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

The capped and corked green bottle says that the beer is best consumed before 2014, and indicates that it was bottled in 2004. Pours a very dark brownish-red. The head builds a darkish tan to about one finger, and dissipates fairly slowly, leaving lots of lacing. Smell is a little medicinal, with a bit of sweetness apparent and some nice spiciness showing beneath the obvious sour plums and cherries. Taste is tart fruitiness upfront, with cherry and woody tones showing up alongside the funky yeast and hint of Brettanomyces. Then the sweetness comes through, a momentary reprieve from the intensely sour opening before the finish comes through, dry and fruity. Mouthfeel is good, well carbonated and sticky at the same time, though maybe a little thin, and drinkability is quite good. Very nice, quintessential example of the style.

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

375 mL bottle - 2006 vintage

A - Pours a rich, dark orange tinged brown color and is quite hazy due to a good amount of yeast particles floating within. Very slight, fizzy head that quickly drops to nothing.

S - Cherries and a spicy clove-like scent jump out first, with overripe apples and a sour, fruit vinegar aroma coming through behind that. Slight funky yeast in the background which almost reminds me of leather. Very interesting and complex aroma.

T - Really not as sour as the aroma led me to believe. The spicy, brown sugar/clove flavors seem to come through first, with a burst of fruitiness with the hints of sourness following. The fruit flavor consists of mostly cherries with some apple, raisin, and pear in there as well. The vinegar and funky yeast aren't too pronounced in the flavor, just coming through a bit in the finish. Very enjoyable, complex beer. Nice balance between the sweet and sour flavors.

M - Medium to light bodied with very minimal carbonation. Smooth.

D - This is only the second Oud Bruin I've tried, but I really enjoyed it quite a bit. Complex and very interesting flavor profile and goes down well. Enjoyed this one more than I expected to, honestly.

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

Thank you *very* much again to BeerBeing for bringing this beer. It is another one my wife said she liked from the evening. Alex was kind enough to introduce her to beer she liked two weeks ago and her horizons have been expanding tremendously ever since.

750ml corked and caged. Vintage 2002.

Appearance: Pours a dark mahogany brown, completely opaque with a small head and little lace.

Smell: Smooth caramel malts, light sour apples and pie spices. A hint of sour cherries and spiced rum settle into the sweetness. The sour ale element is present but reserved.

Taste: Very approachable. My wife liked it (and up until two weeks ago she said "I don't like beer.") Tart cherry, lots of oak green apples and caramel sweetness a bit of lactic sour comes out more as it warms. Overall a very approachable sour not as intense as some others but a nice balance.

Mouthfeel: Exceptionally smooth. Very full in the mouth with a dry finish.

Drinkability: I could drink this day and night. I think I want to move to Aalstrstraat Oudenaarde, Belgium. =)

Hope this is helpful.

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

Photo of roblowther
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Who doesn't love the paper-wrapped bottle? I have to go up a half point on appearance just for that. Its a murky reddish brown, very cloudy, with no real head. The smell is sour cherries with a sharp, acidic note to it. There is a malt in there as well as the aroma of fresh grape juice. The taste is sweet malt, cherries, and pipe smoke. Yes pipe smoke. I have no idea what that is I'm trying to describe but that's as close as I come. It finishes dry, though, which is a much-needed and delightful balance. Nice, nice, nice. The mouthfeel is syrupy almost too much so but again, the finish saves the day. Light carbonation provides balance and saves the beer from veering into cough syrup territory. It is lightly but nicely carbonated. The drinkability is good, with the balances making the experience. This is a very complex beer with many sides to its personality. Definitely worth a trot around the track. or two.

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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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Photo of champ103
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 2010 bottle.

A: Pours a beautifully hazy mahogany/brown. A two finger beige forms with excellent retention. Rings of sticky lace are left all the way down the glass.
S: Tart cherries that are lightly acidic. Sweet toffee, and deep wood/oak aromas. This is great.
T: Follows the nose. Some tart cherries with that acidic twang. A light sweetness follows. Finishing with lots of oak flavors. Very nice.
M/D: A medium body and good carbonation. Soft, smooth, and a very clean finish. Easy to drink. The alcohol is not noticeable, and the acidic quality is not over barring. A nice sipper.

A unique style, and this is one of the standards. I really enjoy this. Something I would highly recommend.

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

Poured from a 2010 750ml cork and cage bottle. Best by dating of 06/2020.

A: Pours dark brown, 1 finger tan/off white head, leaves sheets of lacing behind at each sip, and they stick. Settles to a couple mm thick cap. Shows amber/mahogany highlights when held to light.

S: Slight sourness, a little bit of an earthy funk, light lemon, and a chocolate note. Some light sweetness comes through in the background. Vinegar like aroma is present, but far subdued compared to the Cuvee Brut.

T: Nice. Some sourness and tartness off the bat, with some malt sweetness and a light fruit note behind it. Plum is the first thing to come to mind. A hint of a roast/chocolate appear briefly in th background. A slight oak like wood comes in behind the fruit and smooths out to the very lightly sour and dry finish.

M: Slightly creamy, very well carbonated (low, but appropriate) and very light body for a higher ABV.

D: Holy crap. Insane drinkability here. Alcohol? What alcohol? 8% ABV is so well hidden. Smooth, good mix of flavors, and nice dry finish lead to larger sips than probably should be. Very dangerous to me. Could easily polish this 750 off in very little time.

This one overall is quite nice. I think that the flavors here are quite good and the sour/tart are very laid back. A great intro to the style, and sours in general. Cheap, too. 9.99 for a 750 is pretty easy to reach for any budget.

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Photo of brotherloco
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not sure of "Best By" date, but cork is dated 2010 so this is relatively new.

Interesting looking pour. Body is very dark reddish brown, but head is just a touch beige. Finger of foam settles down to lightly cover the beer.

Nose is very nice. Light sour cherries mixed with pie crust and brown sugar. Sweet with the lightest of funk.

The immediate flavor is underlying sweet malt with tart cherries on top. More tart feeling on the tongue than in the flavor. Middle gets pretty dry and heavy in the mouth, finish brings back the brown sugar and cherries. Those flavors linger and the funk returns in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is pretty light and crisp until the finish when it weighs down a bit. ABV is nowhere to be found in this one. Very drinkable.

I really like this beer. Its sour quality is very light in comparison to some modern American sours I've tried (i.e. Russian River). I like that though, as it makes for an overall better balance in flavor.

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Photo of yen157
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy brown with a little white head, how cute! Some chunks of very flocculated yeast got past my pour and into the glass. Great sweet ‘n sour malt aroma and flavor, with some dark, ripe fruit thrown into the mix. More complex and dynamic than the other two bruins I tried at this sitting, Duchesse de Burgogne and La Binchoise. This was my first time trying Liefmans bruin, though I have had their kriek and frambozen before. Now I can see why this makes such a good base for their fruit beers.

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

12 oz. corked and caged bottle into a tulip

2001 vintage

Pours up a deep mahogany color with a three quarter inch off-white head that lasted for a while then sank to a skim. Light lacing left on the glass.

Aroma has some tart cherry and raspberry tones to it with a mild sweetness present as well. Some vinegar is definitely there too in a layer surrounding it.

Taste is intially fruity and lightly sweet but it gets tart quickly with some cherry and raspberry fruitiness. The sour has developed quite a bit compared to the fresher version I previously had on-tap. Lots of funk and vinegar character into the finish. It still tastes great, but I remember liking it slightly on-tap.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, carbonation seems to be lacking a bit, probably due to the age. Still, it's quite smooth, just lacking the creaminess. This probably has something to do with the taste rating gone down a bit as well.

For being 8 years old I can't really complain, the age definitely added more complexity to it, but it also seems to have sacrificed some of the carbonation. Wonderful beer either way, a classic.

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

Watched the Red Sox triumphantly ride through the streets of Boston with this one on 10/30/2004. Looks like a 10.5-oz. pour at ACPH in a stunning Liefmans goblet provided by the owner of the publik house.

½ inch head of light, widely separated froth that sticks and chantilly-laces all the way through the pour. This subsided to a hot chocolate-like covering of full but small layering. Pungent, chewy malt that verges on an acidic cherry on the nose. To taste, a core of fruit punches right through the back of the mouth. Among other things, plums, raisins, peaches, and Macoun apples created a base upon which a settling sweetness piled on top. This was possibly one of the better offerings I have ever quaffed from the other side of the pond.

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Photo of MSchae1017
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours into my tulip glass with brown body and hints of amber. There is a slightly off white head that holds a nice ring and wisps of film that leave bits of lace down the glass. The smell gives of the tartness from the wild yeasts with hints of undefined maltiness. The taste is up front with the tartness and followed quickly with malts that exhibit hints of roasty and caramel characteristics. The mouthfeel is light-meduim bodied. It is certainly far more attenuated that I would have expected for a 8% beer. Overall, it is quite drinkable but lacks the depth provided by the oak aged Flemmish Red Ales.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010. For a special occasion. iPad review

Pours a clear amber brown in color small soapy white forms. Nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is malty. The nose also lends a hint of sourness. In the taste, light sour, dusty drying malt/yeast interaction. Touch of iron adding to the acidity. Almost tart, a bit sour. The 8% abv is not noticeable at all. It is an appetizing brew and could stand up to fine cheese and desserts. Ever so slightly salty from the sodium bicarbonate water treatment. Multiple strain yeast adds a good deal of complexity. A really nice sour brown, and something I could regularly keep in stock if it was more widely available.

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Photo of DaverCS
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2016 vintage

Pours a light brown color with violet undertones. A tiny bit of head arises, but it dissipates rather quickly

Aroma is dark fruit forward. Notes of sweet Cherry, plum, and raisin. Some vanilla undertones. I almost get a bit of chocolate or perhaps coffee.

Taste has a low amount of sourness. The beer is on the sweeter side. Again, more dark fruits: more raisins and prunes.The beer is moderately carbonated. There is a slightly strange bitterness that finishes the sip. I don't necessarily think it from hops, as it has more of a medicinal taste. Perhaps like a cherry flavored cough syrup.

Overall this is not my favorite beer to represent the style. It is just all right. It's definitely not offensive, but it doesn't stand out. I probably will not buy again. I see this pairing well with stronger blue cheeses and wash rind cheeses. It gets a 86/100.

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Photo of windowside
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ypsifly
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corked and caged 12.7oz that is wrapped in paper, poured into a tulip. The cork is stamped 2003.

Dark, opaque brown with a small off white head that falls into a thinly veiled ring rather fast. There's some floaties dancing about despite a careful decant.

Dark, very tart fruits make up the nose. Cherries, cranberries, and bitter heirloom apples. Nothing vinous or even astringent, but a natural sourness that is restrained enough to make me salivate. It also has an earthy funk that reminds me of the old greenhouses I used to work in when I was a teen.

Tastes along the same lines as the nose, but its nowhere near as sour as expected. I can taste all of the above mentioned fruits, and it has a nice earthy malt flavor with a little dusty funk, but the sourness is pleasantly restrained to a tanginess that compliments the fruit. I wish I had some bleu cheese, sliced granny smiths, and some white grapes to pair this with.

The mouth is good for the style. I like how the sour notes come in towards the end allowing for the malt profile to register. Although the abv is well hidden, 8% can creep up on you and make for an early night, otherwise this would be quite the session brew.

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Photo of mcrawford
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Viaduck
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I smell grapes! Lots of grapes & a little vinegar & a hint of malt. And that was just from the pop of the cork. Lovely cola color (it matches my Fender bass). Taste was a big surprise, I was expecting grapes & sourness but grain is the dominant flavor. Very complex flavor, grain, grapes, fruitiness, a hint of vinegar sourness & hoppy bitterness, all nicely balanced. I was really surprised the the sourness was so muted. Excellent.

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Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$3.59 12oz Bottle

I must say that I was extremely excited to taste this beer after spotting it at my local Mecca. The appearance is brown with a touch of red glow to back it. There was a very heavy yeast presence that I managed to keep in the bottle. No head whatsoever, but I didn't expect one from this. The aroma is very present with chocolate and rotting cherries coming to mind. The initial taste is SOUR, and I love it! The tartness is extremely present, but it doesn't hang irritate the mouth. There is a dry finish to it and the sour fruit taste makes its final statement. This is a wonderful beer that should be enjoyed at a slow pace. I drank it out of a snifter and it seemed to be a good choice. It really held the aroma well. Go and try this, but be prepared for sourness!

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Photo of alexgash
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle. LGB 06/2017, so I am guessing that this was bottled in 2007--also, the cork is labeled 2.007).

Muddy saddle brown body. Small, thin, light beige head. Not much lacing. Nose of musty grapes, shoe leather, aged balsamic vinegar, tart cherries, and candied apples.

Tangy fruit and acidic vinegar up front. Slight tartness, with notes of musty raspberries and cherries. Nice balance of sweet and tart with the aged fruit. Wood notes around the edges of it all. Unmistakable balsamic vinegar twang into the finish along with some raspberry seeds. Medium-full body with a very low carbonated, syrupy feel. There's just a tingle of natural carbonation in this beer. Interesting and complex with a little more sweetness than expected. A must try.

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Photo of beertastegood
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 on cork.

Pours a slightly cloudy brown with massive head that fades quickly leaving a moderate amount of lace on the chalice.

Smell: sweet caramel, brown sugar, slight molasses/raisins/plums, with a definite tangy, earthy aroma.

Taste: sweet maltiness up front followed by a wonderfully balanced tang, fading into cherry-like sweetness with a bit of saison-like earth flavors. Finishes sweet & sour and slightly toffee-like.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation, medium body. Prickly acidity on the tongue.

Drinkability: This not being an overly sour beer, it is quite drinkable and surprisingly thirst quenching.

An outstanding Oud Bruin. It is a shame that we can't get more down here in TX.

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Photo of daledeee
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This came recommended by the local beer store. I was impressed by the Michael Jackson review on the paper cover on the bottle. This bottle was not capped by had a cork wired shut. The cork came out with a loud "pop" Here we go!!

This poured nicely with a beautiful nose as I poured it and could smell the raisons, figs or prunes from several inches away. The head was not real strong but the brown is cloudy with some floaties in it. Once again by the smell of this I know I am going to like this.

The taste is a little surprising. It is a little tart or sour. Not as heavy bodied a I thought it would be. The taste is definitely different than the nose. It is more like sour cherries or apples. Very unique and appealing. There is also good tang and carbonation with a nice aftertaste.

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Goudenband from Brouwerij Liefmans
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 1,393 ratings
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