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Goudenband - Brouwerij Liefmans

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1,108 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,108
Reviews: 547
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.74%
Wants: 108
Gots: 118 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from the 750ml bottle a deep brown with hints of red as well. A light, airy bubbly head forms on top and leaves some nice delicate lacing on the side of the glass as well. Aromas are a mix of sweet caramel maltiness and some sour fruity characteristics (cherry, plum.) There a nice spiciness present as well along with woody notes. Quite nice.

First sip brings a yeasty caramel maltiness upfront along with an equalizing fruity sourness that makes for an interesting interplay between the two flavors on the palate. There's some nice woody, vinous tones on the way down along with a gentle spiciness. Toffee, molasses and even a slight hint of cinammon. Quite a tasty treat here.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a medium body and quite a bit of carbonation. This is a unique and tasty brew that I have no problem consuming. I very much enjoy the sweet/sour aspect of it and I look forward to having it again in the future.

orbitalr0x, May 16, 2005
Photo of 3Vandoo
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice sharp ruby color with a small head with no retention at all.
Smell of cherry and oak followed by an alcohol smell.
Taste of cherry and oak, a bit maltish, corn with a followed alcohol flavours that comes trick us. a Good mouthfeel, very drinkable especially during dessert.

3Vandoo, May 09, 2005
Photo of blitheringidiot
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy mahogany pour barely emitting light when held over a bulb, topped by a scattered spotty khaki head.

Aroma of limited mixed berry and eruption of berry and melon scents, combined.

First swigs: Starchy yam & butter flavor with some tasteable vodka like notes. Middle strides towards slight raspberry and cherry. Long lingering dark fruit and marascino cherry aftertaste.

Immediate tongue coater followed with a shushy slushy carbonation feel. Becomes cloying at the very end.

Last swigs: Gin and cider Belgian. Well built that is on the must try list.

2/18/05 375 mL 12.7 oz 8.0 % ABV $5.99.

blitheringidiot, Apr 28, 2005
Photo of cypressbob
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml corked and caged

Pours with a dark ruby, mahogany body, like a polished table or staircase. Slightly hazy, cherryish tan head, good retention

Smell, lovely tart cherries, some acidity on the nose. Slight whiff of malt

Taste, creamy maltiness then a slight acidic tart twang, hints of a a brown ale followed by a last cherry flavour and tartness. The 8% abv is hardly noticable, only a slight hint of warmth on the finish

A beautiful example of a belgian brown ale, very tasty and very drinkable

cypressbob, Apr 16, 2005
Photo of paterlodie
3.45/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Best before end of 2014. Poors in with yellow head and darkbrown beer without any particles and a red shine in it. Nose is sweet malty and hardly any sourness to be noticed. Clean and nothing spontainous in it. Taste is sweetsour and malty ending more sour and only giving you litle bitterness. The lack of taste except the sweetsour doesn't make it really enjoyable but drinkable.

paterlodie, Apr 06, 2005
Photo of acrawf6
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a great ale! poured out into my glass as dark brown, but the light under my glass showed it was a great ruby red color.

aroma was like fruity spices, very nice. head was off white....

taste was VERY complex. started off tart, but began to taste more fruity, like green apple and cherries. this was sweeter than i expected. I also could definetly notice the presence of the alcohol, which was nice. but it did have a metalic taste to it that i am not fond of. the mouthfeel is good, some carbonation, and filled my mouth nice.

if you dont read this, i just want you to get this...

GREAT ONE TO TRY

acrawf6, Apr 02, 2005
Photo of santoslhalper
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearence: Pours a dark brown with a little yeast at the bottom. The head is thin but creamy and stays for a while.

Smell: The smell is an incredibly nutty smell, with strong malt notes and a rich creamy chocolate background.

Taste and Mouthfeel: The taste is excellent, with wonderful nutty notes everyone. The malts are so wild and so tame at the same time. The balance is just unbelievable. The beer finishes smooth, rich and full of character, with an aftertaste that lingers long into the night. I love it.

Drinkability and Overall: A classic that actually lives up to it's hype. This beer ahcieves the most perfect balance possible, and the result is one of the best tasting beers I've ever had. This is a must try in my opinion.

santoslhalper, Mar 03, 2005
Photo of karst
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another of the 500 Classic Brews from M. Jackson Great Beer Guide.
This Belgium brown ale has a handsome tan head unfortunately we had to lay it over to chill in freezer. I waited for the heavest part of the 3/4 liter snow storm of suspended yeast.

Complex esters fruits - tart apples and cherries. Cookie dough with tart berries and hops bring refreshing bitterness in the finish.

A masterpiece of flavors achieved by water treatment, multi-strain yeast, slow maturation (4 - 12 months), reblending with younger beer, and bottle aging in the cellars

karst, Feb 21, 2005
Photo of horndecker
4.88/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm not sure why Beer Advocate has this classified as a Flanders Red Ale when everything I've read calls it an Oud Bruin.

The presentation is special. A 375ml bottle wrapped in paper, though the label itself is less impressive. But it all helps ones anticipation of the drink. Carefully poured into a Duvel goblet as there is much sediment. Cork says 2003. A deep coppery brown, with almost purplish tinge at the edges and a dense fine off white head which fades only reluctantly, leaving a fine lace.

The nose is tangy. Citric, malt, fruit - cherry I suppose mixed with lemon zest. The taste is at first sweet raisins and figs, plums, then a tart middle. The first few sips only present a premonition of sourness at the finish. Does this mean the brew is a bit young? I dunno.

Aha. Sourness makes much more of an impression as the beer warms up. So much more happens, it gets very involved and complex. The big fruity splash remains, but the puckerful sourness is now completely in hand with it. Wonderful balance.

My first bottle, but not my last. I'll have to pick up some bottles to lay down for a bit as welll, as I understand it develops quite a bit over time.

A new favorite!

horndecker, Feb 20, 2005
Photo of Shultzerdugen
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

75 cl bottle.

Poured a dark mahogany, nice tan head, yeast sediment swirling around.

Massive esters in the nose, plenty of fruit smells: tart apple and cherries. Cookie dough, sweet breads come out as it warms.

Medium body, smooth and creamy with a touch of graininess in the back. An assertive tartness would be the defining characteristic, but many subtle nuances are there as well. Fruits for sure. A little vinegar like sourness, and a surprising malt almost roastiness. Very complex, very dry, hops bring a bit of refreshing bitterness in the finish.

A world class beer.

Shultzerdugen, Feb 19, 2005
Photo of pentathlete
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at the CAH. Served in the default Belgian ale glass. This beer looked like carbonated dishwater with a dirty foam top. Murky swirls of brown and red and then clearer spots so that it moved between opaqueness and transluscence. The smell was fruity and malty. I couldn't place the odors. But the taste was sour and sweet. Your first thought is that the beer has gone bad and then the malts take over. After the first shock of the taste, your brain will settle down and let the sweet and sour mix with each additional sip. The carbonation and complexity of the taste gave this a medium mouthfeel, coating all oral surfaces. I could drink a few of these on their own. The sourness gives it thirst quenching power and it is a smooth easy drinker. I will seek out more examples of Flanders Reds.

pentathlete, Feb 18, 2005
Photo of Quaffer
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, corked and caged. Picked this up in KC, MO. Not available here in Wichita.

Cork labeled 2001.

Apearance: No head to speak of on this brew. What few coarse bubbles there were were generated by my rough-ass pour. Those were even gone before I put the bottle down. The color was a very deep, brownish-red. Without a light behind it, it almost looked opaque. Heavy and still in the glass.

Smell: Very sweet smelling right at first, with tons of brown sugar and maple syrup on the nose. This remained but was joined by a light tartness that took the sweetness down a notch or two. Sour red cherries made up the tart component. There was a sharp acidic bite over the top, along with hints of alcohol, yeast, and a nice wood aroma that rounded things out nicely.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a slippery, lightly-syrupy feel to it. Complete lack of carbonation.

Taste: Seemed almost a little bland and too sweet with the first sip or two. Then as I continued drinking, the sourness kicked in and bowled me over. On each drink, it built up through the middle and peaked on the finish. There was a maple and brown sugar sweetness that helped to balance out this sourness, especially upfront. Also upfront, before the sourness buried it, was a nice oak component. A strong acidic bite lingered in the aftertaste, along with some musty yeast and light metallic flavor. Ever, ever so slight indication that some oxidation was starting to kick in.

Pretty good beer, though the yeast flavor came across a little "dirty." As a drank the bottle, it started out a little too sweet, then swung to the other extreme by becoming strongly sour. But as I reached the bottom of my glass, everything balanced out nicely and it seemed to gain complexity.

Quaffer, Feb 14, 2005
Photo of silenius
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2003 on the cork. Drunk in February of 2005.

Opens with a slight pop of the cork. I worried there would not be enough carbonation.

Pours a deep copper chestnut with a slightly tan thin head. Large chunks of yeasty bits sit in the bottom of the bottle. Dark but clear beer. No hazing.

Smell is light apple skin, black cherry and a hint of red wine vinegar. Not overpowering in the least. Quite subdued smell.

Taste is a very pleasant mix of red and dark fruits with a twinge of sourness. It starts with apple and under-ripe cherry to quickly segue into a tart strawberry then on to a nicely ripe black cherry. No hop taste or aroma found. A very appealing taste.

Carbonation is quite lively and creamy despite the thin head. Very nice.

This is not a beer to drink many of in a sitting. Enjoy it with some sweet cake with fresh sweet fruit.

silenius, Feb 02, 2005
Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cork labeled 2004.

Pours a hazy cherrywood hue with a dense light tan head. Lots of lace. Smell is spicy. Plum, sour cherries, oaky and vinuous.

Taste is also that fruity sourness. Sweet spice (cinnamon, clove) and sour cherry and berry. Acidic and underpinnings of vinegar. That sounds bad but somehow it works. Some funky brett as t warms. Yeasty. Mouth is thinner than you would expect but lots of flavor. A nice smooth beer and one of my favorites. A bit younger than I like this beer but still complex and tasty.

ViveLaChouffe, Jan 18, 2005
Photo of cokes
4.63/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2001.
Opaque magenta-brown with not so much a head as a few, stray tan bubbles. Crates of suspended chunky yeast matter.
Searing nose of balsamic vinegar, battered pears, green grapes, green caramel apples, and bile, all laid heavily with the woodsy tartness of oak, a thousand times over.
The first glimpse is sweet, with traces of caramelized pineapple, then towards tart, pineapple stays, underripe now, then on to grapes (Riesling especially) and apples. This unfold much as it's aroma indicates, all for the better. Bile and rusty metal. Gripping, stomach-churning gueuze-like heartburn. Oak. Wood. Mothballs. The finish is a sharp vinagrette, rasperry hued, with, perhaps some pit-intact sour cherries. Finishes not so much with a defined flavor as a bloodcurdling scream down the esophagus.
Moderate in the mouth with almost no carbonation. The drastic flavors would make this near impossible to drink in quantity. But as a single bottle experience, it hardly gets any better.


Be warned though, 2002 (and presumably later) bottlings suck.

cokes, Jan 09, 2005
Photo of nogoodreason
4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Soft brown withouth much of a head to speak of sparkling carbonation clings stubbornly to the side of the glass.

Slight vinegar, red grapes, faint leather and hints of wood. Very fruity and full in the nose with an obvious funk. Very attractive scent.

Initially sour shifting smoothly to concord grapes and sweet candy. Woody notes abound and it's ever so slightly astringent in the finish. It's a fairly sweet beer, but it has this wonderful balancing sourness that adds so much depth. Yeast pour adds NASTY, green chunks to it muddies it a bit. Because the chucks settle to the bottom of the glass, the impact on flavor is minimal.

A beautiful beer, truly.

nogoodreason, Jan 04, 2005
Photo of soper2000
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Luckly I walked home with a bottle of this thanks to a holiday BA gathering. I enjoyed on Christmas eve. Decanted a nice ruby tinged dark brown into my glass with a tingling white foam head. A nice earthy complement to the colors of Christmas. Aroma is of subdued tart cherries, nuts, and a very small dose of funk. Taste is very well balanced hitting notes of cherries, barnyard, earthy flavors, and nuts all wrapped up in a pleasant slightly acidic package. Excellent beer and I'm glad I got a chance to sample it thanks to the BA gathering and Viking.

soper2000, Dec 28, 2004
Photo of Billolick
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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)

Billolick, Dec 27, 2004
Photo of cerevisiaephilus
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

cerevisiaephilus, Dec 22, 2004
Photo of Andreji
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Andreji, Dec 21, 2004
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.88/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

CAMRAhardliner, Dec 21, 2004
Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$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!

ALESwhatCURESya, Dec 04, 2004
Photo of claytri
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

claytri, Nov 14, 2004
Photo of PatandDavid
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

PatandDavid, Nov 13, 2004
Photo of PopeJonPaul
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

PopeJonPaul, Nov 04, 2004
Goudenband from Brouwerij Liefmans
93 out of 100 based on 1,108 ratings.