Goudenband | Brouwerij Liefmans

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90.4%
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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Mitchster on 02-24-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,276
Reviews:
573
Ratings:
1,392
Liked:
1,258
Avg:
4.19/5
pDev:
10.26%
Alströms:
4.1
 
 
Wants:
169
Gots:
205
Trade:
1
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Photo of DFLB
5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Imported from Belgium, Goudenband is a sour Ale.

As you drink, the smell of black berries and caramel are noted. The body has an oak component to it. A sweetness is felt as you dive into the variants of the beer. The ABV is 8% and the alcohol is nondescript.

Black berries are tasted from start to finish. They give us the sweet and tart we experience. Grapes embolden the body and gives the drink a wine-like complexion.

Green apple is present and adds an accent to the sour. Caramel encapsulates the fruit and creates a pleasant mouthfeel. The oak is more pronounced as you listen to the caramel.

Goudenband became an unexpected surprise. Although I knew I was drinking a Belgian, I did not know this is a sour Ale going into it. It's more tart than sour. The black berries is the main feature and is the reason why the beer comes across tart. Actually, the tart sensation is bearable and complimentary to the caramel. Impeccable and ingloriously drinkable, Goudenband is insanely easy to drink and unique to its own.

Cheers. Prost. Drink for the love of beer.

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

Photo of Sludgeman
3.71/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Disappointing.

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Photo of ajdemma
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Butch5555
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very complex

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.23/5  rDev +1%
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 avisong
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kybeerdrinker
4.56/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of 22Blue
3.99/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StormAles
4.99/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of ZEB89
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BelgianBeerChef
4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Supergenou
3.72/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brob245
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DaverCS
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
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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Photo of FBarber
3.78/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KyleDubya
3.71/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Budlum
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Casey_L
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of QuadKing42
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Johng19751
3.94/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Fenix2009
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mynie
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
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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Photo of DavidSchaal
4.68/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of akopczyk
4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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Beer rating: 90.4% out of 100 with 1,392 ratings
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