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 maximum12
2.53/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Picked up a bottle of this at a small, underrated bottle shop in South St. Paul, Petschen's. If you're ever in the neighborhood, check it out, they sometimes have some nice gems in dark corners.

Pours a stirred, muddy reddish-brown. Smell is stifling, locked-in-a-spice-closet strong, mixed with sugared candy.

Adoration just comes on too strong for my taste. The spices, instead of being polite & complementary to the beer, come fishtailing out of the snifter at high speed. I'm sure all the spices on the label are well represented, but holy man, my mouth is overwhelmed. Not only that, I can feel the beginnings of heartburn coming on after only a few sips. There's a Belgian sweetness to it that adds to the chaos & instead of taming it, just piles on the difficulty I'm going to have finishing this.

Extreme winter warmer? This is it. I don't really want to pan this brew, because if you love spices in your beer, you're going to love Adoration. But it's too much for me, way, way too much.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.19/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

750 ml bottle poured into a Meantime tulip. Serve at 50 F, 10% ABV, Packaged on 08/28/09, Best by 08/2014.

A - Adoration pours very effervescent. The color is a dirty pond water amber brown with a light tan head. It fades to a ring in an instant. No lace but a few legs are left after a hearty swirl.

S - A robust aroma bursting with mellow fruits and spices accompanies a dark candi-sugar, sweet aroma. Raisins and white grape with a citrusy orange peel blend well with what seems like a bit of cinnamon and coriander with husky grains of paradise. Toasted malts on the back end. No hops or alcohol present.

T - The amount of spices reach an almost cloying level. They blend well together well enough that none stands out over the other. A bit of the citrus leaves a zing on the finish though. Again, the fruits are mellow. A little raisin and white grape. No hops again and the toasted malts are pushed to the back end but in the flavor the alcohol really seems to come out. A bit solvent-like on the finish, it's almost like doing a shot. I don't think there is enough "meat and potatoes" to this beer. It's all alcohol and spice and increasingly hard to take.

M - For a lack of head there sure is a high level of carbonation in this one. Medium-light bodied and spicy with a warming alcohol kick. Dry finish with a "head-shaking" zestiness.

D - Damn it. I should have shared this bottle. A disappointing finish to a day worthy of a celebration, Adoration isn't an easy drinking beer by any means but one not unworthy of sipping during winter. Best shared with some good friends.

[This doesn't change my review, but by the third glass it became a little better all-around, mainly in drinkability. Then again, that could be the alcohol kicking in.]

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Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a muddy brown color with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of a combination of caramel and lightly toasted malts with good amounts of toffee and light amounts of spices. As the beer warms hints of citrus fruits sneak out. The citrus fruit aromas are sweeter than normal.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Caramel malt flavors up front are joined shortly by light spices and vanilla flavors. Heavier toffee flavors with traces of brown sugar enter into things midway through the sip but take a backseat through to the mildly bitter and somewhat spicy ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. It's got a good level of spices balanced nicely by the choice of malts. Worth a shot.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On-Tap at the drafting room in a tulip.

Adoration is a adorable dark ale bordering on black from a far but close up its a murky dark red color with brown. A off white head came and went, leaving nice scattered sheets of sticky lace. The smell is overrun by belgian spices and a orange slice. Vanilla, malt and some fruit. The aroma is big but it did not blow me away, spice overload. Taste is good for a BSDA but a bit unbalanced at times when cold, adoration evens out with warming leaving plums and raisins coming forth with caramel sweetness with apples, a nice mix. Some alcohol creepin in there at the end. The feel is smooth, no complaint's, went down like a charm. I may need to find a bottle of this.

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

Awesome cherry wood and mahagony amber colors with dark ruby around the lighted edges of this brew. Very quick head for a Belgian brew, but thats ok. The aroma is sweet and bready with awesome xmas spice notes that let you know they are there, but not overwhlming. The sweet malts and spices are all very enticing. The taste starts with deep toasted and light roasted sweet malts. The addition of various spices add a cherry and fruit cake spice flavor to the middle. While the finish is a slow warming mlat and alcohol. THis is a defeinitive winter beer. Smooth, sweet, and warm palate that just warms your Christmas even after that awesome holiday is over. I'm going to pick up a few more bottles of this for sure.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: In the glass appeared a medium chestnut color, when held against the light it appeared a blood red. The capping was 1 finger high, extremely fizzy, beige in color and was quick to dissipate after the initial pour to a clean polished surface. Visible carbonation was medium strong and rapid.

S: The nose emitted a light scent of whiskey and leather, cologne-like, with a supporting cast of alcohol laced cherries, port cask, and a dry barrel woodiness. As for spicing a combination of peppery-oranges was the most noticeable while the overall delivery was soft but very eloquent.

T: The flavor was lightly boozy and warming with notes of whiskey and cask along with a soft alcohol spiciness of warm cinnamon and nutmeg (though this was not a listed spicing) and a noticeable presence of grains of paradise. Peppery with an extremely smooth refined flavor gives you a warm inner feeling when drinking this. Alcohol laced cherries, coriander with a touch of warm pear juice and bananas come compliments of the yeast. The alcohol provides a perfect warming and is never overbearing, you would never guess this to be a 10.0%abv beer its that well hidden. There is a light touch of peat and smoked woodiness along with a balance of dried caramel adding sweetness and balance. The finish rounds up with a beautiful warming of dried molasses, alcohol soaked wood planks and a fading peppery touch that was extremely well blended together.

M: The mouthful provided a light tingle of carbonation, especially on the tip of the tongue. The body is full and luscious, with an eloquent smoothness words along can not describe nor give justice to. A solid perfect mouthful hands..ehhh tongues down.

D: Drinkability was good, very enjoyable, more noticeable boozy when warm but was still manageable to drink, though you will feel this eventually. If you could capture this flavor in a 5.0%-6.0% abv beer it would be the ultimate session material. Wish I could drink more of this, more of the time, but that's what makes this so special. This should certainly go to the front of your winter warmer list on must try beers. It will warm your inner spirits with holiday cheer. Cheers.

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Photo of weatherdog
2.74/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

75 cL bottle poured in to an Ommegang flute

It pours a murky burn orange color with a 2 finger head that quickly dies down

I'm picking up a lot of burnt sugar/brown sugar, Belgian yeast and a little bit of orange peel. It isn't very exciting but not too offensive.

The first thing I taste are the classic dark ripe fruits of a BSDA. Then this citrus flavor comes in and starts to clash with it. The spices used in the brewing process are once again clashing with the spice flavors from the yeast. To top it off the 10% alcohol is present on the backside and a bit too much. This is kind of a case of too many cooks in the kitchen. It is a bit of a hot mess.

This carbonation actually does a decent job of scrubbing the taste out after the sip which in this case is a good thing. The alcohol presence is hurting drinkability though. I've had many other 10% BDSA that drink much better.

I like the concept of a Belgian winter warmer but the execution came off with just to many things going on. There are clashing flavors all over the place and it leaves me dissatisfied and that is a first by a beer from this usually amazing brewery.

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Photo of Minotaur
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at the Blue Rhino in Syracuse.

A significant white head - the color of the snow that had lined the sidewalk outside the bar sat atop a dark garnet red-brown brew. The lacing clung to the side of the Adoration goblet that the beer was served in.

The aroma is yeasty, malty and fruity: dark cherries and raisin.

The taste is a literal explosion of sweet and sour fruity notes with an overlay of spice: some of which came from the yeast and some of which seemed to come from adjunct candi-sugar, clove, ginger, allspice. There is only a slight bitter dryness and considerable alcohol finish. Both of these elements blend with the raisin/plumb and malt flavors excellently.

The mouthfeel is chewy and pleasant, leading for an ultimately drinkable brew.

A really amazing brew.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-hazy ruby red in color with a relatively thick two full fingers of a light tan colored had that has huge retention and leaves a little lacing on the glass

S-light smell of belgian yeast, some sweet cherries and a touch of bubble gum. a faint pale malt comes in towards the back with hints of alcohol

T-the belgian yeast sets in first (not a fan of this flavor but it is very subtle), the cherries come in next with the bubble gum following. it is a little spicy and the alcohol is only mildly present and at 10% can't blame it.

M-lighter side of a full body with a very smooth texture and a fair amount of carbonation

D-extremely sweet and candy like, great mouthfeel and well hidden 10% alcohol. I will definitely enjoy my 750ml's and would have another if present.

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Photo of CharlatanSin
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Been looking forward to trying this one. Poured from the corked bottle into a wine glass.

A: Pours a very deep reddish brown. It's got about a half an inch of smooth off-white head which leaves some lacing.

S: Spicy Belgian yeast, naturally. I'm also picking up cinnamon and a bit of gingerbread. A bit of dark fruit as well.

T: A bit more spicy than I'd have guessed from the nose, which is a good thing. The gingerbread isn't as strong as the nose, but the dark fruit is stronger. It's a bit peppery, which wasn't in the nose. A bit of alcohol, but by no means overpowering.

M/D: Very warming. The body is medium, and the carbonation is prickly and jumpy on the tongue, which goes great with the spiciness. The half bottle (I split it with the lady) was enough for me, but I wouldn't have minded having the whole thing myself. I'm not usually a huge spiced Christmas beer fan, but this one gets the job done for me.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750mL bottle into Ommegang tulip glass.

A - Poured a deep rich amber. Almost black and tan like in appearance with not as much of the typical frothy Ommegang head and sticky lacing as I'm used to seeing also surprisingly not as much bubbly goodness in the glass either, but the rich thick color really draws you in.

S - Smells great. Very candy-like. Vanilla and spices. Inviting and subdued at the same time.

T - Spicy, vanilla, cotton candy and marshmellow like. Unique, but well balanced. Just a touch of an alcohol taste...something I find in most Ommegang brews. Like Unibroue, Ommegang has a certain flavor that is recognizable in all their brews and this is no exception. Another complex, yet flavorable offering from the good folks at Ommegang!

M - Very evenly balanced. Lots of carbonation and lights up your taste buds if you swish it around. Sweeter than most BSDAs I've had. Leaves your mouth feeling refreshed and clean.

D - Another quality brew from Ommegang. Really easy to drink. Good balance of sweet flavors. Wish this was available in abundance. Gotta take some points off for that since this is one to save for a special occasion since it is tough to come by (for me at least).

I hate that this is a one off. I had a rough time finding it and now need to run out and grab a few more to hang onto (if I can manage to find them). If you see one, definitely worth a try (as is anything Ommegang).

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Photo of MrDanno96
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a murky ruby-brown color with about a finger of head and moderate lacing down the sides of the glass. Pretty standard appearance for a Belgian Dark.

S: Surprisingly, I got a lot of bubblegum out of the aroma of this one. Some holiday spices are also detectable, along with some subtle dark fruits.

T: Dark fruits, figs and raisins, along with spcies like ginger and nutmeg. Sweet molasses and caramel are also apparent in the finish. I find the alcohol to also be fairly detectable, but it does not interfere with the flavor. Very nice.

M: A nice medium body with a good amount of carbonation. You can feel the bite of the alcohol and a distinctive warm as you swallow.

D: A great drinking Belgian Dark from Ommegang. I'm a bit confused by the bubblegum I get in the aroma, but everything else is excellent. I'll definitely keep an eye out for this next Christmas.

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Photo of Liverpool08
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep hazy orange. Has a nice puffy white head. Aroma of orange peel, spices, and other fruits. First sip is full flavor of malt, caramel, with candied fruit. Good carbonation and great full silky mouthfeel. Not a mind-blowing flavor, but a good solid dark Belgian ale. A solid offering from this brewery, and a good sipper on a winter night.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.55/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11 ounce goblet - $8.75 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Essentially opaque, mahogany-hued body topped with a foamy crown of yellowish beige that settles out quickly.

Smell: It's fruity, strongly spicy and fairly sweet-scented with layers of melted candies and caramel and more than its fair share of notable alcoholic wafts.

Taste: Sweet maltiness tasting of a rich caramel sauce further boosted by an additional sugary candy sweetness is tempered by a staunch spice blend with its boldly peppery bite. As with the nose, it's rather fruity with plenty of dark fruit tastes, some light citrus, and a bit of banana that, when coupled with the encroaching, growing alcoholic hotness presents a hint of 99 Bananas. Finishes both spicy and sweet with a pinch of boozy heat.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: At this early stage, the bold spiciness serves only to exacerbate the hot, fusel alcohol character of the beer. For me, this one definitely needs some time away in a deep, dark cellar to hopefully mellow.

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Photo of SiphonKing
3.77/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Special thanks to my beautiful wife Kat for buying this beer for my birthday. Pours a murky amber/copper color. Head looks like a Belgian beer with a slight tannish hue to it. As a spiced winter beer I am hoping for a pretty nice balance between alcohol, flavor, spices, malts, and hops. Pours slightly cloudy spiciness and sweet malt predominate the taste. A little bit of spices also adds a sweet and slight nutmeg character to the finish. Intersting beer, Rare Vos and Ommeggedon are my favorites from this brewery so seek those out as well.

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

750 ml bottle shared with four people at holiday dinner, my serving poured into a Duvel Tulip, approximately 8 oz.

Incredibly rich aromas of maple, vanilla, fig, raisin and nutmeg. Some hints of whiskey like profile, very aromatic, no hop aroma, alcohol is very well masked by the spicing.

Deep rich flavors but a perfect balance of malt & alcohol derived character with hints of spice vs. a heavy dozing, great support from spices. There are hints of dried fruit and baked apple and pear with a biscuity shortbread cookie character.

Mouthfeel is medium full, warming as it goes down with a slightly under carbonated feel. Extremely drinkable. While the spice character is perfect for this type of beer, overall Noels are not the type I would ever rate above a 4 in my personal scale, drinkability is something you can stand to have a few glasses of in an evening, even spiced well more than one would be too much on the palate.

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Photo of jwc215
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml cage-corked bottle, poured into tulip glass:

Pours caramel-to-dark brown colored, with nice-looking hues. Shiny. A thin, foamy, off-white head sits atop, gradually descending to wisps. Not much lacing sticks. It could have better head-retention and lacing, but it has a beautiful color.

The smell is of rich caramel/toffee with a variety of fruits ranging from nectarine and citrus/tropical to dark fruits. A light spicing and some grassy bitterness mix in. Very complex and inviting. Rich and aromatic.

The taste follows the nose wonderfully. Complex and layered. A mix of rich caramel and toffee mixes with a wide range of fruitiness, from berry-ish to tropical/citric to dark. Slight vanilla and light wintery spicing and a bitterish touch in finish blend and balance it well. Some booze mixes in as well.

Pretty effervescent, it hits full-bodied.

A very rich, complex brew. Truly a winter treat! Drinks well despite noticeable 10% abv.

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Photo of ImusBeer
3.19/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark brown with a light tan head in a tulip glass. The head died quickly with no lace.

The aroma of wheat/grain and bread. It tasted of whiskey and malt with some bitterness on the finish. The coriander is there but the alcohol content is deceiving, this one will hit you hard before you know it.

It had a silky mouthfeel with high carbonation, it tingled on the tongue. Shared with my mom but she didn't like it. It is a good example of a dark belgian.

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Photo of bob3701
4.77/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass. Dark hazy chestnut brown with a light tan head that slowly disapates into nothing. No real lacing. Great spicy aroma, the corriander and mace stand out. I was shocked by the taste. Though you can really taste the spices it is not overbearing at all. This beer is very balanced and you would not even know it was high in alcohol content if not for the lable. What a great Christmas beer this was. Very enjoyable.

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

A - The Ommegang Adoration Belgian Strong Dark Ale pours into a tall pils glass like cloudy iced tea, with a one inch, cream-colored head.

S - Spices, molasses, brown sugar, sweet malts.

T - Spice cake up front ... big, sweet malts; brown sugar, molasses, and a nice ginger flavor in the finish.

M - Plenty of carbonation in this medium/heavy bodied brew.

D - Extremely drinkable, delicious and sweet ... spicey offering from the brew artists at Ommegang.

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Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a cork and caged 750ml bottle into my Mad Elf tulip glass. Pours a dark ruby red to brown hazy color with lot's of creamy head that slowly dissapates and relaxes to a nice ring of head around the surface. Laces slightly as it slowly slides down the glass.

Aroma is fruity, dark over-ripe fruits, raisins specifically. Sweet and malty, dark candy, and boozy.

Flavor is very good. Lot's of complexity with fruit and sugars, spices, booze. Carbonation is high while cold, but as it warms up, the flavors get even more intense.

Medium to full body, very enjoyable!

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

appearance: very dark brown ale. with some reddish tint. weak haed and lacing

smell: suprised... low on the aorma of spcies. I thought it would be overload. Does have the tpical belgian yeast smell. picking up more of orange than anything.

taste: smooth and sweet, easy to drink'n belgian. I can taste the spices more than smelling. lots of xmas mulling spices, cinnamom, gingerish and a good helping of orange citrus

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: Great Holiday belgian. Different flavor profile and a little lighter than the typical style.

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Photo of Stigs
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle served in oversized red wine glass

A - poured yields two fingers of tight light khaki foam. falling at a decent pace and coasting the glass in a thin layer of lace the whole way down.

S - tons of spices going on...cloves, cinnamon, coriander, black pepper. slight notes of molasses, raisins, sour white grapes, and alcohol. tons going on here but nicely balanced and nothing is overpowering.

T - spiciness abound again, same stuff as in the nose but the addition of a slight bit of both bitter and sweet chocolate, plums, a touch of sourness near the end, and a huge white grape presence.

M - nicely carbonated (like every other Ommegang beer) and a hugely sticky and prickly feel. another one of those that makes you want to go brush your teeth after every sip.

D - one of my favorite Winter seasonal's...a ton going on without being too spicy, too sweet, too bland. might benefit from a year or so in the cellar to cool down the alcohol and let the flavors mesh a bit, but i was very happy to have tried this 'fresh'.

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Photo of drpimento
3.77/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

So rich. Pretty good holiday brew. Poured with a smallish off white head and a tiny bit a lace. Color is a hazy medium amber. Aroma is a very rich, heady, malty nutty, caramel, toffee. Flav is about the same. Body is good and so is carbonation. Finish is a little long. Not a session. Cook with it?

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ommegang is onto something here. Starting with a Dark Belgian base that reminds me of Three Philosophers (minus the cherries) and with the fruitiness of Gouden Carolous. Throw in some cough syrups and Jagermeister and here we go.

Very fruity throughout with emphasis on plumbs, grapes, anise (licorice), black raspberries, and raisons. Tawny Belgian notes give a bit of acidic and woodsy flavor. Spicy and peppery notes could be completely yeast derived if not for the label that ruins the fun for me. Molassas or sorgum maltiness gives as much candy sweetness as fruitcake breads.

Dry and hot dominate the mouthfeel. Fusal alcohols and evaporative dryness cancel eachother out. Regardless, age should be kind to this beer.

The first pour from the bomber was a brilliantly clear ruby color. Alcohols held the head formaiton and retention in check and with minimal lacing. Second pour was considerable more haze but with better head characteristics.

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Ommegang Adoration Ale from Brewery Ommegang
4.07 out of 5 based on 1,126 ratings.
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