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.