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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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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.72/5  rDev +15.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours kind of a brown with a hint of red, reminds me a bit of the look of root beer. Forms a large tan colored head.

Strong smell to this one, a lot of spices. I am not good at picking out individual spices, but comes across to me as a it of licorice, pepper, and a bit of candy like sweetness, similar to toffee.

Very spicy beer here. Not sure all I am tasting, but am assuming it is the coriander and mace that are giving it a spicy kick. It is a touch peppery, but can also taste some Belgian candy sugar, giving it a hint of a brown sugar flavor. Finishes with a bit of alcohol warming.

Thick yet smooth, nice feel.

Unusual twist on one of my favorite styles. Although a good beer, I do think turning down the spice level a bit would have helped, the spices tend to overwhelm what I like best about this style. Would be a nice beer on a cold winter night, but treat it with respect, it is a potent one.

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Very enjoyable spiced Belgian Ale. Poured from a 750 ml corked and caged bottle into a pint glass. Murky mahogany color. Good sized light tan head, very bubbly and holds up well despite the 10% abv. Very little lacing.

Smell is bready malts and the spices. Coriander, cardamom and ginger are prominent. I don't know what mace smells like in a beer. Very pleasant.

Taste is similar. A malty backbone, not all that sweet. Plenty of spices but not the Christmas nutmeg/cinnamon potpouree variety. I tasted the cardamon and ginger..

Mouthfeel is very good as well. Very rich, spicy, a little bitterness and nicely carbonated. No hint of the 10% abv. A slow sipper based on taste only. Not aware of the high abv while drinking it.

This is a nice slow sipper. Light enough for year round but still very rich. Another winner from Ommegang.

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

Appearance: Nearly opaque dark amber body with an abundance of haze, a moerate off-white head, which retains well, with hieroglyph-like lacing. The carbonation is slight with some flakes of sediment.

Aroma: Lots of spices, cloves, coriander, cinnamon, prominent bready yeast, and dark bread not\es, as well as a whiff of vinous alcohol.

Taste: Opens with sweet, dark malt, vinous alcohol, soon followed by dark bread notes, spies: coriander cloves, ginger, as well as caramel. Finishes with a lingering note of old hops, alchol, and brown sugar.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, very pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: A file ale, well suited to a celebration.

Presentation: Packaged in a twenty-two ounce brown glass Belgian bomber sealed with a cork and cage, served in a Great Divide chalice

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4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter glass. Bottled 08/04/2011.

Appearance: A deep red-amber tiny sediments floating throughout, off-head somewhat thin maybe a 1/4" .

Smell: Very light yeast and feel of dark fruit. Light smell not overpowering.

Taste: Yeast with a touch of cinnamon and feel of banana, this is a little weird on my end but very likeable.

Mouth: Sticking after taste that is built for the best of every drinker.

Overall: You're kidding me if you don't try it, if you have the chance grab it. Little sweet in a awkward type of way but hard on raw yeast flavor. Keeping drinking, salud!

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5/5  rDev +22.2%

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