Goudenband | Brouwerij Liefmans

1,393 Ratings

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Liefmans

Style: Flanders Oud Bruin

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Mitchster on 02-24-2001

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Photo of BigRizz62
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

On tap at Lucky Baldwin's belgian beer fest in Sierra Madre, CA.

Pours a brownish red, clear but kinda dark. Fizzy tan head fades fast. Smell is pretty sour, much more so than the flavor would indicate. The taste is more of a slight fruit, slightly tart, and woody. Really the only thing I can compare this to in the same style iis Lost Abbey's Red Poppy, and Red Poppy seems to have a little bit more bang than this. This was a good beer nonetheless.

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Photo of mbs11
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of lgmol
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of vancurly
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The cork says 2.004, and the label best before end of 2014.
Pours brown, but shines a beautiful claret / garnet colour. The head is offwhite and leaves a lovely lace, even just swirling it in the glass.
Nose of preserved cherries, sour candies, some pine wood or "forest floor".
Marvelous zing of fruity sourness. Hints of old oak rooms with dusty leather chairs. Good mouthfeel, light acid at first, which fills out with malty body, and the acid lingers at the back, no bitterness. Very reminiscent of sour fruit lollies, only with some earthy complexity that makes it intriguing.
I have had this beer cellared for two years. It is fresh, lively, and very enjoyable.

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Photo of Theniz
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of BeerBuilder
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 8/24/03

Pours to a mahagany color with a small tan head. The aroma is sweet, tart, with sour apples and cherry aromas. It also has the medicinal hay-like aromas. The flavor is tart and sweet. It has the sour cherries up front then it flows to a sour apple flavor in the finish. It is a full-bodied brew that is very tart. A decent brew.

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Photo of PaulyB83
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of sfr26
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of DCgolfpro
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of StoutBoi
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ypsifly
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
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 -9.3%
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 -1.7%
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 craftbeersweden
4/5  rDev -4.5%
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 beveragecaptain
3.86/5  rDev -7.9%
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 -4.5%

Photo of bigox420
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of LostHighway
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of parintele
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Boilerfood
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of DaveHS
3.68/5  rDev -12.2%
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 -4.5%

Photo of wdarcy77
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of Mistofminn
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
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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Goudenband from Brouwerij Liefmans
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 1,393 ratings
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