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RATINGS: 522   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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. Youíll understand why we couldnít name it anything else.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
bluejacket74 (1848) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - JAN 8, 2011
750 ml corked and caged bottle. Served in a chalice, the beer pours a ruby red/brown color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is sweet, the brew smells like dark fruit, coriander, orange peel, and some bready malt. Unfortunately, the taste isnít sweet like the aroma. Thereís a bitter and slightly metallic flavor that I notice more than anything else, although itís not too overpowering. Orange peel, dark fruit, and spice flavors are also noticable. Mouthfeel/body is medium, itís a bit creamy and is well carbonated. Drinkability isnít good, but would be better if Iiked the taste of this beer. It was hard enough for me to finish the bottle. For whatever reason I just didnít care for the taste of this brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beaver (1666) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 4, 2011
750ml bottle. Pours a ruby light brown with a medium creamy off white head that retains well and laces the glass a little.

The aroma is sweet caramel and chocolate malts, molasses, some dark fruits and a little spicing.

The flavor is sweet bready malts with some fruits, a little roast and some spices (grains of paradise?) and a dry yeasty light bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lots of sharp carbonation.

Overall, a nice beer. Itís a little on the sweet side, but I liked it and thought the spices worked well. First sips cold are some of the best.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SSKD814 (854) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2011
Ommegang Adoration Ale Found this at a local beer bar and paid quite a mark up for it because its the only distributed Ommegang brew I have yet to try. Poured into my Ommegang glass. A- Body is a translucent cedar hue. Cloudiness is thick and uniform. Pours with a nice 1-2 finger creamy off white head that fades to 1/2 finger and has great retention from there. Some lacing is left behind in the glass. S- Spices are the highlight of this brew. Behind this is dark fruit and a hint of booze. T- Spice is on the tip of tongue initially and plum can be scantily found in the background. The finish is spicier and alcohol warmth comes through as well. M- Medium to high carbonation and medium weight body. D- This is another brew well done by Ommegang-they do a pretty good job at winterizing this brew. Its warm and spicy-the alcohol heat is there with no astringency-which is a nice touch. Not as complex as other Ommegangs but still very good overall. Serving type: bottle

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
rugbydude05 (478) - Bridgewater, NJ, New Jersey, USA - JAN 3, 2011
22 oz bottle, Pours a dark amber color, leaves some lacing on the side of the glass, mocha-colored head. Aroma is as advertised- basically a huge mix of spices, predominantly orange peel. Taste is sweet and spicy, perhaps a bit too spicy, but balanced out well. Full body, palate is spicy but seems really appropriate on a cold winter night. Hard to get a really smooth aftertaste at 10% ABV anyway. Bonus point for the enticing name.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
mansquito (5457) - Nueva York, New York, USA - JAN 2, 2011
Washington Commons, Bklyn tap ($6): Pours a reddish color with beige head. Aroma is rather spicy and fruity. The beer is actually a little thin from attempting to do too many things at once. A lot of spices, but not enough malt backbone to cover over the minor alcohol burn, which was annoying. A good amount of sweetness and plenty of fruitiness. There were even notes of what were more on the American side of hops (than on the Belgian). Not the best winter ale Iíve had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
swong17 (58) - USA - JAN 2, 2011
On tap. The citrus and spices are prominent aromas, and it tastes pretty much like you expect. Orange peel, coriander, and dark fruits are all present and blend nicely. Hides the alcohol pretty well. Well carbonated, and accents the nice spiciness of this one. Not a bad way to start out my New Yearís Eve!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
blutt59 (6511) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 1, 2011
bottle, reddish orange pour with billowy off white foam, aroma is a lot of candied sugar and orange peel, flavor is more candied sugar, orange peel, herbs, floral notes, strange metallic orange finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JAN 1, 2011
Dark reddish, frothy beige head. Big phenols up front, dark fruits, faint spice. Flavor is dominated by phenolic character, dark fruit in the backend, not much else. Highly carbonated, spritzy mouthfeel. Phenolic character is just too much. Not sure why I keep spending 10-14 per from these guys, just to be dissapointed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Juelze (1144) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 30, 2010
Pours a medium reddish color with fluffy off-white head. Aroma of dark fruit, cardomom, cinnamon, belgian sugar and fig. Taste mirrors the aroma but is much more mild and easy drinking. Decent Belgian interpretation but nothing exciting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 30, 2010
Thanks for sharing, bro. Pours a brown-amber color with a medium off-white head. Aroma is spices, light orange peel, and rock candy. Taste is much the same. Some good flavors there but a bit off balance and overly sugary.

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