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

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1280   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.


4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pintbypint (2592) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 23, 2004
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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
frink (467) - coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 23, 2004
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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (6436) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 22, 2004
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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 18, 2004
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!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
stephen louis (162) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 17, 2004
2002 vintage. 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.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hendo (110) - Sint Anthonis, NETHERLANDS - OCT 16, 2004
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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mustang3 (254) - Whitby, CANADA - OCT 9, 2004
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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mctous (131) - Herndon, Virginia, USA - OCT 5, 2004
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!

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
crazyvin (1933) - New York, USA - OCT 5, 2004
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.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - SEP 30, 2004
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.


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