Ommegang Adoration Ale - Brewery Ommegang

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Ommegang Adoration AleOmmegang Adoration Ale

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BA SCORE
92
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988 Ratings
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Ratings: 988
Reviews: 344
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.46%
Wants: 69
Gots: 156 | FT: 3
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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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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2/5  rDev -51.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Darkmagus82
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of MikeB20
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of cjgiant
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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Ommegang Adoration Ale from Brewery Ommegang
92 out of 100 based on 988 ratings.