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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.”


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3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 27, 2013
THOUGHTS: Very woody. Very different. Was surprised that the maple wood added such a maple syrup flavor and aroma, although the oak seemed to be the true superstar. TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a medium to dark, brownish orange with a small to average, off-white head that mostly diminished and left virtually no lacing. The aroma had moderate to heavy caramel; lighter grain; light earthy hops; light spicy yeast; oak; maple syrup; very light sour fruit. The initial flavor was moderately sweet, lightly bitter and acidic, and slightly sour; while the finish was heavily sweet; slightly bitter and lightly acidic and sour. It was just about the same flavor as the aroma. The medium body was fairly dry and slightly syrupy and sticky on the lips with fizzy carbonation and slightly astringent and alcoholic finish.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pivo (2585) - GERMANY - NOV 9, 2014
Dark ruddy amber. Low tight head. Sweat malt nose with a little cardboard unfortunately. Honey, dough, banana tastes. Thick syrup finish like maple syrup. Spice end.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
YogiBeera (2493) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 9, 2014
Burnt raw umber color with a medium off white head, that diminishes quick. Yeasty , sweet syrupy nose. Thick, heavy yeast banana taste with a slight maple syrup aftertaste.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
robbienate (113) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 13, 2014
Off-white head with good retention recedes leaving scant trailing sheets. Sweet caramel and oak aromas. Sweet with caramel, bread and oak. Dry, lasting woody hop finish. Perhaps some age will help, but it’s a little sweet, so

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (6083) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 24, 2014
"Really dug the subtle yeast characteristics, and light maple and oak in this beer. Not as sweet as some of their recent seasonal offerings. Soft palate, mellow pleasantly malty and slightly sweet aftertaste. Really well crafted, just wish it was less $."

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ryanscourt (794) - Latrobe, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 17, 2014
Don't prefer the wood barrel aging. Drank at a bar when it's probably better aged in the basement for a few years then drank

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Darkmagus82 (1812) - - JUL 27, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 8-17-12- Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass Appearance – Served a hazy golden orange color with a one finger white head. The head faded slowly over time to give a spotty lacing. Smell – The aroma is heaviest citrus and a sweeter malt smell. Mixed with these are aromas of a more woody and peaty nature as well as some lighter notes of yeast and spice. Taste – The taste begins with a nice caramel flavor with some hints of a citrus sweetness mixed within. As the flavor moves forward some buttery flavors comes to the tongue, with the caramel taste that was present in the beginning taking a more toffee like nature. This buttery flavor is also accompanied by some yeast as well as a nice oak like taste. These flavor blend well with the sweet and savory flavors the preceded their arrival and create a nice smooth taste. Toward the end, a light herbal flavor mixes with the rest to leave a nice lingering aftertaste on the tongue. Mouthfeel – The body of the beer was on the average side with the carbonation level being slightly on the higher side. While a slightly thicker body may have been better for the toffee and buttery flavors, the carbonation did do a nice job with in making it a rather refreshing tasting brew. Overall a pretty good balance. Overall – A pretty easy drinking brew with some nice oak and yeasty flavors. Quite enjoyable.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sinfull (895) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JUL 13, 2014
Clear amber/orange color , huge off-white head. Aroma of caramel malt , hint of yeast , fruits and floral notes . Caramel , fruits and hint of yeast in taste. Full body , medium carbonation . Light bitterness and notes of wood in aftertaste. Great!

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HogTownHarry (6129) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUN 28, 2014
2013-01-18 - with blankboy, jercraigs & mabel - 750ml corked & caged bottle c/o ... blankboy? Very bubble amber-gold with some floaties and a large creamy-foamy beige head. Sweet light grain aroma, a touch vegetal, some floral/perfume bitterness to it. Taste is fine - not vegetal at all - decent floral bitterness, light dry spice, some fruit and alcohol [at this point the tasting notes were interrupted by a discussion of "Jer’s shit rock" and whether it would/should be thrown away ... no, I have no idea either]. Average body, good carbonation - quite lively and frothy, fairly quick crisp finish and no aftertaste - like a delicate fruity saison with floral bitterness - enjoyable.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
solidfunk (4474) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JUN 19, 2014
Very well done for a biere de garde. There’s a light taste of Ommegang yeast, which is generally light floral anyway. Light sweetness, with some citrus. Tap at Smoke and Barrel.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jimmythefalcon (26) - Florida, USA - JUN 10, 2014
Poured from bottle to glass. Nice malty, fruity flavor and smooth finish. Slightly cloudy appearance. Can definitely taste the maple wood. Overall a nice beer and I will try again.


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