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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,378
Reviews:
571
Avg:
4.17
pDev:
10.31%
 
 
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167
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202
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Photo of ypsifly
4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corked and caged 12.7oz that is wrapped in paper, poured into a tulip. The cork is stamped 2003.

Dark, opaque brown with a small off white head that falls into a thinly veiled ring rather fast. There's some floaties dancing about despite a careful decant.

Dark, very tart fruits make up the nose. Cherries, cranberries, and bitter heirloom apples. Nothing vinous or even astringent, but a natural sourness that is restrained enough to make me salivate. It also has an earthy funk that reminds me of the old greenhouses I used to work in when I was a teen.

Tastes along the same lines as the nose, but its nowhere near as sour as expected. I can taste all of the above mentioned fruits, and it has a nice earthy malt flavor with a little dusty funk, but the sourness is pleasantly restrained to a tanginess that compliments the fruit. I wish I had some bleu cheese, sliced granny smiths, and some white grapes to pair this with.

The mouth is good for the style. I like how the sour notes come in towards the end allowing for the malt profile to register. Although the abv is well hidden, 8% can creep up on you and make for an early night, otherwise this would be quite the session brew.

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Photo of ferrari29
3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer poured from a bottle into a stemmed Goblet-shaped glass

A - Brown colored body; tan head formed, less than one finger in size; opaque; cloudy; well-carbonated

S - White wine; oak barrels; sparkling wine, with a touch of sour white grapes; brown sugar; dark fruit

T - Sour wine; oak; grand cru-ish taste, but lighter; brown sugar; burnt caramel malted taste; cherries and currants; red grapes

M - Light sparkle feel; flavor washes away pretty quickly; cleans the palate very well

D - Good; semi-light beer; not much body, but still packs a nice punch; very refreshing

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Photo of nomad
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2001 vintage

Unadorned, this beer pours a clear but brawny mahogany with a thin fluffy head. Each tip shows a soft and decaying sea of truly lacy lace.

Smell is rich, beginning with lactic, iron, and malty notes. Opens to caramelized brown sugar over a body of cherry and raspberry scents. Toasty edges with specks of cinnamon spice. Well balanced and refined some by three years of aging.

Explodes with flavors of cherry skins and stems enlivened by true lemon juice. A tone of iron infuses these though recedes over the session, most noticeable only in the finish. Just enough tartness perks up the classic Flanders body while toasty bread notes softly edge it. Overall, slightly rounded, still spritely, and altogether tasty.

Compared to the fresh draught version I quaffed at Monk's, this beer is not as bright much more complex, and subtly so. The smooth moderate mouthfeel is also similar, but lacks most of the nice carbonation I found from a keg. Regardless, a refined and true classic in the world of beer. Always a good 750 ml. choice for the cellar.

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Photo of beveragecaptain
3.86/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle, corked and caged. The bottle is wrapped in paper. According to the cork, this is the 2003 version. This beer pours out a dark red color without much head. There are lots of big chunks at the bottom. The aroma is sour, dark cherries along with something like chocolate. The flavor is slightly sour and slightly sweet. Sour green apple skin and cherries. There are some oak flavors too. The finish is a bit bitter, which doesn't go well with the sour flavors. Carbonation is low. This is a pretty good sour beer, although there seems to be variation from bottle to bottle.

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Photo of PaulsBrew
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of bigox420
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of StoutBoi
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of parintele
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Boilerfood
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of DaveHS
3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Haven't tried this in years. Hoping it's as good as I remember. I know Duvel Moortgat brought Liefmans back after a few years' absence. No idea whether the recipe/my palate has changed, but this seems different than I remember.

A-Pours a deep mahogany/caramel color, with 3/4 inch of khaki colored head. Leaves moderate lacing, decent retention.

S-Sweet. Bready malts,cherries, candi sugar.

T/M-On the sweet side. Not all that sour for the style. It's medium bodied and fruity, with a doughy maltiness that makes it very drinkable.

D-Either the recipe has changed or my palate has changed drastically since the last time I had this. I remember it being much more sour, with a thinner body and more vibrant carbonation. Oh well.

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Photo of xdefeatsy
4/5  rDev -4.1%

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 wdarcy77
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Mistofminn
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle, 2007 vintage.

The pour is dark brown, but when held into the light gives off brilliant ruby highlights. The pour produces a small tan colored head with decent enough retention and leaves behind nice rings of lacing.

The nose starts out very vinegary and acidic. In the background are sour green apples, cherries and a woody/earthy aroma.

The taste starts out just like the smell, vinegary and acidic. Again, in the background are the sour green apples and tart cherries, and the earthy wood character that I picked up before. Very vinous and acidic. Sweet than I thought it would be.

Medium in body, with a good carbonation. Finish is dry. Drinkability is pretty good, an interesting brew and an enjoyable one.

Well, of the two Liefmans offerings I've had to date, I enjoyed this one much more. I'd be interested to see how fresher and older vintages taste.

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Photo of karst
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another of the 500 Classic Brews from M. Jackson Great Beer Guide.
This Belgium brown ale has a handsome tan head unfortunately we had to lay it over to chill in freezer. I waited for the heavest part of the 3/4 liter snow storm of suspended yeast.

Complex esters fruits - tart apples and cherries. Cookie dough with tart berries and hops bring refreshing bitterness in the finish.

A masterpiece of flavors achieved by water treatment, multi-strain yeast, slow maturation (4 - 12 months), reblending with younger beer, and bottle aging in the cellars

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Photo of Hopmarc
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of LostHighway
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RedHaze
4.67/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Update 21Jun2009, 750ml bottled 2006 from the "cellar".
Rating has been adjusted accordingly.

Still very cloudy and murky in appearance, as expected.

The sourness is very evident still, but a nice fruity (cherries, plums and green apples) sweetness has begun to come through a little more than before. The vinegar notes have become a little more muted, and the the finish has smoothed out quite a bit with a little less acidity. This has turned into one hell of a fine sour beer, and I hope the remaining bottles that I have get only better.

750ml bottle, 2006. 4.25 rating.

Pours a dark and cloudy ruby tinged brown with a one finger head that fades quickly to a thin soapy cap. The lacing is minimal, but it does stick to the glass nicely.

Smell; sour green apples and cherries with a hint of vinegar come floating out of the glass before I even finish pouring. A little brown sugar with a touch of oak are present as well as a hint of citrus.

Taste; very sour and acidic, with cherries and sour apples with that touch of citrus in the background. A little bit of brown sugar helps to keep the sourness in check a bit. The oak helps to smooth out the finish and gives it a bit of a drying effect on the palate.

Moutheel is medium bodied with an almost "spitzy" carbonation, and for me the drinkability is just great, but then I really love sour beers.

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Photo of magine
3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Duvel glass. 2011 vintage listed on cork.

Pours a dark brown with a tan head. Tons of bubbles cascading upward to make up a pillowy head with tons of buubles rising. Really is an awesome brew to admire, brew and glassware working together in perfect harmony. Great lacing and head retentenion. Looks great.

Brew smells of dark fruits and mild booze. Dark cherrys, raisens and other flavors noticed. Complex and smells tasty. Good nose.

Brew is creamy upfront and then makes way for some dark complex fruits melded with some spice and sweetness in the end. Brew drinks easy and has a good solid feel and flavors. Lots of complex flavors going on as it warms. Sour apples, tart and a cider like flavor. A smokey maltiness is picked up here as well. Good warming and a nice smoked flavor in the after taste. Good feel and flavors.

I never tried this style of brew prior so it is all new to me. A good dessert brew or brew for a hot summer day. The style of brew isnt my favorite but it was a cool brew to try and review. Good stuff

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Photo of wcu80
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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

375ml paper wrapped bottle poured into chimay chalice.

A - Aggressive poured produces a 3 finger creamy tan head sitting on top of a murky tan amber body. Lacing is good with lively beading.

S - Lots of dark sweet fruits, fresh malty goodness with a bitter afterthought on which i cant put my finge on, almost a sweet vinegar!

T - Lots of sweet caramel and dark fruits which quickly turns to a sharp sourness in the end, however this is balanced with a nice sweet bready malt in the aftertaste. Transition from sweet to sour is quick indeed, but not offputting and enjoyable.

M - Light body,dry. High carbonation. Spritzy

D - Yes this was lovely. A nice sweet sour balance gives this a lot of flavour to explore with a light refreshing body. Would gladly drink again

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Photo of Sspeer1
3/5  rDev -28.1%

Photo of leedorham
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of cj8311
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of rvdoorn
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: pours a red-dark brown color, with large head, leaving a nice lacing.
Smell: Grains, vinegar, dark fruits, caramel, red fruits (cherries), and yeast.
Taste: Sweet malts, dark fruits (plum), vinegar, red fruits, and oak. Dry aftertaste with some wooden tones.
Mouthfeel: Medium-low carbonation and medium body
Overall: A nice tart and sweet beer. good for the style

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Goudenband from Brouwerij Liefmans
4.17 out of 5 based on 1,378 ratings.
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