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

bottled
common

on tap
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RATINGS: 1547   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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.

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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fidelis83 (2481) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - MAR 9, 2014
Deep garnet brown pour with a 1 finger, creamy beige head. Aroma is acidic, woody, toasty, caramel and old hay, then a light earthy funk, fruity and tart vinous notes. Flavor is toast, wood, tart floral notes, sort of like rose hips, sour plum, a hint of turbinado sugar, a little booziness, tart vinous notes and finishing with some acidic, fruity vinous notes, an interesting minerality old hay and a little earthy funk. Medium body, slick, somewhat boozy feel and light, spritzy and blanketing carbonation. Really good stuff overall, it could use a little more oomph in the flavor department to push past the booziness a little, but it is interesting and pleasantly warming as it is. The mouthfeel is a little strange, but somehow fits the beer well, almost like some strange cocktail made with things that won’t keep the carbonation long.


3.5
higgsbison (233) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 20, 2017
I need to try it again. Drank it with Neighbor and didn't read it at the time. I remember I liked it but it was not as good as other sours I have had. Wife hated it. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
MBlessing (1388) - Württemberg, GERMANY - SEP 20, 2017
Undurchsichtiges dunkles braun, kräftig malzig herb im Geruch Noten von Rotwein fruchtig holzig karamell, toller Geschmack malzig holzig sauer fruchtig saurer Äpfel leichte Vanille Note etwas Karamell, lecker, bei diesem Bier wird empfohlen es zuhause einzulagern, meins war frisch getrunken da es aber so schön so gut schmeckt werde ich nich eins einlagern und dann updaten

4.3
appiantiqua (240) - Lyon, FRANCE - SEP 18, 2017
Dégustée dans un verre Kasteel. Température de début 6 à 7°. Très belle robe brun sombre surmontée d'un fin et peu persistant col de mousse de couleur beige; forte carbonatation. Nez très prometteur et complexe sur des arômes fruités et des notes acides : griottes, fruits rouges dont fraises. Le goût est à la hauteur de nos espérances avec des saveurs végétales combinées à des touches vineuses et une belle confrontation douceur/acidité. En deuxième bouche une amertume fait son apparition et confirme l'originalité et la complexité du breuvage. Le palais fonctionne comme un résumé de la dégustation. Acidité --> douceur --> amertume .... trois sensations successives pour une bière unique! 17,5/20

4.3
Kittenbieer (240) - LYON, FRANCE - SEP 18, 2017
Dégustée dans un verre Kasteel: belle robe accajoue surmontée d'une fine mousse beige qui retombe assez vite avec une forte carbonatation.On peut appréhender la sensation d'aigre-doux avec des arômes de fruits rouges et des notes vinaigrées.La bouche nous amène sur cet équilibre entre la douceur fruitée ,l'acidité et l'amertume qui se prolonge sur le palais.Une bonne bière de caractère pour la saison automnale qui déroule son" beau ruban d'or"!!!17,5/20

3.8
edgallow (4312) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 6, 2017
750 ml bottle pours brown with a off white head. Aroma of cherries, malts and some floral. Taste is dried fruit, caramel and a little sour.

5
dflb (23) - California, USA - AUG 29, 2017
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2017 Imported from Belgium, Goudenband is a sour Ale. As you drink, the smell of black berries and caramel are noted. The body has an oak component to it. A sweetness is felt as you dive into the variants of the beer. The ABV is 8% and the alcohol is nondescript. Black berries are tasted from start to finish. They give us the sweet and tart we experience. Grapes embolden the body and gives the drink a wine-like complexion. Green apple is present and adds an accent to the sour. Caramel encapsulates the fruit and creates a pleasant mouthfeel. The oak is more pronounced as you listen to the caramel. Goudenband became an unexpected surprise. Although I knew I was drinking a Belgian, I did not know this is a sour Ale going into it. It's more tart than sour. The black berries is the main feature and is the reason why the beer comes across tart. Actually, the tart sensation is bearable and complimentary to the caramel. Impeccable and ingloriously drinkable, Goudenband is insanely easy to drink and unique to its own. Cheers. Prost. Drink for the love of beer. For more beer reviews, look up my blog 'Drink For the Love of Beer.'

5
Piepenhenrich (597) - Steinbach, GERMANY - AUG 26, 2017
The well balanced sour flavor, complex aroma and taste, dark color make it my undisputed favorite among Belgian Ales.

4.6
rodenbachvintage (91) - Roeselare, BELGIUM - AUG 16, 2017
Goudenband, gouden bier. Fles van 1996 uit de originele brouwerij in Oudenaarde na 20 jaar gedegusteerd. Geen schuimlaag, geen koolzuur meer, maar o zo volle melkzuur romige smaak. Onge�venaard. Enkele weken later fles van 2016 gedronken en die smaakte me niet. Best dus even laten liggen, dan top!

4.5
GustavJ (49) - Drammen, NORWAY - AUG 10, 2017
A true classic. “Made in open vats with beer of mixed fermentation, left to mature for four to 12 months in the cellar. Mature beer is then fortified with younger beer, so the fermentation process starts up again.” Excellent for storing. My example was a young one. Best before 2026! Brown with a low dense white head. Aroma of sour cherries, plums, leaves and hints of nuts. Vinous taste with the same notes in aroma. Delicate play between refreshing sour fruit and a mellow sweetness. Not so sweet as another personal favorite; Duchesse de Burgundy and with less acid than Rodenbach Gran Cru. The great thing about Guodenband is, in my opinion, the combination of intensity and elegance. Finish with a sweet-sour “take-a-new-sip” kick. Now I will look for more stored bottles.

3.7
90 (614) - BELGIUM - JUL 31, 2017
Drank it in 2017 and this one was produced in 2017. I have the overall impression that this beer wast too young. Aroma is very woody with some caramel. In taste wood, caramel, slightly sour. Interesting palate, oaky, wry. Dry finish.


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