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Goudenband - Brouwerij Liefmans

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BA SCORE
94
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1,055 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,055
Reviews: 543
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.48%
Wants: 104
Gots: 107 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Liefmans visit their website
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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ktenneydenver

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

04-29-2014 01:22:42 | More by ktenneydenver
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evil_liver

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

04-28-2014 22:18:12 | More by evil_liver
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illeagle05

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

04-28-2014 13:33:00 | More by illeagle05
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GonzoHomebrewer

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

04-27-2014 04:01:38 | More by GonzoHomebrewer
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csfcmitchell

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

04-25-2014 21:08:59 | More by csfcmitchell
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atrocity

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

04-25-2014 17:53:40 | More by atrocity
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lilsmizzul1225

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

04-24-2014 00:17:49 | More by lilsmizzul1225
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abeeronthebeach

Washington

3.69/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The cork marks this as the 2011 Vintage.

A - Doppelbock brown mixes with the deepest of deep dark cherry. Fluffy cinnamon-latte foam.

S - Acetic acid, lemon juice. Black forest cherries. You can smell the musty, wet oak barrels. Really strong aromas. Very nice.

T - It tastes old as its name suggests. Almost stale. Sweet raspberry meets the tip of tongue giving way to must cherries and then an intense and somewhat distasteful bitter red wine quality. It may be the 8% abv showing through but it's not good. After the nose I expected a rich fruity body, an expectation on which this does not deliver.

M - Falls flat regarding the carbonation. Again it tastes old, and perhaps slightly past its prime, despite the drink before date of 2021.

O - The combination of sour nose, tart first sip and bitter finish does not work for me. I was all set to love this beer, but I'm not particularly enjoying it. It goes down easier with small sips. Judging by some other views I wonder if this was a bad bottle.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2014 03:20:08 | More by abeeronthebeach
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PortLargo

Florida

4/5  rDev -4.8%

04-21-2014 03:03:47 | More by PortLargo
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Biff_Tannen

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

04-20-2014 12:41:29 | More by Biff_Tannen
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chefbigjon

Arizona

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

04-17-2014 03:59:00 | More by chefbigjon
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marmstrong1212

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -22.6%

04-15-2014 01:35:43 | More by marmstrong1212
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scottfrie

California

3.28/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

750ml bottle into tulip. 2010 cork date.

A: Pours a deep mahogany with a finger of light tan head that fizzed away into a thin collar.
S: Deep and musty notes of buttery oak, thick caramel, brown sugar, leather, musty stone fruits, semi-sweet dark fruits, lightly tart berries, black cherry juice, and a hint of vanilla.
T: Malty flavors of base brown ale dominate, but greasy buttery oak barrel adds some balancing dryness and complexity to the flavors. Lightly tart hints of cherries, cherry pits, woody barrel, brown sugar, cocoa, and caramel are easily picked out, with leather and gritty tannins bringing up the finish. Tastes a bit muted and tired.
M: Very very low carbonation, almost flat, with a full greasy body, and drying finish. This beer is oily and heavy and definitely needs some more carbonation to lighten it up a bit.
O: Unfortunately not as good as I was expecting. Oak barrel comes through really well though, but I couldn't get past the greasy, heavy mouthfeel. Decent flavors, but not my favorite.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2014 00:07:55 | More by scottfrie
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Hoppy_McGee

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -4.8%

04-12-2014 12:27:15 | More by Hoppy_McGee
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wellsnb

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

04-07-2014 00:25:19 | More by wellsnb
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delgotit99

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

04-06-2014 20:14:02 | More by delgotit99
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ACarp

New York

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

03-31-2014 04:24:06 | More by ACarp
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Mcleodc87

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

03-30-2014 22:31:33 | More by Mcleodc87
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4ster

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -4.8%

03-29-2014 20:18:28 | More by 4ster
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HollyHops

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -4.8%

03-28-2014 20:32:04 | More by HollyHops
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Liefmans Goudenband is sold in beautifully hand-wrapped indigo coloured paper; the content of the bottle, however, doesn't nearly match the aesthetics of its presentation. My glass looks as though it were filled with lake water. A murky brown tone, this ale has a fish eye yellow colour along its trim, next to no clarity, and a head that lasts only temporarily.

The aroma is an exceptionally unique blend of balsamic vinegar, soy sauce, root beer, cola, and red wine. It has enough sour and fermented elements to be unnerving to germaphobes and health inspectors alike, but has nowhere near the 'funky' qualities to excite those intimately familiar with the style (or those accustomed to American Wild Ales).

The taste combines sarsaparilla root and brown sugar with choke cherries and the pomace of spent red grapes. It has a Dr. Pepper kind of profile. There's hints of licorice and tree bark and always an overarching balsamic flavour (owed partly to the musty wood notes, partly to the dark, sugary sweetness). A caramelly tootsie-roll taste rounds it all out.

Goudenband is a pretty fair example of a Flemish Brown Ale that is, at least around these parts, reasonably priced for something of its quality and rareness. But here’s the icing on the cake: it is said to be good for another 18 years! That's right - basically two decades. Who knows if it will actually keep that long, but at least short-term cellaring has proven successful for me.

Liefmans Goudenband, like the other beers in their portfolio, is every bit as fetching as its packaging and no less distinctive; few offerings provide such an authentic taste of Belgian craftsmanship and tradition. Want to buy a ticket to heaven? Pair this considerably musty, acidic offering with strong cheeses and dried fruits and find yourself there.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2014 03:49:07 | More by biegaman
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hardy008

Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours reddish brown with ruby highlights, and a 1 finger tan head which fades quickly to a thin disc of foam, and leaves spotty lacing. The aroma has tart apples and cherries, caramel malt, and oak.

Tastes both sweet and tart with tart apples and cherries, caramel, raisins, figs, and oak. a very nice combination of flavors that blend together beautifully. I stored this for 2 years, and it turned out very nice. I would be interested to see how it would turn out with 5 or more years of aging.

Light to medium bodied with modest carbonation. Very smooth and easy to drink. Has a tart apple and cherry aftertaste. Definitely a beer I want to have again.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2014 23:06:19 | More by hardy008
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craigdb

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

03-23-2014 03:40:47 | More by craigdb
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daryk77

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

03-20-2014 15:32:08 | More by daryk77
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Shawner

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -4.8%

03-18-2014 02:01:39 | More by Shawner
Goudenband from Brouwerij Liefmans
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