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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Ratings: 81 |  Reviews: 34
Reviews by Dan_Metcalf:
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4.6/5  rDev +16.8%
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 +9.9%
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 NeroFiddled
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
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 drtth
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The slightly hazed light golden yellow colored beer pours out into a Duvel glass with a 3/4” snow white head that recedes slowly to a thin layer of foam on the liquid and leaving a complex pattern of lacing on the sides of the glass. Sipping creates lots of small patches and legs of lacing that cling to the sides of the glass. When well over mid-way though the beer there are still some sheets and speckles of lacing on the sides of the glass.

The aromas include some lemon and some bready wheat backed up by some grassy, earthy character and some spicy, yeasty mustiness.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose. There’s the wheat, a bit of lemon, some white pepper and some coriander all backed up by some light earthy and grassy bitterness.

The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium bodied and slightly prickly from the persistent, finely bubbled carbonation. The finish begins as the lemon recedes a bit to allow the sweetness to become a bit forward. Then both fade to let the spiciness a bit before it fades and disappears into some persistent grassy, earthy bitterness that eventually disappears in the long crisp, dry, slightly peppery ending.

In addition to being quite refreshing this saison offers a nicely complex aroma/flavor profile. I expect I’ll be trying this one again, especially since it has a surprisingly low ABV for a beer with this much flavor. I’d expect the spiciness and pepperiness would also go well with grilled sausages and baked or grilled chicken

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Photo of DanGeo
3.56/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Billolick
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Tall can. Best before dating of 08-2018

Lightly hazed. Lighter near golden. Fine lacing left behind.

Lemony and zesty nose.

Well crafted saison, more zesty lemon, yeasty and peppery notes.

Refreshing, crisp and delicious. Fine warm weather brew and naturally great with food of all sorts.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of DarrellK
4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of prototypic
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chrishiker1409
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
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 -1%
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 -4.1%
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 -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DOCRW
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
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 -5.6%
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 -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of edrip222
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.02/5  rDev +2%
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 Elicoleman
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PJCarnell
3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MAUEX_MFA
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of metter98
3.94/5  rDev 0%
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 +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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