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Ommegang Adoration Ale - Brewery Ommegang

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Ratings: 950
Reviews: 334
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.71%
Wants: 67
Gots: 146 | FT: 3
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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:
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(Beer added by: akorsak on 08-04-2009)
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of frankiepop
4.73/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Adoration (revisited for the new winter) is a classic Belgian style beer seasonal ale. One of the best beers that I ever drank.

Adoration is a dark cloudy and murky with lots of complex rich flavors and aromas that are woody, sweet, fruity, earthy, spicy, and bright fruity flavor whacks you on top of the when you taste it. It's sensual!! Juicy Fruit Gum. I find the carbonation little too high for my personal preferences, but the tongue slapping flavor makes it all worthwhile.

Head to head comparison to St. Bernardus. St B is darker and has a better aroma, but Adoration is beautiful with a creamy tan head though it dissipates much quicker. As far as taste St B is a very rich creamy beer with a more oaky caramel and malty taste. Adoration also is complex beer rich creamy and tasty also, but with a wonderful splash of fruit that hits the tongue. I have to give it a tie. Love'em both! Ok St Bernardus gets the edge here.

In summation, good bye Guinness, I'm leaving you for a new lover, Ommegang.

Adoration is a complex product of masterful brewers of the highest caliber. Artists with sophisticated technique and abilitiies. The perfect complement requires the requsite skills , complexity, and depth of the highest order so I recommend Cecil Taylor's Salty Swift and Not Goodbye cd as the perfect complement to such an outragous and delightful ale.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of Hex92
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Mmm tasty. Malty goodness with amazing flavors all mixing together. The wife picked up on the coriander right away.

I didn't think it looked too special, but I do think it is aptly named. Adoration.... perfect.

Mouthfeel is perfect. Coats the mouth just right. Not too syrupy, but just right.

I highly suggest you go buy one ASAP.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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5/5  rDev +22%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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5/5  rDev +22%

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5/5  rDev +22%

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5/5  rDev +22%

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5/5  rDev +22%

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5/5  rDev +22%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of kjyost
4.78/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 mL bottle bought for me by my wife at Bridgeview Liquors, Moorhead, MN in June. PKG on 09/13/10, aged in store! Seems appropriate for the first night of sustained flurries, poured into a Leffe Chalice.

A: Rich ruby red mixed with brown with a finger and half of head. Where did it go? Next pour gets different glassware in hopes of seeing if it is the glass' fault...
S: A rich nose with pepper, cloves and other spices along with what can only be best described as Belgian funk. That is coupled dried fruits, dates and raisins.
T: All sorts of dried fruits with other wrinkles of complexity come across the palate... Raisins, figs, dates, dried apricots along with a really enjoyable residual sweetness that hides true ABV very well. This is right in my wheelhouse, YUM.
M: Lighter than expected carbonation, but the syrupy fruitiness covers the whole palate and lingers and lasts...
O: Man, oh man... This beer was right in my wheelhouse, as I love me a Belgian beer and this one ticks everything I love most about them. Light funk, dried fruit, hidden ABV's...

Photo of Gehrig
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the brilliant Blind Pig Brewery (aka, "The Piglet") in downtown Champaign, IL.

One and one-half solid fingers of off-white froth top a hazy burgundy body with sunset orange trim; dense lacing on the tulip and persistent head duration begin this with a bang. This is a very good-looking beer.

Spicy nose, filled with the advertised coriander, with ample pepper and considerable fruit aromas from cherry and apple. The taste is delicious, very fruity with spices galore in tow. The spices tend to be more prominent in the finish, particularly pepper, coriander, and a dash of ginger. Love the fruit in this, especially cherry, raspberry, and crab apple. It is semi-sweet, with a slight sourness in the second half, but the sweet-sour balance overall is excellent.

The mouthfeel is good, well-balanced, smooth in texture, but in all honesty could be a bit more effervescent. It isn't flat, to be certain, but I did expect the texture to be a bit bolder. Still, this holds its own rather well.

So glad I got to enjoy this fine ware, yet another gem from Ommegang. It surely drinks as much as a ramped-up Winter Warmer as a BSDA. Very nicely done, as usual, from one of my very favorite breweries.

Photo of TCgoalie
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden-orange-red crowned with an off white head. A touch of lacing blobs stick on the side adding to some interest in the appearance.

There is a crazy amount of booze in the nose taking away from some of the other aromas. It is almost like sniffing a shot of southern comfort. Amidst the booze is a spice rack attack of cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, and black pepper. The spices remind me somewhat of a cookie.

The taste is a lot less boozy and features a similar display of spices that are found in the nose. In addition, the caramel malts and candied sugars help round out the taste creating a very pleasant array of flavors.

With as much as the beer creates, full feel and soft edges, the aftertaste is very understated featuring a nice drying of the palate.

I can't say I've had many beers like it so I give it some bonus points for the overall score. I could see this being a holiday standard for me as it is fit for a post turkey drink or an evening by the fireplace.

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4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A finger of light brown head, ruby body.

Sweet, boozy nose. Some orange rind, mellow cocoa?

Rich. Orangey Christmas cookie. Yeasty character with some coriander. Caramel buried in there somewhere. Looking at the ingredients, the 'mellowness' is probably cardamom. Steelier character as it warms.

Super smooth and rich. Thick. Carbonation almost unnoticeable.

Outstanding, decidedly Belgian interpretation of a winter style. Different, yet approachable.

Photo of illidurit
3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at burger. in Santa Cruz. Pours a clear deep copper color with a compact tan head. Big burnt caramel aroma with raisins and fruity booze. Plenty of assorted spices. Flavor is malty and boozy, very Christmasy, coriander and raisins and fruitcake. Dry alcoholic finish with associated astringency. Pretty decent desserty beer.

Photo of Durge
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Happily able to grab some of this from DeCicco's in Brewster, New York although I got stuck with the last pint or two into a partial growler fill (free though!). This stuff has a radiant rusty, near cherry colored copper appearance with a pretty flimsy topping that offers some modest signs of lacing. The aroma is a beautifully pungent cherry brandy with apple nutmeg sweetness, deep and near candy-like and even a touch of Dr. Pepper and fruit nougat. Really captivating. The taste buds receive bright liquid oak and brandy with ideas of nutmeg-clove, vanilla malt and light cherry-rhubarb. Alcohol is notable but not overpowering. It has peppery edges with very delicate but effective carbonation. The feel is also near brandy-like, medium-heavy bodied, fairly thick but just a bit more watery so as to invite more than just sipping despite the hefty ABV. Alcohol releases at the finish and more of the oak barrel kind of qualities seem evident. Though drinkable enough, this seems like it's enjoyed best as a single serving. Something to savor on a winters night while contemplating the fireplace and snowy landscapes outside your window. Very nice.

Photo of Greywulfken
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: murky brown amber, quick thin tan head

S: sweet, subdued, some malt

T: sweet, peppery, some caramel, tart fig

M: medium body, tingly carbonation

O: real good beer - nothing overwhelming, but a certain treat for a cold autumn or winter night - has earthy, woodsy qualities, sweet but complex

Photo of tiller06
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Overall - a seriously awesome beer. Fairly complex ingredient lists I've come to expect from Ommegang's BIG beers didn't disappoint. The only issues I found with the beer were a slightly bitter aftertaste on the back of the tongue and a little less carbonation than I would expect from this style of beer. Glad I bought more than one though...

Photo of One2Remeber
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Filled my growler a couple hours ago, pouring into a snifter.

A: Pours an inviting creamy, thick, light tan head. Body is a dark ruby red color with a hue of light brown. Carbonation looks spot on.

S: Candy sweet, like red licorice. Typical Ommegang yeast in the undertones. No real alcohol presence in the nose. I think I'm starting to pick up on the grains of paradise, they start off with a sharp tartness (like raspberries) then turn to a peppery finish, or perhaps I'm getting a combination of ingredients.

T: Taste like a sweet, tarty juice with very low acidity. Middle of swallow presents a potent spicy characteristic that quickly fades before the lingering taste is comparable to a lambic. I do not taste any alcohol at all making it highly drinkable, I see why it is considered a winter seasonal ale. Adoration would warm you right up before a brisk walk through the snow.

M: Some bubbly carbonation hits near the back end of the throat but is not over bearing in the slightest touch. The ruby red fruit juice taste coats the mouth which dominants from other flavors from really pulling out. Feels a numb bitterness on the tongue then after the swallow a lot of the flavors really shine which makes one want to wait till taking another sip.

O: Not a go to beverage, but an exceptional gift on a special occasion. I would grab a couple bombers to take to a family thanksgiving dinner, perfect beer you could sip 12oz over an hour or two. Does not blow me away, but keeps up to par with my expectations from Ommegang. I have not had an average beer from them yet.

Photo of DCon
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 1 PINT 9.4 FL. OZ. (750 ML) bottle from The Stable in Benton Park (St. Louis), MO for $11. Poured from the caged&corked bottle into an Oversized Mt Pleasant Winery Glass and has only serial numbers on the front of the bottle.

Aroma- A very straightforward aroma. Strawberry rhubarb and figs were strong and dominated the nose. Good amounts of spice and rich malts were found here as well.

Appearance- Pours a 2 finger, dark brown head that has great retention! The body is a deep amber brown and can tell its dense and a bit hazy. There are tons of yeast that stay at the bottle of the glass. Tons of lacing finishes off each sip.

Flavor- Has a sweet taste from the start and then very spice on the finishing tastes. Very complexed at times and tough to pick out attributes and distinctive qualities. Has a low bitterness but still a strong beer.

Mouthfeel- Medium-Full Bodied, High carbonation, a bit of alcohol warming, and leaves good spices on the palate.

Overall Impression- While it seems this beer had aged for a bit of time, this only helped it become something bigger and better! Very rich and complexed, it was a sipping beer for sure. One of those brews that you enjoy every drink and then can't wait for the next. Recommend highly!

Ommegang Adoration Ale from Brewery Ommegang
92 out of 100 based on 950 ratings.