Goudenband | Brouwerij Liefmans

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Liefmans
Belgium
liefmans.be

Style: Flanders Oud Bruin

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Mitchster on 02-24-2001

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Photo of quadmad
3.79/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ShaunE
3.67/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From the 330ml bottle, blended in 2017, it pours a solid brown with a modest head, quickly diminishing to a thin ring. Definite scent of apricots, cherries and malt in the nose. The mouth gets a well made sour with cherry undertones and a solid malt backbone. Yum!

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Photo of bierfonteintje
3.94/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BEER88
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of FLima
3.81/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I have been guarding this for six years. It poured a dark reddish-brown color with no head whatsoever. Cork did not produce any stomp.
Mild but nice malty aroma with notes of prunes, oak, a bit of cocoa, fig jam, toffee, caramel, lots of grapes, gooseberry and black cherry.
Flavor starts sweet and ends somewhat tart with notes of oak, grape juice, gooseberry, mild vinegar, some lactic acid, green apples, orange drops, sour cherry, distant mint, caramels and magnesium. Dry aftertaste with restrained sourness.
Medium towards full body with almost flat carbonation. Alcohol of 8% is well disguised
Oud Bruin with great malt and dark fruit complexity that is a reference for the style. This resembles a lot red wine, but malty. Sourness is restrained, in line with the style. A bit higher carbonation would have enhanced the experience; sure it should be considered this was cellared for a long time.

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Photo of Pro_Magnon
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of flyingpig
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

330ml bottle (2016 blend) from Moules Poules in Bruges, Belgium (€5.50):
This one was quite a good blend with some nice sweetness & more so some sour flavours that were complimented by the tart & background fruits, most notably the cherries but also some apple as well. There was a lively but balanced feel to the beer with most of the alcohol content hidden & it proved quite an enjoyable & interesting beer without it exciting too much or being one I'd rush back too; it's definitely well worth trying though & is one I'd happily have again.

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Photo of Narthax
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lukass
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rairis01
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Duncian
3.96/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MAUEX_MFA
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of brocktune
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WormGod
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DrunkenSuperman
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Delekhan
3.89/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Drank it draft at The Bier Stein in a snifter glass.

L: A thick monotone dark color not much to look at with no head.
S: Smelled of fresh berries absolutely delightful.
T: A much more subdued version of the nose. Berry taste upfront with a malt aftertaste and then a finish of berries. Pretty refreshing.
F: Was about as flat as it looked. Not bad not amazing.
O: A good refreshing beer. Not the best I have tasted but it was still pretty good.

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Photo of VABA
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A very vivid dark color with a slight head and lacing. It smells very nice with hints of berries and sour apple. The taste follows the smell with generous hints of berries and a slim sour apple tartness. Very complex character with a pleasant balance. A well balanced and complex beer that has the right balance.

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Photo of Vaulmas
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of OzmanBey
1.49/5  rDev -64.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

Photo of emincems
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

It pours dark brown color with small beige head. Foam retention isn't strong, but it leaves some laces. Very attractive smell reveals complexity. Plum, sour cherry, wood and slightly barnyard aromatics are on the nose. What a great taste! It tastes caramalty sweet at first, but sour cherry and plum are evident at finish and they are balanced with softly woody tones. Short finish, unhidden Abv and softly oxidized tones effect negatively mouth-sense, but I love Belgian complex sours and this is one of them. Superbly delicious.

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Photo of Fourlives
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I wish I had the patience to cellar some of the better beers I get, but since I don't I feel compelled to comment on this well blended sour. I've been relatively spoiled by the beautiful sours of Reaver Beach in Virginia Beach, VA., so tasting a Belgian sour was a nice treat.
Poured into a Baladin Bier Teku tasting glass, at around 55 degrees, Goudenband poured a beautiful dark mahogany with a 2" inch head that reduces nicely to a foamy cap throughout the glass, with nice lacing dripping down the side of the glass.
It tastes more to me on the first of fresh cherries on the top and black berries on the bottom with a beautifully executed second of malty goodness that follows with yet another layer of fresh bluberries, although minute.

Just a really a nicely rounded beer.

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Photo of _nickg_
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sludgeman
3.71/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Disappointing.

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Goudenband from Brouwerij Liefmans
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