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RATINGS: 219   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.”


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Strykzone (4900) - 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 (5539) - 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 (3847) - 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 (3166) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
csaso (1342) - Missouri, USA - JUL 31, 2012
Tap - average size thick head, nice medium amber/orange color, very nice blanced aroma and flavor, with some fruit and floral notes - very good beer

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sonnycheeba (3453) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 31, 2012
Tap. Pours dark amber with thin, fizzy white head; short retention and spare lacing. Aroma is caramel and toasted malt, raisins, cheeries, floral hops, woody notes, and mixed nuts. Flavor is malt dominate with grassy hops and citrus fruit esters; crisp, dry finish. Light body, medium carbonation, and low warmth.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (9586) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUL 31, 2012
Tap. Pours clear amber with a medium, frothy off-white head, medium retention with light lacing. Aroma is cookie and toast malt, faint hops, pear and apple esters with earthy notes. Flavor is malt dominant with light hops and bitterness, light fruity esters and a sweet finish. Medium body and carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (10544) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 31, 2012
Bottle. Poured a clear golden color with an average white frothy head that lasted and produced good lacing. Moderate yeast, wood, floral and citrus aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium yeast sweet flavor with a smooth citrus sweet finish of average duration. Solid drinkable brew.


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