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Biere D'Hougoumont - Brewery Ommegang

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Biere D'HougoumontBiere D'Hougoumont

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BA SCORE
86
very good

328 Ratings
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Ratings: 328
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 13
Gots: 30 | 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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CWhite

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

09-10-2012 19:55:01 | More by CWhite
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Brewsed

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

09-10-2012 15:11:01 | More by Brewsed
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

09-10-2012 01:05:42 | More by Reagan1984
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yeti123

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

09-09-2012 16:13:00 | More by yeti123
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Danobold

Texas

4/5  rDev +4.2%

09-09-2012 13:08:14 | More by Danobold
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JRed

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thick murky reddish copper in body with dissipating white head. Aroma is sweet, apple skins, apple spice. Flavors of apple skins, malt sweetness, alcohol prominent, some horse blanket. Medium bodied with light carbonation. Beautifully sweet, refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2012 05:02:40 | More by JRed
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pjs234

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

09-09-2012 02:55:04 | More by pjs234
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rab53

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

09-08-2012 02:45:48 | More by rab53
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champ103

Texas

4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Flying Saucer in Houston, TX

A: Pours a brilliant and vibrant burnt orange/red color. A one finger white head forms with good retention. There is a small cap that sticks throughout and light lace. I love the color here.
S: Up front is some stone fruits. Fleshy cherries, plums, and peaches. Next comes some Earthy, slightly musky yeast. Slightly sweet vanilla and wood aromas. Excellent.
T: Follows the nose with stone fruits and musky and Earthy yeast. Caramel and vanilla sweetness, maybe just a bit to much sweetness. Though still very enjoyable.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Very crisp and smooth at the same time. Though I would have liked this to be a bit dryer. So easy to drink. All day with this one.

A very small quibble of mine is that this finishes just a bit to sweet. I wish there was a bit more dry bite here, but otherwise a great example of the style. I hope I can find a few bottles of this soon.

Serving type: on-tap

09-07-2012 01:39:31 | More by champ103
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pkalix

California

4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Burnt orange, as someone else described it, seems fitting. I was really looking for nice way of describing it. It really is a beautiful color. I didn’t get the head everybody else is describing (well, maybe a little on the 2nd pour), and no lacing whatsoever. nothing really discernible on the smell but there is certainly some taste in it. A tiny bit tart with some malted fruity flavors and a little bit of alcohol taste. The alcohol wasn’t tasted so much in the first pour of this 750ml, but it is definitely more pronounced in the 2nd pour. I really like this taste although I will admit it could (possibly) use a tiny bit more of the hops.
This brew feels ‘creamy’ and has medium body. It lacks some carbonation but doesn’t suffer from it. Overall, I really enjoyed this and very much like the malt-to-hop ratio of taste in this. It’s labeled as a 7.3% (my butt), or maybe I’ve just not got anything in my stomach because I’m feeling this brew very nicely already…… I could easily do a couple (or more) of these brews before calling it a night.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2012 00:20:51 | More by pkalix
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yamar68

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Terrible lighting in here so I can't comment on the color of the beer but it does have a healthy head that seems to lace quite well.

On the nose - toasted grains, maple wood, juicy cherry, wheat and yeast, touch of red grape, nice smelling stuff I think.

Some smooth slightly sweet caramel comes through on the tongue, mellow wood qualities, bright fruit, a bit muddled though. What is there is tasty, but it struggles to maintain a sense of balance.

I'd certainly recommend this to anyone. Another delicious beer from Ommegang.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2012 02:28:47 | More by yamar68
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Stinger80OH

Ohio

4/5  rDev +4.2%

09-05-2012 21:24:38 | More by Stinger80OH
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WDJersey

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

09-05-2012 06:35:48 | More by WDJersey
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axeman9182

New Jersey

3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle, received in Amanti Vino's Beer of the Month program for August. It was poured into my Duvel tulip.

Biere D'Hougoumont pours a burnt orange, with a few lighter orange highlights and a little bit of clarity through the glass. Four fingers or so of bone colored foam rise up and crown the beer. Head retention is decent, but there's not much lacing left behind at all. The nose has some maple and straight oak notes, as well as the aroma of toasted bread. There's also a very subtle background peppery phenol character. It's all a bit muted though. The flavor has most of those same elements, but it's all somewhat muddled. The toasted, almost biscuity maltiness leads things off nicely and it's followed by a little bit of oak. The finish though suggests at spiciness and maple, but neither end up standing out at all or making an impression in any way. The body has a nice subtle sturdiness to it, while still being on the lighter side. I find the carbonation to be just slightly wanting though, wishing it was a little more lively. Biere D'Hougoumont is an alright Biere de Garde, but "alright" seems to be how I'd some up most of the more recent releases from Brewery Ommegang, and I know they're capable of so much more.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2012 03:26:48 | More by axeman9182
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polishkaz

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

09-04-2012 01:59:51 | More by polishkaz
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impending

California

3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

B+

750ml into a tulip. Pours a slightly hazed deep amber, white head retains nicely, ok lacing.

Aroma is yeasty honey apple pear, mild solvent. Twigs

Taste starts a slick diluted caramel. Little bitter nor dry of any measure. Stops just shy of tart, you feel it wants to. Wood requires deep inspection, not particularly obvious but nice once in perspective. Tiny herbal note in the finish. Thin to medium bodied mouthfeel. Warms well. Pairs well with delicate food.
cheers
jd

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2012 23:13:53 | More by impending
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

2.83/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Dark orange. Not a glower. Head is a solid finger of tan creamy fluff. Leaves lacing and looks good napping atop the body.

S-Plenty going on. Yeasty but very sweet. Oaky, but not aggressive. Smells like they lubed the beer in honey before they oaked it. Very malty. Maple syrup.

T-The nose was a cool lithe artsy collage, but the flavor is far too sweet. The aging on the wooden staves is this beers only high-point. Aside from that its a cloying mixture of maple syrup, yeast and honey. Just too sweet. The flavor does morph on the palate, but I don't like the flavors.

M-Syrupy. Not enough bubbles. Sticky. Makes you chew the air to relieve the stickiness.

O/D-Not my thang. Sorry Ommegang. Sounded pretty cool, but when I am paying $11 for a 12 oz. glass (admittedly not Ommegang's fault for the tap pricing) the beer better be a banger. Shoulda known, shoulda known.

Serving type: on-tap

09-02-2012 03:13:16 | More by VelvetExtract
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JayQue

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a wine glass from a corked and caged 750 ml bottle. Medium sized delicately bubbly white head that fades quickly, nice hazy dull gold/orangy color. Minimal lacing.

Smell is mild bready malts. Pleasant but nothing spectacular. Taste is mild as well, bready malts, some slight sweetness (the maple?) and, as the beer warms, the oak barrel flavor kicks in.

Mouthfeel is crisp and light. No hint of the alcohol, goes down smoothe,

THis beer is ok, hardly worth the price thought. I guss this style is a bit subtle for my tastes. I like more robust flavor.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2012 13:24:05 | More by JayQue
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CommonRider

Texas

4/5  rDev +4.2%

08-30-2012 12:23:36 | More by CommonRider
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RichH55

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

08-29-2012 23:41:31 | More by RichH55
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

08-29-2012 19:17:19 | More by JAHMUR
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2012 01:27:30 | More by StonedTrippin
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sailorastro

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +4.2%

08-27-2012 20:58:22 | More by sailorastro
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Pdrufo

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

08-27-2012 01:13:04 | More by Pdrufo
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JohneHoodlum

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.2%

08-26-2012 03:27:01 | More by JohneHoodlum
Biere D'Hougoumont from Brewery Ommegang
86 out of 100 based on 328 ratings.