Tonight I will be checking out Babylonian Style Ale from Stillwater Artisanal Ales, which is part of their Remix Project, and is based on Omnipollo Nebuchadnezzar. A Saison with 6% Alcohol By Volume, Babylonian Style Ale also incorporates the wild yeast brettanomyces.
Stillwater Babylonian Style Ale is a moderately hazy, pale golden colored beer, topped with a medium sized white head, which leaves behind quite a bit of lacing on the glass.
The nose is focused on yeast characteristics, both Saison and wild, with peppery spice, lingering funk, and some light fruitiness.
Lightly grain malt starts things off in the taste, but again the yeast characteristics dominate. Leathery funk from the brettanomyces, along with some background tropical fruits, with the Belgian yeast providing peppery spice. Low spicy hop flavor and minimal hop bitterness. Mouth is medium bodied, actively carbonated, with a bit of a carbonic bite, and lingering funk in the aftertaste.
Stillwater Babylonian Style Ale is certainly a tasty beer, and is a good representation of what I think farmhouse ales traditionally have tasted like. The brett hasn’t become overly funky yet, but certainly enough so that it lends plenty to the taste profile. Definitely worth checking out.
Stillwater Babylonian Style Ale : A
Beer Reviews by Prof Sudz