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Goudenband - Brouwerij Liefmans

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

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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Belgium

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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olympuszymurgus

California

5/5  rDev +19%

05-08-2012 01:52:21 | More by olympuszymurgus
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Hoopman

Michigan

5/5  rDev +19%

11-26-2011 14:50:55 | More by Hoopman
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adrian21

Virginia

5/5  rDev +19%

11-15-2011 06:21:15 | More by adrian21
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Mitchster

Michigan

5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ah, one of my favorite beers of all time (if not my favorite beer of all time). This one pours out to a beautiful, lightly cloudy chestnut color with auburn highlights. There is no yeast particles, and there is no yeast in the bottom of the bottle (corked, wrapped in tissue paper, plain green bottle) The head is gorgeous...light tan, creamy in appearance with immaculate retention and some of the best lacing I've ever seen. The head sits atop small to medium-sized bubbles and seems to last forever. The aroma? Oh bliss, bliss and heaven. Gorgeousness and gorgeousity made flesh...sweet and sour, rotting cherries and oranges, natural apple cider gone bad, deep amber malts, a distant hint of clove, dirty socks, and a faint whiff of alcohol. This gets the parotids kicking into gear. Carbonation is mild, especially when compared to most other Belgian Ales. Mouthfeel is very mild, smooth, creamy, slightly cloying...the body is suprisingly moderately light. Taste begins with some musty puckering sourness, brown sugar, firm amber malts, and a brief note of alcohol. There is a metallic note, which is something I hadn't noted on my last tasting which was all of 10 years ago (Goudenband is hard to find in Michigan..I brought this bottle back home with me from Amsterdam for 2 Euro). The finish is sustained, earthy and (despite it's sourness) is only slightly dry with notes of dates, rotting fruits, and sweet dark molasses cookies. As it warms, this beauty breathes and the flavors evolve, making it exceptionally drinkable. One bottle leaves me with a warm pleasant buzz, but this is something I could drink all night...and all day, and all next week. Ahhh...Goudenband. Truly an exceptional beer, an absolute joy and a must to behold. I am left stunned with a shit-eating grin on my face...seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2003 20:14:26 | More by Mitchster
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brutalist

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +19%

08-31-2013 02:15:32 | More by brutalist
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rekel

Netherlands

5/5  rDev +19%

12-01-2011 00:09:03 | More by rekel
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +19%

11-25-2011 23:26:20 | More by Rochefort10nh
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elinash

New York

4.97/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Corked and caged bottle dated 2017- I couldn't wait that long.

I've tried this beer a couple of times because I like it so much, but I'll catalogue my response this time.

I'm drinking it out of a celebrator glass because it's like a wide, stout flute or short pilsner glass.

Appearance is coke-bottle brown, maybe a little lighter. Reddish tints throughout. Lacing is really great- forming a crown sticking to the glass.

Smell is sticky, a little sweet, with tart notes and brown sugar coming through.

Taste is initially soft (including mouthfeel) rounding out to tart raspberry, rhubarb, and sweet tart candy. Mouthfeel follows with extra but not overwhelming carbonation. Superb thirst quencher. Finishes with the slightest iodine, but in a good way.

An amazing brew, one of the best, I hope the Liefmans facility stays afloat.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2008 00:59:17 | More by elinash
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putnam

Michigan

4.97/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Cloudy brown. The smell recalls the delicious horror of the Cuvee Rene 1998 that so recently rearranged my face. It promises sour, vengeful fruit and earth and yet it is balanced by a generous, sweet mocha-cream nuance that seems inviting. Terrible, thunderous, giant cherry flavors push flavors of bacon, nuts, spice and pan drippings on the palate. The finish is long and tart. A froth in the shape of a Yin Yang settles on the surface. Serve with bacon-stuffed eel, nettle-stuffed pigeon or onion pie.
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That was my first taste. I've been drinking this beer like water over the last month, and I felt it was time to elaborate on its performance. My rating scores do not change.
Possibly perfect beer. While there is definitely some bottle variation (some flatter, some creamier, some spicier, some more alcoholic) it is always a pleasure. I've tasted cinnamon and horse blanket. I've tasted apples and botrytis Riesling. It is always fascinating and pure. Drinking it at the Maple Creek Farm harvest pot luck, under the giant fruit tree with friends, cooks and eaters... it was easy to approve of. If Cuvee Rene is a perfect food beer, this is perfect specifically with furious autumn montages of ripe vegetable parcels. Low maintenance, it doesn't need but the barest chill, and that just to get it started. Believe me, I've drunk Goudenband eagerly at 90 degrees F.
Amazement followed by recognition. I've seen it on many faces first tasting this product.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2002 11:14:15 | More by putnam
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marburg

Michigan

4.97/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

For years, I've had a sadistic obsession with consuming things that pucker my face up into a big dimple. This is one of the great beers that really accomplishes this with a bang. I really believe sour beers like this one are a great balance of flavors -- sweet and sour rather than sweet and bitter. I welcome this change from the "norm," and I relish in its complex and powerful flavor.

A deep, cloudy, chocolate brown color with a white, thin, big bubbly head -- soapy waste water. A great deal of chunky sediment floats around for a bit and settles on the bottom of the glass. It looks a bit like you're drinking sewage, but it gives it such a natural appearance.

The acetic acid of over-ripened sour apples mixes with hints of plum, alcohol, and sour citrus peel in the nose. Starts sweet with an almost cherry-like flavor up front which quickly dissipates as the beer is swallowed, leaving an almost-unfortunate acid reflux sensation at the back of your throat with a wonderful tartness on the tongue. Mild hints of cobwebs and earth throughout. Lively at first, this beer feels a little less carbonated at the end, but it hardly takes away from the quality of the beer. And perhaps one of the most impressive things about this beer is its amazing drinkability; this does not taste like an 8% abv beer. Perhaps masked by the tartness, this beer is exceptionally easy to consume. It's almost perverse to enjoy a beer this RAW, but I absolutely love it.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2003 18:10:45 | More by marburg
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ColForbin

New Hampshire

4.97/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The bottle I had was wrapped in paper and corked, with the cork dated 1998. The beer poured a beautiful dark red/brown with a thin white head. Try as I might, some large flecks of yeast managed to find their way into my glass, so I had to deduct half a point from appearance. The nose is full of sour cherry smell and maybe some cooked plums. Taste is more of the same, with a light cartbonation lifting the sour flavor off you tongue and revealing a slight maltiness. A very dry finish, leaving you wanting more. Now that I can't find Rodenbach, this is probably my favorite beer. A world classic.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2003 03:33:48 | More by ColForbin
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inebrius

Michigan

4.95/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2001. Poured lazily into a Holiday Inn cocktail tumbler.

A stroll through the late-Autumn orchard. Curled browns and ambers clutch the crooked limbs of fruit trees refusing fate for awhile. Tired soil is covered with the sweet scents of packed dead wet leaves and rotting fruits. The earth greets your every sense with primeval longing you don't quite understand.

I crave this type of visceral experience everytime I carry my lips to a glass filled with fermented liquid. Only few can bring it, and even fewer with the symmetry of Goudenband.

Bark and sour orange and nut bread wash across your buds and down and the heady vapors left behind affirm your instinct time and again. I feel I should list everything I'm feeling as I drink this but that might cheapen it. If your ever going to shell out five bones for a little bottle of beer, make it this one.

There should be a tree on the label.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2004 00:45:32 | More by inebrius
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.93/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Corked and caged in 1987; laid to rest on its side for ~18 years. Sediment on the side of the bottle, like a fine wine.

A: It poured like a red wine, with mild carbonation.

S: Also similar to red wine, with a sharp, tart odour.

T: Wow! I expected more tartness, but there wasn't anymore than a Beaujolais. The flavours of grape juice, cherries, cranberries and oak are more reminiscent of a fine wine than any beer!

M: Light to moderate body, mild carbonation.

D: It's like fruit juice! It goes down easier than almost any wine or beer!

Thanks for the tasting Len!

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2005 20:46:50 | More by Derek
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SirSketch

Massachusetts

4.93/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Lovely green, unmarked champagne bottle, corked and caged, with purple wrapping displaying the Liefman's name. A large beige head sustains. Looks dark brown until being held up to light where a deep, cherry red is revealed.

S - Dark candied sugar, farmhouse funk, and sour components prevail. Some white grape, bark, and a little coffee aroma as well. Damn nice!

T - A delicate acidity and sourness combines wonderfully with the earthy and dark fruit undertones of this delicious beer. A pie crust-like quality makes an appearance as well. A truly fantastic and satisfying beer.

M/D - Dry and effervescent mouthfeel adds to the experience. Just take a small sip (or a big one!), sit back, and reflect on the good in life... Excellent!

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2009 00:48:38 | More by SirSketch
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Tim2000

Quebec (Canada)

4.93/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

375 mL green bottle, wrapped in paper. 2 years until best before date.

Clear mahogany bown brew that shines red when held to the light. Thick and rocky tan head clings to the glass.

Aroma is full of spices, cloves and cinnamon come to mind. Some cider vinegar and fruit notes as well.

This is a complex brew. Tart cherries blend with cloves and nutmeg. Sugary malt notes come in as well. I'm getting sour green apple and some faint medicinal phenols near the finish. Alcohol has a subtle warming effect and some woody tannins give the beer a slight astringency. Hops are nowhere to be found, but are definitely not missed. Mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side, with moderate carbonation

Sweet and sour balance perfectly in this beer and it has exceptional character. Goudenband tastes like a wild, traditional, farmhouse ale without the excessive barnyard flavours that many other sour beers I have tried have. It doesn't get much better than this.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2006 05:01:42 | More by Tim2000
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DonDirkA

Arizona

4.9/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The nose is somewhat fruity and very sweet. Figs, golden raisins, dark cherries and a giant mound of brown sugar. The taste is much more tart but equally simple yet complex and full. Sour cherries, dates, grape juice, plum, molasses and some green apples. Tart, full, bubbly, sweet, fulfilling and delicious. And only $11.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2013 04:50:29 | More by DonDirkA
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k75

Pennsylvania

4.9/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz - cork, cage, paper wrap

pours clear medium bright red / heads fades moderately.

aromes are of faint sweet balsamic and some biscuit.

flavors are a complex blend of sweet malt, tart vinegar and medium dark fruit. sourness is present but subdued - not as up front as a Rodenbach.
A fully developed beer as complex as a $30 california cabernet.

finish is medium length and refreshing

drinkability is amazing. (be sure to allow this to warm up to about 50 degrees as it gets better)

my current favorite beer. period

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2006 17:30:50 | More by k75
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AlesALot

Tennessee

4.9/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a beautiful beer. It pours a deep redish brown with a light tan head that stands as tall as any I have seen.
It smells of sour raspberries and dark fruit.
The taste is much like the arouma. it sits on the tongue almost to no end. The sourness is balanced by the rich fruitiness and deep malt complexity.
Drink this beer if you enjoy dark Belgian ales!

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2008 21:37:12 | More by AlesALot
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NoLiberty

Pennsylvania

4.9/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2008 00:54:08 | More by NoLiberty
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VinnyA

Pennsylvania

4.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Serving - 24oz bottle served in a Liefmans goblet.

Cork in bottle shows a 2011 bottling date.

A- dark, color reminds me of a black cherry. Thin head of beige foam that retains well. Excellent lacing.

S- sour cherries, vanilla, oak, grapes, hints of caramel.

M- moderate carbonation, refreshing with a dry finish.

T- caramel apple, cherries, a pinch of dark chocolate, sugar, subtle sourness throughout but amplified on the back end. Malt really stands out. The aftertaste curbs the sugariness of the fruit and dulls down the already soft fruit favor and enhances the sourness that is already present along with an oak flavor containing hints of vanilla.

O- Amazing! Outstanding! Liefmans Goudenband is a lesson in complex simplicity. There is a lot going on here but it doesn't overwhelm at all. Each taste invites you back for another. First had this at Monks Cafe in Philadelphia then spent the next two months trying to find a case. This beer is exactly what an Oud Bruin should be. I can't say enough about it. This is the only beer I've purchased where multiple people have literally congratulated me for my purchase.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2013 05:13:24 | More by VinnyA
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Realale

Missouri

4.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

From a 750ml corked bottle.

Pours a rich, clear brown with some slight reddish highlights. Initial foamy head settles quickly to a thin incomplete cap of fine bubbles.

Nose is mouth-wateringly sour fruit - cherries, a hint of orange. Amazing fruitiness, given that its not a fruit beer. Nice barnyard notes add complexity without over-whelming. Well balanced.

Palate was initially a bit hollow and shrill, but filled in quite nicely with a little air time to be a seamless integration of sour fruit, rich round malt, and barnyard. Incredible length from the acidity.

Loses a bit on mouthfeel, as it comes across a little thin. But its incredibly drinkable, and a great beer to match with a host of foods - especially rich meats, as the acidity cuts right through. Definitely one of my favorite beers in the World!

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2003 07:54:19 | More by Realale
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HopDevil

Pennsylvania

4.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

poured from the bottle the color of rubbed walnut. The brownish red liquid barely produced a head, but oh that aroma.

Acidic, sour, oaky earthy, musty woody with an underlayment of caramel malt.

The flavor impact is a rush for the tongue. The character noted in the aroma is in the taste in spades. Zingy, tangy, jolly rancher, granny smith apple, sour cherry tart with a charming fruitcake maltiness that keeps the raucous sour acid musty woodsy flavors gently reigned in . The hop is imperectible.

Metalic and sharp mouth watering pucker in the finish, unbelievably refreshing for such a hugely complex beer. My unschooled macro drinking friends HATE this beer- lmao. More for me

I can't get enough of the sweet n tart flavor characteristic of Flanders Reds of which this is my favorite example.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2004 20:43:37 | More by HopDevil
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horndecker

New Jersey

4.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm not sure why Beer Advocate has this classified as a Flanders Red Ale when everything I've read calls it an Oud Bruin.

The presentation is special. A 375ml bottle wrapped in paper, though the label itself is less impressive. But it all helps ones anticipation of the drink. Carefully poured into a Duvel goblet as there is much sediment. Cork says 2003. A deep coppery brown, with almost purplish tinge at the edges and a dense fine off white head which fades only reluctantly, leaving a fine lace.

The nose is tangy. Citric, malt, fruit - cherry I suppose mixed with lemon zest. The taste is at first sweet raisins and figs, plums, then a tart middle. The first few sips only present a premonition of sourness at the finish. Does this mean the brew is a bit young? I dunno.

Aha. Sourness makes much more of an impression as the beer warms up. So much more happens, it gets very involved and complex. The big fruity splash remains, but the puckerful sourness is now completely in hand with it. Wonderful balance.

My first bottle, but not my last. I'll have to pick up some bottles to lay down for a bit as welll, as I understand it develops quite a bit over time.

A new favorite!

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2005 20:53:53 | More by horndecker
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CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

4.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed this stellar beer at Smokeless Joe's. I thought it would be good for my 200th review.

It pours a rusted red color with great lacing and an eternal tan head. It has an earthy, winey, oaky, tannic, tart aroma. Theres also spice, vanilla and and some musty funk. The blend of different aromas is so unique and impossibly complex.

The taste is more malty and less sour than Rodenbach Grand Cru. There is a definite sourness, but also spicey herb notes, notably cinamon, ginger and mint. A lambicy funk appears in the middle. Theres a sherry like sweetness in the middle somewhere. There are prominent oak notes and lots of vanilla as well. The alcohol is impeccably well hidden. Theres no hop flavor, except for maybe some earth (though that might not be 'earthy hops' but something else). The mouthfeel is prickly yet thick. The finish is dry.

This is close to beer perfection, so unique, and incredibly complex. It will pair with many foods. Damn refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2004 17:53:38 | More by CAMRAhardliner
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.88/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2008 18:09:04 | More by corby112
Goudenband from Brouwerij Liefmans
94 out of 100 based on 1,055 ratings.