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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Added by Mitchster on 02-24-2001

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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

Brouwerij Liefmans Goudenband is an excellent example of a Flanders Ode Bruin. Goudenband uses several pale and dark malts and is lagered for a year before being blended with a younger beer to restart fermentation. The brew pours hazy russet brown color and features a thin eggshell colored head and spotty lace. Hints of tart and sourness give way to dark fruits like sour cherries, raisins, and dates, subtle yet wonderful. Bready malt flavors quickly fade into a delectable tartness that features underlying cherry and plum notes and sweetness before another hit of sour and a dry finish. A higher level of carbonation is met well in this medium-bodied brew. We were lucky enough to enjoy this on draft but would be happy enough to cellar a few bottles to enjoy the changes.

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of jrenihan
3.87/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer is dark brown, almost no head.

Beer has a fruity scent, consisting of grape, plum and current. Vinous. Some balsamic vinegar.

Taste has balsamic vinegar, mildly tart. Some dark fruit (plum), as well as the red grape flavour from the nose.

Light/medium bodied, low carbonation. Feels good.

Overall, good beer but not remarkable.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

4/5  rDev -4.1%

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

Poured into a globe.

A. Deep brown with some red highlights, and a tight, creamy head that never completely goes away.

S. Tart apples, some spicy phenols, a good hit of musty funk, and a little caramel unless I'm mistaken.

T. Really well balanced between the sweet and the sour. Everything in the aroma comes through in the flavour, with a little vinegar on top, and some almost chocolatey hints as it warms up. Yeah, definitely some chocolate.

M Smooth, medium-bodied.

O. There was a kids cough medicine when I was a nipper called Owbridge's. My parents had to hide the bottle because I loved it so much. While Goudenband doesn't actually taste like Owbridge's it stirs a memory with the combination of flavours in the beer, especially the phenols. I could drink this until the cows come home.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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5/5  rDev +19.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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

Had a bottle of this at Gigs in London. Poured a dark brown with decent carbonation. Tastes slightly sour with fruits like pear and grapes coming through in the finish. Some tartness in there as well. Very nice mouthfeel and its quite easy to drink. A very nice belgian sour overall.

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1/5  rDev -76%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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

Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into tulip glass.

A: Pours an opaque reddish brown with a thin off-white head. Only a bit of visible carbonation.

S: Sweet, tart, cherry, funky pineapple, with hints of barnyard.

T: Similar to nose but it seems kind of a thin flavor profile, and not nearly as sour as expected. Has a mildly tart aftertaste.

M: Body on the thin side, decent carbonation but slightly less than I'd prefer. Fairly dry finish.

O: It's not bad, maybe a beginner's sour. Doesn't compare to the best in class.

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3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I haven't had this style before, so I've got nothing to base it on, but it's a nice looking beer. Dark, rich brown with some floaties wandering around in the dense liquid. The head is a finger thick, slightly off-white and dissipates quickly leaving just a white ring up top.

Malt forward scent, with a combination of vinegar and Granny Smith lurking. Has a bit of a saison funky yeast smell to it.

Not as bad as I expected. Granny Smith apple, malt and Belgian yeast dance on the tongue. A bit of apple cider vinegar and a touch of alcohol.

Good complex feel. Very full bodied, with a heavy malt profile, but balanced by the sweet, tart fruits and yeast. No hoppy bitterness, just a dry pucker for a finish.

I expected the worst from this, but was pleasantly surprised. Sure, it's tangy and tart, but there's balance that makes it relatively drinkable overall. Good alcohol content that's mostly masked.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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