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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 Jaysauras
4/5  rDev -1.7%

L: Poured a dark amber/copper color with a nice, thick, creamy head to it. visible sediment and plenty of carbonation that floats eloquently to the head. Some lace but not a ton.

S: It's a sweet smell I can't quite put my finger on. Complex. There is a caramel, brown sugar smell to it. Hint of dark fruit as well with a touch of malts.

T: You get the brown sugar sweetness right on the tip of your tongue and it smooths out fairly nicely into a dark fruit flavor. Like a fig or raisin mixed with apple. The belgian style is present, as there is more fruitiness to it and less maltiness. There is a definite spice to it that feels like the holidays. Orange peel is evident, as is a hint of coriander. Alcohol is a little prevalent in the middle to back end of the sip but it isn't overpowering. Also a lovely biscuity aftertaste to it. Definitely a sipping beer.

F: Light, crisp, and dry. Very smooth with a nice carbonation zing to it. Very warm on the back end.

O: I was a bit underwhelmed by it overall but it's very good. I was expecting a little bit more flavor wise but perhaps I was comparing it unfairly to a Barleywine or Old Ale. It's not as complex as the aforementioned styles, and is more fruity than malty. This is, of course, the major difference in styles of Barleywine to Belgian Strong Dark, and I enjoy those styles a bit more. That being said, it's very good for the style. A great sipping beer for a cold winter night. The warming in the throat and chest mixed with the cidery spice is enough to keep me coming back for more during the season. Good spice, good mixture of flavor, and it's as smooth as could be.

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Photo of utopiajane
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours with brilliant clarity and a depth to it's colorful hues. Deep amber, orange, copper, even mahogany and fiery golden yellow around the edges of the glass. Fat tan head of foam that lasts and leaves lace. Nose is bright and fruity with banana, and orange peel. There is some brown sugar, some candi sugar and the earthiness of coriander on the nose. Taste is perfection. It is sweet and the malt offers the driest , lightest biscuit adorned with that touch of brown sugar. The fruit is sensual and rich but it's the spices that accent this beer so well. The cardamom is like perfume and reminds me of spice cake. The coriander is earhty and stalwart. The grains of paradise offer a bit of pepper in the drink and the mace is so mild I could liken it to a bit of nutmeg. There is a touch of estery alcohol in this that is also very much like perfume to the nose. On the palate it just tings like a small bell with a shy impertinence and a tempting gaiety. Perfect carbonation. No bite at all just a light enlivening of the palate from the bubbles and a medium mouthefeel. Perfect dryness so there is nothing heavy or syrupy here.

I love this beer. Fantastic!

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Photo of justintcoons
4.7/5  rDev +15.5%

12 oz bottle poured into an Ommegang stemmed pokal.

Reddish-copper with 1 finger of creamy, tan head. Very hazy with suspended yeast sediment.

Banana bread, caramel, raisin, and dark candy syrup. Clove, coriander, and orange zest.

Raisin, black plum, and concord grape. Banana bread, molasses, dark caramel, dark candy syrup, and lightly toasted grains. Big bready maltiness along with the dark candy sugars. Bouquet of spices include clove, coriander, orange zest, cardamom, and hints of potpourri.

Medium bodied, sweet, silky, smooth, and warming with light carbonation.

Very sweet and candy-like. Complex with a well blended melange of spices. Exceptional BDSA!

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Photo of Samp01
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle. Pours a dark hazy rusty brown with a large lasting beige head. Aroma is of sweet caramel malt, brown sugar, some mild banana and fruity notes, spices, a bit of orange peel and sweet alcohol notes. Taste same as aroma, with some, yeast mild and bitterness. Palate is a medium to full body with good carbonation. Finishes the same as taste with a fairly good amount of alcohol and slightly dry with bitterness on the end for balance. Seems to finish a bit on the bitter side. Overall a good drinking winter brew.

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Photo of RexBanner
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams glass.(Sorry)
Its appearance was a dark amber, leaning toward reddish. Almost akin to an Irish red. Pillowy 2 1/2 finger bone white colored head with a lasting power of about 2 to 3 minutes, give or take a few minutes. Very few carbonation bubbles which is always a good thing for a winter warmer. A few sediments were floating along before settling to the bottom of the glass toward the end of the session.

This beer has an inviting smell of spices. All spice, pears? Didn't pick up the coriander but you can definitely perceive the cardamom.

The taste was exquisite. The taste of pear is the first thing I was able to detect then came the spices. This beer has a nice peppery, spicy tinge to it that's pleasant. It also has a woody, almost chardonnay flavor that prevents you from "nursing"it. It begs to be consumed before dinner arrives.

Overall, it is a delicious beer to say the least. One that I look forward to every winter. This was my last bottle from last winters haul. IMO, its one of ommegang's best beers. If it's available in your area get it when it's in season. You won't regret it.

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Photo of crhensel
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep red with a paper thin cream colored head. Nose is heavy with winter spices and sweet citrus. Taste was unusually sweet at first then a sharp tang if spice and hops at the finish with a lively carbonation throughout. Very nice on a cold winter's (or cool summer's) day.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a chalice. The beer pours a decent cream colored and creamy head that dissipates quickly. The beer itself is an opaque brown with a hints of red and light purple. The color is close to that of a lighter plum color. The beer smell has sweet dark fruits notes and bready yeast notes as well. The beer also has a very subtle alcohol note along with a slight caramel taste. However, the dark fruit notes such as plum, a little bit of grape, and nectarine dominate the smell. The taste is similar but the taste also has some Belgian sugar notes. The yeast notes are stronger and counteract the dark fruit tastes very well. The mouthfeel is heavy bodied with biting carbonation but is still very smooth. Overall, a good beer and one worth getting when you can. I can certainly see why this thing would warm someone up at night.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Snagged a single for $3.59 from Vintage Estate. Into my goblet.

A - Ow crap! Such an explosion of carbonation! I wasn't even able to get it all in the glass before it runith over! Color is a hazy oak brown with a ruby tint. The massive 2 inches of head have an opaque brown color almost brown.
S - Smells of tart cherries, mild oak, and big fruity yeasts. Maybe some plum or raisin its hard to tell since its mostly tart not sweet.
T - Big sour tart that quickly gets pulled to a Belgium yeast that is kind of sweet but no real candied sugar flavor. Finish has mild hops and bread but I am not getting much spice that others noted. Pity.
M - For such a massive ABV it drinks more medium to heavy body but still a sipper for sure.

Overall to me this is a very drinkable Belgium ale. Big ABV, light yeast thats not sure dry, and it has some fruity flavors mostly sour funk. Worth trying for 3 bucks.

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Photo of keithmurray
4.51/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - murky chestnut brown color with tan head

Smell - nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, orange peel, brown sugar

Taste - brown sugar, allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon, coriander, prunes, plums

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, spices from the Belgian yeast upfront, slightly sweet body, spices again in the finish, also slightly tart on the finish

Overall - this is a great Belgian winter warmer, another winner from Ommegang. Highly recommended

Price Point - $10.49/4pk/12 oz bottles

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Photo of RyanPoff
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Bought at 4 pack of this at the Beer Store in Nashua NH. Being from TN, Ommegang brews are not easily available.

A: Dark amber with about a finger of creamy white head. Good lacing retention. Looks very "warming" for the cold winter.

S: Sweet malts, dark fruits, caramel, coffee, and the smell of alcohol. A big brew with a big smell.

T: Caramel, malts, and a bit of chocolate. And spices. Coriander predominates, but this is a heavily spiced, warming beer with a lot of alcohol content.

M: Carbonated very heavily. Bubbly and effervescent, very active feeling. Seems a bit odd for a beer of this type.

This is an excellent dark winter ale for those cold winter nights. The only catch is that you shouldn't drink as many as you want with a 10% ABV.

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Photo of tmm313
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- Being from the South, I have to say it. It looks like freshly brewed sweet tea before you add any water. Deep brownish amber, with a very nice creamy head. Constant stream of bubbles from the bottom. Awesome lacing.

S- I get banana up front. Coriander, caramel, brown sugar, plums, orange, gingerbread, and a touch of alcohol round it out. Some earthy spice comes through in the end.

T- Dark fruits up front: raisins and plums. A swift kick of banana, then caramel, coriander and bready malts follow. Finish is a pretty big dose earthy spice (Is it actually the spices, or hops, or both?) and big alcohol warmth. Aftertaste reminds me of spiked prune juice.

M- Carbonation is intense. There were times it was hard to guage the flavors due to the all out assult of prickly carbonation. Big boozey warmth in the finish was overpowering at times, as well.

O- This one was a strange experience. I thought the appearance and aroma was awesome but, for me, it dropped off from there. The huge carbonation and big burn just isn't my thing.

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Photo of atr2605
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a deep rich amber color with a tan head with nice retention
S-caramel and candied sugar with a hint of spice
T-more caramelized sugars, with a spicy herbal flavor throughout
M-medium bodied, good amount of carbonation
O-a strong, complex brew that really opens up as it warms. Great beer.

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Photo of jwchestnut
4.59/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A unexpected favorite beer of the night. A beautiful rich mahogany color with a soft white head. The smell is all burnt sugars, spices and an enticing booziness that is not too strong. The taste follows the nose but as it warms it takes on the character of candy canes that have a more herbal than just peppermint flavor - which might sound a little odd but was really delightful. Some banana and spicy notes given off from the yeast I suppose. Large bouquet of earthy herbal notes in the flavor. Very easy to drink and hard to find the alcohol in there - it was nice and thick but with tighter bubbles that helped it not be cloying. Maybe my new favorite from ommegang - really great stuff.

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Photo of CraigTravor
4.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.

A: gorgeous hazy amber/brown, with a light colored head

S: the nose does not overwhelm, but it is definitely present

T: The taste is complex and varies as you swallow

M: The feel is like a presence in your mouth. It is enjoyable.

O: This is a solid beer. I recommend giving it a try.

good job

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Photo of Abra
4.96/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

As a devout fan of every Ommegang beer, this one takes the crown!
A beautiful mahogany, auburn red color with a decent head.
The combination of spices, fruit, malts, low hops, and high ABV make this a definite winter warmer and in my opinion one of the best beers on the market.

Thank you Ommegang!!!

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Photo of ranger7
3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a goblet.
Review from notes: December 27th, 2013.

A: Dark brown, nice tan head. Medium carbonation.

S: Brown sugar and gingerbread.

T: Typical dark ale (spices, alcohol) with a touch of gingerbread at the finish.

M: Smooth with bubbly finish.

O: Good and very drinkable. If you like Unibroue, give this one a try.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was one that I didn't know what was coming and when the first sip hit, I said, oh wow. It is a huge dark fruity Belgian. Why I want ready, I don't know. This is a brewery well known for this kind of thing.

It comes out deep dark red, with fine bubbles. The aroma is big and fruity. The taste is bigger and fruitier. It's Ommegang doing Belgian better than the Belgians, which so many of theirs seem to do.

This is a great one I highly recommend.

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Photo of dar482
4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in hazy dark mahogany reddish brown.

Tons of spices in this and comes through with the aroma. The aroma has Belgian bready yeast, tons of juicy dark dried fruits of plums, figs, raisins. Very sweet smelling with malt sweetness.

The flavor follows with lots of spice. Then it goes onto huge sweet fruits, plum, figs, dried black cherries, black pepper, coriander.

There is lots of carbonation that is traditional to the style.

This is one of Ommegang's best beers. Better than their Three Philosphers and actually extremely close to the traditional Belgian quads. I imagine that this beer could stand out with the best of them.

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Photo of polloenfuego
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a 12 oz bottle to a snifter.

Bottle date Sept 2013

A: pours a lovely chestnut brown with an immense head that seems like it lasts forever. Once it finally does break it leaves some interesting lacing and a fair amount of foam as a cap.

S: dark fruits, yeasts, caramel, some hints of molasses and a maltiness.

T: much like the nose, dark fruits and caramel are up front as spices and yeast follow.

M: full bodied with higher carbonation. The booze does come through a touch but not enough to detract from the other aspects.

O: Adoration is a nice Winter time BSDA that I quite enjoyed. I think it will only benefit from age, but even in this young state it was full of flavor and character. As a fan of Belgian styles I must give hats off to Ommegang.

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

Appearance: Pours very brown, big, light fluffy tan head, tons of lacing

Smell: Malts, Ommegang yeast, coriander, cardamom

Taste: Nice bready malt character, Ommegang yeast notes, coriander, cardamom, spices, orange peel

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body, full champagne like carbonation, semi dry finish

Overall: A fantastic ageable brew from Ommegang. Love it, glad to pick it up yearly

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Photo of timmy2b
3.86/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

Dark Red almost Brown color until held towards a light then its heavy red with a little orange. Has a very small head that dissipated slowly. Very white color for the head.

Smells of a belgian Strong Ale with a subtle amount of sweetness.

Tastes sweet with a very easy Belgian malt. Very light in the mouth and easy to drink.

Alcohol is hidden very well and without looking I was very surprised it is 10%.

Would buy again next year!

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Photo of Suds
4/5  rDev -1.7%
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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Photo of chinchill
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
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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Photo of mattbk
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
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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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
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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