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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Mitchster on 02-24-2001

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571
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1,369
Avg:
4.17
pDev:
10.31%
 
 
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Photo of doktorhops
4.13/5  rDev -1%
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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Photo of heygeebee
3.79/5  rDev -9.1%
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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Photo of TheSixthRing
4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From tasting notes 10/21/16. Had on-tap@ 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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Photo of jbertsch
3.96/5  rDev -5%
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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Photo of josanguapo
4.72/5  rDev +13.2%
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 -4.6%
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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Photo of Viaduck
4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
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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Photo of nout72
3.24/5  rDev -22.3%
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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Photo of DoctorZombies
4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
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 Beginner2
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Reviewed in "Michael Jackson's Great Beers of Belgium", this awaits my review with another tasting.
Reviewed also in Roger Protz' "300 More Beers To Try Before You Die", a sequel to his CAMRA classic.
Also reviewed in the "1001."

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.73/5  rDev -10.6%
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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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
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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Photo of Bruno74200
4.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 Vintage

L - Cola like with a thin beige head

S - quite complex, acidic

T - Tart and complex, a real treat...

F - greath mouthfeel

O - A truly great beer, more and more complex as it warms up, best enjoyed near room temperature. Paired really nicely with St Marcellin cheese. It's really drinkable for the high abv, drink it like a wine.

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

This bottle was blended in 2015. Best before July 2025.

The beer pours with a very thi head. Dark brown, clear liquid with a mahognyred colour.

Nose: Sour fruit, cherries, plum, apples, yeast and vinegar.
Taste: Tart, cinegar, apples, cherries, grape, oak, sweet malt and yeast.
Mouth: Light carbonated. Sour and sweet mouthfeel. Medium body.

A great sour!

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Photo of BGDrock
3.94/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark brown with a hint of red; almond colour head doesn't have much body to it, dwindling to a rim of suds in a minute

Aroma: cassis, red wine, dates, a touch musty, black cherry, acidity and a bit of heat feel present - the aroma is like putting your feet up by a fire

Taste & Mouthfeel: a vibrant tartness, tasting primarily of black cherries, but also leaving raspberry and blackberry on the palate with great length; the crisp, sourness begs for constant sampling, as does the dry finish and easy drinking mouthfeel - light in carbonation and light in body, almost no hint of the high abv; maybe a touch of oak in there too

Overall: goes down like water, but much more pleasurable, with a flavour more simple and sour than expected; good, but not as complex as the label suggests

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

Appearance: Deep amber red in color, little light passes through. A moderate tan head soon collapses to a dusting of foam. Thin, fine-beaded lacing adorns the glass walls.

Aroma: Tart aroma of apple cider vinegar, tart cherries, dark plums, and notes of wood.

Taste: The taste begins with tart cherries and apple cider vinegar. There are mild notes of bitter apple rind as well. The high ABV of eight percent is utterly concealed, with a pleasant warming the only hint of its presence. Later in the taste, the sour cherries rise a bit. There is a faint sweetness as well. Finishes somewhat dry with wood notes and some faint herbal hops.

Mouth feel: Soft and full, very pleasant, with just a hint of carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: A very nice, drinkable example of an uncommon style. Somehow, it seemed just right for a rainy, cool autumn evening.

Presentation: Packaged in a 750 ml green glass Belgian bomber with a cork and cage closure, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Photo of sierratwohearted
4.69/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

dark amber, decent 2 fingers of head. smell is tart, dark fruit. like sour raisins. taste is tart, fruity. tartness is not overwhelming, as notes of cocoa and dark malt/caramel are present.

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Photo of tbryan5
4.36/5  rDev +4.6%
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 DIM
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on-tap at the Bulls Head.

A bit sweeter than I prefer, but there was a nice lingering, lactic bite. I found cherry flavors, both sweet and sour, plus some other inscrutable fruits. There was also hints of musty oak and some boozeiness.

Not up there with Rodenbach Grand Cru, but this was a refreshing and tasty treat on a stiflingly hot day.

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Photo of aleigator
4.14/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color, with a big, bubbly head.

The aromas got a present, funk infused, toffee malt foundation to them, together with a gentle amount of wood and earth. While the beer does not tend to be overly sour, it provides a well pronounced malt character, showcasing a fermented red fruit quality among old oak. Its got a unique bakers chocolate layer, also featuring peppery spices, hinting into a sweeter direction.

Has a supersoft mouthfeel, due to yeast and lower carbonation, featuring a pleasantly sour, medium bodied beer.

Tastes of toffeeish, wine barrel soaked bready malts, with a good amount of funk to them. Red wine graped turn very profound, as the beer turns sweeter with rock sugar and bakers chocolate, balanced by a lemon rind infused funky tartness. Provides an almost harsh peak, when sour and sweet flavors collide on the palate, resulting in a marzipan earthiness, accompanied by dried berries and vinegar. Finishes with a boozy, vinuous glimpse, immediately wrapped up by slick, sweeter malts, earth and dried lemon peel, providing a decent dryness.

Very versatile beer, changing its flavor direction many times, appearing untamed on the tongue. Every time when the brew heads into an unconventional taste direction (bakers chocolate) for this style, it never crosses the line, but finds its balance within a new flavour, resulting from the so far established taste.

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Photo of TH28
4.26/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

750ml. 2014. Appearance: dark brown with only the slightest hint of ruby. Almost completely opaque. Moderate khaki head. Aroma: Malty undertones, with red wine and sour cherry most prominent. Hints of apple and pear. Taste: Starts sweet and malty, quickly leading into sour cherry and apples. Vinous. Lactic acid bite, otherwise very clean. Bitterness is there to balance but definitely malt forward. Mouthfeel: Medium body with a high carbonation. Hint of alcohol warmth. Finish: Semi dry with some lingering tartness. Overall: World class Flanders Brown. Perfect balance of maltiness, fruity esters, and lactic tartness. Complex aroma and flavor.

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Photo of pat61
4.74/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Deep chestnut color to mahogany would be clear if it were not so dense. Sports a 1” sudsy cream to ttan colored head.
S: Lemony tartness, traces of wet horse blanket, fruit, and caramel malt.
T: Cherry malt with a little wine character, meaty yeast, and a moderate tartness moderated by the malt flavors.
F: Very soft in the mouth with a medium body and carbonation.
O: A very refreshing sipping beer that has a nice balance between its various components.

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Photo of WGO
4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark muddy brown with a light brown head that quickly dissipates to just a light ring. Taste is sour, quite light and has a barrel aged oak like quality to it. Touch of marmite.
Really complex, very nice and definitely unique.

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Photo of Wanne
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Color is a reddish-brown, with a beige head. Overwhelming aroma. Typical smell of a flemish brown beer but much intenser. Notes of red fruit and some maltiness in the background. Taste is a combination of sour and vinous details. The alcohol is present in the taste, but gives it an extra dimension. My favorite brown beer (so far).

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Photo of drmeto
4.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

S:
-sour cherry,red grape,balsamic vinegar,champagne
T:
-Follows the nose plus a clear plum flavour
F:
-high carbonation
-alcohol warming
O:
-Classic Oud Bruin

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