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Goudenband - Brouwerij Liefmans

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1,055 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,055
Reviews: 543
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.48%
Wants: 103
Gots: 107 | FT: 1
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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 GilGarp


4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dated Sep. 2015.

355 mL green glass bottle, corked and caged, wrapped in blue paper. The label on the bottle is actually more attractive than the wrapping. The tiny mushroom-shaped cork pops with barely any effort.

Served cool into my St. Bernardus Watou glass, Goudenband has a redish brown color, good clarity, but almost no head to speak of. The small bubbles that form during the pour are gone by the time I set the bottle down.

Aroma is simply wonderful. It has nice sour cherries and red grapes with a distinctive yeast strain. A little bit of spice comes through here as well.

Flavor is excellent as well. A great brown ale base sets the background for all of these great sour fruits. Cherries, plums, grapes, and even blackberries all come together in this beer. The oak aging makes for a nice vanilla flavor. The sour quality is certainly not as strong as many American wild ales and it's all the better for it. A spicy note is more pronounced as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with pleasant levels of carbonation. Good balance of sweet, tart, bitter, and sour. The tannins are gentle on the back of the mouth.

Overall a fantastic beer. This is one style that I've always wanted to try and this particular example is what I expect to be par for the course. A great introduction to Belgian sours.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2010 00:34:41 | More by GilGarp
Photo of weatherdog


3.65/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

75cl bottle poured into two oversized wine glasses, 2006 vintage so says the cork.

It pours a cloudy chestnut color with a huge amount of yeast clumpies in all the pours. This beer was opened after only about two hours in the fridge after a long bumpy car ride so I will excuse the vast amount of suspended yeast in the pour. If it poured like this after several days in the fridge I would normally dock it points because the amount of yeast was really excessive. There is only a short lived cream colored head.

The nose is pretty muted and restrained for a sour brown and for my liking. There is also a lot of sugary sweetness which I am not the biggest fan of. Underneath that sweetness is a reassuring tartness with just enough acetic in the nose without being overpowering.

The taste has a lot of oaky and caramel malt favors married in a medium level of tartness. The taste finishes just too sweet for my taste and is just distracting. I understand this style should have a little more residual sweetness than Flanders reds but the amount found in the beer is over the top and distracting the from the real character of the beer. I guess the trade-off of this attribute is the approachability of this beer.

Mouthfeel was just right with a low/medium level of carbonation and a full bodiedness. Drinkability was good as well and a very refreshing beer, my only wish is less sweetness and let the sourness and woodiness of the beer shine through.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2010 07:08:22 | More by weatherdog
Photo of thecarster1


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

original goudenband, 375ml corked and caged, vintage 2005.

a- bottle poured into a wine glass, murky brown coloring, no head to speak of, i got the first pour out of the bottle, so it wasn't very hazy but the remaining pours were loaded with yeast floaties.

s- funky for sure, but with a sweet edge, molassas perhaps, the rest of the nose was pure balsamic vinegar.

t- the taste pretty much echos the nose, funk with a sweet tang to it, the finish was nice and dry, very interesting beer for sure, this four year old vintage was sure aged well.

m- medium bodied.

d- i don't really think that this style is ever particularly drinkable, but i really enjoy it one bottle a couple times a year. this went down easy and this super rare, never to be had again vintage was a wonderful treat. my cousin dug it up in a bottle shop in philly and shared generously at easter.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2010 23:21:30 | More by thecarster1
Photo of wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

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

750ml corked and caged poured into chalice april26 2010

A slightly hazy light cola color with lots of bubbles floating up to a large tan head that quickly falls to a thin film but leaves decent lace

S a little vinegar with some green apple

T some sour apple with some earthiness and some other tart fruit I can't place

M enters slick and foams up a bit from the bubbles and has a long aftertaste

D something different from what I'm used too, you would need to know in advance how strong it is because you wouldn't guess it just by drinking

a style I don't see much of is always hard to review but I enjoyed this beer and it's worth trying for sure

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2010 07:59:46 | More by wordemupg
Photo of elricorico

Alberta (Canada)

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

Appears as a very deep, slightly ruddy brown in the glass, with the edges allowing a bit of light through. Very slowly poured to generate a creamy two-finger head that seems slow to recede. Plenty of lacing.

Tart, yeasty and flowery to the nose. Plenty of funk to the aroma.

First to the tongue is a light caramel sweetness, but that quickly is washed in a semi-tart acidic flavour that has plenty of cherries, a hit of green grapes and funky finish. Oak and a very faint vinous alcohol heat dwell a few moments after the beer is swallowed.

This beer's body is fairly light and bubbly, but it seems quite suitable considering the bounty of flavours. The tongue becomes a bit dry if this is drank steadily.

This is a winner in my books, I've been looking out for this beer for a long time, and it has not disappointed. A great representation of one of my favorite styles.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2010 03:04:01 | More by elricorico
Photo of jgasparine


4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed an ORIGINAL Goudenband in a 750ml bottle, most likely bottled in 2007.

A- Poured into the glass with a thin foamy khaki colored head, which quickly receded to a haze layer, a collar, and a few faint traces of lacing. The body was an opaque and heavily sedimented medium brown, with no visible carbonation.

S- A strong nose- classically sweet and sour. Sweet pale and candy malts, wonderfully balanced with lactic and acetic notes. Lesser aromas of candi sugar and stale hops were detected as well.

T- A wonderful replicate of the nose, with the sweet and sour components in constant competition for dominance throughout each sip. Like a tug-of-war in the mouth. Never cloyingly sweet, never puckeringly acidic. Finishes dry with an echo of burnt candi sugar.

M- A medium to full body with a slightly gritty texture from the sediment and unattenuated sugar. The carbonation was abundant, but soft... spritzy in texture, but non-bloating. Just wonderful.

D- A wonderful treat that I could drink all day (at least until I got too drunk to keep drinking!)

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2010 03:26:11 | More by jgasparine
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4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear brown color with a hazy apperance as the sediment settles and beautiful ruby highlights wtih a thin lacy head. The visibly high carbonation sends out a malty sweet and tart vinegar aroma. The taste is different and is still tart and malty but the tartness is complemented with a subtle cherry flavor and the maltiness comes through with an earthy/oaky chocolate flavor. Very smooth and drinkable light body with a moderately high carbonation. The finish is tart and sweet but fades slowly to a clean end.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2010 02:53:17 | More by manahansf
Photo of portia99


4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle (cork says 2006) received in a surprise package from hoppymcgee. Thanks a ton for this, Greg! Poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours a medium brown color, translucent and cloudy with a good number of "floaties" mixed in. Not much effort made at producing a head, just a fizzy skim coat that spreads to the sides of the glass and forms a minimal collar around the glass.

S - Interesting, a bit of sour, but I mostly get some caramel, brown sugar and surprisingly some mint (from a distance...overwhelmed by other aromas when I get my nose up to the glass). A big hit of vanilla blends in there as well.

T - Flavor is quite sweet, maybe a bit cloying at first, until I get used to it a bit more. A light tinge of sourness throughout, but the caramel, molasses, brown sugar syrupy sweetness overpowers it quite a bit. Sour cherries and figs add nicely to the flavor profile. Alcohol and some woodiness round out the flavors of this.

M - On the thick side of medium bodied with only a slight amount of carbonation. Combination of light syrupy thickness and an oilyness that causes to beer to just slide down the throat with ease.

D - Flavors of this beer are really good, but also extremely intense. Definitely a sipper for me - and probably a great companion with a rich dessert or flavorful cheese plate. Sadly I don't have either in front of me right now, but I think this is great in moderation. The 375ml bottle is perfect, probably even shareable and still feel right. Really good, but one is definitely enough in a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2010 19:06:05 | More by portia99
Photo of crossovert


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

12 oz corked, caged, and paper covered green bottle. The cork says 2005, the cap says 2015.

Pours with a thing but nice off-white head atop a mysterious reddish brown with some floaties.

The smell is quite complex with an overlying vinegar and sourness. Underneath is cherries and oak and below that caramal and candi sugar.

The flavor is sweeter than expected and that helps it to be delicious. Just pure deliciousness. It is the perfect combo of sweet and sour. The vinegar isn't too prevalent in the taste and instead there is a lot more caramel and cherry flavors with a bit of oakiness and oxidized apple.

The mouthfeel is nice and full-boded with a perfect amount of carbonation.

This is one of the better beers I have tried, a perfect blending of flavors that goes down super easy.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2010 22:26:13 | More by crossovert
Photo of Habmike

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to kkipple for sharing this one!

Appearance was exceptional burnt burgundy and particulate.

To be totally honest this was at 4:30am after younger, yellow bus, and several others...so I have my notes but they are a bit tough to read. Although my individual category scores are accurate.

I remember thinking the taste of this one was wonderful beyond any other aspect of the beer. The mouthfeel was alright but the chunks at the end were not fun to feel slithering over my tongue and down my throat.

The drinkability of this single beer was fine although I know after one 375ml bottle I would be ready to move on.

Overall I would say excellent brew and I would pick it up every chance I had. Only to be opened in select company of course.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2010 19:43:12 | More by Habmike
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3.33/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I got this a long while back from Onecrazybreeze... Brianne is awesome!! 2005 bottle cracked over the weekend and shared with the Boise peeps. Reviewed from paper notes.

Orange brew... with a descent head.

Nose has hints of Oud Bruin, but seems dominated by an apple element.

Flavor is again pretty much all apple with some grape and background cherry and maybe some oxidation.. vinous, but no where near as acidic as I was expecting or hoping for.

Body seems a bit thin, but the carbonation is pretty high.

Overall, a bit one dimensional.... but damn glad I got to try it... huge thanks again for the favors Brianne!!


Serving type: bottle

03-01-2010 07:38:43 | More by JohnGalt1
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4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep, rich, mohagany. Very thin head that quickly disappears, leaving a white ring around the perimeter.
Sharp vinegar and sourness up front, with some earthy oakiness. Tart fruits beneath.
Sour fruits and oak, with vinegar accompanying. Pickled celery and other veggies. Reminds me of Frontenac wine. Very nice. Pleasant, puckering tartness on the finish.
Mouthfeel is crisp and light, with a dry finish.
Good drinkability. ABV is not detectable. The great taste and refreshing aspect of this one makes me with I had another bottle.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2010 03:02:21 | More by Parrotbeak
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Alberta (Canada)

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

I'm not much for marking milestones, but I figured I should ring in my 1000th review with something special. I'm hoping this stuff fits the bill--time to find out.

From a 750 ml green bottle, caged and corked and wrapped in blue paper with the label on it. Pours out a deep translucent brown, dense garnet highlights. Short creamy tan head that settles to a thin cap.

Some sour tartness on the nose, dry wafery carob, light earth and mustiness, gooseberry acidity and black currants.

Toasty and nutty malt that immediately is eclipsed by tart sour acidty (although not overwhelming), vinuous, finishes a bit dry and musty, carob and light wafer chocolate lingers in the aftertaste, along with dry wood.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel, moderate carbonation, good zip on finish, some palate coating sticky acidity on the aftertaste.

A style that I tend to find challenging, but this one shines through by being refined and well-tempered. Not necessarily on my go-to list but I'm glad I had the chance to try it.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2010 03:52:39 | More by IronDjinn
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4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nose old wine vinegar and balsamic vinegar less aggressive than the range Rodenbach but equally aromatic. If it drags, it is also reminiscent of soy sauce. The attack is very acidic, slightly sweet and are diagnosed with tannins and wood that certainly comes from a passage in tons. The winey acidity is marked in the mouth. The end points also tasting balsamic vinegar, but a fairly soft with a slight lactic. It is not the degree of alcohol and drunk very easily.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2010 17:56:14 | More by ThaCreep
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3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1955 Vintage -- that's not a typo.

I will get a newer one and review it as well and decide how to weight my reviews. There is no way to guarantee that this particular beer was well taken care of in the past 55 years, I can only assume that it is the best example of a 55 year old Goudenband that I will ever have and I will treat it as such.

The bottle is green and dusty, corked but the cork is fused to the glass, we have to go at it with a knife and eventually just push the shards of cork into the beer so we can get at the liquid inside. Beer is brown and completely hazy. There is no carbonation or head to speak of, I can't see through it at all.

Smells sour with a musky / musty bite to the aroma. Imagine a basement...in a bottle.

Beer is thin, strong vinegar flavor followed by a lactic and a slight sweetness. There is a growing aftertaste of musk with this beer, its a strong aftertaste that lingers long enough to be renewed by every new sip. Drinkability is surprisingly high although the aftertaste downgrades mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2010 00:15:30 | More by drabmuh
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4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

*2002 vintage*

Mahogany color with a thin white sheet of lace. Points lost for lack of head retention but otherwise nice to look at. Pretty complex nose with aromas of candy sugar, tart cherries, and sweet caramel interwoven. The flavor is tart up front with cherry, raspberries, pear and green apple qualities. This gradually fades into a sweet malt body w/ vanilla, caramel, and notes of sweet cream. The finish has a bit of a rum-soaked raisin and sugary quality but is in no way sticky or unpleasant. Very nice complexity. Nice medium body with a generous amount of carbonation helps to lift any residual sugars from the palate. I was really pleased with this one and found it very drinkable. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2010 19:39:54 | More by apbarwood
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4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle, 2007 vintage.

The pour is dark brown, but when held into the light gives off brilliant ruby highlights. The pour produces a small tan colored head with decent enough retention and leaves behind nice rings of lacing.

The nose starts out very vinegary and acidic. In the background are sour green apples, cherries and a woody/earthy aroma.

The taste starts out just like the smell, vinegary and acidic. Again, in the background are the sour green apples and tart cherries, and the earthy wood character that I picked up before. Very vinous and acidic. Sweet than I thought it would be.

Medium in body, with a good carbonation. Finish is dry. Drinkability is pretty good, an interesting brew and an enjoyable one.

Well, of the two Liefmans offerings I've had to date, I enjoyed this one much more. I'd be interested to see how fresher and older vintages taste.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2010 07:14:40 | More by Mistofminn
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District of Columbia

3.4/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark ruby maroon color with a small light tan head that settles quickly to an edge head and slight lacing.
S: Aroma of dark cherries, vanilla and oak.
T: Flavor starts with cream caramel, then progresses to sour. Not well balanced.
M: Average body.
D: Decent enough, I suppose, but not very interesting.

Serving type: on-tap

01-08-2010 00:05:01 | More by Travlr
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4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to hollamart for sharing this beer with a best by 2006 date.

A - Earthy looking reddish brown with chunks of sediment. Off white head falls to a ring.
S - Mild malt and sour cherries. a slight vinegar sourness as well.
Taste is amazing!! The brown ale flavors plus the sour red - yum. Quite complex with some wine like characteristics, some fruitiness, the malt of the brown ale.
M/F - Smooth and round with a medium body. Spectacular.
D - I was really impressed - obviously this brew ages wonderfully.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2010 19:35:01 | More by ThirstyBird
Photo of jwinship83


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

750ml corked and caged bottle with a cork that reads 2006. drank from a duvel tulip.

A- this one pours out a deep ruby red colored body with a small khaki colored head on top. the head lasts a while, leaving behind solid rings of lacing.

S- the first thing that i notice is the acidic/vinegar aroma. after that comes cherries, green apples, and spice. i think i can make out a barrel/wood in here as well.

T- the taste starts out like the smell. acidic and tart. not as sour as i was expecting. its pretty sweet too, and decently fruity. green apples, cherries, and plums. hints of wood and brown sugar also.

M- medium bodied. somewhat tart. finishes dry. well carbonated.

D- glad i was able to try this. its pretty rare these days. something id like to come back to often, but wont be able to as i only have a bottle left. id like to wait a long time before opening that one.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2009 19:39:44 | More by jwinship83
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3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a ruby color with a khaki 1 inch head. Sticks around for about a minute or so.

Smells dry, acidic, really nice. There is a wet wood that is kinda detracting here.

The taste is nice and sour. Not over the top, but nice. There is a noticable lack of vinegary acidity, which is a good thing. There is some acidic sourness, but not overbearing. The wet wood shows up in the taste as well, which is also detracting yet again. This is a real straightforward approach to this style, with not a ton of complexities. Overall, good, but not great.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2009 21:40:32 | More by mikecharley
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4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle from 2007 poured in to a snifter.

Pours a dark brown with a curving yet thin tan head.

Big sweet, ripe rich fruit (grape mainly), then a solid sour smell.

Quick bold sour taste (green apple)with a dry finish. Slightly fruity. Not too sour since it doesn't linger, but really nice.

Beautiful carbonation keeps the sourness at bay.

Great beer that I am really glad to have tried thanks to a trade with rgtravers.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2009 01:16:43 | More by aubuc1
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3.7/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep ruby red color when held up to the light. Little to no head, almost no carbonation.

Smell is of figs, dried plums, sweet fruity notes.

Taste of green apple, dried fruit, some mild vinegar. Finish is very clean faint hint of sour apple left on your tongue.

Carbonation is present but light. Alcohol doesn't have much of a bite, but it is present on your palate.

Overall a good beer, normally I don't care for oud bruin beers but this one is good. Nice change up.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2009 14:20:30 | More by weissbierdrinker
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4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

GLASS: Flute
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees
TOP OF CAGE IS STAMPED 11-2016 (Best Before, I presume)

Pours a dark, murky, brown color with light golden highlights. About half a fingers worth of capuccino brown colored foam makes the head, which recedes to a thin filmy covering, somewhat quickly. Lacing is in tiny spots, but very sticky.

Loads of tart fruitiness pours out, backed by an underlying port-like character. Granny smith apple peels and tart cherries. A very light hint of oak, which almost comes off as smokiness. A light swirl brings out some very minor medicinal phenol qualities. A light undertone of dark caramel/burnt sugar.

Okay, this is almost a total 180 degree shift from the nose, but in a very good way. The apples are much sweeter, in general, along with the cherries, yat they still bring a nice level of tartness, it's just more mild than expected. A nice level of malty sweetness comes forth, represented with some nice caramel notes. It has a very interesting note in the finish which makes me think that it may have possibly been in a port barrel, for aging, at some point. Some very mild tannins are present in the finish, also.

Medium body with a solid, medium carbonation level that's filled with teeney, tiny little bubbles, that dance along your tongue even after you've swallowed it. Super-smooth and has a medium level of creaminess, which benefits it greatly.

The 8.0%abv is extremely well-hidden and the flavor is just tasty and smooth. An excellent representation of the style and one which I think I could drink quite a bit of and remain pleased with it.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2009 19:35:33 | More by coldmeat23
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4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle poured into tulip glass

A: pours a brown/red with visible chunks of sediments and a one inch light tan head

S: smells of tart cherry with hints of hay/must. caramel malt notes come through as well.

T: acidity hits the palate first manifesting again as tart cherry. middle to back is firm malty sweetness. finish hints of oxidation with a bit of cardboard but not so much to make the taste unenjoyable.

M: medium to low carbonation. surprisingly light on the palate

D: i have been reading Wild Brews and yearning for the beers I have been reading about. this certainly hits the spot

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2009 01:46:35 | More by lamarr04
Goudenband from Brouwerij Liefmans
94 out of 100 based on 1,055 ratings.