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 Jeffreysan
4.96/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

12 ounce bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a gorgeous, deep, dark, mahogany color, with three fingers of off-white head that was specked with orange highlights. The head quickly dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Tons of spice! Coriander, ginger, orange-peel, cardamom, Belgian yeast, malt. A little musty, but in that funky Belgian yeast/barnyard way.

Taste: Awesome!! Strong notes of Belgian yeast and spice, such as coriander, orange-peel, ginger, all-spice, followed by malt and more malt. Delicious!

Mouthfeel: Chewy, but with some great carbonation! With an ABV of 10%, there is definitely a presence of alcohol on the palate, imparting a nice, pleasant alcohol warmth in the mouth.

Overall: Goddamn, this is an excellent beer! I love the spices and the yeast! It’s absolutely delicious! I’m getting this beer every year it’s released!

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Photo of Abra
4.96/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

As a devout fan of every Ommegang beer, this one takes the crown!
A beautiful mahogany, auburn red color with a decent head.
The combination of spices, fruit, malts, low hops, and high ABV make this a definite winter warmer and in my opinion one of the best beers on the market.

Thank you Ommegang!!!

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Photo of mempath
4.92/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Pretty much perfect. Deep bright stewed apricot appearance... Smells of sweet and sour dark fruit.... Tasting is out of this world yet earthy....Again sweet and sour notes of stewed or candied fruits with all sorts of spices....liquid mincemeat... Bready yeasty toasty crusty ... Mouthfeel is silky not thick. The abv is masked well. Nothing sticky or cloying...worth the $15 for the four pack...o come let us adore this....this vessel of wise alchemy!

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Photo of jjayjaye
4.88/5  rDev +19.9%
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!!!

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Photo of Nitro-Boy
4.88/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Overall I would say this is one of the top 5 beers I have ever had. This stuff is a MUST try. There is a lot going on here... The spices and orange flavor are perfectly balanced. This is no Blue Moon. This is truly Heaven in a glass. I love there Three Philosophers. Like all of these beers in this catagory, let it warm up a bit as the true flavors come out. AWESOME.

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Photo of grubas
4.87/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

An quite unique blend of spices, the mouth-feel and subsequent taste on the pallet was strange and amazing. I recognized several spices, but couldn't place all of them. The alcohol was masked and it was very drinkable. I am a fan of Belgian Strong Darks, but this was one of the most interesting and unique one's I have ever found.

I also recommend pouring it into a tulip glass, as the taste and flavour seemed to come out better in a tulip glass compared to others.

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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 Frosty80
4.82/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color: pours medium golden-brown. sits hazy, deep caramel. attractive 2-finger head with great retention and lacing

Smell: wonderful, complex bouquet. sweet, dark malt, raisins, apples, bananas, red licorice, tinge of orange peel, coriander and paradise grains. can definitely smell the "white" in the beer. alcohol offers a light tickle

Taste: sweet, dark, bready malts with hints of raisins, dried dark fruit, bananas and apple. also get a little familiar Twizzler in there. alcohol becomes obvious after the initial splash on the tongue so definitely a sipper (if the 10% on the label didnt convince you). finish is slightly sweet with bready malt and tinge of apple skin and raisin. maybe a tinge of apricot too deep into the finish

Mouthfeel: smooth, low-full body with medium carbonation

Notes: not quite as rich, intense and sweet as a Belgian Strong Dark. great blend of a BSD and a witbier. delicious through and through

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Photo of DAllspaw
4.8/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

on tap at Hopleaf in Chicago

Deep ruby & mahogany in color with almost a purple haze to the head when served in Ommegang chalice

Nice funky smell, but all of the regulars you expect from a belgian dark ale are present, fruits, cloves, hint of pepper. This one really takes off when tasted. Very complex yet nothing dominates, especially in the aftertaste, just leaves you wanting another sip. Slightly sweet and very little to suggest any alcohol, really nice aftertaste, just lingers on the palate leaving you wanting more...and when done wanting to try again. Can't wait to see how it fares in the bottle.

I would have to compare side by side to some of other faves from Unibroue and overseas, but really was taken aback by this one, a great offereing.

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Photo of crc1935
4.79/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle - 4 pack, poured into 10 oz glass

A - Blood orange color with one-inch head. Thick lacing.

S - Orange and spice.

T - Malty with slight bitterness. Light alcohol aftertaste

M - Smooth and lightly carbonated.

O - Awesome season - don't know what else to say.

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Photo of bob3701
4.77/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass. Dark hazy chestnut brown with a light tan head that slowly disapates into nothing. No real lacing. Great spicy aroma, the corriander and mace stand out. I was shocked by the taste. Though you can really taste the spices it is not overbearing at all. This beer is very balanced and you would not even know it was high in alcohol content if not for the lable. What a great Christmas beer this was. Very enjoyable.

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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 Minotaur
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at the Blue Rhino in Syracuse.

A significant white head - the color of the snow that had lined the sidewalk outside the bar sat atop a dark garnet red-brown brew. The lacing clung to the side of the Adoration goblet that the beer was served in.

The aroma is yeasty, malty and fruity: dark cherries and raisin.

The taste is a literal explosion of sweet and sour fruity notes with an overlay of spice: some of which came from the yeast and some of which seemed to come from adjunct candi-sugar, clove, ginger, allspice. There is only a slight bitter dryness and considerable alcohol finish. Both of these elements blend with the raisin/plumb and malt flavors excellently.

The mouthfeel is chewy and pleasant, leading for an ultimately drinkable brew.

A really amazing brew.

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Photo of AaronRed
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

An amazing beer. Filled with spicy aromas that are immediately present in the pour. A very full appearance- thick head that mellows out. Upon your first sip- an abundance of clove like- flavor that tell you this is made for Winter! It settles nicely on the tongue, sweet and strong. What is amazing about this beer is how it warms so nicely. The flavors mellows out- scary that is brew is so strong. I have never had a better beer of this style.

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Photo of icemanrulz
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Ommegang's new Christmas offering is a must try for any Belgian dark ale fan. First had the chance to try this one at the sneak preview at the Craft Beer Fest and have been anxiously awaiting it's release ever since. Adoration did not disappoint. Enjoyed out of the bottle in a chalise. Pours a dark orangy amber with not a ton of head. Smell is rich and malty sweet with just a hint of sugary citrus. The first sip reminds you that this beer is 10%, but the alcohol does not overpower the other flavors. A nice sweet, spicy flavor with stronger notes of the orange peel and correander. The finish is smooth and sweet with those candy sugars. Very smooth, rich and full mouthfeel. It's definitely a beer to be appreciated over a long period of time, the flavor gets better as it breathes and warms up. The name is fitting, any belgian strong ale fan will adore this beer.

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Photo of crhensel
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep red with a paper thin cream colored head. Nose is heavy with winter spices and sweet citrus. Taste was unusually sweet at first then a sharp tang if spice and hops at the finish with a lively carbonation throughout. Very nice on a cold winter's (or cool summer's) day.

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Photo of fx20736
4.74/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a wired and corked 750ml bottle, served at cellar temp.

Rich Umber like a tawny port with a creamy cappuchino head that recedes quickly and leaves little lacing. I subtracted points for the poor head retention and lack of good lacing.

aroma is fruity with apples, white grapes, apricots. Serious butterscotch aroma with a faint echo of herbal hops.

mouthfeel is soft and slippery.

taste: an Explosion of flavors; cocoa, plums, dates, butterscotch, molasses, grapes. A slight booziness but overall the 10% abv is well hidden.

Notes: OMG! one of the best smelling and best tasting beers I have ever tasted. I love this beer

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Photo of kjyost
4.74/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 mL bottle bought for me by my wife at Bridgeview Liquors, Moorhead, MN in June. PKG on 09/13/10, aged in store! Seems appropriate for the first night of sustained flurries, poured into a Leffe Chalice.

A: Rich ruby red mixed with brown with a finger and half of head. Where did it go? Next pour gets different glassware in hopes of seeing if it is the glass' fault...
S: A rich nose with pepper, cloves and other spices along with what can only be best described as Belgian funk. That is coupled dried fruits, dates and raisins.
T: All sorts of dried fruits with other wrinkles of complexity come across the palate... Raisins, figs, dates, dried apricots along with a really enjoyable residual sweetness that hides true ABV very well. This is right in my wheelhouse, YUM.
M: Lighter than expected carbonation, but the syrupy fruitiness covers the whole palate and lingers and lasts...
O: Man, oh man... This beer was right in my wheelhouse, as I love me a Belgian beer and this one ticks everything I love most about them. Light funk, dried fruit, hidden ABV's...

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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 frankiepop
4.7/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Adoration (revisited for the new winter) is a classic Belgian style beer seasonal ale. One of the best beers that I ever drank.

Adoration is a dark cloudy and murky with lots of complex rich flavors and aromas that are woody, sweet, fruity, earthy, spicy, and bright fruity flavor whacks you on top of the when you taste it. It's sensual!! Juicy Fruit Gum. I find the carbonation little too high for my personal preferences, but the tongue slapping flavor makes it all worthwhile.

Head to head comparison to St. Bernardus. St B is darker and has a better aroma, but Adoration is beautiful with a creamy tan head though it dissipates much quicker. As far as taste St B is a very rich creamy beer with a more oaky caramel and malty taste. Adoration also is complex beer rich creamy and tasty also, but with a wonderful splash of fruit that hits the tongue. I have to give it a tie. Love'em both! Ok St Bernardus gets the edge here.

In summation, good bye Guinness, I'm leaving you for a new lover, Ommegang.

Adoration is a complex product of masterful brewers of the highest caliber. Artists with sophisticated technique and abilitiies. The perfect complement requires the requsite skills , complexity, and depth of the highest order so I recommend Cecil Taylor's Salty Swift and Not Goodbye cd as the perfect complement to such an outragous and delightful ale.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.7/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Ommegang Adoration has a thin-to-medium cream-colored head, very little lacing, a murky, rust-orange appearance, and lots of tan chunks floating about. The aroma is of assorted spices, spiced bread or cake, dark fruits, such as raisin, and low bitterness. Sweetness and alcohol abound. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, and Ommegang Adoration finishes semi-wet and somewhat boozy.


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Photo of justintcoons
4.7/5  rDev +15.5%

12 oz bottle poured into an Ommegang stemmed pokal.

Reddish-copper with 1 finger of creamy, tan head. Very hazy with suspended yeast sediment.

Banana bread, caramel, raisin, and dark candy syrup. Clove, coriander, and orange zest.

Raisin, black plum, and concord grape. Banana bread, molasses, dark caramel, dark candy syrup, and lightly toasted grains. Big bready maltiness along with the dark candy sugars. Bouquet of spices include clove, coriander, orange zest, cardamom, and hints of potpourri.

Medium bodied, sweet, silky, smooth, and warming with light carbonation.

Very sweet and candy-like. Complex with a well blended melange of spices. Exceptional BDSA!

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Photo of tzieser
4.69/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bottled on 8/24/2009; this one has about a year and a half of age on it. i was gonna keep it til chirstmas 2011, but it's so chilly right now and the budget is getting tight.

a: poured into a Duvel tulip. thin one finger off-white head, dark brown in color with no sediment (decanted). head settles very quickly. wish it had better staying power but that's okay.

s: delightful aroma. amazing. rich spicy notes of cardamom, cinnamon, clove and anise. notes of sweet malts and dried fruits. i'm amazed at how strong the aroma is still. very good stuff.

t: fantastic flavor. sweet candied malt flavor up front quickly subdued by spiciness. aforementioned notes of cinnamon, clove and anise are strong but not at all cloying. warming alcohol flavor is noticeable on the finish but it adds a nice character to the beer. a superb beligan style winter warmer.

m&d: smooth mouthfeel; surprisingly good drinkability.

i've had this on tap a few times last year too and adored it (see what i did there?). very glad i aged this bottle. i'll have to grab this year's too, but its kind of hard for me to cough up the $20 bucks for it again. you gotta try this once though, it's fantastic.

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Photo of Iamstryker
4.69/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Finally got around to opening this one up, bottle date of 7/18/11, best by 7/2016, served into Ommegang Tulip.

Pours a very nice dark ruby with 0 head.

Smells like a holiday spice, fruit, all there.

First taste, just like a holiday treat. Fruit upfront, spice in the back. Age has done very well to this as the 10% is non-existent.

Wish I had another bottle with some age, first time having this beer and want to try a fresh.

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Photo of JPowell712
4.69/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is a GREAT Belgian dark ale! I can't say enough about this beer. It is deep and rich to the pour and strong in spice and warmth. The perfect beer for the holidays and cold weather. I'd also see this going well with many of the traditional holiday foods. It finishes strong, sweet, and warm... This is a GREAT BEER!

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