twindadplus2 (677) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 7, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2005 bottle according to the cork. Deep murky red with lots of floaties and a minimal head. Aroma is dusty malt with strong notes of sweet cherries and wine. Malty with a lightly acidic sourness up front that fades into a cherry sweetness and a nice dry finish. I didn’t think I cared for Flemish sours but this one is great.
jazz88 (2669) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 24, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle of the 1996 vintage (rating from August 2005 notes). Reddish color with a laced tan head. The alcohol is too noticeable. Sour, dry, cask like mustiness. Salty.
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - DEC 18, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from 2005. Expiration date June 2015. Dark caramel/ garnet color with no head but somewhat decent carbonation. Burnt brown sugar, plums, leather, cherries, grapes and some vinegar in the aroma. Warming cherry notes along with some more dark fruits and a bit of vinegar. Very dry finish. No acidity.
Aegrus (49) - USA - DEC 14, 2006
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled-Tulip Glass. Pours a dark brown with bubbly (not foamy) head, which lingers after thinning considerably. Aroma is faint for this particular bottle. Otherwise, Goudenband would smell of acidic malts, raisins and chicory. Tastes sweet and sour, citrus acidity, caramel, mildly bitter. Lovely mouth feel. Great beer.
tomthompson89 (1979) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 12, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
ahh yes what a beer today im going to rate the 1988 vintage i had a few months ago. dark brown slightly funky nose, little plums and sour fruits. tastes just like a good port, so mellow as compared to some of the newer vintages, wonderful brew
fonefan (44144) - VestJylland, DENMARK - DEC 9, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle wrapped in paper. Dark brown color with a head that disappears. Aroma immediate hit of sour fruitiness, cherries, unripe plums, sloes, slightly vinous, with an underlying maltiness. Flavor is a complex sour fruit flavour, again, cherries, plums, sloes, plus crab apples and a sour wine element. Then there is the underlying maltiness that gives the finish a fine, sour taste.
MarkoR (948) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 5, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
SImply delicious! Superb beer pours a brown colour. Generous head. Taste of fruits. This is what beer is all about!
xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 26, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sour lactic aroma with hints of luscious cherries. deep reddish-purplish brown with trace head. Lactic sour oak barrell, raw brown sugar crystals. sour bitter finish, delicate sweetness. becomes tart like a red wine as you drink it.
Tranquillity (1876) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 22, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 18, 2008 Bottle, wrapped in paper. Aroma of red grapes and apple. Dark brown colour and a head that disappears. Taste like red wine, but has kind of a short finish. rerate: changed overall from 15 to 16.
StueyD (1567) - Heacham, Norfolk, ENGLAND - NOV 19, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2006 A dark, reddish brown coloured beer with a frothy, but weak white head. The nose is an immediate hit of sour fruitiness, cherries, unripe plums, sloes, slightly vinous, with an underlying maltiness throughout. The taste follows suit, with a complex sour fruit flavour, again, cherries, plums, sloes, plus crab apples and a sour wine element. Then there is the underlying maltiness that gives the finish a fine, sour taste. (Bottle - courtesy of Mark & Marie @ The Fox & Hounds, Heacham, Norfolk).