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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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

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.

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.

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.

Photo of skosmidis
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Very nice strong ale. Like a more refined Kulmbacher EKU 28.

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.

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.

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.

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

Pours with brilliant clarity and a depth to it's colorful hues. Deep amber, orange, copper, even mahogany and fiery golden yellow around the edges of the glass. Fat tan head of foam that lasts and leaves lace. Nose is bright and fruity with banana, and orange peel. There is some brown sugar, some candi sugar and the earthiness of coriander on the nose. Taste is perfection. It is sweet and the malt offers the driest , lightest biscuit adorned with that touch of brown sugar. The fruit is sensual and rich but it's the spices that accent this beer so well. The cardamom is like perfume and reminds me of spice cake. The coriander is earhty and stalwart. The grains of paradise offer a bit of pepper in the drink and the mace is so mild I could liken it to a bit of nutmeg. There is a touch of estery alcohol in this that is also very much like perfume to the nose. On the palate it just tings like a small bell with a shy impertinence and a tempting gaiety. Perfect carbonation. No bite at all just a light enlivening of the palate from the bubbles and a medium mouthefeel. Perfect dryness so there is nothing heavy or syrupy here.

I love this beer. Fantastic!

Photo of justintcoons
4.7/5  rDev +15.2%

12 oz bottle poured into an Ommegang stemmed pokal.

Reddish-copper with 1 finger of creamy, tan head. Very hazy with suspended yeast sediment.

Banana bread, caramel, raisin, and dark candy syrup. Clove, coriander, and orange zest.

Raisin, black plum, and concord grape. Banana bread, molasses, dark caramel, dark candy syrup, and lightly toasted grains. Big bready maltiness along with the dark candy sugars. Bouquet of spices include clove, coriander, orange zest, cardamom, and hints of potpourri.

Medium bodied, sweet, silky, smooth, and warming with light carbonation.

Very sweet and candy-like. Complex with a well blended melange of spices. Exceptional BDSA!

Photo of AMcT22
5/5  rDev +22.5%

A great brew. Lots of flavor, & great, dark hints of spice with a sweet aftertaste. Never a let down with any Brewery Ommegang beers, in my opinion.

Photo of Samp01
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle. Pours a dark hazy rusty brown with a large lasting beige head. Aroma is of sweet caramel malt, brown sugar, some mild banana and fruity notes, spices, a bit of orange peel and sweet alcohol notes. Taste same as aroma, with some, yeast mild and bitterness. Palate is a medium to full body with good carbonation. Finishes the same as taste with a fairly good amount of alcohol and slightly dry with bitterness on the end for balance. Seems to finish a bit on the bitter side. Overall a good drinking winter brew.

Photo of RexBanner
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams glass.(Sorry)
Its appearance was a dark amber, leaning toward reddish. Almost akin to an Irish red. Pillowy 2 1/2 finger bone white colored head with a lasting power of about 2 to 3 minutes, give or take a few minutes. Very few carbonation bubbles which is always a good thing for a winter warmer. A few sediments were floating along before settling to the bottom of the glass toward the end of the session.

This beer has an inviting smell of spices. All spice, pears? Didn't pick up the coriander but you can definitely perceive the cardamom.

The taste was exquisite. The taste of pear is the first thing I was able to detect then came the spices. This beer has a nice peppery, spicy tinge to it that's pleasant. It also has a woody, almost chardonnay flavor that prevents you from "nursing"it. It begs to be consumed before dinner arrives.

Overall, it is a delicious beer to say the least. One that I look forward to every winter. This was my last bottle from last winters haul. IMO, its one of ommegang's best beers. If it's available in your area get it when it's in season. You won't regret it.

Photo of crhensel
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep red with a paper thin cream colored head. Nose is heavy with winter spices and sweet citrus. Taste was unusually sweet at first then a sharp tang if spice and hops at the finish with a lively carbonation throughout. Very nice on a cold winter's (or cool summer's) day.

Photo of HattedClassic
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a chalice. The beer pours a decent cream colored and creamy head that dissipates quickly. The beer itself is an opaque brown with a hints of red and light purple. The color is close to that of a lighter plum color. The beer smell has sweet dark fruits notes and bready yeast notes as well. The beer also has a very subtle alcohol note along with a slight caramel taste. However, the dark fruit notes such as plum, a little bit of grape, and nectarine dominate the smell. The taste is similar but the taste also has some Belgian sugar notes. The yeast notes are stronger and counteract the dark fruit tastes very well. The mouthfeel is heavy bodied with biting carbonation but is still very smooth. Overall, a good beer and one worth getting when you can. I can certainly see why this thing would warm someone up at night.

Photo of DrDemento456
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Snagged a single for $3.59 from Vintage Estate. Into my goblet.

A - Ow crap! Such an explosion of carbonation! I wasn't even able to get it all in the glass before it runith over! Color is a hazy oak brown with a ruby tint. The massive 2 inches of head have an opaque brown color almost brown.
S - Smells of tart cherries, mild oak, and big fruity yeasts. Maybe some plum or raisin its hard to tell since its mostly tart not sweet.
T - Big sour tart that quickly gets pulled to a Belgium yeast that is kind of sweet but no real candied sugar flavor. Finish has mild hops and bread but I am not getting much spice that others noted. Pity.
M - For such a massive ABV it drinks more medium to heavy body but still a sipper for sure.

Overall to me this is a very drinkable Belgium ale. Big ABV, light yeast thats not sure dry, and it has some fruity flavors mostly sour funk. Worth trying for 3 bucks.

Photo of keithmurray
4.51/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - murky chestnut brown color with tan head

Smell - nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, orange peel, brown sugar

Taste - brown sugar, allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon, coriander, prunes, plums

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, spices from the Belgian yeast upfront, slightly sweet body, spices again in the finish, also slightly tart on the finish

Overall - this is a great Belgian winter warmer, another winner from Ommegang. Highly recommended

Price Point - $10.49/4pk/12 oz bottles

Photo of RyanPoff
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Bought at 4 pack of this at the Beer Store in Nashua NH. Being from TN, Ommegang brews are not easily available.

A: Dark amber with about a finger of creamy white head. Good lacing retention. Looks very "warming" for the cold winter.

S: Sweet malts, dark fruits, caramel, coffee, and the smell of alcohol. A big brew with a big smell.

T: Caramel, malts, and a bit of chocolate. And spices. Coriander predominates, but this is a heavily spiced, warming beer with a lot of alcohol content.

M: Carbonated very heavily. Bubbly and effervescent, very active feeling. Seems a bit odd for a beer of this type.

This is an excellent dark winter ale for those cold winter nights. The only catch is that you shouldn't drink as many as you want with a 10% ABV.

Photo of tmm313
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- Being from the South, I have to say it. It looks like freshly brewed sweet tea before you add any water. Deep brownish amber, with a very nice creamy head. Constant stream of bubbles from the bottom. Awesome lacing.

S- I get banana up front. Coriander, caramel, brown sugar, plums, orange, gingerbread, and a touch of alcohol round it out. Some earthy spice comes through in the end.

T- Dark fruits up front: raisins and plums. A swift kick of banana, then caramel, coriander and bready malts follow. Finish is a pretty big dose earthy spice (Is it actually the spices, or hops, or both?) and big alcohol warmth. Aftertaste reminds me of spiked prune juice.

M- Carbonation is intense. There were times it was hard to guage the flavors due to the all out assult of prickly carbonation. Big boozey warmth in the finish was overpowering at times, as well.

O- This one was a strange experience. I thought the appearance and aroma was awesome but, for me, it dropped off from there. The huge carbonation and big burn just isn't my thing.

Photo of atr2605
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a deep rich amber color with a tan head with nice retention
S-caramel and candied sugar with a hint of spice
T-more caramelized sugars, with a spicy herbal flavor throughout
M-medium bodied, good amount of carbonation
O-a strong, complex brew that really opens up as it warms. Great beer.

Photo of jwchestnut
4.59/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A unexpected favorite beer of the night. A beautiful rich mahogany color with a soft white head. The smell is all burnt sugars, spices and an enticing booziness that is not too strong. The taste follows the nose but as it warms it takes on the character of candy canes that have a more herbal than just peppermint flavor - which might sound a little odd but was really delightful. Some banana and spicy notes given off from the yeast I suppose. Large bouquet of earthy herbal notes in the flavor. Very easy to drink and hard to find the alcohol in there - it was nice and thick but with tighter bubbles that helped it not be cloying. Maybe my new favorite from ommegang - really great stuff.

Photo of CraigTravor
4.48/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.

A: gorgeous hazy amber/brown, with a light colored head

S: the nose does not overwhelm, but it is definitely present

T: The taste is complex and varies as you swallow

M: The feel is like a presence in your mouth. It is enjoyable.

O: This is a solid beer. I recommend giving it a try.

good job

Photo of Abra
4.96/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

As a devout fan of every Ommegang beer, this one takes the crown!
A beautiful mahogany, auburn red color with a decent head.
The combination of spices, fruit, malts, low hops, and high ABV make this a definite winter warmer and in my opinion one of the best beers on the market.

Thank you Ommegang!!!

Photo of ranger7
3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a goblet.
Review from notes: December 27th, 2013.

A: Dark brown, nice tan head. Medium carbonation.

S: Brown sugar and gingerbread.

T: Typical dark ale (spices, alcohol) with a touch of gingerbread at the finish.

M: Smooth with bubbly finish.

O: Good and very drinkable. If you like Unibroue, give this one a try.

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

This was one that I didn't know what was coming and when the first sip hit, I said, oh wow. It is a huge dark fruity Belgian. Why I want ready, I don't know. This is a brewery well known for this kind of thing.

It comes out deep dark red, with fine bubbles. The aroma is big and fruity. The taste is bigger and fruitier. It's Ommegang doing Belgian better than the Belgians, which so many of theirs seem to do.

This is a great one I highly recommend.

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