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 bylerteck
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Tons of sediment and carbonation when this gets poured. Dark reddish colour with a hint of brown and a great pillowy, three finger white head that leaves a nice cap the whole way through.

S - Lot's of spice. Sort of a citrusy, sweet spice. Grains of paradise I guess. Dark fruit meld with that and booze. Spices definately dominate the aroma.

T - Spice dominates again with some rich maltiness and dark fruits with candi sugar. That sweet, citrusy, zesty spice is too much at times.

M - Dry finish with medium carbonation and a med-full body.

D - Pretty good but too spicy. Difficult to have a bottle bottle to myself. Alcohol is masked wonderfully but that spice is holding it back.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ommegang Adoration Traditional Belgian-style Winter Ale

Clear, crimson-colored, beneath a lush, creamy, off-white head, no lace, but stays a solid 1/2".

Aroma: rich malt, spicy, dark fruit, plum and fig. Lovely stuff.

Taste: blast of spice and fruit, earthy and gritty, slightly mineral. Some apple and cherry shining through, as the alcohol strength reveals itself. Getting more and more warming. Medium bodied, long, sweet/spicy finish.
Just the right amount of sweetness, with only a smidgen of hop bitterness.

Someone who had been an ardent admirer of this one last year told me she's not a fan this time, because it lacks the sweetness of the previous batch. As I taste this one, I wonder what she missed, and scratch my memory to think of how last year's tasted. There's enough sweets to turn many away, I'd think. Or some. Maybe a few, or a fraction of a faction. (Wait, where am I going with this?)

Anyhow, it's a lovely, spicy, fruity dubbel. Just a little bitter to match the sweet and the spice. Super delicious yum time. Mmmm. A real treat. Might have to get some bottles of this stuff, and hang on to it for awhile.

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Photo of treznor
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark golden amber with a nice head.

Nose has a nice set of spices in it as expected for a Winter Warmer.

Taste like most of the spice rack fell in the beer barrel (in a good way!) with particular notes of ginger, nutmeg, and banana.

Quite drinkable, but with a fairly hefty punch (10%), so more than a couple wouldn't be prudent. It does go down quite easy though...

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Photo of Infamous7100
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lighter than expected dark brown, hazy orange into my pint glass. A large tan and billowing head accompanies it. Beautiful.
Smells of all kind of spices. Some coriander and orange, as the bottle states, and also cinnamon and bread like malts.
Very tasty. Considering the amount of spices involved, this still maintains it's beer like taste. Great balance at work here. The spices play well with the sweet malts. My only knock here is that this is classified as a Belgian dark. As a Belgian dark, I'd rather have a trios pistoles as a winter warmer, this is a beauty. I don't get the dark fruits that the Belgians should have.
Mouthfeel and drinkability are great. Medium carbonation but a thick almost creamy body. However, it's not very filling. Considering the abv, you might want to have only a couple, but the taste and relative less filling body say have a few more. Very well done as most hinge by ommegang are.

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Photo of FeloniousDrunk
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a chalice. Deep, thick, hazy brown (like molasses) in color with great carbonation, a nice 2-finger head which lasted, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells of banana, nutmeg, coriander, and ginger are very potent on this nose.

The taste abounds with spice. This is a true winter warmer, but these spices don't taste or feel like additives. Flavors of nutmeg, hazelnut, banana, coriander, and marjoram. Some yeast and cinnamon-sugar bread notes in there to round out the spiciness on the swallow, and an air of alcohol is left as an aftertaste.

The mouthfeel on this one is robust and satisfying. A frothy and substantial character in the mouth, with a touch of syrup on the swallow.

Dinkability suffers a touch for me because the flavors are so big, I would be satisfied with a few glasses once a year. This is, however, a fantastic Christmas beer, or one to enjoy after a day-long skiing session.

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Photo of mexikrainian
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

720ml poured into a Stone tulip.

Appearance: murky dark amber with thin, tan head and bead-like lacing.

Aroma: fresh, spices, grape, cinnamon, and coriander.

Flavor: belgian spices, nutmeg, molasses and caramel.

Mouthfeel: smooth, tingly medium body and medium carbonation.

Overall impression: wow! bursts of flavor. the best damn dark strong ale ever!

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Photo of Burt
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a chalice from a bottle.

A. Brownish red with an off white thick head that left a lot of thick lace.

S. Reminded me of outside coating for a apple cinnamon donut that Dunkin Donuts had and some alcohol.

T. Malty, biscuit and a little spice.

M. Smooth with some alcohol especially after it warmed up.

D. Went down really easy, this is a nice beer that goes well with time of year.

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Photo of WeedKing4
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked bottle pours a slightly clear dark brown colour on the first glass, and a very dark and not clear pour on the second. Tastes of dark fruits with a lot of spice lingering in the finish. Drinks down quite well for a 10% beer. Honestly didn't pick up much hotness in this one at all. Tasty belgian style beer overall.

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Photo of CMW
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark maroon color with fluffy, toffee colored head. Murky enough that I cannot see through to tell on carbonation.

S - Dark fruits, mainly raisins and figs mixed with plenty of spice. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and coriander are very strong.

T - Malty upfront with a wave of dark fruits. Finishes heavy on the spice and leaves a little burn on the tongue. Although this is 10%, I cannot pick up and taste of alcohol.

M - Rich and layered. A little burn on the tongue but soft at the same time.

D - Easy to drink. The alcohol is not noticeable at all.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.05/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

750 ml corked and caged bottle. Served in a chalice, the beer pours a ruby red/brown color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is sweet, the brew smells like dark fruit, coriander, orange peel, and some bready malt. Unfortunately, the taste isn't sweet like the aroma. There's a bitter and slightly metallic flavor that I notice more than anything else, although it's not too overpowering. Orange peel, dark fruit, and spice flavors are also noticable. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and is well carbonated. Drinkability isn't good, but would be better if Iiked the taste of this beer. It was hard enough for me to finish the bottle. For whatever reason I just didn't care for the taste of this brew.

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Photo of projectflam86
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a nice ruby red color with a huge off white foam that leaves great lacing.

S- Belgian yeast aroma with tons of spices. Easiest to pick out are coriander, citrus, and clove.

T- Holy spices batman! Cloyingly sweet with a brutal amount of spice. Plenty of coriander and cardamon initially with a kick of alcohol in the finish.

M- Medium/full bodied with lots of carbonation.

D- This is one flavor packed brew. The spices are a bit out of control so be sure you know what you are getting into.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.51/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle. Pours a ruby light brown with a medium creamy off white head that retains well and laces the glass a little.

The aroma is sweet caramel and chocolate malts, molasses, some dark fruits and a little spicing.

The flavor is sweet bready malts with some fruits, a little roast and some spices (grains of paradise?) and a dry yeasty light bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lots of sharp carbonation.

Overall, a nice beer. It's a little on the sweet side, but I liked it and thought the spices worked well. First sips cold are some of the best.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 1/2/2011 at Doherty's East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a dark reddish brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains dark fruit, a lot of spices, some alcohol, Belgian yeast, caramelized malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with sweet and strong flavors of cherries and spices up front. Then a hearty malt character and some Belgian yeast breadiness come in. The hops presence is very mild but about where it should be for the style and creates a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down dangerously easy, not too filling, well-disguised strong kick, good representation of style, this is a solid stronger Belgian beer worth drinking for a while.

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

Review written from notes from Yesterday. Bomber split with my buddy Griff and poured into my Ommegang snifter glass.

A: A hazy murky-brown brew with a thick white head that dissipated quickly but left nice lacing as I worked through the glass.

S: Can smell coriander and orange peel instantly. A yeast spice is also underlying in the nose.

T: Thick and frothy, this beer starts cool, sweet, and carbonated, and then quickly moves toward an amalgam of spices and flavors that come on strong. A cinnaminy/nutmeg flavor is detectable, a tiny bit of peppery spice that I can't quite put my finger on adds a bit of spice/heat into the mix. Part of that might just be the alcohol barely shining through. At 10%, it's well hidden, but does come out briefly to say hello.

Coriander and dry orange peel then move in for the finish of this beer, which also washes away with a mild yeasty spice.

M: Creamy, smooth, and light, this beer is a delightful experience.

D: No problems with drinkability. At 10%, I felt a slow "warming" sensation come over me, but would have been game to split a second bomber back-to-back if we'd had one available. I really enjoyed this brew.

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Photo of mendonjoebeer
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750ml bottle into Ommegang chalices. Nice deep cloudy reddish brown look with thin off white head that lingers.

Nice winter smell- malts,some sweetness,varied spices- but none too strong

Tastes as smells would lead you to with a little alcohol, but less than expected.

Nice feel, smooth with just a touch of alcohol burn.

Very drinkable for the ABV. I enjoyed much more this time than at my first tasting at an Ommegang event. Another fine product from them.

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Photo of aepb1
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Red brown body with an airy off-white head

S- Spices and fruit, very inviting! Sweet delicate fruit

T- Spices, bready malts, more sweet spices, alcohol warming

M- Medium-bodied, good carbonation and alcohol warming

D- That nose is great! A nice beer and the high ABV makes it a sipping beer

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

Poured on tap in to a small snifter.

Leaves a nice 4-5mm head that disappears quite reasonably but always maintains a ring throughout. Gorgeous red mahogany color with brown cloudy character.

First whiff is of raisin and then a big crystalized candied GINGER. Love that smell.

Raising come through first in the taste, with a little bit of the nutmeg chew malt, and some sourness. There is some clove on the finish but there is a very tight big dense carbonation throughout the palate. Luckily there is not big ABV sting from the ten percent and some lip smacking honey leaving at least some good drinkability all things considered.

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

Found this at a local beer bar and paid quite a mark up for it because its the only distributed Ommegang brew I have yet to try. Poured into my Ommegang glass.

A- Body is a translucent cedar hue. Cloudiness is thick and uniform. Pours with a nice 1-2 finger creamy off white head that fades to 1/2 finger and has great retention from there. Some lacing is left behind in the glass.

S- Spices are the highlight of this brew. Behind this is dark fruit and a hint of booze.

T- Spice is on the tip of tongue initially and plum can be scantily found in the background. The finish is spicier and alcohol warmth comes through as well.

M- Medium to high carbonation and medium weight body.

D- This is another brew well done by Ommegang-they do a pretty good job at winterizing this brew. Its warm and spicy-the alcohol heat is there with no astringency-which is a nice touch. Not as complex as other Ommegangs but still very good overall.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

$6.50 for a big boy glass at Gulu-Gulu, Salem MA.

Hazy maroon color with goldenrod edges. Beige head settles into a creamy crescent retention that leaves ample lacey splashing.

Aroma is fruity and spicy as I could have hoped for. Plum and pear with a steely, farm bag caramel. I get grains of paradise and orange peel/coriander but the full spice bill, according to Ommegang is cumin, mace, cardamon, coriander and grains of paradise.

Lots and lots of fruit. Pear sticks out the most but juicy plum and golden raisin come to mind coated in caramel honeyed sweetness. The spices again make themselves know but never become intrusive. Alcoholic isn't warming but it sure is felt.

A good beer in which to seek refuge from a blizzad-y day.

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

Poured from 750ml bottle into 330ml St. Bernardus chalice.

Appearance: Pours a dark mahogany color with ruby tints and has a large creamy brownish head that dissipates very slowly and leaves behind a thick, creamy wall of lace.

Smell: Smells of dark fruits with spices- the coriander and grains of paradise being the most obvious.

Taste: Begins sweet with some orange notes in the background, rounding out to be yeasty and with winter-spiced candy-esque flavors, finishing with sweet alcohol and some citrus flavor.

Mouthfeel: Heavier body with rounded, natural carbonation and a very warming (though not overly alcoholic) finish.

Drinkability: I bought this as a spur of the moment purchase in celebration of the first snow (re: blizzard) of the season. This beer does not dissapoint- it is tasty and goes very well with cold, wintry weather.

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Photo of AaronRed
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

An amazing beer. Filled with spicy aromas that are immediately present in the pour. A very full appearance- thick head that mellows out. Upon your first sip- an abundance of clove like- flavor that tell you this is made for Winter! It settles nicely on the tongue, sweet and strong. What is amazing about this beer is how it warms so nicely. The flavors mellows out- scary that is brew is so strong. I have never had a better beer of this style.

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Photo of OneDropSoup
3.43/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at House of 1000 Beers in New Kensington, PA.

Poured into a stemmed tulip: Deep russet, reddish-brown body, hazy with subtle ruby highlights. Thin collar of off-white head, no real lacing.

Smells of dark fruit, stewed plums, raisin, nutmeg, honey, all mixed, moderate strength. Nothing really standing out.

Fruits come through again, with a strong alcohol presence - those fruits are very rich & sweet, along with a honey-like sweetness. Pleasantly fruity aftertaste. The booze is a little off-putting, but other flavors just barely hold it up.

Medium-full-bodied, some bite & heat from booze. Feels a little heavy afterward, kind of weighs on the palate.

A little much for me - the heavy, rich stone fruits & alcohol add up to a pretty full offering. Not my cup of tea, exactly, but one is enjoyable enough. Can't say I'd run back to this one, though.

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Photo of RedBeerchetta
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at American Craft. Poured into an Ommegang glass (of course, this being the sister of the Publick House). Dense brown color with red backglow. Thick, creamy, persistent head. Cinnamon and nutmeg nose. Almost too sweet on the tongue... Almost. It's a bit too sweet for my limit but still enjoyable. I feel like 2 or 3 of them might give me that feeling I got on Christmas as a kid after eating too much candy. Still worth a try if, like me, you love the Belgian Strong Darks thistime of year.

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Photo of donniecuffs
4.64/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At the Mohawk House in Sparta, NJ. Into a tulip, it poured a cloudy chestnut with one finger of beige head; great retention and lacing, and little visible carbonation. The nose revealed nutmeg, allspice, sour cherry, vanilla, and candied pears...a great mix. The taste revealed all of the above, in a nicely balanced blend, as well as some plum too, and the finish was both sour and spicy. Quite dynamic, with a very subtle hint of alcohol strength. The feel was of medium thickness, with a lingering hidden carbonation factor, which added a nice spritz. I was very impressed with the complexity and balance in this beer. Great winter sipping beer.

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