Belgian beer and baseball and the two things you can find in Cooperstown, NY, home of the Baseball Hall of Fame, and Brewery Ommegang. Adoration is a Belgian Strong Dark Ale, which is my favorite style. The nose has strong cherry notes, to the exclusion of nearly anything else. The middle is sweet, with cherry and plum flavors, with just a hint of the Belgian tartness behind the sugary overtones. There’s a bit of heat in the finish, but subdued considering that this is a 10% ABV beer. The finish is also where you get a taste of the spices added to this brew, which include coriander, cumin, mace, cardamom, and grains of paradise. The sweetness makes this an excellent dessert beer, and it’s weight and strength make it a fine fortification on a cold winter’s night.