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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.

Added by akorsak on 08-04-2009

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4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
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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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of MikeB20
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

P: 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: A slightly hazy dark amber with a big, creamy, nearly two finger light tan head. Lacing is present but just okay.

S: Very malty and sweet with some sour cherry, dark stone fruits and Belgian yeast character. There's some spiced rum, raisin-like character in there as well.

T: Malty with the slightest bit of tartness. You can taste those dark fruits and raisins as well as some alcohol heat. It's a nice warming sensation and isn't harsh or overpowering at all. Spiciness from the yeast in the realm of clove or nutmeg, it's a supporting flavor that fits in nicely.

M: Creamy and coating, not a lot of carbonation. It's nice and makes for something you're more likely to sip than gulp.

O: This is a really nice, mellow but complex Belgian. Easy to drink and enjoy. The blend of flavors works well together and no one aroma or flavor overpowers another. Well done.

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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

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3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

This ruby-amber beer is pretty clear, resembling a brandy in the snifter. There is a thin circle of bubbles at the edge, where they come from I am not sure, as the beer has next to no carbonation in its taste (more later). The smell is a wonderful myriad of spiced bread (pumpkin bread?), red licorice, plum, and a slight singe of alcohol.

The taste consists of plum, a bit of spiciness (I am getting gingerbread), and a slight banana hint in the background. These all seem to sit on the backbone of a dry red wine (a weaker one). It's interestingly complex when you add the slight alcohol burn.

Unfortunately, the complexity misses a little on the enjoyment. This is likely caused by an almost totally flat delivery, and an "I can't describe why" lack of depth (but I'll try: the taste "complexity" flavors all hit the same part of my tongue).

With a little more "depth" and some carbonation, this could perhaps be rated .5 to .75 higher.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A: Dark amber hue. Pours a half finger, bubbly brownish head. Settles quickly. Spotty lacing at best.

S: Pecans, fresh tea, molasses.

T: Roasted malt, raisin, molasses.

M: Thick and syrupy feel. Raisin lingers on the palate. Kind of boozy.

D: Sip and enjoy.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Bubbly head, spotty lacing at best. Nose is nutty with tea leaf and molasses. Roasted grains, raisin is prominent, molasses is present. Thick and syrupy. Overall this is a really good quaff.

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of stephens101
4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A hard pour down the middle of the snifter results in one-finger of smooth tan head. Color is a pure ruby red.

Aroma flows bold with rich chocolate chocolate cake encircled with ripe plum, grape, raisin and cherry notes. Belgian yeast lies distinct below as does a hint of saffron.

Smooth and creamy with that unique Ommegang heat at the back. Medium to heavy in body. Tastes of more dark fruits, taffy, vanilla, burnt sugar and supporting hops.

Absolutely Splendid.

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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3/5  rDev -26.7%

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