Goudenband - Brouwerij Liefmans

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Ratings: 1,176
Reviews: 551
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.74%
Wants: 118
Gots: 130 | 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 gory4d
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours from a 375 ml. bottle (2007, by the cork) into a tulip glass. Nice two-finger head that dissolves quickly, leaving little lacing. Held to the light, the color is deep reddish brown. The smell is like currants or sour cherries. The taste, the same, but rich, hints of black mulberry giving way to a sharp vinegar tang. It's smooth and supple on the palate, not too thick, not too thin; carbonation is low, but more would amp up the sourness too much. It's not the easiest drink in the world, but it's more than just a sipper: you have to take a mouthful to appreciate it. Definitely one of my favorite beers.

Photo of Sorgasm
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

this gem of a beer was recommended to me by an inebriated local i met at the golem in amsterdam. he could barely talk, but damn i'm glad i took his advice. this was my first encounter with funky beer and it really opened my eyes.

appearance - deep brown with an attractive but short lived white head.

smell - complex. fruit, wood, carmel, and sour. a first for me.

taste - holy crap. beer can do that? tastes as complex as it smells with a sourness that melts into a sweet finish. blew me away.

mouthfeel - medium body, well carbonated, the sourness gave my mouth a good ride.

drinkability - the beer was gone before i knew it. if it wasn't so darn expensive (thanks bush, dollars aren't worth crap to euros anymore) i'd have ordered another!

all in all a great beer. i've had other funky beers since, but haven't found one to match this one..

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

Poured like somebody tapped the Mississippi except thicker/more murky. No head or lacing. Smell was rich malt and fatty butter along with a vinegar acidity that mixed well with a sour cherry tone. Taste is along the same lines but with more emphasis on the maltiness. Very muddy as everything seems to be mixed in while not complimenting the other parts. Incredibly rich body that was teetering on heavy, but the sourness seemed to lighten it up a bit. It finished dry making this very drinkable, but the heaviness of the malt will catch up with you.

Sampled at the Kelvin Arms.

Photo of largadeer
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Muddy brown with a bit of sediment floating about and a short-lived off-white head.

Smell - Musty wood, caramel, cherries and slight funk. Complex and nicely balanced.

Taste and mouthfeel - Caramel and sour cherries at the forefront; nice sweet-sour dynamic, with sweetness being a bit more prominent. Undertones of vanilla, raisins and minerals. Medium-bodied with just enough carbonation to keep it lively.

Notes - An excellent oud bruin, complex and unique but highly drinkable.

Photo of ROMER79
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This I feel is one of the better brown ales out there. Jose Pistolas in Philadelphia has this great beer on tap. I had this beer poured into a tulip glass straight from the tap. It poured a ruby red with a 2 finger red/ white head. Immediately I could smell sour cherries, spices, and dough. With the taste the same apply, but I did pick up on some nutmeg. This beer was totally drinkable. I had like 5 of them in a row the other night. To me this could be a good session beer.

Photo of John_M
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours an amber brown color with good head retention and lacing. The nose worries me. Yep, there it is... intense, bracing tart sour cherry. The cherry aroma is overwhelmed by the funky, barnyard sour aroma.... but maybe it won't be too sour on the palate.

On the palate this is a very impressive beer. It's very complex with flavors of sweet black cherry, lemon, lime and a blast of sour funk coming up at the end. The flavors are intense and much more focused then what one sees in a typical fruit lambic for instance. While not my favorite style, even a dedicated sour hater like myself can appreciate this beer. The beer has a very nice mouthfeel with a long, lingering finish. On the other hand, a little bit of this goes a long way. The beer is pretty warming from the 8% abv., and the sweet/sour combination wears me out after a while. Still, this is a very good beer that I was very pleased to see on tap at Max's. Quite good.

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

A- Poured on tap at the Publick House. Poured into a Liefmans' glass. Was a murky brown with no head to speak of.

S- Sweet and sour. Notes of apricots, raisins and dark malts. You also get a lot of sour notes.

T- As the nose suggested this is a sweet and sour mix. I really liked the balance in this beer. If I had to be picky it was maybe a bit on the sweet side. Nice notes of cirtus, raisins and melon. This is a nice Oud Bruin.

M- A bit syrupy but that is common w/ Flanders style beers in my mind. It isn't really a bad thing but it covers up some of the more subtle nuances of the beer.

D- I could definitely have a couple of these. As stated above it is a bit syrupy but I can get over that for a beer that is this tasty.

Photo of ballewblake
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into a Westmalle chalice.

Dark opaque pour with a minimal head that reduced quick to a collar, light lacing. Aroma is hit or miss on this beauty, this time I got what I was expecting. Sweet and sour. Taste is tricky, with a subtle sour note that with plums and melons. Light carbonation on the tongue, nicely balanced mouth fill. An excellent Flemish brown ale.

Photo of Hophead101
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Let stand after taking it out of the fridge to warm up a bit. poured into wide mouth chalice glass. nice dark brown almost black color. small head - it was stoudt in color but without the foamy stout head. very strong malty smell. strong taste to go along with this. a very nice sweet back of the tongue taste. this is a darn good beer.

Photo of dreadnatty08
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy dark ruby, burnt caramel color with a decent quarter inch off-white head that soon meanders to a trickle. Aromas are classic Flanders, plenty of acetic acid comes through, dark caramel malts, plums and raisins. The aroma doesn't lean as far in the sour direction as other lambics I've had and does have a noticeable sweet smell. It also has a slight medicinal, band-aid like note. An incredibly mouth filling beer, the rich dark malts blend well with the bacteria with an overall pretty sweet feel. An overall syrupy feel with the moderate carbonation compounding that. Flavors of light citrus fruits but leaning towards dark fruits with a small amount of chocolate, really quite diverse. Overall, a trully excellent beer and I appreciate the rich character from darker malts, however, I have to say the lighter colored Flander's Reds are more my cup of tea.

Photo of RedHaze
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Update 21Jun2009, 750ml bottled 2006 from the "cellar".
Rating has been adjusted accordingly.

Still very cloudy and murky in appearance, as expected.

The sourness is very evident still, but a nice fruity (cherries, plums and green apples) sweetness has begun to come through a little more than before. The vinegar notes have become a little more muted, and the the finish has smoothed out quite a bit with a little less acidity. This has turned into one hell of a fine sour beer, and I hope the remaining bottles that I have get only better.

750ml bottle, 2006. 4.25 rating.

Pours a dark and cloudy ruby tinged brown with a one finger head that fades quickly to a thin soapy cap. The lacing is minimal, but it does stick to the glass nicely.

Smell; sour green apples and cherries with a hint of vinegar come floating out of the glass before I even finish pouring. A little brown sugar with a touch of oak are present as well as a hint of citrus.

Taste; very sour and acidic, with cherries and sour apples with that touch of citrus in the background. A little bit of brown sugar helps to keep the sourness in check a bit. The oak helps to smooth out the finish and gives it a bit of a drying effect on the palate.

Moutheel is medium bodied with an almost "spitzy" carbonation, and for me the drinkability is just great, but then I really love sour beers.

Photo of Beerzebub
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375 ml, dated 2006 on the cork, best by date 11-2016, served in a Riedel Vinum Extreme flute at 57 F/ 14 C.

Rusty orangish brown, basically no head, a few fine tendrils and blots of lace. Lots of yeast in the second glass, but it's not a problem.

Smells like tart kiwi fruit, golden raisins, cooked strawberry, prune, and yeasty dough. Deep wood and soy sauce notes, and a bit of barnyard. Mild smell, but very nice.

Tastes like kiwi, golden raisins, fig jam, strawberry sauce, wood. Juicy, moderately sweet. Some underlying leafy, strawlike, woody bitterness, and some soy sauce in the background. Some acidity, but not much. After several seconds, rich nutty oxidization comes in, and the sweetness fades for a long dry finish of oxidization and golden raisins with some bitterness. Complex and very tasty.

Smooth creamy superfine carbonation, and not too much of it. Very very drinkable.

Great characterful beer.

I paired the second glass with a Parmigiano-Reggiano and an aged cana de cabra goat cheese. The P-R paired fairly well. The cana de cabra was outstanding, providing tart funk while highlighting the fruit of the beer.

Photo of shroompod
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Paper covered bottle reveals corked 12.7 bottle . 2007 vintage.
Pours a murky brown , no head or lacing.

I smell a sharp funkiness , with a slight bit of alcohol.

Very fruity, ripe apples , brett & slight alcohol notes on tasting.

Mouthfeel is medium , some sweetness, decent carbonation.

A very nice beer , probably the first time I've had this style. I picked up two to try aging.

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

This came recommended by the local beer store. I was impressed by the Michael Jackson review on the paper cover on the bottle. This bottle was not capped by had a cork wired shut. The cork came out with a loud "pop" Here we go!!

This poured nicely with a beautiful nose as I poured it and could smell the raisons, figs or prunes from several inches away. The head was not real strong but the brown is cloudy with some floaties in it. Once again by the smell of this I know I am going to like this.

The taste is a little surprising. It is a little tart or sour. Not as heavy bodied a I thought it would be. The taste is definitely different than the nose. It is more like sour cherries or apples. Very unique and appealing. There is also good tang and carbonation with a nice aftertaste.

Photo of NoLiberty
4.9/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This incredible 20 YEAR OLD BOTTLE (1987) was enjoyed at the Beertje in Brugge with GrassrootsVT.

App: Beautiful clear, chestnut color with a full white frothy head. This beer is obviously still very active, alive and happening.
Aroma: Active, cherry, oak, apples, age, tart and bold, smooth and crisp.
Taste: Also very smooth and balanced. Tart with bold fruit up front and nice crisp middle and a completely balanced finish.
Mouth: Still fully carbonated with clean clean light to medium body. Crisp and dry.
Drink: Yes, yes, yes, please more. This is my beer of choice for a long session.

Photo of dsigmon
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: nice dark brown with small head which faded quite quickly

S: hints of citrus, apple, and cherries. malty backbone

T: tart apple, cherry, raisons, cleaned up by some light hoppiness

M: a little thin but leaves a nice tart taste on your dry pallet

D: one was plenty, alcohol is well hidden however.

Photo of goRideYourBike
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Max's Taphouse

tap into a heavy chalice

a= murky, cloudy, apple cider brown. no lacing at all. thin ring of foam follows every sip on the outter edges.

s= tart, granny smith apple, cider.

t= tart, granny smith apple, vanilla, bourbon?, slight cocoa powder finish. caramel and applesauce.

m= silky smooth, tangy pucker, pleasant dark berry tart numbness on tongue.

d= accept this invitation to the mouth party. keeps changing with every sip and sniff. i found myself taking lots of quick little sips. Its so good, once it hits the lips. want to try from bottle to compare.

Photo of rye726
4.78/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

'06 bottle poured at 45F. Some signs of leaking from the cork.

Glowing mahogany color with a tan head that settles to a nice cover. Very good lacing.

Lots of sweet malts with tart cherries and berries. Good oaky aromas and possibly some floral hops.

The flavor has candy malts, dates, figs and tart cherries all surrounded by oak. A sherry quality emerges as it warms.

Good thick and full body with good carbonation. Becomes quite dry towards the finish. Delicate, crisp, velvety and refreshing.

Superb example of the style. It starts almost too malty until the tart funk kicks in and everything comes together. Pair well with most any mal or snack.

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

This beer poured a cloudy dark red color and formed a huge foamy light pink head that coated the sides with lace and acted like a float. An aroma of malt, cherries and plums. The flavor was of malt, chocolate and cherries. It has a medium body and tart finish. A very nice beer and I hope that brewery is able to stay around.

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.58/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a slightly hazy brown with an okay head that quickly fades but leaves some moderate lacing. Aromas of sweet malt and a hint of sour predominate in the nose. No funkiness, just some slight acetic qualities. The taste is similar. Its quite sweet without enough sour imo to balance the sugar. Sort of an Oud Bruin with training wheels. There are caramel and dark sugar (muscavado) notes and some light sourness that deepens just a bit at the very finish. The mouthfeel is smooth and easy drinking. I really think its a bit sweet for the style.

Photo of YonderWanderer
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours a dirty brownish-red with a thin layer of foam that quickly dissipates.

S: Sour, vinegar, tartness. And that's about it. A hint of wood perhaps, but dominated by a sour smell.

T: Rich soury sweetness, with a great bite overall. This is amazingly tasty. The sour taste hangs around the edge the entire time, but the middle is a huge sweet malt. What makes it great? The incredible balance between the two. Amazing.

M: Well carbonated, with a slick mouthfeel.

D: This is an outstanding beer, and one that will gladly take a standard place on my shelf. It's damn good.

Photo of BeerBelcher
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was told at the time of ordering that this was a lambic, but the description on this site of it as an oud bruin makes a lot more sense. This beer had sourness in spades, and I do love sourness.

It poured a red brown opaqueness with very little head. Aroma was a significant malt character with some fruitiness; I saw another user mention plum and I think that's appropriate. Flavor was more complex fruitiness with a malt presence and significant amount of sourness. Most sour beers with a fruit character (there are some, like Berliner Weisse that have sour without much fruit) have a cherry character, and this one didn't, which I thought was unique and tasted good. Mouthfeel was about what I expected for a beer of this style.

I thought this was very good, and I'd recommend it. I had it on-tap at the Ginger Man.

Photo of garbercury
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First off, thanks Vintage for the hookup. Cork says 2006.

Second, any beer that the late, great Michael Jackson considers to be one of the best beers in the world is obviously worth trying and to take seriously.

Third, if the rumors of Liefmans demise are indeed true I am deeply saddened. This place MUST be saved!

A--Brownish with some amber tones. Not a lot of head after a careful pour but plenty of pieces of yeast in it. Some french vanilla lacing.

S--Fruity aroma, has the aroma of a sweet wine?

T--I am not somebody who likes to delve out fives liberally, but this gets one. This beer is frickin delicious. Oh boy, I cant believe how good this tastes. So complex, so much going on I really dont even know where to begin. Fruity,tart, fine.

M--Tangy on the tongue.

D--If the brewery is indeed going bankrupt, I would like to invest. So much love and care clearly went into this brew. It is the anti-Bud. Belgium has a gem in Liefmans. This is a must try is you enjoy complex, delicious, REAL beer.

Photo of JDV
1.88/5  rDev -55.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Smells sweetish, metallic, and almost wine-like. Pours a chocolately brown with LOTS of suspended yeast/proteins all throughout and a short lived off white head. Incredibly unappealing look from the excessive yeast/protein particles hanging out like stationary gel capsules. Taste is smooth, overly sweet, a touch alcoholic, and some nice sourness. Honestly tastes like a mix of brown ale and a cheap reisling wine. The sourness is interesting but the sweetness level is not something I want in my beer, and although I’m sure tons of people appreciate this style, I found at least this one cloying and left the last half for the sink.

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Extremely sweet (port-like) malty aromas mixed with tart fruit and a dry powderiness.

Honey, not very clear, and a mild head.

Almost port sweetness with a lighter tartness and a juicy fruitiness. The sweetness grows on me.

Medium body and carbonation.

This brew was hard to drink in the beginning but it grew on me. In small sips I can explore this alien flavor on my palate and appreciate its awkward goodness.

Goudenband from Brouwerij Liefmans
93 out of 100 based on 1,176 ratings.