Brewed by Liefmans (Moortgat)
Style: Sour Red/Brown
Oudenaarde, Belgium
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler


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RATINGS: 1357   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Infinitely complex in aroma and flavor with notes of maltiness and tartness throughout. An unsurpassed old brown with the richness and complexity of a vintage wine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
GarrettB (1157) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 29, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2007 For some reason, perhaps out of folly, the brewers behind Goudenband put together a strange beer that can actually juxtapose itself; a parrot of itself, or a self-manifested riddle. The color is hideously dark; a shadowy dark licorice with a glint of acorn brown when held to a light. By appearance this beer clearly belongs in the Stout clan, but its taste is far too sweet and refined. From the surface of the dark pool of ale rises a festive collection of light, aromatic and breezy smells, including sour apples, fresh cherries and light cedar wood. The look also betrays the tongue, which after the first taste paints an image of showering flower petals; a refreshing and oddly wet beer complete with pine flavors, a salt component, crisp red apples and the same cherries found in the nose. Also of particular remark is the finish, which reminds me more of an amber ale than anything else. Quite a strange composite of flavors, smells and looks, but together it all makes for a delectable quilt of tastes that make up a fine, though oddly disguised, Flemish sour ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beeranarchist (215) - Aalborg, DENMARK - DEC 19, 2005
(2005): Brown with a orange-red glow and a tanned head. Aroma is really good: grapes, cherries, vinegar, wood! Sourness and a nice body ensures you a longlasting and refreshing drink. I recommend!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jonas (5996) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - DEC 18, 2005
Cloudy brown, off-white creamy head. Cherry, light sourness, a hint roast. Quite drinkable to say the least :-) Dry finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - DEC 17, 2005
Really not that sour. Brown body with a nice head. Aroma is slightly sour with yeast and cherries. The yeast overpowers everything as instead of regular sediment it’s like crackers in your glass. It’s huge! Still quite enjoyable with a fruity complexity.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
RooftopRogue (423) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2005
The smell of cherries introduces this beer to the nose. It is a dark copper in color with no head and no lacing. The taste is tart like sour cherries. The tartness sticks on the palate long after the flavor fades.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Aarleks (409) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - DEC 10, 2005
Bottle: Inviting mahogany tones with ruby highlights glint out from the glass along with a fast fading bubbly tan head. The aroma was complex but dissapointingly aloof, consisting of dried herbs (rosemary, thyme), cola, emerging caramel notes, and an underlying shiraz pepperiness. None of this really sought attention though. On the palate its true identity was revealed. Very gentle acidity with some initial burnt toffee notes that are followed quickly by cherry- or plum-like juicy tones and a nice earthy mustiness. Sadly this was at first acompanied by some slight mettalic hints. However, as it breathed caramel flavours emerged mid-palate. Beautifully low carbonated, though I would be interested to try this from a cask or even totally uncarbonated. A well crafted beer with great life and presence in the mouth. Wonderful.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
omnipuissant (1) - Rotterdam, NETHERLANDS - DEC 7, 2005 does not count
I quite concur with the previous comments, as these seem to be based on the older Goudenbands. Up untill a year ago this was, by far, one of my personal favourites. Yet the 2004 and 2005 brews seem have changed to a standard Belgian dark Abbey style, with only the faintest hint of the previously distinctive sour, wine and port overtones. Will this be permanent? I certainly hope not.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - DEC 4, 2005
750ml - cork says 2003 - Aroma is sour port wine, dark cherry, and Belgian yeast. Pours brown with a small off white head that leaves a ring and decent lacing. Flavor is less tart than the aroma. Cherry, carmel malt, and vanilla. Palate is smooth and clean with a touch of tartness. Very tasty stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - NOV 30, 2005
1987 vintage. A misty sweet wine aroma. Dark brown in color. Bitter caramel taste with an ending similar to the tang in sweet tarts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 28, 2005
UPDATED: APR 3, 2011 Bottle on 04/03/2011 from Once Upon a Vine - South. 2010 Bottle, best before 08-2020, LGB 11 13918. Slightly hazy reddish brown body with a small foamy off-white head. Sweet raisin, sour cherry, fruit, caramel and light balsamic vineagar aroma. Tart cherry flavor, some caramel, fruit and balsamic vineagar notes. Medium body with moderate carbonation. 8/4/8/4/15 - 3.9 11/28/2005 - 1987 Vintage. Poured a brown color with a thin white head that fully diminished. There was a slightly musty wine aroma which may be mostly due to being 18 years old. Very light with a rather sweet flavor. 8/4/9/3/16 - 4.0

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