Goudenband | Brouwerij Liefmans

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GoudenbandGoudenband
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
Ratings:
1,382
Reviews:
571
Avg:
4.17
pDev:
10.31%
 
 
Wants:
168
Gots:
201
For Trade:
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Photo of stephens101
3.65/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown with one finger of airy tan head. A little crimson eluded at the light with a quick fade. Smells a bit musty with vinegar notes, plum, grape juice, sour grapes and brown bread all mixed to near equanimity. Dry with more grape juice and a smattering of wafer-like breadiness amongst some taffy and a limited ginger spiciness. There's a faint medicinal characteristic toward the end. Medium bodied with a slight alcohol heat. Puckering, but will not foment a grimace. The aftertaste lingers, and gets to me. I can appreciate the craftsmanship of this beer, and I can certainly respect where it is coming from, but the sour ones are an acquired taste, and it appears I'm still acquiring that taste.

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Photo of jimilayne
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of morebeergood
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of pjustus
5/5  rDev +19.9%

Photo of pcarney8
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After the cork came out with a loud, satisfying pop, poured into an ATG tulip. It's a murky reddish brown with a nice level of carbonation and two fingers of off-white head that quickly dissipates due to the acidity. Lots of sharp, astringent acidity on the nose. I get sour cherries, red wine vinegar, and a faint underlying oakiness.

Medium body with a nice firm feel. High level of carbonation scours your tongue and opens up the palate. Nice, refreshing lactic sourness dominates. I get tart flavors of cherries and lime, all supported by a solid malt backbone. At mid-palate, there is a faint oaky, vanilla sweetness that goes well with the overall flavor. The finish has hints of raisins and red wine and does not betray the alcohol content at all. Very refreshing and easy to drink.

Overall, a very pleasant sour beer. Definitely recommended for fans of the style and for those looking to try their first sour. It has the complexity to please veterans, but the sourness is not so strong as to displease newbies. Cheers!

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Photo of redliner8
5/5  rDev +19.9%

Photo of JayKay412
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of marine1975
4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of jrohrbacher
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of videofrog
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of randylangford
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of st9647v3
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of AStateJB
5/5  rDev +19.9%

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

Tasted On: 11-05-2012
Freshness: 2011 Vintage
Packaging: 750ml green bottle in paper, corked and caged
Glassware: Cervoise glass
Purchased: Single from Argonaut Liquors, Denver

A: Dark, brown colored beer with burgundy highlights. The head is off-white and maybe 3 fingers tall, showing very good retention and an attractive lace.

S: Complex and delightful aromas of both sour and sweet cherries, plus vinegar, spices and raisins. Smells include a woody/oaky component. No hop aromas are noted.

T: The taste is tart and sour up front, and then features some malty/bready characteristics of dark rye breads and yeast. Malt sweetness is combined with some acidity. Not really any typical bitterness of hops are present. Also seems to taste like some barrel/wood aging was used.

M: Medium-bodied and smooth, the finish is similar to the taste - sour, but also has a more dry quality than noted earlier. Carbonation seems to be in the medium range.

O: Overall I really liked this beer, my first from the style and this brewer. Very interesting and complex, it was hard to peg as one specific thing or another. Recommended

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Photo of CloudStrife
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle split and poured into a goblet. 2010 on the cork.

A: Looks like a port wine, deep carmely ruby but with a 1 finger off white head. Very hazy, cant see any carbonation. Heads tapers out after a few minutes.

S: Very tart aroma but still very earthy and musty. Certainly some good yeast going on here. Fruity with cherry. Also almost an oak like quality. Gets a lot more of a malt profile at the end of the bottle, with sweet raisiny

T: Quite tart, sour and dry. Just what i wanted. Really gets your taste buds going. Mellows out as it warms up and you get more of the sediment at the bottom.

M: Light on the palate. Very crisp and refreshing. Quite drinkable, booze is very well hidden.

Overall a very very enjoyable beer. Would highly recommend it to any sour lovers or people who like to try something new. Easy drinking yet strong enough to still be something you want to try to sip.

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Photo of AbbyAlex
5/5  rDev +19.9%

Goudenband from Brouwerij Liefmans
4.17 out of 5 based on 1,382 ratings.
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