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Glimmerglass - Brewery Ommegang

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Reviews: 74
Hads: 526
Avg: 3.88
pDev: 9.54%
Wants: 22
Gots: 76 | FT: 0
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Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States | website

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale | 5.40% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: fmccormi on 02-20-2014

Author James Fenimore Cooper gave the name 'Glimmerglass' to the beautiful body of water that graces Cooperstown. Nestled between gentle mountains, it reflects any object held up to it, just as it reflects our joy at the arrival of each spring.

Deep straw to light amber in color with a thick, pure white head. The saison yeast strain gives off fruity aromas of pear, apple and slight citrus balanced with a delicate floral hop character and a touch of spiciness. Taste is very clean, with pronounced fruit flavors, delicate bready malt followed by welcomed spicing. Crisp finish with lingering yet subtle notes of yeast and touches of fruity pepper.
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Photo of SLeffler27
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A big, billowing, fine white head overwhelms the Offero glass and lingers a long time before leaving a patchwork of lace. Random but continuous carbonation enlivens the clear (SRM 5) straw beer. Yeast was left in the bottle.

Musty horse-blanket aromas are accentuated by coriander, wheat, light floral, and some lemon zest.

Malt and bitterness were greater than expected of this style. Mildly sweet fruit brings out citrus rind and light pepper. The finish is lingering and dry. Warms well too.

A woolly texture compliments the medium-to-full-bodied beer. Alcohol is more prominent than expected, but still controlled. Overall this one is very dry with lively carbonation.

Glimmerglass is an excellent beer for relaxing and is almost sessionable. I enjoyed it on a cool summer day while reading on the porch.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Ommegang "Glimmerglass"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, "BEST BY 01/2016"
$3.49 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Appearance: Hazy orange-gold body beneath a massive head of white that settles slowly to a thin surface covering. Wide splashes and large spots of lacing ring the glass.

Aroma: Quite yeasty. Dried apricot. Some plastic -like phenols. A bit of chalky mineral. Subtle sweet malt with a dandyish side that reminds me of Spree or SweetTarts.

Flavor: As the flavor indicates, the yeast is quite full-on; perhaps I should have let it settle for a few more days. The malt is not as sweet as the nose suggests, nor is it as candy-ish, but the apricot-like fruitiness remains along with some pear and apple. It's mildly bitter but the phenolics and a bit of peppery spice helps to round it out and bring it to a dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light in body and gently effervescent.

Overall: A pleasant saison although the yeast and phenolics are a bit on the high side.

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Photo of JPowell712
4.34/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A very bright and vibrant brew. The smell is of orange and lemon peel. The taste is very refreshing, has a nice zing to it of citrus and pepper. The malts and hops work very nicely together. A great spring/summer beer.

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Photo of classixIII
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy honey color with a puffy cloud like head. Light, efferversent almost "sparkling". Great spring flavors, some fruits and spices. Yeast and hops finish it up.

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Photo of NiceTaps
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap in a tulip glass.

A- Golden amber color with a 1f white head, good lacing. Bubbly.

S- Lots of fruit and hops on top of the yeast, thus taming the funk nicely. Lemon, orange, and spice.

T- lots of banana. Fruits citrus hops, yeast.

M- Lively feel, some sour bite.

O- Light and drinkable.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
3.76/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Fresh 12oz bottle served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: dark yellow (weirdly like urine after a night of drinking), soft white bubbles that formed a nice fluffy initial head but sank to a thin ring.

Nose: consistent sweet Ommegang farmhouse yeast character. Lemon, pear, apples, coriander, honey.

Taste: nice carbonation, very thin mouthfeel, slight hops bitterness, some yeast driven complexity, lemony citrus, somealty sweetness, nery drinkable.

Overall: I don't hate this one and it would be a great session saison for the spring and summer here in central NY. I do wish it had more body bout that would come at the cost of drink-ability. I have the remainder of a 4 pack to enjoy. Grab this seasonal while its around and enjoy.

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Photo of babaracas
3.61/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy light orange with one finger of fizzy offwhite head, settles to a thin ring, spray of lace trails halfway down the glass. Smell: floral, orange note, mildly spicy; peach sweet tea. Taste: peppery, grassy, clove-ish, green banana esthery-astringent mix; orange note towards the finish. Carbonation is fairly aggressive, making it fast upfront on the palate but with a long tail. It's a nice spring beer.

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Photo of socon67
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours an orange hue with a frothy white foam. Some nice lacing on this beer. Scents of citrus (orange juice) and earthy spice hits the nose. This is a flavorful saison that has notes of orange, pepper, and cloves. Decent finish with a cloying feel. Overall yet another win from Brewery Ommegang.

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Photo of MattBrewingW
4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On opening, Glimmerglass has a rich fruity aroma that jumps out of the bottle. Subtle orange with a bit of peppery spice. The beer is brewed with pink peppercorns - which are the ripe berries of pepper trees, and carry fruity sweetness as well as a spicy, peppery edge. It's slightly dry, though with a touch of malty sweetness - ultimately kept crisp by a nice balance of hops. Not bitter at all, but crisp with a light, refreshing body.

This is the ideal beer to drink as spring approaches. Delicate, refreshing, with a lightly fruity, floral aroma. Ommegang brewed this beer with the intention of evoking Cooperstown's Ostego Lake - which reflects the trees and hills surrounding in its clear waters. What you have here is a beer that deftly captures the flavor and aroma of spring in upstate NY. Really well crafted.

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Photo of bmeehan
4.21/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Glimmerglass ist gut. It's tart and it's as easy on the eyes as it is on the tongue. For a seasonal brew, it's another strong product from the best brewery there is (that may be more of a subjective statement).

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a goblet

Appearance: Pours a very pretty, opaque, golden color, speckled with orange highlights and four fingers of white head that slowly dissolved into a lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Strong, pleasant aromas of toasted malt, freshly cut grass, hay, orange zest, pepper and coriander.

Taste: Delicious! Toasted malt up front, imparting notes of freshly baked French baguettes, followed by some honey-like sweetness, orange-like citrus flavors, finished with some spice notes of pepper and coriander.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, with some good carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 5.4%, there is no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a great saison, and another great beer from Ommegang! I’ll certainly get it again!

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Photo of gopens44
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Funny story - thought I was drinking Ommerglass Hop something, or at least thought that was what I grabbed from the fridge until first sip. Then I realized something else was happening entirely. I trust very few companies to be dead balls on when it comes to the description of their Saisons because barnyard turns my stomach and makes me sad. Well, they got this one nailed. Pours with a touch of cloudy and enormous brilliant white head (actually my first hint that I had NOT grabbed Hop whatever....). Nose of clove (second hint and determining characteristic unless they did something REALLY weird with Hop whatever...HOUSE! That's it - Hop HOUSE!) and just a delicate sprinkling of grassiness. Taste resembled the nose mostly, but add just the right touch of peppercorn to tame the blend of sweet and tart. Basically, this one was fantastic and shall be had again!

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Photo of iheartmyTHO
3.32/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Nice and effervescent on the tongue. Overall, the beer is fairly light. The flavor reminds me of a hefeweizen beer, but with more carbonation and less banana / clove flavor. I do get subtle notes of the citrus and pink peppercorns, but they are VERY subtle.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This pours a light yellow-gold hazy beer with a nice thick, fluffy head. The nose is a little faint, with light fruity and yeasty-spicy notes. Very nice flavor: a light bodied, effervescent beer with moderate hoppiness (rather earthy), light pear-like fruitiness, understated phenolic pepperiness. This is a really good saison--great choice for a breakfast beer, which is how I'm having it.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Not a super fresh bottle, but not "cellared"
The beer pours a slightly dull golden yellow topped by a loose, wispy white head with no lacing or sediment. The nose is a mix of honey-like malt sweetness, some bubble gummy yeast, and a slight peppercorn spice. The taste is also slightly spicy with a clean yeast presence and grain/biscuity sweetness, but has minimal bitterness or distinct peppercorn. It's light-medium bodied, filtered, clean & drinkable, well-carbonated, with characteristic omme house yeast upfront that doesn't quite transition into the anticipated spicy, bitter peppercorn finish. This is not an ommegang highlight for me (prefer their dry-hopped variants), but isn't unpleasant.

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Photo of silverking
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- it pours a hazy golden color with lots of visible carbonation. Fluffy, coarse white head. Great retention, well defined rings of lacing.

S- pepper, wet hay, funky yeast, tangerine, spicy hops.

T- tangerine up front. There is a nice black pepper note throughout the midpalate. Not much in the way of hops. The finish has that nice saison funk with a slightly sour note.

M- light. Lots of prickly carbonation.

O- really good for an American-made saison.

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Photo of WunderLlama
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a goblet

Whoa! I initially poured this wrong which resulted in a monstrous foamy white cap which filled the glass. Settled down into thick, foamy, giant bubbly foam with some nice lacings on the glass. I shall repour....second pour, this beer simply foams up on you. Carefully pour which will result in a three finger head. Opaque golden yellow with teeny tiny bubbles if you look hard enough.

Aroma of grass, spices, peppery, lemons.

Taste is light and flavorful. Spices, grass notes, peppery, hint of lemon on the finish. Slight aftertaste.

Mouthfeel light but will foam up when you swish it around

A good Belgian that I would enjoy again if within my reach. There are others that I would seek out but still a good beer.

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Photo of panamaniac
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a growler purchased at Three Palms Brewing.
A= Golden yellow pretty see through but this is common in this style of beer, almost lager like, minimum head, very little lacing.

S= Malty, fruity.

T= this is where this beer becomes confusing, is really light for a saison even thought that at 5.4% should have some heft to it.

M: viscosity levels are off the charts with this one not a bad thing for me.

O= Saisons are one of my favorite style of beer this one is on the light side of the scale which makes it perfect for florida weather, but I can see how other reviews might be expecting more out of a beer from Ommengang, the question lies would i buy this again... chances are no if there are other Saisons available.

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Photo of majorbase2
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a yellowish-gold. A good deal of foamy white head. Good retention and good lacing.

Smell: Spices, wheat, and a little grassiness. A little fruitiness when agitated, most notably lemon.

Taste: Lemony. Strong taste of grass and yeast. A mix of other fruits, as well, a little harder to pinpoint. Possibly orange and grapefruit.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, with good carbonation. Surprisingly refreshing.

Overall: Still getting used to these surging Saisons. A little different than the IPAs that I'm used to. I liked Hennepin a little bit more, but this one was more of an easy drinker.

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Photo of BB1313
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 1/8/14. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy light golden with a fluffy eggshell white head that sticks around and leaves awesome lacing and retention. The aromas are very clean and pleasant. Lots of fresh pear. Some hints of green apple in the mix as well. Very fruity. Yeast and malts are there. Some banana and clove. The flavors are clean and refreshing. More fruit, especially pear. Maybe some hints of white grape? There's a nice earthiness going on. Some spices, but they truly are subtle, in my opnion. Some black pepper, but far from spicy. Lots of malts. Mouthfeel is awesome. It's on the lighter side of medium-bodied with very active carbonation. The carbonation is very creamy and fluffy. Extremely smooth. Alcohol obviously goes unnoticed. Great for spring/summer.

This is another really nice beer from Ommegang. Very crisp and refreshing with a fun creaminess to it. Enjoyable stuff!

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Photo of smcolw
3.64/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy yellow. Moderate head that settles to fine layer of bubbles. One ring of lace and then it is spotty.

Smells of pale malts, light hop and a touch of alcohol.

Starts off quite light and watery. The first distinct flavor is sourness with a definitive Belgian yeast kick. The aftertaste is short lived, leaving a dry residue in the mouth. I also note a bit of candy sugar sweetness mid-sip.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Big giant white rocky head, forming a little out of control, but give it time as it will settle. Big soapy retention and clump lined lacing. Body color is a gorgeous opaque lemon brown, with a roaring column of carbonation in the middle, and some streaking along the edges.

Great dry saison nose, hints of belgian sucrose more to soft honey. Fruit tropical slightly with notes of thick bread dough. Pretty nice.

Palate comes with a light effervescent body. Minimal dryness on the finish, and soft hints of tropical mushed fruit. Kind of ordinary with some soft honey flavors, some floral, and some juiced quality. No sense of pepper, or aching dryness though. Good malt body, with solid popping carbonation and low minerality.

Overall though it's just coming off like a simple Belgian Pale Ale.

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Photo of Jacobob10
4.26/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer exploded out of the bottle. A huge, rocky, long-lasting head filled the majority of my glass. After the foam settled, I poured a little more, then waited, then repeated this process 5 more times until the entire contents of the bottle were in the glass. What was left was a hazy, deep gold / light amber liquid with a large white head on top of it. Sometimes good beers take a long time to pour. C'est la vie.

Very strong and pleasant aroma with floral hops, orange, lemon, pear, pepper, grass, and clove. Light bready malts and a heavy earthy, musty yeast aroma. Excellent.

Fruity taste with a touch of spice. Light-to-medium bodied with lively, almost fizzy, carbonation. Long lasting flavor with a dry finish.

It's been a while since I've had an Ommegang and I think it may be time to rekindle my previous love affair with them. With Glimmerglass, they managed to create a beer that is pinpoint accurate to the style while keeping a noticeably distinct Ommegang character. One of my new favorite saisons, I'm disappointed I didn't discover it until the end of spring.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. 3/27

Pours cloudy light dirty gold. Thick heavy white foam that sticks everywhere. Orange-y nose. Rind and peel. Bright. Chalky taste, light pucker/sour. Then builds to tart at the finish. Mild peppery finish. Good bright spring beer.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12pz bottle poured into a chalice.

A: Cloudy golden color. Massive large-bubbled rocky head retains forever. Lacing sticks to the glass in generously sized globs.

S: Doughy malt with Wheaty whiffs. Some chalky yeast. Hints of banana and citrusy tropical esters. Hops are grassy and floral. Traces of pepper.

T: Doughy, somewhat wheaty, and lightly honeyed malt base. Pepper and clove. Chalky yeast. Banana and pineapple/tangerine tropical esters. Hops are grassy and floral, but also provide a zesty, citrusy zing. Chalky yeast and pithy hops on the finish.

M: Medium bodied with a frothy feel. Crisp carbonation bites in and cuts right through.

O: Pretty solid stuff from ommegang. Nice interplay of sweet and bitter flavors. Not the most standout brew they've ever made, but it's a great and drinkable beer that retains the ommegang 'house' feel.

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Glimmerglass from Brewery Ommegang
87 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.