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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Ratings: 352 |  Reviews: 83
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.46/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

750ml bottle - $12.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, coppery body with a medium-tall, but brief, off-white head.

Smell: Sweetish, moderately toasty nose teamed but not teeming with fruity esters, thin sprinkling of dried herb, a pinch of spice, maybe some dried orange peel, and a touch of wood.

Taste: Gently toasted bread and biscuits dosed with, well, a flavor akin to candy corn. Maintains a fair sweetness throughout. Then, some competing tastes of coriander, green banana, cherry, apple, and two drops of Cointreau. A light spiciness, slight oakiness. Not much bitterness. Semi-dry, malty, fruity finish with a lingering yeastiness and warmth.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: Fairly decent, if a bit over-priced.

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Photo of russpowell
3.04/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Opens with a resounding Pop!

Pours amber/honey colored with a thin cream colored head. Sme floaties early on, no head retention or lacing

S: Pears, peaches & sourmash; appleskins (green) as this warms

T: Folllows the nose, a touch of honey & dryness up front. Pears & appleskins as this warms, slight boozey honey flavors, some brown sugar & passion fruit notes & some floral notes . Finishes with Golden Delicious apple sweetness, & dryness

MF: Light/medium bodied with near zero carbonation, become even thinner as this warms

I usually like ommegang, but this one is meh at best

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Photo of vfgccp
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of atrocity
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass at SmallBar - Division.

Not every day you come across a beer named in honor of a farmstead near Waterloo that happened to have a potentially overly-decisive effect on the battle itself. This stuff pours a clear tawny-auburn topped by a finger of light khaki foam. The nose comprises stark barley, very mild rum, light maple syrup, very light earthy greens, and biscuit. A vague sense of spice hangs in there, but meekly compared to everything surrounding it. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a soft touch of oak and a slightly heightened sense of spiciness (though this is still far from pronounced). The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly smooth feel. Overall, a very nice BdG, actually kind of surprisingly easy to drink and enjoy. Despite the usually hefty price tag, get some!

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Photo of InspectorBob
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of JAHMUR
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of ejimhof
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of rolltide8425
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of rab53
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of SadMachine
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of sendbeer
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of Gonzoillini
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an Ommegang flute glass. Pours a coppery amber with a nice two finger off-white head with great retention and lots of lacing. Spicy aroma of orange rind, caramel malt, Belgian yeast and light grassy hops. Flavor an interesting, well integrated caramel malt, maple syrup, oak, vanilla and stone fruit. Finishes drier with lingering maple and pleasant wood. Light to medium bodied, but excellent mouth feel from active carbonation. This is definitely a bit sweet for a biere de garde, and does not have a strong wild yeast element, but I found it delicious. The deviation from a biere de garde were all towards my taste. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of beernads
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of afsdan
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of brandoman63
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of outoffocus
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours an amber-brown color with a white head. The aroma is full of biscuit and bready malt, with some grapes and yeast notes thrown in. I also get a hint of oak. The flavor is full of caramel and toffee, as well as some grape and light fruit notes. There is a bit of oak but it is fairly subtle. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Ommegang : Biere d'hougoumont

Pours a deep peach color, a bit cloudy from the yeast. The aroma is full of Belgian yeast, floral and somewhat sweet. In the flavor, more of that sweet Belgian yeast and candi sugar. Herbal hops match well with a touch of oak. Finishes with fruit and a kiss of funk. Clean and yeasty, mild and very approachable. This makes for a solid table beer or cellar candidate. Slightly dry and champagne like feel. I could see the flavors change a good bit over time. As it is, a nice little beer which comes as no surprise as Ommegang does not make sub par offerings.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.41/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

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Photo of John_M
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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