Poured with a thin off white head with large bubbles. Color is a deep dark purple. Shows translucent red when held to the light. Head quickly dissipated leaving some sparse lace, this too vanished. There is quite a bit of sediment in the bottle. I made no effort to aviod pouring it into the glass. Fruity smell with hints of sour cherries. Thin feeling as you sip but flavor explodes in your mouth, first slight sweetness then a powerful sharp sourness with a long dry/sour astringent finish. The sweetness faded and the dryness became stronger as the brew warmed.

A very complex brew. I will try it again.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2004 01:16:28 | More by Citadel82
Photo of BillyB

New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark reddish-brown to brown color. There was a collection of sediment at the bottom of the bottle that floated around when poured.
Fruity and malty aromas. Raisins, plums, black cherries.
Taste is a nice balance of fruit and malt with a sour kick.
Not much carbonation and a nice medium sized off-white head.
Not much bitterness or hop aroma. More fruity and a sweet and sour type taste to it.
Overall quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2006 21:50:39 | More by BillyB
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Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice chesnut colour with a thin short head. Looks spritzy with lots of carbonation.

Nose is spicy and tart, distinct cider-like character.

Taste is tart up front as well, also very cider-like, but with lots of other spice, fruit and wood happening. An interesting mix of falvours means you have to take your time with it to work it out. Perhaps a little too tart but that mellows out as it warms up.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2006 01:11:38 | More by TerryW
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3.73/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip.

Appearance: Rich brown in color. Pours one finger of white head that quickly fades. No lacing.

Smell: Cherries, dark fruit, slight funk, sweet, hint of vanilla.

Taste: Dark fruit, cherries, vanilla, subtle oak.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, minimal carbonation, smooth. Lots of residual sugars.

Overall: A good cour. Too much residual sweetness for my tastes, but good complexity. Would probably benefit from additional bottle aging.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2011 15:45:05 | More by phichifiji00
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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with a slight reddish tint into my glass. A small one-finger head forms.

Aroma has hints of apple and cherry along with the standard sour funk that one expects from the style. None of the aromas overpower the nose.

Taste has a dollop of funk with a leathery texture and only a hint of apple/cherry. Of course, it's not a fruit beer but the use of wild yeast does impart such flavors.

Mouthfeel is silky with very little left behind in the mouth. Only a slight hint of funk, etc.

I don't know. I'm kind of disappointed with this only because I was expecting stronger flavors. It's not bad but I can't justify buying another bottle. Worth a try but you can always do better.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2010 04:00:13 | More by Brad007
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3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into the Liefmans Goudenband glass. 1/8th inch thin vanilla bean ice cream head. Quite red in hue--like a pinot noir in transparency.

Nose: Sour and sweet aromas of dried cherry/apple, and believe it or not, sauerkraut fruit.

Body: Slightly creamy, a touch viscous--on the lighter side of medium.

Palate: Immediately sour. Tart cherry/cranberry persists throughout the entire flavor and into the finish--where the malt arrives briefly.

Comment: I believe this bottle might have been a tad old as I've tried this beer before, and it was much more complex. But, take solace in the fact that even a sub-par bottle still provides a decent experience.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2009 22:58:47 | More by TomGavin
Photo of Knapp85


3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a reddish brown color, the head was thin and white. The smell of the beer gives off plenty of wild yeast aromas that sting the nose. The aroma of some sour cherry is also in there. The taste of the beer was pretty good actually, it was tart but not overwhelming. I found it to be well balanced actually. The mouthfeel was light and similar to a wine. Overall this brew was pretty good for the style, just not always my preference.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2012 07:21:14 | More by Knapp85
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3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

375 ml
bottled in 2006

A: Pours a dark mahogany with a small bubbly head and a modest amount of sediment. Lots of lacing.

S: Multi-dimensional smell with a slightly funky aromas of red wine, tropical fruits, and vinegar.

T: There is some kind of fruity taste, but it's hard to describe due to intense sweet and sour characters that overwhelm that palate. Acidic.

M: Medium-bodied with plenty of carbonation, yet amazingly silky and smooth. I want to make this beer into pajamas. A lingering sweet/sour taste.

D: Definitely an interesting beer - whatever that means. I don't find myself loving this, but it's worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2007 00:15:41 | More by klewis


3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A:Pours a deep dark brown with a creamy thick reddish tan head.

S: Aroma is that of sour dark fruits (Plums, Figs...) Also has hints of a damp basement or a chest full of blankets that has been stored in the attic for years.

T: Tart fruits with hints of red wine/balsamic vinegar and a pleasant sour slightly metallic finish.

M: Moderately carbonated, slightly smooth and creamy that leaves a slightly acidic finish on the tongue.

O: A very nice example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2011 14:04:22 | More by BJRHOMEBREW
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3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served in a snifter at Firkin.

You take the goud, you take the band... ...Sorry... Anyway, this stuff pours a brackish brown-sienna topped by a finger of light tan foam. The nose comprises tart black cherry, mild cocoa, mild maple syrup, and red apple. The taste brings in more of the same, though the tartness is heavily exchanged in favor of sweetness, some mild red wine grapes are tossed in for good measure, and a general sense of caramel apple pervades at times, particularly near the finish. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly drying finish. Overall, a thoroughly enjoyable beer, one that went well with the surroundings somehow (you had to be there...trust me...).

Serving type: on-tap

02-03-2013 17:55:00 | More by TMoney2591
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3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a moderate brown... with very large bubbles of carbonation, but very little actual head / low head retention. Aroma of a tart fruit and mild sweetness. Flavor is full of apples and raisens. A very tasty beer and a treat to have on tap. I haven't had many beers of this style but will have to explore it further.

Serving type: on-tap

09-29-2003 14:02:56 | More by wofat
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3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cork Date 2001, Sampled March 2004
Pours a hazy deep red color with no head at all. Only lightly carbonated. A sharp acetic aroma emanates from my glass, as well as notes of musty cork, alcohol, aged malt, and a bunch of other things that I can't quite pick out. The taste is not nearly as sour as the aroma would suggest. An astringent tannic finish that coats the mouth is preceeded by a light sweetness that counter balances the sourness. Definitely a woody finish to this beer, a bit oaky. Notes of raisin, red wine, musky mustiness.

This beer is good but it seems to be missing a bit of balance. Perhaps I am comparing it a bit too much to Rodenbach Grand Cru, but the balance is so much more complete in the Grand Cru.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2004 22:44:00 | More by Gueuzedude
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3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to hopdog for this '92 version. Dickinsonbeer provided an '03 version but I passed on most of it and worked with this one.
Appears a mild brown with a small white head that refuses to fade.
Smell is of sour cherries, mild oak, and toffee.
Taste is of malty caramel, toffee, and some oak.
Mouthfeel is smooth with mild tartness.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2006 20:30:51 | More by weeare138
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New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle, corked and caged. The bottle is wrapped in paper. According to the cork, this is the 2003 version. This beer pours out a dark red color without much head. There are lots of big chunks at the bottom. The aroma is sour, dark cherries along with something like chocolate. The flavor is slightly sour and slightly sweet. Sour green apple skin and cherries. There are some oak flavors too. The finish is a bit bitter, which doesn't go well with the sour flavors. Carbonation is low. This is a pretty good sour beer, although there seems to be variation from bottle to bottle.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2006 01:49:44 | More by beveragecaptain
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3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: nice dark brown with small head which faded quite quickly

S: hints of citrus, apple, and cherries. malty backbone

T: tart apple, cherry, raisons, cleaned up by some light hoppiness

M: a little thin but leaves a nice tart taste on your dry pallet

D: one was plenty, alcohol is well hidden however.

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2008 15:06:06 | More by dsigmon
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