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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Photo of goochpunch
4.67/5  rDev +21%
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)!

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Photo of tjmoss11
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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.

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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 fmccormi
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

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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 Jacobob10
4.26/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer exploded out of the bottle. A huge, rocky, long-lasting head filled the majority of my glass. After the foam settled, I poured a little more, then waited, then repeated this process 5 more times until the entire contents of the bottle were in the glass. What was left was a hazy, deep gold / light amber liquid with a large white head on top of it. Sometimes good beers take a long time to pour. C'est la vie.

Very strong and pleasant aroma with floral hops, orange, lemon, pear, pepper, grass, and clove. Light bready malts and a heavy earthy, musty yeast aroma. Excellent.

Fruity taste with a touch of spice. Light-to-medium bodied with lively, almost fizzy, carbonation. Long lasting flavor with a dry finish.

It's been a while since I've had an Ommegang and I think it may be time to rekindle my previous love affair with them. With Glimmerglass, they managed to create a beer that is pinpoint accurate to the style while keeping a noticeably distinct Ommegang character. One of my new favorite saisons, I'm disappointed I didn't discover it until the end of spring.

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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 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 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 Flounder57
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle was poured into a tulip.

Appearance: A crazy three finger head was poured. It is a slightly hazy Holden straw yellow with vision of lots of bubbles coming up through the middle of glass. Billowy head is partially reduced, but for the most part still there.

Smell: Bready pilsner malts, pepper, yeasty, some sweetness, vanilla, green apple, chardonnay, and a little orange peel.

Taste: Balance of flavors. Love it. Same as above. Mellow and tasty. Each flavor works well with each other.

Mouthfeel: Chewy, dry, light bodied, crisp, refreshing, and medium to high carbonation.

Overall: This is another Saison I could visit from time to time. Very enjoyable and tasty.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
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 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 champ103
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: A loud hiss as soon as a crack the cap, and instantly a massive white head forms. Which, after a minute is manageable. Eventually, a beautiful clear brassy golden/yellow emerges.
S: Light phenols up front. Peppery spice, a light musty basement like aroma. Orange peal with some herbal, grassy hops lingering. Love it.
T: Like the nose, peppery phenols and a light musty flavor. Orange peal and a bit stronger grassy hop flavor with some bitterness lingering. The earthy character from the yeast and hops are very nice.
M/D: A light to medium body that is just a bit thin. I would like to have a bit more effervescent bite, but not under carbonated at all. Dry and refreshing. Incredibly enjoyable to drink.

A lovely Saison. An earthy yeast and hop character that I love, and is perfect for the style. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pale golden body, with ginormous head made this beer look good. The smell was a little subdued, but refreshing. It was mostly coriander, orange peel, hay, and lemon. The taste was just what the smell broadcast, with a lemony sourness, clove, bananas, a touch of hops, and a dry yeasty finish. Quite easy to see this fitting into a warm summer day. Light in the mouth to help the intended quenching purpose inherent in the style. Ommegang refuses to disappoint.

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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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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

PJicked up a 4 pack because I have had decent luck with Ommegang and always tend to like Saisons, so figured there was a good chance I would like this. Great looking beer with a head that just blows up, you have to pour slowly. Outstanding smell and taste also, very good Saison. Not a great cost which gives it a few dings but worth the money if you are looking for a good Saison.

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Photo of brentk56
4.09/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of fourstringer
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
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.


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Photo of Gmann
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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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 DrDemento456
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Was able to snag this new release for just 2 bucks! Into a pub glass.

A - Wow uber carbonated! I got 2+ inches of head from a light pour! Beer itself looks rather hazy bright shade of yellow. Very tiny sediment flakes in the glass means this is unfiltered.
S - Actually quite timid the yeasts don't smell very strong which is nice and it has an almost apple cider like sourness to it. Very little spice it sort of smells like a Hefe.
T - Well I wasn't blow away but it was a very nice session Saison crisp yeast meets apple cider like sourness with a fruity bubble gum sweet finish. Much easier to drink than say Hennepin.
M - Far from champagne like it was uber carbonated but had the consistency of a light beer. Very sessionable.

Overall I do not prefer Saison's since they are usually very yeasty or you can taste the alcohol but this is a very well done session Saison. Simple yet effective I could see getting this again.

edit: I had to look at the label I never had "pink peppercorns" but they are mild, fruity, and blend well with beer. Please incorporate them in more saisons.

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

A- it pours a hazy golden color with lots of visible carbonation. Fluffy, coarse white head. Great retention, well defined rings of lacing.

S- pepper, wet hay, funky yeast, tangerine, spicy hops.

T- tangerine up front. There is a nice black pepper note throughout the midpalate. Not much in the way of hops. The finish has that nice saison funk with a slightly sour note.

M- light. Lots of prickly carbonation.

O- really good for an American-made saison.

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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 StonedTrippin
4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

love 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.

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