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Ommegang Adoration Ale - Brewery Ommegang

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Ratings: 833
Reviews: 314
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11.74%
Wants: 57
Gots: 105 | FT: 1
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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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Photo of bruachan
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

my father (and others, obviously) have always been of the drink-a-beer-in-its-proper-context camp, but i'm not. that's why i'm drinking this belgian-style winter ale in may

dominant spice aromas: coriander and allspice. belgian-fermented dark sugars

boy is this one warm...oooee...i could get pulled over just sitting on my couch. bounteous darksugaryfruit characteristics (figs, date). the pre-finish is oddly vacant but the tangy, belgian fruits ride the bitterness at the finish. as could be expected, not a whole lot of malty characteristics but i do get something that makes me think of rye bread crust. as my beverage warms something that i might identify as "brown" grows. oh yeah, the spice. it's there

fairly dry--would be champagne-like but for the modest carbonation

this beer would not get a 4 on drinkability, but it's yummy!

bruachan, May 03, 2010
Photo of beer2day
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark red with strong brown hues. Thin head, audibly fizzy, fades leaving a wafer thin layer of foam. Nice thin lacing.

Nose is all grapes and spice. Corriander and nutmeg dominate, with lots of dark malt backing things up. Chocolate comes in as the beer gets a little warmer. Very complex aroma.

Strong spices really come out in the taste profile, especially midway through. Finishes with strong alcohol presence. I pick up chocolate malt very early, but the spices dominate that quickly.

Feel starts out a little thin, but finishes very well. Slightly syrupy to compliment the spice.

Perfect beer to compliment a cool night.

beer2day, Apr 28, 2010
Photo of akorsak
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to frederickTbunky for bringing two bottles down south from the 'Shire.

A: The BSDA is appropriately dark, a murky blend of red and brown earthtones. The hues are dark enough to render the ale opaque, albeit with a twilight glow near the base. There isn't much head lingering around, just a thin band around the mouth of the glass.

S: A winter warmer if ever I've smelled one. The spice profile is crazy. I pick up cardamon, coriander, anise, caramel, ginger and Sam Adams Summer Ale (Thank you, grains of paradise). A rich, warming aroma.

T: The spice profile grabs hold of the ale immediately, taking control and stearing it. The cardamom, as with all cardamom beers I've ever had, is dominant, creating an 'exotic' flavor is seems much more eastern geographically than Belgium. Dark malts and the Belgian yeast add depth, including pear fruits, along with candi sugars. In addition to the cardamom, coriander and grains of paradise, along with sharp anise and ginger, all make appearances. The richness of the ale masks its strength, a bit dangerous if you're not careful. The finish is a sweet fortified mixture that could pass for an digestif liqueur.

M: The mouth is riddled with exotic spices, amping up the flavor exponentially. The ale seems to have evolved from its initial release last BCTC. I like the direction, Ommegang's version of a quad.

D: A whopper of a beer, with the full flavor and significant alcohol content. The anise and cardamom fire on all cylinders.

akorsak, Apr 18, 2010
Photo of Onibubba
3.63/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A cooler than usual night seemed like an opportune time to break out this winter warmer. Nice amber / honeyed brown pour with a generous, but short lived beige head. Very astringent and medicinal herb laden smell - not something of which I am overly fond. Taste is huge bitter orange peel, and the mace is up front. Also taste some anise and the medicinal astringency. This is a big tasting beer - nothing sublte about this at all. The most redeeming factor for me is the mouthfeel. Very thick and smooth, this lends itself to gulping. Drinkability is a toss up. It goes down easy enough, but the aftertaste lingers, and is not pleasant. Jager anyone? As a winter warmer, this beer cannot be faulted. The alcohol is prominant, and is indeed warming. It is simply a question of how much herbal sweetness you can stomach in a beer. For me, a glass is fine, a bomber, a bit much.

Onibubba, Mar 26, 2010
Photo of generallee
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1pt 9.4oz bottle into an Ommegang goblet. The label reads that it has 10%abv. Printed on the neck of the bottle is the freshness date as well as a packaged on date. The dates read "PKG ON 08/28/09" and "BEST BY 08/2014. This bottle was sampled on 12-28-09.

Appearance: It has a dark reddish tan color body with a hazy complexion. Its head is light tan in color, fades quickly and leaves very little lacing on the glass.

Smell: The aroma is rich and full with a spicy character. It starts with bready maltiness then adds notes of coriander, clove, citrus peel, a touch of yeast and some mellow alcohol.

Taste/Palate: The flavor full of complex spices hops and malt all in a solid medium to full body with lively carbonation. The base has dark dried fruity notes with sweet bready maltiness, yeast and mellow warm alcohol. The spices add the next layer of complexity and dryness with peppery notes, ginger, clove, coriander and citrusy orange peel. Hop flavor is complementary and adds its own spicy notes and more dryness. Hop flavor is most noticeable in the finish which is quit dry and has lingering spice and yeast notes.

Notes: I normally don't like overly spicy Christmas beer but this one works. Overall this one is outstanding. It has many different layers of flavor and is never dominated by just one spice.

generallee, Mar 23, 2010
Photo of Cylinsier
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 75 cl.

Pours a cloudy maple syrup brown with an off white head which is thin but retains well.

Smells of rich brown sugars and lightly of spices and spruce.

Tastes rich and malty with a bit of spruce bitterness in the end. The alcohol is apparent.

Feels full and a bit thick with a mild carbonation tingle.

Delicious. Not the best dark Belgian ale, but up there. Definitely worth picking up. Not something you'll be able to drink a lot of, though.

Cylinsier, Mar 17, 2010
Photo of adamette
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Live review. Poured from the 750 ML corked and caged brown bottle that I bought a few months ago for $10.99 from Heinen's in Willoughby Hills, Ohio. "PKG on 8/28/09" and "BEST BY 08/2014" printed directly on the neck of the bottle. Poured into my gold rimmed Brewery Ommegang Westvleteren style goblet.

A Dark brown body with hues of marroon around the edges under a medium brown, creamy head that sticks around for several minutes. Visible sediment on the bottom of the bottle but also in the body of the first pour into the glass. This beer looks really good. 4.5

S The sweet malt and dark fruit smells of a quad (I do not know the style as listed on BA as I write this) as well as the warmth of alcohol rise up from the beer after a few swirls in the big goblet. 4.0

T Sweet malt, raisins/dates and a burn (quickly turns to a warmth) of alcohol washes over me with every sip. Lingering aftertaste of sweetness no doubt from the barley malt is welcome. I do not care too much for the dark fruit aspect of the beer. There are better tasting beers within this style. 3.5

M Big, thick, strong just as the style calls for. It certainly brings the goods and that is to be applauded. No weak beer here. 4.5

D Not that good due to the bigness, the high ABV and that raisin/date taste that I did not too much care for. Despite that, this is an enjoyble craft brew and has been brewed with an authentic Belgian nature about it. 3.5

Notes: The final of the three Ommegang beers that I tasted and rated this week.

adamette, Mar 13, 2010
Photo of Halcyondays
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle,

A: Pours a dark amber with a soft white head, average retention, no lace.

S: Orange peel, winter spice.

T: Christmas cookie notes with clear flavours of mace and cardamom. Brown sugar abounds with elegant notes of orange in the finish. Sweet feel overall, reminds me a ton of Old Fezziwig.

M: Full-bodied, long aftertaste of spice and malt. Just a tad overcarbonated, but I'm nitpicking.

D: A great Christmas Belgian spiced beer. Don't know why I waited so long to try it, I love Ommegang and I love Christmas beers. A real treat.

Halcyondays, Mar 11, 2010
Photo of DmanGTR
4.68/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Review from notes on 11/17/09

A - Poured clear hazelnut with garnet hues with a short lived off-white head of 1/2" in a Leffe goblet. No lacing, as expected for a high abv beer. 4.0

S - Mildly wine-like, some muscat grapes, plums, currants, and sweet toffee. I get very little alcohol in the nose despite the 10%. Overall, somewhat faint, it could use a little boost in this department. Gets better as it warms: sweetness with more raisins/black currants. 4.5 at first, but once it's warmed up, I can't help but give it a 5.0.

T - Very fruity and malty. I get plenty of toffee but some very subtle spices too. Is that citrus I taste in the finish? I'm not sure what cardamom, mace, or grains of paradise taste like, but there is definitely something different about this beer that I really enjoy. Perhaps it's like the Three Philosophers without the Kriek? Mild alcohol in the finish adds to the spices. 4.5

M - Medium bodied but the intense flavors give a perspective of a huge beer. Not overly carbonated like many other Belgian style beers, just enough to prickle the palate and round out the texture. Finishes somewhat dry with a lingering malty sweetness and spice. 4.5

D - I finished the whole 750mL by myself in less than an hour. What do you think?

Overall - An excellent rendition of a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. Not quite a Quad, although the styles have been blended together these days. If it had just a touch more raisin then it would be perfect in my opinion. Nonetheless, it pairs very well with some sharp cheddar cheese and an apple! I would recommend this beer to any dark Belgian beer lover.

DmanGTR, Mar 10, 2010
Photo of mjaskula
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass. Has a really great dark ruby color. The head was thin to start and fell to a ring, only a tiny bit of lacing.

Aroma is earthy, sweet and dark, alcohol is apparent. Flavor is complex and sweet, dark fruits, brown sugar and spices (nutmeg?), some yeast flavor at the end. Carbonation starts high and fades considerably by the end of the glass. Mouthfeel is a little thick, but not distracting.

Reminds me of the Anchor christmas offering, but less spice. The 10% is really apparent, but not distracting.

mjaskula, Feb 14, 2010
Photo of magnj
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally got to this bomber someone picked up for me before Xmas. Not my style really but I figured I should consume it while it's still appropriately cold outside.

A - Ruby - Brown color, body is quite clear. Head is minimal and retention is low. Carbonation appears to be low.

S - Typical Belgian Dark aroma with spice up front. Dark fruits, sweet, gingerbread almost pumpkin like spices.

T - Dark fruits up front give way to a malty and moderately spicy brew. Pretty typical of the style and although they claim it is aggressively spiced I'm pleasantly surprised that the spices do not dominate. Hop flavor is appropriately low. Ends sweet and a little tart, kind of cheek puckering. Alcohol stays well hidden.

M/D - Good body for the style, not too thin as some tend to be nor overly sticky. Going down pretty easy though it should be regarded as a sipper and I advise sharing.

Overall I'm impressed, Ommegang has yet to disappoint.

magnj, Feb 04, 2010
Photo of Wasatch
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to jwc215 for this one.


2100th review!

Poured into a Watou glass a nice clean/clear dark amber/ruby color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some yeast notes, dark fruits, banannas, and caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, yeasty, nice touch of dark fruits/banannas, and caramel. Medium body, the ABV is hidden very well for this brew. Very drinkable, this one is very nice.

Wasatch, Feb 04, 2010
Photo of ccrida
3.13/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle poured into my large St Feuillien goblet, Adoration is a dark chestnut brown with a small off-white head leaving scattered lace.

Smell is a kind of dry, dusty spiciness, fairly strong, reminiscent of a gran marnier truffles, but with cheaper booze and no chocolate.

Taste is way heavy on the spices, whoa! Like the nose, it's not really sweet, the high attenuation and ABV mixes with the spices to provide a fairly thin, boozy spice bomb. Perhaps just a bit of nuttiness to the malt. Loosely in the style of the best Noels, but way to exaggerated, utterly lacking in both charm and nuance.

Mouthfeel is pretty creamy, dry and medium light bodied.

Drinkability isn't too high. This beer was both poorly designed and executed, and was a burden to finish.

ccrida, Jan 31, 2010
Photo of mymrnngjckt
3.43/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Shared with a few friends. Thanks for number1bum for sharing.

Appears a murky dark brown. The smell is very spicy which also comes across in the taste. In addition to the spice, there is also a light funk/barnyard taste. The beer had good carbination but the overall taste body of the beer was light and did not have much depth. I am not too sure I would seek this one out again.

mymrnngjckt, Jan 30, 2010
Photo of number1bum
3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Shared this bottle with a few friends. Poured a reddish brown color, not terribly dark, with a creamy finger and a half of beige head. Kept a nice full lace.

Smell was very heavy on the spices, which I don't need to list since they're on the label. Also some sweet candi sugar and caramel, bit of orange peel as well as some darker fruits.

Like the smell the taste was also very heavy on the spices. A bit too heavy for my liking. Nice caramel and candi sugar sweetness and lots of dark fruit flavor, but the spices are pretty overwhelming at times.

Mouthfeel was medium-full and quite crisp for such a big beer. I"m guessing they used a fair amount of candi sugar here to keep the mouthfeel a bit lighter, and it worked well.

I'm not wild about this one and I'm glad the bottle was shared 3 ways. Just too much spicing for me, which made one glass plenty. A nice beer, but you have to like spices to have more than one.

number1bum, Jan 30, 2010
Photo of caddybuyer
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a caged and corked 750 at slightly warmer than cellar temperature.

A-Initial pour is clear red cherry with rising carbonation and a darker eggshell head that settles rapidly.

S-Wow, from the first pop of the cork on this the cherry nose hits you. Strong cherry and orangepeel is present in the glass, as is a bit of ginger and candied sweet malts.

T-Cherry again dominates the intitial taste along with pear, a hint of bananna, clove, ginger, allspice and Belgian yeast. All give way to a more traditional dark fruit medley that fades to a peppery astringency in the finish which basks in the afterglow of the warming alcohol. This is a pretty sweet brew, but not overwhelmingly so. Lighter in complexity and flavor than say a St. Bernardus Christmas, it is a pretty solid beer in its own right.

M-Medium mouthfeel with amped up carbonation as it to be expected from the style.

D-Drinkable and enjoyable. I'd call this Ommagang's version of Mad Elf, but a tad better, yet still not up to the quality of Defiant's Christmas Ale which is a much better take on the Belgian Winter Warmer, or of course, the venerable St. Bernardus Christmas, which carries the torch on the style. The Cherry, (which I love) takes a bit too much of the front seat here, but I'd definately buy this again.

Re-review a year later with a year of age.

S-Nose seems to be much more spice forward with cardamom very much in the fore.

T-This has mellowed into a rich wonderful brew. My earlier review still stands, but damn this is good with a year of age on it (figure another half point on taste). The comparison to Mad Elf is still valid, but I had a fresh 2010 St. Bernardus Christmas recently and this aged Adoration blew its doors off. (Corsendonk? Fuggetaboutit!)

caddybuyer, Jan 29, 2010
Photo of obywan59
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I bought this baby before Christmas, intending to save it for a wintery January/February night.
A vew nights later, I was stuck home from work by a 13 1/2 inch snow and almost caved in, but here I am, stuck home again by our 3rd ice storm of the winter.

It pours a lovely reddish-brown stream into my oversized wine glass. Once in the glass, it's a dark brown with reddish undertones and a tan one finger head. The head recedes quickly, but remains as a thin later. It looks very Christmasy. Held up to a bright light more of the red shows. Almost like a cocktail, or a thick fruit punch. 2nd pour into my Old Guardian pseudo-tulip was lighter brown with more red. Held up to the light it reminded me of Mad Elf, only darker.

Smells moderately of Belgian yeast, with sweet citrus, black cherries and spice.

Rather dry in taste at the start, but much sweeter as the beer warms. More citrus and spice. Some bitter dark chocolate in the finish with warming alcohol.

Moderate mouthfeel and stickiness for a Belgian. Somewhat drying. Smooth and pleasant.

Very drinkable in my book. The alcohol slows you down a bit, but it's certainly not hard to swallow.

Compared to the other 3 BSDAs I've sampled this winter, I'd rank it as the strongest contender to the Corsendonk Christmas Ale. It's more substantial and warming and has more depth than the Mad Elf, and is more drinkable than the Delirium Noel.

obywan59, Jan 22, 2010
Photo of maximum12
2.5/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Picked up a bottle of this at a small, underrated bottle shop in South St. Paul, Petschen's. If you're ever in the neighborhood, check it out, they sometimes have some nice gems in dark corners.

Pours a stirred, muddy reddish-brown. Smell is stifling, locked-in-a-spice-closet strong, mixed with sugared candy.

Adoration just comes on too strong for my taste. The spices, instead of being polite & complementary to the beer, come fishtailing out of the snifter at high speed. I'm sure all the spices on the label are well represented, but holy man, my mouth is overwhelmed. Not only that, I can feel the beginnings of heartburn coming on after only a few sips. There's a Belgian sweetness to it that adds to the chaos & instead of taming it, just piles on the difficulty I'm going to have finishing this.

Extreme winter warmer? This is it. I don't really want to pan this brew, because if you love spices in your beer, you're going to love Adoration. But it's too much for me, way, way too much.

maximum12, Jan 17, 2010
Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.15/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

750 ml bottle poured into a Meantime tulip. Serve at 50 F, 10% ABV, Packaged on 08/28/09, Best by 08/2014.

A - Adoration pours very effervescent. The color is a dirty pond water amber brown with a light tan head. It fades to a ring in an instant. No lace but a few legs are left after a hearty swirl.

S - A robust aroma bursting with mellow fruits and spices accompanies a dark candi-sugar, sweet aroma. Raisins and white grape with a citrusy orange peel blend well with what seems like a bit of cinnamon and coriander with husky grains of paradise. Toasted malts on the back end. No hops or alcohol present.

T - The amount of spices reach an almost cloying level. They blend well together well enough that none stands out over the other. A bit of the citrus leaves a zing on the finish though. Again, the fruits are mellow. A little raisin and white grape. No hops again and the toasted malts are pushed to the back end but in the flavor the alcohol really seems to come out. A bit solvent-like on the finish, it's almost like doing a shot. I don't think there is enough "meat and potatoes" to this beer. It's all alcohol and spice and increasingly hard to take.

M - For a lack of head there sure is a high level of carbonation in this one. Medium-light bodied and spicy with a warming alcohol kick. Dry finish with a "head-shaking" zestiness.

D - Damn it. I should have shared this bottle. A disappointing finish to a day worthy of a celebration, Adoration isn't an easy drinking beer by any means but one not unworthy of sipping during winter. Best shared with some good friends.

[This doesn't change my review, but by the third glass it became a little better all-around, mainly in drinkability. Then again, that could be the alcohol kicking in.]

BeerFMAndy, Jan 15, 2010
Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a muddy brown color with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of a combination of caramel and lightly toasted malts with good amounts of toffee and light amounts of spices. As the beer warms hints of citrus fruits sneak out. The citrus fruit aromas are sweeter than normal.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Caramel malt flavors up front are joined shortly by light spices and vanilla flavors. Heavier toffee flavors with traces of brown sugar enter into things midway through the sip but take a backseat through to the mildly bitter and somewhat spicy ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. It's got a good level of spices balanced nicely by the choice of malts. Worth a shot.

glid02, Jan 15, 2010
Photo of BARFLYB
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On-Tap at the drafting room in a tulip.

Adoration is a adorable dark ale bordering on black from a far but close up its a murky dark red color with brown. A off white head came and went, leaving nice scattered sheets of sticky lace. The smell is overrun by belgian spices and a orange slice. Vanilla, malt and some fruit. The aroma is big but it did not blow me away, spice overload. Taste is good for a BSDA but a bit unbalanced at times when cold, adoration evens out with warming leaving plums and raisins coming forth with caramel sweetness with apples, a nice mix. Some alcohol creepin in there at the end. The feel is smooth, no complaint's, went down like a charm. I may need to find a bottle of this.

BARFLYB, Jan 13, 2010
Photo of scruffwhor
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Awesome cherry wood and mahagony amber colors with dark ruby around the lighted edges of this brew. Very quick head for a Belgian brew, but thats ok. The aroma is sweet and bready with awesome xmas spice notes that let you know they are there, but not overwhlming. The sweet malts and spices are all very enticing. The taste starts with deep toasted and light roasted sweet malts. The addition of various spices add a cherry and fruit cake spice flavor to the middle. While the finish is a slow warming mlat and alcohol. THis is a defeinitive winter beer. Smooth, sweet, and warm palate that just warms your Christmas even after that awesome holiday is over. I'm going to pick up a few more bottles of this for sure.

scruffwhor, Jan 12, 2010
Photo of beerthulhu
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: In the glass appeared a medium chestnut color, when held against the light it appeared a blood red. The capping was 1 finger high, extremely fizzy, beige in color and was quick to dissipate after the initial pour to a clean polished surface. Visible carbonation was medium strong and rapid.

S: The nose emitted a light scent of whiskey and leather, cologne-like, with a supporting cast of alcohol laced cherries, port cask, and a dry barrel woodiness. As for spicing a combination of peppery-oranges was the most noticeable while the overall delivery was soft but very eloquent.

T: The flavor was lightly boozy and warming with notes of whiskey and cask along with a soft alcohol spiciness of warm cinnamon and nutmeg (though this was not a listed spicing) and a noticeable presence of grains of paradise. Peppery with an extremely smooth refined flavor gives you a warm inner feeling when drinking this. Alcohol laced cherries, coriander with a touch of warm pear juice and bananas come compliments of the yeast. The alcohol provides a perfect warming and is never overbearing, you would never guess this to be a 10.0%abv beer its that well hidden. There is a light touch of peat and smoked woodiness along with a balance of dried caramel adding sweetness and balance. The finish rounds up with a beautiful warming of dried molasses, alcohol soaked wood planks and a fading peppery touch that was extremely well blended together.

M: The mouthful provided a light tingle of carbonation, especially on the tip of the tongue. The body is full and luscious, with an eloquent smoothness words along can not describe nor give justice to. A solid perfect mouthful hands..ehhh tongues down.

D: Drinkability was good, very enjoyable, more noticeable boozy when warm but was still manageable to drink, though you will feel this eventually. If you could capture this flavor in a 5.0%-6.0% abv beer it would be the ultimate session material. Wish I could drink more of this, more of the time, but that's what makes this so special. This should certainly go to the front of your winter warmer list on must try beers. It will warm your inner spirits with holiday cheer. Cheers.

beerthulhu, Jan 08, 2010
Photo of weatherdog
2.73/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

75 cL bottle poured in to an Ommegang flute

It pours a murky burn orange color with a 2 finger head that quickly dies down

I'm picking up a lot of burnt sugar/brown sugar, Belgian yeast and a little bit of orange peel. It isn't very exciting but not too offensive.

The first thing I taste are the classic dark ripe fruits of a BSDA. Then this citrus flavor comes in and starts to clash with it. The spices used in the brewing process are once again clashing with the spice flavors from the yeast. To top it off the 10% alcohol is present on the backside and a bit too much. This is kind of a case of too many cooks in the kitchen. It is a bit of a hot mess.

This carbonation actually does a decent job of scrubbing the taste out after the sip which in this case is a good thing. The alcohol presence is hurting drinkability though. I've had many other 10% BDSA that drink much better.

I like the concept of a Belgian winter warmer but the execution came off with just to many things going on. There are clashing flavors all over the place and it leaves me dissatisfied and that is a first by a beer from this usually amazing brewery.

weatherdog, Jan 05, 2010
Photo of Minotaur
4.78/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at the Blue Rhino in Syracuse.

A significant white head - the color of the snow that had lined the sidewalk outside the bar sat atop a dark garnet red-brown brew. The lacing clung to the side of the Adoration goblet that the beer was served in.

The aroma is yeasty, malty and fruity: dark cherries and raisin.

The taste is a literal explosion of sweet and sour fruity notes with an overlay of spice: some of which came from the yeast and some of which seemed to come from adjunct candi-sugar, clove, ginger, allspice. There is only a slight bitter dryness and considerable alcohol finish. Both of these elements blend with the raisin/plumb and malt flavors excellently.

The mouthfeel is chewy and pleasant, leading for an ultimately drinkable brew.

A really amazing brew.

Minotaur, Jan 04, 2010
Ommegang Adoration Ale from Brewery Ommegang
90 out of 100 based on 833 ratings.