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RATINGS: 228   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   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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2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, - NOV 2, 2012
Hazy orange ale covered by a gentle, mostly lasting white cover. Highly estery (melon, pear, banana...) yeast character is the focus point of the aroma, but there’s also plenty of honeyed, almost biscuity malts in this ale in which the oak is not overbearing, but feeling purposeless from start to finish. That particular component has a negative bearing on many fronts to me, rendering the carbonation that seems well constituted with large, natural bubbles, but they seem largely eaten out by the aging and fade out rather quickly, leaving a flabby texture accentuating the generous residual sugar dosages which hamper drinkability. Indeed, sugary stewed fruits and vanilla fill the palate and are never sufficiently cut through by the seemingly fine, but insufficiently prominent spicy, flowery, herbal hops of noble character. Alcohol is quite noticeable, but Ommegang never really seemed to care about hiding it. To me, a rare subpar beer from Ommegang.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oldrtybastrd (4951) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 8, 2016
Pours a hazy amber color. Aromas of sweet malt. Flavor of sweet malt(honey), alcohol tastes big. Dry finish and aftertaste.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick (11164) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 9, 2016
Sample at the "Post Beer Week Bottle Share" on 06/06/16. This brew pours a dark orange color with a medium thick white head that diminishes steadily to a film. The aroma consists of yeast, cloves and malt. Medium body with flavors of yeast, oak, grainy malt and mild floral hops. The finish is sweet with a malty aftertaste. Decent overall.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blackflag321 (622) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUN 30, 2015
Shared bomber cellared 3 years. Amber color, clear appearance with big head. Malty, caramel nose. Earthy, woody, malty, mellow. Enjoyed my first of this style.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JaBier (6773) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAY 7, 2015
Bottle shared by a friend. Clear amber pour with a medium off-white head. Aroma of malt, banana esters, cherry and caramel. Malty and caramelly flavor with trappist-like yeast esters and dark fruit before a sweet finish.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
arminjewell (9237) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 30, 2015
Pour on tap, clear orange-red pour with white head, aroma brought notes of caramel, toffee, maple into some oak, wood, vanilla with a hint of yeasty spice, touch of earth and hints of grain. Taste was a mix of sweet caramel, toffee, red fruit, maple into some vanilla, touch of wood, oaky notes with a hint of spice, finishing sweet.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pivo (2660) - 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 (2570) - 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 (9606) - 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 (1340) - 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


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