Ommegang Adoration Ale - Brewery Ommegang

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359 Reviews
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Reviews: 359
Hads: 1,096
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 DrDemento456
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
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. (900 characters)

Photo of keithmurray
4.51/5  rDev +10.8%
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 (498 characters)

Photo of RyanPoff
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
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. (754 characters)

Photo of tmm313
4.03/5  rDev -1%
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. (1,043 characters)

Photo of atr2605
4/5  rDev -1.7%
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. (296 characters)

Photo of jwchestnut
4.59/5  rDev +12.8%
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. (691 characters)

Photo of CraigTravor
4.48/5  rDev +10.1%
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 (339 characters)

Photo of Abra
4.96/5  rDev +21.9%
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!!! (301 characters)

Photo of ranger7
3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
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. (346 characters)

Photo of schoolboy
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
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. (452 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in hazy dark mahogany reddish brown.

Tons of spices in this and comes through with the aroma. The aroma has Belgian bready yeast, tons of juicy dark dried fruits of plums, figs, raisins. Very sweet smelling with malt sweetness.

The flavor follows with lots of spice. Then it goes onto huge sweet fruits, plum, figs, dried black cherries, black pepper, coriander.

There is lots of carbonation that is traditional to the style.

This is one of Ommegang's best beers. Better than their Three Philosphers and actually extremely close to the traditional Belgian quads. I imagine that this beer could stand out with the best of them. (645 characters)

Photo of polloenfuego
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a 12 oz bottle to a snifter.

Bottle date Sept 2013

A: pours a lovely chestnut brown with an immense head that seems like it lasts forever. Once it finally does break it leaves some interesting lacing and a fair amount of foam as a cap.

S: dark fruits, yeasts, caramel, some hints of molasses and a maltiness.

T: much like the nose, dark fruits and caramel are up front as spices and yeast follow.

M: full bodied with higher carbonation. The booze does come through a touch but not enough to detract from the other aspects.

O: Adoration is a nice Winter time BSDA that I quite enjoyed. I think it will only benefit from age, but even in this young state it was full of flavor and character. As a fan of Belgian styles I must give hats off to Ommegang. (765 characters)

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

Appearance: Pours very brown, big, light fluffy tan head, tons of lacing

Smell: Malts, Ommegang yeast, coriander, cardamom

Taste: Nice bready malt character, Ommegang yeast notes, coriander, cardamom, spices, orange peel

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body, full champagne like carbonation, semi dry finish

Overall: A fantastic ageable brew from Ommegang. Love it, glad to pick it up yearly (389 characters)

Photo of timmy2b
3.86/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

Dark Red almost Brown color until held towards a light then its heavy red with a little orange. Has a very small head that dissipated slowly. Very white color for the head.

Smells of a belgian Strong Ale with a subtle amount of sweetness.

Tastes sweet with a very easy Belgian malt. Very light in the mouth and easy to drink.

Alcohol is hidden very well and without looking I was very surprised it is 10%.

Would buy again next year! (470 characters)

Photo of Suds
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a beautiful reddish brown color. The head is of moderate size, dense with tightly packed bubbles. The scent is of sugary, spicy, woody aromas. It has a roasted, toast and malt quality. Not over the top, but very strong and Belgian. The taste is sweetish. It hides it's a ABV incredibly well. Full in body, with serious heft. Wonderful. (348 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle served in a pint glass. Some sediment left clinging to the bottom of the bottle. Sept. 2013 bottling with a BB date 2018. {Light revision with 2nd undated bottle in March 2014}

Hazy dark amber with a durable beige head. Very spicy nose.
A strong and fruity (banana, date, pear, apple cider) ale with good complexity. High ABV shows in the mouth. Smooth but carries a slight bite; medium-high carbonation. .

O: Very good but may well improve with age. (467 characters)

Photo of mattbk
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
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. (935 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
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. (2,030 characters)

Photo of MikeB20
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
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. (906 characters)

Photo of cjgiant
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
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. (942 characters)

Photo of bmwats
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A: Dark amber hue. Pours a half finger, bubbly brownish head. Settles quickly. Spotty lacing at best.

S: Pecans, fresh tea, molasses.

T: Roasted malt, raisin, molasses.

M: Thick and syrupy feel. Raisin lingers on the palate. Kind of boozy.

D: Sip and enjoy.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Bubbly head, spotty lacing at best. Nose is nutty with tea leaf and molasses. Roasted grains, raisin is prominent, molasses is present. Thick and syrupy. Overall this is a really good quaff. (524 characters)

Photo of stephens101
4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A hard pour down the middle of the snifter results in one-finger of smooth tan head. Color is a pure ruby red.

Aroma flows bold with rich chocolate chocolate cake encircled with ripe plum, grape, raisin and cherry notes. Belgian yeast lies distinct below as does a hint of saffron.

Smooth and creamy with that unique Ommegang heat at the back. Medium to heavy in body. Tastes of more dark fruits, taffy, vanilla, burnt sugar and supporting hops.

Absolutely Splendid. (470 characters)

Photo of rangerred
3.51/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

12oz bottle into a goblet

Pours a somewhat hazy dark ruby-brown with a fluffy two finger white head. Very good head retention and ok lacing.

The aroma definitely has that Belgian yeasty spice that I am expecting but the added spices are also quite noticeable. There is a whiff of alcohol in there along with dark fruit; especially cherries.

Even more cherry in the flavor along with tons of dark fruit. It is almost a little too much. The spices are also prominent and the Belgian yeast character not so much. Alcohol warmth is present along with just a small ethanol taste. Very full silky mouthfeel but the sweetness is held in check with just a slightly sticky finish.

Overall, an ok Belgian ale but I feel it could use some time for everything to come together. The spices are just a little too strong and could use some time to fade. Nonetheless a good effort from Ommegang. (884 characters)

Photo of fourstringer
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a Brewer's Art goblet. Moderate hand. "Best by" space on the label is conspicuously blank. Presumably 2013 vintage. Awesome cork with multiple Ommegang lion prints.

A: Very cloudy, instant iced tea brown. 1/2 finger light tan head with ok retention. Minimal lacing.

S: Very sweet nose. Brown sugar/molasses. Licorice. Toffee. Raisin. Black cherry. Fainter orange notes. Dark chocolate. Light Belgian yeast.

T: Semi-sweet flash up front with Belgian yeast/augmented spiciness. Gradual transition to rather tangy, roasted malt notes. Dark chocolate, black licorice, peat/oak/wood notes. Wisps of orange. Touch of banana. Semi-dry finish with a pronounced booziness. A surprisingly assertive hop/spice bitterness develops and lingers in the aftertaste. Coriander is buried, but cardamom and mace are evident.

M: Moderate carbonation with a prickliness that is out of proportion. Perhaps the spices? Moderate to fullish body. Sticky.

O: Unique brew. There is a lot going on. I love Ommegang, but this one just doesn't come together for me like the others. Kinda jumbled and astringent. Maybe some age would mellow?

Prost! (1,162 characters)

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

12 ounce bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled on 8/30/2013. Pours moderately cloudy reddish copper color with a 2-3 finger fairly dense and rocky light khaki head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big plum, pear, raisin, apple, orange peel, caramel, toast, coriander, clove, pepper, candi sugar, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good complexity and balance of yeast, malt, and spice notes; with good strength. Taste of huge raisin, plum, pear, apple, orange peel, caramel, molasses, toast, coriander, clove, pepper, licorice, brown bread, candi sugar, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of raisin, plum, pear, apple, orange peel, caramel, molasses, toast, coriander, clove, licorice, brown bread, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity and balance of robust malt, fruity/spicy yeast, and spice flavors; with a great malt/spice balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately slick, crisp, and lightly syrupy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent spiced Belgian strong ale! All around awesome complexity, balance, and robustness of malt, yeast, and spice flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering. (1,520 characters)

Ommegang Adoration Ale from Brewery Ommegang
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