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Biere D'Hougoumont - Brewery Ommegang

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86
very good

333 Ratings
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Ratings: 333
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 14
Gots: 31 | FT: 1
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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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Sammy, Dec 01, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Surly Goat in West Hollywood, CA.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy beige head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, caramel, and wood aromas. Taste is of malt, caramel, wood, and some slight spice flavors. There is an alcohol kick with each sip as well. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some nice aromas and flavors that make it easy to drink.

UCLABrewN84, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

djrn2, Aug 04, 2012
Photo of metter98
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

metter98, Jul 27, 2013
Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a burnt orange color with a modest cap that leaves splotches of splashy lace

Smell: Malt forward, with caramel, toast, wood (both buttery oak and sweet maple) and faint dried orange peel elements

Taste: Caramel in the front, with developing toast and wood flavors that complement and contrast - buttery oak and sweet maple; dried spiced orange peel elements arrive in the middle, bringing a medicinal character that is quite pronounced in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I like the malty complexity and the orange peel edge; the wood really adds a nice aspect, as well

brentk56, Aug 06, 2012
Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Texasfan549, Oct 02, 2012
Photo of BEERchitect
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The biere de garde style seems to be a "sweetheart" style of beer right now, as many brewers have to give their own recipe a shake. However, many shortcuts leave the beer's tasting highly insufficient. But not such ill effects are found with this Ommegang version- it takes the charm of authentic Belgian brewing technique and ingredient choices to pull this off the right way.

D'Hougoumont pours with a hazy peach-copper combination in color. Still, the beer allows soft light to brighten the beer just a touch. Its firm ivory head provides a cottony structure that retains and laces beautifully. The beer simply promotes notions of yeast and fruit, even to the eye.

A whiff of fresh baking bread, bread dough, and yeast form the malty underpinnings are are highly evident to the nose. Backed with fruit esters of peach, oranges, and sulfury apples- the beer starts to show its Belgo-French influences. Light cork-like must offers a slight cellared aroma that adds to the beer's complexity.

Soft and bready, the beer starts off with light kettle caramelization that provides a semi-sweet taste to start to accompany the malty taste of bread dough and sugar cookies. Weave in a zesty taste of freshly zested oranges, peach, and green apple and we have a balanced taste that carries the farmhouse ale into finish. Generous hopping rates contribute herbal flavors of lemongrass before churning to an earthen bitter flavor to close. Light flavors of weathered woods and cork rise late and swirl about the aftertaste and invite the next sip.

The beer's dense texture also seems of bread to its mouthfeel as well. The middle palate waivers slightly to shed the ample creamy carbonation and pushes the textures toward a semi-dry finish with light minty alcohol, and grassy hop dryness.

D'Hougoumont is a fresh "celler" beer that hasn't yet earned its maturity. Its that age that would traditionally dry the beer and develop greater depth of earth flavor and texture. I'm not sure if Ommegang's version can achieve this, but its rush to market leaves it slightly simplified. Still, it's head's and shoulders better than many American attempts at the style.

BEERchitect, Jan 30, 2013
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

Phyl21ca, Mar 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

kjkinsey, Oct 10, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

GRG1313, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The pour is amber in color with a soapy white head. Sweet malt, bread, toffee, light oak and vanilla. Maybe some yeast and banana. The flavor has a nice banana and oak note, plenty of sweet malt and toffee. Mild yeast and oak flavors as well. Light citrus peel, too.

womencantsail, Aug 07, 2012
Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

jaydoc, Dec 23, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

ChainGangGuy, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of Knapp85
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a nice looking red color, there was a decent off white head on top of the beer for quite a while. The smell of the beer has some Belgian yeast aromas as well as plenty of fresh wood on the nose. The taste of the beer is on the malty side with a slight hint of spice in the finish. The mouthfeel was nicely carbonated with a drinkable body to it. Overall this beer was pretty good, I read that it gets better with age and I would be fun to see how it alters over time. However, the price tags hinders me from getting another bottle.

Knapp85, Jul 23, 2012
Photo of oberon
4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

oberon, Jul 19, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass at SmallBar - Division.

Not every day you come across a beer named in honor of a farmstead near Waterloo that happened to have a potentially overly-decisive effect on the battle itself. This stuff pours a clear tawny-auburn topped by a finger of light khaki foam. The nose comprises stark barley, very mild rum, light maple syrup, very light earthy greens, and biscuit. A vague sense of spice hangs in there, but meekly compared to everything surrounding it. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a soft touch of oak and a slightly heightened sense of spiciness (though this is still far from pronounced). The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly smooth feel. Overall, a very nice BdG, actually kind of surprisingly easy to drink and enjoy. Despite the usually hefty price tag, get some!

TMoney2591, Oct 24, 2012
Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev +4.2%

zeff80, Jul 25, 2013
Photo of JAHMUR
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

JAHMUR, Aug 29, 2012
Photo of russpowell
3.03/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Opens with a resounding Pop!

Pours amber/honey colored with a thin cream colored head. Sme floaties early on, no head retention or lacing

S: Pears, peaches & sourmash; appleskins (green) as this warms

T: Folllows the nose, a touch of honey & dryness up front. Pears & appleskins as this warms, slight boozey honey flavors, some brown sugar & passion fruit notes & some floral notes . Finishes with Golden Delicious apple sweetness, & dryness

MF: Light/medium bodied with near zero carbonation, become even thinner as this warms

I usually like ommegang, but this one is meh at best

russpowell, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

it pours a radiant brassy golden color with an excited but rapidly fading white lace head. smells intoxicatingly of fresh maple and an unfamiliar but intriguing yeast. definitely smells sweeter on the malts, and woody. flavor is more mellow than the nose, with an intersting maple flavor coming through first. thats a nice touch i think, and its followed by a sweet breakfast bun malt profile and a bourbon finish, including the booze burn. it opens a little more as it warms, but these are the flavors. mouthfeel is nice, very bubbly at first but that settles a lot in a few minutes. its medium bodied and a little sugary on the teeth. i found this to be a most unique brew, very enjoyable with a firm goats cheese before dinner.

StonedTrippin, Aug 28, 2012
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3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tap at Armsby Abbey

Big creamy fluffy slight rosy head fades semi slowly with sticky soapy lacing, super murky peach rosy color.

Nose hint of rosy berry raspberry like fruits and a bit of light French farmhouse saison like malts and hint of spices with no real funk.

Taste starts with light booze and sweet malts, hints of oak and vanilla as well as light maple like or candi syrup. Just a touch of esters and spices as well as berry like fruit. Oak brings light estery sawdust like wood. Light wheat like malt. Finish is light syrupy but mostly dry, light lingering bitterness and hint of saison funk as well as berry and wood.

Mouth is med bodied, decent carb.

Overall not bad, nothing special but not much of the saison flavors, but drinkable. Nice wood additions.

jlindros, Jul 19, 2012
Photo of oline73
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I had this at Max's during the Belgian Independence celebration. Served in a tasting glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a clear amber color with a half finger of creamy off white head that fades to a thick ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Lots of herbal notes with a slight tartness. I'm also getting some honey like sweetness in the background.

Taste: I'm getting a malt sweetness right off the bat with a slightly herbal note from the yeast. I am getting the Belgian spice. Reminds me a bit of Bon Chien.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with fluffy carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I wasn't a huge fan of this beer. I thought the finish was a bit off. I don't think I'd have another, especially given the price of a bottle.

oline73, Aug 02, 2012
Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

Served in a tulip glass, a hazy golden yellow color with decent head retention and lacing. Light and organic nose, grains, yeast, mostly. Taste was pretty light as well, nice, but not quite as flavorful as other beers I've had of the style; toasted grains, light Belgian yeast, touches of fruit and grass, mildly musty, and a bit of spice. Mouthfeel was on the lighter end of medium, quite drinkable overall, if not overly amazing.

Rifugium, Aug 04, 2012
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3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Here it is, my big Ommegang chalice. Pours a lovely rusty amber color with lots of foam. Pleasantly creamy in the mouth. Rich and full bodied.

I keep thinking of peach brandy. It has a distinct fruity, aromatic flavor, like apricots. A little tart and bitter, like the aftertaste of blackberries and chewing on the seeds. Malty with some sweet graininess. There is that distinctive yeasty rasp that seems to permeate every beer they make. Not unpleasant, but it's an eye-opening splash of flavor, and it dominates the aftertaste. I"m wanting a chaser of Aprihop or Ruthless Rye to cut the fruity funk.

From the 750 ml Belgian-style bottle bought at Krisp in San Diego.

mactrail, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours an amber-brown color with a white head. The aroma is full of biscuit and bready malt, with some grapes and yeast notes thrown in. I also get a hint of oak. The flavor is full of caramel and toffee, as well as some grape and light fruit notes. There is a bit of oak but it is fairly subtle. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Sep 16, 2012
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Biere D'Hougoumont from Brewery Ommegang
86 out of 100 based on 333 ratings.