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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:
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Added by Mitchster on 02-24-2001

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Photo of Fenix2009
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mynie
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Basically I'm a sucker for both oud bruins and paper-wrapped bottles, so buying this was a no-braner.

Pours thick, a very deep and dark mahogany. Thead head is small and wispy, and while the bottle steamed when opened the beer itself appears relatively still.

Smells sweet and pretty tame for the style. Light cherries--faint, but what's there is fairly tart. Some generic fruit and toffee, as well.

Tastes much more assertive and complicated. Starts fizzy and acidic with large nodes of cherries and raspberries. The middle is a bit maltier, more traditionally sweet, and the back end is wonderfully thick, smooth, and sweet, nearly like a cherry frosting. The aftertaste is tart and acidic and lingers for a nice while.

This is quite the bottle of beer. For 13 bucks per 750 ml, it was an absolute steal: lesser American versions might go for twice as much.

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Photo of DavidSchaal
4.68/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of akopczyk
4.72/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of KensWorld
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2014 vintage

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Photo of cunning_stunt
4.69/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of MrDell
4.62/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

This is a new one: Liefmans Goudenband. I like to think of myself as a Belgian beer connoisseur, but really when I find a new Belgian beer to review; like this Liefmans, I begin to wonder if I’ve barely scratched the surface. In any case I’m glad I happened upon this as I have fast become a fan of Flanders beer styles - first through Rodenbach and then Petrus - they’re certainly styles I can get down with: Their vinous grape notes, the light tartness mingling with a hint of balsamic and just enough sugar to balance it all out… I’m going to enjoy this! [you can imagine me saying that in a Freddy Quimby voice if it helps].

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Rich/deep seal brown-coloured body, probably cloudy but it’s hard to tell with a body this opaque. Mocha head quickly dissipates leaving a thin lace ring and a few surface splotches. Moreish as many other Belgian brews, I really just want to tuck in straight away - can you blame me? 9/10.

S: Tart black cherries, note of oak, vinous grape tones and even a hint of peppermint round out this brooding and complex aroma… “pretty wow this” says the sommelier in me. The beermelier in me says “yeah, it’s a decent Flanders Oud Bruin”. Moral to this (albeit brief) tale: If you appreciate wine but you think beer is crap, boy is there a world out there for you to discover - I suggest starting with Belgium. 8/10.

T: Not as sour as the other Flanders Oud Bruins I’ve had, there’s definitely a bit more sweetness out-wrestling the tartness, with overall notes of: Black cherry, oak, vinous grape, burnt caramel with a dry finish. Aftertaste oddly brings in a (perhaps unwanted?) grainy note along with green apple character. This is an interesting take on the style, and one that I will definitely explore again in future. 8/10.

M: Medium bodied with a light but dense carbonation. 8/10.

D: This is quite the enigma of a brew, a mystery wrapped in a paper label that says “Liefmans Goudenband” on it. I’m certainly engaging with this style more than others these days - that hit mixture of sweet and sour does a tap dance on my palate every time, and you think I would go for the more sour driven styles like full-on Lambics and the like, but oh no those styles sacrifice sweetness at the altar of sour (just check out my review of Lindemans Oude Kriek Cuvée René on BeerAdvocate, username: doktorhops). This Flanders Oud Bruin sits in the sweet spot for me [pun as always: intended]. Cheers! 9/10.

Food match: Cheese platter all the way with this baby!

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Photo of DamienI
3.63/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of heygeebee
3.79/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark hazy brown and nice film. Surprise!
All sweet n sour on nose and palate, with some sour apples in the mix. Does finish tart tho.
Nicely carbonated for ABV.
Solid beer if not exceptional

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Photo of Spaceman_Jer
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Photo of eire
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of crob3888
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BlueSpader
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of petrusek23
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Silke_Neryn
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheSixthRing
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From tasting notes 10/21/16. Had [email protected] Alley Katz in Citrus Heights, CA

Appearance - Served up in a snifter, the brew is clear but dark, ruby in color. A half finger width of khaki colored head rests atop. Fair retention, breaking to a thin, broken layer of suds.

Smell - Aroma evokes thoughts of sour apple, cherry, caramel, brown sugar and a faint hint of oak.

Taste - Follows the nose. Flavor is prominently sour with notes of cherry and sour apple with underlying brown sugar sweetness. Slight caramel and some toasty oak come through in the finish that otherwise rings still with plenty of fruity sourness.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with moderate, slightly bitey carbonation. Crisp, but thins out a bit in the finish.

Overall - A great, very tasty brew that doesn't rely just on sourness to deliver the flavor. Hard for me to judge this against the style because I've only had a few, but I'm certainly enjoying this one quite a bit.

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Photo of AngusOg
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of windowside
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PugsandBeer
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of weareallfalafel
4.94/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of NilocRellim
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clear dark brown colour. Smells like fruity cherry, slightly tart and a bit nutty. Tart with raisin,cherry and a juicy body. Slightly dry aftertaste.

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Photo of GTJayG
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of logicalparadox
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jbertsch
3.96/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not very tart. Not as much as I like my Flanders oude bruins. This was more like....tangy. Flavor is very nice though. More full bodied than other beers of the same style. Would make a great all-around food pairing beer.

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Goudenband from Brouwerij Liefmans
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 1,396 ratings
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