Brussels Beer Project is a collaborative brewery from the Belgian capital mainly functioning thanks to crowd-funding. Inside its range, it chose to explore a maximum of styles and to regularly invite brewers from all around the world to give it a hand. The Babylone takes us 7.000 years back, at a time when the Mesopotamians used fermented bread to elaborate their beverages.
Nose : Beautiful hop notes (EKG, Chinook and Crystal if you want to know everything) open the ball. We also find a nice resinous aspect rivaling with roasted malts. We could nearly think of a double IPA in the glass before the profile takes us on the lands of Barley Wines, but with a lower power though. A light sourness keeps the whole in the right path, while a bit of airing brings out grilled/toasted notes we kind of expect to find in a beer brewed with recycled bread.
Mouth : The texture is very pleasant on the palate. If the bitterness is present (55 IBU), we’re more on a certain roundness in mouth that isn’t necessarily completely coherent with the profile perceived at nose, without being unpleasant though. Bread notes reminds us of white bread, fresh rather than grilled. The balance is good but this Babylone might lack a bit of character, showing more simplicity than on the olfactory level. However, it remains very pleasant to drink, without a doubt.
Finish : Beautiful length, malted and hopped. Light spices invite themselves on the very end (notably some cinnamon).