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Biere D'Hougoumont - Brewery Ommegang

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BA SCORE
86
very good

303 Ratings
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Ratings: 303
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%


Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Our Limited Edition Biere d’ Hougoumont is brewed with traditional French ale yeast, eight malts, French Strisselspalt hops, and aged on white oak and hard maple wooden staves. A traditional Biere De Garde style, this malty French-style farmhouse ale is brewed to be aged. The name honors the Hougoumont farmstead at the pivotal center of the Waterloo battlefield. Napoleon repeatedly failed to take the fortification, he then lost the battle and “met his Waterloo.”

(Beer added by: billab914 on 07-03-2012)
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adamette

Ohio

3.13/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Live Review. Poured from the 750 ML corked and caged bottle that I bought at Save-On in Mentor, Ohio a few weeks ago for $13.49 into my Voodoo Brewery pint glass. No observed "best by" date.
Notes: My most well known Biere de Garde going into this review is Voodoo Brewery's Gran Met, a beer that I not only love but have had many, many growlers of and inspired me to remain in contact with the brewery ever since I first had Gran Met back in 2009. So it is with that perspective that I approach this Biere de Garde from Brewery Ommegang, another favorite brewery by the way.

A Light caramel slightly hazy but translucent body under a two inch thick and creamy light brown head. Good look. 3.5

S Light to moderate malt sweetness with some barley to the nose. Little to no hops detected by me. Seems right on target for the style. Some added intrigue for some yeast smells as well. 3.5

T Light malt and grains predominate and the late taste features a nice smooth, rounded taste that I attribute to the aging on wood mentioned in the brewing process. Although pleasant and on track for the style, honestly this beer's taste is rather forgettable for me. 3.0

M Light syrupy stickiness lingers on my tongue a full minute after my last sip which is not unpleasant. Overall feel is on the thin side. Again, that is appropriate to the style (a French Farmhouse ale) but not dynamic or interesting to me. 3.0

D/O Drinkability is pretty high given the manageable ABV % and the relatively light feel. Overall this is a fair attempt at the style but not one that I can see returning to. 3.0

Notes: There are many more favorable options even within Brewery Ommegang. The great Three Philosophers, Witte and their Dubbel are some examples from the top of my mind. I really made an effort to judge this beer on its own merits but rest assured this will not be replacing Voodoo Brewery's Gran Met atop my personal Biere de Garde list.
Additional note: Voodoo Brewery used to list Gran Met as a Biere de Garde. A quick check just now reveals that it is now considered a Tripel. Oh well. I still rated this beer on its own merits.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2013 03:07:54 | More by adamette
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Warm red-orange color with some haziness. Head looks short, but well-comstructed.

Slight oakiness in the nose, but lots of fruity esters apparent. Nectarine, blood orange, caramel malts, and butterscotch. A little honeyed, too. No hops detectable. Malty and yeasty with some noticeable strength.

Implied taste of corn whiskey with the combination of buttery fusels, fruity yeast byproducts, and sweet oakiness. Mostly attributed to flairful Belgian malts. More blood orange and caramel with some stone fruit essences. Semi-sweet, smooth, and a potently bright. Very round body offers a mellow evening, but not late-evening drinking, kind of feel. Hops are available now to split the extremity of the malts a bit. Works to improve drinkability and balance.

Most Ommegang beers fall into this overall rating or higher. This beer further proves we're dealing with a creatively fantastic brewery here.

Serving type: on-tap

10-19-2013 03:57:19 | More by thecheapies
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drperm

Virginia

4.8/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Cellared for one year. Opened on 18 October 2013. Life officially changed.
Why are the limited-release brews the best ones?

The wood-aging on oak and maple makes for an incredibly subtle but complex layer of nuanced flavour. This would be a clear winner with seasonal autumn food -- pumpkin soup, pumpkin risotto, venison stew, Thanksgiving dinner. I can only hope that I can still go out and find some bottles of this in 2013.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2013 01:13:57 | More by drperm
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dheacck11

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour from the botle leaves a lovely translucent copper amber color, with a nice haziness. Bit of head, fading quickly.

Nose is really dank and peaty. Some sweetness like corn, cherries, and maple. Enticing.

Taste is biting. Lots of acid on the front, with ripe cherry flavors, cranberry, and again that sort of wet, mossy flavor. Get a little bit of the yeast too. Maybe a little maple too.

Feel is medium full. Crisp and biting.

Fascinating beer. Really neat and balance flavors. Quite unique, but definitely worth a trial.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2013 23:11:01 | More by dheacck11
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otterbearfla

Florida

3.59/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a larger bottle with a corked, wired stopper

4 fingers head

appearance - opaque sienna orange

Aroma - homey, and bread yeast

taste - warm honey, caramel, maple, oak, orange

mouthful - full but not creamy

This would be my middle Belgium ale with the core aspects of the type.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2013 02:25:19 | More by otterbearfla
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goochpunch

Texas

2.91/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours out a caramel amber with little head. Smells like sweet wort and yeast bread and caramel. Taste is overwhelmingly sweet. Sure, I pick up some floral, earthy hops, some tasty caramelized malts, etc., but the sweetness is punishing. Big vanilla and maple taste from the woods used. Mouthfeel is full, and the carbonation is rather mild. This is an alright beer, but I'd much rather have it on a cold, rainy day. Too sweet. I feel myself getting a headache already.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2013 02:21:03 | More by goochpunch
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PhillyStyle

Georgia

4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle:

The beer appeared a hazy, darker amber color that produced a very nice off-white, dense 2+ finger head, which was well retained and last throughout most of the beer. Active carbonation with some yeast floating in the beer.

The beer gave off a nice sweet malty aroma, fruit and yeast. As the beer warmed I think that the wood came out, along with some alcohol.

The taste of the beer was good, nicely balanced, followed the aroma, but got more of the maple/wood.

The beer had a moderate feel to it, good carbonation, smooth and went down very well with food. I am not so sure that this is one that you would necessarily want to drink on its own.

Overall, a very good beer. I have had better from this brewery, but solid none-the-less.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2013 22:19:00 | More by PhillyStyle
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metter98

New York

3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is very hazy amber orange in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high dense light beige colored head that died down, leaving a thin head covering the surface and a thick collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of fruity yeast are present in the nose, which seem to somewhat resemble candied apples. Notes of maple also become evident as the beer warms up.
T: The taste very much follows the smell and has some hints of sweetness from the maple as well as some oak from the barrel aging.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is a good representation of the style and seems like it would make for a good choice to pair with a meal. I aged it for a year so this might have diminished some of the sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2013 03:08:38 | More by metter98
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oberon

North Carolina

4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a large tulip glass a slightly hazed deep burnt orange with fluffy one and a half finger white head that faded slowly.Aromas of toasted oak,vanilla/caramel,and lightly spiced yeast.A pretty full body with caramel and toast flavors at the onset,a decent drying leafiness keeps the beer from being overly sweet and the alcohol is pretty well hidden until mid glass.I think this beer would be very food friendly because it's not to big and doesn't hit you over the head with spicy phenols.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2013 16:47:02 | More by oberon
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draheim

Washington

3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750mL (bottled 5/29/2012) into a Hennepin glass. Pours a clear amber w/ a 1-finger off-white head, moderate carb.

Aroma is earthy and slightly vinous; grapes, bready yeast, dried fruit and a vague spiciness.

Taste is bready, earthy, fruity, sweet.

Mouthfeel is balanced, medium-bodied, crisp, semi-dry.

Overall a different take on a style of beer I've only tried a few times.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 03:03:57 | More by draheim
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tjsdomer2

Illinois

4.19/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Reddish copper with good tannish lacing.

Smell: Fresh raspberries. Very summery for a Belgian and I'm not used to smelling fresh, natural berries in a beer. Shandy-like.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Pine and fruit punch. A very unique flavor. A bit too subdued, but still very pleasant. Mouthfeel has a lot of yeast.

Overall Drinkability: Another quirky summer beer.

Serving type: on-tap

07-04-2013 03:35:29 | More by tjsdomer2
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hackmann

Michigan

3.35/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: deep burnt orange body with a one finger (if that) bone white head that leaves no lacing

Aroma: light toasted grains, caramel, hint of wood (oak)

Flavors: to me the oak wood stands out over the maple wood; nice spicy fruit style; the fruit reminds me of apricot and the spice a light clove

Mouthfeel: fizzy carbonation, dry, medium body, earthy, sticky fruit aftertaste

To the Point: I was really looking forward to this ale; unfortunately it is just good at best to me; the overall aroma is light; the flavors – the fruit did not really do it for me; the spice was okay; the wood was good; this ale just does just really doesn't do it for me @ 15 bucks a bottle (750ml)

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2013 03:09:43 | More by hackmann
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GuinnessAtRogerWilco

New Jersey

4.24/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into a Chimay goblet.
I had this on tap at Carolina Blue months ago and it really surprised me, so hope it's just as good out of the bottle.

AP: Dark amber and rusty orange/red colour with a 1/2" white head that fizzled to a dusting. Moderate lacing when the glass is tilted. There is some sediment/yeast floating in the glass.
AR: Sweet rolls/bread, candied apricot, maple syrup/molasses, vanilla, hint of cinnamon and brown sugar, white grape and caramel. Smells delicious.
T: Not like I vaguely remember it on draft, but this is still a very solid brew. Taste mirrors the nose. The flavours blend nicely. Bit of fruity Belgian yeast mixes in there as well with a soft hint of baking spices.
M: Starts quite crisp and carbonated on the tongue followed by medium body with some creaminess mid palate. Finishes off dry with some lingering flavours for a great aftertaste.
OV: I've had Biere de Gardes that are more Farmhouse than this and like them more than the average person, so for Ommegang to add maple and oak to it just added another dimension to this style. This is a very tasty brew that can be enjoyed either by itself or with food.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2013 05:17:36 | More by GuinnessAtRogerWilco
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Ommegang : Biere d'hougoumont

Pours a deep peach color, a bit cloudy from the yeast. The aroma is full of Belgian yeast, floral and somewhat sweet. In the flavor, more of that sweet Belgian yeast and candi sugar. Herbal hops match well with a touch of oak. Finishes with fruit and a kiss of funk. Clean and yeasty, mild and very approachable. This makes for a solid table beer or cellar candidate. Slightly dry and champagne like feel. I could see the flavors change a good bit over time. As it is, a nice little beer which comes as no surprise as Ommegang does not make sub par offerings.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2013 20:35:49 | More by Stinkypuss
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lordofthewiens

Maine

4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a tulip glass this beer was a cherry amber color, very bright. There was a tiny tan head. I thought it was a rather pretty beer.

Sweet malt aroma, some fruit.

More malt in the taste, mostly caramel, maybe a little toffee. Pear taste.

Malt forward. Very smooth and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2013 22:01:44 | More by lordofthewiens
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stephenjmoore

Maryland

4.14/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Dark orange in color with some bronze/copper colors coming through. Fairly murky body that allows some light to shine through, but no visibility. Off-white head that does not hang around for too long and leaves just a ring of bubbles. Not much in the way of lacing.

S- Toasted bready malts, caramel, oaky wood, slight hint of tree fruits, a bit of spicy yeast. Overall very pleasant nose.

T- The bready malts come through a lot, but about half way through the wood and the Belgian farmhouse yeast kicks in. The bready caramel flavors give way to oak and pear, along with some peppery flavors.

M- Medium carbonation, medium bodied, pleasant carbonation tingle at the end.

O- Very nice beer. Have not had too many Biere de Gardes, so this was a nice experience.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2013 22:56:03 | More by stephenjmoore
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superspak

Michigan

4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled on 5/25/2012. Pours lightly cloudy orange amber color with a 2 finger fairly dense cream colored head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grape, pear, apple, caramel, brown sugar, floral, pepper, wood, biscuit, light clove, light nuttiness, light toffee, and yeast earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity of malt, fruity/spicy esters, and wood aging; with nice strength. Taste of grape, apple, caramel, brown sugar, pepper, wood, clove, biscuit, light nuttiness, light toffee, earthy yeast spiciness. Lingering notes of light fruits, caramel, brown sugar, pepper, clove, wood, biscuit, light nuttiness, light toffee, and earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity of malt and fruity/spicy esters with the wood aging; with a solid malt/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a moderately slick and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent Biere de Garde style! Great complexity and balance of all flavor notes; and very smooth to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2013 03:49:57 | More by superspak
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JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

4.11/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Corked 750mL bottle from the brewery, shared at a recent tasting - cheers daryk77!

Poured into a Duvel tulip - nice amber ruby colour, which was a surprise for the style. Good crown of foam that leaves streaks of lacing and a sturdy head. Nice retention on this.

Malty to the nose, which I suppose is the maple, alongside some oaky notes, grape, banana, clove and other spices. Almost like a wee heavy biere de garde. Very nice.

Tasty biere de garde that melds about two different stylistic themes into one mellow, balanced whole. It's malty and sweet, with that maple component, but has those classic Belgian flavors lingering in the back. Easy to drink, very smooth. Carbonation is a touch high for my liking, but the brew is surprisingly light and airy.

This would be nice to keep on hand in the cellar. Nice brew from Ommegang, from whom I expect nothing less.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2013 22:30:21 | More by JohnnyBarman
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

An amber pour wih a finger of head which dissipated into a small ring. No lacing. Smell is of vanilla, honey, caramel, maple. Flavor is of light barrel.. Vanilla, maple, oak. Very sweet and delicious beer. A lighter medium body. Low carbonation. Glad I got to try it. Nothin too special but definitely a nice beer.

Serving type: on-tap

04-12-2013 22:40:21 | More by facundoCNB
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

4.31/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Though I've had some Biere de Gardes, this looks like it'll be my first one to review:

From 750 ML to a tulip and a chalice (light pop from the cork, oh boy here we go, I better not screw this up):

A: dark orange/brown body yielding a two and a half finger head in the chalice and closer to a one and a half finger head in the tulip, lightly clingy lacing in the chalice eventually spiderwebs after a good three minutes, closer to a minute of lacing spider-webbing in the tulip

S: clove, subdued Belgian yeast/banana thing goin' on, fruit, spice, combined maple/wood/syrup thing goin' on startin' to come out as the beer warms, noticeable pear as it continues to warm, honey - hmmm... unsure, alcohol not felt

T: mainly sweet through previously mentioned flavors, slightly oaky and floral at different times, slightly bready as well

M: medium, slightly sessionable - mostly smooth, sticky sweet aftertaste and finish, adequate carbonation is felt, alcohol not felt

O: though I've had some Biere de gardes before I don't have much to compare to - as I continue to explore this style, very complex smell, I'm hopin' I'm doing this its due favor as I review this and say I like this for me, slightly wishing I would have saved this for Easter as I think I would have been absolutely awesome with my meal

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2013 13:47:19 | More by BeerKangaroo
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a clear deep copper color ale with a very generous head with great retention and some very good lacing. Aroma of solid caramelized malt is very dominant with light residual sugar notes also perceptible. Taste is a mix between some caramelized sugar with well balance level of sweetness with some woody notes clearly identifiable and forging a well rounded finish to this beer. Body is full with a smooth texture and good carbonation with no apparent alcohol. This is a very good take of the style and the barrel-aging is apparent by smoothing out the taste.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2013 19:11:36 | More by Phyl21ca
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kojevergas

Texas

3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

7.3% ABV confirmed. 750ml brown glass bottle with hood and wire cap (aka a "cage") over a cork served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Expectations are fairly high given the brewery, but the style is difficult to execute. "Ale aged o Maple and Oak wood staves." Sounds tasty.

Poured slowly per label instructions. Served chilled.

Yields a satisfying pop upon removal of the cork. No issues with beer surging out or anything.

A: Pours a four finger beige colour head of nice cream, nice thickness, and pretty good (6+ minute) retention. Body colour is a clear translucent pale copper-gold. Vibrant and appealing. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Typical of the style, yet surprisingly vibrant and appealing. A fine appearance for a biere de garde.

Sm: Soft. Not a harsh or invading aroma. Clove. Banana from the yeast. Bright fruit. Spice. Sweet maple wood & syrup. A bit of subtle oak - but not particularly evocative oak. Light fresh floral hops. Cilantro. Pear. Maple is dominant. Quite light in character yet moderate in strength. Appealing and inviting. No alcohol is detectable. Intriguing.

T/Mf: Hm. Maple sweetness and wood is there, but it's incredibly subtly done. That's impressive, and mixes well with the subtle-but-too-light oak character. Clove, cilantro, and light pear fruit. A bit of banana from the yeast - as well as more clove. The spicing is organic and cohesive, blending well with the light vibe of the beer. Lightly bready. A touch of green apple. Thank god there's no caramel/caramel malt here - that would ruin it. Light lemongrass. It's definitely farmhouse in character without any funkiness or heavy brett character; that's remarkable. I quite like it for what it is. Balanced well.

It has good body but it's shockingly light on the palate - especially for the incredibly well concealed ABV. So light and soft for a biere de garde; it's marvelous. The maple is very well integrated here, but does flirt with crossing the line into too sweet. Luckily, it never quite crosses it - but it comes uncomfortably close. I'd certainly call this one spicy. Orange rind. Light white pepper. A hint of vanilla. Green apple skin. I'm liking it more and more as it warms. Maybe a bit of honey? Brown sugar. Light biscuity yeast. Light fig.

Perfectly carbonated. Lightly dry and coarse on the climax and into the third act; that's incredibly well done. Thickness is perfect; it's never overbearing. Light on the palate and refreshing, enabling a lot of flavour to come through without ever overwhelming. The mouthfeel comes off custom-tailored to the flavour profile. This is a surprisingly well done beer. Delightful stuff.

Some fizzy crystal malt. Light yeasty dough-like character; I don't usually find that in beer. In this sense, it's one of the most bready beers I've ever tried - and I'm sure bread made with it would be great. Lightly cidery. This would pair marvelously with damn near any food out there. Would be a great table beer.

Very complex and very subtlety, yet still approachable. I tip my hat to the brewer.

Dr: I have to admit, this one really took me by surprise. I expected a pretty good beer, but this blindsided me with its quality and execution. This is probably my new benchmark for the biere de garde style. Bravo, Ommegang. Obscenely drinkable and very enjoyable. I'll definitely be picking up this one again, and I'd recommend it to friends. Great stuff, if a bit pricey. Hides its ABV well.

B+

Serve slightly chilled and allow to come to room temperature.

Would pair well with any moderate food. Strong stuff like chocolate is out of the question.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2013 04:56:36 | More by kojevergas
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

750ml bottle - $12.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, coppery body with a medium-tall, but brief, off-white head.

Smell: Sweetish, moderately toasty nose teamed but not teeming with fruity esters, thin sprinkling of dried herb, a pinch of spice, maybe some dried orange peel, and a touch of wood.

Taste: Gently toasted bread and biscuits dosed with, well, a flavor akin to candy corn. Maintains a fair sweetness throughout. Then, some competing tastes of coriander, green banana, cherry, apple, and two drops of Cointreau. A light spiciness, slight oakiness. Not much bitterness. Semi-dry, malty, fruity finish with a lingering yeastiness and warmth.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: Fairly decent, if a bit over-priced.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2013 00:41:06 | More by ChainGangGuy
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gopens44

Virginia

4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Calling the appearance "run of the mill" may sound more harsh than intended, but ehen I say hazy, caramel colored with a thin cream colored head, you likely conjure an image you've witnessed hundreds of times before. If there is an exception to this, it may ne in the pearls of air gracefully heading topside. The nose is mostly sweet and caramell laden with a small hint of the same aroma as a Baltic Porter, of all things. Tasty thing, with a wine like tartness riding the wood essence before fading away with a little more sweetness. Overly thin, this body is - maybe attributes to the fact that anything acting like an aftertaste scurries away quite quickly. Overall I enjoy this, and even though it is far more complex than a biere de' garde, it still carries a decent amount of it's character.

Serving type: on-tap

03-14-2013 21:47:09 | More by gopens44
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gr0g

New Jersey

4.11/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is revealed as an orange-amber after a pour into an Ommegang tulip. Moderate cloudiness. A 2+ finger head shows good retention, but only some sparse lacing is left behind. The usual farmhouse ale aromas are present along with some oak character picked up from the aging on oak staves. Though this beer was also aged on maple staves, I'm not able to pick up any maple. Some chalky yeast and plenty of toffee malt. The oak adds a very nice complexity to the aroma.

The flavor profile features a very nice interplay between malty sweetness, tartness, bitterness, and oak. While generally dry, the underlying malt body is allowed to showcase a slightly sweet butterscotch note. A slight tartness throughout leads to a bitter finish. A slight vanilla note is lent by the oak aging. Carbonation is lively but still somewhat soft.

Ommegang impresses me more often than not, so I'm not surprised at how good this is. The wood aging imparts a very nice complexity. Despite the price premium, this is very much worth picking up. I'd definitely like to see this brewed again.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 20:04:05 | More by gr0g
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Biere D'Hougoumont from Brewery Ommegang
86 out of 100 based on 303 ratings.