Glimmerglass | Brewery Ommegang

GlimmerglassGlimmerglass
BA SCORE
3.82/5
576 Ratings
GlimmerglassGlimmerglass
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:
#12,767
Reviews:
87
Ratings:
576
pDev:
9.42%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
26
Gots:
107
Trade:
0
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Photo of Sammy
3.72/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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3.42/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.61/5  rDev -5.5%
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 StonedTrippin
4.01/5  rDev +5%
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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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.16/5  rDev -17.3%
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.

C+

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of brentk56
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
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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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of superspak
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled on 1/9/2014. Pours lightly hazy bright gold color with a 3 finger fairly dense and rocky white head with incredible retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big lemon, pear, apple, orange peel, white grape, light banana, peppercorn, herbal, grass, straw, light clove, wheat, bread, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, spice, and moderate malt notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon, pear, apple, white grape, orange peel, light banana, clove, peppercorn, herbal, grass, straw, wheat, bread, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Good amount of pepper/yeast ester spice on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, pear, apple, white grape, orange peel, light banana, clove, peppercorn, herbal, grass, wheat, bread, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Nice complexity of fruity/earthy yeast ester, spice, and light-moderate malt notes; with a very crisp balance of flavors and zero cloying notes after the finish. High carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly prickly/chalky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good saison. All around good complexity of yeast ester, spice, and light-moderate malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
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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Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 576 ratings
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