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Goudenband - Brouwerij Liefmans

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1,175 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,175
Reviews: 551
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.74%
Wants: 118
Gots: 130 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Liefmans visit their website
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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Photo of Sammy
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2002 vintage. Surprisingly delicious as tart rather than expected very sour. Beautiful red apple colour with moderate creamy head. Rum spice aroma. Refreshingly and long finish. Nice restrained hops, cherry fruit. A mature taste but liked by younger drinking buddy.
Had a fresh one about two years later and moderate tartness, with wine-like taste and sight.

Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of spycow
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cork states this is a 2010 vintage.

Pours a clear dark brownish red color with a small 1 inch beige head that fades to an oily film on the top of the beer. Random spots of lace here and there on the glass. Smells of red wine vinegar, sour cherries/grapes, and funk/must. Very mouth watering. Taste is of sour cherries/grapes, vinegar, and an earthy funk. There is a very sight level of sweetness present in this beer too (one of the ingredients on the label is sugar). Good carbonation level makes for a bubbly and crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer. There is a great balance between the sourness and the slight sweetness.

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -4.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle thanks to drabmuh. Poured into a Bruery tulip.

Pours a nice garnet-mahogany color with a light tan head. There is a bit of light, spotty lacing.. Light foam on top of the brew. Nose brings some light cherry and oak plus some light vinegar. There is also a bit of cardboard in the nose. Taste brings some cherry and light oxidation. A bit of mild oak and creamy sweetness. Medium body and a bit of a creamy character. Some mild sourness. Really drinkable with a nice, light sour finish and a bit of oak.

Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of metter98
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is clear red in color and has yeast particles floating near the bottom of the glass. It poured with a thin off white head that quickly dissipated into delicate lacing on the surface.
S: There are aromas of sour cherries in the nose.
T: Slightly sour, the taste has flavors of cherries and oak, but this is balanced by some initial sweetness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with a slight amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is extremely easy to drink; it's very flavorful, there are absolutely no traces of alcohol present in the taste and the sourness is mild and isn't overpowering.

Note: 2006 vintage

Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of brentk56
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2005 bottling; tasted 5/1/09

Appearance: Pours a hazy russet color with a modest, bubbly head that leaves a few dots and dashes around the chalice

Smell: The predominate aroma is of sweet cherry, but if you hand around the scent for a while you begin to pick up more subtle elements, such as sour cherry, apple, prune, leather, raisin and oak

Taste: The sweet cherry flavor, mixed with a bready brown ale aspect, presents itself up front, followed by tart fruit, and a growing vinegar-like acidity; after the swallow, the mellow oak and leather flavors also become detectable

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with low to moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A bit sweeter than I was expecting and, to my palate, that limits the drinkability somewhat; nevertheless, a very interesting beer that is worth seeking out

Photo of BEERchitect
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stately, mature, characterful and slight eccentric- this is Belgian brewing at its best! With less tartness than Flemish Reds or Lambics but with a rich depth of character that distinguishes it from the typical Belgian Doubles and Triples.

Understated yet creamy carbonation allows for a mellow decanting- nearly cask-like. Distinct aromas ar of must, peaty earth, lightly horsey and with a cork-like wodiness. Rich malt flavors push to the forefront, but foregoing the associates sweetness of caramel or sugar. Medium bodied in texture, the mild lemony sourness seems to further lighten the malt-forward ale and usher in a soft lactic dryness. Mildly astringent when the woody notes pronounce, but the finish is a marvelous malty-dry yet crisply tart combination that work in harmony.

A light earthy/briney flavor reminds me Orval except with more body and sweetness. Riding on the side saddle with French Ales but with the sour attitue of the Senne Valley the beer is a new adventure with each sip. Masculine and refines but without pretention.

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.8/5  rDev -33.2%
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...

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.78/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2005 Vintage. Good until September 2015, according to the gold cap atop the cork and beneath the cage. I was going to hang onto this one a while longer, but the rumors of Brouwerij Liefmans's impending bankruptcy spurred me to review it while I'm still able.

Autumn leaves russet with bright tangerine accents and a barely visible yeasty haze. The crown (equal parts pale orange, gold and ecru) filled half the glass on the pour. The foam is heavily creamy and lace is being laid down in a beautiful array.

The nose is absolutely classic for the style. Each deep inhale delivers an intriguing blend of sour cherries, fruit vinegar and loads of oak. If the aroma translates in intact form to the palate... watch out!

Goudenband is everything that I'd hoped for and more. It's been too long since I've had a good Flanders oud bruin or Flanders red ale (Iowa isn't exactly bursting at the seams with them). I'd forgotten how the best ones are such a sublime balancing act between sweet and sour.

There's so much deliciousness going on that it's hard to know where to start. Specifics include both sweet and tart cherries, fig jam, bruised apples, leather, an oaky woodiness, and a splash of cider vinegar. Maybe a little brown sugar as well. The sweetness won't be for everyone (and it's keeping my samples to sips), but it's a great take on the style.

My taste buds are so busy processing the amazing complexity they have no time to register the alcohol. The out-of-this-world mouthfeel is lightly silky, impressively expansive and is effervescent in a good way. No dropoff here. None at all.

Liefmans Goudenband is the single best Flanders oud bruin that I've ever had. No less an expert than the late, great Michael Jackson considered it to be a 'world classic'. I humbly agree. It would be a shame if beer lovers the world over were no longer able to drink this divine libation. Here's hoping the brewery finds a way to survive.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of mikesgroove
3.3/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have been hunting this one down for a while now, and finally was able to acquire one in a trade recently. I put it immediately into the fridge and took it out last night to sit with and enjoy for a little while. A very nice looking 375ml bottle, wrapped up in paper greeted me, and I proceeded to decant it into an over sized wine glass for some proper enjoyment.

Appearance - The pour was decent; a rich red tinted brown liquid was presented in front of me. Some floaties were present, but not too much at all. A smallish, maybe one inch high head of off white colored foam then rose up off of it and settled down rather quickly leaving behind only the slightest bit of a crown on top, and some small side glass contribution. It looked good, but I am not blown away to be honest.

Smell - The aroma was thick, and sweet, almost like a syrup. Lots of very dark fruit flavors, currants, and dark cherries, were easily found in here. Some touches of fig were to be found as well, not picking up any of the sour notes though that others have mentioned, and I am a big fan of sours, and this was no sour. I am starting to think I have a bad batch here or something to be honest. As it warms it gets a little more earthy, but is still very, very sweet overall.

Taste - The flavor was more of the same, and I picked up no sour in here, in the beginning, middle, or end of it. There was just none to be found. It was sickingly sweet to me, with an off, musty malt profile that just did not fit at all. Lots of bready like flavors, just odd to me. Hints of dark cherries, figs, prune maybe, nothing spicy, just very sweet, too much so. No hint of alcohol in this, but for me, it was not the most enjoyable experience I have had.

Mouthfeel - Fell flat again here, literally with nowhere near enough carbonation, the profile was just too slim to be able to hold up such a thick syrup like feel. I just don t know what else to say, came off like cough syrup, but too candy like sweet.

Drinkability - I again am under impressed here. The alcohol was well hidden, which made it nice, however it was too dull, and the flavors were just off. I am not sure what this was supposed to be, but I am starting to think the one I have was not the way it was meant to be,. It was ok, but nothing spectacular, and I could not see myself drinking this all night.

Overall not sure what happened here, but this was definitely not my idea of exemplary by any means. It was too sweet, unbalanced, and under carbonated. I have had much, much better in the style. I am hoping my bottle was just off, I have another to compare later on so we shall see.

Photo of womencantsail
3.48/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Finally was able to pick up a bottle of this. This is from the newest batch, 2010.

A: The pour is a dark amber color with a thin off-white head that dissipates quickly, leaving a thin ring around the the glass.

S: Starts off with a touch of vinegar and metal. There's a bit of a banana note as well as a touch of dark fruit (plums). Some alcohol and oak, too.

T: The flavor is a bit better. A slight tartness without the same metallic character. There's a slightly drying, tannic character on the finish. A moderate sweetness to it with dark caramel malts and dark fruits.

M: The body is medium with a nice full level of carbonation.

D: Not quite as much tartness as I prefer for this style, but I suppose it's still accurate. The metallic character wasn't really doing much for me, either. Might try aging my other bottle to see how it improves.

Photo of Knapp85
3.78/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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Goudenband from Brouwerij Liefmans
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