Goudenband | Brouwerij Liefmans

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Brouwerij Liefmans

Style: Flanders Oud Bruin

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Mitchster on 02-24-2001

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Photo of jpmclaug
3.58/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375mL poured into my Goudenband glass. Cage says something about 2013. I'm not sure when that means this was made though.

A - Brown with a cherry hue. decent sized light tan head. A good amount of floaties in this one.

S - subtle cherry aroma with a bit of funk

T - Some cherry notes, slightly oaky, a little bit of a funky flavor, not really sour at all. Fairly sweet, maybe some belgian candi sugar.

M - medium body, fair amount of carbonation

D - Pretty easy drinking not as sour as I remember it being though. Sweeter than I would like as well. I dunno this beer is decent but not mindblowing. The price is nice on them though. If I was in the mood I'd revisit this but I wouldn't seek it out.

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Photo of Keffa
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 2010 750ml cork and cage bottle. Best by dating of 06/2020.

A: Pours dark brown, 1 finger tan/off white head, leaves sheets of lacing behind at each sip, and they stick. Settles to a couple mm thick cap. Shows amber/mahogany highlights when held to light.

S: Slight sourness, a little bit of an earthy funk, light lemon, and a chocolate note. Some light sweetness comes through in the background. Vinegar like aroma is present, but far subdued compared to the Cuvee Brut.

T: Nice. Some sourness and tartness off the bat, with some malt sweetness and a light fruit note behind it. Plum is the first thing to come to mind. A hint of a roast/chocolate appear briefly in th background. A slight oak like wood comes in behind the fruit and smooths out to the very lightly sour and dry finish.

M: Slightly creamy, very well carbonated (low, but appropriate) and very light body for a higher ABV.

D: Holy crap. Insane drinkability here. Alcohol? What alcohol? 8% ABV is so well hidden. Smooth, good mix of flavors, and nice dry finish lead to larger sips than probably should be. Very dangerous to me. Could easily polish this 750 off in very little time.

This one overall is quite nice. I think that the flavors here are quite good and the sour/tart are very laid back. A great intro to the style, and sours in general. Cheap, too. 9.99 for a 750 is pretty easy to reach for any budget.

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Photo of WhyBeNormal
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Cork is dated 2010. Poured into my Corsendonk glass

Ridiculously complex. From the first sip, I knew this is among the best beers I've ever had. Good balance of sweet and sour, vinegar-y tartness, sweet dark fruit, bruised apples, oak, leather ... so much going on in this. Fucking outstanding.

TREMENDOUS thank you to garbercury for this one!

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Photo of cooch69
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Goudenband. Wow, now this is AWESOME.

Pours into a Tulip glass a semi clear deep brown with a nice fluffy two finger head that sticks wonderfully to the sides.

Nose is of candied apples, caramel, vinegar, Lactic Acid, sour grapes and a bit of fresh pear.

Taste is full of fruity esters. (apples, grapes and pears). As well as a bready maltiness in the back that lingers well into the finish as it coats your mouth. This beer is the definition of class and style. It is so elegent in taste and full of complexities yet to be discovered. And the 8% abv goes by undetected.

This beer is super smooth and drinks very easily. It is very refreshing.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sharing a bottle of this with my wife for Super Bowl pre-game.

Vintage 2006

A: Auburn hued and somewhat transparent, this beer has virtually no head and leaves only the faintest traces of lacing on the glass.

S: The aroma is the strongest quality of Goudenband, in my opinion. Sweet cherries, funk, oak, and hints of vanilla make for a delectable bouquet of scents.

T: The taste is a basic makeup of what I found in the aroma, but a tad less wonderful. The funk is mild, with a sweet cherry flavor coming through prominently. The beer is mildly tannic, with hints of vinegar and oak.

M: Carbonation level is low - a bit too low. I'm not sure why the cork was so short and stubby, as opposed to the typical cork requiring a corkscrew for removal. Alcohol content disguised well.

D: A good representation of the style and a pleasure to drink, though I believe Goudenband no longer reigns supreme as the best Flanders Oud Bruin on the planet, as it once did.

Notes: I was fortunate enough to try a sample of a 1955 vintage Goudenband, courtesy of Brad. The beer held up surprisingly well, though it received a mixed reaction from the group. Vinegar, balsamic, sour, musty, complex, old, tannic, basement, rain water. I enjoyed it more than most.The finish was quite vinegary, and the carbonation level was virtually non-existent, but the beer still possessed plenty of good flavor.

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

Medium to dark brown, darker than expected. Ring around the glass, head fades fast.

Cherry, oak, vinegar, light vanilla.

Lightly sour - I want more! Replicates the nose exactly.

Good carbonation, smooth. Medium bodied.

This is a toned down Rodenbach, I prefer it much more as it is much lighter and delicate. Worthy of ageing too I'd say.

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Photo of Kakaraht
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark ruby brown with a nice Finger of head that has OK retention and good lacing.

S: Nice sour yeasty smell, that typical sweaty horse blanket Belgian smell. Yum!

T: Nice and sour and tart right away, with a delicious yeasty and sweet maltyness. Hidden fruits tingle my taste buds, cherry and black current. Can definitely taste Belgian Candi sugar as well.

M: Light Body decent carbonation and a nice level of alcohol.

D: Super drinkable, wish I had a dozen more in front of me right now, but then this post would be a little slurred.

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Photo of jsh420
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2010 on the cork

pours dark chestnut brown with some ruby highlights - 1_ finger head that left some spotted lacing

smells of sour funk then the sweet dark fruit malts

taste is similar to the nose but with some heat from the alcohol - funk of the yeast i get some /sugar right off the bat and plenty of malt in the finish and after taste

mouthfeel is just how i would want it light body heavy carbonation - this combo works so well with the flavors and style

drinkability is good by far the best flanders i have sipped on

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Photo of Kkottonmouthkngz
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: nice mohogany cherry, deep, and alluring. tan mocha head, fizzy fine bubbles.
S: cherry, currant, cassis and leather. minute level of tartness emenating, makes you aware that the flavors youre about to enjoy are mild but difinitive.
T: its not as sour as i had anticipated, its a rather enjoyable level of cherry and currant. theres some other darker fruits poking through, weather its rasins or what im not sure.
M: glides across the tongue very nicely with a perfect amount of carbonation, and lingers afterwords with that dark cherry tinge.
D: i could enjoy this by myself easily, but also glad ive got someone to share it with. half a bottle is just the right amount.

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Photo of DaveHS
3.68/5  rDev -12%
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 LordAdmNelson
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Liefmans makes some really good stuff, especially considering the price tag. As far as Flanders Oud Bruins go, this one is up there for me, though I think that I prefer Duchesse. Pours a nice maple syrup-brown with moderate off-white head that fades quickly. Nose is oak, vinegar, some sweetness from the malt, and a bit of vanilla and apples. Taste follows suit with a solid Oud Bruin, a nice example of the style. I think that it is a bit over-carbonated, however, which washes away the flavor too quickly. It's good while it's there, but the staying power isn't so hot. A very easy drink, nice example of the style, but less carbonation would suit it nicely.

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Photo of doppelmeup
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a pretty brownish-amber with a fantastic fluffy head. Decent lacing down the glass.

Aromas were rather mild for what I was expecting, but still smelled nice. Cider vinegar, tamarind, tart cherries.

Taste was good, but I was hoping for something a bit more tart and bold. Still, flavors of mild cider vinegar and tamarind which matched the aroma. Alcohol very well hidden.

Nice mouthfeel as well. On the creamier side rather than prickly. Clean finish.

Overall, I enjoyed this beer, however I like Monk's Cafe better. This has a nice presentation, and would make a nice ale to bring as a gift for a party.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cork is marked 2010

Big thanks to Draught2012 for providing this great beer. Frankly had never heard of it and Jimmy thought I might enjoy it based on what he read and knew about my palate. Well donne Jimmy J!! Great guy!

Enjoyed this in my favorite tulip glass. A fluffy off white head floats atop this beer. There is a slight brown/maroon tint to the head. Beer is deeply colored with lots of brown and burgundy tones. Some light lacing remains.

Light aroma of stone fruits including but not exclusively cherry. A sharp tone at the end that hints to a slightly sour flavor. As always, the aroma is more aggressive than the eventual flavor. Some nice toasted malt/bready like aromas as well.

I really like this beer. Well balanced, soft rounded, yet complex flavors. Certainly some tart cherry, green apple flavors. Some nice toasted nut flavors and a wonderfully smooth deep layered malt flavor. The depth is unreal actually. It's a great combination of a delicate yet complex flavor profile. 8% ABV? Are you kidding? This might be the most well hidden 8% abv in the world. Never would have guessed that. Nice bread tones come out after you swallow the beer. Really a nice beer.

Very light almost fluffy mouth feel. Tingle of carbonation brightens the flavor but doesn't get in the way.

Drinkable? Oh yeah.. see comment above on abv. When can I get another bottle?

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Photo of flannelman808
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: deep chestnut brown with a slightly off-white head. Good retention and small-medium bubbles. Fairly clear...

S: Smells acidic and softly fruity... strawberry, raspberry, and a light vinegary note are present.

T: This is really nice and surprisingly balanced, and is not as acidic as the nose leads on. Softly strawberry and a touch of lime followed with maybe a sort of caramel rumcake like quality evens out the sour with sweet. Highly drinkable and not overtly any one thing (read as sour). I got this 750 ml for only $10.50 in my book this is a effing steal at that price!

M: Soft

D: extremely high for the style and being 8% abv

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Photo of GabrielM
4.77/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a tulip.

A - much darker than expected - deep brown with a good amount of off-white head on top. Good lacing.

S - cherries, wood, a ton of dark fruit, currants, funk. Smells amazing!

T - cherries and dark fruit hit the tongue first with a blast of tartness, but it's quickly evened out by some sweetness and wood flavors. I was actually surprised that the sourness was as tame as it was - the initial taste felt like it was going to be really intense, but it was just right.

M - tastes great and leaves a really pleasant feeling in my mouth, even long after each sip. I'm really pleased.

D - I could drink A LOT of this. Outstanding.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: This beer pours burgundy with a tan large thick head that sinks into rich lacings.

S: Oak with only faint vanilla. Molasses; dark dried fruits. Brett. Lots of berries; black currant and black berries. Leather. Sour cherries.

T: Brett and sour cherries. Dry. Dark dried fruits. Black currant. Leather. Green apples. Complex but smooth.

M: Aftertaste is fantastic; rather long and in great balance - sweet and bitter! Body is medium and carbonation is moderate.

D: This is a fantastic beer; I'm so happy that there's lots of beer left in the 750 ml bottle, for me to sip this evening.

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Photo of philosobeer
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from large bottle at about 45°F.

A // great clarity, tan and sticky head, deep and dark red-brown.

S // Acidity permeated the odor, nice white wine and a touch of vinegar, a little barnyard funk.

T // Sweetness from malt is prominent and counterbalancing to the lacto sort of sourness. Quite tart and very flemish, evokes sour apples, lemon, and berries, with a classic funk strong in the finish.

M // Light and crisp without being thin. Effervescence not quite as strong as I expected (or hoped) but still very fine.

D // This is an eight-by-volume sour that goes down as easy as can really be expected.

Very pleased I picked this one up, and Liefmans in general is quickly becoming a favorite for me. If you like sour flemish taste, this is a great representative.

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Photo of jibbyvonjibb
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark amber. Clear.
S: ~tart. Dark berry: berry, blackberry. ~brett. ~oak. ~leather.
T: Sourness medium (low for Flanders). Caramel. Balancing low tartness. Clean finish.
M: Fairly high (good) carbonation.
O: Well balance. On the low side of sourness for lambic. Very drinkable. Possibly the best Bruine I've had.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle, review No. 1900,

A: Pours mahogany with a robust full white head, good lace.

S: Heavy oak and wood, molasses.

T: Strong brown malt flavour, molasses and brown sugar. The acidity balances it out adding complexity with great flavour.

M: Medium-bodied, medium acidity, robust at times, but real easy drinking.

D: Tasty, classic beer. I haven't had this since 2006, and it's not as powerful as I remember, but still a great beverage.

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Photo of alexgash
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle. LGB 06/2017, so I am guessing that this was bottled in 2007--also, the cork is labeled 2.007).

Muddy saddle brown body. Small, thin, light beige head. Not much lacing. Nose of musty grapes, shoe leather, aged balsamic vinegar, tart cherries, and candied apples.

Tangy fruit and acidic vinegar up front. Slight tartness, with notes of musty raspberries and cherries. Nice balance of sweet and tart with the aged fruit. Wood notes around the edges of it all. Unmistakable balsamic vinegar twang into the finish along with some raspberry seeds. Medium-full body with a very low carbonated, syrupy feel. There's just a tingle of natural carbonation in this beer. Interesting and complex with a little more sweetness than expected. A must try.

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Photo of Wisconsinality
3.53/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 Vintage.

Bottle poured into Sprecher snifter.

A- Pours a deep ruby red that is dark but still relatively transparent. A small head, about a half finger's worth, dies down quickly and leaves no lacing on the side of the glass.

S- Some nice oak, tart cherries and a little bit of vinegar. Not a whole lot else going on here.

T- Some vinegar notes complimented with a nice oak character. A little bit of cherry and a subtle amount of malt. The alcohol is very well hidden, never letting itself be known.

M- Light to medium bodied with crisp, live carbonation. There is a little bit of tartness but it is light. A little dry on the finish.

D- I am impressed with how well the abv is hidden. I would have like a little more complexity and more tartness out of this one. But with the price, I can pick a bottle or two up and throw them in the cellar to see what some time does to it.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.46/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Finally was able to pick up a bottle of this. This is from the newest batch, 2010.

A: The pour 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. There's a bit of a banana note as well as a touch of dark fruit (plums). Some alcohol and oak, too.

T: The flavor is a bit better. A slight tartness without the same metallic character. There's a slightly drying, tannic character on the finish. A moderate sweetness to it with dark caramel malts and dark fruits.

M: The body is medium with a nice full level of carbonation.

D: Not quite as much tartness as I prefer for this style, but I suppose it's still accurate. The metallic character wasn't really doing much for me, either. Might try aging my other bottle to see how it improves.

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Photo of ne0m00re
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12/9/10- Review of a 750 mL bottle labeled 08-2020 LGB, 11 02741.
A: Reddish brown, nice caramel cream head that settled to a flim and strong collar.
S: Raisin, deep red wine, nice grape juice caramel, hints of roast are extremely mild. Good and welcoming.
T: Mildly sour like cider and red wine, nice moldy leafy hops that are very subtle, brown sugar, strawberry and raspberry. Very nice.
M: Slightly thicker and creamy.
D: Very good.

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Photo of oglmcdgl
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Been waiting for this to come back to the us. Great brew for my 300th review. Poured into my duvel tulip.

A- a big three fingers of rocky tan head from a hard pour with some good staying power. Tons of sticky lace left when the head does recede. Dark brown in color with a slight amber glow at the edges when lit from behind.

S- sweet and sour cherries with some funky wood underneath. I get I touch of fruit roll ups and ludens cough drops that brings me back to my childhood. Faint hints of musty leather.

T- opens up with a bright tart twang that rolls quickly into a round sweet cherry hit. Some funk and wood with a touch of a saccarin like sweetness. Long tart finish.

M- on the thinner side of medium in body with a small bubbled very active carb that really keeps things light and refreshing. Nice juicy pucker that brings the back of the mouth to life .

D- I really enjoyed this brew. Not the sourest not the sweetest, perfectly balance. Ill have to scoop a few more to lay down and a few to toss at some killer pairings.

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Photo of bobsy
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2005 vintage courtesy of my good friend Derek - cheers!

Pours a deep mahogany with ruby highlights at the edges. A very fine head dissipates relatively quickly. Clean oud bruin nose with a mix of raspberry vinaigrette and balsamic. Fruity and sour with strong brown sugar notes. The flavour is relatively straightforward. Again, relatively fruity, with a strong sweetness countering the sour. Again fruit vinegar. Some peppery wood, but absolutely no hint of the alcohol. Nothing overly-comples, but just sublimely made. Medium-light body with a light carbonation (due to age). Highly drinkable.

A delightful and classic oud bruin. In some respects it reminds me of Saison Dupopnt, in that its one of the templates for the style - emminently drinkable, but without the extreme character and bells and whistles of more recent iterations.

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Goudenband from Brouwerij Liefmans
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