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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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4.85/5  rDev +16%

One of the all time great examples of a Flemish Brown, Goudenband is not always easy to find but well worth the effort.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.71/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle into a pint glass. 2010 vintage.

A: Pours a murky dark brown color. There's about one finger of off-white colored head; it's nicely thick, but retains poorly. No lacing is left behind, as expected.

S: The tartness is what I notice first - but the fruitiness is what hooks me. A quick hit of (pleasant) vinegar quickly turns into a melange of cherry, plum, and figgy notes. Sugary, too. As someone who's preference is sourness to the exclusion of everything else, I can safely say this balance is pretty intoxicating.

T: Some moderate tartness hits first, and even that has a sweetish bend. It quickly fades in the midtaste, and the finish is pretty much all fruit sweetness. I'm picking up cherries, raisins, and even a touch of chocolate on the aforementioned finish. Having said that, I'm still let down by its lack of tartness - especially considering it's three years old, more or less. You'd think the age of this would make it a little more complex. Actually, the only thing that really lets me down is the sugary character doesn't seem entirely natural to me. Double actually, it tastes like aspartame. Triple actually, it's ridiculously cloying. Still a good brew, just one that could stand to be a bit less cloying (just a bit, though!)

M: The finishing tannins can't get in the way of all the fruity sweetness that finish this brew. It doesn't have the moronic drinkability of Rodenbach Grand Cru, but to be fair, what does? Carbonation starts off strongly but quickly restrains itself.

O: My personal preference dictates I'd like a little more sourness and a little less sweetness - and a lot less aspartame. That's exactly what's keeping this very good offering from being an excellent one. Put it like this: due to the cloying nature, I'm questioning whether or not I should pawn the rest of the 750 off to someone else. Keep in mind I could drink a couple 750s of Rodenbach Grand Cru and still wish for more.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.9/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The nose is somewhat fruity and very sweet. Figs, golden raisins, dark cherries and a giant mound of brown sugar. The taste is much more tart but equally simple yet complex and full. Sour cherries, dates, grape juice, plum, molasses and some green apples. Tart, full, bubbly, sweet, fulfilling and delicious. And only $11.

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Goudenband from Brouwerij Liefmans
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 1,397 ratings
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