Biere D'Hougoumont - Brewery Ommegang

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Biere D'HougoumontBiere D'Hougoumont

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BA SCORE
86
very good

345 Ratings
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Ratings: 345
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.46%
Wants: 16
Gots: 36 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: billab914 on 07-03-2012

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.”
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Ratings: 345 | Reviews: 79
Photo of pkalix
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Burnt orange, as someone else described it, seems fitting. I was really looking for nice way of describing it. It really is a beautiful color. I didn’t get the head everybody else is describing (well, maybe a little on the 2nd pour), and no lacing whatsoever. nothing really discernible on the smell but there is certainly some taste in it. A tiny bit tart with some malted fruity flavors and a little bit of alcohol taste. The alcohol wasn’t tasted so much in the first pour of this 750ml, but it is definitely more pronounced in the 2nd pour. I really like this taste although I will admit it could (possibly) use a tiny bit more of the hops.
This brew feels ‘creamy’ and has medium body. It lacks some carbonation but doesn’t suffer from it. Overall, I really enjoyed this and very much like the malt-to-hop ratio of taste in this. It’s labeled as a 7.3% (my butt), or maybe I’ve just not got anything in my stomach because I’m feeling this brew very nicely already…… I could easily do a couple (or more) of these brews before calling it a night.

Photo of yamar68
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Terrible lighting in here so I can't comment on the color of the beer but it does have a healthy head that seems to lace quite well.

On the nose - toasted grains, maple wood, juicy cherry, wheat and yeast, touch of red grape, nice smelling stuff I think.

Some smooth slightly sweet caramel comes through on the tongue, mellow wood qualities, bright fruit, a bit muddled though. What is there is tasty, but it struggles to maintain a sense of balance.

I'd certainly recommend this to anyone. Another delicious beer from Ommegang.

Photo of axeman9182
3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle, received in Amanti Vino's Beer of the Month program for August. It was poured into my Duvel tulip.

Biere D'Hougoumont pours a burnt orange, with a few lighter orange highlights and a little bit of clarity through the glass. Four fingers or so of bone colored foam rise up and crown the beer. Head retention is decent, but there's not much lacing left behind at all. The nose has some maple and straight oak notes, as well as the aroma of toasted bread. There's also a very subtle background peppery phenol character. It's all a bit muted though. The flavor has most of those same elements, but it's all somewhat muddled. The toasted, almost biscuity maltiness leads things off nicely and it's followed by a little bit of oak. The finish though suggests at spiciness and maple, but neither end up standing out at all or making an impression in any way. The body has a nice subtle sturdiness to it, while still being on the lighter side. I find the carbonation to be just slightly wanting though, wishing it was a little more lively. Biere D'Hougoumont is an alright Biere de Garde, but "alright" seems to be how I'd some up most of the more recent releases from Brewery Ommegang, and I know they're capable of so much more.

Photo of impending
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

B+

750ml into a tulip. Pours a slightly hazed deep amber, white head retains nicely, ok lacing.

Aroma is yeasty honey apple pear, mild solvent. Twigs

Taste starts a slick diluted caramel. Little bitter nor dry of any measure. Stops just shy of tart, you feel it wants to. Wood requires deep inspection, not particularly obvious but nice once in perspective. Tiny herbal note in the finish. Thin to medium bodied mouthfeel. Warms well. Pairs well with delicate food.
cheers
jd

Photo of VelvetExtract
2.86/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Dark orange. Not a glower. Head is a solid finger of tan creamy fluff. Leaves lacing and looks good napping atop the body.

S-Plenty going on. Yeasty but very sweet. Oaky, but not aggressive. Smells like they lubed the beer in honey before they oaked it. Very malty. Maple syrup.

T-The nose was a cool lithe artsy collage, but the flavor is far too sweet. The aging on the wooden staves is this beers only high-point. Aside from that its a cloying mixture of maple syrup, yeast and honey. Just too sweet. The flavor does morph on the palate, but I don't like the flavors.

M-Syrupy. Not enough bubbles. Sticky. Makes you chew the air to relieve the stickiness.

O/D-Not my thang. Sorry Ommegang. Sounded pretty cool, but when I am paying $11 for a 12 oz. glass (admittedly not Ommegang's fault for the tap pricing) the beer better be a banger. Shoulda known, shoulda known.

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

Poured into a wine glass from a corked and caged 750 ml bottle. Medium sized delicately bubbly white head that fades quickly, nice hazy dull gold/orangy color. Minimal lacing.

Smell is mild bready malts. Pleasant but nothing spectacular. Taste is mild as well, bready malts, some slight sweetness (the maple?) and, as the beer warms, the oak barrel flavor kicks in.

Mouthfeel is crisp and light. No hint of the alcohol, goes down smoothe,

THis beer is ok, hardly worth the price thought. I guss this style is a bit subtle for my tastes. I like more robust flavor.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

it pours a radiant brassy golden color with an excited but rapidly fading white lace head. smells intoxicatingly of fresh maple and an unfamiliar but intriguing yeast. definitely smells sweeter on the malts, and woody. flavor is more mellow than the nose, with an intersting maple flavor coming through first. thats a nice touch i think, and its followed by a sweet breakfast bun malt profile and a bourbon finish, including the booze burn. it opens a little more as it warms, but these are the flavors. mouthfeel is nice, very bubbly at first but that settles a lot in a few minutes. its medium bodied and a little sugary on the teeth. i found this to be a most unique brew, very enjoyable with a firm goats cheese before dinner.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of mactrail
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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!

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Photo of oline73
3.28/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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.

Photo of Kendo
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Photo of Knapp85
3.61/5  rDev -6%
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.

Photo of jlindros
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.

Photo of BARFLYB
3.41/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

Photo of avalon07
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.

Photo of thagr81us
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.

Biere D'Hougoumont from Brewery Ommegang
86 out of 100 based on 345 ratings.