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Ommegang Adoration Ale - Brewery Ommegang

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Ommegang Adoration AleOmmegang Adoration Ale

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Ratings: 1,065
Reviews: 368
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11.49%
Wants: 76
Gots: 184 | FT: 4
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Brewery Ommegang visit their website
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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Ratings: 1,065 | Reviews: 368
Photo of Lawl3ss
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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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.

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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.

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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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.


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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.

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.87/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ommegang – Adoration
Special Winter Ale – Belgian Strong Dark Ale
Bottle dated 7/18/11 and poured into a tulip on 1/5/12

A. Pours a murky deep reddish brown with a 1 inch off white head. Lively carbonation.

S. A soft and pleasant nose with so many things present. Belgian yeast is the most noticeable but hints of dark fruits, various spices, caramel, oranges and green apples.

T. A very balanced taste with not one flavor dominating. As to be expected the Belgian yeast is the one flavor that I pick out first. There is a faint citrusy note that is more lemon than orange along with winter spices and dark fruit. Alcohol pops up after a couple of seconds but very quickly disappears.

M. Initially there the carbonation is very fizzy and almost prickly but as it sits and the bubbles slow the mouth feel turns very creamy and delicious.

O. This beer is exactly what I expected from Ommegang as a dark spiced winter ale. Belgian yeast is the most noticeable characteristic on the nose and the taste followed by all kinds of subtle deliciousness. I would buy it again to sit on it for a few years to see what happens to it.

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

A - Pours a clear mahogany with a lot of suspended material and two fingers of off-white head. Head has pretty good retention and leaves some good lacing.

S - Interesting aroma of raspberry/cherry, raisins, a bit of alcohol, coriander, and faint citrus. Also some chocolate and toffee. Very nice.

T - Taste starts with chocolate and toffee, quickly transitioning to dark fruits of raisin and plums covered with coriander and other spices. The raspberry/cherry notes return late in the taste. I don't think this is brewed with those fruits, so must be a similar aroma coming from one of the spices.

M - Mouthfeel is medium and somewhat creamy, with a bit of a dry finish from the spices.

O - I really enjoyed this. Not as heavy as some BSDAs can be, but still substantial. Definitely a cold weather brew. Some unexpected bright notes in the taste that complemented the spices nicely.

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of BeerLover99
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: deep cloudy/unfiltered tan dirty orange rays,
finger khaki head, patchy lacing

S: mild spices, malt, ripe fruit

T: sweet orange peel, figs/dates/plums,
big malt,

M: med/heavy body, smooth mouth

O: Ommegang = good brewery
I really enjoy Belgian style beers,
but this could have been world class.
Recommend it, don't know if I would
get it again.


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