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Ommegang Adoration Ale - Brewery Ommegang

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360 Reviews
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Reviews: 360
Hads: 1,100
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.32%
Wants: 87
Gots: 197 | FT: 1
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Brewery Ommegang visit their website
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 Sammy
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for sharing Jon. Great aromas, the mace abd ornange, ginger and yeast. Big head and lacey. Taste is decent, complexity of spices, pepper including black,cardamon,ginger,corriander, cloves, a littl chocolate, slows down drinkability to a sipper. Average plus mouthfeel. (275 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.82/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 8/30/13.

Pours a murky brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, toffee, caramel, banana, and spice aromas. Taste is much the same with caramel, banana, and spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and prickly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a great smell but the spices come through a bit more clearly in the flavor. (588 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1.5 finger head with good retention and nice lacing on a cloudy deep amber brown body. Aroma is very sweet and smells like candy and pineapple. Flavor Is mostly dark fruit including plum and raisin mostly. Belgian yeast and cinnamon round this one out. Medium body and moderate to high carbonation. Overall very complex flavorful and drinkable. An excellent beer and must try. (376 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy brownish amber in color and poured into a snifter glass with a finger high beige head that slowly died down and left a thick ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of dark fruits and malty sweetness in the nose along with some hints of spices.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and is quite fruity with a light amount of sweetness. There are some hints of alcohol and the finish mainly consists of spicy flavors.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some dryness and a slight amount of warming sensations from the alcohol in the finish.
D: The beer is quite drinkable because the alcohol is for the most part well hidden although the amount of spices in the flavors makes this beer one that is better sipped. (828 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked a bottle of this up at Capone's last holiday season as a present for Amyliz4. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a deep brown with a small off white to tan head that sticks around for some time. The nose is a bit of a spice bomb, but everything is fairly well integrated, with strong notes of ginger, clove, anise, caramel, and some molasses. The taste is a bit more constrained, but the spices work together with the mildly sweet malt and a sturdy medium body. Good carbonation levels and a nice mixture of spice and alcohol. (526 characters)

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

holiday beer from ommegang, and while it is very festive given its broad spice profile, there is nothing about this beer that says to me it cant be enjoyed all year around. its a medium shade of brown on the pour, like iced tea, with a lot of fizzling carbonation and some yeast bits. the nose has a sort of indian/Asian spice profile with ginger and possibly cardamom, not out of balance, but prominent. darker malt profile and Belgian yeast give additional spice notes of white pepper, molasses, and even vanilla as it warms up. all of these smells are tastes too, with the yeast being the dominant feature. i am struck both by how well the alcohol is hidden, and how light this feels on the palate despite its looks. its extremely bubbly, which eases its rich malty sweetness, and it finishes more relaxed than it starts. a gentle beer for what it is, with much wider appeal in my opinion than just the holiday season. another gem from ommegang. (948 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a hazy looking brown color. The head was big and tan. The head leaves a decent lacing along the glass. The smell of the beer has an interesting citrusy aroma along with some dark fruit and yeast on the nose. The taste has a good amount of dark malts and fruity flavors coursing through the beer, the flavors of spice and citrus give off a bit of a refreshing warmth to the beer. The mouthfeel is very smooth, not overly carbonated. Overall the beer has a good flavor and is one of Ommegangs best in my opinion. (534 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ommegang is onto something here. Starting with a Dark Belgian base that reminds me of Three Philosophers (minus the cherries) and with the fruitiness of Gouden Carolous. Throw in some cough syrups and Jagermeister and here we go.

Very fruity throughout with emphasis on plumbs, grapes, anise (licorice), black raspberries, and raisons. Tawny Belgian notes give a bit of acidic and woodsy flavor. Spicy and peppery notes could be completely yeast derived if not for the label that ruins the fun for me. Molassas or sorgum maltiness gives as much candy sweetness as fruitcake breads.

Dry and hot dominate the mouthfeel. Fusal alcohols and evaporative dryness cancel eachother out. Regardless, age should be kind to this beer.

The first pour from the bomber was a brilliantly clear ruby color. Alcohols held the head formaiton and retention in check and with minimal lacing. Second pour was considerable more haze but with better head characteristics. (951 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright blood orange with polished pomegranate accents when backlit with the rising sun. What a gorgeous hue! The golden caramel colored crown holds up its end of the bargain as well, but doesn't grace the glass with much lace. The appearance is very close to very good.

There's no question that this Brewery Ommegang ale is spiced, once nose is placed over glass. In fact, it's difficult to tell that it's a BSDA at all. The aggressive spice bill includes coriander, cardamom, mace, grains of paradise... and sweet orange peel (which isn't a spice at all). Bottom line: pungent cardamom overwhelms all else.

Adoration fares much better on the taste buds in terms of appreciation of the base beer. Having said that, it's still one of the most heavily spiced winter ales that you're likely to run across all year. A well-crafted, Belgian yeast estery BSDA simply doesn't need this much help.

Flavor intensity is generous, which means that palate fatigue will most likely become an issue over the course of 750 ml. Hell, it's already starting to creep in and I'm only at the bottom of the first glass. Unless you have a high tolerance for 'the entire spice rack' spiciness, it would be best to share your bottle with someone else.

As the color suggests, this is more of a dark amber than a dark. For instance, there are no chocolate, coffee or dark fruit notes. Maybe dark caramel, with generous amounts of candied fruit such as apricots, figs and dates. Sweetness is still balanced reasonably well by bitterness, but that won't be the case by the 'best by' date of 08/2014. Warming brings out the orange peel in fine fashion.

The mouthfeel is lush and plush and creamy and silky smooth. It's an interesting sensory counterpoint to the increasingly biting nature of the spices. This is one attribute that is fine just the way it is.

Ommegang Adoration suffers from an overload of spices. Decreasing the total by at least 50% (and eliminating cardamom entirely) would have given this seasonal brew a chance to be truly special. Twelve ounces would have been perfect. (2,068 characters)

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

brown color was evident from the start with a rich looking hazelnut tone to it. The head finally calmed down after about twenty minutes but still dropped tons of foam and lace along the glass.

The aroma was very nice, a little bit ruddy at first. Hints of chcoalte and caramel, rich belgian spice and a wonderful bit of dark fruit all dancing around wonderfully inside of it. But it was once I took a sip that everything really came together for me. A wave of cascading brown sugar and tart apples just rolled across the tongue. Enormously rich and vigorous, this was just a wonderful thing to behold. Nice touches of chocolate and rich toffee like notes were all balanced well in advance of a lovely dark fruit tone that led the charge once the yeast kicked in. Nice notes of prunes and rasins, hints of plums and dark cherries were all very much evident in the profile. (872 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: The beer pours an amber-brown color with a finger or so of khaki colored foam.

S: Intensely spicy with tons of coriander, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. Sweet caramel malts with lots of toasted bread aroma to go with it. Mildly yeasty with some alcohol coming through now and again.

T: A rather similar tale when it comes to the flavor. Intense spice flavor that is rather reminiscent of gingerbread. A fairly strong cinnamon, coriander, and nutmeg flavor as well. Sweet caramel and toasted bread with banana and dark fruits adding sweetness as well.

M: Medium in body with a moderate carbonation.

O: The spiciness can become a bit tiring after a handful of sips. Good, but I couldn't see myself drinking much of this. (724 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.55/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11 ounce goblet - $8.75 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Essentially opaque, mahogany-hued body topped with a foamy crown of yellowish beige that settles out quickly.

Smell: It's fruity, strongly spicy and fairly sweet-scented with layers of melted candies and caramel and more than its fair share of notable alcoholic wafts.

Taste: Sweet maltiness tasting of a rich caramel sauce further boosted by an additional sugary candy sweetness is tempered by a staunch spice blend with its boldly peppery bite. As with the nose, it's rather fruity with plenty of dark fruit tastes, some light citrus, and a bit of banana that, when coupled with the encroaching, growing alcoholic hotness presents a hint of 99 Bananas. Finishes both spicy and sweet with a pinch of boozy heat.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: At this early stage, the bold spiciness serves only to exacerbate the hot, fusel alcohol character of the beer. For me, this one definitely needs some time away in a deep, dark cellar to hopefully mellow. (1,060 characters)

Photo of nickfl
3.22/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - One finger of light brown head on top of an opaque, dark brown body with some reddish-brown highlights showing through against the light. The foam settles fairly quickly and leaves little lace.

S - Spice aroma of yeast and actual spices with notes of clove, cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg, and pepper. Lots of sugary malt backing up the spices, particularly caramel and molasses. The real belgian yeast notes come out at the end with some fruity plum notes and peppery yeast spice that plays well with the rummy sugar character.

T - Thick, sugary malt up front, lots of brown sugar, molasses, and caramel with a bit of toffee. Huge spice character appears in the middle. Cinnamon and clove with nutmeg. Finishes with more sugary, brown malt flavors and some actual yeast notes that thankfully begin to push aside the spices. Lingering molasses and brown sugar as well as peppery yeast, cloying cinnamon, and a weak note of roasted malt.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - I really wanted to like this, and the aroma had some promise, but it turned out to be awfully hard to drink. The spice character is overwhelming with a lot of cinnamon and clove. This somewhat stale and overdone spicing mostly covers up any pleasant yeast character that may be present, except for a hint fruit and pepper in the finish. I hate to say it, but this tastes like bad homebrew; the spicing is way overdone and it just kills every other aspect of the beer. I am not generally a big fan of spiced christmas beers, and someone who really likes that sort of thing might see this beer differently, but even considering that this beer was intended to taste like a spice cake, it is not well executed and just ends up being a cloying mess. Not recommended. (1,780 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Dirty John's tulip pint glass.

Thanks to Matt for sharing this bottle!

Time to see how this thing stacks up after a year of absence. It pours a hazy ruby-amber topped by a finger of cream foam. The nose comprises cinnamon, nutmeg, chamomile, banana, clove, pepper, and some light chocolate. The taste does not want to deviate much from this at all, though the spices come through decidedly more...spicy...more pronounced and in-your-face. The body is a straight medium, with a light carbonation and a grainy feel. Overall, a nice Winter brew, but the spices were just a bit too much for my liking. (611 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Makes a loud psssttt, and pours to the very top of my Game of Thrones tulip/goblet hybrid glass as the head rises all teh way to the top and teases my pour in over flowing the side, so I have to slow the pour to keep it built up on the sides without going over. The huge pillowy head fades at a med pace with long bubbled columns fading first, then it settles to a thick 1 finger frothy whipped cream like head with big pillars of thick lacing on the sides, and a dark murky mahogany ruby colored beer.

Nose is basically what it promises, a Belgian strong, big sweet malts, candy sugar, dark candy and reddish toasty malts, caramel and toffee, little candy syrup, etc. Then into Belgian yeast additions with some warming booze that even tingles the nose ever so slightly, esters in there, fruity aromas with some dark raisin and fig, brown sugar and brandy coated raisins, and a mild phenolic profile with the booze. In the background is a touch of a citrusy orange peel and ginger like component with hints of basic baking holiday spices.

Taste brings more of the same, starting a little creamy though, and some earthy root like flavors, a little sasparilla spice. The malts and sweet flavors come on strong, again that reddish candy malt with little syrupy and fairly sweet, into caramel and toffee, little molasses, and then again into plenty of candi sugar and more toffee, and a touch nutty. The sweeteners lead to booze, a mild booze warmth and even tingle again, some phenols with that. Then into mild ester profile again, and dark fruits, again that fig and brandy brown sugar coated raisin like character. There is also a hint of baking spices and mild very mild bitterness, touch of coriander, hint of cardamom, and other generic holiday baking spices, but don't really get the orange peel this time. Finish is sticky sweet but much drier than I expected, with more lingering baking spices, candied raisins and fig paste, candi sugar, toffee, and hint of booze tingle.

Mouth is fuller bod, nice popping carbonation that makes it more drinkable than it should, and plenty of warming slightly tingly booze.

Overall pretty nice, delivers what it promises with nice dark candi sugar, candied dark fruits, phenols and booze, sweet malts, etc. Pretty much a Belgian strong dark ale with touches of baking holiday spices. (2,328 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 1/2/2011 at Doherty's East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a dark reddish brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains dark fruit, a lot of spices, some alcohol, Belgian yeast, caramelized malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with sweet and strong flavors of cherries and spices up front. Then a hearty malt character and some Belgian yeast breadiness come in. The hops presence is very mild but about where it should be for the style and creates a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down dangerously easy, not too filling, well-disguised strong kick, good representation of style, this is a solid stronger Belgian beer worth drinking for a while. (908 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.38/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had a full serving of this in a Duvel tulip on draft at BCTC'09.

A -The appearance of strong brewed tea, dark caramel color w/ a few fingers of rocky ecru capping

S - Medicinal notes of yeast, spiced/herbal w/ mild toast. A caramel malt note which has an accent of nuts, the phenolics win out w/ mild alcohol aroma though

M - Very dry feel w/ herbal again phenolic dry finish. Mild crisp texture w/ high relative effervescent and slight alcohol which distracts

T - Loads of strong biscuit and astringent almost star anise type acrid flavors. The taste struck me like peanut brittle without the candy edge, mild caramel from the malt. The taste gets even more dry near the finish with yeast and alcohol flavors giving more spice.

D - A strong dark Belgian that didn't win me over, might just have been the climate, but it has too much liquer effect with alcohol overdone, not one I would try again unless they sell it in bottles most likely. (948 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a very clouded brown. Thick head with thick lacing. Definitely bringing the Belgian here. Robust and earthy tones with a mild sweetness. The only detractor is a kind of tangy aged orange peel that is too prevalent for my tastes. Overall though, it’s nice. Definitely a winter ale. Would go very well with food. (318 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.86/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at macadoodles in Jane, Mizzou...

Pours a ruby tinged chestnut with 3 fingers of tan head. Average head retention, zero lacing, but a nice vicious look to this

S: Ripe pears, peach some apricot as well & vanilla at the end

T: Spiced gingerbread up front, a touch of licorice & cinnamon up front. This melds into a spicy dark fruit experience as it warms, still thinking gingerbread, plus cinnamon again & boozey pears, plus a bit of orange-piko tea. Finishes with the whole orange-piko tea flavor & some leafy hops showing up late to the party, along with some ginger

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation, slight grainyness & a touch warming booze

Pretty drinkable, enjoying this by a fire, per the recommendation on the bottle. Beers like this make the Winter much more enjoyable (799 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Big brown glass bottle with hood-and-wire cap over a cork served into a N'Ice Chouffe beer flute in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are through the roof considering the brewery. Thanks to Adam for the bottle share from New York!

A: Pours a two finger head of fair cream, decent thickness, and great retention for the relatively high ABV. Colour is a dark amber; nontransparent but not murky. Perhaps hazy. Appealing in any case.

Sm: White wine, heavy spices - mainly coriander, light cherry, heavy amber hops, some candied sugar, light orange peel, and brilliant yeast. Incredibly appealing; I can't wait to try it. A moderate strength aroma.

T: A delightfully subtle beer with well-handled spices all around (complementing the winter theme beautifully), some lightly toasted malts (thought not as much per a winter warmer), light candied sugar - which is most evocative towards the finish, amber hops, and some cream on the finish (which continues through the aftertaste). Complex but very subtle (its strong suit). Wondrously balanced. Really a pleasant winter beer. I really dig this.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with the exception of some coarseness on the finish (due to the candied sugar). Quite complementary to the flavours.

Dr: Very drinkable, especially for the ABV. This is truly an adorable (I know that's cliche and tired at this point) winter beer. Successfully merges the best elements of English winter warmers with Belgian candied sugar beers. I'm blown away by the subtlety. This is definitely one I'd get again, though I do think it's best out of the bottle with as much age as you can manage on it. Probably peaks at seven or eight years. The overextended candied sugar on the finish and aftertaste is what prevents this from being an A-.

Wouldn't pair well with food. Enjoy this on its own; it deserves that sort of respect. Bravo.

B+ (1,895 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy, dark amber color for this brew. Excellent head that recedes in a rocky way. Good Belgian lace, but spotty.

Lots of ginger in the nose with very little else left to detect.

Strong ginger and Belgian flavors. Slightly sweet, but the spicy ginger takes over for the finish. Think true Ginger Ale. Rich body with an appropriate carbonation. Some darker malts, but it's the ginger the makes this brew. One of the best ginger beers I've ever had. (450 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ommegang Adoration Traditional Belgian-style Winter Ale

Clear, crimson-colored, beneath a lush, creamy, off-white head, no lace, but stays a solid 1/2".

Aroma: rich malt, spicy, dark fruit, plum and fig. Lovely stuff.

Taste: blast of spice and fruit, earthy and gritty, slightly mineral. Some apple and cherry shining through, as the alcohol strength reveals itself. Getting more and more warming. Medium bodied, long, sweet/spicy finish.
Just the right amount of sweetness, with only a smidgen of hop bitterness.

Someone who had been an ardent admirer of this one last year told me she's not a fan this time, because it lacks the sweetness of the previous batch. As I taste this one, I wonder what she missed, and scratch my memory to think of how last year's tasted. There's enough sweets to turn many away, I'd think. Or some. Maybe a few, or a fraction of a faction. (Wait, where am I going with this?)

Anyhow, it's a lovely, spicy, fruity dubbel. Just a little bitter to match the sweet and the spice. Super delicious yum time. Mmmm. A real treat. Might have to get some bottles of this stuff, and hang on to it for awhile. (1,135 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled on 8/30/2013. Pours moderately cloudy reddish copper color with a 2-3 finger fairly dense and rocky light khaki head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big plum, pear, raisin, apple, orange peel, caramel, toast, coriander, clove, pepper, candi sugar, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good complexity and balance of yeast, malt, and spice notes; with good strength. Taste of huge raisin, plum, pear, apple, orange peel, caramel, molasses, toast, coriander, clove, pepper, licorice, brown bread, candi sugar, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of raisin, plum, pear, apple, orange peel, caramel, molasses, toast, coriander, clove, licorice, brown bread, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity and balance of robust malt, fruity/spicy yeast, and spice flavors; with a great malt/spice balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately slick, crisp, and lightly syrupy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent spiced Belgian strong ale! All around awesome complexity, balance, and robustness of malt, yeast, and spice flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering. (1,520 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
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. (467 characters)

Photo of jwc215
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml cage-corked bottle, poured into tulip glass:

Pours caramel-to-dark brown colored, with nice-looking hues. Shiny. A thin, foamy, off-white head sits atop, gradually descending to wisps. Not much lacing sticks. It could have better head-retention and lacing, but it has a beautiful color.

The smell is of rich caramel/toffee with a variety of fruits ranging from nectarine and citrus/tropical to dark fruits. A light spicing and some grassy bitterness mix in. Very complex and inviting. Rich and aromatic.

The taste follows the nose wonderfully. Complex and layered. A mix of rich caramel and toffee mixes with a wide range of fruitiness, from berry-ish to tropical/citric to dark. Slight vanilla and light wintery spicing and a bitterish touch in finish blend and balance it well. Some booze mixes in as well.

Pretty effervescent, it hits full-bodied.

A very rich, complex brew. Truly a winter treat! Drinks well despite noticeable 10% abv. (951 characters)

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Ommegang Adoration Ale from Brewery Ommegang
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