Style: holiday / Belgian strong winter ale
Availability: annual, mid-October through December
Pairing: dark roasts, wild game, braised short ribs
Summary: An excellently crafted, American version of the Belgian dark winter ale. A nice fireside sipper to visit again and again,
Tasted on tap, the Ommegang Adoration pours a brilliant deep mahogany color with a nice creamy head and a soft mouthfeel. There is a subtle hint of dark fruits and spice in the nose but nothing overpowering. The flavor comes across as a really drinkable belgian dubbel or perhaps a more hefty Fat Tire but with a nice kick of spice. There aren’t really any standout spices (Ommegang lists them as coriander cumin, mace, cardamom and grains of paradise) but they are balanced nicely against a heavy malt back.
Overall, Ommegang are masters of the American Belgian brewing movement and Adoration is no exception. This is a very approachable holiday beer and great sipper for cold winter nights.