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Ommegang Adoration Ale - Brewery Ommegang

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Ommegang Adoration AleOmmegang Adoration Ale

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Ratings: 813
Reviews: 312
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11.74%
Wants: 55
Gots: 97 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: akorsak on 08-04-2009)
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Photo of peabody


3.93/5  rDev -3.9%

Pours out a very clear brown with two fingers of small creamy suds.
Very perfumey with strong corriander nutmeg and cinnamon stick. The caramel sugar and the burning the nose yeast are very strong aromas also.
Sweet with a bitter finish. I get the orange peel but have trouble pinning down what the bitterness is. Probably just some hops or toasted malts.
Sticky mouthfeel with a foamy maltyness that sticks with the entire aftertaste.
Can't taste the alcohol so this one I rate pretty good in the drinkability catagory.

12-20-2009 14:48:16 | More by peabody
Photo of nickfl


3.18/5  rDev -22.2%

A - One finger of light brown head on top of an opaque, dark brown body with some reddish-brown highlights showing through against the light. The foam settles fairly quickly and leaves little lace.

S - Spice aroma of yeast and actual spices with notes of clove, cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg, and pepper. Lots of sugary malt backing up the spices, particularly caramel and molasses. The real belgian yeast notes come out at the end with some fruity plum notes and peppery yeast spice that plays well with the rummy sugar character.

T - Thick, sugary malt up front, lots of brown sugar, molasses, and caramel with a bit of toffee. Huge spice character appears in the middle. Cinnamon and clove with nutmeg. Finishes with more sugary, brown malt flavors and some actual yeast notes that thankfully begin to push aside the spices. Lingering molasses and brown sugar as well as peppery yeast, cloying cinnamon, and a weak note of roasted malt.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - I really wanted to like this, and the aroma had some promise, but it turned out to be awfully hard to drink. The spice character is overwhelming with a lot of cinnamon and clove. This somewhat stale and overdone spicing mostly covers up any pleasant yeast character that may be present, except for a hint fruit and pepper in the finish. I hate to say it, but this tastes like bad homebrew; the spicing is way overdone and it just kills every other aspect of the beer. I am not generally a big fan of spiced christmas beers, and someone who really likes that sort of thing might see this beer differently, but even considering that this beer was intended to taste like a spice cake, it is not well executed and just ends up being a cloying mess. Not recommended.

12-20-2009 07:14:49 | More by nickfl
Photo of LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.78/5  rDev -7.6%

Reviewed on 11/2/2009. Bottle. Pours brown with a small ring of white head. Aroma of spruce, dark sweet fruits, lots of spices (clove, anise, pepper, licorice). Flavor of sweet fruits (plum, raisins) with lots of spices and chestnuts. Dry, sweet finish. Good winter ale!

12-19-2009 03:59:11 | More by LilBeerDoctor
Photo of scootny

New York

4.1/5  rDev +0.2%

I was looking for a quad in my cellar. I'm out except for two I am saving. I dig around and pull this out. Nice. Not as thick, but a satisfying brew for a cod winter's eve. The tree is up, perfuming the air and this fragrant, spicy ale is a perfect compliment.

A lightly cloudy brew with light tan head of decent substance and somewhat less retention. Spots and streaks of lace along with a ring. No carbonation as it sits. A holiday spice cornucopia with all the stuff on the label, ( coriander, cardamom, mace, grains of paradise, sweet orange peel ) as well as roasted malts and Belgian yeastiness. Stuff not on the label as well. Cloves, pepper, ginger and faint cinnamon. A touch of sweet alcohol. Taste follows the nose with mocha and cocoa on the palate. A large dark fruit component, raisins, plums, dates, and figs. A relatively mild hop finish that still dries it beautifully. Alcohol show up adding fusel vapors and sweetness. Well integrated while showing itself. More roasted malts and dark flavorful breads with a cocoa liqueur as it lingers on my palate. Phantom overripe banana. Spiced as well. Feel is prickly and tingly carbonation with a just enough heft to satisfy. Introducing the yeast improves both taste and feel adding an integrating agent to the flavors and a silkiness to the texture. For a winter BSDA it goes down remarkably well. Quite drinkable and a joy to sip, though maybe a little quicker than you might.

12-17-2009 04:12:59 | More by scootny
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3.95/5  rDev -3.4%

On tap @ Blind Tiger for the Ommegang/Duvel night.

A- Pours a slightly hazy reddish/brown/garnet color. A good 1-2 off white big bubbled head that shrinks to a rim and half moon.

S- Some bright and funky notes mingled with some dark spices. Cool mix of smells here. Like a sour mixed with dark spices.

T- No sour here. Kicks off with dark raisiny malty flavor that blends with some ginger, allspice flavors. It has that clovey belgian yeastiness throughout. Tastes like someone dropped their gingerbread house into my dark belgian.

M- Tight & active carbonation combined with the heat gives a prickly sensation on the tongue. Leaves a sugary coating on the tongue for a minute.

D- A strong robust seasonal offering that warms you up from the inside out. Tasty for sure with bold flavors and a kick. One and done for me, bit would recommend to try.

12-17-2009 02:59:18 | More by m1ked
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4.22/5  rDev +3.2%

A - this beer is a medium ruddy red with no visible carbonation, the pours wells up half a finger of dark tan head that laces away to just a rim of tan quickly

S - sweet citrus is the first note to hit my nose and the spices arent far behind, not incredibly familiar with the spices individually, but they arent like the typical nutmeg or clove aromas associated with some spice in beers, the spices are strong, but not overpowering

T - sweeter than i expected from the orange peel, with complimentary spiciness, dark malts lend dark ripe fruits flavors, liek dates or raisins, some chocolate that reminds me of cherry cordials, the bit of breadiness and fruitiness give it a note of fruitcake

M&D - spicy and poignant, and even with that it is super easy to drink, the orange zest addition balances it well, definitely worth the purchase if you can find it

12-10-2009 01:35:06 | More by sinstaineddemon
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3.63/5  rDev -11.2%

A: nice copper color, clear
S: traditional Ommegang nose with very yeasty qualities and treacle, burnt malt
T: very, very good - alcohol is present but doesn't taste like a 10% ABV, nice balance of malt and hops, dominant yeasty quality, not as much spice as I expected (thankfully)
M: a bit of acridness probably from yeast
D: decent, but nothing really unusual or outstanding

12-07-2009 03:11:33 | More by wisrarebeer
Photo of atsprings

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +1%

750mL bottle into an Ommegang 10th anniversary tulip pours a murky dark brown that shows orange highlights when held to light and sports a nice frothy off-white head that lasts as a thin layer and leaves slight lacing on the glass. Aroma is burnt toast, spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg, dried fruit and bananas. The taste is a nice blend of dried fruits, clove, and toast with a nice lingering cinnamon finish. The beer is somewhat heavy with warming alcohol, perfect for a cold blustery night like tonight has been. This is a very enjoyable winter beer, one I'd love to keep on hand for nights like this.

12-06-2009 04:05:48 | More by atsprings
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3.95/5  rDev -3.4%

Deep brownish-red liquid in a snifter.

Smells like holiday spices (nutmeg and cinnamon, maybe clove too). Nice bit of yeast provides a banana tail to the nose. Slight sweet undertone from the malt.

Taste is great. Nice holiday Belgian warmer. Spices, sweet malt, banana esters, almost like a spiced dubble. Bubblegum, ginger, clove, herbs, and perfect mix between the yeast's flavor and the malt/spices.

Mouthfeel is exceptional. Love how Ommegang is able to keep the beer fresh feeling without too much carb. Beautifully done.

Drinkability is good. Many would enjoy this, even multiple servings in an evening. A solid seasonal from Ommegang.

12-05-2009 15:51:46 | More by jampics2
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New York

4.33/5  rDev +5.9%

Reviewed solo @ the gingerman nyc served out of a snifter glass.

Appearance: 1 finger of light brown creme head, deep brown and red in color with decent lacing.

Smell: this smells great. I get concord grapes, a hint of belgian yeast, sweet spices, a bit of brown grains.

Taste: opens with belgian yeast as dark concord grapes and unique malt profile emerge in the middle. The holiday spices comes out in the end as a subtle booziness comes into play leaving a holiday spice and malty aftertaste. I can see why they call this a winter brew. I'm starting to feel the warmth. Ha

Mouthfeel:medium bodied with moderate carbonation, slightly dry.

Drinkability: I would definitely have this again on a cold winter night. I recommend this to someone who seeks a classic belgian yeast open with a malty concord grape middle and holiday spice finish leaving a warmth that is slightly dry. Worth the try.

12-05-2009 01:04:36 | More by capra12
Photo of tigg924


4.47/5  rDev +9.3%

Appearance: 1/2 inch head, cloudy, reddish brown in color, moderate carbonation

Smell: spices--cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and some dark fruit

Taste: spices--cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and some dark fruit with toasted malt

Mouthfeel: moderate carbonation, sweet, and smooth

Drinkability: This is an excellent winter beer. The mix of spices is delicious. I want this again, but for the price I may not rush out to get it.

12-03-2009 17:46:55 | More by tigg924
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New York

3.95/5  rDev -3.4%

Out of a 750ml corked and caged bottle. Pours a hazy honey chocolate brown color with a tight and creamy head that quickly settled into a solid cap. The aroma is sweet and spicy and very nice overall. The aroma has some banana, clove, and pepper spice. Lots of yeasty phenols, very weizenbock-ish. The taste is of a tart unrippen dark fruit, bubblegum, prune, light chocolate, cinnamon, light clove & nutmeg, quite boozy, and hints of a sprucey/holiday spice. The feel is light to moderate with very fizzy carbonation; sweet overall with raw booziness, finishes sour. Definitely needs some mellowing, ABV is a bit harsh. A sour BSDA, which is different, the abv is very hot so this needs some aging. Still has some nice flavors, like to see what a year does to this brew.

11-28-2009 03:51:38 | More by Gmann
Photo of boatshoes


3.93/5  rDev -3.9%

Had this on tap at the Amsterdam Alehouse in Manhattan when meeting up with BA and old buddy Charlatansin on a recent trip to New York.

Appearance- Came off the tap a very inviting beer. Warm crimson and burgundy reds shone through a translucent body capped with a half finger of head that died back quickly to a ring around the edges. Not a lot of apparent carbonation but a touch of lacing left as I drank.

Smell- Oddly, the one part of this beer that left me a bit dissatisfied. I found the nose to be a touch muddled and didn't quite know what to make of it. Bready with a touch of yeastiness and lots of spices. I couldn't make out many of them individually but detected notes of cinnamon. Don't get me wrong, the beer smelled nice, but I couldn't distinguish the elements particularly well and found them to be rather mixed together.

Taste- Again, lots of spices but much cleaner taste than the nose initially led me to believe I would get. A touch of cinnamon again with a prominent bready malt, and a dose of fig and dried dates. Some nice warming alcohol on the finish.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Carbonation was spot on with a substantial mouthfeel. Very drinkable winter warmer with a good deal of flavor and just enough alcohol showing through given the strength.

Overall, another solid beer added to the Ommegang lineup. Give it a try while the season is ripe.

11-27-2009 04:59:58 | More by boatshoes
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3.88/5  rDev -5.1%

Ommegang Adoration, on tap at Beer Run, Charlottesville, VA. Served in a 10 oz. nonic, if I recall correctly. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance: A turgid mahogany that arrives sporting the remnants of a half-finger head, fine height for the 10 oz. glass. All that's left, however, is a thin and intermittent dusting, a delicate and dense but thin collar, and some erruptions of sporadic lacing.

Aroma: Festive, with a heavy contingent of spices - cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves - and sweet, roasty malt accompaniment. Caramel, light toffee, breadiness, and a few fruity overtones - bananas, sweet cherries. Also, a slight fishyness and that dog food malt smell are the only two detractors.

Taste: Overripe banana esters are prominent, perhaps the most prominent note here. Up next is a strong, spicy note, very phenolic, and not without a strong hint of alcohol. It doesn't betray much of the olfactory spice notes nearly as much as it should or as I'd like. Caramelized malts, sweet, roasty, and bready form the basis of this one and are accompanied by vanilla, floral notes, and those aforementioned spice notes, albeit too faintly.

Mouthfeel: Well-carbonated, betrayed by the fluffy and evenness of the mouthfeel, and just thick enough to manage to contain it all.

Drinkability: A solid beer from Ommegang, though not an outstanding one, and one I didn't think particularly worth: 1) it's abv% level; or 2) it's price. It's worth trying once, perhaps, but only to say you have.

11-26-2009 18:55:31 | More by CrellMoset
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New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev +8.8%

Appearance: pours a hazy light brown color with a short 1/4" head that breaks down to a spotty surface foam.

Smell: loads of spice, yeast, and hint of chocolate.

Taste: big caramel sweetness with plenty of yeast, pepper, clove, plums, figs, nutmeg, and a moderate bitterness is wrapped in a warming alcohol blanket. Complex beer.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Lightly crisp to start, smoother and a bit dry at the finish. Long aftertaste as the flavors linger in the mouth.

Drinkability: alcohol kicks this down a notch. A real slow sipping beer that provides a nice warming feeling. Wonderful beer to enjoy over a longer period of time.

11-26-2009 18:14:24 | More by Gavage
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4.55/5  rDev +11.2%

poured into a snifter.

Russet reddish brown, a bit cloudy, with a neat ring of tight tan bubbles around the edges.

Aroma of Belgian candi sugar, maple, clove and banana, orange zest, and some alcohol esters.

Mulled spices and hard cider, along with a solid hit of Belgian yeast lead the taste profile. More fruitiness comes through mid-palate with plum, blood orange, overripe banana, raisin, and cherry. Rich spice melange and a faint sherry alcohol come on strong in the finish, leaving a little hotness on the breath. Some metallic tanginess lingers, but in a clean way. Amazingly tasty.

Mouthfeel is medium-full, with a bit of stickiness and a nice tingle. Alcohol is not hidden and encourages small sips. Very warming and boozy, but sophisticated and complex. Carbonation may be a bit high.

Fantastic winter sipper. Balances fruit and spice, sugar and alcohol in the tradition of a classic brown liquor coctail. Should be even better next year when the alcohol is better integrated.

11-26-2009 04:03:58 | More by firkinhophead
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3.95/5  rDev -3.4%

A: This one is a deep dark reddish brown and is very opaque. pours with light white head and has good head retention.mel

S: On the nose I get dates and caramel. There are definitely fruity esters in the forefront. I do get spice as well, but the beer smells sweet.

T: Mexican chocolate and ripe dark fruit are most present. Spice and orange rind follow in what proves to be a rather long finish. I do get some tart citrus at the very end of the finish which do linger and I would say are pretty notable.... unique. Interesting brew, and I am not sure just what I might liken it too so it earns points for uniqueness. Great deal at 12.99 but not a mind blowing beer.

M: There is a frothy foamy mouthfilling quality to this one. Long finish but its not overly syrupy either.

D: Pretty high, as this is a high alcohol and relatively dry finishing beer.

11-25-2009 08:01:23 | More by flannelman808
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Rhode Island

3.9/5  rDev -4.6%

750ml corked and caged bottle served at 52 degrees in my DFH goblet. Poured a hazy garnet with ruby red highlights when backlit. A one inch, creamy, off-white head slowly recedes into a solid 1/8th skim. Thick swaths of lacing are revealed as the brew is consumed. Nose is spicy - grains of paradise and coriander come out, as well as a hint of citrus esters in the background. Taste follows nose - however, some nutmeg also comes out in the mix. Mouthfeel is medium-light, a little bit creamy, and a lively background effervescence. Definitely a holiday brew - closer to an intense winter warmer than a Belgian Strong Dark in my opinion. Very tasty and complex flavor profile; however, a bit too big and slightly cloying for a 750ml to be consumed solo. Best shared amongst three people. A nice beer to share on Xmas Eve.

11-25-2009 01:25:52 | More by Jwale73
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

750ml corked and caged poured into my chimay goblet.

A- this one pours a murky reddish brown colored body with a small beige colored head that quickly becomes a crown.

S- very sweet. lots of candy and brown sugar. cherries, plums, figs, and dates. lots of strong christmas-like spices also. no trace of the alcohol, which is a feat at 10%.

T- just as sweet as it smells. very fruits. plums, dates, figs, and cherries. brown sugar in here also. the alcohol makes itself known but doesnt come off too strong and kind of adds to this experience.

M- light and bubbly. highly carbonated and thin. moderate warming from the alcohol in this one.

D- easy enough to finish but at this strength one is enough. a nice winter seasonal that seems to capture the tastes and smells of the season with a nice boozy warmness also. cant wait to see how this one ages.

11-24-2009 05:05:58 | More by jwinship83
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District of Columbia

4.13/5  rDev +1%

(From notes)

A - Clearish coppery brown hue; thinner lightly tan head

S - Dark fruitiness; malt sweetness; bit of candied sugar; alcohol doesn't even come close to sneaking in; some warming spice notes coming close to nutmeg and cinnamon

T - Rich pluminess that moves to sweeter dark fruit flavors; malty and rich; another wave of sweetness; touch of spices; a touch of booze does sneak in

M - Medium MF; sticky; and surprisingly snappy carbonation

D - Nice sipping; tasty; warming; and I can't wait to get back to he US to enjoy this in a proper winter time setting :)

Would consider this a wonderful brew for the holidays.

11-22-2009 20:36:47 | More by Nickls
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New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev -3.9%

A: dark copper in color with an off-white head and extensive lacing.

S: aroma is reserved, with hints of dried fruit and spice.

T: dried fruit, bananas, cloves, and ginger are well balanced.

M: thin body with a ton of prickly carbonation.

D: a delicious brew in celebration of the holiday season. Worth checking out if it is available to you.

11-21-2009 18:21:56 | More by Avagadro
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Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev -3.4%

Thanks for sharing Jon. Great aromas, the mace abd ornange, ginger and yeast. Big head and lacey. Taste is decent, complexity of spices, pepper including black,cardamon,ginger,corriander, cloves, a littl chocolate, slows down drinkability to a sipper. Average plus mouthfeel.

11-20-2009 16:35:14 | More by Sammy
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4.53/5  rDev +10.8%

A: Complexion is a slightly ruddy brown like fine leather.. sparse lacing with a light head that maintains throughout

S: Peppery and spicy. Noticeable whiffs of coriander

T&M: Luscious and succulent, this spicy, warm and slightly tart brew is smooth on the palette. The orange peel adds a delightful finish.

D: Does any beer go down easier than this? This stuff is like drinking silk. Highly smooth and drinkable.

11-18-2009 01:16:03 | More by dino213aa
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New York

4.33/5  rDev +5.9%

The beer pours a ruby red color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a wonderful dark fruit and spice aroma. It has a kick ass warming crystal malt scent with bits of orange peel and cardamom as well. The taste is awesome. It has an incredibly smooth flavor that boasts of pale, crystal, and roasted malts along with an excellent selection of spices that really compliment the dark fruit flavor of the Belgian yeast esters. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a very good beer. It's adequately spiced as well as having a great malt bill.

11-17-2009 01:38:55 | More by WesWes
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4.33/5  rDev +5.9%

on tap at the malt house - been quite pleased with the last few releases from ommegang (rouge, adoration)

cell-phone notes

appearance: served in a festive anniversary ommegang tulip - dark garnet body, mahogany, creamy tan head

smell: strongly spiced - nutmeg, ginger. rum, raisin, heavy dark malts, brown sugar and candied sugar

taste: nice belgian dark - rich brown sugary body, spiced rum, nutmeg, ginnger, raisin, fig - lots of heavy flavors. nice one - will order this one again...

mouthfeel: rich and full bodied

drinkability: good

11-15-2009 22:54:56 | More by dirtylou
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