Glimmerglass - Brewery Ommegang
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3.6/5 rDev -6%
Pours a hazy yellow with a foamy white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, chalk, spice, and Belgian yeast aromas. Taste is much the same with Belgian yeast, spice, and chalk flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of yeast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with an interesting chalky presence in the smell and taste.
03-23-2014 04:08:28 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.08/5 rDev +6.5%
Appearance: What a pour - a magnificent head and then some; the liquid a cloudy orange/gold
Smell: Very flowery, almost jasmine-like, with bready and peppery undertones
Taste: Bread and flower petals, up front, with peppery and spicy yeast tones developing; in the mid-palate, the pink peppercorn starts to make my tongue tingle from the heat; orange peel arrives in the finish
Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with tingly carbonation
Overall: I didn't really care for this at first but as I started to think about it I liked it more and more; takes some getting used to as it does drink more like a Wit than a Saison
04-18-2014 20:02:47 | More by brentk56
3.96/5 rDev +3.4%
12 ounce bottle - $2.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours a hazy, light, bright yellow body with a tall, churning, white head. Lasting head and lace deposits.
Smell: Wafting aromatics of peppery spice, a little wheat, dried pressed florals, bits of citrus peels, additional fruits -- it's a nice, well-rounded nose.
Taste: Mild maltiness, lightly sweet, barely a hint of soda cracker and wheat, and, then it's off to grape, orchard fruits, florals, juicy, tangy citrus rind. A lone drop of lavender soap. Sustained ground pepper note throughout. Fairly dry and spicy on the altogether crisp finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Well carbonated.
Overall: Drinkable, reasonably dry, and infused with a lively carbonation. An Ommegang I would cheerfully revisit.
02-23-2014 00:04:03 | More by ChainGangGuy
4/5 rDev +4.4%
I like the nose on this one. Kind of a bready and yeasty thing with a good portion of citrus on there as well. Flavor is kind of the same really. Doughy citrus with a nice thick body. It lingers as well. Very easy drinker. Hopefully Ommegang keeps this one around for a while. It’s a very nice beer.
03-25-2014 22:20:12 | More by RblWthACoz
3.76/5 rDev -1.8%
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.
03-21-2014 03:00:05 | More by WVbeergeek
3.83/5 rDev 0%
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
04-08-2014 02:51:31 | More by russpowell
3.84/5 rDev +0.3%
Love me a good saison, and enjoy most of the Ommegang stuff esp the Belgian styles, so this should be a great beer for me.
Pours a huge fizzy 3+ finger head that takes up 3/4 of the pour, frothy fizzy creamy head that fades semi slowly with tons of soapy lacing, surprisingly pretty clear straw yellow colored beer.
Nose brings nice funk, farmhouse saison funk and just about perfect level, nice straw, wet hay, some wheat like creamy and toasty note, nice lemony note and little lemongrass, a little sweet malt and a cereal grain as well, mild grassy floral hop note.
Taste starts again with the grainy malts and cereal grains, toasty and malty, with some creamy but toasty wheats, as well as the nice saison farmhouse funk, not super funky, more like cereal and grassy straw, as well as lemony notes, little lemongrass with wet hay, mild yeasty note. then a very mild grassy floral hop note, into the esters with some apple skin, little green apple and vinous note, mild bitterness. Finish is drier but a bit sticky, long lingering green apply skin ester profile, with mild lemony cereal grassy flavor also lingering a bit.
Mouth is med to lighter bod, lots of effervescent carb that pops.
Overall not bad, nice farmhouse funk although mostly on the aroma, nice ester profile, decent malts with cereal, straw, hay, grass, etc, and just a touch of hops, although I personally owuld have liked a bit more of a hop kick.
04-27-2014 00:42:42 | More by jlindros
3.9/5 rDev +1.8%
live most of what ommegang puts out, so its no real surprise that their new spring seasonal is exceptional. very light golden color, yellow really, and rather clear for saison but still with some minimal fog to it and a massive and hard to control and settle white head that rises high above the rim of my globe and doesnt budge. smells subdued, not much pepper at all, but a definite spring citrus profile from something other than hops, wet grass in the morning, and a light but very bright and alive saison yeast, very belgian on the ester front. the flavor is more of the same, but the real maker for me on this one is how subtle both the peppercorns and orange peel are. they accent just a little, but this is still a beer driven almost entirely by beautifully floral and spicy saison yeast. even the wheat malt relaxes for it, just delicate beer, and this carries through to the feel, where it just sits soft as a pillow on my palate and tickles my tongue with little bubbles. fun feeling, fun beer, id rather have six in my box than four, but aside from that i cant hardly critique it. sessionable as beer gets for me.
03-28-2014 00:25:53 | More by StonedTrippin
3.68/5 rDev -3.9%
Big foam here, and it doesn't seem to dissipate. Whipped cream in the New Belgium snifter. Pale shade of amber. Light and spritzy with a big coarse carbonation in the mouth, but quite a mouthful.
Rather acidic and light bodied. Some interesting aromatics. A long biscuity taste with serious perfume. Violets and straw. Just the trace of yeasty bitterness. More dry and less fruity. Just a hint of pear and apple skins. A touch of the barnyard. Subtle flavors. A pleasant quaff if you don't mind getting foam all over your face.
Quite drinkable and seems to skip the usual Ommegang overly-yeasty taste. A light and tangy Saison. From the 12 oz bottle purchased at Mayfair Liquors in Denver.
03-22-2014 06:55:03 | More by mactrail
3.65/5 rDev -4.7%
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.
06-01-2014 17:28:29 | More by smcolw
3.15/5 rDev -17.8%
12 fl oz brown glass bottle with attractive classy green label and branded black pry-off pressure cap acquired at a local H-E-B grocery and served into an Avery stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are fairly high given the brewery, which has made some solid brews I really like. 5.4% ABV confirmed per the label. Identifies itself as a spring saison, so I'm reviewing as such.
Served at fridge temp and allowed to warm slightly over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.
Pours a four finger wide head of white colour. Fairly thin, actually. Not as fluffy or creamy as would be ideal. Spotty soapy inconsistent lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is pretty good for the ABV - about 6-7 minutes.
Body colour is a translucent transparent yellow-copper of average vibrance. Clean; no yeast particles or hop sediment are/is visible. Appears adequately carbonated.
Overall, the clarity of this beer is a bit disconcerting considering it's intended to be a saison. That paired with the lack of visible yeast has me worried. This appearance doesn't resemble the best beers I've had in the style to any extent. Pretty good outside style conventions, but subpar for a saison.
Sm: Citrus peel - lemon peel, maybe some orange peel. Clean barley. Belgian pale malts. White pepper. Grassy character. Floral hop character. A faint hint of grains. Belgian blonde malts. A touch of biscuit malt. Light warm fruity tones - probably from hops. Unfortunately, it's slightly stale and slightly soapy; I think this spent too long in primary fermentation. It's also unbecomingly starchy for a saison. A higher attenuation yeast is likely needed; it smells a bit too raw, young, and sugary - though I wouldn't say it seems too sweet per se.
No overt yeast character or alcohol is detectable. I'm not finding any of the intricate spicing observed in the very best saisons, nor is there any milky character.
The raw nectary sugars dominate, and could almost be confused for honey.
Overall, it's a pleasant sticky aroma of mild strength, but isn't great for the style by any means.
T: Pretty much the same as the aroma, but the finish is lovely, with bursts of pleasant floral hop character, nectar, evocative citrus notes, and ideally sweet Belgian pale malts. All my criticisms of the aroma apply to the taste; I don't find the spices and/or milky notes usually observed in great saisons; the yeast attenuation is too low, it's too starchy, it comes off a biteen stale and soapy, and the grains don't suit it well. The foundation is pretty basic - clean barley, Belgian blonde & pale malts, flaked wheat, and grains - but it's effective mostly because it's easily imposed upon by the citrus peel character and subtle white pepper. The pepper is more reticent than I'd like, but at least it's present. Clove. Grassy, raw, and young. Crackery malts come through as it warms. Some flowery notes too - lavender among them (which I despise). Seems a bit too sweet overall.
Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour. It's not the most complex, intricate, or subtle saison out there, but it does a fair job in each category. The citrus peel and pepper touches are nice, but don't necessarily constitute true nuance. It's a decently built beer, but isn't gestalt. Certainly a cohesive flavour profile. Slightly imbalanced, albeit. I do like it.
Mf: Slightly coarse. Wet. Slightly refreshing. A bit too rough on the palate for a saison. Medium-bodied. Quite overcarbonated; almost biting. Too filling. A bit too thick. Has too much weight on the palate.
This isn't the delicate fragile texture of the very best saisons, but it's a decent companion to the slightly aboveboard flavour profile. Overall presence on the palate is alright.
Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, or scratchy.
Dr: Downable, but pretty forgettable as far as saisons go. Is this really the same brewery that gave us Hennepin? I like what they're going for, but this doesn't hit its mark. It's a deeply flawed saison, but outside of style conventions it's an enjoyable brew for what it is. I won't be buying it again unless it's the only decent option at a bar, but you could do far worse. There's obvious inspiration and effort behind this. While hardcore saison fanatics will find many issues with it, more casual drinkers will likely enjoy it in a general sense. Ommegang can and has done far better. This almost drinks like a golden ale meets farmhouse ale.
04-23-2014 06:09:28 | More by kojevergas
Glimmerglass from Brewery Ommegang
86 out of 100 based on 383 ratings.