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Goudenband - Brouwerij Liefmans

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Ratings: 1,220
Reviews: 554
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 131
Gots: 147 | 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 jneiswender
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A-garnet with small ring of foam

S-raisin, pancake syrup, faint vinager

T-Assertive sour front, sour cherry, some malt sweetness, dates

M-medium, with average carbonation

D-Very tasty! Not too funky and a great pairing with food.

Photo of madtowndmb1
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a murky brown with a redish haze. Alot of sediment that hung in the glass the whole time.

S: Tart cherries and dark fruit scent was very prominent. A little vinegar was faint but there.

T: I loved this taste! Tart Cherries, raison, plum and dates was all in there, just liked I'd hoped from the scent. Not as vinegary as I thought it might be.

M: Even with the sediment, not thick or sludgy. It was quite thin and had almost no carbonation.

D: I could have one of these every so often and I will search it out for such occasions! Probably sooner than later to cellar a few!

Photo of brentk56
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2005 bottling; tasted 5/1/09

Appearance: Pours a hazy russet color with a modest, bubbly head that leaves a few dots and dashes around the chalice

Smell: The predominate aroma is of sweet cherry, but if you hand around the scent for a while you begin to pick up more subtle elements, such as sour cherry, apple, prune, leather, raisin and oak

Taste: The sweet cherry flavor, mixed with a bready brown ale aspect, presents itself up front, followed by tart fruit, and a growing vinegar-like acidity; after the swallow, the mellow oak and leather flavors also become detectable

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with low to moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A bit sweeter than I was expecting and, to my palate, that limits the drinkability somewhat; nevertheless, a very interesting beer that is worth seeking out

Photo of roadhouse
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. corked and caged bottle into a tulip

2001 vintage

Pours up a deep mahogany color with a three quarter inch off-white head that lasted for a while then sank to a skim. Light lacing left on the glass.

Aroma has some tart cherry and raspberry tones to it with a mild sweetness present as well. Some vinegar is definitely there too in a layer surrounding it.

Taste is intially fruity and lightly sweet but it gets tart quickly with some cherry and raspberry fruitiness. The sour has developed quite a bit compared to the fresher version I previously had on-tap. Lots of funk and vinegar character into the finish. It still tastes great, but I remember liking it slightly on-tap.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, carbonation seems to be lacking a bit, probably due to the age. Still, it's quite smooth, just lacking the creaminess. This probably has something to do with the taste rating gone down a bit as well.

For being 8 years old I can't really complain, the age definitely added more complexity to it, but it also seems to have sacrificed some of the carbonation. Wonderful beer either way, a classic.

Photo of thirdeye11
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured from 750ml corked and caged bomber into a Duvel tulip.

A: This beer pours absolutely no head, with no lacing. There are lots of big bubbles throughout, and TONS of chunky and yeasty floaters. Good for me I like those! A very dark brown; reminds me of maple syrup in color only. Nice in several ways, lacking in a couple of others.

S: Smells mildly phenolic as I swirl my glass, some brown sugar and maybe caramel in the background with tinge of vinegar too. I really enjoy how it smells. Balanced very well.

T: I was really impressed how smooth this one is. Lots of complexity here. There are notes of a white wine-like crispness so obviously grapes are present, some other fruits too which aren't immediately identifiable, and vinegary notes on the finish. Not lasting at all though as that would be bitter, which this is not in any way. I can't fathom how drinkable this one is. Super balanced and light!

M: Undercarbonated quite a ways. It is good in almost every other way though. Could use a little more creaminess too which would come with more carbonation.

D: For the style it's the most drinkable I've had by a good margin. I could drink an entire 750ml of this and love every drop.

Overall this is a superb sour/balanced beer. It's off the charts drinkable, refreshing, feels good in my mouth, I love smelling it, and recommend this ESPECIALLY to someone you know who thinks they "don't like beer". This beer defies most conventions others have of beer in great ways all around. I haven't had many flanders (less than 5) but this is the best yet. Highly recommended to any drinker period.

Photo of wl0307
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

BB 09/2018, served lightly-chilled in Tripel Karmeliet's long-stemmed tulip-shaped goblet.

A: elegant dark brown colour with ruby glows, coming with a creamy beige head with superb retention, on top of a smoothly-carbonated body.
S: sour-sweet plummy and vinegary, smoked black-prune-ish fruitiness comes hand in hand with a subdued aromatic edge of oakiness and perfumy+creamy maltiness; understated dark-cherry+raisiny fruits and dark candy-sugary note sustain in the background, reminiscent of a Belgian dark ale. Overall, the nose is attractive, slightly sharp in the lactic-sour department, but balanced with the fine, underlying oaky aroma.
T: lively-textured, sour-sweet prune&cherry fruity flavour sits on top of a creamy maltiness, while the sour-woody edge quietly manifests itself on the rear and sides of the palate, resulting in a harmonious palate balanced b/w sourness and malt-sweetness. The moderately licrocie-ish and dryish aftertaste, as a result of long oak-ageing, is a bit like great-quality semi-dry sherry (e.g. Oloroso), while more tart berry-fruits lingers with grape-tannic fruitiness to keep a refreshing mouthfeel, while the delicately warming alc. smoothly slips down the throat.
M&D: very smooth on the texture and almost full-bodied for this style, neither as lactic-tart as some others I've tried, nor as complex as its other vintages tasted in the past, but this one is easy-drinking and mellow for a 8.0%abv. Oud Bruin. Although my preference still gears towards the more sour examples, I think it's a marvelous ale all the same.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip glass)
The cork says 2.005 on it.
A- This beer pours a dense brown body with a deep red glow to it and a thick beige bubble head with some very tiny brown bits in it. There is a sea of microbubbles supporting the head, which last for much of the beer.

S- During the pour, the tart fruity aroma is strong with funk notes underneath. There is a hint of dark cherries and a faint damp quality to them.

T- The smooth tartness is bright with a bit of a dark fruit quality. There are soft old wood flavor and some brown malt qualities that have a faint cola note coming through as the beer warms. The fruity notes take on a cherry quality as the beer opens up aswell.

M- This beer has an airy mouthfeel with a soft hint of astringency which compliments the beer nicey.

D- All the flavors just blend together wonderfully making this a great experience with a little tartness, a little funk and a little old brown ale all playing there parts.

Photo of ckeegan04
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Dark mahogany and brown in color. Thick, bron head made of lots of little bubbles. Head fades rather quickly to a thin, half finger cap. Beer is almost impenetrable to light, with the faintest dark red hues showing through when held up to light. Holding up to light also exposes quite a few floaties despite a rather cautious pour....ready to get my daily yeast dose.

S - Sour fruits, lots of cherry and apple. A nice apple cider vinegar backing. Light sugary sweetness as well. Excellent mix of many divergant aromas coming together as one.

T - More sweet than sour initially. A lot of dark fruits including fig and dark, alcohol soaked cherries. The sourness comes through mid-drink with a nice bitter apple and cider vinegar taste. My experince with Flanders Browns are rather thin, but this one is sweeter than what I have experinced before. Finishes with a tart sweetness.

M/D - Medium bodied and rather slick in the mouth. Excellent balance between sweet and sour keeps the drinkability high, but it is still a slow sipper.

Photo of adamette
4.56/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a paper bag wrapped and beautifully corked bottle purchased at Beers of the World in Rochester, NY last October. I do not recall the price. The cork had "2.006" stamped on it and the gold foil twist tie cap had "11 2016" stamped on it.

A Chocolately brown, darker than milk chocolate but lighter than dark chocolate body with significant flakes of sediment floating around inside. This sediment is from the top of the pint down to the bottom. I have left my pint alone now for several minutes (letting it warm up from the fridge temp in which it was) and the sediment is starting to form, about 2 cm on the bottom of my Cooperstown Beverage Trail pint glass. This is an exceptional looking beer.

S Flanders light vinegar like smell with regular brown ale smell as well. Very intriguing and true to style.

T Wow, this is a very interesting beer. Sweet malt and a lot of grains, almost a raisin like sweetness with the addition of vinegar tastes. I do not taste bitterness at all. Layers of interesting tastes develop with each sip but always with a sweet undercurrent of malt and that light vinegar like tartness.

M Full of wonderful, complex tastes raises the mouthfeel up a bit. The reasonably big ABV also contributes to a bigger taste. No carbonation.

D Even though this is not easy to find I believe that I could have 5 or 6 of these easily. It is very drinkable. Every sip brings new layers of taste.

Notes: A treat to have this beer that Michael Jackson called one of the world's best.

Photo of SaucyA
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best By Sept. 2015.

A - Pours a cola brown with dark cherry edges. An off-white head sits atop but fades quickly. Ample carbonation runs up the sides of the snifter. Little lacing.

S - Sweet Belgian qualities, sour notes, raisins, slight cherry. Light oak.

T - Nice sweet/sour mix. Big cherries, slight toasted malt note and a dry finish. No real alcohol, but the tartness is a bit subdued. Warmth does creep up in the tummy.

M - Rather light and a thin, even carbonation.

D - Not supremely drinkable but a bottle is enjoyable.

Notes: I was a bigger fan of Kriekbier, but this is a nice offering from Liefmans. I won't go out of my way for it but it's worth a shot.

Photo of jujubeast6000
3.22/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Reviewed 9/3/2007 (bottle, BB 11-2016):

Pours a dark brown colored body, with little head, tannish in color. Has a very sour sweet aroma. Has a dark fruit aroma, plum, and fig. Really fizzy palate, a sour taste. Dark fruit taste like dark grape and fig. Sweet sugary. Interesting.

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

On tap at Lucky Baldwin's belgian beer fest in Sierra Madre, CA.

Pours a brownish red, clear but kinda dark. Fizzy tan head fades fast. Smell is pretty sour, much more so than the flavor would indicate. The taste is more of a slight fruit, slightly tart, and woody. Really the only thing I can compare this to in the same style iis Lost Abbey's Red Poppy, and Red Poppy seems to have a little bit more bang than this. This was a good beer nonetheless.

Photo of TomGavin
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into the Liefmans Goudenband glass. 1/8th inch thin vanilla bean ice cream head. Quite red in hue--like a pinot noir in transparency.

Nose: Sour and sweet aromas of dried cherry/apple, and believe it or not, sauerkraut fruit.

Body: Slightly creamy, a touch viscous--on the lighter side of medium.

Palate: Immediately sour. Tart cherry/cranberry persists throughout the entire flavor and into the finish--where the malt arrives briefly.

Comment: I believe this bottle might have been a tad old as I've tried this beer before, and it was much more complex. But, take solace in the fact that even a sub-par bottle still provides a decent experience.

Photo of Damian
3.52/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Drank from a 12. 7 fl. oz. corked and caged bottle purchased at Julio's Liquors, Westboro, MA
2006 vintage
Best by 11-2016
Served in a tulip

The beer poured a translucent, brassy, amber-mahogany color. Completely flat, the beer looked very similar to maple syrup.

The aroma was both sweet and sour. Fruity (sour cherries and cranberries came to mind) with suggestions of brown sugar and maple syrup. Somewhat sherry-like. Mildly funky, oaky and barnyardy with vinegar accents.

Like the aroma, the taste was an interesting mix of both sweet and sour, with a greater emphasis on the sweet. Malty rich up front. Fruity and sweet. Tart, acidic and slightly funky in the center with moderate oxidative notes. Somewhat red wine-like. The finish was noticeably boozy (more so than I anticipated) and sweet. Oxidative notes were once again detectable.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied and syrupy. Creamy and smooth with a fine, moderate effervescence.

Drinkability was a bit disappointing. Between the booziness and the oxidative notes, this beer was somewhat difficult to put down.

I was expecting a lot from this beer, but unfortunately it did not deliver. Even though this was only an '06, it tasted like it was past its prime.

Photo of TheodorHerzl
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: This beer pours a cloudy reddish brown color with a very thin head that left no lacing to speak of.
Smell: The first smell I get is a slight vinegar twang, but as that gets out of the way a myriad of complex smells come to life. I am getting oak, vanilla, sour cherries, plums, subtle earthiness, and some caramel. What a nose!
Taste: The taste is as complex as the nose, but adds a few more flavors in as well. Sour cherries start this beer of, but quickly many other flavors including wood, vanilla, tart apple, and apple vinegar all come to life. I am also getting some brett type flavors like leather and horse blanket, but that is fairly subtle.
Mouthfeel: This beer is quite effervescent, and there is no detectable alcohol on the mouth either.
Drinkability: This is a dangerous 8% ABV beer. This would pair well with food.

Photo of tpd975
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Joey from Cigar City for this one.

A: Pours a nice amber hue with tones of lighter orange showing thru. The head is small and whispy with no lace noted.

S: Light sourness up front with bold notes of raisin. Hints of sweet caramel malt, molasses, and more raisin.

T: Very unique version of the style. This one is more about the malt than the sour. Tons of roasty malt which turns very dark fruit like. As is warms its like having raisin juice in your mouth. Very sweet raisin at that with hints of gooey molasses. Subtle notes of cherry with a touch of sour to round things out.

M: Medium in body, smooth, with a lingering sweetness.

D: Fairly drinkable, but very malt laden and sweet. I love that its not your typical Oud. The dark fruit notes make this a whole different beast. If you wanna try something a bit different go for this one.

Photo of Darkale
4.54/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

My gateway to the world of sour beers, and a beer I love to revisit.

Tangy, deep, smooth and deep. Deep aroma of wood sugars, mild vinegar, candy and spice; the aroma flows into the nose as strong as the breeze from a sweet ocean. As happy as the nose is, the tongue is happier: it has as fascinating an interplay of flavors as any beer I have ever tasted: sweet as the strongest barleywine, with a thrumbing sour of green apple twirling around it.

This is the ONLY beer I have ever encountered that I wanted to smell more than I wanted to taste, and it tastes very, very good. Bravo.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375 ml caged and corked bottle, 2007 on cork, best before 6/2017. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a hazy dark brown/red color with pretty much no head at all. Surprisingly there's a decent amount of lacing. There's also visible sediment "floaties" in the glass. The aroma is sour, it smells like apple cider, vinegar, brown sugar and tart cherries. The taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also raisins, figs, and a bit of wood that I can taste. Great mix between tart/sour and sweet flavors. It's definitely sweeter than I expected it to be. Mouthfeel is medium, it's creamy and a bit syrupy with average carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, it's very easy and enjoyable to drink. Alcohol is well hidden. I like this beer a lot, I think it's a very good Oud Bruin and I'd definitely buy it again.

Photo of Cresant
3.82/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this 12.7 oz paper wrapped brown bottle into a Tripel Karmeliet glass. 2006 is printed on the stubby cork. There was a tiny pop when opened. Major chunks of yeast/sediment dislodged into the glass. The body was a dull root beer color. Minimal fawn head.

Smell was metal and cooked fruits. Hints of apple-cider vinegar. Rather subdued.

Taste was of cherries, sweet in the beginning and tangy in the middle. Nectarines. Woody. Well balanced with a drying finish that keeps you going back for more.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied with a fine, light carbonation.

Photo of corby112
4.85/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Serving type: bottle.

Pours a very dark amber with a thin white head. Slightly sour aroma that is a nice balance of maltiness and sour fruit. Perfectly balanced sour ale that is not to sour nor to sweet. A nice amount of maltiness and sour fruit combie to give this a beer an extremely smooth very drinkable taste. The best sour ale I've had yet.

Photo of KeefD
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2006 Vintage, best before date of 11/2016. Pours a very dark brown color with barely visible ruby highlights on the edges. No head and no lacing whatsoever, but some carbonation bubbles can be seen and a little bit of yeast that made it's way into the glass. Aroma of maple syrup and brown sugar with a hint of Tootsie Roll on top of a tart cherry sourness. The very definition of sweet and sour. Taste is very sweet, hints of cherries and apples, again with the brown sugar, a bit of molasses, and not quite as sour nor tart as I was expecting, but tart nonetheless. Very complex. The sweetness mixes nicely with the tart fruit flavors and is extremely well balanced. Very light carbonation tingle on the tongue, medium to full-bodied. The sweetness is somewhat cloying and the ABV is pretty high, keeping the drinkability low. This brew would be an excellent candidate for careful cellaring. I've read that Liefman's is or has gone bankrupt, so I'm very much considering buying a few more bottles of this before it's too late. My first Oud Bruin, and it did not let me down. Delicious.

Photo of glid02
4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this at Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a very dark brown color with ruby highlights - I tried to stop the pour before the yeast trickled out but I still have a few specks suspended in the beer. The head is almost non-existent and what little head there is recedes quickly into nothing but a very thin ring around the glass. No lacing.

Smells of sour cherries, but there are also good amounts of sweet aromas in there.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Tart cherries up front nicely balanced by the malt sweetness. Nothing terribly exciting but what's done is done well.

Mouthfeel is good. Very light on the carbonation compared to other sours I've had, but it has a good thickness and goes down smoothly.

Drinkability is good. I polished one bottle off pretty fast and could easily drink another.

Overall this is a solid beer, but for the money I'll take Petrus' Aged Pale. Both are worth a shot. I wish there was some indication of how old this was as I've read conflicting reports of the amount of head.

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

"The best brown ale" as proclaimed by beer guru Micheal Jackson.

A: Pours a dark cherry red color with a moderate light tan head.

S: Sour dried cherries on nose, very fruity.

T: Nice sourness upfront for flavor but is very smooth and silky and refined. Very light toasted nutbread and toasted grain. Sweet and sour palate with rich dark cherries, raisins upon warming. Sweet caramel and earthy hops round out this beer. Wow , very good.

M: a little light body wise, smooth with only a faint touch of carbonation felt on the tongue. dry, crisp, and pretty nice.

D: good drinkability, sweet, dry, crisp, fruity and a joy with every sip.

Photo of sevopie
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Dark-brown with visible sediment suspended inside. Poured a tannish head with a little retention.

Smell - Grapes and apples dominate the smell, with a slight sour vinegar note and a slight caramel malt.

Taste - Slightly dry, slightly sweet, slightly fruity, and a touch sour. The apples jump out a lot more in the taste with some brown sugar rounding it out.

Mouthfeel - Somewhat light and very liberal on the carbonation.

Drinkability - Despite the sour, it remains very drinkable, as everything seems well balanced. The fruit is prominent enough to enjoy, but mellow enough not to overwhelm.

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

Well, this is a style that I've intentionally avoided since my tasting of Duchesse de Bourgogne a few years back. I realize they're not the same thing, but that sourness just put me off so much. I found this at Top Brews in Burlington and decided to give the Flemish style another try.

This is 2007 version, from a corked and caged 375ml bottle. It pours a very dark red with golden/amber highlights. No head whatsoever formed. What an impressive sight to behold: all the "floaties" collecting at the bottom of the glass. A nice swirl brings them up from the abyss. Fruity aroma, with tart cherry and bright, sweet malts easily discernible. A bit of something I can only describe as "vinegary" shows up as well; it gently reminds me of balsamic vinegar.

Cherry dominates the flavor, while a mild malt essence props the whole thing up with body. Very nice. The aftertaste mainly consists of the fruit flavor, but there is a dark, slightly burning alcohol character that keeps the flavor from becoming too sweet. Talk about balancing on the edge of a knife! Either way and it may lose its best qualities.

I'm glad I gave this brew a sample. While it's certainly different from my standard fare, it's a welcome step outside the box, and inspires me to continually try new things.

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Goudenband from Brouwerij Liefmans
93 out of 100 based on 1,220 ratings.