Goudenband
Brouwerij Liefmans

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Style:
Flanders Oud Bruin
Ranked #5
ABV:
8%
Score:
93
Ranked #1,549
Avg:
4.21 | pDev: 10.21%
Reviews:
587
Ratings:
1,423
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Photo of micada
4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Without consciously trying, new beer: 2016 Liefman’s Goudenband. I was deliberating and didn’t want to tap anything from the usual stuff. I have two of these, so time for a try. Looks like a doppelbock in the glass, but drinks all sour...traditional sour, not Mas Agave sour. No head at all. On the tongue you get a quick sour bite that leads you to think it’ll be too much, but it backs off to a pleasant tart fruit flavor, IDK, like raspberry with granny apple. Good malt finish. It doesn’t show a lot of carbonation, but it feels lively in the mouth despite looking dead still. Alcohol is in the imperial range, low enough to keep you from getting hit too hard too fast. Surprised a little. Very nice beverage.

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Photo of flipper2gv
4.14/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a murky brown with soapy tan colored head. Retention is ok and there is little lacing.

S: Smell is pretty low intensity. You get some balsamic vinegar, tart cherries, oak notes, rye bread and green apples.

T: Much less vinegary than expected. You get some balsamic vinegar, tart cherries, green apples for the tartness. But, you also get some malt notes with brown sugar, rye bread. Vanilla and oak tannins from the barrels. Very cider-y honestly. Some stone fruits with plums, prunes and some raisins. Quite complex.

M: The star of the show. It's broad, soft, round with a very fluffy carbonation. One of the best mouthfeels in a while for me.

O: This is a very good beer (especially for the money). It's very complex, not too vinegary with a great mouthfeel. Really enjoyed my time with this one.

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flipper2gv from Quebec (Canada), Mar 24, 2020
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4.51/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Medium: Capped + tulip glass.
Opacity: Deeply veiled with low activity.
Color: Dark brown with a shiny copper hue.
Head: Slightly creamy brown half a finger.
Legs: Poor but good lacing and decent swirl reaction.
Smell: Balsamic vinegar/Cherries/Toffee.
Taste: Red grapes/Cider/Wild yeast/Floral.
Feel: Red wine/Sour/Yeasty/Woody.
Body: Medium oily and kinda fluffy, still smooth and well rounded.
Carbonation: Good sharp crisp of great balance.
Overall: Impressive unique flavors. Exquisite quality, one of the finest example of a Flanders Oud Bruin having a strange fresh feel behind that sourness. Also quite warming and makes a perfect appetizer while still easily drinkable for the whole bottle.

Visual 8/10 - Flavors 9/10 - Sensations 10/10 - Balance 9/10 -
Freshness 5/10 - Intensity 8/10 - Complexity 10/10 - Appreciation 9.5/10

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TheBierdimpfe from Quebec (Canada), Dec 17, 2019
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4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed as part of BJCP training, 23C Oud Bruin

Pours a tan richer creamy small m head, fair retention decent lacing, dark but clear mahogany brown

Nose big fruity esters, deep plum, fig, black cherries, but sour and some acidity but not acetic or vinegary, under that rich sweet malts, toasted with caramel, toffee, little biscuity, candy malt, mild vinous age, touch of alcohol

Taste malty, more sweet candy and syrupy malts, caramel and toffee like later, quite fruity more plum, black cherry, prunes, more sherry vinous aged character, as well as low sourness and tart with light acidity, no acetic or vinegar, sweet sticky sour finish, mild alcohol

Mouth is fuller bod, medium to lower carb, mild acidity harness and little alcohol warmth

Overall what I was expecting, quite complex between malts, fruity esters, sourness, alcohol, etc

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jlindros from Massachusetts, Feb 22, 2019
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4.17/5  rDev -1%
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 FLima
3.81/5  rDev -9.5%
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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FLima from Brazil, Sep 20, 2018
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3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
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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flyingpig from United Kingdom (Scotland), Jun 26, 2018
Photo of Delekhan
3.89/5  rDev -7.6%
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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Delekhan from Oregon, Dec 13, 2017
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4.25/5  rDev +1%
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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VABA from Virginia, Dec 10, 2017
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4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | 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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emincems from Turkey, Oct 25, 2017
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4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
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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Fourlives from Virginia, Sep 20, 2017
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4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled in February 2016; Opened July 2017

A: Pours a deep mahogany color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a nice cap

S: Tart acetic notes up front along with some fruitiness and funk. Nice and complex

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with some lightly tart acetic notes quickly followed by dark fruit and a caramel/toffee sweetness. Acetic notes linger as an undertone. Some leather and oak in there as well. Finishes with lingering acetic acid, dark fruit, and light sweetness

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Palate cleansing

O: A great oud bruin that is well blended and integrated well. A bit on the fuller side, but that isn't too big of a deal. Great to sip on given the abv and complexity of the blend. Definitely worth checking out

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Photo of DaverCS
4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2016 vintage

Pours a light brown color with violet undertones. A tiny bit of head arises, but it dissipates rather quickly

Aroma is dark fruit forward. Notes of sweet Cherry, plum, and raisin. Some vanilla undertones. I almost get a bit of chocolate or perhaps coffee.

Taste has a low amount of sourness. The beer is on the sweeter side. Again, more dark fruits: more raisins and prunes.The beer is moderately carbonated. There is a slightly strange bitterness that finishes the sip. I don't necessarily think it from hops, as it has more of a medicinal taste. Perhaps like a cherry flavored cough syrup.

Overall this is not my favorite beer to represent the style. It is just all right. It's definitely not offensive, but it doesn't stand out. I probably will not buy again. I see this pairing well with stronger blue cheeses and wash rind cheeses. It gets a 86/100.

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DaverCS from Arizona, Jun 05, 2017
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Basically I'm a sucker for both oud bruins and paper-wrapped bottles, so buying this was a no-braner.

Pours thick, a very deep and dark mahogany. Thead head is small and wispy, and while the bottle steamed when opened the beer itself appears relatively still.

Smells sweet and pretty tame for the style. Light cherries--faint, but what's there is fairly tart. Some generic fruit and toffee, as well.

Tastes much more assertive and complicated. Starts fizzy and acidic with large nodes of cherries and raspberries. The middle is a bit maltier, more traditionally sweet, and the back end is wonderfully thick, smooth, and sweet, nearly like a cherry frosting. The aftertaste is tart and acidic and lingers for a nice while.

This is quite the bottle of beer. For 13 bucks per 750 ml, it was an absolute steal: lesser American versions might go for twice as much.

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mynie from Maryland, Mar 12, 2017
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4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a new one: Liefmans Goudenband. I like to think of myself as a Belgian beer connoisseur, but really when I find a new Belgian beer to review; like this Liefmans, I begin to wonder if I’ve barely scratched the surface. In any case I’m glad I happened upon this as I have fast become a fan of Flanders beer styles - first through Rodenbach and then Petrus - they’re certainly styles I can get down with: Their vinous grape notes, the light tartness mingling with a hint of balsamic and just enough sugar to balance it all out… I’m going to enjoy this! [you can imagine me saying that in a Freddy Quimby voice if it helps].

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Rich/deep seal brown-coloured body, probably cloudy but it’s hard to tell with a body this opaque. Mocha head quickly dissipates leaving a thin lace ring and a few surface splotches. Moreish as many other Belgian brews, I really just want to tuck in straight away - can you blame me? 9/10.

S: Tart black cherries, note of oak, vinous grape tones and even a hint of peppermint round out this brooding and complex aroma… “pretty wow this” says the sommelier in me. The beermelier in me says “yeah, it’s a decent Flanders Oud Bruin”. Moral to this (albeit brief) tale: If you appreciate wine but you think beer is crap, boy is there a world out there for you to discover - I suggest starting with Belgium. 8/10.

T: Not as sour as the other Flanders Oud Bruins I’ve had, there’s definitely a bit more sweetness out-wrestling the tartness, with overall notes of: Black cherry, oak, vinous grape, burnt caramel with a dry finish. Aftertaste oddly brings in a (perhaps unwanted?) grainy note along with green apple character. This is an interesting take on the style, and one that I will definitely explore again in future. 8/10.

M: Medium bodied with a light but dense carbonation. 8/10.

D: This is quite the enigma of a brew, a mystery wrapped in a paper label that says “Liefmans Goudenband” on it. I’m certainly engaging with this style more than others these days - that hit mixture of sweet and sour does a tap dance on my palate every time, and you think I would go for the more sour driven styles like full-on Lambics and the like, but oh no those styles sacrifice sweetness at the altar of sour (just check out my review of Lindemans Oude Kriek Cuvée René on BeerAdvocate, username: doktorhops). This Flanders Oud Bruin sits in the sweet spot for me [pun as always: intended]. Cheers! 9/10.

Food match: Cheese platter all the way with this baby!

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doktorhops from Australia, Jan 09, 2017
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3.79/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark hazy brown and nice film. Surprise!
All sweet n sour on nose and palate, with some sour apples in the mix. Does finish tart tho.
Nicely carbonated for ABV.
Solid beer if not exceptional

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heygeebee from Australia, Dec 24, 2016
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4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From tasting notes 10/21/16. Had [email protected] Alley Katz in Citrus Heights, CA

Appearance - Served up in a snifter, the brew is clear but dark, ruby in color. A half finger width of khaki colored head rests atop. Fair retention, breaking to a thin, broken layer of suds.

Smell - Aroma evokes thoughts of sour apple, cherry, caramel, brown sugar and a faint hint of oak.

Taste - Follows the nose. Flavor is prominently sour with notes of cherry and sour apple with underlying brown sugar sweetness. Slight caramel and some toasty oak come through in the finish that otherwise rings still with plenty of fruity sourness.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with moderate, slightly bitey carbonation. Crisp, but thins out a bit in the finish.

Overall - A great, very tasty brew that doesn't rely just on sourness to deliver the flavor. Hard for me to judge this against the style because I've only had a few, but I'm certainly enjoying this one quite a bit.

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TheSixthRing from California, Oct 29, 2016
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3.96/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not very tart. Not as much as I like my Flanders oude bruins. This was more like....tangy. Flavor is very nice though. More full bodied than other beers of the same style. Would make a great all-around food pairing beer.

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jbertsch from Massachusetts, Aug 15, 2016
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4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

From lacasadelacerveza. In Teku glass. Watching Los Soprano 1x02 - 1x03. Excellent. Reminds me a good quad with subtle tart notes that even improves it

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Photo of Samlover55
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From the cellar
.750 ml bottle into tulip
bb 2024
L- pours a dark brown with thick tan colored head, nice retention, leaves real pretty lacing
S- sweet malt, with tart-sour aroma
T- a real nice blend of sweet malt with pleasant tartness with a tiny amount of diacetyl on the finish
F- real full bodied, heavy and sweet on tongue
O- I really enjoyed this beer and other sours I've had as well, however the tartness (which i enjoy) prevents me from picking up more subtle flavors . But overall great beer

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Samlover55 from New York, May 15, 2016
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4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I smell grapes! Lots of grapes & a little vinegar & a hint of malt. And that was just from the pop of the cork. Lovely cola color (it matches my Fender bass). Taste was a big surprise, I was expecting grapes & sourness but grain is the dominant flavor. Very complex flavor, grain, grapes, fruitiness, a hint of vinegar sourness & hoppy bitterness, all nicely balanced. I was really surprised the the sourness was so muted. Excellent.

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Viaduck from California, May 14, 2016
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3.24/5  rDev -23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not my favorite style. Simply put I taste a carbonated sweet white wine coupled with a mild bitter beer.
While not a fan of (white) wine this beer is obviously disappointing. There's also very little complexity, there's this overwhelming sweet/sour wine note that beats the beer notes by a big margin
I cannot give this beer a low score, because it is drinkable and I am not familiair with this style, so it would be unfair, but I will never buy it again.

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nout72 from Netherlands, May 11, 2016
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4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark auburn almost brown; excellent clarity; off white head;quick cap reduction; spotty lace at best. Tart fruit/rhubarb nose; whiff of barnyard and wet horse blanket. Tart dark fruit, cherries and prunes; semi sweet berries, raspberry and boisenberry vs. lightly bitter rhubarb flavors. Medium lite mouthfeel and lite carbonation. Overall, complex sugary fruit overlapping tart fruit overlapping bitter fruit - mingling with horse blanket coarseness. And the carbonation keeps it light and airy. Excellent.

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.73/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2015 blend. Pours a deep opaque brown with a smallish head and just spotty lacing. Nose is underwhelming. A bit musty, a little twang,mand pretty dull. Flavor is mildly sour, a little bright acidity. No funk or vinuos qualities really. Nothing wrong with this beer, but not much going on even as it warms to room temp.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this many times, most recently a few days ago during the tournament, thanks Jordan.

Comes in its own paper bag. Mild red and light brown color with some dark gold mixed in for fun. Thin head. Looks equal parts Flanders Red and Brown. Aroma reveals lots of old school acetic acid resulting in the phrase balsamic vinegar being thrown around. A little bit of citrus and oak. Mild tartness, totally smacks of sour beer blended with non sour.

Decent carbonation and light body. A very old school kind of beer.

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