Ommegang Adoration Ale | Brewery Ommegang

Ommegang Adoration AleOmmegang Adoration Ale
BA SCORE
4.09/5
1,131 Ratings
Ommegang Adoration AleOmmegang Adoration Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States
ommegang.com

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.

Added by akorsak on 08-04-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,205
Reviews:
367
Ratings:
1,131
pDev:
11.74%
Bros Score:
4.15
 
 
Wants:
113
Gots:
211
Trade:
1
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,131 |  Reviews: 367
Photo of Norvelljeff
4.7/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dbauer
3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Desimoaj
3.81/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bsk295
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great brewery. This beer was aged for a year. The beer had a light flavor and would be a good afternoon beer. the flavor develops as the beer moves towards room temperature.

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Photo of liamt07
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Vivs85
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark ruby/mahogany color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a thin cap with a ring of lace

S: Very malty, with lots of winter spices and moderate sweetness. Dark fruits and alcohol in the back

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with a bit of spicy Belgian yeast, winter spices, and dark fruits. Goes into some estery alcohol and light sweetness. Finishes with lingering winter spices and warming alcohol

M: Medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation

O: A solid winter sipper with lots of Belgian and winter spice influence. The flavors really open up and develop as it warms up. Definitely one to try once the weather gets cold

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Photo of bmeehan
4.71/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer is exactly what I feel a lot of other beers try to be when they mix distinct flavors. This is equally spicy and sweet, but the flavors aren't in competition with each other and it makes for a fantastic beer. This is probably the best winter ale I've ever had that actively distinguishes itself from all other winter beers without going overboard and making some strange, gimmicky beer whose recipe will need to be altered every year.

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Photo of VTMLB
4.91/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of shadyside
4.72/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of blackbranches
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kew
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of craftaholic
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ShepardCommander
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LennyBound
5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of TH28
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle. Packaged 9/11/14. Appearance: Light brown and clear with reddish/orange hue. Minimal cream colored foam cap. Aroma: Orange peel, coriander, and Belgian fruity esters (apple). Hint of maltiness. Taste: Rich caramel malt sweetness with intense spice and orange peel. Noticeable pear fruitiness and nutmeg like spice. Like a spiced quad. Just enough bitterness to balance the intense malt and spice flavors. Mouthfeel: Medium body and moderately high carbonation with noticeable alcohol warmth. Finish: Finishes malty with lingering spice, pear, and orange peel. Overall: A really well done spiced quad. Orange peel, spices, and Belgian esters combine perfectly

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Fluffy, lumpy 2” light tan to cream head, deep reddish brown body, very fine creamy bubbles, leaves legs on the glass.
S: Spicy malt, hop dark dried fruit – especially prune and raisin,
T: malty, chocolatey, some bitterness in the background, some of the bitterness may be coming from the spice, complex flavors, a lingering alcoholic spicey after taste, chocolate, some sweetness.
F: Full body, chewy, creamy, some alcohol warming that grows, no astringency.
O: Very luscious, the texture and the full bodied creaminess really add to this beer, the complex malt flavors, spices and alcohol, very well worth repeating.

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Photo of MisterKilderkin
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mlockman
5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

While it lacks the typical Belgian yeast flavor, it is perfectly balanced, albeit sweet, and perfection in its appearance in the glass.

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Photo of Iamjeff6
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #83 (Dec 2013):

Adoration screams winter, a huge beer to take on but is welcoming from start to finish. Spicing and alcohol are very well balanced against the massive malt backbone. Sip after sip brings us right back to Belgium, a must have by all.

STYLE: Belgian Strong Dark Ale
ABV: 10.0%
AVAILABILITY: Winter Seasonal

LOOK: Opaque dark brown, nice show of head & lacing

SMELL: Christmas pudding; boozy, malt sweetness, orange pith, ginger, allspice, candied fruit, cake batter

TASTE: Thick body, creamy, semi-slick, smooth carbonation, massive maltiness, warming, broth, caramel, cardamom, orange peel, mace, yeast cake, brown bread, carob powder, drying finish

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Photo of masonstorm
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BigAl18
1.91/5  rDev -53.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Very boozy. Horrific medicinal aftertaste. I don't get this one.

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Photo of jebenavid
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of lobos62
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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