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Glimmerglass | Brewery Ommegang

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BA SCORE
3.82/5
Very Good
576 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States
ommegang.com

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.

Added by fmccormi on 02-20-2014

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#12,842
Reviews:
87
Ratings:
576
pDev:
9.42%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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05/14/2015
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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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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Glimmerglass from Brewery Ommegang
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 576 ratings
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