Cell Phone Tasting Notes

I finally found a use for that notes function on my cell phone. Turns out it works much better then writing beer reviews on bar napkins.

Recently I tried Ommegang Adoration. I was directed towards this beer by Jack. Apparently Nick Lopez, the new man behind Venti’s Bar, decided to stock this one off beer. Venti’s is charging $15 a bottle for it, so I kinda wish I had a friend with me to share the bottle, and the tab. I had Hooper rinse out the snifter that my Old Crustacean was poured in and used that for tasting. After trying it I can’t see why this Beer only has a B+ on Beeradvocate. So much for Jeff defending them. I know people have different tastes, but this beer should have preformed much better then it did.


I always do aroma first so I can catch the scents stirred up from the pour, I always sniff the bottle opening too. Aroma is plum, very spicy. Smells very malty. Fairly complex blend of aromas. Some orange peel as well.


Mahogany color. Large off white head, very effervescent. Needs to be poured slowly. Big bubbles. More of a pillowy head


Orange peel hit first followed by dark fruits, spices, and some tartness. Definitely get a little funk. Possibly Brett? Wouldn’t surprise me. Maltier then I thought it would be. Definite dark malts. The spices might be a little much, but I like their strong presence.


Great beer. Complex with alot going on, but neither too much that it muddies it, or any flavor so strong it drowns the others. I know this goes contrary to my comment about the spices strong presence, but I think it compliments the beer rather then subjugate it. Out of all the Belgian Winter Ales I’ve tried this winter this one takes first.

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2 Responses to “Cell Phone Tasting Notes”

  1. jbx says:

    Allegedly, Nick is holding one for me. If so, you are welcome to join me in April.

    I have begun to explore Belgian Ales, just this last week. Some of my colleagues were into Belgians 10-15 years ago. Sorry I was not open to them then. But, better late than never.

    Monday, Venti’s Downstair tapped a keg of North Coast – Pranqster – Belgian Strong Golden Ale. I picked up a 12oz bottle at a liquor store last week and really enjoyed it 3 – 4 days ago.

    Yesterday I had a 12oz bottle of Brewery Ommegang Abbey Ale – Belgian-Style Dubbel. I did not like it nearly as much as the Pranqster.

    We’re blessed with all these choices.

  2. jbx says:

    Meant to begin my initial comment with –

    Nice review / critique.

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