Ommegang Adoration Ale | Brewery Ommegang

1,127 Ratings
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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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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Photo of MonkeyBread
3.87/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of silverking
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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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Photo of dd43
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
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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Photo of RMKaylor
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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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Photo of Dougwillhike
5/5  rDev +22.9%

Photo of Zetcha7x
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.49/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

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3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

Photo of Nichols33
3/5  rDev -26.3%

Photo of mconner666
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

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4.16/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Stofko1992
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of skosmidis
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Very nice strong ale. Like a more refined Kulmbacher EKU 28.

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Photo of HeyYoMar
4.15/5  rDev +2%

Photo of CaptBreadbeard
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of classixIII
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

Photo of GilGarp
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

12oz bottle served slightly chilled into a goblet. 2014 vintage with blue and pint label.

Adoration is a hazy redish brown color with thin alabaster head.

Aroma is mostly sweet with hints of dark fruit and clove.

Flavor has great depth with malty sweetness, brown bread, and spice cake. Dried fruit and the Belgian yeast give the beer character and balance.

Mouthfeel is medium-full in body and nicely carbonated. Very drinkable for the high ABV.

Overall one of the best American versions of this style available.

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Photo of fsarmir
3/5  rDev -26.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of timmyd819
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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

I picked up a bottle of Ommegang's Adoration Ale a couple weeks ago for $3.29 at The Lager Mill. I had a chance to try this beer last year and I really enjoyed the sample I had and i knew I had to get a bottle to review, so lets see how it goes. 2014 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks nice, it goes well with the season and I think it's a little eye catching. It poured a amber brown color that took on more of red and ruby color when held to the light with two fingers worth of creamy very light tan head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some spotty lacing behind. This was a good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness that has a slight candied sugar aroma and it followed by the belgian yeast being the first to show up and it imparts sine estery, cloves, banana and very light bubble gum like aromas with no single aspect seeming to stick out the most. Up next comes a nice dark fruit aroma that goes right into some toasted malt, caramel malt, bread crust and sweet malt like aromas and there's a slight alcohol aroma in the background. This beer had a good aroma and the different aspects seemed to work well together.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness that still has that light candied sugar aspect and it's followed by the yeast still being the first to show up and it imparts the same aspects that it did in the aroma with the banana and cloves seeming to stick out the most and the estery aromas show up in the background. Up next comes the dark fruits which seem to stick out the most and they impart a nice mixture of dark fruit aromas with no singles aspect sticking out the most. Up next comes the alcohol which is just slightly warming and it's followed by the malts which impart the same aspects it did in the aroma, but this time the caramel malts seem to stick out the most. On the finish there's pretty much not bitterness with a sweet dark fruit aftertaste. This was a good tasting beer, I thought it worked well with the season.

M- Smooth, a little creamy, crisp, just slightly prickly, the alcohol was well hidden, slightly sticky, medium bodied with a slightly higher amount of medium carbonation. This beer had a good mouthfeel that worked well with it.

Overall I thought this was a good beer and I thought it was a good example of the style, it seems to be pretty inline with the style and I liked that the brewery calls this a Dark Winter Ale, it's not very dark, but for Belgian standards it kind of is and it goes well with the winter weather. This beer had good drinkability, it was smooth, a little creamy, crisp, just slightly prickly, the alcohol was hidden well, slightly sticky, not too filling and the taste did a nice job of holding my attention, I think one would be the perfect amount for me, but with how well the alcohol is hidden i wouldn't rule out have two of them. What I like the most about this beer was how well the different aspect worked with each other, I thought the Belgian yeast worked well with the dark fruit flavors. What I liked the least about this beer was that more of those toasted malt flavors didn't come through in the taste, but it wasn't a big deal. I would buy this beer again and I'm interested to see how it ages. I would recommend this to anyone who likes the stronger Belgian Ales. All in all I was happy with this beer, now that I've tried it on a fresh palate I think I like it just a little less since I've last had it, but it's still a good beer that I enjoyed drinking and I think it's fitting for the season. This isn't my favorite Ommegang beer or my favorite beer of the style, but it's not bad in any aspect. Good job guys, this was a tasty winter seasonal, keep up the hard work.

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4.32/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Ommegang Adoration Ale from Brewery Ommegang
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