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Biere D'Hougoumont - Brewery Ommegang

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BA SCORE
86
very good

331 Ratings
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Ratings: 331
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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Photo of thagr81us
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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.

thagr81us, Jul 10, 2012
Photo of Greywulfken
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%

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.

Greywulfken, Jul 07, 2012
Photo of Ralphs66
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Ralphs66, Jul 07, 2012
Photo of John_M
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%

On tap at Max's yesterday.

The beer pours a golden amber color with good head retention and lacing. Don't get a whole lot on the nose... just some light honey and sweet fruit (grape? Cherry?). The flavor profile replicates the nose, though there's a bit more going on. I also pick up some light clove and underlying spice, which was enjoyable. Mouthfeel was light to medium, and the alcohol is certainly well disguised in this nicely crafted beer.

Another solid beer from Ommegang, but not really anything to get all that excited about either. Probably would not order this one again.

John_M, Jul 06, 2012
Photo of Gmann
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%

Pours a slightly haze golden amber color. The head was fluffy and fizzy but short, settled into a solid ring.

The aroma is bready but mild. Some caramel sweetness and metallic notes. Disappointing for a biere de garde. No spice, pepper, or hops; nada.

The taste is malty and sweet. Nice bready caramel base mixes with a subtle clove and pepper spice. Hmmm, I get the flavors a biere de garde should have but this beer is quite raw. Not really picking up the maple and oak. The malt and yeast flavors still carry the beer though.

The feel is moderate and fizzy. Overall sweet on the palate with some spicy notes and some grassy hops. Well balanced and quite burpy.

I want to like this more but there is not much depth. Perhaps pick up a bottle to age.

Gmann, Jul 05, 2012
Photo of billab914
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Allagash glass. The color was bright amber orange and it had a full, fluffy white head filling the top inch of the glass. The color looked great and it had some nice head retention as well.

The aroma shows a lot of toasted malts and woody oak to it. I get some modest, herbal hop notes along with a little orange rind. The wood aged flavors were very flavorful and well integrated, but also felt very smooth compared to most wood aged beers.

The taste balances the wood, malts and hops all very well. The woody oak flavors are again very good, but yet also pretty smooth. The hops give it a little herbal bitterness, balancing it out in the finish. The malts give it a slightly sweet but more toasty flavor overall. Everything comes together pretty well.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with slightly above average carbonation. Overall I thought it was a pretty solid beer. It was well balanced, pretty flavorful and the everything came together nicely. I really liked the woody component to it.

billab914, Jul 03, 2012
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Biere D'Hougoumont from Brewery Ommegang
86 out of 100 based on 331 ratings.