Ommegang Adoration Ale | Brewery Ommegang

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Ommegang Adoration AleOmmegang Adoration Ale
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
Ratings:
1,127
Reviews:
366
Avg:
4.07
pDev:
11.79%
 
 
Wants:
110
Gots:
210
For Trade:
1
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Photo of Sammy
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for sharing Jon. Great aromas, the mace abd ornange, ginger and yeast. Big head and lacey. Taste is decent, complexity of spices, pepper including black,cardamon,ginger,corriander, cloves, a littl chocolate, slows down drinkability to a sipper. Average plus mouthfeel.

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1.5 finger head with good retention and nice lacing on a cloudy deep amber brown body. Aroma is very sweet and smells like candy and pineapple. Flavor Is mostly dark fruit including plum and raisin mostly. Belgian yeast and cinnamon round this one out. Medium body and moderate to high carbonation. Overall very complex flavorful and drinkable. An excellent beer and must try.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.82/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 8/30/13.

Pours a murky brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, toffee, caramel, banana, and spice aromas. Taste is much the same with caramel, banana, and spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and prickly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a great smell but the spices come through a bit more clearly in the flavor.

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

holiday beer from ommegang, and while it is very festive given its broad spice profile, there is nothing about this beer that says to me it cant be enjoyed all year around. its a medium shade of brown on the pour, like iced tea, with a lot of fizzling carbonation and some yeast bits. the nose has a sort of indian/Asian spice profile with ginger and possibly cardamom, not out of balance, but prominent. darker malt profile and Belgian yeast give additional spice notes of white pepper, molasses, and even vanilla as it warms up. all of these smells are tastes too, with the yeast being the dominant feature. i am struck both by how well the alcohol is hidden, and how light this feels on the palate despite its looks. its extremely bubbly, which eases its rich malty sweetness, and it finishes more relaxed than it starts. a gentle beer for what it is, with much wider appeal in my opinion than just the holiday season. another gem from ommegang.

edit: just had a nearly two year old version on tap at falling rock yesterday and its safe to say this one does really well with a little age. all the spices have mellowed and integrated even more, and the yeast is a little more in check. the mouthfeel is also creamy and amazing. no rush to drink this one!

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Knapp85
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.77/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of metter98
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy brownish amber in color and poured into a snifter glass with a finger high beige head that slowly died down and left a thick ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of dark fruits and malty sweetness in the nose along with some hints of spices.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and is quite fruity with a light amount of sweetness. There are some hints of alcohol and the finish mainly consists of spicy flavors.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some dryness and a slight amount of warming sensations from the alcohol in the finish.
D: The beer is quite drinkable because the alcohol is for the most part well hidden although the amount of spices in the flavors makes this beer one that is better sipped.

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3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ommegang is onto something here. Starting with a Dark Belgian base that reminds me of Three Philosophers (minus the cherries) and with the fruitiness of Gouden Carolous. Throw in some cough syrups and Jagermeister and here we go.

Very fruity throughout with emphasis on plumbs, grapes, anise (licorice), black raspberries, and raisons. Tawny Belgian notes give a bit of acidic and woodsy flavor. Spicy and peppery notes could be completely yeast derived if not for the label that ruins the fun for me. Molassas or sorgum maltiness gives as much candy sweetness as fruitcake breads.

Dry and hot dominate the mouthfeel. Fusal alcohols and evaporative dryness cancel eachother out. Regardless, age should be kind to this beer.

The first pour from the bomber was a brilliantly clear ruby color. Alcohols held the head formaiton and retention in check and with minimal lacing. Second pour was considerable more haze but with better head characteristics.

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of kojevergas
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Big brown glass bottle with hood-and-wire cap over a cork served into a N'Ice Chouffe beer flute in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are through the roof considering the brewery. Thanks to Adam for the bottle share from New York!

A: Pours a two finger head of fair cream, decent thickness, and great retention for the relatively high ABV. Colour is a dark amber; nontransparent but not murky. Perhaps hazy. Appealing in any case.

Sm: White wine, heavy spices - mainly coriander, light cherry, heavy amber hops, some candied sugar, light orange peel, and brilliant yeast. Incredibly appealing; I can't wait to try it. A moderate strength aroma.

T: A delightfully subtle beer with well-handled spices all around (complementing the winter theme beautifully), some lightly toasted malts (thought not as much per a winter warmer), light candied sugar - which is most evocative towards the finish, amber hops, and some cream on the finish (which continues through the aftertaste). Complex but very subtle (its strong suit). Wondrously balanced. Really a pleasant winter beer. I really dig this.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with the exception of some coarseness on the finish (due to the candied sugar). Quite complementary to the flavours.

Dr: Very drinkable, especially for the ABV. This is truly an adorable (I know that's cliche and tired at this point) winter beer. Successfully merges the best elements of English winter warmers with Belgian candied sugar beers. I'm blown away by the subtlety. This is definitely one I'd get again, though I do think it's best out of the bottle with as much age as you can manage on it. Probably peaks at seven or eight years. The overextended candied sugar on the finish and aftertaste is what prevents this from being an A-.

Wouldn't pair well with food. Enjoy this on its own; it deserves that sort of respect. Bravo.

B+

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5/5  rDev +22.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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

Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled on 8/30/2013. Pours moderately cloudy reddish copper color with a 2-3 finger fairly dense and rocky light khaki head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big plum, pear, raisin, apple, orange peel, caramel, toast, coriander, clove, pepper, candi sugar, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good complexity and balance of yeast, malt, and spice notes; with good strength. Taste of huge raisin, plum, pear, apple, orange peel, caramel, molasses, toast, coriander, clove, pepper, licorice, brown bread, candi sugar, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of raisin, plum, pear, apple, orange peel, caramel, molasses, toast, coriander, clove, licorice, brown bread, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity and balance of robust malt, fruity/spicy yeast, and spice flavors; with a great malt/spice balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately slick, crisp, and lightly syrupy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent spiced Belgian strong ale! All around awesome complexity, balance, and robustness of malt, yeast, and spice flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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