Short Sleeve Saison | Brewery Ommegang

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Short Sleeve SaisonShort Sleeve Saison

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Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Spring

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Added by BB1313 on 02-16-2017

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Reviews by Dan_Metcalf:
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4.6/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Photo of fmccormi
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Straight pour from a pry-off 12oz bottle to an oversized wineglass (JK stemz). This has a freshness date of January 20, 2018, printed in black ink near the shoulder of the bottle (“LOT 1317BB73 BESTBY1/20/18”). For Ommegang, typically would mean it was bottled on January 20, 2017, which would make this beer between seven and eight weeks old, though it’s only been on shelves for maybe two weeks. It’s been refrigerated for several days prior to consumption.

Appearance (4.75): In typical Ommegang fashion, this pours out about three and a half fingers of fluffy, crackly, bone-white foam, capping a somewhat hazy, bright yellow-golden body. The head dies down very slowly, leaving a rocky, meringue-like cap and chunky, webby lacing all around the sides of the glass. This is about as pretty as a saison can get.

Smell (4.25): Loads of beautiful saison aromas leap right out of the bottle: fresh-cracked grains, straw, a dusty hayloft, coriander, and a hint of pear juice. Out of the glass, the lemon zest is more noticeable, as are a touch of white pepper, a very slight spice like mustard seed, and oodles of rustic, multigrain, seedy bread. Pretty classic, non-funky saison aromas.

Taste (4.25): This follows the nose precisely, I think, leaning into the lemon zest. It leads with a soft, lemony flavor first, moving into tart lemon peel and a touch of green banana peel, backed up by a restrained but clear coriander flavor. The malt comes through very dryly, like a rustic, sourdough boule with whole grains intact, with oyster crackers on the side. A nice, musty-dusty straw-forward set of phenols composes a classic saison undercarriage, along with very soft apple skin and pear skin flavors, probably thanks to Ommegang’s house yeast (which I love for being so identifiable). There’s also a nice grassy flavor that I think comes from the hops, which blurs the line nicely with the lemon zest that’s so clear in this beer. This is just as bright and sunny as they were hoping, I think.

Mouthfeel (4.75): Quite nearly perfect, in terms of feel. The carbonation is spacious and fluffy, covering and filling all spaces before washing out. The body is light as a feather, dry, dusty, and soft, making a perfect counterpart to the voluminous carbonation. This is eminently drinkable and straight-up crushable, though the lemon zest and dry body won’t let you toss it back quite as quickly as some beers. Or, maybe depending on the weather or your mood, this would be impossible to put down. As I said, quite nearly perfect.

Overall (4.25): Ommegang, as they are wont to do with beers like this, crushed it. I was bummed when I heard that Glimmerglass wasn’t coming back this year, but psyched to try a new saison recipe from these guys. As per usual, this beer has “Ommegang” written all over it, much like the way Allagash beers are instantly recognizable as Allagash beers. This is also one of those beers in which the appearance and feel really broadcast the brewers’ technical skills (again, a lot like Allagash, when it comes to Belgian-style beers). It’s not breaking any new ground or blazing new trail in the world of saisons, but this beer absolutely nails it when it comes to classic, dry, rustic, non-brett saisons. Highly recommended.

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Photo of DanGeo
3.56/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MattyG85
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of HopsForBrains
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DarrellK
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Brewery Ommegang "Short Sleeve Saison"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "BEST BY 1/2018" and sampled on 3/21/17
$2.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: Hazy straw gold body with a brass cast beneath a full head of bright white froth that holds well and leaves remarkable lace as it settles. The aroma expresses citrus rind, mineral, grass, a bit of earthiness and mustiness, and lemon slices covered in sugar. The flavor follows with additional notes of wheat, coriander, green banana, and soft pepper. It's interesting - lightly funky, lemony, wheaty, very subtly tart, and delicately spicy. This is authentic. It's surprisingly just 4.5% ABV, but I guess that's where the name comes from. I once said the next wave of light beers will be Belgian based because you can get so much flavor out of the yeast and don't really need that much malt, and I still believe that. Of course this is much more than that. I see the lacing has held up, and I now have torn sheets of lace surrounding the glass. Very nice appearance. Back to the aroma and flavor, the lemon note is just enough, as is the sweetness of the malt, the subtle tartness, the light spice, and the kind of wet-straw funkiness. It changes as it crosses the palate, giving you a bit of a show, and yet it's perfectly balanced in each step that it takes, and of course, overall. Wow! I'm not impressed with the price, but I am impressed with the beer. As I work through it, the pepperiness increases as it builds on the palate, but that's OK, it's still massively drinkable. Very nicely done!

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Photo of chrishiker1409
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours a slightly hazy bright straw yellow with about three fingers of foam white head. It lingers a long time. Leaves plenty of thick lacing.

S: Grass, hay, earthy, lemon zest.

T: Mostly lemon zest. Some grassiness. Finishes on the dry side.

F: Light body, medium to high carbonation.

O: So easy to drink and put down. It's exactly what I want a saison to be.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle. Hazy pale yellow. Big white head. Smells of grassy hops, banana and clove yeast, coriander. Very Dupont-y. Tastes grassy, lightly doughy malt, a bit of phenolic yeast. I get some coriander in the back end. Very light. Well carbonated. Solid saison, if aggressive for its size.

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Photo of russpowell
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A over-vigorous pour yields a slightly hazed straw color with 3 finger of whippy pearl colored head. Good head retention & pretty good lacing

S: Grassy, grainy, faint white pepper

T: Grassy, some lemon & coriander up front. Dryness & grainyness as this warms, a little clove shows along with some juicy-fruit chewing gum as this warms, Finishes with some dryness, a little more juicy-fruit & clove

MF: Light body, firm carbonation

Delivers pretty good flavor for the ABV, drinks pretty easy

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Photo of Kegatron
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip, the appearance was a glossy bright yellow color with a finger and a half of white foamy head. Really nice retention, must hold for a good minute and a half before dissipating. The aroma blends a nice sweet citrusy pulpiness to carefree breadiness. White pepper arranges underneath some sweet and bitter grassy edges of hops. The flavor once again seems to blend the sweet citrusy hops to breadiness to a gentle grassy extra earthiness flowing nicely into the aftertaste, subtle with a touch of bubblegum. Strides nicely into the finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium in body with a nice sessionability about it. Subtle carbonation. ABV felt nice and light. Overall, wonderful saison, full, ripe and thrusting me forth into Spring or what I’m hoping what will come.

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Photo of Gmann
3.72/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy pale straw color with a huge airy white head that settles into a sparse cap. Some yeast particles floating about.

The aroma is of lemons and clove. A bit sour. Subtle grassiness. Traditional saison aroma.

The taste is of tart lemons. Hay and clove from the yeast. Light cracker notes from the malt and a hint of grass from the hops.

The feel is light with fizzy carbonation. Light sweetness and grassy finish.

A good but unremarkable saison. It's light and refreshing.

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Photo of SFNC
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of edrip222
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This nice little saison
features a moderately cloudy pale straw color with an excellent head of
white foam that subsides to a thick ring, thick layer, and features some excellent
sudsy sticky lacing. Nose of lemon zest, grassy hops, soft wheat, and subtle
floral honey notes with mild earthy yeast tones. Flavors follow the nose with
mild breaded yeasty wheat and lemon zest touched with a tad of coriander
and grassy hops with a subtle honey background with crackers. Excellent mouth
feel; bubbly, effervescent, medium high carbonation, and a mildly dry herbal finish.

Overall, a solid spring and summer ale perfect for a BBQ or after mowing (which I
just did!).


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Photo of MAUEX_MFA
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of metter98
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy light yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation along with some fine particulates floating in suspension. It poured with a two finger high bright white head that died down but consistently left a short head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of yeast and spices are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell, except that the spices are a little stronger and grains of paradise seems to stand out in particular. There are also some hints of lemons.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and somewhat dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This saison is very nice and refreshing and would make for a good beer on the hot summer day. It liked the spiciness, which made for interesting flavors.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of DoubleMalt
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of fx20736
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

rock solid, tasty

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I picked up a bottle of Ommegang's Short Sleeve Saison for $2.39 last week at The Lager Mill. I was in the mood for a Saison today and I thought I would take a chance on this one, so lets see how it goes. 2017 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a tulip.

A- The label looks nice, it's got a nice design to it and it's a little eye catching. It poured a hazy golden orange color that took on more of a pale yellow color when held to the light with almost three fingers worth of fluffy and chunky white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some nice rings of patchy lacing behind. This is a very nice looking Saison, I have no complaints at all.

S_ The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the Saison yeast being the first to show up and it imparts a signature Saison yeast estery aroma that;s followed by some nice stone fruit aromas coming through and a noticeable amount of spices with no single spice seeming to stick out the most. Up next comes a little more fruitiness and that leads into the malts which impart a light pale malt, doughy, light bready and sweet malt like aromas with the sweet malts seeming to stick out the most. This beer has a good aroma, I like the extra fruitiness and it's pretty true to style.

T- The taste seems to be very similar to the aroma, but more balanced and it starts off with the estery Saison yeast still being the first to show up and that leads into the fruits which still impart those nice stone fruit like aromas, but this time they are just a little lighter and a little less juicy. Up next comes the spices which are also a little lighter than they were in the aroma, but they are still noticeable and they are followed by the malts which show up just as much as they did in the aroma with the sweet malts still sticking out the most. On the finish there's a lighter amount of medium bitterness with a little more sweetness and it had some Saison yeast, stone fruit and light spices in the aftertaste. This is a pretty nice tasting Saison, it's true to style and it has nice balance.

M- Fairly smooth, slightly refreshing, a little clean, pretty crisp, medium bodied with a higher amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is good and it works well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a pretty nice beer and I thought it was a nice and solid example of the style, it had all the aspects that I look for in Saison and nothing stood out as being unwanted. This beer had nice drinkability, I could drink a couple of these, especially when it's warmer outside. What I like the most about this beer is the appearance, aroma, mouthfeel and balanced, to me those were the highlights of this beer. What I like the least about this beer is the sweetness, I think it could be toned down just a little. I would buy this beer again when in the mood for a Saison and I would recommend it to anyone looking for the same. All in all I liked this beer, it was true to style and I enjoyed it. It's not a favorite Ommegang beer, but it is one of the better Saisons that I've had lately. Nice job guys this is a solid Saison, keep it up.

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Photo of BB1313
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Best by January 2018. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a pale straw with a subtle haze and has bubbles racing upwards; huge chunky eggshell white head that sticks around leaving very thick retention and sticky lacing. The aromas are very nice. The yeasts shine. Lots of banana and bubblegum. Hints of lemon. Malts are there. The flavors seem to follow the nose for the most part. It's slightly sweet. More banana and bubblegum. More lemon in the mix. Yeasts and malts do their thing. It finishes juicy and dry at the same time, but it's more on the dry side. Alcohol obviously goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is very nice. It's light, fluffy and slightly creamy with active carbonation. Very smooth and easy to drink.

This is a nice saison. Nice aromas and flavors. Great brew for the warmer weather. Ommegang usually always crafts great beers, and this one is no exception.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On-tap 3/24/2017 at Doherty’s Ale House in Warwick, RI, served in a tapered pint glass.

A: The beer is a light yellow color, with a large foamy white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains Belgian yeast, bananas, wheat, light caramelized malts, citrus and some spice.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of Belgian yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. Then some sweet flavors of bananas, citrus and spice come in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Very tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, very good representation of style, this is a very solid beer to drink for a long time, if you’re in the mood for the style.

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Photo of HermitDan
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lastmango
3.52/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light cloudy straw color with a 3 finger white chiffon head that remained. Moderate lacing. Slight aroma of grass and lemon peel. Taste is light and crisp. Faintly sweet with grass, lemon and floral hops on the back end. This is definitely a summer beer for those who like light beers. Carbonation was moderately high . . . a bit too much for me.

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