Ommegang Biere d’Hougoumont

Ommegang. A brewery that always puts out quality beers. Unfortunately, it took me awhile to really get into them, but the last few that I’ve had from them were truly fantastic. So, when I recently saw another on tap, it was an absolute no-brainer. I also haven’t had a biere de garde in forever (after looking, I actually had one in August)…well it feels like forever! And sorry for the picture, the light got in the way.

ABV: 7.3%

Style: Biere de Garde

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “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.'”

Random: If it was brewed to be aged, I guess it was a mistake to have on tap…? It looks like it was released in July of 2012.

So, the one thing I noticed about the brews that I’ve recently had on tap is that they’ve all had a half finger of head. That’s pretty odd, especially given that I had four different styles of beer, but whatever. This half a finger of head was white. The body was a hazy amber color with no carbonation visible due to the cloudiness and the low light in the restaurant. The nose was…different. I got dark fruits, brown sugar and Belgian yeast. This was very odd for the style. It reminded me more of a dubbel. Maybe this is because it was aged on oak and maple? The taste was exactly like a dubbel. I got burnt brown sugar, Belgian yeast and nuttiness. Some of that darker fruit made an appearance again. The body was heavy with high carbonation. This beer made no sense for the style AT ALL. The finish was long and booze. Although I really enjoyed this beer, if you gave it to me and asked me what the style was, I wouldn’t say biere de garde. But, try it if you see it, just ignore the style.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

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