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Ommegang Adoration Ale | Brewery Ommegang

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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 Jimmys
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750mL into tulip. PKG on 09/13/10. Best by 09/2015. kept at cellar conditions since 03/11.

A: a hazed deep red, almost brown in hue. head is slightly off-white. retention is average. minimal lacing.

S: wisps of cinnamon, even more cardamom. sweet, a little bit of a heather-like aroma.

T: this is a big Belgian. sweet, all kinds of fruit. plums for sure. figs as well. there is a slight oaky flavor in there, even though this brew was not aged in anything resembling oak. as far as I know. a very slight smoke in the finish.

M: carb is mellow/average. full bodied.

D: this thing is pretty smooth and tasty. big but not hot. seems like cellar time has helped mellow the abv. a nice Belgian dark imo.

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Photo of srhoadsy
4.01/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served chilled into a tulip.

Pours a cloudy chestnut brown with half an inch of airy, tan head that quickly recedes with light surface layer and moderate lacing.

Aromas of caramelized sugars, dried fruits and alcohol.

Flavors follow through the aromas with hints of spice and citrus. Really reminded of a spiced rum.

Medium to heavy bodied with moderate carbonation and a sweet finish. Sweet aftertaste but not as much alcohol burn as the aroma would suggest.

Overall a nice example of the style. I enjoyed it, and this is not one of my favorite styles of beer.

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1/5  rDev -75.6%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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4.88/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Overall I would say this is one of the top 5 beers I have ever had. This stuff is a MUST try. There is a lot going on here... The spices and orange flavor are perfectly balanced. This is no Blue Moon. This is truly Heaven in a glass. I love there Three Philosophers. Like all of these beers in this catagory, let it warm up a bit as the true flavors come out. AWESOME.

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3.35/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Beer notes from 12/7/09; had it on tap at Tyler's Taproom in NC: pours copper amber brown with a small tan head; smells sweet with spices, malt, orange peel, coriander, cinnamon and more spices. Tastes spicy up front with yeast, malt, orange peel, coriander, cinnamon and spices like a heavy Belgian that seemed unbalanced. Almost tastes skunky from all the winter spices (pepper, nutmeg, cinnamon, etc.), with mild carbonation that had an overall heavy feel to it. This brew was OK, but I would hesitate to get this again. I'm just not that into heavy spiced brews, not my thing.

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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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2.25/5  rDev -45%

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3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml served in a St Bernardus goblet

A - Pours a murky brown color with mahogany hues. Thin head of beige bubbles separate to form a solid collar.

S - Lots going on here, lots of spice and fruit esters, bananas, cherries, figs, raisins, vinous grapes, sugary dates are the most prominent. Smells like a moist fruit cake. Deep and rich toffee/caramel malts.

T - Fruit galore, figs, dates, apples, bananas, cherries, the orange peel really comes out in the flavor. A malty burnt toffee backbone creates a solid base and is infused with lots of spices, cinnamon nutmeg, cardamon, anise, pepper, coriander, and the weird one that I have no idea what it tastes like is mace. There's so many that I wouldn't have been able to pick all of them out if it wasn't on the bottle. The finish is yeasty and spicy.

M - Moderate carbonation, medium body with a bulky feel.

They did not mess around when it comes to the amount of spices in this beer. Loads of fruit as well as a dense maltyness. Almost too much going on at once. This is to be sipped for sure.

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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.41/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle served at cellar temp.

Winter warmers are not my favorite style, and so it is with slight trepidation that I tackle Ommegang's Adoration, a self-prescribed "Special Winter Ale", although there have been few Ommegang brews that I have not been impressed with.

A nice amber/brown color with a tan head. Not too much lacing to speak of - by the end of the brew, there was a thin circle of head at the perimeter of the glass.

Beautiful nose: fig, plums, and dark, ripe raisins (typical for the style). Plenty of spice (orange and tangerine) and big ol' Belgian yeast esters comin' at me, too. Saucy.

Great taste: a lot like a Rochefort 10, but with more coriander, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Apples and pear dominate the taste, and the "evergreen", "Christmas-tree-water" taste is subtle (sometimes it can over-dominate a winter warmer). Plenty of dark bread (pumpernickel), with a spicy aftertaste that is medium-dry. Delicious. The alcohol is hidden nicely on this, and the aftertaste is akin to the warming of a red wine.

Really enjoyed this beer - I would reach for it again in a heartbeat if looking for a "Winter Ale" style that is true to form and relatively sessionable for a 10%-er. Ommegang does not disappoint with this one.

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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  rDev -2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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