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Goudenband - Brouwerij Liefmans

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Ratings: 1,217
Reviews: 554
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 131
Gots: 150 | 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 LordAdmNelson
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Liefmans makes some really good stuff, especially considering the price tag. As far as Flanders Oud Bruins go, this one is up there for me, though I think that I prefer Duchesse. Pours a nice maple syrup-brown with moderate off-white head that fades quickly. Nose is oak, vinegar, some sweetness from the malt, and a bit of vanilla and apples. Taste follows suit with a solid Oud Bruin, a nice example of the style. I think that it is a bit over-carbonated, however, which washes away the flavor too quickly. It's good while it's there, but the staying power isn't so hot. A very easy drink, nice example of the style, but less carbonation would suit it nicely.

Photo of doppelmeup
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a pretty brownish-amber with a fantastic fluffy head. Decent lacing down the glass.

Aromas were rather mild for what I was expecting, but still smelled nice. Cider vinegar, tamarind, tart cherries.

Taste was good, but I was hoping for something a bit more tart and bold. Still, flavors of mild cider vinegar and tamarind which matched the aroma. Alcohol very well hidden.

Nice mouthfeel as well. On the creamier side rather than prickly. Clean finish.

Overall, I enjoyed this beer, however I like Monk's Cafe better. This has a nice presentation, and would make a nice ale to bring as a gift for a party.

Photo of Reagan1984
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cork is marked 2010

Big thanks to Draught2012 for providing this great beer. Frankly had never heard of it and Jimmy thought I might enjoy it based on what he read and knew about my palate. Well donne Jimmy J!! Great guy!

Enjoyed this in my favorite tulip glass. A fluffy off white head floats atop this beer. There is a slight brown/maroon tint to the head. Beer is deeply colored with lots of brown and burgundy tones. Some light lacing remains.

Light aroma of stone fruits including but not exclusively cherry. A sharp tone at the end that hints to a slightly sour flavor. As always, the aroma is more aggressive than the eventual flavor. Some nice toasted malt/bready like aromas as well.

I really like this beer. Well balanced, soft rounded, yet complex flavors. Certainly some tart cherry, green apple flavors. Some nice toasted nut flavors and a wonderfully smooth deep layered malt flavor. The depth is unreal actually. It's a great combination of a delicate yet complex flavor profile. 8% ABV? Are you kidding? This might be the most well hidden 8% abv in the world. Never would have guessed that. Nice bread tones come out after you swallow the beer. Really a nice beer.

Very light almost fluffy mouth feel. Tingle of carbonation brightens the flavor but doesn't get in the way.

Drinkable? Oh yeah.. see comment above on abv. When can I get another bottle?

Photo of flannelman808
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: deep chestnut brown with a slightly off-white head. Good retention and small-medium bubbles. Fairly clear...

S: Smells acidic and softly fruity... strawberry, raspberry, and a light vinegary note are present.

T: This is really nice and surprisingly balanced, and is not as acidic as the nose leads on. Softly strawberry and a touch of lime followed with maybe a sort of caramel rumcake like quality evens out the sour with sweet. Highly drinkable and not overtly any one thing (read as sour). I got this 750 ml for only $10.50 in my book this is a effing steal at that price!

M: Soft

D: extremely high for the style and being 8% abv

Photo of GabrielM
4.77/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a tulip.

A - much darker than expected - deep brown with a good amount of off-white head on top. Good lacing.

S - cherries, wood, a ton of dark fruit, currants, funk. Smells amazing!

T - cherries and dark fruit hit the tongue first with a blast of tartness, but it's quickly evened out by some sweetness and wood flavors. I was actually surprised that the sourness was as tame as it was - the initial taste felt like it was going to be really intense, but it was just right.

M - tastes great and leaves a really pleasant feeling in my mouth, even long after each sip. I'm really pleased.

D - I could drink A LOT of this. Outstanding.

Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: This beer pours burgundy with a tan large thick head that sinks into rich lacings.

S: Oak with only faint vanilla. Molasses; dark dried fruits. Brett. Lots of berries; black currant and black berries. Leather. Sour cherries.

T: Brett and sour cherries. Dry. Dark dried fruits. Black currant. Leather. Green apples. Complex but smooth.

M: Aftertaste is fantastic; rather long and in great balance - sweet and bitter! Body is medium and carbonation is moderate.

D: This is a fantastic beer; I'm so happy that there's lots of beer left in the 750 ml bottle, for me to sip this evening.

Photo of philosobeer
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from large bottle at about 45°F.

A // great clarity, tan and sticky head, deep and dark red-brown.

S // Acidity permeated the odor, nice white wine and a touch of vinegar, a little barnyard funk.

T // Sweetness from malt is prominent and counterbalancing to the lacto sort of sourness. Quite tart and very flemish, evokes sour apples, lemon, and berries, with a classic funk strong in the finish.

M // Light and crisp without being thin. Effervescence not quite as strong as I expected (or hoped) but still very fine.

D // This is an eight-by-volume sour that goes down as easy as can really be expected.

Very pleased I picked this one up, and Liefmans in general is quickly becoming a favorite for me. If you like sour flemish taste, this is a great representative.

Photo of jibbyvonjibb
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark amber. Clear.
S: ~tart. Dark berry: berry, blackberry. ~brett. ~oak. ~leather.
T: Sourness medium (low for Flanders). Caramel. Balancing low tartness. Clean finish.
M: Fairly high (good) carbonation.
O: Well balance. On the low side of sourness for lambic. Very drinkable. Possibly the best Bruine I've had.

Photo of Halcyondays
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle, review No. 1900,

A: Pours mahogany with a robust full white head, good lace.

S: Heavy oak and wood, molasses.

T: Strong brown malt flavour, molasses and brown sugar. The acidity balances it out adding complexity with great flavour.

M: Medium-bodied, medium acidity, robust at times, but real easy drinking.

D: Tasty, classic beer. I haven't had this since 2006, and it's not as powerful as I remember, but still a great beverage.

Photo of alexgash
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle. LGB 06/2017, so I am guessing that this was bottled in 2007--also, the cork is labeled 2.007).

Muddy saddle brown body. Small, thin, light beige head. Not much lacing. Nose of musty grapes, shoe leather, aged balsamic vinegar, tart cherries, and candied apples.

Tangy fruit and acidic vinegar up front. Slight tartness, with notes of musty raspberries and cherries. Nice balance of sweet and tart with the aged fruit. Wood notes around the edges of it all. Unmistakable balsamic vinegar twang into the finish along with some raspberry seeds. Medium-full body with a very low carbonated, syrupy feel. There's just a tingle of natural carbonation in this beer. Interesting and complex with a little more sweetness than expected. A must try.

Photo of Wisconsinality
3.53/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 Vintage.

Bottle poured into Sprecher snifter.

A- Pours a deep ruby red that is dark but still relatively transparent. A small head, about a half finger's worth, dies down quickly and leaves no lacing on the side of the glass.

S- Some nice oak, tart cherries and a little bit of vinegar. Not a whole lot else going on here.

T- Some vinegar notes complimented with a nice oak character. A little bit of cherry and a subtle amount of malt. The alcohol is very well hidden, never letting itself be known.

M- Light to medium bodied with crisp, live carbonation. There is a little bit of tartness but it is light. A little dry on the finish.

D- I am impressed with how well the abv is hidden. I would have like a little more complexity and more tartness out of this one. But with the price, I can pick a bottle or two up and throw them in the cellar to see what some time does to it.

Photo of womencantsail
3.46/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Finally was able to pick up a bottle of this. This is from the newest batch, 2010.

A: The pour is a dark amber color with a thin off-white head that dissipates quickly, leaving a thin ring around the the glass.

S: Starts off with a touch of vinegar and metal. There's a bit of a banana note as well as a touch of dark fruit (plums). Some alcohol and oak, too.

T: The flavor is a bit better. A slight tartness without the same metallic character. There's a slightly drying, tannic character on the finish. A moderate sweetness to it with dark caramel malts and dark fruits.

M: The body is medium with a nice full level of carbonation.

D: Not quite as much tartness as I prefer for this style, but I suppose it's still accurate. The metallic character wasn't really doing much for me, either. Might try aging my other bottle to see how it improves.

Photo of ne0m00re
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12/9/10- Review of a 750 mL bottle labeled 08-2020 LGB, 11 02741.
A: Reddish brown, nice caramel cream head that settled to a flim and strong collar.
S: Raisin, deep red wine, nice grape juice caramel, hints of roast are extremely mild. Good and welcoming.
T: Mildly sour like cider and red wine, nice moldy leafy hops that are very subtle, brown sugar, strawberry and raspberry. Very nice.
M: Slightly thicker and creamy.
D: Very good.

Photo of oglmcdgl
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Been waiting for this to come back to the us. Great brew for my 300th review. Poured into my duvel tulip.

A- a big three fingers of rocky tan head from a hard pour with some good staying power. Tons of sticky lace left when the head does recede. Dark brown in color with a slight amber glow at the edges when lit from behind.

S- sweet and sour cherries with some funky wood underneath. I get I touch of fruit roll ups and ludens cough drops that brings me back to my childhood. Faint hints of musty leather.

T- opens up with a bright tart twang that rolls quickly into a round sweet cherry hit. Some funk and wood with a touch of a saccarin like sweetness. Long tart finish.

M- on the thinner side of medium in body with a small bubbled very active carb that really keeps things light and refreshing. Nice juicy pucker that brings the back of the mouth to life .

D- I really enjoyed this brew. Not the sourest not the sweetest, perfectly balance. Ill have to scoop a few more to lay down and a few to toss at some killer pairings.

Photo of bobsy
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2005 vintage courtesy of my good friend Derek - cheers!

Pours a deep mahogany with ruby highlights at the edges. A very fine head dissipates relatively quickly. Clean oud bruin nose with a mix of raspberry vinaigrette and balsamic. Fruity and sour with strong brown sugar notes. The flavour is relatively straightforward. Again, relatively fruity, with a strong sweetness countering the sour. Again fruit vinegar. Some peppery wood, but absolutely no hint of the alcohol. Nothing overly-comples, but just sublimely made. Medium-light body with a light carbonation (due to age). Highly drinkable.

A delightful and classic oud bruin. In some respects it reminds me of Saison Dupopnt, in that its one of the templates for the style - emminently drinkable, but without the extreme character and bells and whistles of more recent iterations.

Photo of Brad007
3.78/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with a slight reddish tint into my glass. A small one-finger head forms.

Aroma has hints of apple and cherry along with the standard sour funk that one expects from the style. None of the aromas overpower the nose.

Taste has a dollop of funk with a leathery texture and only a hint of apple/cherry. Of course, it's not a fruit beer but the use of wild yeast does impart such flavors.

Mouthfeel is silky with very little left behind in the mouth. Only a slight hint of funk, etc.

I don't know. I'm kind of disappointed with this only because I was expecting stronger flavors. It's not bad but I can't justify buying another bottle. Worth a try but you can always do better.

Photo of dgilks
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This pours a hazy dark chestnut colour with a tiny tan head. Poor head retention but this is expected given the acid.

Mild tart aroma with a vinous note and touch of caramel.

Rounded lactic tart flavour backed up with some nice berry fruits.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Lovely.

A smooth, lightly tart ale with plenty of flavour.

Photo of Dawkfan
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- A dark ivory head above a dark brown body with ruby highlites. Retention is ok, not much lacing.

S- Smells musty and stale, over ripe cherries and yeast are most noticeable. Aroma is more sweet as opposed to sour.

T- I gotta say this is the most balanced Oud Bruin I've had, the sweet and sour are in harmony with eachother. Wine characteristics and a little woody on the finish.

M- Great mouthfeel, creamy, velvety, and smooth. Ample carbonation.

D- I really like how the sweetness cuts through the tartness in this one, makes it extremly easy to get down. This really grew on me and left me wanting more. An approachable Oud Bruin and a great place for someone to start if you aren't familiar with this style.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.27/5  rDev -22%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750ml bottle poured into a sampling glass.

Pours a clear brown with a small white head. Nose is fairly tart and malty.

Taste us quite well balanced for an oude bruin, it's tart and sour but it's not like vinegar which makes it quite drinkable. That being said it's somewhat bland for the style, it like it's afraid to commit.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle thanks to drabmuh. Poured into a Bruery tulip.

Pours a nice garnet-mahogany color with a light tan head. There is a bit of light, spotty lacing.. Light foam on top of the brew. Nose brings some light cherry and oak plus some light vinegar. There is also a bit of cardboard in the nose. Taste brings some cherry and light oxidation. A bit of mild oak and creamy sweetness. Medium body and a bit of a creamy character. Some mild sourness. Really drinkable with a nice, light sour finish and a bit of oak.

Photo of ritzkiss
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375ml paper wrapped, corked and caged 2005 vintage, courtesy of bobsy.

Pours a mahogany brown with hints of cherry and amber, a thin film of bubbles emerges on the pour but settles down to pretty much nothing - at least there's carbonation!

Nose reminds of a vinaigrette, twang of vinegar, balsamic and a fruity almost raspberry note. Opens up to a touch more fruit and sweet caramel, hint of bread.

Not overly sour, quite moderate and balanced. Provides more of a light pucker in the finish than dominating the body which has a hint of vinegar, light tart cherries, sweet molasses, wood, vanilla. Light carbonation, perhaps a touch too thin body. Would love this to be a bit bigger and badder but what it is a very nice drinker, smooth and hides any hint of the ABV. Thanks Rob!

Photo of BucBasil
4.46/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a branded flute at tBruges Beertje.

A: Great presentation in the wrapped bottle, corked and caged. Brown but pure deep clear red on the edges when held to light. Head was 2 fingers with ok retention.

S: Tangy and fruity. Hints of must and roasted malt.

T: Cherry, currants, cranberry. Complex with a nice balancing malt profile in there as well. Hints of sourness. Finishing slightly sour as well with sour cherry and cranberry.

One of the most drinkable sours I've ever had. Fantastic beer.

Photo of DefenCorps
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mike was very very generous in sharing a bottle of this from 1982, which makes this the first time I've had a beer from the year I was born. It was also a treat to try it next to a bottle from 1998(thanks, Peter!) and 2006 (thanks, me!)

Pouring flat with no head and the occasional bit of cork that fell through. this beer is red and fairly clear. The nose is outstanding. There is some cherry character, yes, but what this has evolved into is almost a sherry. Rich, mildly leathery, a little musty, a little cider and some vinegar. Beautiful stuff, this as among the best expressions of oxidation I've encountered. The palate replicates the flavors from the nose. Apple cider vinegar, sherry, a little smoke and almost light cocoa, this is fantastic. A long finish with sherry and dark fruit oxidation is present, this beer is flat, medium-light in body and eminently drinkable. Not as bright as the 2006 (obviously), and almost a completely different beer than fresh, this makes me want to hold onto my one remaining bottle for another 20 years. Also, this was much better than the bottle from 1955 that I had earlier this year, that just smelt and tasted like a damp, musty basement with some watery vinegar.

**Review dated 03-10-2010 03:09:00**
4/4.5/4.5/4.5/4
I grabbed this a couple of years back when there was the scare that Liefmans was going under. Best by October 2016.

Crystal clear deep ruby red with a thin off-white head that recedes to a ring pretty quickly. Tiny bubbles are noticed by the etched D of my Duvel glass.

The nose is excellent. Brown sugar and caramel are prominent with a fruity tartness. Vanilla is prominent, and some cherry-skin like tannins are apparent too. Served at cellar temperature, a little alcohol is noticeable, working quite well with the brown sugar character. The fruit character is beautiful, a melange of berries - cherries and raspberries - as well as apple cider. Beautifully balanced and nuanced stuff.

The palate opens with a blend of berries, vanilla and some brown sugar. Beautifully fruity, it's quite stunning that there's no fruit added to this. Cherries, ripe raspberries, apples, a touch of fig. Sourness is low, mildly acetic, but mostly fruity in tartness. The brown sugar and vanilla characteristics play off each other beautifully. Fruity tartness, a mellow sweetness, a little solvent and a touch of alcohol are present on the finish that lingers, leaving a little vanilla. The moutfeel is quite superb, medium-light in body with a soft, lush carbonation. The finish is excellent as well. This is one remarkable beer.

With all the hoopla associated with brewery-only releases and crazy trading, it's really nice to know that I can go into my local store and pick up world class beers from Belgium (Drie Fonteinen, Cantillon, Fantome) with no fuss whatsoever, and they're just as good, if not better that the massively hyped beers. I also wonder if the reason that Red Poppy has cherries added is because the fruity character of that beer could not be replicated without them.

**Edit 31 may 2014**
My last bottle of the 2006 vintage. What a beautiful beer! Cherries, blackberries, tannic red wine, vanilla, brown sugar, this is awesome. Carbonation seems to have leaked here, leading to a soft palate that accentuates the sweetness. A touch of cider vinegar is present. Awesome. 4.5/4.5/4.5

Photo of infi
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Paper wrapped 375mL bottle, shared with BAs brun, NYManc and r0nyn. From 10/6 notes.

Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A particularly light, translucent and flat-looking brown ale that just sat quite politely in the glass. Some tiny white bubbles made its way to the top. When held against the light, you could really see the dark speckled floaties in the beer, looking like particles of soil. The aroma had some vinegary moments, but was showed more of a honey sweetness and fruit tartiness. Surprised to find not much a funkiness in the glass either.

Taste was actually nice and more mellow than we were expecting. Some sweetness and oaky flavors, but not much of a sour and funky characteristic in the beer at all. Some tart flavors towards the end as well. You should have seen the other guys' faces *before* their first sip.. all cringing and apprehensive! Hahaha.

Beer was light to medium bodied with not much carbonation either. Still particularly tasty, especially considering the low sourness. Had to have another glass due to my fascination of this Oud Bruin. Slowly, but surely getting to that point where I'm getting obsessed with sours.

Photo of r0nyn
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into my Dogfish Head snifter. Courtesy of BA infi and split with him and BA NYManc.

Pours a dark funky looking color that's hazy and translucent. Lots of dark wisps floating around in the brew with some bits of yeast peppering the suspension. Definitely unique, definitely weird. Smell is almost as funktastic as the look. Dried dark fruit and yeast is the order of the day, putting together a slightly sour, substantially tart nose. Interesting to say the least.

I was expecting something big and sour, but what I got was a very mellow, very smooth, almost woody taste. The dark fruits from the nose make another appearance, and I can taste a little bit of fig and date along with some yeasty breadiness. There's just a slight bit of tartness towards the back end, but even that is subtle and not extremely pronounced. Sweetness is the order of the day with zero hops and zero bitterness. Not too much of an aftertaste at all either. Alcohol is nigh undetectable. There's also zero carbonation in this brew, making for a silky mouthfeel that's on the light side of medium, but still very pleasant on the tongue. It's a bit drying on the tongue, though.

Drinkabilty is quite good. I was expecting something more sour, but it surprised me with its mellowness. An interesting Belgian style, something I'll probably revisit in the future.

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