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RATINGS: 223   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 219   ABV: 7.3%
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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.”


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bp (810) - Queens, New York, USA - AUG 9, 2012
Bottle: pours a burnt orange with a big foamy white head, aroma is yeasty and fruity, taste malty, sweet, a bit of the oak flavor, very nice.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 9, 2012
The pour is a clear, dark amber with a moderately full, fluffy, off-white head which is somewhat diminishing and leaves minimal lace. The nose is simple and a bit lager-like?, toasted caramel, raisin, light cherry, and a slight musty note. The flavor is similar with toasted caramel, light biscuits, still raisins and slight cherry, and a faint herbal note. The palate is medium, soft to lively, and creamy. The finish is short, malt rich with sweet caramel and slight biscuit. Almost like a simple bock with the toasty and rich caramel notes. Fairly boring example of a BdG, Ommegangs worst beer.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BBB63 (6154) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 8, 2012
Corked bottle and served in my Ommegang 10 Anno Tulip: Pours a deep golden near amber hue with a lovely frothy head that left very good lacework upon the glassware. The aroma has notes of herbal and grassy noble hops, pils and aromatic malts, very light oak, and very so slight Herbs de Provence character that adds both a savory and flowery ester to the nose. Some golden candi sugar vapours as well.

The taste starts with a ode to pale malts, plenty of pils malt snap along with some twangy sublime apricot notes. Very minimal tannic oak flavors and feel. I get a touch of crystal malt sweetness as this warms but also start getting some light pepper and lemon thyme. It is one of those rare birds that seems very simple and unassuming but when you dig deeper you find some hidden complexities. The best news is that it is not a "soured" farmhouse ale as so many American breweries think farmhouse ale need to be. While this could gain some lactic nature with age (due to wood aging), I think it would be a shame to let this get any older than 6 months and lose the crafted hop character.

The mouth feel is sprite and refreshing and the alcohol is so well hidden that it comes off as a session ale. Dry but overly dry finish. If I could I would give the palate a 6, it is so perfect to match the flavor profile. Wow, I am more that happy with this brew, greatly exceeded my expections. This would be perfect with a heavier Turkey dinner (or Thanksgiving, which is the time for Biere de Gardes). The whole is better than the some of the parts, Thanks Ommegang!

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
obguthr (4073) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - AUG 8, 2012
Rich caramel nose like Werther’s Originals, but not strong. Hazy copper, thick yellow head. Neat swirling blend of caramel and orange notes. Finishes with tangy orange peel, not bitter, and the faintest hint of balck pepper. Alcohol is well concealed, medium body, soft carbonation. Now, this is what I want from a BdG! Sweet, but not too sweet. Distinct transitions. Some subtle nuances. The only knock is that I didn’t get any wood character from the staves, but that’s ok. The beer itself is exemplary.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Strykzone (5063) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - AUG 8, 2012
Sampled at an ESBLS tasting. From Shep. Orange gold with a golden hued head. A yeasty and malty nose. Yeast is the first thing tasted, too. Some wood, soft hops, and very light fruit notes. Alcohol is tasted. A nice beer.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badlizard (5537) - Berkeley, California, USA - AUG 7, 2012
On tap. Hazy golden orange with a foamy white head. Floral orange bread caramel and cereal grain aroma and taste with a grainy finish and lingering perfume like notes on the far back end. Silky medium to full body. Very good.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ben4321 (4092) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - AUG 3, 2012
Location: Draft at the Ginger Man, 8/3/12

Aroma: It has a nose of sweet malts, bread, light fruits, and some spice as well
Appearance: This one had a clear dark orange pour with a small white head
Flavor: The taste of this beer is medium sweet, with some plus spice to the flavor as well
Palate: The body of this one is medium, it has a tingly feel, average carbonation, and a mildly dry finish
Overall Impression: I found this one to be another very solid beer from Ommegang, but it wasn’t really a stand out to me. Despite that, I though the flavors were pretty enjoyable, and I thought everything about the beer worked reasonably well. I’d definitely drink it again.

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
krisgale (4) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 2, 2012 does not count
rich caramel color, delicate froth (very slight), fine carbonation, excellent mouthfeel (effervescent)... complex full-bodied flavour... truly great. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mikesaum (596) - Newark, Ohio, USA - AUG 1, 2012
Cork and cage bottle poured into ommegang tulip, pours a cloudy amber with a big off white head that fades after a few and leaves no lacing. Aroma is mostly spicy belgian yeast and cherries and raisins with a small hint of vanilla and caramel. Taste is mostly raisin at first but lingers on the tongue with cherry and vanilla notes. Not too bad, ommegang seems to always be puttin out good brews.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PhillyCraft (3432) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 1, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2012 On tap at PH at bottle from Nick, pours a very hazy and cloudy orange brown with tiny bubbled white head, good lace. Aromas of oak, maple, tons of malt, light hops, and apple skins. Taste is dry fruits such as apple, caramel, pear, cherries, lemon skins, maple syrup, graham, boozed out oak, very sweet but not cloying at all, nicely balanced. Medium to full bodied for a bier de garde. Really good.


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