Stillwater / Omnipollo Remix Project Babylonian Style Ale - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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Stillwater / Omnipollo Remix Project Babylonian Style AleStillwater / Omnipollo Remix Project Babylonian Style Ale

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88
very good

95 Ratings
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Ratings: 95
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 9.32%
Wants: 4
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: TheBrewo on 03-05-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Inspired by the artistry and assertiveness of Omnipollo's Nebuchadnezzar, I decided on a demure approach. Expressing the lovely hop profile of the original &tying it together with farmhouse yeast and Brettanomyces for a fruity, funky fiesta ;7
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Ratings: 95 | Reviews: 22
Reviews by Monkeyknife:
Photo of Monkeyknife
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a very cloudy apricot-gold color with two fingers of bright white head. Hint of lacing left behind.

Aroma of tangerine, grass, herbal notes, spice and white pepper and earthy yeast notes at the end.

Like the aroma, this tasted of tangerine, grass, spicy herbs, white pepper, and earthy yeast notes. Light bitterness to the finish.

Medium bodied and a bit sticky with a moderate carbonation.

I really liked this one from Stillwater. I was initially curious by the Babylonian style branding but even more impressed by the beer itself. Definitely worth trying.

More User Reviews:
Photo of MadScientist
4.29/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A glowing hazy, pale golden beer with a persistent off-white head. The head is made of medium sized bubbles leave a little bit of lacing on the glass.

An earthy hops aroma at a moderate level with inviting phenols of moderately-light smoke and light black pepper. Some light colored fruit and citrus blends well with the hops, moderate barnyard funk and Pils malt aroma.
The taste matches the aroma with the citrus yeast esters, pepper and earthy Brett and hops flavors dominating, closely followed by the Pils malt. The hops medium bitterness outweighs the light malt sweetness making for a balance that is moderately bitter. The finish is crisp and dry with a peppery and tart aftertaste.

A crisp, highly carbonated and light bodied beer.

An elegantly balanced, dry Saison with a dominate but not overpowering Brettanomyces funk. It smells like a very good beer and tastes even better, on the whole it's just short of world class.

Photo of tastybeer
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lovely opaque yellow (orange juice) color with a big foamy white pile on top. Head fades to a ring and thin sheet leaving patchy spots behind. Aroma is tangy, sweet, floral, orange, and summer farmy over bready light malt. Very smooth aroma with perky wheat-like funkiness. Taste is sweet, mysteriously hoppy with something oniony floral, and farm-style tropical. Grapefruit rind puckering bitterness off the bat and gradual dryness through the finish. Fun, whacky, and pleasing.

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.42/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 22 oz bomber, this farmhouse saison style pours a beautiful straw yellow with a monsterous white head that slowly dies to a 1/2 inch thick soapy foam and fantastic lacing. Nose of lemon grass, bret funk, citrus fruits, heavy grain, white pepper, and light spicy hops. Flavors are earthy lemon grass to the sides and back blending with a light pink grapefruit flavor. A light sweetness to the front and sides comes through as it warms, and a deep bitterness from the hops dominates the back with a white/black pepper aftertaste. Mouth feel is well carbonated and lively finishing dry and moderately bitter. I am usually not a fan of this style, but this one is nicely done. More for the hop heads out there, but still a solid well crafted brew.

Cheers.

Photo of fourstringer
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a Brewer's Art glass. Moderate hand. No date identifiable.

A: Hazy to lightly cloudy, yellow body with a slightly greenish tint. 2 fingers of soapy, clean white head. Good retention. Light lacing.

S: Musty brett with notes of horse blanket. Light lemon. Very earthy. Floral hops lurk in the background. A bit light overall.

T: Earth and funk open with some pale malt notes. Citrus, orange zest. A bit vegetal. Some fruit notes are present, but overall the beer is very dry. A light hop bitterness arises late and lingers in an otherwise clean aftertaste. Minimal alcohol presence.

M: Moderate to light carbonation with a medium to light body. Lightly chalky, but suiting.

O: Good brew. Hops are present, but the brett steals the show. Dry and earthy.

Prost!

Photo of logicalparadox
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Huge, expanding head makes it challenging to pour. Pale, cloudy straw in color, with copper tones from the yeast and a good amount of sediment in the bottle. Be careful not to get that in your glass on this one.

S: Whew! Funk! Barnyard. Lemon juice. Straw. The nose is bretty and slightly dirty, but in a good way.

T: Delivers on what the nose promised. And then some. It's crisp and dry on the palette, with a refreshing lemon-rind bitter backdrop. Very light on the hops, but they are there with faint hints of pine and grass. Bread dough and yeast. Clover. Lamb's wool. The funk lingers for a while after each sip amid a bittering and drying sensation.

M: Light bodied, but with backbone. The head is fluffy and zesty. Perfect for a hot day.

O: OK, I don't know how I feel. At various moments I felt like getting something else and like buying more. It's a complex brew that has a lot of character. Reminds me of Ithaca Beer's White Gold, but without the wheat. Drinks like a saison, but it's not really a saison. I doubt the Babylonians drank beer like this, but I suppose it's possible. But, if we are comparing the character of this beer to Nebuchadnezzar, then this beer has a lot to live up to... and I think it does!

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased at Nathaniel Square Corner Store in Rochester, NY. Haven't had the the original beer, but I really like this one. I'm really starting to dig hoppy beers made with Brett.

Pours an basically opaque golden orange. So much sediment and haze, it's really quite a beautiful looking beer. 1 inch of head, small streaks of lacing down the glass.

Smells like it was hopped with Citra- don't know if it was or not. Some orange, pineapple, and slight cattiness, plus farmhouse yeast and hay.

The smells expands on the taste and is much more complex. Lots of dry, slightly musty citrus fruit, plus some grassy hop bitterness, chalky, almost Smarties candy like Brett flavors. Some hay and barnyard funk flavors too, nothing too intense though. Very rustic flavors here, just great.

Light to medium bodied, dry, chalky mouthfeel, spritzy carbonation.

Awesome IPA here, really enjoyed this one. Got fruitier and Brett-ier as it warmed up.

Photo of wedge
4.01/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Murky yellow topped with an airy, fluffy pure-white head. Some stringy patterns of lacing left behind. Smells like funky citrus right out of the gate...plenty of Brett and soft, juicy orange and lemon aromas. Stinky floral, herbal earthiness and skunk weed, starting to smell a bit Nelson Sauvin-like after a while. Peppery funk and citrus flavors, a more fruity hop presence, with a dry, floral finish. Spicy, rindy grapefruit and grass. Medium-light, fluffy, and drying. Interesting blend of hops and funk.

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a 3 Monts tulip. Pours a slightly hazy straw amber with a two finger white head that kept growing after the pour and left lots of lacing. Aroma of citrus, bready malt, saison yeast, faint sulfur. Flavor is sasion yeast and spicing with a light brett funk, lemon citrus, starting semi-dry and drying further in a champagne like spicy, citrus and bittering hops finish with light brett. Light bodied, but a peppery, active carbonation gives a nice mouth feel and is appropriate to the dry saison flavors. An interesting homage to Nebucchezar, although I got a more complex hop flavor spectrum from that IPA, with more piney, herbal hop flavors. This does have bright citrus hop smell and taste, but seems a bit simpler. The hops are deftly used and fit into and complement the saison yeast light funkiness. Because of the IPA inspiration, it's hard not to compare this directly with Nebuchadnezzar, which I liked quite a bit, but taking it strictly as a saison, it is quite nicely done on the drier side of the saison spectrum. Nice citrus, hop and brett finish.

Photo of metter98
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color. It poured with a half finger high white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and no distinct collar.
S: The smell has some flavors of lemony hops but if you put your nose closer, you start getting funk from the brett.
T: The taste is funkier compared to the smell and has slight amounts of sourness with hints of lemony hops and sourness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is an interesting saison. The taste is rather funky, but the brett does not completely overpower the taste.

Photo of dar482
4.48/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The beer comes in an extremely murky dark yellow, honey dew color .

The aroma follows of Nebucchezar, which obviously then means it smells like Heady Topper. There's a big dank quality, grapefruit, grapefruit peel, lemon peel. There's also a breadiness and spicy farmhouse yeast quality. Hints of funk. Lots of just bright big citrus and tropical.

The flavor follows with this theme of dank quality, pink grapefruit and grapefruit peel. In front, hints fruit of apricot, peaches, lemon peel. Then onto a light breadiness, but no sweetness at all. Then onto some peppery saison spicy, a really light touch of funky Brett quality, then onto a big bitterness of green pine, dankness, and grapefruit peel.

A hugely refreshing beer and absolutely where I want everything. Lots of that bitter and bright Heady Topper quality, a hint of saison in there, but bone dry without any sweetness, and a huge amount of flavor for a 6%. I would think the beer is 7-8% ABV. Highly recommended!

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours slightly hazy bright gold color with a 2 finger dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice foamy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, lemon, lime, tangerine, orange peel, pineapple, pear, black pepper, herbal, hay, grass, musty funk, bread, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of bright citrus hops, fruity/spicy yeast ester, and moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, lemon, lime, orange peel, tangerine, pineapple, pear, black pepper, herbal, hay, grass, musty funk, bread, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Good amount of earthy bitterness/yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, lemon, lime, tangerine, orange peel, pineapple, pear, black pepper, herbal, hay, grass, musty funk, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and balance of bright citrus hops, fruity/spicy yeast, and moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness/yeast spice balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent hoppy saison style. All around great complexity and balance of bright citrus hops, fruity/spicy yeast, and pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a murky golden-yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, fruit, earth, spice, yeast, funk, and Brett aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, earth, fruit, funk, Brett, yeast, and peppery hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earth and hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and dry mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that has a great balance between the hop and Brett characteristics all around.

Serving type: bottle.

Photo of Apellonious
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22 oz. bottle from FMcD's poured into a tulip glass.

A- Maybe a tulip glass was not the best choice. A not aggressive pour resulted in a three finger billowy head. Cloudy golden orange.

S - Hops? Funk. Bread. Mild spice.

T - First sip....interesting..though not sure how to place it. Not overly sour as I was expecting. There is some barnyard funk. Saison-ish (I think of a saison as having the grain/wheat/funk feel without the sourness). I am pulling out some grains and some faint banana notes. Maybe my palate is tired. Is there a pill for tired palate? I'll take two, please!

M - As expected due to the huge carbo release, the mouthfeel is soft and carbonation on the light side.

O - The more I drank, the more it resembled a few things I could relate to. English IPA characteristics, which, if you are like me, need to be reminded to appreciate it. Lemon. The funk remained. Worth a try.

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear, somewhat orange colored body with two finger head and lace patches down the glass. Mostly a strong citric hop aroma with faint touches of both yeast and funk. The yeast is noticeable in the beer as it is smooth, almost creamy at times, but the main profiles in this light to medium body beer are both a spicy, juicy funkiness balanced with a large amount of floral, citric hops. Also I get touches of mild fruit sweetness and a little sweet malt (caramel?). I don't want to simplify things but basically you have a good portion of hops from Omnipollo's great IPA and some funky, light saison aspects. Well-crafted beer (as it could have easily gone awry from the brewers) that is quite enjoyable.

Photo of mdfb79
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 03/18/14 notes. Had a 14oz pour of this on tap at The Jeffrey in NYC at their Stillwater event. Served in a tulip.

a - Pours a murky bright yellow color with one inch of bright white head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks good.

s - Smells of light funk, grass, lemon, citrus, earthy malts, spice, yeast, and brett. Nice nose, more oranges as it warms up. I like it.

t - Tastes of light funky, earthy notes, little more lemon than the nose, light pepper, spice, citrus, zest, floral notes, and yeast. Taste has more oranges and light brett as it warms, and definitely gets better. Little spicier and more pepper here though.

m - Medium body and moderate to high carbonation. Easy to drink.

o - Overall a good saison. I like the nose quite a bit and the taste gets better with a lot more brett and oranges as it warms up. Easy to drink and worth checking out.

Photo of larryi86
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle poured into a teku

A- A hazy orange color with a three finger white head.

S- Fruity, orange/citrus, some brett, some lemon and funk, a nice herbal quality.

T- Fruity, lot of citrus, get oranges, grapefruit and lemon, piney/earthy finish, some brett, some bready malts, nicely balanced.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- I like this better that the Premium remix. I have not tried Nebuchadnezzar yet so I don't know if Stillwater did it better, but they did a good job with this.

Photo of Axnjxn
4/5  rDev +0.8%

hoppy saison especially as it warms up. funkiness is real and very enjoyable. brett is apparent. recommended.

Photo of popery
4.34/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light golden color, kind of an orangey yellow gold. It's fairly cloudy. The head is medium-sized and pretty evenly composed - not really sure how to describe bubble composition without sounding completely dumb. The aroma is fruity, earthy and bright. There's excellent hoppy citrus, pale malt and funky brett. Mushrooms, tangerines, grass, lemon, peach, pineapple, grape, mint, pepper and a nice clean brett flavor. Taste starts out with some simple malt sugariness and a sweet lemon flavor. Bright fruit flavors. Some earthy saison yeast. The brett cleans things up and dries out the beer. Mildly bready. Light grassy bitterness. Pretty normal carbonation. There's some depth to the body and it's definitely filled out with flavor, but it's still rather light on the palate. Really tasty stuff.

Photo of MDDMD
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-hazy golden amber color with a nice white head and decent lacing

S-orange, bread dough, yeast, pepper, spices, earthy

T-bready malt, orange, little lemon, slight yeasty funk, pepper, earthy, coriander, mild to moderate bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth

O-interesting mix of flavors, not sure what the Babylonian style is, but I liked it

Photo of MusicaleMike
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 22oz. bottle from Local 44 this past weekend. Served chilled in a teku glass.

The concept for this beer, and for the entire "Remix Project" which Brian is working on, is taking a commercial beer he finds inspiration from (in this case Omnipollo's Nebuchadnezzar) and creating something unique, his own, and derived from that inspiration. One could say that is brewing in general, but Brian is naming those beers and possibly (probably?) collaborating with them in some way. So what he did was he took the DIPA and evoked the same hop profile out of the aroma and then spun it into a saison with Farmhouse yeast and brett. Where does the "Babylonian Style Ale" part come in? Well, my guess is that it is merely a reference to the fact that Nebuchadnezzar was a Babylonian King, and nothing more than that.

The appearance is a hazy golden rum color with orange highlights, and topped by a dense foam which shows decent retention. Fairly active carbonation in the glass is apparent.

The aroma shows off lovely notes of fresh lime zest, citrus fruit, sweaty sock, lemongrass, and slight peppermint. It fulfills what it set out to do, bringing the drinker a fresh hop aroma (NZ hops, I believe) layered on top of a saison/brett funk.

On the palate, we have all the markings of a dry-hopped saison: lightly bitter, dry finish, with a good brett-inspired flavor. Medium bodied beer, with a soft texture from the carbonation and possibly the addition of wheat and/or oats. The hops offer flavors of fresh lemongrass and citrus peel. There is some hay-like notes in the aftertaste.

A very good beer. I have not tried the "Original" yet, but this is classic Stillwater, and certainly an excellent take of a saison. The hops were fresh, and forward, and the yeast did wonders with this beer. I definitely think that this beer would dry out quite a bit, and yet, I don't think there is any need. It is so good right now, and any age would lose and diminish the hop presence.

Photo of MarcWP
4.34/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into Tired Hands stem.

Appearance is hazy, dark straw yellow with rocky white head that builds nice and resides to thin creamy layer that leaves a fair amount of lacing.

Aroma is a mixture of bright citrus and farmhouse funk. Plenty of hay and grass, catty, and cave musk showing up from the funky side. Bright lemon, lime, green apple peel, tangerine, and even a little pineapple representing the fruity character of the aroma. I'm guessing this got some dry hopping but am not certain.

The flavors follow the nose almost to the T. Hoppy, yeasty, with a delicate malt base that's crackery and wheaty. Hops are earthy, spicy and citrusy which marry the funky, earthy, spicy yeast phenols wonderfully. The yeast and hops are super complimentary and the malts are just present enough to keep the beer balanced.

Mouthfeel is spritzy, light-bodied, bitter, and overall pretty dry. Really no complaints.

Overall a very nice offering by Stillwater. Nice hops presence makes for a refreshing farmhouse ale. Super crushable on a hot day (100 degrees out). A bit more acidity and this would go to the next level. A notch down on the citrus and earthiness with something else to counterbalance would of also made this closer to 4.6 kind of beer.

Stillwater / Omnipollo Remix Project Babylonian Style Ale from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
88 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.