Liefman’s Goudenband

This is a beer that consistently gets very high ratings from other beer aficionados. It is a Belgian Oud Bruin (“Old Brown”). It is made with wild yeast and, like a lot of Belgian beers, and a number of trendy American craft beers gets a little bit of a sour flavor from the wild yeast. I’m going out on a limb to say this was a decent beer, but I would not necessarily rave about it and place it among the best I’ve ever had. It pours a brown to mahogany color with a thick white head. The aroma is woody and earthy. The taste is sweet malt with a little toffee. In the middle it goes to a little bit of cherry and apple. Then it goes a tad tart at the end. It drinks smoothly and the flavors mask the 8% alcohol content well. It happened to go well with a steak dinner I had. I would have it again, but…I know there will be angry villagers with pitchforks outside my house, I would only give it 2 1/2 out of 5 proper pints.

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