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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TURDFERGUSON (3945) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 10, 2009
Draught at BCTC. The only one of the special Ommegang beers I got to try at the fest because they would only tap one at a time and I didnít time it right, apparently. Tasted a lot like the Obama-gang beer they made some months back. Dark fruits, spices abound aroma and flavor. Yeasty, dark Belgian finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2009
Draft, at BCTC 2009. Pours orange-brown, capped with a medium sized tan head. Aroma is fairly sweet, with brown sugar, dark fruit, festive spices, and a little alcohol. Flavor is sweet as well, again with notes of brown sugar, cinnamon, prune, and other spices. Alcohol becomes more pronounced towards the finish. I enjoyed this, and look forward to drinking it again in the appropriate season.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - AUG 7, 2009
Tap at BCTC 2009: Ruby rusty copper with a strong tan head. Bitter fruit aroma with some vegetal and metallic notes- green raisin. Silky feel. Flavor is mainly dark fruits and malty sweetness. Has notes of toasted marshmallow, raisin, and figs. Peppery nondescript finish. Eh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jercraigs (7638) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 5, 2009
2009-08-01. Dark red-brown body with a modest beige head. (3+) Sweet aroma is reminiscent of a dubbel or quad, sugary sweet malt and yeast with a touch of alcohol. Flavour is quite fruity, moderate sugary malt, light alcohol. Average palate is just a touch lighter than my preference for it. Pretty decent. I really enjoyed it, but I am not sure I would enjoy multiple glasses of it as much. On tap at BCTC 2009

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
puzzl (3249) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 5, 2009
Tap at BCTC. Once again, I disagree with Eric to a large degree! I dislike everything he likes and vice-versa. Funny how that happens. This beer was a kick in the face, very alcoholic, with a sun-drenched, grizzled sweetness more often found in mead. Lots of winter spices and botanical notes such as elderberry, spruce and juniper. Perhaps Iíd like this more in the winter, but on a 90 degree day in the sun this was not hitting the spot, to say the least.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yobdoog (1888) - Woodridge NY, New York, USA - AUG 5, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2009 I waited for this one. Pretty sure this is the one. Dark in color and right on for what I wanted. Some spice a bit of sweet malts and yeast. Some breadyness and a bit hot. Really tasty.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
egajdzis (5277) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 5, 2009
[BCTC 09] Lightly hazy dark amber color with a small, off white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of caramel malts, nuts, dark fruits, cinnamon, nutmeg, and some vanilla. Taste of caramel malts, dried fruits, allspice, nutmeg, a bit of cinnamon, vanilla, and a bit of alcohol. I usually donít like overly spicy beers, but this one worked really well... especially if it has some time to age in a bottle!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
swoopjones (5676) - Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 3, 2009
On tap @ BCTC 2009. Light chestnut colored pour. Loaded up in the aroma with christmas spice, nutmeg, allspice etc. Dried fruits, a holiday dubbel if you will. Lighter bodied. Needs more time to mature perhaps. still pretty good

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nimbleprop (4637) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 19, 2009
Sampled at Maxís American Beer Fest. I was told by the bartenders at Maxís that Ommegang brewed a test batch of this for Maxís Taphouse in Baltimore so that they could elicit feedback. Apparently this is Ommegangís attempt at a Delirium Noel clone. Pours a translucent, hazy orange/amber/brown with no head - but that could have been the pour too. Sweet, candy aroma with sticky fruits and some booze. Flavors are the same. Heavy on the palate and sticky. Admittedly this isnít my favorite style but Iím not sure they made a good clone.

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