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


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RATINGS: 1540   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
belgbeerfact (10) - Meer, - OCT 28, 2013
This Goudenband beer is a very famous Belgian beer. This classic beer might be one of the worlds most complex beers. It is based on Oudenaards Brown beer. This mixed fermented brew then matures for 4 to even 12 months in the Liefmans cellars. Afterwards Liefmans starts cutting the mature brews till Goudenband is created. By doing so, Liefmans actually makes sure every edition is unique. We advise to keep this provision beer in your cellar. So this beer can mature a bit more.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mviljamaa (91) - Jyvskyl, FINLAND - APR 21, 2017
Pours with an okay amount of fluffy foam. Color is dark brown, watery coffee like, clear. Aroma is unordinary being burnt, but also having some sort of anise liquor feeling to it. Also reminds a bit of Jgermeister. Hints of typical "sour" aromas of sour beers. Palate is well balanced. Carbonation feels a bit weak and too fine, but it might be suitable for this style. Actually, after drinking a bit more, I think the carbonation is actually on the spot for this style. Taste is hard to describe, but it tastes good. It has some of the typical tastes one would find in sour beers, but the good thing about this is that the sourness is not too pronounced. Rather its pleasantly balanced. There are definite Jgermeister notes in the taste again, but this time it reminds of a cocktail made with Jgermeister, such as the Jgerbomb. I dont consider the beer that complex, but it doesnt matter, because its still a very, very good sour beer. Mainly because of its balance and that nothing in it is overwhelming, but simply pleasant.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SvanteL (451) - SWEDEN - APR 17, 2017
Mrkt rdbrun med beiget skum. Komplex doft med ekfat, syrliga br och frukter. ven smaken r riktigt komplex med rejla fattoner, syrlighet frn br och frukt, krsbr, lite rdvinstoner. Flaskan har lagrats i mnga r och det har nog gjort att inga smaker sticker ut, utan allt har gift ihop sig. Riktigt gott.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
vinivini (1931) - Gomel, BELARUS - APR 13, 2017
Hazy brown, tall beige head. Aroma: candy, raisins, cherry, oak, sour fruit. Light to medium body. Complex taste. Lots of barrel, dark malts, dry. Fruity. Light to medium acidity. Tart finish. Very nice.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BrewWhatIWant (141) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 12, 2017
Pours a dark reddish brown with a small beige head. It looks like cola. Aroma is fruity like apples and pears. Taste is sour with notes of apple and pear and hints of caramel, cherries and wood. The green apple flavour is surprising in such a dark, aged beer, and unfortunately its quite prominent. Im surprised how highly rated this is.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
MMR (752) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 28, 2017
I normally dont enjoy sour ales that much but this one was great. The balance between sour and sweet is just fantastic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
davidf93 (76) - Stellenbosch, SOUTH AFRICA - MAR 24, 2017
Oaked cherry with spices almost like chutney. Deep red/brown colour. A great complex beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
shoulderbroken (4162) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAR 7, 2017
Bottle. Bit cheesy, leather and oak, bit of dark fruit. Taste is very Belgian, light sourness, fruity, bit of sweetness, cherry, nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Moravius (1238) - Beijing, CHINA - MAR 7, 2017
Flasche (75 cl, MHD: 10/2023, einige Jahre gelagert). - Tiefstes Kastanienbraun, dunkelbeigefarbener Schaum. - Nase krftig suerlich mit schnen Balsamico-Noten, elegant gealtert. - Antrunk kernig suerlich mit guten, nicht zu extremen wrzig-holzigen Noten, Karamelmalzbittere und fruchtiger Restse (Boskoop). Perfekte Karbonisierung, angenehm erfrischend. Etwas kurz und schwach ranzig im Abgang. - Sauer, herb und scharf, aber (bis auf den etwas unschnen Abgang) sehr gediegen. Sehr gut!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
xaddar (3) - FRANCE - MAR 6, 2017 does not count
Interesting. Good acidity and candy like fruity taste. Finnish a bit short but maybe my beer was too cold. Tasted draft at Le PLB Poitiers, France

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Demens (402) - Budapest, HUNGARY - MAR 5, 2017
0,33l bottle. From 2015. Thick, hazy deep ruby/brown colour with quickly shrinking and disappearing tan head. Aroma: First a winey/funky wine basement aroma with raisin, other dried fruits (sour cherry) with soft caramel, chocolate notes. Elegant and complex. Taste: Has a very fruity and tarty start (sour cherry, almond, chocolate, red wine) but also has a very soft/light bitter (and also sour) mouthfeel. Very gentle, oily texture. Has a very light acidic caracter. The alcohol is very well hidden, isnt noticable at all in the taste. Medium body with almost no carbonation. Medium lasting tarty finish. A fantastic sour ale.

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