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Ommegang Adoration AleOmmegang Adoration Ale

Brewed by:
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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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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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 gillagorilla
3.87/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Chimay goblet (packaged on 9/1/14, best by 9/19)

A: Burnished copper with some sediment. Decent head with the slightest collar and no lacing.
S: Standard BSDA scents of roasted sweet malts.
T: Again, standard BSDA fare. Definitely a solid take on the style and quite true to it. Just not clicking with me, despite having had some great ones in the past.
M: Smooth with only the slightest alcohol slick.
O: Great example for the style, but not hitting the spot.

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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 leantom
4.46/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Lovely beer. Perfectly made. Here goes:

L: Kind of hard to describe, actually. Brown, but not very much so (the bottom of my glass, where the diameter is less than that of the middle and top, emits a faint gold color - therefore, I must conclude that light of longer wavelengths, like yellow, is able to penetrate the beer in normal glasses). A ton of carbonation, a huge head that lingers, and plenty of carbonation accompany this beer.

S: Good, but somewhat gimmicky. Smell a lot of added spices (especially coriander), which give the beer an artificial smell. However, there is a lot of bready Belgian yeast, pepper, orange peel, and very, very sweet caramel malt.

T: Quite good. Lots of spices, bready Belgian yeast, caramel, candied sugar, orange peel, etc. Yeast and malt give this beer a rather good taste.

F: Perfect. Very well-carbonated with sufficient thickness.

O: Great beer by Ommegang.

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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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Photo of Mikefriedman90
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Strong beer from ommegang. Citrus and orange smell and taste. Filling but not hard to drink. Packs a punch , you'll feel it after you drink it. Had at one mile house nyc

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Photo of Jimlikesbeer
2.14/5  rDev -47.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Adoration by Ommegang Brewery is a good beer, and a great beer if you like coriander. Personally I do not like that taste. This Belgian style of beer would be a good choice for those of you that like Blue Moon, one Shock Top.

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Photo of Billiam160
4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Looks great when poured small amber head
Smells rather potent with malts and heavy alcohol slightly caramel note
Taste is almost identical to the smell very noticeable alcohol after taste
Feel is smooth at the front but has a bit of a bite on the finish

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Photo of SomethingClever
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured on tap in a snifter

A: reddish Amber hue good lacing

S: banana clove nutmeg 

T: a little boozy but a lot of the banana clove and spice in the nose 

O: it's just a tripel it's nothing amazing but it's pretty good 

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Photo of JasW
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is characterized as a BSDA, but it's like none I've ever tried, from the dark amber color to the mildly bitter bite offsetting the decidedly non-Belgian yeast and caramel, dark fruits, and all of the usual suspects.

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Ommegang Adoration Ale from Brewery Ommegang
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