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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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CaptDavyJones

New York

4/5  rDev +4.2%

08-03-2012 19:52:24 | More by CaptDavyJones
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oline73

Maryland

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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-02-2012 21:39:39 | More by oline73
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Halcyondays

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

07-31-2012 03:36:21 | More by Halcyondays
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Gww1864

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +4.2%

07-29-2012 15:00:46 | More by Gww1864
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UCLABrewN84

California

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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-29-2012 05:12:48 | More by UCLABrewN84
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mdillon86

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

07-28-2012 19:41:22 | More by mdillon86
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Kromes

Georgia

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2012 22:35:07 | More by Kromes
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Kendo

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2012 22:23:25 | More by Kendo
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PEIhop

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

07-27-2012 01:30:01 | More by PEIhop
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rolltide8425

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

07-26-2012 01:02:39 | More by rolltide8425
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JRod1969

New York

4/5  rDev +4.2%

07-24-2012 21:01:37 | More by JRod1969
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Chugs13

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +4.2%

07-23-2012 23:40:24 | More by Chugs13
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2012 03:11:22 | More by Knapp85
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THEOPTIMATOR88

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

07-23-2012 01:32:31 | More by THEOPTIMATOR88
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deapokid

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

07-21-2012 18:20:39 | More by deapokid
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brbrocc

New York

3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

07-21-2012 03:16:35 | More by brbrocc
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jlindros

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-19-2012 12:41:56 | More by jlindros
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On Tap at Monk's Cafe, celebrating Belgian Independence Day 2012.

Served in a Belgian Independence Day 2012 tulip by the lovely Jodi, Biere D'Hougoumont has a dark amber shade with some brown woven in the mix, maybe some red up to the light. The cap was a light tan color with some retention and stick. Smell is pretty one sided leaning towards the malt. Let's face it, Ommegang never brings the hops to the present as I think their only hoppy sided beer is the belgian pale ale. Either way, the malt brings slight roast, light dark fruit and some caramel. Maple staves, im not so sure of that. The taste is pretty one sided as well. Your going to get malt with light sweet maple backed with some plum. Slight roast. The thing is, while lopsided, the sweetness is not cloying or "southern tier(ed)" making for an easy ride. The body is a step above medium with light carb. While I will not go for this again or even think of attempting a bomber by myself, I could see this going well with some cooked meat and hearty food shared with friends.

Serving type: on-tap

07-19-2012 01:11:38 | More by BARFLYB
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prisdefer

New York

5/5  rDev +30.2%

07-13-2012 22:30:45 | More by prisdefer
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Rickythejeweler

Maryland

4/5  rDev +4.2%

07-12-2012 16:52:58 | More by Rickythejeweler
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avalon07

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a copper color and a clear consistency. There was an absolutely massive, foamy, long-lasting head. Fair lacing.

S: An interesting aroma of fruit, yeast, and a hint of malt.

T: Tasted of Belgian yeast (a decent amount), fruit (apples, pears), light hops, and malt as well. A little on the acidic side, but in general a good flavor.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a sharp finish. Surprisingly light and thin body.

O: Not exactly my favorite Ommegang beer, but still a solid brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2012 13:18:49 | More by avalon07
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slvrmon82

Delaware

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

07-10-2012 22:18:00 | More by slvrmon82
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thagr81us

South Carolina

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

Big thanks goes out to Julie from Trappe Door for sharing this one at the celebration of her last night there! Served from bottle into a Trappe Door tulip. Poured a ruby red-orange with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet mat, wheat, banana, earth, and spice. The flavor was of sweet malt, earth, wheat, fruit, and spice. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. I had just seen this brew on the shelf at GBX about an hour or so before and mentioned that I needed to tick it, but it found its own way to me. Not really much to report here as far as complexity or intensity. It was a decent brew for the style, but definitely didn’t stand out from the rest like I would have hoped. That being said, it is definitely worth trying at least once if you see it on the shelf. But I doubt I would buy a bottle to try myself again.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2012 11:01:12 | More by thagr81us
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Greywulfken

New York

3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: deep amber with tan head that explodes and then slowly retreats into a thin layer with laces along the sides

S: light on the nose - some toasted wheat, hop and yeast aromas; floral and herbal, woody oak

T: lots of dry, farmhouse ale flavors here: tart yeasts, mild sweet malts in the background, bits of oak and wood, vague citrus qualities; floral and grassy with some hints of sharper spices

M: thin-bodied, well-carbonated, clean, crisp, slightly tart, slightly bitter, but with a sweeter malty finish that rounds off the drink

O: I've had a few farmhouse ales, and this is the French version of the style - distinct yeast and hop tastes set it apart from (non-French) saisons. A very refreshing and pleasing brew, but I didn't really pick up any of the maple sweetness that I was hoping would set it apart - perhaps since it is meant to age, it will become sweeter and mellower with time.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2012 17:27:27 | More by Greywulfken
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Ralphs66

New York

4/5  rDev +4.2%

07-07-2012 02:56:49 | More by Ralphs66
Biere D'Hougoumont from Brewery Ommegang
86 out of 100 based on 328 ratings.