Adoration Ale | Brewery Ommegang

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States
ommegang.com

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.

Added by akorsak on 08-04-2009

BEER STATS
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#4,279
Reviews:
369
Ratings:
1,139
pDev:
11.49%
 
 
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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$ 6.77 (Including shipping)/capped 12 oz bottle ($ 0.564/oz) from Tavour, Seattle, WA.
Undated bottle, stored at 42 degrees and served at 50 degrees (per label instructions) in a hand-washed and hand-dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 3.75.
Body – Brown, hazy, effervescent. When held to the light, it passes through the entire translucent body. There is some sediment in the bottom of the bottle.
Head – Large (Maximum four cm, aggressive center pour), tan, medium density with rocks, rapidly diminishing to a two to three mm ring fed by effervescence and no layer, just a few small islands fed by effervescence.
Lacing – None.
First pour – Light brown, clear.
Aroma – 4 – Sweet dark fruit.
Flavor – 4.25 – Begins with moderately sweet with malt and “dark fruits” although dates seem to predominate. The spices are well-blended into a mélange of flavor with no spice standing out. The sweetness is never cloying. It ends with a touch of alcohol (10% ABV) and a sweet coating of the palate. No hops, no diacetyl, no dimethylsulfide.
Palate – 4 – Medium to full, creamy, soft carbonation.
Impression and summation – 4 - Overall, a good example of a Belgian strong dark ale from the days before Ommegang began pimping bad TV shows.

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Photo of XsoldoutX
3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of beergoot
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fairly hazy, burnt amber colored body; one-finger thick head, dense and foamy; some streaks of foam along the glass. Sweet caramel aroma; dates and other molasses and brown sugar; dark, pitted fruits. The taste mirrors the smell; a sweeter fruitiness is present; winter holiday spices; candi sugar; gets a bit boozy towards the finish. Heavy body; some strong residual sugar presence; coarse on the palate with carbonation; warm and toasty.

I may be late in drinking a winter ale near the start of Spring, but this beer still hits the spot (especially since I like strong, malt-forward ales anytime of the year). Rich and complex, decently balanced with a mostly sweet and roasted grain feel, the alcohol pretty well tamed.

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Photo of NickThePyro
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rarigney
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Patches826
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 1971bernat
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kkmiller76
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ElPatito
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Poormansreview
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chadbweiner
4.62/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a Corsendonk chalice. The appearance was a hazy burnt/ruddy brown color with a quickly dissipating slim finger-ed white foamy head. Thin speckled lacing slides into the beer at a decent pace. The smell starts off with sweet Belgian sugars, end up sliding into some Belgian spices. Light citrus and some cocoa powder. The taste was basically the same with a sweet ruddy breadiness to it. Sweet Belgian sugars bounce into the aftertaste and gives a quick dry finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium in body with a fair sessionable to sipping feel about it. Carbonation feels good, somewhat light. Smoothness creates a slight stickiness on my tongue. Overall, no wonder they call it "Adoration," what an absolutely wonderful Belgian strong ale. I know I’d have again.

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Photo of bshefftz
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of QuadKing42
4.67/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of q33jeff
1.78/5  rDev -56.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

**
12/26/2012
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 +0.7%
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 Kevinpitts
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Griphon
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Shaun_S
4.58/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Beginner2
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheSupremeAJ
4.73/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of LostHighway
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tyjudd
4.49/5  rDev +9.8%
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 kwgduke
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Azpittil57
3.67/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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Adoration Ale from Brewery Ommegang
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 1,139 ratings