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Ommegang Adoration Ale - Brewery Ommegang

Ommegang Adoration AleOmmegang Adoration Ale

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BA SCORE
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764 Ratings
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Ratings: 764
Reviews: 309
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.76%


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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dar482

New York

4.61/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in hazy dark mahogany reddish brown.

Tons of spices in this and comes through with the aroma. The aroma has Belgian bready yeast, tons of juicy dark dried fruits of plums, figs, raisins. Very sweet smelling with malt sweetness.

The flavor follows with lots of spice. Then it goes onto huge sweet fruits, plum, figs, dried black cherries, black pepper, coriander.

There is lots of carbonation that is traditional to the style.

This is one of Ommegang's best beers. Better than their Three Philosphers and actually extremely close to the traditional Belgian quads. I imagine that this beer could stand out with the best of them.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2014 09:22:56 | More by dar482
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polloenfuego

Ontario (Canada)

4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a 12 oz bottle to a snifter.

Bottle date Sept 2013

A: pours a lovely chestnut brown with an immense head that seems like it lasts forever. Once it finally does break it leaves some interesting lacing and a fair amount of foam as a cap.

S: dark fruits, yeasts, caramel, some hints of molasses and a maltiness.

T: much like the nose, dark fruits and caramel are up front as spices and yeast follow.

M: full bodied with higher carbonation. The booze does come through a touch but not enough to detract from the other aspects.

O: Adoration is a nice Winter time BSDA that I quite enjoyed. I think it will only benefit from age, but even in this young state it was full of flavor and character. As a fan of Belgian styles I must give hats off to Ommegang.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2014 22:08:21 | More by polloenfuego
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MadCat

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours very brown, big, light fluffy tan head, tons of lacing

Smell: Malts, Ommegang yeast, coriander, cardamom

Taste: Nice bready malt character, Ommegang yeast notes, coriander, cardamom, spices, orange peel

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body, full champagne like carbonation, semi dry finish

Overall: A fantastic ageable brew from Ommegang. Love it, glad to pick it up yearly

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2014 02:35:30 | More by MadCat
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timmy2b

New York

3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

Dark Red almost Brown color until held towards a light then its heavy red with a little orange. Has a very small head that dissipated slowly. Very white color for the head.

Smells of a belgian Strong Ale with a subtle amount of sweetness.

Tastes sweet with a very easy Belgian malt. Very light in the mouth and easy to drink.

Alcohol is hidden very well and without looking I was very surprised it is 10%.

Would buy again next year!

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2014 03:13:11 | More by timmy2b
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Suds

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a beautiful reddish brown color. The head is of moderate size, dense with tightly packed bubbles. The scent is of sugary, spicy, woody aromas. It has a roasted, toast and malt quality. Not over the top, but very strong and Belgian. The taste is sweetish. It hides it's a ABV incredibly well. Full in body, with serious heft. Wonderful.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 01:53:03 | More by Suds
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2014 01:54:46 | More by chinchill
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mattbk

New York

3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Nice, long lasting, rich, slightly tan head. Beer is dark amber color, nice carbonation throughout. Beautiful looking beer.
S: Candy, spice, orange, slight clove. Maybe some dark fruit aroma, plumlike. Not a ton of malt here. Very nice.
T: Nice flavor here, the dark fruit takes center stage here, but still some nice orange spice, slightly bitter also. Slight chocolate/roast from dark malts. It is very dry, and very carbonated. Those things detract from the beer. It has a carbonic bite to it that isn't welcome. It is missing some malt presence as well, the spices and yeast are playing a role but are a bit out of balance. Otherwise, a fine beer though.
M: the main flaw in this beer. Too carbonated, a bit too dry, needs more body to make it special. As it warms and decarbs it gets better.
O: The high carbonation and dryness really detract from this beer. A bit more mouthfeel and less carb and this would be a superb beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2014 04:08:57 | More by mattbk
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into a tulip glass

Appearance – The beer pours a hazed deep copper/mahogany color with a two finger tan colored head. Tons of smell carbonation bubbles can be seen streaming through the brew even in light of the hazed appearance. The head has a fantastic level of retention, slowly fading to leave tons of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is heaviest of some sweeter fruit aromas of raisin and plum with other sweet smells of molasses and caramel. Along with these aromas are some chocolate and roasted malt smells as well as some aromas of spice and a bit of yeast. The spice smells are a nice mix of coriander, clove, dried orange peel, and a bit of nutmeg. Overall the brew has a very dark, fruity, and moderately spicy smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a nice dark fruit flavor of raisin and plum with other sweeter flavors of caramel right from the start. Beyond these flavors are some bready and lightly roasted malt flavors. A lighter yeasty flavor is present from the start as well with it gaining intensity as the flavor advances. The spice flavors follow the yeast flavors quite well, with all the spices detected in the nose (coriander, nutmeg, clove, and allspice) all gaining strength as the flavor moves to the end. Some lighter orange peel flavors also come to be, as well as a moderately strong boozy taste. In the end the combination of flavors leaves a nice warming, fruited, and spiced Belgian strong dark flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thinner side for a brew of 10 % abv with a carbonation level that is high and consists of tons of prickly carbonation bubbles. For the style, the thinner body and high carbonation are fantastic for the yeast, spice and fruit flavors of the beer, making for a crisper brew even in light of the high abv and richer dark fruity flavors.

Overall – A highly spiced Belgian Strong dark with a moderate boozy but very drinkable taste. This was one I rather enjoyed.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2014 02:02:00 | More by Darkmagus82
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MikeB20

Delaware

3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

P: 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: A slightly hazy dark amber with a big, creamy, nearly two finger light tan head. Lacing is present but just okay.

S: Very malty and sweet with some sour cherry, dark stone fruits and Belgian yeast character. There's some spiced rum, raisin-like character in there as well.

T: Malty with the slightest bit of tartness. You can taste those dark fruits and raisins as well as some alcohol heat. It's a nice warming sensation and isn't harsh or overpowering at all. Spiciness from the yeast in the realm of clove or nutmeg, it's a supporting flavor that fits in nicely.

M: Creamy and coating, not a lot of carbonation. It's nice and makes for something you're more likely to sip than gulp.

O: This is a really nice, mellow but complex Belgian. Easy to drink and enjoy. The blend of flavors works well together and no one aroma or flavor overpowers another. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2014 20:50:46 | More by MikeB20
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cjgiant

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

This ruby-amber beer is pretty clear, resembling a brandy in the snifter. There is a thin circle of bubbles at the edge, where they come from I am not sure, as the beer has next to no carbonation in its taste (more later). The smell is a wonderful myriad of spiced bread (pumpkin bread?), red licorice, plum, and a slight singe of alcohol.

The taste consists of plum, a bit of spiciness (I am getting gingerbread), and a slight banana hint in the background. These all seem to sit on the backbone of a dry red wine (a weaker one). It's interestingly complex when you add the slight alcohol burn.

Unfortunately, the complexity misses a little on the enjoyment. This is likely caused by an almost totally flat delivery, and an "I can't describe why" lack of depth (but I'll try: the taste "complexity" flavors all hit the same part of my tongue).

With a little more "depth" and some carbonation, this could perhaps be rated .5 to .75 higher.

Serving type: on-tap

01-08-2014 00:06:18 | More by cjgiant
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bmwats

Louisiana

3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A: Dark amber hue. Pours a half finger, bubbly brownish head. Settles quickly. Spotty lacing at best.

S: Pecans, fresh tea, molasses.

T: Roasted malt, raisin, molasses.

M: Thick and syrupy feel. Raisin lingers on the palate. Kind of boozy.

D: Sip and enjoy.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Bubbly head, spotty lacing at best. Nose is nutty with tea leaf and molasses. Roasted grains, raisin is prominent, molasses is present. Thick and syrupy. Overall this is a really good quaff.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 04:55:32 | More by bmwats
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stephens101

Oklahoma

4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A hard pour down the middle of the snifter results in one-finger of smooth tan head. Color is a pure ruby red.

Aroma flows bold with rich chocolate chocolate cake encircled with ripe plum, grape, raisin and cherry notes. Belgian yeast lies distinct below as does a hint of saffron.

Smooth and creamy with that unique Ommegang heat at the back. Medium to heavy in body. Tastes of more dark fruits, taffy, vanilla, burnt sugar and supporting hops.

Absolutely Splendid.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2014 21:14:02 | More by stephens101
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rangerred

Tennessee

3.49/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2014 03:37:29 | More by rangerred
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fourstringer

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a Brewer's Art goblet. Moderate hand. "Best by" space on the label is conspicuously blank. Presumably 2013 vintage. Awesome cork with multiple Ommegang lion prints.

A: Very cloudy, instant iced tea brown. 1/2 finger light tan head with ok retention. Minimal lacing.

S: Very sweet nose. Brown sugar/molasses. Licorice. Toffee. Raisin. Black cherry. Fainter orange notes. Dark chocolate. Light Belgian yeast.

T: Semi-sweet flash up front with Belgian yeast/augmented spiciness. Gradual transition to rather tangy, roasted malt notes. Dark chocolate, black licorice, peat/oak/wood notes. Wisps of orange. Touch of banana. Semi-dry finish with a pronounced booziness. A surprisingly assertive hop/spice bitterness develops and lingers in the aftertaste. Coriander is buried, but cardamom and mace are evident.

M: Moderate carbonation with a prickliness that is out of proportion. Perhaps the spices? Moderate to fullish body. Sticky.

O: Unique brew. There is a lot going on. I love Ommegang, but this one just doesn't come together for me like the others. Kinda jumbled and astringent. Maybe some age would mellow?

Prost!

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2014 06:52:15 | More by fourstringer
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superspak

Michigan

4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 00:26:48 | More by superspak
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BB1313

Ohio

4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a goblet. Pours a murky dark amber with a haze; fluffy light khaki head that fades slowly and leaves great lacing and retention. The aromas are full of yeast and malts. The orange peel is there. Lots of dark fruits like plum and raisins. This has cherry notes as well. There's also hints of subtle holiday spices. I think I'm picking up subtle notes of cinnamon. The flavors are robust. The spices really come through in the flavors. There's a nice amount of coriander. More dark fruits. There's a nice sweetness to this one. Hints of orange. Some banana. Yeast is there. More cherries, most likely black cherries. Dates and raisins are there. More fresh plum. The spices are there and blend well with everything else going on it. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is wonderful. It's full-bodied; very creamy and fluffy. Moderate carbonation making this very smooth. Nice stuff.

This is good stuff from Ommegang. It's very fitting for the winter and during the holidays. It has alot of Quadrupel characteristics and is in the ballpark. I would imagine this beer aging very well. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2013 23:18:39 | More by BB1313
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2013 23:12:14 | More by jlindros
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scotorum

Massachusetts

3.71/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 4/29/13. Odd since it just came out. Apparently they wanted it to age before it was sold.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a stemmed tulip glass.

a: Clear dark ruby with a finger and a half light tan head which receded to heavy surface foam and

s: Some dark fruit. Later, bubble gum.

t: Medicinal at first, rather like cough syrup, then some heavy duty malt/dark fruit flavor. Bitter fruitsh aftertaste.

m: Medium to heavy.

o: Surprisingly unusual but then this would be my first "dark winter" Belgian ale.. Easy drinking for a 10% ABV but not digging the flavor very much, especially the lingering bitter aftertaste. Still think their Abbey Ale and Three Philosophers rock.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2013 05:23:07 | More by scotorum
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mempath

Pennsylvania

4.93/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Pretty much perfect. Deep bright stewed apricot appearance... Smells of sweet and sour dark fruit.... Tasting is out of this world yet earthy....Again sweet and sour notes of stewed or candied fruits with all sorts of spices....liquid mincemeat... Bready yeasty toasty crusty ... Mouthfeel is silky not thick. The abv is masked well. Nothing sticky or cloying...worth the $15 for the four pack...o come let us adore this....this vessel of wise alchemy!

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2013 13:57:06 | More by mempath
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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a goblet.

A: Brown on the pour with some orange and ruby hues. Good clarity. Creamy beige head retains at a quarter inch for the duration. A thin sheet of lacing eventually breaks into spots and wispy lines.

S: Fruit cake and bread pudding. Plenty of brown bread, hints of cocoa, faint coffee, drizzle of caramel. Spicing is ample but nicely integrated. Orange peel and peppery aromas waft from the glass. Estery component of berries and currants. Earthy and nutty yeast undertones.

T: Crusty bread, light caramel drizzle, cocoa, and hints of toffee. Fruity notes of currant and red berries. Orange peel leaves a subtle oily sweetness. Flares of citrus. Peppery spices build steadily and own the back end and the finish. Cardamom is distinct. Earthy and dusty yeast tastes and peppery spice on the finish.

M: Medium thick body. Creamy smooth malt body gets some lift from high attenuation and ample prickling carbonation. Soft caress of warming alcohol.

O: Ommegang really nailed the style here. This is a perfect Christmas-style Belgian Ale. It isn’t as big and bold as some get, but it strikes a nice balance. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2013 03:25:45 | More by ryan1788a5
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2013 08:17:14 | More by MattyG85
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dheacck11

Connecticut

3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours really murky cloudy brownish red. Tan finger of head. Smell is pretty sharp and biting. Fig cedar and a little smoke. Tastes fairly woody and sweet. Lots of raisin and some scotch notes as well. A little damp and peaty. Opens up more as it warms. Nice thick feel

Nice dark Belgian. Would like some more diversity in flavor but really good balance for what is there.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2013 01:15:10 | More by dheacck11
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jimmah120

Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle with no date

Look is a brown amber, with a bunch of fluffy suds. Smell is stinky belgian yeast, a touch of alcohol, and dark fruits. Taste is similar: fruity, spicy yeast, powdery dry feel, hints of juicy dark fruits and earthy hops.

Drinks below its 10% and isnt too sweet or spiced.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2013 04:41:30 | More by jimmah120
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4/5  rDev -2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2013 15:51:09 | More by StonedTrippin
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jmerloni

Massachusetts

4.66/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A - Electric ruby-mahogany with minor haze. Beige/off-white head, frothy, thick and sticky. An impressive looking beer.

S - Cloves, cardamom, pear, grapes, booze.

T - Oh my. All of the above and more. Plums and dark cherries galore. What a stately punch this beer is.

M - Full-bodied and smooth. Chewy-thick.

D - An elite beer. One of the very best beers - if not the best - I've had this year. This is a big, big beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2013 00:13:56 | More by jmerloni
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