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 ferrari29
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
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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Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +19.6%

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5/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of mdillon86
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of bob727
5/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of DoctorB2B
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of Rempo
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
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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Photo of TenHornsProud
5/5  rDev +19.6%

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5/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of uturn
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3/5  rDev -28.2%

Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of AleWatcher
3/5  rDev -28.2%

Photo of adrian21
5/5  rDev +19.6%

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5/5  rDev +19.6%

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5/5  rDev +19.6%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of matt20102
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served into goblet at refrigerator temperature (probably somewhat colder than ideal). Pours with creamy-thick khaki head which dissipates slowly. Initial aroma is subtle and hints at tart cherries and very slight, pleasant vinegar. First taste slows you down; it's not that there are a lot of flavours in play- it's just very hard to pin down. The first domination thought is that this is done well. It's not everyone's beer- no oud bruin will ever be- but if you like the style you will like this beer.

The first couple of sips are more heavily weighted toward tart cherries; as time passes this subtles into the background and much more starts taking place. I've got to admit- I just haven't got the palate right now to describe the flavour other than to say that it's good. Try it. 'nuff said.

Ok, here's a little more: the combination of tart and slightly coating moughfeel is exquisite. It is sweet without being cloying. As with other ouds, enjoy it on its own; there's too much flavour going to waste it with food, although a flass with cheesecake would be fantastic.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle picked up in Columbus for $9.99. This doesn't make it here too often, at least I don't think I've seen it in a couple of years.

It pours a translucent auburn brown color, red and almost clear at the edges. Quite a lot of lace from the finely celled off-white foam.

It smells unusually good for an Oud Bruin, like liqueur-soaked dark fruits with a musty yeast quality. It smells both sweet and sour, like tart cherries in syrup. The more I sniff the more I get out of it, but after a while I start to get some off-qualities (at least to me): a touch of solvent and a little vinegar. Still, the initial hit is very nice.

This tastes initially sweet, with cherries and raisins, maybe molasses or brown sugar. It quickly turns tart and tannic, and in the end leaves a lingering yeasty and puckering effect. Not overly sour, this has a really good balance with the sweetness. Some yeasty esters and phenols keep changing the flavor and aroma slightly with each sip, nice complexity.

It has a sticky mouthfeel, maybe a little heavy feeling. A very nice sipper, a good example of a style I haven't had much taste for in the past. Recommended.

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

A: Opaque dark brown with a thin line of bubbles on top. Lots of movement on the beer.

S: Sour black cherry, raisin, brown sugar, funk.

T: A nice black cherry and funky yeast flavor. The tartness kicks in in the finish. There isn't very much sweetness in the beer and it finishes dry.

M: Thin bodied and dry in the finish.

O: Well crafted beer. The flavors are very fruity and tart, but not in a bad way. I would recommend this.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.87/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance -- Pours a rustic plum hue with a slim whispy mauve head. Looks a bit thin.

Smell -- Mild lactic sourness, tart berries, plum, roast malt, and a slight vinous character. Pretty good.

Taste -- Big grape and tart berry flavors, mild roast malt, almost chocolatey. Faintly sour with enough lacto to keep things interesting. Very dry and woody with old oak.

Mouthfeel -- Feels lighter in body, with light prickly carbonation. Slightly tannic and dry finish.

Overall -- A very nice beer, if a little ho-hum. This would be a great intro to the style, not sure that I'd want to consider this an archetype. Regardless, a pleasure to drink.

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

750 ml bottle, courtesy of DovaliHops, thanks Ryan!

Very nice Oude Bruin.

Appearance is nice, small bubbles, caramel colored.

Smell is sour, acidic, not overwhelming. Very complex and lots of stuff going on.

Taste is great. Easy drinking, fizzy, some black licorice.

Moutfeel is zesty and light.

Overall this was a nice beer, very complex, good cross-over sour for new sour drinkers. Would love to have it again.

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Photo of zachary80
3.72/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wrapped in a blue tissue paper. Cork says 2010.

Dark opaque brown body with a small cream head. Nice highlights.

Aroma is slightly sour, lactic acid, and reminds me of sour fruits.

Flavor is somewhat mild. Slightly sweet first then a moderate sourness that lingers for a while afterwards. More dry than overly malty. Tartness similar to cherry.

Body is a little thin. No alcohol presence.

Goudenband reminds me of a milder La Folie. Overall a good beer but difficult to describe. I wonder if cellaring this beer would bring out more defined characteristics.

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Goudenband from Brouwerij Liefmans
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 1,403 ratings