Goudenband Barrel Aged
Brouwerij Liefmans

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Brouwerij Liefmans
Sour - Flanders Oud Bruin
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4.1 | pDev: 8.29%
Jan 17, 2020
Nov 13, 2017
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by KooVee from Finland

Beautiful clear slightly chestnut layer to a lighter shade of red wine. Beige, pretty foam of medium height and retention.

Nose is distinctly a nice tannic red wine with cherry notes, mixed with some vinegar and figs.

Taste is very vinuous, but not on the other hand anything like a red wine. The medium carbonation and the acetic acid take it someplace else. But. Not a classic oud bruin either. There is the cellary wood, the tinge of vanilla, cherry and a very pleasant dry, smoothly tannic ending carrying an upper layer of sweetness that reminds me very much of the aftertaste of a good red wine. A very aroma-driven beer. Or wine. Speaking of impressions, not technicalities. This is one of the very best hybrids of beer and wine I have ever tasted. Everything makes sense here. Extremely drinkable for its strength too.

This is also a drink that keeps you entertained with new subtleties. As it warms up, the fruit twists towards raspberry and the tail hints at clove. Delicious.

Wondering what Rodenbach in wine barrels would be like... a shame this is a one-off.

Jan 17, 2020
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4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by emerge077 from Illinois

Pours a dark burgundy auburn color, with two fingers of light tan foam that dissipates after the first couple sips. Spotty lacing, a substantial collar and some broken surface skim.

Aroma is intensely vinous, lots of oak, a touch of sugar cane rum fusels, oddly enough.

Tart and fruity, intensely oaky. Dark fruit, berries, cherry skins, medium acid level, certainly more than standard issue Goudenband, which is not barrel-aged. Slightly peppery towards the end, there’s just a ton of red wine in this. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, plenty of grippy tannins, highly attenuated dry finish. Tart and fruit forward, a bit more oak than necessary, the barrel is really eclipsing the base beer and could use a little more blended finesse.

Overall, this was a really cool experiment, and hopefully not an indefinite one-off. Apparently born from a California collaboration with Firestone Walker, which resulted in a blend called West Odnar that didn’t see distribution outside of FW. Ironic that Goudenband is the gold standard Oud Bruin, yet is aged in concrete tanks (the old 90's label once depicted barrels). Maybe they could actually attempt an artisanal wood-aged product instead of wasting time marketing all those fruity alcopops to teenagers. I heard France has wine barrels too...

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Beer rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 7 ratings