Ran into Ommegang Biere D’Hougoumont at the store recently and a bottle followed me home. I noticed the bottle said brewed and bottled in the USA and so I was on the fence as to whether this puppy would hit style or not. I am happy to report this is an excellent Bière de Garde and is malty and very well crafted. The alcohol content is 7.3% ABV and the spice is restrained and very nice. I love it when a brewery actually makes a beer to style and does so with excellence and this is one of those beers. If you come across a bottle give it a whirl, the brewery description is below.
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.”