Ommegang Adoration Ale | Brewery Ommegang

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Ommegang Adoration AleOmmegang Adoration Ale

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Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Ommegang Adoration, brewed in the authentic style of Belgian winter, or noel beer, is dark, malty and assertively spiced.

Adoration is best sipped before a roaring fire. It would also be a tasty accompaniment to dark roasts and wild game. Even at 10% abv, the beer is well balanced and not at all hot or fiery. The dark malts give it lush, malty flavors, including coriander, orange peel, mace, cardamom and grains of paradise. Hopping is modest, as befits such a beer.

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Photo of q33jeff
1.78/5  rDev -56.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

On Tap at Joe Canals; 2 liter Growler to pint glass, same day.

AROMA: Oak, Pine, Mint?
LOOK: Yellowish Brown, ugly.
TASTE: Really Woody, with turpentine finish. Sourness and Yeast.
FEEL: Astringent and Acidic.
A lot of flavor, but not good flavor; this is very unpleasant. Interesting beer.


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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the bottle, it pours a hazy brown with a small head, quickly dissipating to a ring. Sweet and fruity in the nose. The mouth is A bit sweet and a alcoholic. Kicks like a mule. Wow!

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Photo of tyjudd
4.49/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass. Two inch head quickly faded to very little. Minimal lacing in the glass. Smell of oranges right away but winter spices quickly takes over. An estery quality is in the background. They taste begins with the Oranfes and coriander, as well as with cinnamon and nutmeg. A warm alcohol finish gets better as it warms. I also get apple cider sweetness as it finishes. Almost a harsh quality as the carbonation is fairly solid.

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Photo of KonigObHops
4.86/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer poured from the bottle a hazy rich brown color with hardly any head. What there was of the head was tan.

The aroma was extremely sweet. The orange zest was prominent, and it almost smelled like bourbon to me.

The initial taste was extremely sweet to the point of seeming syrupy. There are so many tastes going on in the middle that it is tough to distinguish one from another. At the end it warms on the younger and has a sweet somewhat smokey finish. This is one complex beer!

The mouth feel is light, with a slightly higher level of carbonation.

Overall, this is a fascinating beer. Christmas ales are my favorite type of beer. This ranks among the best I have ever had. It is sweet and complex. It is loaded with spices that mix together quite nicely. This is definitely one of the top five beers that I have had.

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Photo of PatrickCT
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip.

a: Orange mahogany body underneath a light 2 finger beige head that dissipated quickly. Minimal lace with lively carbonation.

s: Wassail and Ricola spices, plum, golden currents.

t: Doughy bread, candi sugar, mulling spice, orange rind. Spice and alcohol finish that cools as it warms.

mf: Medium body, smooth with a lingering spicey finish accentuated by the high level of carbonation.

o: A full flavored but balanced holiday sipper that mellows as it warms. It can be a little hot but just treat this like a cocktail!

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Photo of bsk295
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great brewery. This beer was aged for a year. The beer had a light flavor and would be a good afternoon beer. the flavor develops as the beer moves towards room temperature.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark ruby/mahogany color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a thin cap with a ring of lace

S: Very malty, with lots of winter spices and moderate sweetness. Dark fruits and alcohol in the back

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with a bit of spicy Belgian yeast, winter spices, and dark fruits. Goes into some estery alcohol and light sweetness. Finishes with lingering winter spices and warming alcohol

M: Medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation

O: A solid winter sipper with lots of Belgian and winter spice influence. The flavors really open up and develop as it warms up. Definitely one to try once the weather gets cold

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Photo of bmeehan
4.71/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer is exactly what I feel a lot of other beers try to be when they mix distinct flavors. This is equally spicy and sweet, but the flavors aren't in competition with each other and it makes for a fantastic beer. This is probably the best winter ale I've ever had that actively distinguishes itself from all other winter beers without going overboard and making some strange, gimmicky beer whose recipe will need to be altered every year.

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Photo of TH28
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle. Packaged 9/11/14. Appearance: Light brown and clear with reddish/orange hue. Minimal cream colored foam cap. Aroma: Orange peel, coriander, and Belgian fruity esters (apple). Hint of maltiness. Taste: Rich caramel malt sweetness with intense spice and orange peel. Noticeable pear fruitiness and nutmeg like spice. Like a spiced quad. Just enough bitterness to balance the intense malt and spice flavors. Mouthfeel: Medium body and moderately high carbonation with noticeable alcohol warmth. Finish: Finishes malty with lingering spice, pear, and orange peel. Overall: A really well done spiced quad. Orange peel, spices, and Belgian esters combine perfectly

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Fluffy, lumpy 2” light tan to cream head, deep reddish brown body, very fine creamy bubbles, leaves legs on the glass.
S: Spicy malt, hop dark dried fruit – especially prune and raisin,
T: malty, chocolatey, some bitterness in the background, some of the bitterness may be coming from the spice, complex flavors, a lingering alcoholic spicey after taste, chocolate, some sweetness.
F: Full body, chewy, creamy, some alcohol warming that grows, no astringency.
O: Very luscious, the texture and the full bodied creaminess really add to this beer, the complex malt flavors, spices and alcohol, very well worth repeating.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #83 (Dec 2013):

Adoration screams winter, a huge beer to take on but is welcoming from start to finish. Spicing and alcohol are very well balanced against the massive malt backbone. Sip after sip brings us right back to Belgium, a must have by all.

STYLE: Belgian Strong Dark Ale
ABV: 10.0%
AVAILABILITY: Winter Seasonal

LOOK: Opaque dark brown, nice show of head & lacing

SMELL: Christmas pudding; boozy, malt sweetness, orange pith, ginger, allspice, candied fruit, cake batter

TASTE: Thick body, creamy, semi-slick, smooth carbonation, massive maltiness, warming, broth, caramel, cardamom, orange peel, mace, yeast cake, brown bread, carob powder, drying finish

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Photo of Floydster
3.46/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle

Appearance is medium brown with a hint of red, frothy light tan head, good lacing

Smell is oranges, berries, candied sugar, brown sugar, allspice, nutmeg, pumpkin pie, coriander, thyme, cardamom, little much going on here

Taste is sweet berries and orange up front with sweet malts in the finish, sweet candied sugar once it warms with even more citrus, spicy notes come through later with the coriander leading the pack

Mouthfeel is full bodied, still somewhat creamy, can be a little cloying once it warms, balanced between sweet and spicy though

Overall it is not a bad winter warmer, smell was a little much for me, but other than that above average, would be interesting to taste this aged for five years or so

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Photo of vkv822
4.01/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz into tulip pint.

Dark fruits, apple, spices, caramel, toffee notes. Almost no hint at the high, 10% ABV.

Medium bodied, subtle carbonation.

A very well done ale.

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Photo of coltonbrimhall
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

-nice head and body dark color with a red tint
-smell is to mellow and didnt release as much aromas as i wished
-taste is very good light corriander and some dark fruit but not as noticeable as the alcohol
-ignites a burn but smooth and pleasant none the less
-overall a great beer first i have had from the company but it was a good beer

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed from a growler in a snifter glass. This awesome Belgian pours a rich reddish brown with a nice tan head that dissipates to a thin beaded bubbled thick ring and thin layer of pooling foam with light lacing. Nose of sweet Belgian malts, brown sugars, coriander, light mace and allspice, and strong booze. Flavors outperform the nose with sweet malts to the front and sides, brown sugars and candy sugars make merry with light coriander and allspice and mace notes. Smooth slick mouth feel finishes ever so slightly dry with a sweet, lightly spiced aftertaste. A fantastic Belgian made in America with loving care. Fantastic!


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Photo of RossiDaMan
3.3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle poured into a Nonic pint. Deep brown/coffee-like color. 1.5 finger head that melted quickly with minimal lacing. Nice aroma hitting on a touch of orange - I didn't pick up on the other spices listed on the label. Taste: another reviewer mentioned mustiness which is spot on but unfortunately it was a negative for me. Overall this one grew on me by the time I finished but the first 8 oz were just OK-- perhaps the 10% ABV was talking down the stretch.

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Photo of tone77
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a very dark amber color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of fruits, spices. Taste is dark fruits, malts, spices, some alcohol, a bit sweet at the finish. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a good quality beer.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
4.26/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: hazy brown with some red in the body; sediment floating around as well; effervescent; medium sized frothy head, long lasting with good lacing.

Smell: sweet malts; candi sugar; coriander and cardamom notes apparent; slight orange peel aroma; smells fantastic

Taste: sweet malts with candi sugar right up front; citrus hits quickly, too; mace and cardamom stands out pretty well also, almost like German speculatius cookie; finishes smooth with a little bit of dryness on the end; very well balanced and delicious with a big kick

Mouthfeel: creamy and smooth

Remarks: very nicely done; I love this one

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Photo of hardy008
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy brown with a large beige head, with good retention and lacing. The aroma has caramel, bananas, coriander, cardamom, and dark fruit.

Has a sweet taste with some bitterness for balance, and a lot of spices. There is caramel, bananas, cardamom, coriander, dark fruit, pears, and apples. There are more spices in this beer than I can pick out, in addition to the two I mentioned.

Medium bodied with average carbonation, and a caramel and spice aftertaste. The alcohol is well hidden for a 10.0 % abv beer. I'm glad I had a chance to try this, and would gladly buy it again.

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Photo of arizcards
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up a single at TW Arrowhead in late November for $3.99. Packaged on 9/11/14, best by 9/2019.

Beer poured burgundy brown with no head.

Nose is holiday spices and dark fruits.

Taste initially is heavy on the holiday spices but as the beer warms the dark fruits are starting to shine thru. Initially I was a bit put off by the heavy spicing. Alcohol is warming.

Mouthfeel is not as light as I would expect for the style but is fairly smooth.

Overall a pretty solid beer that I think would be better with some age on it.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I guess I didn't realize how big this was when I purchased it. It is big boy at that.
Initial aroma is classic malt character for style and then after a break from that it changes to the spices that are the additions to the recipe. The coriander at first and then it finishes with a fresh orange peel that is really nice with a bit of lighter fruity sweetness. I get some vanilla in taste and creamy feel. Not sure of the source but I like it. Very nice
Huge somewhat noisy tan head that takes its own sweet time to settle down. The body is a muddy looking brown. NIce lacing with a heavy ring left in a way I've not seen previously.
Flavor is nice mix of classic heavy malt flavors for style with a nice shot of alcohol and dried fruit, however the spice additions kick in and offer their own unique and pleasurable contributions. These flavors are more upfront and present an interesting and well balanced mix. Really done quite well. They are both distinct and blend nicely.
Alcohol immediately gave me a ping in the frontal lobe, even with a relatively full stomach.
Big soft feel, but really not too rich.
I like this. Interesting and unique. The spice additions and esp. the fruit add in a way that works well for me. I think I'll keep this in mind for my own BDSA next fall.

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Photo of crob3888
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Delicious dark fruits, flavors of coriander and orange peel and other spiciness. Sweet but never cloying. Slight warmth of alcohol. Excellent sipper. Perfect winter warmer. Ommegang crafts another winning beer.

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Photo of Jacobob10
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Packaged on 9/1/2014. Best before 9/2014.

12 oz bottle.

Copper colored beer with a creamy, beige head. Clear when held up to the light with some orange highlights. Fair amount of lacing on the glass.

Hard to tell if the flowery aroma is coming from the hops or the spice additions. Decent amount of citrus from the orange peel. Heavy on the malt for sure. Plenty of bread and caramel providing the base for the spices to work off of. Some must and even a touch of soap from the yeast, but it's not off-puting.

Full bodied with a chewy texture. Banana, cinnamon, nutmeg, coriander, and ginger. Slightly effervescent from the carbonation. Light chalky finish.

Long-lasting flavor and a heavy sweetness that sticks to the inside of your mouth. A potent yet drinkable brew. I'll be buying this again next winter.

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Photo of 57md
3.77/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I missed drinking my one bottle of this offering on Three Kings' Day. The temptation to cellar it for a year was strong but since I never had this beer before, I decided to give it a go fresh.

Brownish copper in color. Low-level funkiness on the nose. Malty and smooth. There were sweet orange peel notes on the finish.

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Photo of DaverCS
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Dark with a nice red hue. Ample carbonation.

Aroma is surprisingly light. It smells almost like a light-dark beer. I get licorice, potpourri, spice cake, and a bunch of herbaceous and earthy notes.

Taste immediately is pleasant with nice carbonation and maltiness. Middle of the mouth hits with a hodge-podge of different spices. This is the first beer under 90 that I have tried from ommegang. The spices make the beer just taste strange. I get black licorice, tarragon, some vanilla, toffee, butterscotch, clove, and some almost aromatic herbs like mint. Too spicy for my palate.

Overall this would pair well with an equally spicy spice-cake. To much going on... flavors are interesting, but they are just not for me. It gets an 82/100 from me.

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