Friday, March 7, 2014

Ommegang Glimmerglass


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (1064) - Albany, New York, USA - MAR 7, 2014
I poured a 12oz bottle into a Belgian tulip glass. It was bottled on 1/8/14.

Appearance: Hazy, pale yellow hue (almost glowing). Plenty of spastic carbonation visible. Pours to a huge bright white, fluffy head which laces and retains extremely well.

Smell: Clean aroma of lemons, a hint of grass and pepper.

Taste: I suppose it was only a matter of time before Ommegang released a saison in 12oz form, though I was a bit surprised that Glimmerglass is relatively restrained at only 5.4% ABV. However, I’m not surprised that they managed to pack the beer full of flavor for such a relatively light body. This is definitely a classic Continental-style saison with some subtle unique character to it.

Right away the beer delivers a lovely fruity taste of lemon. It’s a bit tart like lemonade, but without any tartness or acidity. Though brewed with orangepeel, the flavor I get is much closer to lemon. That could be due to the hops, though I’m not sure which varietals are used. There’s a mild pepper character on the finish which adds a complementary spice character and gives the beer some zestiness (as well as balance). It finishes clean, maybe even a touch dry, though it’s quite refreshing while in the mouth. This is the kind of saison that both beginners and veterans can enjoy.

Drinkability: Lest we forget, the "farmhouse ale" style was originally brewed to be liquid refreshers, and Ommegang Glimmerglass definitely succeeds in that aspect. The mouthfeel is a little thin, but quite crisp and highly carbonated. Though, there’s no challenge in drinking this at all. It goes down smooth and can be drank in more than just sips. It has a lot of energy for its "light" weight of 5.4% ABV, though it’s a bit too big to session. An ideal accompaniment to a meal in the spring. 
Grade: 8/10