Flanders Brown Ales
A native son of the town of Oudenaarde in the East Flanders province of Belgium, the most famous of this style is Liefmans. The brewery's basic style is Old Brown (Oud Bruin in Belgium), but once blended with another beer it becomes Goudenband, which is available in the U.S. Goudenband has a light sourness imparted from the yeast, balanced with a light sweetness. When young, the beer presents a distinctly fruity estery palate, but when properly matured it offers a rounder more complex character. It finishes at about 5 percent alcohol by volume.