Liefmans Goudenband – Liefmans (Oudenaarde, Belgium)


TL:DR – “Exceptional and interesting plum-fruity-sour aged brown ale”


Liefmans Goudenband (Sour Brown Ale) – Liefmans, 8% ABV, 750 ml., (Oudenaarde, Belgium)


on the front-right label:

“Liefmans Goudenband is one of the world’s most complex beers. An aged Strong Belgian Brown Ale, it is brewery-cellared for many months until it matures. Only then is it blended and bottled. Historically known as ‘Provision Beer’, Goudenband is superb for further home cellaring, allowing the taste, aroma and body of the beer to continue to evolve. A delectable treat for the beer connoisseur.”


  • Style: Sour Red/Brown Ale
  • Taste: sour plum fruity mild tart slight woody balanced
  • Where I got it : Sherbrooke / Edmonton
  • How much: $18 CAD (after 10% off) – 1 pint 9.4 fl.oz., June 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: No
  • Recommended: yes
  • What made an impression: appealing bright fruity flavour

Visual: (cellared for 6 years). Paper wrapped bottled, neat. Corked with a twisty steel cap. Pours dark cola brown with a small dissipating head, chunk bits of sediment in the last pour, a few bubbles here and there, not much.

Nose: light yeasty, slight wet funk, prune-plum, (lvl-6)-pungency.

Attack: hardly any CO2, mildly thicker, light sour-tart entry

Mid-palate: dissipating (lvl-7-sweetness), sour plum, cherry, controlled medium sourness,

Finish: fruity bright counterbalance, light woodiness, residual acidity

Summary: Even without much CO2 mouthfeel, there is a fine sense of balance and body in the sour dark fruity malt profile. The transitions are seamless it goes down super easy.

Liefmans Cuvée Brut 2010 (Belgium) (re-tasting)

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  • My Rating: [A-, unchanged from 2012],  I gave it a (3.9 of 5) on Ratebeer.com

Liefmans Cuvée Brut 2010 (Duvel-Moortgat), 6% ABV, 375., (Oudenaarde, Belgium)

On the paper label:

“Liefmans Cuvée Brut is brewed only once a year, in July. After brewing, freshly harvested and carefully selected cherries are blended in and the young beer is cellared at the brewery. After a slow maturation of 18 months to 3 years, different vintages are carefully tasted and blended to create the final result: a complex, deep-red ale with refreshing, balanced tart-sweet taste, strong cherry notes and sparkling carbonation.”

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  • Style: (cherry) Fruit Ale
  • Taste: Tangy fruity cherry raspberry light balsamic woody
  • Where I got it : Sherbrooke Liquor / Edmonton
  • How much: $9 CAD (after 10% off) – 375ml., June 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: yes
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Initial June 2012 tasting (Rating = A-):

Tasting notes: pours dark translucent cherry red, minimal head, sticky lacing, ringed micro CO2 retention, a few extremely slow-moving CO2 streams. Sour cherries and pomegranate on the nose. 7/10-level sourness, 7/10 level tartness up front, transitions into 8/10-level sweetness, tingly-creamy CO2, persistent sourness, flavours of sour cherries, pomegranate, raspberries, mild malts, green apple, jam, all very balanced and cooperative. Medium complexity, medium depth, great transitions, good carry, good drinkability. It gets a little sweet after awhile if drinking on its own.


February 22, 2016 tasting notes:

Visual: (Cellared 4 years). Unlabeled green bottle wrapped in a paper label, composite cork, twisty top. Pours dark brownish red with no head, a few very slow micro bubble streams.

Nose: tangy raspberry juice with mixed with lightly funked carameled wood. (lvl-8)-pungency

Attack: crisp-thicker-tangy, low CO2

Mid-palate: dissipating sour, (lvl-8)-sweetness, cherry juice, raspberry, light caramel malty backbone, woody, light funk, continued tangy

Finish: balsamic vinegar, raspberry exhale, residual tangy cloying sweetness.

Summary: Tangy throughout with a very agreeable complex deep fruity flavour. Clean transitions despite the low CO2. Still good after cellaring with more balsamic characteristics emerging.

Liefmans Fruitesse (Belgium)

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Liefmans Fruitesse, 4.2% ABV, 250ml., (Oudenaarde, Belgium)

on the front left side label:

“Refreshing fruit beer, matured on cherries, flavoured with 15% fruits (cherry, raspberry, bilberry, elderberry, strawberry), sugar and sweetener. Contains barley malt.”

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  • Style: (strawberry, raspberry, cherry, elderberry, bilberry) Fruit Beer
  • Taste: Strawberry + mixed field berries fine CO2 soda
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $10/4pack – 4 x 250ml., sometime in 2011
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: perhaps as a mixer
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes, worth a try once

Visual: Pours cloudy purplish-red with barley any head, thin ringed retention, a few streams here and there.

Nose: Super fruit-forward blend of strawberries, raspberries, and cherry. Unreal. (lvl-10)-pungency

Attack: fruity sugars

Mid-palate: (lvl-5)-sweetness, (MAIN) strawberry, raspberry, elderberry, some cherry, hints of malt

Finish: hints of tartness, clean light fruity finish.

Summary: This pretty much drinks like a real-fruit soda with finer carbonation. Not much in terms of depth or length, but extremely refreshing and drinkable. A sure hit with the ladies.

Liefmans Cuvée Brut 2010 (Belgium)

Liefmans Cuvée Brut 2010, 6% ABV, (Belgium)

On the paper label:

“Liefmans Cuvée Brut is brewed only once a year, in July. After brewing, freshly harvested and carefully selected cherries are blended in and the young beer is cellared at the brewery. After a slow maturation of 18 months to 3 years, different vintages are carefully tasted and blended to create the final result: a complex, deep-red ale with refreshing, balanced tart-sweet taste, strong cherry notes and sparkling carbonation.”

My notes:
  • My Rating: A-
  • Why it’s special: ultra cherry richness and clean flavour
  • Where I got it: Brewery Creek
  • How much: ~$6 , 375ml., 2010
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: yes, with friends
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Tasting notes: pours dark translucent cherry red, minimal head, sticky lacing, ringed micro CO2 retention, a few extremely slow-moving CO2 streams. Sour cherries and pomegranate on the nose. 7/10-level sourness, 7/10 level tartness up front, transitions into 8/10-level sweetness, tingly-creamy CO2, persistent sourness, flavours of sour cherries, pomegranate, raspberries, mild malts, green apple, jam, all very balanced and cooperative. Medium complexity, medium depth, great transitions, good carry, good drinkability. It gets a little sweet after awhile if drinking on its own.