Flanders Oud Bruin

Liefmans Goudenband


Good evening once again faithful readers. It’s a lovely evening tonight indeed, I had a very relaxing day and am capping my night off with this review. It’s another sour beer, I just want to try any sour beer I can for some reason. I’m really digging the complexities and differences in them. Tonight we have Liefmans Goudenband on display. The bottle alone is pretty damn cool, it’s all wrapped in paper which I rarely see. In fact, it’s the only one I know of that’s wrapped in paper. Does that mean it’ll taste fantastic? Probably not, but it gets some points for a classy bottle. Let’s see how she looks inside…man that sounds like something a surgeon would say.

Nice and dark, that’s what I like to see. It’s this beautiful ruby-red, but not quite completely. It leans more towards a mahogany color than anything. It also has an ample size head that leaves a decent amount of lacing. She won’t be winning the best head giver 2012 award like the E.S. Bam, but I appreciate her effort regardless. A fine-looking beer no doubt! Let’s see what her smell’s all about.

Mmmm… tart baby tart. I was hoping for this tart punch in the nose and my wish came true, but far be it from me to stop there. No, I owe you readers a good college try so you can imagine the aromas wafting from this dark beauty. Mmm…after the tart aroma there is a seductively sweet scent. It’s aroma reminds me of a tart apple actually, I think they are called Granny Smith apples, which is the coolest name for an apple IMAO. I really enjoy this contrasting aroma, it may even have a touch of cherry but I’m probably just imagining things again. Such is life…Well I know one way to find more flavors, on to the tasting!

Ohh, yes, yes, and yes! There is a superb balance to this beer, and the whole experience is extremely satisfying. A beer this complex deserves my best metaphors, similes, and puns, so let’s see what I come up with.

First of all you get an immediate mix of sweet and sour when this beauty hits your tongue. Like some divine warhead which has each half sour and sweet, rather than sweet encased in sour. It has an exquisite contrast in a perfect balance that could rival Van Gogh’s finest works. She starts off strongly, waving her contrast like a male peacock showing off his plumage. Then the subtle sweetness, born of apples and cherries, crescendos to overcome the tart mistress. But only for a moment! Once you begin to swallow this sacred sweetness a tidal wave of tart crashes across your tongue washing away the flavor just before it becomes too much to handle. It’s as if Poseidon himself intervened to ensure a balance in this beautiful brew. And, as if to throw my sea metaphors out the window, she finishes very dryly with the slightest of winks to remind you she’s still around. It’s a good sharp finish to a very fine brew.

Overall, this is one World Class beer. It’s the perfect example of a balanced sour brew and I couldn’t be happier with this.What’s best is, I still have a whole bottle to finish! If you like sours, or are feeling adventurous, GET THIS BEER!

Until next beer, this is Brian G. Signing out!

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Duchesse De Bourgogne


Ah, Monday is upon us once again, and to help make this day more bearable I came back from the store today with some very different ales than usual. I must look past strong dark Belgians and on to new frontiers! The latest being sour ales. Today’s beer is a Belgian, but not a Strong Dark ale, goodness no! This is what they call a Flemish Red Ale, and basically it means it’s gonna be one sour beer.. There’s something special about red ales, whether Flemish or Irish IMAO. This one especially has some bragging rights, it won the Gold in the 2006 World Beer Championship! I love drinking award-winners…well alright, I just love drinking. The bottle did really catch my eye at the store though, very refined looking. Let’s see how the inside looks.

Ah, a red ale indeed! This ruby-brown colored sweetheart is know as “The Burgundies of Belgium” and I can definitely see why. It’s a very rich dark red that is not usually seen in beers that I frequent, it looks very promising. Honestly, I’m just happy to be drinking a red ale again, I think next time I’m going to get some Scottish and Irish brews. Well, let’s see what she smells like.

Wow, now the smell itself is pretty complex. It’s immediately sweet then sour, it’s like a damn warhead I tell ya. You remember that candy right? Ultra sour but then sweet in the middle if you make it through the pain. Man, those were huge when I was a kid! I digress… I smell a very tart apple, this is gonna be nonstop trip to flavortown baby! Let’s get on with it then…

Mmm, the initial flavor is very light and sweet, this is where you can taste the apple full force, or perhaps it’s cherry. Whatever it is, it’s fruity as hell. Now, the beauty of this brew is that the sweet flavor is quickly subdued by the tartness. I’m pretty damn happy about that because I really can’t take overly sweet drinks. The only thing I like extra sweet is a woman, and I mean that in a non-sexual way I promise. Ah, my mind’s wandering again let me take another sip. Ok, what’s amazing is the tartness and bite become very smooth and leave a slightly sour malty aftertaste that goes perfectly with this beer. It’s gotta be the one of the best aftertastes I have experienced. It’s nice to have a sour beer that’s not overwhelmingly sour for once!

Overall, this is a damn fine beer. While it’s not as heavy in body as my usual lineup, it’s something that is just as potent flavor wise. It’s true, I love a beauty with a strong full body, but sometimes it’s nice to feel a lighter body on your tongue. That is as long as the flavor is not lacking, and this girl certainly has that in spades.

Until next beer this is Brian G signing out.

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