Goudenband | Brouwerij Liefmans

1,390 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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Photo of mdfb79
3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Duvel tulip. 2010 vintage.

a - Pours a very dark, hazy mahogany brown color with two fingers of creamy tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Head lasts for several minutes and leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of dark fruits, light spices, bready malts, light sour fruits, Belgian yeast, and some light wood/oak. Not as much sour fruit or vinegar as I was expecting, but still pretty enjoyable. Definite Belgian dubbel notes, with a twinge of sour.

t - Tastes of dark fruits, sour fruits, lactic notes, spices, Belgian yeast, light wood, light vinegar, and bready and fruity malts. Definitely more sour than the nose, with both some sour fruit and vinegar to it. Again, very nice and a bit of a step up from the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty smooth and creamy, and pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a pretty nice flanders. It's a good beer, but I was kind of expecting more from it after seeing the reviews. Some sourness in the nsoe and taste but not as much as I was hoping for. Would certainly have it again considering it's always on the shelves. I could see this being a great "beginner" sour/flanders for people just getting into the style.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

"Is this beer considered classé?" asked my brother. With the long paper wrapping around the bottle, that would certainly provoke a thought like that. So here's the long awaited Goudenband, coming in a 750 ml corked and caged bottle. On to the beer:

Amber brown colored with short, but retaining head on top that gives some dtrings of lacing. The nose is a strange, yet oddly appealing thing. Rotten bananas, vague and noticable sourness, brown sugar coated raisins as warming kicks in.

Overripened bananas immediately come to mind as I taste this beer. Then there's a kick of acidity. Like the aroma of rotting bananas, there's an assortment of rotting fruits that are oddly appealing. Touches of caramel come out as the beer warms, as does the equilibirum of the beer, which weights more fruity and sweet is more coming towards the sour and tart end. "Squishy" carbonation in the mouth; it's like I can squish the bubbles between my mouth and my gums. A sipper, but then again most sour beers with 8% ABV are too. There's an interesting aftertaste that I wouldn't have expected; a little sour, but with a more pronounced, dry dark bread taste that lingers lightly but long.

It would be unfair to call this beer a dissapointment consdering that my expectations were very high. Perhaps the few changeups it threw at me were the reason. That said, I wouldn;t mind having it again, but I would prefer to split the 750 with a collegue.

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Photo of jera1350
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Root beer brown in color with a massive tan head of down that retains amazingly.

The nose is full of concord grapes with sour notes as well.

Light malt with light sourness, hop bitterness and warm alcohol. Notes or toasted bread and wine grapes. Well blended and easy to drink.

Lighter to medium body and quite dry and just slightly puckering.

A nice beer in the style. A good intro to sours beer. A nice well rounded brew.

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Photo of ncfranklin
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a Tulip glass.

A: Very dark brown, feint ruby glimmer. Good 1 finger tan head. Far darker than I thought it would be, approaching black.

S: Tart grape, apple, some cherry and light oak. Not overly potent. Notably lacking any vinegary sour smells.

T: Directly following the nose. Tart is very light. Heavy on the cherry and oak. Not sour at all. Remains balanced in bitterness and sweetness.

M: Quite smooth, good carbonation.

O: A very good example of the style. Complex enough to sip, but not too burdening.

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Photo of treehugger02010
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I bought this 75 cl bottle at The Foodery in the Northern Liberties neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I poured it into an oversized water glass.
Appearance: The body is a deep purple, almost black color. The head is four fingers tall, with tremendous retention, thin lacing, and bubbles of all sizes. 4.5
Smell: The aromas are oaky, raspberry, and tartness. 5
Taste: The flavors are exactly as the aromas, with an emphasis on the raspberry. 4
Mouthfeel: The body is thin, with a lingering finish. 3.5
Drinkability: This beer is very tasty. 4
Don't drink and review.

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Photo of champ103
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 2010 bottle.

A: Pours a beautifully hazy mahogany/brown. A two finger beige forms with excellent retention. Rings of sticky lace are left all the way down the glass.
S: Tart cherries that are lightly acidic. Sweet toffee, and deep wood/oak aromas. This is great.
T: Follows the nose. Some tart cherries with that acidic twang. A light sweetness follows. Finishing with lots of oak flavors. Very nice.
M/D: A medium body and good carbonation. Soft, smooth, and a very clean finish. Easy to drink. The alcohol is not noticeable, and the acidic quality is not over barring. A nice sipper.

A unique style, and this is one of the standards. I really enjoy this. Something I would highly recommend.

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Photo of czfreeman
4.52/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Good until 03 2020,
unwrapping the elgant blue paper reveals the green bottle. Elegant cork,
Opens with a nice pop. Poured out, a murky brown, light orange tinted brew. nice lightly tan head,also accented by orange fills the glass.
Aromatics of sour cherry, red wine vinegar, apple cider, oak, musty hay, fermenting pear, vanilla, cranberry. Beautiful balance of sweet/sour, fresh/old.
Taste is outstanding-Sour apple, cherry, wine vinegar, oak, fig, pepper, tingling in the finish, just enough alcohol heat to add another dimension of prickle. Cider, cider vinegar, unsweetend cherry juice...man this is good stuff!!
MOuthfeel is perfect-creamy, smooth, yet prickling, tart and lively.The ABV could be 4.5%, the 8% is so well hidden and incorporated.
What a great beer. This old style is quickly becoming one of my favorites, great beer....

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Photo of PEBKAC
3.21/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle I've had stuck on the door of the mini fridge for a couple years. "2006" printed on the cork.

Sweaty bottle poured into an Ommegang anniversary glass. Slimy, but otherwise sound cork. Deep, amber/brown color. An uncharacteristically steady hand results in a bright pour. No head. Scary-looking debris left clinging to the neck of the glass.

Smells like a prune-y barleywine. Toffee & a little compost. Maple. Cooked fruit. A fair bit of oxidation.

A caramelized sour brown. Subtle cherry fruit. Raisins. An almost onion-like sweetness. Lemon. Barely a hint of vinegar. Oxidation seems more like stale candy then newspaper.

Carbonation is on the stronger side. Body is a little light. Alcohol is somewhat of a nuisance.

I have yet to have the latest reincarnation of Goudenband, but from what I remember, this bottle has lost a few steps since it was new. It seems the new stuff has been pretty well received though, so until then... :)

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Photo of sjccmd
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown nearly black with a large light tan head. Super fizzy with decent lacing

The aroma is initially tart cherries with some oak and a bit of sweet roasted malts in the background. Sour and some mild funk.

The taste begins with sour and vinegar acidity, but not mouth-puckeringly so. Finishes with sweet malts and a hint of brown sugar. Surprisingly mild, but delightful and kind of refreshing.

The carbonation is high but countered with a relatively slick finish. Despite the sweet finish, it still cleans itself out nicely.

The problem with a lot of the sour-browns I've had is that the balance between sour and roasty/sweet flavors are off or are in competition with each other. This is not the case in this beer. It really is quite refreshing and quite surprising that it's 8%.

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Photo of Chaney
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Oak colored brown while pouring, but then became slightly darker once the glass collected the liquid. The massive, foamy beige head was a nice touch...

S: Candy sour bubble gum, with a good bit of barley in the mix. Oak? Maybe not, but it had that characteristic.

T: A bit of pillowy, muted black cherry sourness hit the palate first, followed by a bit of woodiness on the mid section. The finish was dry without being cloying in any way. Delicious!

M: The sweetness was VERY understated, which was a good thing. This was a very creamy brew that had just enough sourness to dictate style... not much more. The lacing was substantial and coated the glass thoroughly.

O: I'm not really that well verse in this style, but I have some others in the cellar (ex. Dissident, etc.). However, I love it already!

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Photo of Soonami
3.58/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Liefmans Goudenband is a pretty good oud bruin and I wonder if my scores might not reflect my lack of experience with the style versus my expectations of what an oud bruin should be. I expected this beer to be more assertively tart, less sweet and with more wild character. However, I found Goudenband darker and more syrupy than I thought it would be. The oak flavor doesn't come out very much. For me this was a bit too malty and caramel-ly for me without the acidity I was expecting.

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3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A:Pours a deep dark brown with a creamy thick reddish tan head.

S: Aroma is that of sour dark fruits (Plums, Figs...) Also has hints of a damp basement or a chest full of blankets that has been stored in the attic for years.

T: Tart fruits with hints of red wine/balsamic vinegar and a pleasant sour slightly metallic finish.

M: Moderately carbonated, slightly smooth and creamy that leaves a slightly acidic finish on the tongue.

O: A very nice example of the style.

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

very dark brown with reddish hue, light brown head. smell is like a belgian dubbel, with dark fruit malt notes and a slight hint of vinegar but not much. taste is like a sour dubbel, dark fruits, caramel. mouthfeel is surprisingly light bodied. overall, decent beer, not at all what I expected. It's more of a regular beer than what are normally called "sours."

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Photo of MarcatGSB
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at Fitzgeralds Restaurant in Eagle River, MI. Best buy date of 08-2020. Poured into snifter.

Appearance: Pours a deep hazy brown and copper with frothy, two finger persistent white head.

Nose: Initial light hint of vinegar gives way to a creamy metallic cherry. Notes of apple, peach, and spice.

Taste: Real complex dry malty body. Raisins and prune dryness support the sweet cherry finish.

Mouth: Puckering dryness, with a high level of carbonation.

Drink and overall: A nice Oud Bruin. I felt it may have been a bit booty, but wasn't overly unpleasant. I will drink again.

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

Poured a dark amber red into a tall chalice minimal dark tan head that quickly dissipates into nothing.

Nose is lightly citric apple vinegar, some darker fruits. Pleasant.

A taste is caramel malts with a very nice balance of tart/sourness. Some cherry or darker fruits. Clean mouth feel with lighter carbonation and light chewy tartness on the finish.

Had this with Easter Dinner...really a beautiful compliment - a very fresh tasting beverage with a great citrus tartness in balance with a sweet, but not overly sweet backbone.

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

Deep, dark red-brown, practically black, small tan head steadily shrinks to foamy ring, some lace.

Aroma is sweet-sour fruits, woody herbs, hints of vinegar & red wine & chocolate, a bit earthy and yeasty. It’s fairly rich and complex.

Taste is strong sweet-tart dark fruits, a little sourness, not too sweet or tart and pretty balanced. It has some chocolate, toasty-woody earthy elements. Overall, it’s fairly complex and full-bodied, very nice.

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Photo of nrbw23
3.46/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours is a dark amber color with a thin off-white head that dissipates quickly, leaving a thin ring around the the glass.

S- Starts off with a touch of vinegar and metal. A bit of a banana too and a touch of darker fruits. Hint of wood and maybe some alcohol.

T- Taste is slightly tart. A bit of a metallic taste. Some sweetness here from the darker fruits and a bit of caramel malts.

M- Medium in body and carabonation was good.

O- A new style for me and not quite sure what to expect. I think I'd struggle with finishing a bottle myself, but I could handle a small sized sample.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cork states this is a 2010 vintage.

Pours a clear dark brownish red color with a small 1 inch beige head that fades to an oily film on the top of the beer. Random spots of lace here and there on the glass. Smells of red wine vinegar, sour cherries/grapes, and funk/must. Very mouth watering. Taste is of sour cherries/grapes, vinegar, and an earthy funk. There is a very sight level of sweetness present in this beer too (one of the ingredients on the label is sugar). Good carbonation level makes for a bubbly and crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer. There is a great balance between the sourness and the slight sweetness.

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

I was lucky enough to share this tonight with a fellow BA. It poured a medium bodied mahogany in color with a one finger beige head which dissipated in about 30 seconds. The nose was comprised of soft dark fruits, maple sweetness, and a light sourness that was very well played. You'd expect this to smell sour but it is so perfect. It isn't too sweet, isn't too sour yet appeals to both. Oh wow. Again it is a perfect compromise between the sweet and the sour. The dark fruits are really soft, just kind of in there for the rest of the show. It's medium bodied and drinks very well for the style. The aftertaste is tart but not too tart. Overall, this is the best Oud Bruin I've had to date. I'm SO grateful we opened it!

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Photo of IKR
3.71/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown color. Moderate beige head head that subsided fairly quickly.

Smell: Mild Belgian funk with mild fruity aromas.

Taste: Mild citrus notes with some slight brown sugar sweetness. Some tartness with just a hint of sour.

Mouth-feel: Fairly thin body body with a fairly high level of carbonation.

Overall: Good taste but not overly complex compared to the upper echelon. Very good value at it's price point.

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

Had this for the first time at the Goat the other night. I really like that they let you leave the bar with your empty high end bottles for shootin/plinkin.

Comes in a paper wrapped bottle, looks high end, but you kind of get this humorous image of foreign dudes drinking out of paper bags but dressing it up like malt liquor in front of the neighborhood convenience store like they do it on the east/west/north/south side.

Pours a faint red. Its always difficult for me to be confident of that when drinking something for the first time there, because the color scheme going on makes my eyes have a hard time looking at stuff color wise.

Lots more caramel than I can recall drinking in any beer really, much less for style, I was intrigued and a little hesitant at that point for the sheer 'wait a minute' feel of things.

Weird tartness to its initial presentation, I'm telling you, this one was all over in an unknown kind of for the first time way, the acidic almost citrus yet heavy feel had me thinking of aspects of red and white wine and would come full circle with a nice metallic tinge to it. Later sweetness envelopes. This was a complex, but not showy or for the sake of doing weird shit kind of stuff some brewers will do.

Not a bad selection for the night, and a good price on this relative to style.

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

2010 750ml Bottle.

Appearance - Pours a rather ruddy brown, dark menology color into my Ladyface Tulip. About two fingers of off white head is achieved with a moderate pour that dissipate somewhat fast leaving slight lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell - Quite a bit of vinegar, cherries, brown sugar, and a hint of funk. Wish there was more funk.

Taste - Very sweet with red wine vinegar up front. Cherry flavor comes in the middle with a brown sugar, malty backbone. Not as funky/sour as I was hoping (as with the nose).

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, prickly carbonation.

Overall - Too sweet for me. Glad to try it, and not a bad price for a 750. However, for a flanders it was oddly vinegary yet sweet. Not the best thing I've had.

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

750mL, paper-wrapped bottle into a Duvel tulip. Cap says 08-2020 LGB 11 00383, for whatever that's worth.

A: A splashing, sloppy pour yielded a fine, bone-white head about a centimeter above a clear, black cherry body. A glorious-looking beer.

S: Tangy, cherry-like nose--very pleasantly tart. There is a bit of pleasant malty sweetness as well, and a touch of boozy presence. Quintessential oud bruin/red, but perhaps the most one-note part of this beer.

T: Less sour than the nose would indicate, but still potent. Some bitter notes follow that, and a beautiful sweaty funk finishes the sip. There are flashes of caramel and dark fruits as I sort through the lingering tastes on my tongue. At the very least, a first-rate beer worth pondering, if you're into sours.

M: You know, I seldom know what to say for mouthfeel that's at all informative, but this one feels just right. Enough carbonation, but really not much. Not chewy or anything like that, but with an appropriate, wine-like feel.

O: Top tier, for the style. It's sour, and has funk, and has something more. It hits all the necessary notes and then goes beyond them. A+? Maybe not. Definitely A, A- material, though. And at 12 bucks for 750, I found it quite reasonable.

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Photo of BierFan
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a corked 750ml green paper-wrapped bottle.

After the initial pour it was about 50% light khaki-colored head and 50% very dark brown body inside the glass. I really love the smell of this beer. Little tart, dark fruits, caramel maltiness. Very smooth and drinkable. I'll be sure to pick up more of this beer the next time I see it.

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Photo of pmlondrigan
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a deep rudy brown with slightly lighter red highlights when struck by light and a bit of tanish white head. The aroma is acetic, malted vinegar, and tartness riding on top of a wave of malty back-bone. Taste is a blend of malt, funk, and tart. There is a definate brett/horse blanket presence. Plenty of high sharp tart notes again these highlight the darker deep malt back-bone of the beer. There is some complexity to this beer. Where as American versions tend to be super sour this beer showcases some different qualities and nuances. Prickly and sharp over the palate with a drying finish. I happen to love oud bruin, so I could probably drink many quarts of this delicious concoction.

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Goudenband from Brouwerij Liefmans
4.17 out of 5 based on 1,390 ratings.
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