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 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 kojevergas
3.16/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.


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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.18/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A:'s one of those beers. It pours a relatively clear golden color, yeah, I figured it would. But this also pours a bajillion-finger head, bone white in shade. Luckily, the bubbly head doesn't have fantastic retention. Some splotches of lacing are left behind. Since the head doesn't retain annoyingly, I'll still give it a very good score.

S: The nose offers a lot of wheat, but I also seem to pick up a weird herbal tone I get in some wheat beers - like deviled ham, almost. But there are nice notes here, like black pepper, coriander, very subtle fruit, and clove. Still, this is disappointing: I'm sure it will still taste good, but I flat-out don't like this beer's aroma.

T: Thankfully, the taste does work well. Some mild fruitiness opens it up, quickly giving way to a (welcome) yeasty bite in the middle. The finish is nice and lemony, and even mildly herbaceous. My biggest problem is that it doesn't taste particularly rustic: it honestly reminds me more of a witbier (a good witbier, to be fair, but still...)

M: This one is pretty light on the palate. While it's not saison dry, it's dry enough to go down easily. Carbonation is soft yet effective.

O: Personally, I don't think this is that saison-y (compared to, say, Hennepin, which is and then some). To me, this tastes more like a witbier. Having said that, it's a good one, nose aside. A smidge too expensive (compared to its quality) for me to purchase again, but worth a try regardless.

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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 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 Abra
3.37/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours light yellow with a massive head and a good amount of lacing.
Aroma is a farmhouse Belgian spicy/yeasty blend with clove and banana coming through very nicely.

Taste is more on the bland side. The yeast and the wheat kind of dominate, so nothing else can stand out. I'm almost picking up a hint of orange in the background. There's a light tartness that carries through which gives it a refreshing "spring" feel to it. I can pick up the pepper but it's definitely overshadowed a bit.

Overall, I'm a little surprised. Probably my least favorite Ommegang offering thus far.

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Photo of BrewMakeMeFeel
3.44/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pale straw color with very thick, foamy head and noticeable carbonation.

Smell: A little underwhelming: Mostly a malty scent, but with fruity yeast notes.

Taste: Very well balanced blend of sweet malts, fruity yeast in the saisson tradition, and finishing with a hint of peppercorn.

Feel: Thin, but not watery with a refreshing bite from the carbonation.

Overall: A refreshing spring saisson that loses a few points for not having a more compelling smell but is still a very good choice for a spring brew.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear gold with a huge, runaway head. Obnoxiously so. Took 3 pours to get it all in my glass before I figured out what I was working' with (subsequent bottles got in my glass after 2 pours). Humpy thick whipped foam retention.

Smells like dry sawdust and lemon rind. Taste features lots of lemon zest too. There's a dry spice throughout but a nice sunny day refresher just the same. The bottle boasts pink peppercorns and orange rinds. I get lots of lemon but no orange.

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Photo of panamaniac
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a growler purchased at Three Palms Brewing.
A= Golden yellow pretty see through but this is common in this style of beer, almost lager like, minimum head, very little lacing.

S= Malty, fruity.

T= this is where this beer becomes confusing, is really light for a saison even thought that at 5.4% should have some heft to it.

M: viscosity levels are off the charts with this one not a bad thing for me.

O= Saisons are one of my favorite style of beer this one is on the light side of the scale which makes it perfect for florida weather, but I can see how other reviews might be expecting more out of a beer from Ommengang, the question lies would i buy this again... chances are no if there are other Saisons available.

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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 UCLABrewN84
3.61/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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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 jmaharaj
3.64/5  rDev -5.7%
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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Photo of smcolw
3.64/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.66/5  rDev -5.2%
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.


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Photo of gr0g
3.66/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Hazy, golden-straw colored in appearance. Good head formation and retention, leaving a lace ring in its wake. Yeasty phenols upfront on the nose, clove being dominant. Sourdough bread and tart apple notes.

Dry and slightly tart flavor profile. Cracker-like malt base upon which green-apple like flavor and tartness resides. Less yeast-forward flavor presence than on the nose, with a mild clove note. Sudsy mouthfeel, somewhat smooth and soft. Clean, dry finish.

Being a more session-oriented saison, Glimmerglass drinks more like a Witbier. It's refreshing and still has the hallmarks of the style, but with a much more muted aroma and flavor than its big brother Hennepin.

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Photo of Vonerichs
3.69/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of mactrail
3.69/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Not a super fresh bottle, but not "cellared"
The beer pours a slightly dull golden yellow topped by a loose, wispy white head with no lacing or sediment. The nose is a mix of honey-like malt sweetness, some bubble gummy yeast, and a slight peppercorn spice. The taste is also slightly spicy with a clean yeast presence and grain/biscuity sweetness, but has minimal bitterness or distinct peppercorn. It's light-medium bodied, filtered, clean & drinkable, well-carbonated, with characteristic omme house yeast upfront that doesn't quite transition into the anticipated spicy, bitter peppercorn finish. This is not an ommegang highlight for me (prefer their dry-hopped variants), but isn't unpleasant.

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Photo of bsp77
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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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 micromaniac129
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On the pour I got an explosive head from the very start. Its a fluffy loose head that fades very quickly.
The aroma is yeasty with some fruity esters, wheat malts and a wee bit of funk.
Taste is refreshing with some mild malts yeast a slight hint of citrus hops and fruitiness towards the end.
On the palate it drinks clean but chalky.
A good beer and I like it but not by much. Like most ommegang beers I think their house yeast dominates a little to much in the flavor.

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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 WVbeergeek
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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