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Glimmerglass | Brewery Ommegang

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Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
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: 85 | Ratings: 567
Photo of q33jeff
2.59/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Brother Jimmy's, New Brunswick, NJ.
Appearance, hazy yellow brown.
Aroma is apple, wheat, grass.
Taste is fruit, but light.
Feel is thin. Flat.

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Photo of Vixie
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice clear light gold color with a lot of bubbles. The head is huge, it reminds of the head you get from Duvel, which means it is large and persistent.

The smell starts out sweet and citrus like, seems more like lemon. There is also a bit of funk there, giving it a bit of an earthy smell.

Very fruity up front, at first it seemed mostly apple and pear, but as it warms a bit, I can detect the orange peel. There is just a hint of funk, and finishes with some pepper.

Feel is about normal for the style, not quite as tongue tingling as I thought due to the bubbles.

Overall a decent beer, but nothing too outstanding. It is easy drinking, a good beer for a hot day. Still, if you want a world class saison, Hennepin is still the benchmark. Still, glad I tried it.

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Photo of twage04
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a gold, light orange with medium to high carbonation. Not much aroma in my bottle. Taste is fruity, a little spice. Less spicy and funky than a typical saison but still tasty and well executed. A good, well executed beer even if it isn't the most ambitious example of the style.

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

Another excellent saison from Ommegang. Not quite at the Hennepin level but damn good. The smell is yeasty, bready, and slightly spicy with apple, pear, and apricot all coming out as it warms. The taste follows with a peppery bite to the finish. Beautiful bottle conditioned carbonation and mouthfeel. yb

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Photo of basaywhat
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Poured a clear golden amber with a lasting white head. Aromas of straw, fruitiness and light pepper. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of fruit and pepper with a crisp dry lingering peppery finish.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from the growler via Jungle Jim's in a snifter. This NICE saison pours a chill hazed deep golden straw color with a moderate head of white foam that subsides to a thick ring, thin layer, and very light lacing. Nose of soft wheat, subtle yeast, light honey, and light orchard fruits. Flavors surpass the nose with sweet wheat and breaded notes on the front and middle, light white pepper and pears hit on the sides, and yeasty breaded malts follow through on the rear. Excellent mouth feel, crisp and satisfying, clean and subtly dry. An excellent saison.


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Photo of 57md
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark straw with a huge head that was well above two fingers. The nose is funky with plenty of lemon. The lemon essence continues through the flavor profile.

This offering is light and refreshing.

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Photo of avalon07
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an orange-gold color and a cloudy texture. There was a huge, fluffy, long-lasting head. pretty good lacing.

S: A nice aroma of citrus, yeast, spices, and malt. Sweet and light.

T: Tasted of coriander, light malt notes, a little Belgian yeast, peppercorns, orange, and the saison barnyard funk. A light, fruity, fairly complex flavor that has the right amount of spice. More citrus than most saisons, but this is a good thing.

F: A well-carbonated beer with a fairly lively finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

O: In general, this is a well made, drinkable beer. Light, sweet, and likable.

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Photo of thepenguin
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a very hazy peach color, like a dark dull gold. Decent head.

S: Pretty classic saison aroma profile, though on the sweet side. Lots of sweet citrus and floral notes. Some baking spices and apricots.

T: Bright and citrusy, with some floral and lemon-like hops. Semidry with some wheat, coriander, and a good deal of yeast influence. Finishes fairly dry with lots of citrus flavors. In many ways this come across as more of a witbier than a saison.

F: Light-to-medium bodied – pretty light – with abundant carbonation and a slight slickness on the palate. Very quaffable mouthfeel.

Thoughts: A pretty damn good and drinkable beer. It strikes me as more of a witbier than a saison in many regards, but it’s a quality sessionable Belgian-style brew any way you cut it.

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Photo of tlema1
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: cloudy, huge white billowing head
S: spicy, Belgian yeast
T: some pear, Belgian yeast,a little tart, slight funk
F: sticky mouthfeel
O: I tried rating this to style, by I really don't care for it

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3.23/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Slightly hazed goldenrod. Large, rocky formation of ivory head.

The peppery spiciness covers for what is otherwise a less than dry quality. Beer is definitely well carbonate with pleasant tartness. Funky sourness, hay, grass, and fermented apples. Orange has a very unique alcoholic quality reminiscent of blue curacao. The yeast and spicing contribute flavors of soap, butterscotch dipped banana, and walnut shavings. Overall, lacks sweetness given ABV and a little too tart/sour for what I'm feeling at the moment.

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Photo of SLeffler27
4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
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 -0.3%
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 +12.4%
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 +3.6%
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 -1.3%
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 -2.6%
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 -6.5%
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 +9.3%
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 +9.8%
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 +9.1%
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 +12.7%
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 +10.1%

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%
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 +7%
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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