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RATINGS: 469   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2014
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 isnít fantastic, but I didnít 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 itís a good fit. Orange peel, coriander, and grains of paradise all come out strongly without wrecking the balance of everything. I donít really pick up any alcohol, either. While it doesnít 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, itís that the sweetness could be better defined. Thereís 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 youíd expect, the carbonation is assertive, and this helps to (somewhat) counteract the sweetness. It certainly doesnít drink like a 10% beer. Aside from warming the orifices, I donít taste much booze at all. O: I wonít call it too sweet. I will call it too generically sweet, if that makes any sense. It isnít quite on par with, say, Keizer Blauw, but it is a super solid spiced BSDA. Itís certainly worth drinking again, and doubly worth aging a year.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
generallee08 (637) - New York, USA - MAY 30, 2014
Ommegang Adoration has a dark reddish tan color body with a hazy complexion. Its head is light tan in color, fades quickly and leaves very little lacing on the glass. The aroma is rich and full with a spicy character. It starts with bready maltiness then adds notes of coriander, clove, citrus peel, a touch of yeast and some mellow alcohol. The flavor full of complex spices hops and malt all in a solid medium to full body with lively carbonation. The base has dark dried fruity notes with sweet bready maltiness, yeast and mellow warm alcohol. The spices add the next layer of complexity and dryness with peppery notes, ginger, clove, coriander and citrusy orange peel. Hop flavor is complementary and adds its own spicy notes and more dryness. Hop flavor is most noticeable in the finish which is quit dry and has lingering spice and yeast notes. I normally donít like overly spicy Christmas beer but this one works. Overall this one is outstanding. It has many different layers of flavor and is never dominated by just one spice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TXBadger (1334) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 21, 2014
Pours a very nice darker reddish color with off-white head. Spice, coriander, citrus zest, and some caramel malt on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with a nice roasted note and a little toffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrSilverworm (6277) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 20, 2014
Taster on tap at Ei8ht Ball. Clear amber red color. Thin ring of off-white head. Wow, really interesting aroma. Dark fruit, winter spices, and kind of caramely, something like ginger bread... That orange peel must have me thinking belgian noel beer. Moderate sweet taste, lightly spicy... Hides that 10% well, it works for this beer. Just a slight bit of warmth; reasonable amount of sweetness. Bigger body. Light, smooth lighter carbonation. Kind of slick texture, but it dries up a bit in the finish. Pretty impressive belgian-style winter ale. Very on-point, yet still creative and unique.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gsmitty80 (1794) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 19, 2014
Ugh, would be soo much better without the cardamom. Good alcohol which made things overcome the rest.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BelgianBeerGal (3135) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAY 13, 2014
75cl C&C bottle from 2011, best by 2016. Pours a clear bronze color with a small khaki head and bubbly carbonation. The aroma reminds me of a quad with sweeter malt, molasses and some earthiness. Lots of spice in the flavor but also a strong malt backbone. Pretty tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
freeofthoughts (648) - Raytown, Missouri, USA - MAY 10, 2014
Pours a dark copper near brown with eggshell laying foam. Grainy sweet spiced Belgian aroma. Earthy musty Belgian grains, light funk thing with a lot of spices all over the wall. As it warms the sweetness rides with the spices and subdued them making it another and more approachable overall, pretty solid carbonation, lasting spice grainy dryness in finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thorongil2 (1188) - , Ontario, CANADA - MAY 1, 2014
(bottle) hazy reddish amber colour with a tall brown head; aroma of spice, stewed fruit, orange; balanced, rich flavour, well hidden alcohol; nice

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
glennmastrange (2240) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - APR 28, 2014
Bottle. Moderate to heavy malt notes of cookie and caramel, moderate cooked orange for the hops, dough for the yeast, with raisin, brown sugar, cola and a mix of baking spices. Head is average size, frothy, beige with thick yet slippery lacing and is mostly diminishing. Color is murky medium brown. Flavor starts moderately sweet and lightly acidic, then finishes moderately sweet and lightly acidic and bitter. palate is on the fuller side of medium, slick with a fizzy carbonation. Wow! This Belgian Strong Ale ranks right up there with the top Belgians of the same style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dlbeer (771) - Wisconsin, USA - APR 11, 2014
Bottle. Dark orange pour with off white head. Smells of fruit and spices. Tastes of the same with slight alcohol. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
deyholla (6568) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - APR 5, 2014
Bottle. Pours a cloudy amber with a tan head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a nice sweet citrus note with a decent amount of spice, some light fruits and a sweet grain backbone. Flavor has a bit less citrus but still the light fruit note with some sweet grains, a good amount of spice and a hint of earthiness.

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