Goudenband | Brouwerij Liefmans

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4.19 w/ 1,393 ratings

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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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of WillCarrera
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
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 +7.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of animal69
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of zaphodchak
4.57/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Finger of tan head, laces well. Opaque, deep red-brown body.

Mega-tart, classical Flemish red nose. Trace of vinegar, some sour fruit.

Fantastic. Absolutely fantastic Flemish red. Slightly drier, more nuanced than their Oud Bruin. Dryish finish, with faint citrus. Quite a sweet, fruity mid-body, lots of grape juice.

A bit fizzy, but no complaints here.

A benchmark of Flemish sours. What more need be said?

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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  rDev -4.5%

Photo of tobelerone
2.08/5  rDev -50.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

As soon as I popped the cork on this one I suspected I had gotten a bad bottle and boy was I right. Almost no carbonation left whatsoever; poured a muddy, reddish brown color, no head or lace at all, tons of floating chunks, lots of residue at the bottle of the glass. Aroma of wine-like tannins, light sweetness, cork, vinegar.

Taste is dominated by vinegar, tart but lacking any fruity notes, hints of malt sweetness, drying, cabarnet-like finish, corked, slight puckering sourness.

This beer was stored improperly and ruined. Unfortunately I don’t pass the store I purchased this bottle in very often at all but I will let them know about it when I do. Very nice employees I suspect will do something to make up for it!

I’d like to re-review this beer again if I can get my hands of another, unspoiled bottle. This one was drainpoured with a 1/4 of the beer left...I tried!

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

Bottled Sept. 2010. Poured into a snifter.

The pour yields a finger of brown sugar colored head over a dark brown slightly muddy body. Looks traditional and spot on.

Smells of lactic tartness and aged malts. The classic "wine-like" characteristics of this style are quite evident on the nose. Slight vinegar, and layers of fruit play nicely together. I would have said I smelled oak, but I know this beer wasn't fermented in oak (stainless steel tanks are used for this beer). I smell a tiny and very slight bit of brett funk in this beer, which I don't know if was intended or not (or if I am wrong and there isn't brett in this).

The flavor is quite mild and is a wonderful interplay of subtle notes of vinegar, sweet malts, fruit, lactic tartness and that "bruin" taste that this style captures. This beer displays more fruit characteristics than any other example of the style I have tried, and at points almost tastes like it has elements of tropical fruit!

The mouthfeel is lighter with ample carbonation to provide a burn. I prefer to swirl it some to smooth it out with the release of carbonation. But I almost always prefer lower carbonation levels.

Conclusion: As expected, this is a great beer. I wish that it spent longer before it was bottled (and spent that time in oak) but regardless of my opinions about its production, it is a great Oud Bruin and is a benchmark for the style.

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Photo of amphion1065
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle from 2011, poured into a Duvel tulip. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a very dark, franly blood-like reddish brown. A one-finger light tan head with very tight bubbles forms, with phenomenal retention. Excellent lacing all around.

A very strong dose of vinegar in the nose, though it's never offensive of astringent. There's actually a fair amount of cherry in the nose, and when combined with that lactic sourness it really shines. Tart and sweet, it's a very approachable aroma.

The taste largely mimics the smell, with a very present sourness and cherry flavor. However, there's a prevalent taste of cocoa throughout, with a prominent bready aftertaste. A hint of molasses is in the mix, too.

Carbonation is unfortunately too low, this would really benefit from some added life. That said, this is eminently drinkable given the ABV, a level that this beer never really betrays.

Delicious, and I'm happy that this is relatively easy to find. For a fresh Oud Bruin, this is pretty remarkably easy to drink.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of ferrari29
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer poured from a bottle into a stemmed Goblet-shaped glass

A - Brown colored body; tan head formed, less than one finger in size; opaque; cloudy; well-carbonated

S - White wine; oak barrels; sparkling wine, with a touch of sour white grapes; brown sugar; dark fruit

T - Sour wine; oak; grand cru-ish taste, but lighter; brown sugar; burnt caramel malted taste; cherries and currants; red grapes

M - Light sparkle feel; flavor washes away pretty quickly; cleans the palate very well

D - Good; semi-light beer; not much body, but still packs a nice punch; very refreshing

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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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  rDev -4.5%

Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 375ml champagne bottle with a BB of June 2020! Longest date I've seen yet. Picked up from my local beer specialist a while back and stored in the fridge. Comes wrapped in lovely blue paper.

Poured into a Duvel tulip. A dark ruby-brown hue with plentiful carbonation and chunks of yeast floating around. Darker than I expected it to be. Produces a large off-white head with a fine texture and decent retention; this eventually subsides to a good surface layer. The aroma is deliciously sour - simultaneously vinegary and sweet. The original components of the beer are long gone, but there are plenty of yeasty, fruity notes - especially cherries. A spicy, warming hint of alcohol lurks in the background.

Tastes of tart, fruity goodness. The flavour is difficult to describe, with notes of vinegar, yeast, acidic fruit, cherries and alcohol. Musty - in a good way - the taste of nostalgia. Mouthfeel is prickly and puckering; quite thin but well carbonated. Leaves the palate dry, with a fruity aftertaste of sweet 'n sour yeast.

Fantastic - tart and morish. I wish I had another one. Lacks any of the typical characteristics of most beers, yet complex and delicious. The time taken to produce this gives it a depth most beers just don't have. What more can I say? Add this to your must-try list now....

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

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