Biere D'Hougoumont | Brewery Ommegang

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352 Ratings
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Biere D'HougoumontBiere D'Hougoumont
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States
ommegang.com

Style: Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

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.”

Added by billab914 on 07-03-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
352
Reviews:
83
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
11.4%
 
 
Wants:
16
Gots:
35
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The appearance had a dark orange/brown body yielding a two and a half finger head in the chalice and closer to a one and a half finger head in the tulip, lightly clingy lacing in the chalice eventually spiderwebs after a good three minutes, closer to a minute of lacing spider-webbing in the tulip. The smell had clove, subdued Belgian yeast/banana thing goin’ on, fruit, spice, combined maple/wood/syrup thing goin’ on startin’ to come out as the beer warms, noticeable pear as it continues to warm, honey - hmmm... unsure, alcohol not noted. The taste was mainly sweet through previously mentioned flavors, slightly oaky and floral at different times, slightly bready as well. The palate sits about a medium, slightly sessionable - mostly smooth, sticky sweet aftertaste and finish, adequate carbonation is felt, alcohol not felt. Overall, very nicely done Biere De Garde.

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Photo of generallee
4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jrsqc7
4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A medium brown red blending into some rusty amber hues at the fringes. Beautiful big billowy head.

The complexity from the malts mingling with the yeast is fascinating. The sour and the bread and malt sweetness are both layered and unified. Quite carbonated it really does a good job bringing the complexity alive.

It's a real shame they're not producing this anymore.

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

Photo of chefbigjon
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Griggsy
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Note: I remember really liking this beer when I purchased it almost 2 years ago. See if it holds up to memory.

Look is a reddish brick color and hazy. Head is thin and dissipates quickly.

Aroma is sweet toasted malt with sour dark fruit notes with a spicy honey note at the end.

Body is thin herbal hops stand up to the age mixed with honey and fruit.

Wish the body had been more bold. Some wonderful highlights though. Not quite the beer I remember but good.

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

Photo of Molson2000
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Syracuse12
3.56/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ArkyVaughan
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of jschott75
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of wrogers19971
4.16/5  rDev +7.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4.56/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of bigred89
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of NickyDee21
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of seedyone
3/5  rDev -22.3%

02/27/13 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Sweet at first then a sour finish on the first sip. Essence of orange under the nose which seems to manifest as a bitterness, ever so slight on the tongue. A touch on the heavy side. The sweet is sustained after a few tastes so sweet it is. Seems like a lot of work for a modicum of result. I'd say Napoleon didn't miss out on too much.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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Biere D'Hougoumont from Brewery Ommegang
3.86 out of 5 based on 352 ratings.
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