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 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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Photo of jzeilinger
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

In review is a 2011 Vintage.

A - Pours a clear, dark chestnut mahogany color with nice carbonation and a lasting toffee colored creamy looking head.

S - Dark fruity esthers of plumbs and dark cherries, spice, clove, light cinnamon (probably from the cardamom spices used in this beer), and eucalyptus.

T - Layers of complexity: sweet toffee/caramel malt and alcohol up front followed with plumbs, cherries, raisons, eucalyptus, some more alcohol, followed with more toffee and dark fruit.

M - Heavy medium body, semi-dry, the combination of everything makes your mouth water and then seems to coagulate from the sugar, moderate alcohol warming in the throat.

O - Complex and elegant. This bottle has a "Best By" date of 7/2016 and really enjoying this one.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from the bottle into a teku glass. The ninth beer of my 2014 twelve beers of Christmas.

A- Poured a very dark and murky brown color with a giant fluffy off-white white that left lots of dense and chunky lace.

S- Big dark fruit notes of raisins, plums, and black cherries. Quite a bit of Belgian yeast spice notes and nutmeg.

T- Lots of big juicy black cherry flavor, raisins, plums, lots of belgian yeast noes, nutmeg, and some bitter orange peel. Finishes with a pretty high level of bitterness for the style.

M- BIg alcohol warming and pretty big alcohol burn, full bodied, a little sticky, and finishes pretty dry.

O- This is definitely a big warmer for the winter. It is pretty boozy, but the hop bitterness and dryness make this boozy beer a lot easier to go down.Lots of really nice juicy fruit flavors and some nice Belgian yeast and spice character for balance.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

(2014 bottle - carefully poured into a Chouffe tulip)

L: cherry-juice russet colored liquid, moderate haze... plush, sudsy foam... the yeast helps a pad of head remain until you dive in... fair bit of lace sticks to the glass

S: yeast spice, dark plum... hints of the coriander and orange peel, though their mostly woven into the melange of spicing and not standing out boldly... overall, cakey malt and clove/nutmeg yeast character reminiscent of some of the classic strong dark Belgian ales like a Chimay blue or Rochefort 10... red Twizzlers?... the spicing merely adds a soft flair and doesn't take the beer into new territory

T: vinous-like dark fruit, plum, perhaps a highlight of date... pulsing bitterness coupled with cordial-like booze in the background... solid, rather dense malty base, though not quite caramel-rich and not as sweet as some of the flavors beg for - the spices and laid-back wave of booze do a nice job of rounding out a fine overall balance

F: medium-full, filling the palate with expansive carbonation, though blanket soft on the edges and not quite parching dry... mild film of gummy sediment slides back down the palate

O: they do well here... wonder what it tastes like without the spices - I'm guessing still somewhat decent, though without as much excitement/depth... I could definitely do a second bottle after this, but I have a thing for malt and spices, so this is hittin that nerve

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Photo of spacecake9
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%

Poured an amber brown into my Ommegang goblet.
Very attractive, thick, pillowy head.
Aroma of raisins or figs.
Mild raisin and spice flavor with a little alcohol kick.
Tasty, balanced winter ale from Ommegang.

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Photo of awess1221
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Great rich dark color
Very flavorful spiced complexity
Boozy but not overpowering
Just the right amount of everything
Reminded me of an old fashioned Christmas

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Photo of HipCzech
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Serving: 12 oz bottle poured into a Reidel Vinum Zinfandel glass.

Appearance: Hazy, reddish brown. Frothy khaki tan foam with nice lacing.

Smell: Warming spices, Belgian yeast, ripe bananas, brown sugar and alcohol.

Taste: Spice, yeast and sugar follow from the nose with plenty of sweet fruit layers (plums, raisins).

Mouthfeel: Medium to full mouthfeel with moderate carbonation.

Overall: A big, boozy, fruity and spicy sipper: Christmas fruitcake.

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Photo of TBoneJones
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pint pour: Brown, opaque body. Rich and smooth in appearance, this has a light tan head appears equally as smooth.
Smells is like sweet bread, fig and molasses. More sweet than spice, although a hint of "orange spice" is present.
Spiced alcohol up front, or is it the alcohol itself? I don't believe so, but any muddled up-front flavors in that department are quickly redeemed by tasty dark caramel malts, dark fruitcake, pepper, and clove. Just so complex. Orange peel still lingers.
Feels medium thick, smooth, slightly sticky. Satisfying.
A great winter warmer, well worth the price of admission due to its complex flavors.

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Photo of barczar
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%

Belgian yeast esters of pear, bubblegum, and green apple accompany dark, sweet candi sugar and toffee to form the aroma. Flavor is appley and tart, fairly alcoholic, with a toasted, nutty malt backbone. Esters become more complex the more I sip. The high abv isn't hiding well, but the flavor of the esters keep me coming back for more.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up a few weeks back at the Buy-Rite in Jersey City, having never had this before. I love Ommegang's beers and was hoping that they'd hit the nail on the head with this, in terms of brewing something memorable for the season. Needless to say, that was indeed the case here. Yes, this was very sweet but the presence of the yeast, dark fruit, and candied sugar was enough to put this over the top, as this beer hid the alcohol well and warmed me nicely. Indeed, this beer is fitting of being a dark winter ale!

This had an absolutely radiant look to it as I poured it out, as the fluffy tan head topped off the subtly glowing dark peach hue of this beer. Lots of cardamom in the nose, which I mistook for gingerbread until getting my vocabulary word of the day down. Grains of paradise? Check. Lemon zest and citrus notes? Check. Dark fruit? Check, with a lighter pencil as it wasn't as strong as the other flavors. Yeast? Check (of course). Banana and bubble gum? Check...yeah, it's there. So much going on here but boy, was this enjoyable and did everything meld together smoothly from start to finish; with the help of a good amount of carbonation that wonderfully eased out the funkier edges of this brew.

You want strength? It's here and the warming made itself known from the get go. That was counterbalanced by the wonderful range of flavors and the Belgian nature of this beer that shone through since the spice was understated. Wet, lively, and enjoyable, this is seasonal that deserves to be put in your winter rotation, and I know that it'll be placed in mine with the SN Celebration, Brooklyn BCS, and Anchor Special Ale. Wonderful in every aspect, a beer like this truly enlivens the holiday season. Don't miss out!

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Photo of zac16125
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a tulip
2014 vintage

A: Pours a dark mahogany with ruby hues when held to light. Two fingers width of tan colored head has very good retention and leaves lots of lacing. 4.25

S: Lots of spice, orange peel, coriander, grains of paradise. Sweet malts including notes of caramel/toffee and candied sugar. Doughy yeast. Very nice. 4.25

T: Very spicy coupled with sweet malts. Grains of paradise and coriander, subtle cocoa, black pepper, subtle bitterness, doughy yeast. 4

M/D: Full bodied, carbonation on the higher end but appropriate, ABV is very well masked and drinkability is good. 4

O: Good beer, but I have pretty high standards for this Christmas/Winter BSDA’s/Quads. Enjoyable, but with so many great examples of the style out there I don’t think its something I will make a yearly staple. 4

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Ommegang Adoration Ale from Brewery Ommegang
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