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Ommegang Adoration Ale - Brewery Ommegang

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Ratings: 950
Reviews: 334
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.71%
Wants: 67
Gots: 146 | FT: 3
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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 russwbeck
3.4/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Brown pour, relatively see through. White head, not a lot of lacing.

S: The spice, cinnamon, coriander, caramel malts. A bit too strong.

T: Light, typical winter warmer tasting notes. I really don't like how this whole style essentially tastes the same. I don't really like it, so read these reviews with that in your mind. Spicy, hot on the backend.

MF: Light, carbonated well. A bit tart.

O: Just another beer to remind me to not buy beers in this style anymore. It was good, and I can see why other people would like them, but I just don't.

Photo of Meerkey
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Substantial head. Light beige. Murky, reddish mahogany.

S: Dark fruit -cherries, sweet and sticky. And mint? And mulled wine.

T: Mulled wine again. Dark fruits and mint/cough syrup. I like it more than I think I would based on my description.

M: Tart, carbonated, full, but not heavy.

O: Good. Drinkable. Not my favorite Ommegang, but still recommended.

Photo of AgentMunky
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Ommegang glass and a BrewDog cervoise glass. Bottled 13 November 2010. Best before September 2015.

A: Over a finger of head in both glasses. Creamy, with moderate retention. The beer is a dark mahogany brown, opaque. Some tiny bubble trails are glimpseable against the sides of the glass.

S: Grand Marnier? That is, orange peel and cognac. Yup, sticking to it. Maraschino cherries! Cough syrup?

T: Whoah. Lots of maraschino cherries. I honestly don't like those much, so this beer is gonna have to impress me. It manages to, more or less, though I can never quite shake the medicinal character. The aftertaste is brief.

M: Tart, at times, with scintillating carbonation throughout, though especially in the head. Drying on the aftertaste.

O: Another good beer from Ommegang, though admittedly not one of my favourites. I wouldn't have another, on account of the sweet cherries, but it is generally recommended. Excellently sippable.

Photo of Knapp85
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a hazy looking brown color. The head was big and tan. The head leaves a decent lacing along the glass. The smell of the beer has an interesting citrusy aroma along with some dark fruit and yeast on the nose. The taste has a good amount of dark malts and fruity flavors coursing through the beer, the flavors of spice and citrus give off a bit of a refreshing warmth to the beer. The mouthfeel is very smooth, not overly carbonated. Overall the beer has a good flavor and is one of Ommegangs best in my opinion.

Photo of OakedCanuck
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into cervoise

This beer pours a murky brown to amber with a yellow head that was quite active. Left good lacing. The smell and taste is exactly what you'd expect from a Belgian Strong. Lots of that 'yeasty' flavour with a great dark fruit (currants, dates) backbone. Some sweet malts mixed in with the breadiness of the yeast. I did pick up some banana and cloves and perhaps a touch of coriander. Mouthfeel was average, slightly drying. Overall I enjoyed this beer, a great winter seasonal.

Photo of SIRIUS2
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap as a 10 oz pour at Tyler's Taproom in Apex, NC.

Arrived at the table in goblet style glass. Light brown or dark amber in color with lots of active carbonation creating a lively head of at least 2 fingers or so. Lacing was also good, pretty much going down the glass. Looks fantastic.

Aromas were a little bit of a surprise in that there really wasn't anything particularly interesting to report. There were some of the typical Belgian notes that you might expect from Ommegang - the dark fruit smell and the slight hint of banana. Nothing overpowering and nothing more than, well, average.

The brew redeems itself well upon tasting it. There is a beautiful complexity that doesn't break up as you roll it over your tongue. There are the malts with dark fruit, some caramel malts, and a nice warming sense as it goes down. Some hints of vanilla linger on the finish. Nice.

Mouthfeel is relatively carbonated and bubbly but the bubbles are rather fine and seem to go well with the brew. Overall I very much enjoyed this brew and really need to find it somewhere to take home.

Photo of ngeunit1
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a rich hazy red-brown color with a big two-fingers of frothy off-white head. The head fades down super slowly to a thick ring around the glass leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of rich dark fruit and some sweet caramel malts. There is also a bit of yeast and spices noticeable as well.

T - The beer starts off with some rich sweet dark fruit flavor (lots of raisin and dates) and some slightly toasted sweet caramel malts. Through the middle some yeast and banana flavor kicks in with some clove and cinnamon. The finish is a mix of sweet dark fruit flavor and a bit of booze.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate-low carbonation. The sweetness from the fruit is very rich and complex and lingers for a while. The booze in the finish provides a bit of warming in the mouth.

D - Pretty drinkable. Lots of strong and complex flavors here really hit pretty hard. Much more of a sipping beer, but I am enjoying it more and more every sip.

Photo of COBeerBuff
4.68/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2010 vintage received from sproser. Thanks Shawn!

Appearance: The pour into my Sinner’s goblet yielded a beautiful rich looking ruby brown that lets through a lot of reddish light around the edges. Fairly hazy, this beer was crowned by a half-finger of tan head that dissipated quickly leaving a ring around the glass and a tiny bit of lacing.

Smell: The nose on this beer is ridiculously awesome. I’m able to pick up notes of figs, plums, raisins, toffee, vanilla, and sugar sweet syrup. I also get a bit of cherries and a slight bit of bready malts, but the sweet candied fruits dominate and create one great smelling Belgian Strong Dark.

Taste: I think this beer tastes amazing. The candied fruits and the spices come together to create a great flavor combination in my mouth. There are candied cherries, plums, and apricots. The spices are nutmeg, allspice, and cloves. If I didn’t know better, I’d say this is a holiday beer crafted in Willy Wonka’s factory. And then my wife added her two cents, “It tastes like Christmas.” I don’t know what Christmas tastes like, but if I brewed a beer to do it, this would be that beer.

Mouthfeel: Heavy, smooth, and coating, this beer dominates your palate from the word go. The alcohol creates a slight bite on the back end, but the heaviness of this beer helps calm the tongue and make each sip uniquely rewarding and slightly different.

Drinkability: I wish this wasn’t my last bottle. That’s pretty much all I have to say. On a cold rainy night, this beer hits the spot, and reminds me (and my wife) what Christmas tastes like, and it tastes good.

Photo of UDbeernut
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bomber into a tulip glass

A: dark amber color, foamy off white head with plenty of retention. Gobs of bubbling carbonation.

S: notes of fruit, mostly raisin, plum, and banana from the yeast.

T: sweetness mixed with the fruitiness from the yeast. Don't detect the spices used. Balance leans more to the sweet side.

M: slightly chewy mouth. Light to medium bodied. Excellent drinkability for 10% abv.


Photo of GoldenVIKE
3.38/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: solid red with orange around the edges and a brown tinge in the middle. nice heady pour which lasts for a solid 10 minutes. the only negative is that there is a TON of yeast sediment at the bottom of your glass which i am not a huge fan of.

S: whoa this is a strong smelling beer. did someone spike this with bourbon and hot sauce? after i picked myself off the floor and prepared myself to get punched in the face again, I think I detected some heavy fruit and spice.

T-fruity caramel and bourbon; mellows as it warms a little.

M-full bodied, chewy beer with a strong character. feels like cheesecake in your mouth. nice carbonation.

O-i started out not liking this stuff but as i kept drinking it i found myself appreciating the subtleties and the evolution of the flavors as the beer warmed.

Photo of alleykatking
3.35/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap over at Fiddler's

A- Pours a deep reddish color with hints of brown. Half finger cream colored head showed good retention which lasted most of the beer. Some streaks of lace on the sides of the glass in long hints.

S- Bready malt underbody comes out in the front and throughout the entire aroma in hints. Darker fruits come through in the front half of the aroma with cherries really standing out. Some light spicing comes through next with hints of nutmeg and a boatload of clove. The aroama is a little offputting to me and I don't really know why. Oh well.

T- It tastes like raisin bread in the front of the beer to me. The cherry that I smelled comes out in a hint toward the ending of the front of the beer. The clove and a light nutmeg flavor comes through in the middle with a hint of bready malt base. First time there is a hint of alcohol to this beer. The ending shows some light caramel malts with some cracked pepper in the ending with a strong plum character. Alcohol does come through in the ending with a strong heat bite in the ending.

M- Medium heavy mouthfeel. Carbonation is lively for the beer. Raisin bread, and hints of plum, and nutmeg. Alcohol heat, caramel malts, pepper, and clove are left on the palate. Flavors were balanced overall pretty well. No off flavors were present in the beer while I was drinking it. Medium alcohol drying on the palate.

O- This beer was a little underwhelming to me. I expected a little more but it didn't come through. I thought the alcohol was good on this never becoming too overwhelming. The carbonation while lively didn't do much to offset the heavy feeling to this.

Photo of womencantsail
3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: The beer pours an amber-brown color with a finger or so of khaki colored foam.

S: Intensely spicy with tons of coriander, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. Sweet caramel malts with lots of toasted bread aroma to go with it. Mildly yeasty with some alcohol coming through now and again.

T: A rather similar tale when it comes to the flavor. Intense spice flavor that is rather reminiscent of gingerbread. A fairly strong cinnamon, coriander, and nutmeg flavor as well. Sweet caramel and toasted bread with banana and dark fruits adding sweetness as well.

M: Medium in body with a moderate carbonation.

O: The spiciness can become a bit tiring after a handful of sips. Good, but I couldn't see myself drinking much of this.

Photo of BMoney575
3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 4-23-11

Pours a very cloudy brown color, with a little amber around the edges. The head is thick and stays forever, leaving a thick ring of off-white lacing.

Smell is fruity, deep, and slightly aged, with tons of Belgian character. Not overly complex, but there are notes of caramel, nutmeg, raisin, and banana.

Taste is just like the smell, sweet caramel and burnt sugar at first, followed by big hit of alcohol. The finish is sweet with a fruity kick, and the booze lasts all the way through. Not much of the complexity I was hoping for.

Mouthfeel is good, a nice thickness to accent the malty sweet flavors.

Drinkability is good, but the sugary flavors and booze will quickly kick your ass.

Overall, a good beer that's hard to gauge without know how old it is. Not worth the price, though.

Photo of Brez07
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank last night at Novare's Ommegang night. 12oz pour in an Ommegang chalice

A: Dark cherry/mohogany colored. Pour yields a 1/2 finger cream head of which a thin layer was obtained throughout most of the glass. Very limited amount of lacing

S: Flavors definitely remind me of a winter warmer. Nutmeg and cherry sweetness. Dark fruit all over the place. Some clover/coriander. Bread malt helps create balance

M: Medium bodied. Bordering on smooth. Slight dry, bready malt finish with some lingering spice

D: Solid winter warmer which I would try again. Nothing amazing but has all the aspects in looking for in this style

Photo of jayhawk73
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark crimson/brown almost black with a three finger cocoa head that sticks around for a while. Decent carbonation, but below average lacing. This is one dark beer- perfect since it's a Winter Ale.

S- Holy smokes. Spice, spice, and then more spice. It's not over the top in my opinion, but it's definitely there. It smells like Christmas eggnog, or spicy hot Christmas type drink. I'd almost like a tiny bit of something else in there- maybe some alcohol or malt. It's pleasant, but not as complex as I'd like.

T- Ok- Now the taste is over the top. All those spices just exploded in my mouth and completely overwhelmed my palate. I'm not sure how I'll make it through this 750ml. It's not a bad taste, it just needs to be dialed back from an 11 to a 6 on a 1-10 scale. It's a good beer though, but falls short of great for me.

M- Very creamy and smooth, offsetting the biting flavor of all the spices. The mouthfeel is actually pretty nice on this beer. A little alcohol burn, but only on the aftertaste. Finally, something other than spice!

O- This is a good beer that could be great if the spices were dialed back a little bit. It's a little over the top, and you'll want a friend to help you finish a 750ml. It's a good beer though, and definitely worth a try if you like Winter beers.

Photo of dtivp
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy amber brown with a quarter inch white head with good retention and light lacing.

Aroma was very spicy, strong coriander and yeast.

Taste was dominated by the coriander, yeast, malts, a slight sweetness of dark fruits and alcohol.

Mouthfeel was medium body with low carbonation and the alcohol was not overpowering for the 10% ABV

Overall this was a good Belgian ale, just a little too much spice for my taste.

Photo of Tone
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, dark ruddy amber color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Great lacing and good retention. Smells of yeast, alcohol, sweet malt, slight hop, slight spice, and a hint of citrus. Fits the style of a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, alcohol, slight yeast, hint of hop, and good spice note (all spice and cinnamon, mostly). Overall, good appearance, aroma, and body.

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ommegang Adoration, on tap at Shorty's in Hell's Kitchen, NY.

Appearance: Served in a nice Ommegang snifter, comes with a two-finger head on top of a hazy auburn color brew, very opaque. Great retention and lacing.

Smell: Muddled, not much comes through. Sweetness, caramel, dark-fruit puree, light berry. Gummy-bear nose, some spice.

Taste: Raisin, grape juice, sweetness. Very quad-like. Spice, some bitterness, sour apple.

Mouthfeel: Lightly carbonated, medium body, full flavor. Sweet, sticky.

Drinkability: High! Well balanced, not too syrupy, not too boozy. Very drinkable despite 10%.

Not an earth-shattering beer by any means, but real nice overall.

Photo of tempest
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had a snifter at the Gingerman in Manhattan. It appeared hazy brown with a short tan head. This reminded me of a St. Bernardus 8 in that there's a caramel syrup character along with the mild ester and spice. For the most part this is a fine sipping beer. It's not the most complex dark Belgian, but smooth and delicious nevertheless.

Photo of dfillius
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 1/4 fingers of light, off-white head with decent retention. Hazy brownish red liquid. Pretty.
S: I can't define the smell, but it smells good and spicy. Maybe it's mace? I don't know what that smells like. Ginger and nutmeg maybe? Slight orange zest aroma. Smells almost like pumpkin pie.
T: Spicy, sweet. Spice flavor finishes with a bright feeling. Spiciness counteracts the booziness.
M: Thick, chewy, bright.
D: Pretty good, tasty, I'd like more.

Photo of vapodge
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into Ommegang goblet

A - unfiltered, cloudy dark copper; thin head

S - sweet and spicy -- in particular, the coriander and mace; a bit of malt in there as well

T - typical Belgian strong ale taste at first, with more than a touch of sweetness to go with the alcohol, yeast, and malt; this is followed quickly by a ton of spice notes that linger

M - medium-bodied and low, proper carbonation

D - seeing as how I like Belgians normally, but not spiced beers, this was interesting -- not one I'd return to, but I'm glad I tried it; not bad, but not for me

Photo of russpowell
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at macadoodles in Jane, Mizzou...

Pours a ruby tinged chestnut with 3 fingers of tan head. Average head retention, zero lacing, but a nice vicious look to this

S: Ripe pears, peach some apricot as well & vanilla at the end

T: Spiced gingerbread up front, a touch of licorice & cinnamon up front. This melds into a spicy dark fruit experience as it warms, still thinking gingerbread, plus cinnamon again & boozey pears, plus a bit of orange-piko tea. Finishes with the whole orange-piko tea flavor & some leafy hops showing up late to the party, along with some ginger

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation, slight grainyness & a touch warming booze

Pretty drinkable, enjoying this by a fire, per the recommendation on the bottle. Beers like this make the Winter much more enjoyable

Photo of HopHead84
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


On tap at Churchill's in a snifter.

A: Really attractive transparent crimson. Great color. Frothy beige head.

S: Nice mixture of rich malt and spices. Malt is primarily bready, with lesser notes of biscuit and caramel. Esters bring to mind plums, grapes, and currants. Light clove with nutmeg, all spice, and cinnamon. No evident alcohol.

T: Rich caramel and bready malt melds with plum and currant. Spices are restrained, imparting clove and pepper-like phenols. Alcohol is soft and well integrated.

M: Upper medium in body with lower moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, with much warming.

Overall: A complex, enjoyable, and well done Belgian Strong Dark Ale.

Photo of brotherloco
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pkg on 09/13/10
Best by 09/2015

Well, I couldn't wait until 2015 to try this one. It's a chilly night so I lit the fire suggested on the label, and settled down w/ my tulip glass.

Deep caramel red color with a beige head that starts big and fizzes down to a fairly thin ring.

Smells quite sweet with typical Belgian dark ale malt, dark fruit, spices, citrus peel, vanilla. A bit of alcohol burn as you breathe deep, but not unpleasant. Not getting much Belgian yeast in the nose.

Taste really hits the whole mouth right after sipping. Sweet and spicy all at the same time. The middle brings on a good bit of carbonated sweet malt, and then things mellow and get dark with the finish. Taste is good, but leaves the palate quicker than I'd like.

I really like the way it feels in the mouth, but you heat up quick from the 10% ABV. A good fire-side sipper.

Photo of Shoegaze99
4.63/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

There are few American brewers who do Belgian styles as well as Ommegang. One of their most beloved beers is their annual winter brew, Adoration Ale.

And oh boy is it ever good. Poured this three-month-old into an Ommegang tulip glass and ... yeah!

From the moment you pour (A) it the beer looks great, a nutty brown with hints of purple/red and an aggressive head that threatens to engulf your glass.

The (S) smell is great, too, a slightly boozy aroma that is loaded with malty figs. Hints of orange peel here, but none of the coriander the label claims.

Once you start to taste (T) you wonder if this isn't from Rochefort. While you get a hint of the orange peel (again, no coriander and minimal other spices), you get dried plum, big figs, and hints of raisin, all in a malty, sweet beverage. It's delicious.

The beer is (M) smooth and full-bodied, feeling wonderful on the tongue.

And amazingly, considering its 10% ABV, it drinks (D) like a dream. Dangerously so. Thankfully this beer doesn't come cheap, otherwise it would be way too easy to put a few of these down. It goes down that easy.

Bottom line is, this is an outstanding, top-shelf beer and a MUST DRINK for lovers of Belgian styles. One of the best beers I've had the last few months.

Ommegang Adoration Ale from Brewery Ommegang
92 out of 100 based on 950 ratings.