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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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

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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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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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of XicanoBeerRun
4.62/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

New Year’s Day 2012

The blue paper wrapper, which encases a green bottle, intrigued me because it describes the beer as a blended Belgian, which is not too common in these parts. For some time, I had been eying this brew at San Antonio’s Central Market, and decided the occasion was right.

The cork, stamped “2011,” was easy to remove, and looked like a crimini mushroom. I poured the reddish, Dr. Pepper colored concoction into a snifter. It smelled of sour cherries, of course. I picked up on hints of oak or wood. This observation was substantiated by some other reviews I read. There was light lacing and carbonation. It was tart on the back of the tongue, but warm alcohol on the front. You lose the cherry essence as the beer lingers in your mouth. The flavor did not change much as the beer warmed up.

I highly recommend this brew. It is very reasonably priced at $10.

I’ll have another.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out as a reddish brown color, the head was thin and white. The smell of the beer gives off plenty of wild yeast aromas that sting the nose. The aroma of some sour cherry is also in there. The taste of the beer was pretty good actually, it was tart but not overwhelming. I found it to be well balanced actually. The mouthfeel was light and similar to a wine. Overall this brew was pretty good for the style, just not always my preference.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of Pencible
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This poured a nearly clear mahogany with thick tan head.
S: It smelled like funky oak and sour red grapes and juicy cherry, with a little cocoa powder and copper and apple cider vinegar.
T: It tasted like sweet cherry and sour red grapes, with some funky oak and tart apple cider vinegar, and a little sweet sweet chocolate and bitter copper. It had a clean and juicy sour aftertaste.
M: It was oily with moderate natural carbonation. Nice and slick body.
D: This was a very nice Flanders (seemed more red than brown to me), with a great balance of scent and taste. Not too sweet or sour or tart. The body was nice and the alcohol was pretty well hidden, so it was easy to drink. The finish was really good on this beer. Not sure if age would help, but it probably wouldn't hurt. Recommended.

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

from a 375ml corked and caged bottle, poured into a tulip.

A- Pours a dark brown hue, but looks relatively light bodied, an almost reddish brown when held to the light, about a half inch of off-white carbonation quickly dissipates to a thin film. Looks pretty much how i expected it to.

S- straight up it smells pretty sour, musty and with a hint of oakiness. smells pretty good.

T- Straight up there is the sourness from the nose, but when that subsides there is some musty oak, following that it gets a touch of dried fruit and something a touch plummy, then a some spiciness kicks in, clove and some others i cant put my finger on. there is a little bit of alcohol present but its pleasing and adds to the beer. Tastes fantastic.

M- on the mid to light bodied side, there is some stimulated salivation from the sourness, but in the end leaves the mouth dry.

O- looks and smells and feels good, but taste is really very nice. lovely beer to sit on of an extended period to see how it changes.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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3.55/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- The beer pours the liveliest head I've ever seen, a light brown effervescent mess. Comes down rather quickly in the tulip, the brew is a dark brown with purple hues. Opaque but for near the surface, where it's a murky copper color.

S- Little bit of vinegar and some red grapes. A bready malt undertone is there also. Some other dark fruits come to play as well.

T- Tastes a bit like the nose suggests. A slight amount of vinegar, and some sourness upfront runs into a nice blend of dark fruits. Plums and grapes mostly. The alcohol is well hidden, feels more like 5% rather then 8.

M- Light to medium bodied with high carbonation. The brew is somewhat coating in the mouth, sort of feels like drinking carbonated grape juice.

O- A highly drinkable beer. I enjoyed this this Flanders Oud Bruin, a nice introduction. I suppose this was a little less intense than a Flanders red, but I'm just getting my feet wet in the lesser known Belgians.

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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

Picked up a bottle at Bier Tempel in Bruges.

A- Pours a cola brown with strong ruby highlights. Produces a finger of bubbly, champagne-like tan head.

S- Citric and tart, alcohol, some oak, and light, sweet malts.

T- The most prominent flavor from the start is a lambic-like yeasty tartness, followed shortly by strong oak flavors and some cherry. There's some spicy, herbal phenol underneath, as well as light caramel malts. The flavor really hangs around on your palate for a long time.

M- Medium to light body, well carbonated and prickly on the palate, finishes dry with a fruity aftertaste.

O- A delicious, complex beer, extremely drinkable, a real Flemish masterpiece, must-try.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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