Goudenband | Brouwerij Liefmans

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Brewed by:
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 macrosmatic
4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
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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Photo of RickS95
3.68/5  rDev -12.2%
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 +1.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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4.67/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lately this and the classic Rodenbach Grand Cru have been my go to sour fix within a reasonable price point. The appearance being a dark rusty brown color might not be the greatest thing you have ever seen but what it lacks in appearance it makes up for in taste. The smell is quite varied, you get oak, some acidity, and sour dark fruit. The taste seems to change and develop with both consumption and temperature, at first I get the oak presence, the dark fruits, vinegar acidity and then finally the much anticipated tartness. This beer is not too sour but has just enough lactobacillus to make me happy. It is priced reasonably and gives you the sour many of us crave until you can get your hands on 3F or Cantillon which seems to be more and more rare in my neck of the woods

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4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL corked & caged bottle. 2010 printed on cork.

appears dark chestnut brown, with thick off-white head. mostly opaque. nice lacing left on the glass as I drink. sharp tart aroma. smell is slightly vinous, some dark fruit.

taste starts sweet and malty, but finishes slightly dry and sour. refreshing to drink. smooth, thin to medium body. low carbonation. easy to drink the whole bottle myself.

overall well balanced and tasty.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this beer as part of a rewards program to sample many different styles. They get you to participate in many different beers.

This is a very good examples of a Flanders Oud Bruin. I really enjoyed the sour, fruity presence. It is a great sipper, with the mix of body, sweetness, and some sour.

I recommend this for sours. It is an acquired taste, and I am glad for having it.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
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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3.25/5  rDev -22.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of imbibehour
4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
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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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of brewerb223
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
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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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of drtth
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
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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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Goudenband from Brouwerij Liefmans
Beer rating: 90.4% out of 100 with 1,393 ratings
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