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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. Youíll understand why we couldnít name it anything else.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 3, 2010
Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a tan head. Aroma is honey, vanilla, caramel, cinnamon, nutmeg, and some spicy hops. Flavor is honey, vanilla, toast, spice, nutmeg, cinnamon, and alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - JAN 3, 2010
Poured dark amber, caramel, apple, malty, spicey, bready, little citrus rind.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Grovlam (4154) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 3, 2010
Bottle 75 cl. Average fin bubbled off-white head that mostly diminished. Spare display of lacework. Light cloudy reddish color. Aroma of nutmeg, spice, coriander, fruit, mild acidic, hint of citrus feel. Medium to full bodied with a soft carbonation and alcoholic texture. Moderated sweet flavor with some acidic feel. Lingering spicy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25085) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 3, 2010
Bottle 75 cl. Pours a cloudy deep amber with a rich beige head. Yeasty, fruity nose - some overripe fruit. Solid body, fruity, lots of phenols, spices and alcohol with hardly any bitterness. 030110

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 2, 2010
Bottle: Pours a transparent dark copper mahogany amber with a frothy, spotty-lacing light tan head. Aroma of sweet dark caramel and biscuity Belgian malts with some floral clove and orange spice. Starts with good fullness and finely dissolved carbonation along with rich dark caramel sweetness well-balanced with earthy bitterness and holiday spice. Finishes drier and slightly warming. A pretty true to style and unique brew that should age for years to come.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerguy101 (5286) - Newark, California, USA - JAN 1, 2010
Sampled on 1/1/10. This Belgian Strong Ale pours a medium orange golden brown from a 750ml corked and caged bottle. Medium sized tan foamy head, with good retention and nice lacing. The aroma is caramel malts, oranges, bananas, bread, cardamom, yeasty and sweet. A medium to full bodied Belgian Strong Ale. The malts are fruity and sweet, banana and clove, orange and coriander. There is a bunch of sugar like sweetness as well. The hops are earthy and spicy. The spicing is interesting, coriander, mace, cardamom, and orange peel are all noticeable and mix and match nicely with the sweet malts, if they werenít there this beer would be way too sweet. Nice lively carbonation. Nice winter ale. Meant to be sipped slowly, perhaps in front of a roaring fire (be sure you have a fireplace!). Hides the alcohol very well. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is sweet with some spices.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NJBeerman013 (1050) - Hamilton Twp., New Jersey, USA - JAN 1, 2010
750 ml bottle, split with my fiance. I really enjoyed this beer, although proved a bit much for her. It pours a reddish oorange in color with a large, rapidly fading pure white head. The aroma is bananas, orange peel, and spices. It also has a very yeasty bread character. It has a full body, but isnít heavy. The flavor profile, goes right along with the aroma, really bready, citrus, spices are very noticable. Alcohol kick in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badgerben (4403) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2009
Dark red color with a large head that quickly collapses. Aroma of bananas, orange and yeast. Yeast... holy yeasty flavor. And spice. I think they may have put some spices in here. Very peppery, some orange and a ton breadiness and yeast. And spices. Did I mention spice and yeast? The rest of the advertised spices donít really stand out to me, even after coming up to near room temp. Just a general spicy quality. Really tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 31, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2010 On tap at Capital Ale House - Downtown on 11/03/2009. Somewhat hazy reddish body with a small frothy off-white head. Sweet spice aroma, some mace and light fruity notes. Sweet spicy flavor with light fruity notes. Medium full body with moderately high carbonation. Hides the alcohol very well. 7/4/8/3/16 - 3.8 On tap at the Relentless Thirst Tasting on 08/29/2009. Clear reddish copper body with a medium frothy off-white head. Sweet fruity Belgian spice aroma. Sweet Belgian, dark malt, rum soaked fruit, caramel, and spice flavor. Medium body with moderately high carbonation. 7/4/7/3/14 - 3.5

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChainGangGuy (4376) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - DEC 30, 2009
11 ounce goblet - $8.75 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia. Appearance: Essentially opaque, mahogany-hued body topped with a foamy crown of yellowish beige that settles out quickly. Smell: Itís fruity, strongly spicy and fairly sweet-scented with layers of melted candies and caramel and more than its fair share of notable alcoholic wafts. Taste: Sweet maltiness tasting of a rich caramel sauce further boosted by an additional sugary candy sweetness is tempered by a staunch spice blend with its boldly peppery bite. As with the nose, itís rather fruity with plenty of dark fruit tastes, some light citrus, and a bit of banana that, when coupled with the encroaching, growing alcoholic hotness presents a hint of 99 Bananas. Finishes both spicy and sweet with a pinch of boozy heat. Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-plus carbonation. Drinkability: At this early stage, the bold spiciness serves only to exacerbate the hot, fusel alcohol character of the beer. For me, this one definitely needs some time away in a deep, dark cellar to hopefully mellow.

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