ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a hazy dark orange color. The pale yellow head has that typical Belgian frothiness, and stands high at two fingers high. Retention isn’t fantastic, but I didn’t expect it to be. Some soapy lacing is left behind on the glass, too.
S: While it has that restrained sweetness I expect from a good BSDA, the more it warms up in the glass, the more the witbier-esque spiciness pops out. And it’s a good fit. Orange peel, coriander, and grains of paradise all come out strongly without wrecking the balance of everything. I don’t really pick up any alcohol, either. While it doesn’t hit me immediately, just a few whiffs tell me this is a heck of an aroma.
T: Its spice profile hits the palate first. The coriander and orange peel will gradually give way to its sweet caramel finish, but not go away entirely. If I have any complaint here, it’s that the sweetness could be better defined. There’s too much general sugar, and not quite enough dark fruit for my personal tastes. However, this has the side effect of showing off all the spices better - and it certainly does that quite well.
M: Like you’d expect, the carbonation is assertive, and this helps to (somewhat) counteract the sweetness. It certainly doesn’t drink like a 10% beer. Aside from warming the orifices, I don’t taste much booze at all.
O: I won’t call it too sweet. I will call it too generically sweet, if that makes any sense. It isn’t quite on par with, say, Keizer Blauw, but it is a super solid spiced BSDA. It’s certainly worth drinking again, and doubly worth aging a year.
tom10101 (5388) - Quebec, CANADA - JUL 25, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (12 oz) bought at Winooski Beverage Warehouse. Clear deep copper with a medium off-white head, good retention, leaving little lacing. Aroma is of toasted malts, caramel, nice peppery Belgian yeast, raisins and red fruits. Taste is moderately sweet with caramel, toasted malts, nice alcohol warmth, raisins, mild to moderate spiciness, red fruits and mild herbalness. Medium to full body. Medium carbonation. A tiny bit sirupy mouthfeel. Warming finish from both spices and alcohol. Ommegang rarely disappoint and this beer makes no exception as it’s really well-executed and complex with a nice malth depth and a quite flavorful profile. Tasty stuff.
zoucrew102 (1421) - - JUL 11, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml corked bottle. Belgian yeast aroma with notes of dark fruit, orange peel, coriander and a little bit of booze. Pours reddish-caramel colored with a thin tan head with decent retention and excellent lacing. Starts with sweet dark fruit and orange peel citrus flavors. Finishes quite smooth with Belgian yeast spiciness as well as coriander, other spices and some booziness as the very end. Nice Belgian dark.
oldrtybastrd (5003) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 4, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a darkish red/brown. Aromas of spice, coriander, yeast, and alcohol. Flavor has an alcohol taste to it, mixed with a nice smokey dark fruit. Also has strong hints of spice and orange.
Viper666 (3271) - Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 20, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Où, Quand, Comment :
Bouteille, dégustée le 7/24/2013.
Couleur : orangée-cuivrée.
Apparence : claire.
Levures fruitées (petits fruits, notes d’agrumes) et épicées (poivre, coriandre), léger de céréales sucrées, traces de gomme balloune.
Entrée de bouche : Goût de levures moyennement fruitées (cerises, notes de raisins rouges) et assez épicées (coriandre, poivre).
Un léger de céréales est présent avec un léger goût de pain, d’alcool, de houblon herbeux et quelques traces de sucre brun.
En bouche :
Corps : moyen.
Effervescence : plutôt élevée.
Texture : légèrement huileuse.
Finale : moyenne, composée d’une légère amertume d’alcool, de houblon herbeux et d’épices.
Bulk_Carrier (3882) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA - MAR 16, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was poured into a Corsendonk chalice.
The appearance was a hazy burnt/ruddy brown color with a quickly dissipating slim finger-ed white foamy head. Thin speckled lacing slides into the beer at a decent pace.
The smell starts off with sweet Belgian sugars, end up sliding into some Belgian spices. Light citrus and some cocoa powder.
The taste was basically the same with a sweet ruddy breadiness to it. Sweet Belgian sugars bounce into the aftertaste and gives a quick dry finish.
On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium in body with a fair sessionable to sipping feel about it. Carbonation feels good, somewhat light. Smoothness creates a slight stickiness on my tongue.
Overall, no wonder they call it "Adoration," what an absolutely wonderful Belgian strong ale. I know I’d have again.
jtclockwork (14999) - , New Jersey, USA - JAN 4, 2016
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Ferris - pours dark brown off white head - nose and taste of coriander, orange peel, cardamom, spice and cocoa - medium body
Sirmixsomewhat (208) - Paoli, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 14, 2015
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This beer is exactly what I feel a lot of other beers try to be when they mix distinct flavors. This is equally spicy and sweet, but the flavors aren’t in competition with each other and it makes for a fantastic beer. This is probably the best winter ale I’ve ever had that actively distinguishes itself from all other winter beers without going overboard and making some strange, gimmicky beer whose recipe will need to be altered every year.
BeerdedDave (1378) - Beckley, USA - NOV 24, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
reddish-brown color; nice spicy aroma; smooth with dark fruit, Belgian yeast, and lots of spice notes; a very complex, well balanced beer; lots going on, but it all blends together wonderfully; cardamom and corriander notes with hints of citrus
arminjewell (9262) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 21, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pour on tap at Busters on 28th, hazy golden orange pour with white head, aroma brought notes of big coriander, clove, lemon zest, some slight spicy, peppery notes into a bit of cinnamon, some caramel, and bready notes. Taste was dominated by spice, lemon, and lots of pepper, with nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, some slight fruit, finishing with caramel, toffee, and more spice.
aumentm (452) - North Carolina, USA - APR 24, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is the way it is supposed to be. Smooth, well balanced and complex with heavy hops and heavy malts. Thank you ommegang.