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RATINGS: 516   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
tastybeer (1852) - Indiana, USA - DEC 23, 2010
Draft. Pours ruby with a small white head. Flavor is massive ginger with cinnamon, applejuice, and booze. Just a mess of spices with almost no body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 23, 2010
BB 09-15. The pour is a hazy, blood red color with a moderately full, yellowish, frothy, fluffy head which is somewhat lasting and leaves some tight, lace rings. The nose is fruity with notes of blueberry, orange peel, pound cake, brown sugar, baking spices (mace?, ginger), candied date, and a faint eucalyptus note. The flavor is similar with spicy notes of cinnamon, faint white pepper, candied dates, candied oranges, pound cake, faint ginger, some brown sugar, and the same eucalyptus notes. The palate is nice with a lively carbonation, medium full body, mild warmth, and a velvety mouthfeel. The finish is fairly long, lightly acidic, still mostly sweet with still the cake notes, some faint chocolate emerging, still orangey, and the spicy warmth finishing off where the spicy notes left off. Usually with these over-spiced beers, you tend to lose the character of the base beer. But this beer has a big enough and strong enough base to add complexity with spicing, albeit they do dominate most of the nose and flavor. Nice offering from Ommegang and certainly something I would like to keep in the cellar to see what the spicing would do with age, even with its impeccable drinkability now.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
GT2 (9412) - Oceanside, California, USA - DEC 22, 2010
Tap at Paradiso Dupont. Poured a hazy, deep, raspberry preserve ruby with a non-lasting, temporary head. Aroma is all acetone and nail polisher remover. Taste is boozy and seems like I just had ocean water go up my nose. Some ginger in the body along with tons of cinnamon and alcohol. Massive booziness. Numbing mouthfeel. Lots of carbonation in the mouthfeel but no head. (?) Brewing flaws abound.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (17659) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 21, 2010
750 ml bottle shared with Bryan, Dan and staff at Brasserie Beck. Decent copy of a Belgian Christmas ale, with nice spice and some sweetness. Canít complain.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mora2000 (6097) - McKinney, Texas, USA - DEC 21, 2010
The beer pours a deep red color with a cream-colored head. The aroma is heavy on the toffee and caramel malt, along with some Belgian yeast, brown sugar and cinnamon. The flavor is heavier on the spicing than the aroma. I get cinnamon and cloves, as well as some brown sugar, caramel malt, yeast, dark cherries and a little bit of alcohol. Still, the alcohol is fairly well hidden for a 10 percent ABV beer. Medium mouthfeel and high carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
craiginseattle (7) - Washington, USA - DEC 19, 2010 does not count
Very nice spicy nose. Christmas in a glass. Starts with coriander and orange spice. Medium malty body. Finishes with a alcohol burn which diminishes from overall experience. A nice, but not great winter warmer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 18, 2010
draft @ redlight redlight. Sweet and spicy on the nose, caramel malts with hints of peppery spices. Pours caramel amber with a thin white head. Smooth and caramelly malts with sweet citrus notes and white pepper with hints of cinnamon. Very nice holiday beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brigg (561) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 16, 2010
(bottle) A small beige head atop a dark body with red highlights. The nose is of ripe fruit, some orange peel, yeast, with coriander and cardamom; overall mildly sweet with notes of alcohol. The spices are immediately and shockingly strong in the taste. I was surprised at how clear the spices come through in the taste, but I do like it. Itís also very fruity--dark ripe fruit and citrus. The body is medium-full. Alcohol is evident and nicely warming for the winter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 15, 2010
Tap @ Toronado SD. Pours a murky dark auburn with a thin-moderate off-white head that fades away by the second sip and leave scant lace. Pleasant aroma of malt, caramel, plums and Belgian yeast. Iím not getting all that much spice in the nose. The flavor is filled with rich malt, sweet caramel, plums, traditional Christmas spices, and Belgian yeast.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wedgie9 (2528) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 14, 2010
Tasted from a corked and caged 750mL bottle. Pours cloudy amber with a thick beige head that leaves an even blanket of lace. The nose is fruity and spicy Belgian yeast with some brown sugar and dried fruit sweetness. The flavor is cinnamon and allspice up front, moving to brown sugar and raisin. The body is medium with very full and lively carbonation and a long brown sugar and spiced raisin finish.

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