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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

329 Ratings
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Ratings: 329
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 14
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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11-23-2013 00:43:47 | More by Keith_R
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

11-18-2013 20:52:54 | More by pourmeadrink
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

11-17-2013 19:40:00 | More by CB_Crowe
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braedon_peluso

New York

4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

11-17-2013 15:57:15 | More by braedon_peluso
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balinor

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

11-13-2013 14:58:36 | More by balinor
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OB1

Ohio

4/5  rDev +4.2%

11-06-2013 00:38:41 | More by OB1
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vonnegut21

New York

3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

10-31-2013 18:42:53 | More by vonnegut21
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Ian_Hammons

New York

4/5  rDev +4.2%

10-25-2013 05:52:40 | More by Ian_Hammons
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riktronics

Virginia

4/5  rDev +4.2%

10-25-2013 05:10:02 | More by riktronics
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.96/5  rDev +3.1%

Warm red-orange color with some haziness. Head looks short, but well-comstructed.

Slight oakiness in the nose, but lots of fruity esters apparent. Nectarine, blood orange, caramel malts, and butterscotch. A little honeyed, too. No hops detectable. Malty and yeasty with some noticeable strength.

Implied taste of corn whiskey with the combination of buttery fusels, fruity yeast byproducts, and sweet oakiness. Mostly attributed to flairful Belgian malts. More blood orange and caramel with some stone fruit essences. Semi-sweet, smooth, and a potently bright. Very round body offers a mellow evening, but not late-evening drinking, kind of feel. Hops are available now to split the extremity of the malts a bit. Works to improve drinkability and balance.

Most Ommegang beers fall into this overall rating or higher. This beer further proves we're dealing with a creatively fantastic brewery here.

10-19-2013 03:57:19 | More by thecheapies
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drperm

Virginia

4.8/5  rDev +25%

Cellared for one year. Opened on 18 October 2013. Life officially changed.
Why are the limited-release brews the best ones?

The wood-aging on oak and maple makes for an incredibly subtle but complex layer of nuanced flavour. This would be a clear winner with seasonal autumn food -- pumpkin soup, pumpkin risotto, venison stew, Thanksgiving dinner. I can only hope that I can still go out and find some bottles of this in 2013.

10-18-2013 01:13:57 | More by drperm
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New York

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

10-08-2013 22:37:20 | More by vfgccp
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Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.2%

10-08-2013 21:19:55 | More by scottwurst
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Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

10-04-2013 01:35:05 | More by KJ2013
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Zach122

Washington

4/5  rDev +4.2%

10-03-2013 04:42:40 | More by Zach122
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Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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kwjd

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

09-30-2013 23:58:44 | More by kwjd
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dheacck11

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +4.2%

Pour from the botle leaves a lovely translucent copper amber color, with a nice haziness. Bit of head, fading quickly.

Nose is really dank and peaty. Some sweetness like corn, cherries, and maple. Enticing.

Taste is biting. Lots of acid on the front, with ripe cherry flavors, cranberry, and again that sort of wet, mossy flavor. Get a little bit of the yeast too. Maybe a little maple too.

Feel is medium full. Crisp and biting.

Fascinating beer. Really neat and balance flavors. Quite unique, but definitely worth a trial.

09-28-2013 23:11:01 | More by dheacck11
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Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

09-27-2013 04:29:51 | More by stephensinner
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Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

09-21-2013 19:42:01 | More by burnstar
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New York

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

09-21-2013 03:25:33 | More by campfirebrew
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New York

3/5  rDev -21.9%

09-15-2013 19:14:09 | More by JoeMans
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.2%

09-06-2013 22:55:21 | More by Soto
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otterbearfla

Florida

3.59/5  rDev -6.5%

From a larger bottle with a corked, wired stopper

4 fingers head

appearance - opaque sienna orange

Aroma - homey, and bread yeast

taste - warm honey, caramel, maple, oak, orange

mouthful - full but not creamy

This would be my middle Belgium ale with the core aspects of the type.

09-04-2013 02:25:19 | More by otterbearfla
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New York

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

09-02-2013 13:46:41 | More by jborg
Biere D'Hougoumont from Brewery Ommegang
86 out of 100 based on 329 ratings.