Another great winter offering is back, Brewery Ommegang’s Adoration. This festive beer is a flavorful spicy Belgian style ale comes around in the late fall, drinks well now, and cellars well too. If I’m correct, this is the second release of this beer.
Ommegang Adoration, brewed in the authentic style of Belgian winter, or noel beer, is dark, strong, malty and assertively spiced. At 10% abv Adoration is not a lightweight beer, and is best sipped before a roaring fire, or on a sleigh ride over the hills to Grandma’s house. (But let someone else drive.) It would also be a tasty accompaniment to dark roasts and wild game. Even at the strong abv, the beer is well-balanced and not at all hot or fiery. The dark malts give it lush, malty flavors and aromas, strongly complemented by the five spices, including coriander, cumin, mace, cardamom and grains of paradise. Hopping is modest, as befits such a beer.
Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale
Spices: Coriander, Cardamom, Mace, Grains of Paradise, Sweet Orange Peel
Taste Expectations: Dark fruits. Spicy with flavor complexity. Belgian yeast shines throughout. Orange & coriander.
Availability: 750 ML Corked & Caged. Draft. Late Oct-Dec. Unless it sells out earlier.