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Ommegang Adoration Ale - Brewery Ommegang

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Ratings: 879
Reviews: 320
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11.74%
Wants: 64
Gots: 124 | 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 jjayjaye
4.9/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my favorite styles. Looking forward to this one with great anticipation. Corked and caged..pours a cloudy amber with deep rose hue and a half an inch of light foamy head that fades fairly quickly. The surface collar is continuously refreshed by the tiny bubbles of effervescence from beneath. TONS of sediment visible on the bottom of the bottle. Stringy patterns of Belgian lacing left behind. The smell is sweet malty earthy harvest fruit CHERRY orange peel coriander...OMG!! The flavor totally matches up to the nose!! AMAZING!! The mouth feel is perfect..CREAMY SMOOTH body embellished by the texture of many many tiny bubbles. HUGELY drinkable!!..I just changed my mind from 4.5 to 5.0. 10% ABV has never been easier to do. GREAT JOB on this one from Cooperstown. Cheers!!!

jjayjaye, Dec 12, 2010
Photo of KTCamm
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Corked champagne bottle poured into my Duvel glass and savored.

Pours dark brown, reddish hints w/ cascading white foam. Lots of sticky lacing.

Rich malty smell. Plum fruit, raisins in the mix.

Sweet sugar tastem belgian yeast done, light alcohol burn at the finish. Some cherries and other fruit in the blend. Spices in the mix, kind of a wintry blend. Powerfully potent carbonation.

Complex taste, but all comes together in a very drinkable blend. Another win from Ommegang.

KTCamm, Dec 12, 2010
Photo of Cyberkedi
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Comes out of the tap a dark opaque reddish coppery-amber with a fine-bubbled light tan head. Aroma is malty and a little fruity, the latter mainly apple. Flavor is fruity and malty, and just a little bit honey-sweet. Texture is smooth and slightly tingly.

Cyberkedi, Dec 12, 2010
Photo of jdhilt
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a two finger, cream head that fades very slowly leaving a good lace. Hazy amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is light holiday spice. Flavor is spicy malts, hints of orange peel. Nice winter ale. Pricey at $15.00 for a caged and corked 750ml bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, ME.

jdhilt, Dec 10, 2010
Photo of despainmakesbeer
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark plumb color with some brown highlights. Thick 1/2" head at pour settle to nice web on face of beer with thick cream colored ring on edge of glass. Aroma is quite pleasant. Sounds wierd but has a bright aroma of dark fruits, well balanced with spicey notes. Some alcohol present in the nose. Moderate carbonation. Big mediciny alcohol aftertaste. Pretty nice lacing on glass. Pretty good mouthfeel, slightly silky. Dark fruits in flavor, pick up some slight roastiness in long aftertaste. Sits relatively light, and pretty drinkable. Other than after taste body smooths alcohol well .

despainmakesbeer, Dec 09, 2010
Photo of Beerenauslese
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark yet semi-translucent brown, with a moderate creamy tan head, leaving small amounts of lacing.

This has a great nose, a Belgian quad with scaled up aromas of candy sugar, orange, chocolate, fruitcake, coriander and holiday spices. Interesting and strong.

Taste follows the nose with sweet malt and dark fruit up front, then the orange peel oils kick in, followed the intense spice of coriander, and finishing a little bitter and dry. Quiet a nice ride on the palate.

Body is moderate, with mild carbonation, giving this a creamy mouthfeel. However, that seemed to evolve, since upon first opening, the mouthfeel was more prickly. As one sips, it becomes creamier.

A drinkable winter warmer, the alcohol, for 10%, does not seem so apparent given the intense flavors that tend to mask it, but it does catch up with you. This is an orangey fruitcake in a glass and I am liking it as a holiday ale. I wish I had a fire going in the fireplace to go with it.

Beerenauslese, Dec 07, 2010
Photo of clayrock81
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a chestnut-reddish brown (yes, had to use that adjective (read the label and think about it)) with minimal but soapy head that left lace down the glass. Just a real spicy, fruity aroma; the coriander, clove, peeper are all able to be pointed out as well as a yeast twang, orange peel and citric notes and some dry, bready malt. Unbelievably spicy yet sweet are the first words that come to mind to describe taste. That and for a 10% beer the alcohol doesn't overpower anything at all and isn't even that strong on the backbite. It's like eating a cinnamon sugar cookie; there's a real sugary sweetness that could be desrcibed as cinnamon/nutmeg/ginger and sharp/spicy as clove and coriander perk up. A thicker medium body that could be described as slightly creamy, this beer also has a dry edge to it thanks to some roasted-like malts and a very noticeable citric (orange/banana) fruit flavor. ABV more noticable as it warms and it is definitely a sipper but one that anyone should try.

clayrock81, Dec 04, 2010
Photo of kingcrowing
3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a Piraat tulip.

Pours a dark ruddy reddish color with a thin light brown head. Nose is sweet, malty and spicy.

Taste is very spicy and crisp, it's sweet and fresh, with a nice maltiness. Mouthfeel I smooth and crisp. Very tasty and drinkable.

kingcrowing, Dec 04, 2010
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Whole Foods in Fair Lakes, Virginia.

The beer is an orange / brown hue and moderately hazy. Atop the beer sits a half inch of head that creates a thick sheet of lacing on the glass.

The aroma is of sweet malts, dark fruits, spices, and alcohol.

This is good beer, no doubt. Figs and raisins soaked in alcohol along with spices and candies. The alcohol is a bit more present than I would prefer, and I would like much more of the Belgian yeast strain flavor that I find so alluring. That being said, Adoration has a nice flavor and is easy to sip on this cold autumn day. This is a good beer, but the authentic Belgian ales still reign far superior.

M: Medium-thick in body with a warming alcoholic finish.

D: A decent beer and probably best in small servings.

Huhzubendah, Nov 28, 2010
Photo of BigPlay1824
4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in an Ommegang tumbler

A: pours a nice mahogany color with ample foamy head that lingers. Leaves a nice amount of thick lacing

S: beautiful deep wheat scent with a nice sweetness to back it up. Possibly cherries and also some deep spices

T: very nice taste. Wheat is present but not overpowering. Has a nice sweetness that makes it more appealing and helps with the finish

D/M: slight carbonation tingle. Very smooth on the pallet with sweetness that livens up the mouth. Finishes a bit strong with the deep spices

BigPlay1824, Nov 25, 2010
Photo of TheDeuce
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ommegang Adoration...from the bottle....at Resto in NYC.

Appearance-dark brown with mahogany throughout, sticky lacing that is minimal but does stick. Lots of carbonation as expected.

Smell-spice and fruit permeate, alcohol burn on the nostrils too, malt and hops dominated by the fruit and lots of burnt sugar. Spicy notes as well, cumin and coriander.

Taste/Mouthfeel-spicy throughout, heavy mouthfeel, medium consistency, spice mixes with alcohol, progression of flavors as spices give way to deeper breaded malt flavors and a touch of hops, finishes in a sugar flourish.

Drinkability- a lot of strong flavors in this one. Complex and powerful, almost overbearing.

Overall-a complex and flavorful, just approaches the limits of being too much to bear but it works. A well done beer.

TheDeuce, Nov 23, 2010
Photo of impending
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml into a tulip. Pours a ruddy deep dirty mahogany. Two finger head slowly subsides.

Sweet spicy aroma. Dark fruits are in front of some old school comfort food. Gingersnaps are over there.

Very full bodied mouthfeel, viscous but not cloying. Spices dominate, particularly cardamom, cumin and old wooly sweater. A warming alcohol finish is welcomed after so much spicy sweetness. Its a surprise the taste doesn't linger longer.

The large number of spices are obvious, this is not a subtle brew. It is complex and doesn't assault. If this was a cookie I'd only eat five.

impending, Nov 21, 2010
Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Mikro in Hamden, Conn.

A: Deep, hazy ruby-amber color with a thick, two-finger head of off-white foam. Slight chill haze with great head retention and nice looking lace as well.

S: Rich, full bouquet of candied fruits, spicy Belgian malts and a certain, funky, yeasty wheat aroma. Good spices in the nose, with bits of coriander, ginger and warming nutmeg.

T: Sweet and fruity malt flavor with a candied, alcoholic berry and citrus fruit character. Lush raspberry, caramel and brown sugar come together with a snappy, herbal hop finish that is dry and satisfying.

M: Full-bodied mouthfeel with a slight alcoholic sting, mild cloying despite an overall dry drinkability.

D: A nice Belgian winter brew for the upcoming holiday season. The 10% ABV makes it a danger for those looking to rock n' roll with multiple bottles of Adoration. But, it's a nice, sweet sipper to enjoy with a friend, hopefully out of an Ommegang holiday mix-pack of bottes!

Gambrinus1184, Nov 19, 2010
Photo of avalon07
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a brownish color with ruby tints around the edges. Thick texture. There were two inches of creamy, off white, very long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: An underplayed aroma of malt, spices, fruit, and esters.

T: Tasted of spices (coriander, nutmeg, pepper), malt, apples, a little citrus, yeast and esters. Nicely complex and well rounded. If you like spicy beers, try this one.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: An extremely drinkable beer.

avalon07, Nov 09, 2010
Photo of champ103
3.2/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an attractive dark amber/orange color with a bit of haze. At first a large beige head rises to over two fingers and gently recedes to a ring after a few minutes. Some light lace is left.
S: Some spicy and peppery yeast is dominate. Some light orange peel and sweet malt. I can't get much else out of the nose.
T: Like the nose big peppery yeast and sweet malt. Some light nondescript fruitiness as well. I don't get much else.
M/D: A medium body with crisp carbonation. Fairly smooth. The big alcohol is noticeable. A slow sipper for shore.

For what ever reason Ommegang just never seems to impress me all that much. They make some good beers, but I don't know if I have had anything truly great. This is one of the weaker offerings I have had from them lately. Not bad at all, just kind of ho hum for me.

champ103, Nov 08, 2010
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright blood orange with polished pomegranate accents when backlit with the rising sun. What a gorgeous hue! The golden caramel colored crown holds up its end of the bargain as well, but doesn't grace the glass with much lace. The appearance is very close to very good.

There's no question that this Brewery Ommegang ale is spiced, once nose is placed over glass. In fact, it's difficult to tell that it's a BSDA at all. The aggressive spice bill includes coriander, cardamom, mace, grains of paradise... and sweet orange peel (which isn't a spice at all). Bottom line: pungent cardamom overwhelms all else.

Adoration fares much better on the taste buds in terms of appreciation of the base beer. Having said that, it's still one of the most heavily spiced winter ales that you're likely to run across all year. A well-crafted, Belgian yeast estery BSDA simply doesn't need this much help.

Flavor intensity is generous, which means that palate fatigue will most likely become an issue over the course of 750 ml. Hell, it's already starting to creep in and I'm only at the bottom of the first glass. Unless you have a high tolerance for 'the entire spice rack' spiciness, it would be best to share your bottle with someone else.

As the color suggests, this is more of a dark amber than a dark. For instance, there are no chocolate, coffee or dark fruit notes. Maybe dark caramel, with generous amounts of candied fruit such as apricots, figs and dates. Sweetness is still balanced reasonably well by bitterness, but that won't be the case by the 'best by' date of 08/2014. Warming brings out the orange peel in fine fashion.

The mouthfeel is lush and plush and creamy and silky smooth. It's an interesting sensory counterpoint to the increasingly biting nature of the spices. This is one attribute that is fine just the way it is.

Ommegang Adoration suffers from an overload of spices. Decreasing the total by at least 50% (and eliminating cardamom entirely) would have given this seasonal brew a chance to be truly special. Twelve ounces would have been perfect.

BuckeyeNation, Nov 04, 2010
Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nose is deeply rich and sweet, abundant with malt and spice. Smells nice.

Pours murky butterscotch with large head. Looks good.

Crisp and well attenuated, fairly thin bodied, with soft alcohol burn. Nicely spicy - notable orange and coriander - soft mentholated coolness. Solid malt backbone, moderate sweetness, lots of spice, and enough alcohol to add complexity. Tastes good. Feels nice. Great drinkability.


MrHungryMonkey, Oct 26, 2010
Photo of Thorpe429
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked a bottle of this up at Capone's last holiday season as a present for Amyliz4. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a deep brown with a small off white to tan head that sticks around for some time. The nose is a bit of a spice bomb, but everything is fairly well integrated, with strong notes of ginger, clove, anise, caramel, and some molasses. The taste is a bit more constrained, but the spices work together with the mildly sweet malt and a sturdy medium body. Good carbonation levels and a nice mixture of spice and alcohol.

Thorpe429, Oct 19, 2010
Photo of THORN
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into Westmalle Trappist goblet. Served around 45 degrees.
A: Dark mahogany with no head retention. Small random CO2 bubbles.
S: Brown sugar and molasses.
T: Nutty malts, molasses, and bitter linger.
M: Medium light on tongue.
D: Strong flavored and well balanced.

THORN, Sep 02, 2010
Photo of StephenRich
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I have to say right from the start that I have had the Adoration before, and it is one of the best winter beers that I have ever had. In fact, I love pretty much everything that Ommegang does, and am constantly looking forward to my visits to the United States so that I can buy as many bottles as I can afford and carry. The Adoration is Ommegang's Strong Winter Ale which has been brewed in the traditional Belgian manner - ie. strong, dark and spicy.

This style of winter beer is designed to provide you with a soothing a warming beer for the cool nights of the season, but also to tickle and excite your senses. They are perfect by the fire, with loved ones, and with big roasty meats or decadent deserts. Do you see yet why I love them? All this also comes together and makes the Adoration a perfect candidate for the beer cellar. I can tell you with confidence that this beer will mature and age gaining rich complexity and smooth and mellow drinkability. If you are in a store looking at a bottle of the Adoration and think that you need 3 for you dinner, get 6, and put half of them away for 1 to 4 years. You will thank me later.

The Adoration comes in a 750ml corked Belgian style bottle and rings in each year at 10%. It is spiced with coriander, cardamom, mace, grains of paradise and sweet orange peel, and Ommegang claims it is a drink fit for kings and worthy of adoration - I totally agree.

I opened the Adoration at cellar temperature around 12C (54f) and poured it into a stemmed chalice with much excitement. The pour was rich and lively leaving the bottle with great energy building a lushly dense foam right as the beer crashed into the glass. The beer created was a masterpiece - a deep mahogany rich beer glowed ominously with burgundy reds, royal purple, heavy amber browns and rich shades of black and caramel bronze streaking through it. A 2 inch head that was almost half the hight of the beer and showed a precise and tightly packed type of carbonation structured in a pretty khaki brown foam that glowed with the reflection of the abundantly gorgeous beer below it. A creamy and lush cap to create a magnificent beer. I love it already.

The nose is warming and malty with the over arching aroma of spices and fruity sweetness. Right away the melange of spices that Ommegang has thrown into this beer make their way into your senses. A clean and warming glow of orange zest and pepper are fragrant, and blend well with the figy and prune like character of the malt. Cardamom and coriander come through with a fresh and citrus sensation just on the heals of the lush toffee malt aroma that is smooth and satisfying. It is warming, but to massively pungent, and shows some of the natural spice that comes from a Belgian yeast strain.

The malt sweetness of the beer shows up in the first sip, and while the spices are the most prominent, there is no denying this beer's genuinely lush malt character. A lightly sparkling but creamy mouthfeel bring in figs, pears, raisins and candied fruit it with a darker caramel flavor and earthy malt density. As grains of paradise tickle your tongue and cheeks with a light peppery and floral flavor a smooth lush apricot and brown sugar opens up under your tongue and then makes its way to your throat.

All this malt comes together easily in a warming adventure, but really is there to add a backbone for the spice of the day to really shine through. It is sweet and bright with tingling sensations that both quench and excite your palate. Smooth herbal hop bitterness is severely constrained and just adds a hint of balancing bitterness and drinkability. It all comes together so effortlessly in a soothing and aromatic beer perfect for the holiday season. And I mean perfect! Forget about wine with your roast or turkey dinner, grab several bottles of the Adoration and impress your guests with a treat they had no idea existed.

The finish caps of the beer with a clean spice and a smoothly dry cocoa like finish. As I said, I would pair this with big holiday meals, but also with creamy cheeses, chocolate, and pretty much any desert. I do expect the Adoration to improve with age, and will keep you posted in a year when I open a bottle of the 2009. Oh yes.

pics at http://definitionale.com/2010/11/25/tasting-the-ommegang-adoration-2010/

StephenRich, Aug 23, 2010
Photo of Haybeerman
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep, dark reddish-brown color. Poureda 1 finger tan head that dissipated to a thick bubbly skim. Laced in broken rings.

S: Very spicey; cinnamon, coriander, anise, caramel and ginger. Toasted malts in the background.

T: Dark fruits add to the complexity of the spicey flavors in the aroma above. Dark malts and the Belgian yeast esters add The richness of the beer masks the hearty abv. The finish is lingering and liqueur-like.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation betray the absolute cornicopia of flavors; its complexity growing as it warms.

D: A big beer with big malt, spice and yeast. Full flavor disguises the abv so don't rush this one.

Haybeerman, May 12, 2010
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
Ommegang Adoration Ale from Brewery Ommegang
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