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Goudenband - Brouwerij Liefmans

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,109 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,109
Reviews: 547
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.74%
Wants: 108
Gots: 119 | 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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3.69/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The cork marks this as the 2011 Vintage.

A - Doppelbock brown mixes with the deepest of deep dark cherry. Fluffy cinnamon-latte foam.

S - Acetic acid, lemon juice. Black forest cherries. You can smell the musty, wet oak barrels. Really strong aromas. Very nice.

T - It tastes old as its name suggests. Almost stale. Sweet raspberry meets the tip of tongue giving way to must cherries and then an intense and somewhat distasteful bitter red wine quality. It may be the 8% abv showing through but it's not good. After the nose I expected a rich fruity body, an expectation on which this does not deliver.

M - Falls flat regarding the carbonation. Again it tastes old, and perhaps slightly past its prime, despite the drink before date of 2021.

O - The combination of sour nose, tart first sip and bitter finish does not work for me. I was all set to love this beer, but I'm not particularly enjoying it. It goes down easier with small sips. Judging by some other views I wonder if this was a bad bottle.

abeeronthebeach, Apr 22, 2014
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3.28/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

750ml bottle into tulip. 2010 cork date.

A: Pours a deep mahogany with a finger of light tan head that fizzed away into a thin collar.
S: Deep and musty notes of buttery oak, thick caramel, brown sugar, leather, musty stone fruits, semi-sweet dark fruits, lightly tart berries, black cherry juice, and a hint of vanilla.
T: Malty flavors of base brown ale dominate, but greasy buttery oak barrel adds some balancing dryness and complexity to the flavors. Lightly tart hints of cherries, cherry pits, woody barrel, brown sugar, cocoa, and caramel are easily picked out, with leather and gritty tannins bringing up the finish. Tastes a bit muted and tired.
M: Very very low carbonation, almost flat, with a full greasy body, and drying finish. This beer is oily and heavy and definitely needs some more carbonation to lighten it up a bit.
O: Unfortunately not as good as I was expecting. Oak barrel comes through really well though, but I couldn't get past the greasy, heavy mouthfeel. Decent flavors, but not my favorite.

scottfrie, Apr 14, 2014
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4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Liefmans Goudenband is sold in beautifully hand-wrapped indigo coloured paper; the content of the bottle, however, doesn't nearly match the aesthetics of its presentation. My glass looks as though it were filled with lake water. A murky brown tone, this ale has a fish eye yellow colour along its trim, next to no clarity, and a head that lasts only temporarily.

The aroma is an exceptionally unique blend of balsamic vinegar, soy sauce, root beer, cola, and red wine. It has enough sour and fermented elements to be unnerving to germaphobes and health inspectors alike, but has nowhere near the 'funky' qualities to excite those intimately familiar with the style (or those accustomed to American Wild Ales).

The taste combines sarsaparilla root and brown sugar with choke cherries and the pomace of spent red grapes. It has a Dr. Pepper kind of profile. There's hints of licorice and tree bark and always an overarching balsamic flavour (owed partly to the musty wood notes, partly to the dark, sugary sweetness). A caramelly tootsie-roll taste rounds it all out.

Goudenband is a pretty fair example of a Flemish Brown Ale that is, at least around these parts, reasonably priced for something of its quality and rareness. But here’s the icing on the cake: it is said to be good for another 18 years! That's right - basically two decades. Who knows if it will actually keep that long, but at least short-term cellaring has proven successful for me.

Liefmans Goudenband, like the other beers in their portfolio, is every bit as fetching as its packaging and no less distinctive; few offerings provide such an authentic taste of Belgian craftsmanship and tradition. Want to buy a ticket to heaven? Pair this considerably musty, acidic offering with strong cheeses and dried fruits and find yourself there.

biegaman, Mar 27, 2014
Goudenband from Brouwerij Liefmans
93 out of 100 based on 1,109 ratings.