TreadyTalk (15) - Colorado, USA - DEC 27, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Smells of wine and dried fruits. Dark, deep ruby appearance. Moderately bitter, somewhat harsh. Rich with old, dark fruits.
redpooba (394) - 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 (4412) - 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 child’s 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 (1019) - 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 mélange. It’s 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. I’d imagine a vintage bottle would be pretty amazing.
Drinkability: To call Ommegang Adoration a big beer would be stating the glaringly obvious. Big doesn’t always mean intimidating or overwhelming, and this is proof of that. The mouthfeel is full of flavor, but those flavors don’t bully the palate. It’s actually quite calm and smooth in texture, with a significant alcohol warmth from the 10% ABV, though it’s 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, it’s dark roasty, dried fruits, that changes as you sip it. If you like Belgian beers this is a must try.
crazyvin (1799) - 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 (1661) - 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.
boxofrane (1704) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 5, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at craft ale house. Pours clear reddish brown with a large tan head. There is tons of glass carbonation. The aroma is full of dark fruit, spices, brown sugar. The taste has fig, plum, brown sugar, very sweet.
rumproasts (1842) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 4, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle. Light brown with one finger head. Sweet and malty with a lot of dark fruit and interesting spicing. Excellent flavor and just a hint of booze. Really well done.
Blairgus (2190) - California, USA - DEC 3, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
3 Dec 2013, bottle. pinkish orange, a tad hazy. nose is banana bread and coriander. full body and mildly fizzy. grapes, maybe grape jelly, fruitcake, definitely fruity, some alcohol burn. wow, this is a big strong ale!