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Ommegang Adoration Ale - Brewery Ommegang

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Ratings: 1,052
Reviews: 363
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11.49%
Wants: 73
Gots: 178 | FT: 4
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: akorsak on 08-04-2009

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Photo of THECPJ
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of ummswimmin
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I aged this bottle for about a year in my cellar (unfinished basement). I plan to age another bottle for six to twelve months more.

As soon as I open the bottle, this beer smells decadent. It smells sweet with a lot of dark fruit coming off the top. I also picked up orange and malt.

The flavor was very rich. This is a sipping beer. I am glad that I poured this into a snifter.

This is a great winter beer. It is nice to just luxuriate in the richness of this beer and the spice that fits for the season.

Photo of SLeffler27
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, ruby copper with some carbonation and a quick, half-inch, creamy head that dissipates to a thin layer, leaving a fine lace veil and a viscous film on the glass.

Subtle maraschino cherries with fresh clove, vanilla and ginger. There is a clean malt background, followed by orange peel.

Spices come forward within a surprisingly bitter though certainly not high initial impression. With warmth, sweet fruits are revealed, like plum and black cherry, followed by a hint of port wine and eventually back to faint pumpkin pie. The St. Bernardus challis sustains a long finish with tart bitterness.

Full body and syrupy, much lower carbonation than other offerings from Ommegang. Alcohol is definitely present though not warming.

Adoration is certainly a sipper or for pairing with finger foods. This is a perfect match for a cold snowy day and a book.

Photo of fultonj
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of RickS95
2.59/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

It's a deep, rich brown, with some lighter red hues thrown in for good measure. The head is a finger of light, off-brown bubbles. Retention is about 90 seconds and then it's gone quickly, save a light ring around the edges.

Honestly, I'm not sure I smelled anything. There's a bit of malt, possibly some toffee, but none of the ingredients listed on the bottle came through.

The taste is similar to the smell, there's not much too it. Either that, or there's so much going on I couldn't pin point anything. All I could pick up was a bit of malt and a lot of alcohol, though well into the finish there was a chocolatey sensation.

This is a strong beer. It's 10% ABV and it feels every bit of it. Definitely a beer to sip, as anything more feels like you're knocking back a shot of something. Slightly fruity and then some spiciness before nothing but heat to finish.

I like a lot of the beers from Ommegang, but not this one. It's simply too strong for my liking. I don't mind 10% ABV, I'd just like it hidden a bit better. More hops and/or more sweetness would be appreciated.

Photo of cfergusn
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rare tapping night for South Texas, so this was worth a try.

A: Clear red, with a slight head, not to thick.
S: Toffee, caramel, and sugar..
T: Sweetly spiced, not over done. Leaves a lasting thought, with a nice bite as you drink.
M: Full of body, but light on the overall content. Would have liked a little more of the alcohol touch..
O: Surprising that others had never tried this, but we all agreed this was one that would be good during the cold. Great surprise...

Photo of Zorro
4.39/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Chill hazed brown colored ale with a tall light brown colored head.

Smell is strong brown sugar with bruised banana and fig with some dates too. Spices are in here to, cinnamon and clove. Strong gingerbread cookie aroma. One of the best smelling beers out there.

Starts out sweet and spicier tasting than it smells. Sweetness abates quite a bit after a few sips and the alcohol can be sensed as warmness but not taste. Brown sugar and figs dominate the taste. Gingerbread and a little whipped cream. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel is full and slick damn close to drinking straight cream.

Overall, one of the best beers I have ever tasted.

Photo of Edwaka01
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750ml into Chimay chalice - sorry Ommegang.

A - Gorgeous crystal clear ruby. Thin cream-colored head dissipating quickly, leaving lacy traces on surface.

S - Dark fruit is most upfront. Having a hard time pinning down descriptors with this one. Mild spice, a la pumpkin pie and christmas, along with both mild sweet - toffee/caramel and mild alcohol.

T - Malt, caramel upfront. Very flavorful, but just like the smell, I can't pull this apart. Lots of Belgian Abbey flavor, and very little alcohol per its ABV.

M - Very full-bodied. Relatively light on the alcohol burn considering the 10%.

O - One of my favorite winter beers so far. Got a bunch of these hanging out, looking forward to seeing how they age. Im guessing this one was about 6 mo. old already, no bottle date, but I got it before Ommegang released it this year, way back in late summer. Can't wait to enjoy the rest.

Photo of hosehead83
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a big 750ml bottle into a wine goblet.
Cloudy copper in color with a moderate to short head of foam.
Aroma-Plum, Belgian spice
Taste-Dark orchard fruits, plums, caramel, coriander, cinnamon, orange peel. full of character and very complex. A definite sipper to share. Recommended.

Photo of Daniellobo
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice winter brew, malty, sweet, and with a nicely spiced blend.

Presentation: 750 ml caged and corked brown bottle. Label with the Ommegang "0" in dark purple and gold touches. Side notes offer a history of the style, main ingredient and intent, as well as general Ommegang background info, and serving indications. Notes 10% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Deep amber brown pour with a good 1"+ head, moderate retention, fair surface memory and small lacing.

S - Fruity and malty with sweet notes, caramel, sugar and spiced toffee...

T - Sweet and spiced malty range… Sugar and spice, peppery sense through the cardamon and coriander with soft fruity touches, orange, dates… Nice mix.

M - Medium-full body with medium carbonation, nice sense in the finish with a small dry touch.

O - Pretty nice flow and a stimulating sense of balance.

Notes: Pleasing Ommegang offering, typically I find some of their brews a bit bland, and this one is pleasingly solid. Not really in the top tier of stuff they do but well worth the try.

Photo of Ksburr74
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of specialiste
5/5  rDev +22.2%

Photo of Lawl3ss
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(from notes)

16 oz. shaker pint.

Look- Clear deep brown that takes on a blood-red cast when held up to the light. Not much in the way of head or lacing.

Smell- Strong cotton candy and cinnamon. Very light fusel alcohol comes out after swirling. Mild toasted sourdough and woody aromas also make an appearance as the beer warms. As sweet as this is, it isn't offensive, rather the touch of spice makes it quite welcoming.

Taste- Loads of sweet dark fruits. Starts raisiny before moving on to raspberry jam, cherry pie, and mandarin orange. Moderate candi sugar, no bitterness, and alcohol is completely hidden. Just hoppy enough to finish clean. Not cloying at all and exceptionally delicious.

Mouthfeel- Syrupy, moderate carbonation. Feels lighter at first than it is after consideration, though. Mildly oily and astringent afterward. Definitely warming, and drinks like a sweet port wine.

Overall- This really reminded me of a wintery Three Philosophers. It's delicious, and clean compared to similar Belgian strongs I've tried. Knows what it wants to be and does it with style and flair. I have to say that I sometimes think that Ommegang gets overhyped, but this particular offering deserves all the praise it gets. Luscious.

Photo of mborden
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of FanofHefe
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a snifter. Deep, hazelnut brown body with about a two-finger tan head. Looks thick as no light gets through. Good retention and bits of lacing along the glass.

Dark fruit dominates the aroma especially cherry. A nice spicy aroma follows and blends with the Belgian yeast notes.

Very tasty and very complex! Plenty of fruit flavor, including the cherry; also plum and a bit of orange. The malt flavor is sweet and blends well. The spiciness gives a bit of kick that keeps it from being overly sweet.

Medium consistency in the mouthfeel and a small notice of the alcohol with a dry finish. An excellent brew that is very enjoyable.

Photo of Stoutsman
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of prisdefer
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of kojevergas
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Big brown glass bottle with hood-and-wire cap over a cork served into a N'Ice Chouffe beer flute in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are through the roof considering the brewery. Thanks to Adam for the bottle share from New York!

A: Pours a two finger head of fair cream, decent thickness, and great retention for the relatively high ABV. Colour is a dark amber; nontransparent but not murky. Perhaps hazy. Appealing in any case.

Sm: White wine, heavy spices - mainly coriander, light cherry, heavy amber hops, some candied sugar, light orange peel, and brilliant yeast. Incredibly appealing; I can't wait to try it. A moderate strength aroma.

T: A delightfully subtle beer with well-handled spices all around (complementing the winter theme beautifully), some lightly toasted malts (thought not as much per a winter warmer), light candied sugar - which is most evocative towards the finish, amber hops, and some cream on the finish (which continues through the aftertaste). Complex but very subtle (its strong suit). Wondrously balanced. Really a pleasant winter beer. I really dig this.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with the exception of some coarseness on the finish (due to the candied sugar). Quite complementary to the flavours.

Dr: Very drinkable, especially for the ABV. This is truly an adorable (I know that's cliche and tired at this point) winter beer. Successfully merges the best elements of English winter warmers with Belgian candied sugar beers. I'm blown away by the subtlety. This is definitely one I'd get again, though I do think it's best out of the bottle with as much age as you can manage on it. Probably peaks at seven or eight years. The overextended candied sugar on the finish and aftertaste is what prevents this from being an A-.

Wouldn't pair well with food. Enjoy this on its own; it deserves that sort of respect. Bravo.


Photo of mbs11
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of jondeelee
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Adoration opens with a bright, citrusy, spicy aroma, the cardamom and mace being especially present, followed by coriander. The added orange peels add to the citrus notes, which are furthered by touches of pink grapefruit from the hops, and the grains of paradise bring peppery backing. Milk chocolate and brown sugar help anchor the beer in sweetness, and a just-tangible bed of fresh grains--toast and biscuit--bring earthy elements. As a whole, the nose is excellent, bringing instant comparisons to Christmas morning fruitcakes, candies, and pine trees, and is very enticing.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a spicy shot of cardamom and mace, with coriander only slightly behind, and rushing in quickly after is a good orange and orange liqueur malt base, joined by brown sugars, piney notes from the hops, bananas, apples, white grape, and very peppery spices. The pepper and spice notes increase in intensity as the beer is held on the tongue and the sugars die off, though a good runnel of orange liqueur does linger. The aftertaste is quite hoppy, with grapefruit and pine notes, as well as biscuit and a still-strong touch of orange. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium to medium-high.

Overall, this is excellent fare, the beer being nicely balanced between sugars, bitterness, and spices, and each ingredient blends well with the others, producing a lovely overall effect. The beer manages to be delicious and warming without resorting to heavy spices, but is simultaneously refreshing and appealing, despite the hardly-noticeable 10% ABV. Recommended.

Photo of kayrex
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of mycatsissy
5/5  rDev +22.2%

Photo of Sarunas7
4.52/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of TexAggie011
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Beer4Baltimore
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Ommegang Adoration Ale from Brewery Ommegang
91 out of 100 based on 1,052 ratings.