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Biere D'Hougoumont - Brewery Ommegang

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BA SCORE
87
very good

338 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 338
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 15
Gots: 31 | 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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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
Photo of dgeebs07
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

dgeebs07, Aug 05, 2012
Photo of ThePorterSorter
4/5  rDev +4.2%

ThePorterSorter, Aug 05, 2012
Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

djrn2, Aug 04, 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
Photo of oxfordmini
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

oxfordmini, Aug 03, 2012
Photo of abcramer
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

abcramer, Aug 03, 2012
Photo of CaptDavyJones
4/5  rDev +4.2%

CaptDavyJones, Aug 03, 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 Halcyondays
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Halcyondays, Jul 31, 2012
Photo of Gww1864
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Gww1864, Jul 29, 2012
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 mdillon86
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

mdillon86, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of Kromes
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: A slightly hazy amber gold color with a finger's width off-white head.

S: An earthy peat, cherry and wet stone aroma with a bit of caramel malt in the background.

T: The buttery oak is apparent right away with a touch of sweet toasted grain and tart cherry flavor. In the finish is a lingering, dry tartness and a bit of oak.

M: Medium-heavy body with appropriate carbonation. Dry and tart. Very nice feel to it.

O: An interesting beer...I'm a big fan of tart and white oak, similar to the flanders style beers. This is not as sour or tart, but rather you get more of the buttery oak flavor.

Kromes, Jul 27, 2012
Photo of Kendo
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the 750 ml (caged & corked) into a Stone Old Guardian glass. Body is glowing orangey-amber with a 1-finger bubbly white head.

S: Citrusy fruit over sweet malt and a touch of spice. Pleasant. Slight yeasty funkiness too.

T: Kind of follows the nose: sweet malt (brown sugar) and yeasty sweetness is followed by a touch of lemony bitterness. Lingering touch of tannins at the finish. Good balance. Touch of heat down the gulley.

M: Good fizziness, but with modest creaminess too. Call it medium in heft.

O: Good stuff.

Kendo, Jul 27, 2012
Photo of PEIhop
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

PEIhop, Jul 27, 2012
Photo of rolltide8425
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

rolltide8425, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of JRod1969
4/5  rDev +4.2%

JRod1969, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of Chugs13
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Chugs13, Jul 24, 2012
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 THEOPTIMATOR88
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

THEOPTIMATOR88, Jul 23, 2012
Photo of deapokid
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

deapokid, Jul 21, 2012
Biere D'Hougoumont from Brewery Ommegang
87 out of 100 based on 338 ratings.