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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 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%

Photo of Neffbeer
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%

Photo of Hokenfloken
5/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of jmhart
5/5  rDev +19.6%

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

37.5cl bottle wrapped in paper.

Ruby color, minimal lacing,

Tart, lemon peel, wood tannin, hint of alcohol, white chocolate, taffy in the nose.

Smack of tartness, dryness, grain, dried grass, hint of honey, dry clean finish.

A really interesting brew, extremely drinkable yet intensely complex. Age on this beer does wonders but fresher versions are a treat as well.

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

Poured into a Brooklyn tulip

Appearance: Pours a clear brown-reddish with a thin off white head that leaves a ring around the center.

Aroma: A hint of funk with sour cherries, plums, oak, and mustiness.

Taste: Sharp acidic taste that reminds me of sour cherries, plums, and oak.

Mouthfeel: Acidic and tart with light-medium body and light carbonation.

Overall: I enjoyed this beer, throughout our tasting I found myself continuing to go back and get more.

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Photo of azorie
3.45/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Tulip glass at 42F, still was a nice cloudy brown, with a really lacy 1/2 inch head. lasted about 5 minutes and still had some lacing left. cork date was 2010

The nose was sweet, semi malty, quite a bit of yeast also. Detected Sour fruit (apples,cherries). No alcohol detected.

wow for a OLD bruin its more like a kriek, I like sours but I feel this one is not really to style, maybe its need more age? sour fruit makes you pucker and overdoes about everything else. Its not a bad taste but it lacks sweetness of the malt to balance it out, no hops of course detected. I had allot of OB and this 1 almost sucks. there is some sugar there, and the yeast but its more of lambic (fruit) than a true OB. Can you tell I did not love it yet? The sour cheery and some vanilla but the vanilla is very faint and overpowered, did i say it was overpowered...

lots of carbonation, medium body.

Its a good beer but I feel it does NOT represent the style. I drank the whole 750ml but would never buy it again. This beer I been told varies allot from year to year.

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Photo of phichifiji00
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip.

Appearance: Rich brown in color. Pours one finger of white head that quickly fades. No lacing.

Smell: Cherries, dark fruit, slight funk, sweet, hint of vanilla.

Taste: Dark fruit, cherries, vanilla, subtle oak.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, minimal carbonation, smooth. Lots of residual sugars.

Overall: A good cour. Too much residual sweetness for my tastes, but good complexity. Would probably benefit from additional bottle aging.

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Photo of HalfFull
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Goudenband pours a solid brown and with deep ruby highlights into a goblet from a corked 750 ml bottle. Sporting an inch or so of moderately sticky and creamy light tan foam, the pour offers good retention and pleasant drapes of lace.

Nose is tart yet with a balancing sweetness so as to not overwhelm. A definitive dark cherry component is everpresent in the profile, with some woody esters lingering around the bonfire. Rather enticing yet never bold, the nose seduces but keeps many secrets from me. Singular in a sense, yet compelling nonetheless.

A light tartness conveys to the flavor along with a bit of sour cherry. Smooth and only lightly vinous in nature given a firm carbonation. Finish is just a touch sticky though more from the twang of tartness than from any residual sweetness I would guess.

Complex and intriguing though not earth shattering I would surely buy this one again. Quite enjoyable.

Note: '2010' vintage as per the cork

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Photo of CMW
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A dark, musty brown color with a cocoa head that has good retention.

S - Sour apples and sour cherries are the big kick here.

T - Starts out rather musty with the taste of air from a cave. Then moves to a nice sour cherry flavor and finishes with a slightly medicinal taste.

M - Carbonation bite upfront but overall easy to drink.

O - Good beer and a good representation of the style.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.39/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Since 1679, Liefmans Goudenband…"one of the world's most complex beers. An aged Belgian brown ale. It is brewery cellared for many months until it matures. Only then is it blended and bottled. Historically known as 'Provision Beer', Goudenband is superb for further home cellaring, allowing the taste, aroma, and body of the beer to continue to evolve. A delectable treat for the beer connoisseur."

Regardless of that, I'm drinking it now, since I haven't had one in many years. I'll cellar another one later. 8% ABV.

Dark, clouded, deep burgundy brown, slim off-white head, gets tight, but hangs in there.

Aroma is where it's at: soft, yet sharp. Sour, and a little sweet. Raisins, dates, cherries, blackberries. Dark malts plunked down, mashed and maturated with deep, winey flavors.

Taste: beautiful. Enters the mouth a'blazing'…coats the palate with a great splash of sour, a supple coating of sweet, a flush of fruit flavor, the dark ones, the plump ones, the ones that grow on vines. A little bitter buzz butts up against the sour, then allis malty and mellow. Complex, but well-balanced. Luxurious, and satisfying. Sweet, succulent, wine flavors meld with full-bodied brown ale.

In other words, yummy, this is delish. Sourness never quits, and never dominates, either. You get a hit of it, it blends with the rest, and it's all easy on the way out. Long, fruity finish. Utterly delightful.

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Goudenband from Brouwerij Liefmans
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 1,396 ratings
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