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Goudenband - Brouwerij Liefmans

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1,064 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,064
Reviews: 543
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.48%
Wants: 104
Gots: 108 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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 Realale


4.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

From a 750ml corked bottle.

Pours a rich, clear brown with some slight reddish highlights. Initial foamy head settles quickly to a thin incomplete cap of fine bubbles.

Nose is mouth-wateringly sour fruit - cherries, a hint of orange. Amazing fruitiness, given that its not a fruit beer. Nice barnyard notes add complexity without over-whelming. Well balanced.

Palate was initially a bit hollow and shrill, but filled in quite nicely with a little air time to be a seamless integration of sour fruit, rich round malt, and barnyard. Incredible length from the acidity.

Loses a bit on mouthfeel, as it comes across a little thin. But its incredibly drinkable, and a great beer to match with a host of foods - especially rich meats, as the acidity cuts right through. Definitely one of my favorite beers in the World!

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2003 07:54:19 | More by Realale
Photo of yen157

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy brown with a little white head, how cute! Some chunks of very flocculated yeast got past my pour and into the glass. Great sweet ‘n sour malt aroma and flavor, with some dark, ripe fruit thrown into the mix. More complex and dynamic than the other two bruins I tried at this sitting, Duchesse de Burgogne and La Binchoise. This was my first time trying Liefmans bruin, though I have had their kriek and frambozen before. Now I can see why this makes such a good base for their fruit beers.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2003 06:30:25 | More by yen157
Photo of marc77


4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottled 11/2001. Murky dark garnet hue. Creamy, light beige spotty head settles slowly into a thin, largely bubbled layer. Isolated rounded wisps of lace. Mellow vanilla-like oak, hint of carob, unripe plums and darkly caramelized sugar in aroma. Mild notes of wet horse Brettanomyces w/ trace cheesy hops become easily discernible as the brew breathes. Deceptively restrained aromawise. Assertive, nearly pucker inducing lactic tartness hits and envelopes the palate at first. Tartness then mellows slightly to allow earthy, mildly toasted oak notes to emerge concomitantly with a sweet & sour melange of kumquats and unripe cherry. Earth tinged wild yeast must emerges late along with an overshadowed, yet complementing hint of buttery, deeply caramelized malt. Smooth and softly dextrinous with an agreeably fluid, light viscosity. Both creamy, yet crisp in mouthfeel. Finishes with a abrupt snap of brown sugar sweetness, but otherwise well attenuated and cleanly tart with a continuation of overripe red currant tartness. Goudenband is a complex and delicious brew that morphs continually as it breathes. There's a tremendous depth of tartness overall slightly offset with a balmy caramelized malt presence. Superbly refreshing, yet satiating in nature. A true favorite of mine.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2003 18:50:48 | More by marc77
Photo of pbrian


4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

1999 bottling. Pours dark amberish red, impossible not to get some good chunks of yeast floating around. Minimal wisp of head around the edges. Aroma of cherries, raisons, a little musty and oaky. Ahh, the flavor. Usually a beer will start this way and finish that way. Everything happens at once with this one. So in no particular order of appearance- rich sweet malts, prunes, sweet and sour sensations, astringent, oak barrels, tart and citric. Oh so deep for a medium to light bodied beer. Drinkability? Let's just say that its cost per minute of enjoyment was very high.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2002 06:08:06 | More by pbrian
Photo of Reverand


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

First impression was the wrapping.The bottle being wrapped in a white paper with liefmans goudenband written on it along with a a quote from MJ saying this is the best provision brown ale. My expectations soared and were not let down. Being the best is only a matter of opinion. This beer might not be my favorite but certainly one of the best.
The beer poured to dark brown color with a nice head. On closer examination I saw thousands of chunks floating thru the beer. Aroma was very medicinal with a variety of spices. A very tart taste the finished off very dry. Definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2002 01:11:05 | More by Reverand
Photo of ADR


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

2001 bottling...wow, almost as dark as a stout -- dark hazy brown, decent head that laces beautifully. If you don't like yeasties, decant this sucker -- the particles are stuck in a tighter suspended animation than Walt Disney. Deep raisin aroma, even a little gasoline. I forgot how astringent Flanders Reds were supposed to be, but there's a cool sense of fresh peaches and tart apples along with acidic grape. Malt turns a little prune-like mid mouth and the beer finishes with a dry pucker and a little cayenne. A little too sour for my everyday tastes (but there is a nice complexity), but there's a good variety of flavors in here, and it gets better as it warms. Unique...

Ain't beer great?

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2002 09:25:59 | More by ADR
Photo of HopheadEd


4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Everyone has a beer they love, and there's a beer for every taste. Well, I found mine. The more tart the better. Pours a murky brown with a thin head that fades quickly. Leaves a small lace. The aroma is of sour apples, sour something... The taste is of, bear with me now, sweet tarts. Yeah, like the ones when you were a kid. Tart, sour, bittersweet, dry, all the elements I love. Just a little lacking on the finish, but all in all, one of my favorite styles. Also not a bad ale.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2002 20:43:55 | More by HopheadEd
Photo of putnam


4.97/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Cloudy brown. The smell recalls the delicious horror of the Cuvee Rene 1998 that so recently rearranged my face. It promises sour, vengeful fruit and earth and yet it is balanced by a generous, sweet mocha-cream nuance that seems inviting. Terrible, thunderous, giant cherry flavors push flavors of bacon, nuts, spice and pan drippings on the palate. The finish is long and tart. A froth in the shape of a Yin Yang settles on the surface. Serve with bacon-stuffed eel, nettle-stuffed pigeon or onion pie.

That was my first taste. I've been drinking this beer like water over the last month, and I felt it was time to elaborate on its performance. My rating scores do not change.
Possibly perfect beer. While there is definitely some bottle variation (some flatter, some creamier, some spicier, some more alcoholic) it is always a pleasure. I've tasted cinnamon and horse blanket. I've tasted apples and botrytis Riesling. It is always fascinating and pure. Drinking it at the Maple Creek Farm harvest pot luck, under the giant fruit tree with friends, cooks and eaters... it was easy to approve of. If Cuvee Rene is a perfect food beer, this is perfect specifically with furious autumn montages of ripe vegetable parcels. Low maintenance, it doesn't need but the barest chill, and that just to get it started. Believe me, I've drunk Goudenband eagerly at 90 degrees F.
Amazement followed by recognition. I've seen it on many faces first tasting this product.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2002 11:14:15 | More by putnam
Photo of Gusler


3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark cloudy brown, the head is minimal with the lace quite tenuous. Nose is vinous, fusel alcohol, over ripe fruit. Front is sweet, the top light, the finish is sharp, tangy, astringent, lightly hopped, just the way a "Flanders Red Ale" should be, a fair to middling drinking beer..

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2002 17:13:49 | More by Gusler
Photo of jreitman


4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2001 750ml: Wonderfully complex aroma. Transparent dark brown with good head retention. Tart cherry like flavors and some nice malt sweetness yield to some metallic musty undertones. The beer is pretty well balanced from the tart and the sweet. Not for everyone but a great oud bruin.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2002 09:10:41 | More by jreitman
Photo of Viking


4.68/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

[bottled in 1998, according to the cork]

Deep coppery-brown colored beer. Head was impressive and bubbly, but soon dissolved. A few nasty looking 'chunks' floating around - might have been my fault. I poured pretty vigorously considering it's a bottle conditioned brew. The brew has a fruity aroma, mixed with hints of caramel. The taste of this beer is amazing, and had me hooked the moment it touched my tongue. Tart cherries dominate the flavor, but sweet caramel malts prevent the tartness from being too overpowering. An interesting and wonderful combination.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2002 06:11:17 | More by Viking
Photo of rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

RE-rate: Well, insanely wierd, i can tell you that, very balsamic sourness, also has a bit of an oily/buttery sweetness, not as great as i remember, a little sweeter than i remember, i'm still a fan, i just think perhaps that my tastes have changed, this used to be a favourite, and i'll always respect it.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2002 18:44:20 | More by rastaman
Photo of BKotch


4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The classic Oud Bruin!

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2001 17:48:19 | More by BKotch
Photo of Todd


4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: 255ml green champagne-style bottle with a crowned wire cork. Cork suggests a 1998 bottling. Sample poured into a proper Liefmans gold rimmed glass.

Appearance: A hazy dark red beer, with rich amber hues and a clumpy, bubbly off-white head.

Smell: Medicinal, crisp nose with a bold yeast spice aroma, touch of caramel malt and metallic notes -- "sweet n sour"-like.

Taste: Tart upfront, a bitter cherry and lime flavour. An oak flavour mingles nicely. Definite medicinal and metallic notes through the entire beer, but very palatable and expected. Malt is hidden under the tartness, however it's sweet with faint caramel flavours. Things dry up to an almost pucker quality at the end and it's followed by a metallic aftertaste.

Notes: An exceptional Flemish oud bruin brew -- the classic example. Massively complex and unique.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2001 16:24:37 | More by Todd
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Goudenband from Brouwerij Liefmans
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