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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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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%
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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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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4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
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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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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A- pours a deep cloudy reddish amber with a thick, creamy tan head. Absolutely gorgeous lacing.

S- woah. In your face. Floral, banana bread, coriander, cardamom. There is something cloyingly sweet in there. It's just this side of too much. Probably the sweet orange peel mentioned on the label. The more I smell it, the more I think of potpourri. As it warms, the aroma moves more towards a traditional Belgian ale. The overbearing sweetness is washed away by warming alcohol and holiday spices.

T- luckily, the taste is not quite as perfumed as the aroma. Still though, it's a lot to take in. Sensory overload would be a good term here. Orange peel, cinnamon, clove, coriander, cardamom, all alongside a traditional Belgian dark ale. Very sweet as well. Madness.

M- rich, sticky, warming. I'm just going to leave it at that.

O- definitely let this one warm up a bit.

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4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Chugged straight from the bottle at fridge temperature! Just kidding, I let this warm on the counter for 15 minutes or so before opening and pouring into a wine goblet. Bottle was dated 11-Sep 2014.

Appearance - poured a grapefruit red, nearly blood orange in color. Slight haze from the yeast still in the bottle, head forms willingly even with a slower fill. Hold it up to the light and watch the tiny bubbles dance to the surface. This is an attractive beer.

Smell - as one would expect from a Belgian dark/winter ale, you get the trademark yeast aroma, along with an undercurrent of banana and clove, plus the orange peel and cardamom that were used in the brewing process. Some dried fruit aromas as well, kind of a fig or apricot thing happening.

Taste - Ommegang says this beer is assertively spiced and they weren't kidding. The flavor largely follows the aroma, but you get the dark fruit flavors more in the taste than the nose. Malt sweetness is balanced very nicely with the alcohol, which is hard to believe at 10% given how drinkable this beer is.

Mouthfeel - malt backbone gives you a very nice sweet tackiness, this beer is a pleasure to let linger in your mouth before sending it on its way. Warmth from the alcohol is pleasing on a cold winter night.

Overall - this beer is released seasonally and I can't think of a reason not to get some every year. Well worth it.

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I cannot help but be reminded of N'Ice Chouffe in smell, appearance, mouthful and taste.

Not that there is anything wrong with that, of course!

Especially as N'Ice Chouffe is one of my favorite Bieres d'Hiver.

I really appreciate what Ommegang/Duel have been doing over the last couple of years.

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5/5  rDev +22.2%

Ommegang Adoration Ale from Brewery Ommegang
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 1,131 ratings
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