Ommegang Adoration Ale | Brewery Ommegang

1,127 Ratings
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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4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

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3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a deep amber in color with 2 fingers of off-white head, lots of great lacing left behind. lots of banana and raisins in the aroma, almost smells like banana nut bread.. figs, pecans, typical quad with a hint of sweet pie spices. the flavor is pretty much exactly the same as the aroma. sweet raisiny, fruity, with a bit of an alcohol bite. a full body beer with modest carbonation. this is surprisingly good.. picked up a 12oz bottle, and i recommend doing the same. doesn't taste like much of a holiday beer, just a really good quad.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle from Party Source Syracuse NY for $3.50

Appearance - Slightly hazy brown colour with a massive size beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for around 4-5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, dark fruits, clove

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel, and lots of dark fruits.. cherries, dates, and raisins. There is also some yeast and clove.

Overall - This beer reminded me a bit of the Keizer Blauw mixed with St Bernardus 12. A definite sipper. Lots of sweetness and lots of spice. A great seasonal beer and something that seems like it would age well.

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4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, bottled on 03/30/13, best before 08/2018. Poured into a tulip glass. Careful pour to keep the sediment out.

Appearance: Hazy amber to ruby red with shades of brown. Light tan head. Persistent strands of lacing noted. Beer glows a bit when held up to the light.

Smell: Lots of spices - hard to pick them out at first. Can definitely pick up the orange peel along with a hint of tart cherry under it all, but surprisingly muted for something with so much in the way of spices in it.

Taste: Very complex. Very spicy front, then boozy cherry / spice / caramel malty sweetness. Finish is spices again, some orange peel bitterness. Belgian yeast flavors also come out toward the end right before the citrus bitter finish. Malt sweetness more pronounced as the beer warms up past 50 F.

Mouthfeel: Airy carbonation, mild spicy burn, very warming from the higher ABV, but not an alcohol burn, it's definitely a mild warm from the alcohol.

Overall / Drinkability: A beer for slow sipping and savoring. Highly complex with all the spicy notes; they're right there at the tip of your tongue, but fleeting so you can't exactly pick them out. If you keep going back for more and more sips to figure out what they are, you'll be in trouble quick. Alcohol is hidden, but it is there just enough to tap you on the shoulder and remind you this is a winter night for sipping slowly and perhaps retiring for bed early. Drink too fast and you'll be in trouble, and the beer has enough flavor and nuances to keep pulling you back in for more in a quick manner. So if you listen to the beer and just go along for the rich spiciness of it all at a leisurely without trying to figure everything out you'll be fine. Try to break into what it's all about and you'll be done for. Therefore, I overall feel this is a great beer for a winter's night, and probably even with the right dessert this beer would be awesome. Drinkability though, I think one is enough for me, but, I could see how this could drag me into another and another until I'm in deep deep trouble and would be best adoring my bed in hibernation mode.
Does make me wonder what this beer would be like with cellaring as recommended on the bottle. Might it mellow out and not be as warming? Would the spices come out more or muddle together to make more of a mulled beer flavor? I think I need to find out.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

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3/5  rDev -26.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy brown to amber shade with modest head. Nose is surprisingly light for a winter beer like this with so many exotic ingredients which one might normally think would lead to a very aromatic beer. The glory of this beer is solely on the palate as far as I'm concerned because it has a savory sweetness that is a little malty and a lot of caramel, but then rounded out by a nice mixture of holiday spices. There's plenty of complexity. Easy drinking, very easy drinking, and it goes down like a 6% beer would... not some 10% monster. I'm skeptical that the ABV is accurate because it is so incredibly imperceptible.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

Ommegang Adoration Ale from Brewery Ommegang
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