motelpogo (6111) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - OCT 17, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
was only 30 degrees when i drank it but i got the idea. 2nd time round it was 25 degrees. maybe that wasn´t warm enough
Kåstå (1272) - Mol, BELGIUM - OCT 8, 2002
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Slightly milky amber coloured beer with a small head. Sour Rodenbach like aroma. Old sour fruity taste with a hint of port wine.
Jfishback13 (275) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - OCT 8, 2002
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
I was expecting the best brown beer ever... they said that much... what I got tasted, smelled, left an aftertaste just like a Gueuze... if I was expecting one, it wasn’t half bad, but I wanted a brown ale.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 4, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The beer pours a dark cloudy brown, the head is minimal, the lace is quite tenuous. Nose is vinous, fusel alcohol, over ripe fruit. Front is sweet, the top light, the finish is sharp, tangy, astringent, lightly hopped, just the way a ’Flanders Red Ale’ should be. Ranks #348 on my current 1000 beer master list.
Ernest (6010) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 30, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2011 750ml bottle (Sep 2010 bottling).
Head is initially average sized, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is hazy dark amber to medium brown, bottle conditioned.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (cookie, caramel), lightly yeasty (cobwebs), with notes of cherry, cask wood, cinnamon, cola.
Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately to heavily acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, moderately to heavily acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Medium body, watery/velvety texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic.
Lacking the vibrancy and depth of the best in this style, but still quite pleasant.
dhurtubise (568) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 26, 2002
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours cloudy with chunks of yeast rising to the top on a thin cream, short lived head (despite high levels of carbonation). A flemish brown ale (there are very few flander’s red (or belgian red)- rodenbach is one of them) to be sure with a faint malty, sour aroma. It has a strong lactic (sour) character with sharp thin maltiness - almost soya or worcester sauce-like, no bitterness, sour character overides everything else and lingers in the mouth for a long time. Overall the interplay of the various malts, yeasts and acidity is quite complex. Another beautiful beer by Liefmans.
eczematic (1306) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - SEP 11, 2002
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2006 i remember when i first tasted this beer. it was in 2000. i had never had a beer that had sourness in it before. i hadnt even had many beers that were 8% before. i was in oudenaarde itself specifically in order to taste this beer and was blown away. 6 years later i am less sure that this is the greatest beer ever brewed. rauchbier’s description of creaming soda with blood is hilariously on the money. this is a 4 year old bottle, brown with heaps of floaty bits. strangely sweet and lollyish, with a weird, thin vinegary aftertaste and some chocolate. thin and quite unpleasant - i’m sure this was actually better back in 2000. little to it apart from vinegar, blood and creaming soda.... great if you like that sort of thing. i have to be honest and put this in the mid-2s now. it’s probably nice on a salad but to drink is pretty unpleasant.
austinpowers (2827) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 6, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Just like PhillyBeer2112, my Goudenband was almost flat and very sour. Bad bottle? Hard to say. Reading the other descriptions, hardly anyone talks about whether it had a head or not. The taste was like a lambic and lacked somewhat in complexity. Must re-rate against a Rodenbach Red.
caesar (4599) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - AUG 30, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2003 Beautiful ruby color, good lacing. Smells like red wine. Tastes like red wine. Is this red wine maybe? Hmm, no the paper around the bottle says Liefmans Goudenband. Ok, well, i could have expected this i guess, with a style like Flanders Red Ale. Taken together this one is better than Rodenbach Grand Cru, which exceeded in cherrie taste. The Liefmans Goudenband has a classy wine-taste, nothing more i can make out of it. But hey, red wine is drinkable!
softale (188) - Michigan, USA - AUG 29, 2002
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I’m not sure if I got an old bottle, but I poured about a quarter of this out. Not in the same league as Rodenbach as far as this bottle was concerned.