Style: Sour Red/Brown
Format: 330ml Bottle
Liefmans Goudenband is one of the most distinctive dark beers in the world. Originally called IJzerenband (Iron Band) a reference to the iron bands around the beer barrels the beer was renamed Liefmans Goudenband (Gold Band). Made in open vats with beer of mixed fermentation, it is 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.
Liefmans Goudenband is a beer for storing, and just keeps improving over the years like a fine wine. Even after ten years, this dark red beer tastes as fresh as ever. Youll immediately pick up on the wonderful aromas of caramel, apple, rhubarb, cherries and malt. On the taste buds you will find hints of apple and cherries, combined with woody notes, while the aftertaste hints at nuts and dried raisins. The mildly acidic taste make this beer a perfect match for blue cheese.
Rated 97 out of 100 on Ratebeer.com
WHAT OTHER CUSTOMERS ARE SAYING
An amazing beer but lacks assertiveness
This beer pours a reddish brown with a creamy white head. In both aroma and flavour, it is full of sweet cherries, red berries, caramel and toasted malts, oaky vanillin and a hint of acetic acid. The flavour brings all of these components together with noticeable but not overwhelming sourness. For some, this beer will be too tame compared to other more assertively sour beers in the style, however others will appreciate its subtlety.