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Goudenband - Brouwerij Liefmans


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996 Ratings

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Ratings: 996
Reviews: 540
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.71%

Brewed by:
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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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Photo of thagr81us

South Carolina

4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from tap into a Trappe Door tulip. Poured a dark reddish brown with a two finger khaki colored head that subsided to half a finger quickly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, raspberry, fruit, cherry, sugar, tart, earth, and wood. The flavor was of sweet malt, wood, fruit, sour, tart, earth, raspberry, and sugar. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. There was a nice sweetness going on in this one for the style that really helped to balance out some of the earthiness that one usually expects with the style. There wasn’t a big vinegar aspect that really made it easy to drink and quite enjoyable. The raspberry really made this one stand out and really refreshing. Definitely a well done brew, but what does one really expect from Liefsman at this point?

Serving type: on-tap

08-31-2013 15:12:25 | More by thagr81us
Photo of Bouleboubier


4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: the head died fast on this - could be anything from not-so-clean lines or glass to it being too cold.... dark, murky burgundy-brown, but relatively clear... scant lacing

S: immediate blend of caramel, sherry, and cocoa.... champagne-like esters, robust-fruity but not the least bit zesty-strong

T: not-so-sweet spiced apple and dry raspberry/cherry fruitiness.... comparable level of chocolaty malt flavor.... vanilla notes ostensibly from oak barrel aging.... refreshing yet real mellow lactic tartness.... definite sherry notes

M: soft-smooth, nearly medium body, mild roundness.... barely any fizz, slinks away quietly and pretty dry

O: gets better as you get through it, but I can't help but feel I'd prefer this out of the bottle, which I'm now certainly going to have to do... wasn't as sour as other examples I've had, and that's not a bad thing as this was a little too drinakble

Serving type: on-tap

05-27-2013 04:03:52 | More by Bouleboubier
Photo of dar482

New York

4.46/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The color is a very dark murky dark down color.

The aroma has cherry, wine grape, tartness.

There is a wine grape flavor, bright fruit. Sour cherry, grape, mellow sourness. Red wine character. There's a good "Warhead" sourness.

Easy drinking finish. This is a wonderful introduction into beer for wine drinkers. Having had the Rodenbach Grand Cru, I do prefer that with its bigger tartness and fruit flavors.

Serving type: on-tap

05-20-2013 07:14:11 | More by dar482
Photo of mactrail


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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North Carolina

4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Cork City in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a crystal clear deep red in color with some light to moderate amounts of gentle visible carbonation and some garnet red + dark amber + copper highlights. There are also some light amounts of visible yeast sediment near the bottom of the glass. The beer has a half finger tall foamy dark beige head that reduces to a small patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of sour cherries over a light hint of oak.

T: Upfront there is an initial candi sugar like sweetness that is followed by the sour/tart flavors of sour cherries and moderate amounts of oak. Hints of vanilla are also present.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with light amounts of carbonation. Smooth. Light amounts of acidic prickliness.

O: The alcohol in this beer is very well hidden making this beer easy to drink - the tartness is also not overpowering which makes it more appealing to a wider audience. I really enjoyed this beer and found it to a be a wonderful way to end the evening.

Serving type: on-tap

04-24-2013 01:17:17 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of TMoney2591


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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New Mexico

4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Taps and Handles in Fort Collins, CO

A: Very dark, a slight (one finger) tan head

S: Grapes, tart, a little maltiness

T: Sweet. Maybe too much so. Tastes like it was aged in wine barrels, but this may not be the case. Nice sour taste. Not quite on par with NB's La Folie, but close.

M: Slides around in there nicely.

O: A very good beer. I am somewhat inexperienced with Flanders, but am trying to widen my experience with them. Would definitely try again, especially on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

01-19-2013 14:51:59 | More by dendroaspis
Photo of devlishdamsel


4.78/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is nothing short of amazing. I could drink it every night! I found it incredibly complex, yet surprisingly smooth . The intense flavors were a treat to my palate. The scent and mouth feel was nothing short of intoxicating. Definitely one of my favorites.

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2012 03:55:57 | More by devlishdamsel
Photo of phishsihq


4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brouwerij Liefmans Goudenband is an excellent example of a Flanders Ode Bruin. Goudenband uses several pale and dark malts and is lagered for a year before being blended with a younger beer to restart fermentation. The brew pours hazy russet brown color and features a thin eggshell colored head and spotty lace. Hints of tart and sourness give way to dark fruits like sour cherries, raisins, and dates, subtle yet wonderful. Bready malt flavors quickly fade into a delectable tartness that features underlying cherry and plum notes and sweetness before another hit of sour and a dry finish. A higher level of carbonation is met well in this medium-bodied brew. We were lucky enough to enjoy this on draft but would be happy enough to cellar a few bottles to enjoy the changes.

Op uw gezondheid!

Serving type: on-tap

08-19-2012 01:11:42 | More by phishsihq
Photo of jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer is dark brown, almost no head.

Beer has a fruity scent, consisting of grape, plum and current. Vinous. Some balsamic vinegar.

Taste has balsamic vinegar, mildly tart. Some dark fruit (plum), as well as the red grape flavour from the nose.

Light/medium bodied, low carbonation. Feels good.

Overall, good beer but not remarkable.

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2012 23:00:14 | More by jrenihan
Photo of dbmernin83


3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is my first ever of this style.
Pours a deep red, light pink head. Some lacing.
Cherries. Medicinal on the nose.
Tart cherries, and more tart cherries.
Almost like a thick champagne.
I enjoyed this, but it's not a style I would seek out. Glad I tried it though

Serving type: on-tap

07-09-2011 06:54:04 | More by dbmernin83
Photo of Travlr

District of Columbia

3.4/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark ruby maroon color with a small light tan head that settles quickly to an edge head and slight lacing.
S: Aroma of dark cherries, vanilla and oak.
T: Flavor starts with cream caramel, then progresses to sour. Not well balanced.
M: Average body.
D: Decent enough, I suppose, but not very interesting.

Serving type: on-tap

01-08-2010 00:05:01 | More by Travlr
Photo of jminsc76


4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Accompanied by alexd3891 at Lucky Baldwin's Belgian Beer Fest in Pasadena (this went on probably four months ago), and enjoying with a wonderful rabbit entrée.

Body is reddish haze with some dark brown color. Plenty of float-ies in the glass.

Some slight sour and vinegar flavors, but more raisins with dark cherry. I enjoy the taste immensely, especially when the more oak-y and leathery flavors start coming through. Great flavor spectrum.

Very thin mouthfeel on the palate. Also doesn't have the refreshing, tart feeling I expect from a Flanders ale, but still fairly refined from all the various flavors. And it goes incredibly well with the rabbit, per alexd3891's recommendation. I would indulge it again.

Serving type: on-tap

06-12-2009 17:31:47 | More by jminsc76
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4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pour was a bit cleaner that expected. nose is cherry, a creme of balsamic vinegar, and a smoke i've never run into before. this carries over into the palate wonderfully. rather duchess like but not as extensively fruity. making it a bit crisper in sensation. not as funky. very clean with a light dough aspect to it. the smokiness seems to give the beer a nice balance to an otherwise expected astringent quality.

Serving type: on-tap

05-13-2009 09:42:32 | More by rtepiak
Photo of MiScusi


4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Lucky Baldwin's belgian beer fest in Sierra Madre, CA.

Pours a brownish red, clear but kinda dark. Fizzy tan head fades fast. Smell is pretty sour, much more so than the flavor would indicate. The taste is more of a slight fruit, slightly tart, and woody. Really the only thing I can compare this to in the same style iis Lost Abbey's Red Poppy, and Red Poppy seems to have a little bit more bang than this. This was a good beer nonetheless.

Serving type: on-tap

02-15-2009 21:45:06 | More by MiScusi
Photo of tempest


4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Spinnerstown Hotel

How nice, a sour beer that's both complex and drinkable. There's an obvious acidic sourness, but it doesn't overwhelm the beer. The appears is a slightly hazy brown with no head retention. The aroma is something else. There's a lot going on here with fruit, caramel, and woody aromas. The flavor is sweet at first with caramel malts giving way to the sherry-like tastes and acidic sourness. One of the most drinkable sour beers. I'll call it a must-try.

Serving type: on-tap

04-15-2008 14:30:45 | More by tempest
Photo of jwff


4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured like somebody tapped the Mississippi except thicker/more murky. No head or lacing. Smell was rich malt and fatty butter along with a vinegar acidity that mixed well with a sour cherry tone. Taste is along the same lines but with more emphasis on the maltiness. Very muddy as everything seems to be mixed in while not complimenting the other parts. Incredibly rich body that was teetering on heavy, but the sourness seemed to lighten it up a bit. It finished dry making this very drinkable, but the heaviness of the malt will catch up with you.

Sampled at the Kelvin Arms.

Serving type: on-tap

03-16-2008 17:55:17 | More by jwff
Photo of ROMER79


4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This I feel is one of the better brown ales out there. Jose Pistolas in Philadelphia has this great beer on tap. I had this beer poured into a tulip glass straight from the tap. It poured a ruby red with a 2 finger red/ white head. Immediately I could smell sour cherries, spices, and dough. With the taste the same apply, but I did pick up on some nutmeg. This beer was totally drinkable. I had like 5 of them in a row the other night. To me this could be a good session beer.

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2008 21:26:17 | More by ROMER79
Photo of johnmichaelsen


4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours an amber brown color with good head retention and lacing. The nose worries me. Yep, there it is... intense, bracing tart sour cherry. The cherry aroma is overwhelmed by the funky, barnyard sour aroma.... but maybe it won't be too sour on the palate.

On the palate this is a very impressive beer. It's very complex with flavors of sweet black cherry, lemon, lime and a blast of sour funk coming up at the end. The flavors are intense and much more focused then what one sees in a typical fruit lambic for instance. While not my favorite style, even a dedicated sour hater like myself can appreciate this beer. The beer has a very nice mouthfeel with a long, lingering finish. On the other hand, a little bit of this goes a long way. The beer is pretty warming from the 8% abv., and the sweet/sour combination wears me out after a while. Still, this is a very good beer that I was very pleased to see on tap at Max's. Quite good.

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2008 23:19:25 | More by johnmichaelsen
Photo of Mudpuppet


3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured on tap at the Publick House. Poured into a Liefmans' glass. Was a murky brown with no head to speak of.

S- Sweet and sour. Notes of apricots, raisins and dark malts. You also get a lot of sour notes.

T- As the nose suggested this is a sweet and sour mix. I really liked the balance in this beer. If I had to be picky it was maybe a bit on the sweet side. Nice notes of cirtus, raisins and melon. This is a nice Oud Bruin.

M- A bit syrupy but that is common w/ Flanders style beers in my mind. It isn't really a bad thing but it covers up some of the more subtle nuances of the beer.

D- I could definitely have a couple of these. As stated above it is a bit syrupy but I can get over that for a beer that is this tasty.

Serving type: on-tap

03-06-2008 15:59:30 | More by Mudpuppet
Photo of dsigmon


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
Photo of goRideYourBike

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Max's Taphouse

tap into a heavy chalice

a= murky, cloudy, apple cider brown. no lacing at all. thin ring of foam follows every sip on the outter edges.

s= tart, granny smith apple, cider.

t= tart, granny smith apple, vanilla, bourbon?, slight cocoa powder finish. caramel and applesauce.

m= silky smooth, tangy pucker, pleasant dark berry tart numbness on tongue.

d= accept this invitation to the mouth party. keeps changing with every sip and sniff. i found myself taking lots of quick little sips. Its so good, once it hits the lips. want to try from bottle to compare.

Serving type: on-tap

02-05-2008 17:25:07 | More by goRideYourBike
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4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was told at the time of ordering that this was a lambic, but the description on this site of it as an oud bruin makes a lot more sense. This beer had sourness in spades, and I do love sourness.

It poured a red brown opaqueness with very little head. Aroma was a significant malt character with some fruitiness; I saw another user mention plum and I think that's appropriate. Flavor was more complex fruitiness with a malt presence and significant amount of sourness. Most sour beers with a fruit character (there are some, like Berliner Weisse that have sour without much fruit) have a cherry character, and this one didn't, which I thought was unique and tasted good. Mouthfeel was about what I expected for a beer of this style.

I thought this was very good, and I'd recommend it. I had it on-tap at the Ginger Man.

Serving type: on-tap

01-19-2008 00:44:09 | More by BeerBelcher
Photo of leftmindedrighty

New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Quotations. Served into a broad mouth goblet

Smell, Tart oak jumps out at my nose first, hint of sour cherry and strawberry also grab for attention

Taste, Wow. Mild tartness, oak, cherries, and grape flavors dominate my now ecstatic taste buds. Very little carbonation present, which helps the flavors of the beer flex their muscle. Hint of sourness, but this one makes it hard to distinguish the tart from the sour. Kind metallic tastes also present, but the kind that shows in sour ales, the fruits and tartness really balance it and meld it into their own flavor. If this beer was any more complex, it would have to come with blueprints.

Overall, one of the most complex beers I've ever had, and top 5 for the year. Worth the $6.50 10oz draught pour. Find it, buy it, and appreciate it.

Serving type: on-tap

12-20-2007 23:10:10 | More by leftmindedrighty
Photo of Prufrock


3.13/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

on tap into a pint glass.

swampy, muddy brown with a touch of clarity around the edges. a touch of white head.

aroma is very sweet. overripe apples, a light sugariness, and a touch of root beer candy. a bit of sour, but overpowered by a cidery, plummy, spicy sweetness.

light, crisp, and refreshing, with the barest hints of carbonation. feels like an iced tea. sweet and candy-like, which wears out its welcome near the end. interesting, but not enough to want to try this one again.

Serving type: on-tap

05-30-2006 18:47:23 | More by Prufrock
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Goudenband from Brouwerij Liefmans
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