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RATINGS: 469   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Ale brewed with Spices: Coriander, Cardamon, Mace, Grains of Paradise, Sweet Orange Peel. Adoration is a traditional winter ale, brewed in the Belgian manner, but with the twist of unusual spicing. Sip it on a winter eve sitting before a fire. You’ll understand why we couldn’t name it anything else.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2014
12 oz bottle into a pint glass. A: Pours a hazy dark orange color. The pale yellow head has that typical Belgian frothiness, and stands high at two fingers high. Retention isn’t fantastic, but I didn’t expect it to be. Some soapy lacing is left behind on the glass, too. S: While it has that restrained sweetness I expect from a good BSDA, the more it warms up in the glass, the more the witbier-esque spiciness pops out. And it’s a good fit. Orange peel, coriander, and grains of paradise all come out strongly without wrecking the balance of everything. I don’t really pick up any alcohol, either. While it doesn’t hit me immediately, just a few whiffs tell me this is a heck of an aroma. T: Its spice profile hits the palate first. The coriander and orange peel will gradually give way to its sweet caramel finish, but not go away entirely. If I have any complaint here, it’s that the sweetness could be better defined. There’s too much general sugar, and not quite enough dark fruit for my personal tastes. However, this has the side effect of showing off all the spices better - and it certainly does that quite well. M: Like you’d expect, the carbonation is assertive, and this helps to (somewhat) counteract the sweetness. It certainly doesn’t drink like a 10% beer. Aside from warming the orifices, I don’t taste much booze at all. O: I won’t call it too sweet. I will call it too generically sweet, if that makes any sense. It isn’t quite on par with, say, Keizer Blauw, but it is a super solid spiced BSDA. It’s certainly worth drinking again, and doubly worth aging a year.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SamP01 (543) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 1, 2014
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bobaidan (505) - Southington, Connecticut, USA - FEB 20, 2014
Pours dark orangeish brown with a good head. Medium in body and well carbonated. Dark fruit abounds in the flavor along with a nice alcohol bite. This was a delicious beer that I look forward to having again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EtTuCthulhu (999) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - FEB 19, 2014
This beer is a gorgeous hazy copper color with a medium white head, and the nose is reminiscent of Belgian yeast, clove, orange peel, and light malts, fusing together extremely well. The taste is mildly sweet, slightly sour, and slightly boozy at the tail end, and the palate has an oily texture, astringent and boozy finish, soft carbonation, and a medium body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
pictoman (442) - British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 15, 2014
Poured from the tap. Amber with minimal off-white head. Citrus and coriander with dark fruits. Medium body, mild alcohol. Like a dark fruit sweet tripel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
czar (4126) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 11, 2014
pours clear bright copper-orange with a tall creamy beige-orange head, very good retention and strong lacing - beautiful. layers of smooth caramel - complex malty concoction, raisins, red fruits, very spicy - very nice blend, never overpowering, oranges, gin-like characteristics, some bubblegum, warming alcohol, brown sugar - some sweetness, chalk. lively to average carbonation, medium body - oily, grassy-earthy-spicy balanced finish. thoroughly digging this stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lectvay (112) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 2, 2014
Bottle I bought sometime in 2011, according to the Sharpie writing on the label. Cloudy light brown, smells of Belgian yeast and spices. Sweet, spicy, and nutty, very nice. Not sure what this tasted like fresh, but I feel confident saying it has aged gracefully.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
tnkw01 (1049) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 28, 2014
Bottle. Cloudy, deep orange with a nice head that reduces to a small, long lasting skim and nice lace. Aroma is fruit cake and dried fruit with touches of funk. Taste is sweet with a touch of dried fruit, orange and spiced cake.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AmEricanbrew (5616) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JAN 26, 2014
Bottle. Lightly hazed amber color with ivory head. Big spicy coriander, gop, cinnamon, orange aromas with marshmallow. Medium bodied with a smooth mouthfeel. Nice mesh of spices; gop, coriander, unknown variants with a rich caramel, orange-vanilla sweetness____not overly sweet by any means. Very tasty fireside sipper

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bubbleflubber (1774) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JAN 26, 2014
Pours a prune-mahogany into the glass, with a small eggshell head that reduces to no real lacing of which to speak. Lots of bubblegum and yeasty esters to the nose. The flavor profile is malty, with yeasty esters, melons, light citrus and bubblegum mid-palate. The Belgian Candi-Sugars and pie spices really crystallize the finish, with lots of coriander and cardamon (highlighted) integrated with zest and peel notes. The mouthfeel has semi-active carbonation, a full body, complexity for days, and a dry wintry essence that pulls it all together on a cold winter’s night.

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