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 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.