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Glimmerglass - Brewery Ommegang

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Reviews: 74
Hads: 524
Avg: 3.88
pDev: 25.52%
Wants: 21
Gots: 73 | FT: 0
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Brewery Ommegang visit their website
New York, United States

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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Reviews by JerzDevl2000:
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3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up at the Bottle King in Livingston a few weeks back. Thankful that spring has finally (on the calendar) arrived here and given that the newer Ommegang beers have really impressed me, I was hoping that this one would as well. As nicely crafted and easy to quaff as this was, there was something missing from here as this was just a bit more plain that I would have liked. The appearance was the best part of this offering but after that, this went down a bit too fast for me to fully savor.

To call the foam on this beer a head would be quite the misnomer, as it filled up my pint glass as soon as I started to pour this out, down the side mind you! I had to let it settle a few times before I was able to get the last of the liquid out of the bottle (as this reminded me of a 12 oz. champagne) but there wasn't as much sediment at the bottom of the bottle as I expected for a Saison/Farmhouse Ale. Lots of lemon zest and clove in the nose, followed by a nice peppery spice and grass in the taste. Not a striking sourness to this as the house yeast took hold here as it tends to do in so many of the other Ommegang beers. Only in the back did the style really take hold of my taste buds and there was just enough carbonation to scrub away whatever flavor notes lingered after each sip.

The alcohol was nice and mild, as was to be expected. As a few others commented on here, this felt more like a Witbier and went down like one too. I've never disliked anything from these guys but I'm starting to get the feeling that these beers are blending into each other just a bit too much. Anyone who loves Saisons or Ommegang's other offerings that are currently on the shelf won't be disappointed here but I wish they'd push the envelope just a be more with their newer releases. These guys are too good to brew anything less than the best when it comes to Belgian-inspired beers.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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

On tap at When Pigs Fly.
Nice citrus and pepper aroma/taste.
A great beer for a hot summer day.

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Photo of warnerry
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of bahamut6565
3.72/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of GreenMountainBoy
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of JC333
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of alienlifeforcecube
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of bsp77
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip.

Appearance: Hazy gold-orange with billowing white head. Now I need to wait to drink...

Smell: Lemon, orange peel, peach, pepper, clove and light banana.

Taste: Wheat malts with a strong emphasis on lemon and orange peel. Light peach and banana backbone. Finish has pepper and clove and is lightly tart.

Feel: Light bodied and effervescent. Crisp and dry. Very nice.

Overall: This a very light Saison that is somewhat Witbier-like. Certainly more subtle than other Ommegang beers I have had, but this is so crisp and refreshing (and wonderfully tart) that I don't care too much.

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Photo of deebo
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at town hall tap. Solid saison. Bold and flavorful.

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Photo of mjtiernan
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Huge four finger white head that slowly fades into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smell: A fruity, spicy, and yeasty Belgian style aroma with good hints of fruit esters. Belgian yeast with hints of peppers, farmhouse funk, and clove. Fruit hints of banana, pear, apple, white grape, and citrus orange and lemon. Pale malt with hints of wheat, straw, grains, and cracker. Subtle hints of earthy and floral hops. A very solid saison aroma.

Taste: Like the smell hints at, a yeasty, fruity, and spicy Belgian style taste with notes of fruit esters and spice. Upfront Belgian yeast with notes of farmhouse funk, peppers, and clove. Fruit notes of apple, pear, banana, and white grape along with some citrus notes of orange and lemon. Slight bubblegum as well. Pale malt with notes of wheat, grains, straw, and cracker. Also some subtle background notes of floral hops. A pretty good Belgian taste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a fairly high level of carbonation. Fairly prickly and smooth. Finishes dry.

Overall: A pretty solid lighter take on a Saison/Farmhouse Ale. Good mix of fruity and spicy notes.

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Photo of Mantooth
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bright golden body with a slight haze about it, brilliant white head with chunks of sporadic lacing. Aroma clean yeast esters, biscuit malt, hints of citrus peel real full on orange aromatic household cleaner, not picking up the pepper on the nose but I bet it shows on the palate. Flavor is a bright orange flavor without the bitter peel slightly spice pepper, fruit is so nice pale biscuit malt with dry chalky yeast. A nice Belgian style beer sporting a lower alcohol by volume than most other Saisons/Belgian style ales. Mouthfeel is smooth effervescent enough biter and dryness from the orange peels, peppercorns, and yeast notes to keep each sip dry, carbonation is effervescent light to medium bodied. Overall a great new seasonal release from Ommegang really uses some finesse.

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Photo of valkyre65
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of Adkins1203
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of acurtis
3.42/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JMS1512
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of BraveMountie
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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 dhmxray
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of alcohline_trip
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Loveyourbeer
3.15/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of hsus0225
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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Glimmerglass from Brewery Ommegang
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