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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

330 Ratings
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Ratings: 330
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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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
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elec

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +4.2%

08-25-2012 21:35:56 | More by elec
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DarthTremens

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.2%

08-25-2012 15:21:54 | More by DarthTremens
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -5.5%

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.

08-23-2012 16:30:58 | More by OWSLEY069
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mactrail

Washington

3.68/5  rDev -4.2%

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.

08-21-2012 05:58:50 | More by mactrail
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev -9.4%

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.

08-20-2012 14:04:06 | More by rhoadsrage
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6demonbag

Missouri

4/5  rDev +4.2%

08-20-2012 07:31:10 | More by 6demonbag
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PaBeerLover

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.2%

08-19-2012 17:36:54 | More by PaBeerLover
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BlurryVisi0n

New York

3.68/5  rDev -4.2%

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!

08-19-2012 05:37:04 | More by BlurryVisi0n
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tfidler

Illinois

3/5  rDev -21.9%

08-17-2012 23:59:31 | More by tfidler
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sbanacho

California

3/5  rDev -21.9%

08-17-2012 20:06:06 | More by sbanacho
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +4.2%

08-17-2012 02:13:18 | More by DrunkinYogi
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.73/5  rDev -2.9%

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.

08-17-2012 00:24:14 | More by Darkmagus82
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Daniellobo

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +4.2%

08-15-2012 01:40:08 | More by Daniellobo
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joshtrich

New York

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

08-14-2012 01:11:34 | More by joshtrich
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CheapBeerBuzz

California

4/5  rDev +4.2%

08-13-2012 23:37:15 | More by CheapBeerBuzz
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Sharkophile

New York

4/5  rDev +4.2%

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.

08-09-2012 02:27:15 | More by Sharkophile
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mjaggers

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

08-07-2012 23:23:02 | More by mjaggers
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womencantsail

California

3.58/5  rDev -6.8%

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.

08-07-2012 18:47:47 | More by womencantsail
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brentk56

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.2%

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

08-06-2012 00:52:59 | More by brentk56
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dgeebs07

New York

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

08-05-2012 21:39:50 | More by dgeebs07
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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

4/5  rDev +4.2%

08-05-2012 20:28:27 | More by ThePorterSorter
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

08-04-2012 13:48:35 | More by djrn2
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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.

08-03-2012 23:29:01 | More by Rifugium
Biere D'Hougoumont from Brewery Ommegang
86 out of 100 based on 330 ratings.