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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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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2012 16:30:58 | More by OWSLEY069
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had to drink a beer from New York on 11 September. OK, so this is from Cooperstown, but it's from the state. Strong, fruity aroma is mainly apple with hints of pear and banana, as well as some malty and honey tones. Pours a clear coppery with a fluffy pale wheat head. Lip-smacking fruity flavor is slightly sweet but not cloying, with hints of caramel, malt and - horehound? Smooth, full texture has plenty of fizz.

I toast the memory of all who perished on September 11, 2001. If any of you loved beer, may your spirits now be where there is lots and lots of good beer - and you get to drink all you like!

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2012 02:08:43 | More by Cyberkedi
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Hopheadjeffery

Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.2%

03-09-2013 02:08:02 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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vfgccp

New York

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

10-08-2013 22:37:20 | More by vfgccp
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champ103

Texas

4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Flying Saucer in Houston, TX

A: Pours a brilliant and vibrant burnt orange/red color. A one finger white head forms with good retention. There is a small cap that sticks throughout and light lace. I love the color here.
S: Up front is some stone fruits. Fleshy cherries, plums, and peaches. Next comes some Earthy, slightly musky yeast. Slightly sweet vanilla and wood aromas. Excellent.
T: Follows the nose with stone fruits and musky and Earthy yeast. Caramel and vanilla sweetness, maybe just a bit to much sweetness. Though still very enjoyable.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Very crisp and smooth at the same time. Though I would have liked this to be a bit dryer. So easy to drink. All day with this one.

A very small quibble of mine is that this finishes just a bit to sweet. I wish there was a bit more dry bite here, but otherwise a great example of the style. I hope I can find a few bottles of this soon.

Serving type: on-tap

09-07-2012 01:39:31 | More by champ103
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Haybeerman

Colorado

4/5  rDev +4.2%

02-07-2013 21:11:43 | More by Haybeerman
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KAF

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

07-07-2014 03:47:51 | More by KAF
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pathman

Ohio

4/5  rDev +4.2%

07-16-2013 02:43:17 | More by pathman
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Gmann

New York

3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2012 00:55:49 | More by Gmann
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

09-10-2012 01:05:42 | More by Reagan1984
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TheBeerAlmanac

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +4.2%

06-27-2013 23:57:31 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
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atrocity

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

04-23-2014 20:29:08 | More by atrocity
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lordofthewiens

Maine

4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a tulip glass this beer was a cherry amber color, very bright. There was a tiny tan head. I thought it was a rather pretty beer.

Sweet malt aroma, some fruit.

More malt in the taste, mostly caramel, maybe a little toffee. Pear taste.

Malt forward. Very smooth and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2013 22:01:44 | More by lordofthewiens
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twelveinches

Washington

2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

06-11-2013 06:29:45 | More by twelveinches
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

2.83/5  rDev -26.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-02-2012 03:13:16 | More by VelvetExtract
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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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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2012 00:24:14 | More by Darkmagus82
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jaxon53

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +4.2%

06-23-2013 23:07:14 | More by jaxon53
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CheapBeerBuzz

California

4/5  rDev +4.2%

08-13-2012 23:37:15 | More by CheapBeerBuzz
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outoffocus

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

08-25-2013 13:44:20 | More by outoffocus
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cdwil

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

09-19-2012 13:21:32 | More by cdwil
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

05-17-2013 23:32:40 | More by kscaldef
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ngeunit1

California

4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a fairly clear golden-orange with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of sweet caramel and bready malts with some tart pear and other green fruits, Belgian yeast, banana, some spice, maple, and oak.

T - Starts off with a mix of sweet caramel and grainy malts with some tart pear and green apple, and some light spices. Through the middle, some maple and oak comes through with some sweet bready malts, Belgian yeast and some more spices. The finish is a mix of sweet grainy and caramel malts with some tart fruits, banana, Belgian yeast, some farmhouse flavors, maple, and oak.

M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate-plus carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet, tart, and estery finish.

D - Very drinkable. Great Biere de Garde with good complexity from the oak and maple and great overall balance.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2012 06:30:25 | More by ngeunit1
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Bung

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

07-04-2013 22:30:44 | More by Bung
Biere D'Hougoumont from Brewery Ommegang
86 out of 100 based on 328 ratings.