Ommegang Adoration Ale - Brewery Ommegang

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Ratings: 1,087
Reviews: 374
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 83
Gots: 194 | FT: 2
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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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Ratings: 1,087 | Reviews: 374
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.

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.91/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aroma dark fruit,yeasty, spices, malt, faint citrus, molasses.Taste sweet malt, plums, cloves, caramel, brown sugar,molasses, coriander.

Photo of Myboymi
3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A little strong, heavy gingerbread mix with a kick at the end. They pushed it to the max. It has it place!

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

Very pleasant strong dark ale. Powerful coriander notes may stand out a bit too much.

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!

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

Photo of The_Grantula
2.8/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Not that good. Alcohol not balanced well

Photo of Paulieblaze
3.33/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Great smell makes my mouth water thinking about it. Give it a try.

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.

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

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.

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 

Photo of sprocket108
5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My favorite domestic Belgian-style ale, from my favorite domestic brewery. I want to buy a case or two while they are around.

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.

Photo of Furlinator
3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Belgian yeast, dark malt and Winter spices. Very good.

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.

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.

Photo of Bdsound
4/5  rDev -2%

Like a brown spice cake. Delicious

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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!

Ommegang Adoration Ale from Brewery Ommegang
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