corpsuckle (101) - Washington, USA - JUN 22, 2013
Biere de Garde may be meant to be cellared, but I simply can't not drink this wonderful farmhouse ale. Ommegang doesn't make a mediocre beer and this one is my favorite from the brewery. obguthr (6355) - 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. 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.
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Pours burnt orange with a small beige fizz. Smells of sweet malts, caramel and toffee, and a hint of spices. Taste is malty and hints of maple and oak. Medium-bodied with a smooth texture and soft mouth-carbonation, Ommegang Biere D’Hougoumont finishes sweet and hints of citrus zest. carlb (107) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 15, 2013
Pours a beautiful, creamy, off-white head. Yeasty, but delicious, nose. Significant carbonation. Tiny bubbles. Restrained, but floral hops in the nose. Slight haze. Medium-tan color. Suggestions of amber. Medium body. Well-balanced palate. Nice malt and certainly moreish. Sweet and tart in restraints. Some Belgian lace. The ABV is not noticeable on the palate. Fresh, enticing, delicious. Will definitely try again. Would be fun to lay some down and see how they age.
badlizard (5533) - 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. BBB63 (6557) - 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. Kinz (3786) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - NOV 25, 2012
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!
Pours an attractive copper color with orange highlights, good initial head fades away entirely. Aroma is richly malty, almost English in character, lots of caramel and a hint of toffee. Flavor is again malt focused, starting off caramel. A hint of apple fruit shows up on the mid palate, followed by a lovely bready finish. Hops provide just enough bitterness to keep the finish clean, with perhaps a hint of floral character. Really rather magnificent, the best of this style I have had in ages. Ommegang absolutely nailed this one. I really can’t imagine this style getting much better than this. FishBizkit (234) - Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 12, 2013
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.
-Fish! PhillyCraft (7228) - 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.