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RATINGS: 226   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 219   ABV: 7.3%
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.”

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - JUL 20, 2012
Serving: draft at Fireworks Leesburg. Pours a hazy ruddy amber with a creamy off white head. Slightly fruity nose with notes of apple and pear. Almost borders on a cider in terms taste. A touch of sweet malt too. Medium body with smooth carbonation. No cellar character.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
b3shine (7397) - Indiana, USA - JUL 19, 2012
Bottle to snifter (thanks tmoney99). Looks good; orange with light lacing. Smells and tastes solid; doughy, slightly woody and bitter, and Belgiany. Mouthfeel is good. Solid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (8956) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 19, 2012
750 cc from Capone’s. Pours turbid late fall orange with 1-finger frothy off-white head. Nose is oaky, orange marmaladey citrus, funky yeasty malt, and some hops. Tastes somewhat sweet, with initial orange marmalade and citrus fruit notes, some mid-palate earthy yeasty notes, backuo hops, and a subtle oaky flavor that integrates well into the beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GandGKevin (932) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JUL 19, 2012
Sweet malty aromas. Oak, Belgian yeast and sweet malts. Overall pretty decent offering from Ommegang.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - JUL 19, 2012
Amber orange color with a small head. Aroma is sweet, a touch of fruit, light spice. Flavor is sweet, malty, bready, some faints spice honey and fruit. A little yeast shines through with the fruity esters being prominent. Finishes clean and surprisingly dry for how sweet it is. Not overly sweet, just on top of the spice and fruit for me. Pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
DoublEE (783) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - JUL 18, 2012
Pour results in a two finger dense head composed of small bubbles that has decent retention, eventually settling into a solid thin cap. Sticky lacing abounds. The body is beautiful dark amber with ruby highlights and light trails of carbonation visible.Subtle and light nose. Nothing is going to knock you out. Mostly toasted malts, caramel and some biscuit. Hints of woody oak and some modest herbal hop notes are present. It finishes with a nice citrus sweetness. Sweeter than I would normally like in a Biere de Garde, but it’s somewhat restrained by a drying finish. There is an underlying tartness well-hidden under the fruitier, sweeter malt qualities. There’s a subtle clove and pepper that you might expect from this style. I’m not really picking up the maple and oak notes, except for the dry finish.Medium-bodied with lively carbonation that prickles the tongue. Overall, clean and crisp.This has the potential to be outstanding ale with some cellaring. It’s a collection of great components that just need some time to figure out where they fit in. One would think the oak and maple over time would tame some of the sweetness. Only time will tell.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (12640) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 18, 2012
Draft. Hazy amber body, medium white head. Aroma is medium sweet, spicy, flowery/honeysuckle, light cantaloupe, bread. Taste is moderately sweet, cantaloupe, some orange, light spicy, bread. Medium body, somewhat dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
j12601 (8700) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUL 17, 2012
On tap at Aroma Thyme Bistro. Pours a clear ruby to copper amber with a large white head. Musky, warm yeast, fruity esters, phenols. Medium bodied, sweet and warm, plums and fruit. Warm yeast. Malt, warm fruit, big fruity esters. A bit of alcohol, spicy and fruity yeast on the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hivemind (875) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 17, 2012
Tap @ Valhalla w Erica. Medium, even amber pour into tulip and white head w decent retention and jagged webby lacing. Awesome crisp aroma of Belgian yeasts and some hoppiness. I know nothing about this style and didn’t expect much, but this tastes fresh with a touch of sweet fruit and major Belgian yeast. A sharpness to it that’s almost piney?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MaBeer1972 (1585) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 17, 2012
Bottle from Julio’s. Pours out a deep sandy copper color, with a thick light tan head. Aroma of sweet pepper and burnt rubber. Flavor is complex. Dark plums, more burnt rubber, some cinnamon, wood, earth and yeast. Medium to heavy body, but very smooth overall. I suspect I have a young bottle, and I’d love to get another and hide it in my basement for a while.

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