Liefmans Master Blenders, Going Strong for 300+ Years
Jacobus Liefmans founded the brewery for this month's club in 1679 on the bank of the Schelde River in Oudenaarde, Belgium.
All the beers are fermented on site and are spontaneously fermented. Their beer spends extra time maturing in chilled tanks, some for up to three years. Each final batch is a blend, a balance of young and old beers. The resulting beers are timeless, complex, and wonderfully ageable. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do!
Meaning "Gold Band"
Traditionally, Goudenband was made as a provisie-bier, or a beer for storage to be laid down and brought out for special occasions. It's made in open vats where it matures for 4-12 months, before being fortified with younger beer and re-fermented in the bottle. Both of the beers this month will continue to mature in the bottle for up to 10 years, so if you'd like to cellar these store them vertically in a cool, dry, dark area.
The 2016 version has a dark brown hue with a touch of tartness on the nose. It starts with a gentle caramel sweetness that fades to flavors of apples and cherries and acidity that bows to a slightly woody finish. This is by no means a sparkling beer, but it has a lively effervescence that lifts the spirits.
Goudenband goes great with balsamic vinegar dressings, raspberries, dark chocolate and oysters.
Liefmans Goudenband kriek brut
Behold The Cherry Goodness
Liefmans' Kriek Brut has been around since the early 1900s: originally, farmers would stop by the brewery for a barrel of beer in exchange for their surplus cherries. Brewer Pierre Van Geluwe-De Berlaere was the first brewer that added cherries directly to beer maturing in the tanks. We're grateful that he did.
This is a special beer that is brewed once a year from local Noordkrieken (Sour Morello) cherries from Gorsem. It's a blend of 15-20 batches of Goudenband and their Oud Bruin, and it spends 18 months maturing.
It's a red-brown beer with a cherry aroma that doesn't overpower the senses; lightly sweet to start with a tart-sweet finish. Reminiscent of Smarties candy, but without being artificial.
Like the Goudenband, the food pairings are similar; raspberries, cherries, dark chocolate, tomatoes, blue cheese, oysters, venison, and roasted duck.