Glimmerglass - Brewery Ommegang
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4.69/5 rDev +22.5%
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)!
04-22-2014 01:19:10 | More by goochpunch
4.5/5 rDev +17.5%
Drank in a tulip glass, which drew out strong floral scents. Excellent and effervescent. Characteristic saison pepper taste is less pronounced than a standard like Hennepin, but is redeemed by distinct citrus flavor and hops. This is a Spring Seasonal that would well-complement a freshly grilled steak.
04-28-2014 13:24:10 | More by tjmoss11
4.34/5 rDev +13.3%
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.
02-20-2014 04:24:33 | More by fmccormi
Glimmerglass from Brewery Ommegang
86 out of 100 based on 383 ratings.