daveshawley (25) - Doylestown, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 13, 2011
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A 750ml from Wegmans served a little on the cold side. Poured a dark amber with a off white head that settles down to a thin lacing. It is a little light for a "dark ale". Initial whiff has some spiciness, caramel, and then it is all wiped out by the smell of booze. As it warmed, the only thing that I can smell is the booziness. Luckily the taste isn’t overwhelmed... the taste is pretty complex. Very spicy up front followed by some nice vanilla with hints of caramel. The taste trails off with a little sour cherry and then a salty malted finish. Interesting. The tartness sits on the front of the tongue and roof of the mouth long after.
I can see why this is a winter warmer even though it is a little thin. The spicing is not over the top like some of winter ales are. The taste and slight sourness is a nice touch but the heat of the alcohol is a little too much. Overall, this is a good one to drink on a cold night. Not perfect, but quite passable.
alassio (74) - USA - JAN 24, 2015
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
For me, this is a miss. It’s not lush as a beverage (it’s more dense and steely in texture); it’s not florid & open in its aromas (most flavor comes from sourness and bitterness on the tongue), and the flavors are confused and unpleasant - - tree bark, aluminum, and dusty spice rack. It’s lean, metallic, and close to astringent.
radagast83 (5175) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JAN 22, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. Poured a cloudy dark amber color with a huge off-white head, settles quickly, but remains a solid small white head. Aroma was dark fruits, some green apple notes. Boozy notes. Caramel, sweetness. Lots of boozy dark fruit notes.
Emeister84 (1208) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 21, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2015 Aromas of cinnamon, dried berries, dry citrus, orange rind, cherry cola, pink cotton candy. Dark red-black with a lasting beige head. Spicy, fruity, strong. Medium-full bodied.
TheGDBatPan (10) - Rolling Meadows, Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2015
3.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I love this as a seasonal ale, but there are definitely Strong Ales I like more. That being said, the spicy character of this brew will definitely appeal to you if, like me, you enjoy spicy teas without honey.
kraddel (3728) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - JAN 19, 2015
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thnx to dad.
Pours dark clear copperbrown. Small white head.
Smell is sweet, liquorice. Taste is sweet, caramel, sugar, bit of bitterness.
ronaldtheriot (1367) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - JAN 12, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Ommegang Adoration has a thin-to-medium cream-colored head, very little lacing, a murky, rust-orange appearance, and lots of tan chunks floating about. The aroma is of assorted spices, spiced bread or cake, dark fruits, such as raisin, and low bitterness. Sweetness and alcohol abound. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, and Ommegang Adoration finishes semi-wet and somewhat boozy. RJT
weissblau (19) - - JAN 11, 2015
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours amber to brown with fine, lacy head. Not overpowering in odor but pleasant, with stone fruit and malt predominating. Velvety moth feel. Sweet and rich taste. This is like a mild Quad. Very pleasant beer. Hides the hefty alcohol content well.
c1raider (12) - New York, USA - JAN 10, 2015
3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Appears as the bottle design may have changed from what’s pictured. Not a huge fan if Belgian beers this one may be slightly above average but not with the price premium imo
Holdwine (1092) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 28, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Wanted to like it more, but, to me, they overdid it. The variety and amount of spices led to a muddle. Either that, or I didn’t let it breath enough. I got the alcohol and some dark malt but my tongue became confused after that.
Fritz123 (1145) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - DEC 19, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Total Wine. in Boca. Home pour in a snifter. Pours a deep black cherry stained wood with an excited two finger head. More fizzy than pillow. Aroma is caramel, coriander, orange zest, Belgian yeasts, and leather. The taste is similar with the spices and orange zest. Heavy carb...just a little much in my opinion. Very sprite carbonation. Finish is warm and yeasty.