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Ommegang Adoration Ale - Brewery Ommegang

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Ommegang Adoration AleOmmegang Adoration Ale

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

869 Ratings
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Ratings: 869
Reviews: 318
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11.74%
Wants: 64
Gots: 119 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: akorsak on 08-04-2009)
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Reviews by rangerred:
Photo of rangerred
3.49/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

12oz bottle into a goblet

Pours a somewhat hazy dark ruby-brown with a fluffy two finger white head. Very good head retention and ok lacing.

The aroma definitely has that Belgian yeasty spice that I am expecting but the added spices are also quite noticeable. There is a whiff of alcohol in there along with dark fruit; especially cherries.

Even more cherry in the flavor along with tons of dark fruit. It is almost a little too much. The spices are also prominent and the Belgian yeast character not so much. Alcohol warmth is present along with just a small ethanol taste. Very full silky mouthfeel but the sweetness is held in check with just a slightly sticky finish.

Overall, an ok Belgian ale but I feel it could use some time for everything to come together. The spices are just a little too strong and could use some time to fade. Nonetheless a good effort from Ommegang.

rangerred, Jan 02, 2014
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Photo of aszatk01
4/5  rDev -2.2%

aszatk01, Dec 27, 2013
Photo of DanGeo
4/5  rDev -2.2%

DanGeo, Tuesday at 02:21 AM
Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev -2.2%

t2grogan, Oct 06, 2014
Photo of Tiernan
3/5  rDev -26.7%

Tiernan, Mar 29, 2014
Photo of weatherdog
2.73/5  rDev -33.3%
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.

weatherdog, Jan 05, 2010
Photo of SIRIUS2
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

SIRIUS2, Jun 08, 2011
Photo of JasonA
4.63/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

JasonA, Oct 30, 2009
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

lordofthewiens, Dec 19, 2010
Photo of warnerry
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

warnerry, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of izsch2
4.8/5  rDev +17.4%

izsch2, Aug 24, 2014
Photo of Beaver13
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

Beaver13, Jan 05, 2011
Photo of generallee
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

generallee, Mar 23, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

TimoP, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of jisom123
4/5  rDev -2.2%

jisom123, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of Billolick
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
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

Billolick, Oct 31, 2009
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.

tigg924, Dec 03, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

reitzbrewing, Nov 06, 2013
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.

Mora2000, Dec 22, 2010
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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

JC333, Dec 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

MikePags, Mar 07, 2014
Photo of kingcrowing
3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

kingcrowing, Dec 04, 2010
Photo of ccurrid
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

ccurrid, Apr 12, 2014
Photo of jondeelee
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

jondeelee, Jan 13, 2012
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Ommegang Adoration Ale from Brewery Ommegang
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