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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1358   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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
julian (30) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 1, 2012
Liefmans Goudenband 1974 Sweet malty aroma of raisin, toffee, dates, very mild chocolate, and some slight tartness and acidity. This has no signs of oxidation and still has decent carbonation. Mouthfeel is very smooth and almost creamy. For a beer that’s over 38 years old this has stood up exceptionally well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mkam (322) - POLAND - APR 22, 2015
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a small white head. Aroma is spicy with some sourness and barrel. Taste is medium sour tart, some red currants. Smooth, velvet finish. Good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wiedrzensky (154) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - APR 12, 2015
Shared bottle. Dark ruby/brown with thick beige head. Aroma of caramel, nuts, very fruity, porto like, vinous, tartness. Taste is sour with notes of caramel and red fruits. Dry finish. Great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
llcooldave (1161) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - APR 10, 2015
Finally after all these years of staring at this bottle with the nice blue paper wrapper on the shelf, I decided pull the trigger. Dark leathery brown in color. Spicy fruit nose. Some apple and pear with cinnamon. Nice smooth sour tart tang with a velvety finish on the palate. Overall, a nice brew... glad I finally decided to pick it up.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alex_leit (180) - Minsk, BELARUS - APR 8, 2015
Bottle. Brown with ruby, a thin foam. Aroma: red port wine, malt, fruit, dried raisins or dates, a little bit of caramel and toffee. Taste with acidity, fruity, malty, a mixture of cherries, grapes, plums, apples, warm, with a slight bitterness from a mixture of hops, alcohol and oak.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mark_Eck (951) - - APR 7, 2015
Pours a dark brown. Aroma and taste are lightly sweet and tart with dark fruits .

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mjp12 (619) - York, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - APR 6, 2015
Really multi layered sour brown , that hits sour, sweet and malty notes. Fantastic with food

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rustbucket0873 (287) - Krikville, New York, USA - APR 4, 2015
Pours dark.red to.brown. with smally frothy head. The aroma is sweet, sour, yeasty, and malt. The flavor is sweet with soir in the rear some rasians. Heavy palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alengrin (2895) - BELGIUM - MAR 31, 2015
One of the great classics on the Belgian beer map and certainly in the ’Vlaams oud bruin’ style. Originally called IJzerenband, the name was changed in 1956. It fortunately survived till this day, but has changed shape every now and then; I once managed to get my hands on a vintage bottle still made by the ’original’ Liefmans, i.e. from before Riva took over in 1990, and it was a great old beer to taste, but I’m afraid I still lacked experience back then to fully understand it. The Riva version went up and down, with some batches being better than others, but in the years before Moortgat took over (2008), I remember the lactic acid component had been all but abandoned, resulting in a decent, but cliché beer, more a dubbel than a true oud bruin. Moortgat then saved the day and the present-day version has again that lactic, tart, yoghurty character which defines this ancient sour ale style. It bears a light beige, creamy head and has a deep, hazy bronze robe; apart from the yoghurt-like tartness, the flavour is also very fruity and estery, with hints of redcurrant, raisins, red apples, apricot, sherry, passionfruit and lots of caramel, but feeling natural and genuine; some woody, vanilla-like tannins are noticeable too. Tastes sweetish, estery, fruity, with a drying lactic acidity refreshing the palate; quite full-bodied, with woodiness in the finish as well as echoes of herbal hop bitterishness and a nicely warming alcohol effect. Crisp, ’honest’ and doubtlessly very important sour ale, luckily saved from oblivion and still one of those Belgians classicly fit for cellaring. I’m glad Moortgat kept the old blue paper wrap around the bottle as well, albeit somewhat restyled.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kambei70 (750) - - MAR 29, 2015
2015 bottle. Pours a dark brown with a garnet hue to it. An effervescent light tan head. A distinct caramel malt taste with dark grapes and raspberry. Slightly sweet and sour. A little chocolate at the end. Light-medium body, well carbonated, and a semi-dry finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nihtila (1352) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 26, 2015
26.9.2014. Appearance is like cola. Sour aroma has berries and cherries. Taste is soursweet, cherries, plums, some notes like wine, some like homemade juice.

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