Goudenband | Brouwerij Liefmans

1,382 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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Photo of sammy806
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of morimech
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
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 +7.9%

Photo of jmich24
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of hays99
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
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 +7.9%
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 -4.1%

Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
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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Photo of TexAggie011
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Jspriest
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of KotR
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of danedelman
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-rich borwn with a tan tight head, 1 finger high.

S-a lot of candi sugar, molasses and raisins. A slight sour apple smell too.

T-Candi sugar and sweet malt flavors hit you first like a flanders/flemish red. It then turns a bit sour like biting a lemon. Perfect balance of sour and sweet.

M-very sessionable and price wasn't bad at $6.99 for a 375ml.

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Photo of avalon07
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a brownish color and a thick consistency. There was a half inch of creamy, off-white, fairly long-lasting head. Pretty good lacing.

S: A very sour-smelling beer (as it should be), with traces of yeast and fruit in it.

T: Tasted of yeast, malt, a little citrus, and a sour element. There was also something sugary and sweet in the finish, though it wasn't as powerful as the other ingredients. A tasty and complex beer.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a vibrant finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is an excellent example of an oud bruin. Very drinkable and easy to like.

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Photo of Boz12
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of samEBC
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of MisterGrizz
5/5  rDev +19.9%

Photo of RuckusDu
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a couple finger head in my Duvel tulip. The head is light tan in color but seems too light for the color of the beer. Body is deep brown with a reddish hue. Some ok lacing.

S - Bruin-y. Those dark fruits and spices with lighter fruits like lemon.

T - A nice balance between tart lemon, orange, and citric acid and the darker flavors such as prune and raisin. It is good. There is a little sweetness like white sugar added.

M - Carbonation is strong and the body is slightly above average. The carbonation fits the sourness and makes it taste light.

O - A wonderful beer and a great price. This could easily become a regular for me. I like super-sours, and this is not quite there, but adds some nice dark Belgian flavors that compliment it well. Mmmm.

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Photo of HumanParaquat
3.65/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HoistinBrews
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of Schade
3/5  rDev -28.1%

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

375ml bottle. All i found was a date stating 12-2019, which i guess is the best before date

A- Dark ruby/light brown in colour with some static carbonation bubbles on the sides of the glass. One finger white head that doesn't have very good retention, if not for a little lace, and leaves little lacing on the glass

S- Both sweet and sour with a bready and caramel malts body. Sour notes have a nice complexity with lactic, cherries and vinegar notes as well as some kind of lemonish/spicy feel

T- Malts are mostly hidden under the sour flavours, but their presence is still significant. There are notes of caramel and maybe chocolate, and the beer's feel is overall more sweet than sour as Hojaminbag stated in the previous review. Now on the sour part; the beer has a wonderful, delicate, lactic acidity that brings a lot of complexity and tons of flavours with it: cherries, dried plums, some kind of mustiness, maybe a woody hint. A slight spiciness is present as well

M- Quite light in body with just a delicate hint of carbonation on both tongue and palate. Very slick mouthfeel overall. A nice mouthfeel, though maybe a bit too thin in body for such a complex beer

O- Not for sure an easy drinker. As i have said in the mouthfeel, the beer is quite thin in body and i feel like the mouthfeel does not fully support the beer's complexity. It kinda feels like flavours do not want to stick there; sorry if can't find beeter words to describe this. Still, the beer is amazingly tasty and complex, the 8%ABV is wonderfully hidden and tartness never gets too much in the way. Overall an excellent beer

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Photo of Jef59
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of Hojaminbag
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 Vintage.

Goudenband pours a cloudy ruby color with a small, tan head. The head sticks around for a little bit, but doesn't leave any lacing.

The aroma is nice, with a lot of cherry and some noticeable wood notes.

Goudenband is definitely more sweet than sour, and despite my proclivity for sour beers, I still think it is very good. Tons of cherry flavors bring both tart and sweet flavors. I know cherries can have both of these traits at the same time, but I wonder if Liefmans used more than one type of cherries in this. Next there is a splash of vinegar, that brings a bit of sourness but not much more. Wood flavors come next, with a hint of leather and a spicy taste.

The mouthfeel is surprisingly dry considering the beer is sweet. Carbonation and body are about where I would expect them to be.

Overall, Goudenband is another winner for Liefmans, and probably my favorite that I have tried. Not a beer I would turn to when I was really in the mood for a sour, but certainly a nice one.

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Goudenband from Brouwerij Liefmans
4.17 out of 5 based on 1,382 ratings.
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