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Biere D'Hougoumont - Brewery Ommegang

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334 Ratings
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Ratings: 334
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 14
Gots: 30 | FT: 0
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

RichH55, Aug 30, 2012
Photo of JAHMUR
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

JAHMUR, Aug 29, 2012
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
Photo of sailorastro
4/5  rDev +4.2%

sailorastro, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of Pdrufo
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Pdrufo, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of JohneHoodlum
4/5  rDev +4.2%

JohneHoodlum, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of elec
4/5  rDev +4.2%

elec, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of DarthTremens
4/5  rDev +4.2%

DarthTremens, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of OWSLEY069
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange-ish to yellow color with a light tan head. In the aroma, a biscuit like maltiness. In the taste, sweet biscuit like malt, with notes of fruit, kind of like oaky strawberries. A small bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, and a dry biscuity malt in the aftertaste. Nice malt, and nice tastes of fruit are pleasant.

OWSLEY069, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of mactrail
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 rhoadsrage
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served in a tulip glass

A- This beer pours a slightly hazy caramel colored body with a thick beige sticky head and some strands of microbubbles gliding to the surface.

S- The fresh rain and yeasty aroma blend with a slightly nutty plastic note that is not offensive. There is a wet wood and nougat note that comes through in the finish. As it opens there is a maple and fusel hint in the finish.

T- The dry malt and fresh grain flavor has a slight pungent papery hop note in the finish. There is a soft maple wood hint that seems a bit odd but remains soft.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a creamy fizz and no alcohol heat

O- This beer is underwhelming and a bit bland. The soft hints of wood character are a bit odd and I don't taste any of the classic Biere de gaurde flavors. Maybe age will help a bit.

rhoadsrage, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of 6demonbag
4/5  rDev +4.2%

6demonbag, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of PaBeerLover
4/5  rDev +4.2%

PaBeerLover, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in an over-sized tulip glass.

Appearance: Amber with slight haze all over the body. Bubbles are light with an off-white head that rose to maybe a finger's length.

Smell: Yeast meets hops, appetizing .

Taste This beer with out a doubt malty, good but not outstanding.

Mouth: Medium to heavy, easily one of the smoothest. Texture isn't so bubbly and the after tastes does dissipate a little.

Overall: Ommegang makes incredible beers and this will not disappoint, I really liked it a lot but there is better out there especially when you factor how much your spending a bottle. Salud!

BlurryVisi0n, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of tfidler
3/5  rDev -21.9%

tfidler, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of sbanacho
3/5  rDev -21.9%

sbanacho, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of DrunkinYogi
4/5  rDev +4.2%

DrunkinYogi, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of Darkmagus82
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – Served a hazy golden orange color with a one finger white head. The head faded slowly over time to give a spotty lacing.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest citrus and a sweeter malt smell. Mixed with these are aromas of a more woody and peaty nature as well as some lighter notes of yeast and spice.

Taste – The taste begins with a nice caramel flavor with some hints of a citrus sweetness mixed within. As the flavor moves forward some buttery flavors comes to the tongue, with the caramel taste that was present in the beginning taking a more toffee like nature. This buttery flavor is also accompanied by some yeast as well as a nice oak like taste. These flavor blend well with the sweet and savory flavors the preceded their arrival and create a nice smooth taste. Toward the end, a light herbal flavor mixes with the rest to leave a nice lingering aftertaste on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer was on the average side with the carbonation level being slightly on the higher side. While a slightly thicker body may have been better for the toffee and buttery flavors, the carbonation did do a nice job with in making it a rather refreshing tasting brew. Overall a pretty good balance.

Overall – A pretty easy drinking brew with some nice oak and yeasty flavors. Quite enjoyable.

Darkmagus82, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of Daniellobo
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Daniellobo, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of joshtrich
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

joshtrich, Aug 14, 2012
Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
4/5  rDev +4.2%

CheapBeerBuzz, Aug 14, 2012
Photo of Sharkophile
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a goblet. Appears a hazy brilliant orange with a healthy off white head that recedes and leaves a ring of foam around the glass.

S: Smells fruity, with some spice (almost floral), booze and a bit of oak.

T: Starts with toffee like toasted malt with some date-like fruitiness. In the middle the spiciness comes in with some floral, peppery and coriander notes and some subtle oak. The oak peaks towards the end, as does the alcohol and produces a dry, spicy, almost whiskey-like finish.

M: Medium body and decently carbonated. Smooth and creamy.

O: An oak aged Biere de Garde? Mmmm. Some excellent stuff from Ommegang.

Sharkophile, Aug 09, 2012
Photo of mjaggers
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

mjaggers, Aug 08, 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 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
Biere D'Hougoumont from Brewery Ommegang
86 out of 100 based on 334 ratings.