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Sunday, February 10, 2013

Day 428: Ommegang Biere D'Hougoumont

Lucky for us, Philadelphia was spared from Snowstorm Nemo (seriously, who names these storms?) and we only had to dig out from under an inch of snow. It was tough going, but Mr. Blog Named Brew persevered and cleared the driveway and walkway in less than ten minutes yesterday. I rewarded his hard work by dragging him out shopping. When the sun's shining and it's glorious outside, what better way is there to enjoy it than by shopping. Indoors.

Sadly I now have spring fever. The next several weeks are going to be rough. But treatment for spring fever in this household is good beer and I'm starting with Brewery Ommegang's Biere D'Hougoumont. It's brewed in Cooperstown, New York and as you could guess from the name, it's a biere de garde. This biere de garde is aged on maple and oak staves.
The color is a cross between auburn and orange and it poured with a thick tan head. Much thicker than what's represented in this photo. It smells of light sugar and wood. The flavor is yeasty and has a maple almost molasses character to it. There's lots of strong malt. It drinks with a good roundness and full mouthfeel with just a touch of prickly hop bite at the end of each sip.

Because I was curious about this beer's name, I thought you might be of the same mind. The name honors the Hougoumont farmstead at the pivotal center of the Waterloo battlefield.

Beer stats
Style: Biere de garde
ABV: 7.3%
IBUs: Unknown
Rating: Great

Previously reviewed from Ommegang
My review of Three Philosophers, the first beer I drank after year one was complete
Gary's take on Three Philosophers and with a title like Pirate Dogs and Pimps, how can you not read it?
One of my favorite beers, Aphrodite

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