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Goudenband - Brouwerij Liefmans


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995 Ratings

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Ratings: 995
Reviews: 540
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.71%

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Style | ABV
Flanders Oud Bruin |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Mitchster on 02-24-2001)
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Photo of deadonhisfeet


4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2012 19:35:01 | More by deadonhisfeet
Photo of sommersb


4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2012 02:43:11 | More by sommersb
Photo of CloudStrife

New York

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2012 23:49:53 | More by CloudStrife
Photo of chinchill

South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2012 23:34:51 | More by chinchill
Photo of eduardolinhalis


4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2012 12:38:26 | More by eduardolinhalis
Photo of superspak


4/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2012 03:57:00 | More by superspak
Photo of SHODriver


4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2012 22:32:21 | More by SHODriver
Photo of koopa

New Jersey

3.15/5  rDev -25%
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...

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2012 21:15:53 | More by koopa
Photo of DovaliHops


4/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2012 06:14:43 | More by DovaliHops
Photo of woosterbill


3.95/5  rDev -6%
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.


Serving type: bottle

09-01-2012 12:28:10 | More by woosterbill
Photo of Proteus93


4.2/5  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!

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2012 01:20:53 | More by Proteus93
Photo of phishsihq


4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brouwerij Liefmans Goudenband is an excellent example of a Flanders Ode Bruin. Goudenband uses several pale and dark malts and is lagered for a year before being blended with a younger beer to restart fermentation. The brew pours hazy russet brown color and features a thin eggshell colored head and spotty lace. Hints of tart and sourness give way to dark fruits like sour cherries, raisins, and dates, subtle yet wonderful. Bready malt flavors quickly fade into a delectable tartness that features underlying cherry and plum notes and sweetness before another hit of sour and a dry finish. A higher level of carbonation is met well in this medium-bodied brew. We were lucky enough to enjoy this on draft but would be happy enough to cellar a few bottles to enjoy the changes.

Op uw gezondheid!

Serving type: on-tap

08-19-2012 01:11:42 | More by phishsihq
Photo of jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer is dark brown, almost no head.

Beer has a fruity scent, consisting of grape, plum and current. Vinous. Some balsamic vinegar.

Taste has balsamic vinegar, mildly tart. Some dark fruit (plum), as well as the red grape flavour from the nose.

Light/medium bodied, low carbonation. Feels good.

Overall, good beer but not remarkable.

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2012 23:00:14 | More by jrenihan
Photo of omnigrits


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

Poured into a globe.

A. Deep brown with some red highlights, and a tight, creamy head that never completely goes away.

S. Tart apples, some spicy phenols, a good hit of musty funk, and a little caramel unless I'm mistaken.

T. Really well balanced between the sweet and the sour. Everything in the aroma comes through in the flavour, with a little vinegar on top, and some almost chocolatey hints as it warms up. Yeah, definitely some chocolate.

M Smooth, medium-bodied.

O. There was a kids cough medicine when I was a nipper called Owbridge's. My parents had to hide the bottle because I loved it so much. While Goudenband doesn't actually taste like Owbridge's it stirs a memory with the combination of flavours in the beer, especially the phenols. I could drink this until the cows come home.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2012 01:13:18 | More by omnigrits
Photo of WeedKing4

Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a bottle of this at Gigs in London. Poured a dark brown with decent carbonation. Tastes slightly sour with fruits like pear and grapes coming through in the finish. Some tartness in there as well. Very nice mouthfeel and its quite easy to drink. A very nice belgian sour overall.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2012 00:43:15 | More by WeedKing4
Photo of macrosmatic


4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into tulip glass.

A: Pours an opaque reddish brown with a thin off-white head. Only a bit of visible carbonation.

S: Sweet, tart, cherry, funky pineapple, with hints of barnyard.

T: Similar to nose but it seems kind of a thin flavor profile, and not nearly as sour as expected. Has a mildly tart aftertaste.

M: Body on the thin side, decent carbonation but slightly less than I'd prefer. Fairly dry finish.

O: It's not bad, maybe a beginner's sour. Doesn't compare to the best in class.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2012 04:03:18 | More by macrosmatic
Photo of RickS95


3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I haven't had this style before, so I've got nothing to base it on, but it's a nice looking beer. Dark, rich brown with some floaties wandering around in the dense liquid. The head is a finger thick, slightly off-white and dissipates quickly leaving just a white ring up top.

Malt forward scent, with a combination of vinegar and Granny Smith lurking. Has a bit of a saison funky yeast smell to it.

Not as bad as I expected. Granny Smith apple, malt and Belgian yeast dance on the tongue. A bit of apple cider vinegar and a touch of alcohol.

Good complex feel. Very full bodied, with a heavy malt profile, but balanced by the sweet, tart fruits and yeast. No hoppy bitterness, just a dry pucker for a finish.

I expected the worst from this, but was pleasantly surprised. Sure, it's tangy and tart, but there's balance that makes it relatively drinkable overall. Good alcohol content that's mostly masked.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2012 03:40:41 | More by RickS95
Photo of Mitchill


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

Lately this and the classic Rodenbach Grand Cru have been my go to sour fix within a reasonable price point. The appearance being a dark rusty brown color might not be the greatest thing you have ever seen but what it lacks in appearance it makes up for in taste. The smell is quite varied, you get oak, some acidity, and sour dark fruit. The taste seems to change and develop with both consumption and temperature, at first I get the oak presence, the dark fruits, vinegar acidity and then finally the much anticipated tartness. This beer is not too sour but has just enough lactobacillus to make me happy. It is priced reasonably and gives you the sour many of us crave until you can get your hands on 3F or Cantillon which seems to be more and more rare in my neck of the woods

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2012 01:02:01 | More by Mitchill
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4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL corked & caged bottle. 2010 printed on cork.

appears dark chestnut brown, with thick off-white head. mostly opaque. nice lacing left on the glass as I drink. sharp tart aroma. smell is slightly vinous, some dark fruit.

taste starts sweet and malty, but finishes slightly dry and sour. refreshing to drink. smooth, thin to medium body. low carbonation. easy to drink the whole bottle myself.

overall well balanced and tasty.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2012 02:42:20 | More by jmdrpi
Photo of ummswimmin

New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this beer as part of a rewards program to sample many different styles. They get you to participate in many different beers.

This is a very good examples of a Flanders Oud Bruin. I really enjoyed the sour, fruity presence. It is a great sipper, with the mix of body, sweetness, and some sour.

I recommend this for sours. It is an acquired taste, and I am glad for having it.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2012 17:02:22 | More by ummswimmin
Photo of OdinMcHaggis

3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I received this beer as a gift, so already I like it. Nice presentation served in frozen schooner. Dark beer with a thin tan head. The smell is fruity, to me it smells like champagne. The taste is sour cherry with a dry finish. This a medium body beer with light carbonation and dry finish. Interesting beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2012 22:26:51 | More by OdinMcHaggis
Photo of smakawhat


4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Cork dates 2010?

An extremely dark brown red with hints of sort of.. black edges around. Head forms real tan brown and creamy, makes barley a finger and tops to about half size. Small puck settles nicely.

Nose is real wonderful. Cinnamon and cream, tart cherry, a sweet candy sugar with a hint of fig, a great mix of sweet and sour. I am getting a strong Belgian candy sugar action on this but nothing too crazy, almost hints at maple syrup.

Palate fills slightly wet, but hits with a light carbonation and noticeable fizz. Tart cherry hits throughout the palate. Malt action seems to give a bit of density particularly on the finish, and a great lingering cherry taste that follows the ending.

Overall, real solid, not sure why I haven't had this before, going to have to try the cherry infused one at some point. Refreshing, and light with a little bit of cream malt and density. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2012 22:49:54 | More by smakawhat
Photo of brewerb223


4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet. The appearance was dark amber/ brown. Formed a head which dissipated immediately. Smells almost of dates, a little bit of a acidic smell, just a tad of sweetness. A nice flavor overall, not overly acidic, a nice dual between malty sweetness and sourness. I would consider it kind of a acidic fruit kind of a flavor. The body isn't really thin, but not overly thick either. Overall, I like this beer, each time you put down the glass, you get some of the flavors lingering in your mouth and want to pick up the glass again, I def. would buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2012 01:41:14 | More by brewerb223
Photo of drtth


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

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically. This bottle is from 2010.

Appearance: As poured the beer is a dark brown with reddish highlights and a 1 1/2 “ light tan head that has a nice creamy consistency. While it recedes fairly soon there is a ring of foam for all of the beer. As the head recedes it leaves some lacing and throughout the beer sipping leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aroma reminds of lightly tart cherries with caramel/brown sugar in the background. There’s also a touch of plum or other dark fruit.

Taste: The flavors are relatively complex, with some tart cherries, and brown sugar or light caramel dominating. The balance between sweet and sour is maintained well and neither dominates the other. There is a hint of dark fruit here (plum?) along with some nice malt character which never conceals the gentle tartness. The alcohol is well concealed here.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied with more than adequate prickly carbonation. The finish is medium length and begins with the caramel cherry tartness, turns a bit sweet as the brown sugar kicks in and then fades away to a nice crisp dryness.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: I’ve enjoyed this one. Each sip follows easily from the last and I’ll be quite happy to have another one of these in the future. My overall impression is of a complex, well made beer with a lot to recommend it both by itself and as a pairing with a beef roast or grill.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2012 23:59:43 | More by drtth
Photo of ZorPrime

Quebec (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brought this back from Rotterdam in my last trip.

The beer color is brown, it is clear, with some red color notes on the edge. The head is beige in color and mainly compose of big bubbles. The head disappear quite fast too. The aroma is typical for this type of beer. Slightly sour with some fruits notes. The aroma is not very aggressive. The taste present sours notes but very subtle. This one is not aggressive at all. The finale is malty with some cereal notes. This is quite enjoyable. To introduce people to sour beers, this one is a good choice. Well balanced. I liked it.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2012 02:25:07 | More by ZorPrime
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