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 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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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep red color with a cream-colored head. The aroma is heavy on the toffee and caramel malt, along with some Belgian yeast, brown sugar and cinnamon. The flavor is heavier on the spicing than the aroma. I get cinnamon and cloves, as well as some brown sugar, caramel malt, yeast, dark cherries and a little bit of alcohol. Still, the alcohol is fairly well hidden for a 10 percent ABV beer. Medium mouthfeel and high carbonation.

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Photo of grubas
4.87/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

An quite unique blend of spices, the mouth-feel and subsequent taste on the pallet was strange and amazing. I recognized several spices, but couldn't place all of them. The alcohol was masked and it was very drinkable. I am a fan of Belgian Strong Darks, but this was one of the most interesting and unique one's I have ever found.

I also recommend pouring it into a tulip glass, as the taste and flavour seemed to come out better in a tulip glass compared to others.

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Photo of codewarrior
3.28/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750mL Cork and Caged Bomber Poured into a Snifter

I had to try this beer, as I love Ommegang, and any Ommegang that's priced at 1.5xs the amount as a normal bomber ... well ... demands attention.

L: Nutmeg brown with cloudy pillopwy 4-fingers head. Looks a touch reflective, and a bit thin.

S: Smells extremely sweet, with cloying citrus. Nearly smells like pine-glow or orange-glow or some such cleaning product. This is initially off-putting, but then somehow ... nostalgic.

T: Sweet up front, into a big citrusy middle, with great depth of spice and lots more sweetness behind. Fades into a lingering coriander citrus finish. Still a touch on the orange-glow cleaning product side, but still not entirely unwelcome.

F: Pretty good, touch thin, but somehow still lingers and coats nicely.

D: Not bad, but at 1.5xs the regular Ommegang price, it doesn't stand up to the other brews in the $10 range.

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

In a goblet the beer was a ruby red color with a medium-sized tan head.
Great aroma: spicy and sugary, with some citrus.
Very spicy taste, mostly cinnamon. Some orange, a touch of sweet chocolate, and a tiny bit of herbal hops.
A nice, sweet, sipping beer. The flavors went well together.
Very drinkable; you don't even notice the 10% ABV.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Dirty John's tulip pint glass.

Thanks to Matt for sharing this bottle!

Time to see how this thing stacks up after a year of absence. It pours a hazy ruby-amber topped by a finger of cream foam. The nose comprises cinnamon, nutmeg, chamomile, banana, clove, pepper, and some light chocolate. The taste does not want to deviate much from this at all, though the spices come through decidedly more...spicy...more pronounced and in-your-face. The body is a straight medium, with a light carbonation and a grainy feel. Overall, a nice Winter brew, but the spices were just a bit too much for my liking.

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Photo of Vdubb86
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass

Thanks to my buddy Matt for hooking me up with this.

This beer is supposed to "taste like Christmas" according to my buddy. So we shall see just how this all works out. This beer pours a golden brown color to which I must admit does appear appetizing. The smell is strongly of mulled spices that I would truly associate with the holiday of Christmas. The taste I found however to be great on my first sip, but then wildly overwhelming as the spices built upon my tongue. Even when sipping this beer the spices can sneak up on you. I personally had trouble drinking this, and the consensus of the group was that this would be better if after every sip you could clear your palate. Perhaps a nice cheese and cracker plate with this at a party would do wonders for it. As it stands as I review it, it's just a bit too much for me, but I must admit the other aspects I did fully enjoy.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A short description/comparison- Three Philosophers with some chocolate notes.
The longer of it-
Chocolate covered cherries with happy Belgian yeasty goodness. Deep layers of flavor. This is classified as a winter warmer according to Ommegang. While I wouldn't necessarily think of it as such next to other beers that also call themselves winter warmers, it would be a good choice on a cold evening. There are some winter warmer type spices but they don't hit you over the head. It's a sit and sip sort of thing. Big, sweet flavors in a smooth drinking experience. Tasty times.

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

750ml corked and caged bottle.

It pours beautifully to start. It is a nice dark plum/fuchsia with a big foamy tan head that billows high. It sticks for a nice while as well.

It smells pretty nice as well. I would have perhaps dropped the cardamom, but overall it smells very wintry and spicy. The spices really take over in this one. There is a nice underlying sweetness, but it is mostly herbal/spice.

The flavor continues with the spice. Again the Cardamom is up front. The mace and grains of paradise add a nice spiciness and the coriander gives it that spicy body. The orange peel is an addition to the sweet malt with lacks any sort of bitterness.

It really is a winter warmer; Cuddling up with this beer is the ultimate relaxation on a cold winter's night.

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Photo of mckeowbc
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Color is a medium brown. The beer pours with a nice solid head and leaves a good amount of lacing on the glass.

S - Smell is malty and fruity, with some sour notes.

T - Taste is complex, fruity, with hints of spice, alcohol becomes apparent in the finish and leaves a linger sour note. Fairly potent.

M - This beer does not taste overly malty, but the alcohol content lends it some heaviness.

D - This beer is very drinkable in taste, however the high alcohol content would limit consumption for most people.

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Photo of Frosty80
4.82/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color: pours medium golden-brown. sits hazy, deep caramel. attractive 2-finger head with great retention and lacing

Smell: wonderful, complex bouquet. sweet, dark malt, raisins, apples, bananas, red licorice, tinge of orange peel, coriander and paradise grains. can definitely smell the "white" in the beer. alcohol offers a light tickle

Taste: sweet, dark, bready malts with hints of raisins, dried dark fruit, bananas and apple. also get a little familiar Twizzler in there. alcohol becomes obvious after the initial splash on the tongue so definitely a sipper (if the 10% on the label didnt convince you). finish is slightly sweet with bready malt and tinge of apple skin and raisin. maybe a tinge of apricot too deep into the finish

Mouthfeel: smooth, low-full body with medium carbonation

Notes: not quite as rich, intense and sweet as a Belgian Strong Dark. great blend of a BSD and a witbier. delicious through and through

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

Belgian Strong Dark Ale plus the usual spices you would expect to put a holiday spin on the style. Some coriander and orange peel, sweetness that hints of honey. Lively carbonation. The alcohol is a little warm and bites ever so slightly at the finish.

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Photo of rpardon7
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the tap a copper color with a small rose hue with a small amount of sediment left floating and a nice firm white head that slowly faded and left the trademark belgina lacing on the glass. Smell is very complex with this belgian, i get dark fruits up front with a small amount of citrus and clove in the back. Taste is better than the smell. Intense amount of fruit and spice, clove and corriander with cherry and orange all balanced or backed by a good amount of malt. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy very nicely balanced. For a 10% beer this one goes down quite smooth and the taste is so complex it leaves you wanting another glass.

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Photo of jjayjaye
4.88/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my favorite styles. Looking forward to this one with great anticipation. Corked and caged..pours a cloudy amber with deep rose hue and a half an inch of light foamy head that fades fairly quickly. The surface collar is continuously refreshed by the tiny bubbles of effervescence from beneath. TONS of sediment visible on the bottom of the bottle. Stringy patterns of Belgian lacing left behind. The smell is sweet malty earthy harvest fruit CHERRY orange peel coriander...OMG!! The flavor totally matches up to the nose!! AMAZING!! The mouth feel is perfect..CREAMY SMOOTH body embellished by the texture of many many tiny bubbles. HUGELY drinkable!!..I just changed my mind from 4.5 to 5.0. 10% ABV has never been easier to do. GREAT JOB on this one from Cooperstown. Cheers!!!

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Photo of KTCamm
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Corked champagne bottle poured into my Duvel glass and savored.

Pours dark brown, reddish hints w/ cascading white foam. Lots of sticky lacing.

Rich malty smell. Plum fruit, raisins in the mix.

Sweet sugar tastem belgian yeast done, light alcohol burn at the finish. Some cherries and other fruit in the blend. Spices in the mix, kind of a wintry blend. Powerfully potent carbonation.

Complex taste, but all comes together in a very drinkable blend. Another win from Ommegang.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Comes out of the tap a dark opaque reddish coppery-amber with a fine-bubbled light tan head. Aroma is malty and a little fruity, the latter mainly apple. Flavor is fruity and malty, and just a little bit honey-sweet. Texture is smooth and slightly tingly.

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