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Goudenband - Brouwerij Liefmans

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Reviews: 555
Hads: 1,284
Avg: 4.17
pDev: 15.83%
Wants: 145
Gots: 164 | 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 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.


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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!

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Photo of phishsihq
4.17/5  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!

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Photo of jrenihan
3.87/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Photo of omnigrits
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of WeedKing4
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.07/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of RickS95
3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

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Photo of Mitchill
4.67/5  rDev +12%
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

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.2/5  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.

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Photo of ummswimmin
4.15/5  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.

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Photo of OdinMcHaggis
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.07/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of brewerb223
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of drtth
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of ZorPrime
3.97/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of gabedivision
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle from 2010 to a Ommegang tulip glass.

A- pours a deep dark reddish brown, very cola like, with a two finger slightly off white creamy head.

S- caramel notes fill the nose, followed by sweet tart cherries. Sweet sugary grapes, cherries, and big amounts of brown sugar.

T- high carbonation brings an initial tingle to the tounge that prepares the mouth for the overly tart offerings. Tart cherries, green grapes, sugar all over this beer. Sweet and sour, bready malts, fill the backbone. Finishes dry and crisp like a fine wine.

M- medium in body, highly carbonated, sweet, sour, and dry.

O- great sour with a lot of character, every sip craves another. Truly exceptional beer.

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Photo of jegross2
3.92/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewing the Goudenband from Brouwerij Liefmans out of Belgium. Prior to the Bourbon County Stout vertical, we all sampled the 1999 and 2010 vintages of the Goudenband. I guess Liefmans' ownership changed hands somewhat recently and that the formula changed at some point. Whether or not the 1999 original formula was used for the 2010 batch, these two beers were like night and day. The scores below are for the 1999 vintage, though I noted the differences between that and the 2010 vintage in my review.
Score: 88

1999 and 2010 vintage bottles shared and served side by side in a "The Bruery" tulip and enjoyed on 03/23/12.

Appearance: Pours a caramel amber color that falls between transparent and translucent. My glass was not very hazy, but I had one of the first pours from the bottle. Minimal head at pour settles into a thick and bubbly tan colored ring around the glass. Minimal oily lacing, poor retention. 3.5/5

Smell: Starting with the 1999 vintage, I smell sharp red grape acidity and sweet caramel. This beer smells like a slightly funky blend of merlot and chardonnay. There's oak, a moderate amount of maple and a little bit of funky sweet vinaigrette salad dressing aroma in the nose too. A little heat. The aroma is powerful enough that I can smell it clearly while the glass is sitting down in front of me. By comparison, the 2010 vintage smells substantially grainier and is seemingly without any of the grape aroma. The 2010 vintage's aroma is "flatter" and also contained a moderate amount of black licorice. 4/5

Taste: Tart red grape sweetness, red wine tannins and caramel. A little bit of cherry. At first there is a pleasant and like sweet vinegar funkiness that gets strong and turns into a gym sock-like funkiness as the beer warms. The 2010 vintage tastes much funkier and has a pronounced bitter barley flavor. I give the taste a four out of five based on the slightly chilled temperature taste. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, high and lively carbonation. Dry, tart and crisp with a lingering sweet vinegar flavor. 3.5/5

Overall: This rare treat (the 1999) is probably lost on my palate, since I am not a big fan of sour styles, but I enjoyed this beer nonetheless. I personally would not go seek this one out again, but given that I dislike sours and enjoyed this one, I would have to believe that fans of the style would love it.

Recommendation: If you like the style, seek this one out -- but do not drink it if it has two years or less of age and ideally seek out the original formula bottles.

Pairings: I feel like a stronger, funkier cheese would go well with this beer. Maybe blue cheese or Gorgonzola? And yes, I know Gorgonzola is a type of blue cheese.

Cost: Since the 355 ml bottles tend to retail around $6.99, I would have to imagine that the 1.5 liter bottle cost between $20 and $30.

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Photo of tbeckett
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at Beer Deluxe. From notes.

A - Poured deep ruby with a two finger brown head. Decent lace with a film of retention.

S - Tart cherry, plums, wood, rich fruits, cheery wood. A very inviting blend of tartness and sweet woody fruits.

T - Dark fruit, cherry again with tartness and woody notes again. Alot like the aroma. Sweetness blending with sourness was quite nice and kept me wanting more.

M - Good carbonation, medium body, dry and tart in the finish with wood.

O/D - Nice. Really solid. A style I don't drink often enough. A good way into sour styles if you still crave some sweetness for balance. No alcohol evident in flavour making it easy to drink all day.

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Photo of Brenden
3.97/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first review of an Oud Bruin, though I've tried my hand at the style. Recent notes.

This beer is an almost crimson or blood red with a bit of haze, an almost orange hue pulling through in the light. A fluffy white head just under a finger tall has pretty good retention and leaves a few patches along with some spotting as far as lacing.
There's a good mix of tart, gently sour, and lightly sweet with an underlying grains in both aroma and flavor. There's a bit of an appropriate acidic element present in both that translates into a red wine note in the flavor. A little hint of some creamy, almost vanilla-like sweetness also comes out in the finish. Wild yeast is evident and a spicy bite is also throughout, more strongly in the aroma.
The tartness and sourness make for a drier body, and there's an alomost vinous feel to it into the finish. From beginning to middle some of the sweeter elements and malts (caramel?) keep it semi-dry. The body is medium and crispness along with moderate carbonation keeps it going.

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Photo of tlazaroff
4.41/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tart cherries in brown sugar syrup is the first thing that comes to mind off the aroma. It smells incredibly complex and inviting. I'd love to try this with some cheesecake, but alas, I have none at the moment.

Goudenband looks absolutely gorgeous in my Rochefort glass (no Liefmans glass)! Its a dark brown with a very light tan head that never quit dissipates completely. There is a lot of pico-sized bubbles making a foam on the top with spots of beer showing through. Lacing is again, gorgeous.

Oh, how devilishly sour! Not quite lip-puckering, but quite strong. I taste a fruit salad in here: raspberry, apple, grapefruit, and more. This is the most delicious cocktail I have ever had.

As expected, the beer has a medium body and high carbonation with a dry finish. The sourness carries though the finish but that light "puckering" sensation ends rapidly. Overall this is a fantastic beer!

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

2011 vintage Goudenband served in a tulip glass.

Pours a deep burgundy brown with tall taupe head that was quick to fall and stay at a half of an inch.

Smells of overripe cherries, distilled red wine, some vinegar, and clay. Little twinkles of green apple in there, but mostly just fruit skins of all sorts. Very interesting.

Nice tart apple crispness featured in this Oud Bruin, much unlike others I've had (with the exception of Petrus Aged Pale). Definite vinous quality that makes this rather fresh bottle seem like it has some age on it. Has a musty grape quality. The other dark fruits (black cherries and plums) are in there too, mixed with the acetic quality from the fermentation. Has a good malt backbone for some cellaring. A pucker that could either swell or ease up, depending on which way this one would go. Almost hop-absent, but with a light dose of familiar Belgian yeast funk. Great Flanders Ale.

Feels rich and punchy with a good backing of spritz. Mild pucker that dries the gums a bit, but leaves you wanting another swig. Good stuff.

For this being one of my favorite beer styles, I'm so excited to have finally tried this. Love the Reds better but this Bruin is quickly becoming one of my faves. Recommended to pick up two, one for now and one for later (much later).

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Photo of billab914
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 vintage poured from a 750ml bottle into my Allagash glass. It poured a dark, murky brown color with a thick foamy head to it.

The aroma shows some slight sour notes with some stronger fruity tartness coming through. It also has a good amount of sweeter, fruity, cherry and raspberry flavors to it along with a little bit of a malty, caramel flavor. Nice aroma overall.

The taste shows a lot of tart and sweet cherry like flavors to it. It shows more of the tartness up front with the sweeter, fruity notes showing more in the finish. It got a little maltier as it warmed with some caramel and toffee notes to it. Just a hint of sourness is there as well. Very nice balance for the style.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with above average carbonation. Overall I thought it was a very good beer. It was very flavorful and well balanced relative to the style. I really liked the tart cherry notes in it as well. Very solid beer all around.

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Photo of tripledbrew
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice reddish brown with an 1/2 finger off white/tan head.
Smelled of tart cherry and dark fruit.
Had a sweet yet tangy flavor. Tasted of tart cherries and maybe a little sour lemon along with a little woody flavor that was light to medium bodied. There was little to no alcohol presence that finished clean, crisp and dry. A good balance of sweet and tangy. I will drink this again.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to 2BDChicago for the long-time 'want'. 2010 vintage. 750ml corked and caged bottle served at 52 degrees in my Ommegang tulip. Pours a dull, plum-colored hue with a dense, one inch, off-white head. Head eventually settles into a 1/8th inch consistent skim. Spots and slashes of lacing are revealed during the tasting. Nose expresses tart vinous notes as well as a suggestion of vanilla and vinegar. I also get a general Welch's grape juice vibe. Taste follows nose; however, all aspects of the flavor profile are a bit more subdued than suggested by the nose. I also get a bit of lactic acid in the mix. Mouthfeel is light-medum in body with a lively carbonation level. There's also a slight tartness that lightly stimulates the salivary glands. Finish is somewhat dry. Overall, I enjoyed this beer; however, there's was just a little too much carbonation. I'd really like to try a vintage with about five years on it to see how it develops.

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Goudenband from Brouwerij Liefmans
93 out of 100 based on 555 ratings.