BeerandBlues2 (7418) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - OCT 10, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
GABF 2009. Pours sparkling brown with an average, frothy, off-white head, somewhat lasting with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (cookie, caramel), average hop (flowers, herbs), heavy yeast (barnyard, earth) with notes of banana, bubble gum, plum, and brown sugar. Full bodied, creamy texture, average carbonation, and an astringent finish. Average duration, moderate sweetness, acidity, and bitterness.
elihapa (1487) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - OCT 4, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
GABF 2009 notes: Beautiful label advertisement, unsatisfying result. Pours maroon brown with a lively head. Aroma and flavors reveal dried strawberry, plum, banana and peat. Finish contributes boozy flavors. The mid-palate flavors just hang around so sweet it was disturbing. There is complexity there, but it seems a bit clumsy. Perhaps some more age would mellow and improve Adoration.
gkost (1599) - Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 3, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
pours a deep amber. Nose is spicy, heavy malt, yeasty, bready. Flavor is spicy, sweet malts, belgian yeast, banana, cloves.
bu11zeye (11113) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 1, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Draught) Pours a clear amber body with a small beige head. Aroma of raisins, grains of paradise, banana, and cardamom. Flavor of caramel malt, citrus, raisins, banana, red plums, grains of paradise, cinnamon, and cardamom. Interesting Belgian.
DaSilky1 (2604) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 27, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
GABF 2009: Hazy orange/brown with a thick tan head. Spicy/Christmasy nose of coriander and orange peel. Spicy flavors too with orange peel and coriander again...medium to full bodied, clean..balanced..and quite nice for the style.
drjay44 (2132) - Salida, Colorado, USA - SEP 27, 2009
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pitcher pour at 2009 GABF. Pours a minimal head, over a clear reddish brown (SRM 15) body.....nose is heavy with cinnamon, ginger, allspice.....taste sweet to start then mild ginger, ending with a dried cherry, very spicy with sharp phenols dominating milder esters.....mouth feel medium, carbonation low. The nose promised more than tha taste delivered. Tasting 9/26/09.
notalush (4174) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 26, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
GABF2009 - tastes kind of like three phils minus the kriek, with a crap-ton of wintery spices thrown into it, and a touch of orange peel to round it out - not too bad, but the spices are a bit much - it also gets a bit boozy, which adds to the overall warming character started by the initial smack of the spices - not bad, but ommegang makes much better.
WISEGUY572 (1373) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 25, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice enough bu I just donít need another holiday ale. Draft at Resto for NY craft beer week. Clear dark copper, white vanishing head, little lace. Sweet nose ... sweet malts, sweet fruit, sweet spice. Taste likewise syrup sweet on top of more sweet. Mouth just a little thick and cloying. Not my favorite Ommegang, not my favorite style.
BlackMage (6) - CANADA - SEP 23, 2009 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at RedBones BBQ in Davis Square. Pours a deep bronze with large head. Lots of citrus on the nose (orange peel) and spices. Flavor is very sweet with alcohol on the tongue but not in the finish, which is smooth. Recommended.
Pwn3d (1959) - Manhattan, New York, USA - SEP 20, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at rnh with ThorTheViking. Pours brown with virtually no head once settled. Nose is light malts, candi, alcohol. Taste is cherry, dark fruit, Candied malts, and alcohol. Not my favorite BSA.