Ommegang Adoration Ale | Brewery Ommegang

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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
Ratings:
1,127
Reviews:
366
Avg:
4.07
pDev:
11.79%
 
 
Wants:
110
Gots:
210
For Trade:
1
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look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a beautiful reddish brown color. The head is of moderate size, dense with tightly packed bubbles. The scent is of sugary, spicy, woody aromas. It has a roasted, toast and malt quality. Not over the top, but very strong and Belgian. The taste is sweetish. It hides it's a ABV incredibly well. Full in body, with serious heft. Wonderful.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle served in a pint glass. Some sediment left clinging to the bottom of the bottle. Sept. 2013 bottling with a BB date 2018. {Light revision with 2nd undated bottle in March 2014}

Hazy dark amber with a durable beige head. Very spicy nose.
A strong and fruity (banana, date, pear, apple cider) ale with good complexity. High ABV shows in the mouth. Smooth but carries a slight bite; medium-high carbonation. .

O: Very good but may well improve with age.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Nice, long lasting, rich, slightly tan head. Beer is dark amber color, nice carbonation throughout. Beautiful looking beer.
S: Candy, spice, orange, slight clove. Maybe some dark fruit aroma, plumlike. Not a ton of malt here. Very nice.
T: Nice flavor here, the dark fruit takes center stage here, but still some nice orange spice, slightly bitter also. Slight chocolate/roast from dark malts. It is very dry, and very carbonated. Those things detract from the beer. It has a carbonic bite to it that isn't welcome. It is missing some malt presence as well, the spices and yeast are playing a role but are a bit out of balance. Otherwise, a fine beer though.
M: the main flaw in this beer. Too carbonated, a bit too dry, needs more body to make it special. As it warms and decarbs it gets better.
O: The high carbonation and dryness really detract from this beer. A bit more mouthfeel and less carb and this would be a superb beer.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into a tulip glass

Appearance – The beer pours a hazed deep copper/mahogany color with a two finger tan colored head. Tons of smell carbonation bubbles can be seen streaming through the brew even in light of the hazed appearance. The head has a fantastic level of retention, slowly fading to leave tons of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is heaviest of some sweeter fruit aromas of raisin and plum with other sweet smells of molasses and caramel. Along with these aromas are some chocolate and roasted malt smells as well as some aromas of spice and a bit of yeast. The spice smells are a nice mix of coriander, clove, dried orange peel, and a bit of nutmeg. Overall the brew has a very dark, fruity, and moderately spicy smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a nice dark fruit flavor of raisin and plum with other sweeter flavors of caramel right from the start. Beyond these flavors are some bready and lightly roasted malt flavors. A lighter yeasty flavor is present from the start as well with it gaining intensity as the flavor advances. The spice flavors follow the yeast flavors quite well, with all the spices detected in the nose (coriander, nutmeg, clove, and allspice) all gaining strength as the flavor moves to the end. Some lighter orange peel flavors also come to be, as well as a moderately strong boozy taste. In the end the combination of flavors leaves a nice warming, fruited, and spiced Belgian strong dark flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thinner side for a brew of 10 % abv with a carbonation level that is high and consists of tons of prickly carbonation bubbles. For the style, the thinner body and high carbonation are fantastic for the yeast, spice and fruit flavors of the beer, making for a crisper brew even in light of the high abv and richer dark fruity flavors.

Overall – A highly spiced Belgian Strong dark with a moderate boozy but very drinkable taste. This was one I rather enjoyed.

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Ommegang Adoration Ale from Brewery Ommegang
4.07 out of 5 based on 1,127 ratings.
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