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.

Ciel de Nuit Dark Sour – Spinnakers Brewpub (Victoria, BC, Canada)

Ciel de Nuit dark sour – Spinnakers Brewpub, 7.0% ABV – 30 IBU, 650ml., (Victoria, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer)

on the front-right label:

Ciel de Nuit dark sour saison has been aged and for 9 months in French oak barrels. This complex French Farmhouse-style beer has a rich and dark malt profile as well as spicy characteristics from a French Saison yeast strain. This beers sour character is the result of a secondary fermentation in barrels with a special blend of wild yeast and bacteria.


  • Style: (barrel aged – French Oak) Sour Brown Ale
  • Taste: Harsh pukey sour stale red wine brown sugar malt non-smooth
  • Where I got it : Bainbridge Liquor / Burnaby
  • How much: $8.85 CAD (after 10% off) – 650ml., February 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: thumbs down

Visual: Pours dark brown with a slight red hue, minimal head with a thin 1mm layer of micro retention, a continuous torrent of clustered super-fast streams.

Nose: sour woody barley malt with some pukiness. (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: incoming big sour/puckery

Mid-palate: harsh (lvl-6-sweetness) mixed with pukey sourness, stale DIY red wine

Finish: brown sugar malty, oak woodiness exhale, soft gentle hopped bitter, lingering sour pukiness.

Summary: Harsh pukey sourness from start to finish, no real appealing qualities to this beer. The astringent sourness is similar to the pukiness found in their Choc-o-holic Porter, which I gave a total fail rating. At least this one is somewhat drinkable.