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

bottled
common

on tap
common

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RATINGS: 1287   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - APR 2, 2004
UPDATED: APR 3, 2004 750 ml with a cork that says 2001. Dark brownish red, with floaties. Musty soured aroma that is to die for. Indescribable. Soured jolly rancher-like flavor of apple cider and apple skins. Full bodied and smooth. Delicious. This beer rocks!!!!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Jerre (2694) - Waregem, BELGIUM - SEP 18, 2006
Taste this many times. Bottle Red-brown clear ale with a small, creamy, beige head. Fruity aroma with notes. The flavor is a touch fruity, but sweet more than anything else. Alcohol is well-disguised. Medium-body. Finishes fruity. One off my favorites from Liefmans.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BritAlesRule (212) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - NOV 10, 2007
My first Goudenband was 2005 vintage and it blew my doors off, since then I’ve had some 2006 that was just so-so, and I thought my first impressions may have been wrong, but tonight I found a bottle of the 2005 and again, maybe the best single thing I have ever put in my mouth. Nose is super complex leading with that awesome Belgian yeast of grapes and apples, caramel comes in on the back end and just a hint of the sourness to come. Mouthfeel is medium with some carbonation, but more of a light sour fruit bite. Taste is fermented apples and white grapes with a slight sour chase. There’s alot of depth here. Absolute classic.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 13, 2008
Pours a very dark amber with a thin white head. Slightly sour aroma that is a nice balance of maltiness and sour fruit. Perfectly balanced sour ale that is not to sour nor to sweet. A nice amount of maltiness and sour fruit combie to give this a beer an extremely smooth very drinkable taste. The best sour ale I’ve had yet.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bloekie (210) - BELGIUM - JUL 30, 2010
Very dark brown beef with a beigish off-white head. Aroma of smoked wood and sour cherries. Taste is first uncomplexily sour, then tart and the aftertaste is sticky sourish which lingers on for a very long time. Very complex and awesome beer. Instantly one of my alltime favourites!

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Cuso (4628) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - NOV 19, 2010
Bottle from Presporska pivoteka, Bratislava. Dark red-brown with medium beige head. Aroma, sour, cherry, hints of chocolate and caramel. Taste, starts mild, then continues apples with light sweet notes. Nice sour finish. Very nice complex beer.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
canary dog (655) - Rutland, Vermont, USA - MAR 17, 2012
Oh wow. This stuff is delicious. I’m a real sucker for Flemish/Brown sour ales, but I think this stuff is just great anyways. Champagne and almost ethereal lightness on first few sips. Brown and a little rich, with subtle but satisfying malt body. Very vinous nose and palate helps contribute to the sharp but full bodied tartness. There is slightly more bitterness on the finish than other sour ales I have tried. Rich and intriguing brew. I love it.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
tseo (153) - Athens, GREECE - JUN 3, 2012
Aroma: Winy, brandyish, alcoholic, woody. Almost like a retsina. Green apple, yoghurt and sour raisins. Mouthfeel: Smooth and not very big. Astringent. Taste: Begins with a piercing fruity sourness on the edges of the mouth, somehow remniscent of berries. Musty, yeasty. Some balancing sweet background. Great, very satisfying. Not overwhelmingly sour. Wood on the palate. Finish: Sour and dry. Like a dry wine, but more dense. Overall: Great stuff. Extremely appetizing and quite drinkable, despite its strength. Very, very appetizing. Top stuff, here.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
petergaynor (111) - NEW ZEALAND - AUG 28, 2012
330ml bottle. Pours hazy burnt brown with lively carbonation. Sour grapes and alcohol on the nose. Sugary sour grape taste, some citrus hops on the palate, a different ale, but fantastic nevertheless

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ncube (72) - - DEC 14, 2013
Aroma of grapes, cherries, malt, chocolate, green apples. Tastes similar to aroma plus cola. Fruity sweetness moving to refreshing sourness and a dry fruity finish. So delicious.


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