Goudenband | Brouwerij Liefmans

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Brouwerij Liefmans

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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Reviews by rickyleepotts:
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4.41/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Tonight we are drinking a sour. I LOVE sour beers. When I am walking up and down the beer aisle at Total Wine & More, I like to watch people looking at a sour to see his or her reaction. Unless you are expecting the flavors a beer like this offers, prepare to be amazed. The brewing process along is unique, and requires SO much attention. This specific bottle is from 2010, so it already has 3+ years on it. The beer is said to age to 10+ years, so I am sure some of the initial sweetness has worn off and we are getting to the bare bones of what makes this beer great. I like pretty much every beer from Belgium, so I hope this one delivers. It's a big bottle and comes in a paper wrapping. That's called the "pajamas". Aww… how cute! I just hope it taste good. Cheers, people!

In the Glass: I didn't expect this to be dark, but it has a nice deep dark brown color. Not much hear, and hardly any lace. I could smell some of the sour notes as I was pouring this. To be honest, as this beer has settled in the glass, it looks like a flat Coke. I am sure it smells and tastes better than Coke!

Nose: I am getting some sour notes, but not as much as I expected. I keep thinking about the brewing process for a beer like this. There is so much attention put on brewing a beer of this quality, and then to only charge $12.99 for it… that's a steal! It makes me appreciate the beer more and has me itching to drink it. So… without further ado, let's drink. Cheers! (Is that the way you spell adu? Or is it ado? Or adue? I have no idea!)

Flavor: That is sour… but a very complex beer. It's not sour until the finish. I am sitting here waiting for it to be sour, and some almost malty flavors attack the middle of my palate. Then, out of nowhere comes the palate wrecking sour flavors. Holy crap, that's intense. Now, having tried several sour beers over the years, I am sure this will become more balanced as I drink and as it heats up. But the first impression is a nice subtle sweetness leading to a ridiculous sour flavor. Bravo, Liefmans.

Mouthfeel: It's quite thin, and doesn't really impress me until the finish. It slides across the palate, and while it's cold, I feel that might help the flavor a little bit. I did swish a second sip around in my mouth, and the bubbles overwhelm. It does, however, really open up the beer. You get more subtle sweet flavors and while the bubbles take over, when they are gone the flavor is worth every second.

Aftertaste: It's sweet, but not as sweet as I expected. Perhaps the time this has been in the bottle. The experts said the sweet flavors should be expected with young bottles. I would LOVE to try this at 8-10 years. I am not sure I have that kind of time. Although, I have a few bottles in the cellar that I am holding for 15 and for 20 years.

This is good. It's really good. i have more than half a glass left, and I am going to let this site to warm up a bit. It will get better, and I am stoked to see what this tastes like in 10-15 minutes. I might not have 10 years, but I have 10 minutes. If you like a good Belgian example of a sour, then try this. Both offerings from Liefmans have been great. Good price for a beer that has that much TLC put in the bottle. Plus, I love the pajamas!

Liefmans Goudenband - The bottle says: "NA"

The bottle might not say much… but the wrapper (pajamas) say a lot. So… the wrapper says: "Liefmans Goudenband is one of the world's most complex beers. An aged Belgian Brown Ale, it is brewery-cellered for many months until it matures. Only then is it blended and bottled. Historically known as "Provision Beer", Goudenband is superb for further home cellaring, allowing taste, aroma and body of the beer to continue to evolve. A delectable treat for the beer connoisseur."

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Its great to have a chance to try world classics like this you really need to savor beer like this,pours a great brown color with very nice red tints showing thru everywhere in the glass not as much head as expected but the color was awesome.A very complex aroma consisting of some mustiness when first opening andsour cheery with a nice spicey element allspice maybe?Taste is oaky and sour but not nearly as sour as I thought it would be wich is a good thing for me I pick up a light spice not as well with a vinegar and light salty note in the finish.Wow a great extremely complex beer one to savor for sure.

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

Pours a dark brown....some tartness in the nose, mild fruit....the taste is absolutely fantastic: semi-tart, not quite sour, an almost cherry like finish and with only the most subtle woody notes....a somewhat lively mouthfeel but yet this beers quickly turns with an ever growing creaminess towards the finish, light in some way....what a great, fresh mouthfeel...this beer is balanced quite nicely and has a nice complexity about it....easily a beer to sit down and slowly enjoy several of....to me this was a world class old brown ale...top marks here

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Photo of RoyalT
4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – The body is a beautiful, shiny brown with shades of orange and full of sediment. As interesting as the liquid is, the head is equally as boring. It came up very little and went down quickly. I didn’t get the impression by popping the cork that this ale was flat or bad. It just doesn’t seem to have a lot of head.

Smell – The malty sourness has a lambic way about it. This is no cheap sourness like many examples of the style. This is like sour green apples dunked in cider.

Taste – This will suck in your cheeks. Some cheap Flanders hurt my teeth, but this is the good stuff. The dextrose-flavored finish is a bit worn down by the big green apple sourness, but it’s there enough to be noticed. Again, I like the lambic characteristics that I’m finding here.

Mouthfeel – If you’re looking for that “just sucked a lemon” feeling then this will do the trick. It goes about it pleasantly, though. There’s nothing harsh in this one.

Drinkability – This is an easy drinker. It has all the facets of a good Sour Ale but is not too harsh or over-the-top. There’s also a very mature, almost oaky nature to this one that seems to put it above most of the pretenders. I found this to be a very solid, drinkable ale.

Comments – This is a 2001 so has been sitting for three years and is no worse the wear.

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Photo of cam477
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Now I get it…now I finally get this style. This is magnificent.

Served on tap and in the proper glassware at the Map Room in Chicago, IL, this chestnut bodied brew pours with an audible carbonation and inch thick slightly speckled white head.

The nose is intensely sour and almost lambiclike. It’s so sour in fact, that’s it is difficult to make anything of the aroma. With some consentration I think I smell some cherry lemonade ice tea.

I can’t really taste much in here accept for sour acid and a little cider. This doesn’t bother me in the slightest. The acid flavor is to die for.

The motuhfeel is like there’s a ballet on my tongue.

Despite the acid I could never grow tired of drinking this. I don’t know how they do it.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.6/5  rDev -14.1%

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

A: Dark reddish brown with a big pale beige head that settles slowly and leaves a nicely looking lid of foam.

S: Distinct aromas of overripe fruit (apples), some sweet candy-like aromas, raisins, light phenols, a faint note of funky barn, wood and tart vinegar. A pleasant smell full of character.

T: A fantastic taste, just really really good. A great blend of sweetness and tartness develops in the mouth with the sweetness taking just the slightest of leads. Notes of cherries, apples, plums and some raisins. A faint note of sweet candy. Some vinegar, wet wood and a note of daring yet subtle yeast. The finish is gently bitter with a rich tartness mixed with some phenols, minerals and raisins. This is just a very tasty brew.

M: Medium body, well balanced carbonation. Slightly chewy and sticky in the mouth with a somewhat dry finish.

D: I really like Goudenband, nothing but a classic. It's just unbelievably tasty. Very easy to drink as well and I can easily drink a 750 ml bottle of this stuff by myself.

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Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CavemanRamblin
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Tiernan
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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

Liefmans Goudenband Provision Ale 8% alcohol. Poured from 750ml corked and caged bottle into an Ommegang Snifter.

A- Glorious sight of a near opaque dark brown fluid with a quarter inch off white head that leaves behind a tight bubbly froth that lightly holds on the the edges of the glass slipping back to the brew after the swirl and/or sip of the excellent Flanders Oud Bruin.

S- Fresh scents of cherries, candied apples, and sweet malts upfront on the nose. A light hint of musky yeast is noted with a slightly spiced edge.

T-M- Where do I start? A sweet almost tart bite of cherries and currants stings the tongue with bountiful flavor. Second notes of sweet apples and pears followed by light brown sugar.
Mouthfeel is a heavily carbonated tingle with very little alcohol ester presence. Mildly dry with excellent drinkablity.

O- Overall one of the best if not the best Flanders Oud Bruin style beer i've ever had hands down. I'm going to stock up on this one Cheers!

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Photo of weatherdog
3.65/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

75cl bottle poured into two oversized wine glasses, 2006 vintage so says the cork.

It pours a cloudy chestnut color with a huge amount of yeast clumpies in all the pours. This beer was opened after only about two hours in the fridge after a long bumpy car ride so I will excuse the vast amount of suspended yeast in the pour. If it poured like this after several days in the fridge I would normally dock it points because the amount of yeast was really excessive. There is only a short lived cream colored head.

The nose is pretty muted and restrained for a sour brown and for my liking. There is also a lot of sugary sweetness which I am not the biggest fan of. Underneath that sweetness is a reassuring tartness with just enough acetic in the nose without being overpowering.

The taste has a lot of oaky and caramel malt favors married in a medium level of tartness. The taste finishes just too sweet for my taste and is just distracting. I understand this style should have a little more residual sweetness than Flanders reds but the amount found in the beer is over the top and distracting the from the real character of the beer. I guess the trade-off of this attribute is the approachability of this beer.

Mouthfeel was just right with a low/medium level of carbonation and a full bodiedness. Drinkability was good as well and a very refreshing beer, my only wish is less sweetness and let the sourness and woodiness of the beer shine through.

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Photo of tbryan5
4.36/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750 ml Bottle poured into Tulip.

A- Pours a dark, dark brown (almost black) with a half finger head that fades quickly and leaves little lacing.

S- Dark fruit, plums, figs, apples as wells. Funkiness and earthy aroma in the background.

T- Almost tastes like a funky quad. It's very very good. Yea... funky quad is what I'm going with.

F- Light to medium mouthfeel and carbonation.

D- A very good brew. Not as tart as I'm used to in a Flanders but good nonetheless. Split this one with a buddy.

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Photo of SkiBum22
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of SanDNigel
4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml- Wrapper sure makes it seem special
A- Dark burgundy, little bubbles. For mine, little to no head, just a little something around the walls of the glass
S- You can smell it as you pour it. Wow it smells good! Date, caramelized sugar, berry/pear compote with a sour sting
T- Delicious You don't want it to end. Sour berries that pucker you up nicely. Such a perfect balance of sweet/sour/ and some extraordinary thing I couldn't put my finger on
M- Soooo smooth Mine was lightly carbonated, but I wouldn't have changed a thing

This is one damn good beer. If you were to introduce someone to sour ales this might be the perfect beer to do it with. I just want more and more of it, that is the only problem

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from the 750ml bottle a deep brown with hints of red as well. A light, airy bubbly head forms on top and leaves some nice delicate lacing on the side of the glass as well. Aromas are a mix of sweet caramel maltiness and some sour fruity characteristics (cherry, plum.) There a nice spiciness present as well along with woody notes. Quite nice.

First sip brings a yeasty caramel maltiness upfront along with an equalizing fruity sourness that makes for an interesting interplay between the two flavors on the palate. There's some nice woody, vinous tones on the way down along with a gentle spiciness. Toffee, molasses and even a slight hint of cinammon. Quite a tasty treat here.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a medium body and quite a bit of carbonation. This is a unique and tasty brew that I have no problem consuming. I very much enjoy the sweet/sour aspect of it and I look forward to having it again in the future.

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Photo of blitz134
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Caged and corked 750. Cork came out with a loud pop as soon as the cage was undone.

Pours what appears to be a solid brown body until held up to the light and the deep crimson red really shines through. Small quarter inch of tan head disappeared quickly to a couple of collections of small bubbles.

Smell is sweet and sour fruits of cherries and plums and grapes with some hints of apple. A solid sweettart candy smell. Quite delectible, but this is a favorite style of mine.

A good sweet and sour flavor profile. Not over the top sour like some of the others of the style. I like them as sour as they come, but this is a good alternative and a more drinkable beer for those who don't care for sour as much. Flavor has the typical belgian profile of dark fruits. Very similar to the smell with the sweet cherries and plums which come across like many red wines do. The addition is a dry sour aspect with tart cherries and plums again. A caramel sweet maltiness balances this out well.

A good bit of carbonation in the mouthfeel adds a crisp feeling to this. Mouthfeel is still decently full even with the carbonation levels. Drinkability is good for the style due to the nice sweet and sour combo without being over-the-top tart.

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Photo of Kjanisch7
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of HopticalDeployment
4.01/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of danthehopslamman
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of elinash
4.97/5  rDev +18.6%
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.

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Photo of chiefbender
4.92/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of heddar33
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of warnerry
4/5  rDev -4.5%

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