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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89
very good

21 Reviews
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Reviews: 21
Hads: 95
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 2.44%
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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Reviews: 21 | Hads: 95
Reviews by MusicaleMike:
Photo of MusicaleMike
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
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. (1,981 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of MadScientist
4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
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. (935 characters)

Photo of henryclay_
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of GreenMountainBoy
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of sastille
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of tastybeer
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (479 characters)

Photo of Griffith
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of WoodBrew
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of adamdarcy
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.42/5  rDev -16.6%
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. (765 characters)

Photo of fourstringer
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
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! (813 characters)

Photo of logicalparadox
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
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! (1,232 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
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. (946 characters)

Photo of wedge
4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
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. (508 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
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. (1,072 characters)

Photo of Eighty
3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of metter98
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (623 characters)

Photo of errantnight
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of MN_Beerticker
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of Zaphog
3.7/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of kniles38
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

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