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Goudenband - Brouwerij Liefmans

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1,174 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,174
Reviews: 551
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.74%
Wants: 117
Gots: 129 | 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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Photo of SwillinBrew
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a bottle at Escondido Holiday Wine cellar when I went with IPAviator.

A - A beautiful burnished copper ambrosia filled my Chimay chalice with a solid finer of bne colored head. Quickly dissipated and let a thin ring of head.
S - Raisins, malt, brown sugar possibly, ending with some sour apple.
T - Spiced plums and raisins bordering on currants, like a spiced bread pussing, and ending with a subdued tartness. Overall the experience was like eating a mellow caramel apple at the fair. Sweetness upfront follwed by some tartness. I wish they served this brew at my county fair.
M&Dr - a complex medium bodied brew with mellow carbonation. Good on the palate and in the tummy.

Photo of GClarkage
4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12/9/05- Purchased at Bottleworks in Seattle, WA.

Presentation- 12.7 oz bottle which is both corked and caged and wrapped in a nice white wrapper. No freshness info to be found though. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Brown coloring with ruby highlights. 3/4 inch head of which 1/4 inch holds steady the entire way down. Light streak of lace.

Smell- Kind of a light smeller. Had esters of dark fruits (dates, raisins and figs). Caramel malts with some dark chocolate as well.
Didn't really smell sour though.

Taste- Oh wow! Just as an Oud Bruin is supposed to be, I guess. Lovely sweet and sour flavor, with sweet coming into play more than sour. Lots of subtle caramel and toffee flavors and nice amounts of sweet raisins and dates. Maybe a tad of hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Medium body with a lower to average carbonation level. Makes you salivate for more after each sip.

Drinkability- My favorite Oud Bruin out the the few I've had, hands down. I had a bottle of this last year, but never got to drink it because it fell out of my DBF onto the carpet and broke :( If I ever see it again, there is going to be at least 5-10 bottles going back with me.

Photo of Ieatlambfries
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a big ol' bottle into my Orval chalice.

Appearance is a hazy dark red, no head. No lacing.

To me smells of caramel apples. Very little yeast aroma.

Taste is quite tart. Some reviewers have said lime, although I'd sooner go with sour green apples. Slight caramel and tobacco aftertaste. again yeast is barely detectable. This beer has a distinctive cider like quality.

Mouth feel is surprisingly crisp. again brings to mind cider. Very biting carbonation, I assume from the bottle conditioning.

Drinkability is only hampered by the high abv. Otherwise quite drinkable. Goes down very smooth considering the carbonation. I found it refreshing, which I did not expect.

A great beer with very interesting complex flavors, the first of this style I've tried. Based on this sample I'd try it again.

Photo of DrJay
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Almost no head, this beer poured a hazy ruby red colour with amber highlights. Aromas of tobacco, sour cherry, and leather. Complex flavour with some sourness, tobacco, cherry fruit, and earthy woodiness. The midway point becomes somewhat sweeter and it finishes with considerable malt. Moderately light carbonation, quite dry and lightly puckering. Medium body. Quite a distinctive beer, with a fruity and sour character, and a complex finish. I think I'll have to have this one again.

Photo of Frozensoul327
4.85/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

WOW. This beer is really, really good. Poured out to a dark red brown color similar to a blood red. Minor notes of lace. Aromas of fermenting cherries, rotted grapes, sweet malts, and a tartness that reminded me of children's candies from years ago. Taste was Exceptional. Flavors of cherries, grapes, sugarcane, malts, spices and herbs blend in a world of perfection. Mouthfeel is heavenly. Smooth, medium bodied, yet reserving enough to fill the palate and keep the drinker begging for more. Execeptional drinkability, I would drink this everyday if it weren't so expensive. The only drawback is that when poured toward the end of the bottle, I got clumps, literally clumps of sediment. Not very appealing, but this beer is so good I totally overlook this fact. World Class Beer. Get this. Go to great lengths if you must; the reward is worth it.

Photo of Suds
4.8/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I’d wanted to try this beer for years. Naturally, I was ecstatic when a good friend brought me a bottle as a gift at a recent party. I love the paper…just seems to add a touch of class when a beer is wrapped in tissue paper. Pours a muddy, ruddy, reddish-brown color. Despite extreme care on the pour, a couple of enticing yeast chunks plop into the goblet. The head is large, with a rocky surface and enormous bubbles. Beautiful.
The smell on this brew is dizzyingly complex. The first thing I get is an intense sensation of sour cherries. It sort of frames the beer with a tart, slightly sour spritziness. Next, there’s freshly cut wood, caramel, mustiness (cheese?), and a funky-spunky yeastiness. Cherries again in the taste…wow. It’s fizzy, with a fleeting (but at times quite intense) maltiness. It alternates between a caramel-like sugary sensation and the sour-tartness.
This beer is a master at hiding it’s ABV…no sense of alcohol at all. Refreshing and extremely satisfying. This brew is wondrously rewarding!!!! (Cork is printed with the year 2003)

Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Bottle wrapped in paper. Pours an orangish amber at first with a thick foam of small tight bubbles. This head grew as it sat in my glass. There are quite a few floaters present, even in the first glass I poured. The beer is a very clear deep brown with a lot of bubbles rising.

Aroma: It definitely has a winy aroma to it. There is some noticeable wood present that almost borders between oxidation and sherry to the nose. Once the head falls a bit to let you actually smell what the liquid is like, it gains a black cherry and plum character. As it warms further there is a distinct leathery note coming out.

Taste: There is a lot going on in the flavor! It is really earthy. You can pick out the graininess along with the wood character in particular. There is a definite sour note to it that is balanced by a healthy caramel presence. The finish is sweet and sour, but the end leaves your throat feeling dry and slightly acidic with a bunch of fizz to linger.

Opinion: This is a really nice beer! This one is superbly balanced between the tart and sweet. Only because it has a bit of an acidic note do I score it a bit lower on the drinkability. This is because I was ready for a glass of water after finishing this one. Still a world class beer, and one not to miss!

Photo of NearerMyBeerToMe
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2003. 750 ml. The head is an aggregation of fine, light tan bubbles about 1/2" deep that leave a few thin arcs of lace as they die. Beer is russett in color with garnet highlights, although too murky to see any carbonation. Aroma begins pleasantly like dried black cherries, but eventually becomes a cherry antacid humdrum. The nosefeel is initally vinous and only somewhat tart, progressively developing an inorganic, near-metallic bitterness that fills the sinus. The tastes are slightly more engaging: black cherry sweetness and dried cranberry sourness play off of each other, like preserves spread over a soda-cracker/bicarbonate base. Fruit pits show up and pull the tastebuds toward oaky wood and a dull mineral finish. Mouthfeel seems washy and only slightly tart, and too neutral to really interest me. Easy drinkability with no alcohol noticeable. So what's with all these people talking about being blown away by sourness and oak and vinegar? I think I was expecting something really extreme, because while this was good, it was far more tame than I had hoped.

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 Derek
4.93/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Corked and caged in 1987; laid to rest on its side for ~18 years. Sediment on the side of the bottle, like a fine wine.

A: It poured like a red wine, with mild carbonation.

S: Also similar to red wine, with a sharp, tart odour.

T: Wow! I expected more tartness, but there wasn't anymore than a Beaujolais. The flavours of grape juice, cherries, cranberries and oak are more reminiscent of a fine wine than any beer!

M: Light to moderate body, mild carbonation.

D: It's like fruit juice! It goes down easier than almost any wine or beer!

Thanks for the tasting Len!

Photo of tfinn
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I actually have two samples on hand: one 1998 and one 2003. I was actually hoping to get a younger sample for the second, but apparently shipments haven't been made into Oregon for a while. phooey. this being september 2005, I was hoping to get an early 2005 sample, but 2003 will do fine.

appearance is a hazeless dark reddish-brown, with the 1998 sample slight darker, probably due to oxidation. the 2003 sample has slightly more carbonation and head, and leaves a slight more cling. both leave very light lacing.

smell is the first indicator that things turn different after a few years time. the 2003 sample has sharp oaky/wood, cherry-skin components, while the 1998 sample has a softer almost maple characteristic, along with a slight bit of oxidation. both have dark fruit characters -- figs, plums, dark sugars, although it's more "melded" in the 1998 sample. no overt hop aroma in either.

the 2003 sample has a sharper up-front flavor, and tastes oaky/woody, and even a little bit like honeydew melon, while the 1998 sample is much more subdued, with the flavors meshed down into a single maplerinddarkfruit flavor. finish on the 1998 sample reminds me of citrus rinds, while the 2003 sample is like eating a cross between a rose petal and a citrus fruit.

mouthfeel is similar between the two, both having minimal hop bittering. the sour tail predominates strongly in the 1998 sample, which is more acidic than the 2003. there is a very slight bit of graininess in the 2003 sample that isn't present in the 1998 sample. neither are weighty or coating, which is to be expected with this style.

both are immensely drinkable, and palatably interesting in their own rights, although I prefer the older sample for its mellower flavors. this is definitely a beer that changes in pleasantly interesting ways over time.

Photo of ypsifly
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corked and caged 12.7oz that is wrapped in paper, poured into a tulip. The cork is stamped 2003.

Dark, opaque brown with a small off white head that falls into a thinly veiled ring rather fast. There's some floaties dancing about despite a careful decant.

Dark, very tart fruits make up the nose. Cherries, cranberries, and bitter heirloom apples. Nothing vinous or even astringent, but a natural sourness that is restrained enough to make me salivate. It also has an earthy funk that reminds me of the old greenhouses I used to work in when I was a teen.

Tastes along the same lines as the nose, but its nowhere near as sour as expected. I can taste all of the above mentioned fruits, and it has a nice earthy malt flavor with a little dusty funk, but the sourness is pleasantly restrained to a tanginess that compliments the fruit. I wish I had some bleu cheese, sliced granny smiths, and some white grapes to pair this with.

The mouth is good for the style. I like how the sour notes come in towards the end allowing for the malt profile to register. Although the abv is well hidden, 8% can creep up on you and make for an early night, otherwise this would be quite the session brew.

Photo of tjthresh
2.98/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Muddy brown with chunks of yeast sediment. No head. The lactic or brett over powers almost everything. You can get som chocolate and dark fruit in the nose. Sweet and sour, like one of those Charms lollipops, but heavier on the sour. Quite full bodied, but the sour finishees puckering. I guess that’s the way its supposed to be.

Photo of whartontallboy
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Corked and caged 2003 vintage.

Pours out a deep cola brown with ruby red highlights and a very little white head. Huge floaties swirling in it before gradually dropping to the bottom.

Smell is slightly vinegary, with a sharp, tart fruitiness throughout. Little bit of alcohol wafts up as well.

Taste is quite tart, with a slight maltiness and light bitterness. There is a light taste of cherry and oak on the tongue before a quite dry finish.

Overall: My first oud bruin, but I liked it quite a bit. It doesn't pour too impressively, but the nice well-rounded fruity tartness of the flavor and the light, dry finish won me over.

Photo of TastyTaste
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark maroon colored body, head is tan and creamy, about 1/2". Smell has a brilliant smell to it, very sour, with cherry and other fruits. Very inviting. Taste is sour and bold but has an extremely smooth drinkability, lots of different flavors in the mix, this is a much tamer and malty example than the other Oud Bruin I have tried, New Glarus Sour Brown. Definitely worth a shot.

Photo of blitz134
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Caged and corked 750. Cork came out with a loud pop as soon as the cage was undone.

Pours what appears to be a solid brown body until held up to the light and the deep crimson red really shines through. Small quarter inch of tan head disappeared quickly to a couple of collections of small bubbles.

Smell is sweet and sour fruits of cherries and plums and grapes with some hints of apple. A solid sweettart candy smell. Quite delectible, but this is a favorite style of mine.

A good sweet and sour flavor profile. Not over the top sour like some of the others of the style. I like them as sour as they come, but this is a good alternative and a more drinkable beer for those who don't care for sour as much. Flavor has the typical belgian profile of dark fruits. Very similar to the smell with the sweet cherries and plums which come across like many red wines do. The addition is a dry sour aspect with tart cherries and plums again. A caramel sweet maltiness balances this out well.

A good bit of carbonation in the mouthfeel adds a crisp feeling to this. Mouthfeel is still decently full even with the carbonation levels. Drinkability is good for the style due to the nice sweet and sour combo without being over-the-top tart.

Photo of hefevice
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle. My first Flanders Oud Bruin. Dark amber with ruby tints and a bubbly light tan head which left good lacing. Sweet malt and sour aromas with a little ester in the background, but somewhat muted and subtle compared to say a Belgian Dark Strong. Taste is nicely balanced between sweet and sour, with almost no bitterness and dry but very slight metalic finish. There is almost no hint of the relatively high ABV, and it gets better the more you drink. Palate is divine, fine carbonation results a light touch despite a medium body. Eminently quaffable.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

Goudenband from Brouwerij Liefmans
94 out of 100 based on 1,174 ratings.