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Goudenband - Brouwerij Liefmans

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1,090 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,090
Reviews: 543
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.74%
Wants: 104
Gots: 114 | FT: 1
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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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Billolick

New York

4.28/5  rDev +2.1%

12.7 ounce bottle, wrapped in paper and caged and corked, 2003 stamped on the cork, mild carbonation, jammy dark, reddish brown, cloudy/murky, nose is slightly sour, woody, musty. Complex, heady brew, sourness is suprisingly muted, but still present. Sweet/sour balance is exceptional. (I understand h/e that this is not what alot of folks are looking for in a beer)

12-27-2004 00:34:59 | More by Billolick
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cerevisiaephilus

Michigan

4.55/5  rDev +8.6%

Much darker than expected. Its very very dark. Almost black. But held to the light it is definately a clear deep deep brown with some deep red notes. Mild carbonation. Very minimal head. But I suppose this is right for the style...??

Nose is mostly sour. I'm not sure I'm getting any Brett at all. Definately some sweet sugary notes too.

The flavor is where its at for this beer. It might not look nice or smell very nice, but big rich sweet malts balanced by a mild sourness and maybe even some earthy Brett funk really make this a superb beer. Really nice sweetness...not sure if its malt of candi sugar derived but nice mellow caramel. Get what I think might be Brett mostly in the finish.

Mouthfeel was decent. Little thick but neccesary for the residual sweetness I suppose. Could use a bit more carbonation to liven things up a bit.

Quite a drinkable beer. Just a tiny bit cloying but no too much to make it unenjoyable. I enjoyed the entire glass and could have done 3 more!

12-22-2004 01:18:14 | More by cerevisiaephilus
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Andreji

Colombia

4.1/5  rDev -2.1%

Kerstmas bier #1.

I don't know quite how to describe this beer.

I poured from this mysterious paper-wrapped bottle that suggested little or nothing about the beer. I have no problems with the yeasties in my beer, but for the first time this was a bit disencouraging. However, I don't make the beer pay for my own mistake- the rest, a dark opaque brown-reddish tone with a short-lived, thin tan head.

Behind every scent, one could say the 'nosefeel' was strongly alcoholic. some sweetness from malts yet, not the same as always: some wine-likeness. can't complain.

The taste, strong, where its sweetness and bitterness I was amazed of and can only describe as it coming from a wine-like body: it's not a strong, hoppy bitterness or a malty sweetness, it's a combination similar to that in some red wines, somewhat fruity, but red-fruit-like. but with a beery twist all-in-all, and the yeast adding to the whole thing.

The body, for what were the looks, seemed a little thin but complimentary in every sense to what the taste is. I did get the buzz on an empty stomach, so I'll give it the benefit of the doubt drinkability-wise because it is nonetheless terribly well balanced.

Doubtless, hard to describe, only in a good way.

12-21-2004 19:53:19 | More by Andreji
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CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

4.88/5  rDev +16.5%

I enjoyed this stellar beer at Smokeless Joe's. I thought it would be good for my 200th review.

It pours a rusted red color with great lacing and an eternal tan head. It has an earthy, winey, oaky, tannic, tart aroma. Theres also spice, vanilla and and some musty funk. The blend of different aromas is so unique and impossibly complex.

The taste is more malty and less sour than Rodenbach Grand Cru. There is a definite sourness, but also spicey herb notes, notably cinamon, ginger and mint. A lambicy funk appears in the middle. Theres a sherry like sweetness in the middle somewhere. There are prominent oak notes and lots of vanilla as well. The alcohol is impeccably well hidden. Theres no hop flavor, except for maybe some earth (though that might not be 'earthy hops' but something else). The mouthfeel is prickly yet thick. The finish is dry.

This is close to beer perfection, so unique, and incredibly complex. It will pair with many foods. Damn refreshing.

12-21-2004 17:53:38 | More by CAMRAhardliner
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ALESwhatCURESya

Wisconsin

4.3/5  rDev +2.6%

$3.59 12oz Bottle

I must say that I was extremely excited to taste this beer after spotting it at my local Mecca. The appearance is brown with a touch of red glow to back it. There was a very heavy yeast presence that I managed to keep in the bottle. No head whatsoever, but I didn't expect one from this. The aroma is very present with chocolate and rotting cherries coming to mind. The initial taste is SOUR, and I love it! The tartness is extremely present, but it doesn't hang irritate the mouth. There is a dry finish to it and the sour fruit taste makes its final statement. This is a wonderful beer that should be enjoyed at a slow pace. I drank it out of a snifter and it seemed to be a good choice. It really held the aroma well. Go and try this, but be prepared for sourness!

12-04-2004 02:53:47 | More by ALESwhatCURESya
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claytri

Maryland

4.43/5  rDev +5.7%

A dark cloudy heavily sedimented mahogony with a thin tan head. The aroma is of sour cherries and malt. Wonderfully sour and smooth. The tartness is so intense it actually causes my eyes to water. This is a most unusual taste and is really hard to categorize. Each mouthful provides different tastes and sensations. Again the feel is a tough call as the lack of carbonation leaves it milky. You can tell there is body there it just doesn't hit you like most beers. The flavors play across your tounge and disappear in a blaze of tartness leaving a dry palate. This is a special beer and should only be drunk when you have the time to truly enjoy it. I am now resolving to find more of those occaisions.

11-14-2004 04:33:57 | More by claytri
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PatandDavid

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -4.5%

Had on tap at Anam Cara, and enjoyed this fine beer very much. Pour whens erved was deep chestnut brown. It came topped with a 1/4" of creamy white foam. I thought the aroma was rich malt, meet your new friend candi sugar. Very very tasty...this beer for me was all about smooth malt. I didn't detect any overt sweetness in the taste, but really enjoyed the maltiness.

11-13-2004 19:51:53 | More by PatandDavid
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PopeJonPaul

Oregon

4/5  rDev -4.5%

Dark, slightly cloudy purplish brown and completely flat, looks almost like wine with black yeast flakes that settle to the bottom. Smells like sour cherries and malt alcohol, with a mellowed sour cherry, caramel, brown sugar flavor, very well balanced. I'm not normally a "sour" guy but this beer's amazing smoothness hits you sour up front, but finishes mellow. Suprisingly refreshing, not the style I would normally pick but good, good stuff.

11-04-2004 04:34:20 | More by PopeJonPaul
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Truh

New Hampshire

4.33/5  rDev +3.3%

Watched the Red Sox triumphantly ride through the streets of Boston with this one on 10/30/2004. Looks like a 10.5-oz. pour at ACPH in a stunning Liefmans goblet provided by the owner of the publik house.

½ inch head of light, widely separated froth that sticks and chantilly-laces all the way through the pour. This subsided to a hot chocolate-like covering of full but small layering. Pungent, chewy malt that verges on an acidic cherry on the nose. To taste, a core of fruit punches right through the back of the mouth. Among other things, plums, raisins, peaches, and Macoun apples created a base upon which a settling sweetness piled on top. This was possibly one of the better offerings I have ever quaffed from the other side of the pond.

10-30-2004 20:15:12 | More by Truh
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merlin48

Kentucky

3.93/5  rDev -6.2%

Attractive paper wrapping around corked and caged bottle. The cork easily twists off, without a pop, revealing a 1998 stamping. Served slightly chilled into a goblet, no head even with an aggressive, initial pour. The body is a murky, purple brown(dark brown with lavender hues, perhaps), with suspended yeast particles("floaties") apparent. The yeast particles eventually settle to the bottom of the goblet.
Aroma begins with pronounced, woody notes of oak, followed immediately by tart, Bing cherries. Musty yeast and apple skins contribute to the complex, and inviting bouquet.
Mouthfeel has a medium body, but no carbonation. Slightly sherry like in the mouth.
The taste begins tart and tangy, with cherry fruitiness. Yeast mustiness is very prominent. Not as vinous as expected. Oxidation is apparent, and this one seems a bit past its prime. The abv is very well hidden, but will sneak up on you in a hurry.
Flanders Red Ales are one of my favorite styles, and I can't wait to try a more recent vintage of this one. Very complex, and tasty, even at this stage.

10-12-2004 22:46:04 | More by merlin48
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99bottles

Pennsylvania

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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Citadel82

New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev -11%

12 oz. botte, wrapped in tissue. Cork dated 2001. Poured into a freshly rinsed wide mouth goblet. Poured with a thin off white head with large bubbles. Color is a deep dark purple. Shows translucent red when held to the light. Head quickly dissipated leaving some sparse lace, this too vanished. There is quite a bit of sediment in the bottle. I made no effort to aviod pouring it into the glass. Fruity smell with hints of sour cherries. Thin feeling as you sip but flavor explodes in your mouth, first slight sweetness then a powerful sharp sourness with a long dry/sour astringent finish. The sweetness faded and the dryness became stronger as the brew warmed.

A very complex brew. I will try it again.

09-09-2004 01:16:28 | More by Citadel82
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beerluvr

Ontario (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev -2.6%

Bottled 2/03
Pours with a fizzy brief deep cream colored head settling over dark garnet/brownish liquid. Tart sour nose with a whiff of Brett funkiness & a hint of cherry wine. Sourness carries thru in the taste along with light metallic notes, some astringent dryness followed by a brief malt sweetness and some hoppiness and a warming alcoholic finish. Ends up dry/sour then underlying malt sweetness comes in. Very refreshing due to the acidity and somewhat light body.

09-06-2004 15:38:23 | More by beerluvr
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kmpitz2

Tennessee

4.6/5  rDev +9.8%

The cork on this one says 1999, so it was kindly aged on the shelves for me for about 6 years since I just picked it up 2 days ago. The beer is a nice deep red color, almost brown untill you hold it to the light and I can see it is just deep deep red. There are tons of floaties and a lack of carbontion and no head. The nose is rather malty with sweet caramel and sour cherries. It is very inviting. The taste is mindblowing. The sweet and sour and tart balance in this wonderful. The flavor reminds me of sour cherries that were aged in a used whisky barrel. Just a wonderful transition between all the contrasting flavors. I have not had a beer like this before, and I will be seeking out more in the style. The beer is thin to moderate in mouthfeel. I only wish this were a 500 ml bottle (not sure they even have those for this beer) because I am sad that I'm almost done drinking this one.

08-29-2004 20:48:28 | More by kmpitz2
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kbub6f

New York

4.28/5  rDev +2.1%

A very small, almost white head sits on a cloudy, dark red-brown beer. Full of big, pale chunks of float. The nose is fruity, sweet, with a hint of tartness. Some woodiness. Starts sweet, almost grapey with considerable woody notes. A full malty middle and a dry-ish (but still fruity) finish. I was expecting a little more tartness and oomph, a little less sweetness. But it's an excellent beer.

08-21-2004 20:24:05 | More by kbub6f
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CharlesRiver

Connecticut

4.63/5  rDev +10.5%

Cool label and cool packaging. The cork reads 1998 so I am hoping for a real treat with this one. A six year old beer that is supposed to age well? Just my luck! Let's see how it fares.
Cork is very hard to get out. It still opens with a good pop.

Seems to be kind of flat, however, with a small head being produced. The color is dark, kind of like a porter but not as dark. The smell is very malty with hints of cherries and some citrus. Very oaky and earthy as well.

The taste is much better than the smell. Full bodied and earthy with just enough carbonation. I do believe this beer is perfect right now. If this is what proper aging does to a beer, I want more. So smooth and so layered. The cherry sour notes are there but perfectly balanced.

I truly am blown away. I can't believe a beer taste like this after six years in the bottle!

08-19-2004 01:21:49 | More by CharlesRiver
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bigbeerdrinka

Germany

4.03/5  rDev -3.8%

1998 Vintage
Pours a deep dark brown with some light ruby hues and a fluffy offwhite head. Yeast chunks are all over the place in this beer finally settling down at the bottom of my glass. Aromas are malty and sugary with some molasses aromas sneaking their way into the picture. There is also some tartness noticeable and almost a wine like aroma. For flavor this beer starts off initially quite sweet with brown sugar and molasses being the most dominant flavors along with some nice malts. Following a slight tartness hits with some dark fruits, maybe figs or grapes which add a nice flavor to the beer. This beer finishes tart and refreshing with a slight sourness also and a warm alcohol note. Overall this beer is medium bodied and the carbonation is quite refreshing to the beer. I personally would have liked a little more tartness and sourness from the beer and a little less sweetness but overall a tasty brew.

08-03-2004 19:11:32 | More by bigbeerdrinka
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sacfly

Maryland

4.28/5  rDev +2.1%

Dark brown appearance, minimal head. Smells like red wine or maybe sherry. Taste is like a brilliant sweet red wine with cherry tones. Pleasant on the tongue. This was a perfect after dinner drink. Went out and bought a bottle after having this on tap for the first time. I hope the bottle version can come close to the tap version!

07-30-2004 16:52:26 | More by sacfly
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RoyalT

Ohio

4.45/5  rDev +6.2%

Appearance – The body is a beautiful, shiny brown with shades of orange and full of sediment. As interesting as the liquid is, the head is equally as boring. It came up very little and went down quickly. I didn’t get the impression by popping the cork that this ale was flat or bad. It just doesn’t seem to have a lot of head.

Smell – The malty sourness has a lambic way about it. This is no cheap sourness like many examples of the style. This is like sour green apples dunked in cider.

Taste – This will suck in your cheeks. Some cheap Flanders hurt my teeth, but this is the good stuff. The dextrose-flavored finish is a bit worn down by the big green apple sourness, but it’s there enough to be noticed. Again, I like the lambic characteristics that I’m finding here.

Mouthfeel – If you’re looking for that “just sucked a lemon” feeling then this will do the trick. It goes about it pleasantly, though. There’s nothing harsh in this one.

Drinkability – This is an easy drinker. It has all the facets of a good Sour Ale but is not too harsh or over-the-top. There’s also a very mature, almost oaky nature to this one that seems to put it above most of the pretenders. I found this to be a very solid, drinkable ale.

Comments – This is a 2001 so has been sitting for three years and is no worse the wear.

07-30-2004 01:33:41 | More by RoyalT
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inebrius

Michigan

4.95/5  rDev +18.1%

2001. Poured lazily into a Holiday Inn cocktail tumbler.

A stroll through the late-Autumn orchard. Curled browns and ambers clutch the crooked limbs of fruit trees refusing fate for awhile. Tired soil is covered with the sweet scents of packed dead wet leaves and rotting fruits. The earth greets your every sense with primeval longing you don't quite understand.

I crave this type of visceral experience everytime I carry my lips to a glass filled with fermented liquid. Only few can bring it, and even fewer with the symmetry of Goudenband.

Bark and sour orange and nut bread wash across your buds and down and the heady vapors left behind affirm your instinct time and again. I feel I should list everything I'm feeling as I drink this but that might cheapen it. If your ever going to shell out five bones for a little bottle of beer, make it this one.

There should be a tree on the label.

07-27-2004 00:45:32 | More by inebrius
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev -5%

Pours a brown bronze color with a spotty head and plenty of sediment. No lacing develops. The aroma is nice as sour cherries, raisins and some yeast is easily detectable. The flavor is of strong sour cherries, fruits, malt and yeast. The tastebuds pucker quite a bit on this one. Medium bodied brew.

The mouthfeel is crisp on the start and finish. The sour cherries last long on the tongue after swallowing. This is a slow sippin' brew to enjoy after dinner, but one is all you need.

07-25-2004 19:31:45 | More by Gavage
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drewbage

California

4.1/5  rDev -2.1%

Sampled from the 2002 vintage.

Beer pours into the glass with a low white head with very tiny bubbles slowly escaping the brew.

aroma is leather dark cherries wit hbrown sugar and touch of the aged fruited wine.

flavor is at first prickly with the sourness, but a rising brown sugary sweetness holds it at bay as those dark pudding fruits return for a dance on the palate before a long lasting sourness busts through to sweep it all aside.

07-21-2004 01:58:53 | More by drewbage
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev -5%

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.

07-14-2004 23:25:58 | More by Sammy
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connecticutpoet

Connecticut

4.47/5  rDev +6.7%

This ale was a lovely brown color, which was slightly cloudy and had particulate matter. There was no head to speak of.

The aroma was intense... sweet complex malts and a hinting of the alcohol contained therein.

The taste was likewise of complex malts... sweet and sour at the same time, with a tang that bit at the tongue. The alcohol was present but as a backdrop to the other flavors.

An unusual beer... worth trying, an excellent example of the style.

07-07-2004 02:51:55 | More by connecticutpoet
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HopDevil

Pennsylvania

4.88/5  rDev +16.5%

poured from the bottle the color of rubbed walnut. The brownish red liquid barely produced a head, but oh that aroma.

Acidic, sour, oaky earthy, musty woody with an underlayment of caramel malt.

The flavor impact is a rush for the tongue. The character noted in the aroma is in the taste in spades. Zingy, tangy, jolly rancher, granny smith apple, sour cherry tart with a charming fruitcake maltiness that keeps the raucous sour acid musty woodsy flavors gently reigned in . The hop is imperectible.

Metalic and sharp mouth watering pucker in the finish, unbelievably refreshing for such a hugely complex beer. My unschooled macro drinking friends HATE this beer- lmao. More for me

I can't get enough of the sweet n tart flavor characteristic of Flanders Reds of which this is my favorite example.

06-29-2004 20:43:37 | More by HopDevil
Goudenband from Brouwerij Liefmans
93 out of 100 based on 1,090 ratings.