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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 bylerteck
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at Beer Deluxe. From notes.

A - Poured deep ruby with a two finger brown head. Decent lace with a film of retention.

S - Tart cherry, plums, wood, rich fruits, cheery wood. A very inviting blend of tartness and sweet woody fruits.

T - Dark fruit, cherry again with tartness and woody notes again. Alot like the aroma. Sweetness blending with sourness was quite nice and kept me wanting more.

M - Good carbonation, medium body, dry and tart in the finish with wood.

O/D - Nice. Really solid. A style I don't drink often enough. A good way into sour styles if you still crave some sweetness for balance. No alcohol evident in flavour making it easy to drink all day.

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Photo of mbs11
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of pangea001
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of DeerNick
2/5  rDev -52.2%

Photo of HopsJunkiedotcom
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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

This is my first review of an Oud Bruin, though I've tried my hand at the style. Recent notes.

This beer is an almost crimson or blood red with a bit of haze, an almost orange hue pulling through in the light. A fluffy white head just under a finger tall has pretty good retention and leaves a few patches along with some spotting as far as lacing.
There's a good mix of tart, gently sour, and lightly sweet with an underlying grains in both aroma and flavor. There's a bit of an appropriate acidic element present in both that translates into a red wine note in the flavor. A little hint of some creamy, almost vanilla-like sweetness also comes out in the finish. Wild yeast is evident and a spicy bite is also throughout, more strongly in the aroma.
The tartness and sourness make for a drier body, and there's an alomost vinous feel to it into the finish. From beginning to middle some of the sweeter elements and malts (caramel?) keep it semi-dry. The body is medium and crispness along with moderate carbonation keeps it going.

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Photo of Zuidman
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of tlazaroff
4.41/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tart cherries in brown sugar syrup is the first thing that comes to mind off the aroma. It smells incredibly complex and inviting. I'd love to try this with some cheesecake, but alas, I have none at the moment.

Goudenband looks absolutely gorgeous in my Rochefort glass (no Liefmans glass)! Its a dark brown with a very light tan head that never quit dissipates completely. There is a lot of pico-sized bubbles making a foam on the top with spots of beer showing through. Lacing is again, gorgeous.

Oh, how devilishly sour! Not quite lip-puckering, but quite strong. I taste a fruit salad in here: raspberry, apple, grapefruit, and more. This is the most delicious cocktail I have ever had.

As expected, the beer has a medium body and high carbonation with a dry finish. The sourness carries though the finish but that light "puckering" sensation ends rapidly. Overall this is a fantastic beer!

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Photo of leodarko
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

Photo of Fitzmke
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of thecheapies
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 vintage Goudenband served in a tulip glass.

Pours a deep burgundy brown with tall taupe head that was quick to fall and stay at a half of an inch.

Smells of overripe cherries, distilled red wine, some vinegar, and clay. Little twinkles of green apple in there, but mostly just fruit skins of all sorts. Very interesting.

Nice tart apple crispness featured in this Oud Bruin, much unlike others I've had (with the exception of Petrus Aged Pale). Definite vinous quality that makes this rather fresh bottle seem like it has some age on it. Has a musty grape quality. The other dark fruits (black cherries and plums) are in there too, mixed with the acetic quality from the fermentation. Has a good malt backbone for some cellaring. A pucker that could either swell or ease up, depending on which way this one would go. Almost hop-absent, but with a light dose of familiar Belgian yeast funk. Great Flanders Ale.

Feels rich and punchy with a good backing of spritz. Mild pucker that dries the gums a bit, but leaves you wanting another swig. Good stuff.

For this being one of my favorite beer styles, I'm so excited to have finally tried this. Love the Reds better but this Bruin is quickly becoming one of my faves. Recommended to pick up two, one for now and one for later (much later).

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Photo of billab914
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 vintage poured from a 750ml bottle into my Allagash glass. It poured a dark, murky brown color with a thick foamy head to it.

The aroma shows some slight sour notes with some stronger fruity tartness coming through. It also has a good amount of sweeter, fruity, cherry and raspberry flavors to it along with a little bit of a malty, caramel flavor. Nice aroma overall.

The taste shows a lot of tart and sweet cherry like flavors to it. It shows more of the tartness up front with the sweeter, fruity notes showing more in the finish. It got a little maltier as it warmed with some caramel and toffee notes to it. Just a hint of sourness is there as well. Very nice balance for the style.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with above average carbonation. Overall I thought it was a very good beer. It was very flavorful and well balanced relative to the style. I really liked the tart cherry notes in it as well. Very solid beer all around.

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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

Poured a nice reddish brown with an 1/2 finger off white/tan head.
Smelled of tart cherry and dark fruit.
Had a sweet yet tangy flavor. Tasted of tart cherries and maybe a little sour lemon along with a little woody flavor that was light to medium bodied. There was little to no alcohol presence that finished clean, crisp and dry. A good balance of sweet and tangy. I will drink this again.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to 2BDChicago for the long-time 'want'. 2010 vintage. 750ml corked and caged bottle served at 52 degrees in my Ommegang tulip. Pours a dull, plum-colored hue with a dense, one inch, off-white head. Head eventually settles into a 1/8th inch consistent skim. Spots and slashes of lacing are revealed during the tasting. Nose expresses tart vinous notes as well as a suggestion of vanilla and vinegar. I also get a general Welch's grape juice vibe. Taste follows nose; however, all aspects of the flavor profile are a bit more subdued than suggested by the nose. I also get a bit of lactic acid in the mix. Mouthfeel is light-medum in body with a lively carbonation level. There's also a slight tartness that lightly stimulates the salivary glands. Finish is somewhat dry. Overall, I enjoyed this beer; however, there's was just a little too much carbonation. I'd really like to try a vintage with about five years on it to see how it develops.

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Photo of sammy806
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of morimech
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 Vintage 750ml bottle. Purchased at an inventory reduction price. Score for me.

Pours a very dark copper color that appears black in my tulip glass. One finger of head forms that has excellant retention. The head settles to a thick cap. Just a little sticky lacing is left down the glass during consumption.

What a wonderful aroma. Cherries, dark fruit, a little funk, and yeast. There is a bit of a woodsy smell as well. Overall smells slightly tart.

The flavor is not nearly as impressive but is still good. Just slightly tart and funky. Would of liked to have more tart. Slightly sweet malt with cherry and lemon compliments. Some Belgian yeast near the finish. Has a lingering malt aftertaste.

The carbonation is unusual. At first it seems to have low carbonation but has a very fine, tingly carbonation in the finish. Maybe it needs more to cleanse the palate.

A fine example of the style. Not the best or most distinct but I am happy to buy this beer again.

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Photo of bpackertx
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of hays99
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a deep amber to brown in color with a light tan head. In the aroma, a small tart white grape with notes of caramel. In the taste, white grape tartness with a small note of caramel roastiness. A sour bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry sour and note of caramel in the aftertaste. Dry and sour, with notes of caramel, easy to drink and quite fantastic.

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

Liefmans Goudenband Provision Ale 8% alcohol. Poured from 750ml corked and caged bottle into an Ommegang Snifter.

A- Glorious sight of a near opaque dark brown fluid with a quarter inch off white head that leaves behind a tight bubbly froth that lightly holds on the the edges of the glass slipping back to the brew after the swirl and/or sip of the excellent Flanders Oud Bruin.

S- Fresh scents of cherries, candied apples, and sweet malts upfront on the nose. A light hint of musky yeast is noted with a slightly spiced edge.

T-M- Where do I start? A sweet almost tart bite of cherries and currants stings the tongue with bountiful flavor. Second notes of sweet apples and pears followed by light brown sugar.
Mouthfeel is a heavily carbonated tingle with very little alcohol ester presence. Mildly dry with excellent drinkablity.

O- Overall one of the best if not the best Flanders Oud Bruin style beer i've ever had hands down. I'm going to stock up on this one Cheers!

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Photo of Vylo
4/5  rDev -4.3%

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

A - Pours dark brown with red hues into my snifter with about one finger of off-white head that has moderate retention and minimal lacing.

S - Candi sugar, molasses, sweet caramel, really smells like a caramel apple, sour dark fruit, wood and spicy yeast.

T - Tart apples and caramel sweetness, molasses, lemony sourness, cherries, wood and mild spiciness.

M - Body seems a bit thin for the complexity of this beer. Relatively balanced carbonation though.

O - Really solid beer, wish the taste lived up to the aroma a little more and that it had some more body to it, but worth trying nonetheless.

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Goudenband from Brouwerij Liefmans
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 1,397 ratings
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