Ommegang Adoration Ale - Brewery Ommegang

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Ratings: 1,089
Reviews: 375
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11.49%
Wants: 85
Gots: 194 | FT: 2
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: akorsak on 08-04-2009

Ommegang Adoration, brewed in the authentic style of Belgian winter, or noel beer, is dark, malty and assertively spiced.

Adoration is best sipped before a roaring fire. It would also be a tasty accompaniment to dark roasts and wild game. Even at 10% abv, the beer is well balanced and not at all hot or fiery. The dark malts give it lush, malty flavors, including coriander, orange peel, mace, cardamom and grains of paradise. Hopping is modest, as befits such a beer.
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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.96/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

12 ounce bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a gorgeous, deep, dark, mahogany color, with three fingers of off-white head that was specked with orange highlights. The head quickly dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Tons of spice! Coriander, ginger, orange-peel, cardamom, Belgian yeast, malt. A little musty, but in that funky Belgian yeast/barnyard way.

Taste: Awesome!! Strong notes of Belgian yeast and spice, such as coriander, orange-peel, ginger, all-spice, followed by malt and more malt. Delicious!

Mouthfeel: Chewy, but with some great carbonation! With an ABV of 10%, there is definitely a presence of alcohol on the palate, imparting a nice, pleasant alcohol warmth in the mouth.

Overall: Goddamn, this is an excellent beer! I love the spices and the yeast! It’s absolutely delicious! I’m getting this beer every year it’s released!

Photo of weatherdog
2.74/5  rDev -33%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

75 cL bottle poured in to an Ommegang flute

It pours a murky burn orange color with a 2 finger head that quickly dies down

I'm picking up a lot of burnt sugar/brown sugar, Belgian yeast and a little bit of orange peel. It isn't very exciting but not too offensive.

The first thing I taste are the classic dark ripe fruits of a BSDA. Then this citrus flavor comes in and starts to clash with it. The spices used in the brewing process are once again clashing with the spice flavors from the yeast. To top it off the 10% alcohol is present on the backside and a bit too much. This is kind of a case of too many cooks in the kitchen. It is a bit of a hot mess.

This carbonation actually does a decent job of scrubbing the taste out after the sip which in this case is a good thing. The alcohol presence is hurting drinkability though. I've had many other 10% BDSA that drink much better.

I like the concept of a Belgian winter warmer but the execution came off with just to many things going on. There are clashing flavors all over the place and it leaves me dissatisfied and that is a first by a beer from this usually amazing brewery.

Photo of SIRIUS2
3.84/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap as a 10 oz pour at Tyler's Taproom in Apex, NC.

Arrived at the table in goblet style glass. Light brown or dark amber in color with lots of active carbonation creating a lively head of at least 2 fingers or so. Lacing was also good, pretty much going down the glass. Looks fantastic.

Aromas were a little bit of a surprise in that there really wasn't anything particularly interesting to report. There were some of the typical Belgian notes that you might expect from Ommegang - the dark fruit smell and the slight hint of banana. Nothing overpowering and nothing more than, well, average.

The brew redeems itself well upon tasting it. There is a beautiful complexity that doesn't break up as you roll it over your tongue. There are the malts with dark fruit, some caramel malts, and a nice warming sense as it goes down. Some hints of vanilla linger on the finish. Nice.

Mouthfeel is relatively carbonated and bubbly but the bubbles are rather fine and seem to go well with the brew. Overall I very much enjoyed this brew and really need to find it somewhere to take home.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #83 (Dec 2013):

Adoration screams winter, a huge beer to take on but is welcoming from start to finish. Spicing and alcohol are very well balanced against the massive malt backbone. Sip after sip brings us right back to Belgium, a must have by all.

STYLE: Belgian Strong Dark Ale
ABV: 10.0%
AVAILABILITY: Winter Seasonal

LOOK: Opaque dark brown, nice show of head & lacing

SMELL: Christmas pudding; boozy, malt sweetness, orange pith, ginger, allspice, candied fruit, cake batter

TASTE: Thick body, creamy, semi-slick, smooth carbonation, massive maltiness, warming, broth, caramel, cardamom, orange peel, mace, yeast cake, brown bread, carob powder, drying finish

Photo of JasonA
4.62/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours medium translucent (almost transparent) carmel. Not much head, though lacing is solid.

Bready, malty, yummy. Light candi sugar, booze. Swirl kicks up a good amount of carb which is nice to see. Definitely Belgian.

Wow. What the heck is that. Bready, something, carmel malty, spice, and then something else at the end. There are 2 flavors in there I cant place. Something in the begining and the finish is beyond me. My only guess for the finish is Brandy. Maybe some special barreling or cubes.

ABV is powering, not over powering huge difference. Lets face it, this is a 10% brew, alcohol is expected. I love the balance for a winter brew and this is exactly what I want when it gets cold.

Outstanding. When winter comes, this is exactly what I want. Im going to go and raid the store and sock some away for a few more winters.

Photo of awess1221
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Great rich dark color
Very flavorful spiced complexity
Boozy but not overpowering
Just the right amount of everything
Reminded me of an old fashioned Christmas

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

In a goblet the beer was a ruby red color with a medium-sized tan head.
Great aroma: spicy and sugary, with some citrus.
Very spicy taste, mostly cinnamon. Some orange, a touch of sweet chocolate, and a tiny bit of herbal hops.
A nice, sweet, sipping beer. The flavors went well together.
Very drinkable; you don't even notice the 10% ABV.

Photo of warnerry
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear mahogany with a lot of suspended material and two fingers of off-white head. Head has pretty good retention and leaves some good lacing.

S - Interesting aroma of raspberry/cherry, raisins, a bit of alcohol, coriander, and faint citrus. Also some chocolate and toffee. Very nice.

T - Taste starts with chocolate and toffee, quickly transitioning to dark fruits of raisin and plums covered with coriander and other spices. The raspberry/cherry notes return late in the taste. I don't think this is brewed with those fruits, so must be a similar aroma coming from one of the spices.

M - Mouthfeel is medium and somewhat creamy, with a bit of a dry finish from the spices.

O - I really enjoyed this. Not as heavy as some BSDAs can be, but still substantial. Definitely a cold weather brew. Some unexpected bright notes in the taste that complemented the spices nicely.

Photo of Beaver13
3.51/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle. Pours a ruby light brown with a medium creamy off white head that retains well and laces the glass a little.

The aroma is sweet caramel and chocolate malts, molasses, some dark fruits and a little spicing.

The flavor is sweet bready malts with some fruits, a little roast and some spices (grains of paradise?) and a dry yeasty light bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lots of sharp carbonation.

Overall, a nice beer. It's a little on the sweet side, but I liked it and thought the spices worked well. First sips cold are some of the best.

Photo of generallee
4.37/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1pt 9.4oz bottle into an Ommegang goblet. The label reads that it has 10%abv. Printed on the neck of the bottle is the freshness date as well as a packaged on date. The dates read "PKG ON 08/28/09" and "BEST BY 08/2014. This bottle was sampled on 12-28-09.

Appearance: It has a dark reddish tan color body with a hazy complexion. Its head is light tan in color, fades quickly and leaves very little lacing on the glass.

Smell: The aroma is rich and full with a spicy character. It starts with bready maltiness then adds notes of coriander, clove, citrus peel, a touch of yeast and some mellow alcohol.

Taste/Palate: The flavor full of complex spices hops and malt all in a solid medium to full body with lively carbonation. The base has dark dried fruity notes with sweet bready maltiness, yeast and mellow warm alcohol. The spices add the next layer of complexity and dryness with peppery notes, ginger, clove, coriander and citrusy orange peel. Hop flavor is complementary and adds its own spicy notes and more dryness. Hop flavor is most noticeable in the finish which is quit dry and has lingering spice and yeast notes.

Notes: I normally don't like overly spicy Christmas beer but this one works. Overall this one is outstanding. It has many different layers of flavor and is never dominated by just one spice.

Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had a taste or two of this at the recent BA Belgian fest in Boston, glad to see it today at DeCiccos's in Ardlsey, NY. $13.99 for the typical Omme. caged and corked Belgian style bomber. (w/o vintage dating BTW.) Dark brown, cloudy, darker khaki head, huge initially, slowly, slowly turning to a thicker film, collar and then respectable larger blots of lace. Sweet malty nose with hints of rum, raisins, figs, dark ripe fruit. BSDA in feel, tasty and personality. More sweet malt, rum notes, raisins, figs, light smoke, chocolate, thoroughly delicious, w/ 10% nowhere in sight. Complex, tasty and oh so wintery good. High quality sipper. Seek out and enjoy

Photo of tigg924
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: 1/2 inch head, cloudy, reddish brown in color, moderate carbonation

Smell: spices--cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and some dark fruit

Taste: spices--cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and some dark fruit with toasted malt

Mouthfeel: moderate carbonation, sweet, and smooth

Drinkability: This is an excellent winter beer. The mix of spices is delicious. I want this again, but for the price I may not rush out to get it.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep red color with a cream-colored head. The aroma is heavy on the toffee and caramel malt, along with some Belgian yeast, brown sugar and cinnamon. The flavor is heavier on the spicing than the aroma. I get cinnamon and cloves, as well as some brown sugar, caramel malt, yeast, dark cherries and a little bit of alcohol. Still, the alcohol is fairly well hidden for a 10 percent ABV beer. Medium mouthfeel and high carbonation.

Photo of Billiam160
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Looks great when poured small amber head
Smells rather potent with malts and heavy alcohol slightly caramel note
Taste is almost identical to the smell very noticeable alcohol after taste
Feel is smooth at the front but has a bit of a bite on the finish

Photo of kingcrowing
3.56/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a Piraat tulip.

Pours a dark ruddy reddish color with a thin light brown head. Nose is sweet, malty and spicy.

Taste is very spicy and crisp, it's sweet and fresh, with a nice maltiness. Mouthfeel I smooth and crisp. Very tasty and drinkable.

Photo of jondeelee
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Adoration opens with a bright, citrusy, spicy aroma, the cardamom and mace being especially present, followed by coriander. The added orange peels add to the citrus notes, which are furthered by touches of pink grapefruit from the hops, and the grains of paradise bring peppery backing. Milk chocolate and brown sugar help anchor the beer in sweetness, and a just-tangible bed of fresh grains--toast and biscuit--bring earthy elements. As a whole, the nose is excellent, bringing instant comparisons to Christmas morning fruitcakes, candies, and pine trees, and is very enticing.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a spicy shot of cardamom and mace, with coriander only slightly behind, and rushing in quickly after is a good orange and orange liqueur malt base, joined by brown sugars, piney notes from the hops, bananas, apples, white grape, and very peppery spices. The pepper and spice notes increase in intensity as the beer is held on the tongue and the sugars die off, though a good runnel of orange liqueur does linger. The aftertaste is quite hoppy, with grapefruit and pine notes, as well as biscuit and a still-strong touch of orange. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium to medium-high.

Overall, this is excellent fare, the beer being nicely balanced between sugars, bitterness, and spices, and each ingredient blends well with the others, producing a lovely overall effect. The beer manages to be delicious and warming without resorting to heavy spices, but is simultaneously refreshing and appealing, despite the hardly-noticeable 10% ABV. Recommended.

Photo of boatshoes
3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Amsterdam Alehouse in Manhattan when meeting up with BA and old buddy Charlatansin on a recent trip to New York.

Appearance- Came off the tap a very inviting beer. Warm crimson and burgundy reds shone through a translucent body capped with a half finger of head that died back quickly to a ring around the edges. Not a lot of apparent carbonation but a touch of lacing left as I drank.

Smell- Oddly, the one part of this beer that left me a bit dissatisfied. I found the nose to be a touch muddled and didn't quite know what to make of it. Bready with a touch of yeastiness and lots of spices. I couldn't make out many of them individually but detected notes of cinnamon. Don't get me wrong, the beer smelled nice, but I couldn't distinguish the elements particularly well and found them to be rather mixed together.

Taste- Again, lots of spices but much cleaner taste than the nose initially led me to believe I would get. A touch of cinnamon again with a prominent bready malt, and a dose of fig and dried dates. Some nice warming alcohol on the finish.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Carbonation was spot on with a substantial mouthfeel. Very drinkable winter warmer with a good deal of flavor and just enough alcohol showing through given the strength.

Overall, another solid beer added to the Ommegang lineup. Give it a try while the season is ripe.

Photo of MattyG85
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep and hazy brownish amber orange with a lot of bubbles. About two fingers of light tan head that fade into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: A yeasty, juicy, and roasty Belgian style aroma with big hints of dark fruit and toasty malt. Upfront Belgian yeast with a big mix of spices including hints of clove, nutmeg, cardamom, coriander, and slight cinnamon among others. Toasted malts with hints of sweet caramel, toffee, biscuit, grains, toasted bread, dark chocolate, and dough. Big hints of banana, pear, and apple along with slight bubblegum. Sweet hints of Belgian candied sugar. Big presence of dark fruits with hints of grapes, prune, raisin, fig, dates, and plum. Hop presence is light. A very solid Belgian aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma hints at, a yeasty, roasty, and fruity dark Belgian taste with big notes of fruit and dark malt. Belgian yeast upfront with a mix of spices including notes of nutmeg, coriander, clove, cardamon, and cinnamon. Bready toasted malts with notes of biscuit, sweet caramel, toffee, grains, dark chocolate, toasted bread, and slight cookie dough. Sweet taste of Belgian candied sugar. Big fruit taste with notes of bananas, pear, and apple. Big dark fruit taste with notes of dark grapes, fig, dates, prune, raisin, and plum. Subtle hop presence in the background. A very good Dark Belgian taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy, spicy, and fairly creamy. Smooth and fairly dry. Alcohol heat is masked nicely.

Overall: A really solid version of a Dark Belgian Ale. Very good mix of spices and dark malt with the fruit flavors.

Photo of AMcT22
5/5  rDev +22.2%

A great brew. Lots of flavor, & great, dark hints of spice with a sweet aftertaste. Never a let down with any Brewery Ommegang beers, in my opinion.

Photo of chinchill
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle served in a pint glass. Some sediment left clinging to the bottom of the bottle. Sept. 2013 bottling with a BB date 2018. {Light revision with 2nd undated bottle in March 2014}

Hazy dark amber with a durable beige head. Very spicy nose.
A strong and fruity (banana, date, pear, apple cider) ale with good complexity. High ABV shows in the mouth. Smooth but carries a slight bite; medium-high carbonation. .

O: Very good but may well improve with age.

Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a muddy brown color with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of a combination of caramel and lightly toasted malts with good amounts of toffee and light amounts of spices. As the beer warms hints of citrus fruits sneak out. The citrus fruit aromas are sweeter than normal.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Caramel malt flavors up front are joined shortly by light spices and vanilla flavors. Heavier toffee flavors with traces of brown sugar enter into things midway through the sip but take a backseat through to the mildly bitter and somewhat spicy ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. It's got a good level of spices balanced nicely by the choice of malts. Worth a shot.

Photo of frankiepop
4.7/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Adoration (revisited for the new winter) is a classic Belgian style beer seasonal ale. One of the best beers that I ever drank.

Adoration is a dark cloudy and murky with lots of complex rich flavors and aromas that are woody, sweet, fruity, earthy, spicy, and bright fruity flavor whacks you on top of the when you taste it. It's sensual!! Juicy Fruit Gum. I find the carbonation little too high for my personal preferences, but the tongue slapping flavor makes it all worthwhile.

Head to head comparison to St. Bernardus. St B is darker and has a better aroma, but Adoration is beautiful with a creamy tan head though it dissipates much quicker. As far as taste St B is a very rich creamy beer with a more oaky caramel and malty taste. Adoration also is complex beer rich creamy and tasty also, but with a wonderful splash of fruit that hits the tongue. I have to give it a tie. Love'em both! Ok St Bernardus gets the edge here.

In summation, good bye Guinness, I'm leaving you for a new lover, Ommegang.

Adoration is a complex product of masterful brewers of the highest caliber. Artists with sophisticated technique and abilitiies. The perfect complement requires the requsite skills , complexity, and depth of the highest order so I recommend Cecil Taylor's Salty Swift and Not Goodbye cd as the perfect complement to such an outragous and delightful ale.

Photo of ianjsullivan
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ST: 750 poured into a snifter. Bottle lists ABV but not DBD

A: Mud brown with a thin off-white head.

S: Chocolate, coriander, orange, roasted malt.

T: Yeasty, orange, coriander, chocolate, sour fruit.

M: Medium and smooth.

O: I aged this for a year before drinking. A wonderful and drinkable beer, Adoration has lots of spice and sour fruit with a hint of chocolate. It is not as heavy as other noels, and the sour flavors add a cider or wine feel to the finish.

Photo of CloudStrife
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip. Packaged on 09/03/13.

A: Pours a hazy orangish ruby brown with a dense slightly tanned head. Real nice head retention on this one. Leaves spots of lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Dark fruits are the first thing I notice, spices back this one up nicely reminding you its a winter beer. Bit of carmel sweetness from the malts and hits of orange. Must be the mace that gives it a sharp spice.

T: Strong belgian overtones on this one with a quality yeast aspect. Dark fruits and a touch of molasses. Spice isn't as pronounced as it is in the aroma. Touch of booziness at the end.

M: Medium to full body with a creamy feel. Booze is warming but doesn't come across as too hot. Touch of stickiness on the finish but for the most part clean.

Overall just had one of these that was a couple years old and its a whole different animal fresh. Much of of a Belgian quality and less spice. Great beer either way and really fits into the winter scene well.

Photo of caddybuyer
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a caged and corked 750 at slightly warmer than cellar temperature.

A-Initial pour is clear red cherry with rising carbonation and a darker eggshell head that settles rapidly.

S-Wow, from the first pop of the cork on this the cherry nose hits you. Strong cherry and orangepeel is present in the glass, as is a bit of ginger and candied sweet malts.

T-Cherry again dominates the intitial taste along with pear, a hint of bananna, clove, ginger, allspice and Belgian yeast. All give way to a more traditional dark fruit medley that fades to a peppery astringency in the finish which basks in the afterglow of the warming alcohol. This is a pretty sweet brew, but not overwhelmingly so. Lighter in complexity and flavor than say a St. Bernardus Christmas, it is a pretty solid beer in its own right.

M-Medium mouthfeel with amped up carbonation as it to be expected from the style.

D-Drinkable and enjoyable. I'd call this Ommagang's version of Mad Elf, but a tad better, yet still not up to the quality of Defiant's Christmas Ale which is a much better take on the Belgian Winter Warmer, or of course, the venerable St. Bernardus Christmas, which carries the torch on the style. The Cherry, (which I love) takes a bit too much of the front seat here, but I'd definately buy this again.

Re-review a year later with a year of age.

S-Nose seems to be much more spice forward with cardamom very much in the fore.

T-This has mellowed into a rich wonderful brew. My earlier review still stands, but damn this is good with a year of age on it (figure another half point on taste). The comparison to Mad Elf is still valid, but I had a fresh 2010 St. Bernardus Christmas recently and this aged Adoration blew its doors off. (Corsendonk? Fuggetaboutit!)

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Ommegang Adoration Ale from Brewery Ommegang
91 out of 100 based on 1,089 ratings.