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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look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: 255ml green champagne-style bottle with a crowned wire cork. Cork suggests a 1998 bottling. Sample poured into a proper Liefmans gold rimmed glass.

Appearance: A hazy dark red beer, with rich amber hues and a clumpy, bubbly off-white head.

Smell: Medicinal, crisp nose with a bold yeast spice aroma, touch of caramel malt and metallic notes -- "sweet n sour"-like.

Taste: Tart upfront, a bitter cherry and lime flavour. An oak flavour mingles nicely. Definite medicinal and metallic notes through the entire beer, but very palatable and expected. Malt is hidden under the tartness, however it's sweet with faint caramel flavours. Things dry up to an almost pucker quality at the end and it's followed by a metallic aftertaste.

Notes: An exceptional Flemish oud bruin brew -- the classic example. Massively complex and unique.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Cork is dated 2010. Poured into my Corsendonk glass

Ridiculously complex. From the first sip, I knew this is among the best beers I've ever had. Good balance of sweet and sour, vinegar-y tartness, sweet dark fruit, bruised apples, oak, leather ... so much going on in this. Fucking outstanding.

TREMENDOUS thank you to garbercury for this one!

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting, bottle with a caged cork wrapped in paper, best before: Jan 2016, cork had 2005 printed on it so I am assuming last years vintage, anyways, here we go.

This poured an attractive dark brown leaving a 2mm head that when disturbed glistens down the side of the glass. Smell is interesting, it has strong characteristics of wine. Taste is definitely interesting, it tastes a bit like Wine, a bit like Cider, with malty undertones. This can be a bit tart on the first sip but eventually gets a lot smoother, and easy to drink.

This is quite nice.

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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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4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from large bottle at about 45°F.

A // great clarity, tan and sticky head, deep and dark red-brown.

S // Acidity permeated the odor, nice white wine and a touch of vinegar, a little barnyard funk.

T // Sweetness from malt is prominent and counterbalancing to the lacto sort of sourness. Quite tart and very flemish, evokes sour apples, lemon, and berries, with a classic funk strong in the finish.

M // Light and crisp without being thin. Effervescence not quite as strong as I expected (or hoped) but still very fine.

D // This is an eight-by-volume sour that goes down as easy as can really be expected.

Very pleased I picked this one up, and Liefmans in general is quickly becoming a favorite for me. If you like sour flemish taste, this is a great representative.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Spinnerstown Hotel

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Unique is the word of the day! I've never had anything like this beer...that doesn't make it my favorite or anything, but its damn good and there isn't much else out there thats easy to find like it. After getting the paper wrapping off the bottle (one of my friends said it reminded her of a bottle of A-1 or something haha), I poured out this uncarbonated murky reddish brown beer. I've also never seen so much sediment floating, then sitting in the bottom of my glass. It was thick down there.

Aromas of sour fruits are prevalent, and the flavors and complexity are off the charts. This is the sweet 'n' sour sauce of beers...somewhere between a lambic and a dark Belgian ale. Begins with flavors of tart fruits, cherries, and dry citrus fruits. This is followed by a well balanced dark malt flavor intermingling with caramel and a spicy but mild hop finish. Quite interesting because very different flavors that are not usually found in the same glass of beer appear almost simultaneously in this one. Definitely glad I came across this beer. Try it if you find it!

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a deep brown color with a thin foamy cream colored head. He's disappears pretty quickly, but it's still a nice looking beer.

S: Dark fruit, oak, sour cherrie, a touch of chocolate and some rich malt.

T: Has a really pleasant tartness to it without really getting sour. A slightly heavy mouthfeel really complements the tartness nicely. Opens with a chocolate covered sour cherry note, some plum, unripe green grapes and red currants. Really nice.

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4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured from 750ml corked and caged bomber into a Duvel tulip.

A: This beer pours absolutely no head, with no lacing. There are lots of big bubbles throughout, and TONS of chunky and yeasty floaters. Good for me I like those! A very dark brown; reminds me of maple syrup in color only. Nice in several ways, lacking in a couple of others.

S: Smells mildly phenolic as I swirl my glass, some brown sugar and maybe caramel in the background with tinge of vinegar too. I really enjoy how it smells. Balanced very well.

T: I was really impressed how smooth this one is. Lots of complexity here. There are notes of a white wine-like crispness so obviously grapes are present, some other fruits too which aren't immediately identifiable, and vinegary notes on the finish. Not lasting at all though as that would be bitter, which this is not in any way. I can't fathom how drinkable this one is. Super balanced and light!

M: Undercarbonated quite a ways. It is good in almost every other way though. Could use a little more creaminess too which would come with more carbonation.

D: For the style it's the most drinkable I've had by a good margin. I could drink an entire 750ml of this and love every drop.

Overall this is a superb sour/balanced beer. It's off the charts drinkable, refreshing, feels good in my mouth, I love smelling it, and recommend this ESPECIALLY to someone you know who thinks they "don't like beer". This beer defies most conventions others have of beer in great ways all around. I haven't had many flanders (less than 5) but this is the best yet. Highly recommended to any drinker period.

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4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle poured into tulip glass

A: pours a brown/red with visible chunks of sediments and a one inch light tan head

S: smells of tart cherry with hints of hay/must. caramel malt notes come through as well.

T: acidity hits the palate first manifesting again as tart cherry. middle to back is firm malty sweetness. finish hints of oxidation with a bit of cardboard but not so much to make the taste unenjoyable.

M: medium to low carbonation. surprisingly light on the palate

D: i have been reading Wild Brews and yearning for the beers I have been reading about. this certainly hits the spot

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4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at Beer Deluxe. From notes.

A - Poured deep ruby with a two finger brown head. Decent lace with a film of retention.

S - Tart cherry, plums, wood, rich fruits, cheery wood. A very inviting blend of tartness and sweet woody fruits.

T - Dark fruit, cherry again with tartness and woody notes again. Alot like the aroma. Sweetness blending with sourness was quite nice and kept me wanting more.

M - Good carbonation, medium body, dry and tart in the finish with wood.

O/D - Nice. Really solid. A style I don't drink often enough. A good way into sour styles if you still crave some sweetness for balance. No alcohol evident in flavour making it easy to drink all day.

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4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - The cork exploded out of the bottle, startling the entire bar. (sorry.) It poured with a thick head which thinned out somewhat to one finger's width. Very ruddy garnet color, pretty dark with a few trails of bubbles rushing up from the bottom.
Smell - Some black pipe tobacco, a lot of vanilla and sweet dark cherries. Heavy stuff.
Taste - Crazy. The first flavors are all blackberry, blackcurrant, blueberry, and 'grade b' maple syrup. Then comes a somewhat large helping of tannin. The finish is all molasses and milk chocolate
Mouthfeel - Mildly effervescent, more than I was expecting, to be sure, but nothing out of control. The boy of the beer was on the syrupy side but still quite well balanced.
Drinkability - Due to its high rating on the weirdness scale, I wouldn't want to drink it all the time, but it is something to be experienced.

This beer would be great with some cherry cheesecake of maybe some fruitcake (for those of you who are into fruitcake...I certainly am!).

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4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Refrigerated 375ml bottle, caged and wrapped.
Tore open the wrapper to view the bottle.
I liked the purple label. Turned the botle to the backside...wow the sediment is there just resting...with some chunks nearly 1/4''.
Slowly pulled the cork off which displayed a 2.003 marking.
I didn't see a "best by date" anywhere on the cork, label or wrapper.

Note - Drinking this before dinner time and very hungry.

Appearance: Poured into a 16oz Duchesse De Bourgogne chalice that Steve's on Mineral Point gave me for the asking. Thanks.
A dark rich woody colored (mahoganyish) liquid sat before me with barely any foam to speak of. The look of the sediment inside made me kinda hungry and actually made my mouth water.

Slight fruit nose - made me think it was more akin to a wine. Had some orange and maybe some cherry tones as well.
After tasting half, dipped me nose in the galss and the aroma was still very light. Nothing really punches me at all as all the scents are all lingering together nicely.
A little more than subtle

Sweet (again , it reminds me of a sweetish wine), very wet and slick going down with very little carbonation.

Slick, oily going down, but left my palate a little tart. Hmmm.

Very. This ale would go well with dinner and maybe replace a red in a pinch...should have waited I guess.
I wanted to try this one at room temperature as well, but it was so good. I will definitely try this one again and allow it to rest.

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Goudenband from Brouwerij Liefmans
Beer rating: 90.4% out of 100 with 1,393 ratings
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