pintbypint (2592) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 23, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
375ml corked bottle. Poured red brown,with the expected haze. Tan head was thinner than I had expected. Aroma of white wine and fruit. Malty sweet with notes of sour cherries, raisins. Tart and acidic finish, with some mild alcoholic notes. Very smooth mouthfeel with gentle carbonation. Much thanks to Okbeer.
frink (467) - coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 23, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dark red brown with a tan head that slowly dwindles but never quite leaves. The aromas are magnificent, cherries, wood, malt, some alcohol and a bit of belgian yeastiness. The flavour was terrific as well sour cherries, sweet malty backbone, woodiness throughout with a nice lingering finish. My sample was about a year and a half old. A really nice drink.
marcus (6436) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 22, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This reddish brown ale poured with almost no head, eliciting a pleasant fruity aroma. The flavor is intensely sour at first, but has a more mellow finish. Goudenband no longer has the subtle sourness of a traditional oud brown ale, but its reincarnation is still well worth drinking.
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 18, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I thought it would be a good idea to do a side-by-side with this and Rodenbach Grand Cru, but I think I made a big mistake. RGC blew this out of the water. Great fluffy head, deep red-brown colour. Some big chunks of yeast at the bottom of the glass. Aroma screams vanilla! Tropical fruit and ice cream, toffee and diacetyl. Seemed a lot more like a regular Belgian (Chimay Bleu or Scotch Silly) than something like Rodenbach. Quite a sweet and malty flavour with chocolate, nutmeg, some alcohol, wood and only the lightest sourness. A bit fizzy too. Really seemed a lot more like aged Chimay than Rodenbach Grand Cru, though it was nowhere near as good as either. Thanks to beer_ledgend!
stephen louis (162) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 17, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a ruby amber red with a tan head,and tonnes of floaties...the nose is slightly sour,and malty.
On the Taste:yellow plums,spicy yeast,tangy cherrys,and a metallic bite,that mellows into candy and carmel,the finish drys up real nice,and leave a warm glow in the mouth and belly.
well worth your time.
Hendo (110) - Sint Anthonis, NETHERLANDS - OCT 16, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Swallied in De Blaauwe Hand in Nijmegen (NL).
Imagine the best qualities of a dark lambic, this is it! It doesn’t feel like an 8% beer, they have it so well balanced.
mustang3 (254) - Whitby, CANADA - OCT 9, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
mmm this was amazingly complex and delicious. Initally out of the bottle it was very metallic, but it got infinitely better. The flavour is initially vinous and tannic, very dry. I then moves into a wonderful sour kriek flavour. This was delicous.
mctous (131) - Herndon, Virginia, USA - OCT 5, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2004 Upon decorking, the distinctly sour, then yeasty nose practically fills the room. Lightly carbonated with almost no head retention, Goudenbond appears murky but drinks like white wine, with plenty of fruity malt-yeast interaction behind the tartness. Very clean, dry finish with lingering acid, but watch out for the sediment!
crazyvin (1933) - New York, USA - OCT 5, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
a new style for me. poured a murky brown color with a thin sligtly off white head which had minimal retention at best. Aroma was malty and tart as was the flavor/ Flavor had some cranberry and lemon like qualities. Not a heavy beer at all.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - SEP 30, 2004
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Copper with no appreciable head. This style is an acquired taste that I haven’t as yet acquired but I continue to try. Very tart aroma and flavor. Just not a very enjoyable drink for me.