Chad9976 (1018) - Albany, New York, USA - DEC 8, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I poured a 12oz bottle into an official Ommegang goblet. It was bottled on 8/30/13 and cost $5.25 ($0.44 per ounce).
Appearance: Dark opaque burgundy/mahogany hue. Pours to an average size, off-white, foamy head which mostly lingers and leaves some lacing on the glass.
Smell: Exactly what it should be: a strong aroma of Belgian yeast esters plus all the added spices. Alcohol is noticeable, but subtle.
Taste: When I think of what a Belgian-style Christmas beer should be, Ommegang Adoration is what comes to mind. Belgian Strong Dark Ales tend to be great beers (depending on the brewery), but to brew one with the right combination of winter spices makes them all the more festive. This is a rich, complex, and delectable beer.
The first thing I notice about this beer is its inherent Belgian character. A strong bouquet of banana and cloves stands out prominently. It continues with additional sweetness of vanilla and orange, plus spiciness of cardamom, coriander and other seasonings to create for a tasty mťlange. Itís difficult to marry confectionery-style sweetness with zesty Belgian strong ale spices, but they work quite well here. Alcohol is a fairly major player as well, boosting the overall intensity of the palette, but also imparting some dryness and astringency. Iíd imagine a vintage bottle would be pretty amazing.
Drinkability: To call Ommegang Adoration a big beer would be stating the glaringly obvious. Big doesnít always mean intimidating or overwhelming, and this is proof of that. The mouthfeel is full of flavor, but those flavors donít bully the palate. Itís actually quite calm and smooth in texture, with a significant alcohol warmth from the 10% ABV, though itís surprisingly tame and tolerable.
Claves77 (126) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 8, 2013
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
clear amber/caramel hue, perfect 1 finger lace. Spicy aroma, slight coriander comes through. Complex flavors belie its carbonation and slightly weak body ok, but not a fan of spiced beer.
TheLevi4000 (47) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - DEC 6, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
To me this is a variation of their Three Philosophers. Which is one of my favorite American beers. This beer is great, itís dark roasty, dried fruits, that changes as you sip it. If you like Belgian beers this is a must try.
crazyvin (1799) - New York, USA - DEC 6, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
An dark amber body with a thick light beige head that had decent retention and nice lace. Aroma had a heavy banana presence. Hints of alcohol, spices and some orange peel. There was a mild sweet malt note. Flavor seemed to be heavy on the banana and was almost cloyingly sweet. A nice warming alcohol presence to it. Carbonation was slightly elevated, but not in a bad way.
zathrus13 (1661) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - DEC 6, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours copper, with a large, tan head. Aroma is spices, toffee, yeast, fruit, and malt. Flavor is spices, caramel and brown sugar, malt, fruit and yeast. Fairly sweet, with a slightly bitter aftertaste. Medium body.
boxofrane (1700) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 5, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at craft ale house. Pours clear reddish brown with a large tan head. There is tons of glass carbonation. The aroma is full of dark fruit, spices, brown sugar. The taste has fig, plum, brown sugar, very sweet.
rumproasts (1842) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 4, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle. Light brown with one finger head. Sweet and malty with a lot of dark fruit and interesting spicing. Excellent flavor and just a hint of booze. Really well done.
Blairgus (2189) - California, USA - DEC 3, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
3 Dec 2013, bottle. pinkish orange, a tad hazy. nose is banana bread and coriander. full body and mildly fizzy. grapes, maybe grape jelly, fruitcake, definitely fruity, some alcohol burn. wow, this is a big strong ale!
raradel (273) - Atlanti Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 2, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Iím a sucker for Belgian styles... And holiday spiced beers... And high gravity yet balanced versions of the previously stated. So yea, if you like those things, this is the business. If you could say Anything bad itís maybe a little light and dry on the palate. Wonderful effort!
kidmartinek (2968) - austin, Texas, USA - DEC 2, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy caramel color. Little head. Smells yeasty and carmely and tastes the dame. Natural sugar caramel taste. Very tame for 10%.