Ommegang Adoration Ale - Brewery Ommegang

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Ommegang Adoration AleOmmegang Adoration Ale

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

359 Reviews
THE BROS
93
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Reviews: 359
Hads: 1,095
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.32%
Wants: 85
Gots: 196 | 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 Minotaur
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at the Blue Rhino in Syracuse.

A significant white head - the color of the snow that had lined the sidewalk outside the bar sat atop a dark garnet red-brown brew. The lacing clung to the side of the Adoration goblet that the beer was served in.

The aroma is yeasty, malty and fruity: dark cherries and raisin.

The taste is a literal explosion of sweet and sour fruity notes with an overlay of spice: some of which came from the yeast and some of which seemed to come from adjunct candi-sugar, clove, ginger, allspice. There is only a slight bitter dryness and considerable alcohol finish. Both of these elements blend with the raisin/plumb and malt flavors excellently.

The mouthfeel is chewy and pleasant, leading for an ultimately drinkable brew.

A really amazing brew. (783 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-hazy ruby red in color with a relatively thick two full fingers of a light tan colored had that has huge retention and leaves a little lacing on the glass

S-light smell of belgian yeast, some sweet cherries and a touch of bubble gum. a faint pale malt comes in towards the back with hints of alcohol

T-the belgian yeast sets in first (not a fan of this flavor but it is very subtle), the cherries come in next with the bubble gum following. it is a little spicy and the alcohol is only mildly present and at 10% can't blame it.

M-lighter side of a full body with a very smooth texture and a fair amount of carbonation

D-extremely sweet and candy like, great mouthfeel and well hidden 10% alcohol. I will definitely enjoy my 750ml's and would have another if present. (772 characters)

Photo of CharlatanSin
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Been looking forward to trying this one. Poured from the corked bottle into a wine glass.

A: Pours a very deep reddish brown. It's got about a half an inch of smooth off-white head which leaves some lacing.

S: Spicy Belgian yeast, naturally. I'm also picking up cinnamon and a bit of gingerbread. A bit of dark fruit as well.

T: A bit more spicy than I'd have guessed from the nose, which is a good thing. The gingerbread isn't as strong as the nose, but the dark fruit is stronger. It's a bit peppery, which wasn't in the nose. A bit of alcohol, but by no means overpowering.

M/D: Very warming. The body is medium, and the carbonation is prickly and jumpy on the tongue, which goes great with the spiciness. The half bottle (I split it with the lady) was enough for me, but I wouldn't have minded having the whole thing myself. I'm not usually a huge spiced Christmas beer fan, but this one gets the job done for me. (921 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750mL bottle into Ommegang tulip glass.

A - Poured a deep rich amber. Almost black and tan like in appearance with not as much of the typical frothy Ommegang head and sticky lacing as I'm used to seeing also surprisingly not as much bubbly goodness in the glass either, but the rich thick color really draws you in.

S - Smells great. Very candy-like. Vanilla and spices. Inviting and subdued at the same time.

T - Spicy, vanilla, cotton candy and marshmellow like. Unique, but well balanced. Just a touch of an alcohol taste...something I find in most Ommegang brews. Like Unibroue, Ommegang has a certain flavor that is recognizable in all their brews and this is no exception. Another complex, yet flavorable offering from the good folks at Ommegang!

M - Very evenly balanced. Lots of carbonation and lights up your taste buds if you swish it around. Sweeter than most BSDAs I've had. Leaves your mouth feeling refreshed and clean.

D - Another quality brew from Ommegang. Really easy to drink. Good balance of sweet flavors. Wish this was available in abundance. Gotta take some points off for that since this is one to save for a special occasion since it is tough to come by (for me at least).

I hate that this is a one off. I had a rough time finding it and now need to run out and grab a few more to hang onto (if I can manage to find them). If you see one, definitely worth a try (as is anything Ommegang). (1,431 characters)

Photo of MrDanno96
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a murky ruby-brown color with about a finger of head and moderate lacing down the sides of the glass. Pretty standard appearance for a Belgian Dark.

S: Surprisingly, I got a lot of bubblegum out of the aroma of this one. Some holiday spices are also detectable, along with some subtle dark fruits.

T: Dark fruits, figs and raisins, along with spcies like ginger and nutmeg. Sweet molasses and caramel are also apparent in the finish. I find the alcohol to also be fairly detectable, but it does not interfere with the flavor. Very nice.

M: A nice medium body with a good amount of carbonation. You can feel the bite of the alcohol and a distinctive warm as you swallow.

D: A great drinking Belgian Dark from Ommegang. I'm a bit confused by the bubblegum I get in the aroma, but everything else is excellent. I'll definitely keep an eye out for this next Christmas. (880 characters)

Photo of Liverpool08
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep hazy orange. Has a nice puffy white head. Aroma of orange peel, spices, and other fruits. First sip is full flavor of malt, caramel, with candied fruit. Good carbonation and great full silky mouthfeel. Not a mind-blowing flavor, but a good solid dark Belgian ale. A solid offering from this brewery, and a good sipper on a winter night. (349 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 SiphonKing
3.77/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Special thanks to my beautiful wife Kat for buying this beer for my birthday. Pours a murky amber/copper color. Head looks like a Belgian beer with a slight tannish hue to it. As a spiced winter beer I am hoping for a pretty nice balance between alcohol, flavor, spices, malts, and hops. Pours slightly cloudy spiciness and sweet malt predominate the taste. A little bit of spices also adds a sweet and slight nutmeg character to the finish. Intersting beer, Rare Vos and Ommeggedon are my favorites from this brewery so seek those out as well. (544 characters)

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

750 ml bottle shared with four people at holiday dinner, my serving poured into a Duvel Tulip, approximately 8 oz.

Incredibly rich aromas of maple, vanilla, fig, raisin and nutmeg. Some hints of whiskey like profile, very aromatic, no hop aroma, alcohol is very well masked by the spicing.

Deep rich flavors but a perfect balance of malt & alcohol derived character with hints of spice vs. a heavy dozing, great support from spices. There are hints of dried fruit and baked apple and pear with a biscuity shortbread cookie character.

Mouthfeel is medium full, warming as it goes down with a slightly under carbonated feel. Extremely drinkable. While the spice character is perfect for this type of beer, overall Noels are not the type I would ever rate above a 4 in my personal scale, drinkability is something you can stand to have a few glasses of in an evening, even spiced well more than one would be too much on the palate. (932 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)

Photo of ImusBeer
3.19/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark brown with a light tan head in a tulip glass. The head died quickly with no lace.

The aroma of wheat/grain and bread. It tasted of whiskey and malt with some bitterness on the finish. The coriander is there but the alcohol content is deceiving, this one will hit you hard before you know it.

It had a silky mouthfeel with high carbonation, it tingled on the tongue. Shared with my mom but she didn't like it. It is a good example of a dark belgian. (464 characters)

Photo of bob3701
4.77/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass. Dark hazy chestnut brown with a light tan head that slowly disapates into nothing. No real lacing. Great spicy aroma, the corriander and mace stand out. I was shocked by the taste. Though you can really taste the spices it is not overbearing at all. This beer is very balanced and you would not even know it was high in alcohol content if not for the lable. What a great Christmas beer this was. Very enjoyable. (438 characters)

Photo of MVotter
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - The Ommegang Adoration Belgian Strong Dark Ale pours into a tall pils glass like cloudy iced tea, with a one inch, cream-colored head.

S - Spices, molasses, brown sugar, sweet malts.

T - Spice cake up front ... big, sweet malts; brown sugar, molasses, and a nice ginger flavor in the finish.

M - Plenty of carbonation in this medium/heavy bodied brew.

D - Extremely drinkable, delicious and sweet ... spicey offering from the brew artists at Ommegang. (460 characters)

Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a cork and caged 750ml bottle into my Mad Elf tulip glass. Pours a dark ruby red to brown hazy color with lot's of creamy head that slowly dissapates and relaxes to a nice ring of head around the surface. Laces slightly as it slowly slides down the glass.

Aroma is fruity, dark over-ripe fruits, raisins specifically. Sweet and malty, dark candy, and boozy.

Flavor is very good. Lot's of complexity with fruit and sugars, spices, booze. Carbonation is high while cold, but as it warms up, the flavors get even more intense.

Medium to full body, very enjoyable! (575 characters)

Photo of CampusCrew
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: very dark brown ale. with some reddish tint. weak haed and lacing

smell: suprised... low on the aorma of spcies. I thought it would be overload. Does have the tpical belgian yeast smell. picking up more of orange than anything.

taste: smooth and sweet, easy to drink'n belgian. I can taste the spices more than smelling. lots of xmas mulling spices, cinnamom, gingerish and a good helping of orange citrus

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: Great Holiday belgian. Different flavor profile and a little lighter than the typical style. (554 characters)

Photo of Stigs
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle served in oversized red wine glass

A - poured yields two fingers of tight light khaki foam. falling at a decent pace and coasting the glass in a thin layer of lace the whole way down.

S - tons of spices going on...cloves, cinnamon, coriander, black pepper. slight notes of molasses, raisins, sour white grapes, and alcohol. tons going on here but nicely balanced and nothing is overpowering.

T - spiciness abound again, same stuff as in the nose but the addition of a slight bit of both bitter and sweet chocolate, plums, a touch of sourness near the end, and a huge white grape presence.

M - nicely carbonated (like every other Ommegang beer) and a hugely sticky and prickly feel. another one of those that makes you want to go brush your teeth after every sip.

D - one of my favorite Winter seasonal's...a ton going on without being too spicy, too sweet, too bland. might benefit from a year or so in the cellar to cool down the alcohol and let the flavors mesh a bit, but i was very happy to have tried this 'fresh'. (1,041 characters)

Photo of drpimento
3.77/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

So rich. Pretty good holiday brew. Poured with a smallish off white head and a tiny bit a lace. Color is a hazy medium amber. Aroma is a very rich, heady, malty nutty, caramel, toffee. Flav is about the same. Body is good and so is carbonation. Finish is a little long. Not a session. Cook with it? (298 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 CHADMC3
3.87/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy walnut brown with ruby hues and a nice, level cream colored head that is packed with dense carbonation and lies atop the beer for quite some time.

A big sweet aroma of dark fruits such as raisins, grapes, or plums leaps from the glass, followed by lively yeast and caramel malt. As it warms, there is even a bit of a floral character.

The palate also features sweet dark fruits, similar to those in the nose, caramel malt, and yeast, but from mid-palate through the finish, the warming spices arrive, possibly nutmeg, and something peppery, and in the end there is even a faint hop presence.

Medium in body and medium to high in carbonation, perhaps drying, and a very nice warming quality.

Way too easy to drink for the abv, which is buried in the abundant character the palate offers. Quite a diverse brew, a modern day twist on a traditional style. Nice Warmer! (882 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 jmalex
3.33/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This review was done on 12-19-09 while BA was down.

Breaking out the winter warmers and heavy hitters on this crazy snowy day in the northeast.

APPEARANCE: Pours into a Hennepin tulip a reddish amber-brown with a sparkling, tight-bubbled head on top. It's fairly small at first and gradually shrinks to a thick collar with a bunch of patchwork foam across the surface.

SMELL: Whoa spices! Cinnamon, coriander, something really flowery, and a bunch of others I can't identify. They really smack you in the face an keep what seems to be a nice base beer from coming out. Some toffee, fruity Belgian esters, and just a hit of alcohol are really all I can get from underneath the blanket of an entire spice cabinet.

TASTE: A much more reasonable beer here with the spice now showing a bit of restraint. It's a deeper, more robust beer than the smell lets on with dark chocolates and dates and those kinds of rich tastes coming out. And the spicing is more focused on the less-desserty ones giving the beer a nice balance. The finish is high on chocolate, but the sweet spices hang on too.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium bodied but a high, spritzy carbonation eases that up nicely.

DRINKABILITY: Not bad, but for anyone that isn't tolerant of high spices, this may be a bit of a chore. Otherwise, the 10% alcohol is hidden nicely and the mouthfeel makes it quite easy to toss down.

A nice attempt and I like the base beer a lot, but it could use a bit of work. Luckily, being snowed in, I've got all day to work on this. (1,510 characters)

Photo of peabody
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a very clear brown with two fingers of small creamy suds.
Very perfumey with strong corriander nutmeg and cinnamon stick. The caramel sugar and the burning the nose yeast are very strong aromas also.
Sweet with a bitter finish. I get the orange peel but have trouble pinning down what the bitterness is. Probably just some hops or toasted malts.
Sticky mouthfeel with a foamy maltyness that sticks with the entire aftertaste.
Can't taste the alcohol so this one I rate pretty good in the drinkability catagory. (520 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 LilBeerDoctor
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 11/2/2009. Bottle. Pours brown with a small ring of white head. Aroma of spruce, dark sweet fruits, lots of spices (clove, anise, pepper, licorice). Flavor of sweet fruits (plum, raisins) with lots of spices and chestnuts. Dry, sweet finish. Good winter ale! (270 characters)

Photo of scootny
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was looking for a quad in my cellar. I'm out except for two I am saving. I dig around and pull this out. Nice. Not as thick, but a satisfying brew for a cod winter's eve. The tree is up, perfuming the air and this fragrant, spicy ale is a perfect compliment.

A lightly cloudy brew with light tan head of decent substance and somewhat less retention. Spots and streaks of lace along with a ring. No carbonation as it sits. A holiday spice cornucopia with all the stuff on the label, ( coriander, cardamom, mace, grains of paradise, sweet orange peel ) as well as roasted malts and Belgian yeastiness. Stuff not on the label as well. Cloves, pepper, ginger and faint cinnamon. A touch of sweet alcohol. Taste follows the nose with mocha and cocoa on the palate. A large dark fruit component, raisins, plums, dates, and figs. A relatively mild hop finish that still dries it beautifully. Alcohol show up adding fusel vapors and sweetness. Well integrated while showing itself. More roasted malts and dark flavorful breads with a cocoa liqueur as it lingers on my palate. Phantom overripe banana. Spiced as well. Feel is prickly and tingly carbonation with a just enough heft to satisfy. Introducing the yeast improves both taste and feel adding an integrating agent to the flavors and a silkiness to the texture. For a winter BSDA it goes down remarkably well. Quite drinkable and a joy to sip, though maybe a little quicker than you might. (1,441 characters)

Ommegang Adoration Ale from Brewery Ommegang
91 out of 100 based on 359 ratings.