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Ommegang Adoration Ale - Brewery Ommegang

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Reviews: 365
Hads: 1,119
Avg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 97
Gots: 210 | FT: 1
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Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States | website

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 RonaldTheriot
4.7/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Ommegang Adoration has a thin-to-medium cream-colored head, very little lacing, a murky, rust-orange appearance, and lots of tan chunks floating about. The aroma is of assorted spices, spiced bread or cake, dark fruits, such as raisin, and low bitterness. Sweetness and alcohol abound. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, and Ommegang Adoration finishes semi-wet and somewhat boozy.


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Photo of leantom
4.46/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Lovely beer. Perfectly made. Here goes:

L: Kind of hard to describe, actually. Brown, but not very much so (the bottom of my glass, where the diameter is less than that of the middle and top, emits a faint gold color - therefore, I must conclude that light of longer wavelengths, like yellow, is able to penetrate the beer in normal glasses). A ton of carbonation, a huge head that lingers, and plenty of carbonation accompany this beer.

S: Good, but somewhat gimmicky. Smell a lot of added spices (especially coriander), which give the beer an artificial smell. However, there is a lot of bready Belgian yeast, pepper, orange peel, and very, very sweet caramel malt.

T: Quite good. Lots of spices, bready Belgian yeast, caramel, candied sugar, orange peel, etc. Yeast and malt give this beer a rather good taste.

F: Perfect. Very well-carbonated with sufficient thickness.

O: Great beer by Ommegang.

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Photo of JPowell712
4.69/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is a GREAT Belgian dark ale! I can't say enough about this beer. It is deep and rich to the pour and strong in spice and warmth. The perfect beer for the holidays and cold weather. I'd also see this going well with many of the traditional holiday foods. It finishes strong, sweet, and warm... This is a GREAT BEER!

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Photo of Mikefriedman90
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Strong beer from ommegang. Citrus and orange smell and taste. Filling but not hard to drink. Packs a punch , you'll feel it after you drink it. Had at one mile house nyc

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Photo of Jimlikesbeer
2.14/5  rDev -47.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Adoration by Ommegang Brewery is a good beer, and a great beer if you like coriander. Personally I do not like that taste. This Belgian style of beer would be a good choice for those of you that like Blue Moon, one Shock Top.

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Photo of Billiam160
4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
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

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Photo of OrangeMen
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- Pours a glistening amber, burnt orange w/ golden hues. Three finger thick slight off-white fizzy, bubbly head, dissipates to half finger. Very transparent, clear, lots of visible carbonation.
Aroma- Deep rich malts, some caramel and sweet molasses notes. Dark fruits poke through, balanced by citrus notes, mainly orange zest. Spice notes of cinnamon, and some peppery aromas as well.
Taste- Spice and citrus notes come forward more in taste, orange zest, and beautiful holiday spice notes, also peppery notes. Malt backbone pulls it all together, nice rich malts add sweetness.
Feel- Medium mouthfeel, higher amount of carbonation, but does not mask or take away any flavoring.
Overall- Enjoyable sipping beer, very warming from holiday spices, also slightly from lingering alcohol. Citrus notes balance wonderfully off of spices, spicing is not just your typical holiday spices, but also beautiful peppery notes. Great holiday offering.

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

Poured on tap in a snifter

A: reddish Amber hue good lacing

S: banana clove nutmeg 

T: a little boozy but a lot of the banana clove and spice in the nose 

O: it's just a tripel it's nothing amazing but it's pretty good 

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Photo of JasW
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is characterized as a BSDA, but it's like none I've ever tried, from the dark amber color to the mildly bitter bite offsetting the decidedly non-Belgian yeast and caramel, dark fruits, and all of the usual suspects.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

In review is a 2011 Vintage.

A - Pours a clear, dark chestnut mahogany color with nice carbonation and a lasting toffee colored creamy looking head.

S - Dark fruity esthers of plumbs and dark cherries, spice, clove, light cinnamon (probably from the cardamom spices used in this beer), and eucalyptus.

T - Layers of complexity: sweet toffee/caramel malt and alcohol up front followed with plumbs, cherries, raisons, eucalyptus, some more alcohol, followed with more toffee and dark fruit.

M - Heavy medium body, semi-dry, the combination of everything makes your mouth water and then seems to coagulate from the sugar, moderate alcohol warming in the throat.

O - Complex and elegant. This bottle has a "Best By" date of 7/2016 and really enjoying this one.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from the bottle into a teku glass. The ninth beer of my 2014 twelve beers of Christmas.

A- Poured a very dark and murky brown color with a giant fluffy off-white white that left lots of dense and chunky lace.

S- Big dark fruit notes of raisins, plums, and black cherries. Quite a bit of Belgian yeast spice notes and nutmeg.

T- Lots of big juicy black cherry flavor, raisins, plums, lots of belgian yeast noes, nutmeg, and some bitter orange peel. Finishes with a pretty high level of bitterness for the style.

M- BIg alcohol warming and pretty big alcohol burn, full bodied, a little sticky, and finishes pretty dry.

O- This is definitely a big warmer for the winter. It is pretty boozy, but the hop bitterness and dryness make this boozy beer a lot easier to go down.Lots of really nice juicy fruit flavors and some nice Belgian yeast and spice character for balance.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

(2014 bottle - carefully poured into a Chouffe tulip)

L: cherry-juice russet colored liquid, moderate haze... plush, sudsy foam... the yeast helps a pad of head remain until you dive in... fair bit of lace sticks to the glass

S: yeast spice, dark plum... hints of the coriander and orange peel, though their mostly woven into the melange of spicing and not standing out boldly... overall, cakey malt and clove/nutmeg yeast character reminiscent of some of the classic strong dark Belgian ales like a Chimay blue or Rochefort 10... red Twizzlers?... the spicing merely adds a soft flair and doesn't take the beer into new territory

T: vinous-like dark fruit, plum, perhaps a highlight of date... pulsing bitterness coupled with cordial-like booze in the background... solid, rather dense malty base, though not quite caramel-rich and not as sweet as some of the flavors beg for - the spices and laid-back wave of booze do a nice job of rounding out a fine overall balance

F: medium-full, filling the palate with expansive carbonation, though blanket soft on the edges and not quite parching dry... mild film of gummy sediment slides back down the palate

O: they do well here... wonder what it tastes like without the spices - I'm guessing still somewhat decent, though without as much excitement/depth... I could definitely do a second bottle after this, but I have a thing for malt and spices, so this is hittin that nerve

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Photo of spacecake9
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%

Poured an amber brown into my Ommegang goblet.
Very attractive, thick, pillowy head.
Aroma of raisins or figs.
Mild raisin and spice flavor with a little alcohol kick.
Tasty, balanced winter ale from Ommegang.

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Photo of awess1221
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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

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Photo of HipCzech
4/5  rDev -2%

Serving: 12 oz bottle poured into a Reidel Vinum Zinfandel glass.

Appearance: Hazy, reddish brown. Frothy khaki tan foam with nice lacing.

Smell: Warming spices, Belgian yeast, ripe bananas, brown sugar and alcohol.

Taste: Spice, yeast and sugar follow from the nose with plenty of sweet fruit layers (plums, raisins).

Mouthfeel: Medium to full mouthfeel with moderate carbonation.

Overall: A big, boozy, fruity and spicy sipper: Christmas fruitcake.

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Photo of TBoneJones
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pint pour: Brown, opaque body. Rich and smooth in appearance, this has a light tan head appears equally as smooth.
Smells is like sweet bread, fig and molasses. More sweet than spice, although a hint of "orange spice" is present.
Spiced alcohol up front, or is it the alcohol itself? I don't believe so, but any muddled up-front flavors in that department are quickly redeemed by tasty dark caramel malts, dark fruitcake, pepper, and clove. Just so complex. Orange peel still lingers.
Feels medium thick, smooth, slightly sticky. Satisfying.
A great winter warmer, well worth the price of admission due to its complex flavors.

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Photo of barczar
4.08/5  rDev 0%

Belgian yeast esters of pear, bubblegum, and green apple accompany dark, sweet candi sugar and toffee to form the aroma. Flavor is appley and tart, fairly alcoholic, with a toasted, nutty malt backbone. Esters become more complex the more I sip. The high abv isn't hiding well, but the flavor of the esters keep me coming back for more.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up a few weeks back at the Buy-Rite in Jersey City, having never had this before. I love Ommegang's beers and was hoping that they'd hit the nail on the head with this, in terms of brewing something memorable for the season. Needless to say, that was indeed the case here. Yes, this was very sweet but the presence of the yeast, dark fruit, and candied sugar was enough to put this over the top, as this beer hid the alcohol well and warmed me nicely. Indeed, this beer is fitting of being a dark winter ale!

This had an absolutely radiant look to it as I poured it out, as the fluffy tan head topped off the subtly glowing dark peach hue of this beer. Lots of cardamom in the nose, which I mistook for gingerbread until getting my vocabulary word of the day down. Grains of paradise? Check. Lemon zest and citrus notes? Check. Dark fruit? Check, with a lighter pencil as it wasn't as strong as the other flavors. Yeast? Check (of course). Banana and bubble gum? Check...yeah, it's there. So much going on here but boy, was this enjoyable and did everything meld together smoothly from start to finish; with the help of a good amount of carbonation that wonderfully eased out the funkier edges of this brew.

You want strength? It's here and the warming made itself known from the get go. That was counterbalanced by the wonderful range of flavors and the Belgian nature of this beer that shone through since the spice was understated. Wet, lively, and enjoyable, this is seasonal that deserves to be put in your winter rotation, and I know that it'll be placed in mine with the SN Celebration, Brooklyn BCS, and Anchor Special Ale. Wonderful in every aspect, a beer like this truly enlivens the holiday season. Don't miss out!

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Photo of zac16125
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a tulip
2014 vintage

A: Pours a dark mahogany with ruby hues when held to light. Two fingers width of tan colored head has very good retention and leaves lots of lacing. 4.25

S: Lots of spice, orange peel, coriander, grains of paradise. Sweet malts including notes of caramel/toffee and candied sugar. Doughy yeast. Very nice. 4.25

T: Very spicy coupled with sweet malts. Grains of paradise and coriander, subtle cocoa, black pepper, subtle bitterness, doughy yeast. 4

M/D: Full bodied, carbonation on the higher end but appropriate, ABV is very well masked and drinkability is good. 4

O: Good beer, but I have pretty high standards for this Christmas/Winter BSDA’s/Quads. Enjoyable, but with so many great examples of the style out there I don’t think its something I will make a yearly staple. 4

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Photo of silverking
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

A- pours a deep cloudy reddish amber with a thick, creamy tan head. Absolutely gorgeous lacing.

S- woah. In your face. Floral, banana bread, coriander, cardamom. There is something cloyingly sweet in there. It's just this side of too much. Probably the sweet orange peel mentioned on the label. The more I smell it, the more I think of potpourri. As it warms, the aroma moves more towards a traditional Belgian ale. The overbearing sweetness is washed away by warming alcohol and holiday spices.

T- luckily, the taste is not quite as perfumed as the aroma. Still though, it's a lot to take in. Sensory overload would be a good term here. Orange peel, cinnamon, clove, coriander, cardamom, all alongside a traditional Belgian dark ale. Very sweet as well. Madness.

M- rich, sticky, warming. I'm just going to leave it at that.

O- definitely let this one warm up a bit.

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Photo of dd43
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%

Chugged straight from the bottle at fridge temperature! Just kidding, I let this warm on the counter for 15 minutes or so before opening and pouring into a wine goblet. Bottle was dated 11-Sep 2014.

Appearance - poured a grapefruit red, nearly blood orange in color. Slight haze from the yeast still in the bottle, head forms willingly even with a slower fill. Hold it up to the light and watch the tiny bubbles dance to the surface. This is an attractive beer.

Smell - as one would expect from a Belgian dark/winter ale, you get the trademark yeast aroma, along with an undercurrent of banana and clove, plus the orange peel and cardamom that were used in the brewing process. Some dried fruit aromas as well, kind of a fig or apricot thing happening.

Taste - Ommegang says this beer is assertively spiced and they weren't kidding. The flavor largely follows the aroma, but you get the dark fruit flavors more in the taste than the nose. Malt sweetness is balanced very nicely with the alcohol, which is hard to believe at 10% given how drinkable this beer is.

Mouthfeel - malt backbone gives you a very nice sweet tackiness, this beer is a pleasure to let linger in your mouth before sending it on its way. Warmth from the alcohol is pleasing on a cold winter night.

Overall - this beer is released seasonally and I can't think of a reason not to get some every year. Well worth it.

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Photo of RMKaylor
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

I cannot help but be reminded of N'Ice Chouffe in smell, appearance, mouthful and taste.

Not that there is anything wrong with that, of course!

Especially as N'Ice Chouffe is one of my favorite Bieres d'Hiver.

I really appreciate what Ommegang/Duel have been doing over the last couple of years.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

12oz bottle served slightly chilled into a goblet. 2014 vintage with blue and pint label.

Adoration is a hazy redish brown color with thin alabaster head.

Aroma is mostly sweet with hints of dark fruit and clove.

Flavor has great depth with malty sweetness, brown bread, and spice cake. Dried fruit and the Belgian yeast give the beer character and balance.

Mouthfeel is medium-full in body and nicely carbonated. Very drinkable for the high ABV.

Overall one of the best American versions of this style available.

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Photo of StoutHunter
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of Ommegang's Adoration Ale a couple weeks ago for $3.29 at The Lager Mill. I had a chance to try this beer last year and I really enjoyed the sample I had and i knew I had to get a bottle to review, so lets see how it goes. 2014 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks nice, it goes well with the season and I think it's a little eye catching. It poured a amber brown color that took on more of red and ruby color when held to the light with two fingers worth of creamy very light tan head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some spotty lacing behind. This was a good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness that has a slight candied sugar aroma and it followed by the belgian yeast being the first to show up and it imparts sine estery, cloves, banana and very light bubble gum like aromas with no single aspect seeming to stick out the most. Up next comes a nice dark fruit aroma that goes right into some toasted malt, caramel malt, bread crust and sweet malt like aromas and there's a slight alcohol aroma in the background. This beer had a good aroma and the different aspects seemed to work well together.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness that still has that light candied sugar aspect and it's followed by the yeast still being the first to show up and it imparts the same aspects that it did in the aroma with the banana and cloves seeming to stick out the most and the estery aromas show up in the background. Up next comes the dark fruits which seem to stick out the most and they impart a nice mixture of dark fruit aromas with no singles aspect sticking out the most. Up next comes the alcohol which is just slightly warming and it's followed by the malts which impart the same aspects it did in the aroma, but this time the caramel malts seem to stick out the most. On the finish there's pretty much not bitterness with a sweet dark fruit aftertaste. This was a good tasting beer, I thought it worked well with the season.

M- Smooth, a little creamy, crisp, just slightly prickly, the alcohol was well hidden, slightly sticky, medium bodied with a slightly higher amount of medium carbonation. This beer had a good mouthfeel that worked well with it.

Overall I thought this was a good beer and I thought it was a good example of the style, it seems to be pretty inline with the style and I liked that the brewery calls this a Dark Winter Ale, it's not very dark, but for Belgian standards it kind of is and it goes well with the winter weather. This beer had good drinkability, it was smooth, a little creamy, crisp, just slightly prickly, the alcohol was hidden well, slightly sticky, not too filling and the taste did a nice job of holding my attention, I think one would be the perfect amount for me, but with how well the alcohol is hidden i wouldn't rule out have two of them. What I like the most about this beer was how well the different aspect worked with each other, I thought the Belgian yeast worked well with the dark fruit flavors. What I liked the least about this beer was that more of those toasted malt flavors didn't come through in the taste, but it wasn't a big deal. I would buy this beer again and I'm interested to see how it ages. I would recommend this to anyone who likes the stronger Belgian Ales. All in all I was happy with this beer, now that I've tried it on a fresh palate I think I like it just a little less since I've last had it, but it's still a good beer that I enjoyed drinking and I think it's fitting for the season. This isn't my favorite Ommegang beer or my favorite beer of the style, but it's not bad in any aspect. Good job guys, this was a tasty winter seasonal, keep up the hard work.

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Photo of Jaysauras
4/5  rDev -2%

L: Poured a dark amber/copper color with a nice, thick, creamy head to it. visible sediment and plenty of carbonation that floats eloquently to the head. Some lace but not a ton.

S: It's a sweet smell I can't quite put my finger on. Complex. There is a caramel, brown sugar smell to it. Hint of dark fruit as well with a touch of malts.

T: You get the brown sugar sweetness right on the tip of your tongue and it smooths out fairly nicely into a dark fruit flavor. Like a fig or raisin mixed with apple. The belgian style is present, as there is more fruitiness to it and less maltiness. There is a definite spice to it that feels like the holidays. Orange peel is evident, as is a hint of coriander. Alcohol is a little prevalent in the middle to back end of the sip but it isn't overpowering. Also a lovely biscuity aftertaste to it. Definitely a sipping beer.

F: Light, crisp, and dry. Very smooth with a nice carbonation zing to it. Very warm on the back end.

O: I was a bit underwhelmed by it overall but it's very good. I was expecting a little bit more flavor wise but perhaps I was comparing it unfairly to a Barleywine or Old Ale. It's not as complex as the aforementioned styles, and is more fruity than malty. This is, of course, the major difference in styles of Barleywine to Belgian Strong Dark, and I enjoy those styles a bit more. That being said, it's very good for the style. A great sipping beer for a cold winter night. The warming in the throat and chest mixed with the cidery spice is enough to keep me coming back for more during the season. Good spice, good mixture of flavor, and it's as smooth as could be.

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Ommegang Adoration Ale from Brewery Ommegang
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