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Goudenband | Brouwerij Liefmans

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Brewed by:
Brouwerij Liefmans

Style: Flanders Oud Bruin

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of OdinMcHaggis
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I received this beer as a gift, so already I like it. Nice presentation served in frozen schooner. Dark beer with a thin tan head. The smell is fruity, to me it smells like champagne. The taste is sour cherry with a dry finish. This a medium body beer with light carbonation and dry finish. Interesting beer.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.07/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Cork dates 2010?

An extremely dark brown red with hints of sort of.. black edges around. Head forms real tan brown and creamy, makes barley a finger and tops to about half size. Small puck settles nicely.

Nose is real wonderful. Cinnamon and cream, tart cherry, a sweet candy sugar with a hint of fig, a great mix of sweet and sour. I am getting a strong Belgian candy sugar action on this but nothing too crazy, almost hints at maple syrup.

Palate fills slightly wet, but hits with a light carbonation and noticeable fizz. Tart cherry hits throughout the palate. Malt action seems to give a bit of density particularly on the finish, and a great lingering cherry taste that follows the ending.

Overall, real solid, not sure why I haven't had this before, going to have to try the cherry infused one at some point. Refreshing, and light with a little bit of cream malt and density. Very nice.

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Photo of brewerb223
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet. The appearance was dark amber/ brown. Formed a head which dissipated immediately. Smells almost of dates, a little bit of a acidic smell, just a tad of sweetness. A nice flavor overall, not overly acidic, a nice dual between malty sweetness and sourness. I would consider it kind of a acidic fruit kind of a flavor. The body isn't really thin, but not overly thick either. Overall, I like this beer, each time you put down the glass, you get some of the flavors lingering in your mouth and want to pick up the glass again, I def. would buy this again.

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Photo of drtth
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically. This bottle is from 2010.

Appearance: As poured the beer is a dark brown with reddish highlights and a 1 1/2 “ light tan head that has a nice creamy consistency. While it recedes fairly soon there is a ring of foam for all of the beer. As the head recedes it leaves some lacing and throughout the beer sipping leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aroma reminds of lightly tart cherries with caramel/brown sugar in the background. There’s also a touch of plum or other dark fruit.

Taste: The flavors are relatively complex, with some tart cherries, and brown sugar or light caramel dominating. The balance between sweet and sour is maintained well and neither dominates the other. There is a hint of dark fruit here (plum?) along with some nice malt character which never conceals the gentle tartness. The alcohol is well concealed here.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied with more than adequate prickly carbonation. The finish is medium length and begins with the caramel cherry tartness, turns a bit sweet as the brown sugar kicks in and then fades away to a nice crisp dryness.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: I’ve enjoyed this one. Each sip follows easily from the last and I’ll be quite happy to have another one of these in the future. My overall impression is of a complex, well made beer with a lot to recommend it both by itself and as a pairing with a beef roast or grill.

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Photo of ZorPrime
3.97/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brought this back from Rotterdam in my last trip.

The beer color is brown, it is clear, with some red color notes on the edge. The head is beige in color and mainly compose of big bubbles. The head disappear quite fast too. The aroma is typical for this type of beer. Slightly sour with some fruits notes. The aroma is not very aggressive. The taste present sours notes but very subtle. This one is not aggressive at all. The finale is malty with some cereal notes. This is quite enjoyable. To introduce people to sour beers, this one is a good choice. Well balanced. I liked it.

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Photo of gabedivision
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle from 2010 to a Ommegang tulip glass.

A- pours a deep dark reddish brown, very cola like, with a two finger slightly off white creamy head.

S- caramel notes fill the nose, followed by sweet tart cherries. Sweet sugary grapes, cherries, and big amounts of brown sugar.

T- high carbonation brings an initial tingle to the tounge that prepares the mouth for the overly tart offerings. Tart cherries, green grapes, sugar all over this beer. Sweet and sour, bready malts, fill the backbone. Finishes dry and crisp like a fine wine.

M- medium in body, highly carbonated, sweet, sour, and dry.

O- great sour with a lot of character, every sip craves another. Truly exceptional beer.

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Photo of jegross2
3.92/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewing the Goudenband from Brouwerij Liefmans out of Belgium. Prior to the Bourbon County Stout vertical, we all sampled the 1999 and 2010 vintages of the Goudenband. I guess Liefmans' ownership changed hands somewhat recently and that the formula changed at some point. Whether or not the 1999 original formula was used for the 2010 batch, these two beers were like night and day. The scores below are for the 1999 vintage, though I noted the differences between that and the 2010 vintage in my review.
Score: 88

1999 and 2010 vintage bottles shared and served side by side in a "The Bruery" tulip and enjoyed on 03/23/12.

Appearance: Pours a caramel amber color that falls between transparent and translucent. My glass was not very hazy, but I had one of the first pours from the bottle. Minimal head at pour settles into a thick and bubbly tan colored ring around the glass. Minimal oily lacing, poor retention. 3.5/5

Smell: Starting with the 1999 vintage, I smell sharp red grape acidity and sweet caramel. This beer smells like a slightly funky blend of merlot and chardonnay. There's oak, a moderate amount of maple and a little bit of funky sweet vinaigrette salad dressing aroma in the nose too. A little heat. The aroma is powerful enough that I can smell it clearly while the glass is sitting down in front of me. By comparison, the 2010 vintage smells substantially grainier and is seemingly without any of the grape aroma. The 2010 vintage's aroma is "flatter" and also contained a moderate amount of black licorice. 4/5

Taste: Tart red grape sweetness, red wine tannins and caramel. A little bit of cherry. At first there is a pleasant and like sweet vinegar funkiness that gets strong and turns into a gym sock-like funkiness as the beer warms. The 2010 vintage tastes much funkier and has a pronounced bitter barley flavor. I give the taste a four out of five based on the slightly chilled temperature taste. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, high and lively carbonation. Dry, tart and crisp with a lingering sweet vinegar flavor. 3.5/5

Overall: This rare treat (the 1999) is probably lost on my palate, since I am not a big fan of sour styles, but I enjoyed this beer nonetheless. I personally would not go seek this one out again, but given that I dislike sours and enjoyed this one, I would have to believe that fans of the style would love it.

Recommendation: If you like the style, seek this one out -- but do not drink it if it has two years or less of age and ideally seek out the original formula bottles.

Pairings: I feel like a stronger, funkier cheese would go well with this beer. Maybe blue cheese or Gorgonzola? And yes, I know Gorgonzola is a type of blue cheese.

Cost: Since the 355 ml bottles tend to retail around $6.99, I would have to imagine that the 1.5 liter bottle cost between $20 and $30.

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Photo of bylerteck
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
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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Photo of Brenden
3.97/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first review of an Oud Bruin, though I've tried my hand at the style. Recent notes.

This beer is an almost crimson or blood red with a bit of haze, an almost orange hue pulling through in the light. A fluffy white head just under a finger tall has pretty good retention and leaves a few patches along with some spotting as far as lacing.
There's a good mix of tart, gently sour, and lightly sweet with an underlying grains in both aroma and flavor. There's a bit of an appropriate acidic element present in both that translates into a red wine note in the flavor. A little hint of some creamy, almost vanilla-like sweetness also comes out in the finish. Wild yeast is evident and a spicy bite is also throughout, more strongly in the aroma.
The tartness and sourness make for a drier body, and there's an alomost vinous feel to it into the finish. From beginning to middle some of the sweeter elements and malts (caramel?) keep it semi-dry. The body is medium and crispness along with moderate carbonation keeps it going.

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Photo of tlazaroff
4.41/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tart cherries in brown sugar syrup is the first thing that comes to mind off the aroma. It smells incredibly complex and inviting. I'd love to try this with some cheesecake, but alas, I have none at the moment.

Goudenband looks absolutely gorgeous in my Rochefort glass (no Liefmans glass)! Its a dark brown with a very light tan head that never quit dissipates completely. There is a lot of pico-sized bubbles making a foam on the top with spots of beer showing through. Lacing is again, gorgeous.

Oh, how devilishly sour! Not quite lip-puckering, but quite strong. I taste a fruit salad in here: raspberry, apple, grapefruit, and more. This is the most delicious cocktail I have ever had.

As expected, the beer has a medium body and high carbonation with a dry finish. The sourness carries though the finish but that light "puckering" sensation ends rapidly. Overall this is a fantastic beer!

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Photo of thecheapies
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 vintage Goudenband served in a tulip glass.

Pours a deep burgundy brown with tall taupe head that was quick to fall and stay at a half of an inch.

Smells of overripe cherries, distilled red wine, some vinegar, and clay. Little twinkles of green apple in there, but mostly just fruit skins of all sorts. Very interesting.

Nice tart apple crispness featured in this Oud Bruin, much unlike others I've had (with the exception of Petrus Aged Pale). Definite vinous quality that makes this rather fresh bottle seem like it has some age on it. Has a musty grape quality. The other dark fruits (black cherries and plums) are in there too, mixed with the acetic quality from the fermentation. Has a good malt backbone for some cellaring. A pucker that could either swell or ease up, depending on which way this one would go. Almost hop-absent, but with a light dose of familiar Belgian yeast funk. Great Flanders Ale.

Feels rich and punchy with a good backing of spritz. Mild pucker that dries the gums a bit, but leaves you wanting another swig. Good stuff.

For this being one of my favorite beer styles, I'm so excited to have finally tried this. Love the Reds better but this Bruin is quickly becoming one of my faves. Recommended to pick up two, one for now and one for later (much later).

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Photo of billab914
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 vintage poured from a 750ml bottle into my Allagash glass. It poured a dark, murky brown color with a thick foamy head to it.

The aroma shows some slight sour notes with some stronger fruity tartness coming through. It also has a good amount of sweeter, fruity, cherry and raspberry flavors to it along with a little bit of a malty, caramel flavor. Nice aroma overall.

The taste shows a lot of tart and sweet cherry like flavors to it. It shows more of the tartness up front with the sweeter, fruity notes showing more in the finish. It got a little maltier as it warmed with some caramel and toffee notes to it. Just a hint of sourness is there as well. Very nice balance for the style.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with above average carbonation. Overall I thought it was a very good beer. It was very flavorful and well balanced relative to the style. I really liked the tart cherry notes in it as well. Very solid beer all around.

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Photo of tripledbrew
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice reddish brown with an 1/2 finger off white/tan head.
Smelled of tart cherry and dark fruit.
Had a sweet yet tangy flavor. Tasted of tart cherries and maybe a little sour lemon along with a little woody flavor that was light to medium bodied. There was little to no alcohol presence that finished clean, crisp and dry. A good balance of sweet and tangy. I will drink this again.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to 2BDChicago for the long-time 'want'. 2010 vintage. 750ml corked and caged bottle served at 52 degrees in my Ommegang tulip. Pours a dull, plum-colored hue with a dense, one inch, off-white head. Head eventually settles into a 1/8th inch consistent skim. Spots and slashes of lacing are revealed during the tasting. Nose expresses tart vinous notes as well as a suggestion of vanilla and vinegar. I also get a general Welch's grape juice vibe. Taste follows nose; however, all aspects of the flavor profile are a bit more subdued than suggested by the nose. I also get a bit of lactic acid in the mix. Mouthfeel is light-medum in body with a lively carbonation level. There's also a slight tartness that lightly stimulates the salivary glands. Finish is somewhat dry. Overall, I enjoyed this beer; however, there's was just a little too much carbonation. I'd really like to try a vintage with about five years on it to see how it develops.

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

2010 Vintage 750ml bottle. Purchased at an inventory reduction price. Score for me.

Pours a very dark copper color that appears black in my tulip glass. One finger of head forms that has excellant retention. The head settles to a thick cap. Just a little sticky lacing is left down the glass during consumption.

What a wonderful aroma. Cherries, dark fruit, a little funk, and yeast. There is a bit of a woodsy smell as well. Overall smells slightly tart.

The flavor is not nearly as impressive but is still good. Just slightly tart and funky. Would of liked to have more tart. Slightly sweet malt with cherry and lemon compliments. Some Belgian yeast near the finish. Has a lingering malt aftertaste.

The carbonation is unusual. At first it seems to have low carbonation but has a very fine, tingly carbonation in the finish. Maybe it needs more to cleanse the palate.

A fine example of the style. Not the best or most distinct but I am happy to buy this beer again.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a deep amber to brown in color with a light tan head. In the aroma, a small tart white grape with notes of caramel. In the taste, white grape tartness with a small note of caramel roastiness. A sour bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry sour and note of caramel in the aftertaste. Dry and sour, with notes of caramel, easy to drink and quite fantastic.

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

Liefmans Goudenband Provision Ale 8% alcohol. Poured from 750ml corked and caged bottle into an Ommegang Snifter.

A- Glorious sight of a near opaque dark brown fluid with a quarter inch off white head that leaves behind a tight bubbly froth that lightly holds on the the edges of the glass slipping back to the brew after the swirl and/or sip of the excellent Flanders Oud Bruin.

S- Fresh scents of cherries, candied apples, and sweet malts upfront on the nose. A light hint of musky yeast is noted with a slightly spiced edge.

T-M- Where do I start? A sweet almost tart bite of cherries and currants stings the tongue with bountiful flavor. Second notes of sweet apples and pears followed by light brown sugar.
Mouthfeel is a heavily carbonated tingle with very little alcohol ester presence. Mildly dry with excellent drinkablity.

O- Overall one of the best if not the best Flanders Oud Bruin style beer i've ever had hands down. I'm going to stock up on this one Cheers!

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Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours dark brown with red hues into my snifter with about one finger of off-white head that has moderate retention and minimal lacing.

S - Candi sugar, molasses, sweet caramel, really smells like a caramel apple, sour dark fruit, wood and spicy yeast.

T - Tart apples and caramel sweetness, molasses, lemony sourness, cherries, wood and mild spiciness.

M - Body seems a bit thin for the complexity of this beer. Relatively balanced carbonation though.

O - Really solid beer, wish the taste lived up to the aroma a little more and that it had some more body to it, but worth trying nonetheless.

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Photo of danedelman
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-rich borwn with a tan tight head, 1 finger high.

S-a lot of candi sugar, molasses and raisins. A slight sour apple smell too.

T-Candi sugar and sweet malt flavors hit you first like a flanders/flemish red. It then turns a bit sour like biting a lemon. Perfect balance of sour and sweet.

M-very sessionable and price wasn't bad at $6.99 for a 375ml.

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Photo of avalon07
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a brownish color and a thick consistency. There was a half inch of creamy, off-white, fairly long-lasting head. Pretty good lacing.

S: A very sour-smelling beer (as it should be), with traces of yeast and fruit in it.

T: Tasted of yeast, malt, a little citrus, and a sour element. There was also something sugary and sweet in the finish, though it wasn't as powerful as the other ingredients. A tasty and complex beer.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a vibrant finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is an excellent example of an oud bruin. Very drinkable and easy to like.

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

A - Pours a couple finger head in my Duvel tulip. The head is light tan in color but seems too light for the color of the beer. Body is deep brown with a reddish hue. Some ok lacing.

S - Bruin-y. Those dark fruits and spices with lighter fruits like lemon.

T - A nice balance between tart lemon, orange, and citric acid and the darker flavors such as prune and raisin. It is good. There is a little sweetness like white sugar added.

M - Carbonation is strong and the body is slightly above average. The carbonation fits the sourness and makes it taste light.

O - A wonderful beer and a great price. This could easily become a regular for me. I like super-sours, and this is not quite there, but adds some nice dark Belgian flavors that compliment it well. Mmmm.

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Photo of Cozzatoad
4.07/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle. All i found was a date stating 12-2019, which i guess is the best before date

A- Dark ruby/light brown in colour with some static carbonation bubbles on the sides of the glass. One finger white head that doesn't have very good retention, if not for a little lace, and leaves little lacing on the glass

S- Both sweet and sour with a bready and caramel malts body. Sour notes have a nice complexity with lactic, cherries and vinegar notes as well as some kind of lemonish/spicy feel

T- Malts are mostly hidden under the sour flavours, but their presence is still significant. There are notes of caramel and maybe chocolate, and the beer's feel is overall more sweet than sour as Hojaminbag stated in the previous review. Now on the sour part; the beer has a wonderful, delicate, lactic acidity that brings a lot of complexity and tons of flavours with it: cherries, dried plums, some kind of mustiness, maybe a woody hint. A slight spiciness is present as well

M- Quite light in body with just a delicate hint of carbonation on both tongue and palate. Very slick mouthfeel overall. A nice mouthfeel, though maybe a bit too thin in body for such a complex beer

O- Not for sure an easy drinker. As i have said in the mouthfeel, the beer is quite thin in body and i feel like the mouthfeel does not fully support the beer's complexity. It kinda feels like flavours do not want to stick there; sorry if can't find beeter words to describe this. Still, the beer is amazingly tasty and complex, the 8%ABV is wonderfully hidden and tartness never gets too much in the way. Overall an excellent beer

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Photo of Hojaminbag
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 Vintage.

Goudenband pours a cloudy ruby color with a small, tan head. The head sticks around for a little bit, but doesn't leave any lacing.

The aroma is nice, with a lot of cherry and some noticeable wood notes.

Goudenband is definitely more sweet than sour, and despite my proclivity for sour beers, I still think it is very good. Tons of cherry flavors bring both tart and sweet flavors. I know cherries can have both of these traits at the same time, but I wonder if Liefmans used more than one type of cherries in this. Next there is a splash of vinegar, that brings a bit of sourness but not much more. Wood flavors come next, with a hint of leather and a spicy taste.

The mouthfeel is surprisingly dry considering the beer is sweet. Carbonation and body are about where I would expect them to be.

Overall, Goudenband is another winner for Liefmans, and probably my favorite that I have tried. Not a beer I would turn to when I was really in the mood for a sour, but certainly a nice one.

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Photo of XicanoBeerRun
4.62/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

New Year’s Day 2012

The blue paper wrapper, which encases a green bottle, intrigued me because it describes the beer as a blended Belgian, which is not too common in these parts. For some time, I had been eying this brew at San Antonio’s Central Market, and decided the occasion was right.

The cork, stamped “2011,” was easy to remove, and looked like a crimini mushroom. I poured the reddish, Dr. Pepper colored concoction into a snifter. It smelled of sour cherries, of course. I picked up on hints of oak or wood. This observation was substantiated by some other reviews I read. There was light lacing and carbonation. It was tart on the back of the tongue, but warm alcohol on the front. You lose the cherry essence as the beer lingers in your mouth. The flavor did not change much as the beer warmed up.

I highly recommend this brew. It is very reasonably priced at $10.

I’ll have another.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a reddish brown color, the head was thin and white. The smell of the beer gives off plenty of wild yeast aromas that sting the nose. The aroma of some sour cherry is also in there. The taste of the beer was pretty good actually, it was tart but not overwhelming. I found it to be well balanced actually. The mouthfeel was light and similar to a wine. Overall this brew was pretty good for the style, just not always my preference.

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Goudenband from Brouwerij Liefmans
4.17 out of 5 based on 1,361 ratings.
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