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Goudenband - Brouwerij Liefmans

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Ratings: 1,202
Reviews: 552
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.74%
Wants: 127
Gots: 145 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Flanders Oud Bruin |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Mitchster on 02-24-2001

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

Refrigerated 375ml bottle, caged and wrapped.
Tore open the wrapper to view the bottle.
I liked the purple label. Turned the botle to the backside...wow the sediment is there just resting...with some chunks nearly 1/4''.
Slowly pulled the cork off which displayed a 2.003 marking.
I didn't see a "best by date" anywhere on the cork, label or wrapper.

Note - Drinking this before dinner time and very hungry.

Appearance: Poured into a 16oz Duchesse De Bourgogne chalice that Steve's on Mineral Point gave me for the asking. Thanks.
A dark rich woody colored (mahoganyish) liquid sat before me with barely any foam to speak of. The look of the sediment inside made me kinda hungry and actually made my mouth water.

Slight fruit nose - made me think it was more akin to a wine. Had some orange and maybe some cherry tones as well.
After tasting half, dipped me nose in the galss and the aroma was still very light. Nothing really punches me at all as all the scents are all lingering together nicely.
A little more than subtle

Sweet (again , it reminds me of a sweetish wine), very wet and slick going down with very little carbonation.

Slick, oily going down, but left my palate a little tart. Hmmm.

Very. This ale would go well with dinner and maybe replace a red in a pinch...should have waited I guess.
I wanted to try this one at room temperature as well, but it was so good. I will definitely try this one again and allow it to rest.

Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a paper-wrapped 355ml bottle at Steve's on University here in Madison. Upon opening, the cork read "2.003". Oud bruin indeed. Shared with expatsteve over a mini Belgian brown/dark session.

Pour: murky burgundy (brilliant ruby when held to the light) under a pinky of khaki foam that fizzles to a skim.

Nose: first whiff is tart vinegar, but subsides into kriek lambic, brandy soaked raisins and port wine.

Taste: a dry, oaky tartness quickly fades into fresh aple cider and cherry skins with an ephemeral booze finish.

Feel: champagne-like dry body and bubbly finish.

Drinkability/Overall: a very nice dry, mild oud bruin, not nearly as sweet as the other rendition I've encountered (New Glarus' Sour Brown) and as a result is quite drinkable. This style is not nearly as scary as I once thought.

Photo of expatsteve
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Golden2wenty1 for sharing this - a nice bottle from 2003.

Appearance: Mahogany and ruby color, with low visibility. Pours without a head, and just a few suds that sit right in the middle of the beer. Low/medium viscosity.

Aroma: Sour cherries and hard apple cider - tart, but easy on the nose. Some apple skin bitterness and a little molasses flourish, though this occurs in the aroma only - definitely no sweetness.

Taste: Immediate dry finish that is reminiscent of prosecco. Raisins, apricots, splashes of sour cherry. Green apples and a hint of golden syrup on the middle palate, and just a few molasses wisps in the finish. Yeast in the finish balances the flavor, which is tart but exceptionally mellow.

Mouthfeel: Light, almost thin, with a good crisp finish. Low carbonation. Nice pleasant fruitiness really fleshes out the body.

Drinkabilty: Great - tart, fruity, exceptionally pleasant. The overall impression is a little like a dry pear champagne, with more hard cider notes. Understated, despite a nice complex flavor. This has definitely sold me on the oud bruins.

Photo of k75
4.88/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz - cork, cage, paper wrap

pours clear medium bright red / heads fades moderately.

aromes are of faint sweet balsamic and some biscuit.

flavors are a complex blend of sweet malt, tart vinegar and medium dark fruit. sourness is present but subdued - not as up front as a Rodenbach.
A fully developed beer as complex as a $30 california cabernet.

finish is medium length and refreshing

drinkability is amazing. (be sure to allow this to warm up to about 50 degrees as it gets better)

my current favorite beer. period

Photo of funkengruven
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting, bottle with a caged cork wrapped in paper, best before: Jan 2016, cork had 2005 printed on it so I am assuming last years vintage, anyways, here we go.

This poured an attractive dark brown leaving a 2mm head that when disturbed glistens down the side of the glass. Smell is interesting, it has strong characteristics of wine. Taste is definitely interesting, it tastes a bit like Wine, a bit like Cider, with malty undertones. This can be a bit tart on the first sip but eventually gets a lot smoother, and easy to drink.

This is quite nice.

Photo of Prufrock
3.15/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

on tap into a pint glass.

swampy, muddy brown with a touch of clarity around the edges. a touch of white head.

aroma is very sweet. overripe apples, a light sugariness, and a touch of root beer candy. a bit of sour, but overpowered by a cidery, plummy, spicy sweetness.

light, crisp, and refreshing, with the barest hints of carbonation. feels like an iced tea. sweet and candy-like, which wears out its welcome near the end. interesting, but not enough to want to try this one again.

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

333ml green champagne bottle. Cork dated 2005.

Pours a beautiful dark and clear ruby-brown. An inch of chunky brown head slowly subsides to a thick blanket of foam and lace. Strong green apple fruity tartness plus lactic oak notes in the nose, with a stinging alcohol background. Flavors mirror the aroma; a balanced sweet and sour apple and oak tartness with a medium, rounded lactic finish. Headiness and alcohol warming overtakes you after a few sips. Medium thick body with a nice mix of creaminess and slow carbonation.

Photo of gbontrag
4.73/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Aroma is of brown bread, fruitcake with rum.

Tastes of crushed bing cherries, aged apple cider, fruitcake with citron and honey. It's simply unfair that something with such an effervescent mouthfeel also packs so much fruity flavor without being intensely sweet, or sour. The sourness that is present is the same kind you get from fruit juice, it makes you crave the next sip. Cherry nougat.

The color is dulled walnut. The big froth melts into bits of lace.
so delicious.

Photo of DogFood11
3.26/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

big 750 green bottle coverd with a white paper cover. Easily managed. Bigtime lacing, almost nitro like.

Caramel is the predomimant odor. solid. It has a huge sour twinge, and a large carbonation profile. It has that typical belgian pale McGillicut but end up sliceing into the lambic deal.

Notes: I would definitely buy this again, it comes across like a lambic without the stong fruit profile. I'm in....

Photo of beveragecaptain
3.86/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle, corked and caged. The bottle is wrapped in paper. According to the cork, this is the 2003 version. This beer pours out a dark red color without much head. There are lots of big chunks at the bottom. The aroma is sour, dark cherries along with something like chocolate. The flavor is slightly sour and slightly sweet. Sour green apple skin and cherries. There are some oak flavors too. The finish is a bit bitter, which doesn't go well with the sour flavors. Carbonation is low. This is a pretty good sour beer, although there seems to be variation from bottle to bottle.

Photo of ej285701
4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, corked and caged with the year "2000" printed on the cork. I had no idea this bottle was that old when I purchased it a few weeks ago.

Poured into a goblet. It comes out a medium brown color with some red highlights. Absolutely no head formation and no sign of carbonation. Also no yeast particles as they were all caked to the bottom of the bottle. From the appearance it looked as if this bottle may have been past its prime.

The smell was quite pleasing however. Very fruity with notes of cherries and grapes and a strong backing of oaky/vanilla scents. Also some mustiness, and slightly sour.

Upon taking the first sip I realize that some of the carbonation did indeed survive. And the flavor is amazing. It reminds me more of a red wine than a beer. Grapes, prunes, cherries, vanilla, some earthiness, very oaky in the finish. The sweetness and sourness are in perfect harmony. Perhaps the most complex beer I've had thus far. Every time I take a sip, a new flavor is noticed.

Mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied. Very minimal carbonation, almost flat, but I can just barely detect the tiny bubbles on my tongue.

After the first bottle, I was definitely ready for another. I wish I had bought more than just one. I'll have to try a freasher sample to compare the two, but I can't imagine it being better than this one. For anyone cellering any 2000's, I'd say they're ready to go.

Photo of Conrad
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Short and to the point: A Flemish brown beer.
A: The plain green bottle comes gift wrapped in a big sheet of classy paper. It pours withy a hazy dark ruby colour, and a nice light brown head that leave pretty lacing.
S: A sour tart smell hits you right off the top. Then there are fruit flavours that made me go HMMM. What is that? Apple cider? Prunes? Grapes? Very complex.
T: Sweet and tart at the same time. The sweet fruits are well balanced with sour citrus, toffee notes, wrapped in a warming bite of alcohol. Almost like a beer-wine.
M: Smooth, medium body, with a beautiful effervescence that stays right to the bottom of the glass.
D: Great. A celebration beer. I wouldn't have this as my regular beer, but would save it for special occasions.

Photo of Jredner
3.55/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sour balsamic vinegar dominates the aroma with hints of chinese baby corn. Ruby/brown in color with a lazy white head tha diminishes rapidly. Fore is tart and slightly vegetal and is followed by some sweeter fruit notes including cherry and slghtly caramel accented malts. Leaves a tongue tingling sourness in the finish.

Photo of mdagnew
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle bought from The Vineyard, Belfast...

Poured quite a dark burgundy red colour with brown tinges... Slightly off white head poured quite thick and faded to a very thin layer...

Aroma - Sweet toffee and lightly roasted malts, spicy fruits (some raisin, banana and strawberry notes), treacle, light chocolate, nice hopiness, sour vinegar notes, peppery, yeasty...

Taste – Spicy caramel malts, oaky, light sourness, rum notes, some fig/prune sweetness, very light hop bitterness, biscuity...

Feel - Pretty smooth. Medium body. Pretty drinkable....

Overall - An excellent beer.... Definitely worth a try...

Photo of Viggo
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good offering from the LCBO. Pours a nice and cloudy red/brown, medium tan head forms, settles to a ring pretty quick, spots of lace on the Orval glass. Smell is spicy, sour and citrus notes, some chocolate, sweet caramel, touch of alcohol. Taste is nice, somewhat grainy, sour fruits and citrus acidity, malty chocolate and toffee middle, a little molasses, and more sourness in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied with high carbonation, very smooth. I was expecting a bit more out of Goudenband, but I have half a dozen bottles left, and an expiry date of April 2016.

Photo of allergictomacros
4.51/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Dark, dark brown. Looks opaque, so I guess it's cloudy, but it's hard to tell. Loose, creamy head and plenty of lace.

S - Strong red wine aroma and some sourness. Some horse as well. Sweetness and raisin aromas as it warms. Notes of soy sauce.

T - Sour, but not overwhelmingly so. Strong prune-like flavours and sweetness. Faint hints of whiskey and rum show as well. A touch of bitterness appears late in the drink, and in the aftertaste

M - Carbonation is very sharp and could use some mellowing. Boozy (alcoholic) drying mouthfeel.

D - Delicious for sure, and probably very appealing to a wine crowd. I don't know if I can drink many of these in a sitting (and I certainly couldn't afford to be buying this all the time!)

Photo of Popsinc
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown....some tartness in the nose, mild fruit....the taste is absolutely fantastic: semi-tart, not quite sour, an almost cherry like finish and with only the most subtle woody notes....a somewhat lively mouthfeel but yet this beers quickly turns with an ever growing creaminess towards the finish, light in some way....what a great, fresh mouthfeel...this beer is balanced quite nicely and has a nice complexity about it....easily a beer to sit down and slowly enjoy several of....to me this was a world class old brown ale...top marks here

Photo of pootz
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Corked, mini champage bottle. Poured a murky chestnut brown-amber with a rocky, sticky cap that laces. Sweet and sour aromas of musty spice and sharp medicinal smells against caranel sweetness. Moderate body is slightly sour uop front with a tart cherry or grape tase that then becomes mellowed in the body by a luxurious whack of caramel malts. Finish is slightly drying as the hops are detected with metallic aftertastes. This is probably the better of the Flanders browns I have tasted...the malt is more pronounced and it is more drinkable than Petrus or Rodenbach.

Photo of UnionMade
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle split with the old lady. The cork reads 2005.
Ruddy brown, the first pour has a good clarity. This one keeps a dense, off white head all the way through. Great lacing, blobs of foam clinging to the glass. Sweetish caramel aroma, a good bit of sugariness, with a pleasing sour quality I expect from the style. Fruity, with red grape and tart dark berries, melding with the caramel excellently. No trace of the 8% alcohol. Sweetish caramel flavor right up front, with grapey tartness sneaking in early. Black cherry, white chocolate, and blackberry. Soft vanilla, oaky flavors. Very similar to the flanders reds I've been drinking recently, namely Rodenbach, but with a bigger, sweeter caramel bend. A touch of funk in addition to the sourness, mostly a bleu cheese kind of medicinal astringeny in the finish. Somewhat dry, with a balance between the tartness and sweetness. Lightish medium body, with perky, smart carbonation. Hardly a trace of alcohol. Pretty dang drinkable. I like this stuff. I'd bet this would benefit from a bit of age in the bottle, but it's solid stuff nearly brand new.

Photo of tatterdash
4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer used to often be unwrapped a little to late in the night to be properly enjoyed in my group of drunken lowlifes, so let's try one sober.

Paper-wrapped bottle reveals a plain green corked number. Pours a dark almost burgundy red with a bubbly off white head that laces very well. Aroma of grapes, oak, wild yeast, lots of fruit. Taste was almost like port wine, sweet start quickly turning tart with a port-like finish. Grapes, some green apple, lots of barrel. I have no recollection that this tasted like this. The mouthfeel was appropriately astrigent, and the 8% ABV is not existence, but it is very warming so you know it it there. This is a wonderful example of this rare style, and I now wish I had more then two bottles.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Now I get it…now I finally get this style. This is magnificent.

Served on tap and in the proper glassware at the Map Room in Chicago, IL, this chestnut bodied brew pours with an audible carbonation and inch thick slightly speckled white head.

The nose is intensely sour and almost lambiclike. It’s so sour in fact, that’s it is difficult to make anything of the aroma. With some consentration I think I smell some cherry lemonade ice tea.

I can’t really taste much in here accept for sour acid and a little cider. This doesn’t bother me in the slightest. The acid flavor is to die for.

The motuhfeel is like there’s a ballet on my tongue.

Despite the acid I could never grow tired of drinking this. I don’t know how they do it.

Photo of ggaughan
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle as part of the Monk's Cafe Michael Jackson Flemish Sour beer diner. This was the 4th of 7 beers served to us. The beer poured a light brown color with some light coming through. Nice white head with good lacing. The nose of this beer is some sour cherries, malt. The taste is nice muted sourness of cherries, a bit woody but overall very enjoyable.

Photo of audiojon
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2005 vintage, 750ml bottle. Poured into my trusty Maudite tulip. Appearance is great, deep ruby color, nice head that settles quickly, great lacing. Scent is just a wee bit sour, but mostly both malty and yeasty. Taste is sweeter than I had expected, I was hoping for a bit more sourness. There's definitely a bit there, sour cherries is what I taste, but it's muted a bit by the overall sweetness. I'm now at the middle of the bottle, and this seems to have improved since the first sip. I really have nothing to compare this to, being my first Oud Bruin, but I will say that this is a keeper. Overall I will still seek out Flanders Reds more often than this other Flanders, but this definitely has its own charm.

Recommended! I paid only 6.99 for a 750ml bottle at BevMo, and this is better than some other Belgians that cost much more.

Photo of weeare138
3.82/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to hopdog for this '92 version. Dickinsonbeer provided an '03 version but I passed on most of it and worked with this one.
Appears a mild brown with a small white head that refuses to fade.
Smell is of sour cherries, mild oak, and toffee.
Taste is of malty caramel, toffee, and some oak.
Mouthfeel is smooth with mild tartness.

Photo of texashammer
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

out of the bottle, pours a brown, some red, medium color, with a good head. smells really richly, of chocolate, fruit, rich and tart. good richness and tartness continues in mouth; full smooth effervesence and body. slightly creamy. really lip-smackin' good.

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