Goudenband - Brouwerij Liefmans

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553 Reviews
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Reviews: 553
Hads: 1,268
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.31%
Wants: 141
Gots: 158 | FT: 1
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Belgium

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 Samuel906
4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I remember having this beer a long time ago, and not being particularly excited. My exact thoughts were "why did I just pay a significant sum of money for this beer"? BUT, this was before I knew anything about beer, or had any appreciation for the subtlety of flavor. I am sure glad I tried it again. First, this pour much, much darker than any other sour I've had. Brown and ruby with white, light head. Smell is fantastic, sour and fresh. Lime, some slight brown sugar sweetness, and cherries. The taste follows suit with the perfect amount of sour and bitter. The flavor is light and refreshing and absolutely none of the 8% ABV comes through. This beer has a lot of subtlety and picking out the many, many flavors is a pleasure (cherries, plums, oak, spice, lime, orange and many more). Great carbonation brings the flavors to life on your palate. Zesty, refreshing, and overall great. I am very glad I got a chance to revisit this beer, and it holds a place as one of my new favorite beers. (995 characters)

Photo of wedge
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2011

Dark russet with a small, tight-bubbled, creamy head. Dark, sour cherry, malt, mild vinegar, acidity, and sweet vinous fruit aromas. More richness as it warms. Soft, sour, fruity flavor...cherry, oak, figs, and miscellaneous purply fruits. Earthy berries, grape, and apple. Very dry, tart, and super refreshing. I'm definitely going to get another one or two to hide away for a few years. Tasty, surprisingly refreshing stuff... (434 characters)

Photo of ujsplace
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip glass.

This brew is a deep, reddish brown colored ale that has a 1/2 inch thick head that quicly fades to a thin cover. When I look at it, it is very reminiscent of a burgundy.

Smells of sour apples, grapes and spice.

Tastes of tart fruityness. Predominantly sour apple up front, but can also taste grapes with a sweet, dark cherry finish. A very complex brew that manages a nice balancing act between sweet and sour. I borely notice the alcohol.

Smooth mouthfeel with active, pleasant carbonation.

This is the second Flanders Oud Bruin I've had and the first I've reviewed. This is very different from most brews and it is refreshingly so. This is one to be savored once in a while and to sit back and relax with - let it warm up a bit. The cork in this one was dated 2011 and I wonder how complex this would be had I not greedily popped it open after having it only two months. Oh well, maybe next time. (930 characters)

Photo of jtierney89
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

you can smell this thing, also the cork shot out real quick.

deep russet red with a bit of haze and a big sticky tan head. Smells a lot like Scottish food, lots of vinegar with a bit of savor. salted plums raisins and figs,

This tastes like sweat but its fabulous. grainy malt bill upfront with a tart sourness on the back end. extremely clean for whats supposed to be a sour beer. lingers in the mouth for a good amount of tie. Very vinous in character almost like a french red wine. good acidity on the back end. (517 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.81/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served in a snifter at Firkin.

You take the goud, you take the band... ...Sorry... Anyway, this stuff pours a brackish brown-sienna topped by a finger of light tan foam. The nose comprises tart black cherry, mild cocoa, mild maple syrup, and red apple. The taste brings in more of the same, though the tartness is heavily exchanged in favor of sweetness, some mild red wine grapes are tossed in for good measure, and a general sense of caramel apple pervades at times, particularly near the finish. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly drying finish. Overall, a thoroughly enjoyable beer, one that went well with the surroundings somehow (you had to be there...trust me...). (723 characters)

Photo of magine
3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Duvel glass. 2011 vintage listed on cork.

Pours a dark brown with a tan head. Tons of bubbles cascading upward to make up a pillowy head with tons of buubles rising. Really is an awesome brew to admire, brew and glassware working together in perfect harmony. Great lacing and head retentenion. Looks great.

Brew smells of dark fruits and mild booze. Dark cherrys, raisens and other flavors noticed. Complex and smells tasty. Good nose.

Brew is creamy upfront and then makes way for some dark complex fruits melded with some spice and sweetness in the end. Brew drinks easy and has a good solid feel and flavors. Lots of complex flavors going on as it warms. Sour apples, tart and a cider like flavor. A smokey maltiness is picked up here as well. Good warming and a nice smoked flavor in the after taste. Good feel and flavors.

I never tried this style of brew prior so it is all new to me. A good dessert brew or brew for a hot summer day. The style of brew isnt my favorite but it was a cool brew to try and review. Good stuff (1,046 characters)

Photo of dendroaspis
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Taps and Handles in Fort Collins, CO

A: Very dark, a slight (one finger) tan head

S: Grapes, tart, a little maltiness

T: Sweet. Maybe too much so. Tastes like it was aged in wine barrels, but this may not be the case. Nice sour taste. Not quite on par with NB's La Folie, but close.

M: Slides around in there nicely.

O: A very good beer. I am somewhat inexperienced with Flanders, but am trying to widen my experience with them. Would definitely try again, especially on tap. (494 characters)

Photo of Etan
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml into a tulip.

A: Pours a very dark brown with a nice light khaki head.

S: Sweetish cherry and raspberry notes, light roasted malt, moderate acetic character, a bit of caramel.

T: Less tart than the nose would suggest. Pie cherries and light spice, currants, malty toffee and sweet bread, slight acetic tartness, a bit vinous.

M: Full-bodied with moderate carbonation, creamy.

O: A little more acidity would really complement the delicious malt profile of this beer. (476 characters)

Photo of DavidST
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a tulip/pint glass. This pours a murky dark brown with a large tan head which has a good long retention and leaves a lacing. The smell is slightly sour and funky, a little bit of sour cherries, vinegar. The feel is medium, lower carbonination than I expected (it might have all went into the head). The taste is pretty great, you get the sour vinegar taste up front, a little bit of sour cherries, along with some vanilla and an earthy barnyard funk, very nice. (494 characters)

Photo of devlishdamsel
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is nothing short of amazing. I could drink it every night! I found it incredibly complex, yet surprisingly smooth . The intense flavors were a treat to my palate. The scent and mouth feel was nothing short of intoxicating. Definitely one of my favorites. (264 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours brown with a large, fading head.
Nose shwos cherries, raspberries, berry bubblegum, soft funky notes and faint brown sugar.
A fair bit of the fruit follows as a flavour but some malt and faint grainy notes take over a bit. A reasonable bit of acidity and a bit of booze follow. (283 characters)

Photo of cfrobrew
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 bottle
A dark brown with a slight red tint. Thick head of small bubbles.
S fig smell with an almost whiskey barrel aged beer. Also strong tartness and funkiness.
T tart with a little bit of a lemon peel at the back end
M very bright, flattened out as it warmed up. Seemed pretty thin at that point but still nice.
O solid oud bruin, very nice, not as tart as I thought it would be but still really nice. (411 characters)

Photo of spoony
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a paper-wrapped 750 ml bottle (cork suggests 2011 vintage) into a tulip.

A-The brew is murky and prune colored. It was sort of ugly, but on par for the style. The head was almost two fingers of light tan, pillowy foam. The head was slow to fade and left a little cap for quite a while.

S-The smell was mildly sour and funky. I picked up earthy notes of vinegar, raisins, figs, and tart cherries, as well as some oak type smells.

T-The taste tracks the smell pretty closely. There is a current of musty, earthy, sour fruits and acidic, oaky vinegar up front with a little sweet kick in the mid-palate to balance things out. This brew was medium-sour and I detected no hop bitterness at all.

M-The carbonation consisted of fine bubbles and the brew had a slightly slick finish with a medium body.

O-This beer is a great example of the style. The flavors are complex and well-integrated, and the mouthfeel is nearly perfectly matched to the beer. I especially enjoyed how fruits aside from the typical sour cherry or raspberry stepped up here. That isn't to say that cherry was missing, it just wasn't the only player here, which upped the score in my book. (1,165 characters)

Photo of stephens101
3.65/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown with one finger of airy tan head. A little crimson eluded at the light with a quick fade. Smells a bit musty with vinegar notes, plum, grape juice, sour grapes and brown bread all mixed to near equanimity. Dry with more grape juice and a smattering of wafer-like breadiness amongst some taffy and a limited ginger spiciness. There's a faint medicinal characteristic toward the end. Medium bodied with a slight alcohol heat. Puckering, but will not foment a grimace. The aftertaste lingers, and gets to me. I can appreciate the craftsmanship of this beer, and I can certainly respect where it is coming from, but the sour ones are an acquired taste, and it appears I'm still acquiring that taste. (706 characters)

Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After the cork came out with a loud, satisfying pop, poured into an ATG tulip. It's a murky reddish brown with a nice level of carbonation and two fingers of off-white head that quickly dissipates due to the acidity. Lots of sharp, astringent acidity on the nose. I get sour cherries, red wine vinegar, and a faint underlying oakiness.

Medium body with a nice firm feel. High level of carbonation scours your tongue and opens up the palate. Nice, refreshing lactic sourness dominates. I get tart flavors of cherries and lime, all supported by a solid malt backbone. At mid-palate, there is a faint oaky, vanilla sweetness that goes well with the overall flavor. The finish has hints of raisins and red wine and does not betray the alcohol content at all. Very refreshing and easy to drink.

Overall, a very pleasant sour beer. Definitely recommended for fans of the style and for those looking to try their first sour. It has the complexity to please veterans, but the sourness is not so strong as to displease newbies. Cheers! (1,028 characters)

Photo of sommersb
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted On: 11-05-2012
Freshness: 2011 Vintage
Packaging: 750ml green bottle in paper, corked and caged
Glassware: Cervoise glass
Purchased: Single from Argonaut Liquors, Denver

A: Dark, brown colored beer with burgundy highlights. The head is off-white and maybe 3 fingers tall, showing very good retention and an attractive lace.

S: Complex and delightful aromas of both sour and sweet cherries, plus vinegar, spices and raisins. Smells include a woody/oaky component. No hop aromas are noted.

T: The taste is tart and sour up front, and then features some malty/bready characteristics of dark rye breads and yeast. Malt sweetness is combined with some acidity. Not really any typical bitterness of hops are present. Also seems to taste like some barrel/wood aging was used.

M: Medium-bodied and smooth, the finish is similar to the taste - sour, but also has a more dry quality than noted earlier. Carbonation seems to be in the medium range.

O: Overall I really liked this beer, my first from the style and this brewer. Very interesting and complex, it was hard to peg as one specific thing or another. Recommended (1,122 characters)

Photo of CloudStrife
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle split and poured into a goblet. 2010 on the cork.

A: Looks like a port wine, deep carmely ruby but with a 1 finger off white head. Very hazy, cant see any carbonation. Heads tapers out after a few minutes.

S: Very tart aroma but still very earthy and musty. Certainly some good yeast going on here. Fruity with cherry. Also almost an oak like quality. Gets a lot more of a malt profile at the end of the bottle, with sweet raisiny

T: Quite tart, sour and dry. Just what i wanted. Really gets your taste buds going. Mellows out as it warms up and you get more of the sediment at the bottom.

M: Light on the palate. Very crisp and refreshing. Quite drinkable, booze is very well hidden.

Overall a very very enjoyable beer. Would highly recommend it to any sour lovers or people who like to try something new. Easy drinking yet strong enough to still be something you want to try to sip. (906 characters)

Photo of chinchill
4.01/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 Vintage in blue paper wrapped champagne bottle.

Pours a clear mahogany with highlights and a very durable off-white head. Leaves large quantities of sticky lacing.

The nose has a clear sour bent with a hint of vinegar and plenty of wood (oak?). Mildly pleasant but the weak spot of this oud bruin.

The taste is notably less sour with some good interplay of sweet and sour. Flavorful but not bold or brash; full of subtleties.

This is as effervescent as it looks, but the carbonation feels soft and seems to be just what is called for. Medium-light body.

High ABV is well-hidden. (593 characters)

Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle served in a Tulip glass.

2011 printed in the cork.

A: Pours a dark amber to brown forming a big bubbled and aired beige head. A lot of light brown flakes can be seen in the bottom of the glass. Good retention with many laces lingering in the glass

S: Great in the nose. Tart and fruity with delicious notes of gapes, oak, vinegar, red wine, earthy yeasts. A bit metallic. Alcohol absolutely hidden by the tastiness

T: Follows the nose. A slightly sweet upfront with strong notes of grapes and oak. Quite close to an acid red wine or vinegar. In overall, a dry and tart beer. Also notes of earthy yeasts and oxidation

M: Medium body and good carbonation. Tart and fruit aftertaste with some notes of oxidation

O: Excellent beer. I personally like wild ales with higher ABVs. Absolutely drinkable and impressively enjoyable (840 characters)

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled in 8/2010. Pours very hazy dark reddish brown color with a nice 1-2 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Good foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big tart cherry, prune, apple, red wine, grass, hay, light vinegar, earth, and funk. Very nice aromas with nice complexity and balance. Taste of tart cherry, apple, raisin, hay, grass, red wine, oak, herbal, earth, vinegar, and light yeast spices. Slight tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of cherry, light fruits, hay, grass, herbal, vinegar, and earth on the finish for a bit. Very nice balance and complexity of flavors; no cloying at all on the finish. Not as tart as I wanted it to be though, but there is a fair amount of acidity. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly slick and lightly acidic mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming on the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Flanders brown ale. Nice balance and complexity of flavors; very smooth to sip on with a fair amount of crisp acidity. Very enjoyable stuff. (1,122 characters)

Photo of SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

cork has a 2010 date on it
A: pours a deep brown with a very slight red tint and a small off white head into a duvel tulip
S: smells of sour cherries, a bit of oak, a slight vinegar acidity, and a slight sweetness
T: very tart up front, slight cherry, a bit of the oakiness, slight sweetness though always with that bitterness. aftertaste brings a sweet cherry and oak finish
M: perfect and soft carbonation, obviously bottle conditioned. good mouthfeel, it feels light but not too light
O: this is a very tasty beer. very nice sourness and just oh so good. You can't ask for something much better and the price for a 750 is pretty solid. buy it and try it if you're into the sour beer thing. (692 characters)

Photo of koopa
3.16/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

1992 Vintage caged and corked 375ml bottle received from a generous BA thanks!

Appearance: Pours a transparent garnet to russet brown with illuminated folds. Crown is fairly non-existent as is lacing.

Smell: Potting soil and oxidation.

Taste: A very nicely muted sweetness from the malt mixes with a sophisticated softened acidity. Unfortunately the potting soil and oxidized wet paper quality carries over from the nose into the flavor.

Mouthfeel: Thick side of thin bodied with low carbonation.

Overall: A fallen warrior. Probably due more to handling / conditioning than anything else. This bottle did not age well at all and my score is far from indicative of what I'd give regulaor goudenband. Makes me wonder if vintage bottles should ever be the basis for a beer review actually... (794 characters)

Photo of DovaliHops
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a small white head. Scent is sweet cherry and vanilla. Hints of wood and chocolate. Slight acidic and funky aroma. Taste is initially sweet cherry with some chocolate and very little anise. A bit of alcohol in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with an acidic finish. Drinkability is very high and refreshing. Overall, this is my favorite offering from this brewery. (394 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, courtesy of Von Schplieffen.

A: Creamy light brown head atop a medium-brown body. Quite nice.

S: Sweet, tart, and fruity. Figs, cherries, vanilla, and light red-wine vinegar. Quite good.

T: Follows the nose, with a nice mix of tartness and sweetness. Plenty of vanilla, cherry, fig, and grape. Dry, tart bitterness on the finish. Tasty.

M: Frothy, creamy, and a bit thin. Not bad though.

O: This was quite enjoyable, but honestly I was expecting more. It was a bit heavy on sweetness and yet thin on body. Good, not great.

Cheers! (551 characters)

Photo of Proteus93
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Rather deep brown, and topped with a sparse head that is lively during pour, but dissipates quickly.

S + T: A nice maltiness with an excellent balance of tartness. Modest fruitiness adds a subtle character. There's a little bit of a tinny note to it, but it is a positive experience. Delicate, balanced, and complex.

M + D: This is quite a fabulous old brown. It's subtlety is one of its best characteristics. The alcohol content is almost impossible to determine from drinking it alone. That... comes after a few quaffs! (528 characters)

Goudenband from Brouwerij Liefmans
93 out of 100 based on 553 ratings.