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Ommegang Adoration Ale - Brewery Ommegang

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Ommegang Adoration AleOmmegang Adoration Ale

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Ratings: 819
Reviews: 312
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11.74%
Wants: 55
Gots: 98 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: akorsak on 08-04-2009)
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Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%

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.

Sammy, Nov 20, 2009
Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -2.2%

t0rin0, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.81/5  rDev -6.8%

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.

UCLABrewN84, Dec 06, 2013
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -2.2%

djrn2, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%

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.

Thorpe429, Oct 19, 2010
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -2.2%

zestar, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev -2.2%

nmann08, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of metter98
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%

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.

metter98, Dec 29, 2010
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%

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.

BuckeyeNation, Nov 04, 2010
Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%

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.

BEERchitect, Dec 21, 2009
Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev -2.2%

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.

mikesgroove, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Texasfan549, Dec 03, 2013
Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

kjkinsey, Dec 03, 2013
Photo of womencantsail
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%

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.

womencantsail, Apr 25, 2011
Photo of kylehay2004
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%

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.

kylehay2004, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

jaydoc, Oct 07, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.53/5  rDev -13.7%

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.

ChainGangGuy, Dec 30, 2009
Photo of Knapp85
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

Knapp85, Jul 04, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
3.68/5  rDev -10%

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.

TMoney2591, Dec 17, 2010
Photo of zeff80
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

zeff80, Oct 16, 2013
Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev -2.2%

JAHMUR, Nov 28, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

SocalKicks, Feb 16, 2014
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%

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.

TheManiacalOne, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%

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.

RblWthACoz, Dec 08, 2013
Photo of nickfl
3.18/5  rDev -22.2%

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.

nickfl, Dec 20, 2009
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Ommegang Adoration Ale from Brewery Ommegang
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