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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%

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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 tobelerone


2.08/5  rDev -50.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

As soon as I popped the cork on this one I suspected I had gotten a bad bottle and boy was I right. Almost no carbonation left whatsoever; poured a muddy, reddish brown color, no head or lace at all, tons of floating chunks, lots of residue at the bottle of the glass. Aroma of wine-like tannins, light sweetness, cork, vinegar.

Taste is dominated by vinegar, tart but lacking any fruity notes, hints of malt sweetness, drying, cabarnet-like finish, corked, slight puckering sourness.

This beer was stored improperly and ruined. Unfortunately I don’t pass the store I purchased this bottle in very often at all but I will let them know about it when I do. Very nice employees I suspect will do something to make up for it!

I’d like to re-review this beer again if I can get my hands of another, unspoiled bottle. This one was drainpoured with a 1/4 of the beer left...I tried!

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2011 13:29:49 | More by tobelerone
Photo of allforbetterbeer


4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled Sept. 2010. Poured into a snifter.

The pour yields a finger of brown sugar colored head over a dark brown slightly muddy body. Looks traditional and spot on.

Smells of lactic tartness and aged malts. The classic "wine-like" characteristics of this style are quite evident on the nose. Slight vinegar, and layers of fruit play nicely together. I would have said I smelled oak, but I know this beer wasn't fermented in oak (stainless steel tanks are used for this beer). I smell a tiny and very slight bit of brett funk in this beer, which I don't know if was intended or not (or if I am wrong and there isn't brett in this).

The flavor is quite mild and is a wonderful interplay of subtle notes of vinegar, sweet malts, fruit, lactic tartness and that "bruin" taste that this style captures. This beer displays more fruit characteristics than any other example of the style I have tried, and at points almost tastes like it has elements of tropical fruit!

The mouthfeel is lighter with ample carbonation to provide a burn. I prefer to swirl it some to smooth it out with the release of carbonation. But I almost always prefer lower carbonation levels.

Conclusion: As expected, this is a great beer. I wish that it spent longer before it was bottled (and spent that time in oak) but regardless of my opinions about its production, it is a great Oud Bruin and is a benchmark for the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 20:17:18 | More by allforbetterbeer
Photo of amphion1065


3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle from 2011, poured into a Duvel tulip. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a very dark, franly blood-like reddish brown. A one-finger light tan head with very tight bubbles forms, with phenomenal retention. Excellent lacing all around.

A very strong dose of vinegar in the nose, though it's never offensive of astringent. There's actually a fair amount of cherry in the nose, and when combined with that lactic sourness it really shines. Tart and sweet, it's a very approachable aroma.

The taste largely mimics the smell, with a very present sourness and cherry flavor. However, there's a prevalent taste of cocoa throughout, with a prominent bready aftertaste. A hint of molasses is in the mix, too.

Carbonation is unfortunately too low, this would really benefit from some added life. That said, this is eminently drinkable given the ABV, a level that this beer never really betrays.

Delicious, and I'm happy that this is relatively easy to find. For a fresh Oud Bruin, this is pretty remarkably easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 20:15:52 | More by amphion1065
Photo of ferrari29


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

Beer poured from a bottle into a stemmed Goblet-shaped glass

A - Brown colored body; tan head formed, less than one finger in size; opaque; cloudy; well-carbonated

S - White wine; oak barrels; sparkling wine, with a touch of sour white grapes; brown sugar; dark fruit

T - Sour wine; oak; grand cru-ish taste, but lighter; brown sugar; burnt caramel malted taste; cherries and currants; red grapes

M - Light sparkle feel; flavor washes away pretty quickly; cleans the palate very well

D - Good; semi-light beer; not much body, but still packs a nice punch; very refreshing

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2011 02:28:16 | More by ferrari29
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United Kingdom (England)

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

A 375ml champagne bottle with a BB of June 2020! Longest date I've seen yet. Picked up from my local beer specialist a while back and stored in the fridge. Comes wrapped in lovely blue paper.

Poured into a Duvel tulip. A dark ruby-brown hue with plentiful carbonation and chunks of yeast floating around. Darker than I expected it to be. Produces a large off-white head with a fine texture and decent retention; this eventually subsides to a good surface layer. The aroma is deliciously sour - simultaneously vinegary and sweet. The original components of the beer are long gone, but there are plenty of yeasty, fruity notes - especially cherries. A spicy, warming hint of alcohol lurks in the background.

Tastes of tart, fruity goodness. The flavour is difficult to describe, with notes of vinegar, yeast, acidic fruit, cherries and alcohol. Musty - in a good way - the taste of nostalgia. Mouthfeel is prickly and puckering; quite thin but well carbonated. Leaves the palate dry, with a fruity aftertaste of sweet 'n sour yeast.

Fantastic - tart and morish. I wish I had another one. Lacks any of the typical characteristics of most beers, yet complex and delicious. The time taken to produce this gives it a depth most beers just don't have. What more can I say? Add this to your must-try list now....

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2011 01:29:33 | More by jazzyjeff13
Photo of matt20102


4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served into goblet at refrigerator temperature (probably somewhat colder than ideal). Pours with creamy-thick khaki head which dissipates slowly. Initial aroma is subtle and hints at tart cherries and very slight, pleasant vinegar. First taste slows you down; it's not that there are a lot of flavours in play- it's just very hard to pin down. The first domination thought is that this is done well. It's not everyone's beer- no oud bruin will ever be- but if you like the style you will like this beer.

The first couple of sips are more heavily weighted toward tart cherries; as time passes this subtles into the background and much more starts taking place. I've got to admit- I just haven't got the palate right now to describe the flavour other than to say that it's good. Try it. 'nuff said.

Ok, here's a little more: the combination of tart and slightly coating moughfeel is exquisite. It is sweet without being cloying. As with other ouds, enjoy it on its own; there's too much flavour going to waste it with food, although a flass with cheesecake would be fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2011 01:25:28 | More by matt20102
Photo of TurdFurgison


4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle picked up in Columbus for $9.99. This doesn't make it here too often, at least I don't think I've seen it in a couple of years.

It pours a translucent auburn brown color, red and almost clear at the edges. Quite a lot of lace from the finely celled off-white foam.

It smells unusually good for an Oud Bruin, like liqueur-soaked dark fruits with a musty yeast quality. It smells both sweet and sour, like tart cherries in syrup. The more I sniff the more I get out of it, but after a while I start to get some off-qualities (at least to me): a touch of solvent and a little vinegar. Still, the initial hit is very nice.

This tastes initially sweet, with cherries and raisins, maybe molasses or brown sugar. It quickly turns tart and tannic, and in the end leaves a lingering yeasty and puckering effect. Not overly sour, this has a really good balance with the sweetness. Some yeasty esters and phenols keep changing the flavor and aroma slightly with each sip, nice complexity.

It has a sticky mouthfeel, maybe a little heavy feeling. A very nice sipper, a good example of a style I haven't had much taste for in the past. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2011 01:01:54 | More by TurdFurgison
Photo of Kromes


4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Opaque dark brown with a thin line of bubbles on top. Lots of movement on the beer.

S: Sour black cherry, raisin, brown sugar, funk.

T: A nice black cherry and funky yeast flavor. The tartness kicks in in the finish. There isn't very much sweetness in the beer and it finishes dry.

M: Thin bodied and dry in the finish.

O: Well crafted beer. The flavors are very fruity and tart, but not in a bad way. I would recommend this.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2011 21:48:26 | More by Kromes
Photo of yeahnatenelson


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

Appearance -- Pours a rustic plum hue with a slim whispy mauve head. Looks a bit thin.

Smell -- Mild lactic sourness, tart berries, plum, roast malt, and a slight vinous character. Pretty good.

Taste -- Big grape and tart berry flavors, mild roast malt, almost chocolatey. Faintly sour with enough lacto to keep things interesting. Very dry and woody with old oak.

Mouthfeel -- Feels lighter in body, with light prickly carbonation. Slightly tannic and dry finish.

Overall -- A very nice beer, if a little ho-hum. This would be a great intro to the style, not sure that I'd want to consider this an archetype. Regardless, a pleasure to drink.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2011 01:33:04 | More by yeahnatenelson
Photo of CenCalMario


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

750 ml bottle, courtesy of DovaliHops, thanks Ryan!

Very nice Oude Bruin.

Appearance is nice, small bubbles, caramel colored.

Smell is sour, acidic, not overwhelming. Very complex and lots of stuff going on.

Taste is great. Easy drinking, fizzy, some black licorice.

Moutfeel is zesty and light.

Overall this was a nice beer, very complex, good cross-over sour for new sour drinkers. Would love to have it again.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 05:14:44 | More by CenCalMario
Photo of zachary80


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
Photo of Jason


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

37.5cl bottle wrapped in paper.

Ruby color, minimal lacing,

Tart, lemon peel, wood tannin, hint of alcohol, white chocolate, taffy in the nose.

Smack of tartness, dryness, grain, dried grass, hint of honey, dry clean finish.

A really interesting brew, extremely drinkable yet intensely complex. Age on this beer does wonders but fresher versions are a treat as well.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2011 20:24:40 | More by Jason
Photo of jamescain


4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Brooklyn tulip

Appearance: Pours a clear brown-reddish with a thin off white head that leaves a ring around the center.

Aroma: A hint of funk with sour cherries, plums, oak, and mustiness.

Taste: Sharp acidic taste that reminds me of sour cherries, plums, and oak.

Mouthfeel: Acidic and tart with light-medium body and light carbonation.

Overall: I enjoyed this beer, throughout our tasting I found myself continuing to go back and get more.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2011 16:17:29 | More by jamescain
Photo of azorie


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

Poured into a Tulip glass at 42F, still was a nice cloudy brown, with a really lacy 1/2 inch head. lasted about 5 minutes and still had some lacing left. cork date was 2010

The nose was sweet, semi malty, quite a bit of yeast also. Detected Sour fruit (apples,cherries). No alcohol detected.

wow for a OLD bruin its more like a kriek, I like sours but I feel this one is not really to style, maybe its need more age? sour fruit makes you pucker and overdoes about everything else. Its not a bad taste but it lacks sweetness of the malt to balance it out, no hops of course detected. I had allot of OB and this 1 almost sucks. there is some sugar there, and the yeast but its more of lambic (fruit) than a true OB. Can you tell I did not love it yet? The sour cheery and some vanilla but the vanilla is very faint and overpowered, did i say it was overpowered...

lots of carbonation, medium body.

Its a good beer but I feel it does NOT represent the style. I drank the whole 750ml but would never buy it again. This beer I been told varies allot from year to year.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2011 16:16:43 | More by azorie
Photo of phichifiji00


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
Photo of HalfFull


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

The Goudenband pours a solid brown and with deep ruby highlights into a goblet from a corked 750 ml bottle. Sporting an inch or so of moderately sticky and creamy light tan foam, the pour offers good retention and pleasant drapes of lace.

Nose is tart yet with a balancing sweetness so as to not overwhelm. A definitive dark cherry component is everpresent in the profile, with some woody esters lingering around the bonfire. Rather enticing yet never bold, the nose seduces but keeps many secrets from me. Singular in a sense, yet compelling nonetheless.

A light tartness conveys to the flavor along with a bit of sour cherry. Smooth and only lightly vinous in nature given a firm carbonation. Finish is just a touch sticky though more from the twang of tartness than from any residual sweetness I would guess.

Complex and intriguing though not earth shattering I would surely buy this one again. Quite enjoyable.

Note: '2010' vintage as per the cork

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2011 06:21:53 | More by HalfFull
Photo of CMW


4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A dark, musty brown color with a cocoa head that has good retention.

S - Sour apples and sour cherries are the big kick here.

T - Starts out rather musty with the taste of air from a cave. Then moves to a nice sour cherry flavor and finishes with a slightly medicinal taste.

M - Carbonation bite upfront but overall easy to drink.

O - Good beer and a good representation of the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2011 01:04:10 | More by CMW
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4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Since 1679, Liefmans Goudenband…"one of the world's most complex beers. An aged Belgian brown ale. It is brewery cellared for many months until it matures. Only then is it blended and bottled. Historically known as 'Provision Beer', Goudenband is superb for further home cellaring, allowing the taste, aroma, and body of the beer to continue to evolve. A delectable treat for the beer connoisseur."

Regardless of that, I'm drinking it now, since I haven't had one in many years. I'll cellar another one later. 8% ABV.

Dark, clouded, deep burgundy brown, slim off-white head, gets tight, but hangs in there.

Aroma is where it's at: soft, yet sharp. Sour, and a little sweet. Raisins, dates, cherries, blackberries. Dark malts plunked down, mashed and maturated with deep, winey flavors.

Taste: beautiful. Enters the mouth a'blazing'…coats the palate with a great splash of sour, a supple coating of sweet, a flush of fruit flavor, the dark ones, the plump ones, the ones that grow on vines. A little bitter buzz butts up against the sour, then allis malty and mellow. Complex, but well-balanced. Luxurious, and satisfying. Sweet, succulent, wine flavors meld with full-bodied brown ale.

In other words, yummy, this is delish. Sourness never quits, and never dominates, either. You get a hit of it, it blends with the rest, and it's all easy on the way out. Long, fruity finish. Utterly delightful.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2011 06:22:57 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of StJamesGate

New York

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

Chestnut brown that goes ruby in light with a thin tan head and lots of small bubbles and few trailers. Nose is carob, barrel, grape skin and a touch of vinegar.
Earth, wood, a savory char like the crust on grilled meat, hazelnut skins, whole cocoa beans, cranberry, prune, a sour hit and an allspice finish.
Spiced compote end and mildly tart linger. Light, crisp, surprisingly round, with soft caresses of carbonation and no burn.

Some real port-like complexity and balance. Different with every sip. Probably the definition of the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2011 18:43:11 | More by StJamesGate
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4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Chocolate brown with a crimson tint, one finger brownish reddish foam, good lacing.

N: Breadiness, rum cake, raisins, figs, dark fruits like blackberries, a nice spice element like cinnamon and cardomam.

T/M: Spice notes up front, cinnamon, black pepper; a creamy desert-like mouthfeel like creme brulee, tiramasu. Bakers chocolate in the finish, a little thin and washy in the finish; some notes of sugar cane, or rock candy. Nice levels of sweetness balanced with malty, chewy breadiness. Well rounded notes of balsamic vinegar, soy.

D: Would be great with desert or a monte cristo sandwich, but I can see this as being a nice apertif as well to go with crackers, salami and pickles.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2011 02:11:11 | More by biga7346
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4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2011 00:15:22 | More by jayhawk73
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3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a muddy brown hue with some rusty colored highlights when held up to light. Off white head leaves scattered lacing.

Smell is nicely complex. Tart cherries, vinegar, leather, funk its all there.

Taste is nice and sour. Upfront it is fruity and tart but as it warms up it becomes more funky and complex. Slightly gamey.

Mouthfeel is crisp. I enjoyed this very much. I think I may have to start drinking more and more sour beers in the very near future. Alcohol is hidden by complex flavor but I feel it halfway into the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2011 09:45:32 | More by snpub540
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4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into dimpled stein. Reviewed on 23 - 09 -2011.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful murky mahogany brew with fizzy tan head that collapses quickly leaving little cap. No apparent effervescence. Little lacing.

Smell: Medium intensity in aroma. Aroma is tart and funky with strawberry, dark fruit and some game and smoke on the front and with some barnyard and leather on the back. No hop aroma.

Taste: Medium high in intensity. Strong strawberry note on the front with blackberry, leather, wet fur and caramel, some toffee and game on the back. No hop flavor. Love the balance, i do feel it lacks a bit in complexity though.

Mouthfeel: Medium low to low carbonation. Medium to full bodied. Medium high to high acidity. Medium to medium high sourness. Alcohol well hidden. Finishes dry leaving a lingering strawberry tartness.

Overall: While this is my first oud bruin, and while i appreciate the effort needed and employed to make a beer like this, i still think that overall there is room for more complexity and depth. The palate could aswell e more assertive, ideally, by upping up on higher acidity and sourness to make for something even more rememberable. It is however well within the style guidelines and with no apparent flaws. It's just not a 'mind-blowing'

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2011 12:27:29 | More by endovelico
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4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A clouded brown beer, a tan good head, good lacing and good curtains.

The smell is fresh acid fruits, apples, lemons, and vinegar.

A dextrose sweetness, fruity nuances, grapes, apples, lemons, then of course a white vinegar base.

High carbonation, small intensive foamy bubbles, refreshing but with a fair body, a sour dry finish.

A really good sour well balanced ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2011 20:44:26 | More by rarbring
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New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Champagne bottle, with paper wrapping, uncorked and poured into a Duvel glass.

Deep purple/red/brown blend with heavy foam, lots of lacing. Foam has deep red tints. Great notes in the nose. Very light. Strong fruity taste with a sour backbone. Green grapes. Sour holds court, but is extremely flavorful.

Really drinkable, and quite tasty. Damn good brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2011 12:07:16 | More by KTCamm
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