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Goudenband - Brouwerij Liefmans

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1,097 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,097
Reviews: 544
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.74%
Wants: 106
Gots: 115 | FT: 1
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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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4.38/5  rDev +4.5%

2006 Vintage, best before date of 11/2016. Pours a very dark brown color with barely visible ruby highlights on the edges. No head and no lacing whatsoever, but some carbonation bubbles can be seen and a little bit of yeast that made it's way into the glass. Aroma of maple syrup and brown sugar with a hint of Tootsie Roll on top of a tart cherry sourness. The very definition of sweet and sour. Taste is very sweet, hints of cherries and apples, again with the brown sugar, a bit of molasses, and not quite as sour nor tart as I was expecting, but tart nonetheless. Very complex. The sweetness mixes nicely with the tart fruit flavors and is extremely well balanced. Very light carbonation tingle on the tongue, medium to full-bodied. The sweetness is somewhat cloying and the ABV is pretty high, keeping the drinkability low. This brew would be an excellent candidate for careful cellaring. I've read that Liefman's is or has gone bankrupt, so I'm very much considering buying a few more bottles of this before it's too late. My first Oud Bruin, and it did not let me down. Delicious.

11-18-2008 05:14:40 | More by KeefD
Photo of Dawkfan

Alberta (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +4.5%

A- A dark ivory head above a dark brown body with ruby highlites. Retention is ok, not much lacing.

S- Smells musty and stale, over ripe cherries and yeast are most noticeable. Aroma is more sweet as opposed to sour.

T- I gotta say this is the most balanced Oud Bruin I've had, the sweet and sour are in harmony with eachother. Wine characteristics and a little woody on the finish.

M- Great mouthfeel, creamy, velvety, and smooth. Ample carbonation.

D- I really like how the sweetness cuts through the tartness in this one, makes it extremly easy to get down. This really grew on me and left me wanting more. An approachable Oud Bruin and a great place for someone to start if you aren't familiar with this style.

11-21-2010 19:38:58 | More by Dawkfan
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +4.5%

A: Pours a dark ruby brown with a nice Finger of head that has OK retention and good lacing.

S: Nice sour yeasty smell, that typical sweaty horse blanket Belgian smell. Yum!

T: Nice and sour and tart right away, with a delicious yeasty and sweet maltyness. Hidden fruits tingle my taste buds, cherry and black current. Can definitely taste Belgian Candi sugar as well.

M: Light Body decent carbonation and a nice level of alcohol.

D: Super drinkable, wish I had a dozen more in front of me right now, but then this post would be a little slurred.

01-27-2011 22:44:08 | More by Kakaraht
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4.38/5  rDev +4.5%

12 oz. bottle cork dated 11-2001. No head other than soapy bubbles from the pour upon a crimson brown liquid. Flaky particle suspension. Rich wine-like aromas; sour and berry. Wild and tangy to the tongue; sweet yet vinegary. Rather acidic and palate cleansing. First time I tried this beer was unexpected. Now, I couldn't get enough of it. Sipping it causes salivation glands to go crazy, begging for another sip to neutralize the astringency.

Sampled a bottle vintage 1987 by the date in the cork. Popped like a fresh bottle, except the cork was nice and soaked; wet. Muted Goudenband in the nose. Blackberry and maybe some grape. Excellent prune skin-like malty sweetness followed with the usual Goudenband tartness, yet softer. Wonderfully mellow. Dark streaks of sediment left on inside of bottle inticating that it had been kept on its side most of its life. Good experience; hadn't upped any marks, but a good experience nonetheless..

12-19-2003 12:46:53 | More by crookedhalo
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4.38/5  rDev +4.5%

375 ml, dated 2006 on the cork, best by date 11-2016, served in a Riedel Vinum Extreme flute at 57 F/ 14 C.

Rusty orangish brown, basically no head, a few fine tendrils and blots of lace. Lots of yeast in the second glass, but it's not a problem.

Smells like tart kiwi fruit, golden raisins, cooked strawberry, prune, and yeasty dough. Deep wood and soy sauce notes, and a bit of barnyard. Mild smell, but very nice.

Tastes like kiwi, golden raisins, fig jam, strawberry sauce, wood. Juicy, moderately sweet. Some underlying leafy, strawlike, woody bitterness, and some soy sauce in the background. Some acidity, but not much. After several seconds, rich nutty oxidization comes in, and the sweetness fades for a long dry finish of oxidization and golden raisins with some bitterness. Complex and very tasty.

Smooth creamy superfine carbonation, and not too much of it. Very very drinkable.

Great characterful beer.

I paired the second glass with a Parmigiano-Reggiano and an aged cana de cabra goat cheese. The P-R paired fairly well. The cana de cabra was outstanding, providing tart funk while highlighting the fruit of the beer.

02-21-2008 09:49:42 | More by Beerzebub
Photo of 99bottles


4.38/5  rDev +4.5%

Appearance: In a wine goblet, this beer has a murky tan color with reddish brown hues and noticeable haziness. An ultrathin lace of miniscule bubbles flicker and dance on the surface, but to be sure, this beer has no head of which to speak. Looks utterly raw.

Smell: This has a strongly sour nose, with a damp vegetation funkiness and some faint scents of fruit.

Taste: This is one heck of a complex beer! The taste is unmistakeably Belgain, with an initial sourness of cherries and some oak or other wood. This mixes with a distinct lactic sourness, almost of spoiled milk which without becoming a dominant flavor, still makes the tastebuds twinge. The end lends a damply fecund taste of wet moss and hay. So completely unique and absolutely untamed while on tap, this is really not to be missed. KClinger’s Publik House, upstairs.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and moderately carbonated, the beer is light in the mouth while its flavor wreaks havoc on the tastebuds. Nicely matched, the mouthfeel is perfectly suited to the beer.

Drinkability: I really enjoyed this. It’s awesome to find such rarities on tap, and this one really takes the cake for complexity. Expensive? Yes. Worth it? Yes. I could drink more than one of these, but I might abstain as this is a treat not to be taken and tampered with by sessioning it.

10-09-2004 19:09:34 | More by 99bottles
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4.38/5  rDev +4.5%

375 ml bottle from 2007 poured in to a snifter.

Pours a dark brown with a curving yet thin tan head.

Big sweet, ripe rich fruit (grape mainly), then a solid sour smell.

Quick bold sour taste (green apple)with a dry finish. Slightly fruity. Not too sour since it doesn't linger, but really nice.

Beautiful carbonation keeps the sourness at bay.

Great beer that I am really glad to have tried thanks to a trade with rgtravers.

09-27-2009 01:16:43 | More by aubuc1
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4.38/5  rDev +4.5%

Thanks to Golden2wenty1 for sharing this - a nice bottle from 2003.

Appearance: Mahogany and ruby color, with low visibility. Pours without a head, and just a few suds that sit right in the middle of the beer. Low/medium viscosity.

Aroma: Sour cherries and hard apple cider - tart, but easy on the nose. Some apple skin bitterness and a little molasses flourish, though this occurs in the aroma only - definitely no sweetness.

Taste: Immediate dry finish that is reminiscent of prosecco. Raisins, apricots, splashes of sour cherry. Green apples and a hint of golden syrup on the middle palate, and just a few molasses wisps in the finish. Yeast in the finish balances the flavor, which is tart but exceptionally mellow.

Mouthfeel: Light, almost thin, with a good crisp finish. Low carbonation. Nice pleasant fruitiness really fleshes out the body.

Drinkabilty: Great - tart, fruity, exceptionally pleasant. The overall impression is a little like a dry pear champagne, with more hard cider notes. Understated, despite a nice complex flavor. This has definitely sold me on the oud bruins.

08-06-2006 00:39:08 | More by expatsteve
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4.38/5  rDev +4.5%

75 cl bottle.

Poured a dark mahogany, nice tan head, yeast sediment swirling around.

Massive esters in the nose, plenty of fruit smells: tart apple and cherries. Cookie dough, sweet breads come out as it warms.

Medium body, smooth and creamy with a touch of graininess in the back. An assertive tartness would be the defining characteristic, but many subtle nuances are there as well. Fruits for sure. A little vinegar like sourness, and a surprising malt almost roastiness. Very complex, very dry, hops bring a bit of refreshing bitterness in the finish.

A world class beer.

02-19-2005 20:32:52 | More by Shultzerdugen
Photo of delicious


4.38/5  rDev +4.5%

Cloudy, dark chestnut body and the thinnest head.
There's a small amount of vinegar in the nose, but it's moderated by a damp woody smell and a stingy zest.
It's a little sweet tasting, with some grape and turned cider. The wood comes through like chewing on a popsicle stick.
The final pour empties clots of brown yeast into the bottom of the glass.
There are just so many very different flavors moving around, all the while complementing each other. There's just enough sourness that it's fascinating, and the wood mellows the sour shock at the end while the fruity sweetness offers a pleasant beginning.

09-23-2006 05:38:28 | More by delicious
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4.38/5  rDev +4.5%

Deep, rich, mohagany. Very thin head that quickly disappears, leaving a white ring around the perimeter.
Sharp vinegar and sourness up front, with some earthy oakiness. Tart fruits beneath.
Sour fruits and oak, with vinegar accompanying. Pickled celery and other veggies. Reminds me of Frontenac wine. Very nice. Pleasant, puckering tartness on the finish.
Mouthfeel is crisp and light, with a dry finish.
Good drinkability. ABV is not detectable. The great taste and refreshing aspect of this one makes me with I had another bottle.

02-27-2010 03:02:21 | More by Parrotbeak
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4.38/5  rDev +4.5%

poured into a goose island wine glass from a 750 2010 vintage.

The head has a nice dough-like consistency, like a tan swiss cheese sponge. The color is deep violet brown with nuances of red. Smells like tart cherry fruit leather. The taste is cherry fruit leather leading to a tartness that slips into an air of black raspberry. The finish is just off dry with an aftertaste somewhat metallic like iron.

02-24-2011 04:04:44 | More by mtwentz
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4.38/5  rDev +4.5%

Served from paper-wrapped 750 ml bottle with a 2002 cork, it pours an eye-pleasing mix between dark brown and garnet. The smell is initially tart, with dark, ripe fruit, and loads of funky Belgian yeast. The taste is slightly puckering and backed by a nice fruity sweetness, notably date and raisin with hints of cherry. In the end, it all comes together very nicely with an impressive balance. The mouthfeel is wonderfully creamy and the alcohol is well-hidden. This is quite a beer.

10-06-2003 03:57:18 | More by mickeymac
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4.38/5  rDev +4.5%

Pours a deep red-brown with a very effervescent -- almost soda-like -- head that quickly subsides.

The smell is slightly sour and musty (possibly from the cork?) with complex ester aromas I can't identify.

The taste has many of the same characteristics of the aroma, but even more complex. Not as sour as other beers in the style, I like how Goudenband is a little more subtle, which adds to its drinkability, even consider its high alcohol content.

As someone who is used to massively hoppy American ales, it's great to have a beer that is just as good but in a totally different direction taste-wise.

Goudenband is an excellent beer worth paying a premium for.

On a side note, I have to wonder why this beer comes corked. I think the snooty appeal a cork has must be outweighed by the quality-control issues they cause. Bottle caps or even screwcaps don't have the high failure rate -- which is undetectable until the bottle is opened -- that cork does. I say, use a bottle cap and let your customers taste the beer the way you brewed it.

11-22-2003 07:16:28 | More by Shaw
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New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +4.5%

Poured from bottle into a Westmalle chalice.

Dark opaque pour with a minimal head that reduced quick to a collar, light lacing. Aroma is hit or miss on this beauty, this time I got what I was expecting. Sweet and sour. Taste is tricky, with a subtle sour note that with plums and melons. Light carbonation on the tongue, nicely balanced mouth fill. An excellent Flemish brown ale.

03-03-2008 23:28:25 | More by ballewblake
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4.38/5  rDev +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.

12-26-2012 17:31:14 | More by spoony
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4.38/5  rDev +4.5%

Cork labeled 2004.

Pours a hazy cherrywood hue with a dense light tan head. Lots of lace. Smell is spicy. Plum, sour cherries, oaky and vinuous.

Taste is also that fruity sourness. Sweet spice (cinnamon, clove) and sour cherry and berry. Acidic and underpinnings of vinegar. That sounds bad but somehow it works. Some funky brett as t warms. Yeasty. Mouth is thinner than you would expect but lots of flavor. A nice smooth beer and one of my favorites. A bit younger than I like this beer but still complex and tasty.

01-18-2005 16:16:56 | More by ViveLaChouffe
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4.4/5  rDev +5%

Pours with little head or lasting carbonation, but a nice dark amber color. Body is a somewhat thinner than I tough it would be but not too thin. Finish is large with a sweet and sour taste that brings a plum wine to mind. There is clearly a feel of of the 8% ABV but not overwhelming. This is one of the best Belgian Ales that deserves to be shared with special friends that can appreciate the style. LOng neck drinkers will be really lost with this one

05-13-2003 11:29:22 | More by DarrellK
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4.4/5  rDev +5%

750 ml bottle, cork says it was bottled in 2010, cap says best by 2020. Pours a deep rich reddish brown with a thin off white head. Medicinal notes on the nose along with licorice and cola aromas, red fruit and mint. Lots of complexity on the nose. Lots of the same on the palate with a nicely integrated oak flavor and a tartness that is not overly sour. It is also a bit less sweet than I was anticipating. I am looking forward to seeing how this beer changes over the course of the bottle as it comes up in temperature.

08-30-2011 04:04:35 | More by BeerAmbassador
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4.4/5  rDev +5%

Dark maroon colored body, head is tan and creamy, about 1/2". Smell has a brilliant smell to it, very sour, with cherry and other fruits. Very inviting. Taste is sour and bold but has an extremely smooth drinkability, lots of different flavors in the mix, this is a much tamer and malty example than the other Oud Bruin I have tried, New Glarus Sour Brown. Definitely worth a shot.

07-28-2005 17:27:58 | More by TastyTaste
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4.4/5  rDev +5%

Appearance=dark brown with ruby highlights, no carbonation AT ALL.

Aroma=Wow. Like cherry and apple pie, blended together. For not having carbonation, this gives off some killer aroma.

Taste=surprisingly sweet, crystal malty, followed by some sour. Still sweeter than sour. Caramel sweetness.

I think the sour would balance the sweet sufficiently to make several bottles enjoyable. Unfortunately, I only had one. Too bad about that utter lack of carbonation. Absolutely no need for the cork and cage on this bottle.

09-11-2010 01:11:07 | More by pweis909
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4.4/5  rDev +5%

Pours dark brown nearly black with a large light tan head. Super fizzy with decent lacing

The aroma is initially tart cherries with some oak and a bit of sweet roasted malts in the background. Sour and some mild funk.

The taste begins with sour and vinegar acidity, but not mouth-puckeringly so. Finishes with sweet malts and a hint of brown sugar. Surprisingly mild, but delightful and kind of refreshing.

The carbonation is high but countered with a relatively slick finish. Despite the sweet finish, it still cleans itself out nicely.

The problem with a lot of the sour-browns I've had is that the balance between sour and roasty/sweet flavors are off or are in competition with each other. This is not the case in this beer. It really is quite refreshing and quite surprising that it's 8%.

05-21-2011 20:39:59 | More by sjccmd
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4.4/5  rDev +5%

30 December 2005, Best Before end 2014 (cork printed 2004)

Appears clear dark brown colour with a medium sized head, reasonable retention and some lacing. The aroma is of sour cherries and apples. The flavour is sweet, malty, fresh, fruity (cherries, rasberries, apples, pears, berries) and complex at first then acidic, sour, tart and irony in the finish. Alcohol is wonderfully hidden. Medium bodied, fizzy and moreish. Obviously similar to Liefmans Kriekbier but with a more dry sour finish as opposed to the sweet cherry flavour. Fantastic and very drinkable beer.

12-31-2005 09:56:03 | More by ohitsbrad
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4.4/5  rDev +5%

Pours a brown w/ red highlights into my snifter. One inch cocoa head w/ good carbonation and great lacing. Nose is really nice. Cherry, fig, vinegar, funk, oak are all there. Not super strong, but really nicely balanced and complex- smooth even. Ok... Taste.... This is one of those beers that the first taste of it I say, "Whoa!". Absolutely fantastic. All the flavors are mixed perfectly, and it's a fairly similar profile to the nose. I can't believe how well put together this beer is. I'm tempted to bump it up to a 5, but will refrain for now. The feel is magical. Tart, some sweetness, smoothness, medium body. Goes down easily w/ a smooth/tart aftertaste in perfect balance. Overall, this beer has definitely lived up to the hype for me- I will now buy this whenever I see it. Undoubtedly a World Class beer for the style. Cheers!

10-02-2011 00:15:22 | More by jayhawk73
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New York

4.4/5  rDev +5%

Corked and caged 2003 vintage.

Pours out a deep cola brown with ruby red highlights and a very little white head. Huge floaties swirling in it before gradually dropping to the bottom.

Smell is slightly vinegary, with a sharp, tart fruitiness throughout. Little bit of alcohol wafts up as well.

Taste is quite tart, with a slight maltiness and light bitterness. There is a light taste of cherry and oak on the tongue before a quite dry finish.

Overall: My first oud bruin, but I liked it quite a bit. It doesn't pour too impressively, but the nice well-rounded fruity tartness of the flavor and the light, dry finish won me over.

07-30-2005 00:32:47 | More by whartontallboy
Goudenband from Brouwerij Liefmans
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