PBoegel (28) - New York, USA - DEC 28, 2011
3.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2010 bottle sampled 12/28/11. 750 ML bottle poured into a tall tulip. Alcohol mellows nicely in 16+ months. Spices take over and in some ways could be dialed back some to allow fermentation character to shine more. Spices are prominent on the mid palate and finish. Alcohol still shows in the finish and actually serves to cut through some of the spices. Medium bodied and sweet yet well carbonated. Good palate balance for the heft and spice of the beer. A bottle is certainly better for two, but not remotely undrinkable in that regard. This ale is likely at its peak between 8 - 12 months in the bottle.
dlovell2 (468) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 11, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Dark amber color with big off white head. Sweet spicy fruit yeast aroma. Rich malt flavor. Some spice and citrus flavor. A little tangy right before the finish. Some alcohol in finish.
ibrubeer (12) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - DEC 11, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very malty aroma and flavor. Great mouthfeel. A little sweetness in the flavor, but not too much. Excellent!
ABUSEDGOAT (2163) - California, USA - DEC 10, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy darker amber, moderate head, decent lace/retention. Aroma is spice dominated with coriander, orange, more as well as a caramel and light chocolate sweetness. Medium bodied, somewhat sweet, alcohol hidden well.
redpooba (395) - New York, USA - DEC 9, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very cloudy reddish-brown with a frothy white head. The spice and aroma are not overwhelming but pleasant to the nose. The first flavor notes are subtle and the body is medium are first. But then the body give ways to a rich mixture of spices and depth. Very smooth throughout yet complex. A very bright and clean finish. Very desirable.
EithCubes (4413) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 9, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Nose is sweet and phenolic, bubblegum primarily, with orange peel, mild but intensely jammy fruity esters, faint vanilla, spice and some good malt potential;. Actually reminds a bit of an Unibroue beer (and I consider that to be a special thing!). Hazy deep ruby red with a fizzy tan head. Taste sweet with strong spice, coriander and herbal character, strong fizzy carbonation from the medium-full body, lightly tangy but not sour, as if sampled from a childís fruit candy (Gushers!), with a light vein of unpleasant bitterness coursing underneath. Super-jammy cherry and razz/strawberry-rhubarb, orange juice and lemon spritzer, very herbal. Thin malt. Really too aggressive for my tastes but works as an intense sipper that cloisters its strength and booze with great aplomb. Again, a strong resemblance to Unibroue.
Chad9976 (1021) - Albany, New York, USA - DEC 8, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I poured a 12oz bottle into an official Ommegang goblet. It was bottled on 8/30/13 and cost $5.25 ($0.44 per ounce).
Appearance: Dark opaque burgundy/mahogany hue. Pours to an average size, off-white, foamy head which mostly lingers and leaves some lacing on the glass.
Smell: Exactly what it should be: a strong aroma of Belgian yeast esters plus all the added spices. Alcohol is noticeable, but subtle.
Taste: When I think of what a Belgian-style Christmas beer should be, Ommegang Adoration is what comes to mind. Belgian Strong Dark Ales tend to be great beers (depending on the brewery), but to brew one with the right combination of winter spices makes them all the more festive. This is a rich, complex, and delectable beer.
The first thing I notice about this beer is its inherent Belgian character. A strong bouquet of banana and cloves stands out prominently. It continues with additional sweetness of vanilla and orange, plus spiciness of cardamom, coriander and other seasonings to create for a tasty mťlange. Itís difficult to marry confectionery-style sweetness with zesty Belgian strong ale spices, but they work quite well here. Alcohol is a fairly major player as well, boosting the overall intensity of the palette, but also imparting some dryness and astringency. Iíd imagine a vintage bottle would be pretty amazing.
Drinkability: To call Ommegang Adoration a big beer would be stating the glaringly obvious. Big doesnít always mean intimidating or overwhelming, and this is proof of that. The mouthfeel is full of flavor, but those flavors donít bully the palate. Itís actually quite calm and smooth in texture, with a significant alcohol warmth from the 10% ABV, though itís surprisingly tame and tolerable.
Claves77 (126) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 8, 2013
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
clear amber/caramel hue, perfect 1 finger lace. Spicy aroma, slight coriander comes through. Complex flavors belie its carbonation and slightly weak body ok, but not a fan of spiced beer.
TheLevi4000 (47) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - DEC 6, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
To me this is a variation of their Three Philosophers. Which is one of my favorite American beers. This beer is great, itís dark roasty, dried fruits, that changes as you sip it. If you like Belgian beers this is a must try.
crazyvin (1800) - New York, USA - DEC 6, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
An dark amber body with a thick light beige head that had decent retention and nice lace. Aroma had a heavy banana presence. Hints of alcohol, spices and some orange peel. There was a mild sweet malt note. Flavor seemed to be heavy on the banana and was almost cloyingly sweet. A nice warming alcohol presence to it. Carbonation was slightly elevated, but not in a bad way.
zathrus13 (1662) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - DEC 6, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours copper, with a large, tan head. Aroma is spices, toffee, yeast, fruit, and malt. Flavor is spices, caramel and brown sugar, malt, fruit and yeast. Fairly sweet, with a slightly bitter aftertaste. Medium body.