Glimmerglass - Brewery Ommegang

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Ratings: 512
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 19
Gots: 69 | FT: 0
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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 msquared36:
Photo of msquared36
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bright gold and hazy. Crisp white billowing head.

Aroma is a little spicy and a little funky. Not particularly strong.

Taste consists of a bubble gum sweetness, followed by a mellow peppery tartness.

Significant carbonation creates a sharpness to the beer.

Very nice beer. Unique but not outrageous. Refreshing. Might have to save a couple for front-porch-sitting weather.

More User Reviews:
Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of bsp77
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Photo of deebo
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
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!

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.

Photo of socon67
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Photo of russpowell
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an effervescent gold with 3+ fingers of eggshell colored head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Faint peppery notes, pears

T: Lemony hops, breadyness, orange peel, white grapes, plus dryness, a bit of white pepper & clove up front. Some juicy fruit as this warms, plus dryness, some pears as this warms, a little pineapple too. Finishes dry with pineapple & passion fruit & cloves & some juicy fruit

MF: Medium bodied, lively carbonation, balances nicely

A not so funky, but very drinkable example of the style. I would buy this again for warm weather drinking, very refreshing

Photo of Vonerichs
3.69/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Clear straw color with a huge, aggressive, and persistent bright white head. The head is a looker but rather annoying, taking up half the glass and delaying my pour.

Smells of spicy Belgian yeast, grass, and lemon zest.

Clean flavor that's mostly grassy. Lemon balm. Peppery spice.

Light body with crisp carbonation.

It's a decent spring-summer sipper.

Photo of Gmann
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a pale straw color with a huge soapy pure white head. Lots of staying power for the head and left some webby lacing as it dissipated. How a saison should look.

The aroma is full of the saison yeasty goodness. Lots of clove, hay, horse blanket and lemon. Very much reminds me of Saison du Pont.

The taste follows the nose, perhaps a touch subdued. Clove and horse blanket are present with tart green apple. Nice grassy bitterness in the backend. There is a light general fruitiness, perhaps from orange peel?

The feel is light and fizzy. Sweet and crisp on the palate. Enough hops to balance the beer. Very easy drinking.

A very good saison, pretty much exactly how I like them. Its a touch light but I prefer that over a boozy saison. I actually like this better than Hennepin.

Photo of KTCamm
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of goochpunch
4.67/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours out a bright gold with a huge, rocky, fluffy head. Lots of rapidly rising bubbles. Nose is spicy, fruity, grainy, malty, bready. Flavors of yeasty bread, honey, herbs (mint), spice, fruit. Very dry and mildly tart. Body is light and effervescent. This is an excellent saison. If you'd told me it was from Dupont, I'd believe you (and at half the price)!

Photo of Sasquatch_B_Foot
3.26/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Just okay, too fruity for my taste.

Photo of fourstringer
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip. Gentle hand. Stamp reads, PKG ON 01/10/14, BEST BY 01/2015.

A: Cloudy, golden yellow body. Towering 3+ fingers of rocky, white head. Good retention. Seemed to dissipate from the bottom, leaving a very cool foam skeleton/mushroom cloud remaining. Bonus! Light lacing.

S: Belgian yeast with floral elements. Grassy pale malt. Light spice, pepper. Fainter citrus, mostly lemon. Coriander.

T: Lightly tart, floral and earthy up front. A slight hop bitterness develops and the beers finishes semi-dry. A lemon juice tang and light spice linger in the aftertaste. No alcohol presence.

M: Moderate to high carbonation with a light body. Prickly, but quite refreshing.

O: Fine drinking, warm weather brew to be enjoyed outdoors. Drinks more like a wit than a saison with a bit more sourness dialed up. The tartness really encourages the next sip. Highly sessionable.


Photo of iheartmyTHO
3.32/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

Photo of smakawhat
3.78/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of wedge
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Gold color under a ridiculously poofy, rocky white head. Big chunky lumps of foam settle on the surface and leave rings on lacing behind. Peppery, floral aromas with some earth, wheat, straw, and yeast. Yeasty flavor upfront, slight cracker-like malt, bitter citrus rind, lots of spiciness, mineral, grass, and a clovey finish. Medium-ish bodied, prickly carbonation, dry, with a fairly crisp finish. A little on the aggressive side of things for a Saison - yeasty and peppery leaving any pale malt character behind. Pretty nice...

Photo of LiquidAmber
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gavroche tulip. Pours a medium hazy, golden amber with a massive half glass white head that dissipated slowly leaving heavy curtains of lacing. Aroma of saison yeast, apple and pear, coriander, hints of pepper and citrus. Flavor follows aroma with pomaceaous fuits, light bready malt, saison yeast, coriander with a nice peppery, spicy finish with light residual semi sweet fruit, although leaving the impression of a good dry finish. Medium bodied. A nicely balanced saison with the right touch of pepper but very subdued orange; I wouldn't have detected it is it wasn't listed on the bottle. As expected, a refreshing and nicely made saison from Ommegang. I like their house yeast and always enjoy their new offerings.

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Aggressively. Hence, tons of head. This is a really nice, light, lemony, fairly hoppy saison. Clean, crisp, lots of flavor. Extremely easy to drink and would go well at an outdoor barbecue. The bottle is cool too. Well done from a brewery known more for the stronger Belgians.

Photo of Immortale25
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date.

A- From a slow pour comes a towering three finger head that retains good and long over the semi-hazy dark golden body before slowly dying down to a thick ring around the edge of the glass. Full sheet of bubbly surface foam with sudsy non-resilient lacing leaving a jagged ring behind.

S- Good amount of banana from the yeast. Effervescent and sweet smelling.

T- Rich Belgian yeast flavor with some fruity undertones. Tangy and sweet with some spice, bubble gum and more banana notes.

M- Semi-spritzy and sharp with medium-high carbonation and a lightish body.

O- Though it has more in common with a witbier than a saison, it's a mighty fine beer. One I'd be glad to knock back a few of in the warmer months or, honestly, anytime.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.66/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ommegang Glimmerglass has a thick, big-bubbled, slightly off-white head, lots of fierce bubble streams, and some thin lacing left behind. The aroma is of yeast, bread, coriander, and a bit of horse-blanket funk. Taste is of the same things, with more noticeable citrus. Bitterness is present but relatively low. The orange peel is picked up in the background. Mouthfeel is medium, and Ommegang Glimmerglass finishes semi-dry and easy drinking. Overall, this is another winner from this brewery.


Photo of fmccormi
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Straight pour from a 12oz pry-off bottle to a fat, stubby tulip; bottling date of January 8, 2014 printed in black ink on the neck of the bottle (“PKG ON 01/08/14 BEST BY 01/2015”), meaning this bottle is about four and a half weeks old. According to the label, this is a “Spring Saison,” brewed with sweet orange peel and pink peppercorns.

Appearance (4.0): One hell of a head comes off of the pour, rising quickly to three fingers of fine-grained, fluffy foam that’s the color of heavy cream. It tops a barely hazy, 24ct-golden colored body that contains a steady stream of bubbles rushing to the surface. As the head dies down, it craters around the edge of the glass to leave a raised donut in the middle and very wide, splotchy patches of foam on the glass.

Smell (4.5): The nose is more or less classic Ommegang with an added pepper character that blends in seamlessly. Light apple and pear sweetness sit underneath earth, straw, and spice, showing some dusty hay, light clove and coriander, white pepper, almost perfumey (but not too much) orange aroma, and finally some bright lemon. Smells absolutely lovely.

Taste (4.25): While a slight departure from the nose, it follows a lot of the same character but in lighter fashion than a lot of Ommegang brews do. Dry, earthy straw mingles with pale, dry malt (common crackers and floury, white peasant bread) to support a moderately strong grassiness, and some herbal bitterness in the middle, surprisingly restrained pepper and spice (very light clove, coriander), and then something like lightly sweetened lime peel at the very top. It finishes with a nice, clean but earthy pepper note in the very back. Very dry, nicely peppery, moderately earthy, moderately bitter, and modestly fruity.

Mouthfeel (4.75): Insanely drinkable and 100% to-style, with a peppery carbonation that spreads evenly, dissipates lightly to leave a limey, grassy bitterness. The body feels light and easy, going down smoothly and begging for more.

Overall (4.25): This is an excellent saison that hits the style’s classic notes, but goes for a dry, earthy, moderately bitter iteration of the style. A lot of folks seem to have gripes with the way Ommegang’s house yeast strain is so clearly identifiable in their beers, but in this one it definitely plays a supporting role to the lean, dry, earthy saison base they’ve made here. The green peppercorn and the sweet orange show up in different ways at different times, but they’re both positive additions that integrate with the base and the yeast seamlessly—without getting lost, either. This is just an exceedingly well-crafted beer, and absolutely worth a try if you like dry, more or less classically-styled saisons.

Photo of jmaharaj
3.64/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this lowish rating is really only because the beer doesnt feel all that saison-like to me. Its actually quite a tasty beer. Beautifully rocky head, if somewhat fleeting. nice straw color. big yeast and pepper notes on the nose. not as crisp as i would have expected, doesnt feel sappy but perhaps not dry enough for the style. good tasty belgian beer, but not the beer i was expecting.

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Glimmerglass from Brewery Ommegang
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