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 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 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 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 WunderLlama
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a goblet

Whoa! I initially poured this wrong which resulted in a monstrous foamy white cap which filled the glass. Settled down into thick, foamy, giant bubbly foam with some nice lacings on the glass. I shall repour....second pour, this beer simply foams up on you. Carefully pour which will result in a three finger head. Opaque golden yellow with teeny tiny bubbles if you look hard enough.

Aroma of grass, spices, peppery, lemons.

Taste is light and flavorful. Spices, grass notes, peppery, hint of lemon on the finish. Slight aftertaste.

Mouthfeel light but will foam up when you swish it around

A good Belgian that I would enjoy again if within my reach. There are others that I would seek out but still a good beer.

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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 majorbase2
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a yellowish-gold. A good deal of foamy white head. Good retention and good lacing.

Smell: Spices, wheat, and a little grassiness. A little fruitiness when agitated, most notably lemon.

Taste: Lemony. Strong taste of grass and yeast. A mix of other fruits, as well, a little harder to pinpoint. Possibly orange and grapefruit.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, with good carbonation. Surprisingly refreshing.

Overall: Still getting used to these surging Saisons. A little different than the IPAs that I'm used to. I liked Hennepin a little bit more, but this one was more of an easy drinker.

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Photo of BB1313
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 1/8/14. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy light golden with a fluffy eggshell white head that sticks around and leaves awesome lacing and retention. The aromas are very clean and pleasant. Lots of fresh pear. Some hints of green apple in the mix as well. Very fruity. Yeast and malts are there. Some banana and clove. The flavors are clean and refreshing. More fruit, especially pear. Maybe some hints of white grape? There's a nice earthiness going on. Some spices, but they truly are subtle, in my opnion. Some black pepper, but far from spicy. Lots of malts. Mouthfeel is awesome. It's on the lighter side of medium-bodied with very active carbonation. The carbonation is very creamy and fluffy. Extremely smooth. Alcohol obviously goes unnoticed. Great for spring/summer.

This is another really nice beer from Ommegang. Very crisp and refreshing with a fun creaminess to it. Enjoyable stuff!

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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 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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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 KTCamm
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. 3/27

Pours cloudy light dirty gold. Thick heavy white foam that sticks everywhere. Orange-y nose. Rind and peel. Bright. Chalky taste, light pucker/sour. Then builds to tart at the finish. Mild peppery finish. Good bright spring beer.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12pz bottle poured into a chalice.

A: Cloudy golden color. Massive large-bubbled rocky head retains forever. Lacing sticks to the glass in generously sized globs.

S: Doughy malt with Wheaty whiffs. Some chalky yeast. Hints of banana and citrusy tropical esters. Hops are grassy and floral. Traces of pepper.

T: Doughy, somewhat wheaty, and lightly honeyed malt base. Pepper and clove. Chalky yeast. Banana and pineapple/tangerine tropical esters. Hops are grassy and floral, but also provide a zesty, citrusy zing. Chalky yeast and pithy hops on the finish.

M: Medium bodied with a frothy feel. Crisp carbonation bites in and cuts right through.

O: Pretty solid stuff from ommegang. Nice interplay of sweet and bitter flavors. Not the most standout brew they've ever made, but it's a great and drinkable beer that retains the ommegang 'house' feel.

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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 DrJay
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Carbonated! A gentle pour resulted in half beer, half foam, which settled quickly. The cap was white and fluffy, topping the mostly clear, pale yellow beer. Some clumpy lacing. Aromas of hay, lemon, a bit of sourness, wheat, grass, mild spiciness. Basically the same in the flavour, coupled with low bitterness and gentle sweetness, then a bit fruity in the finish. Light to medium bodied and lively, nice texture overall. I quite liked it and wish I had picked up more than one bottle.

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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 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 wvsabbath
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Light straw yellow, golden tan with a monster 3+ inch foamy, white head. Lots of sticky lacing.

Smell - Funky, bitter hops, grassy, floral notes, Yeasts, lemon, added spices, pepper, slight toasted malt backbone in the finish.

Taste - First of all, it takes about 5 minutes or so for the head to die down to the point to where u can pour the whole bottle in glass and be able to take a sip. First sip is very grassy, funky sour notes of grapefruit, lemon, sour grapes and yeasts. Wheat, and some pale malt mixed in with spices , mostly lemon and orange peel along with some pepper, add some complex flavors. Biscuity malt finish without any alcohol .

Motuhfeel - Funky sour yeasts and hops are the main flavor on tongue. Palate gets more of the same, along with spices and pale malts. Aftertaste is floral, a little spicy and sour.

Overall - Pretty good beer. Has a nice sweet and sour flavor, but could use a little less sour. This is a tad too much to be a light spring or session beer, the drinkability is good, but not something id want multiple beers of. Nice beer, easy enough to enjoy.

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Photo of AlanBeerMan
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours with a thick, pillowy, off-white head. Slightly hazy yellow in the glass. Lemony on the nose more than anything else; also hay, grass, a fair bit of Ommegang's typical Belgian spice coming through. First sip is floral, hoppier than most saisons but it plays well with the citrus and spice character of the beer. Just off-dry on the finish.

As a straightforward farmhouse ale I like this quite a bit. It's a little bit north of being sessionable, but it makes a great spring seasonal.

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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 jlindros
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Love me a good saison, and enjoy most of the Ommegang stuff esp the Belgian styles, so this should be a great beer for me.

Pours a huge fizzy 3+ finger head that takes up 3/4 of the pour, frothy fizzy creamy head that fades semi slowly with tons of soapy lacing, surprisingly pretty clear straw yellow colored beer.

Nose brings nice funk, farmhouse saison funk and just about perfect level, nice straw, wet hay, some wheat like creamy and toasty note, nice lemony note and little lemongrass, a little sweet malt and a cereal grain as well, mild grassy floral hop note.

Taste starts again with the grainy malts and cereal grains, toasty and malty, with some creamy but toasty wheats, as well as the nice saison farmhouse funk, not super funky, more like cereal and grassy straw, as well as lemony notes, little lemongrass with wet hay, mild yeasty note. then a very mild grassy floral hop note, into the esters with some apple skin, little green apple and vinous note, mild bitterness. Finish is drier but a bit sticky, long lingering green apply skin ester profile, with mild lemony cereal grassy flavor also lingering a bit.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, lots of effervescent carb that pops.

Overall not bad, nice farmhouse funk although mostly on the aroma, nice ester profile, decent malts with cereal, straw, hay, grass, etc, and just a touch of hops, although I personally owuld have liked a bit more of a hop kick.

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

Ommegang rarely disapoints andthis beer is no exception. Pours a hazy bright gold color with a huge, delicately bubbly white head. Head retention is excellent and there are thick rings of lace around the glass.

Aroma is pretty good, mostly lemon and Belgian yeast. There is some pepper spiciness too.

Taste is excellent. There is a good bit of yeasty flavor and some Saison barnyard funk. Citrus (especially lemon and orange peel are present and a black pepper spiciness is noticeable as well. The yeast and funkiness are prominent enough to make this a good Saison as well as a good summer beer.

The mouthfeel is rich enough for the style, but this Saison is lighter and lower in abv than many. There are certainly enough Saison aspects to please most, but this is also a good "mass quantities" summertime drink too. The yeast/funkiness are tarty and there is a refreshing crispness to the beer.

A good American take on a Saison.

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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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Glimmerglass from Brewery Ommegang
3.86 out of 5 based on 573 ratings.
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